The romance between Sunday Morning Designs and Klei began when the respective owners met at the Rose Street Market during their early days. Today, they have teamed up to establish their first ever bricks and mortar retail space and they’re not budging until the end of year.
Lichen Kemp and Jitske Wiersma of Sunday Morning Designs bring on board their signature collection of Dylan Martorell-illustrated doona covers and pillowcases, made from 100 per cent combed cotton jersey and soft as a well-worn T-shirt. Their eclectic collection of folk art and crafts includes their popular papier-mâché animal masks from Indonesia and India, concertina paper decorations from Mexico and pots from Thailand. For the kids and the young at heart, there is a series of beautifully illustrated children’s books and a new range of owl and fox felt coats (available in kids and adult sizes) complete with foxtails and owl eyes.
It is the differences between Sunday Morning Designs and Klei that make them the perfect match. Kemp notes that Klei, owned by Ben Paola and Barbara van Oost, offers a level of sophistication that counters the colourful, more fanciful collections of her own brand.
Klei’s range includes a self-designed and locally made clothing collection, handmade ceramic goods and a jewellery line called Lotte. If there’s a common denominator throughout their self-sourced stock, it’s an apparent preference for more earthy tones.
“We didn’t want a line down the middle with Klei on one side and Sunday Morning on the other,” Paolo says. “We are complimentary businesses.”
Kemp is also planning a series of workshops for the months ahead. Keep an eye out on their Facebook page for announcements on kid-friendly experiments and workshops featuring the DIY Synth Kit from Technology Will Save Us.