Australian House of the year - Houses Awards 2017

 
Photography - Christopher Frederick Jones

Photography - Christopher Frederick Jones

Auchenflower House by Vokes and Peter

The Houses Awards 2017 have just been announced and we are absolutely blown away by the outstanding winners and finalists of all the categories. Over the next few weeks we will be showcasing some of the winners that we think you will love. 

The winner of Australian House of the Year was Auchenflower House by Vokes and Peter and we love it. It's a modest timber cottage that has been carefully modified and extended to accommodate a young family and orientate the building’s occupants towards the garden.

Jury citation from www.housesawards.com.au

"This project is distinguished by its deceptive simplicity. It is the result of the architecture practices sustained investigations into the Queensland vernacular, and the straightforward application and sensory qualities of utilitarian materials.

By identifying "the private house as a critical piece of city-making," the architects confer on this project a commonly missed role. In detail, the interpretation of the brief and site aligns with Fernando Tavoras idea that "each case is a case."

The architects siting strategy explores the potential of quiet suburban spaces and associations, apparent and real boundaries and notions of private and communal space.

The building forms, scale, plans, details, composition and sections acknowledge the suburban street-corner relationship, making beautiful connections with the carefully observed conditions of the site.

Auchenflower House offers an inventive model for working with traditional housing on suburban blocks and provides an intelligent and poetic paradigm for current practice."

 

Sustainability... The Future of Design

 
Designed by  Modscape

Designed by Modscape

With 2020 just around the corner I think we all believed we would be in our flying cars by now, instead we are grappling with the fact that we are slowly but surely destroying our planet and something big needs to change.

From a design and building perspective, one thing that we can do to help bring about positive change for the planet is to focus on sustainable architecture and design.  We need to build a greater and more sustainable world for future generations. By changing the way we look at architecture, design and building practices we can potentially combat some of the big issues and create innovative adjustments that will make a difference now and also moving forward.

Designed by  Archiblox

Designed by Archiblox

Eco-friendly architecture can mean many things but first and foremost it means green/sustainable building - ensuring the structure and building work is environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout its entirety, thus becoming a liveable design. Everyday more and more new construction technologies are being developed to ensure that we, as the generations responsible for ‘now’, are moving towards a sustainable future. We need to reduce our carbon footprint and celebrate renewable resources, which in turn will make an impact as soon as possible.

Designed by  Alpes Green Design

Designed by Alpes Green Design

Giving back to the environment through thoughtful, clever design and building will ensure that we slow the decline and aim for a more sustainable future. New technologies see us being able to use less water as well as collect it in the process and we can now save energy as well as create it. In addition to new technologies, designing a building to benefit from the natural flow of light and air is a valuable resource; taking advantage of what nature has to offer us from the beginning is the key to changing the way we design structures.

On top of everything else, construction materials play a big part when building for sustainable living. Using reclaimed materials, like wood, recycled glass, using biodegradable paint and recycled metal make a huge impact locally and globally.

Looking ahead can sometimes be a scary concept, however if we act more purposefully now, we can ensure prosperity for the future generations.

Designed by  BKK Architects

Designed by BKK Architects

This blog post is a part of Design Blogger Competition organised by CGTrader

 

No space, no worries... check out this incredible renovation

 
Architect: Apparte Studio | Photo: Christopher Alexander

Architect: Apparte Studio | Photo: Christopher Alexander

Apparte Studio has completed an incredible renovation on this single fronted Victorian Cottage that proves with the right architecture and design, limited space has no boundaries. 

This originally cramped, dark and damp Victorian cottage has been transformed into a light-filled, flowing and uplifting home, while still referencing the original features of the house. The project is unique in the fact that the architect was also the builder and joiner, which provided the opportunity to test out ambitious ideas and their consequences during the construction.

One of the special aspects about this project is the play of contrasts between the modest facade and what lies inside. Like a veil of camouflage, the front gives nothing away of its contents and remains perfectly anonymous.

