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Make Designed Objects began life in May 2003 when it opened the doors in Carlton in the inner north of Melbourne, Australia. Since then the business has grown rapidly to become one of Australia's finest design stores.
To be selected by Make a product must be considered "good". A Make product must perform well when considered for its design appeal - both aesthetically and theoretically, its environmental soundness, its durability, its necessity and in some cases its humour.
Provenance is unimportant when it comes to selecting a Make product. If the product list appears heavily weighted towards Scandinavian objects this simply reflects the fact that the region has an enormously strong design culture; Denmark and Finland in particular are a great source of our items. We stock a good range of Australian products but will not stock any product simply based on its country of origin. We believe that for the Australian product design industry to develop to its full potential it is important that objects are "good" on a global level rather than "good" for Australia. Companies such as Fink & Co! from Canberra and individual designers such as Gregory Bonasera from Melbourne (see picture above) have made that step and their work is held in galleries and private collections worldwide.
However, whilst we don't choose the products we sell based on provenance we do have an Australian design section of the site (click AUSTRALIAN DESIGN on the menu at left) where you can browse through much of the great work of local designers and makers. Due to the global nature of the design world some of these products aren't actually produced in Australia (such as the pieces by Australian designers Susan Cohn and Steven Blaess for Alessi of Italy) but in each case the designer is an Australian.
We hope you'll enjoy wandering through the site. Use the menu at left to search the products by OBJECT, BRAND or DESIGNER. You can also click straight to our latest arrivals (NEW) or our current favourite items (TOP 20).
Or try searching the site using the FIND function. If you enter 'wine' in the description field, $50 in the first price field and $100 in the second price field, you'll be presented with every product on the site that mentions the word 'wine' and is priced between $50 and $100. Type 'green' into the description field and you'll find all the green items on the site. It's a powerful tool for finding the perfect item.
We also offer a simple to use Gift Registry service. If you're getting married or have an event for which a registry would be useful you can set up and manage your own registry entirely online.
We'd like this site to be the best design store site in the world, so if you have any suggestions for ways to make it better, know of any products you think we may be interested in, or would simply like to comment on anything to do with the site please contact us at
At the time of writing this site includes over 3000 items from over 150 brands - the work of over 300 different designers.