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hen Ashton Grove launched
in Claremont in 2009,
it brought to our scene
furniture designs based
on the simple, timeless French-provincial
style and English oak country furniture of
the mid 1700s. Spanish- and Tuscan-style
pieces, plus a custom service, followed.
The store’s New Zealand-based owner
Robert Hood has trained a team in the craft
of handmaking the furniture. Each piece is
lovingly made from timbers, including French
oak, and finished with layers of oil and waxes.
Today, however, the store (which has sister
showrooms in New Zealand and Melbourne)
has expanded to include high-end Italian
brands Longhi and Malerba, exclusive in
WA to this store, and brought two like-
minded retailers into the modern space.
Floor manager Lucinda Hill says the locals
love it. “They... say ‘this is fantastic, we
haven’t seen anything like this before’.”
Temple Direct rugs, previously in Chelsea
Village, has moved in, bringing handmade
rugs from around the world. They include the
Sahar collection by international designer
Haynes Robinson – Temple Direct owner
Chris Hoyne says he’s one of only two dealers
in Australia for these rugs, which are “hot
property” internationally at the moment.
In addition, artworks by abstract
expressionist painter Caroline Ch ristie,
whose work featu res in collections and
galleries in WA and South Africa, now deck
the walls. “Caroline was looking for a space
and we were looking for a body of work to
complement the furniture,” Lucinda says.
Chris adds: “It’s more of a concept store
where we can introduce people to ways of
putting different things together that they’d
normally go to three different shops to see.”
So, what should you be excited about
in the coming months? New pieces from
Longhi will be available later in the year.
“We’ll have an exclusive range of
‘furniture for grown-ups’ in luxurious
combinations of marble, eel skin, specialty
leathers, veneers, and nickel,” Rob says.
“Sophisticated, yet fun.” Among these will
be Lady cabinets of ebony veneer, wenge or
specialty leathers like eel skin. And look out
for the sleek, European-style g round-i ron
laser-cut tables in circular, oval, rectangular
and console styles. Finishes? Frames in glossy
black nickel or sati ned bronze and topped in
black painted glass, bronze mirrored glass
and white or brown marble. Divine. I
Claremont Design Gallery, 2 Leura Avenue,
Claremont, ashtongrove.com.au, templedirect.
Ashton Grove has expanded its furniture showroom
to become a holistic decor destination with high-end rugs
and artwork – we welcome Claremont Design Gallery
FROM TOP A beautiful Ashton Grove console table; (from
left) Chris Hoyne, Caroline Christie and Rob Hood in front of an
artwork by Caroline; a Rim table and Lady cabinet in eelskin from
Longhi represent the new products soon to be available.
“It’s more a concept store where we can introduce
people to ways of putting different things together”
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