This home is only 60m2... no that is not a typo! So the brief was "How might a professional couple live comfortably inside a formerly tight and dingy Victorian of no more than 60m2?" And to add to the challenge, an extension was out of the question due to budget constraints, so all changes had to be made inside the existing structure. 

Scroll down to see for yourself how they transformed this home into a modern, light filled inner city dwelling. 

 

A quick and easy way to brighten up your garden...

 
All images from Pinterest

All images from Pinterest

The garden trend of the moment is pots, well clusters of pots to be precise! 

You can use these babies to brighten up your courtyard, backyard, deck, balcony and wherever else you think needs a pop of green and some style! 

Odd numbers work best, so try to group your pots in 3 or 5, ensure your pots vary in height and in some cases that they also vary in size... this will give you the best display possible. 

Plant selection is also super important - do you want ever green? Plants with height? Plants that cascade? Succulents? Take a trip to your local nursery and have chat with them about the look you are after and they can lead you in the right direction. 

Happy Planting!

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You will be drooling over this gorgeous home...

 
Architecture:  Madeline Blanchfield   Photography:  Prue Ruscoe

Architecture: Madeline Blanchfield

Photography: Prue Ruscoe

If you follow me on instagram (if you don't, you can here) you would have seen me gushing over the stunning bedroom of this home a few weeks ago... and since then I can't stop thinking about it! 

This beautiful home was designed by Architect Madeline Blanchfield and is located in Sydney's Clovelly. It has sweeping ocean views, an incredible amount of windows which bathes the home in natural light, the most beautiful textures, materials, fittings and fixtures and just has an overall sense of softness that I have fallen in love with.

Scroll down to be inspired and to add some of these incredible design ideas to your wish list... I'll be adding the brass framed shower screen to my mood board!

 

Au79 Cafe by Mim Design Studio...

 
Images via Mim Design Studio - Photography by Peter Clarke Photography

Images via Mim Design Studio - Photography by Peter Clarke Photography

We are in cafe heaven looking at Au79 Cafe in Abbotsford, Melbourne. Our style crush Mim Design Studio created this inner city oasis and we are drooling over the interiors, and the menu too! 

The indoor garden creates an instant wow factor and a lovely relaxed garden feel - this paired with polished concrete, marble, brass and leather and timber detailing forms the perfect Melbourne cafe vibe!

 

Studio Tate - PDG Melbourne

 
All Images from  Studio Tate  - Photography by  Peter Clarke Photography

All Images from Studio Tate - Photography by Peter Clarke Photography

We love everything Studio Tate do here at Dot + Pop, and their latest collaboration with their long term client PDG is incredibly beautiful. PDG wanted their headquarters to feel more like a home or hotel rather than an office space and that's what Studio Tate have delivered!

Studio Tate said: "Paying tribute to PDG’s emphasis on high-quality projects and lasting relationships, our concept teased out the subtle sophistication of the tailored suit – made to fit an individual’s exact proportions using the finest fabrics, with every last detail considered, from the hand-stitching to button selection."

The design is split into three main areas: the entry and reception, Managing Director’s office and the work space. The materials range from stone floors, to hexagonal floor plates, to walnut timbers, tan accents, brass detailing and stone cladding. LOVE!

 

Exteriors... 5 of the best right now!

 
Canterbury Road Residence, Toorak by  BE Architecture

Canterbury Road Residence, Toorak by BE Architecture

Stone - It adds a modern edge and as we all know, texture is everything! Stone is the perfect way to incorporate another texture/material into your exterior and add some WOW!

Escobar Renovation by  Chen+Suchart Studio

Escobar Renovation by Chen+Suchart Studio

Steel - Super durable and very low maintenance - so a big yes to that! Steel is a sleek and modern option and the perfect choice for the minimalists at heart. 

House in House by  Steffen Welsch Architects

Timber Slats - I love vertical timber slats as cladding and the interest they create - the positive/negative space draws your eye in and the natural tones lend themselves perfectly to greenery and gardens.

