Art & Design

OPUS Design Co Reopens in Paddington

By Ally Parker - 12 Aug 2015

Oh boy, oh boy! It’s not too often we get to bandy the word ‘vamp’ around outside of a ‘What’s Hot in Young Adult Lit’ hit list but here we are. OPUS has officially dived into a re-vamp.

The iconic Paddington store first opened way back in 1968 as a bright green boutique with a fast-growing reputation as gift gurus. After all, there is a fine line between ‘gift card appropriate’ and ‘not gift card appropriate’ and we need all the help we can get (especially those of us who just keeping buying gifts for ourselves).

Interior designer Richard Williamson has worked his magic transforming the original heritage building from single-story gift shop to multi-floor mecca. Old school design nerds needn’t fret, we’re talking modernised in the best way possible, promise. OPUS now rocks a traditional Paddington exterior plus art-gallery style second floor. What’s not to love?

We’ve got you excited on the promise of pretty wallpaper, but what about the top-notch lifestyle products and collections? OPUS Design Co on the second floor hosts labels like Kate Spade, Orla Kiely, Elk, Hunter Lab and Atelier Lumira aka the coolest kids on the design block. The ground floor holds all that made OPUS famous since the beginning: eclectic cards, novelties and gift ideas from the likes of Gentlemen’s Hardware, Status Anxiety, Donna Wilson, Pantone and of course, those ah-mazing Glasshouse candles.

These aren’t just any old trinkie dinks, OPUS smarty-pants have been jet setting the world ‘round to source only the best of the best in lifestyle, homewares, interior and gift prods. It’s perhaps this reason that Cate Blanchett and Leonardo DiCaprio have been known to peruse OPUS when in town, so set your iPhone cams to ‘square’ for some speedy celeb-spotter Instagramin’.

We can feel it on the breeze, OPUS’s reinvention is just the beginning for ol’ Paddo. Prepare for many a fresh lick of paint in the city-side suburb and an overarching retail revival.

Now then, whose birthday is coming up and what can we get them (which we wouldn’t want too badly for ourselves)?

Image credit: Kyle Ford

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