HOT: Characters & Spaces Walking Tour, Melbourne

State of Design has been over for a couple of weeks now, but because of scheduling difficulties I haven’t had a chance until now to do the Characters & Spaces free self-guided walk by Letterbox with my trusty photographer, RM. Character is a program run by the Communication Design Program at RMIT which ‘seeks to […]

HOT: 1277 Past Use By, Adelphi Hotel, 187 Flinders Ln, Melbourne

Another free exhibition in State of Design (seeing a theme here?), this time in the foyer of the Adelphi Hotel. All in Good Hindsight is a design practice all about sustainability, so they’ve come up with a novel way to use up all those millions of metcards Melburnians throw away every year. ‘1277 Past Use […]

HOT: Baking Architecture, 41 Exhibition St, Melbourne

I was pretty sure that I’d enjoy the Baking Architecture exhibition (part of State of Design festival) as soon as I walked into the foyer of the Australian Institute of Architects and sniffed the aroma of patisserie. Melbourne architectural practices and chefs have collaborated to construct delicious models of unbuilt architectural structures in order to […]

HOT: Visible Markings, Craft Victoria, 31 Flinders Ln, Melbourne

My favourite of the three exhibitions that Craft Victoria are hosting as part of the State of Design festival is Visible Markings. In a dimly lit room various pieces of armoury hang with ghostly stillness. However, the breastplates, collars and neckpieces have been constructed out of unexpected materials – knitted wool interspersed with leather, oak, […]

NOT: Morphed, Craft Victoria, 31 Flinders Ln, Melbourne

Simply put, I didn’t like Emma Davies’ exhibition Morphed (another State of Design show) because I thought it was ugly. The works were apparently inspired by Davies’ recent trip to South Africa and ‘the visual intoxication of busy streets, road-side performances, and the bustling Johannesburg market’. I didn’t sense any of that in the lumpish […]

HOT: UK Overgrown, Panelpop, 117 Brunswick St, Fitzroy

I’m a little disappointed that I won’t be in Melbourne this weekend, as otherwise I’d be completely immersed in State of Design, Victoria’s design festival. Fortunately, some of the events are open during the course of ten day festival. So today I decided to visit the venue closest to me, Panelpop, which is displaying a […]

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