After launching an online store in July last year, Herbert Flores has a new short-term residency on Roslyn Street. Petite and hidden away, it’s a one-stop shop for handcrafted goods.
Samantha Poulter and Thomas McAlister (who are getting married soon) recently became business partners. “We’ve been collecting ceramics, plants and artworks for the past five years, and have developed quite a strong aesthetic,” says Poulter. A weekend ritual of rearranging their home, adding new plants and reordering art has become a business for them. “It’s really fun to work together because we have very similar taste. We’re basically the same person.”
Together they achieved harmony at home and want to help inspire others. “Through searching for stuff for ourselves we’ve worked out what we think will be cool,” says McAlister. “This is what we have in our home, pretty much.”
There’s a leafy garden of indoor plants – fiddle leaf figs, rubber trees and monstera, which can be potted by the staff on request. Available to grab-and-go or to be delivered, a rubber plant starts at $25. “We’ve got all the low-maintenance ones,” she says.
Sydney-based designer Ion Fukazawa’s Mukumono ceramics are also available. Every piece is made by hand from a blend of porcelain, stoneware and volcanic rock. And Mr Kitly’s self-watering plant pots, anchored in Japanese design, have made their way up from Melbourne.
A changing range of paintings from artists and photographers such as Sydney’s Jarred Beeler and Michaela Mitchell Bishop populate the walls. “All the artists we find are emerging,” says Poulter.
Maison Balzac’s little luxuries are there, alongside Melbourne label SUKU’s linen and kimonos.
Poulter and McAlister are also important cogs in the design process. “The thing we like about having local artists and makers is that whenever I’m communicating with them it’s much more personal. We can meet them and they’ll send us photos of their work in progress.”
Herbert Flores will close on April 30.
4C Roslyn Street, Potts Point
Tue to Fri 11am–6pm
Sat & Sun 11am–5pm