Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Shop profile - Q&A with Shop Frank




Q&A with HEATHER NOONAN from SHOP FRANK
Tell us a bit about your business?
Shop Frank is an online store that stocks products that advocate our belief in unique, handcrafted goods that are made in a socially and ecologically responsible manner. We hope to support the artisans and their organizations through the promotion of their products in our store and share the stories of the hands by which they are made.

Tell us about yourself and your background?
I live in Sydney with my husband Andrew and our two children Akira and Miya. I am an Interior designer by trade and I have a love affair with textiles, which is probably what influenced me to undertake a Masters in textile design following my degree in Interior Architecture at the University of New South Wales.



What sparked you to create your business?
We lived in London for a few years and within that time travelled extensively throughout Europe and North Africa. Somewhere along our travels the desire to create a store that housed products that not only had a strong design element but were also consciously made was formed. It’s been fun and very exciting to see Shop Frank come to life.

Tell us about your products and how you choose them for your store? Who are the designers?
When sourcing, we look for simplicity, quality and durability and craftsmanship. This involves seeking out suppliers and designers who share a similar ethos to ourselves. Aesthetically it is important that everything works well together so that our range has a cohesive style. We have been so lucky to work with some amazing and inspiring designers such as Marta Bahillo of babaĆ  who designs the most gorgeous range of children’s knitwear all hand made in Spain. Saana ja Olli a textile design couple from Finland who design, print and manufacture all their textiles locally and ‘transparently’ from 100% Hemp. Then there is Misa Kambuchi of Mushimegane Books a Japanese ceramicist who creates simple yet elegant bowls and vessels using local sand collected on her travels throughout Japan. I am truly humbled by all the work of the designers in Shop Frank.




What do you love the most about having your own store?
The flexibility is a major benefit, especially with two little rascals running havoc throughout the house. However, I would have to say that what I love most about having my own store is being able to work with such inspiring designers and discovering new products and artisans and to share their stories.

Who are some of your favourite designers?
Some of my favourite designers at the moment would have to be cary vaughan and jenna Wilson of Ace and Jig who are not only creating the most beautiful textiles but some timeless garments as well. With a background in Interior Architecture I couldn’t resist popping some of my favourites in here like Swiss Architect Peter Zumpthor and British designer John Pawson, both creating simple, clean spaces with an attention to detail.

What is your favourite item in your store right now and why?
I am a sucker for a good tea pot so it is safe to say that my favourite at the moment would have to be the Hasami tea pot. Its design is so simple, elegant and contemporary yet it’s got this old familiarity about it, like an old family heirloom that has been passed down the generations  and it looks like it has been sitting on your shelf for years just getting better with age. 



What has been your biggest highlight?
It never ceases to amaze me how generous and kind people can be and as Shop Frank is relatively new, we have received so much support and have already built strong relationships with the designers we are working with.

What are your plans for the future?

There are some exciting things happening at Shop Frank one of them being that we are currently working on a small batch of our very own FRANK home wares. We hope to expand our home wares range and work with artisan groups from around the globe.



Contact: www.shopfront.com.au

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