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

OUR TOP 10 FROM THE DEN

Touted as 'Australia’s leading destination for contemporary design + art', DENFAIR has just wrapped up its third issue in Melbourne. Although only in its infancy, DENFAIR has quickly cemented itself as a highlight of the Australian design calendar. After 3 days of carefully curated, high quality design experiences, in leaps and bounds it has landed with much accolade on to the world's design stage. Thousands of architects, interior designers, stylists, specifiers and retailers flocked to Melbourne's Convention and Exhibition from 8 - 10 June to admire the brightest talent from local and international brands. 

We have bookmarked our Top 10 designs and designers from this years exhibition - some are old friends and some are exciting new talents we can't wait to work with.

1. FRED INTERNATIONAL

As one of Australia's leading distributors of contemporary Scandinavian furniture we adore absolutely everything on display at the  Fred International  stand!

As one of Australia's leading distributors of contemporary Scandinavian furniture we adore absolutely everything on display at the Fred International stand!

2. IN-TERIA

We love these fabulous custom timber door handles, made in Tasmania by  In-teria. 

We love these fabulous custom timber door handles, made in Tasmania by In-teria. 

3. MICHAEL REID SYDNEY + BERLIN

With galleries in Sydney and Berlin,  Michael Reid  showcased the work of contemporary photographer Derek Henderson, featuring his recent   hydrangea series that explores subtly curated floral arrangements, expertly captured on large format film. The result is simply stunning. 

With galleries in Sydney and Berlin, Michael Reid showcased the work of contemporary photographer Derek Henderson, featuring his recent hydrangea series that explores subtly curated floral arrangements, expertly captured on large format film. The result is simply stunning. 

4. GIOPATO COOMBES

Giopato and Coombes are a dynamic husband and wife duo, creating inspiring pieces including one of our favourites - the Bolle pendant - inspired by soap bubbles! 

Giopato and Coombes are a dynamic husband and wife duo, creating inspiring pieces including one of our favourites - the Bolle pendant - inspired by soap bubbles! 

5. TAIT FURNITURE

We have admired the work of  Tait Furniture  for many years, and their presence at DENFAIR only confirmed why. Their gorgeous outdoor furniture collections were beautifully presented in collaboration with Melbourne firm  DesignOffice . 

We have admired the work of Tait Furniture for many years, and their presence at DENFAIR only confirmed why. Their gorgeous outdoor furniture collections were beautifully presented in collaboration with Melbourne firm DesignOffice

6. NAU

Under the  Cult  umbrella,  Nau  made its debut at DENFAIR 2017, launching with a large range of gorgeous indoor furniture that we can't wait to find a home for. 

Under the Cult umbrella, Nau made its debut at DENFAIR 2017, launching with a large range of gorgeous indoor furniture that we can't wait to find a home for. 

7. SPACE FURNITURE

Space Furniture  was one of the bigger players amongst smaller local brands, but they remain one of our all-time favourite suppliers. They displayed a range of contemporary classics from B&B Italia, Foscarini, MOOOI and Cassina . . . swoon.  

Space Furniture was one of the bigger players amongst smaller local brands, but they remain one of our all-time favourite suppliers. They displayed a range of contemporary classics from B&B Italia, Foscarini, MOOOI and Cassina . . . swoon.  

8. BONNIE & NEIL

The name  Bonnie and Neil  has become synonymous with bold patterns on floors, walls, cushions and fabric, and their presence at DENFAIR didn't disappoint. Their collaboration with  Byzantine Design  revealed tiles and floor coverings in the wild patterns they have become renowned for. 

The name Bonnie and Neil has become synonymous with bold patterns on floors, walls, cushions and fabric, and their presence at DENFAIR didn't disappoint. Their collaboration with Byzantine Design revealed tiles and floor coverings in the wild patterns they have become renowned for. 

9. MARZ DESIGNS

Marz Designs  released their new 'Furl' wall lights in collaboration with designer Christel Hadibawawa from  CHRISTEL H . The rolled brass or powdercoated metal make for a unique wall-mounted lighting effect.

Marz Designs released their new 'Furl' wall lights in collaboration with designer Christel Hadibawawa from CHRISTEL H. The rolled brass or powdercoated metal make for a unique wall-mounted lighting effect.

10. ARCHIER

Design and architecture firm  Archier  showcased earthy, ceramic basins at the fair. They teamed up with ceramicist  Lindsey Wherrett  to create these absolutely stunning pieces. 

Design and architecture firm Archier showcased earthy, ceramic basins at the fair. They teamed up with ceramicist Lindsey Wherrett to create these absolutely stunning pieces.