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Hello Welcome to The Luxury Edition. This week’s magazine features the finer things in life, starting with the wicked indulgence of Couverture chocolate. Stokehouse Q’s Lauren Eldridge has put together a coco-drenched array of delicacies impossible to resist (P31). Hannah Davies talks to uber-influencer Ryan Reynolds – no, hang on, let me take a closer look – make that Shaun Birley (P12), who provides sartorial inspiration for his 88,500 Instagram followers. Mike O’Connor reveals what it’s like to drive like a king, in the circa$1 million Rolls Royce Phantom VIII; Phil Brown explores the venerable and beautiful Peninsula Paris, housed in what was once the famed Hotel Majestic; and Leesa Maher chats with avant garde Dutch designer Marcel Wanders. There’s much more, so take a saunter through the good things in life.

Timeline: 1904 When it was built in 1902, Kangaroo Point’s Lamb House was at the epicentre of Brisbane society circles. It was built for John Lamb, owner of the highly fashionable Edwards and Lamb Drapery in

Queen St. The Federation mansion is now heritage protected but is in a state of extreme disrepair. Last week the Department of Environment said it had exhausted its legislative options under the

INSIDE THE LIST....................................................................8 LIFE .........................................................................10 PROFILE...................................................................12 FASHION ............................................................. 19 SCENE .................................................................. 24 ARTS ...................................................................... 28 RESTAURANT ..................................................... 30 AT HOME ................................................................ 31

COVER Dark Chocolate and Amaretto Fondant, P31. Photography: Nadine Shaw Styling: Karlie Francisco. Design: Anita McEwan.

Queensland Heritage Act 1992 to compel the elderly owners to fix its many defects. The story has sparked a social media campaign: #savelambhouse. Picture: State Library of Queensland

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Icing on  the cake  by Leesa Maher

There are wedding cakes and then there are Caitlin Mitchell wedding cakes. The feted cake designer has even achieved the seemingly impossible – an upside-down hanging “chandelier” cake. “Couples love the novelty behind it,” the 31-year-old says. “It’s a talking point. And it’s got a really good support system, but I don’t want to reveal my tricks of the trade.” Caitlin founded A Little Cake Place, the bespoke cake business she runs from her Annerley studio with sister Eloise, in 2012 after calling time on her job in the travel industry. “I wasn’t ever in love with my

travel role,” she says. “The joy of decorating cakes is a combination of elements: firstly I love to bake; secondly I am a very creative person, and for me the process of designing and decorating cakes is a way to express my creativity.” The catalyst was watching a scene from the US comedy Bridesmaids in which main character Annie makes a cupcake with an orchid on top. “It was just so beautiful and I had this incredible urge – I needed to know how to create it. Funnily enough I haven’t yet re-created that cupcake design.” But Caitlin has made plenty of

others, and loves working with fondant, a skill she honed with guidance from Mary Reid of Merivale Cakes and Crafts in Toowoomba. “She really harnessed my talent and love of cakes very early on, and pushed me to compete (in cake competitions) and really challenged me,” Caitlin says. “Without her support I may not have excelled so quickly.” In May Caitlin will compete in the Ultimate Australian Cake Decorating Competition at the International Cake Show Australia in Brisbane (her design is top secret), and will also teach a specialist workshop. She will

teach techniques including applique, inlay, overpiping, and edible stands. “It’s as much about the design as it is about learning the techniques, taking advanced decorators’ wedding cakes to the next level,” she says. Meanwhile, the baker remains focused on making couples’ wedding cake dreams come true. “Often they have ideas already and I start with those,” she says. “We do this over tea and cake. There are worse ways to spend a Saturday morning.” International Cake Show Australia, May 1820, Brisbane Showgrounds Exhibition Building, Bowen Hills.

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See the yachts set sail from Shorncliffe Pier in this year’s Brisbane to Gladstone race (Mar 30). The starting gun is fired at 11am but the festivities begin at 8am with yoga on the beach and run through to a lantern parade in the evening.




Rocky-road waffles, chocolate pizzas, hot cross muffins and spiced chicken with chilli chocolate sauce are all on the menu at Victoria Park Bistro (Mar 30-Apr 1) for the Easter long weekend. Sunday is also a family fun day with a visit from the Easter bunny.




This festival in the cultural forecourt (Apr 4-15) shines a light on our cultural connections, as part of the Commonwealth Games. The line-up of free concerts includes Archie Roach (Apr 5), Regurgitator and hip hop artist Urthboy (above, Apr 7).



Stand-up Ross Noble is back with new act El Hablador at QPAC (Apr 4-6), showcasing his improvised humour. “I just come on stage and talk nonsense for two hours. There’s no theme, there’s no story ... it just depends what mood I’m in,” he says.




Singers Deborah Conway, Clare Bowditch and Hannah Macklin (above) will reveal their influences and the landmark songs in their lives at QPAC on Apr 8. Joining them is Fiji’s queen of pop, Laisa Lualala Vulakoro.

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10 the luxury  edition:  life

Phil Brown I was hardly newsreader material – I had long hair and John Lennon glasses I was watching someone reading the news on telly the other night and it took me back. Way back – to the time I nearly became a newsreader myself. It was in Rockhampton in the early 1980s. I had come to town after a year living in Monto and working for a little country newspaper there. Rocky was the big smoke and I was looking for a job. I went to the newspaper first but the boss there didn’t like the cut of my jib and said there was nothing going, which was bulldust. There was always something going in those days. Anyway, a friend who worked at the ABC suggested I try the local commercial TV station, so I turned up there and the unexpected happened. I thought I was just up for a job as a reporter, but for some strange reason they decided to give me a screen test for reading the news. This was odd because I was hardly

newsreader material – I had long hair, John Lennon glasses and I wore an earring. But they insisted. Make-up was applied and then I was put in this little cubicle. Not far away there was the lens of a camera, although I couldn’t see anyone behind it. I sat there for a minute and then jokingly quipped: “I’m ready for my close-up, Mr DeMille.” After I read out some old news items, no-one commented on my performance at all and I assumed I had fallen into the “he’s got a good head for radio” category. So they gave me a job as a casual TV reporter instead. A few days later I was sent to cover the opening of a coal mine near Emerald. I assumed we would be driving there but found, to my utter horror, that we were flying. In a small plane. A very small plane. So there we were, the intrepid

reporter and his crew, jammed into this little deathtrap, sideslipping and bumping our way through ominous cloud banks towards the coalfields. And of course that meant we had to fly back. I can’t remember ever being so scared. I spent the next few days in a state of terror pending my next assignment, but then my friend from the ABC suggested I try the newspaper again because there was a new head honcho. So I went for an interview and was hired on the spot – not because of any promise I showed but, rather, because I had been born in the Hunter Valley. Turns out the bloke involved – a legendary central Queensland newsman by the name of Roy Theodore – liked the wines that came from there. So, on that basis, I was hired and that was the end of my television career. Thank God.

Belinda Seeney I am the reason supermarkets stock hot cross buns in December. When social media heralds the early arrival of these Easter treats and supermarkets are forced to hose down confected outrage by explaining the buns were brought forward “due to overwhelming customer demand”, blame me. I am that customer standing in the middle of the bakery on Boxing Day, loudly demanding a six pack. I adore nothing more in that devil-may-care week between Christmas and New Year’s Day than grabbing my first batch of buns while stocking up on discounted Christmas treats. Mini hot cross buns arranged on plates next to half-price fruit mince tarts; caramel-centred Easter eggs nestled next to rum balls. Delicious! If I had my way, hot cross buns would be stocked year-round. So much so, I taught myself how to bake these delights so I could scratch my Easter itch in June or even October. It took a few attempts but I

eventually Frankenstein-ed several recipes together, recommissioned my ageing breadmaker for the kneading and proving, and now I can whip up a dozen or two before work. Occasionally I’ll alter the recipe – zesting an orange and adding fresh peel and a spritz of juice, or subbing out a few of the sultanas and raisins for dried cranberries or figs. But deviate from the decades-old doughy formula any further and I’m not sure you have the right to still label the finished product a hot cross bun. I’d be happy never to see another chocolate sweet roll masquerading as a hot cross bun, and you can forget fruitless varieties. What’s the point? They’re just bread rolls with white stripes on top. I’m no fan, either, of the increasingly bizarre flavour combinations supermarkets and bakeries dream up. This year, you can’t escape brioche buns. They’re perfectly edible, but they don’t feel like a proper hot cross bun, much in the way 2017’s sourdough buns and

2016’s shudderingly bad raw and paleo “buns” failed to pass muster. Fortunately, some of the more god-awful combos have gone: the diabetes-inducing Belgian chocolate and toffee fudge, and Nutella-filled varieties; the jaffa flavours; and the baffling date and ginger, lemon myrtle, and mocha kinds. Think they’re bad? Brace yourself. British supermarket chain Asda once crowdsourced flavour suggestions. Some of the truly stomach-churning ideas included choc-chip banana, coconut-chilli, pink custard, lemon meringue, Marmite, and chicken and sweet corn. Suddenly those fruitless chocolate buns don’t seem so bad.

