Good design finds are everywhere in Brisbane – you just have to know where to look.
Design buffs, I’ll give you a tip: if you happen to be heading to Brisbane in the near future, clear your credit card. The city that gave rise to design mavens Kara Rosenlund and Megan Morton – and where interiors extraordinaire Alexander Lotersztain now makes his home – harbours some serious design cred.
Deposited across the city like nuggets of gold, this hit list of design stores is worth exploring, even if you have to upgrade your luggage allowance.
The hunt starts on Doggett Street, in post-industrial hip hood Newstead at Ambience Store, where fresh plantation-style sensibility and natural fibres meets modern design.
Housed in an old war hangar, the light, bright warehouse lends credo to the name, and you’ll find plenty of furniture and homewares here.
A short stroll down to James Street, Kova Lifestyle packs a colourful homewares punch into a cute corner shop in the James Street precinct.
Here you’ll find Skin and Threads clothing, colourful ceramics, and homewares like Voluspa Candles and The Goodnight Co. It’s near impossible to resist a splurge.
The design star that is Jardan pulls you in.
Plush cushions and homewares in muted pastel tones are stacked against the wall and laidback Scandi-cool furniture, with lines so minimalist it makes Ikea seem ostentatious, are thoughtfully laid out in the peaceful showroom.
If you feel like you’ve accidentally wandered into an art gallery, you’re in Living Edge, still on James Street.
An interior designer’s and architect’s secret weapon, this is where you’ll find high-end industrial design pieces like Eames, Marc Newson and Swiss design powerhouse, Vitra.
Black & Spiro
The creative genius behind Black & Spiro, owner Anna Spiro knows how to marry the seemingly unpairable.
Her interior-design consulting storefront is an ode to the eclectic, with a splash of tropical vibrancy thrown in for good measure.
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Head west along Brunswick Street and you’ll hit Artisan, the only centre for Queensland craft and design, supporting the industry through advocacy and by holding exhibitions, workshops and public programs.
Buy jewellery, art, accessories and homewares (like handmade ceramics) in-store, or from the well-stocked online shop.
Light, bright and brimming with natural light spilling in through large bay windows, the second-floor Showroom gives Australia’s best web-based creatives a bricks-and-mortar shop and studio from which to showcase their wares.
The pared-down, frontier-inspired aesthetic is like a love letter to the simple life.
Blake & Taylor
If rustic antiques are more your style, Paddington’s Blake & Taylor offer new and recycled furniture plus an interior design service from their heritage building on Latrobe Terrace.
Paddington Antique Centre
Stay in Paddington to dive into Paddington Antique Centre for serious vintage finds from clothing and jewellery to furniture and homewares.