For the past 20 years the owner of unique jewellery and homewares boutique Bauhaus has scoured the globe in search of treasures for her Rundle St store. TUS’ staff writer Carmen Winch chats exclusively with boutique owner Esther Svigos about one of Adelaide’s greatest boutique success stories.

Q & A: Esther Svigos
Bauhaus’ Owner

Bauhaus, Adelaide. Picture: Jo Grace Photography/ The Urban SilhouetteHow would you describe the look and feel of Bauhaus?
Contemporary and cultural pieces merge in cohesive beauty – accessories for the home and for the person.

What sorts of treasures does Bauhaus offer?
Mexican milagro crosses, marimekko prints, art glass bowls and vases, egyptian ottoman, contemporary lamps, cow hides, Navajo jewellery, ethiopian crosses, swedish clogs, chinese school benches, bitossi ceramics from Italy, leather satchels and loads of jewellery.

What makes the accessories available at Bauhaus so unique?
We don’t follow any mainstream trends, but select pieces for their design, whether it is a roughly carved African wooden stool or beautifully crafted necklace; the buying choices are very much a personal process.

How do you think Bauhaus compares to other accessories and homeware boutiques in Adelaide?
Independently run owner-operator stores are always interesting as they tend to be more individual than chain stores. I find it’s better to acknowledge their uniqueness than compare.

Bauhaus, Adelaide. Picture: Jo Grace Photography/ The Urban SilhouetteWhat range of customers do you attract?
Our customers range from 10 to 70+ for personal purchases and gifts.

Bauhaus provided the amazing accessories that featured in our recent Elizabeth Taylor tribute shoot. Why did you decide to be involved?
I was overseas, but our manager Kate Baillie felt it would be an interesting shoot to be involved in.

Looking to the future, what plans do you have for Bauhaus?
Bauhaus turns 20 this year and we will continue to source intriguing and gorgeous products from all over the globe.