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Renee Coleman is a design addict. The Collector online design store is your portal to enter her eclectic and passionate world of furniture, homewares and curios. She’s scoured the globe to find one-off pieces that that speak to her with form, feel and integrity, and share the common bond of great design.

Living with her family in one of Australia’s iconic modernist homes, (the Perth home and office of Bulgarian-born architect Iwan Iwanoff), Renee is no stranger to good design. While impressive architecturally, the home’s interior is a design trove, curated to express her renowned individual style – a look that has inspired The Collector.

“It’s all about design, colour and materials for me,” says Renee. “I look for beautiful, harmonious forms; mix glass and ceramic; look for texture – perhaps a textile or taxidermy; and add something quirky. I love design icons, pieces that have proven themselves and have stood the test of time for their form and comfort, and am drawn to industrial and contemporary pieces.”

Her step into the online realm is her third retail incarnation. She started as part of the family team behind Empire, a homewares and furniture store that rose to prominence in the 1990s in Sydney, Australia, and continues as a household name in Perth. The store is credited with starting the careers of some of Australia’s leading creative types and redefined visual merchandising in Australia – led by Renee.

In recent years, Renee has taken the reins of the Flagship of the four Empire stores in Western Australia – Empire Highgate, which she runs independently. On two levels and at 1300m sq, Empire Highgate houses a myriad of beautiful homewares that complement Renee’s unique furniture pieces. Many come to browse and just enjoy the experience. The Collector is Renee’s latest venture.

Recognising a need for online access to her carefully sourced homewares, she has created a separate entity so that you can browse and shop for items that Renee has collected in her many crisscrossings of the most out of the way corners of the world. It’s a fitting environment for a design aficionado who knows no artistic nor geographic boundaries, but is bound only by the ruling principle of superb design. Now you can share her passion for the unique and the beautiful, for those pieces that define and enhance your own individual style.

The exotic world of Renee Coleman is now just a click away, with The Collector.


View Renee’s winning room design in the Real Living Reader Decorating Contest 2015

or read more about it here.

View Australian House and Garden Cover here

View Australian House and Garden p129 here

View Empire Building article

View Perth Home article

View testimonial (PDF)