Anyone who has ever visited QAGOMA knows that the stores are a major talking point. Full to the brim with an ever-changing, carefully curated selection of gifts, it’s impossible to walk away empty handed. We sat down with our Store Sales Coordinator Katie to get her insider’s information about the best finds. Happy shopping!
QAGOMA STORE CHRISTMAS DESIGN MARKET
In all my years of shopping I have never attended an event like our Christmas Design Market. Bursting with creativity, this thoughtfully curated market is filled with local artisans selling everything from clothing to homewares.
This year’s event will be held on Saturday, November 26. I always give the best presents – and this is my secret!
HOLLY RYAN’S JEWELLERY
It doesn’t matter if I am in the mood for diamonds, silver, gold or a pop of colour – I know I can find whatever jewellery I need across our stores. At the moment I am loving local jeweller Holly Ryan and her classic, timeless pieces.
My pick for the season are her ‘Mini Squiggle Earrings’. These lightweight beauties are perfect for all occasions.
Mini Squiggle Earrings Sterling Silver / $180
COMME DES GARCONS FRAGRANCE
I love smelling good, and the Comme des Garcons pocket store at GOMA makes it oh-so-easy! Their range of unisex fragrances can take you effortlessly from day to night. At the moment I love the seductive Floriental – a smouldering scent that combines labdanum, sandalwood, vetiver, incense, pink pepper and plum liqueur.
Floriental by Comme des Garcons / $195
SLIM AARONS: WOMEN
This mesmerising book offers a tantalising view into the lives of the rich and famous. It showcases the women who inspired Slim Aarons in the most glamourous environments – her photography instantly transports me to a seemingly blissful world of mansions, luxe fashion and fun.
Slim Aarons: Women / $110 Purchase online $99
ANYTHING BY DINOSAUR DESIGNS
Dinosaur Designs homewares are not only gorgeous, but multifunctional too! I use these small resin bowls as salt and pepper pinch pots, side dishes and also for my jewellery. With a great variety of colours and shapes available, I am spoiled for choice.
Resin Flow Soy Dish / $45
Abound with colour and life, this stunning monograph explores what home meant to Frida and how it inevitably influenced her art. Offering an amazing insight into her beloved Blue House (or La Casa Azul), with rare photographs of her and her family, this book is an absolute favourite in my collection.
Frida Kahlo at Home / $49.95 Purchase online $44.95
The QAGOMA Store has three retail outlets — two at the Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) at each entrance and the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA).
Together they specialise in high-quality books on today’s most exciting, challenging and influential contemporary artists and designers, history and design. A sophisticated selection of design objects, contemporary art merchandise, gifts and a stunning range of jewellery by Australian and international designers with a handmade focus.