Melbourne based, Italian designer Fabio Biavaschi has picked up the Best Product award for 2014 at Vivid (Vibrant Visions in Design). The wooden armchair inspired by Meccano, the historic building game for kids, picks up the win for the commercial category.

Fabio is a multidisciplinary Italian designer who’s had extensive experience in Europe. Now based in Melbourne, he works in retail, interior, furniture and lighting design. The piece has a rugged design that suits the Australian lifestyle and strong sustainability credentials.

For more information on Fabio visit fabiobiavaschi.com

Designer Mary Vasiliadis has created a set of geometric, bold abstract arrangements including rings and broaches using 3D printing techniques.

After graduating from an Associate Degree in Furniture Design at RMIT, Mary decided to shift her attention to small-scale forms, creating playful and dramatic pieces of wearable art.

Prices range from $60 - $80 for the 3D printed rings and brooches and available for purchase from the following locations.

Stephen McLaughlan Gallery
Level 8, room 16 The Nicholas Building
37 Swanston Street Melbourne

NGV Shops
NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Federation Square.

Introducing the all-new Josh & Jenna range of designer lamps, a collaboration between Beacon Lighting and the former Block contestants. 

As two-time stars of the Block (and now brand ambassadors for Beacon Lighting) Josh & Jenna are experts at using lamps as an easy, affordable way to update a room with the latest trends.

The first releases in the exclusive Josh & Jenna range capture their love of transforming raw materials such as copper, cork and concrete into contemporary pieces that are right on trend.

Check out the new Josh & Jenna range at Beacon Lighting stores or online.

Melbourne designer Megan Park has just opened the doors to her second stand alone boutique on Gertrude Street in Fitzroy.

The suburb holds a close affinity to the designers heart, as she not only resides there with her family but her studio and team are based there also.

Park is a collaborator and long time supporter of fellow artists and creatives whose work can be seen in the store.

- Point of sale paper piece and rear wall light box by Melbourne artist Geoffrey Nees

- Furniture, glass pendant and wall lights by Melbourne designer Suzie Stanford

- Design, project realisation and architect - Park’s husband and business partner Anthony Cox

To view the new store and artist work visit 164 Gertrude Street Fitzroy

Local Melbourne architects Techne pays homage to the 1970s Milk Bar or Mixed Business, with a design that were often synonymous with Greek immigrants.

George Sykiotis and George Calombaris of Made Establishment are serving up another round of souvlaki at the new location for infamous souvlaki bar Jimmy Grants.  A new milk bar styled Jimmy Grants will open in the iconic Emporium Building in Melbourne

“When I moved from Cyprus to Melbourne in 1949, I got a job at the Docks. Everyone who came by boat was looking for work like me, but no true blue Aussie could pronounce my name.  To them I was just another immigrant.  Whether from Greece, Italy or China we were all just called ‘Jimmy Grant,” says George Sykiotis, Director at Made Establishment.

The Hellenic homeland for Athenian-style souvlaki will be located in the old Myer Building in Lonsdale Street that has been spectacularly transformed in the Emporium Building.  The design avoids all traditional Greek tavern style restaurants and instead centres on the reproduction turn of the century timber framed milk bar shop front with a playful and sentimental feel.

“The scheme pays a playful and nostalgic homage to Melbourne’s suburban milk bars of past decades.  This is clearly demonstrated through it’s timber ‘shop front’ style façade which contains signage and ornate details that are reminiscent of their time.  In contrast the servery area represents a later era and it is formed out of brickwork to help it purposely read as an extension, as if it was added to the shop at a later date,” says Dale McDougall from Techne.

Techne’s choice of materials that are used throughout the space are evocative of the Milk Bar theme.  A mosaic feature wall with custom Jimmy Grants logo will be a main focal point at the front of the shop, and will be replicated on the servery wall and back of house wall.   

