by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Thursday 3rd November 2011

Melbourne’s newest retail concept – Franque.  Photos by Shannon McGrath.

Melbourne’s newest retail offering is Franque*, a super gorgeous new furniture and interiors showroom in St Kilda.  It’s a brilliant concept – a beautiful 1930’s apartment suite in a residential building overlooking Port Phillip Bay has been transformed into a private retail showroom, filled with hand picked antiques from Europe.  Alongside these pieces is an impressive collection of Australian art by collectable artists including Tim Jones, Sarah Faulkner, Sally Ross, Bruce Armstrong and Robert Jack.

Hmmm, a furniture / art retail showroom in a residential setting…. that sounds familiar!  This must be a new trend in retail, I’m thinking!?  I’m sure we’ll be seeing a lot more of this concept from other retailers in the year ahead.

Franque has been a labour of love for Sarah Hook, who has spent the last year planning this special project, and travelling to France and Belgium to fill 3 containers of furniture for her showroom.  Sarah spent many years running Melbourne’s gorgeous and immensely popular Manon shops before launching her own venture. ‘After leaving Manon I started to import antiques – all of which sold out nearly before they landed!’ she says.  ‘Now I have started up this showroom where I can merchandise my furniture beautifully, and display my other love… fine art’.

Franque is open mainly by appointment, and Sarah also has plans to host private dinners and ‘meet the artist’ events here.  Better schedule a visit tout de suite, Francophiles!

Suite 5, 326 Beaconsfield Parade
St Kilda, VIC

Open Thursdays 12.00pm – 5.00pm or by appointment

*I am not quite sure how you pronounce Franque but I hope it’s something like ‘Franc’, the wedding planner from Father of the Bride, which was my favourite film of all time when I was about 9.

Beautiful pieces on show at Franque – including Sarah’s favourite pair of hand carved 18th Century angels from Normandy! ‘They have an extraordinary presence’ she says. Photos by Shannon McGrath.

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Thursday 3rd November 2011


  • Barbara Fisher 5 years ago

    Looks stunning.

    I also loved Franc! Still love that movie…..

  • julie @ tractorgirl 5 years ago

    too too beautiful! love those gorgeous patinas, I think I just want to fondle everything.

  • Maria Bates 5 years ago

    Love your blog – very inspiring stuff. We’ve been running a showroom in a shed for a few years now and its great to see some more people getting imaginative with display spaces – keeping the overheads down means more people can afford beautiful things.

  • Everyinch 5 years ago

    By the way…. I really want that dining table….

  • Miss Polly 5 years ago

    Gorgeous! montreaux also did this and it was divine…. I wanted to be a wedding planner after seeing franc!

  • Looks so lovely! I will have to visit next time I am in that neck of the woods.

  • melissa 5 years ago

    i am definitely scheduling a visit to Franque,love the whole concept

  • tim jones 5 years ago

    love the space, the beautiful light, and thoes amazing things, I want to move in ! What a great Eye-dear

  • Shelley Panton 5 years ago

    Great to read about another local bayside gem to go and scout out .. welcome Franque to St Kilda

  • theaxx 5 years ago

    ooooooo, looks delicious…



  • M Thornton 5 years ago

    Love that red and black jumpsuit, gorgeous gorgeous clothes

  • gemma 5 years ago

    love the polka dot bikes….amazing

  • vanessa 5 years ago

    The bike is awesome. Love Gorman…

  • mekalie bird 5 years ago

    One of the best in Australian fashion – Well done Lisa, Gorman is ticking all the right boxes!

  • Judy 5 years ago

    Fabulous woman! And love the tutti frutti jacket…

  • Lisa 5 years ago

    Amazing. Both of you.

  • Susie Nolan 3 years ago

    Love the superb arrangement of flowers, have on my facebook page to remind me spring will be here in the not too distant future. Love french antiques and quirky placements. Will visit when in Melbourne in July. Love the Cupid angels

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