When we first heard that iconic Australian label Gorman was launching a collection of items for the home, we couldn’t believe that it hadn’t happened sooner. But then again, designer Lisa Gorman has always flown by the seat of her fabulously patterned pants.
With the same nonchalant disregard for trends that has consistently set her fashion designs apart, Gorman’s first collection of items for the home, Home Time, is a seamless continuation of her eponymous label’s offbeat aesthetic.
“I design for the people around me, for Australians and our lifestyle and our habits,” says Gorman, whose model of sustainability and play on colour, print and textiles has translated effortlessly to objects of function and everyday use.
Spanning a covetable selection of homewares and fine threads, the 64-piece collection is a medley of crown-shaped, gold-tipped ceramic bowls and speckled mugs, biodegradable bamboo dinnerware, duvets printed with watermelons, patchwork quilts of baby cord and chambray, pastel striped waffle throws and bath towels, and even woodland and fruit themed mobiles.
And it’s all been produced in collaboration with some talented local artisans, from old friends at the knitting mills in St Albans to brand new faces like ceramicist Connie Lichti, from whom Gorman has been taking classes with for the past year (a birthday present from her husband Dean).
“I’m very hands on in my work and I like to touch things and poke my fingers into things and try and figure it out texturally – maybe that’s just the way I was made,” shrugs Gorman.
Almost 15 years on, it’s that organic approach and intrepid curiosity that keeps Gorman ahead of the curve.
Home Time is available online and in two locations (Chatswood and The Galeries).
Gorman Chatswood Chase
001-020 Chatswood Chase Shopping Centre, Chatswood
Gorman The Galeries
The Galeries, 500 George Street, Sydney