Creative culture @Fringe Furniture

Missed me bubble tea?  It’s been hella hectic with lots of exciting things happening at work and school… soo crazy that I almost forgot about Melbourne Fringe Furniture!  The temporal theme this year is ‘You’re Gonna Need  A Bigger Boat: Bright Ideas, Simply Put’.  Hmmm.  Inspired by the movie classic Jaws (WT?) that I may or may not have actually watched ever, the focus is on the “simple expression of challenging concepts” (cue Jaws soundtrack!)  Partnered with RMIT University, we can expect to see samples of sensational student work #woohoo

The exhibition is located this year in the angelic Abbotsford Convent.  Is it just me, or does anyone else feel like they are the ‘meh’ in mainstream whenever they are in the City of Yarra?  Not jelly I swear, but damn those locals look sooo ridonculously cool with their lentil burgers and locally sourced organic wine #hipsteralert.  But I digress.  Anywho, if any of you get hopelessly lost like me, the gallery space is around the corner from the white building on your left when you enter the convent.  When you see the sign in the photo above, keep going and turn left again!  Please do not mind all those industrious looking peeps bumping in to film something (I knew I should have put my lashes on today *argh*)

Gotta love the splash on Pantone’s colour of the year ‘Tangerine Tango‘ to greet you upon arrival  #tastytasty

 

#51 Spume by Jo Li & Mark Watson (18mm laminated board) 1500x2200x700mm

#7 I am a Liar by Byron Raleigh (mock solid timber door – MDF, Radiata Pine, CNC router cut lettering) 2040x820x35mm

Under the sea, under the sea, darling it’s better, down where it’s wetter, take it from me…

#50 Trap V2 by Graheme Mandelson (plywood) 40x50x1200mm

#36 Renaissance by Thomas Lentini (reclaimed Baltic pine floorboards, reclaimed hessian coffee sacks, reclaimed steel) 450x1400x450mm

Is anyone else thinking Coco Pops bling right now? #lightfittinglove

#43 Weave pendants by Edward Linacre (reclaimed timber veneers from an industrial waste bin, brass double cap rivets, steel fittings, light fixtures by Pakumba) 850/650x800mm or 800/600x600mm

We’re going, going, back, back, to Cali, Cali…

We are truly blessed in Melbourne with so much homegrown talent in our hood #3000represent

#34 Tree by Cachet (bamboo plywood, glass) 395x1542x522mm

Although we’ve come, to the end of the road…

#39 Rough diamond pendants by Jonathan Ben-Tovim (old copper coil from air conditioners, steel wire, fishing thread) 1200x860x800mm

Winner of ‘Lighting Design Award‘, this showstopper was definitely my pick of the bunch!

Make sure you put your riding boots on and trek over the Yarra as soon as you can, the exhibition is on 11-5pm until this Saturday – eeek!

Ciao for now, brown cow!  Happy drooling xoxo

2012 Fringe Furniture @the Abbotsford Convent

1 St Heliers Street Abbotsford

Wednesday 26 September-Saturday 13 October 2012

http://fringefurniture.melbournefringe.com.au/upcoming-exhibitions/

Feelin’ fine @Grand Designs

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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