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luxury Meet sharp-suited Brisbane bachelor Shaun Birley, who travels the world with his digital entourage by Hannah Davies They say a picture paints a thousand words – and if Shaun Birley’s social media profile is anything to go by he has more than mastered the art. With his piercing blue eyes and sartorial smarts, the Brisbane-based fashion influencer, whose chiselled looks draw comparisons with actor Ryan Reynolds, has captured the hearts of 90,000 Instagram followers worldwide in just two years. A quick flick through his feed

While at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst, where he studied marketing, Shaun worked the graveyard shift as a forklift truck driver for DHL in Sydney. And if dad Lindsay is to be believed, 18-year-old Shaun “dressed badly in oversized American baseballstyle clothes”. Shaun laughs off the comment and counters that he “always had a flair for men’s fashion”. “I love the fashion world a lot and

A quick flick through his feed reveals Shaun in fabulous locations, from New York to Paris

SARTORIAL SOPHISTICATE … Fashion influencer Shaun Birley. Picture: AAP/Ric Frearson

shows Shaun in fabulous locations, from New York to Paris, cutting a dash in pinstripe suits, casual linens or turtlenecks while sipping coffee or sitting behind the wheel of European sports cars. Such fashion shoots are all in a day’s work for the e-commerce entrepreneur, fashion distributor and business coach who made GQ Australia’s best dressed list in 2017. But life wasn’t always so glamorous.

weirdly enough it goes hand-in-hand with this logistics world,” says Shaun, who also operates a courier company with his dad. “When I started looking at doing my Instagram profile it was because I was working with fashion labels, helping them with their freight. As a business tool I wanted to let family and friends know what I was doing and where I was travelling. “I was taking photos of what suits I



was wearing and where I was going for coffee prior to my meetings. Then it started growing from there because people liked what they were seeing. “People enjoyed my fashion sense, my travel, my coffee, mixed with, I guess, the entrepreneur lifestyle and the fact that I was doing something for myself.” Shaun says his aim was to create his own version of GQ or a similar high-end men’s style magazine on a digital platform. “(I was) taking the best parts of men’s lifestyle, plus my hobbies, and curating a page based on that, so anything from suits to cars to wine and travel, coffee and fitness.” The turning point came in 2012 when, after six years with DHL, Shaun and Lindsay, also previously with DHL, launched their awardwinning InXpress. The business allows customers to choose the best freight service for their product according to price, service, and speed. What started as a small operation now has 45 franchises in Australia, and more across New Zealand, India, South Korea, Hong Kong, and the Philippines. “How it’s structured is similar to Skyscanner or Webjet, only with freight instead of flights,” Shaun says. “In the beginning, Dad looked after the ‘master’ and me and my business partner and best mate since boarding

DRIVING FORCE … Man about town and entrepreneur Shaun Birley in his BMW.

school, Sam Orders, ran one of the first franchises. After Sam and I got the franchise up and running and proved that it worked we started doing business coaching for all the franchisees. “Sam is the business coach in the US now and I’m the business coach here in Australia and in New Zealand, and I look after the whole e-commerce world too.” As if that didn’t keep Shaun busy

enough, he “tries to push content” on his Instagram account @shaunbirley four or five times a week, usually during his lunch break over a YouFoodz ready meal. He also recently got himself a celebrity manager – Sydney PR queen Roxy Jacenko – who has been helping to bring in the sponsorship deals. To date he’s worked with Penfolds wine, Uniqlo, Uber, BMW, Montblanc and Chivas Regal whisky.



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“I’ve got an array of photographers,” he says. “I’ve got a photographer and a videographer based in Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne and depending what city I’m in they’re my ‘go to’ for that city. “It’s all commissioned work so if I need to do something for Penfolds I’ll sit down and go through a game plan and we’ll shoot maybe four or five different posts on the one day and a video. “I’ve got a professional camera kit and stuff so sometimes I even shoot myself.” Pictures documenting his style are often accompanied with a quirky caption – comments such as “keeping floral sharp”, “tropical vibes”, or “light summer tones and textures”. But unfortunately not everyone is a fan, and Shaun is well aware that he is often the butt of jokes – something he finds amusing. “You can’t get my warmth or energy from that online presence. It’s common feedback that when I meet people, they say, ‘Oh, I thought you were going to be a bit of a (expletive) wit.’ “I think a lot of people assume that when a father and son work together, potentially the son’s going to be a self-righteous, all-deserving, takeadvantage type, who has had all opportunity given to him on a plate.” CONTINUED NEXT PAGE

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FROM PREVIOUS PAGE In person Shaun is nothing of the sort. Incredibly friendly, he is also downto-earth and gracious. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Shaun spent most of his childhood in Asia and refers to himself as “Asian on the inside”. The family, which also owns a vineyard in New Zealand, moved around a lot, living in the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Miami. He and younger sister Charlie, 27, went to boarding school in Sydney, and spent holidays with their parents – Lindsay, 54, and Karen McKeown, 52. Every time the family moved countries, the children were sent on a cooking course and enrolled in charity work – such as working in an elephant orphanage in Thailand or helping street kids in Miami. “Living in Third World countries is fun,” Shaun says. “The lifestyle is great but there is so much stuff for you to do for other people and for organisations. When I finished school I went to South America for a year and built schools and taught English. It was pretty cool.” Few people know the 28-year-old also lends at hand at the charity Hear and Say in Brisbane, which provides cochlear implants to deaf children. “I’ve been helping out around their premises. I went with Mum and Dad and cleaned up a whole bunch of stuff in the office area, and we made sandpits and gardens for the kids.

WHAT HAVE YOU SPENT WAY TOO MUCH ON? Cameras. I love photography and taking good photos.

FAVE SKINCARE BRAND? The Brisbane brand Anoque. It’s one of the best I’ve used and is Australian-made.

BOTOX - YAY OR NAY? Not a chance. My sister tried to get me into it but I said “get that needle away from me”.

BIG NIGHT OUT OR QUIET NIGHT IN? I don’t go out and get blind because I like high-end alcohol. I enjoy relaxing with quality wine or whisky rather than overdoing it. An Old Fashioned (cocktail) is my favourite nightcap.

PET PEEVE? When I get compared with Ryan Reynolds. It happens all the time. It’s relentless.

“They did this thing called a ‘switch on’, where they turned the cochlear implant on (for a child). Oh man, I was crying. “A lot of people publicise their charity work, but I prefer to just do it in the background.” Shaun’s busy lifestyle leaves little time for dating and as a result he’s still one of Brisbane’s most eligible bachelors. And while TV bosses have been trying to sign him on to Network Ten

reality show The Bachelor, he’s adamant it’s not for him. “Every year they ask me,” he says. “The moment I say ‘yes’ to that, everything I’ve worked for is out the window. Instead of being Shaun Birley, I am suddenly ‘The Bachelor’. “The guys who have done it before get exposure out of it, a girlfriend for about three months, the launch of business from it, exposure and travel. I don’t think I need it. “I don’t have a girlfriend at the

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thrill If you’ve just turned 39, then congratulations, for you fit the buyer profile for the latest Rolls-Royce, the Phantom VIII. Twenty years ago, the age of your average RR buyer was closer to 60. Rich people, it seems, are getting younger. Rich? Make that seriously rich, as prices for the Phantom start at $950,000, can easily reach $1.1 million and represent the pinnacle of look-atme motoring. The chances are that most Phantom buyers will ride in the back seat while Jeeves carries out the piloting duties, but were they to take the wheel, they would enjoy the thrust of its twin-turbocharged 6.75-litre V12 engine as it powers the 2.6-tonne machine from zero to 100km/h in 5.3 seconds. Top speed, if you were wondering, has been electronically limited to 250km/h. Lest the outside world intrude in the form of potholes, the Phantom wafts along on a massive airbag suspension, while the tyres have been filled with a special foam designed to smother any intrusive road noise. RR engineers have also installed two cameras behind the windscreen that scan the road ahead and tell the

ALL SMILES ... Torsten MüllerÖtvös, chief executive of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, next to the new Phantom VIII.

