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Tigmi Trading’s Serene New Flagship Is A Design Mecca

Interiors

We know we know, we’ve been hitting Byron HARD these last few weeks. But we just can’t help it, there is just so much good stuff happening in the Northern Rivers region right now!

The latest addition to Australia’s number one place-to-be is the new Tigmi Trading showroom. Previously an uninspiring industrial site, the premises have been transformed into a serene, Marrakech-adjacent palace, featuring wares from local and international makers. This is a huge step for the blossoming furniture, rug and interiors curators. Step inside their wonderland!

1st February, 2021

Previously an uninspiring industrial warehouse made in the ’90s of besser bricks, the showroom has now been totally transformed into a design paradise! Photo – Alicia Taylor.

The receptionist desk is wrapped in chocolate brown tiles, described by founder Danielle McEwan as ‘a little jewel in the middle of the store.’ Photo – Alicia Taylor.

The entrance is flanked by two carved ‘characters’ built by denHolm. Photo – Alicia Taylor.

Filled with vintage furniture, ceramics by local makers and rugs sourced from around the world – it’s a total interiors mecca! Photo – Alicia Taylor.

Danielle and her partner designed the place totally themselves, opting for a warm, textured plaster render on the inside to make the cavernous space feel warm and sculptural. Photo – Alicia Taylor.

Hello dream space! Photo – Alicia Taylor.

The solid steel doors make for a statement entryway. Photo – Alicia Taylor.

Warm tones and textures make the space instantly calming. A tonal delight! Photo – Alicia Taylor.

The previously uninspiring industrial space was built in the ’90s from besser brick. You couldn’t tell that standing inside it now! Photo – Alicia Taylor.

Local ceramicists and international makers sit side-by-side. Photo – Alicia Taylor.

Travertine tables and contemporary designer furniture bring a little bit of the current day into this dreamy space. Photo – Alicia Taylor.

The black steel furniture wall means the pieces can be stored vertically, and create a salon style display space in the process! Photo – Alicia Taylor.

A ceramic plate by Soft Edge Studio sits atop a table by Lex Williams. Photo – Alicia Taylor.

The light, bright space is a feast for the eyes. Photo – Alicia Taylor.

Sasha Gattermayr
Monday 1st February 2021

Previously a beachside hippie mecca, these days Byron is known for its impeccable, breezy aesthetic and pitch-perfect thrown-togetherness. Longtime design curators Tigmi Trading perfectly encapsulate that vibe. Now even more so, with their new flagship store!

Tigmi founder, Danielle McEwan, and her husband designed the space themselves, completing their transformation of a daggy, besser brick industrial building over the pandemic period last year. ‘We wanted it to be a large-scale, open-plan space that could act as a showroom, a functional working space, our office headquarters, our dispatch and enable us to shoot new product on-site,’ Danielle explains.

Their clear vision involved using raw, natural materials to make the cavernous space feel warm and inviting, while still retaining its awe-inspiring scale. A central part of this plan was bringing on the couple’s friend Steve Clark (aka denHolm) to create a distinctive feature wall, with custom shelving and two additional carved ‘characters’ that flank the entry.

Danielle used a plaster render to sweep the exterior that would replicate the ‘old’ feel of the facades of her favourite buildings in European cities like Paris and Milan; while internally, a natural render gives a more tactile finish. An enormous set of steel doors make a statement at the entryway, and the front desk is wrapped in chocolate brown zellige tile (traditional clay tiles from Morocco) – a feature Danielle describes as ‘a little jewel in the middle of the store.’

The showroom itself is filled with the brand’s own rugs, furniture and a mixture of pieces from local and international makers. Ceramics from Soft Edge Studio sit atop rough-hewn timber tables by Lex Williams, while woven Berber rugs from Morocco carpet the floor, underneath rattan armchairs handmade in India. Ceiling-high steel shelving occupies one wall, housing one-of-a-kind furniture pieces, salon style.

Though Tigmi have let go of their original retail space in central Byron, this new flagship has everything under one roof!

Tigmi Trading Showroom
13 Bayshore Drive
Byron Bay, 2481

Monday – Saturday
10am – 4pm

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