“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”

Creating a home is an ever-evolving process. It requires time, it requires effort, it requires vision and it requires imagination. A genuine home is a unique reflection of its occupants, a chance for personality and playfulness to be co-creators of a living work of art. The dependent relationship between the physical space and its contents serves as a medium through which the emotional communicates with the material and vice versa. As such, the details of a home are very important and very powerful. According to British textile designer William Morris, “The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.” A familiar subset of home details, called homewares, is of particular note and importance, as it contains a tactile and utilitarian quality. Homewares transcend mere decoration and are integral in the day-to-day activity of home life. Some might even argue that homewares possess the ability to connect the mundane with the sublime. Fortunately for Melburnians, a friendly homewares haven is but a stone’s throw away. Positioned at 1128 High Street, Armadale, made + more welcomes customers with a light-hearted tiled greeting and a selection of simple, modern and contemporary wares. Let the journey begin!

The 130m² concept store is described as “the culmination of friends in business”. It is the first store of its kind from hospitality heavyweights Di and Will Keser – of The Hardware Société, Melbourne and Paris locations – who have teamed up once again with Bowery to Williamsburg’s Shaun Williams. made + more is an extension of the team’s very personal relationship with home entertaining, for which an intimate group is often gathered in order to share plates, stories and wine. Simply put, made + more offers a carefully curated selection of homewares. Each product is hand-sourced and has a story to tell. These products include Iberian ceramics, coloured glassware, Portuguese pine, oak and ash artisanal cheese and charcuterie boards, fine French and Lithuanian linen, vintage original darned Berber blankets and a first-of-its-kind collection of cutlery that has been designed and manufactured in conjunction with Herdmar of Portugal. Interestingly, the Kesers and Williams moved to France in 2015 in order to launch the Parisienne arm of The Hardware Société. When time and opportunity would permit, they would grab their dogs, jump in their van and travel extensively throughout Europe which led to the discovery of some incredible finds. Williams explains, “We loved the products and meeting these incredible makers. We really bought into the history of these countries and felt we had to bring that experience back to Melbourne.” This is to say that the general ethos of made + more is imbued with the celebration of the wild and free spirit inherent in travel. The homewares, themselves, contain this vibration, as well.

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As an example, take the Berber blanket. Now living in Barcelona, the Kesers are capable of making quick dashes to Morocco – which, initially, proved to be a complete and utter sensory overload. Morocco can be like that, overwhelming. Anyway, each blanket is hand-woven in the Atlas Mountains by the Berber tribes and amazingly reflects a unique colourway. This is to say that two of the same, you will not find. Another standout in the made + more arsenal is the quality kitchen, housekeeping, spa, garden and grooming range of products from the German family-owned business Redecker. Redecker is a world-famous brand that has been crafting primarily artisan brushware since 1935 and is known for its traditional design, functionality and use of sustainable wood and natural fibres. Important, as well, is the fact that the overwhelming majority of products is made by in-house craftsmen in the Redecker German workshop. Of course, whether you choose the black goat hair duster or the white goat hair duster is completely up to you. Remember, however, the timeless advice of our friend William Morris: “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” There, that sufficiently sums it up. Visit made + more today. 

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