When good magazine calls Georgie Trigg for a chat, the founder of Georges of Dubai is feeding her four-month-old son, Sandy, but the design-savvy retailer doesn’t skip a beat. The mum of two knows all about juggling home and work commitments, having opened her homewares store in Al Quoz when her first son, Gussy, was just four months old.
In the two years since opening in the Courtyard at Al Quoz, Georges of Dubai has become a go-to for unique homewares with an Australian accent. For the Melbourne-bred interior designer, the handpicked pieces in her lifestyle store are all about “beating the beige”.
“I want to show people that you can use colour in an interesting, fun, yet sophisticated way,” says Georgie.
“The store is very colourful, so when people walk in they tend to go ‘whoa’, but the pieces are designed to go with Dubai’s neutral colour schemes.”
The majority of the stock comes from Australia, including cult ceramics from Mud, heavenly candles and glassware from Maison Balzac, handprinted linens from Bonnie & Neil, and on-trend accessories from Melbourne designer Lucy Folk. “They’re brands I know and love, and producers that have beautiful stories behind them,” says Georgie.
The interior designer also calls on artisans to create affordable, handmade pieces under the Georges label, such as Dubai-based Singaporean Ayang Cempaka,
whose whimsical illustrations can be found on a range of Dubai-themed scarves, totes and washbags.
“Because Dubai is such a transient place, people don’t want to spent a fortune on their homewares. They love a cheap find, but they still want to live in a gorgeous setting,” Georgie explains.
Along with statement-making homewares, the store is packed with unique gift ideas. “I really wanted to create a space where you could go gift shopping, too,” says Georgie. “We provide interesting and beautiful things to gift for birthdays, new babies, weddings, house warmings – every occasion!”
As if she wasn’t busy enough, Georgie has also launched an online store at georgesofdubai.com, which offers delivery across Dubai for a flat Dhs 20 fee. Georgie has also been busy working on a collaboration with her sister, Ali Hickey, of Boston Lane Cafe. Starting in November, the pair will host a six-month pop-up overlooking the fountain at Dubai Mall, transforming a shipping container into a design-savvy dining and shopping experience.
Georges of Dubai, The Courtyard, 4B St, Al Quoz 1, tel: 050 558 6746, visit: georgesofdubai.com