Ah, Rosebery, that sly devil. You know not to be fooled by its sleepy streets and rusty steel facades.
And in a city of beachfront bars and bustling sidewalk cafés, there’s one great, hulking industrial skeleton particularly worth getting hyped up about.
Koskela is the magnum opus of furniture designers Russel Koskela and Sasha Titchkosky. You’ll know it if you’re a sucker for the suckling pig or decadent Jaffa cake from Kitchen by Mike, with whom they share floor space in this sunny, sandblasted brick warehouse.
Within tossing distance of a Five Senses coffee bean are Koskela’s recycled timber tables and long, low sofas in plush high-density foam, all relaxing on sandblasted brick and concrete floors with plenty of room for you to maneuver. No giant painted arrows dictating your path here.
Making fine company for the designers’ heftier offerings is a selection of locally-produced homewares including Quiescence candles, lampshades woven by the ladies of Arnhem Land and edgy neon accents in the form of room dividers and skeletal hanging lights.
And if you’d like to soak up the atmosphere for longer than just an afternoon, consider a week away in Koskela’s beautifully renovated Patonga holiday cottage. Adorned with a barbeque, bikes and board games, it’s the perfect way to really get immersed in the Koskela lifestyle without any steely glances from retail associates.
Whiling away a Saturday indoors has never seemed such a good idea.
85 Dunning Ave, Rosebery, NSW 2018
02 9280 0999
Monday – Friday 9.00am – 5pm, Saturday 9am – 4pm, Sunday 10am – 4pm