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Style Craft x Toki Italian

Crafty Dining East Sydney

This October we are present our third Crafty Dining experience as part of Sydney Craft Week and Good Food Month.

This time we are heading for East Sydney, showcasing the rich variety of contemporary furniture design, vintage fashion and dining options on the streets of East Sydney and Potts Point.

Stylecraft

In a past life we worked in the interior design business, selling furniture, ceramics and glassware to interior designers and their clients. When your in an industry you always want to know who your competitors are and what they are up to. So Stylecraft was on our radar and never failed to impress with it’s modern approach and vast showroom on Liverpool Street.

Since those days they have moved to a new and even bigger space on William Street. To us it has a sophisticated seventies vibe with sophisticated Italian designs mixing with local design names.

Stylecraft has introduced an inspiring showroom in Sydney & Melbourne. From the largest pieces to the very smallest, StylecraftHOME isn’t so much a place you go to buy furniture, as you do to experience it.

With every visit rich in sensory experiences and bristling with contemporary charms, you’ll discover new spaces, stories and ideas at every turn in a living showroom that’s ever-changing, day and night.

Be inspired by collections from local designers together with ranges from Europe and Japan. Immerse yourself in pieces for the indoors and out, rugs and homewares, each with a story for you to uncover.

Toki Italian

We first discovered Toki Italian Inspired a small but impressive restaurant thanks to our boss at the day job, who lives around the corner in downtown Darlo and recommended we check it out.

Post an art opening - across the road at the Australian Design Centre - we popped in for mushroom arancini and a chicken schnitzel and were very impressed at the quality of the food and the warm welcome we received.

This is a great example of a neighbourhood restaurant serving-up great food at a good price. A quick, tasty dinner with friends and family in a clean-cut minimalist interior with an open kitchen for the delicious smells to waft over you while you catch-up with each other.

Toki opened in January 2015 by Chef Toki and wife Cherry. This is a place to sit down, relax, and enjoy a traditional Italian menu with Asian influences.

Chef, Toki, has over 20 years experience in contemporary Italian cuisine. He is inspired by the cuisine of various cultures such as Italian, French, Thai, Japanese, Chinese, and Modern Australian. His passion for cooking has also been influenced by his grandma's authentic Thai cuisine from the "Thai Royal Kitchen". Most recently, Toki worked as a Sous-Chef in a busy hatted Italian/Modern Australian restaurant located in Mosman. During his impressive career he has also worked alongside many acclaimed and talented chefs.

Menu

Toki Italian | Mushroom Arancini made with: Carnaroli rice | mushroom | garlic | mascarpone | mozzarella cheese | breadcrumbs

Wine match: Brown Paper Wine Pinot Grigio & Farriers Yard Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon

Australian Design Centre x Lankan Filling Station

Crafty Dining in East Sydney

This October we are proud to present our third Crafty Dining experience as part of Sydney Craft Week and Good Food Month.

This time we are heading for East Sydney, showcasing the rich variety of contemporary furniture design, vintage fashion and dining options on the streets of East Sydney and Potts Point.

Australian Design Centre

We first discovered the Australian Design Centre in the early 2000’s when we a started attending various design shows at the original gallery. Situated in the beautiful circular space - which was formally the chapel of St Margaret’s hospital -and once the third largest maternity hospital in Sydney. We loved the colourful stain glass windows and parquet floor designed and built by Ken Woolley in 1958.

In those days the Object Store was downstairs from the gallery space, save for the very special ceramic & glass pieces installed on the shelves in front of the stained glass wall. The office was housed in a separate building next door to St Margaret’s.

Now the Australian Design Centre is on William Street on the border of Darlinghurst and Wooloomooloo and is the leading centre for contemporary craft and design in Australia.

Playing a critical role in building a significant design culture for Australia by nurturing a nation of innovative makers and thinkers and inspiring audiences to use design in their lives.

ADC celebrate the work of Australian artists who embrace the highest degree of craftsmanship and who continually explore material, process and ideas to advance contemporary design practice. Their program features more than 200 designers and has generated over $1.2m in revenue for designers through artist fees and the sale of work in the last five years. Through their creative programs and partnerships, ADC reach an audience of more than 390,000 people nationwide each year.

