Our relocated Paddington store, designed in collaboration with Clare Cousins Architects, celebrates Sydney’s aquatic passion. Iconic local swimming spots such as Bondi Icebergs, the Andrew ‘Boy’ Charlton Pool, and the city’s many picturesque sea baths, are longingly referenced here. The new signature store sits just around the corner from bustling Oxford Street, tucked into a quiet corner of Glenmore Road. A terraced entrance with verdant planting offers a rest spot to languid passersby.
Grey-green resin-bonded pebbles skim the interior walls and ceiling as if it were an upside-down pool; seats emerge as contoured pool-steps. Coved corners and recessed niches evoke shoreline grottos; luscious greenery spouts from the depths. Inset steel shelves in eucalypt green appear as the rungs of pool ladders. A floating travertine basin grounds the space; its mineral layers and sandy hues evoke seaside cliffs.
‘Simplicity is the most difficult thing to secure in this world; it is the last limit of experience and the last effort of genius.’