Follow your heart, trust your judgement, do it with joy. This is the manifesto that drives Russel Koskela and Sasha Titchkosky, the dynamic pair behind Sydney based furniture company Koskela. Their magic and multidisciplinary space of epic proportions in Rosebery, Sydney features this week in the month-long series highlighting my favourite finds from my recent trip Down Under.
Koskela was the first pit-stop straight from the airport, the sheer size of the space has some serious wow factor itself, that’s even before you lay your eyes upon the bounty of beauty in store. Alongside Koskela’s own line of furniture you’ll find an amazing array of handpicked and well-considered lifestyle product all manufactured and produced in Australia, thus supporting local industry and allowing customised and bespoke services for clients. Add to this the delicious Kitchen by Mike, where my hostess with the mostess and I grazed on glory salads and hand-made lemonade before devouring the merchandise before our eyes.
Where to start was difficult at first as objects amongst perfectly styled vignettes were calling my name from across all corners of the store, but under strict guidance from my hostess I jumped right in at the beginning. Ritual based products jostled for space on entry – think bathe, graze, bed, pet and garden, close at hand was a cool collection of books. It’s here I picked up Megan Morton’s latest read, “Things I Love”, Australia’s favourite interiors stylist has her school and studio here as a part of the collective also.
It was great to see in the flesh, so many of the brands I know so well from afar via my subscription to VOGUE LIVING. In saying this, it makes me wonder why you cant buy these great Australian lifestyle products on UK turf? The quality, ingenuity and craftsmanship would be muchly appreciated here. C’mon Koskela, open a branch of your amazingness in London.
My favourite finds of the day were the eloquent collaborations between Koskela and Elcho Island Arts, whereby weavers from Arhnem Land use their traditional skills to create contemporary design products commisioned by Koskela. This is the first line of products I have seen that not only celebrates and benefits Aboriginal and Islander artists but also manages to tap into the desire to buy beautiful, culturally significant and useful products for the home. A sensational collaboration amongst one of the best design stores I have ever set foot in. Go you good things Koskela!