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Make your wanderlust more fabulous with The Seek Society's eco camping gear
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Make your wanderlust more fabulous with The Seek Society’s eco camping gear

Look, we understand that camping is a highly practical activity but does that mean we have to sacrifice aesthetics? Those fluorescent plastic dome tents might be perfect for mountaineers hoofing it up Everest but for us laypeople they leave little to be desired. Camping gear has gotten an eco-conscious makeover courtesy of The Seek Society, a Sydney-based company putting a sense of style back into a pastime typically associated with roughing it. more

Architecture
Central Plaza One's The Annex to get a new lease on life with laneway development
Design

Central Plaza One’s The Annex to get a new lease on life with laneway development

There’s something so satisfying about seeing someone – or something – get a second chance. Time is often unkind to buildings, rendering them dated or with spaces that are underused. This is why it’s so exciting to see spaces in our city being repurposed and renovated, bringing them into the future for everyone to enjoy in new ways. A Brisbane City icon has been put forward for a new lease on life, with the proposed development creating some brand-new opportunities for the space. more

Architecture
South Bank’s growth mapped out in new visionary report
Design

South Bank’s growth mapped out in new visionary report

The southern bank of Brisbane River’s inner-city stretch is more than just a great spot to take a snap of The City’s skyline – it is a picturesque destination in its own right. For decades, South Bank has stood as a prominent meeting point, dining destination and cultural hub, and its evolution shows no signs of stagnating. A report by Business South Bank showcases ideas for the future planning of the precinct over the next two decades, shaped by input from South Bank stakeholders keen to see it the area expand into a global destination. more

Architecture
You can quit lusting after Melbourne now – West End is getting four new public laneways
Design

You can quit lusting after Melbourne now – West End is getting four new public laneways

West End has long been a popular spot amongst Brisbane’s trend setters and arty peeps. It’s hard to resist the suburb’s charm as a melting pot of different cultures – from the food to the people, this inner-city gem has a solid reputation as Brisbane’s capital of cool. The 4101 postcode envy is set to peak with the announcement of West Village’s plan to create four new public laneways in the precinct. more

Architecture
Get a special sneak peek at the iconic spaces of our city during Brisbane Open House
Design

Get a special sneak peek at the iconic spaces of our city during Brisbane Open House

A wise man once said, “If you had one shot – one opportunity – to seize everything you ever wanted … would you capture it or just let it slip?” While Eminem may not have been talking explicitly about Brisbane Open House, his words can definitely be applied to the event. On the weekend of October 7–8, visitors are provided with the super-rare chance to gain access to some of our city’s most interesting, iconic and often totally private spaces. Whether you’re an architecture die-hard, a bit of a design nerd or just have a bit of a curious streak, this is one weekend you won’t want to miss. more

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Join the war on waste with a handmade Planet Cup from Renton Bishopric Ceramics
Design

Join the war on waste with a handmade Planet Cup from Renton Bishopric Ceramics

Hoo boy, we’ve really done a number on old Mother Nature with our highly unsustainable habits here on earth. We could depress you with a number of alarming statistics that you may or may not be aware of, or we could tell you something easy you could do to make a tangible difference – we choose the latter. Cutting down on single-use stuff is a breeze, and one of the biggest culprits is the holder of our daily java hit. Swap out your disposable cup for a Planet Cup and you’re already a hero. more

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SkyNeedle Walk set to transform South Brisbane’s iconic monument
Design

SkyNeedle Walk set to transform South Brisbane’s iconic monument

Love it or hate it, the SkyNeedle is one of Brisbane’s most recognisable pieces of architecture. News has come down the pipeline of plans to transform the area around the SkyNeedle into a hub of activity, with a new apartment building and subtropical laneway turning the area around the landmark into a dream living destination. more

Property
Tim Gurner’s FV brings a slice of the Big Apple to Fortitude Valley
Design

Tim Gurner’s FV brings a slice of the Big Apple to Fortitude Valley

Ask anyone about the iconic architecture and design of New York City and there are several structures bound to get a mention, one of which being the Flatiron Building. The striking and unique skyscraper was ahead of its time, cementing the Big Apple’s status as a leader of the pack in the international design sphere. Brisbane’s skyline has gotten a serious upgrade with the addition of FV, the ambitious project from luxury developers GURNER™ that has been inspired by a true New York original. The first two towers of FV have just been unveiled and the results are pretty darn spectacular. more


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The Cove co-working space to launch in Newstead complete with premium perks
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The Cove co-working space to launch in Newstead complete with premium perks

Sure, co-working spaces are nothing new. With an increasing number of small businesses, start-ups and entrepreneurs breaking ground in Brisbane and commercial leases increasing rapidly, the traditional office set-up has been turned on its head. Coming soon to Newstead, however, is The Cove, offering a premium and unique range of services and facilities not usually available in a co-working environment. more

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Ken Done and Sheridan collaborate once more to hit you right in your childhood feelings
Design

