Clean lines, bold colours and lifelong appeal. Mud Australia ceramics are made to be used again and again. The handmade porcelain homewares balance aesthetics with utility, simple design with intricate craftsmanship, and are so popular they can be found in Mud stores and retailers around the world, and in Mud Australia shops in Sydney and Melbourne.
Mud Australia’s third Sydney store has opened in Surry Hills, promising a little something more than its Double Bay and Mosman predecessors (although Double Bay does serve coffee and cake.
“This store is a different approach for us because we’re sharing with Pentimento, which will be offering a curated collection of books, papers, notebooks and stationery alongside our complete offering of Mud Australia,” says direct James Kirton.
Pentimento Papeterie is the much-loved specialist gift shop and bookstore that has lived on Newtown’s King Street for 20 years, and this is its second location. It was founded and is run by Amanda Fisher and has a long association with Mud; it’s the ceramics company’s oldest client and Fisher is a personal friend of Mud founder Shelley Simpson.
“Amanda has a fabulous eye and her Newtown store is full of interesting and nice things that go well with our products – a perfect fit,” says Kirton.
Mud Australia’s first inner-city store will slide neatly into the Crown Street pocket that’s also home to the likes of The Standard Store, The Collector Store and Title. It’s taken over the Paper2 space, a store that sold paper and stationery products.
As in all Mud’s stores, the fit-out was handled by Melbourne-based architecture and interior-design practice DesignOffice, which Kirton says has “a great empathy for and understanding of our products and retail needs”.
All of Mud’s products are designed and made in its Marrickville Studio, and its full range of 80-plus products, including lighting, is available in its new store in its 20 signature colours.
“Each piece is handmade, functional and designed with a specific use in mind. All the colours and shapes fit together and, we think, the more you have the better it looks,” says Kirton. “People connect with our products because they’re emotional, attractive and functional.”
A curated selection of cutlery, linens and glassware, and Pentimento’s favourite fine art, fashion and cookery books, paper and stationery brands will also be available.
Mud Australia Surry Hills
477 Crown Street, Surry Hills
Mon to Fri 10am–6pm