The new Coco Republic International Gallery

Interior Design label Coco Republic recently launched a new International Gallery, housed in their Fortitude Valley showroom. Over 300 guests attended the launch hosted by Coco Republic Executive Director, Anthony Spon Smith.


Anthony’s co-host was Neale Whittaker, a man whose passion for design is reflected in his judgeship on Nine’s The Block, his role as Editor in Chief of Vogue Living and columnist for The Daily Telegraph and The Courier Mail. For Neale, the ever-developing skyline is something that excites him about Brisbane, as well as the fusion of indoor to outdoor living that is something us Queensland folks know all to well. A recent boom of hospitality development projects has put Brisbane on the map and continues to spark interest for the Queensland capital, Neale said.

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The move to Vogue Living followed an eight-year tenure at Belle magazine and has sparked a fresh look for the magazine that Neale now calls home. With new writers and contributors offering a fresh perspective, the coming issues are sure to excite Interior Design lovers from all corners of Australia. Though hesitant to say if The Block will ever come to Brisbane, Neale was excited about the upcoming season, Octoblock. Fresh from their recent Logies win, the Blockheads are setting their sights on Hotel Saville, an octagonal six-storey hotel in Melbourne’s South Yarra. Considering Neil’s current description of the hotel as “the ugliest building you’ve ever seen”, they may have their work cut out for them.

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Perhaps they could take some cues from Coco Republic, whose four featured designers ensured no taste was left unsatisfied. The designers; Oly San Francisco, Timothy Oulton, Jonathan Adler and Max Sparrow, each bought their own unique aesthetic to the Gallery, which spans 3000 square metres. Classic textures and British authenticity were a stand out in the Timothy Oulton exhibition, with guests each receiving a leather luggage tag embossed with their initials. Bright prints, bold colours and statement statuettes were the ingredients for Jonathan Adler, while soft blush chevrons and neutral hues accented the soft palette of Oly San Francisco. Max Sparrow was all about the details, with bookshelves and side tables styled to perfection to seamlessly translate into the everyday home. From the Block, to Vogue Living, to the cosy suburbs of Brisbane, the Coco Republic International Gallery is sure to offer something for everyone and continue to put our favourite capital city on the map.



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