De­sign Pass­port

De­signer Christo­pher Boots’ best Mel­bourne keep­sakes

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Christo­pher Boots of­ten finds his muse in na­ture – take his crys­talline “Sugar Bomb” lights or in­can­des­cent quartz, bronze and lapis lazuli room di­vider, for ex­am­ple. The in­dus­trial de­signer also re­sponds to the en­ergy of his home town. Here are some of Boots’ favourite things for when you want a lit­tle piece of Mel­bourne.

“KARLI” NECK­LACE BY DANIEL SERRA

E.g.etal (ege­tal.com.au) in Flin­ders Lane rep­re­sents jewellers from Aus­tralia and New Zealand. Mel­bourne’s Daniel Serra spent more than 90 hours hand-carv­ing this neck­lace from a sin­gle block of Queens­land black­wood.

MER­CI­LESS GODS BY CHRIS­TOS TSIOLKAS

“More writ­ing like this in our lives com­bats the clouds of al­ter­na­tive facts,” says Boots of the short­story col­lec­tion from the Mel­bourne au­thor of The Slap and Bar­racuda (chris­tost­si­olkas.com.au).

GHOSTLY SOCKS

These rock­ing foot knits from Ghostly (ghost­ly­la­bel.com) are hand-dyed in Fitzroy North and named af­ter clas­sic hits, in­clud­ing “Pur­ple Haze” and “Bad Moon Ris­ing”.

EX­ER­CISE CLUBS FROM TARLO & GRA­HAM

Boots likes to browse this Fitzroy trea­sure-trove of art, toys, cu­rios and taxi­dermy (tar­loand­gra­ham. com) “be­cause we all love a gift that tells a story and shows a his­tory of be­ing loved...”

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