Later this week is the official launch of the 2014 Brisbane Open House initiative. (To be held on October 11th and 12th). As a curious creative I love to explore spaces usually not open to the public as a design/architecture voyeur.  This year is set to be the best yet with Ann Rainbow and talented local architect Josephine Macleod curating a selection of around 90 buildings, landmarks and spaces - including one of my favourite local haunts the beautiful (and award winning!) Studio 217 - designed by Amalie Wright (Landscapology) and Richard Buchanan (Architectus).

This year I am particularly excited about the 'Meet the Makers - Made in Brisbane' series which showcases manufacturing and craft industries within our city. There are lots of places taking part but my top picks include; The Design College of Australia's Letterpress studio (The Bacon Factory) which will be opening its doors and giving demonstrations on the presses (A must for any local typography or print enthusiast!)... Both Bruce Reynolds and Urban Arts Projects will unlock their spaces to allow us to see where they design and fabricate some of our finest public artworks. And Ellaspede in west end will be giving workshop tours enabling a behind the scenes look at Brisbane's grease monkey and custom bike culture. The Made in Brisbane talks are free (but strictly limited) and must be pre-booked via  Eventbrite.

Keep an eye on the Brisbane Open House twitter account or their instagram feed for more buildings to be announced... (and a good amount of local design inspiration and gratuitous building porn too!)

Photograph of Studio 217 by  Christopher Fredrick Jones

Photograph of Studio 217 by Christopher Fredrick Jones