Get ready to take the ride of your life in one of these new models by the world’s most celebrated luxe car makers by Mike O’Connor computers governing the suspension to prepare for any imperfections. A further 130kg of sounddeadening material has also been installed, along with double-glazed windows to cocoon passengers in their plush, leather-trimmed carriage. The view along the bonnet, which resembles the deck of an aircraft carrier, culminates in the Spirit of Ecstasy emblem which is available, depending on your personal taste, in silver, gold or illuminated polycarbonate. If the Phantom VIII seems a little on the conservative side, then a mere $789,425 will see you shattering the neighbours’ windows with the exhaust note of your Lamborghini Aventador S. This is generally regarded as one of the more desirable cars around if your tastes run to Italian exotica. Throw in a few options and it’s not hard to part with $900,000 for a car

that is guaranteed to draw a crowd wherever it’s driven. It looks like it’s doing 200km/h sitting in the showroom, and on the open road – preferably a really long one – it will hit 350km/h. Want to get to the corner shop in a hurry? This car is for you. It is powered by a 6.5-litre V12 which produces 544kW of power and will sprint from 0-100km/h in 2.9 seconds, 0-200km/h in 8.8 seconds and 0-300km/h in 24.2 seconds. The engine and futuristic body are built by hand in Italy and should not be confused with lesser Lamborghinis which are made by Audi in Germany. If you want to own the purest expression of Ferrari’s car-building genius, then you will have to find

$610,000 for the Ferrari 812 Superfast, the most powerful and fastest roadgoing Ferrari ever built – with the exception of some limited edition V12 models. The price tag may be a little daunting, but it’s actually a bargain, being $80,000 less than the car it replaces, the F12berlinetta. The engine is based on that in the F12 but has been enlarged from 6.2 litres to 6.5 litres, has been redesigned and is 75 per cent new. Designed by Ferrari’s head of design Flavio Manzoni, the 812 Superfast is a beautifully sculpted piece of automotive architecture, with the name harking back to earlier V12 Ferraris, particularly the iconic 500 Superfast of 1964. There are no turbochargers here – just the purest expression of a naturally aspirated engine producing 588kW of power and 718Nm of torque. On full song, it sounds like an F1 race car as it rockets from a standing start to 100km/h in 2.9 seconds. Keep the pedal to the metal and 200km/h comes up in 7.9 seconds. Top speed is 340km/h. To keep your passenger in the loop as their body is forced deep into their

It’s not hard to part with $900,000 for a car that is guaranteed to draw a crowd

seat, they have their own screen which shows the g-forces being generated. If you want a grand tourer that makes a statement, the 812 Superfast fits the bill, and it comes with an almost practical boot space of 320500 litres. “The 812 Superfast is the most powerful, fastest Ferrari in the marque’s 70-year history,” said

Ferrari Australasia chief executive Herbert Appleroth. “As the Australasian love affair with Ferrari continues, the 812 Superfast is proving to be among the most in-demand models we have ever seen in this market.” Turning 40 and still no RollsRoyce Phantom VIII in the garage? Don’t despair. Just buy the Ferrari and save $400K.

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Paris in style by Phil Brown

Position is paramount when you’re staying in any world capital you are unfamiliar with. As a novice in Paris I wanted to be comfortable and at the centre of things and The Peninsula Paris turned out to be the perfect location. They say it’s “just steps way from the Arc de Triomphe” and during our five nights in the French capital I couldn’t get over how close we were. This gracious hotel is on Avenue Kleber which runs up to that crazy roundabout that swirls around the Arc de Triomphe. I never tired of seeing that amazing monument so close. That other amazing monument is within walking distance too and you get views of the Eiffel Tower from L’Oiseau Blanc, the hotel’s rooftop restaurant which has a nice bar and

PALATIAL EXPERIENCE ... The Peninsula Paris was originally a Belle Epoque jewel, the Hotel Majestic, opened in 1908; as it is today.

terrace, although we were visiting in early December so the terrace was a bit chilly. The Peninsula Paris is nothing short of spectacular and one of a growing number of Peninsula properties worldwide. The mother ship is The Peninsula Hong Kong

which sets the standard and that standard is all about luxury (warm, stylish luxury, not stuffy luxury) and service. Service is the heart and soul of The Peninsula experience and it is in Paris in the same way it is in Hong Kong. Nothing is too much trouble, everyone is friendly and the hotel

feels like a rather grand home away from home. It is in the 16th arrondissement, close to famous monuments, museums and luxury shopping districts. It’s a very short stroll to the famous Avenue des Champs Elysees which is


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SUITE DREAMS: Peninsula Paris offers sumptuous rooms; Le Lobby eatery; and views.

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Out & About FRANKIE 4 FOOTWEAR LAUNCH Indooroopilly Fashion influencers were out in force at the unveiling of Frankie4’s AW18 range of comfy and on-trend styles. Hosted by Styling You’s Nikki Parkinson, the event featured a runway show and a Q&A with founders Caroline and Alan McCulloch.

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An indoor garden party drew a stylish crowd to Indooroopilly Shopping Centre’s designer precinct. Guests nibbled on afternoon tea delights and sipped exotic cocktails created by Bombay Sapphire mixologists.

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BRANCHING OUT ... Jason Coats at One Fifty Ascot Bar & Bistro.

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Jason Coats, 47, New Farm One Fifty Ascot Bar & Bistro owner

How is One Fifty Ascot going? Really well. We’re stoked to be a part of the community. One Fifty Ascot is on the same site as Baguette, an icon of Brisbane dining. Any restaurant on the same spot has big shoes to fill.

What’s your go-to on the menu? We have a wonderful head chef, Tim Michels. His team makes fresh pasta and bread every morning from scratch. The prawn fettuccine is one of my favourites.

How did you approach that history? Being such a historic venue, Baguette had wonderful bones and structure. It’s nice to be able to maintain the integrity of the natural light and high ceilings and add in new accents of limestone, marble and greenery. At the bar at the front we were able to open it up with a glass ceiling and wall, making it feel more like an atrium with loads of natural light.

What are your hopes for the Racecourse Rd precinct? With the hopeful re-opening of Eagle Farm racetrack and the addition of some new developments, it’s nice to see the street evolve and bring some buzz back and re-invigorate it.

Why open a venue on Ascot’s Racecourse Rd? It’s one of those beautiful tree-lined streets that have always been on my radar. I was just waiting for the right location and opportunity.

What’s your favourite thing to do you do when you are not at work? Spending time with my boys on Moreton Bay. RACECOURSE ROAD SILKS FESTIVAL, Apr 7, 10am-9pm, Ascot. Experience local venues, food trucks, pop-up bars, market stalls and live music.

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Fiona Lowry: There is a place in the heart that will never be filled Friday 16 March – Sunday 29 July 2018

The extraordinary collection of things that filled Margaret Olley’s home studio at Duxford Street, Paddington, was the subject matter for her paintings for nearly fifty years. A painter’s house presents new work by four contemporary painters, alongside examples of Olley’s own paintings. John Honeywill, Guy Maestri, Lewis Miller and Monica Rohan return to Olley’s beloved collection, to explore, to experiment, to enliven, to interpret, to reveal.

