Applications are now open for the chance to stay free at the Lost & Found Hotel Room.
Now in its’ second year, the Lost & Found Hotel Room will this time be located on Level 2 at Captains of Industry, 2 Somerset Place, Melbourne.
The Lost & Found Hotel Room is designed as a unique space for Lost & Found subscribers to discover a new, inspired side to Melbourne. It brings to life elements of the Lost & Found e-guide and showcases objects that tell a story about Melbourne as a city of creative people producing interesting things.
Six Degrees Architects and designer of the Lost & Found e-guide Jonathan Zawada have worked with Right Angle Studio and Tourism Victoria to create a unique studio apartment that encourages guests to treat the space as their very own Melbourne pad – they can even host a dinner party or have friends over for a drink.
This year the room features furniture from Dedece, Daniel Barbera and Grandfather’s Axe, floor rugs from ffiXXed, skincare from Aesop, glassware from Plumm and artwork from hip Melbourne gallery Utopian Slumps.
Any subscriber to Lost & Found can apply to stay at the Lost & Found Hotel Room “free of charge” for up to three nights from 1 May to 31 July 2011. (NB Out to Mid May allocated already & more than 16,000 people applied last year to stay for free at the Lost & Found hotel room. )
You can register your interest here.
Lost & Found is a free online guide produced for Tourism Victoria by creative studio Right Angle Studio. It’s the insider guide for culturally conscious people living outside of Melbourne, revealing its discreet cultural joys and the creative people who make the city hum.
For the past six years, Lost & Found has been bringing the best of Melbourne to inboxes Australia-wide. A free e-newsletter designed by the likes of Rinzen, Chase&Galley, Tin&Ed and Jonathan Zawada, it’s an insider’s guide to the creative people, one-off events and hard-to-find places that make Melbourne worth a visit.
The objects and interior elements selected for the Lost & Found Hotel Room are showcased in the gallery below. They were chosen for their quality, but also because they help tell a story about Melbourne as a city of creative people producing interesting things – a big thanks to everyone who helped bring this room to life.
Since 1978, Dedece have brought the very best interior design products home to Australia. Their Flinders Lane boutique is impressively dressed with the likes of Vola, Adelta, Minotti and more and their Tom Dixon floor and table lamps will be shedding the right kind of light on the Lost & Found Hotel room.
Grandfathers Axe’s collection of seating works best with pleated pants and a fine scotch ala Donald Draper and Roger Sterling. Lovingly restored by Ed, Jarrad and their friends, these pieces of furniture bare the names of greats like Hans Wegner, Borge Mogensen and Nills Moller.
Aesop need no introduction from our humble selves, but here goes: Aesop launched in Melbourne in 1987 and since then have continued to roll out beautiful stores filled with the most beautiful products for your skin, hair and body. We are very appreciative to have them back on board for hotel room round two.
ffiXXed’s creative approach crosses over fashion, art and the occasional interior. Headed by Australian artists/designers, Kain Picken and Fiona Lau, ffiXXed’s custom linen and floor rugs will provide guests with just the right amount of warmth and design for even the coldest Melbourne winter’s day.
For the very best art and design books, it’s best to go to the experts. The National Gallery of Victoria’s Shops are filled with an extensive selection of reading material covering contemporary art, design, photography, fashion and more. Also on offer is an inspired selection of design objects.
Mel opened Utopian Slumps in 2007. Today it stands as one the of the city’s most respected curator-run dealer galleries. Utopian Slumps represents a stable of 10 artists including Dylan Martorell, Jake Walker, Misha Hollenbach, Nathan Gray and more. Some of whose work will be gracing the hotel room’s walls.
What began as a humble Prahran market chocolatier has become one of north-side’s most delicious residents. Monsieur Truffe’s handmade chocolates are complemented by classic pastries, hot drinks and chocolate appreciation classes. Monsieur Thibault Fregoni is also soon to open a sister store on Lygon Street.
