This Australian Designer Scoured Paris’s Flea Markets for Her New Vintage Capsule Collection

With their newly launched CLO Capsule, Australian interior design atelier and boutique CLO Studios makes a strong case for visiting Parisian flea markets. It helps if you have a shipping container to fill, which they did, collecting secondhand, vintage, and antique European design treasures over the course of a year to bring back to Australia. Founder and creative director Chloe Tozer has always traveled to find inspiration and on her journeys has struck up friendships with suppliers from Morocco to Beijing. But Paris was always a destination for the company to attend design fairs and exhibitions until a visit in 2022, when Tozer was intrigued by the local flea markets and what she might find among the stalls. She went with no intention to buy…at first. “Once I arrived, I thought, “How can I not?!”

Tozer describes the collection as “keepsake luxury.” The criteria for the curation was interesting, iconic vintage and designer furniture that has character, charm, and a convivial feel. A black metal Atelier Marolles fire screen from the 1950s stands out for its procession of camels, elephants, and wild horses, as does a pair of Maison Honoré ‘Le Tournesol’ (sunflower) sconces from the ’60s and a group of curvy, carved vintage mirrors throwing shapes. Some pieces were ready for resale and others were restored upon arrival down under. A pair of 1960s slipper chairs were freshly covered in blue Australian linen. “We spent days wandering and meeting antique dealers whilst spending time learning more about each piece that caught our eye,” Chloe says, “Inspiration saturated our days, and we were left buzzing all night, dreaming of what we’d find the next day. No two pieces are the same, everything has a story and is made to last until the end of time.”

The CLO Capsule was photographed by Jessie Prince at Tozer’s home ‘Villa des Fleurs’ which she was working on between visits to France. “My core inspiration for the house was driven by my time spent in Paris,” she says. “In the back of my mind, I think I was designing a home for all the pieces I had sourced. When everything arrived at Villa des Fleurs, the house felt so alive. The hardest part was letting them go, as they all felt so at home.” With each piece individually sourced, Tozer has called the capsule CLO Studios’ “most authentic collection to date.” “We are always trying to create something new,” she says, “but it’s a nice way to step forward for CLO by rediscovering something old.”