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DESIGN
Min Pin Shop
Melbourne-based Min Pin Design knows how to toe the line between eerie and cute. Founded in 2013 by the very artistically versatile Penny Ferguson, Min Pin's handmade jewelry, prints, totes and pillows have plenty of personality, with cartoonish...
STYLE
Georgia Perry Pins
As any keen eye has noticed, '90s fashion has continued to return to prominence in the past couple seasons. Though replacing band and brand patches are pins, and often cheeky ones at that. In a seemingly never-ending list of pins to covet, Georgia...
DESIGN
Mr Kitly + Decor Self-Watering Plant Pots
Melbourne, Australia's Mr Kitly is a store (and architecture studio and gallery) best known as a light-filled haven for all things related to Japan, good design and oddly enough, plants. For five years now the owners have been purveyors of anything...
DESIGN
Shuh Lee's Kaleidoscopic World
Shuh Lee creates with the boldness of Keith Haring mixed with the pure whimsy of a kid's collage art project. Using unrefined patterns and a prism of bright pastels, Shuh has developed a multidisciplinary style that should overwhelm; instead, her...
DESIGN
Rare, Obscure and Framed: Re-Issue Posters
Mass-produced prints add as much to a space as a tiny sprig of parsley atop an entree—sure it adds some color, but it's far from memorable or meaningful. Ditch the cookie-cutter dorm room pop-art prints in favor of something truly unique from Re...
STYLE
Diane Inc's Larry David T-Shirt
'Tis the season for holiday parties and spending time with work colleagues, immediate family, in-laws, second cousin's children, etc. The tidal wave of small talk can become too much for introverts and quiet types, so if you want to send a message...
DESIGN
Javi Design Letterbox
While many take careful consideration when choosing a mailbox, finer details are more often than not an afterthought, with most mailboxes conforming to a uniform design that serves a basic function. But if the front door acts as the first impression...
STYLE
Low Lives Swimwear
Melbourne, Australia-based brand Low Lives is less than a year old and their second collection is arriving just in time for summer—summer Down Under, at least. With laid-back, sporty one-pieces and bikinis that bear words like "Babewatch" and "High...
STYLE
Leisure Wear by Lovers Court
Melbourne, Australia-based Lovers Court launches their label with a debut leisure wear collection that doesn't discriminate between genders. Eschewing traditional fashion seasons for a more open-minded approach, Lovers Court was founded by Talia...
FOOD-DRINK
A Comprehensive Coffee Experience at Industry Beans
by Chérmelle Edwards Melbourne-based brothers Trevor and Steven Simmons recently departed the familiar streets of Fitzroy for London to receive the 2014 British Design Award for Restaurant and Bar Design for their multi-functional specialty coffee...
CULTURE
Grant Nimmo: Dreams That I've Thrown Down the Hall
With his latest Australian exhibition "Dreams That I've Thrown Down the Hall," Melbourne-based artist Grant Nimmo delivers vibrant mixed media works that offer a brief commentary on what he finds to be the frustrating state of contemporary art. Balanced...
STYLE
State of Folly Three-Way Bag
Carrying a clutch looks great, but once you need to use both your hands—whether for holding snacks, riding a bike or throwing shapes on the dance floor—the accessory can be a hinderance. Enter the State of Folly three-way bag, which transforms...
STYLE
POMS New GEMM Collection
Melbourne, Australia-based designer Adriana Giuffrida founded her playful and striking label POMS back in 2011, and while many of her designs remain true to the fluffy creations, her latest collection—GEMM*—explores new territory. The new range...
STYLE
Classic Cycling Apparel by Henri 1865
Henri Desgrange was a celebrated sports journalist, decorated cyclist and the first organizer of the Tour de France. He is known to many as the godfather of urban cycling and is, in fact, a defining source of inspiration for Henri 1865, a young...
DESIGN
Colorful Textiles by Arro Home
Arro Home—a new label from Melbourne—was founded by Beci Orpin and Adam Rogers after they worked together and realized they shared an enthusiasm for well-designed homewares. Orpin is a veteran (despite her age) of the Australian design scene. An...
DESIGN
Studio Visit: Two Hills Jewelry, Melbourne
On the seventh floor of the historical Nicholas Building in Melbourne you'll find the Two Hills studio, where Rhiannon Smith creates delicate jewelry entirely by hand. Inspired by everything from native Australian flora to ancient symbols and cave...
DESIGN
Studio Visit: Per–Tim
by Ariel Katz Creating lifestyle products and loungewear through fashion designer eyes stands as the mission statement behind new Melbourne label PER–TIM. Created by Bernadette Francis and Laura Albee Barton, their up-and-coming label is about to...
TRAVEL
Word of Mouth Melbourne: Late-Night
Melbourne is a city that prides itself on culture. From concerts to plays, club events and public exhibitions, there's no shortage of entertainment into the very early hours. But when the clock clicks over to a new day, the perfect place for supper...
TRAVEL
Word of Mouth Melbourne: Shopping
Melbourne might not boast the weather or the beaches of many other Australian cities, but it's a town that prides itself on culture and style. There is a myriad of stores from the southside to the north and everywhere between, all offering something...
STYLE
Emily Green Jewelry
Melbourne-based designer Emily Green made a name for herself by designing bright, handmade polymer clay necklaces a while back. She has since taken part in a number of artistic and home decor projects, ranging from creating crafty paper chandeliers...
CULTURE
Four&Sons Magazine
Following the overwhelming success of a one-off promotional print journal, Australia's Four&Sons—a design and culture publication with man's best friend its defining theme—has just announced a biannual print journal that will be distributed internationally...
STYLE
Unempire Socks
To say there aren't many creative sock brands around right now would be a lie—but that doesn't mean there isn't room for more.The latest brand to bring a smile to our face (via their feet) is Melbourne, Australia's Unempire. Using the always eye...
DESIGN
Melbourne Furniture Project by Sigurd Larsen
by Ikechukwu Onyewuenyi When MINI Australia tapped Berlin-based Sigurd Larsen to exhibit furniture as part of their temporary concept space, little did they know the Danish-born architect would translate his wanderlust memories of Australia's deserts...
STYLE
Witu Bags
Witu is a fun, Melbourne-based accessories label with a penchant for neoprene. The highly functional, protective foam is perfect for bags, camera straps and tech cases, yet it's seemingly a largely unexplored material among the accessories industry...
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