NOW OPEN - NEW NAU GALLERY SHOWCASING AUSTRALIAN DESIGN

Following the launch of nau in 2017, we are excited to open the first stand-alone nau gallery space to showcase the full collection of furniture and lighting by a collective of Australian designers.


Forming an extension to the existing Cult Sydney Showroom in Chippendale, the design brief for the nau gallery included creating an open, multi-functional showroom, gallery and event space.

 

Responding to the brief, lead designers of DesignOffice, Mark Simpson and Damien Mulvihill, explain their concept: "The nau gallery is housed within a very simple existing structure, without any of the heritage features of the existing adjoining Cult buildings. It reads as an annex, or quite literally a ‘lean to’ to the existing showroom. We wanted to retain the spatial simplicity of this building, and draw on references of Australian vernacular buildings, to create a contemporary, restrained gallery space, which allowed the product to be the feature.

 

Exposed brick and blockwork walls are tied together with a perforated folded metal ceiling and grey rubber floor creating a gallery like space. A new central skylight is framed with a singular honey stained plywood form at high level, adding warmth and drawing visitors through to the rear of the nau gallery. Detailing is deliberately considered without being complex, such as the 80mm shadowline between walls and ceilings for a gallery-like feel.

 

The nau gallery showcases the full nau collection from elegant lounge furniture to sculptural lighting, modular shelving, stools, tables and dining pieces. Reductive in form, honest in materiality and timeless in style, the collection is presented in solid natural timbers, rich aniline leathers and textured wool weaves. Styled with abstract landscape artworks by Brooke Holm, handwoven rugs from Nanimarquina, fresh greenery and ceramics from local artisans, the space is quintessentially Australian with an easy, fresh and contemporary feel.

 

Read more about the nau gallery and new Australian design movement here


 

A new central skylight is framed with a singular honey stained plywood form at high level, adding warmth and drawing visitors through to the rear of the nau gallery.

The nau gallery showcases the full nau collection from elegant lounge furniture to sculptural lighting, modular shelving, stools, tables and dining pieces. 

Reductive in form, honest in materiality and timeless in style, the collection is presented in solid natural timbers, rich aniline leathers and textured wool weaves.

Exposed brick and blockwork walls are tied together with a perforated folded metal ceiling and grey rubber floor creating a gallery like space.

Styled with abstract landscape artworks by Brooke Holm, handwoven rugs from Nanimarquina, fresh greenery and ceramics from local artisans, the space is quintessentially Australian with an easy, fresh and contemporary feel.

The bestselling Molloy dining setting, which features rounded joinery inspired by the junction where two streams meet to form the Molloy River in Western Australia. 

Detail shot of the Molloy bookcase styled with ceramics and books by local Australian creatives like Alana Wilson and Karen McCartney. 

Wide view of the new nau gallery in Sydney's Chippendale designed by DesignOffice. 

Adam Goodrum (nau creative director) with Richard Munao (nau founder and director). 

Simple cork block signage inside the new nau gallery

Detailing is deliberately considered without being complex, such as the 80mm shadowline between walls and ceilings for a gallery-like feel.

Detail shot of Converse - a micro-modular sofa system by Adam Cornish for nau. 

Bilgola is a lightweight collection of indoor and outdoor pieces inspired by the modernist architecture prevalent on Sydney's northen beaches. 

Located at 17-19 Levey Street Chippendale, the new nau gallery is open Monday to Friday 8.30am - 5.30pm, and Saturdays from 10.00am - 4.00pm. Photography by Sean Fennessy