The grass may be crisp and dry and the beaches packed but summer is here…
As you may have heard Canberra Centre’s Monaro Mall Lifestyle Precinct is opening soon – this Thursday 2 November to be exact.
Focused on design, homewares and all things luxe, it will be accessible by the escalators across from L’Occitane in the Centre’s Beauty Precinct, further cementing its place as the home of premium brands.
With 16 stores to explore, we can’t wait to see the space when it opens later this week—with Christmas shopping just around the corner, here’s what to look forward to.
The Cool Hunter Pop Up
As Emma Macdonald revealed last month, The Cool Hunter’s pop up store, will stock a range of carefully curated and unspeakably cool art, homewares, stationery, accessories, perfumes, furniture, bags, sunglasses and watches.
With over 1.8 million readers generating over 2.1 million monthly page views, The Cool Hunter has an ever-growing subscriber list which reads like a who’s who of the global media, communications, fashion, design, architecture and lifestyle industries. This, in turn, makes an appearance in The Cool Hunter a truly big deal.
But hurry. The pop up will only be sticking around for six months.
Design Canberra’s HOME:MADE
As part of Canberra’s annual design festival, DESIGN CANBERRA, a special pop up space in Canberra Centre will play host to objects from artists, makers and creators from across Australia from 5-26 November.
Presented by Craft ACT, HOME:MADE will feature new lighting, furniture and homewares from some of Australia’s most exciting emerging designers.
A place to find a truly unique piece or gift.
The cookware of chefs, celebrity cooks and Instagram worthy kitchens, La Creuset’s famous style has been copied many times over but they are still the original and the best.
La Creuset will be the to head for the perfect housewarming or wedding present that will last a lifetime, and with everything from silicon tools to mini classic La Creuset pots, there’s something for every budget.
For those seeking to really add elegance and lasting style to their kitchen, look no further. The brand was established in 1925 and hasn’t been out of style since.
We’ll take one of everything, thanks.
Husk is a minimalist’s wardrobe dream, stocking designers such as Vanessa Bruno, Elizabeth and James and RtA. Founded as a way for international designers to be presented in a curated manner, Husk’s fashion offerings are complemented by their selection of home wares, organic herbal tea and sensory care products.
Founded in 1915, this Adelaide based chocolatier has a cult following and, let’s be honest, Haigh’s frogs were the best thing that could come out of a suitcase after a family member or friend’s trip away.
Now Haigh’s selection of dark, milk and white chocolates with their rainbow of flavours and formats (bars, blocks, individual chocolates, frogs, we could go on…) will be yours to gift, indulge in and buy in bulk for the holiday season!
Arnold and Co
Adding to the luxe nature of the new level is Arnold and Co Jewellers, which will also serve as the go-to for gifts of the, shall we say, more serious variety.
With exquisite collections of coloured stones, custom designs available and—yes—diamond rings, Arnold and Co will bring their unique sparkle to the precinct.
As a boutique that focuses on herbs and spices, you can bet your bottom dollar that Gewurzhaus will be popular in these warmer months.
Christmas Cake and Pudding spice? Yes please. The perfect marinade for prawns on the BBQ? Yum. Head inside to shop over 100 small-batch blends made in Melbourne or browse over 350 single origin spices, herbs, salts, teas and sugars from around the world.
Bed Bath N’ Table
From luxe bedspreads to the perfect on-trend summer towel, Bed Bath and Table should be your number one stop when renovating or just putting a fresh touch on your home for the summer months. Their range of Christmas decorations is always legendary too.
The Pen Boutique
We all know the pen is mightier than the sword, but it doesn’t mean it has to be less fancy.
The Pen Boutique know their stuff when it comes to scribbling and can offer shoppers a range of pens perfect for gifts or penning that award winning novel with brands like LAMY, Waterford, Cartier and all the inks, cartridges, pencils and leather accessories you’ll ever need.
Quirky, delicate and French made, three elements that guarantee La Nereides jewellery will make the perfect gift or addition to a holiday season outfit.
Established in Paris in 1980, La Nereides nature inspired collections are colourful, bold and whimsical at the same time.
Caffeine addicts unite! With a European fit-out that’s slicker than any coffee machine store deserves to be, Nespresso will be moving up a level, literally, to the homewares precinct.
The perfect gift for the piccolo perfectionist who is always dashing out the door, Nespresso will also be continuing their famous in-store customer service (did someone say free samples?).
A store to lose yourself in, Pepe’s Paperie has been a Canberra Centre icon for many years and is the perfect fit for the new precinct. From gorgeous hand bound diaries to gifts, cards and the perfect Christmas wrapping paper, make sure you set aside time to wander in.
The perfect place to pick up that award-winning kids book for your nephew, the latest teen fantasy quest novel for your daughter and a page turner for the beach this summer, Robinson’s Bookshop stocks everything from the latest New York Times bestsellers to the classics and everything in between.
The Tea Centre
Beloved by Canberrans of all ages, The Tea Centre will no doubt use their new space to further inspire us to make our house a home with the addition of the perfect cup of tea served in the perfect teacup or teapot.
top3 by Design
New to Canberra, top3 by Design’s website shows just how passionate the brand is about design, using gorgeous architectural homes as inspiration for their luxe collections.
Looking for the perfect centrepiece or talking point for a new room? Look no further. From bar carts to chic beach umbrellas, they have it all.
Café Cherry Beans
Beloved by Canberrans above and below the lake, this will be Café Cherry Beans’ 9th store in Canberra.
With their eclectic interiors and generous menu of café favourites, this will be the perfect spot to rest your feet after you’ve explored all of the above.
If this wasn’t enough, Canberra Centre is bringing home and design icons like Donna Hay, Bec Judd, Lucy Feagins and Megan Morton to town for their Life By Design Masterclasses to celebrate the new precinct.
Find more information and grab your tickets now here.
What: Canberra Centre’s new design floor
When: Opening Thursday 2 November
Where: Accessible via the escalator in the Beauty Precinct, Monaro Mall
More information: canberracentre.com.au
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