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The Christmas round-up: gifts for design lovers
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The Christmas round-up: gifts for design lovers

Those who appreciate good design can be a frightfully tricky bunch to buy gifts for. You know, they’re the ones with apartments that look like they’re straight out of a lifestyle blog, have the most enviably chic wardrobes, and they certainly don’t mess around with tasteless junk. If there’s a design lover in your life that has got you stumped for gift ideas, never fear – we’ve rounded up some swell options that won’t get relegated to the re-gifting pile (or the bin). more

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Mega entertainment precinct Brisbane Live takes a step closer to becoming a reality
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Mega entertainment precinct Brisbane Live takes a step closer to becoming a reality

The future is bright for Brisbane’s live music and entertainment scene as one of the most ambitious projects ever proposed for the city takes a big step closer to fruition. A report from The Courier-Mail indicates that the Brisbane Live project has received bi-partisan support from both sides of the state government, with the impressive addition set to be delivered by the Cross River Rail Development Authority in partnership with AEG-Ogden. more

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The future is now – Uber Elevate is the high-flying service set to change the way we travel
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The future is now – Uber Elevate is the high-flying service set to change the way we travel

How dope is living in an age of serious technological advancement? The lives that we are living now are filled with stuff that we could have scarcely dreamed about ten years ago. Things are moving so fast that we’re seeing progress above and beyond, and though we may be lagging behind in the human rights department (c’mon, marriage equality!) there are some things happening in the world that are pretty bloody exciting. One such thing is Uber Elevate, the brand-new initiative from the ridesharing giants that plans to take our commute sky-high – literally. more

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Calling all potheads – Arc + Family brings a slice of tropical pastel paradise to James Street
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Calling all potheads – Arc + Family brings a slice of tropical pastel paradise to James Street

Plant culture is having a real moment and quite frankly we are living for it. Being a green thumb used to be relegated to retirees and suburban mums, but now it’s genuinely cool to have an active interest in horticulture. We’re filling our houses with more plants than you can poke a watering can at, so it makes sense that the need for pretty pots to pop them in is real. One of Brisbane’s favourite purveyors of such goods is Arc + Family, bringing its beloved selection of handmade wares to a charming space on James Street. more

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W Brisbane unleashes its five-star fantasy on the CBD landscape
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W Brisbane unleashes its five-star fantasy on the CBD landscape

There was a powerful man that once said, “You can have whatever you like” but for most of us this sentiment remains a mere pipedream. We’re all familiar with the fantasy of renting out a ridiculously baller hotel room and just going to town on the facilities in a binge of pure hedonism, but rarely is it possible to find a venue that would actually match up to these sky-high expectations. Well, folks, the game is about to change rather significantly. The Brisbane CBD is set to welcome a very fancy newcomer in early 2018 – W Brisbane is arriving to make your wildest dreams a reality. more

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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


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

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South Bank’s growth mapped out in new visionary report
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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
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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

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

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

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

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Nood Co brings a concrete solution to home decoration
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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