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K for Koskela (Coffee Culture Part II)

Welcome to Part II of Coffee Culture.

Coffee Culture is a photographic series which pays homage to my favourite Aussie coffee hot spots.  As mentioned, Australians top the bill when it comes to designing achingly hip coffee hangouts that aren’t over-detailed or try-hard.  Cafe culture is something that really defines the essence of a city and if you’ve sat in a cafe in Paris, Rome or Tel Aviv (amongst others of course), you’ll no doubt agree.  Australian cafes are no different.  They really capture the laid-back Australian spirit. (Sometimes, a little too laid back, but don’t get me started . . .)

Today’s post is mammoth because I simply couldn’t edit down the +- 70 shots I took at Koskela, the super-cool coffee shop / cafe / lifestyle store that’s the subject of today’s post.

Koskela, is the brainchild of Russel Koskela and Sasha Titchkosky.  The pair own a furniture and home-wares emporium that: “produces Australian furniture that is beautiful, functional and durable.”  They  collaborate with quality suppliers, manufacturers and craftspeople as well as designers to offer well designed, high quality pieces that is also strikingly fresh and original.  Their collection really is a glorious, beautifully curated line-up of must-haves.

Koskela recently relocated to a huuuge warehouse in Rosebery.  They have divided the space into 4 zones: Kitchen By Mike, the Koskela shop, a small organic grocery section and an outdoor seating area.  In fact, walking towards the cafe, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d just stumbled upon a semi-industrial, abandoned factory and parking lot.  But this is one seriously cool parking lot!

Deco – is industo-rustic (yip, my own word) as you’ll soon see.  I am particularly in love with the layout of the store, which lends itself to lengthy periods of browsing – and ultimately buying.

I also love their motto (which appears on their counter and boxes) – – – >  Follow your heart / Trust your judgement / Do it with joy.  A motto for life!

I must add that another fabulous institution located in the same “complex” is The School run by Megan MortonMegan Morton is a well known Sydney stylist who hosts a range of style workshops and classes.  She is a super talented, smart and generous lady, whom I had the pleasure of meeting just the other day.  I don’t have shots of the interior as yet, but will post as soon as I do.

Finally, for those of you who still haven’t had a chance to check out The Grounds – the subject of Coffee Culture Part I – you’ll be thrilled to hear that both delectable establishments are a mere five minutes drive from one another.

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