AKD LOVES MELBOURNE

We are ever inspired by Melbourne’s best and emerging designers and brands, so we decided it was about time we packed our bags and headed south of the border to check out the design scene for ourselves!

Here is the official AKD diary of how we spent our incredibly inspiring weekend in Melbourne. We wandered in lush green parks, and vibrant urban lanes, met with our favourite designers and ended up dancing the night away in the Yarra Valley at Christopher Boots’ insane annual Halloween Ball!

Melbourne is calling!

Melbourne is calling!

Our very first stop was Weylandts, where we wandered through their warehouse full of boho-chic furniture pieces and an eclectic selection of stunning lights.

Our very first stop was Weylandts, where we wandered through their warehouse full of boho-chic furniture pieces and an eclectic selection of stunning lights.

Nicholas & Alistair offer unique pieces sourced all around the world. Original, vintage, colourful and very high quality… Hard not to fall in love with the duo’s gorgeous selection.

Nicholas & Alistair offer unique pieces sourced all around the world. Original, vintage, colourful and very high quality… Hard not to fall in love with the duo’s gorgeous selection.

A sneak peek into the amazing world of Christopher Boots! We were incredibly lucky to have a private tour with Chris of both the showroom and workshop, complete with champagne in hand!

A sneak peek into the amazing world of Christopher Boots! We were incredibly lucky to have a private tour with Chris of both the showroom and workshop, complete with champagne in hand!

Chris shared with us some brand new pieces that he and his team are currently working on. We can’t wait to see his stunning creations come to life!

Chris shared with us some brand new pieces that he and his team are currently working on. We can’t wait to see his stunning creations come to life!

We finished our first frantic day with a sparkle in our eyes, enjoying the glittering Dior exhibition held at the National Gallery of Victoria.

We finished our first frantic day with a sparkle in our eyes, enjoying the glittering Dior exhibition held at the National Gallery of Victoria.

On day 2, we met with the gorgeous lighting designer Nicci Green at the Articolo showroom. A very peaceful and inspiring space, we fell in love with her beautifully understated collection all over again.

On day 2, we met with the gorgeous lighting designer Nicci Green at the Articolo showroom. A very peaceful and inspiring space, we fell in love with her beautifully understated collection all over again.

Nicci shared with us some of her amazing prototypes that are in the pipeline! We are already thinking about ways in which we can use these delicate new pieces in our client's homes.

Nicci shared with us some of her amazing prototypes that are in the pipeline! We are already thinking about ways in which we can use these delicate new pieces in our client's homes.

The top two images are snaps from  Franque , a quaint boutique that is filled with divine antiques from Europe and stunning Australian art.     The two bottom images are snaps from Loom Rugs, they offer an incredible collection of new and antique rugs that feature beautiful and unexpected colour combinations.

The top two images are snaps from Franque, a quaint boutique that is filled with divine antiques from Europe and stunning Australian art. 

The two bottom images are snaps from Loom Rugs, they offer an incredible collection of new and antique rugs that feature beautiful and unexpected colour combinations.

We said good bye to colourful Melbourne . . . But before we hit the road for the Yarra Valley we made a quick stop in Fitzroy to enjoy a very satisfying burger at 'Brother Burger’.

We said good bye to colourful Melbourne . . . But before we hit the road for the Yarra Valley we made a quick stop in Fitzroy to enjoy a very satisfying burger at 'Brother Burger’.

Showtime in the little town of Warburton! Far from the city, down winding roads, nestled in the green mountains of the Yarra Valley we spent our final evening in a Masonic Hall Projekt 3488. The space is truly one of a kind and Christopher Boots’ annual Halloween Ball was pure madness!

Showtime in the little town of Warburton! Far from the city, down winding roads, nestled in the green mountains of the Yarra Valley we spent our final evening in a Masonic Hall Projekt 3488. The space is truly one of a kind and Christopher Boots’ annual Halloween Ball was pure madness!

The theme of this year’s soiree was “Futurist”, the party was overflowing with unique and crazy characters! Special mention goes to Neale Whitaker with his entire head painted silver.

