Monthly Archives: May 2013

Inspiration Hong Kong

We’ve just returned from fabulous Hong Kong where we found great inspiration for our cushions and accessories around every corner.  Hong Kong has some great street art, these were taken last week in SOHO.

grafitti Hong Kong

Still more design can be found in Hong Kong’s many unique designer homewears stores.  My favourites are huddled below Hollywood Road in Central on Hong Kong Island. Petit Bazaar  sells children’s furniture and clothing with a decidedly French feel.  Just down the street is Homeless . This is a must for designer homewares, lighting fixtures, furniture and gifts from all over the globe.

Walking back up towards Hollywood Road on Aberdeen Street is Mushroom.  Mushroom is crammed full or beautiful and accessible homewears and accessories with an obvious whimsical bent. With decorative plates, decorative cushions, furniture and lights and jewellery it has plenty to browse.

Excitingly, our visit coincided with the inaugural Art Basel –Hong Kong where galleries from around the world showcase their artists work.

Dirty Bunny art sculpture

 ‘Log Lady and Dirty Bunny’ by Marnie Weber

Photo by Alice Steiner 2013

VW car sculpture form Art Basel - Hong Kong 2013

‘Beetle Sphere’ by Ichwan Noor

Photo by Alice Steiner 2013

In Sham Shui Po, an area  in the northwestern part of the Kowloon Peninsula,  Nam Cheong Street and Ki Lung Street are most famous for their fabric stores, ribbons and buttons so obviously that’s where we headed.  It’s an amazing area with generous streets, many still lined by original 1930’s buildings.

Fabric Markets Hong Kong Shamshuipo


ribbon tapes trims


Can’t wait to return.


Welcome to Maker & Merchant…here we go!!!

unique homewares by Maker & merchant

Here, at Maker & Merchant we are super excited, and can’t quite believe we made it this far!

We’ve put together a growing catalogue of unique homewares featuring hand drawn, printed and sewn pieces for you and your home and including some lovely leather wallets, cushions, modern quilts, tea towels, (and importantly not forgetting the family hound) designer dog beds.

We are busy putting the finishing touches on our fancy new website, we’ll keep you posted on that, but in the mean time you can view our wares at the Maker & Merchant Etsy shop or our Made it Shop.

We really hope you will enjoy following us along the way.

Welcome to Maker & Merchant and welcome to our blog! (cue Laverne and Shirley theme song … we’re gonna do it!)

See you soon!