“The careful choice of materials play a big part in the success of the scheme.  The use of various mosaic tiles, a Terrazzo floor and an awning formed from a striped canvas help bring a level of authenticity to the scheme by creating various historic layers,” adds McDougall. 

Black and white graphic images of ‘jimmy grants’ or immigrants as they are also known, create a feature wall behind the point of sale counter.  End to End Creative Graphics produced the eye catching images which are typical to the Milk bar typology.

Jimmy Grants will once again be a destination for more than just a satisfying souvlaki, with the playful new Milk Bar creating the perfect atmosphere for casual conversation and good food, you may even bump into a cousin or two. 

HEATHER DINAS Once you held me so close [2011] archival pigment ink on cotton rag 76 x 106cm [edition of 5] SIMON LLOYD MATTHEW DE MOISER KATE BRISCOE MANDY GUNN KATE HENDRY SARA FREEMAN EWEN ROSS MICHELANGELO RUSSO

The freshly launched Season 2 of the AT_SALON2 program is on the heels of the very successful inaugural showcase at ANITA TRAVERSO GALLERY. This next season promises to be a continuation of the diversity and quality of unique artworks on offer.

Season 2 of AT_SALONis now on until 19 July 2014 at ANITA TRAVERSO GALLERY, 7 Albert Street, Richmond.

Kicking off Globelight's 2014 program is the 'River' installation by James Tapscott.

River is an evolution of previous wind based works that seek to engage our understanding of a space in a different way, using a different sensory tool. The work is comprised of custom made weather proof and light-weight light bars tethered to tree branches through a specially designed rigging system enabling them to hang in perfect unity. The effect in the wind is such that the lights bars oscillate and flow like a river.

The actual construct is merely a medium for the site to express itself, rather than my own compulsions, and the art resides in the experience of the viewer as they watch the oscillating movement of the light, understanding the wind from the trees’ point of view.

River is best viewed on a windy evening, access to the site after hours is available Monday-Thursday until 9pm. Until May 25th. Incinerator Arts Complex - 180 Holmes Rd, Moonee Ponds.

It also marks the beginning of Globelight’s 2014 program. For details about Globelight go to www.globelight.com.au

For video visit http://vimeo.com/93240849

Melbourne based designer Adam Cornish’s latest product launch is a series of lights made by hand from natural and locally sourced stoneware. 

The Stoneware Lighting range was conceived on a visit to a local artist and is influenced by the Japanese philosophy of Wabi-Sabi, which believes there is great beauty in design that is honest and embraces the process in which it was created. 

We love the natural organic form and texture of these pieces. Make sure you call into Corporate Culture to view them for yourself, 680 Elizabeth Street Melbourne. Prices retail from RRP $560.00.  

Designed and made in Australia by Tait - Birdcabin - has been thoughtfully conceived to appeal to Lorikeets and small parrots as well as humans who appreciate beautifully crafted objects and are excited by the prospect of encouraging bird life back into urban gardens where opportunities for birds to hollow have diminished.

Material : Spotted Gum timber off-cuts salvaged and reused from the Tait factory floor and a single piece of steel that has been cleverly folded, form the sturdy Birdcabin structure. Like all Tait furniture and accessories, Birdcabin is built to last.

RRP: $170
Stockist details: Tait www.madebytait.com.au 
02 9310 1333, 03 9419 7484

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The DIY Concrete Ring is a fantastic little project by recent architecture graduate / Melbourne designer Linda Bennett. Currently seeking funding make sure you check it on Kickstarter.

The DIY Concrete Unisex Rings are made from high quality silver and concrete composite. Available in 5 unique designs or your own concept, the ring is packaged in a DIY kit which invites you to experience the unique and rewarding process of making your own. 

