Husband-and-wife team Russel Koskela and Sasha Titchkosky left their corporate careers to “create a better business for a better world”, launching Koskela in 2000. The brand’s original Rosebery location showcased the best in Australian lifestyle design, and allowed visitors to book in-store consultations and see exhibitions by leading First Nations artists.
The North Sydney sequel – a two-level shop inside the heritage-listed Sub Base Platypus development – plays the same role, and is a physical reflection of Koskela’s values. The waterfront location on Sydney harbour also emphasises the brand’s connection to the city.
A large range of modern furniture is displayed in room settings that allow plenty of space to wander. Everything is designed in-house and made in Australia from recycled materials. You’ll find laminated timber tables and benches; soft modular sofas and chairs; and even a range of furniture designed for children.
A collection of homewares complements the furniture. There’s everything from scrubbing brushes to bed linen, either made especially for Koskela or sourced from other Australian manufacturers who share the couple’s philosophy of beautiful sustainability.
The building’s industrial bones have been left exposed as a nod to its past lives as a torpedo factory, submarine base and gasworks, while floor-to-ceiling windows overlook the harbour. To pay tribute to the natural features of the area, the store’s design incorporates solid Australian timbers and Sydney sandstone. A commissioned artwork by Koori artist Blak Douglas speaks directly to the area’s Aboriginal history.
The space also holds new exhibition every six to eight weeks, but will always show works from First Nations artists, as well as Koskela’s collaborations with Aboriginal artists and makers.