Kerferd Project by  Whiting Architects

Kerferd Project by Whiting Architects

Shadow Clad - is timber cladding with a 'shadow line' between each board and I happen to love the look of this, especially since we used it on our last renovation. It suits almost all architectural styles and is super low maintenance and easy to install for a professional.

Cobourg Residence by  Trevor Horne Architects

Cobourg Residence by Trevor Horne Architects

Brick/Masonry - A classic but still widely used exterior product. Bricks come in many a shape/colour/texture/material nowadays so do your research and get creative.

 

The new Haymes Paint Collection is neutral and beautiful...

 
Wall painted in ‘Siesta,’ floor painted in ‘Shell Pink’ and sofa upholstered in the fabric equivalent of the Haymes Paint ‘Gem’

Wall painted in ‘Siesta,’ floor painted in ‘Shell Pink’ and sofa upholstered in the fabric equivalent of the Haymes Paint ‘Gem’

Oh I love me some beautiful soft neutral tones and Haymes Paint latest collection entitled ‘Blended Neutrals’ (Volume 9 in their colour library series) is right on trend.

The range is comprised washed pastels and incorporates 9 new colours that blur the lines between the more traditional neutrals of the past. Coloured neutrals inspire, influence and inform the shift to the use of more colour in our homes.

‘This palette with its nuances of colours and hints of something other than greyed out tones, is offering softer alternatives. A blend of flesh like tones, and hints of pink and blue hues, adds a more grounded and calming feel to interior spaces. A shift in the interpretations of what is commonly accepted as neutral offers a more playful, relaxed approach to these tones, injecting life and soul to interior spaces.’

Ok, so now just to decide what to paint in my house in one of these dreamy shades?!

Wall painted in ‘Siesta’ and floor painted in ‘Shell Pink’

Wall painted in ‘Siesta’ and floor painted in ‘Shell Pink’

Wall painted in ‘Siesta’ and floor painted in ‘Shell Pink’

Wall painted in ‘Siesta’ and floor painted in ‘Shell Pink’

Haymes Paint in ‘Sun Dew,’ a warm powder blue

Haymes Paint in ‘Sun Dew,’ a warm powder blue

Wall painted in ‘Sun Dew’ and chair on left upholstered in the fabric equivalent of the Haymes Paint ‘Gem’

Wall painted in ‘Sun Dew’ and chair on left upholstered in the fabric equivalent of the Haymes Paint ‘Gem’

 

Wheatland House, Neil Architecture...

 
Images Neil Architecture - Builder Hoodcon - Consultants Struct Plan, POMP, Eckersley Landscape - Photographer Hilary Bradford.

Images Neil Architecture - Builder Hoodcon - Consultants Struct Plan, POMP, Eckersley Landscape - Photographer Hilary Bradford.

We love a traditional heritage home with a super modern and contemporary extension and 'Wheatland House' by Neil Architecture is a winner in our books!

The Edwardian home, located in Malvern ticks all of the boxes and has been restored and renovated thoughtfully and meticulously.

"The double storey form, framed with contrasting timber and metal cladding, is punctuated by large windows set deep in to the façade providing solar protection whilst directing views into the backyard and parklands beyond."

 

The Dulux 2017 Colour Awards Winners...

 

The 31st Dulux Colour Awards winners have been announced and they are all incredibly inspiring and beautiful projects. 

Dulux Colour Planning and Communication Manager, Andrea Lucena-Orr, said the 2017 finalists presented works that delivered an entirely unrestrained skew on colour use, in line with this year’s theme of ‘Bold, Forward, Tilted’:

The Dulux Colour Awards looks to uncover the most inventive use of colour in built environments across Australia, New Zealand and beyond. Each year we look for the submissions that take creativity to new heights and this year’s award winners broke free of all tradition to deliver concepts that truly represent the future of colour and design.

The 2017 Dulux Colour Awards winners are:

Single Residential Exterior Winner Project: Burleigh Street House by ME -  Featured Dulux colours: Melon Baby, Ginger Crunch, Stella, Black Water, Duck Egg Blue, Night Life, Indian Summer, Mondrian Blue and White Watsonia  Photo by Christopher Frederick Jones.