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We adore the work of Melbourne designer Adam Cornish (having featured his Monkey Grip pots in the past) so we’re excited to see his latest design for Italian design powerhouse Alessi.
Adam is among a small handful of Australian’s to join the Alessi’s design encyclopaedia with the launch of his Trinity bowl.
Representing Australia on the international design landscape, Trinity was launched earlier this month in Alessi’s ‘Fall/Winter 2013 Collection’. Trinity has been a few years in the making: from the initial sketches and drawings on paper, through to renderings and various revised prototypes which underwent vigorous product testing and manufacturing. The final outcome is a beautifully constructed centrepiece that is inspired by the spiral structure of the Nautilus mollusk sea shell.
Trinity is available in store or online Top 3 by Design or Workshopped 
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We adore the work of Melbourne designer Adam Cornish (having featured his Monkey Grip pots in the past) so we’re excited to see his latest design for Italian design powerhouse Alessi.

Adam is among a small handful of Australian’s to join the Alessi’s design encyclopaedia with the launch of his Trinity bowl.

Representing Australia on the international design landscape, Trinity was launched earlier this month in Alessi’s ‘Fall/Winter 2013 Collection’. Trinity has been a few years in the making: from the initial sketches and drawings on paper, through to renderings and various revised prototypes which underwent vigorous product testing and manufacturing. The final outcome is a beautifully constructed centrepiece that is inspired by the spiral structure of the Nautilus mollusk sea shell.

Trinity is available in store or online Top 3 by Design or Workshopped 

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RMIT Industrial Design students have their Lighting Studio Exhibition titled ‘Switched On’ coming up on Monday 2nd December, 6pm - 9pm at 78 St Kilda Rd, St Kilda. 

The exhibition continues 2nd - 8th December and is open 10am - 4pm. Make sure you call in and see some of their amazing lighting projects.
Register for the opening here.

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Congratulations to Cannyone of Australia’s prominent designers and builders of luxury homes, on their award for Renovation/Addition of the Year at the 2013 HIA CSR Victorian Housing and Kitchen & Bathroom Awards.

The award was in recognition for this stunning renovation on an elegant Federation Arts and Craft era home in Kew, Melbourne.

The front part of the home on ground level was sliced in half – the three front rooms were preserved in their original period style while the remaining back rooms were reconfigured and extended to create new space. A second storey was also added to accommodate four bedrooms, two bathrooms and another children’s retreat. 

State-of-the-art design features include everything from Control 4 automation for wireless appliance control across the house to an L-shaped swimming pool with three separate areas and a Schindler lift which operates to all three floors, however one of the greatest highlights is the underground component. 

The 560 square metre basement level required extensive excavation to incorporate a half-sized basketball court with six-metre high ceilings complete with outlook window from the underground rumpus room. The underground level also includes a guest retreat complete with bedroom, sitting area and bathroom, a cellar, gymnasium, a 5-car garage and a luxurious home cinema completely fitted out with a 130-inch screen and 11 leather recliners. 

The owners, a family of six with four children under 13, had a distinctive vision to create a home that would evolve with the family and be an entertainment haven for the children to bring their friends home. The end result is a premium triple storey design that incorporates the ultimate in quality aesthetics, materials and build for which Canny is nationally renowned. 

For further information on Canny please visit canny.com.au

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New from Stephanie Ng are these wonderful Scoop pendant lights. The concept behind Scoop was to create a simplistic form with clean contours that wrap gently around the globe reminiscent of an ice cream cone.

The bright coloured ring pops suggesting different flavours that appeal to various individuals with option to alternate with bright coloured cords. The top of the light is turned hard wood and provides a tactile surface before curving into the metal spun cap that lives right on top of the globe to minimise glare from light shining directly at you. This allows the eye to wander above to appreciate the beauty in the natural element of the design of the wood grains and knots. 

For further information visit stephaniengdesign.com

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Recently launched by Melbourne lighting designer Ilanel is this beautiful Nu Suspended, an adjustable lighting piece inspired by the contemporary Japanese dance ‘Butoh’.

Four elongated rays of light representing limps and joints, creating formations of expression.

Manufactured with a timber body and acrylic diffusers. For further information visit http://www.ilanel.com

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