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Melbourne Curated: Dale Hardiman and Adam Lynch, Dowel Jones

Dowel Jones, the Melbourne-based design duo made up of Dale Hardiman and Adam Lynch, share their insider tips.

You might not have heard of Dowel Jones – yet– but there’s a chance you’ve sat in one of their chairs, or admired one of their masterfully designed lamps. The Melbourne-based design duo, made up of Dale Hardiman and Adam Lynch, have produces furniture, lighting, accessories and the occasional installation for restaurants, cafes, music festivals and universities throughout Australia, including Flinders University, Fine and Fettle in Adelaide, Middletown and St Martins Cafe in Melbourne and Dessert Kitchen in Sydney. They even produced a range of chairs exclusively for Grill’d.

Dowel Jones’ stool design for burger chain Grill’d. Photo: Cricket Studio/Dowel Jones

“We met while studying at university together– we decided in our final year to attempt to start a company with the hope that by the time we graduated we would have full-time jobs working for ourselves,” Lynch says.

“Previous to starting Dowel Jones we’d studied furniture design at RMIT, and then gone on to study Industrial Design also at RMIT.”

The Dowel Jones mantra is affordable, functional, locally-made furniture for everyday life– infused with the pair’s signature personality and humour– but this is serious stuff. With exhibits in Milan and Chicago under their belts, these young designers are well on their way to the top.

A Dowel Jones original design. Photo: Dowel Jones/Facebook

“We both have a furniture and industrial design education, so being able to work on projects such as designing wallpaper, and an installation for a music festival keeps work incredibly interesting,” Hardiman says.

The Dowel Jones headquarter moved around from Thomastown to Fitzroy North before settling in Preston.

We moved to Preston as it was the perfect distance for us between the CBD, inner north and some of our manufacturers in Thomastown – being further from the city also allows us to occupy quite a large space,” Lynch says.

We asked Dale and Adam to share with us their curated guide to the best of Melbourne.

The best thing about living Melbourne

Hardiman: The activity and stimulation – Melbourne is a great city to be connected to many other people working in various capacities, especially creative disciplines.

The best cultural highlights

Cox Architecture Studio was a part of Melbourne Open House 2017. Photo: David Yeow/Melbourne Open House

Hardiman: We’re lucky to have projects and initiatives such as MPavilion, the NGV’s Architectural Commission, Melbourne Design Week along with events such as Open House in Melbourne.

The best places for wining and dining

The dining room of Lucy Liu’s in Melbourne city. Photo: Lucy Liu

Hardiman: For a drink, Uncles Joe’s or The Alderman (both in East Brunswick).

Lynch: For casual bite, The Napier in Fitzroy, or sandwiches at Sila Espresso Bar Fitzroy, which first opened in 1959. Lucy Liu Kitchen and Bar in Melbourne CBD is the best for dinner out.

The best spots for coffee and shopping

Hardiman: For shopping, either Smith Street in Collingwood, or Gertrude Street in Fitzroy.

Lynch: And for coffee, Marios Cafe on Brunswick Street, Fitzroy. Marios is an Italian restaurant that’s over 30 years old.

The best things to do for free in Melbourne

Outside the Australian Centre for The Moving Image. Photo: ACMI/Facebook

Hardiman: The film archives at ACMI, NGV International and NGV Australia (all within the same area).

What makes the perfect day in Melbourne?

Hardiman: A walk down Sydney Road in Brunswick for lunch at A1 Bakery, coffee at Brunswick Green and a walk around Princes Park.

Published 15 August, 2017