Our article by Sarina Lewis as it appeared in The Age, 20th September 2014
The idea of the retail pop up has taken hold and with its increasing popularity there has been an expansion of the term. No longer just a weekend-long appearance of new retail in interesting spaces, it now appeals to bigger retailers keen to spread their reach into new parts of the Melbourne market.
Enter The Orient Express, a 16-year-old stalwart of the Richmond furnishings and antiques scene that has recently opened a space in Bay Street, Port Melbourne. Brother and sister Paul Tozer and Penny Dunn have set up the space as a holding pen for a mix of reclaimed, industrial and modern furnishings sourced from across South East Asia.
Its genesis was in their parents’ passion for restoration of antique furnishings, but its evolution has happened via Dunn’s reputation for beautiful interior design and Tozer’s travels through South East Asia.
Items include everything from traditional Indian quilts to painted Chinese sideboards, ornamental vases, larger wall units and ornate timber mirrors.
We are thrilled with the great design by Hecker Guthrie using furniture and homeware products from The Orient Express.
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Evoking an Old Shanghai sensibility the palette is grounded by dark rustic timbers and concrete flooring overlaid with a bold colour palette drawn from vintage Chinese beer posters pixelated to become a vibrant window treatment. Whimsy is plentiful with additions including the miniature Chairman Mao figurines paying homage to the ‘People’s Republic of… Beer’.
We’re thrilled to announce that The Orient Express pop-up shop is now open at 158 Bay Street, Port Melbourne.
With a special focus on our new Express Living portfolio, our pop-up shop offers all the charm and inspiration you’ve come to expect from The Orient Express, plus a whole range of new Industrial style pieces.
So when your down and around bayside, pop in and say hi!
Open 7 days a week. Call 0411 477 158 for details.
Blog post by Jennifer French, Inside Out Colour & Design
Industrial Style is such a great style to incorporate into your family home. It has that raw, utilitarian look which is just right for all the knocks and spills a family will give it when used everyday.
And surprisingly this designer look is not that expensive to create in our homes as it’s a blend of furniture and objects preferably worn, salvaged or recycled. The style incorporates raw timbers, castor wheels and metal frames. Light fittings, which were once used on outside tennis courts, now hang above kitchen island benches and tractor seats are used as bar stools. There’s also the use of man made industrial type substrates like concrete, metal, glass and dark, moody, industrial colours like black, charcoal, red and green.
It’s one of those styles that will be translated in many different ways and incorporated with other styles and pieces to create a truly unique look. If you’re not keen on having an entire house of industrial style furniture then it’s perfect for the casual living areas. Just one or two pieces will give that industrial flair to your home as it mixes so well with furniture items from other styles and eras.
Our friends at The Orient Express have a great range of industrial pieces. Any one of these blended with your existing furnishings will give that edgy vibe. These items can be purchased directly from The Orient Express in Abbotsford or your selection can be shipped to you anywhere in Australia.