FIONA LOWRY (b.1974) My mother’s far embrace (Ukerbargh Mangroves) (detail) 2017, acrylic on canvas, 167 x 122cm

MARGARET OLLEY (1923–2011) Still life — objects on a table (detail) c1976 oil on board, 75 x 115 cm, City of Townsville Art Collection, © Margaret Olley Art Trust

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Curious creatures Galleries by Phil Brown

Being conflicted about an art exhibition is not necessarily a bad thing. And that’s how I felt when I got a sneak peak at Patricia Piccinini: Curious Affection, now showing at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA). I say conflicted because I had mixed emotions and you may have the same. Some works you want to cuddle, some you want to comfort, some will make you smile, some may have you doing a double-take and there are a few that may make you feel, well, uncomfortable. But there’s no doubt that what this Melbourne-based artist does is intriguing and gallery-goers will be fascinated by the cumulative affect of this major exhibition. It’s Patricia Piccinini’s biggest. She’s an Australian artist with an international reputation and the sort of artist GOMA was made for. She feels the same and when I spoke to her a few weeks ago she was incredibly enthusiastic, saying: “I wish it could open tomorrow.” So why is she having the show of her life in Brisbane? “Put that down to an incredibly forward thinking gallery director (Chris Saines) and an amazing gallery,” Piccinini says. We like the way she thinks. And talks. This is GOMA’s largest exhibition devoted to an Australian artist

comprising sculpture, photography, video, drawing and large-scale installations. It extends across GOMA’s entire ground floor, including the Children’s Art Centre. It’s a retrospective on the one hand and features some recognisable work from the past 15 years including a work in the QAGOMA collection, a piece that made many fall in love with her art. I refer to her 2008 sculpture The Stags which features motor scooters that look like stags clashing antlers. There’s a lot of new works, too, including commissions for GOMA. Since The Stags her work has got, well, weirder and weirder and the hybrid beings that are born in her studio are sculptural wonders that are both alien and familiar. The cumulative effect of so many

THE WHOLE MENAGERIE ... Patricia Piccinini; one of her works, Doubting Thomas.

of them in one place is that entering the exhibition is like landing on another planet of creatures that look familiar, often human, although even when they approximate us they are not quite there. The biggest work is without a doubt her giant inflatable sculpture Pneutopia which appears to bloom from the roof of a garden shed (and there is a garden shed in the gallery) up into GOMA’s atrium where it can also be seen from the top floor.

The shed in the space become a portal to another world. Patricia says she wanted to “create something inside the gallery that takes you outside of it”. She has done that, in more ways than one. PATRICIA PICCININI: CURIOUS AFFECTION Gallery of Modern Art, South Brisbane Until Aug 5, $16/$18.

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Between the lines with Vicky Roach LOVE, SIMON (M) hhhhj Director: Greg Berlanti Starring: Nick Robinson, Katherine Langford, Jennifer Garner Every screen romance requires an obstacle for its protagonists to successfully overcome. Love, Simon doubles down on that unwritten rule. Not only must the gay title character work up the courage to come out to his friends and family, his dilemma is compounded by the fact that he doesn’t yet know the identity of the fellow student with whom he has fallen in love. Adding a further complication to

this besieged teenager’s life is a blackmailing misfit who demands that Simon hook him up with his dropdead gorgeous friend. The resultant matchmaking machinations go so badly awry, I was reminded of Jane Austen’s Emma. But Simon, played so winningly by Nick Robinson (Jurassic World), is a much more sympathetic character than Emma. Robinson’s naturally restrained performance, illuminated periodically by a killer smile, is supported by an unusually strong ensemble cast. Not one of these characters – from the homosexual leading man to the bestie gal-pal who is secretly in love with him (13 Reasons Why’s Katherine Langford) or even the adolescent extortionist (Logan Miller) – comes across as a one-dimensional

Love, Simon validates  the gay teenage  experience  stereotype. Even the parents (Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel) are liberally wholesome without being walking cliches. Greg Berlanti directs Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger’s screenplay with a light and confident touch. When it comes to the fraught prospect of coming out in high school, Berlanti is sympathetic to his lead character’s dilemma. But he doesn’t labour the point. The school’s only openly gay student (Clark Moore) has an acerbic

comeback for every adolescent putdown he’s subjected to. And the drama teacher (Natasha Rothwell, who is given the best lines in the film and who knows exactly what to do with them) wipes the floor with the homophobic school bullies. There’s a fun scene in which Simon imagines a parallel world where heterosexual teenagers must come out to their parents – some of the reactions are priceless. As a coming-of-age drama, Love, Simon is fairly conventional. That, paradoxically, is what makes it so progressive. Perhaps Berlanti’s biggest triumph is making Hollywood’s first mainstream gay teenage romance seem, well, so familiar. Love, Simon validates the gay teenage experience and makes its lead character’s story feel universal.

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Welcome bonhomie Restaurant Review by Tony Harper MONTRACHET 1/30 King St, Bowen Hills Ph: 3367 0030 Chef: Shannon Kellam Lunch and dinner, Tue–Fri; dinner, Sat (set menu) Vegetarian options Major credit cards On-street parking

SCORES OUT OF 10 Food: 8 Vibe: 9

WARM EMBRACE ... Montrachet’s entree of salmon gravlax. Picture: Mark Cranitch.

Drinks: 8 Service: 9

Montrachet is something of a wonder. Since its birth 15 years ago it has changed hands and, quite recently, moved location. But it seems little has changed. Sure, it no longer has Thierry Galichet bouncing between the saucepans and tables, but there’s at least one familiar face from the early days still cosseting diners. And its new digs – bigger perhaps and definitely slicker – manage to conjure up the same happy brasserie atmosphere as the original: cheerful, classic, and very, very French. It has plenty of attributes, but the greatest is probably its service: unobtrusive, attentive, eyes in the back of the head kind of stuff. There are no berets or faux French accents, and the view out the windows is distinctly Brisbane, but everything else is emphatically French. The wine list, for example, doesn’t stoop to even a single glass of Australian plonk. And if you want to

spend a bundle on a super bottle of burgundy you can. You can also get into decent premier cru chablis for just over $100, and less exotic wines for well under. It’s a good list: focused, thoughtful and large without being ponderous. Beer nerds aren’t so well catered for. It’s a small collection of basics with the lone highlight of Bellerose: what about the likes of Gavroche or other seriously good French beers making their way to Australia?

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The menu hasn’t deviated from its theme of traditional, classic French bistro. A few dishes are permanent residents: cassoulet, lambs brains, French onion soup, and crab and gruyere souffle. Appetisers includes saucisson sec ($14); foie gras ($39.50); a fabulous pig’s-head terrine with ravigote and baguette ($14); oysters; and a perfectly rich duck liver parfait ($12). Then there are entrees: I find it impossible to consider anything else

when there are brains to be had. Two of them arrive encased in a crunchy shell of crumbs, on a bed of parsnip puree, a couple of dressed cos leaves on top: perfect ($19.50). And snails ($24) in three tiny pots, puff pastry lids, garlic butter, tomato and spinach. A main of magret de canard (duck breast. $45) is beautifully cooked – moist, pink, a scattering of beetroot wedges and parsnip – but a bit tepid by the time it hits the table: a small blip in an otherwise faultless meal. Shannon Kellam is a talented chef. His take on the French bistro theme is more polished – finer – than you’ll find at a lot of other restaurants of its ilk. But there’s also a simple honesty and familiarity to his cooking. The rest of the package is slick, considered and very, very professional. Montrachet became an institution the day its doors opened in Paddington. It remains an institution, and deservedly so. And I like its new digs even more than I liked the old.



