About Us


Founded by Abigail Crompton in Melbourne, Australia, Third Drawer Down has been making art accessible since 2003.  Abigail is an artistic force for good and is dedicated to making great art part of everybody’s every day. 
Third Drawer Down studio collaborates with artists to reimagine their works into objects. Objects that are thought provoking, entertaining, interesting and made with care. 
Abi explains it all started with existential wonderings ‘what is art ?’ This question led to the original Third Drawer Down Studio project. Abi took the humble tea towel and reimagined it into a conduit for art. A project that continues today. 
Third Drawer Down has collaborated with more than 200 international artists since 2003 and has worked with the worlds most loved institutions. 
Third Drawer Down has grown into a global business. It retails and wholesales made objects via its owned companies and distribution hubs in Australia, the US, UK and Asia.  
Designing, making and manufacturing objects of desire. 

"To create is to be." - Abigail Crompton


Set on sixteen acres of parkland along the Yarra River in Melbourne, Heide Museum of Modern Art, or Heide as it is affectionately known, is one of Australia’s most important cultural institutions. Once a significant gathering place for the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation, the property became a dairy farm in the nineteenth century before evolving into a hub for Australian modernist art and writing after it was purchased by art patrons John and Sunday Reed in 1934. 

The Reeds opened their home to the most progressive artists of their era, including Sidney Nolan, Albert Tucker, Joy Hester, John Perceval, Charles Blackman, and Danila Vassilieff—all now celebrated figures in the canon of Australian art. Nolan’s famous Ned Kelly series, a national icon, was painted in the dining room of the Heide farmhouse during 1946-47. Four decades later, in 1981, the Reeds fulfilled their long-held dream of opening Heide to the public as a gallery and park. 

Continuing the spirited legacy of the Reeds and the artists they championed, today Heide works to inspire creative talent, collaborating with emerging and mid-career artists as well as celebrating those who have made major contributions to Australian and international art. The museum is especially committed to the significant representation of women artists in both its exhibition program and collection.