The Bakery Rooms is a new, home-focused design collaboration space in what used to be an old bakery in East Balmain at the far end of Darling Street in the C1845 buildings. It may be called The Bakery Rooms, but the business inside is all about design, fabric, upholstery and vintage pieces for the home.
“It can be a bit confusing,” says interior designer Kate Connors, one half of the The Bakery Rooms project who runs her own interior design business. The other half is family business Home Industry, run by sisters Simone and Martine Kilo and their mum Patricia. Home Industry specialises in vintage furniture, bespoke soft furnishings, handmade textiles, curtains and blinds, cloth fabric by the meter, a design service, furniture restoration and upholstery. The skills of these two practices combined, tidily packaged up in one location, provide a retail shop and design consultation space all in one.
The old bakery was ideal for the collaboration, according to Connors, because of the history of the buildings and the old bakery rooms out the back – which are a perfect space for hosting workshops, such as the upcoming upholstery workshop. The bakery might not have seen any action for a long time, but the workrooms still feature the original cast-iron ovens and the whole team is passionate about hand making items full of love from scratch. So really it’s not such a leap from the ethos of baking to homewares.