Koskela #1 - lighting love affair

May 31, 2012

Photos taken by Natalie Hayllar {eat read love} at Koskela

A lovely Sunday, a visit to Sydney's Rosebery, and my love affair with Koskela, Tili Wiru lighting and Kitchen By Mike has begun! 

Koskela, the brain child of Russel Koskela and Sasha Titchkosky, is the home of beautiful contemporary Australian furniture, housed in a huge century old converted warehouse (the old Rosella Canning Factory) in Sydney's Rosebery.  Eco-friendly recycled timbers have been converted into tables and benches, exposed brick walls and beams, stunning lighting, and bright and bold soft furnishings are all displayed perfectly in this space. Did I mention they stock fabulous designs from my favs Bonnie and Neil and Pony Rider too (need I say more!). I fell love with the very cute and fat timber wombat in the kids room area.

The stunning lighting (pictured above) is part of the Tili Wiru collection - a collaboration between the Tjanpi Desert Weavers and Koskela. Such bright, earthy colours and nature inspired patterns. The Tjanpi Desert Weavers was set up by the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women’s Council in 1995 in  Central Australia. Grasses collected by women have been weaved into baskets, sculptures and for the first time lighting. It really is a breathtaking collection and looks amazing on a backdrop of exposed brick industrial walls in the Koskela showroom.

Oh and did I mention the very best part....after you have finished perusing the showroom,  you can walk about ten steps to devour some fresh and flavoursome eats from Kitchen by Mike. Such a cool, buzzing space, daily menu, artisan bread, coffee, cake, and delicious comfort food. Whats not to love! Obviously popular with the local inner city set if the food queue is anything to go by and tables in hot demand (more on KBM later on the blog). 

How exciting to find such awesome eats and loves under one roof and so close to home. I will most definitely be returning for another Koskela/Kitchen by Mike fix very soon. More pics on Koskela #2

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