About Us

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Our aim is to celebrate Australian design both here in Australia and internationally.

Our online shop is being updated in February/ March 2019 so if you see something here and it is not available online please contact us at admin@bigislandaus.com.au.

We are now operating from our shop within a shop/gallery @SplatterGallery in Westfield Belconnen, Canberra.  If you are in the area you will see our great Australian home wares and lifestyle products. We continue to source designs from makers in every state and territory in Australia because we want to showcase the work of talented Australian designers.  We are lucky to be working with a talented group of over 120 designers and artists from all around the country.

Susan and Suzanne, the two founders of Big Island Designs Australia, are friends who worked in the Commonwealth Public Service for over two decades, and prior to this taught in universities and schools.

When we were working with ministers and their staff, business, industry, universities and schools as well as international delegations, we noticed that it is often difficult to find the right ‘made in Australia’ gift for colleagues or visitors, especially given the time constraints people are under when organising events.  We also noticed that there are only a few places available to find a range of quality, functional and affordable Australian made products for the home and office.

Our first step was to set up this online store to make it a whole lot easier to find a collection of Australian made products in one easy location.  Now we are excited to be expanding our range in our north Canberra outlet and we will be refreshing and expanding our online range in February/March 2019. Sorry for any inconvenience right now & that this website has to look a bit depleted in the process!

We are finding that people really love to buy Australian made gifts for their colleagues and family and friends and, in this way, support the Australian creative industries to flourish.