Growing up in Canberra, Steven Cetrtek spent his school holidays hanging out on building sites…
Luxe furniture and lifestyle brand Coco Republic is coming to Canberra.
And it is bringing an Italian dining hall and Campari bar with it.
For years, Canberra shoppers have been speculating on what would become of the enormous subterranean space in Canberra Centre which was once the home of Lincraft.
From October (COVID-depending), it will be a place to consider over 3000 pieces of furniture and homeware items as the international design house opens a flagship in the ACT.
Coco Republic, which has been in operating for 40 years, is establishing a 1835m2 showroom located within the design precinct of the Canberra Centre and fronting onto Bunda Street. Designed by award-winning architects Alexander & Co, the showroom will feature an inspiring assortment of furniture, homewares, rugs and outdoor furniture. But that’s just downstairs.
The supersite will also be accompanied by a street-level hospitality experience, L’Americano, evoking the essence of the Italian Riviera.
L’Americano will feature a spacious dining hall, espresso bar and Campari bar—making it the perfect place to ponder the various merits of statement pieces for the home.
Coco Republic’s Co-Owner and Creative Director Anthony Spon-Smith said “We believe that building a home is a journey not a destination. We believe the best way to inspire our clients, is to create a micro design community of products, designers, and experiences, within which our clients can collaborate and build a home that inspires them every day.”
The showroom offers a holistic approach to retail. Featuring bold statement pieces, an outdoor gallery, a purpose-designed rug gallery, an interior design lab and dedicated design meeting rooms—it establishes a true end-to-end experience complete with a signature Coco Republic fragrance wafting through the air.
And, of course, the added bonus of a perfect place to pull up a barstool and absorb the aesthetics of the brand over a light dinner and cocktail once a day of browsing is done.
The new L’Americano café with its interior design concept based upon the iconic 90’s movie, The Talented Mr Ripley, boasts a chic Italian inspired menu and a dedicated Campari Bar which will be open in the evening, once the store has shut for the day.
Anthony noted that Coco Republic, which had stores in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Auckland, with exclusive outdoor lines available across the United States, would be opening stores in both Canberra and Perth in the coming months.
“We are still filled with the same excitement and anticipation we felt when we opened our very first showroom over 40 years ago. I am incredibly proud to think of how far we’ve come as a brand. By the end of 2021 we will have both a retail and hospitality offering in multiple states across the country,” he said.