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  • finding yourself at home.....

    "finding your self at home...." has always been the title of our newsletters
    and for an extended period I would imagine that this is going to be the case for a lot of us....so at planet we are making changes appropriate to the times.

    at present our showroom is open regular hours and we are observing the basics such as cleaning surfaces, observing social distancing practises (our large spacious showroom makes this easy and comfortable), washing our hands and looking after the health of staff.   we will keep you updated if the showroom closes temporarily in the future for any reason.

    in the meantime, keep in mind that our website has a huge range of products available for purchase online from the comfort and safety of your home.
    it seems unlikely that delivery services would be suspended.
    you can request free gift wrapping with instructions in a message.
    you also may prefer "click and collect"... for us this means that you would select the instore pick up option, however we are very happy if you call us a few minutes in advance, to bring a parcel to your vehicle at the front of our showroom... 
    we are adding more products to the website in anticipation of this kind of service.... such as gift cards etc.

    please don't be shy to call and discuss any request.
    it may be that you remember an item from your last visit, or you would like us to email more photos of an item, or you have a question about functionality...

    remember that we have carpets and bedding, mattresses, pillows, cushions and quilts, sheets, ceramics, natural fibre homewares, scarves, towels, lighting, artwork and so many other things as well as our furniture

    we are developing new pieces of furniture constantly and keep in mind our custom design service. with a few basic measurements and a few photos of your space, we can discuss your needs with a phone call and then email through proposals. we do also have stock of many furniture items, ready for immediate delivery. 

     

    many unique items are not on our website
    so we would always love to see you in the showroom
    but don't be shy of calling to make a request for information.
    we could easily "facetime" with you and show you product this way.
    to do this please call the showroom on 9211 5959 for the best mobile phone number contact at the time.

    as we all get used to the new normal, things will change, but keep in mind that we are looking for new ways to look after your requirements...
    as we all spend more time at home
    perhaps now is the time to consider a few improvements.
    changes are always an opportunity for some things to get better.

    we wish that you and your family are kept safe in this strange time.
    we are all here ready to make your life as easy as we can.
    kind regards from all at planet

  • finding yourself at home.....

    the original australians remind us of the importantce of care of our landscape 

    ernabella arts in the apy lands have just delivered a fresh batch of paintings. as you probably know already, the full benefit goes to the community when a piece is sold at planet..(just except for the cost of framing and the gst that is collected) our normal margin is donated to a dialysis charity, that helps to keep more people living in the community...we feel that as a result, we often have the best quality works.... 

    above is a painting by michelle lewis
    ngayuku mamaku ngura ini makiri 

    michelle's father's country is a place called makiri - located east of ernabella near the fregon community. this country is tjala tjukurpa (honey ant dreaming). michelle and her family still visit this country where she draws special attention to the natural elements on the land which are then represented in her paintings. 

    'i am painting the landscape from above, as you might see it from an airplane, or as a bird looking down. it is beautiful country from on the ground and up above.'

    when michelle created her work, ngayuku mamku ngura ini makiri (my father's country, a place called makiri) she was thinking of maliri and how the tjala (honey ants) tunnel though the sandy soil as well as about the waterholes, the assemblages of trees and shrubs and the country that is 'quiet' empty. 

    above is a langaliki lewis painting entitled - ngayuku ngura - this is a depiction of the artists country. the different colours and designs represent variations in the landscape.

    work above minyma kutjara -by artist: tjariya (nungalka) stanley

    there is a story if deep significance to women which contains metaphorical references to female cycles. it tells of two women travelling north. the pair meet with a group of women, including kutungu, who are caring for a man who then passes away. they then travel to the area known as mantaruta, near uluru, where they chase a curious wanampi (serpent) deep into the ground. they burn their body hair to attract him, hit him on the head and run away. from afar, they throw a manguri/traditional head ring for carrying which also hits him. he then comes and hits the women who travel on bleeding and hurt.

    below is a work by amanda kulyuru called mgayuku ngura this is a depiction of the artists country. the different colours and designs represent variations in the landscape.

    more information about these pieces and the rest of this collection are on our website, as well as instore

     

  • evolution at planet

    come and have a peruse at the evolving showroom at planet

    

    since we have made a change to include blackbutt alongside spotted gum as an option for all of our furniture, things have changed in our space.

    just this week, some new showroom display pieces have arrived in the paler blackbutt species of sustainably grown australian hardwood....pictured above in the quilted cabinet and rotating bookcase.

    we have also added some drops of fabric colour to define spaces and to change the mood and feeling of areas within our areas..

    its been a great opportunity to refine proportions and details of some of our classic designs also.

    over the coming weeks and months new designs will be arriving....

    and you will be pleased to know that we now have supply of our solid engineered spotted gum, so all of our classics are available in stock or standard production lead times.

    like with nature, we aim for a sophisticated evolution of what we do, rather than dramatic changes. we hope that you like our efforts to constantly respond to your needs and to offer intelligent solutions

     

  • ooh its cold

    its getting cold in australia, so we are all enjoying lovely restful slumber. at planet we have created a collection of new quilts, all to fit king or queen beds with textiles that we have commissioned to be made, or collected vintage pieces from many different cultures. all of our quilts have cotton filling.

    the tumeric yellow quilt above is eri silk, hand-spun and handwoven from assam, the darker mustard silk is vintage japanese and the darker neutral is muga silk from bihar. the tumeric dyed (handspun and handwoven) cotton backing fabric is also made for us in india. hanging is a handwoven linen in mustard and the carpet is hand-loomed wool, made for planet in a range of sizes.

    the quilt above has a resist-dyed main silk panel in dark teal with plain black handwoven silk top and bottom, the reverse is grey hand spun and hand woven cotton. hanging is yak's wool from ladakh, woven in the kullu valley also in the himalayas.

    the main panel of this quilt above is screen printed denim. the top and bottom panels are hand spun and hand woven natural indigo yarn dyed cotton, and the backing fabric is fine blue handspun and handwoven indian cotton. the pure silk pile hand knotted carpet is made just for planet and the hanging textile is ikat from indonesia.

    luxuriate in this quilt made from three handwoven silks that have been made just for planet in india. the backing fabric is fine grey hand spun and hand woven cotton. the hand knotted carpet has a subtle pattern and is made for us in bhadohi, the carpet centre for more than 400 years.

    celebrate the arrival of cooler weather with a bedroom revamp from planet. we have a huge range of quilts, so come in and have a play.

  • finding yourself at home..... celebrating your mum

    finding something for your mum is the easiest gift all year! she will love whatever you present and think that its perfect. however at planet we can help you to find that piece that is right for everyone involved, whether its a small thing that says "I remember you" or something lavish and unique...

    these japanese vintage kokeshi dolls and vintage vases appeal to highly individual tastes.

    all items appearing here are available online... well untill sold out.

    boiled wool throws are soft, warm and a generous size. we have a huge range of colours and of course our gift wrapping service is free... and we have a great range of gift cards too

    our drawers are filled with hundreds of different scarf options from budget to lavish luxury.  silks, cotton, linen, alpaca, pashmina, cashmere, in a huge range of techniques, hand-looms, hand embroidery, jamdani, shibori and bandhani, blockprinting, kalamkari hand painting with natural dyes... the easiest gift to get right

    perhaps mum loves something natural, soft, sweetly fragranced and special. how about our sandalwood vegan soap, or organic cotton towels from japan, beeswax candles and a huge range of botanical salus range products?

    you can buy online and collect instore, or have us mail items in advance

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