Central's Hollywood Road has always been rewarding territory for treasure hunters, but a number of new outlets are expanding the type of collectibles on offer beyond the familiar red cabinets and snuff bottles.
One is art and design space Deem, opened by Australian interior designer Debra Little at 252 Hollywood Road. On offer are original artwork, vintage pieces and other collectibles sourced from auctions and internationally.
'It's a natural evolution of what I've always done,' Little says. 'I've always designed furniture and lighting, and sourced other designers' work and vintage pieces for my clients. I'm interested in the dialogue between old and new design, and how they can sit happily together and create a warm environment.
'For the vintage items, we're focusing on unique pieces - not the typical mid-century things. We've got pieces from the 1910s through to the 60s, so it's a mix of eras and styles bound together by an aesthetic which has grown out of my design.'
Little struggles to decide which is her favourite piece, but settles on a 1970s lamp by German designer Ingo Maurer, and Shy, an LED chan- delier by American Bec Brittain.
This Thursday, Deem will be holding a get-together for creative minds, with neighbours Innermost lighting company (at No 248) and The Cat Street Gallery (No 222). Visit all three places, get the redemption card chopped and then pop to Italian restaurant 208 Duecento Otto (located, of course, at No 208) for your complimentary drink.
'It's to let people know more about our neighbourhood and what we have to offer,' Little says. 'There are a lot of creative businesses opening, [making it] quite a unique and avant-garde area. We'd like to generate interest in the area and obviously make people more familiar with what we're all doing individually.
'This is the first one, but we will be organising more events such as talks and exhibitions.'
For more information, e-mail info@ deemlimited.com or call 2544 2424.