an open letter to manufacturers...
i was talking with ac this morning about how happy i am to have such a large and enthusiastic aussie and new zealand audience, but that more often than not i get unhappy emails from them saying that about 70-80% of the american design shops i mention don't offer shipping to australia or nz. the common complaint i hear is that, while local aussie and kiwi designers are fantastic, they'd love to have more affordable mainstream modern design options. shops like dwr, west elm, cb2, etc. don't have australian outposts and while some might cringe at the "mainstream-ness" of the larger chains here, they are really great ways for people on a budget to pick up modern basics. the picture i have painted for me over and over by readers is that the market tends to be fairly polarized- there are great local craftsman ($$$$) and then local boutiques ($) but nothing in between (i often forget how lucky we are to have a wide range of design options in the states). so, to manufacturers, e-commerce sites and design outlets i say, don't forget our friends in australia and new zealand, they are passionate about great design and would love to be able to order things just like the rest of us here in the states. so, if you can, consider opening up your shipping range to include them, because affordable design should be able to arrive at all our doorsteps.
[if you live in australia and have suggestions for local design shops, please feel free to leave them below. if you're a shop and want to let readers know that you're ready and raring to ship down under, please leave your shop and contact info below. it's about time i rounded up great resources for the design fans down under]