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Accolades for Byron design

Byron’s new Elements of Byron resort has just been named by Forbes Magazine as among the 25 Coolest Hotels in the World. They share this accolade with only one other Australian property, the Old Clare Hotel in Sydney.

It has been a good month for the beachfront resort, which was also shortlisted in the Hotel Design category of this year’s SBID (Society of British Interior Design) International Design Awards. Entries were received from 43 countries and the Elements of Byron interior design is the only Australasian finalist selected by the technical panel of judges in this category. The Awards are one of the most prestigious recognitions of excellence in the interior design industry.

Further, Elements of Byron received a Highly Commended Award in the Hotel Interior Design category at the 2016 HM Awards for Hotel and Accommodation Excellence, held in Sydney on Friday 2nd September.

Elements of Byron owner Peggy Flannery worked closely with Interior Designer Rowena Cornwell and local artists to bring her vision for the resort to life. “Byron Bay is such an exciting place” said Rowena Cornwell. “There is a strong entrepreneurial youth culture. The intention was to create environments that were sexy, with a sophisticated edge but still very accessible”.

Mullumbimby Artist Noel Hart spent months studying species found on the property to produce four layered oil paint, pigment and charcoal on jute paintings to adorn the private dining room for sixteen. Celebrating the four unique ecologies on the site – eucalypt, wetland, rainforest and dunal – the paintings are reinterpreted in works throughout the 94 villas.

Moving from sandy whites to tonal ocean blues, the resort’s soft colour palette lets nature do the talking. Soft copper reflects the underside of a banksia leaf while deep bronzes reference Belongil Creek. Surprise pops of vibrancy – hot orange, fiery corals and rich reds pay homage to the native birds which visit or call the property home. The black cockatoo, a strong totem for Elements of Byron, is acknowledged through five blown glass works by Noel Hart in the lobby.

Byron hinterland Artist Suvira McDonald’s majestic in/outdoor hanging metal sculpture Khorus blends the lobby lounge with the dining spaces. His training in classical ballet is evident in the grace of this work which stands five metres tall and ten wide. McDonald also contributed a five metre ceramic landscape mural for the Banksia Pavilion Bar as well as hanging ceramic works for the Central Pavilion guest bathrooms.

Winners of the SBID International Design Awards will be announced at The Dorchester hotel London on 25 November. View the finalists at www.sbidawards.com.

The Byron Bay Brewery reopens its doors

As a sought-after destination, Byron Bay has a lot to offer both residents and tourists alike. From the beaches to Bluesfest, Byron is renown for it’s idyllic elements, both natural and man-made. Being such a popular spot, most of us already feel quite well acquainted with Byron.

However, one of its best-kept secrets has just been uncovered.

Following a full refurbishment the Byron Bay Brewery has reopened its doors welcoming Byron locals and visitors to enjoy a range of local craft beer brewed on-site, an extensive new menu, brilliant service and chilled live music.

Only minutes from the town centre, the Byron Bay Brewery features sun lit wide-open spaces, intimate booth seating and an impressive beer garden shaded by a Morton Bay Fig, perfect for families, groups or just a friendly catch up over one of the brewery’s distinctive beers.

Byron Bay Brewery’s craft beer offering is a major attraction of the venue, with the unique craft beer range brewed on-site, meaning visitors can get closer to the brewing experience than ever before. The range will include distinctive beers including some old favourites and new recipes.

Head Brewer, Alastair Gillespie, who has been with Byron Bay Brewery since June 2015, is looking forward to the next chapter of the venue. “I’ve seen the work that’s gone into the renovations and I can’t wait for people to come in and see how great it looks. I am really looking forward to brewing some of the popular ales made at the brewery over the years as well as sharing some new lagers with the community.”

Incorporating locally and sustainably sourced ingredients, the new menu has been designed to share and compliment the craft beer offering. Families in particular will be well looked after with an extensive kids menu, and multiple budget friendly options.

Gordon Treanor, Craft Director at Lion, comments, “We wanted to develop a quality yet accessible food and beverage experience that builds on the great food and drink culture of the region and are excited to open the doors to locals and visitors.

“We also know how important the brewery is to the community and we are looking forward to becoming an integral member of the community over the coming years.”

Following launch, the new and improved Byron Bay Brewery will celebrate the unique and creative spirit of the Byron area via a series of events and experiences.

Byron Bay Brewery is located at 1 Skinners Shoot Road, Byron Bay and is open to the public from Friday 16th September 2016. For further information visit www.byronbaybrewery.com.au.

See the Sea Like No One Else

Pangea Maps release 3D wooden contour map of Byron Bay and partner with local nonprofit Clean Coast Collective.

Not your typical maps... Pangea creates an experience with the water by showcasing the ocean floor in stunning detail. 10% from sales of the unique artworks will fund local Byron Shire clean­ups and initiatives for a cleaner coast.

Pangea Maps have released a new map to add to their collection of iconic Australian coastlines. Byron Bay was the obvious choice for designer and creator Tom Percy, who has already crafted and sold maps of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane for the past 2 years. The new map will feature the most easterly point of Australia, Cape Byron, as the centerpiece, with the surrounding ocean floor revealed. Partnering with local nonprofit, Clean Coast Collective, 10% of all sales will go towards preserving the beauty of this region by supporting initiatives such as local clean­ups and a campaign for Plastic Free Byron.

The maps are handmade from laser cut plywood. They depict accurate bathymetric data (“topography for the water”). Made from 13 layers of 1.5mm plywood, each layer represents 4­5m of water depth. The maps come framed and ready to hang. To celebrate the Byron Bay Launch, a number of limited edition maps will be made using a higher grade wood with a darker finish, and these will be available in a larger size.

Tom Percy is an Industrial Designer who began Pangea Maps as a side project in 2014 and is now working full time mapping the whole Australian coast. He enjoys anything related to the water and wanted to create a 3D representation of the world that lies below the surface. Tom sees the maps as a way of combining modern surveying techniques and CAD technology with the art of cartography.

Pangea Maps accept requests for custom maps from all around the world.

For further information and sales, visit the Pangea Maps website www.pangeamaps.com.

10th Byron Bay International Film Festival

Spring is synonymous with festivity and with a 10th anniversary to celebrate as well as new dates the 2016 Byron Bay International Film Festival will see NSW's Northern Rivers abuzz with this world-class event from the 14th to the 23rd October.

BBFF is considered by many to be one of Australia’s most dynamic film festivals and is renowned for its diverse and entertaining program of compelling and thought-provoking films as well as its glamorous red carpet parties. The Festival's 10th Opening Night will be the most dazzling to date - a glittering night at the Byron Theatre where the stars won't just be in the sky.

As it's grown over the past decade the festival has become a valuable platform for local and international filmmakers - bringing together passionate and aware audiences with emerging and esteemed industry professionals, connecting the film-loving and filmmaking communities together through conversation and collaboration within a wide array of screening sessions, Q&A's, panels and gala events.

The program is packed with variety and satisfies all tastes - over 10 days BBFF screens everything from films for or made by kids to surf and action, animation, emotionally charged documentaries and outstanding dramatic features from around the world. Providing audiences with cutting-edge storytelling experiences has always been at the heart of the BBFF experience and this year the festival is giving audience members the opportunity to dive into new dimensions with a selection of the world's best Virtual Reality experiences.

The Festival's full program will be announced in September, for more details visit www.bbff.com.au.

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