Koskela loves mums and is in full mum-planning mode as Mother’s Day is just over a week away. We love doting on such special women, as mums always are so we’ve planned up a great Mother’s Day out at Koskela and organised some beautiful gifts (we’ll even have pretty gift wrapping to impress your mumma) to make the honoring holiday a snap. That way you can put all your mum-love towards her…she probably deserves it!
On Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 12 if you’re still looking it up) bring mum to Kitchen by Mike for a nice brekkie or lunch and look for a special treat from Mike and the kitchen available just for the day. Then head into the showroom and get the kids a seat for Story Time with Julia, our most bubbly staff ever, and send mum to enjoy a complimentary hand-massage with our exquisite Leif products. While she’s getting nice and relaxed, pick up a **** Leif special offer so she can enjoy the pampering at home as well.
If your love for mums needs more than one day and 2 venues to hold it all, book into Megan Morton’s The School‘s workshop with Jo Fowles. This Block Print workshop for 2 will get you printing and experimenting together with whatever special lady you choose.
Mother’s Day at 85 Dunning Ave:
Satuurday, May 11,
Woodblock Printing for 2 with Jo Fowles at The School: 10am-12pm; Book Here
Sunday, May 12 // MOTHER’s DAY
Brekkie, Brunch or Lunch at Kitchen By Mike: 8am-4pm; look for a special mum’s treat by Mike!
Kids Story Time with Julia: 11:00; 12:00; and 1:00 (free!) Age appropriate books selected based on turnout
Mums Hand Massages: 11-2 (free!) Purchase any 500ml of Leif Body Cleanser and recieve a complimentary Leif Hand Balm valued at $18.95
Mother’s Day Gift Wrapping: free!
Need a gift for mum? We’ve put together some things from around the showroom we think she might like:
Koskela loves mums that cook
Enamelware Prep Set; $129
Ceramic Measuring Cups; $17
Ceramic Juicer; $10
Vase; $49, $69
“The Family Meal: Home Cooking with Ferran Adria”; $39.95
Tea Towel; $25
Chopping Board; $55
Dough Scraper; $54
White series plate and cup; $35, $27
Tea Towel; $59
Copper Ladle; $33
Dish Brush; $5
Pastry Brush; $14
Enamelware Coander; $39
Copper Cloth set; $15
Koskela loves mums that garden
eather Garden Gloves; $29
Garden secateurs – Ash wood; $35
Garden secateurs; $45
Garden scoop; $39
Small Pop Plant; $30
Clothes Pegs $12
Compost Bucket; $39
Mushroom Kit; $19.95
Twine $4.50 each
Koskela loves mums that are pampered
Leif Body Cleanser; $19.95
Leif Body Balm; $27.95
Bath Brush; $54
Chunky Soap; $6.50
Beechwood Soap Dish; $20
Shibori Scarf Kit; $79
Pillowcase (2); $120
Cooper Base Candle; $29
“Things I Love” by Megan Morton; $49
Bath Brush with handle; $64
Salus Candle; $42
Salus Body Bliss Kit; $45
We’ve been so excited to share: Beci Orpin will be exhibiting at Koskela! As one of Australia’s most exciting artists and illustrators, it’s sure to be an incredible exhibition. We’re already daydreaming about her bright, bold patterms, quirky images and collaged genius.
Koskela had a little sneak peak of Beci Orpin‘s studio while in Melbourne last week. We are very excited about Beci’s show with us, which will open in September. Here are a few shots of her at work in her studio. Filled with colours, shapes, textures and generally amazing STUFF, it was a great space to sit within and absorb it all while Beci chatted to me about her latest projects, including a collaboration with Kat McLeod that opens at Lamington Drive, Melbourne, this week! See More Here…
Watch this space for more photos of works in progress for the exhibition at Koskela.
Below: Beci at work on a piece begun by Kat McLeod (to be included as part of the exhibition at Lamington Drive)
Beci Orpin at Koskela’s Gallery
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Recently, Sasha Titchkosky, one of Koskela’s co-owners, attended and presented at “Selling Yarns“, a 4 day conference held in Canberra that gathered all different indigenous fibre artists together from around Australia and New Zealand. This rare opportunity allowed the artists to exchange ideas and skills. These weavers, primarily women, are involved in many areas of fibre art including fabrics, weavings and other fibre craft such as traditional possum skin cloaks.
