The global innovation awards (gia) are celebrating 20 years in 2020 and Aussie retailer Few and Far will be celebrating with them in Chicago next year.
gia was launched in January 2000 by the International Housewares Association (based in the US) with the goal of honouring excellence in home goods retailing around the world.
As the gia Australia 2019/2020 winner, NSW based Few and Far will be representing our country at the gia awards next March and competing for the coveted global honouree award.
For owners Tara and Danny Solberg it all started with a passion for travelling and a desire to bring everything they saw home.
“We had big dreams of creating a magical space full of wander and curiosity and set out to search the globe for unique and interesting pieces, each with its own special story to tell,” explains Tara.
“We are passionate about interiors and products with soul and strive to present a product range that is both aspirational and affordable.”
Now with five stores to its name, Few and Far is known for its curated collection of handcrafted, one-of-a-kind, and unique product ranges. Its collection is a mix of old and new and includes antiques from India, China, Indonesia and Turkey.
Being chosen as the gia Australia winner is such an amazing compliment and honour, adds Tara.
“When we received the news that we had won the gia award for Australia and had the opportunity to travel to Chicago we were beyond excited and thrilled.
“It really is so rewarding to be recognised for our efforts, as we are very passionate people and always put 110 per cent into everything we do. To think that what started out as a little store on the South Coast of NSW would now be recognised on a global scale is just mind blowing and we are so appreciative and extremely proud.”
Tara says she is looking forward to meeting other retailers from around the world and sharing their passion, being exposed to more ideas and inspiration during the Inspired Home Show.
“It will be a huge milestone and memorable moment in our business growth. We are still in the growth stage and are working on concepts for even more stores and are looking forward to ‘bringing the world home’ for many years to come,” she enthuses.