Australian candle and homeware company Maison Balzac has opened its first-ever store in its hometown of Sydney.
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The French-inspired retailer has opened in the trendy Sydney suburb of Surry Hills, along the reputable Bourke Street, according to Broadsheet.
Inside, the flagship store is designed to mimic a real Parisian apartment, inspired by the homes lived in by Maison Balzac’s founder, French-born Elise Pioch Balzac, in both Australia and her native France.
The new store hosts a Georges Braque print and antique piano sconces on the walls, a Faye Toogood armchair and a coffee table by the window. There is also a Memphis giraffe lamp sat over a saccharine pink resin cube. The store was designed by creative director Laura Anderson and new Sydney design studio Daam, the design firm’s first-ever retail project.
The complete range from Maison Balzac is available for purchase inside the new Sydney store. This includes the brand’s perfumed candles, colourful glassware, oil burners, ceramics and marble items, which take inspiration from Pioch Balzac’s childhood growing up in the south of France.
“They are like Proust’s madeleine for me! I named the brand after my grandparents, Jeanine and André Balzac, who taught me their sensibility and style,” said Pioch Balzac, who founded Maison Balzac in 2012.
Maison Balzac did not disclose if it plans to open any other new stores in the near future.
In addition to the new Maison Balzac store, and its online store, the Maison Balzac products are for sale in Australia both in store and online at luxury Australian department store David Jones, as well as inside independent luxury boutique, Incu, and online at beauty e-commerce platform, Adore Beauty, among other retailers.
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In Asia, Maison Balzac is stocked in the Philippines at Adora, in The Grey House in Singapore, and Hong Kong’s Vaudeville & Burlesque.