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December 4, 2018

Inner-city Oriental showrooms, French outdoor bistro chair retailers, British lighting  – here’s a quick rundown of where our design guns, interior experts and visionaries source their things and find inspiration.

It’s an eclectic mix of businesses, but you’ll find the suppliers, that top names use most frequently to put together their interiors. Places you can snag a little piece of Asia, Africa, Europe, Los Angeles, New York or the Carribean.

Australia has some of the best shopping in the world – get out there and make the most of it.

Image via @conleyandco.

Conley & Co

A well-thought out mix of lighting, furniture and decorative objects unlike the usual pieces around which often feature in leading Australian magazines and interiors. 18 Transvaal Ave, Double Bay NSW 2028,


The big names in design and architecture shop here for smart, strong teak garden staples and smart casual Belgian furniture in woven fibres by Vincent Sheppard. Many are copies of original drawings by renowned architects like Sir Edwin Lutyens and Arne Jacobsen including iconic designs used in the world’s best gardens such as Lutyens and Classic benches. Also timeless tables like Pembroke and Hamptons. Take your garden to the next level.

Repeat clients include the Historic Houses Trust of NSW, Royal Botanic Gardens, Huka Lodge and Thomas Hamel.


A hotbed of contemporary design with such brands as Minotti, Knoll, Bonacina, Tom Dixon, Paola Lenti, and Eero Aarnio originals. One of Sydney’s original design names, and still one of the best., (02) 93602722, 263 Liverpool St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010

Janus et Cie

Bigwig design and landscape names like Thomas Hamel, Paul Bangay and Myles Baldwin get their outdoor furniture – including its collections such as Amalfi, Arbour, Quadratt, Savannah and Slant. Top designers come also for Relais, a chi-chic timber design. (02) 9380 660550, McLachlan Ave, Rushcutters Bay NSW 2011,

Amalfi Armchair from Janus et Cie Studio, Textured White Vermouth,


Brilliant lighting. Go for Visual Comfort and Ralph Lauren designs (seek out its Visual Comfort classic swing arm wall lights in brass, black or bronze and six light square tube chandeliers). (02) 9667 4415, 80 O’Riordan Street, Alexandria, NSW 2015, Australia,

Fontana Side Table from Laura Kincade, 71 x 71 x 46, now $4407.50 was $5930,

Orient House

One of our best for authentic, original furniture and artefacts sourced in Africa, China, India and Indonesia that instantly make everything look layered, cultured and civilized. Great for softening modern architecture, too. (02) 9660 3895, 45 Bridge Rd, Glebe NSW 2037,

Image via @privatehouse.yvonneobrien instagram

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