When an aboriginal painting caught French designer Emmanuelle Flahault’s eye in Paris many years ago she probably never imagined that its purchase might one day eventually lead her to Australia. For Emmanuelle and her Austrian born partner Johannes Weissenbaeck – kindred spirits who’ve traversed 31 countries since they first met in Paris – life is much less about living within an easily defined comfort zone and much more about experiencing larger possibilities. “Space, freedom and sunshine” says Emmanuelle are what initially drew them to the other side of the world for a holiday after travelling through Asia “but it was the magical combination of being in a city like Sydney with such close proximity to beautiful beaches that made us want to stay”.
After migrating to Australia 12 years ago, Emmanuelle launched her own bespoke clothing, homewares and accessories label Nell Design while Johannes is a founding Director of Play a communications agency based in Surry Hills which specialises in brand marketing for clients in the real world and the ever expanding digital arena. Their warehouse home, tucked away in a side street in Sydney’s innercity suburb of Waterloo is warm, welcoming and light years away from the ”bombshell that we fell in love. It was the only place we needed to look at when a friend introduced us to the owner. We could see the potential it had for us” says Johannes of their move into the expansive 250 square metre industrial premises 2½ years ago, after their art deco apartment in Darling Point was sold.