by Yair Frid, September 4, 2017
If you are a hard-core graffiti fan then you should definitely consider spending a holiday in Melbourne and book your accommodation in the DoubleTree Hilton. The hotel chain has covered in graffiti the walls of one of its loft rooms. The unique space has also a prime view over Flinders Street Station and it is at walking distance from the most popular street art laneways in the city, including Hosier and Degraves.
In a collaboration with street artists 90 Degrees, the room not only has original graffiti on the walls, but also includes tagged furniture and bed linen with graffiti decorations. Part of the furniture includes bedside tables created with milk crates filled with empty spray cans and bottles, and beanbags with tags. In addition to that, guests can watch street art DVDs or even read a book on the topic, while they enjoy graffiti snacks that were specially designed to complete the whole street art experience.
Dan Wenn is the founder and creative lead of 90 Degrees, he has been a graffiti artist since he was young in the late 1980´s. His style includes characters and lettering in a traditional manner. Along with Wenn, Justin Kirby also runs 90 Degrees and has been part of it since it started. His career as a graffiti artist started in the mid 1980’s and developed a complex style with a futuristic aesthetic that makes use of three dimensional shapes, light, shadows and perspective. Their work includes mural projects in the Ferndara Studio in Fitzroy and the Google Australia office, just to mention some.
The general manager of the hotel, Garry Lucas said “our curated room series has been a fantastic success. It captivates our guests with a seasonal experience that also supports a local Australian brand. We are excited to continue the momentum this winter with 90 Degrees”. Lucas also commented, “90 Degrees has brought the celebrated Melbourne laneway scene into the room. Our guests are able to relish in this vibrant side of Melbourne’s culture, from morning to night.”
Unfortunately the loft will only be available until August 13 with rates from $259 per night, so you better hurry up.