An Asian Furniture Story
The Orient Express has been a family business since its origins in 1997.
From humble beginnings in Hong Kong, owner Murray Tozer saw an opportunity to bring something unique to Australia. Something few people had seen at the time.
The first containers were sold by Murray’ son, Paul, literally straight out of the back of a truck!
12 months later The Orient Express showroom was established in Victoria Street, Richmond and established itself as being one of the first retailers to offer original Asian furniture at an affordable price.
Family members, Paul and Penny are the face of the business, but with the ever watchful eye and words of advice plentiful from Murray!
“Our love of South East Asia and our passion for hunting & gathering every single treasure in our showroom is testament to our dedication!”
20 years on!
For very many years The Orient Express was based in a large showroom and warehouse space on Victoria Street Richmond. Packed to the rafters at any given time with containers of Asian furniture & home decor items arriving on average every 4-6 weeks.
We pride ourselves on our eclectic mix of furniture from China, India, Vietnam, Thailand, Burma, Laos and of course a few local bits and bobs for a truly unique shopping experience!
“The majority of our furniture is original – either restored or in its traditional style. Timeless pieces that fit any decor, whether that be contemporary, eclectic or period such as Victorian and Art Deco.”
We also have a large changing selection of antique textiles, Ching Dynasty ancestral portraits, vintage Indian kantha quilts & cushions… and more than you could ever list.
The launch of our Express Living range has been in planning for quite some time, so we’re thrilled to be able to now offer you a modern interpretation of pieces from the Orient, including our amazing Industrial range out of India shown below.
The Next Chapter
As a direct importer of oriental furniture & home décor we offer a fantastic service (and trade discount) to interior designers and stylists, as well as project managers and business owners fitting out commercial properties. We can source product based on your brief, and we can import directly to your project location – Australia wide!
The Orient Express will continue to source a wide variety of high quality ‘one-off’ pieces, plus we’ll be expanding in a couple of areas too.
We’re currently securing a new location and look forward to being able to invite you in soon!