The theme of this year’s soiree was “Futurist”, the party was overflowing with unique and crazy characters! Special mention goes to Neale Whitaker with his entire head painted silver.

Thank you Melbourne for having us for an incredibly inspiring design fueled weekend! We came, we saw, we danced, and we can’t wait to do it all again!

All images via ©Alexandra Kidd Design

SPOTLIGHT ON AUSTRALIA

At Alexandra Kidd Design, we love lighting! I truly believe that the secret to a well-resolved interior lies in the lighting layout and the selection of fittings. We design interiors that are based around flexibility, so
a room can be transformed and a mood can be created by the flick of a switch or the click of a finger (literally). 

The lighting industry in Australia has changed dramatically in the past decade. Historically, when local designers and manufacturers were still in the dark, we would source all of our lighting from Europe or the United States. This came with significant challenges with fixtures, fittings and wattages differing from country to country, not to mention the conversion to Australian dollars, shipping logistics, insurance and a contributing carbon footprint. Needless to say, lighting has been tricky to specify and a nightmare for electricians to install. 

However, in recent years we have happily seen the emergence of local lighting designers such as Melbourne-based Christopher Boots and suppliers such as Sydney-based Catapult who are representing very talented Australian designs. The craftsmanship is local and the results are beautiful. It is wonderful to finally see so many illuminated talented Aussie designers and we are thrilled to be able to source and specify their pieces in our projects.

Here, we shine the spotlight on a few of our favourite Australian lighting designers.

CHRISTOPHER BOOTS

'Christopher Boots is a Melbourne-based industrial designer, driven by a love of nature and light, with a commitment to nothing short of excellence. Having graduated from industrial design at the national school of design (Prahran, 2005), Christopher Boots has a background in product design engineering. An apprenticeship with lighting pioneer Geoffrey Mance followed, leading to a half decade training in various techniques of designing and making lighting.'  
Via Christopher Boots

Articolo

'Articolo's founder and design director, Nicci, has over 25 years experience in the world of design. She established the Articolo architectural lighting brand in 2012 and is committed to Australian-made, handcrafted timeless architectural lighting design. She works closely with a diverse team of artisans who have crafted their skills over many years in glass blowing, ceramics, metalwork, woodworkers and copper smiths.'
Via Articolo

BEN-TOVIM DESIGN

'The Up-Down Light by Ben-Tovim Design is a strikingly contemporary twist on the classic industrial age height-adjustable pendant light. The shade is stainless steel with two optional finishes as standard, with the counterweight in Obsidian volcanic glass or shaped river stone as standard. The light can be easily adjusted within a range of heights, from 900 to 1500mm, making it a perfect feature for versatile settings. Custom colours and stones are also available.'
via Catapult

MARZ DESIGNS

'Aztec is part of the Bright Beads range of pendants using a variety of coloured timbers, or all in Smoked Ash. These unique lights can be presented in versatile ways, professionally hung in a permanent fixture of simply hung from a hook in the ceiling. The design uses the latest in 3D CNC cutting methods, with 6 distinctly different arrangements completing the range. While perfect as a single pendant, their impact is amplified with clustered.'
via Catapult

 

PAUL TOWNSIN

'The Me Pendant by Paul Townsin is a handmade contemporary concrete light. It has a timeless aesthetic that, coupled with the durability of the concrete form, is designed to last for many years. As each piece is hand cast, every Me Pendant is unique in individual colouring and form, and is available in two finishes as standard. It is dimmable with the appropriate switch.'
via Catapult

COCO FLIP

'Designed by Kate Stokes and produced by Victorian manufacturers in small batches, Coco Shade was inspired by traditional Japanese spinning tops and is made from Victorian ash timber & powder-coated aluminium.'
via Workshopped

Image 1 via Christopher Boots / Image 2 via Christopher Boots / Image 3 via Christopher Boots / Image 4 via Articolo/ Image 5 via Articolo / Image 6 via Articolo / Image 7 via Catapult / Image 8 via Catapult / Image 9 via Catapult  / Image 10 via Catapult / Image 11 via Catapult / Image 12 via Catapult / Image 13 via Workshopped / Image 14 via Workshopped