Brian Tunks has named his new store Crusoe and Co because Robinson Crusoe was "a global explorer, always looking for something new".
The man who created the Bison homewares label says his new venture is about the slow and sustainable, the beautiful and the collaborative.
The store, in The Plot at Pialligo, is in a restored shed, all exposed beams and rustic brick floors, the glass doors opening to gardens and roses for sale.
And it has been decorated with pieces Tunks has collected from around the world: a clock and counter from France, 1920s Flemish lights and a big, inviting table that once stood in a paddock in India, around which guests will sit for special classes on anything from paper flower making to organic gardening to food styling to beekeeping.
The space will also be used for events such as book clubs.
"I might even do mahjong if I feel like it," Tunks said, with his trademark cheeky smile.
"It's allowing me to have a bit of fun and extending what I can do creatively. I'm playing."
There are fresh flowers and roses for sale and books by friends including chef Christine Manfield, writer Annabelle Hickson and foodie Emiko Davies.
Tunks has also made breadboards in collaboration with Thor's Hammer and also has his line of cotton linens, made in partnership with an NGO in southern India.
Bison, which next year celebrates its 25th anniversary, has also moved its store to The Plot but still has its HQ in its original Pialligo location, as well as another store in Braddon.
Pialligo is already a Canberra hideaway, but The Plot is a hideaway within the hideaway. A venture by Pialligo Estate, The Plot has a cafe, organic grocer and homewares stores, Flamingo and Sass and Wren and Rabbit Interiors.
Tunks has opened Crusoe and Co with Jane Brown, of Jane Brown Pearls fame.
Crusoe and Co is at The Plot at 12 Beltana Road, Pialligo. It is open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm.
Our journalists work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. This is how you can continue to access our trusted content: