- TELL US ABOUT POP & SCOTT AND HOW IT ALL BEGAN. GIVE US A LITTLE HISTORY LESSON:
Scotty and I always wanted to run our own business, we had heaps of creative ideas and started Pop & Scott as a way to get those ideas out into the world. A big part of the inception of Pop & Scott was about creating a community of like-minded makers. We always envisioned that the workshop would be shared with lots of small businesses. In the beginning, I would run floristry workshops and Scotty would run woodworking workshops to pay the rent but quickly the furniture side of our business grew and before we knew it, it was a full-time job.
- YOUR MELBOURNE SPACE IS YOUR FLAGSHIP STORE, HOW DID THE BYRON STORE COME ABOUT?
The Byron space was a beautiful chance, our friend Jaye Edwards of Edwards and Co was opening a new retail space in the Byron Bay Arts and Industrial estate and asked if we wanted to share it together. We went to have a look and quickly fell in love with the bigger space next door and when our good friends Pampa came on board we knew it was meant to be! We have always loved the Byron region and have a lot of friends in the area – we love the Byron lifestyle. Our aesthetic appeals to both urban and beach dwellers so we feel there is a good crossover between our Melbourne and Byron customers.
- YOU WORK COLLABORATIVELY WITH LOTS OF DIFFERENT CREATIVES AND ARTISTS, WAS THIS SOMETHING YOU ALWAYS SAW AS AN IMPORTANT ELEMENT OF YOUR BUSINESS?
Absolutely. From day one we wanted to create a space that nurtured emerging talent and to cultivate a collective where each business supported each other. These days the workshop is so busy that we are using most of the space for ourselves but our dear friends will always be a part of the collective in some way, whether we are collaborating or catching up to talk about design and life.
- TELL US ABOUT THE ROLE COLOURS AND TEXTURES PLAY IN YOUR SPACES.
Colour and texture are everything – it’s that tangible force that makes you feel at home, makes you feel comfortable and safe. We are instinctually drawn to natural fibres and colours that are represented in nature.
- NURTURING CREATIVES SEEMS TO COME NATURALLY TO YOU, HOW HAS THIS COME ABOUT?
This is definitely something that has come about organically, it’s in both of our natures to want to connect and create a community, and being able to have a business while sharing creative ideas has always inspired us. We’re passionate about new business and seeing people take the risk to follow their creative path.
- THIS YEAR, YOU ADDED APPAREL TO YOUR ONLINE AND IN-STORE OFFERINGS AND ALL THE CLOTHING LABELS YOU STOCK SEEM TO HAVE A GREAT ETHOS AND STORY BEHIND THEM, WHY IS THIS SO IMPORTANT TO YOU?
We hate waste! This particular selection of labels have all been carefully considered for the way they produce their items – the idea of mass-produced clothing has never appealed to us. We feel aligned with that style of production as it echoes our own furniture and homewares ethos.
- WHAT IS YOUR GO-TO REMEDY WHEN YOU’RE STUCK IN A CREATIVE RUT?
I really try to not focus on the rut, I try to separate myself as much as I can from my normal routine – some of my best ideas have come on long road trips in the bush.
- ‘BALANCE’ IS AN OFTEN OVERUSED WORD, BUT TELL US YOUR SECRET!
There is no secret! Some weeks it’s really tough as we work very hard and have two young kids. We live an hour out of town and get to the beach and the bush very often so this is the remedy from the busy work life and it’s what keeps us sane – nature is always the key!
“I really try to not focus on the rut, I try to separate myself as much as I can from my normal routine – some of my best ideas have come on long road trips in the bush.”
- HOW DO YOU START YOUR WEEK?
With lots of coffee! We start the week by dealing with emails and any urgent matters with our general manager and staff in both showrooms – we check in regularly with the progress of jobs and use a project management app that really helps with communicating with our team.
- WHAT ABOUT ENDING THE WEEK?
We end our week with a few beers on a Friday afternoon with our workshop crew.
- WHAT DO YOU DO TO LET YOUR HAIR DOWN?
Go and swim in the ocean, bathe with my kids and hang out friends, drink some wine and eat great food.
- TELL US ABOUT A PROJECT YOU’VE LOVED SO FAR THIS YEAR?
We are working on our rainbow dining chair which is so exciting – it’s the first dining chair in our range and we can’t wait to get it out into the world.
- WHAT’S ONE THING YOU WOULD SAY TO SOMEONE ABOUT TO LAUNCH THEIR OWN BUSINESS?
Do it! We are so supportive of anyone starting their own business, it takes a lot of work but it’s so worthwhile. I love that first process of starting something when it’s all fresh and new and the possibilities are endless. We are so stoked with where Pop & Scott is at right now and the support we’ve encountered from our creative community.
- NEXT ADVENTURE OR PROJECT YOU CAN SHARE WITH US?
We’d love to do some big collaborations and do have a few things in the works but nothing we can talk about right now… stay tuned!
- WHAT IS ONE LESSON YOUR BUSINESS HAS TAUGHT YOU ABOUT LIFE?
To make time for yourself when you need it – you can’t work endlessly without impact. It’s important to connect with nature, your friends, your family and yourself. Nothing will thrive unless you tend to your own garden first.
To see more of Poppy and her biz, head to the Pop + Scott website.
Portraits by the lovely Lisa Sorgini