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Happy Shopper with Liane Rossler - Shelf / Life and Planet

23rd June, 2011
Jenny Butler
Thursday 23rd June 2011

Liane Rossler continues this excellent Happy Shopper week with a visit to Shelf/Life and Planet furniture! Both stores are especially beautiful and have an environmental conscience, but I particularly love the details about the community that create the Dharma Door jute bags. - Jenny x

Shelf / Life

Lunch at Single Origin!  Just down the road from Shelf / Life.  Photos Rachel Kara

Follow your nose to the scent of coffee from Single Origin and you will find Shelf / Life.

Shelf / Life Photo Rachel Kara

A lovely store full of 'ethical design for the home'. They showcase independent art, design and craft from around the world. Ceramics, an extensive collection of stationery, knitted things, wooden things, lots of hand made goodness. They also offer an interior designer service to bring more goodness into your home.

Materialistic tea towels at Shelf / Life.  Photos Rachel Kara

Gorgeous Materialistic tea towels made in Sydney are noice. Real noice.

Hanging vessels and slippers at Shelf / Life. Photos Rachel Kara

Lovely Faceted Hanging Trays by Pigeon Toe. Everyday ceramic beauty handmade in Portland, Oregon. Perfect for hanging succulents or veggies in the kitchen. And these snug slippers are made from recycled materials from a war that never happened.

Dharma Door jute bags and totes are timeless in design and are useful for so many things. Made in Bangladesh. The women in this 20,000 strong collective get together everyday to weave bags, baskets and homewares so that they can afford to be independent, educate their daughters and give them greater opportunities. Empowering through design.

Dharma Door jute bags at Shelf / life.  photo Rachel Kara

Shelf / Life
50 Reservoir Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010

ph 02 9211 2858


Planet Furniture in Surry Hills – photo Lucy Feagins

Planet Furniture's philosophy is to make the world a more beautiful place.

Furniture at Planet, designed by Ross Longmuir.

All their products are chosen for their originality, quality, integrity and craftsmanship. Lots of natural fibres like organic cotton and linen sheets, hand woven naturally dyed hemp and jute rugs from India, hand embroidered purses from Syria, hand woven vetiver root (most commonly used for perfume) aromatic baskets from South Africa, beeswax candles that purify the air as they burn,  lovingly hand knitted Australian wool animal toys, locally made glassware, ceramics and printed textiles.

Planet handcrafted homewares and accessories

Planet also specialises in bespoke furniture, made in Sydney from sustainably grown solid Australian timber, and Designed by Ross Longmuir.

114 Commonwealth Street
Surry Hills

ph 02 9211 5959

- Liane x

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