While some brands might be moving away from brick-and-mortar storefronts amid the pandemic, Koskela co-founders Sasha Titchkosky and Russel Koskela felt it was the perfect time to re-imagine what the ideal retail experience might look like.
The end of the 10-year lease at their Rosebery location presented the opportunity for Sasha and Russel to start building the ‘next phase’ for Koskela. Sasha says they ‘stumbled’ upon the converted Sub Base Platypus location on a neighbourhood walk during Sydney’s first lockdown, but it took another year before they were ready to make the move – luckily, the space was still available!
‘The role of the store has changed since COVID and we think our new location reflects the type of experience customers are looking for,’ she says.
‘We want to connect and make memories with our visitors, bringing true connection and meaning to the pieces that they own… hopefully making them heirlooms to be treasured and maintained as a piece of Australian history.’
The ground floor features smaller products, homewares and gifting, while furniture and the exhibition space are positioned on the upper level. Plus, there’s a purpose-designed consultation area, ‘amazing covered atrium spaces’, and office spaces showcasing Koskela’s latest modules.
Sasha says the new store enjoys ASPECT Studio and Lahznimmo architects’ contemporary redesign of the converted heritage site, in addition to the ‘spectacular’ harbour views and sandstone cliff face!
The purpose-lead, Certified B Corporation has proudly worked with First Nations artists for more than a decade, so it’s only fitting its retail offering will incorporate a collaboration with award-winning Koori artist, Blak Douglas on a permanent installation artwork.
‘We have an amazing program of exhibitions for the year – all of them except for Michelle Morcos (on now) – are First Nations artists,’ Sasha says. So in addition to the scenic shopping experience, customers can come explore the artworks from a stellar line-up of creatives, including Tiwi Design, Tylah Saunders, Tiarna Herczeg and Waymbul Studios.
Shop Koskela’s range of homewares and furniture online here, or visit the store at Sub Base Platypus, 120 High St North Sydney.