With an aim to ‘inspire and encourage the creativity of others’, it is clear Curious Grace in Yarraville is no ordinary furniture shop.
Led by husband and wife team, Wayne and Anna, Curious Grace inhabits the old Dickies Towel factory in Yarraville, which has been given a new lease on life with polished concrete flooring and clean, crisp white walls in an almost gallery-like setting where the furniture pieces are the true heroes of the space.
Beautiful Danish and Scandinavian-inspired furniture pieces stand side-by-side with pops of delicate homewares, unique pendant lighting and the insane explosions of colour on canvas by artist, Megan Weston.
Curious Grace is one of a small group of retailers which is lucky enough to hold a licence to sell genuine Grant Featherston dining chairs and the Sean Dix Copine range.
For the owners, It is important that the store’s furniture collection is ‘true to form’ and no replicas exist, so that each owner can feel as if they can stake claim to a unique work of art.
It seems that art imitates life for the owners, and especially Anna who studied furniture design at RMIT before moving on to become a stylist for lifestyle editorial shoots. Curious Grace has become her mistress where she can mix business with pleasure and combine her two former loves.
Perhaps most curious about Curious Grace is the name itself, which Wayne explains was born from the pair’s insatiable obsession for knowledge.
‘ Many years ago we started out by selling books and so “curious” came from books, being curious to know, it’s about having a story behind everything you do. “Grace” then came from beauty of form, having grace’.
If it takes a curious mind to discover what hides behind the doors to Curious Grace, it takes a certain grace not to covet every single item once you’ve stepped inside.