Since it was established in 1989, Anibou has made a name for itself in Sydney, selling statement, designer European furniture from a luxury showroom.
In 2003, it expanded to Melbourne, setting up shop on Exhibition Street. It then moved to Collingwood in 2016, but now it’s responded to demand by hopping the river to a larger space in Cremorne. Polished concrete floors and soaring ceilings define the light-filled space, designed by architect Nicholas Souksamrane, who was inspired by the Redfern flagship.
“Our previous site in Collingwood served us well … however, it eventually became obvious our clients wanted to see a broader selection of our collections,” Anibou director Philip Burrows tells Broadsheet.
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Like its Sydney sibling, the minimalistic showroom has a bespoke collection of European labels, such as Anibou partners Artek, Classicon, Gervasoni and Isokon Plus. But it steers away from homewares somewhat, with a broad range of designer items to deck out your home office in style (like vibrant, colourful USM desks).
Meanwhile, a bold blue curtain conceals a “chair gallery”, which Burrows says is a direct correlation to the use of colour, movement and style in the Artek Helsinki offices.
“We were attracted to the solidity of the new Jackson Clements Burrows building in what is of course the well-established and most respected design precinct in Melbourne,” Burrows says of Anibou’s Newton Street home. “Feedback on the new space has been astonishing. It feels like we’ve been teasing our clients in Melbourne for so long. Now, [we’re] finally giving our loyal Melbourne following what they deserve.”
3 Newton Street, Cremorne
Mon to Fri 9am–5pm