Simply irresistible Take your Easter baking to the next level with these perfectly heavenly chocolate creations Recipes by Lauren Eldridge Styling by Karlie Francisco Photographs by Nadine Shaw

WHIPPED CHOCOLATE GANACHE CAKE INGREDIENTS 600g butter 480g 70 per cent dark chocolate 900ml boiling water 900g self raising flour 150g cocoa powder 1200g caster sugar 6 small eggs Ganache 750g dark chocolate 200g milk 600g cream

METHOD Ganache: Place the chocolate into a large heatproof bowl. Bring the milk and half the cream to the boil. Pour the hot milk mixture over the chocolate and stir to melt together. Add the remaining cream and leave mixture to set overnight in the fridge. Cake: Preheat oven to 155C (fan forced). Line two 22cm deep cake tins with baking paper. Place the butter and chocolate in a large heatproof bowl. Pour over the boiling water and whisk together to melt the chocolate and butter. In a separate large bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder and sugar. Add warm chocolate mixture and whisk. Beat in the eggs until well combined. Pour mixture into the tins until ž full. Bake the cakes for 1 hour, or until an inserted skewer comes out clean. Leave cakes to cool in tins for 1 hour before turning out on to a wire rack to cool completely. This will allow the crumb to set and stop the cake from breaking. Once cooled, trim the top of the cakes to create a flat surface. Garnish with chocolate crisp (see recipe next page). CONTINUED NEXT PAGE

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DARK CHOCOLATE & AMARETTO FONDANT INGREDIENTS 6 ramekins Softened butter, for greasing Cocoa powder, for dusting 350g dark chocolate 50g butter 150g caster sugar 4 eggs 50ml amaretto 50g plain flour

METHOD Don’t be afraid of making a fondant, for even those that don’t turn out are delicious mistakes. Preheat oven to 200C (fan forced). Use a pastry brush to coat ramekins with soft butter. Place 1tsp cocoa powder in each

ramekin and spin to cover the butter with the powder. Tip out any excess cocoa powder. Melt the chocolate over a saucepan of simmering water. Leave to cool slightly. In a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until pale. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the amaretto. On a slow speed, beat in the flour. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and slowly beat once more to ensure the mixture is smooth. Pour in the chocolate and mix to a smooth batter. Divide the chocolate mixture between each of the moulds. Place on a baking tray. Cook for 10-12 mins (depending on your oven). Remove from the oven, tip on to a plate and serve immediately. Makes 6

FROM PREVIOUS PAGE Carefully cut each of the cakes horizontally into halves. Place the set ganache into a stand mixer with a whisk attachment and whisk until aerated and creamy. Spread a small amount of ganache on to three of the cakes, leaving about 1cm from the edge. Stack the cakes on top of each other and place the last uniced cake on top. Use the remainder of the ganache to spread over the top and sides of the cake. Leave to set in the fridge for about 45 mins before serving. Serves 10-12

COCOA SORBET INGREDIENTS 500ml water 125g caster sugar 60g glucose 125g cocoa

METHOD Combine all ingredients in a large

CHOCOLATE CRISP 90g caster sugar 45g glucose 60g dark chocolate, chopped Melt caster sugar and glucose over a medium-high heat until it reaches 165C on a sugar thermometer. Remove from heat and add chocolate. Stir, placing back over a low heat if not mixing smoothly. Pour on to a tray lined with baking paper. Place another piece of baking paper on top and roll out as thinly as possible. Leave for 10 mins to set. At this stage the mix will keep in an airtight container for 1

saucepan and place over a mediumhigh heat. Bring to the boil while whisking and cool for 2 mins. This will help cook the cocoa powder and thicken the sorbet. Pass through a fine sieve to remove any lumps and cool in the refrigerator. Churn in an ice cream machine according to manufacturer’s instructions. Makes 500ml

month. To make crisp, preheat oven to 200C with no/low fan. Place a piece of hardened choc caramel on baking paper covering on a flat tray turned upside down. (This allows the rolling pin to make direct contact.) Heat in the oven for 5-6 mins or until mix melts. Place another piece of baking paper on top and roll into thin shards, about 2mm thick. Once rolled, sit for 15-20 secs and peel off the top piece of paper. Allow chocolate crisp to cool slightly so it is still flexible. Carefully lift the edge and pull the chocolate caramel to desired length. Trim with scissors and twist into desired shape.

CHOCOLATE TART INGREDIENTS Tart shell (makes 2): 150g butter, softened 75g caster sugar ½tsp salt 175g plain flour 50g cocoa powder 1 egg, lightly beaten Filling: 200g dark chocolate 190ml pouring cream 80ml milk 1 egg, lightly beaten 22cm tart ring

METHOD To make the tart shell, place butter, sugar and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer. Using a paddle attachment, cream together until pale. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour and cocoa powder. Add into the creamed butter mixture and fold together by hand with a spatula to avoid overworking the dough. Divide into two balls, flatten each slightly and wrap individually in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 mins. Roll one ball of dough into a circle 5mm thick. Place the tart ring on the dough and run the tip of a knife around the inside of the ring. Remove any excess dough and then lift off the tart ring. Place the tart base on a baking tray and refrigerate for another 30 mins. The second ball of dough can be made into a second base, or frozen for up to a month. Preheat oven to 160C and bake the tart base in the oven for 10-12 mins until the dough is dry. Lightly beat the egg and use a pastry brush to paint a thin layer across the base, then return to the oven for 3 mins. This will prevent the base from going soggy once the filling is added. Reduce the oven temperature to 100C.


For the filling, roughly chop the chocolate and place it in a heatproof bowl. Bring the cream and milk to the boil over a low heat. Pour the hot cream mixture over the chocolate. Leave to sit for 30 secs to melt the chocolate slightly and then stir until well combined. Whisk in the egg until the mixture is smooth. Spray the tart ring well with oil

spray. Place it back over the baked base and pour the filling to just below the rim. Bake for 10-12 mins until the filling is just set. It should have a slight wobble in the centre. Leave to firm for 1 hour at room temperature before serving. Do not leave the tart in the refrigerator or it will lose its custardlike texture. Serves 8-10

As group pastry chef for the Van Haandel Group, Lauren brings her signature dessert style to the Stokehouse restaurants in Brisbane and St Kilda as well as the company’s other venues Fatto and Pontoon, also in Melbourne. One of Australia’s most exciting young chefs, Lauren trained under Mark Best at Marque Restaurant in Sydney where she was awarded the Josephine Pignolet Young Chef of the Year Award for 2015. The award enabled her to work under some of the world’s best including Massimo Bottura, when his Modenese restaurant, Osteria Francescana, secured the No.1 spot on the “World’s 50 Best Restaurants” list. Lauren will fly the flag for Stokehouse Q at the Noosa Food and Wine Festival, May 17-20. Recipes: Lauren Eldridge Photographs: Nadine Shaw, Styling: Karlie Francisco Props:


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magic You wouldn’t be the first to wonder what goes on in the mind of Marcel Wanders by Leesa Maher

SOFA AHEAD ... Marcel Wanders’ Charleston sofa for Moooi.

The New York Times dubbed him the “Lady Gaga of design” and he’s certainly left-field, but Marcel Wanders puts it another way: He is an engineer dressed up as a magician. The Dutch-born product designer has collaborated with brands such as Alessi, Kartell, B&B Italia and MAC Cosmetics, and his talent extends to

interiors, with credits including The Mondrian South Beach in Miami. In 2001 Marcel co-founded Moooi, a furniture brand sold through Space Furniture stores in Australia. The 54-year-old sat down with Brisbane News on a recent visit to Space Furniture, Fortitude Valley.

What brings you to Brisbane? It’s really getting to know the local architects and designers and inform them about Moooi. We have a way of doing things that attracts a certain kind of architect who’s a bit more willing to go out of the box.

What is your design philosophy? It’s a work in progress for the past 27 years or so, but basically we need a world in which design is more humanistic, less technocratic, more romantic, more personal, more subjective, more durable.

How do ideas come to you? When I sit at a table working my butt off. It’s work. It’s what I do, and I love it. Design is not “creativity”. No, design is a really small space that is determined by “we want to do this, we want to do that” and at some point you know what you want to make. You have go inside that question, that idea, and in that lies a universe.

So it’s about making things to last? Of course. Seventy per cent of things we throw away are still fine. They’re not broken. We are buying stuff we know we don’t need, and that is a problem we should face in design. It starts with creating an object that transports through time a valuable idea: that it can live forever.

