Born this way


VOGUE Living Australia - - In Store - By VER­ITY MAG­DALINO Pho­tographed by SAM McADAM VL

EN­TER­ING MARK PA­TRICK’S just-opened home­wares store, Born, lo­cated in the heart of a small coastal town north of Syd­ney, brings with it a de­li­cious sense of dis­cov­ery. Born — an acro­nym of the words bor­rowed, old, re­fur­bished, new — is a magic cul­mi­na­tion of a life­time of travel and col­lect­ing for Pa­trick, the for­mer MD of a Syd­ney-based PR and event com­pany, who left the city for a sea change three years ago. When he first moved to the area, the elo­quently spo­ken Pa­trick took up full-time gar­den­ing on his ex­pan­sive one hectare block near MacMasters Beach in Kin­cum­ber. It didn’t take long, how­ever, to lose his green thumb. “I grew bored,” he ex­plains. “Na­ture kept beat­ing me. Af­ter a year of work, a hail­storm came and 35 min­utes later there was noth­ing left. That’s when I de­cided to open the store.” In­ter­spersed among Pa­trick’s ex­pertly cu­rated vi­gnettes fea­tur­ing ob­jets from trav­els as far afield as Africa, New Guinea and Afghanistan are hand­crafted works by a col­lec­tive of creative friends who con­trib­ute to the one-of-a-kind-feel in­her­ent to the store’s ethos. For­mer an­tiques dealer Joan Bow­ers sup­plies sump­tu­ous bed­ding as well as a cap­sule col­lec­tion of cloth­ing, French-seamed and made in In­dia us­ing lo­cally sourced, veg­etable-dyed or­ganic cot­ton. Pa­per artist James Gor­don, who also styles the store, cre­ates an ex­clu­sive line of his quirky, three-di­men­sional art­works; there’s del­i­cate porce­lain from Chi­ang Mai by de­signer Colin Davies; hand­made ob­jets from Pa­trick’s long-term part­ner Ge­of­frey Veivers’ Tall Gums col­lec­tion; and an­other ex­clu­sive — de­light­ful illustrations from renowned chil­dren’s artist Louise Pfan­ner. “I’ve re­ally just grouped to­gether a whole a bunch of friends,” says Pa­trick. The fi­nal in­gre­di­ent to the gallery-style space is se­lected works from artists who make up the thriv­ing coastal com­mu­nity. “I get a lot of peo­ple com­ing in… I re­ally want to sup­port lo­cal tal­ent,” he says. Des­ti­na­tion re­tail at its most creative, Born is also a savvy in­vest­ment in the fu­ture for Pa­trick, who plans to fund his love of table­ware and travel — he man­aged four over­seas trips last year — with help from his new ven­ture. “I’ve al­ways trav­elled but the idea is as soon as I turn enough over, I’ll jump on a plane and go on an­other trip... It’ll only get busier, and then I can travel more.” From Kin­cum­ber to Colombo, for Pa­trick the magic of Born is just be­gin­ning. Visit au.

clock­wise from top left: Mark Pa­trick be­side art­work by Jac­inta Sul­li­van, Ge­orge Raftopou­los and oth­ers. ‘Fly­ing Oys­ters’ by James Gor­don. Bed­ding by Joan Bow­ers and lamp by Tall Gums. Kaf­tans, scarf and bag by Joan Bow­ers.

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