Australian Homes


by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Wednesday 2nd January 2013

The Fitzroy warehouse of furniture retailer John Parker.  Allunagio (moon landing) stools by Achille Castiglioni on the ceiling, Jumbo Jet from a closed travel agency, and vintage pop-art cactus from Gufram.  Photos – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Downstairs loungeroom.  Le Corbusier LC3 armchair.  Photos – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

We couldn’t round up the best Australian Homes of 2012 without including this supremely stylish bachelor pad which graced TDF during MAN WEEK 2012!

This amazing converted warehouse space in Fitzroy belongs to Melbourne furniture retailer and design afficionado John Parker.  It oozes bachelor pad charm, and strikes the perfect balance of high-end design and relaxed livability.   There is also a touch of Peter Pan going on here… for all it’s grown-up details, this is a space that speaks of boyish mischief – and not having to ask anyone’s permission to hang an aeroplane from the ceiling!

Having spent years trading high-end designer furniture, first as manager of Space Furniture and now as founder and director of Melbourne’s Format Furniture, it’s no surprise John has a passion for iconic designer pieces, and Italian design in particular.

Aside from admiring his stylish home, many of you also loved John’s sentiments about why he loves and supports original design –

‘I love the whole aspect of original design from idea to development, production and distribution. I don’t think anyone does it quite like the Italians and certainly not with as much style and charm’ says John. ‘I am an absolute advocate of original design. It is not necessarily about expense. The value is in the intellectual input of the designer.’

I couldn’t agree more!  For more fabulous pics of John’s stunning Fitzroy loft, do re-visit the original post!

Master bed.  DePadova bed and LeCorbusier stool as a bedside table. Mirror above bed – a shop fitting  from Melbourne’s old retail icon, Georges.  Photos – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Bathroom in bedroom!  Mirror from a Buenos Aires junk shop.  Custom sink.  Photos – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Wednesday 2nd January 2013


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