Red Records Tiny Door

Fish Lane

Lovers of tiny doors, you’re in for a treat! Let us introduce you to Brisbane’s first fairy door that is a replica shopfront! And how gorgeous is it in fire engine red!?

Located in Fish Lane in South Brisbane, the intriguing and very cute Red Records is the latest miniature creation from Brisbane’s favourite guerilla artist, Mace Robertson.

Red Records Tiny Shop, Fish Lane, South Brisbane

The detail is next-level with this installation, saluting the architectural nuances of a bygone era and giving a generous and romantic nod to a 19th century-style of retail footprint rarely seen in the mainstream builds and designs of today.

A delightful twist that weaves ‘then’ and ‘now’ is the store’s signage, promoting the sale of music that spans the generations - from vinyl to CDs.

Red Records Tiny Shop, Fish Lane, South Brisbane

To start with, there’s a recessed entry, plus the continuous fascia that serves to announce the store’s wares – not to mention the pilasters on either side of the store’s windows that serve to frame the shop. The windows are divided into small panes on one side of the entrance, and a single pane on the other.

Red Records Tiny Shop, Fish Lane, South Brisbane

A stand-out element is the tacking on the true-to-the-era roof that’s made from lead. And from the intricate detailing that incorporates oak and aluminium across the build, it’s not hard to see the true love of craftsmanship in what Robertson creates.

Red Records Tiny Shop, Fish Lane, South Brisbane

Perhaps sharing a glimpse into the artist’s personal musical leanings, 15 legendary artists and their iconic albums take pride of place, albeit in very tiny detail, on display above the window’s panelled stall risers.

Here’s the covers we can make out (from L to R):

Top row:  Abbey Road (Beatles 1969), Aladdin Sane (David Bowie 1973), Appetite for Destruction (Guns N Roses 1987)
Row 2:  Brothers In Arms (Dire Straits 1985), The Dark Side of the Moon (Pink Floyd 1973), Powerslave (Iron Maiden 1984)
Row 3:  For Those About to Rock (ACDC 1981), Rumours (Fleetwood Mac 1977), London Calling (The Clash 1979)
Row 4:  Nevermind (Nirvana 1991), Legend (Bob Marley 1984), Cover 3
Bottom row:  Cover 1, Cover 2, Thriller (Michael Jackson 1982)

Red Records Tiny Shop, Fish Lane, South Brisbane

Not to miss is the aluminium kick plate at the base of the door, and mesh airing vent above the entrance.

And the ‘Back in 5 mins’ sign that every shopper despises no matter the generation, reflects an ageless downside to running a small business… sometimes you just need to take a moment for yourself!

Red Records Tiny Shop, Fish Lane, South Brisbane

To make it easy, if you're visiting any of the following Fish Lane must-dos nearby, you're sure to spot this sweet little fairy shop: Bar Brutus, Maker, Kiki, Southside or Julius Pizzeria.

This is the second Fish Lane fairy door that Mace Robertson has blessed us with and makes for another wonderful reason to explore the social and dining precinct. At the other end – down towards Lune, the popular South Brisbane bakery – is the other tiny door at 76 Fish Lane.

If you’re time-poor, you can spot another tiny door near QPAC, only a couple of minutes’ walk away on the corner of Melbourne & Grey Streets.  

Or, if you’re in for a day of exploring Brisbane's amazing cultural hub, take the opportunity to duck into the Queensland Art Gallery to find Roy & Matilda’s tiny door.

By Danella Perrins

Looking for more tiny doors to discover around Brisbane, check out our Secret Tiny Doors Around Brisbane article HERE! Happy searching.

Red Records Tiny Door

Fish Lane

(Between Grey St & Hope St)

South Brisbane


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