Mavis Ganambarr (pictured) and Sasha were invited to present to the conference about the Yuta Badayala collaboration, from the perspective of the traditional and contemporary coming together. Together they relayed the value of indigenous craft, discussed ways the Yuta Badayala project pushed the weaver’s skills, explained how the project is mutually beneficial, and shared how Koskela is featuring indigenous fibre in modern homeware design. Koskela and Mavis both believe that these projects are vital to preserving and growing our indigenous crafts and craftspeople. There was lots of interest expressed by different artists and communities to look at ways that they may be able to collaborate with Koskela, which is thrilling.
As Sasha and her family have had a long and dear friendship with Mavis, they cherished such a wonderful opportunity to spend time together and also to meet the fantastic ladies from Gapuwiyak up in Arnhem Land and reconnect with the Tjanpi weavers. The forum was held at the Museum of Australia on about the coldest 4 days that Canberra had had for quite some time. It was certainly a shock for some of the visitors from up in Arnhem Land who are used to temperatures of 30 degrees not 13 degrees! They kept warm with meals at a Korean BBQ for dinner; it was the closest meal that they could find in the city to a campfire cook up for the ladies who preferred meals like this!
We will be bringing you some more wonderful stories of life on Elcho and some exciting new ideas we are keen to develop, following our visit to Arnhem Land later this month . Stay tuned!
Koskela has an opening for a full-time Retail Sales Consultant:
Are you design-savy with a passion for quality, australian design?
Do you want to work in an inspiring retail showroom as part of a company that strives to infuse joy into our products and relationships?
Koskela is looking for an experienced retail sales consultant to add to our retail sales team. You must have a strong retail sales background and a genuine love of retail. This is a full time role and you need to be available to work on weekends on a rostered basis.
Of course, you should also have a passion for design! The right candidate will be able to be informative and helpful about all of the diverse facets of the showroom, furniture ranges, products and business while embodying our motto; “Follow your heart, trust your judgement, do it with joy“.
The successful candidate:
- Be enthusiastic and a great relationship builder
- Have excellent customer service skills
- Have concrete retail sales experience
- Work well in a team
- Knowledge of the industry is a plus
This is a full-time permanent position – 5 days a week
Please email your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org and quote Retail Sales Consultant in the email subject.
NB: We will do our best to respond to everyone, however please note that we cannot guarantee this.
The Pop Tarts, in association with Michael Reid at Elizabeth Bay and Koskela, present: Matt Burgess, Marc Blake and Samuel Tupou. The group exhibition, “Without Ryhme or Reason”, is part of Art Month Sydney and opened Saturday, March 16th, 2013 in Koskela’s gallery.
With a shared obsession for the wicked, quirky, comical and affordable in contemporary art, The Pop Tarts (Rebecca Richards & Nicola Townsend) are conseravteurs sans frontiers, looking for what inspires them now. And for now that happens to be these three interesting artists, and we’d love to share this exciting collection of work with you.
Samuel Tupou // Works with pop-printing techniques incorporated with traditional Pacific patternmaking, acknowledging the West’s misappropriation of Pacific culture.
Matt Burgess // A glass artist from Adelaide, utilises the tradition of the lost wax technique to explore the complexities of human emotion and the human condition.
Marc Blake // Continuing his use of media-mined imagery, has collaborated with Japanese tebori (traditional hand-carved tattoos) practitioner Horimyo to play out his dream-like, illusory narratives.
Marc Blake‘s work is simultaneously both layered, yet very 2D - a unique mix of medium and content. Each painting is on timber canvases, and each composition seems to take it’s cue from the grain in the wood below. A man dives into a wavy pool of tree rings; a woman strolls along a long sand beach of wood grain; long shadows are cast from a girl standing on a lawn of stretched timber curves of a setting sun. Almost like the game of finding narrative or images in cloud shapes, this work collaborates with a natural medium to create a setting. Adding to the accessibility of the work, each painting allows the viewer to look over the shoulder of the character. The viewer is removed slightly from a first person view, but not quite pushed out to third person role. It’s almost as it the figure invites you to float in the wake and follow in on the activity. Blake also evokes colour and setting to place his work in a far-away tropical dream land.
