MacLeay Street has long drawn punters for its restaurants, but there’s something to be said for its homewares stores. On weekends, locals flock to these design destinations.
Jason Minty’s mission was to bring international design to Sydney. When buying Minty has two guiding principles: he must fall in love with the product instantly, and it has to have an interesting backstory. The eccentric pieces are mostly influenced by the ’60s and ’70s. Prices range from below $200 for smaller goods, to $11,000 for particular pieces of art.
It’s the only place in Australia you’ll find LA-based designer Kelly Wearstler’s marble and brass products alongside embossed frames by AERIN. Other brands include L’Objet, Cire Trudon and art by Kerry Armstrong and Thomas Bucich. Fferrone fluted glassware vases are surprisingly affordable, as they look crystal. It’s the perfect gift store, as well as inspiration for your own coffee table.
Shop 7, Ikon Building, 81 MacLeay Street
(02) 8356 9999
After launching an online store in July last year, Samantha Poulter and Thomas McAlister have a short-term residency on Roslyn Street. Petite and hidden away, it’s a one-stop shop for affordable and local handcrafted goods. There’s a leafy garden of indoor plants – fiddle-leaf figs and rubber trees starting at $25, which are available to grab-and-go or to be delivered. Sydney-based designer Ion Fukazawa’s Mukumono ceramics are available, alongside Mr Kitly’s self-watering plant pots.
Potts Point Galleries
A newer addition to Sydney’s map of antique stores, Potts Point Galleries collaborates with 20 of Australia’s best specialty homewares dealers. The store has a mix of stalls, almost like a bazaar, each specialising in a different era or medium, from Art Deco, fashion, 18th century furniture to china, porcelain and glassware.
If you’re looking for truly rare pieces such as bronze statues, South American flutes, ’80s teapots and Egyptian revival candlesticks, this is the place.
67 MacLeay Street
(02) 9357 2033
Macleay on Manning
The best thing about Macleay on Manning is the fact it stocks objects that aren’t available elsewhere in Sydney. There are products from eccentric Italian design house Fornasetti, Missoni towels and robes, Tom Dixon everyday home accessories, Paul Smith knick-knacks, Scandinavian objects from Iittala and more.
Shop 1, 85 MacLeay Street
(02) 9357 4788
Combining 30 years of international buying across fashion, furniture and homewares, what sets this store apart is its curation of Asian antiques, Indian artefacts and European fashion. With candles from Denmark, handmade brogues from Italy and Mes Demoiselles alpaca robes, it’s a local favourite. There’s also artwork for sale, from French-born, Australian artist Pascale Boulle to Olivier Rasir’s colourful abstracts.
61 MacLeay Street
(02) 9357 4788