This is where I get my daily caffeine fix in North Melbourne. Set up by a couple of designers turned cafe owners, they make, in my opinion, the best coffee in Melbourne without the coffee snobbery and they also have an impressive menu to boot.
Soup Van: Stories over a polystyrene cup, edited by Keira Dickinson, a Melbourne-based publishing professional and a soup van volunteer, is the first creative collection of stories from Melbourne’s soup vans – the vibrant history and the incredible community that surrounds them. The book is incredibly inspiring, and I think it’s one of those rare […]
This is the Beginnings and Endings project. It’s a collaborative, interactive world map to help my Melbourne-based band Brightly share our debut album, for free. We wanted to prove that independent artists can still make a mark by throwing a metaphorical paper aeroplane and seeing how far it goes. When you join up, you get our new […]
Dana and Paolo from Lolic and Lime – the handcrafted bow tie specialists – are pretty much a match made in heaven. Paolo is Italian, and upon returning home to Melbourne from his annual family visit with a whole hoard of rare fabrics and sharing them with Dana in 2012, Lolic and Lime was born. […]
You Go Your Way, I’ll Go Mine is the debut album by Melbourne singer/songwriter Ainslie Wills (released on 4 March). Delivering on the promise of the 2010 EP, Somebody For Everyone, and recent appetisers such as Lemon Japan and Fighting Kind, You Go Your Way, I’ll Go Mine is just as charming as we hoped it […]
Reason number 88790 why being in Melbourne right now would be dreamy: The Urban Coffee Farm & Brew Bar, a lush, jungle-esque plantation popping-up in the city’s center. On March 1, Melbourne launched its annual food-frenzy, the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival. This year boasts everything from the infamous world’s longest lunch to master classes from iconic […]
Ponyfish Island is hidden under the Elizabeth Street Footbridge in Melbourne and surrounded by the muddy water of the Yarra River. The island is a great place to grab a bite to eat, drink a coffee or sink a few beers. A collaboration between Grant Smillie, Jerome Borazio and Andrew Mackinnon, Ponyfish Island has an […]
Cookie is one of those places. You know the type: tucked away, easy to pass by without batting an eyelash and frighteningly good. Hidden above Melbourne’s bustling Swanston street in Curtin House, Cookie takes everything you know about Thai cuisine and flips it on its head, adding a signature modern spin. If you’re looking for […]
Marsha Golemac is a Melbourne-based paper artist, visual merchandiser and designer who makes some pretty awesome art. Drawing on her Australian, Croatian and Dutch heritages, her work is an eclectic mix of styles and influences. A recent series of hanging artworks are particularly special; fluffy, bright pom poms and delicate paper prisms that hang like lost galaxies. Sparse, intricate and beautifully crafted, they would look killer in any home.
RMIT University’s newest study hub, the Swanston Academic Building, was completed in 2012 by Melbourne-based architectural firm, Lyons. The building is situated around a main center of intertwined escalators and stairs, which provide natural ventilation to the large, open student spaces known as “portals”. These “portals” act as a physical gateway to both virtual and real life information and knowledge. With over 80 spaces, including large lecture theatres, the Swanston Academic Building is a force to be reckoned with; an amazing stack of colour and movement that is sure to create wonder for many years to come.
Berlin-based Australian illustrator Molly Rose Dyson really has a knack for drawing food. Exhibiting her series Small Goods during 2011 in Melbourne, the Victorian College of the Arts educated illustrator has since dropped a new series entitled Sausages Etc. The series provides a deeper look into the often overlooked Australian ‘snag’ and is comprised of six pieces. With a great eye for colour, Dyson’s work is as unique and special as the subject matter she focuses on.
I met Simon Atkinson at a festival a couple of years ago and I’m glad I did. Atkinson clicks and snaps photographs like no one I’ve ever seen. His images – his music shots, in particular – are full of life, emotion and energy. It invariably makes me wish I’d taken them. Now based in Melbourne, Atkinson also has a passion for taking photos of people, bicycles and landscapes.
From Brooklyn to Hong Kong, Durban to Melbourne, urban gardening is on the rise. Adding a bit of green to the concrete jungle, clever urbanites-turned-green thumbs are creating hidden spaces to nurture and grow everything from vegetables to chickens to beehives. Pop Up Patch in Melbourne is one of our favorite projects to come out of this movement.
Did you know there are a lot of rebellious people working as architects? I recently came into contact with a Melbourne-based architecture and design agency called Assemble. Their message is simple: Australian homes are too big and too expensive. Did you know that our houses and apartments are on average 10 percent larger than those in the United States? Assemble are working on a project to make low cost inner city housing a reality.
Commissioned by Melbourne Metro Trains to raise transport safety awareness, this cutely morbid animated clip featuring critters with all sorts of death wishes — including falling onto subway tracks and getting run over by a train — has made our social media feeds go berserk for the past few days. It’s helped by its catchy […]