Single Residential Exterior Winner Project: Burleigh Street House by ME - Featured Dulux colours: Melon Baby, Ginger Crunch, Stella, Black Water, Duck Egg Blue, Night Life, Indian Summer, Mondrian Blue and White Watsonia

Photo by Christopher Frederick Jones.

Commercial Exterior Winner Project: North Bondi Amenities by Sam Crawford Architects with Lymesmith -  Featured Dulux colours: Khaki, Straw, Teal, Opaline and Cootamundra  Photo by Brett Boardman.

Commercial Exterior Winner Project: North Bondi Amenities by Sam Crawford Architects with Lymesmith - Featured Dulux colours: Khaki, Straw, Teal, Opaline and Cootamundra

Photo by Brett Boardman.

Single Residential Interior Winner Project: Footscray Apartment by BoardGrove Architects  - Featured Dulux colours: Natural White, Black Caviar and Colorbond Dune  Photo Haydn Cattach.

Single Residential Interior Winner Project: Footscray Apartment by BoardGrove Architects
- Featured Dulux colours: Natural White, Black Caviar and Colorbond Dune

Photo Haydn Cattach.

Multi-Residential Interior Winner Project: Coppin Street Apartments by MUSK Architecture Studio -  Featured Dulux colours: Sulphur  Photo by Ben Hosking.

Multi-Residential Interior Winner Project: Coppin Street Apartments by MUSK Architecture Studio - Featured Dulux colours: Sulphur

Photo by Ben Hosking.

Student Winner Project: Carrara Baths by Taylor Chan from University of Auckland -   Featured Dulux colours: Osso Bucco, Tranquil Retreat, Fresh Lemon, Still Yellow, Window Blue and Brilliant Red   Render courtesy the student.

Student Winner Project: Carrara Baths by Taylor Chan from University of Auckland - 
Featured Dulux colours: Osso Bucco, Tranquil Retreat, Fresh Lemon, Still Yellow, Window Blue and Brilliant Red

Render courtesy the student.

Commercial Interior – Public Spaces & Hospitality Winner Project: The Pool by Aileen Sage Architects with Michelle Tabet -  Dulux colours: Water Raceway, Orchid Orange, Claypot, French Blue, Admiralty, APO Grey and Storm – Metallic Grey  Photo by Brett Boardman and Alexander Mayes.

Commercial Interior – Public Spaces & Hospitality Winner Project: The Pool by Aileen Sage Architects with Michelle Tabet - Dulux colours: Water Raceway, Orchid Orange, Claypot, French Blue, Admiralty, APO Grey and Storm – Metallic Grey

Photo by Brett Boardman and Alexander Mayes.

Commercial Interior – Workplace & Retail Winner Project: Financial Services by Futurespace  - Featured Dulux colours: Silkwort, Natural White, Colorbond Shale Grey, Navy Gloss, Brume Half, Zeus Charcoal Satin and Gunmetal Kinetic Satin  Photo by Sharyn Cairns.

Commercial Interior – Workplace & Retail Winner Project: Financial Services by Futurespace
- Featured Dulux colours: Silkwort, Natural White, Colorbond Shale Grey, Navy Gloss, Brume Half, Zeus Charcoal Satin and Gunmetal Kinetic Satin

Photo by Sharyn Cairns.

International Winner Project: Antarctic Heritage Trust – Hillary’s Hut by Antarctic Heritage Trust -  Featured Dulux colours: Pram point, Snow Cat, Ponder, Transmission, Heke, Dieskau, Underbrush, Rose Pink Villa, Sceptre Blue, Dusky, Fanlight, Murray Red and Vivid White  Photo courtesy Antarctic Heritage Trust.

International Winner Project: Antarctic Heritage Trust – Hillary’s Hut by Antarctic Heritage Trust - Featured Dulux colours: Pram point, Snow Cat, Ponder, Transmission, Heke, Dieskau, Underbrush, Rose Pink Villa, Sceptre Blue, Dusky, Fanlight, Murray Red and Vivid White

Photo courtesy Antarctic Heritage Trust.