Samuel Tupou’s work bridges the collection of work between sculpture and painting with the bent transparent portraits. Each face lives two lives – one in colour, one in shadow on the wall. This Jekyl and Hyde effect is exaggerated by the bending plane – one seems to look up, the other down. Tupou’s work, with themes of the west’s misappropriation of Pacific culture, uses pop-printing and patternmaking to catch the viewer’s attention. Yet, upon examining the group of beard-moustache-hair silhouettes, a profile of the family or culture begins to emerge. Are the shadows representing the opposite culture, shirking below the bright truth of the top face? Or perhaps, the negative stereotypes that the west projects are the these shadowy twins. Delightful and gripping, Samuel Troupou’s work, both the circular pieces and the bent plexiglass, forces us to face portraits of men that won’t return our gaze. This work, like Marc Blake’s work, is transportive and takes a viewer to a new location, a new culture.
Matt Burgess‘s work also emplores figures that don’t return our gaze, like both Tupou’s and Blakes’ work. Captivating techniques and odd juxtapositions create quiet small giants that look as if they’re trapped in a fog of some lush and preserved atmosphere. As if they just sat down, overcome by their thoughts, it compels one to wonder what they were thinking of that caused them to sit for so long that the foliage overgrew them. The existential nature echoes the surrealist Giacometti’s, work with opposite body types, it seems. Regardless of the themes of the work, the Burgess’ craftsmanship is awe-inspiring in itself.
Come and enjoy the diversity of medium, perspective and content in this much anticipated show during Koskela showroom hours.
The Pop-Tarts, in association with Michael Reid Gallery, present
“Without Rythme or Reason”
Art Month, Sydney
Saturday, 16th March – Friday, 26th April, 2013
Monday – Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm
Saturday 9:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm
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1/85 Dunning Ave
Rosebery NSW 2018
Floral sculptor, Tacey Deep, will be bringing beautiful flora – sometimes beautiful flowers, sometimes sculpture-like branches – every week here to the Koskela showroom. You might remember the exquisite twig + air plant wreaths we had at Christmas? Those were also by Tracey and the weekly bunches are equally as enchanting. We all love bring nature indoors, but Tracey is known for her eye for raw and unique organic treasures.
Our First Birthday Party weekend was a hit and we’re so glad so many people came out to enjoy the festivities. We’re genuinely chuffed that we had so many friends around to enjoy our milestone with. If you were here, thank you for making the weekend full and fun! Our stilt walker and hula-hoop performer was entertaining and upbeat, the cafe was buzzing with snowcone sugar delights, and Megan Morton’s garage sale was an absolute full-house filled with treasures galore. Koskela guests snapped up INCREDIBLE savings off of our gorgeous floor stock.
If you weren’t able to make it to get in on the action, fret no more! Our sale continues! We’re subscribing to birthday month, it seems. Below are all of the items that are still available - we’ll even work with you to arrange delivery! Don’t wait long to inquire or purchase tho, things are going to go fast!
To inquire, contact our fantastic retail team: firstname.lastname@example.org / or / (02) 9280 0999
You’re invited to our FIRST birthday party on Sun, FEB 10 from 10am-4pm. Kitchen by Mike, Megan Morton Stylist and Koskela are celebrating the joy of the last year since opening our doors here in Rosebery together.
The building will be a festival of celebrations from stilt walkers and circus performers to sweet birthday snowcones at Kitchen by Mike, and a not to be missed stylists’ garage sale (Sat & Sun) at Megan Morton’s The School. Koskela is celebrating with a one-day birthday sale with 10% off all forward orders placed on the day, big savings on over 40 items beautiful floor stock and 20% off of all Loom rugs. Don’t miss it!
Watch our Instagram for sneak peeks of sale items and prices!
Maybe you’ve heard, but Koskela loves Australia. We aim to stock Australian made products and insist that all our furniture is made by Australian manufacturers. We believe in supporting local industries and do our best to make sure the whole lot is also sustainable. We’re in an amazing place – so many lovely local materials to build with, so many valuable Indigenous stories and skills that should be treasured, so many talented people making, crafting, producing and growing here in Australia. This fantastic country is the foundation for what we do!
With that in mind, we’re CLOSED on Monday to let our staff celebrate Australia Day weekend, hoping you’ll find some time to kick back and cheers with us.
We will be open Saturday and Sunday, January 26 & 27, but closed on Monday, January 28th.