Pete and Louise Smit, Cobble Cast, have been creating beautiful solid bronze pieces for more than 30 years in their small foundry in Queensland. They use the 3,000 year old Lost Wax Process using traditional casting techniques. Each piece is handled up to 18 times during the process and it is unconditionally guaranteed.
The winner of numerous awards, he has also been fortunate to have been handed many exciting commissions. Some of Pete’s work remains in Australia, but most of his bronzes find homes throughout the world.
The store I went to is located in the heart of Melbourne CBD in one of its oldest and finest arcades. But even finer and more attractive was the craftsmanship of the bronze and wooden sculptures and figurines made by whole hearted Australians using age-old processes. If you are fond of good quality handicrafts then this truly a place to visit. Wish well to the business and it's manufacturers.
I work for an international company and am often asked by colleagues visiting from other parts of the world where they can find genuine, Australian made pieces to take home. Australian by Design is a winner every single time. This beautiful store and gallery in more spacious premises is a bit more challenging to find in its new location, but it's worth it. If you're looking for authentic, high quality Australian arts and crafts, with price points for everyone, this gem is worth seeking out.
Very cool little shop tucked away upstairs. The art here is really authentic. I've purchased a hand carved boomerang with beautiful art. I don't think you can get much better crafted boomerangs by aboriginal artists anywhere else.
我们店是澳大利亚仅存的几家专营本土制作的礼品和纪念品店。我们店里大部分的商品都是手工制作，并且是直接从工匠那里获得的。在澳大利亚几乎所有其他地方出售的礼品和纪念品都不是本土制造的。我们店位于The Block Arcade（又名街区拱廊），这是墨尔本最具标志性，代表着这个城市美丽又富有历史性的建筑物。此拱廊建于1880年代，拥有着宏伟的楼梯和许多漂亮的彩色玻璃花窗，就算不是购物，也十分值得来此一游。在您留言里提到的杯垫应该是我们的佛塔树种子杯垫。皇家植物园的售价是一个杯垫6澳元，我们店是35澳元一套，每套有六个杯垫。平均下来的话，一个杯垫只需5.83澳元。我们相信我们商品的价格是非常合理的。在许多情况下，我们的供应商在其他商店售卖的商品价格是低于供应商建议的零售价。我们希望您再来墨尔本旅游，并且有机会的话再次光临我们的店。
We noticed the display case while touring the Block Arcade and made a point to return for a visit to the shop. It was well worth it. Beautiful works of art and unique souvenirs of our trip to Australia. The proprietor was most friendly and helpful tucking in some information on the artist whose work I had purchased. I highly recommend seeking out this shop. You won't be disappointed!
Spent some time to find this shop, remember to take the Lift 1(No.1) in Block Arcade and press 3rd floor, follow the sign then you will find it. The owner is very friendly and passionate of explaning different kinds of workpiece and the decoration of the shop, he is also very patient on explaining different wood types among all those pens as well. By the time I visited, there were not much various types of paintings, but there were many different handiwork such as coasters, earrings, sketches, pens, wood carving etc. I bought a handmade roller ball pen made with red mallee burl wood. And the prices of those Australian handiwork are cheaper than other shops as it is located upstairs. Good customer service as well, highly recommend to visit this shop!
Gorgeous pieces to add to a collection or as a solo feature in your home. Wonderfully helpful and knowledgeable staff. Highly recommended to tourists looking for a unique souvenir or to locals wanting to up their decor game. A must visit shop!!!
You really have to find this store. Search for it when you're in the Block Arcade. it is situated on the third floor. Take the elevator and enter a world of Australian made exquisite paintings, jewels and art. All at (in my opinion) affordable prices.
Friendly and welcoming staff. Eager to explain and guide everything they have
Hard to find a store like this in Melbourne these days. Great service, lovely store! Will come again!
A true gem of Melbourne a must visit for the person who wants to gift themselves or others with uniquely Australian made arts craft and design collectables.
Absolutely lovely shop for authentic, hand-made Australian art and gifts. If you are looking for Australian art in general, or a meaningful, hand-crafted souvenir to take back home, this is THE place!
Loved shopping at this shop. Great artwork.
Perfect and the best place to buy original Australian made souvenir, not Chinese ones. Such nice and friendly staff. Thanks heaps!
A great wee shop with very friendly and most helpful staff. Lovely to see gifts and souvenirs that you know are made in Australia. Highly recommended but its tucked away. F loor 3 in the lift opposite Hopetoun Tearoom in the Block Arcade.
Very good range and friendly service but a little tricky to find but well worth the effort.
Two small rooms on the 3rd floor. A little difficult to find but well worth the effort for the authentic art and charming staff.
Just happened to see the display/ sign while at The Block Arcade. We went to the 3rd floor and found this wonderful shop carrying only Australian-made items. The proprietor was so very nice and helpful and provided great advice and information on the various items she carried in her store. I would highly recommend visiting this establishment for any keepsakes that are authentic.
The quality of the souvenirs were amazing for the price paid which was accompanied by fantastic service
Simply the best if you are looking for Australiana. Lovely art, souvenirs, jewelry and gifts for any budget with none of the cheap dreck in the typical souvenir shops. Everything truly Australian, good quality, and obviously chosen personally with care and attention. The staff is especially friendly and quick to offer information, recommendations, and a friendly chat. Be sure not to miss it tucked away upstairs!
(Translated by Google) Great service! The Lord thanked us that we found the store, unfortunately it is not easy but it is worth the effort because you can buy souvenirs made in Australia here! I recommend!
(Original) super obsługa! Pan nam podziękował że znaleźliśmy sklep, nie jest to niestety łatwe ale warto się wysilić ponieważ można tu zakupić pamiątki wyprodukowane w Australii! Polecam!
This place is a brilliant find! Excellent service and beautifully crafted things to buy. I highly recommend this shop.
Wonderful little shop filled with unique Australian art and souvenirs at very reasonable prices. Prefect for gifts!