Pop & Scott is a creative warehouse space in Northcote. Collectively, they produce beautiful furniture, art and products and provide other designers, artists and craftspeople the opportunity to use their tools, equiptment and space to create.

“Everyone is taking many risks when they start their own business. Ours was signing the lease on a huge warehouse and having no one but us to put in it. But you can't succeed in life without taking risks.” Poppy Lane

What's your background?

I am a florist and have been for 14 years.

How was the space first identified and who was contacted to secure it?

We found the space via a real estate website and Scotty and I both applied for it.

What needed to be provided by you as hirer or user of the space?

The usual real estate application bits, Identification, proof of income and references.

What were the costs?

Oh dear well the initial cost were bond and a months rent in advance, and there were costs to clear the space, clean it, and to rebuild. We both had full time jobs so our wage went straight into the workshop.

Who helped you to fit it out?

Scotty and I did with loads of help from friends.

What were/are the obstacles?

To be honest there was nothing we would consider a real obstacle. We just got everything done at the rate we could with the money we had. I think it was a positive that we both had solid incomes at the time, even though we had no life and we were working around the clock.

What were/are the risks?

Everyone is taking many risks when they start their own business. One of ours was signing a lease on a huge warehouse and having no one but us to put in it, you can’t succeed in life without taking risks.

Who is in the space currently?

Poppy – Me Florist, furniture/swing maker

Scotty – Warehouse fix it man/ Furniture maker

Dane Lovett –Painter private studio

Bruce Rowe – Ceramicist Private studio

Sean McMahon -  Lolas Table

Peter ‘Punk’ MacManus – reclaim timber furniture

Chris Booth – Second Chance Tables

Lisa Sorgini – Photographer

And there are many others that use the space on a casual basis

Highlights from the space?

It has changed mine and Scotty’s life and also for many of the people in this space. Every day in here is a highlight cheesy I know but it really is a great place to come everyday and work.

Best thing about running your own creative space?

Seeing and being inspired by what everyone creates, experiencing their talents first hand and always having support from beautiful creative people.

What's next?

To expand our space, build more private studios, finish the wood work spaces and create private wood workshops for the regular business that run out of here and lots more…

NB: Since this interview was conducted, Pop & Scott have developed showrooms in Sydney and Byron Bay!

Find out more about hiring the Northcote  Pop & Scott showroom for photography.

Check out the Pop & Scott website.