News

Enjoy exploring through some current newsletters of our showroom in Glebe. These newsletter are updated regularly to give you an overview of what has been happening in store.

Find modern beauty in our new African and Chinese shipment in-store now

May 2019
african tribal art

At Milan Design Week this April, the world’s biggest design exhibition turned the spotlight on ancient traditions of basket making to elevate woven containers from places like South Africa. As well as textiles, ceramics, and other ancient traditions.

This week we unpacked our first African shipment in many, many months. You will find beautiful beads and beaded objects, baskets, masks, carved stools, figures, textiles, and woven furniture, that have a profound place in African culture.

african tribal masks

There are small, unassuming beaded items which are representative of wealth and status, pride and beauty in Africa. Cherished by their forefathers, they have many cultural symbols and are used as currencies or for exchange purposes – but just as beautiful in the modern home. There are also Ghanaian recycled glass beads made using a traditional African process that has been used for centuries.

You will find baskets and trays as well as woven Malawi chairs and fishing net lights. Weaving has formed an integral part of African culture for thousands of years. The art of weaving has transformed communities, and these coveted skills have been passed down for generations.

Time-consuming and complex, each woven item has a story to tell, of long-standing African traditions. Using resources locally available, African tribes have been developing this art form with styles, patterns, and shapes unique to each community.

African tribes typically use four different weaving techniques, coiling, plaiting, twining, or checkerboard. Before the actual weaving can commence, plant fibers are cleaned, stripped, and sometimes dyed before being woven into their specific shapes and patterns. Basket and textile weaving techniques have evolved from an integral and practical part of the community to a highly expressive form of contemporary art.

african masks

Seek out baskets by the Batonga of Zimbabwe and Southern Zambia who are famous for their basket weaving skills as well as their geometric designs. An Ilala palm is woven into a characteristic square to begin and then radiates outwards to create dramatic patterns, traditionally in the shape of a spider web or lightning. The palm fibers are dyed with tree bark, and the baskets are finished with a distinctive herringbone pattern rim.

A basket of 30cm takes roughly two weeks to complete, and these winnowing baskets are used to separate the grain from the chaff. In an area prone to drought and poverty, Tonga women are the entrepreneurs of their villages, bringing much-needed additional income to their families.

There is also a new collection of Makenge baskets from Zambia, hand-woven from the roots of the Makenge bush, these baskets are traditionally used for thrashing wheat and are handed down to new brides from their mothers or in-laws to be passed down in the future to the next generation.

african textiles

Also, beautifully carved timber stools, tribal masks, and so much more.

This week, a new shipment of Chinese pieces arrived with a large collection of our coveted blue and white porcelain, white ceramics, elm consoles, cabinets and furniture which always sell fast.

We also have the perfect Mother’s Day gifts that will make your mother’s day unforgettable. Find gifts for your mum, and all the women in your life – aunts, sisters, grandmothers, friends –  that are unique and special, just like them.

blue and white chinese porcelain jars and figurines

Hurry in, we’d love to show you around. Our African shipment is one of our most anticipated arrivals of the year. And you’ll love our new Chinese container.

5 Quick Ideas to Refresh a Room Indoors or Out – IT’S TIME FOR SOMETHING NEW

March 2019

The most traditional things like baskets, porcelain, bowls and tribal jewellery take on a different look when displayed in new ways. Try hanging wicker trays on a wall, large to small. Displaying porcelain in a modern curiosity cabinet. Boom! They’re modern. (And still useful) Try our natural global Oriental artifacts against a deep, dark or neutral background. They’ll really stand out. Your collections well displayed will give your house soul.

Hang baskets off the kitchen ceiling or wall and use whenever you need them. Group items together in one place.  Things become fascinating when there are lots of them. Or think of a wall covered in Indonesian tribal necklaces. A great conversation starter, that is truly, truly art. Don’t separate the pieces of your collection – keep them together. Hang them on the wall, line them along shelves, group them on a tabletop.

Start with a large low basket in the middle filled with a plant, and one of our popular hurricane metal shades in bronze finish. Then, build out from that with a mounted Buddha, tribal jewellery and some beads. Not only will they finish your table and room, they will also reflect your style.

Try creating more seating options with our new collection of stools like you’ve never seen before – Chinese porcelain drum stools, African tribal stools, Thai raindrums, rustic timber stools – which look good visually in a room, and offer plenty of options for all guests.  They are also where you can eat, relax, read, entertain, put your feet up, and do a lot of your living. Or use them to do double-duty as side tables, piled with books, and places for drinks. Our stools even make perfect bedsides or look good as quick bathroom updates to stack piles of fluffy towels. Even try them as outdoor side tables. The décor possibilities are endless.

Lighten your rooms with our tactile new season baskets from Africa and Indonesia. They can dramatically alter a room on a bookcase, or on a dining table filled with foliage, or use them to smarten up your kitchen benchtop piled with utensils – to make everything relaxed and elegant for a fraction of the price of a major room overhaul.

THE SHOWROOM has never looked so exciting – it is brimming with new stock from all corners of the world, China, Africa, Thailand, Indonesia, India, and most recently Bali. Four new shipments just-in – you’re sure to find something to change your interior dramatically. Hurry in today!

ORIENT HOUSE YEARLY SALE NOW ON UP TO 40% OFF EVERYTHING, INCLUDING NEW SHIPMENTS LIMITED TIME

January 2019

WITH 40% SAVINGS OFF ENTIRE BLUE AND WHITE PORCELAIN COLLECTION, SELECTED RATTAN + LIGHTS – YOU CAN GET ALL!

DON’T MISS OUR BIGGEST EVER SUMMER SALE KICKING OFF TODAY WITH MAJOR SAVINGS ON EVERYTHING.

