hospitality

The Milton… Elwood Victoria

Located in my old stomping ground the popular Bay side suburb of Elwood, The Milton exemplifies the ongoing gentrification of the area and it’s rich literary and architectural history. Characterised by the once grand array of Victorian, Edwardian and Interwar architecture, which is sadly disappearing with each new development (but that's another story). Named after one of the iconic British literary figures, which define Elwood’s...

deceptively simple

Passing through rice paddies & villages, discreet way-finding signs and some very narrow passes, emerges a serenely beautiful form; it’s striking yet humble, quiet yet assured – immediately my curiosity is piqued. Located adventurously off the typical tourist trail in the southwest region of Bali, the award winning EarthCheck-rated Alila Villas Soori is a stunning boutique property by Singapore-based SCDA...

L’Hôtel Gitan Melbourne

The renovation of an existing pub located in Prahran, Melbourne called the Max Hotel. The building dates from 1939-1940 and there has been a pub on this site since the 1850s, which has gone through a number of incarnations over the years and is one of the best examples of Art Deco exterior styling left in Melbourne. Designed by

Manic life on Cocoa Island

From the stables of fashion icon and luxury hotelier Christina Ong, Cocoa Island by COMO, Maldives, is in no way, shape or form your typical cookie-cutter island resort. With architecture by Singaporean architect Cheong Yew Kuan and interiors by Kathryn Kng, the boutique property resembles a tidy fleet of permanently docked boats connected by a planked walkway, which...

The Juvet Landscape Hotel

We are all in search of new experiences, what's even better is when we stumble across visionaries that create the remarkable. The idea of a landscape hotel emerged as an opportunity to exploit breathtaking scenery with minimal intervention, allowing locations which would otherwise be prohibited for reasons of conservation. The Juvet Landscape Hotel is located at Valldal, near the...

Hello Barry from Melbourne?

Great bones and photography can really enhance a space, this is certainly true for this café, simply named – Barry! Located on the corner of Barry and High Street Melbourne, it's clear that Techne Architects definitely had a great base to work with but without their knowledge and experience the result could have been a catastrophe. The original façade of...

The Kettel Black South Melbourne

With ingredients such as house-fermented yoghurt, King Island crayfish and Flinders Island wallaby, The Kettel Black café has been described more like a breakfast restaurant than a cafe. Impeccably designed by Studio You Me the use of materials conveys a crossroads of the old and the new, with brass, marble, and birch each hearkening to...

Chickpeas with Style

When we think of vegetarian restaurants the typical picture that's imbedded in our mind is slightly grungy, a bit hippy and usually an interesting mismatch of finishes and colours. Of course the Parisians would have a totally different approach, style and elegance just seems to be engrained in their genes! Café Pinson X is the second eatery to join the Pinson family.  Slightly less rustic than its...

New religion

Dutch design studio Piet Boon has recently completed the transformation of the church of a former military hospital in Antwerp into The Jane, a gourmet destination that combines fine dining with a chic rock ‘n roll aesthetic. The Jane opened in March 2014, and consists of a main dining area which occupies the church’s main hall...