Smith Journal · A quarterly, Australia-based publication that takes unexpected, interesting, funny and sometimes complicated stories and tells them the way you would to a bunch of friends at the pub.

The Wheeler Centre

Sunday December 04, 2011

The launch of The Moat cafe gives us a top excuse to tell you about The Wheeler Centre, an incredible resource for writing, lectures and ideas in Melbourne.

By the fireside

Sunday December 04, 2011

Otero's portable 'Cocoon' fireplace is a good looking and environmentally friendly (if initially exy) way to keep warm. 

Conor - not Conan - O'Brien

Friday December 02, 2011

You don't need to know anything about art to appreciate the photographs of Perth native Conor O'Brien.

Gold Digger

Friday December 02, 2011

It's unlikely that fights broke out amongst the prospectors of olden days over skin care products. But then, there's an undercurrent of irony throughout the range of handmade men's skincare products produced by Prospector Co.

 

Shelter

Friday December 02, 2011

Being entirely self-sufficient in 2011 is essentially impossible, but attaining some measure of sustainability can be both financially advantageous and good for the soul. Just ask Lloyd Kahn.

On the box

Thursday December 01, 2011

If you've ever been watching an old film and shouted, "look at that incredible TV set!" it was probably a Brionvega. Especially if the film was Italian.

Poler Stuff

Thursday December 01, 2011

This one pretty much speaks for itself: it's a sleeping bag that you can wear - and if that isn't all kinds of genius, then frankly, we don't know what is. 

The Toaster Project

Wednesday November 30, 2011

Thomas Thwaites is our latest D.I.Y. hero. The guy built a toaster from scratch by digging up iron ore and smelting it in his microwave.

Gorillaz grow up

Wednesday November 30, 2011

It's strange to think that ten years have passed since Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett unleashed 'Clint Eastwood' as a virtual band called Gorillaz. Stranger still is the fact that a 2D band has lasted long enough to toast ten years. 

Alain on tour

Tuesday November 29, 2011

Philosopher, author, traveller and Smith Journal contributor Alain de Botton is touching down in Australia early next year.