There’s savings storewide on beautiful new shipments from Indonesia, China, Africa, Thailand and Bali with hundreds of things to buy that will add lots of style and culture to your house.

Save from 20 to 40% on everything from stools (every kind imaginable) to timber dining tables, Tianjin cabinets, elm consoles, bedsides, side tables, mounted masks, African Makenge baskets, Indonesian bronze lanterns, carved mirrors, candle stands, woven wicker pendant lighting, rattan chairs and sofas, Baule masks, shields, bookcases, statuary, and much more.

You’ll find painted Shanxi cupboards and wonderful Indian buddhas, African Fang masks, Atta baskets, Indian marble bowls, fish trap woven lighting, Javanese benches, Sumatra tribal necklaces, and tribal artefacts galore like you see in major art galleries around the world, for a lot less than usual. 

There’s great savings on our most-wanted pieces including really beautiful blue and white porcelain temple jars, cannisters, bowls, plates, and ancestral figures that always sell out quickly.

There’s Indigo mud cloth, cushions and throws and lotus marble bowls, in every shape and size imagineable. Find the best foo dogs, cane birdcages, Banyan stone torsos, rice measures, vintage grinders, Indian horse heads, porcelain bowls, old terracotta pots and trunks.

Snaffle our popular African and Chinese stools, and best-selling baskets, in all shapes, and sizes, from China, Africa, Thailand, Bali and Burma.

Ideal pieces to soften modern architecture, and create a more eclectic look of natural imperfection in interiors.

Hurry sale runs until January 27. You won’t be disappointed.

New Indonesian Tribal Collection, in-store! Let’s go shopping Indo-style…

December 2018

WANT TO GIVE YOUR HOUSE AN INSTANT EXPRESSION OF STYLE AND PERSONALITY THIS SUMMER AND CHRISTMAS? LOOK NO FURTHER THAN OUR NEW HOLIDAY SHIPMENT FROM INDONESIA WITH HUNDREDS OF ORIGINAL, AUTHENTIC HANDCRAFTED PIECES, FRESH FROM INDONESIA, THAT WILL WOW FRIENDS AND FAMILY OVER THE MONTHS AHEAD.

Great news: We’ve restocked some of your all-time favourite pieces from baskets to lighting. Start with our chic collection of woven trays, laundry hampers, tissue boxes, waste paper bins, hanging pendant lights, cutlery trays and baskets in every shape and size imagineable. There are also beaded baskets, too (dark to pale), great for storage.

You will also discover gorgeous metal lanterns and pendant lighting with bronze finish that you won’t find anywhere else. Ideal for instantly transforming any space. Plus, there is a good selection of mounted tribal jewellery that are trending in interiors right now.

From East Timor there are profoundly beautiful sculptures, bronze figures,
(Buddhas to horses) as well as small timber stools in raw timber or black
ebony, and rustic teak outdoor sofas with canvas cushions. Even our popular
bleached teak root coffee tables that always make an instant impact in interiors.

From the Indonesian Archipelago there all kinds of small tables, chairs, cabinets,
mirrors, and huge timber bowls, as well as plenty of under $50 essentials that will win you style points.

Expect lots of natural materials: wicker, wood, rattan, that will make add warmth and character to any interior.

Be quick – the new collection is selling fast…we’d love to show you around. It’s also a great chance to see (and buy) our latest African, Chinese, and Thai pieces – big and small – which have been freshly merchandised – with something for everyone.

Oh, and be the first to check our exciting new website which we are hugely excited to launch this week. Besides the obvious makeover, it offers a better online shopping experience with a broader scope of our product and photographs to transform your house, garden and life.
We can’t wait for you to visit www.orienthouse.com.au here!

Our biggest African shipment of the year is here.

November 2018

THE SOLD-OUT PIECES YOU WANTED ARE BACK, PLUS PIECES
AS YOU’VE NEVER SEEN THEM BEFORE …

One of our most exciting African shipments, ever, has just-landed, with hundreds of pieces, newly sourced, in-store this week. Classic, distinctive and versatile finds, there’s boundless inspiration with lots of beautiful, handcrafted, original basketware, masks, textiles, stools and side tables to complete your rooms and add a layer of personality. They are pieces to make you happy.

Start with our huge range of stools including Lozi stomper stools (choose from natural, white or stripes), plus Australia’s biggest range of Bamileke stools, (black, white or natural), as well as original Malawi chairs, (white, natural or black). Also, find tribal masks aplenty from the Central and West Coast of Africa to suit all styles and settings. As well as a good selection of Mali mud cloths in beautiful black and white combintations as well as ochre prints.

There’s a massive new shipment of beautiful African basketware, (new and old). Seek out our Mekange, Tonga and Buhera woven trays, planters, bowls and bins (all shapes and sizes) from Zimbabwe, Zambia and beyond, from $35. Take a look at our new collection of exciting contemporary basket one-offs in white matte finish and big round trays that look excellent grouped en masse on walls. A great alternative to art – and more affordable, too.

Plus, there’s a all kinds of side tables, carved timber mirrors, lamps, woven light pendants, tribal carved posts, Tuareg stacking bowls, patinated timber bowls, Namji beaded dolls, and many other distinctive pieces that will add texture and personality to your home.

Each piece is hand picked based on our ethos of simplicity, authenticity and adventure. Most items are made using raw materials like wood, rattan or clay that are unobtrusive, look natural and rustic, so won’t disturb the architecture of your house – plus they have a texture and patina that are great to look at and live with. These natural finishes add authenticity to a space – so make everything else look right.

Come and visit as soon as you can – you’re sure to find what you’re looking for to refresh your interior for the summer months and holiday season ahead. Also, great gifts for everyone on your Christmas list.