Shop Local: Editeur bringing world-class design to the western suburbs

Christian Lyon in his shop Editeur. Picture: Andrew Ritchie
Christian Lyon in his shop Editeur. Picture: Andrew Ritchie

FROM Victor Vaserely’s artist proofs to pod chairs inspired by 1960s Ferraris; Peppermint Grove’s Editeur is bringing world design to the western suburbs.

Owner Christian Lyon said he wanted to stimulate and challenge the senses of people stepping into the store.

“We’re used to sitting there and tapping with online shopping, but the way you feel in an environment is really important,” he said.

“I wanted to bring a bit of whimsy and delight.”

Mr Lyon, an interior designer, has been travelling the world for 30 years sourcing items for clients.

He said he aimed to find pieces that people bonded with, and travelled a few times a year to source items along with using a network of designers, brokers and consultants.

“I’m always looking for new pieces. It depends entirely on what you find; you can have the most amazing luck, or go to one city and find one thing,” he said.

“I believe Perth has become a lot more sophisticated over the last decades; there’s a demand here for good design.”

The store changes its displays three or four times a year for new collections, and currently features the likes of French-Hungarian artist Vasarely’s colourful op art, Mario Sabot’s Ferrari-inspired pod lounge chairs, African tapestries and more.

Mr Lyon said the store’s winter edit featured 1960s, ‘70s and early ‘80s design, which was heavily influenced by social change.

“There was lots of progression in technology and techniques, artists responded and became more adventurous,” he said.

“It was a fascinating period.”

He said Editeur meant he could give a home to beautiful objects that might not necessarily be right for a particular client at the time.

“You can’t always place it for clients, but it deserves exposure,” he said.

“It’s first class shopping without the airfare.