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

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 

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. 

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

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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Melbourne’s Gallery Funaki is currently showing Japanese artist and musician Yutaka Minegishi first solo exhibition in Australia, until October 5. 

Minegishi trained first in Tokyo, then in Munich, and has lived in Germany for the last 20 years.  His remarkable rings are carved from recycled materials, including ivory from a woolly mammoth tusk and rare, dense timbers such as ebony, pink ivory (traditionally the royal wood of the Zulus) and lignum vitae (national tree of the Bahamas).  

For further information visit galleryfunaki.com.au

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Dinosaur Designs have launched of their first furniture collection of side tables, Liquid Moon and Collage. Keeping with Dinosaur Designs signature resin technique, designers Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy have celebrated their individual style and produced an amazing set of diverse designs.

Olsen’s 
designs are constantly inspired by the natural world. The curved, organic nature of jellyfish is referenced in her collection, Liquid Moon, Olsen says, “the legs are spider like, there is a dancing and delicate nature about them, as well as a dialogue between them”. The colour palette varies from shades of blue, to more painterly neutral tones, which contain a pop of intense orange. 

Ormandy’s collection, Collage, is a playful combination of shapes, colour and tone. The design is influenced by the floating nature of lily pads and the opportunity to combine individual sculptural shapes into a cohesive useful object. Colour blocking is utilised creating strong bold patterns, colours vary from bright oranges and magentas, to more calming neutral tones. 

Make sure you call into a Melbourne Dinosaur Designs store to view their full range. Stores are located at 562 Chapel St South Yarra and Melbourne’s GPO on Bourke St.

For further information visit dinosaurdesigns.com.au 

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Stock Watch, inspired but vintage watches, is a well crafted timepiece by 27 year old Melbourne designer and avid watch collector David Tatangelo. Ideal for everyday wear and equally at home as a refined accompaniment to a formal outfit, its great to see products of this calibre produced by a young local design talent.

Available in a range of colours for RRP $180. For further information visit stockwatches.com.au

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New from Stephanie Ng are these beautiful handmade, 100% treated merino wool woven ‘Luna Lana' lights. The quirky design come with an extra long flex cord allowing you to drape, wrap and intertwine to create you own look.

Available in both junior and jumbo sizes Luna Lana was launched at Design.Made.Trade.  For further information visit stephaniengdesign.com

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anaca studio by French designer Anne-Claire Petre is a Melbourne-based furniture design brand offering a range of sophisticated and sustainable furniture and products.  

Bringing a little European flavour and inspiration, the aesthetic is clean and minimalist yet a touch whimsical to suit the Australian lifestyle. 

The products are practical, designed with love and manufactured to last. All made in Melbourne for both residential and commercial markets. 

For further information visit the website anacastudio.com.au

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Stunning architectural and interior design for the Infinity Centre, a new senior school for the Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School in Keilor East.

Designed by McBride Charles Ryan, the Infinity Centre is a fluid form with a sense of grander and sophisticated style. The use of materials, colour and spatial configurations create unique spaces for learning and social gatherings. Its not hard to see why the building is the recipient of the Architecture Award for Public Architecture, Victoria Architecture Awards 2013 and received a high commendation in the Australian Interior Design Awards 2013.

For further information visit mcbridecharlesryan.com.au

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A beautiful fit-out for this Fitzroy apartment by Melbourne architect and designer Clare Cousins. Spread over three mezzanine levels the space oozes character with smart spatial configurations and custom designed features.

Shortlisted as part of the 2013 Australian Interior Design Awards for residential design. For further information visit clarecousins.com.au

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