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. 

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

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 
Posted by Brent Nolan Blunt Agency

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 

Posted by Brent Nolan Blunt Agency

ORA is an interesting lighting project from ilanel (creators of Rain), meditating between light and darkness through transparent colour.

It is an interactive luminary that engages in experimentation and exploration of coloured illumination.

ORA enables personalisation, for coloured light can have an emotional meaning and therefore can influence the atmosphere of a space.

The intention behind ORA is physical interaction - Act to affect. To control its outcome, three knobs were fitted; each adjust one colour spectrum - red, green and blue. 

Adjusting the intensities of these light spectrums, results in endless coloured light options. For further information visit ilanel.com

These beautiful minimalistic timepieces are designed by Melbourne outfit AÃRK Collective.

Inspired by an appreciation of geometry, graphic elements and minimalist design, each timepiece has been crafted from the most trusted components, including PVD ion-plated 316L surgical steel, Italian calfskin leather and precision Japanese Quartz movements. 

We’re always excited to see product of this calibre coming out of Melbourne. The level of refinement is a credit to design team, a perfect mix of the contemporary and luxury. Make sure you check out their extensive product lines at aarkcollective.com.

Dogtired, a fantastic local startup, have launched a beautiful piece of pet furniture that is portable, lightweight and comfortable.

Young Melbourne entrepreneur Megan Travers brought her idea to fruition working with Melbourne based designer Rowan Dinning.

Over the past 10 years Megan has worked across fashion, design, retail and advertising. Whilst working with many talented small businesses she harbored the idea of creating a range of beautiful and functional pet products.

The bed is realised by a membrane of UV stabilized and mould resistant fabric that is stretched over a four part tubular steelframe. The tension between the fabric and the frame provides support under the weight of the dog that adjusts under shifting pressure. The textile has unmatched comfort, is cool in summer, easy to clean and quick drying.

The beds can be used indoors and out and have been designed to sit unassumingly in beautiful spaces. They are stable, off the ground and easy to clean. Available in three sizes and three colourways (Slate, Coral and Ice).

Dogtired dog beds can be purchased through House of Orange in Armadale or online at dogtired.com.au

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Opening on Thursday 6th December at Ausin Tung Gallery, 164 High Street Prahran is an exhibition of exclusive, limited-edition functional interior design pieces by the world renowned British-born and Hong Kong-based designer Michael Young. The exhibition will run until the 22nd December 2012.

Don’t miss the opportunity to see pieces as diverse as sophisticated highly polished cast aluminum chairs, transformed newspaper based furniture and a marble grave. 

Michael sees the work not as Design but as Industrial Art where some of the highest levels of manufacturing have been employed. His decision to centre his practice in China and the integration of the sophisticated manufacturing techniques available there have resulted works that are not only consumer products but works collected by galleries and institutes around the world.

For further information visit acaf.org.au

Artist and designer Dale Hardiman has produced his first commercial product, a series of biodegradable homewares. 

The hand crafted Polly range has been created using biodegradable non-toxic wax with each piece unique in shape and colour as a result of the creation process. Coloured pigments are stretched and folded throughout, then hand moulded over forms leaving one side a perfect finish, and the other textured by the pressing and hand shaping process.

For further information visit dale-hardiman.com. The Polly range is available through Dagmar Rousett on Gertrude Street. Make sure you also check out Dale’s Klag chair which we featured earlier this year.

Australia’s leading bathroom brand Caroma have partnered with renowned designer Marc Newson, launching and exciting new range of bathroom products.

Marc Newson’s award-winning minimalistic aesthetic shines through in this beautiful range. The collection sets new standards in affordable luxury, innovative design and ingenious manufacturing to deliver stunning bathroom solutions.

For further information visit caromamarcnewson.com. The Caroma Marc Newson range will be on display early December at the Caroma Concepts Centre Showroom, 222 Park Street South Melbourne. 

The Klag chair by Melbourne artist / designer Dale Hardiman. Klag is an experiment consisting of the new concrete substitute ET-21, a Fly-Ash and resin based product by Exile Global Technologies. An interesting project and good use of a by-product.

Price: $1500.00.
Product can be purchased via designer at dale-hardiman.com.

Love the ‘Rain’ multi-sensory lighting by design studio ilanel. Mixing sight and sound it invites touch and interaction.

Rain captures the shimmery sparkle of raindrops frozen in descent and voices a whimsy chime of flutes. Individual drops are visually quite subtle, but gain tremendous strength when multiplied and clustered in large groups.

A playful piece with the sleekness of a design classic that is suitable for residential and commercial use. For more information and Melbourne stocks visit www.ilanel.com

Coco Flip is a multidisciplinary design studio based in Melbourne. Established by Kate Stokes in 2010, Coco Flip undertakes projects within the creative fields of furniture, interior, and graphic design…Coco Flip endeavours to create products and experiences that provoke thought and conversation, engaging its audiences and encouraging an escape from the every day. Exerted from coco flip website.  

I was thrilled to visit Stokes in her studio space and chat with her about the lovely Mr. Cooper light as well as what makes her tick.

1. What was the inspiration behind the Mr. Cooper concept?
The idea for Mr. Cooper was born on Kate’s trip to New York for an internship with Rich Brilliant and Willing. Gentlemen in three-piece suits, antique street grates, old telephones and inventors informed the research and development process.
I wanted the light to be simple, true to the material and refined.

2. Is the pen mightier than the computer?
Maybe not mightier but the pen is freer than the computer. I prefer to start with the pen and finish with the computer.

3. Does working in Melbourne influence/ enhance your work?
Sure it does, yes…the Melbourne design community is large and supportive. There is a critical mass of like minded people who are generous with their knowledge.

4. Who is someone that you would like to collaborate with in the future?
Stokes expressed an eagerness to collaborate with people and firms who share her love of materials and processes. Not one to limit herself, Stokes would be open to working on any project that would allow her to explore “lagom” a Swedish word translating roughly to ‘not too much, and not too little’.

Any collaboration that allowed me to work in a new material or master a new process would be great. Particularly over seas collaborations can be the best because there are two different cultures, markets and ways of thinking informing the work.

5. What experiences/ projects are you looking forward to? 
Developing work with the help of my intern Tom and launching new products, and hopefully participating in the London Design Festival in September.

In Collingwood you can view Coco flip designs at www.tongueandgroove.com.au.

Article by Georgina Lewis

These hand carved ceramics from Dimity Kidston come in the most beautiful range of colours, shapes and textures. No two pieces are exactly alike. They are individually carved utilising a sgraffito technique where the pigments slip is etched from the surface by hand. Simple, tactile and well designed these would look great in any home.
Melbourne stockists: Hut 13, Armadale (View Map)

These hand carved ceramics from Dimity Kidston come in the most beautiful range of colours, shapes and textures. No two pieces are exactly alike. They are individually carved utilising a sgraffito technique where the pigments slip is etched from the surface by hand. Simple, tactile and well designed these would look great in any home.

Melbourne stockists: Hut 13, Armadale (View Map)

Control room on Hunger Games 321 Water bottles

Congratulations to the guys at 321 Water with their futuristic bottle featured in the Control Room scene on The Hunger Games. Designed by Gretha Oost, Melbourne based 321 Water has a high level of design consideration so I’m not surprised it has won a number of awards and is currently a finalist in this years IDSA IDEA Awards.

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The Hunger Games image courtesy of thecapitoltour.pn