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What if budget is an issue? You can go to any second-hand store and get an amazing piece – I have pieces from flea markets at home. You don’t need to buy throwaway furniture. Whatever you put around yourself, you will be the mirror of it. Surround yourself with things you love. Can you recall your first design? As a kid I had a bike and I wanted it to move forward if I peddled backwards. If you asked me now how I did it, I wouldn’t know. But I did it. My parents had a shop in a little town (Boxtel, Netherlands) and they hoped I would become a policeman or something useful like that. I don’t think they ever really got it. Your most prized possession? A little porcelain vase that’s 3100 years old. It’s a Chinese vase that sat on the bottom of the sea for 2700 years or so. It’s not that I care so much about it, it’s a really hideous little thing, but I feel responsible for it. I had a copies made for Moooi (Moooi Ming Vase, left) but they didn’t sell very well. How did you come to buy it? It was so weird how it happened. It was the day my dog lost a tooth. My girlfriend threw a stone, because she couldn’t find a stick, so the dog ran after it and went aghh. So while the vet did his work, we walked around




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BREAKING ALL THE RULES ... (clockwise from above) Moooi co-founder and Dutch designer Marcel Wanders; Moooi’s Nest sofa; Marcel’s Ming Vase based on an ancient Chinese vase he owns; Moooi’s Chalice 48 light by Edward van Vliet.

town. We found this weird shop and this little vase. It’s great to have something with so much depth, so much life, that’s so much older than you are, and that has the fingerprints of the person who made it for you. What are you working on now? A 6-star hotel and palace in Doha, Qatar, for the Royal family. What I like so much is the sense of ambition that you can find in the Middle East. Ambition is a beautiful thing. Who are your design heroes? Very few people (have) changed the world of design. (Philippe) Starck did it more than once, and Sottsass (Ettore Sottsass, founder of the Memphis design movement) – those are the superheroes.

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Social media has become a huge forum for the sharing of home design ideas. Good or bad? It’s not so easy if you don’t have an eye for interiors. People can look at bedrooms on Pinterest and say, ‘I want it’. We live in a world of advisers, more than ever. If I want to see a dance performance, I ask someone who has good taste and knows what’s coming this year to Amsterdam. We elevate ourselves by asking for advice.

personal. It’s outside, in the public domain, that gets more personal. The restaurants you choose more specifically than your interior. With your interior, you make it so that tomorrow, someone else can buy it, or you can have an Airbnb guy come every now and then.

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Residential development offers spacious one, two and three-bedroom m apartments over four impressive levels Nestled within the leafy residential river suburb of Sherwood, The Sherwood Residences have been designed to offer the best in quality, modern apartment living that will suit both lifestyle and budget. Offering a choice of cleverly thought out designs, The Sherwood Residences comprises a mix of spacious one, two and three-bedroom apartments over four impressive levels. There are 51 apartments in the boutique complex located at 6 Quarry Rd, with the mix of residences featuring large floorplans available from $395,000. Property Direct is the marketing and sales agency for the development. Marketing Manager Emma Hocking said the apartments were a genuine house alternative for those looking to

downsize. “We also offer large one and two bedroom floorplans with exceptionally high-quality finishes for those who are first-home buyers orr investors,” she said. “Wherever you look, you will find an attention to detail and sense of style that sets The Sherwood Residences apart from its peers. “Gourmet-style kitchens integrate te perfectly with spacious open-plan living, flowing to generous balconies or terraces.” Ms Hocking said the development offered the largest three-bedroom apartments in Sherwood at 110sq m internally, with a 24sq m balcony plus car parking and secure storage. “A local real estate agent purchased in the building on the

launch weekend – it’s where the local buy,” said. agents buy ” she said The project completed construction in February this year and on-site agent is Andrew Houpt. The Sherwood Residences were constructed by CS Development Group, a privately-owned, Queensland-based construction and property development company. PH: 0478 663 935 SHERWOODRESIDENCES.COM.AU

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entertain A sprawling southside home makes the most of its big block and outdoor living areas by Michelle Bailey

Steven and Maria’s new house in Gumdale, designed by architects Natalie Dixon and Kon Panagopoulos, is a stone’s throw away from where they lived for 25 years. Their hectare-size block was once part of a larger site that was subdivided to build their second home. Lessons learned from the old house informed the design of the new. “What was important to us were the outside living areas,” Steven says. “We wanted areas that we could sprawl out on – larger spaces and different places to entertain.” The architects proposed an “H” shaped plan with the two long wings employed to shelter outdoor rooms at the centre. “The house itself becomes the walls protecting the outdoor spaces, helping to control the outdoor environment,” Kon says. “The lower roofs control the GREEN ACRES ... The owners love the home’s garden setting and al fresco living.

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summer sun and (provide) shelter (from) rain meaning that they are more usable.” The “H” configuration orders bedrooms to the longer outer wings and places the communal and social spaces such as the kitchen, dining and lounge rooms at the centre. Twin fireplaces separate dining from living spaces both indoors and out. The central kitchen, dining and living rooms all open to the northern terrace, connecting to the large garden with views of the pool. Views to the southern courtyard garden and veggie patch are provided from the opposite side of the house through picture windows in the scullery wall at the back of the kitchen and larger apertures in the living room. The change in ceiling material from white painted plasterboard to naturally stained timber signals the move from inside to outside.

On the eastern side of the house, a barbecue terrace establishes a secondary gathering space. “The barbecue deck can be closed off in winter,” Steven says. “The security screen also means it can remain open when we go out. ” It also faces east, so it captures the morning sun in winter and is cool and shady on a summer afternoon. “We feel the different seasons here because the sun comes in at different

angles. We can move to a different spot depending on the weather,” Maria says. The building explores an elegant and restrained material palette with the focus being the white brick used externally and internally. “Brick means low maintenance and it has (visual) warmth,” Kon says.

“Brick also has a great robustness and a mid-century feel which we like.” Dark window and door frames and the dark roof contrast with the pale brick walls. Concrete elements as well as oak and marble floors deliver the richness of colour and texture. A sense of luxury is achieved not in making spaces vast but in bringing

them alive with sunlit walls and garden views. “When you walk down the hallways you feel connected to outside and from any one place inside you can always see the garden,” Steven says. Architect: KP Architects, ph: 3216 1466 Photographs: Christopher Frederick Jones






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Renovated to

impress Practical yet luxurious pad hits the market Just moments from the river and New Farm Park, this luxuriously appointed, fully renovated residence combines a stunning presence with a practical open-plan layout. It has four upstairs bedrooms and a lower-level main living hub, with polished timber floors, high ceilings, a pool and fireplace. A floating timber staircase and

double-height voided ceiling space stands out on entry, with family, meals and dining rooms and the kitchen beyond. Bi-fold doors then open to an outdoor entertaining area. With a built-in barbecue this outdoor space is ideal for dining, while overlooking a private back yard and the in-ground pool. Back inside, the ground level also includes a study and laundry, powder room and double garage. At the top of the staircase is a

NEW FARM 63 Welsby St Land: 506sq m Inspect: By appointment Agent: Scott Darwon, Ray White New Farm; ph: 3254 1022 or 0401 151 090 For sale: By expressions of interest closing April 9, 5pm

children’s retreat, with the bedrooms located off two hallways from this central space. To the front of the floor are a bathroom and two bedrooms, one bedroom having a balcony with street views. The remaining bedrooms sit to the rear of the level. Spanning the width of the floor is the hotel-style main bedroom, boasting walk-in and builtin wardrobes, a balcony and an ensuite.


Function and style This contemporary house provides room for outdoor entertaining and spacious indoor living. A front lawn and established gardens precede the covered entry, which reveals a ground floor adorned in polished tiles, neutral tones and down lighting. The living room is separated from the dining room by a feature wall, while the nearby kitchen has timberfinished cabinetry, window splashback, pendulum lighting, kitchen island bench, a breakfast bar and stainless-steel appliances, including a freestanding oven. Sliding glass doors open the living room onto a covered outdoor entertaining area with access to a fully-fenced yard and in-ground pool. This level also includes a double garage, multiple storage areas, powder

room, study with built-in desk, and laundry with external courtyard. Upstairs, the first floor features five bedrooms with carpet, large windows and ceiling fans. This includes the main bedroom, which has a walk-in wardrobe and tiled ensuite with double timber-finished vanity and rain shower. The four other bedrooms have built-in wardrobes, including one with an additional walk-in wardrobe.