Multi-Residential Exterior Winner Project: RMIT Bundoora West Student Accommodation by Richard Middleton Architects -  Featured Dulux colours: Electro Mid Bronze  Photo by Dianna Snape.

Multi-Residential Exterior Winner Project: RMIT Bundoora West Student Accommodation by Richard Middleton Architects - Featured Dulux colours: Electro Mid Bronze

Photo by Dianna Snape.

 

Jason Grant's debut tile collection...

 
Photography by: Jacqui Turk

Photography by: Jacqui Turk

Interior designer, stylist and product designer, Mr Jason Grant has just released his own collection of handmade tiles and we think that they are heavenly!

Jason joined forces with tile company Di Lorenzo to design the encaustic tile collection that is inspired by his love for Bondi and Byron Bay which has been appropriately named 'New Paradise'

The range is available in four shapes - hexagon, mini brick, diamond and square - and comes in seven beautiful pastel hued tones. Perfect for your bathroom, kitchen, laundry or for your floors, New Paradise will add a touch of the beach life into your home. 

“In this new range you’ll find subtle, muted pretty shades and neutrals, perfect for any space,” says Grant.

 

Fibonacci Stone Glass House by Sarah Waller...

 

Architect Sarah Waller spent 20 years conceptualising her dream home and found the perfect location in Noosa for her light-filled, midcentury-inspired design. Its chic, monochromatic palette is enhanced by Fibonacci Stone terrazzo tiles, which extend beyond the interior to blur the lines between inside and out.

Melbourne-based Fibonacci Stone is renowned for the design and production of beautiful terrazzo tiles and their application in Sarah Waller’s Glass House adds even greater sophistication to her home. Manufactured to last, each tile is highly durable and individually made to size, which means they are thinner and more versatile than other tiles.

Sarah Waller leads the multi-award winning residential design studio, Sarah Waller Design, which is location in Noosa on the beautiful Sunshine Coast. Nestled in the scenic Noosa Valley, the Glass House features the clean lines and minimalist details of a midcentury modernist home, such as a near flat roof and long expanses of full-height glazing, which help to create a wonderful sense of transparency. The monochromatic palette of the finishes includes black timber joinery and Arctic Ice terrazzo tiles from Fibonacci Stone, which extend from the interior floors to the floating patio to create a seamless connection between the two spaces.

Featuring a unique spectrum of pale greys and cool blue accents, Fibonacci Stone’s Arctic Ice terrazzo tiles provide a subtle and versatile finish suited to a wide range of interior colour schemes where a neutral, cool and textured finish is desired. Sarah Waller’s Glass House is an example of architectural simplicity at its very best. The addition of Fibonacci Stone’s Arctic Ice terrazzo tiles brings an extra layer of elegance to this midcentury inspired home.

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Jackalope Hotel, Mornington Peninsula...

 
All Photography  Sharyn Cairns

All Photography Sharyn Cairns

The Mornington Peninsula has a new luxury hotel - Jackalope. Situated in Merricks North, on an 11-hectare winery planted in 1989, Jackalope has redefined boutique accommodation. 

46 designer rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, some with private terraces overlooking the vineyards. Each and every room has a rain shower which is complimented by custom-made bath products by Hunter Lab, with larger rooms also containing deep-soak luxury Japanese baths.

The exceptional rooms and architecture were created by Carr Design Group, who worked in collaboration with Fabio Ongarato Design on the branding and graphics. One of our favourite Melbourne furniture designers Zuster created the elegant handcrafted furniture housed in the rooms and public spaces.

And for an added wow, the hotel entrance welcomes guests with a seven-metre-tall Jackalope sculpture by Melbourne artist Emily Floyd - see above image. 

Outside there is a super serene 30-metre infinity pool that offers views out to the vineyard and surrounding gardens - landscaped by Taylor Cullity Lethlean. See below image.

