Thursday, 7 June 2012

Zaishu spot #1

Our Zaishu slot seat / tables were recently spotted at the cozy Giant Steps Winery in Healesville, Australia. The winery commissioned their own local artist to add the artwork.

Zaishu spot #2

The Young at Art Museum in Fort Lauderdale, Florida is using a bunch of Zaishu for their kids activities. Thanks to Architecture is Fun in Chicago for specifying us.

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Nicola Cerini Sale

We share our studio with the talented Nicola Cerini who is having a Mother's Day Sale next weekend of her wonderful bags and fabrics. May 4,5,6 from 11am. Mercator Building 1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford, Melbourne. See you there..

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Art Sale

'Made From Waste' wall art by Zaishu
$80 each (was $110) or 2 for $140

Size: 120 x 120cm
Stock: Only 50 left in different prints and colors.
Delivery: Direct pick up from our Melbourne studio.

At Zaishu we like to think of inventive ways to minimize our waste and re use materials to make new products. This artwork is a bi product from when we used to cut components to make our Zaishu slot together seat / tables. Made from sustainably grown timber and printed with water based inks and varnish it is art with a positive environmental message. The plywood panels are hand printed in sought after patterns from the library of Florence Broadhurst and Spacecraft studios. Once printed, a laser is used to cut out the components leaving behind this unique skeletal framework that uses positive and negative spaces to full effect. Email for more info.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

AGDA Question Time

Every second month, three AGDA members will be invited to sit beneath the spotlight, and poked and prodded by your questions on all things professional. Tonight I am one of those three... to find out more information visit the AGDA website, hope to see you there - cheers Helen.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Thank you David Band

It was sad news to hear that artist / designer David Band passed away from cancer earlier this year. We collaborated on this exhibition with him at Jan Murphy Gallery in Brisbane, Australia in 2006. His work will continue to inspire us.

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Best of Both Worlds

Matthew returns to India this month to contribute to the
'Best of Both Worlds' ethical design seminar in Delhi.
Special thanks to Kevin Murray from Sangam for the invitation.
October 22, National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi.

Monday, 22 August 2011

The last of the last!

No need to call or email us, this is the last remaining Fijian Baby Zaishu and your purchase will raise much needed funds for Fiji’s Mali District School. This project was Art Directed by Kaz Brecher from Tribe Wanted, the hand painted Baby Zaishus feature traditional tribal art and are available exclusively from ReForm School in Los Angeles.

You can read more about the project and previous donation here:
And read about the project in the latest issue of Dumbofeather:


Zaishu's Matthew Butler has been taking photos since he bought a plastic Diana camera in a toy shop in 1978. After years of practice and graduating to a professional camera he is now working in Asia as a photographer, specialising in design, creativity and culture. His new website is

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Matthew in Cambodia

One week after we closed our screen printing studio Matthew was invited to Cambodia to teach sustainable design in remote villages. He couldn't find a reason to say no so literally a week later he found himself in a hot and sweaty tin shed in the middle of a rice field on the remote Cambodian / Vietnamese border. He worked with young men being trained to make bamboo furniture and arranged for textile weavers to learn how to naturally dye cotton using flowers and tree bark found locally in the villages.

Saturday, 20 August 2011

The India project

Matthew has written an article about the Zaishu project he did in India a couple of years ago. The article is for Sangam, an Australia / India ethical design platform.

Monday, 9 May 2011


We have a limited selection of screens available from our studio, these are the cutouts from making our slot-together Zaishu seat/tables. The artwork is from the Florence Broadhurst Library and by Spacecraft.

Friday, 29 April 2011

Mercator Open Studios

Mercator Open Studios 6-8pm Thursday 12 May at the Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford VIC 3067
The Mercator Studio Artisans warmly invite you to join us for a drink and discover the inner workings of 12 diverse creative practices. This is a unique opportunity to meet the artists and designers; explore the inspiring spaces where they create and purchase work direct from the makers. On your journey from the main entrance to Mercator, enjoy the experience of the stunning new breezeway….

Monday, 11 April 2011

Mini Spacecraft Zaishu

The last of our two dozen mini Zaishu panels were left in the creative hands of Stewart Russel at Spacecraft, dropped off by Matt on his way to the airport. Matt is now in Cambodia working on a photography project recording artists work spaces. If you would like to purchase one of these last baby Zaishu seats dash into Spacecraft.

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Sublime Magazine UK

Sublime – The First International Sustainable Lifestyle Magazine from the UK has featured a follow-up article on Zaishu.

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Tribe Wanted

Buy one of the last remaining Fijian Baby Zaishu for Christmas and your purchase will raise much needed funds for Fiji’s Mali District School. This project was Art Directed by Kaz Brecher from Tribe Wanted, the hand painted Baby Zaishus feature traditional tribal art and are available exclusively from ReForm School in Los Angeles.

You can read more about the project and previous donation here:
And read about the project in the latest issue of Dumbofeather:

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Thank you

Yes it's true, we are no longer making any more Zaishus, leaving some space to start working on some new projects. Thanks for your kind emails reminding us just how worthwhile the last 6 years have been. Here is a small sample of the thank you emails we have been receiving.

Thank you for all the wonderful work and inspired collaborations. I shall treasure my 5 zaishu's forever and pass them on down the family. I look forward with anticipation to what you guys do next. Best, Teresa. Melbourne.

