Christmas and New Year - closed until 8th January 2011

Happy Christmas and best wishes for the New Year from all the Future Shelter team. We have soooooo many ideas for next year! The Angove St shop and online store will be closed from 3pm today (24th Dec) until Saturday 8th January 2011.

As our Christmas gift to you, we off you some advice from the 1885 Edition of "Workshop Receipts for the use of Manufacturers, Mechanics and Scientific Amateurs". Christmas is often a time to relax and take some time to explore a new or old hobby. Can we suggest taking up drawing? Here is advice on sharpening your pencil and finishing your drawing....

"Let him always work calmly"
For the final cleaning of the drawing, stale bread is suggested... there's sure to be plenty around over the holidays. Maybe a glass of wine to help you be calm.See you in the New Year! (with your new drawings)

Jane and Adam x


Christmas sack - reprint

In the future people will be trading these Christmas sacks as they are as precious as gold :) We reprinted them and we have a limited amount so don't wait around if you missed the first run. This run is made of 100% Cotton, printed with eco-friendly inks and is Made in Perth.

Also... just a reminder that we open tomorrow from 9am to 1pm so if you have left things a little bit later than what you would have hoped and you don't want to be squashed at Karrinyup, pop by and we can offer a smile & air-conditioning. We would offer a glass of wine too but it might be a bit early on a Sunday morning....


New coasters - Kings Park Edition

All our coasters are pressed, printed and sanded in our workshop and have our laser engraved logo on the back. Here is a new set of 6 inspired by our mural for that we developed for Aspects in Kings Park.


Christmas Opening Hours - open this Sunday!

Scenes from the studio today.

Extra Opening Hours up to Christmas

Sun 12th Dec - 9am - 1pm
Thurs 16th Dec - 10am - 8pm
Sun 19th Dec - 9am - 1pm
Thurs 23rd Dec - 10am - 8pm


Other things organised neatly

Inspired by Meet Me At Mikes blog post about the Utensilo wall mounted organiser I felt the need to share ours! We get so many comments from people who come in the store and love it. Here are a few photos of the design studio at the back of our store. And our industrial revolution sign located over the door to our workshop... we feel we're part of the new industrial revolution of small scale, local design and workshop manufacturers.

Things organised neatly....


Subi Upmarket - Thursday 2nd December 2010

If you are stuck for presents for your partner this year - why not flatter your loved one with this cheekly engraved trophy "World Champion - the best at nearly everything" or "First Class - really good" or myabe "Definitely the Best - so far". They'll be flattered but not too much that it will go to their head. In the world of being politically correct this is the trophy for you. You are not saying you are the World Champion of anything in particular. You may be the Best at something but only up to now.... hehe

We'll be showing our Christmas range at the Subi Street Festival today. If you haven't been before this is a great night market with and a good start to the festive season.

When: Thursday 2nd December 2010
Time: 5pm-9pm
Where: Lower end of Rokeby Rd between Hay St and Roberts Rd


Melaleuca - New lampshade design

Inspired by the Melaleuca Elliptica native to the South West of Western Australia and originally drawn as part of the illustration for Aspects windows. We also have a dark chocolate and vermillion red colourway. Available in 4 sizes of shade and soon as table lamps.

Christmas Babushkas!

Our christmas babushka decorations come as a family - pack of 3. Available from our webshop or from a friendly face in our Angove St shop.


Days of change T shirt - Perth needs your help!

The Australian Conservation Foundation's Sustainable Cities Index ranked Perth as 19 out of australia's 20 biggest citys. The cities were ranked in order of comparative performance from 1 (most sustainable) to 20 (least sustainable). So 19 is not good. However, it does mean we have the opportunity to make the most difference.

Being sustainable is about one thing - preserving the environment for future generations. It's not about becoming a hippy, wearing no shoes and tie dyeing (although you can do that if you want). It's actually a very conservative choice to be sensible about the amount of impact be have on our world so that our kids don't turn around and say to us "why didn't you make changes sooner mummy?".

Days of Change is an online communtiy of people trying to make simple steps to help Perth climb the steps of sustainability. They have given us the chance to design and print their new T shirt design, printed with our eco-friendly water based inks on 100% organic cotton. This is a limited 1st edition T-Shirt and is only currently available in Mens/Unisex Medium and Large and Womens Large. Please contact us to register your interest in other sizes.

Every purchase helps to support Days of Change.org.


Christmas cards 2010

All our cards are printed in Perth onto Elemental Chlorine Free FSC Mixed Source paper with 40% Post-consumer recycled content. We also consider the amount of printing ink used and try to keep it to a minimum without compromising on the design. Our envelopes are 100% recycled.

We have also designed a Christmas card exclusively for sale in Aspects of Kings Park.


Christmas is here.... well nearly

We have finished our new christmas tree for this year. Made in our workshop on Angove st and uses FSC approved walnut veneer. It comes in two sizes and is available as flat pack to send overseas or overland. We have a new range of Christmas decorations - more photos to come!


New lampshade designs

Here's a glimpse of our new shades this week We have a few more that I will blog later in the week. We have the new structured geo and the design from our Aspects installation as a table lamp and small pendant. These will be for sale in the online shop soon!


New sausage dog onsies & giraffe Ts

New onsies in the shop. The fabric is by Liberty and we have limited amounts so get in fast if you want this pattern. Due to many requests we also have the giraffe on Organic cotton in Womens sizes.


