Turn up your nose to the likes of Ikea, Fantastic or Freedom Furniture and Domain because the sophisticated gentleman, the glorious bastard, the suave don, cannot (and will not), surround himself and his abode with anything less than the best, most unique pieces of furniture available from Sydney’s best stores.
Sydney is certainly regarded as a stylish city. With some of men’s fashion brand’s elite having their own boutique stores and menswear shops lining the streets of the CBD, it goes to show just how seriously Sydneysiders take design and style.
The team at DMARGE has pounded the pavement to bring you the best Sydney furniture stores for all your sofa, chairs and table needs.
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Macleay On Manning
1/85 Macleay Street, Potts Point, 2011
The A-list of interior design brands can be found within the trendy walls of Macleay on Manning. Looking for a classic leather sofa? No problem. Hoping to secure a more abstract piece, or classic pop art print from Andy Warhol? They’ve got it covered.
From local and international favourites, unique pieces from Paul Smith, Tom Dixon, Iittala, Kenzo, Fornasseti and other esteemed brands that don’t hang around for long, you’ll want to make repeat visits every few weeks to check out the fresh inventory, if you fail to find the right couch, lamp, bedhead, coffee table or whisky glasses on your first visit.
The Woolstores, 74/4D Huntley Street, Alexandria, 2015
Marketed to the ‘architectural and design community’, this furniture store is Aussie-owned. Living Edge is the epitome of refined elegance, with classic Eames pieces and modern local designs sitting side-by-side. Trick out your home with a table from German handcrafters e15, a retro George Nelson coconut chair, a few uber-cool stools from Sydney-designer Trent Jansen and a plush and sturdy handmade Scandinavian rug courtesy of Denmark’s Fabula Living.
VAMPT Vintage Design
486-490 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills, 2010
A stone’s throw (or probably closer to a Hayne pass) from the roundabout at Sydney Park is VAMPT Vintage Design gallery in Surry Hills. With one of the most impressive catalogues of mid-century modern furniture, we can imagine teen-sensation Twiggy frolicking through throngs of Art Deco designs.
Furniture is restored to investment standard and every one of them is original. Heavyweights and tongue-twisters alike adorn the gallery, such as Illum Wikkelsø, Charles & Ray Eames, Børge Mogensen, Hans Wegner and Grant Featherston. Showrooms in Brookvale and Newport offer smaller collections, but they are worth a visit if you’re in the area.
42 Oxford Street, Paddington, 2021
Proudly designed and manufactured in Melbourne then sold from showrooms in Sydney, Brisbane and, of course, Melbourne, Jardan make furniture that lasts a lifetime while leaving minimal impact on the environment. Built on an ethos of utility, custom-made couches and beds sit alongside chairs and tables at the Rosebery showroom. The family-owned business is lead by brothers Nick and Mike Garnham, who make use of sustainable timber and natural materials that can be responsibly sourced.
344 Oxford Street, Paddington, 2021
Like to think of yourself as a Great Dane? Neither do we. We’d like to imagine ourselves as lion-men or predatory-panthers, but we sure do appreciate the top-notch Scandinavian designs inside Sydney’s Great Dane furniture store. Both modern and antique pieces get a look in, and if you’re lucky you may just discover a couple of genuine Kai Kristiansen dining chairs. In fact, the list of designers reads like a who’s who of interior design legends, from Greta Jalk and Eric Buch to Arne Vodder and Ole Wanscher.
33/69 O’Riordan Street, Alexandria, 2015
Outfitting homes with impeccable furniture since 1992, KE-ZU’s designer collections combine innovation with functionality, and each piece is handpicked with residential and larger contract work in mind. Just as impressive as the bevvy of beauties inside the showroom, KE-ZU’s delivery vans are pretty damn special too. Graphic artist Georgia Perry and KE-KU’s Mark Swanton collaborated to pimp the vans into rolling artworks. Needless to say, nobody in your street will miss the exciting delivery.
7/81 Macleay Street, Potts Point, 2011
The services offered at Becker Minty almost outnumber the products inside its Potts Point bricks-and-mortar. Not only can you pop in and pick up a new jacket and a coffee table, but you can also enlist the interior design, personal styling, home decorating and bespoke catering teams for perfection in every aspect of your busy life. Clothing sophisticated gents for almost a decade, Becker Minty has also earned a reputation as a one-stop-shop for last-minute gifts like luxury candles, antique jewellery and aftershave. Furniture and decorative items come from designers such as Michael Verheyden, Gregory Studios and Akar de Nissim.
16-20 Oxford Street, Paddington, 2021
Supreme craftsmanship is assured when buying an item from MCM House in Paddington. A hotpot of influences can be spied, with French, Italian and Danish flavours running throughout. The crew offer custom-designed cabinetry and fill the floor with antique furniture and contemporary finds from some of the best local and international designers. Meanwhile, the walls are covered in modern art and sleek mirrors of all shapes and styles.
Level 1/Suite 14-15, 69 O’Riordan Street, Alexandria, 2015
Cosh Living started as a furniture store dedicated to decking out your outdoor spaces but has since transitioned into a furniture supplier for several rooms of your home. Outdoor furniture is sourced only from Europe, from brands such as Trubi, Gloster and DEDON, while the indoor furniture range sees collections sourced from Australian-made Kett and Italian brand Potocco.
Cosh Living’s Sydney showroom has been designed to offer customers a warm and relaxing atmosphere, and one that has various display suites that seamlessly transition into one another.
B4 The Cannery, 85 Dunning Avenue, Rosebery, 2018
Minimalist chic meets masculine drama at Fred International, the importer of all things Scandinavian. A stable of eleven well-known and carefully chosen brands compete for space in the Rosebery establishment, with Karl Andersson and Swedese two of the frontrunners. The stark, yet serene warehouse space is decorated with lighting from Rubn and Secto, chairs by Fjordfiesta and Mitab, and a load of treasures from watches to candleholders.