Introducing: House Bistrot

Introducing: House Bistrot

Located on the once notorious Kellett Street, on the Kings Cross side off Darlinghurst Road, this small bistro feels cosy but sophisticated. Owner / Operator Mauro Forgillo - originally from Milan - wore all the hats to get his first restaurant open - from painting the chairs to writing the blackboard. A far cry from the busy & swanky evirons of Rockpool, Merivale and Fratelli Fresh.

His menu is seasonal and changes weekly. Assisted in the kitchen and on-the-floor by the lovely and very French Amel – she makes dam fine petit fours - this Victorian terrace house has an easy Australian vibe with a European touch. Making their own sourdough and pasta on a daily basis, everything is fresh and ready to be enjoyed for lunch or dinner.

Introducing: Bang Tang

Introducing: Bang Tang

Bang Tang is situated mid-way down the lovely tree-lined Victoria Street, opposite the back-packer hostels that are fast reverting to their original residential mansion status, as the gentrification of the area continues. With half of the restaurant floor space dedicated to alfresco dining it’s a very pleasant place to spend a beautiful summers evening in Sydney.

Nat - the co-owner and executive chef - is originally from Thailand and has studied Le Cordon Bleu. He has spent many years working in Australian fine-dining restaurants - including the famous Sailors Thai - and also dined around the world at many top hat restaurants. Hey it’s all an education in food!

Crafty Dining: The D.E.A Store x Ciccone & Sons

Crafty Dining: The D.E.A Store x Ciccone & Sons

The D E A Store is a peaceful haven on Regent Street, Redfern, featuring a delightful collection of objects for the home or kitchen, chosen by owner Karin Huchatz for their utility and intrinsic beauty, their whimsy and intelligence.  Complimenting the eclectic offerings of the nearby retro furniture and design stores, the shelves are updated weekly with carefully selected products from local and international designers and producers.

D.E.A. also proudly support local artists and artisans, with an exquisite selection of unique ceramics and homewares by Timna Taylor, Sharon Muir, Its A Public Holiday, Yvonne Terkildsen, Ode Ceramic. Furniture by sculptor Stephen Ralph and Vincent Buret sit alongside a limited number of works by an amazing group of emerging new artists, such as Murray Hilton, Gemma Avery, Michael McIntyre and Kyle Murrell, all from the former Galleria Vicino stable. D.E.A. have developed a range of ceramics exclusive to our store by young and talented Australian ceramicist Peter Anderson.

Crafty Dining: Rudi Rocket x Happy D's

Crafty Dining: Rudi Rocket x Happy D's

Rudi Rocket have been in business on Regent Street for over a decade. Simone & Brad met socially and found they had a lot in common when it came to their mutual taste in interior design and objet.

The store is full to the brim with Scandinavian, post-modern and original art, furniture, object and lighting from the 1930’s -to the 90’s. Bold primary colours jostle with wood-paneled surfaces and smoky glassware.  Rudi Rocket buy interstate from Adelaide and Brisbane as well as Sydney sources and often have random walk-ins of random wanting to sell them pieces.

Crafty Dining: Graham & Graham

Crafty Dining: Graham & Graham

Graham & Graham Design are a Sydney based multi-disciplinary design business that specialise in custom handmade lampshades & lighting. They also have a beautiful range of mid 20th century design ceramic lamp bases that can be paired up with lampshades of your choice. Graham & Graham offer an in-house custom lampshade service at no additional cost. 

Designing and making their own range of handmade 'G&GD Lamps' (table & floor lamps) with bespoke lampshades made to order in local & international designer fabrics. Their selective range of vintage ceramic lamp bases are sourced from around the world, with a particular focus on high quality, collectible mid 20th century Italian Ceramics  such as Bitossi.

Chee Soon & Fitzgerald x Yellow Fever

Chee Soon & Fitzgerald x Yellow Fever

Chee Soon & Fitzgerald  was opened by an avid pair of collectors Bryan Fitzgerald and Casey Chee Soon in June 1996 on Crown Street, Surry Hills. Both passionate about the decorative arts, textiles and furniture ranging from the 19th century to contemporary pieces, over the years, textiles have become their foremost stock items. In 1998 they took over the fabric agency to wholesale and retail the Finnish brand, Marimekko in Australia.

The displays of Marimekko's bold prints and vibrant colours attracted the attention of clients of the late Marion Hall Best. A prominent and important importer, retailer and interior designer in Sydney from the 1940's to the mid 1970's. Best was a pioneer of the use of Scandinavian in modern Australian interior design. The range has expanded over the years to include: Jim Thompson silks (both vintage and new), original vintage Florence Broadhurst wallpaper, Japanese grass weave wallpaper and Scandinavian studio glass and ceramics.

Crafty Dining: Collezione Santina x Bistro St Jacques

Crafty Dining: Collezione Santina x Bistro St Jacques

Santina  is a Rag Trade baby, having grown up amongst Australia's iconic designers in the once bustling fashion industry hub of Surry Hills in the 1970’s, 80’s and early 90’s. This year she is proudly celebrating 30 years in the fashion business.

Santina comes from a long line of textile makers and dressmakers, including her mother who is still an integral part of the creative process. Creating and working with beautiful fabrics is a natural occurrence for Santina. Having had the opportunity to dress women for all occasions since 1987, Santina is passionate about the use of quality fabrics and textiles, allowing the fabric to dictate the design of the final creation.