Recycling - our new engraved trays

Our new illustrations on these retro trays giving them a new lease of life!
We have lots of different sizes and they are all signed on the back.


Anyone lost a hippo?

Someone left a hippo in the shop last week - if it's you, don't worry he's made friends on our shelf and he can stay here until you collect him.


Dino Roar T

We now have a new Dino Roar T in size 2, 4, 6.

Engraved wine cooler

The Banksia and the Wattle bird. Our new laser engraved winecooler with illustrations from our King's Park intstallation.

All hail the numbat!

It wasn't until I visited the zoo that I realised how small the numbat actually is. In my head he was kangaroo size.... to my surprise he was as small as a squirrel. Maybe in time long ago there was a giant Numbat, I like to think so. Here is the little Numbat in his pop-up Numbat forest living with his "Tawny Frogmouth" friend. Made by us in our Angove St workshop.


Paris City View - new Tote bag

Here is our latest Tote bag. Printed with eco-friendly inks in our workshop on Angove St and made in Perth. Drawings inpsired by our own photos taken from the Effiel Tower.


Illustration installation at Aspects, Kings Park

We were asked to create an illustration for the windows of Aspects in King's Park for the wildflower fastival. Its should be up until Christmas.Here are a few photos

Things to find include:
  • flowering gum
  • black swan
  • city of perth
  • red and green kangaroo paw
  • yellow kangaroo paw
  • black kangaroo paw
  • melaleuca elliptica
  • everlastings
  • banksia
  • tawny frogmouth
  • golden wattle
  • DNA Tower
  • black swan
  • geraldton wax
  • sturt desert pea
  • western wattle bird
  • grey fantail
  • kookaburra
  • Quairading banksia
  • Lotterywest Federation Walkway
  • australian grass tree
  • weebill


See us at Semi-Permanent - 24th September 2010

We will be speaking at Semi-Permanent in Perth on Friday 24th September. For those who have recently discovered us we set up our design studio in 2005 as Little Design Horse selling textile design to clients worldwide see www.littledesignhorse.com. We are now focussing on our own product range which are the Future Shelter products you can see here www.futureshelter.com.

So for those wishing to learn how we got here and why we are doing this come along!


Museum of Modern Art - Christmas Card Design 2010

The Christmas Card we designed for the Museum of Modern Art in New York is now for sale at www.momastore.org


Our new online shop is now open at www.futureshelter.com

Yes it's finally here, after a long wait we have opened our online shop at www.futureshelter.com. We will be adding our T-shirt, Limited Edition prints, magnets & card ranges over the next few weeks so keep checking back if you don't see what you are looking for. There will still always be a few more products in the Angove shop that are short runs & limited editions.



Mixtape Issue 13 in store now!

I have ventured into a new world of writing recently... see my article written all about my "Billion Dollar View" illustration for Melbourne based zine Mixtape. We also have the new kids issue in stock now.


Kyle Hughes-Odgers - Turner Galleries 13 August - 11 September

Don't miss Kyle Hughes-Odgers solo exhibition on at the Turner Galleries, Northbridge from 13th August to 11th September 2010. Kyle's work has been shown regularly in New York, Sydney and Melbourne. We can't wait to see this exhibiton of all his latest works.


Paris for your pocket

Our new Future Shelter business card holder or mini wallet or bus pass holder. Made in our workshop in Perth. Lines with organic cotton/hemp.
The illustration is a view from the Eiffel Tower.

Angove St - fresh flowers for a fresh start to the week

We have a new flower market happening here on Saturdays on Angove St with some lovely ladies selling some beautiful flowers. For those who havn't been to Angove St recently there are quite a few new shops and a new restaurant opening soon on the corner near our shop. Here are a few photos from this morning. I particularlly like the petrol pump and flower composition!

The flower market
The Pantry Door. This is all about freshly baked cakes and lunches. Ranging from your traditional banana bread to freshly made salads, frittatas and new york style sandwiches. They also use locally roasted Fiori coffee.Milkd is perfect for coffee and quick service too.
This cafe can get busy but you're never disappointed!
Pimp your bike - Trio have used some of the beautiful stripey fabric they sell to spruce up an old bikeTrio - have these beautiful deckchairs out the front of the store.

For more Angove St people & shops see links to the right >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

As for the online shop I daren't even mention it... just as we were to open this week we had a technology melt down... on our computers all seemed to fall over at the same time, our internet connection dropped out, our car broke and even our TV broke... it was finally finished off by Sophie (our 2 and a half year old) coming into the shop and swiftly managing to lock the key to till, inside the till! eeek! However next week will be a fresh start starting with finally, after all this build up, the online shop opening.


State of Design Festival

We are taking a little holiday and going over to Melbourne for the State of Design Victoria's Design Festival.

The Angove st shop will be closed from Tuesday 13th and reopen on Wednesday 21st July.
Sorry for any inconvience. However, we will make it up to you... our webshop will open soon!


Fraser Avenue - new table lamp

We've created a new table lamp with our Fraser Avenue design. This is larger than our standard table lamps to show off the detail in the design.


Anyone getting married?

We have many people ask us if we do wedding stationery... unfortunately not! However these girls from Studio Bomba otherwise known as Mitchell and Dent have launched a range of wedding stationery. Here are a few of our favourite designs....