In the case of jewelry designer Lucy Folk's Melbourne shop, the cart came before the horse. "The block my shop is on is really unique; it's one of the most historic in Melbourne," she says. "I knew the landlord and told him to let me know if anything ever opened up, but I had no intention of actually opening a shop. When the space became available I just thought, I have to do this, it's the most perfect location."
We're glad she did. The design of the store, which is, for lack of a better phrase, a jewel box at just about 140 square feet. "I didn't have many options other than to attach everything to the walls," says Folk. With electroplated ceramic plates (meaning they're covered in a very thin layer of metal) from local brand Madras hanging on the walls, and details like drawer handles shaped like corn chips, Folk's shop is a cabinet of delights. Oh, and about those corn chips? Folk has a long-running love of snacking, and of incorporating it into her work. Think: cuffs and chokers cast from pizza dough and anchovies, money clips shaped like hard-shell tacos, and earrings that look like parsley. Here, Folk shares some of her favorite pieces from her collection.