A Western Australian design stockist expands its brief to become a national distributor of the beautiful and unusual.
September 18th, 2008
Since the Mt Lawley, WA-based Test Tube opened in late 2006, it has focused on offering a selection of exciting and unusual designer products sourced globally.
Now the business is expanding to become a national distributor collaborating with a select number of Australian stockists to offer some of the world’s most interesting and in some cases, iconic products.
"We really see ourselves as a boutique distributor. We are not interested in representing a large number of brands, nor are we interested in placing these products in as many doors as possible.
"Quite to the contrary, we are simply approaching the stores which we believe carry amazing collections which we feel would be great for these products to be represented alongside,” says Test Tube’s Romina Gil de Matos.
Designers represented include luminaries such as Ettore Sottsass for Industreal; and, winners of Wallpaper’s 2007 ‘Best New Collection Award’, One Off – a collective of young international designers who use digital production methods; and Czech Republic-based designers, Qubus Studio.
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