DESIGN. BE IN IT
Alex Stitt, the creator of Norm, the sport-loving couch-potato from the '70s and '80s "Life. Be in it" campaign, has been inducted into the Design Institute of Australia's Hall of Fame. This tribute recognises some of Australia's best-loved objects and images - items that have filled our homes and coaxed us off the sofa. Joining the illustrator into the hallowed halls is the designer of the Wiltshire StaySharp knife, Peter Bayly, graphic designer Lyndon Whaite, and Melbourne Movement Founder Kjell Grant. The latter's CV is particularly impressive. As a furniture designer, Grant has worked under American design supremo Raymond Loewy, designed products for Knoll and Cartier, and his Montreal chair, which he designed for the Montreal Expo, is in the permanent collection of MoMA New York. But perhaps his longest lasting legacy is in helping new generations of furniture designers from his Melbourne Movement launch in Milan. As Norm would say, "Bewdy".
JOINING THE DOTS
Perhaps inspired by Takashi Murakami's doe-eyed icons blinking on Louis Vuitton luggage, Damien Hirst has gone dotty for the luxury market. In Howard Hughes' converted art deco compound in Los Angeles, Just One Eye sells luxury goods such as Ed Ruscha prints featuring the store's name and Ron Arad limited-edition chairs. Now it has commissioned Hirst to do a small series of signed backpacks with his signature dots. The asking price: $55,000. Unlike his dot paintings, there are only 12 on the market - until the black market cops onto it. While the knockoffs will be cheaper, they probably won't give a percentage to UNICEF. "We don't want to be involved with mass-produced fads," owner Paola Russo said. "Real luxury is something that is timeless and exceptional." justoneeye.com
Home shopping "Watsonia Christmas List?" Perhaps it's "Gold Frankston Cense and Myrrh". From Able and Game's corny cards to Abruzzo Club scarves, Melbournalia 2013 celebrates local icons and products. As gifts for far-off friends and family it's a particularly useful way of making them extra homesick around Christmas. This time last year Melbournalia took to the streets in various pop-up locations. Now the local designer-run shop has popped up in the landmark Queen Victoria Market. Support local designers and in-jokes. Open market hours and until 10pm on Wednesdays during Suzuki Night Market; Melbournalia.com.au