Transformer Fitzroy crams a whole lot of design delights into the one venue. Street art? Tick. Warehouse conversion? Yup. Garden greenery? You bet. But it’s the perfect composure, the precise balance of all these elements that saw it highly commended in the 2015 Eat Drink Design Awards.
It’s no secret that Melbourne’s got style in SPADES! Shovels even! I have spent a couple of years in this glamour-gorgeous city so I can personally vouch for its incredible design credentials. Think hidden bars, laneway delights, artistic hotels and retail gold in the suburbs. Here are just some of my picks.
Melbourne is renowned for little laneway treasures – filled with fabulous finds that you stumble upon, off the main drag. I discovered Chuckle Park a couple of years ago, chancing a sideways glance down an alleyway that literally stopped me in my tracks. SURPRISE! (Love it when that happens.)
You know you’re in for a treat when you’re visiting the world’s first dessert-themed hotel. Liquorice-inspired furniture, sweet wafting fragrances, in-room lolly jars. Put your Dentist on standby, you’re at The Adelphi.
Quirky, creative and fresh on the scene, The Larwill Studio in North Melbourne has already made quite a splash, living up to the standards we’ve come to expect from the fabulous Art Series Hotel Group.
Usually when I visit an artful venue it’s because I’ve hunted it down, researched it to within an inch of its life, heard the hype or doted on the designer. The Epicurean however, I completely stumbled upon by sheer luck in a tiny rural community an hour outside Melbourne. GOLD, I tell you! I found GOLD!