There are two restaurants – a fine dining room, Doot Doot Doot and a more casual restaurant and cellar door, Rare Hare; with interiors designed by Projects of Imagination. The Edwardian homestead 'McCormich House' situated on the property houses the hotel’s bar, Flaggerdoot.

For those unfamiliar with the name, a jackalope is a mythical rabbit-like creature with antlers.

"If luxury is defined by rarity, what is more luxurious than a creature so rare that it exists only in legend,” 

The eyebrow-raising names are all in keeping with the central theme: a Flaggerdoot being the collective noun for a group of jackalopes, with the Doot Doot Doot being the leader of a Flaggerdoot.

 

Style Source Book...

 

I love sharing new and exciting interior concepts with you and today’s is one of the best yet…  Style Sourcebook is a new Australian product sourcing and styling destination that has been developed to help you renovate, decorate and create different moods via the mood board functionality tool. 

It features more than 700 brands and 30,000 products so you really do have the interior design world at your fingertips and you can let your mind run wild with creativity. The site allows you to search for finishes, fittings, furniture and homewares all on the same platform, and then digitally style them via a mood board tool. How good is that?! 

Personally I know I can find it hard when I have a new project on the go and I have thousands of ideas and concepts to consider–  colours, fabrics, walls, floor, furniture, lighting and accessories; and with Style Sourcebook I can collect all my thoughts in one space and build on it coherently by adding inspirational images and notes alongside each of my designs. 

Style Sourcebook’s sophisticated drag and drop interface allows you to mix and match cross- category products to produce a collage of swatches and products that will visually help you define your style. You can then share your style on the site and across your social media channels.

I have created two mood boards for upcoming projects I am working on so you can see how simple yet amazingly effective this online tool is – I have a feeling you will all be thanking me for introducing you to this new gem very soon!

If you are in need inspiration to get your next project up and running, the site also enables you to view product styling ideas and expert advice from interior designers then contact them directly if you would like to discuss a similar project. 

Style Sourcebook was founded by Lisa Cousens who, after renovating her Edwardian home spent hours searching separate websites and driving around to collect samples and swatches from individual retailers. Lisa wanted to create an online destination that helped simplify this process to make it more time efficient and enjoyable. The objective is to bring all the products, tools and inspiration together across different retailers to help you create your perfect space.
 

 

JBC Residence by Mim Design Studio...

 
Collaboration: Nixon Tulloch Fortey Architecture Photography: Shannon McGrath

Collaboration: Nixon Tulloch Fortey Architecture
Photography: Shannon McGrath

We have the biggest interior crush on Mim Design and love love love everything that they do and create.. their attention to detail, material selection and all round amazingness blows us away each and every project they do. 

Our current fave is their JBC residence in Brighton, Victoria which saw the complete rebuild of an Edwardian 1930’s home. It was a collaboration between Mim Design and architecture firm, Nixon Tulloch Fortley.

'The interior reflects the clients requirement for a light, bright and easy living home. Contrasts through texture, form and material were essential in melding original details with new additions.'

 

Living Edge launches Les Basics...

 

Les Basic is a new and exciting brand of modular furniture by Australian designer Alexander Lotersztain which was launched at New York Design Week on May 1 and is set to be released in Australia in June 2017.

Les Basic is designed for the Australian lifestyle and responds to the needs of living and working today. The functional collection includes modular furniture, lighting and accessories that can be configured and customised to create comfortable and creative environments for the home or office.

A range of seating systems have table attachments and power outlets; chairs are suitable for indoor and outdoor environments; stools and tables provide portable options; shelving units are modular and scalable; and accessories such as wall and door hooks, lighting, clocks and vessels are modern and versatile.

Les Basics is available exclusively at Living Edge. 

Understated and elegant with subtle and playful design cues, Les Basic offers high-quality affordable design. It is also socially responsible with textile offcuts from upholstered products used to create the Les Basic wombat, which serves to reduce waste and provides a percentage of every sale to the RSPCA.

