Catherine and Martin Southwood are the owners of two Southwood stores in Melbourne, Australia. They are currently in the process of opening their third store in the trendy inner-city suburb of Fitzroy (329 Napier Street Fitzroy, Victoria 3065). The store is an expansion of their original stores and allows them to showcase a range of Australian designed and made furniture and homewares alongside fair trade and organic pieces. Their own home is a sustainable inner-city building, which is designed for flexibility and longevity. They love using natural materials, such as recycled brick alongside oiled concrete and plywood, and have furnished the home with a mix of mid-century and contemporary Australian furniture and homewares. Thanks to Armelle Habib for the photographs and to Catherine and Kate Delves for styling assistance! — Anne
Image above: The upstairs lounge area with exposed brick wall and 30-year-old Charles Pfister for Knoll sofa. The rug, throw, lamp and coffee table are from Southwood.
Image above: The dining area with Calder print, found rolled up in the back of a cupboard in the house we rented when we first came to Melbourne from the UK nine years ago! “Flemming” dining chairs from Southwood and original 1947 “Moore” armchair design also stocked by Southwood.
More inside Catherine and Martin’s home after the jump . . .
Image above: The kitchen area with a unit made from recycled messmate (Australian eucalyptus variety) by one of the makers we work with. The vintage barstools are covered in Cloth fabric, and the placemats are from Bonnie & Neil.
Image above: Corner of the bedroom with re-covered retro chair, which is one of a pair found in a junk shop in the UK when I was pregnant with my first child 18 years ago. The fabrics on the cushion and hanging on the wall are samples from the Southwood printed textile range that we recently launched.
Image above: Bike wall — a great way to store bikes. Door art is by the boys, and the internal doors are all reclaimed ’40s doors that have been left with their original paint but decorated by the kids.
Image above: The front garden with the veggie garden tended by Martin and the kids. The garden is quite a talking point on the street, and we often have neighbours stopping for a chat or to ask for some herbs.