GINGERFINCH: A PLACE FOR INTERNATIONAL AND LOCAL DESIGN WITH AN ETHICAL CONSCIENCE
We are in love with Australian online design store Gingerfinch; a destination where contemporary aesthetic meets sustainable and ethical conscience, and home to international as well as local design.
The digital retailer is selling a mix of homewares, furniture and artworks, curating global contemporary designers and artisans to combat throw-away culture.
The birth of Gingerfinch goes back to 2017 when founder Petita Davis was living in Kenya. Kenya opened her eyes to the environmental impact of modern convenience back home in Australia. "While living in Kenya, I was blown away by the principles that Kenyan artisans applied to their craft, repurposing and upcycling objects and materials to create beautiful and useful pieces for the home," she says.
“...I started Gingerfinch as a way of highlighting that good design, ethics and sustainability don’t need to be mutually exclusive, and to encourage a stronger connection to the things we bring into our home,” says founder Petita Davis.
What makes Gingerfinch unique is its promotion of brands that are rarely available in Australia. You'll find a range from Dutch labels, to North American labels, and the Kenyan initiative, Soko, which we adore. Nairobi based Soko gives back to communities by working with local artisan entrepreneurs, aiming to sustainably increase their income.
Among Gingerfinch's inclusion of local labels, is Tasmania's Waverly Mills - Australia's oldest working mill. Their blankets are all made out of the highest quality wool, all from ethical farmers.
"... I believe if we know who made it, how, and where it was made, we immediately form a stronger connection with an object and the likelihood of us actually treasuring and passing it on increases."Petita Davis
We are all for a design store that supports brands who create ethical and sustainable products that have been made from up-cycled materials and are made under socially-responsible circumstances...so we highly recommend you check out Gingerfinch, ASAP.
WORDS | Laura Baehny