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monochromat
Design

Wash up with a Monochromat tea towel

Ex-Brisbane, now Melbourne-based architect Phillip Nielsen has been busy sketching Australian floral emblems by hand to turn into prints for tea towels. Only 70 of the dish dryers were printed across two designs, sporting abstract patterns of the Sturt’s Desert Pea and Royal Bluebell. You can find these latest designs on the Monochromat store. Phillip also has an online store on Society6, which enables artists to upload their designs to the site, which are then turned into a range of products on a made-to-order basis. Find a selection of Phillip’s prints, including tropical pineapples and more abstract nature designs here. more

Architecture
myer centre brisbane
Design

The Myer Centre gains refreshed food court

Food courts are funny places. Fluorescent lighting beams down from overhead, casting your meal and the skin of the people around you in an odd yellow glow. The aromas of foods from greasy franchises and Chinese banquets mesh and compete to win over your tastebuds. Convenience is key, with the food and service designed to be fast, and your meal delivered in easy-to-carry packaging, ensuring you can eat quickly on the run, in the food court or back at your desk. more

Interiors
nooko & co brisbane
Design

Nooko & Co crafts humble furniture for your space

Focusing on design that is humble and functional, Nooko & Co is a young Brisbane-based furniture and product design studio. Inspired by space and how people utilise their surrounds, the brand encourages meaningful, considered purchases of furniture and homewares, so a room of one’s own reflects both the person and movements and motions for which the room is intended. more

Product
my verandah pop-up garden
Design

My Verandah hosts pop-up garden for Christmas

While we’re well versed in the language of pop-up shops, a new pop-up garden has hooked our green thumb’s attention. Run by landscape architect and outdoor stylist Johanna MacMinn, My Verandah is a residential garden design company, which helps shape outdoor pockets into green oases. While Johanna can usually be found pairing furniture and made-to-measure cushions with vertical gardens and potted greenery to create outdoor living rooms during the week, she’s paired up with the folk at Inspiring Beauty Medispa and Hidden Secrets Hair Salon in Toowong to transform the skinny space between the two buildings into a thriving pop-up garden. Aeriums, moss balls, vertical gardens, hanging planters and Pantone pots dot the outdoor cranny, with many a cacti, fern, succulent and floral foliage ready to be draped in ribbon and given as a gift for Christmas. My Verandah pop-up garden 137… more

Architecture
archipelago architects
Design

Designing a cityscape to be proud of

There is a lure, a fascinating pull, that draws us to visit particular cities of the world. Rich with culture and history, these cities, both small and large, draw us in, where the impressive facades of buildings captivate us in their construction, period style and fine details. more

Architecture
Archi-tour Brisbane
Design

The archi-tour: a local design concept

While touring architecture in our own city (think Brisbane Open House) and while travelling abroad is a commonly enjoyed pursuit, an archi-tour where architects get to visit the work of other local architects is an uncommon practice. From private homes to public bars, the doors to the prized creations of Brisbane’s architects are swung open to likeminded eyes in collaborative architecture tours. Taking an afternoon out from the daily grind, both emerging and established Brisbane architects hop between the latest finished projects of their peers to admire the lines, light and shadow, and intricate details, and to ask questions and give feedback. The Weekend Edition tagged along on one leg of a recent archi-tour to take a few snaps at one of James Russell Architect’s houses. more


Interiors
aesop brisbane
Design

Delving behind Brisbane’s Aesop stores

Every store is unique. Some resemble a lush private gentleman’s salon. Others, a sleek minimalist space. Whatever the design – and the intriguing window display – Aesop stores catch peripherals and turn heads with their commitment to design. more

Interiors
Wrightson Stewart
Design

Two Brisbane firms commended in IDEA Awards

Last Friday saw the Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) for 2013 rollout, with two local firms ranking amongst the winners. Wilson Architects in association with Donovan Hill Architects were awarded highly commended in the Public Space category for their work on the Translational Research Institute at Woolloongabba, while Wrightson Stewart gained a highly commended title in the Event category for its transformation of the bar space at La Boite Theatre. more

Architecture
Cooroy Library sets a new bar for rural design
Design

Cooroy Library sets a new bar for rural design

Delivering a touch of the contemporary to the sleepy rural town of Cooroy, Brewster Hjorth Architects designed the Cooroy Library and Digital Information Hub as part of the Mill Place Master Plan for Cooroy. Providing a vibrant connection between the existing art gallery at the Butter Factory and the main street, the project was awarded the Gabriel Poole Award for Building of the Year at the Sunshine Coast Regional Architecture Awards earlier this year. The building consists of two curved pavilions, with one dug into the slope of the site and covered by an earth-sheltered grass roof, which acts as the link between the gallery and the parklands. The environmentally sustainable design features a low-energy shell and a natural-light-filled interior featuring digital training and community rooms, a lounge, reading areas and a cafe that opens onto a large covered verandah. more

Product
lego
Design

Playtime continues with wooden LEGO bricks

The favourite plastic building blocks of our childhood have been given a facelift by Japanese design company Mokulock. Carefully handcrafted from maple and birch, these wooden bricks are biodegradable and treated to retain their natural hues. Small and big kids alike will find joy in these eco-minded toy alternatives, which are compatible with plastic LEGO pieces. Mokulock’s philosophy is to provide children who grow up in an urban environment with a tactile connection to nature in a playful manner. more

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Designer to watch: Skeehan
Design

Designer to watch: Skeehan

Canberra-based emerging industrial designer Tom Skeehan is doing good things. The recent graduate specialises in commercial furniture and objects for the home, with his work evident in a number of cafes and bars around Canberra (including Two Before Ten cafe, La De Da bar, Lonsdale Street Roasters and the Zierholz brewery). Last year, Tom was awarded the NSW and ACT Graduate of the Year by the Design Institute of Australia, and took out the top prize at the Graduate of the Year Awards earlier this year. In his latest prototype, the STAY stool, a minimalist aesthetic meets versatility and functionality of design, with the piece shortlisted for Inside magazine’s Interior Design Excellence Awards for 2013. Made from Australian hardwoods, the STAY stool promotes the use of sustainable material in design and delivers a tactile experience. Keep an eye on all things Skeehan here. more