On a beautiful sunny day in Melbourne and despite significant tram works on Lygon St East Brunswick, a group of 13 design enthusiasts met at Code Black Coffee to embark on the Northside Design Walk to discover different design styles and the local design culture.
Our first stop was 20th Century Scandinavia who specialise in vintage Scandinavian furniture, predominantly from the mid century modern design period. What we discovered is that many pieces were made from dark wood rather than the blonde woods we usually associate with Scandinavian style.
The next stop was Designed in Brunswick where we learnt that most of their wares from clothes to cushions were designed and made locally. We continued on to Lair, a truly eclectic retailer operating on Lygon St for over 15 years. At Lair the group discovered fantastic pieces such as rusted copper Eiffel Tower serviette rings, Day of the Dead cushions hand made by the owner and industrial spools that would make unique hooks.
The tour continued on to Bed Bath n Table where we learnt about the luxury of Egyptian cotton which led us nicely to Empress Rug Warehouse where we discovered the beauty of Persian rugs and that it takes up to 12 months for some larger rugs to be made by hand.
Our final destination was Ruby Oak were the group discovered the latest trends in homewares from copper to marble and pastel colours. Along the way Trish Khoury from Grace Interior Designs peppered the discovery of different interior design styles with facts and figures about Brunswick its social and architectural history.