Melbourne company Zen have launched a new home thermostat that connects to the internet allowing you to control the temperature from your smart phone.

A clean, beautiful design. Great to see products like this being developed in Melbourne.

Zen is expected to retail for between $150-$200. For further information visit zenthermostat.com

Recently launched by the young architects at Archier, the Hex Pendant is designed for areas that require direct or focused light. Proudly designed and manufactured in Melbourne, it is available in brass, and a range of colours. The Hex will sit subtly over tables, reading chairs and bedside tables. 

Archier is a design studio based in Preston, Melbourne, creating furniture and lighting which adheres to a minimal and elegant aesthetic. Composed of three architects with Victorian and Tasmanian roots, Archier grew from a common desire for subtle interior objects which complement their surrounding space.

Single $320 

Triple  $620

Visit archier.com.au for more info 

Contact hello@archier.com.au for sales. 

Plyroom’s collection of clever, multipurpose furniture has been carefully designed to support flexible living. Constructed entirely from sustainably forested European ply, Plyroom furniture is deliberately honest and beautifully finished.

Plyroom melds the heritage of Italian design and manufacturing with local design insights, to create a high quality and authentic range of products that are perfectly suited to the Australian way of life.

Embedded in the collection is Plyroom’s sustainable ideology of hand finished, made to last craftsmanship, minimalist design and the belief that products should be passed on to future generations.

The Plyroom collection comprises innovative flexible furniture that is interchangeable in use and location. From a kid’s room, teenage retreat, dining room, living room, bedroom and work room Plyroom products are designed to evolve with changing family needs, without restriction to a single function.

“It’s a hark back to the collection’s Italian design and manufacturing heritage, of looking after the furniture that you have, of doing more with less, and having things of keepsake quality that you can pass on from one generation to the next,” explains Elise Heslop, Plyroom founder and managing director.

To check out the range visit Kids Interior Design, Top 3 By Design or Hut 13 in Melbourne. For further information and national stocks visit www.plyroom.com.au

The ‘Grand Old Lady’ of Abbortsford is back - The Terminus Hotel re-opens.

A Melbourne institution has awoken from its slumber. The ‘grand old lady’ of Abbotsford, The Terminus Hotel, is back thanks to an inspiring collaboration between Sand Hill Road and Techné Architecture + Interior Design.  The quintessentially Melbourne watering hole has returned from its long enforced hiatus to once again grace Abbotsford’s Victoria Street with its lovingly restored façade and promise of good times and frivolity within its green walls. 

Following a number of successful creative collaborations including the recently renovated Prahran Hotel, Sand Hill Road once again turned to renowned hospitality design team Techné Architecture + Interior Design to help them resurrect and reinvigorate the Terminus Hotel. Sand Hill Road provided Techné director, Justin Northrop, with two criteria; the first, to deliver a unique design that caters for today’s patrons while also acknowledging the venue’s illustrious past and the second, to create a lush garden space offering local residents respite from the surrounding concrete jungle and a meeting place for their family and friends. 

“The venue has been almost completely dwarfed by apartment developments in recent years and it seemed entirely appropriate to provide a lush oasis for patrons surrounded by the ever increasing urban sprawl. The challenge was creating a space that provides an increasing level of amenity while also retaining the much-loved character of the pub. “The original heritage protected façade, built in 1923, has been restored, but the famous green paint-job will remain. The interiors are a modern interpretation of the original pub, with the focal point being the art deco-inspired front bar. In contrast, the spectacularly kitsch upstairs ‘Paris Tropical’ bar space is a nod to the Terminus’ flamboyant history. The circulation between the internal spaces and the sprawling urban jungle beer garden is designed to be continuous and allows patrons to explore the pub and check out what else is going on throughout the venue,” says Northrop. 

The new island public bar draws inspiration from the art deco era with antique gloss tiles and is connected overhead with striking copper tanks which will pump fresh, unpasteurised Carlton Draught directly to the glasses of thirsty locals - the next best thing to tasting it straight from the brewery, located only 2 minutes away. The centerpiece of the breathtaking top to bottom redesign is undoubtedly its lush 150 square metre beer garden with nine metre high glass ceiling and 2 outdoor bars. Designed to emulate a forest canopy, the two level ‘urban jungle’ comes complete with full sized Waterhousea Floribunda trees and huge steel columns set at random angles that will become a living, breathing oasis offering patrons plenty of opportunity to chill out, relax and soak up the unique surroundings. 

The various bar areas in the pub offer very differing experiences but are all inextricably linked together to provide patrons with an interactive and connected pub experience few venues can match. With a 516 patron capacity, the pub is served by five bars and will have 72 seats available for reservation, as well as function spaces for up to 80 people on the outdoor terrace and 150 people in the upstairs lounge. 

The Terminus Hotel is located at 605 Victoria Street, Abbotsford and is open from midday until late on weekdays and until 3am Friday and Saturday evenings. For further information or bookings for dining or private functions, contact 03 9427 0615 or visit www.theterminushotel.com.au. 

For more info on Techné Architecture + Interior Design, visit http://www.techne.com.au

Introducing Something Beginning With…

Melbourne-based Something Beginning With (SBW) infuse a unique dynamic to the Australian design landscape through their intelligent range of adaptable and customisable furniture.

SBW was formed in 2011 when industrial designer Lisa Vincitorio and visual artist Laelie Berzon combined forces with a vision to create a furniture range that merged high quality design, visual appeal and local manufacturing. 

SBW has a Melbourne-based manufacturing network and their products are cleverly coordinated to offer solutions to a wide range of interior situations. “Our eclectic mix of side, coffee, dining and bar tables; stools, chairs, easy chairs, ottomans, rugs and storage are designed to coordinate and work well together,” Vincitorio explains.

Offering a range of customizable pieces from their current collection and bespoke furniture to suit a client’s specific requirements, SBW creates adaptable new furniture that can meld into an existing space or allow the client to create an individual statement through customisation. 

SBW offers a collaborative service with a point of difference: “It’s SBW’s collective strengths and team approach to the conceptualisation and development of each new product which gives us a very clear direction and knowledge of what works for the market,” Vincitorio says.

Vincitorio and Berzon work closely to conceptualise each product. From there Vincitorio takes care of design development and engineering, while Berzon adeptly manages sales and marketing. Backed by a decade of business and design experience and 17 collections to date, SBW is making a mark as an established Australian furniture brand with a passion for innovation.

For more information please visit: somethingbeginningwith.com.au 

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.