Posts in Architecture
Torquay House

This week we bring you inside Luke Fry’s latest project: Torquay Beach House. 

We love the minimal design, paired-back colour palette and focus on maximising views of the surroundings from every room. You can imagine getting away for the weekend and easing into the day at the window breakfast bar. The team at Luke Fry have managed to create a light and airy space that feels cozy, it looks like it would be just as good in winter as it would be in summer. ..

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Lagotto

Lagotto in Fitzroy North is a new collaboration between Millieu Hospitality Group, Flack Studio and chef David Fisher. Bridging the gap between cafe, restaurant and local deli, Lagotto offers different things to different people. The bold and unapologetic design is a visual feast which welcomes you in with characteristic Italian hospitality and European flair. Rich materials are used generously and with enthusiasm, with islands of polished natural stone sitting amongst the deep-red terrazzo floor.

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Congress Wine

DesignOffice has nailed the balance of feature pieces (such as the custom stainless steel high bench with bespoke lighting) that are seamlessly integrated with each other and with the building itself. You'll find yourself noticing more and more of the neat details the longer you spend at Congress - and it’s dangerously easy to spend a lot of time here as the food and wine are honestly delicious. 

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Hallmark Ivanhoe

Hallmark Ivanhoe showcases timeless Art Deco architecture in an incredible tribute to the true design of Ivanhoe’s rich architectural history. This meticulously designed multi-residential building by the renowned Fender Katsalidis for leading developer Beulah International is truly outstanding. The monolithic exterior boasts a timeless appeal of travertine and bronze, paying homage to the Art Deco architecture of Ivanhoe, while also emulating a sense of identity, inspired by the notion of subtraction.

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Designstuff Flagship Showroom

We had a great evening last night celebrating the opening of the much anticipated Designstuff Flagship Showroom. The space is an intimate eye catching spot on the ground floor, with double height spaces with loads of natural sun, creating the perfect backdrop to showcase the beautiful product. The showroom features a retail space with shelves carefully arranged with homewares, a kitchen and a bathroom display as well as a kids corner. We love the curated selection of products that they stock from Menu, Kristina Dam, Ferm Living, Muuto, Middle of Nowhere Melbourne, Oliver furniture, By Wirth to Cam Cam Copenhagen, with many of the brands being from Danish and Australian design houses. For all of you design lovers, it’s must visit!

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Future Future

Walking into Future Future feels like slowly waking up from a dream. Carved from a quintessential Richmond red-brick building, the restaurant features a fascinating combination of styles and materials. The Future Future ethos embraces the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi (the finding of beauty in transience and imperfection) in both its menu and interiors. This creates a surreal but coherent, strange and intimate setting which is perfect for sampling their unique and delicious selection of food and drinks. The eclectic combination of materials have been brought together to great effect. The details are spot on; from the custom ceramic cups, embroidered uniforms, metal joinery, through to the retrofuturistic branding Future Future is difficult to describe but beautiful, and you’ll have to go and experience it for yourselves!  

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Pine Ave

Designed with unprecedented consideration and deliberation, the collection of eight, three-storey townhomes are stylised to be an instinctual extension of Elwood’s relaxed modern living.
The welcoming sense of intimacy is also seen in the built form with a significant recess allowing light to pour into each home. Drawing inspiration from the distinctive circular forms seen in the Art Deco movement of the 1920s and 30s, Cera Stribley Architects (CS-A) looked to emphasise each home’s facade, curving the white brickwork.

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Mastani

Luxury Womenswear brand Mastani opened their Armadale showroom to the public in late 2018. Designed by Design Office this store invites guests through its three carefully-curated salons. The thoughtful design features beautiful materials such as natural stone, herringbone timber flooring and rich fabrics which have been crafted to create a soft but powerful and inviting space which is the perfect backdrop for Mastani’s collections. 

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Bicycle Thieves

Light, fresh, timeless. Bicycle Thieves café on High Street Northcote designed by Pierce Widera is a celebration of modern Australian minimalist design. The floor to ceiling windows and polished concrete floor ensure that the whole space is bathed in natural light. We also love the stunning custom lighting fixture which runs the full length of the main counter and the tiled detailing of the counter itself. It’s the perfect spot for your next Sunday brunch!

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Maap Store

Maap Store in North Melbourne is not your standard cycling apparel store. When you enter you are greeted by a friendly barista and a refreshing lack of pushy sales staff. The high-end cycling gear is carefully curated and displayed around the space. The high ceilings, white walls and natural light provide a calm and inviting environment to browse the collections. If you love cycling and great design this one’s a must see!

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Cheek

Vegetarians beware! Cheek restaurant in Swanston Street is a self-described ‘non-traditional meatery’ and has a very carnivorous menu. When you go upstairs from busy Swanston Street you are transported to a striking minimalist environment and your eye is immediately drawn down the length of the space guided by the stunning neon light and central concrete bench, both of which run the full length of the restaurant. Nothing is hidden in this bold design by Pierce Widera, and every element has been pared-back and presented in its natural beauty.

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ISH

We love the rich texture and carefully considered details of ISH, a modern Indian restaurant which opened in Fitzroy in October 2018. Architect Annu Bains has done a wonderful job bringing together the warmth of India and contrasting it with the industrial feel of the Gertrude Street location. Exposed brick and industrial-inspired metalwork are juxtaposed with natural leather and soft furnishings which creates an inviting but exciting setting to eat their delicious food.

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Spanish Mission House

I’m very excited to share this project as the first entry in our new ‘Five Minutes In’ series. Designed by Peter Kennon and styled by yours truly, the Spanish Mission House in Prahran is a residential renovation completed in late 2018. This gorgeous home brings together the architectural style of Spanish colonial and modern Australian interiors, blending both seamlessly with the existing footprint of the original dwelling. Highlights include the original details, ample natural light and calming monochromatic colour scheme. It provides the perfect backdrop for the owner’s artistic works, which are displayed prominently throughout. It was a pleasure to work on this great project and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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