“Locally designed by an Australian company for the Australian lifestyle, Les Basic can be adapted and customised for commercial and residential settings as well as being perfect for the new apartment developments in our major cities,” says Jo Mawhinney, Head of Retail at Living Edge, the exclusive distributor of Les Basic.

 

Makers Collective POP UP SHOP in Richmond...

 

Makers Collective is a new pop-up store brought to you by furniture brands Felix Furniture and Beeline Design. The concept is a curated space showcasing both of their collections alongside a distinctive range of other Melbourne-made homewares.

Felix Furniture and Beeline Design first met while exhibiting alongside one another at a trade show and knew that their furniture worked well together when people kept mistaking their individual stands for a joint one. “We found our styles were quite similar and that our pieces complimented one another really well.” Says Antonia Morrongiello from Felix Furniture. With the same appreciation for high quality, locally made furniture, the duos joined forces to create Makers Collective in Richmond.

The decision to open up on the once bustling precinct of Bridge Road was an easy one, whilst the strip has seen a number of closures in recent years; “We feel it is going through a regeneration, redefining its identity and we are excited to be a part of it.” Says Antonia.

“Our vision for Makers Collective was to create a welcoming space that showcases some of the best local talent that Melbourne has to offer. We wanted a space where we could not only display our respective ranges but also compliment them with great pieces from local brands we loved” says Lucy Grant from Beeline Design.

And compliment they do, with their use of blonde timbers, natural leather and pastel tones. The space takes on a gallery feel, with the walls exhibiting original prints from Love Your Space and artworks by Jessie Rigby, who created a collection especially to compliment the furniture ranges.

Makers Collective also has a mix of up-and-coming brands including Rachel Bainbridge resin wares, Hide & Co leather goods, Capra resin pots, Soktas lighting, alongside established names such as, 3Square cushions, Uimi knitwear, and Luum pots.

“There are so many incredible local small business’ in Melbourne, we really wanted to be able to give them a platform where they are not competing with imported goods and really shine a spotlight on the amount of talent we have at our fingertips.”  Says Antonia.

The Makers Collective Pop Up will be open at 134 Bridge Road Richmond until July. 

Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 4:30pm  Sunday 11am - 4pm. 

 

Porktown MFG Furniture...

 

We love local furniture and Porktown MFG is on our lust list! Melbourne based furniture designer and maker, Matt Ropiha started making furniture out of the desire to fit out his own home, with thoughtful, custom pieces. His furniture pares steel with reclaimed timbers salvaged locally or from sustainably managed sources to compliment each other. Porktown MFG is inspired by the simplicity of mid century design and the result is long lasting and timeless furniture pieces.

"Matt's furniture is durable, solidly crafted, functional and unique. Matt works up-close and personal with each of his clients, offering the opportunity to customise each piece according to a person’s individual needs and the needs of their living spaces." says Porktown MFG

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Lake Eildon Houseboat by Pipkorn Kilpatrick...

 
Photography by  Christine Franics

Photography by Christine Franics

Anything designed by the amazing duo at Pipkorn Kilpatrick has me wanting to re do my whole house, however after seeing their incredible work on the 'Lake Eildon Houseboat' these talented ladies have me wanting to take to the seas!

Feast your eyes on the this stunningly designed interior project and let's all day dream about where we now want to spend our weekends...

 

"The stunning natural backdrop of Lake Eildon and its surrounds was our inspiration for this unique project. Natural, textured and sustainable materials were balanced with the reflective properties of the water to create calm and light-filled areas. All spaces were made to feel generous and flow-through achieved through clever space planning and through convincing the builder to raise ceiling heights beyond the usual and to eliminate claustrobia-inducing bulkheads by burying services between the ceiling joists. The ground floor was designed as a 'free flow of lounge, dining room, galley kitchen and helm', while the top floor was divided into living and a private zone (housing three bedrooms and a bathroom feeding off the corridor). We loved every minute of designing this space and the challenges it presented. " says Pipkorn Kilpatrick

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