Meet the bak­ers, brew­ers, de­sign­ers and crafters mak­ing pre­mium prod­ucts in the in­ner city

Time Out (Melbourne) - - FRONT PAGE -

This en­tre­pre­neur­ial cou­ple went from be­ing pot deal­ers to own­ing a suc­cess­ful home­wares busi­ness

FIVE YEARS AGO, Mel­bourne cou­ple Poppy Lane and Scott Gib­son started mak­ing colour­fully painted plant pots. Back then, they never thought that their busi­ness would grow into a suc­cess­ful home­wares brand, spe­cial­is­ing in lo­cally made tim­ber fur­ni­ture and home fur­nish­ings. Pop and Scott’s aes­thetic is a take on the mod­ern Aus­tralian home, with nods to the pop­u­lar mid-20th cen­tury look – all clean lines, blond tim­ber and vin­tage-feel fab­rics – ac­com­pa­nied with lots of in­door plants (housed in Poppy’s pots, nat­u­rally). Their North­cote show­room dis­plays every­thing from their first piece of fur­ni­ture – a tim­ber com­mu­nal bench, not dis­sim­i­lar to those in school can­teens – to their Dreamer couches: sim­ple, tim­ber-based couches with linen up­hol­stery. The North­cote show­room is also the site of Pop and Scott’s work­shop, which has evolved into a com­mu­nal work space for fel­low de­sign­ers and artists. Lane ex­plains that ini­tially she and her part­ner “wanted to cre­ate a space for small busi­nesses to be able to work on and share the wood­work ma­chin­ery we bought to help with the huge cost of set­ting up a fur­ni­ture busi­ness. It’s a sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ment – peo­ple can bounce ideas off each other, share skills and work along­side a com­mu­nity of like­minded cre­atives.” Even as Pop and Scott’s range in­creases most of the pro­duc­tion, from pot paint­ing to wood­work, is still done out of North­cote with the help of some as­sis­tants. “Quite sim­ply, we knew what we wanted to make, so it was eas­ier to make every­thing our­selves.”

What I wish I knew from the start: “We’ve grown a lot since we started in 2012. In fact, we’ve had patches where we’ve grown too fast, and I think if I could go back I’d tell my­self to slow down a lit­tle bit, be­cause that fast growth can be very tax­ing on you per­son­ally. For small busi­nesses, par­tic­u­larly when you have kids and you still want a life like we do, it’s cru­cial to step back from time to time.” De­lima Shanti àpop and Scott Show­room, 27a Hayes St, North­cote 3070. www. popand­ Mon-sat 10am-5pm; Sun 11am-3pm.

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