Chris Hardy Shops SCMP
About Chris: I’m a self-employed industrial designer, my business; www.chrishardy.com.au focuses predominantly on furniture and lighting products as well as consultative product development for interior designers and architects. With this in mind, I am always on the lookout for well-designed and inspirational products.
My last few trips to Supa Centa have revolved around my gorgeous eight year old boy, visiting Toys “R” Us and finding Lego… Always Lego. This visit however, was just for me. It was a nice change to spend some time wandering around the centre and getting a feel for what’s on offer to the consumer audience. I didn’t have a particular space in mind for the products to sit in, I was just seeing what Supa Centa had to offer. I was pleasantly surprised.
My first port of call was King Furniture. One of my friends, Australian industrial designer Charles Wilson, has recently done some design work for these guys and I wanted to see what he’d done in the flesh. My partner (who happens to be an interior designer) and I were quickly met with a friendly sales consultant who directed us to Charles’ work. The armchair, called Seymour, is beautiful and really comfortable! Inspired by mid-century Modernism, Seymour is a chair you can do some serious relaxing in. It’s available in a number of base options as well as a foot stool option and can be finished with a wide range of fabrics or leathers, making it a great addition to a wide range of spaces. Great to see Australian brands utilising Australian designers at accessible prices.
Just over the road from King Furniture is Top3 by Design. My partner and I saw so much that we loved in here! We both immediately laid eyes on the design classic (and very beautiful) Savoy vase designed by Alvar Aalto and his wife Aino Marsio for the Savoy restaurant in Helsinki in 1937. My partner has always loved the larger version of this vase and I couldn’t resist buying one as a gift for her. Top3 by Design stock a wide variety of beautifully designed products, not just international brands such as Menu and Iittala but also Australian brands such as Melbourne based industrial designer, Ross Gardam who has designed a range that Top3 by Design have in stock. Silhouette is a clever range of lighting products (pendant, wall and table) made from spun aluminium (in a range of anodised finishes) as well as spun copper and spun brass. It has a gentle presence that will suit all sorts of interiors … Just love it! I also have to mention that the sales assistant in Top3 by Design, Paul, was great. A friendly and approachable Mancunian designer out here for a while, he has a strong background in design and was super knowledgeable regarding the Top3 by Design offering. People should feel comfortable asking him for help if not sure.
My partner and I have been thinking about buying a BBQ so that we can enjoy our backyard a little more while the weather is still warm. This prompted us to casually visit Weber, to get a bit of information on why people swear by them so avidly. Here we were met with Lance who had an encyclopaedic knowledge of all things Weber. We learnt that Weber is actually a Chicago based company, they’ve made BBQs since 1952 (only BBQs, which is probably why they’re so good at it), he even offered to lend us a one for a short while to see what we thought. We didn’t end up buying one of the (really very good) BBQs they had for sale but we’ve definitely locked a Weber purchase in for the near future.
I had a little money to treat myself with so I headed up to JB Hi-Fi Home to have a look at what geeky products they had to tempt me with. I love a techy product. After considering an addition to our already awesome Sonos sound system at home, I decided on a Hero 4 Black Edition GoPro. The sales assistant was, again, super knowledgeable on the section he looks after and helped me make a decision. I’m lucky enough to have a career I am passionate about, so purchasing items like this that I can play with in my personal time as well as for using as a tool for work to help document the design process is really useful. I love using the extra frame rate to create super slow mo’ footage, the Black supports really high frame rates (120 frames per second at 1080p resolution) which will be really fun to play with!
All in all the experience at Supa Centa Moore Park was really favourable. I like the idea of the easy parking, enjoying an air-conditioned environment and being able to perch at a café to help make decisions (which also helped with my partner being able to breast feed our two month old). Supa Centa Moore Park is family focused, has friendly staff and a wide range of products available to suite a wide ranging audience – from those on a tight to budget to others who are looking for something a little special.