Goodbye Rosebery

After a decade in the heritage-listed former Rosella soup factory in Rosebery, Koskela is moving on. 

Our stay in Rosebery has been the longest in the history of our 21-year-old business and enabled us to explore the possibilities of what a furniture and design business can be.  

"We knew the moment we looked at the Rosebery building after 9 months of searching that this beautiful, rather unloved 100-year-old saw tooth warehouse was indeed our perfect next home."

 

During our time here we ran creative workshops, art exhibitions, artists’ residences, launches, talks and popups. We transformed part of the carpark into a garden. And by incorporating hospitality into the mix we created a destination experience, the first of its kind in Sydney. 

Koskela Director and Co-founder, Sasha Titchkosky reflects on the Rosebery journey:

Thankfully, not yet renovated [the warehouse] had lain empty for 2 years after the GFC hit and its paperbark-lined, wide, deserted streets were the perfect spot on weekends for learner drivers to practice reverse parking. Sounds like the ideal place to set up a purpose driven furniture and homewares store with our neighbouring restaurant and The Studio and The School by Megan Morton. We transformed a huge concrete parking lot into an outdoor dining space and edible garden, built and set up a restaurant, ran creative workshops, set up a gallery space and helped build a precinct of like-minded companies. It wasn’t long before Rosebery was declared by Monocle magazine as the next area to watch in Sydney.

Over the decade feedback from our customers has always been the same: they visit us to feel inspired. The 2000-square-metre space filled with Australian made furniture, First Nations art, floor rugs and handcrafted homewares could be explored at leisure, and it was always possible to find something beautiful to take home with you.  

"There were definitely many sleepless nights that went into building what we did, and we look back now and think about the optimism and courage it took to do what we did. But we did it and even though there have been bumps in the road we’ve loved the journey."

  

While it tugs at the heartstrings to say goodbye to this incredible building, we are excited to soon reveal what’s coming next. We have been working hard in the past few months creating a new home for Koskela that, once again, reinvents the wheel. This will be a quintessentially Sydney experience in an amazing location with a strong connection to the outdoors. 

We will be without a storefront for a few weeks, but our online store will continue to operate with our second-to-none Koskela delivery service for gifting and to keep your home looking its best. 

Make sure you are signed up to Koskela Club to stay in the loop. We can’t wait to see you in our new home.  

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