Michael Cotton, owner of Co Design at Portside Wharf, has always had of love of unique pieces. In fact, for his fifth birthday he asked his stunned parents for a 1930 Australian penny!
With his fascination of old coins beginning at such a young age, it is no surprise he has grown up to become the CEO Cotton & Co., a company that specialises in restoring old coins and re-creating them as beautiful jewellery pieces.
His homewares store, Co Design at Portside Wharf, houses many of the Cotton and Co pieces, and offers a unique collection that includes everything from one-off antiques to luxury contemporary pieces.
“I am inspired by history and I have been collecting coins for as long as I can remember,” he said.
“It fascinates me that from the time that the first coin was circulated (thought to be in 610 – 600 BC), coins have played such an integral role in society. It is a shame to think that they might eventually become obsolete as we move towards a cashless society”.
Michael opened his first business when he was 15 years old and spent his weekends rummaging through boxes at auction houses and thrift shops searching for old wares and coins.
“Looking back I guess I was a bit boring,” he said.
“I still work seven days a week, which doesn’t leave much time for a social life”.
Michael’s new range of jewellery will feature ancient Greek and Roman coins, with the most popular the Australian Heritage Coin Collection.
Many of his Cotton & Co. devotees have purchased a piece of jewellery with a year mintage that is significant to them such as a 50th birthday.
“There are some years that are very hard to find and some that are more interesting than others such as the 1937 Crown – this is a beautiful large silver coin that was minted in Australia to commemorate the coronation of King George VI who was the subject of the movie The Kings Speech” said Michael.
“This is a big part of my fascination with coins – they are a reflection of the richness of our past”.
Co Design adds to the boutique fashion, homewares and retailers available in Hamilton, Brisbane.
Portside Wharf is a sophisticated waterfront precinct, offering some of Brisbane’s best living and dining, along with boutique shopping, riverside dining and Dendy Portside cinemas.