Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few weeks you’ll know that the eagerly anticipated new Melbourne Design Guide was launched this week! It is truly the bible of Melbourne design – outlining not just design-focused retail, but also galleries, studios, snippets and recommendations from local designers, bars and cafes with a design-sensibility… anything and everything visually stimulating in this beautiful city!

If you’re heading to Melbourne anytime soon I would honestly recommend by-passing the Lonely Planets and instead picking up a copy of this fantastic locally-produced resource! It’s absolutely exhaustive… I can only imagine the hours it must have taken to pull together. It’s also beautifully designed by Chase & Galley… and feels like a well-loved journal, laced with hand-drawn details and layered collage-style illustrations.

If you visit the website you can actually flick through sample pages of the book and get a much clearer view of the stunning layout etc… much better than the scans I’ve included here.

Oh oh and guess what? They wrote up The Design Files! Yaaaaay! I was so excited when I read that! (They also mentioned my fella’s bar, Mr Wilkinson in Brunswick… So editor Viviane Stappmans and her team are seriously in my good books for at least 3 years! :)

Buy the book online for only $40 including postage! ($55 international).

Mr Wilkinson and The Design Files both get a mention! Wooo!