The vibrant, art-deco textiles of Rouse Phillips have found a new home on Oxford Street. Owners Tim Rouse and Anastasia Phillips have been experimenting with fabrics, prints and textiles since they first crossed paths in 2007. And they have a loyal clutch of customers.
After commandeering a pop-up shop in the new design precinct of Oxford Street earlier this year, Rouse Phillips has secured a more permanent spot in the humming area. Through the support of the City of Sydney's Creative Spaces program, the pair was recently offered a new showroom space, which displays their funky, eclectic designs on fabrics, cushions and rugs.
With degrees in design and fine arts, the pair pooled inspiration from their study, work and travel around Asia, India and Europe to launch Rouse Phillips in 2012. “We use colours we love rather than what are on trend,” says Phillips, who revels in the creative control the couple share. Cloths and yarns sourced from local and international manufacturers make up the diverse line of knotted rugs, kilims, soft furnishings and upholstery from the label.
At Rouse Phillips, traditional, 100 per cent Egyptian cotton fabrics are given a contemporary twist. There is a range of bold prints spotted with bright colours and vibrant patterns, which liven up lampshades, lounges and deckchairs. The Grecian Tile print is a turquoise and terracotta Spartan mosaic, and the recently added Beehive pattern is concentric hexagons in black and honey-orange.
Drop by the studio and claim a plate and matching cushion before Rouse Phillips become an international success. Since being taken on by a New York textile agent, the duo’s dreams of growing their overseas presence is beginning to come true. “The designs are very personal and unique and this is what people are really responding to,” says Phillips.
Rouse Phillips Showroom
76 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst
(02) 8960 3367
Mon to Fri 10.30am–6pm
Saturday by appointment