Not your regular space, 4.5 Billion is both an artist’s workshop and a public showroom. Owner and designer Ray Cook is a stonemason by trade and so named his store to represent the work he does with natural products like marble, granite, wood and stone.
Stocking a bizarre mix of items, from jewellery, headpieces, clothes and accessories, Cook works directly with independent designers to sell their goods, but will restore your bicycle onsite too. At 4.5 Billion, natural cotton t-shirts and collared shirts sit alongside belts and jewellery made locally by Australian designers including Serpent & the Swan (Sydney), The Resting Bones (Queensland), Cynics Jewellery (Sydney) and Orphn (Sydney). The store is also home to Cook’s own in-house label, How Typical of Metal, which includes his unique range of leather bowties and studded collars.
The space is all quite sparse and open, but exists as a blank canvas for Cook and his unique pieces. He’s on hand there most days.