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How do you do coochie boo?  Had a wonderful weekend checking out Grand Design Live‘s inaugural Melbourne event at MCEC, where I soon realised that I still have not gotten over my thang for timber…

RMIT outdoor feature 1

Check out all the amazing RMIT landscape architecture outdoor features located in the Grand Outdoors section…

Aren’t they stunning?

Promoted as a celebration and challenge to traditional design, the installation is “an exploration of aggregation in nature… what DO bees know?”

It’s a toss up for me between the pic above and the featured image for the post as my fave translation, what about you?

How charming are these bronze giant snails and birdbaths from Willie Wildlife Sculptures?  All their delectable designs are made just down the (Great Ocean ) road in Ocean Grove

I have been a massive fan of Who Did That since I snipered them at Design:Made:Trade over two years ago.  100% Tassie designed and made using eco-veneers, their Grandeliers lighting range is flat packed fabulous and sustainably sexy!

I am apparently not the only one who feels this way, with Who Did That recently winning the much coveted Maison et Objet ‘Les Découvertes’ award for their entire product range #CongratsLoz&James

Headed into the Grand Interiors section to check out another student exhibition called Rooms by Design, there was really much else that tickled my fancy!  Created by third year interior designers-to-be from Whitehouse Institute of Design, the collaboration showcased the design brief of their three finalists.  The image above and below is a study of personal space called ‘Zenith’ by Victoria Allan.

I wonder if the wooden bowl in the bottom middle shelf is from the Ifugao collection at H&H?

The image above and below are by Jordan Christodoulou‘s concept of organic technology called ‘Renewal’…

How clever are the floating shelves made out of books?

Last by no means least is ‘Meditation’ by Natasha Busbridge.  Definitely my fave out of the three, although I do seem to be a sucker for bathrooms… does anyone else have a weird weakness for wet areas?

On a really awkward segue, guess who I ran into in this area?  One of my fave designers, Adele Bates who has recently opened her own practice!  As one of the Saturday Indesign insiders in Melbourne this year, the very talented specifier was also one of the mentors for the Whitehouse competition.  What a woman #inspiration

My last stop for the day was local lovin’ Melbourne Movement.  With the objective of making manufacturers, retailers and consumers become aware of the value of good design, the collective “promotes the design excellence of young Australian designers” (awww!)  The image above are the Corporate Culture Design Pitch 2011 winning Monkey Pots by Adam Cornish, inspired by mid century classic toy ‘Barrel of Monkeys

If you have not seen the Solaris clock by DIA member Tate Anson you have been missing out!  The award winning accolades of the former RMIT Industrial Design student include the Colourways Industrial Design Graduate of the Year Award (GOTYA), Furnitex‘s ViViD Award in Best Student category and Indesign Award at Launch Pad.

As a long time lover of Melbourne design, I was pretty pleased to see so many home grown representatives at Grand Designs Live, my only wish that some were actually from Swinburne!  The exhibition was by far the most inspiring and innovative that I have been to for awhile now (and trust me, I get around!)

Ciao for now carabao, happy drooling xoxo

Grand Designs Live Melbourne @MCEC

2 Clarendon Street Southwharf

Friday 21- Sunday 23 September 2012

http://www.granddesignslive.com.au/location/melbourne.aspx

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16 thoughts on “Feelin’ fine @Grand Designs

  1. I went to this!! And met Kevin <3. Did you see him talk? Loved all the student displays and the plant wall near the Miele display. I would have liked to see more interiors and room layouts, but I suppose space was a bit limited. I went on the Saturday and found there were sooooo many people in the way of having a good look at things! I loved the Grandeliers as well, they were something that really stood out for me and it was really nice to see a lot of Melbourne Designers getting their stuff out there. There’s a book called ‘Handmade in Melbourne’ which showcases a lot of little known Melbourne designers. I got the book last year and but they have an app now and I have discovered some really interesting designers. Have a look :)
    http://www.handmadeinmelbourne.com.au/

  2. i am bowled over by the talent that can be found there in melbourne! and hey, perfect timing in posting this article (esp the pix!) cos i’m about to start finishing 3 units and i now have the answer to a few problems – thanks chickee dee! ;-)

    • My pleasure Tita Gie, hope you can visit us soon so we can explore this tantalisingly talented town together xoxo

  3. great ideas especially for people like me who love the unique and unusual! continue on please on giving us these features—i love it! later then alligator!! :)

    • So glad you likey! Will definitely try and mix up my posts from just cafes with events and exhibitions xoxo

  4. wow,
    Inspirational arcitecture and art pieces.

    Thanks so much for exposing me to a creative side of Melbourne I never knew existed.
    I can see your passion for your craft infused in your chose of imagery and design layout. What a awesome blog.

    I especially enjoyed looking at the Grandeliers lighting range, so creative and unique.

    cheers, sky

    • Thanks heaps sky! We are really lucky in Melbourne as we are so spoilt for choice with design events and exhibitions throughout the year, make sure you keep an eye out for them! I have just uploaded a review on Fringe Furniture which is on until this Saturday… Highly recommend to check it out if you can xoxo

    • Hahaha! No food in this one hun, just a focus on some yummy local design ;) Didn’t you like any of the products featured? Maybe you can suggest the next cafe I check out xoxo

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