HENDRA 2 Golden Sq Land: 404sq m Inspect: By appointment Agent: Marion Sheerman, Ray White; ph: 3254 1022 or 0424 015 182 Auction: Brisbane Powerhouse, 119 Lamington St, New Farm, today (Wed, Mar 28), from 6pm

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Sale Contact agent View By appointment Wayne Jaenke 0438 231 634 Michael Rollston 0418 153 449

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Grace and charm This timelessly elegant residence showcases old-world charm. A tiled pathway leads to a grand timber staircase, passing a grassy front yard and saltwater pool with waterfalls. Upstairs, a covered veranda with decorative wrought-iron balustrade and fretwork precedes the first-floor entry. A timber door with stained-glass windows reveals a central corridor with a birdcage chandelier and chequered flooring. The main bedroom sits to the left, adorned in black Japan flooring. A formal sitting room is opposite the main bedroom and features two bay windows and a traditional fireplace. It flows into a dining room with a crystal chandelier and artistic wall coverings. The adjoining kitchen has Bianco

Romano granite benchtops and an island bench. Both the kitchen and dining room have access to a veranda. At the rear of the house, a spacious family room with a built-in entertainment unit connects to a loggia through bi-fold doors. This covered outdoor area has a built-in barbecue and wet bar with an integrated fridges. This level also includes a laundry, study, bedroom and bathroom.

BARDON 94 Gerler St Land: 1012sq m Inspect: By appointment Agent: Matt Lancashire, Ray White; ph: 3254 1022 or 0416 476 480 Auction: Brisbane Powerhouse, 119 Lamington St, New Farm, today (Wed, Mar 28), from 6pm


319* Acre Riverfront Paradise............For Half Price!!! ‘Dri[n-in’, 382 Villeneuve Road, Royston, via Woodford, SE QLD • 85min* Brisbane CBD, 50min* Sunshine Coast. Lovely 1920 homestead + cottage • Mostly cleared, east facing, river flats. Good grazing. Owner’s opinion: 80+ breeders • Good infrastructure, mature gardens, very private and outstanding views • 20ha* irrigation licence, 2.3km* Stanley River frontage. 3 serviceable airstrips, 2 hangars One of SE QLD’s best rural lifestyle farms & proven drought proof. Too expensive? No. ‘Driftn-in’ is a lease property through SE QLD Water. Expect to pay half!!

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CASTLEBAR Recently renovated, full floor penthouse with double river reach and city views, sprawling over 470m2!

KANGAROO POINT 18N/39 Castlebar Street Understated elegance with house like proportions, this full floor penthouse spans over 470m² with a perfect north east riverfront position. The open plan living and dining area absorbs these spectacular views, to give you an unrivalled backdrop. With over 100m² of covered outdoor alfresco space, wet bar and barbeque, it is perfect to entertain your guests any time of the day. This penthouse is a house alternative, situated across one level with a cinema, office, games room and a lock-up five car garage. Castlebar is renowned for its resort style facilities which complement the property’s 74m metre river frontage!

4 + BED 4 + BATH 5 CAR + POOL

INSPECT By appointment EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST Close 5pm 26 April 2018

Simon Caulfield 0437 935 912 Courtney Maguire 0401 031 668 PLC-OP4173_BN_A

SANCTUARY This luxury three bed residence features three side-by-side carparks and overlooks the Brisbane River, Botanical Gardens and beyond.

INSPECT By appointment

BRISBANE CITY 3202/140 Alice Street Residence 3202 is the perfect inner city house alternative! The immaculately constructed three bedroom floor plan caters perfectly for the working professional or growing family. Encompassing open plan living areas creating three separate wings within, the expansive 25m frontage ensures privacy and separation whilst capturing panoramic views. Enjoy an ideal lifestyle of convenience and comfort with world class amenities within Abian. From lap pool and spa, Hammam thermal stone room and sauna, techno gym, dog walking facilities and massage treatment room and 24 hour concierge.

3 + BED 2+ BATH 3 CAR + POOL


Simon Caulfield 0437 935 912 Courtney Maguire 0401 031 668 PLC-OP4173_BN_B

BARCA View our sales suite located on site at 59 Byron Street Bulimba.

INSPECT Contact agent for inspection times

BULIMBA 2202/59 Byron Street

FOR SALE from $1.95M to $4M

As par t of the Barca Penthouse Collection designed by Arkhefield, this unique 354m² apar tment with 12m frontage has been inspired with a grand spacious floor plan that seamlessly integrates the nor th facing indoor and outdoor living areas. The kitchen and walk behind pantr y will awaken your inner chef with premium Miele appliances. F o u r d e d i c a te d b e d ro o m s i n c l u d e a m a s te r s u i te w i t h w a l k- i n r o b e a n d e n s u i te. A main bathroom, multipurpose room, separate laundry and powder room complete this magnificent residence. A rare four car, lock-up garage with storage facility and amenities including lap pool only add to the magic of Barca.


Jason Chaffey 0408 208 939 Simon Caulfield 0437 935 912 Courtney Maguire 0401 031 668 PLC-OP4173_BN_C


Under construction, limited opportunities remaining. Arguably the western suburbs’ best product!

INSPECT By appointment only

TOOWONG 1301/527 Coronation Drive

FOR SALE Price on application

Perhaps the most anticipated residential building to be constructed in the Western suburbs of Brisbane, Banc River Luxury is your perfect new home. Described as the ideal layout, generous living proportions with uninterrupted views of the Brisbane River and CBD, this Sky Home spans over 231m² with 12m frontage! High ceilings, open plan living areas, a gourmet kitchen with butler’s pantry, Gaggenau appliances and luxurious finishes throughout only compliment. Side-by-side garage spaces, wine bank, lap pool and outdoor entertainment spaces further enhance this boutique building of just 34 homes. Sales display located at 1/33 Lytton Road, East Bribane.


Simon Caulfield 0437 935 912 Deb Maguire 0427 246 279 PLC-OP4173_BN_D

GRANDSTAND With a mansion-like magnitude, this six bedroom residence completely exudes classic sensibility melded with distinct European opulence.

AUCTION Thursday 22 March at 6pm, on-site

CARINDALE 18 Gon Chee Court Situated proudly on a 963m² block, this home evokes the luxury of a hotel and the indulgence of a Rivieran villa. The ground floor of the home comprises a living and family room, lounge, kitchen, formal dining area and laundry, with access to an external patio, porch, balcony and extensive terrace. The atrium of the home features a towering ceiling that extends over two additional floors. The upper level hosts two main bedrooms with extensive walk-in robes, extravagant ensuites and access to balconies. A second family living room sits between two additional bedrooms, both serviced by a fourth bathroom.


Glenn Bool 0400 120 999 Mark Sowden 0423 494 911 PLC-OP4173_BN_E

INSPECT By appointment

NORMAN PARK 8 Wynnum Road This entry level, riverfront Queenslander is absorbed in timelessness: a classic sanctuary, unchanged by time and tide. The entire home features original wood floors, VJ walls, high ceilings and traditional appointments. The upper level boasts an open living, dining, study and kitchen area, traced by gorgeous views. The master suite has access to a deck overlooking the river. With separate access, the lower level contains a second living space, galley kitchen and two bedrooms. This area is met by a rolling lawn that leads to your private jetty and deep water mooring. For inspections, limited parking available. Parking in Gillan Street, access via footbridge.


Lot 213 405m2




Stre e


Sarah Hackett 0488 355 553

Lot 212 405m2

STCA and indicative only, not to be relied upon.


Lot 214 405m2


10m STCA and indicative only, not to be relied upon.

INSPECT By appointment

NORMAN PARK 70 Longfellow Street T he curre nt solid str ucture re pre se nts the existing church spanning approximately 21m in length by 8.2 in width. The soaring high 7.2m ceiling allows for easy living over one level with spacious voids or ma ximise the internal space with a second level for a true 4-5 bedroom family home (STCA). The property will be sold with the current structure raised and restumped, ready for renovation to take place (STCA). The proposed lot 212 consists of a 405m² allotment (10m wide by 40m long) on a gently elevated slope with a north-easterly rear aspect.

AUCTION Sunday 15 April at 10am, On-Site

Courtney Maguire 0401 031 668 PLC-OP4173_BN_F

COORPAROO 368 Chatsworth Road

INSPECT Thursday 6 – 6:30pm

This brand new home has been expertly designed for executive family living. Set back from Chatsworth Road on a slip road, the home has been created with sophisticated and functional living in mind. With a rear north facing aspect, the vast city views can be enjoyed from two of the three levels of the home. Spanning the upper level, an outstanding open plan living and dining area adjoin the luxurious kitchen and deck, complete with a full outdoor kitchen. With four generous bedrooms, a study, multiple living spaces and a sparkling in-ground pool, this home brings comfort to a whole new level.

