I have had an interesting but exhausting week in Sydney, doing the rounds of my suppliers in search of just the right pieces of furniture, lighting and decorative items to complete a current project. The excitement of finding the perfect piece followed by the frustration of not finding another. However, there is nothing quite like the elation and satisfaction of seeing it all come together at the end … when it exceeds your expectation, when you take photos and when you receive the positive feedback from clients. It is even better when it exceeds their expectation as well.
In amongst all of that, I did hear on the grapevine that the North American giants … Pottery Barn, West Elm and Williams-Sonoma are coming to Australia … and opening under the one roof in Bondi Junction, Sydney. These retailers offer upmarket quality homewares …. however, sitting below Coco Republic, I imagine. These companies have not put a foot wrong to date … and are now looking at global expansion.
I do feel for the smaller retail design establishments, particularly in the eastern suburbs, as this will take the town by storm and be a hard act to follow. Do have a look at the Pottery Barn website as a taste of what is to come …. it is just so extensive!!