When I think of Australian design royalty I think of the Ganim family. The Ganims have design DNA embedded into them, and are the kind of cool, creative family you wish would invite you over for Christmas lunch. This is the type of family that is always making and doing.
Rae is one of Australia’s most important textile designers, who had her own popular fashion and homewares label in the early 80’s. Her vivid, technicolour textiles, clothing and homewares made Rae a household name, and in 1998, she was inducted into the Design Institute of Australia’s hall of fame. Her daughter, Sunday has her own range of beautiful baby blankets, and then there’s Fred Ganim, whose debut furniture collection we recently featured. Though their combined creative pedigree is more than a little intimidating, luckily the Ganim’s use their powers for good not evil. Their latest venture is a family affair – mother-daughter team Rae and Sunday have just collaborated with local homewares label Arro Home to produce a range of soft furnishings and textiles.
The new range designed for Arro Home includes linen tea towels, knitted cushions and throws with striking grid-like patterns and bold colour combinations true to the Ganims’ distinctive aesthetic. The range has been in development for nine months.
The idea for this collaboration came about through the Ganims’ friendship with Beci Orpin, Arro Home’s creative director. ‘This coming together was based on our long standing friendship with Beci, as well our similar textile backgrounds,’ says Rae. ‘The brief was to create a small collection of goods, working with the Arro aesthetic and colour palette.’ High summer and the outdoors were the inspiration behind Rae and Sunday’s designs. ‘The design is based on a broken grid, and the feeling we wanted to portray was linear and watery,’ notes Rae.
It’s been a busy first year for Arro Home. Their range of colourful homewares seems to have infiltrated Australian homes everywhere! This collaboration with the Ganims launches this week, while Arro’s first kids range is due out later this month. The Arro team promise more collaborations with Australian designers on the horizon, and continue to live by their motto of ‘design for everyday’.
The Ganims for Arro Home range can be purchased online here!