Things we love: Melbourne Design Week 2017

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We love any excuse to celebrate design. And the new Melbourne Design Week is no exception.

The ten-day event running from 16-26 March 2017 is a new initiative created by the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) and the Victorian government and aims to promote Melbourne as one of the design capitals of the world. The event will offer talks, tours, workshops and industry events to help strengthen, support and promote the design industry. 

Abstract: The Art of Design

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After a long week of making modular magic, there is nothing the Modscape team like more than kicking back on the couch with a glass a red wine in hand and a dose of design inspiration on the TV. Our recent favourite is Abstract: The Art of Design – a pithy, entertaining new series that ticks all the boxes for anyone curious about design.

With the help of a handful eccentric design personalities, the Abstract series reveals the creative process behind design and invites viewers to step inside the minds of the most innovative designers and learn how design impacts every aspect of life. 

Things we love: supporting the next generation

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It’s no secret – we love creativity and innovation. They are two of our key brand values and they inspire and direct the Modscape team each day in bringing our work to life. We firmly believe that when you are given a platform to be creative and innovative, great things can happen. And that’s why we have set up the Modscape Scholarship – to give a platform to the next generation of architects and designers and encourage their creativity and innovation.  

The Art & Industry Festival heads to Modscape

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The Art & Industry Festival kicks off today and runs for 10 days, celebrating and investigating the ever-changing industrial and manufacturing heartland of Australia based in Melbourne’s western suburbs.

The new Festival puts a spotlight on the local industrial creators and resources in the Hobsons Bay area and enables artists to develop works which engage and inspire – telling stories of the area both historical and current. 

Architectural cakes

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Dinara Kasko is no ordinary baker, and her pastries are anything but traditional. Her elaborate, sculptural cakes look so good you almost don’t want to eat them. Almost.

Kasko is a trained architect, but after a couple of years in the industry she decided to take a sideways step and follow her passion into baking. Her architectural skills were not lost however as she now employs her model making techniques to create spectacular bakes. 

2016 Architecture iPhone Photography Awards

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Have an iPhone and an interest in photography? The team at Modscape answered yes to both of those questions and were totally inspired by the photographs in the architecture category of the 2016 iPhone Photography Awards

Now in its 9th year, the competition’s category celebrates digital photography of the built environment. It was open to anyone from around the world with the simple prerequisite of the image needing to be shot on an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. 

Things we love: off-grid living

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This month we are loving the new video by realestate.com.au on off-grid living – featuring our very own Tintaldra project.

The Tintaldra home is situated on a vast property on the southern banks of the Murray River and serves as a minimalist retreat, offering a secluded yet intimate existence from which the surrounding environment can be observed and revered.

Museum of Architectural Models

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Architects have been creating models for years as an instrument to visualise and experiment with form. Models are a design development tool and crucial lessons can be learnt through the testing of ideas in a miniature format. But most of these models are only occasionally exhibited to the public. That is until Archi Depot opened in Toyko’s Shinagawa district.

Archi Depot is a new museum which puts models in the limelight, showcasing them as works of art in themselves. Inside the 450sqm cavernous space are rows and rows of dramatically lit miniature designs, many of which serve as the tiny precursors to some of the city’s top attractions such as the Tokyo Skytree and Tokyo International Airport. 

Things we love: Modscape on The Block

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If you were one of the 1mil+ viewers who tuned in to the first episode of Nine’s reality renovation show, The Block, you would have seen five Modscape modules being craned onto the top of a Port Melbourne building.

The modules utilized our steel frame construction but were ripe for renovating as part of the contestants’ first 48 hour challenge.  The couples got to work fitting out a bedroom and bathroom that would be their home for the duration of the competition and, in between the tears, demonstrated a practical use of space.