Monk House Design


Tuesday November 18 2014

This week we welcome Rittle to the mix, a Melbourne-based label created by all-round cool cat Ellie King.

An entrepreneur at heart, doing and making has always been a passion of Ellie’s. After selling her successful city-based cafe last year she’s moved on to turn her pastime into career, recently going on to launch a homewares website Pieces 4 Places and debuting her range of handmade objects including those currently hanging out with us here at MHD.

Sitting somewhere between decorative art, plush toy and sculpture, the happy, grinning cats are all lovingly handmade and meticulously hand embroidered by Ellie. 

We’ve been hanging out with the cats for a few days now and can’t help but notice their individual character and charm… At once absurd, and yet strikingly familiar, the cats have certainly crept their way into our hearts and we bet they’ll make it into yours too!

We’ll be playing host to Ellie’s amazing installation for the next few weeks and keeping busy with the cats right through Christmas and beyond! Come meet them in-store today or read our interview with Ellie here


Tuesday November 11 2014

Surface to Air has hit MHD just in time for summer!

This season the French label has looked to LA’s gang culture and the ‘90s skate scene as a source of inspiration. They’re created a super fresh range that’s re-vamped classic shapes to make contemporary statements.  

Founded in 2001 in Paris, they’re known for more than just their glasses! With endeavors spanning fashion, art direction and film you can definitely trust they know what’s up.

We’ve got a bunch of their latest frames including a range of sleek cats-eyes, modern round silhouettes and polished metal frames in gold, black and silver.

Come have a try today or shop the collection via our online store.



Monday November 03 2014

We had the best time at our very first Seasonal Eats dinner a few weeks ago!

To launch our new Workshop space we celebrated with a springtime feast. Shop girl Mietta cooked up a seasonal storm, all beautifully served on specially made Shiko pottery. A big thanks to all those who came along and to the amazing local sponsors who helped out Blackhearts and Sparrows, Baker D Chirico and Lygon Street Nursery.

For those of you who couldn’t make it, don’t despair, we have a few snaps from the night and there will be plenty more Workshop events in the near future. Stay tuned!

Details of Natalie Turnbull's styling and art installation.

Natalie serving refreshments into Win's Shiko cup.


A newly formed band by the name of the Bad Lipsticks

Ruby enjoying Mietta's cooking

In the kitchen with Mietta, dishing up her infamous Chocolate Mousse 

Details of Natalie's installation 


Monday October 27 2014

We're chuffed to introduce Rouda to the Monk House family! The brainchild of Melbourne-based textile designer Megan McNeill, Rouda places importance on textile design and fabric, endeavouring to create the perfect canvas to showcase her (amazing!) prints. 

Utilising natural fabrics in cotton, silk and linen, her first collection Positive/Negative was inspired by light and shadow, a motif she has playfully reinvented throughout the collection.

To celebrate the launch of her collection we asked Megan to create an in-store installation. Showcasing her prints she filled our window with hands and bathed our walls and racks with her beautiful pieces.

We're totally smitten and bet you will be too! Come have a peek in-store now or read more here.


Monday October 13 2014

Hello, we’re having a dinner you should come! 

To celebrate the birth of our Workshop space, you’re invited to join us for a special meal inspired by spring. 

A long time in the making, we’re excited to introduce you to our fresh Workshop space. A hub for conversation and insight, we’ll be holding regular talks with local designers and creatives.

Open to the public, and with the aim of fostering creative pursuits, the space will function as a setting for discussion and insight.

In collaboration with local foodie Mietta Coventry, Brunswick based ceramicist Shiko and stylist Natalie Turnbull we present Seasonal Eats; a celebration of all good things.

Come and join us for an evening of food, conversation & celebration.

Thursday 23rd October

7 - 9pm

Cost: $35/pp

Your ticket includes two drinks plus food by Mietta Coventry.

For more information or to buy your tickets visit our online store here.