Furniture and homewares retailer Freedom is working with Australian designers and artists on a series of unique collaborations, kicking off with Sydney-based ceramicist Stephanie Phillips.
The three-piece limited edition collection, which is exclusive to Freedom, consists of a vase, lamp, and candle and will be available at select Freedom stores and online until stocks last.
“Freedom is committed to designing and creating beautiful products for our unique Australian lifestyle,” says Kate Hopwood, head of design. “As part of this, we love to support independent artists and designers such as Stephanie, who also happens to be one of our very own talented Freedom team mates.”
Stephanie’s work has been featured in Vogue Living and on The Design Files, she has hosted solo exhibitions and it was her selection in the 2019 Paris Design Week that saw every piece of her collection bought by fashion designer Jacquemus to display in his chic Parisian restaurant, Oursin.
“I was so excited when Kate asked me to collaborate,” says Stephanie. “I went straight into the studio for nearly four weeks straight, just sketching, making prototypes and going back and refining them.”
From a young age, Stephanie developed an affinity with the Australian bush which has largely influenced the forms and colours of her work. Drawing on her love of plants, she creates curved vessels to house a modern take on Ikebana using driftwood and bromeliads.
The Galina Lamp
The Galina Lamp is an earthy polyresin base paired with a natural Raffia shade that when combined are a match made in textural heaven. The glow of a lightbulb peeps through the knotted palm leaf features and light bounces off the playful curved details of the base, reminding the owner of the designer’s intent to create a moment and a mood.
The Stephanie Phillips Candle
The Stephanie Phillips Candle has a tactile finish and the Paulo Santo scented soy wax will provide 40 hours of burning time. Once burnt through, the vessel can be used to house the cutest of succulents or whatever you like!
The Obelia Vase
The largest in the collection, the Obelia Vase is not the kind of piece that stays in the cupboard until filled with flowers. A piece of décor in its own right, this ceramic vessel was designed by Steph to hold its own on your mantle or house your favourite garden blooms.