About Us


TOKENS OF LIVING was established in November 2004 by Hélène Manger-Hofhuis and Hans Manger.

Tokens of Living is a destination place, slightly off the beaten track located on Sydney’s stunning Northern Beaches. We are passionate about design, architecture, interiors, the arts, lighting, living spaces and the great outdoors. Interiors are so important, they have the potential to inspire everyday! We provide an interior experience, creating spaces with character and soul. We focus on creative use of space, great design, statement pieces, quality and sustainability.

We are able to help with different style briefs, whether it be contemporary, eclectic, antique, industrial or European.

We also stock a carefully considered range of lines that we think are just magic! Check out the Tobias Grau lighting range and also our zenlights created by hand. From lighting to flooring, Tokens of Living is the proud distributor of Aubrey oak flooring (FSC certified) in Australia. Other ranges we love and stock are Armadillo & Co. rugs, Coast beanbags, the outdoor Windsong collection, and new to Australia Linum linen. We take the best design from around the world and mix it to create truly inspiring results.

Interior Design Consultations are also available to clients, with our in-house stylists able to take you from the initial ideas stages to full product sourcing, creating your individual living space where lifestyle and personality combine.

Read more about our inspirations and thoughts: WHAT MAKES TOKENS TICK?

Hélène Manger-Hofhuis has a Masters in the History of Art, specialising in 17th Century Dutch and Flemish paintings, as well as years of experience in 16th to 19 th Century European furniture, particularly Spanish and French styles. Her inspiration comes from her parent’s antique furniture farm, Meerwijk Antiek, in the Netherlands, which has been established for more than 35 years. Hélène is also a regular participant and contributor to the internationally acclaimed annual European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF), in Maastricht. Hélène was born in the Netherlands, and has also lived in France, South Africa and America.

Hans Manger is an experienced Naval Architect and an interior & lighting designer. He has also designed contemporary furniture for the Witte de Wit gallery in the Netherlands and worked as a cabinetmaker. Since meeting Hélène he has been trained in the family business of antique furniture restoration. He has a Bachelor of Science in shipbuilding, and has worked in the Dutch Super yacht industry and offshore industry. He later specialised in the design and project management of larger sailing and motor yachts. http://tokens.com.au/navalarchitecture. Hans was born in the Netherlands and has also lived in South Africa.