Whether presenting dynamic and high quality exhibitions, publishing, retail, digital or educational activities, we’re determined to give craft and design the best and brightest voice possible. ADC are a catalyst for new thinking and offer a design interface for our communities.

Most importantly, ADC inspire people by stimulating their curiosity and encouraging those around them to believe in the power of design.

Lankan Filling Station

We have loved the magic of O Tama Carey cooking since we first discovered Berta - a very glamourous Italian dining room - in the back streets of Surry Hills.

These days Tama has her own place with Lankan Filling Station, which was warmly received by industry and punters alike, when it opened late last year at the Darlo end of Riley Street. The kitchen team are equally obsessive about the flavours of Sri Lanka as the owner once was in her previous job creating amazing and innovative Italian dishes.

Everything from condiments to curries is served in handcrafted ceramics whose contents you are encouraged to encase in hoppers - bowl-shaped pancakes made from a two-day ferment of coconut and rice flour. This is definitely an eat-with-your-hands dining room.

Lankan Filling Station believe in sustainability in all areas of their business and constantly aim towards this ideal. Whether from Sri Lanka or locally sourced our criteria is the same, they want their ingredients to be grown, raised, sourced or fished with a conscience. Some of the people LFS is proud to work with. include:

Randall - who supply LKS with their stone-grind rice to make the flour used for the hopper batter.

Feather & Bone - supply LFS with their meat which is of the highest standards.

Rural Returns - A not-for-profit company in Sri Lanka, they run a program helping small-hold farmers grow and supply largely forgotten heirloom rice varietals. They have a variety of red and samba, or village, rices available all with specific healthful Ayurvedic properties.

Menu

Lankan Filling Station | Mukukku, Cashew Nuts & Pan Rolls - beef & vegetarian

Wine match: Brown Paper Bag | Brown Paper Wine Prosecco & Brown Paper Wine Sangiovese


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: 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.

Crafty Dining: Seasonal Concepts x Isaac x Moya's Juniper Lounge

Crafty Dining: Seasonal Concepts x Isaac x Moya's Juniper Lounge

Seasonal Concepts opened its doors in 2009 and is the collaboration of Ken Wallis and his partner TR Keller. Wallis and Keller initially wanted to create a florist unlike any other in Sydney. “We wanted to marry fresh in-season flowers with the contents of Grandma’s kitchen and Grandpa’s shed and present it with all the wonder that I experienced as a kid in the country,” says Ken.

Redfern Design Rulz!

We spent a lovely Saturday afternoon in Redfern on the weekend. This hood is going from strength to strength! Regent Street is gradually becoming a homeware & design store mecca for those who love their retro elements with a dash of contemporary.

Finishing Touches Restoration - run by Allan & Linda Graham- and Rudi Rocket arrived in the late 90's introducing mid 20th century design to the strip. It's a family affair with Graham & Graham Design owned and operated by Matthew and his wife Benny just a few doors down from his Mum & Dad. G&G specialise in mid 20th century design, furniture, ceramics, lighting and custom handmade lampshades. We had a lovely chat with Rudi too - that guy has some real stories to tell about the pieces in his store!

Then a couple of years ago the boys from Surry Hills Chee Soon & Fitzgerald bought & renovated a terrace on the other side of the road. Known for their love of MARIMEKKO fabrics, a diverse range of fine ceramics from around the world and of course Bryan's collection of vintage glass pieces. The latest arrival is the very well-stocked The DEA Store - Delicate Eye Area - owned & operated by Karin - ex-Fratelli Fresh homewares stores. Karin has a great eye for the best in beautiful & practical kitchen ceramics (both local & imported brands), exclusive textiles from local artist @SallyCampbellHandMadeTextiles NZ Men's skincare range Triumph & Disaster, quirky succulents in copper pots and many more design treats.

And if you ned a sugar hit during your design store wander check out Ciccone & Sons Pty Limited gelato & coffee store right smack in the middle of all this fabulous-ness! With new flavours every week this place is definitely a local favourite after only 3 months with both the adults and the kids. Everyone we spoke to loved their product and the boys friendly service. Move over Messina! So next time you need a design hit maybe Regent Street, Redfern should be your prime destination.Go the Fern!