Melbourne

6 Built-In Lounges

Getting creative with a small space, creating nooks to nestle in, or embracing a tricky site are all reasons for creating lounges that dip down, up or push back into a wall. Today we look at a handful of these creative spaces.

Like Minds

Being close to a project isn’t always the best thing. Leigh Elwood discovered this while refurbishing her home in Melbourne, which required the insight of people outside the circle, to get it right. Jenna Reed Burns reports.

Lush Oasis at The Terminus Hotel

The Terminus Hotel – or the ‘grand old lady’ of Abbotsford, is a Melbourne institution. Thanks to an inspiring collaboration between Sand Hill Road and Techné Architecture + Interior Design, it has a new lease on life.

Monochromatic Magic: Seed Store by Mim Design

Some retail stores make shopping entirely enjoyable. Seed's store in Melbourne Emporium, by Mim Design, is one. It's bold and charming and celebrates the retailer's iconic style.

Wood Melbourne’s Showroom Launch

After the success of the first range of timber bath spouts earlier this year, Wood Melbourne has evolved to include a timber–clad shower head and timber taps (in two hardware finishes, brass and chrome) and most recently developed a concrete range of basins, taps, spouts and shower heads. Here's the official launch - doubling as the showroom opening.

Shifting the showroom experience through collaboration

Collaborations are exciting and inspiring. Seeing two (or more) minds band together to create something new and unexpected makes us look on in awe, sparking the creative parts in all of us. This year, at Melbourne Indesign The Project was embraced with wholehearted enthusiasm. Entering a showroom meant being overwhelmed with surprise, excitement, joy and the urge to Instagram – right away! And the common element among all involved was collaborative engagement.

7 favourite pieces from Melbourne Indesign

Melbourne Indesign was not only for professional designers, but for those of us who simply have a passion for design. With dozens of residential brands exhibiting and launching new product there was much to lust over. Here is a small selection of our favourite pieces from the event – including local and international design, established and emerging designers.

LiveLife talk at Melbourne Indesign

Along with our talented panellists – Quino Holland (Fieldwork), Jeremy McLeod (Breathe) and Prani Hodges (Six Degrees), we discussed the good, the bad and the beautiful when it comes to multi-residential housing. It was great to hear the respect shared among the practices and the fact that their projects are together driving a move towards a better kind of communal living. A warm thank you again to our panellists, John Wardle Architects for hosting us, and everyone who came along. Hope you enjoyed it.

A design approach to living: Studio Pardon’s Home-Studio

Design agency Studio Pardon has made home their office, and their office home. The space has been carefully curated to fit living and working equally, and suits their philosophies to both life and work to a tee. We caught up with Lise and Ben, the couple behind Studio Pardon, to find out how and why this arrangement works so well.

Layers and Light: Renovation of a Victorian House

Alfred Street Residence is a light-filled family home in Melbourne. The renovation, by studiofour, plays with ceiling and floor levels, creates strong interior-exterior connection, and uses a calming palette as a backdrop for belongings.