AFTER being cut off to their customers for five months due to road closures, the team at Dedece in Subiaco wants everyone to know they are still open.
Churchill Avenue was closed because of Water Corporation works, cutting off access to the showroom, which opened about 18 months ago.
Manager Caren Fox said the lack of access to Dedece’s onsite carpark deterred clients and affected business at the furniture showroom.
However, Ms Fox said both regulars and new clients now had easy access to the showroom and she was welcoming architects and designers and hosting store events to spread the word that Dedece was open for business and with plenty of onsite parking.
Dedece exclusively stocks several brands from Europe and the US, including Knoll, Minotti and Paola Lenti, and also features Tom Dixon.
“We deal with both commercial and domestic architects and designers. We either invite them in or we will go out to their studios, depending on the requirements” Ms Fox said.
“It’s really exciting working with the designers because they have a lot more contact with the client and are familiar with their houses or commercial interiors and lifestyle and know their clients’ needs before they walk in the door.”
Dedece recently teamed up with local artist Margot Nattrass and hosted an exhibition of her works in the Subiaco showroom.
Ms Fox said she was starting to see Perth return to its former glory days and the eastern states were taking notice.
“When I first left Perth (35 years ago) it was cutting edge because we were really separated from the rest of Australia and we had to try harder,” she said.
“The fashion was always current and clients would always want to buy top brands that were around, especially in furniture, but there was a down period.
“We’ve had a turnaround now. All the bigger furniture companies are having representatives in Perth.”
The Engelen family started Dedece in Sydney in 1978 and now also has showrooms in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth selling high-end luxury furniture, lighting and homewares.
Ms Fox said Perth was the next phase for the family business and they chose Subiaco because it was a high-end retail area.