It’s no secret that our experiences of – and approaches to – travel are changing. The rise of Airbnb is testament to the move away from the big, faceless hotels that look the same whether you’re in Mexico or Mumbai, and a move towards a local, more personal experience of the destination of choice. The desire to be fully immersed in a place and culture, and take a path less travelled by tourists is only growing; Melbourne-based Microluxe is taking it one step further with its concept that’s a unique blend of hotel, design showroom and store.
Microluxe has three apartments in the Australian city: St Kilda, the city itself and Fitzroy. The latter has been completely overhauled by local architects Studio Edwards, who took a small apartment and turned it into an Airbnb rental with a difference. The studio removed all internal walls and doors to create a completely open-plan space that’s compact but functional, and has style in every element.
Upon entry is a marble podium serving as the bathing area, which blends seamlessly into the small kitchen, living space and large gold mirror that becomes a fold-down bed. The colours are dark and full of depth – rough grey walls, uses of black and tan leather in the furnishings and grey kitchen cabinets, with accents of gold and white to add light and colour to the various areas.
The really unique aspect of Microluxe Fitzroy, though, is the ability to buy the items within it after your stay. Almost everything is available to purchase – from art work and custom furniture, to bath robes, local wine and bed linen – meaning you can take a bit of your travels home with you, and everyone’s experience is slightly different.
To see more from Microluxe Fitzroy, visit its website.
Words by Angharad Jones. Images by Fraser Marsden