Closure

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Sometimes in life you just need closure. This door does it for me. You can find Clement Coffee Roasters at South Melbourne Market where they peddle good caffeine and donuts just a few doors up from those famous dim sims.  #PODfinds

Curb appeal

POD Daylesford Org Victoria Daylesford Organics (not to be confused with the posh 'all white and oak' London noshery) is a farm north of Melbourne. Certified organic, they focus on sustainability and biodiversity and produce up to 40 varieties of apples a season, hazelnuts, berries, free range eggs and vegetables. Heirloom varieties with lots of different flavours and colours are a speciality. Selling their quality produce to local cafés, restaurants and through farmer's markets, you can also collect a just picked apple via their super cute roadside stall.

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Made in Manhattan

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I'm researching for a trip to NYC and USA later this year.  Pleased to report that a couple of Sydney lads, Giles Russell and Henry Roberts, are making their mark in Manhattan and bringing that relaxed Australian cafe style, and good coffee, to the city that never sleeps. Love the look of Two Hands (it's definitely on the list). These gorgeous images are by photographer Josephine Rozman and sourced via www.twohands.com  

Two Hands, 164 Mott Street, NYC, New York.

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Two Hands Food New York
27/04/2015

A Tiny Indulgence

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I have to confess to a foodie instagram addiction. I love these cute sugar cookies from a baker called Samantha who lives in Toronto. Simple designs that are  instantly appealing.  @elleventy  pictures via www.instagram.com/elleventy

Design Food Toronto
26/04/2015

Super Souper

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I love the striking simplicity of this mostly black and white palette. Mata Design based in Perth has created an eye catching space with the bulk of the design drama (that would be the tile pattern) being in what I would call the secondary space.

The main game of the business is, of course, the food offer. From what I can see this is off set nicely through the use of quality, neutral materials which really lets the food do the talking. Supported by a neat graphics package, if you had asked me what I thought of a soup concept with the name Slurp before seeing these images I am fairly sure I would have turned up my nose at the name, which just goes to show you how good design can reposition thinking!

www.matadesign.com.au  17 Brewer Street Perth WA 6000

Slurp Soup & Salad, Cloisters Arcade, Perth, WA.

Images with thanks via www.matadesign.com.au

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Slurp Food Perth
19/04/2015

More apples …

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Since posting the PODfind on 7 Apples Gelato last week, the team has been in touch to say that their gorgeous gelato cart is not a pop-up.  The super slick three wheeler was made in Italy (I should have known!) for the Emporium location and they are parking it there permanently.  Yay, I say, to that news!

You can find the cart in the upper level food court, Emporium, 287 Lonsdale Street Melbourne, and keep up to date with the latest flavours and gelato goodness via facebook.com/7apples-Gelato-Emporium or instagram.com/7applesgelato

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Permanent Parking

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Truck Deluxe has given up life on the road and set up shop in a new bricks-and-mortar premises in the Jaffa neighbourhood of Tel Aviv. The truck has been pulled apart and reconstructed as part of the kitchen with the added bonus of proper chairs and tables. In addition, the shopfront opens up street completely for a bit of extra atmosphere from the surrounding flea market. Studio OPA designed the space, imagining the venue as a backyard garage. Cans of motor oil adorn the walls, and industrial materials such as stainless steel and humble wood panelling are also in evidence. An injection of colour comes via a tile pattern arrangement running around the top of the dining area. This is a ceramic tribute inspired by the home of Truck Deluxe’s Southern USA barbecue style menu.

Words & pictures via WeHeartUK.

An apple a day …

SONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSC 7 Apples Gelato has always been good.  I thought their pop up cart, spied at Emporium, especially good. Lovely attention to detail in the branding and delivery and the dapper chappie's uniform is, of course, de rigueur.  I would love to know the name of the baby blue paint colour if anyone can help - its gorgeous!

Colour update: Thank you to the lovely Sara Brims from Novion who has reported in that the colour is Dulux Cornflower Blue.

Take a drive down Beach Road

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Earlier this week I was super impressed with the swish new look for the Sorrento to Queenscliff ferry. A few paces away from the water front and I discover there is a gorgeous new look Country Road store housed in the town's old post office, a rustic red-brick building built back in 1905. Celebrating it's 41st year, Country Road is the perfect positioning for the chi chi Sorrento set.  Naturally no lifestyle brand is complete without a cafe these days and Post 3943  taps into the coffee and casual dining trend. Operated by local organic specialists The Sisters, this 'resort / lifestyle' format will no doubt win huge favour with the locals for all its fabulousness!  Photos via Country Road Instagram.

Fresh from Rotterdam

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Wow, whether you love it or loath it there is no ignoring the new Markthal Rotterdam!

Designed by MVRDV, the Netherlands' first covered market shelters beneath a 40-metre arch that contains 228 apartments and is protected by glazed end walls which frame the super colourful mural by artists Arno Coenen and Iris Roskam.

Printed onto perforated aluminium panels, which line the one-hectare surface beneath the arch, the mural displays images of flowers and insects derived from 17th century Dutch paintings.

The UK's Guardian critic Oliver Wainwright has described it as "a Sistine chapel of fresh produce  ...  it squats like a chubby elephantine creature, lined with windows and balconies along its 120 metre-long flanks, terminating in a gaping portal towards the square like Milan's galleria, opening up to suck you into its psychedelic tunnel".

Speaking to Dezeen in Rotterdam just before construction was completed, architect Winy Maas explained that the building's unusual shape came about because he thought the initial scheme proposed by the developer was "boring". "In the beginning they wanted to have two slabs of houses, with a sort of market in between... so you get a U-shaped volume," he said. "I said "that's boring. Why don't we twist it?'" The new form provided more penthouses, a structurally simple arch and plenty of retail units on the ground floor, so the client gave the go-ahead.

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Internal windows in the apartments provide residents with views of the market below, while shoppers can glimpse the people above. "Every house has a window that look into the hall," said Maas. "When you're in the market hall you see urban life. When you go up where the windows are flat you can see people walking over the windows looking down."

Words and images above Via Dezeen.

No matter what your personal opinion might be, this architecture is no doubt a defining landmark in Rotterdam. There is definitely no ignoring the 'elephant' in the square or city for that matter. I love Oliver Wainwright's view on this 'hard to ignore' new structure which you can read here:

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/architecture-design-blog/2014/oct/02/-sp-rotterdam-markthal-superdutch-market-mvrdv