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Our Sustainable Summer Edit + Giveaway!

With Christmas just around the corner, responsible gift giving is at the forefront of our minds.We totally understand what it’s like to be swept up by holiday hype and advertised bargains when shopping, but don’t forget to also consider the following before you shop: • Product origin. Locally ...

Get Your Goals In Check, With These Original Artworks By Beci Orpin x kikki.K

As the new year rolls around at an alarming pace, kikki.K has recently conducted a survey to explore a little more of the psychology and priorities about the goals we set for ourselves. Three key trends emerged from their research for New Year’s resolution priorities – Health and Wellbeing, Fami...

A Magically Restorative Waterfront Getaway In Tasmania

Sarah Andrews lives life on her own terms – but this wasn’t always the case. For years, she tried to live a regular life, (‘wife, mortgage, stuff, job’) but what she really longed for was to be on the road, with no one to check in with, and nowhere to be.This pipe dream eventually ...

Beatrice Preston Zly, Product Packaging Designer at Aēsop

When Beatrice Preston Zly was coming to the end of her VCE year, she admits that she wasn’t too concerned about researching universities. ‘When it came down to it, I knew I wanted to study design and that RMIT is world-renowned for it’, she reflects. With her sights set on Industrial Design,...

The Art Of Abstraction With Emma Currie

Artist Emma Currie grew up in Portland, South West Victoria, where she describes ‘there really wasn’t a whole lot to do!’ Her parents encouraged her to be creative, which is how Emma began drawing throughout her childhood. Emma later moved to the ‘big smoke’ to study visual arts, majoring ...

Level Up Your Bathroom With Baina Organic Cotton Towels

Friends Anna Fahey and Bailey Meredith cut their teeth in the fashion and textile industry in New Zealand, where they both worked for over a decade for some of NZ’s best womenswear designers. The duo always dreamed of starting their own brand together, and when they relocated to Melbourne, and...

Bookish Gifts For Christmas With Thames & Hudson – And 30% Off!

Thames & Hudson is a much loved publisher of titles across architecture, design, art food and more. Whether you’re shopping for Mum, Dad, kids or workmates, Thames & Hudson have all bases covered – and let’s be honest…. you really can never have enough books!We’ve handpic...

An Interior Designer’s ‘Comfortably Minimal’ Home

Karin Altman’s Glen Iris residence is a serene home, filled with pops of personality and colour. Karin and her daughters moved in three years ago, and Karin immediately set about putting her skills to the test, designing and planning her renovation.It was love at first sight for Karin, when ...

Own A Little Piece Of Ken Done!

SydneyI’ve lived in Sydney most of my life. As a teenager, I travelled across the harbour every week to go up, by tram, to the National Art School, having received special exemption to enrol in 1954. This was before the Opera House was built, and the land was used as a tram shed instead. I...

A Restrained, Minimal-Waste Home In Byron Bay

A tight budget turned out to be a blessing in disguise for the owners of this Byron Bay home, having inspired an innovative and minimal waste design by Studio Jackson Scott.The brief provided to the design firm was to create a comfortable, three-bedroom family home on a modest budget. The client...

At Home With Stylist Simone Haag

Stylist Simone Haag and her husband Rhys moved into this Ringwood property in 2011, and ‘furnished the home the best we could with the budget of newlyweds!’ Years later, and now with three kids, it was time to update the home to reflect a new style of living. The family engaged Kennedy Nolan...
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National Gallery Photo 2018-06-08 13:15

In Turner's beautifully epic portrayal of Homer's Odyssey, we see Ulysses standing aloft on his ship deriding the Cyclops, whom he and his companions have just left blinded, and invoking the vengeance of Neptune. One of the flags is painted with the scene of the Trojan Horse. The horses of the Sun are rising above the horizon ('Odyssey', Book 9). Opening on Monday, visit 'Thomas Cole: Eden to Empire' and see Turner's influence on this American artist: http://bit.ly/2JsMlxa

Tate Photo 2018-06-07 18:20

This Volunteers' Week we are celebrating the extraordinary contribution of over 500 volunteers at Tate who give their time, passion & expertise to visitors from all over the globe, across our four galleries. 'I didn’t know anything about contemporary art until I started volunteering at Tate in 2016. I’ve learnt a lot! I love passing on this knowledge to visitors. It keeps my brain active! My favourite room in Tate Britain is the 1840s room and my favourite painting is The Lady of Shalott. I like all the Pre-Raphaelites in Tate Britain. This is my favourite room and my favourite place to be.’ - Steve Daszko, volunteer visitor host with John William Waterhouse’s The Lady of Shalott 1888 https://goo.gl/RvZ97V

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Photo 2018-06-07 15:58

On view tomorrow, June 8—"Giacometti” fills the ramps of our rotunda, featuring nearly 200 sculptures, paintings, and drawings by the preeminent artist Alberto Giacometti, whose intensive focus on the human condition continues to provoke and inspire new generations. A collaboration with the Fondation Giacometti in Paris (Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti), this comprehensive exhibition examines anew the artist’s practice and his unmistakable vocabulary. Learn more: https://gu.gg/2xPE44R … Photo: David Heald

Gun of the Day - NRA Museums 2018-06-07 13:01

GUN OF THE DAY - A Ranger 1911A1? The Robert E. Petersen Gallery holds many unusual handguns and this Colt 1911A1 is right in there swinging. While some might be captivated by the fine set of stag grips on this GOTD, the oddly truncated trigger guard sets this pistol apart. There are a number of similar handguns in existence that were modified by Texas Ranger Captain Manuel T. Gonzaullas, who spent considerable time in later life in Hollywood, not far from where Robert E. Petersen lived. Is this one of that Ranger's handguns? We just don't know. Caliber: .45 ACP Production Date: 1943 #NRAmuseums #GunOfTheDay #guns #history

National Gallery Photo 2018-06-07 12:43

Gauguin was born #OnThisDay in 1848. 'Bowl of Fruit and Tankard before a Window' by Gauguin is a tribute to a Cézanne painting Gauguin had acquired around 10 years earlier, 'Still Life with Compotier, Glass and Apples'. It repeats many of the elements of this painting, such as the fruit, pottery, rumpled tablecloth and the knife at the lower right. On a wider level it is also indicative of Gauguin moving away from Impressionism to a more structurally rigorous art exemplified by Cézanne's work. View this homage to still life in Room 43: http://bit.ly/2GQArzJ