We Love Perth – Local Art & Design Shops

by Jenny Butler
Thursday 25th August 2011

Jelena and Claire of We Love Perth are taking us on a tour of Perth’s best local art and design stores today. We get a peek inside Claire’s own shop, Ruck Rover General Store, and if you leave a comment before 10pm today you will go into the draw to win a $50 voucher to be used in-store or online! Thanks Claire! – Jenny x

You’ve probably heard that Perth is the most isolated city in the world. We think that is why we also have some of the best creative and original minds! Today we’ve put together our top picks for art and design shops and other businesses in Perth.

Let’s start with our favourite North Perth pick, Future Shelter. Fronted by husband and wife team, designer Jane King and engineer Adam Coffey, here you’ll find all sorts of products adorned with their incredible work. They’ve got functional items like lampshades and magnets as well as prints and other fun bits to liven up any room. One of our favourite pieces that they did was inspired by Kings Park and the gardens we talked about yesterday! They’ve also done work for the Perth International Arts Festival – our favourite event where the city esplanade comes alive as the best live music venue.

Products by local design business Future Shelter in North Perth.

In the next suburb of Mount Lawley, and just near Claire’s shop Ruck Rover General Store, is the design shop Test Tube. Their motto is ‘the ordinary: less ordinary’ so what you’ll find here is a brilliant range of functional items but with cutting edge design. They pride themselves on sourcing the most interesting, innovative and aesthetically pleasing products from around the world.

Interior of beautiful design store Test Tube, in Mount Lawley.

Now, don’t start thinking that only the best things happen in Melbourne and Sydney. Eastern states based Outre Gallery recently opened in Perth, and is keeping our walls happy with beautiful retro style art and prints.

Beautiful art from Outre Gallery

Still haven’t had enough? We also like browsing through Remedy, as well as checking out the monthly exhibitions in Claire’s own teensy gallery space, Mini Art Mart in Ruck Rover General Store.

Ruck Rover General Store in Mount Lawley (top); Ruck Rover’s very own Mini Art Mart (bottom)

If you appreciate a coffee with your art, then check out Venn in the city, or the Fremantle Arts Centre where multiple exhibition spaces, a gift shop and a quaint café all sit in beautiful grounds. And don’t overlook Mr Sparrow, a lovely, little, sunny store packed to the brim with design and vintage goodness. In fact, you can read more about Mr Sparrow in our current Monthly Feature!

Lovely little store Remedy (top left); Fremantle Arts Centre (top right). Artist space, café and design store Venn (bottom left); sunny store, Mr Sparrow (bottom right)

Don’t forget we’re also interviewing some fantastic local artists and design geniuses over on our blog this week!

Happy shopping,

Jelena & Claire x

by Jenny Butler
Thursday 25th August 2011


  • Jane 5 years ago

    Yes – love future shelter myself. I’m now inspired to visit Mr Sparrow and visit your blog Thanks :)

  • Sharyn 5 years ago

    Always on the lookout for interesting places to splash some cash.

    Thank you for making some additions to my list.

  • Kylie 5 years ago

    What about Storia in Guildford? Lots of interesting stuff there.

  • freedom 5 years ago

    looking forward to my next visit to perth to visit some of these gorgeous stores! thanks for sharing! creative regards, freedom x

  • Jessica 5 years ago

    and don’t forget William Topp in Northbridge!

  • miko 5 years ago

    i’ll have to check out future shelter!

  • nicole 5 years ago

    HI, I started a map eons ago with cool retailers in perth. http://maps.google.com.au/maps/ms?msid=203604073716979277590.0004789c94b918eac0313&msa=0

  • Andrew 5 years ago

    I’m looking forward to collecting my Lisamax artwork from Ruck Rover at the end of this month!! :)

  • Lucy 5 years ago

    Hurrah for Ruck Rover! Is that a blue-spotty Lucy dress on the girl in the picture?

  • Claire 5 years ago

    Yes Lucy, well spotted! That is indeed a Lucy dress!

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