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Design Hunting in Australia

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Australia is not all stubbies and thongs! Discerning cool hunters will find intriguing architecture, design and fashion across the country. Foodies can wander into the beautiful interiors of Melbourne's Baker D Chirico and any number of restaurants headed by chef Andrew McConnell, including the new Supernormal, find hotel design at the art-focused The Cullen in Melbourne or QT in Sydney, and then shop for more sartorial design in Sydney's Paddington. Australians are more design savvy than ever.
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178 Faraday St, Carlton VIC 3053, Australia
The stunning Baker D. Chirico does some of the best bread in Melbourne. This place is all about quality, premium bread, and that means high prices. But with those prices and at that standard, it comes with a pretty stunning design and store fit...
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84 Balcombe Rd, Mentone VIC 3194, Australia
Last October, fashion industry veteran Sarah Shannon opened this colorful housewares store in the suburb of Mentone. Shop for Turkish rugs and kantha embroidered quilts from Australian companies such as The Family Love Tree. This appeared in the...
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Brookfield Place, 125 St Georges Tce, Perth WA 6000, Australia
The old print house for The West Australian newspaper has been reborn as the ambitious multi-venue Print Hall Bar & Dining Room. The printing presses are long gone, but the space’s soaring columns and intricate art deco details remain. The ground...
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1/130 Macquarie St, Hobart TAS 7000, Australia
by Jennie Nunn On a tree-lined street just outside downtown, Store & Co sells vintage, recycled, and handcrafted products out of a 19th-century Georgian building. Owner Sandy Robinson stocks the space with Savon de Marseille soaps and Zetta ...
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245 Wilson St, Eveleigh NSW 2015, Australia
Located in Darlington, Carriageworks is both an experience in art and space. The building has been restored with an exceptional sensitivity to keep the historical roots intact and visible. In addition to housing contemporary arts practitioners,...
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1/85 Dunning Ave, Rosebery NSW 2018, Australia
In the Sydney suburb of Roseberry lies an unsuspecting warehouse space that is home to Koskela, a fantastic treasure trove of home furnishings, jewellery, kitchenware and unique artifacts from Australian designers. (photo: Leanna Maione)
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49 Market St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
The Gowings and State Theatre buildings in Sydney's Central Business District (CBD) have been revamped to create the new designer hotel, QT Sydney. Its interiors feature edgy art and installations, even in the elevator. Bold colors and quirky...
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100 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000, Australia
A little out of place in Perth’s St. Georges Terrace business strip, Greenhouse Restaurant is a delicious dining experiment, built with 100 percent recyclable materials. Beat the crowds and arrive for breakfast, when executive chef Matt Stone...
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Hanson Bay Rd, Kingscote SA 5223, Australia
Possibly one of the best lodges I've ever stayed in. Kangaroo Island is a 17-minute flight from Adelaide and the drive to the lodge is 50-minutes. You will see tons of wildlife including kanagroos, koalas and exotic birds. The food and...
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North Adelaide SA 5006, Australia
This is a good place to buy some beautiful furniture, jewelry and other crafts. What makes it really special is the chance to go upstairs where the craftspeople have studios where if you are lucky you can catch them working.
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9 Hosier Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Aerosol-wielding artistsfrom around the world have lefttheir mark on Melbourne. HosierLane, declared a “graffiti tolerancezone” by the city council, containsthe area’s densest collectionof spray-painted masterpieces. —Chris Baty This appeared in...
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Melbourne VIC, Australia
Whilst walking down the steps to reach the enchanting blues of the ocean. I couldn't help but be drawn to the way the light way contrasting on the top of the dry grass pictured. Also with the softness of the sea and rugged rocks in the background...
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339 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021, Australia
Dinosaur Designs immediately draws you into a new, visual and tactile world that you're not quite sure where to place in your mind. And then you pretty much want to own everything they've ever produced. (I did). I was lucky to meet Louise Olsen...
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Elizabeth St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
When walking through the streets of downtown Sydney, or anywhere for that matter, it is wise to explore the path less traveled. Poets argue it makes all the difference. Call them "local trails." The arterial streets of the heart of Australia's...