Troy Tindill knows true craftsmanship. He's a yachtsman who has spent his career sailing in the America’s Cup and for Australian supermaxi yacht Wild Oats XI. His career began in New Zealand, where he first worked designing sails and building the boats, before he took to the seas.
Since his retirement from professional sailing, Vela (Latin for “sail”), has been his project. It’s a modern lifestyle brand with a focus on furniture and interiors from international designers. It also offers bespoke products, which are made to order out of the Vela workshop in Queensland.
Tindill insists that his experience in boat building taught him the importance of never comprising on quality and gave him a deep respect for the making process. Vela has pieces by international designers such as Faye Toogood, Oskar Zieta and Harry Thaler. The Jonathan Zawada’s Piece of Pie coffee table is made with three carefully selected pieces of marble slotted together, and is customisable. There is also the very sophisticated Gull Sofa, exclusively designed for Vela by renowned Sydney architect Walter Barda, as well as a selection of opulent woven rugs by Alexander McQueen.
Tindill worked with Sydney architect Kelvin Ho of Akin Creative and designer Jonathan Zawada to bring the Woollahra store to fruition.
The space is part concept store, part gallery. Walls are painted in contrasting blocks of blush pink and azure blue and furniture has been artfully placed to create minimalistic vignettes.