Finding a home for beautiful objects
FROM Victor Vaserely's artist proofs to pod chairs inspired by 1960s Ferraris, Peppermint Grove's Editeur is bringing world design to the western suburbs.
Owner Christian Lyon said he wanted to stimulate and challenge the senses of people stepping into the store.
“We’re used to sitting there and tapping with online shopping, but the way you feel in an environment important,” he said.
“I wanted to bring a bit of whimsy and delight.”
Mr Lyon, an interior designer, has been travelling the world for 30 years sourcing items for clients.
He said he aimed to find pieces that people bonded with and travelled a few times a year to source items, along with using a network of designers, brokers and consultants.
“I’m always looking for new pieces. It depends entirely on what you find; you can have the is really most amazing luck or go to one city and find one thing,” he said.
“I believe Perth has become a lot more sophisticated over the last decades; there’s a demand here for good design.”
The store changes its displays three or four times a year for new collections and currently features the likes of Frenchhungarian artist Vasarely’s colourful op art, Mario Sabot's Ferrari-inspired pod lounge chairs, African tapestries and more.
Mr Lyon said the store’s winter edit featured 1960s, ’70s and early ’80s design, which was heavily influenced by social change.
“There was lots of progression in technology and techniques, artists responded and became more adventurous,” he said.
“It was a fascinating period.” He said Editeur meant he could give a home to beautiful objects that might not necessarily be right for a particular client at the time.
“You can’t always place it for clients, but it deserves exposure,” he said.
1. What is the role of the Small Business Development Corporation?
The Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC) has been around for 35 years and has a range of services and functions that are best described in three pillars – information and advice services, access to justice to help with resolving a business dispute and advice on all three tiers of government.
2. What have been some of your achievements since becoming Small Business Commissioner in 2012?
Our services have kept evolving. We have more services online. There are commissioners in Victoria, NSW and SA as well and we meet four or five times a year face to face and put our collective knowledge and voice behind national issues. We’ve convinced people that small businesses are important to our economy and every tier of government now recognises the importance of small business. We have also played a key role in improving access to justice for small business operators. There is a significant imbalance of power in many business relationships and sometimes this power is misused.
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4. What is your advice to small business owners to get through tough times?
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5. What is your local coffee shop?
During the week I go to East Village.
Christian Lyon in his shop Editeur.