Ken Done and Sheridan collaborate once more to hit you right in your childhood feelings

Anyone who lived through the 1980s would undoubtedly have fond memories of the work of Ken Done. Even if it wasn’t in your own house, odds are you would instantly recognise his vibrant, abstract art splashed over doonas and cushions across the country at the time. This was the result of an iconic partnership with beloved textiles company Sheridan, capturing the essence of Ken’s amazing work and giving his art a new life as something even more accessible and relatable. Ken has picked up the paintbrushes once more for a second collaboration with the textile giant, marking 50 years of Sheridan making some of the country’s favourite products for the home. more

Architecture
Brookwater’s Street of Dreams pairs desire and design as the perfect housemates
Design

Brookwater’s Street of Dreams pairs desire and design as the perfect housemates

Say what you will about the fastidious, but there’s no denying that planning really pays off. There’s a sense of calm when you enter a space that is not only functional but beautiful, especially because these two ideals seem to often be at odds with each other. The acclaimed Brookwater community proves that pairing these elements is not only possible but also highly encouraged, and its latest display village takes the concept to a new level. The Street of Dreams provides a taste of the future for those keen to build at or move to the exclusive master-planned community, bringing together some of the country’s most creative minds to make it happen. more

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Sip stylishly from memobottle’s new slimline vessels
Design

Sip stylishly from memobottle’s new slimline vessels

Staying hydrated is of crucial importance. No matter how active you are, you need to ensure that you are getting your fill of that sweet, sweet H20. Perhaps one way to remember to sip regularly is by choosing a bottle that is both stylish and functional so you can't help but want to drink deep. The vessels created by Melbourne's memobottle fit the bill perfectly, and the brand is in the middle of a new Kickstarter campaign for two new bottle sizes and a range of killer accessories. more

Interiors
Nood Co brings a concrete solution to home decoration
Design

Nood Co brings a concrete solution to home decoration

Furnishing your home can be a difficult process, especially when it comes to making a statement that is both stylish and functional. Nood Co is a furniture and homewares company that manufactures covetable products from concrete that evoke a fusion of Scandinavian and Australian aesthetics. more

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Drink coffee responsibly from a sustainable ‘coffee cup' by HuskeeCup
Design

Drink coffee responsibly from a sustainable ‘coffee cup’ by HuskeeCup

We all know that with coffee production and consumption, also comes wastage (duh), but the wastage begins a lot sooner than the fancy packaging and the end-user's non-recyclable paper cup. We're talking about the waste from discarded coffee husks – and there's a new start-up by the name of HuskeeCup that is aiming to reduce waste from coffee farms by creating reusable (and totally stylish) cups make from coffee husks. This is caffeine-fuelled innovation at its best. more

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Wrap your mitts around a gorgeous handmade mug from Next of Kin
Design

Wrap your mitts around a gorgeous handmade mug from Next of Kin

The best thing about winter is being able to don warm and comfy clothes, snuggling up under a blanket and sipping warm drinks. We know that just thinking about it gives you the warm and fuzzies, but just imagine how good it would be with a lovingly crafted mug to sip from. Next of Kin makes such a vessel to fill with your favourite winter warmer, infusing each piece with love and care. more

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Grow healthy herbs with minimal work with the Spacepot by Future Farms
Design

Grow healthy herbs with minimal work with the Spacepot by Future Farms

The word hydroponic gets a bad wrap. Let’s put the ‘stoner’ associations aside, when you break it down hydroponic translates to ‘water’ (hydro) and ‘work’ (ponos). Although hydroponic systems allow for bigger and healthier growth, the idea that it takes a while to set up dissuades many. Future Farms is shaking up the connotations associated with the word hydroponic, creating a range of low-maintenance herb planters that allow users to grow seeds easily. more

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Fill your shelves with charming handcrafted wares from Daisy Cooper Ceramics
Design

Fill your shelves with charming handcrafted wares from Daisy Cooper Ceramics

If there is one thing that can let down a delicious home-cooked meal, it’s serving it on sub-par plates. Why bother with the generic white plate sets when you can get your hands on some sublime ceramic tableware? Daisy Cooper is an acclaimed ceramicist that has produced some heralded collections of handcrafted wares. Daisy Cooper Ceramics are imbued with a sense of wilderness and rustic charm that makes each plate and vessel as much of a statement piece as a functional item. more

Architecture
The public art report for Queen’s Wharf opens up a world of colourful possibilities
Design

The public art report for Queen’s Wharf opens up a world of colourful possibilities

Regardless of your feelings about the current Queen’s Wharf development, we can all agree that this absolutely mammoth piece of real estate makes for a pretty prime canvas. Such a large and diverse space opens up the artistic possibilities to a whole new level, as well as a set of challenges when it comes to respecting the history of the space. An exciting public art report from Destination Brisbane Consortium has just been released for Queen’s Wharf, proposing some ideas and concepts that are sure to turn heads. more