What’s new the world of design: Mother’s Day Edition
With Mother’s Day fast approaching, we’ve curated a mum-friendly edition of our wrap of the latest and best from the world of design. From quirky, kitsch mini-golf to a new look Aesop store and a favourite design magazine celebrating half a century, there is plenty in store for your mum – and yourself – to enjoy this month.
Having worked on the first incarnation of the store about ten years ago, Clare Cousins Architects (CCA) were again tasked with rejuvenating Aesop’s Fitzroy retail space. With the suburb bustling with creative studios, galleries and independent retailers, CCA decided to create a ‘welcome sense of quiet’ and explore the ‘nostalgic domestic ritual’.
The team kept the shop front understated from the street, and did little structural work inside to the existing steel windows, steel beams and concrete slab. The main changes were made with the introduction of an insitu-cast concrete vessel fitted with delicate, aged brass tapware – a reference to Fitzroy’s early blacksmith industry, the Italian ‘Rosa Salmonato’ marble bench top and blush-toned curtains to ‘mediate levels of privacy between zones’.
Images from here.
Holey Moley Golf Club
Part bar, part mini-golf kitsch, Holey Moley Golf Club is Little Bourke Street, Melbourne’s newest addition. The 27-hole course will see you navigate a Game of Thrones hole, a large-scale turntable, a Simpsons lounge and a Pac-Man with ghost obstacles.
Dreamt up by Fun Lab, the owner of Strike Bowling and Sky Zone Trampoline parks, the company’s CEO Michael Schreiber says the course will continue to evolve over time, while maintaining its tongue in cheek, colourful and pop culture vibe. Perfect for a girls day out.
Images above by Simon Shiff from here.
Vogue Living celebrates 50 years
Whether it was with your grandma, your mother or yourself, there’s a strong possibility that Vogue Living found its way into one of your hands over the years. This month the magazine celebrates is 50th anniversary, and it did so in style with an intimate breakfast at Melbourne’s Vue de Monde. The 50th edition cover features an exclusive artwork created by Dinosaur Designs and photographed by Edward Urrutia. The magazine is now under the direction of editor-in-chief Neale Whitaker, formerly at the helm of Belle until late last year. Pick up a copy for you and your mum!
Images: Vogue Living
Wedgwood and Lee Broom Collaboration
The iconic tableware brand Wedgwood has revealed a new collaboration with designer Lee Broom that’s a far cry from the delicate and dainty pieces you might expect. Bringing in Broom’s bold and colourful approach to design, the pieces are inspired by some of Wedgwood’s most iconic historical designs such as the Jasperware and the Panther Vase. But be quick – there are only 15 of each piece available.
This is one to add to the wish list: a trip to Japan to explore the whimsical Nacrée restaurant. Tucked into an industrial site, this eatery sees acrylic cylinders filled with globes suspended from the ceiling, while the ‘walls’ are formed from curves of more acrylic cylinders, decorated with acrylic flowers. The result is a space where the light is diffused and a sense of movement is prevalent… almost like a futuristic garden.
Images from here.