Sydney Weekend II

I recently visited Sydney for Rachel Castle's Inaugural Screen Printing Class at The School. Sydney, as always, was on her best sunshine, so I got around. I visited:


Koskela* is owned and run by Russel Koskela and Sasha Titchkosky and is in Sydney's Rosebury, right next door to The School and Kitchen by Mike. It houses its complete range of furniture items alongside carefully curated Australian made home accessories and gifts, including artworks by Rachel Castle and Kate Banazi. Arranged in room settings and with beautiful natural lighting, I could easily imagine myself moving right into the space and calling it home. Second to that, I will take one of each colour of the Bye Bye Birdy Lamps in the first image below.

Koskela also has an exhibition space displaying the collaboration between Koskela and the Tjanpi Desert Weavers- a range of lighting which are detailed and colourful. 

If you need any other reason to visit, it shares the space with Kitchen By Mike and I promise after trying their artisian bread you will have no regrets of visiting!

Koskela85 Dunning AveRosebery NSW 2018

*Warning: inconvenience to your wallet or otherwise may result from visiting this beautiful showroom.

KoskelaKoskelaKoskelaKoskelaBeautiful artwork from Kate Banazi and furniture from Koskela (above).

Koskela Beautiful lighting by the Tjanpi Desert Weavers for Koskela.


I am officially a Zumbaron groupie after stumbling upon Adriano Zumbo's Pyrmont store. I promise it has more to do with the Zumbarons (Zumbo Macarons) than the decor. Ok, the decor helps too. Especially the large amazing marquee alphabet lettering spelling out 'Zumbo'.

Adriano Zumbo at The Star is a new exciting concept store which comprises of a Patisserie and a Dessert train! Stop to see the decor and if you are in an emergency and going to break the glass, I would go for the Popcorn Zumbarons- they are fantastic!

Adriano Zumbo at The Star: Shop1, Cafe Court The Star 80 Pyrmont st, Pyrmont, NSW 2009

ZumboZumboZumboZumboZumbarons: Watermelon, Pistachio, Chocolate, Caramel + Popcorn


The thoroughfare is home to an installation by creative artist Michael Thomas Hill of 186 birdcages and 10 speakers which play the songs of about 50 bird species that once lived nearby before colonial development. I particularly loved the names of all the bird species underfoot and the reminder to think about habitat loss and how important an issue it is for our cities. 

Angel Place, Sydney, NSW 2000

Angel Place


I am not ashamed to admit it, I visited The Ivy Bar for the decor. It did not disappoint with its candy striped awnings, white wicker chairs, aquamarine velveteen drapes, white plantation shutters and its rooftop pool complete with yellow and white striped umbrellas. Think, Palm Springs Retreat meets the inside of I Dream Of Jeannie's Bottle home. They even grow their own Ivy with the help of three full time gardeners and a full time florist employed by Ivy. Architects, Woods Bagot and interior designers, Hecker Phelan & Guthrie have done a remarkable job with the space. Even the patrons are all stunning, or could beautiful interiors actually reflect on people making them more aesthetically pleasing to the eye? Er, ok, it might have been the Lychee Martini.

Absolutely worth a vist, or two and a martini, or two.

The Ivy: 330 George Street, Sydney, NSW 2000

Ivy IvyIvyIvyIvyIvyImages via here and here.


The Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney has recently opened its new wing, designed by Sydney architect Sam Marshall and cost a simple $53 million. The new addition is modern, appealing and more importantly has stimulated interest and awareness in contemporary art, which is always a good thing.

I visited the museum having not read much about it and was pleasantly surprised, everything was well thought out: the exhibition spaces, the dual entries from George Street and Circular Quay, a wonderful gift shop (yes, I spent money), the National Centre for Creative Learning on the third level and the rooftop cafe complete with a breathtaking view of Darling Harbour, The Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. 

More impressive was the curation of exhibitions within the MCA. I could have very easily spent the entire day meandering between floors visiting the exhibitions. A few of my very favorites include Christian Marclay's, The Clock (the ingenuity of this project is mind blowing), Rebecca Baumann's Automated Colour Field (pictured below) and Kate Murphy's Prayers from My Mother, 1999.

If visiting please allow a couple of hours to wander around and appreciate the space, the exhibitions and the stunning views.

MCA: 140 George Street, The Rocks, NSW 2000

MCAMCA Building, Darling Harbour Entry

MCAMCAMCA Foyer, Second Floor

MCARebecca Baumann's Automated Colour Field

MCAAleks Danko, Incident-Ambivalence 1991-92

MCAEmma White, Negative Rienforcement 1, 2008

MCAJuan Davila, Sentimental History of Australian Art 1982

MCACollecting Bags 1985-87, many artists

MCARobert Owen, Sunrise #3 2005

MCAJim Campbell, Untitled (for the Sun) 1999

MCATatsuo Miyajima, Death Clock 2011-12

MCAThe breathtaking view of The Opera House from the MCA

Thank you Sydney for the sunshine and for being a city that offers so much, until next time.

June 11, 2012

by Marianne Sourial
in Things We Love