Sydney Shopping Guide

With Christmas fast approaching, we thought we would ask our Sydney based Editor and Columnist, Claire to provide our Sydney readers with her Top 10 places to shop for furniture and homewares in the harbour city. So get your comfy shoes on and make a day of it…

1. Koskela is definitely worth a trip when looking for furniture and homewares that make a space. Owned and run by Russel Koskela and Sasha Titchkosky, the store produces Australian made products that are beautiful, colourful, quirky and of great quality. The Rosebery store extends over 2000m2 and the products are displayed in room settings. Koskela not only provides beautiful and durable special, statement pieces but also everyday products like timber cleaning products and gardening tools. The store has a huge range of products for bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, gardens, cleaning, games, toys, books, and interior products. Koskela also rotates through a gallery style display of local Australian artists’ work and offers a number of creative workshops within its vicinity.

If you are not 100% convinced to make the trip out to Koskela yet, then you must know that within the same building is Kitchen By Mike, a canteen style of café/restaurant, run by Mike McEnearney. Open for breakfast and lunch everyday, Kitchen by Mike is the perfect addition to spending your whole day searching through Koskela’s amazing range of products.

Where to go:
85 Dunning Ave, Rosebery, NSW 2018

2. Fred International is just next-door to Koskela & Kitchen by Mike… so don’t move your car! The Rosebery showroom opened earlier this year and is run by Michael Liira, a man ‘totally obsessed with Scandinavian furniture and lighting’. Inside the showroom, designed by Dana Tomic Hughes of the famous blog Yellowtrace, Fred shares its walls with art by I Need Nice Things. So if you are fond of Scandinavian brands like Swedese, Secto Design, Saga, Ruben lighting and many more, Fred is definitely the place to look.

Where to go:
The Cannery
Level 1 B4 85 Dunning Ave, Rosebery, NSW 2018

3. Seletti is an Italian company around since 1964 and the perfect place to go to find quirky, fun and inspiring furniture, lighting and homewares. Full of colourful products, Seletti combines the functions of regular day-to-day household products with idiosyncratic features, like the dinosaur cake stands. Seletti aims to create ‘popular products with a high level of creativity and artistry, at a reasonable price.’ A visit to Seletti’s showroom is like going to National Geographic as a kid… So much to touch and play with… it’s all very exciting!

Where to go:
Shop 2 – Clock Tower Square
55 Harrington Street, The Rocks, NSW 2000

4. The Country Trader is one of Australia’s oldest antique businesses and has a reputation for quality and ethics. First opened in 1982 by owner Geoff Clark, the store is now located in a 2000m2 gallery in the PYD Building in Waterloo. As a member of the Australian Antique and Art Dealers Association, The Country Trader sources exceptional pieces from around the world. Having two full-time buyers in Europe ensures The Country Trader supplies remarkable pieces from the bizarre to the rare and collectable.

The store is filled with beautiful pieces of vintage furniture, delicate vases and decorative pieces and rustic solid timber pieces. It is a store that you need to dedicate a bit of time to exploring as not only is it a maze to navigate through, but there are always things you miss seeing the first time you walk through.

Where to go:
197 Young St (Corner of Phillip St) Waterloo, NSW 2017

5. Terrace Outdoor Living is owned and run by stylist Paul Joseph Hopper and friend and entrepreneur Bianca Moore. Acting as curators of the best in outdoor furniture, plants, gifts and homewares, Paul and Bianca source from Australia and across the world. Due to its vast success, Terrace has recently opened its second retail store in Bondi.

To compliment the products, Paul and Bianca provide exterior decorating consultations, made to measure upholstery and garden styling services and advice.

Where to go:
47 Queen St, Woollahra, NSW 2025 or
27 Hall St, Bondi Beach, NSW 2026

6. Mark Tuckey is a bespoke furniture company that make solid timber furniture from sustainably managed forestry sources. Offering both a ‘walk in walk out’ range and a standard range which takes a bit of time to make, Mark Tuckey designs furniture to last. Mark and Louella Tuckey’s company’s aim is to create furniture that has integrity, simplicity and strength. Mark Tuckey Newport showroom stocks both the furniture and homewares range, which include some absolutely beautiful everyday products.

The brand’s furniture is modern, yet has a beachy and relaxed vibe created through the signature blonde, sunbleached coloured timber and clean lines. Even if you aren’t after purchasing anything, the warehouse style showroom is a joy to explore due to the fresh styling of their products.

Where to go:
303 Barrenjoey Road, Newport Beach, NSW 2106

7. Zuster, translating ‘sister’ in Dutch, is run by sisters Wilhelmina McCarroll and Fleur Sibbel, the daughters of well known builder Meyer Sibbel. Designed and manufactured in Melbourne, every piece of Zuster furniture is defined by the merging of art and craftsmanship. In the heart of Surry Hills lies Zuster’s Sydney showroom. The experience when you enter this showroom is very ‘Zuster’… American Oak floors, hand crafted furniture, custom designed wall units, counters and homewares fixtures. Everything is designed with quality as highest priority, which is clearly evident when you look and touch the products.

Where to go:
247 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills, NSW 2010

8. Spence & Lyda has been providing ‘everything you really want’ for the breadth of life’s requirements for over 15 years. Owner Fiona Lyda’s design aesthetic is reflected in the Surry Hills showroom, where furniture, lighting, textiles, rugs, soft furnishings, bed and bath accessories and homewares are displayed. Some well-known brands you will find in the store include Missoni Home, Autoban, Modernica and Matthew Hilton.

Spence & Lyda have an emphasis on highlighting those everyday items that complete our lives. Cutlery, crockery, glassware and cookware collections are beautifully displayed in a gallery space to themselves.

The large collection of products is aimed towards high end residential, hospitality and commercial interiors.

Where to go:
184 Chalmers Street, Surry Hills, NSW 2010

9. Jardan is an Australian family-owned furniture business operating since 1987. Run by brothers Nick and Mike Garnham, Jardan employs over 100 staff to create the contemporary yet relaxed, Australian furniture brand. All Jardan pieces are handmade in Melbourne from quality sustainable materials and are designed to last a lifetime. Each piece is like an artwork… incredible craftsmanship and materials combine to create products that deserve to be in a home that is well loved. Even owning one piece of Jardan furniture would satisfy me!

Where to go:
31 Dunning Avenue, Rosebery, NSW 2018

10. The Minimalist is an Australian online store based in Surry Hills. Owned and run by design lovers Leah and Darius Taylor from their small home in the inner city of Sydney. The Minimalist isn’t about buying less, but buying ‘better’. The store includes products from around the world, chosen for their beauty, quality and handmade touch.

The Minimalist mainly stocks art, lighting, textiles, homewares and accessories that are handmade, limited editions, bold, unique and functional. A lot of the products they stock are everyday items done well. Whether they are quirky phrases about saving water on shower gel bottles, or a knitted geometric patterned blanket, every piece is something you could easily have in your home.

The Minimalist will be opening their first Sydney store in Surry Hills on the 12th December. The store will be open daily just in time for Christmas.

Where to go:
11 Albion Way, Surry Hills, NSW 2010

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