Photography: Harvard Wang
Wallis & Ed at The Hotel Windsor
New dining room and bar, Wallis and Ed, opens on the Bourke Street corner of The Hotel Windsor.
Situated near the corner of Bourke and Spring in the CBD, in the iconic space once occupied by the Hard Rock Cafe, sits Wallis & Ed, a newly renovated space that has become a dining room and bar. The crisp, neutral hues of the interior make the space is an inviting one where visitors can enjoy a spot of breakfast, lunch or dinner, and a tipple or two with friends at the bar (when it opens evenings very soon).
Loosely associated with the adjoining Windsor Hotel – the name of the dining room and bar is a cheeky nod to Windsor royalty Edward, Prince of Wales and his saucy mistress Wallis – was created by architects Woods Bagot (evident in the beautiful hardwood floors and boldly patterned walls), and is owned by Adi Halim, previously of the hotel.
The food is a contemporary Australian with French and European influences, and is prepared with aplomb by renowned chef Jerome Tremoulét (Lynches, Paul Bocuse and Penfold’s Magill Estate Restaurant in Adelaide) to name but a few. Currently there is a small lunch menu with about six dishes including a beef Bourguignon pie, French onion soup and a chicken baguette, as well as a couple of sweet baked goods. This is set to expand and grow.
All produce is carefully sourced and accompanied by a succinct wine and beer list. Coffee is also a priority with Five Senses beans providing a much needed caffeine kick throughout the day for city slickers.
Wallis and Ed-Broadsheet, 25th May 2011
Do You Ever Wonder, Who is HUE?
Satisfy your every accessories’ need in this luxe retail space.
After 12 long months and following the success of his cult t-shirt concept store T-Bar, fashion maverick Oliver Tilsley has opened new Australian accessories store, Who is HUE, at Melbourne Central in the city (and then one at Chadstone only a week later). Designed to fill a gap in the market, Who is HUE offers simple yet fashionable accessories at affordable prices, and presents a playful brand energy, conveyed through its product and environment.
The shop itself is located in Melbourne Central’s new retail concept space known as The Intersection, a series of cubes housing innovative, up-coming designs. Featuring a bold and masculine fit-out designed in conjunction with architect Luke Stokes, the space stands strong with bold geometric shapes throughout, whilst still remaining intimate and inviting due to its diminutive 50-square-metre layout.
The accessories themselves echo the playful theme whilst still retaining a classic simplicity sure to last the test of time. Designed by Oliver, the range features high-quality handbags in all sizes including clutches, carryalls, wallets and coin purses in the softest of leathers. Additionally, Oliver values the opinions of his clients and injects customer feedback into each new line, providing a unique, almost bespoke experience.
Who is Hue-Broadsheet, 20th May 2011
Photography: Amanda Fordyce
Mister Zimi Shop Pops-Up in Windsor
Bali-based Melbourne couple pop up at home with their Mister Zimi collection this week in Windsor.
In 2007 whilst travelling through Bali, Melbourne-born Zoe Paul and husband Jimi stumbled across a local tailor who crafted Zoe the perfect leather jacket, built to her exact specifications. On her return to Australia, Zoe was overwhelmed by the response her jacket received from friends, and so an idea was born. The Paul’s established the Mister Zimi label (named after the charming moniker they were greeted by on every Balinese sojourn), producing high quality leather goods tailored to the needs of the customer.
As interest grew, so did the brand, which soon evolved to include not only jackets and bags but tops, dresses, boots and bikinis; in suede, silk and of course leather. Following several return trips to Bali, the workload became too great, and the couple packed their bags and relocated to Indonesia.
All items of clothing are made to order via their website, and each piece can be tweaked to the customer’s requirements. Additionally some ready-made pieces are available at Design a Space in Melbourne or their flagship store in Seminyak.
To celebrate the launch of their latest Winter/Spring range a Mister Zimi pop-up shop has landed off Chapel Street, where you can try the garments, feel the fabrics and order your own custom-made item.
Mister Zimi-Broadsheet, 10th May 2011
Photography: Josie Withers
Nestled in a residential street in South Yarra is Cafe Gaia, a laid-back yet polished venue just off the busier Toorak Road.
Slightly better rounded than your everyday cafe, Gaia’s menu of rustic classics boasts a fine selection of fresh, locally produced offerings from a number of quality suppliers including the likes of Noisette Bakery and The Goods Unltd.
Licensed and open seven days a week, a breakfast and lunch menu is available Monday through Saturday, with all day brunch (replete with obligatory bloody or virgin Mary) served until 3pm on Sunday. Sample the seasonal crumbles, epic salads or tasty piadinas, made with roasted local produce.
A small but succinct wine list is also available should you fancy a tipple with your meal. But if coffee is what you need after a trot around the Tan, never fear – Gaia serves Padre, Market Lane and Proud Mary‘s Single Origin.
Cafe Gaia-Broadsheet, May 2011