If you have ever questioned whether the bowl in front of you is for use or display, quite possibly you are looking at something designed and made by mud australia. Lovingly hand crafted from the best materials available, mud’s jugs, bowls, plates and platters centre around functionality and the beauty of natural lines.
Thonet make the stuff you think you have seen before but can’t recall where. You know those classic cafe chairs? That quintessential old-school hat stand? That’s them. Established way back in 1819 by a German craftsman, the family have disbursed globally, and thankfully, that includes Melbourne.
Cecilia Fox is a floral studio powered by the heart and hands of Melanie Stapleton. Following on from her collaboration with designer Tim Fleming for Lost & Found 2010, we are again excited to have Melanie’s seasonal, simple, unexpected and always beautiful arrangements on our dining table.
According to CIBI, the three elements required for enjoying our personal environment are style, food and living. We think they’ve got it right. Using these elements, CIBI, meaning “a little one,” live in Collingwood where their cafe and studio play home to a diverse range of Japanese wares.
Daniel Barbera’s furniture designs are the result of both handcrafted and industrial processes. Whether created for interior or exterior spaces, they are made to last a lifetime. His circular marble table with bronze legs will be sitting pretty as the Lost & Found Hotel room’s dining table.
To speak with a plum in your mouth indicates pomp, extravagance and class. To speak with a Plumm in your mouth is indicative of simplicity, elegance and glass. Endorsed by everyone from Jamie Oliver to local sommelier Matt Skinner, we are pleased to have the Plumm Vintage and stemless range in the room. But remember, you break it, you bought it. Kidding.
Mr Kitly is a slice of Japan in Brunswick and the next best thing to a two-for-one Jetstar ticket. Part gallery, part shop they exhibit local artists and sell pottery, books, plants, jewellery, textiles and tea. A tactile and multi-sensory experience that shouldn’t be missed, they also have an online store if you’re interstate.
Too often furniture for the architecture and design community is timely rather than timeless. Well, not these guys. Living Edge supply furniture that is equal parts creative, comfortable and classic. Guests will be pleased to have their selection of lighting set the perfect mood.
Humble Vintage are back on board to provide guests with a ride they would like to call their own. Since 2009, local bon vivant, Matt Hurst, has been equipping locals and visitors with good looking bikes. He even provides maps and custom guides to Melbourne.
Magnation stock magazines. And lots of ‘em. 4,000 titles in fact, from the niche to the very essentials. Magnation’s mission is to achieve global magazine domination, and with stores popping up all over town we think they are well on their way. We are very lucky to have a selection of their local and international reading material.
Functioning as a mail-order service and roaming bookshop, World Food Books provide Melbourne and beyond with a healthy intake of art journals, monographs and artist editions. If there is a group of people you would want stocking your bookshelves, it’s definitely these guys.
Shelley Panton’s collection of handcrafted pottery makes you feel warm inside. But don’t be fooled by each piece’s cute imperfections and homely feel, these pieces are fired at 1300 degrees making them tough as nuts. We are honoured to have Shelley back on board to dress the room up with her decorative bowls.
We just think alpacas look cute and feel soft. Leave us with an alpaca and its crazy fur and all we could do is hopefully coerce it into sleeping on our feet. But thankfully there are St Albans, the experts who have been turning natural fibres into the most beautiful throw rugs since 1951.
You don’t need forensic skills to notice the fingerprint that Six Degrees have left on the Melbourne since they first build Meyer’s Place – the city’s first small bar – in 1993. Their resourceful design approach continues to turn ridiculous ideas into realities.
As a guest of last year’s hotel room, we were pleased to invite Sydney-based artist and graphic design Jonathan Zawada back to design of Lost & Found Volume 6. Elegant yet eccentric, we hope that his interpretation of Melbourne is as inspiring for our guests as it is for us.
When Right Angle Studio helped produce the first edition of the Lost & Found Publication, they had no idea that four years later someone would be sleeping in it. Obsessed with cities and the people and places that make it great, Lost & Found is a dream that Right Angle hopes to never wake up from