July

In celebration of the launch of their flagship store in Melbourne’s Emporium we recently had five minutes with Athan Didaskalou and Richard Li, the team behind July, a sophisticated luggage range for the modern traveller. Designed here in Melbourne, the July luggage range uses good, functional design to overcome some of the most common flaws in modern luggage options. Our favourite features are the removable USB-C charger, highly adjustable handle, and custom-designed wheels which you can trust not to break halfway across the world. Partnering with ODO, they have succeeded in creating a range of beautiful, practical and durable luggage and a flagship store to match! 

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Kate Stokes from Coco Flip Design Studio

Ahead of the Melbourne Design Week starting on March 14, we met with Kate Stokes of Coco Flip Design Studio to hear about Honey, her new collaboration with Bendigo Pottery, timber craftsman Charles Standford and glass artist Amanda Dziedzic. Honey is a collection of lighting designs including table lamp, pendant and wall sconce which feature slip cast ceramic stoneware or turned American white oak paird with hand-blown glass.
We talked about the inspiration behind Honey, the collaborative process and some of the highlights of the experience. Enjoy!

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Abby Seymour

We were stoked to have a chat with talented Melbourne jewellery designer Abby Seymour. We’ve been following her work for the last couple of years and we’re currently obsessing over her Australis collection which is inspired by the natural beauty of the Australian bush. Abby has seamlessly merged her signature geometry and fine detail with natural shapes and textures and the result is stunning. One of our favourite things about Abby Seymour is her commitment to environmental sustainability and ethical labour practice which we hope means we’ll continue to see her work for many years to come!

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Story of Things

Creatives and friends Petrina Turner, Jess Reftel Evans and Martin Reftel came together a little over a year ago to build a platform for sharing Australian designers and make their works available to purchase directly, and The Story of Things was born.

After busy year getting everything ready they officially launched in September of this year. We caught up with them for a Q&A to learn more about how they came together and what The Story of Things is all about.

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Tough Luck Exhibition by Katie Eraser and Emma Lipscombe

Nobody said collaborations were easy, but teaming up with someone who lives over 3400 kilometres away presents unique challenges. Tough Luck is a joint effort from Melbourne-based artist Katie Eraser and Perth-based artist Emma Lipscombe, and brings together their distinct but complementary styles. Their upcoming exhibition features a range of paintings by each artist, and also a series of limited run textiles which the pair designed together. The exhibition is a great example of the way which social media platforms like Instagram can bring together likeminded artists and help foster creative relationships and friendships. Katie and Emma have overcome physical distance to create a truly collaborative and unique exhibition. 

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Ridge Collection by Bee Line Design

We met Lucy Grant and Adam Brislin in 2017 when Beeline Design did collaboration with Felix Furniture and we were delighted to see them again in the lead up to the launch of The Ridge Collection, their new work inspired by the rich dairy-farming land of south-west Western Australia. We had a quick chat with them about this project, their journey to get to this point and where they hope to go in the future!

Enjoy!

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Chroma Studio

We recently came across Chroma Studio, the brainchaild of the energetic and irrepressible Nadene Sachinidis which aims to bring together a curated selection of homewares, jewellery, accessories and gorgeous floral arrangements.  We had quick look around and were delighted to find a selection of Melbourne’s own including ceramics by Tracy Muirhead, homewares by KeepResin, self-watering plant pots by Mr Kitly and others. 

We decided to have a quick 5 minutes with Nadene to find out more about her and her new baby Chroma Studio. 

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Creators of the Huntingtower // John Bornas of Workroom Architecture and Bear Agushi from Agushi Construction

We recently spoke with Bear Agushi from Agushi Developments and architect John Bornas of Workroom Architecture about their recent collaboration, the stunning Huntingtower house in Armadale. Huntingtower was designed and built as a home for developer Bear Agushi and his family and is a true labour of love. You can see the dedication to quality of materials and design in the attention and care given to each detail. The project features natural stone, timeless European Oak parquetry flooring, and rich and beautiful brass fixtures.

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Nicci Green from Articolo lighting

We finally made it to the Articolo showroom in Richmond and unsurprisingly we were blown away (pun intended) to see Nicci Green’s gorgeous range of mouth-blown lighting, lamps, pendants and wall sconces in the flesh. The setting for her creative process is the beautiful and carefully considered space designed by David Goss of Studio Goss, and it's definitely worth having a look if you get the chance. Through Nicci’s unique bold style and mastery over her materials she balances playful individuality with restrained elegance in every piece. One thing I’ve always loved about Nicci Green’s range is that each piece has its own voice and often each piece is visually quite different from the next, but all her works are unified by Nicci’s timeless, great design and respect for her materials.

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Caroline Walls // Life studies at Studio Local

A carefully curated life drawing class will take place with a female nude in our 1930’s warehouse at 25 Albert Street, Northcote. Students will gain insight into Caroline Walls’ own abstract drawing practise and learn continuous line, blind drawing and life drawing skills. There will be no shortage of fine cheese and wine, an ample supply of tea & coffee and generous gifts for our guests to take home and continue their practise.

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Derek Swalwell

In anticipation of his upcoming exhibition at Modern Times, we were delighted to have the chance to catch up with Derek Swalwell to discuss his style of photography, creative process and the ideas behind his current series Outdistance.

Outdistance is a gorgeous showcase of some of Italy’s most iconic brutalist architecture as told through Derek’s distinctive, crisp and rich style. Derek takes a loving and considered look at the works of renowned architects Carlo Scarpa, Aldo Rossi and Carlo Aymonino, while exploring how the structures sit within and are affected by their surroundings. We absolutely love this series, you can get lost in the detail of each image and we would highly recommend that you check it out. 

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