4 + BED 3 + BATH 2 CAR + POOL

and Saturday 11:30am – 12pm


Megan O’Leary 0403 065 788


MILTON 45/205 Coronation Drive Unlike any thing that has come to the market, this split-level penthouse at the iconic “Coronation Residences” occupies an exquisite 473m² of floor space with one of Brisbane’s best panoramic views. On the lower floor the gourmet kitchen and dining area showcases uninterrupted panoramas of the CBD. Also located on the lower level are a study, guest bedroom with ensuite and powder room. The top floor features the master bedroom suite and two further bedrooms, commanding magnificent views of the city skyline. A lounge, plunge pool and patio make the upper level equally ideal for entertaining. Entry via McDougall Street.


Ann-Karyn Fraser 0419 708 094 PLC-OP4173_BN_G

Raine Horne Rural 07 5518 8010

31 Four Mile Lane, BOYLAND A breeding and spelling property of distinction - under an hour from Brisbane


Beyond the stately entrance of this 100 acre estate is a residence of unquestionable quality and refinement The owner's vision of creating an inimitable home has come to fruition through the use of exquisite architectural elements, bespoke fittings and luxurious textiles. • 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (+powder rooms), 2 offices, billiard room, home cinema, 2 garages • Pool pavilion with kitchen incl. teppanyaki plate, powder room, salt water pool + heated spa • 3 bedroom second residence with ensuite, 3 x bird aviaries, custom built for exotic parrots • Stable complex, 20m round yard, 2x foaling yards, 11 spelling paddocks, 2 x colorbond sheds • 2 large dams, plentiful rain water storage and stock/domestic pumping rights from the river

Closes Friday, 27th April 2018 Contact the agent for an Information Memorandum


Danny Bukowski 0427 007 116

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(August 24 – September 22) Best day: Friday 30th With Mercury at a standstill this week, projects may be hampered. Someone’s timing is off; or you feel that others are stifling your freedom or deliberately delaying your progress. Nonetheless you can still maintain focus. For now, short-term projects are more likely to attract. If anything drags on too long, expect frustration.

(March 21 - April 20) Best day: Saturday 31st For now, you should enjoy the luxury of having a lull in your life. Next week brings a whirlwind of unusual situations and unexpected changes. In the meantime, use any free time to relax, catch up with friends, pamper with health treatments or simply enjoy moments of inner peace.




(April 21 – May 20) Best day: Wednesday 28th Despite your best efforts, a backward moving Mercury seems all too happy to point out life’s limitations. Still, it’ll take more than a tetchy cosmos to choke the big dream. Use tact when facing dilemmas. Romantic prospects are electrifying, though stability can’t be assured. If someone is complicating a simple issue, stay solo.

(June 22 – July 22) Best day: Sunday 1st You work hard to keep friendships solid, so it throws you when a good mate seems to be unreliable. Is there someone new vying for their attention? Give them the benefit of the doubt. You can still enjoy their company, even if you don’t feel quite as close as you have in the past.

LEO GEMINI (May 21 – June 21) Best day: Tuesday 3rd Your ruler, Mercury, is out of phase for a couple of weeks and that spells short-term trouble. Life may become more complex now, so simplify things by avoiding headaches, stress or physical or mental fatigue. Tackle one thing at a time and don’t make major decisions or purchases.

(July 23 – August 23) Best day: Saturday 31st You can’t enjoy a relationship when you don’t know where you stand, and this week’s Mercury retrograde is the trigger to sort out an uncertain issue. Don’t put off a tricky conversation, even if the situation is complicated. It’s not until mid March that romance turns in your favour.

(September 23 – October 23) Best day: Tuesday 3rd Pay outstanding bills, reorganise your cupboards and rid yourself of emotional baggage. Slow moving Mercury is prompting you to tie up any loose ends – sooner rather than later. It’s not a great week for new ventures. To stay in the planetary flow, delay starting anything new until next month.

SCORPIO (October 24 – November 22) Best day: Wednesday 28th Love may not offer an entirely smooth ride, with some days being just plain scratchy. Should a relationship end, head towards the exit sign knowing it’s for the best. Happier moments, could see some single Scorpios in the arms of a new suitor. How delightful!

SAGITTARIUS (November 23 - December 21) Best day: Friday 30th Even in the toughest work schedule we can come to a halt - because it

Brain food  with  Lara  Curion An early 1300s edition of the Magna Carta was found filed in a scrapbook in the archives of a local council in England. It’s been valued at A$20 million-plus, despite some water damage. This 13th century charter helped lay the foundations for modern democracy.

In 1883 the eruption of the volcanic Indonesian island of Krakatoa (then part of the Dutch East Indies) was so loud it reverberated around the world several times. The amount of dust and gas thrown up into the stratosphere changed global weather patterns for the next year.

A 1400s manuscript could be the world’s most mysterious book. A century after Voynich, an antique book dealer, discovered this beautifully illustrated Codex, no-one – not even a crack team of World War II codebreakers – can translate its complex, unknown text.

Around 1900 women wearing pyjamas to bed were considered shocking and daring. Girls’ schools and colleges started using the slang term “Cat’s Pyjamas.” Cool cats of the 1920s picked up this scandalous phrase and it became known to mean something modern and hip.

Lonnie Johnson (1949-) is an American systems engineer who’s worked on the Jupiter Galileo and Saturn Cassini missions and the stealth bomber program. He also created the Super Soaker squirt gun, a summer favourite with children around the world.

In medieval times, if a bawcock – truepenny and straight-fingered – fell for a bellibone and they were blessed with a poplolly, it was cause for celebration. Translation: a gentleman of integrity and good standing loved a girl of personality and beauty and together they had a cute baby.

feels like something’s missing. Very often it will be the things we take for granted, such as friends or family. This week’s Mercury retrograde prompts you to retrieve some lost treasures.

CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 20) Best day: Monday 2nd This week’s success rate depends on how well you handle difficult people and situations – but remember that grievances need to be aired before they can be resolved. Last minute changes of plan could cause you to scatter energies. If entrusted with a secret, don’t disclose it.

AQUARIUS (January 21 – February 18) Best day: Thursday 29th While your strong constitution doesn’t readily give in to illness, a downfall can be your love of good food and wine. At the best of times, diets come to a sticky, sweet end. Cut food portions and maintain regular exercise. You’ll feel better for it.

PISCES (February 19 – March 20) Best day: Saturday 31st Enjoyment features strongly this week, as does your social life. Ditto for romance. If you’re thinking of spending money, be warned it could turn out to be an expensive few days. Hide the credit cards, or prepare for a monetary meltdown. Alternatively, someone else may do all the spending – but you’ll pick up the cost.

Crossword answers CRYPTIC: Across: 1 Abstain, 5 Cambric, 9 Cabaret, 10 Calumny, 11 Union, 12 D’Artagnan, 13 Theomania, 15 Theme, 16 Cubic, 18 Abhorrent, 21 Relocated, 24 Avian, 25 Effendi, 26 Malaria, 27 Yule log, 28 Ransack. Down: 1 Account, 2 Subside, 3 Agronomic, 4 Noted, 5 Cockroach, 6 Malta, 7 Romance, 8 Cayenne, 14 Near thing, 15 Tarpaulin, 16 Carvery, 17 Baleful, 19 Eritrea, 20 Tintack, 22 Canal, 23 Demur. QUICK: Across: 1 Soulful, 5 Screech, 9 Backlog, 10 Reputed, 11 Eaves, 12 Canaletto, 13 Terrorise, 15 Spent, 16 Might, 18 At the helm, 21 Scale down, 24 Trait, 25 Imitate, 26 Mention, 27 Figment, 28 Derange. Down: 1 Subvert, 2 Uncover, 3 Fall short, 4 Logic, 5 Stringent, 6 Repel, 7 Entitle, 8 Hideout, 14 In a moment, 15 Sweetener, 16 Mastiff, 17 Glaring, 19 Elation, 20 Matinee, 22 Evade, 23 Nomad.


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Brisbane News Magazine March 28 - April 3, 2018. ISSUE 1170  

Brisbane's premier weekly lifestyle mag, featuring the people, events, food, and properties that make our city beautiful.

Brisbane News Magazine March 28 - April 3, 2018. ISSUE 1170  

Brisbane's premier weekly lifestyle mag, featuring the people, events, food, and properties that make our city beautiful.