Friday, December 3, 2010

Kiitos In Royal Auto Magazine

Kiitos Living by Design has been included in a feature on Barwon Heads, in the Royal Auto Magazine, December 2010 issue. That's pretty exiting !

Karen Walker now in store at Kiito sLiving by Design

We are pleased that our Karen Walker Resort order is now in store .

The collection is wonderful. Pure silk dresses, Cotton Voile Shirts and Lovely Cotton tee shirts and Tee shirt dresses.

Pop into Kiitos to see the whole range.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Kiitos Living by Design Barwon Heads Australia

We apologize but our web site seems to be offline. Our web designers have been notified, and we are sure that the problem will be resolved very soon.

Should you have an inquiry please feel free to call us on 03 52541835.

Best wishes the team at Kiitos Living by Design, Barwon Heads.

Your EXCLUSIVE stockist of Marimekko Apparel in Victoria.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Merlin and Amanda Cunliffe visit Kiitos Living by Desing

Last Sunday we had some very special visitors at Kiitos Living by Design, Barwon Heads.
The Honourable Merlin Cunliffe and his wife Amanda, where brought to Kiitos by their dear friends and former business partners, John and Vicky Harris. For those who don't know, Merlin was the owner /founder of legendary Melbourne, stores Thesaurus.
Thesaurus was an avante garde  mini chain of three outlets, in Malvern ,Carlton and Toorak, in the mid 1960's and 70's and were described as the most forward looking shops of their time.
Thesurus did not seek to cater for all tastes. Merlin who is now revered as a  Melbourne retail /design icon, and has been described as being instrumental in changing the culture of retailing in Australia, chose stock for his stores according to one taste only- his. His take was if you want one thing in the shop you are almost certain to want everything else.
We are no longer surprised when customers of a "certain age" come to Kiitos and rave about Thesaurus and Marimekko. Merlin and his Thesaurus stores sold marimekko clothing and fabric to a whole generation of proud new homeowners in the 60's and 70's and it is always nice to hear these ladies reminisce about their Unikko curtains or the moo moo dress made with Marimekko fabric brought from a Thesaurus Store.
Prior to Sunday our knowledge of  Merlin Cunliffe and Thesaurus, was quite limited.
Merlin has been kind enough to send me two original vintage Thesaursus posters which were part of Thesaurus marketing and we are going to have them framed and displayed at Kiitos, so thank you Merlin we are so honoured.
This blog is to be continued,these few sentences in no way do justice to Merlin Cunliffe, and his contribution to Melbourne retail and design.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Raife Surf Wear Lifestyle Store, on the old servo site next to Kiitos Barwon Heads

At Kiitos Living by Design we are pleased and exited that we will soon have a new neighbour, Surf Brand, "Raife".
We wonder, is the iconic,old servo site destined to become  the new hip, Barwon Heads, shopping precinct? Organic Fresh Foods anyone ? "Jo's Organic Delights" will also be joining us , we will blog about that soon.
Below is a little about the brand that we found on the Raife web site
RAIFE is nostalgic for the Australian sunny days of youth with a keen design eye to the future. RAIFE is a search for something
better - better surf, better board shorts, better days.

RAIFE produces designer hand made men's board shorts and accessories for the Australian beach, designed in-house, and produced
by selected artisans from across the globe. RAIFE set out to produce a fine pair of board shorts, to surf in the morning and then wear
to lunch in the afternoon. Inspired by the majesty in nature, the RAIFE line, sits well in designer boutiques and boutique surf stores.

RAIFE is the creation of Hamish Cameron. Hamish is a waterman from way back, an Australian surf swimming champion, Hamish
purchased his first single fin surf board in Torquay in 1979. Most recently Hamish has been designing high tech race suits for
the swim brand Engine.
Work in progress , Raife Store Bridge Rd, Barwon Heads. We think this space will be delightful when completed. Raife is expecting to be trading by the 1st week in December.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

George Gina & Lucy Bags at Kiitos Living by Design

Introducing George Gina & Lucy Bags, Made in Germany.
Bags are stylish and functional ,and the latest "must have" handbag in Europe.
George Gina & Lucy bags are describes on the GGL facebook page, as, "An ever evolving collection of moving, living works of art.... funky bags with spunk...These are not handbags... these are little personalities!" ,and we couldn't agree more.
Check out the full range in store at Kiitos Living by Design Barwon Heads

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Good Company by Marimekko at Kiitos Living by Design

Eat, Drink,Share, Enjoy Good Company

Marimekko invites you to enjoy good company – at a table set with new Marimekko tableware and textiles. The warm, strong and clean shapes of the tableware and the unlimited ways of using the pieces inspire you to break the conventions of table setting and to mix influences from different food cultures. 

The new tableware was designed by Sami Ruotsalainen, a graduate of the University of Art and Design Helsinki with a Master’s Degree in ceramic and glass design. The first patterns for the new tableware were drawn by Maija Louekari, B.A.
Check out the full range at Kiitos Living by Design Barwon Heads.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Maija Loukari- marimekko fabric designs

Maija Louekari

Maija Louekari’s designs exhibit a marked sense of location, time and space. She has portrayed both the crowds of metropolises and traditional Finnish landscapes in a highly vivid manner. Her expressive line drawings and large planes of colour combine to create a strong impression of three-dimensionality.

Monday, September 20, 2010

me and amber @ kiitos living by design, Barwon Heads

marimekko ,Spring/Summer 2011 at taste of things to come

Kiitos Living by Design Barwon Heads Australia

Buy marimekko fabric- $75.00/meter online at


Marimekko Corporation is a leading Finnish textile and clothing design company that was established in 1951. The company designs, manufactures and markets high-quality clothing, interior decoration textiles, bags and other accessories under the Marimekko brand, both in Finland and abroad.

famous women love marimekko

marimekko the brand of choice for style icon, Jaqueline Kennedy, who brought seven marimekko dresses and  and, wore them throughout JFK's Presidential campaign She was famously snapped in a simple pink outfit alongside her husband for the cover of Sports Illustrated.  
Carrie Bradshaw, of Sex in the City, wore a marimekko dress in the series and  had marimekko curtains in her apartment.

Why not purchase marimekko fabric from kiitos living by design, Barwon Heads Australia and make your own marimekko curtains.

Sunday, September 12, 2010