What’s new in the world of design: September 2016

In this month’s wrap of the newest developments from the design industry we go as far as Paris and as close to home as Bendigo. From open-air hotel rooms to an ice-cream museum, this month is full of quirky finds. Take a read…

When Gustav Eiffel built the world famous Eiffel Tower in 1889, he included an apartment for himself right at the very top of the structure. Fast forward to today and holiday rental group, HomeAway, have created a second apartment in the space by renovating a former conference room. Travel 187 feet above ground, and you can either explore Gustav Eiffel’s original apartment or stay in your own completely decked-out version – perfect if you’re seeking Paris’s most unique accommodation option.

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Photos: HomeAway

We all know that fresh air is good for us, but Switzerland’s Null Stern Hotel has taken this idea to a new level. With no walls, and no roof, the hotel is completely open to the elements and perched on the highlands of Switzerland. Conceptual artists Frank and Patrik Riklin wanted guests to experience a night under the stars and showcase Switzerland’s natural beauty.

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Residents of New York City are known to swelter over the summer period. Thankfully, they’ve been given a chance to cool down – by way of an ice-cream museum! The Museum of Ice Cream, in the Meatpacking District, is offering a sweet reprieve from the heat wave and is dedicated to the ‘deconstructed ice-cream sundae’. Visitors can wade through a swimming pool filled with sprinkles, immerse themselves in an all-chocolate room, seesaw on a huge ice-cream scooper and of course, treat their tastebuds to ice-creams of all kinds.

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Images: NY Eater

One of Australia’s most respected fashion designers, Toni Maticevski, is opening his archive to the public for the first time. As one of the nation’s more private designers, we have a chance to find out a little more about his world at the ‘Dark Wonderland‘ exhibition at the Bendigo Art Gallery in country Victoria. With a career spanning 20 years, Maticevski has created gowns for the likes of Princess Mary, Jennifer Hawkins and  Claudia Karvan, while two of the stand-out pieces of the exhibition are likely to be the Monaco gown worn by Princess Mary and the gold lamé gown worn by Jessica Mauboy for the 2014 Eurovision song contest. The exhibition is on now until November 20.