The Archi-Bottle Prize: design an arty wine label for Cake Wines

Zolton Editor

By Zolton in New Design on Tuesday 17 September 2013

We love this annual initiative from our friends at Cake Wines, an Australian wine company who, in 2012, launched the prestigious art event: the Cake Wines Archi-bottle Prize. The concept is simple: they’re on a quest to unearth the most talented emerging Australian artist and give them a Cake Wines label as a canvas.

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Melbourne street photographer Kid Kong

Andrey Varela Reader Find

By Andrey Varela in New Photography on Friday 13 September 2013

Sam Wong is a kid from Hong Kong who’s been shooting like crazy over the last three years around Melbourne. The guy has that real no-shame Ron Galella style approach that is conducive to getting intimate street shots that most people wouldn’t dare attempt. His work ethic is unreal, and he manages to document even […]

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New music by Melbourne-based Kirkis

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By Andrey Varela in New Music on Tuesday 20 August 2013

I met Kirkis about a year ago through mutual friends, and we got talking a bit at the café he was working at. At some point he casually mentioned that I should come along to one of his gigs. I didn’t realize he made music, and as every other kid in Melbourne seems to be […]

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Collecting Melbourne: portraits of locals by Andrey Varela

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By Andrey Varela in New Photography on Tuesday 20 August 2013

I’ve been taking portraits of people on the streets in Melbourne for almost two years now, since making the move from the United Kingdom. Upon arrival, I couldn’t believe how open-minded and friendly people were. I had never experienced such a welcoming environment that was so conducive to creative expression and collaboration. As a natural […]

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Roberts and Hassett footwear: A leather addict’s dream

Cormack O'Connor Contributor

By Cormack O'Connor in New Fashion on Thursday 8 August 2013

If you haven’t taken the plunge yet on a good pair of leather shoes, and you want to, you should probably go all out with a pair of Roberts & Hassett shoes from Australia. Made from local kangaroo leather, the boots are hand-welted with hand-spun linen threads and hand-stitched outsoles. I know, it’s a lot […]

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Botanical Cuisine: Raw, vegan delights in Melbourne

Cormack O'Connor Contributor

By Cormack O'Connor in New Food and Packaging on Wednesday 7 August 2013

Something that I’ve been really looking into lately is eating raw and vegan. I mean, I could never do it full time (I like ALL food way too much), but I think incorporating more raw and vegan products into my diet is a good idea. Luckily, there’s an awesome Melbourne company called Botanical Cuisine which […]

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Gumbo Kitchen: New Orleans-style eats in Melbourne

Cormack O'Connor Contributor

By Cormack O'Connor in New Food and Packaging on Tuesday 6 August 2013

While I was away at the music festival, Splendour in the Grass, I came across one of the finest food trucks that Australia has to offer – Gumbo Kitchen. Typically based in Melbourne, the truck serves up the tastiest New Orleans-style foods at various locations around Melbourne. Ordering up a big bowl of Cajun chicken […]

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Finding our inner muse at Melbourne’s Cullen Hotel

Elise Boyd Editor

By Elise Boyd in Cool Travel on Tuesday 16 July 2013

Located in Melbourne’s bohemian suburb Prahran, The Cullen is an Australian first; a boutique art hotel inspired by and featuring the original artwork and prints of Australian contemporary artist, Adam Cullen. We were recently lucky enough to be invited on a trip to check out the hotel in the quest to “find our inner muse” at the sleek Art Series Hotel.

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Melbourne’s Prahran Hotel: A pub with a difference

Cormack O'Connor Contributor

By Cormack O'Connor in Architecture on Tuesday 16 July 2013

The pub: a gathering place for mates, families and colleagues, but above all, an Australian institution. The one thing pubs usually aren’t, however, is architecturally flattering (unless you’re into super old buildings which have probably soaked up more spilled alcohol then your average alcoholic). The Prahran Hotel in Melbourne is a pub with a difference. […]

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Manchester Press: Fresh bagels in the heart of Melbourne

Cormack O'Connor Contributor

By Cormack O'Connor in Cool Travel on Monday 15 July 2013

On a very cold and rainy Melbourne afternoon, after getting caught in the drizzle, I was hanging for a nice strong coffee and toasty warm bagel, so I pulled out my trusty iPhone and found the perfect place: Manchester Press. The converted industrial space is tucked away in Rankins Lane (like any good Melbourne institution) […]

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Dumb Ways to Die: a brilliant Australian rail campaign

Cormack O'Connor Contributor

By Cormack O'Connor in Video on Friday 5 July 2013

Australians have always been known as good sports when it comes to making fun of ourselves. I think we might actually enjoy it a little bit as well. So it only seems appropriate that we would promote rail safety with a campaign called Dumb Ways to Die. The public service message, which was intended for […]

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Bring back the nap

Lost At E Minor Contributor

By Lost At E Minor in New Trends on Friday 28 June 2013

Now that the weather is cooler and we’re all giving our tracksuits a very frisky eye, our senses long for warmth and indulgent luxury. The chance to skive off from chores, snuggle into bed and enjoy one of the greatest treats of all: the nap. [Read the rest of this story here]

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Sitting is the new smoking

Lost At E Minor Contributor

By Lost At E Minor in New Trends on Wednesday 26 June 2013

Don’t fall off your perch, but sitting is the new smoking and your chair is out to kill you . No, really. This is the sorry state of affairs thanks to our increasingly seated existence. [Read the rest of this article here]

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Singular tree given ‘exceptional’ status

Lost At E Minor Contributor

By Lost At E Minor in Cool Travel on Monday 24 June 2013

On the bustling corner of King and La Trobe streets stands an old corner shop that time has forgot . The little Georgian-style house and shop nestled among the high-rise buildings is considered one of the oldest in Melbourne and was built in pre-Gold Rush Victoria. [ Read the rest of this story here ]

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Gate 228: an unauthorized street art exhibition in Melbourne

Darwin Cosico Contributor

By Darwin Cosico in New Events on Saturday 22 June 2013

An abandoned house in Melbourne’s inner north has been transformed into an unauthorized art exhibition. Six Melbourne artists (Tom Civil, Ryan McGennisken, Doctor, Be Free, Suki & Bon) used the house as their canvas. The street artists have used aerosol paints, stencils, printmaking, illustrations, and installation-based techniques to create their artworks. The exhibition was opened to the public last Saturday morning.

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