Posts in Melbourne
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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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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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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Hannah Nowlan

We are thrilled to finally feature the amazingly talented young artist Hannah Nowlan. We first came across her work from her previous solo exhibition Myths, Moons and Mountains in 2017. Hannah’s current exhibition Cerberus is an exploration of her environment and landscape in her iconic, rich and evocative style. 

We hope you enjoy this Q&A and a selection of some of our favourite works from Cerberus. Make sure to check out the full exhibition which opens on the 16th of August at Modern Times in Collingwood.

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Luke Fry // St Kilda East project

We recently caught up with Luke Fry, the designer behind the incredible refurbishment of an Art Deco home in Chaddesley Avenue, St Kilda East. We spoke about his recent work, inspirations, and how he manages to balance a young family and his design practice.

Luke’s rare and broad skillset has enabled him to create a cohesive and beautiful vision from inside to out, and allows him to identify the full potential in a building design, and then bring it to life.

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Schiavello Melbourne Retail Showroom

Schiavello has just launched its new retail furniture line with the opening of a new retail showroom in Melbourne’s Southbank. Located at ground level at Southbank’s Prima Tower, the warm, light-filled space showcasing local and international design by Schiavello and MAP features interiors by award-winning designers, Hecker Guthrie. Clean lines, layered volumes and an assemblage of textural materials (leather, velvet, glass, timber) create balance and a distinctively architectural approach.

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