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Busy in Melbourne - Ms Collins & 2014 Dulux Colour Awards

A massive congratulations to McBride Charles Ryan who seriously scoooped the design pool at the 2014 Dulux Colour Awards on March 27. Debbie Ryan was called up to the stage three times to accept awards, including the most coveted Grand Prix prize, largely for the practice's colourful work on The Quays project. I was lucky to meet Debbie last year, in her crazy home/office space, which she was in the process of renovating, and wrote about her for Indesignlive

We also checked out the media launch of Ms Collins, which is the rebranded Silkroad. I spotted a few Melbourne personalities, including Lillian Frank and Jacques Reymond (BTW, the food was sensational) with the venue a huge improvement on the old Silkroad (they got rid of that huge chandelier for starters).

My favourite aspect of the design, however, is this new neon sign. Awesome. Almost as good as my favourite Ghostbusters neon at Touche Hombre. Check it out when you're there and make sure you grab a picture. The design fit out is by Blackmilk, who were inspired by one of Louis Vuitton's campaigns. Plenty of street art and tuffness against a translucent bar. 

There's a lotta pink here. Complete with waitresses in hot pink wigs and black-rimmed secretary glasses, in black and white shirts, the look is Parisienne ultra elegance with a dash of wildness. The project is the brainchild of Roar Projects, who are also responsible for Alumbra in the Docklands. The space also features grafitti art by Juan Mcarb, whose work is also seen at Gingerboy as well as numerous other venues.

Grab a cocktail, hang out in one of the seven bars and enjoy!