Chris from The Life Creative Shops SCMP
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My first visit to Supa Centa Moore Park occurred – if you can believe it – 11 years ago. I had just moved out of home and into a Meriton apartment in Waterloo and purchased an armchair for it from Freedom. I adored that chair. Nobody but me was allowed to sit in it and I would gaze longingly at it for what felt like an eternity.
So it goes without saying that I’ve had a long love affair with Supa Centa. Even after I left the Waterloo pad and moved to suburbs including Randwick, Kensington and most recently, St Peters, I still get excited to visit Moore Park – especially since the centre seems to expand regularly and bring in new, on-trend stores.
Most recently I went there to update a few zones in my home. I wasn’t entirely sure what I was after, so the mission was to look around and see what caught my eye. I completed a recent balcony makeover, so a barbecue wouldn’t have gone astray but I wanted to go into the centre with an open mind and see what called my name!
My first gasp-worthy moment occurred at Oz Design, where a stunning light bulb anchor caught my eye. Trying not to lose my mind, I went inside and was further blown away by the elephant head on the wall (the African trend is so big at the moment). You know I’m an avid fan of Oz Design, so this experience was very dreamy indeed!
Upstairs, things were even more amazing as I entered the Scandi wonderland that is Urban Couture. I was so in love with one of their sofas, I asked their divine design consultant Rebecca to snap me on it. Ain’t it pretty? This is your go-to store if you love a neutral and subdued palette – with so many surprises you’ll think it’s your birthday.
On the same level as Urban Couture is Contents International Design, which is a dimly lit den of absolute designer beauty. I often find myself standing at their window, gazing into the store longingly like a lovesick teenager. The best part of the store during my visit was the sublime glass-top coffee table, which is a bit of a Raffles design moment if I ever saw one.
The Gallery Level contains a few of my fave stores, so it would have been criminal not to look in BoConcept, Orson & Blake and Top3 by Design. I’m smitten with all three because they feel designer but attainable – each offering a bit of quirk and surprise at every turn. The camel ornament in BoConcept was so cute I was getting heart palpitations, while the metallic storage boxes in Top3 by Design were to die for.
Of course, no trip to Supa Centa is complete without popping into Adairs because they have some insane bedding going on right now that is all sorts of dreamy. The collaboration with Kip & Co is a design marriage made in heaven. Get a load of the bold setting below!
While many colourful gems called my name while I was there (Freedom is doing wonderful things with colour while Jimmy Possum is rocking pattern), I was sensible and didn’t walk out with anything I might change my mind about.
I secured a barbecue from Barbeques Galore to complete my recent balcony makeover and got some pots and pans from Robins Kitchen. I am going to head back this weekend to peek into Howards Storage World and Beth Bath N’ Table because I know they’ve got some amazing stuff on show, too!