November 17, 2012
On Fri 16 November, we hosted the latest New Architects shindig, a get together for new and emerging architecture and design practices, practitioners and design aficionados from Melbourne here at the Assemble studio. Some stellar presentations from lighting and furniture designer Ross Gardam, brand new architecture and urbanism practice Studio Apparatus, Matt Rawlins of Figure Ground, Richard Stampton Architects and Michael Ong of Mo.do. Thanks to all of those who made it down and introduced themselves – stay tuned for more from these talented practices. You may even see their work profiled in our own Assemble Papers in weeks to come!
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October 12, 2012
We are so chuffed to announce that The Social Studio’s crowdfunding campaign through Indiegogo was a roaring success! $17,284 was raised over 3 weeks, just over the $16,500 needed to cover the construction and materials cost of the renovation. Assemble has provided pro bono architectural services and design for The Social Studio version 2.0 will be located in the same spot at 128 Smith Street, Collingwood. Euge and Pino also shot and produced the campaign video, starring TSS Founder Grace McQuilten and retail queen Atong Joseph. We are wholehearted supporters of the The Social Studio – not only their fine food and fashion, but particularly their active advocacy and professional development for young members of the community who are most in need of a voice, mode of expression and agency. The shop build begins later this year. Hoorah!
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July 27, 2012
Phew! Our publication Assemble Papers launched last night here at the studio. Over 300 people dropped by to help us celebrate the official “warming” of our self-built space as well as the flick of the internet “on” button for Assemble Papers. Our hero and godmother of culture Penny Modra (editor of The Thousands) was our guest speaker and our own Quino and Euge said a few words of welcome to an exceptionally good looking crowd (what’s your secret people!?) on the mic. Each Friday morning we’ll post out one or two articles lovingly crafted by the Assemble Papers team via our free newsletter. Thanks to the sultry tunes and good humour of our favourite music purveyor DJ Simon Winkler (of Breaking and Entering on Triple R FM) and the best inland sailor this side of the Pacific, Lois Kerr of the Beaufort Bar and Sailor Jerry for moreish whiskies and bartender flair. Also big thanks to Raph and the Taco Truck for keeping our punters well fed, Kaaran and Rekorderlig for the cider spritzers and the fellas at Mountain Goat for some tasty beers.
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May 11, 2012
Stop press! We are proudly publishing Assemble Papers, an online publication exploring the culture of living closer together and small footprint living. Assemble is big on context and understanding our place in the world – so it’s only fitting that Assemble Papers will connect the dots between the right and left sides of the brain across art, design, the environment, urbanism and finance. Editor Eugenia Lim and her contributors have been hard at work over the past few months, lining up interviews, writing, snapping photos, fuelled by too much coffee and inspiration – an explosive creative mix! We can’t give too much away but we hear UK thinker Alain de Botton makes an appearance, as does Newcastle’s own ideas man Marcus Westbury and we are fans! The Assemble Papers website will go live in late June, with free regular newsletters delivered straight to subscriber inboxes – make sure you sign up!
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March 26, 2012
Ladies and gentlemen, start your power tools! The construction of our new studio space at the foot of Ruckers Hill in Northcote has begun. We’ve designed our studio with great care, as a space that will be inspiring for staff and visitors alike. Most nights and weekends you’ll find us here with rolled up sleeves, a Big M in hand, trying to dutifully follow the orders of Wes Old and his team (of actual skilled tradespeople!) from Local Spaces, who we’ll be sharing the space with when it’s complete. Coming from a design (and desk job) background, it’s a real eye opener to witness and learn from the handiwork and exceptional attention to detail of Wes and his team. Mark Coules, master carpenter, has been overseeing the intricate construction of our pine batten roof, which consists of a triangular, origigami-inspired pattern. We had a bit of breakthrough the other day when we realised that it’s sort of the inverse of a traditional gabled roof! Thanks to Local Spaces and also our wonderful team of volunteer helpers: Chelsea, Lauren, Carlo, Irina, Simon, Georgie, James, Jono and Josh.
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