Ohh wow wow wow wow, I now have collectors pieces!!! You guys!
Congratulations on a wonderful and amazing adventure you had. You must be so proud. I can't wait to see what you guys do next. Love Jodie xxx. Sydney

Very sad to realize there will be no more zaishu, and upset i missed out on the possibility to purchase at least one more.. (the orange Pearls..? gorgeous!)
I hope this means only good things for you both, moving on to new adventures, and wanted to wish you both great success for the next chapter. Thank you for having managed to create beautiful pieces while respecting our planet. i want to believe this was a beautiful achievement recognized by most, and one that will continue to inspire designers around the world. Best of luck, Anne. New York. ...

I absolutely love the 4 that I own and they are used every day.
They really are my most treasured thing that I own. ( I'm glad I scrimped and saved for the horse one although I'm not sure which one is my favourite). Friends and family always admire them when they visit and my sister even borrows them when she's having people around! I wish you all the very best for your next adventures in life. Danielle, Brisbane.

We just wanted to say its been great stocking the Zaishu’s over the years. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed each new design as they came through and we often have people coming in telling us that they have one. We have just one left so the end is nigh for Zaishu at remedy which makes me a little sad. Mel and Joe. Remedy, Perth.

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Zaishu Grande Finale

For the last 6 years over 1000 artists in 22 countries have been busy painting, printing, sticking, doodling and generally adding their bit of creativity to the Zaishu art project. Next week we have our Grand Finale at the Australian Centre of Contemporary Art where we first launched the project back in 2004.

For our special send off we have the last 8 individually painted Zaishu seats by some of Australia's most talked about illustrators and artists. Amber Wallis, Beci Orpin, Rebecca Wetzler Oslo Davis, Tin&Ed, Karl Maier, Elke Kramer and Tai Snaith. And, there’s one more Zaishu being made by Polly Dedman which will be the first prize for the raffle being drawn at the end of the night.

100% of sales will be donated to Shebeen, Australia's first non-profit bar as part of their Pin Up Your Doodle fund raising art auction, run by Ben Clark of Sotherby's Australia.

Art Auction
6 - 8pm Wednesday November 24

Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, 111 Sturt Street, Melbourne
Contact Melissa at Utopian Slumps to place a bid. +61 403 009 291

Special thanks to the artists, producers Simon Griffiths, Lauren Clelland and Melissa Loughnan from Utopian Slumps and everyone who has participated and supported us over the years. We will keep in touch with updates of our new adventures.

Saturday, 20 November 2010

The Last 8 Zaishu's

Artwork by Beci Orpin

Artwork by Beck Wetzler
Artwork by Karl Maier
Artwork by Amber Wallis
Artwork by Oslo Davis
Artwork by Tai Snaith

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Open Studio Sale

10 - 60% OFF for one day only as part of the Abbotsford Convent Open Day festivities. Includes Zaishu seats & screens with Florence Broadhurst and Spacecraft prints.
Zaishu Studio: Mercator Building, 1 St Heliers Street Abbotsford, Melbourne 10am – 4pm Sunday 7 November 2010

Saturday, 30 October 2010

Studio Open Day

Above: The Mercator Building.Below: The Convent Building
The Zaishu studio will be open as part of The Abbotsford Convent Open Day festivities with over 100 studio's open to the public. The precinct to be enlivened with art, music, food, coffee, wine and performance. You will find Zaishu in the Mercator Building, 1 St Heliers St Abbotsford Melbourne November 7, 10am - 4pm.

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Racing out

The last of our hand printed Zaishu seats/tables have been racing out the door. The last of our stock is available through our online shop. Sorry but we will not be producing any more of the hand printed designs that have sold out. Your welcome to join our mailing list and when we release new product designs you will be the first to know.

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

One of a Kind

We are now selling the last of our off of a kind hand painted & printed Zaishu seats/table. This is all the stock that we have available they are $470 each and feature unique artwork from, Sweden, Berlin and Melbourne. NOW SOLD OUT

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Limited stock available

We are busy working on some new ideas and are no longer producing our hand-printed Zaishu seats, click here to shop online. Stay tuned for some exciting updates.

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Story Time

The new Watsons Bay Library in Sydney has 12 splendidly hand painted Zaishu seats for children's story time. 24 talented local artists interpreted the theme 'What Watsons Bay means to them' by painting boats, plants, marine life and the historic lighthouse. Local residents love the way functional design and public art have blended to create a reading space that relates to the local community and surroundings. Special thanks to Jo Jansen from Woollahra Council for organising the project, Miroma Bush Care Volunteers, Rogoff Art Studio, Vaucluse Public School and all of the artists.

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Baw Baw Daisy

We have sold out of all Baw Baw Daisy stock, the last 2 are available from Nicola Cerini online - but be quick!

Sunday, 1 August 2010

Objet de winter

Zaishu will exhibit a selection of work from various collaborative projects including Berlin, Stockholm, and Australia. This group show opens Friday 6 August 6pm to 8pm, exhibition dates August 4-28 2010. Gillian Grant Gallery, 1/b Stanley St Collingwood (just off Smith St). Image: Hanna Werning Stockholm

Monday, 26 July 2010

Pearls by Spacecraft

This is the last of our limited edition prints by Spacecraft - each panel has a stunning piece of artwork on each side. Available now from our online shop until sold out.