Half Moon:

120 Church Street, Brighton VIC
(03) 9591 0611 or www.halfmoon.com.au

Always considered somewhat of a sister venue to The Botanical while Paul Wilson was heading both ships, Brighton’s Half Moon pub is really quite distinct. In full view of the railway station, on a street lined with European cars, Half Moon is open, breezy and exactly the sort of sun-soaked, sophisticated pub you would expect for the seaside town. Colonial Leisure Group drafted Projects of Imagination to design the new pub, which features six drinking and dining spaces over two levels interconnected by a timber batten staircase and walkway that provides a vantage point over the entire venue. The courtyard features an air mist cooling system and landscape by Greg Palmer, the Molina room, named after the brothers who originally owned the pub, seats 20, and upstairs, the Henry Room is a cocktail style bar with DJ booth, open fireplace, and a terrace. Digital Living designed and installed the audio system, opting for a similar Martin audio and control system they created for the Botanical.

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Corporate Culture opened their new showroom last night, packing it with apparently 700 guests from the design and architectural community. The new digs on 680 Elizabeth Street is massive. And you did read that right, 700. It sure looked like it, with a line that stretched down the block to get in. The showroom spreads over three main levels, with a ‘secret’ side staircase leading to a fourth floor ‘apartment’, which showcases Corporate Culture product in situ, including a bathroom. Perhaps it’s a try-before-you-buy concept where you can spend a night watching TV on a Cappellini sofa before shelling out the asking price. Probably not. Haron Robson helped with the install, including some nifty track lighting that manages to highlight all the top gear on display.

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