Est magazine issue 18

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ISSUE #18 2015

Kitchen + Bathro om Issue

Meet Falper. Uniquely elegant and refined.

Time to look again.


Our new designs

Fresh Concrete™

Raw Concrete™


09 Editor’s Letter

12 editor’s pick

14 Fashion

The results are in

Leather, concrete and bling

Denim daze are here to stay

18 Kitchen

26 bathroom

32 Pink pastiche

Dark timbers and stone

Feature sinks

High rise living in Sweden

36 Let there be light

48 Simple Geometry


Australian style in Holland Park

Design for profit

Joanna Swanson’s Maldives

est ISSUE #18 2015

Editor’s Letter After reading through the thousands of answers and suggestions we received in our recent reader survey we feel like we now know our loyal Est readers a lot better. I was surprised to discover that just over 80% of you are looking to renovate your homes in the next 12 months, so with this in mind we’ll see to it that our content lineup for 2015 is full of inspiration and innovation when it comes to redesigning or reconfiguring your spaces. So where better to start than the most expensive rooms in the house; the kitchen and bathroom. We’ve compiled pages of design ideas complete

with fixtures and fittings to kick start your mood boards and style files for reference. Be sure too to check in each week for the month of April as we roll out more designer profiles with updated kitchen and bathroom product ideas in the upcoming weekly mini issues. Good luck for the busy year ahead.

Sian MacPherson Editor in Chief


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Editor in Chief Sian MacPherson

sub-editor YVETTE CAPrioglio


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EDITORIAL FASHION Yvette Caprioglio. PHOTOGRAPHY Mark Adams, Felix Forest, Sarah Hogan, Kristofer Johnsson, Line Klein, Michiel Pelerents. WORDS Yvette Caprioglio, Joanna Swanson. STYLING Pella Hedeby, Sally Hayden, Nicole Hollis, Marie Ramse.


PHoToGRAPHY Line Klein. LoCATIoN Denmark.


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editor’s picks Tanned leather, concrete vessels, hazy shades ... and just a little bit of bling. BY Sian MacPherson

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Københavns Møbelsnedkeri + Copenhagen Joinery. © Line Klein


Light & shade Dark timber, white marble and honed grey stone star in the kitchen in 2015, while monochromatic tones and pared back metal fixtures and fittings shine through in the bathroom.

© Line Klein

Københavns Møbelsnedkeri

english tapware Perrin & Rowe Kitchen Tap

thomas coward Vae Pendent Lamps

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Nicole Hollis Design

Marable Marble

STELTON Pure Black Knives

Le Creuset Mug Satin Black

Sasso Wooden Chopping Board

Sebastian Herkner & Verreum Maly Drinking Glasses

Københavns Møbelsnedkeri + Copenhagen Joinery. © Line Klein

MENU Sweeper and Funnel

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Bridget bodenham Ceramics

Salt and Pepper on Salt

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Living edge AJ 50 Wall Light KaTE & KATE Indie Buoy Hand Towel

Idyll Home Ltd Copper Jug

DI LORENZO Coloured Subway TIles

SMEG Linear Aesthetic

GamFratesi for Skultuna Karui Trays

Dieter Vander Velpen

© Mark Adams, Line Klein, Michiel Pelerents

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Michael anastassiades Ball Light

Rogerseller Mare Shower Rose


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SOVALLI Solerno Continental Granite Bath

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est REGULAR Home feature

Pink pastiche An art deco inspired colour palette of pale pinks with shades of grey and black are given a contemporary twist in an inner city high rise. STYLING Pella Hedeby and Marie Ramse PHOTOGRAPHY Kristofer Johnsson

With the rise of art deco influences starting to infiltrate our homes, Swedish stylists Pella Hedeby and Marie Ramse have paved the way in incorporating a hint of art deco style into modern high rise living in central Stockholm. Using pale pinks, greys and blacks fused with dark timber accents, the apartment has been styled using a ‘hi-low’ mix of Le Corbusier bentwood chairs, Ikea cabinetry, a B & B Italia sofa, Paulistano black leather armchairs and black metal lighting. Hedeby and Ramse have perfected a yin and yang style for modern day living in a busy urban city that’s both soft and feminine with a masculine edge.


Spence & lyda Mona Pendant

Poliform Carmel Sofa

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LET THERE BE LIGHT When Australian-born Sally and English husband Stephen Flint Wood came across a Georgian house in London’s Holland Park, they were immediately surprised the place had been overlooked, such was its potential. STYLING Sally Hayden | PHOTOGRAPHY Sarah Hogan WORDS Yvette Caprioglio | SUB EDITOR Emily Mead

The couple had spent the previous 15 years of their London life together in a smart yet small apartment in Earls Court, traveling often and just locking the door behind them. However, the birth of their daughter Honor three years ago brought with it a changed lifestyle and focus and the need to have family roots, space for family visitors and a garden. The Holland Park house had not been touched in 20 years, so the couple set about transforming the dark and damp rooms into a light-filled family home. The new space is defined by clean lines and open, lateral spaces influenced by a relaxed Australian style of living picked up from Stephen’s eight year stint living down under and reinforced by Sally’s heritage They didn’t involve an architect and instead were guided by Sally’s love of modern elegance, carefully curated collection of tear sheets and insightful advice from talented friends.

Original parquet floors remain in the living room, while structural works to the lower ground maximized light and space, designed especially for the long London winters. “Cooking is a feature of our lifestyle, so inevitably, our time revolves around the kitchen and playroom where we gather with our friends and family,” says Sally. The family area and the modern, white kitchen feature oversized 12 inch bleached Douglas fir floorboards, inspired by the Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea and provide contrast to traditional architraves, skirting and nickel hardware. Honor’s light and airy playroom has a built-in banquette to house an ever-growing collection of toys, with Marimekko cushions providing a muchloved throwback to Sally’s own childhood. Sally’s home office with its custom-built glass desk and relaxing garden outlook is a peaceful place to work from home in her role as Director of Communication and Corporate Brand at Value Retail. The house also benefits from the periodic visits by talented Australian friends who love to reorder and shuffle things around when they’re in town. “We talk and move furniture and other bits around in one hit which is always fun and it works,” says Sally. An eclectic mix of artwork is featured throughout the house including new student photography bought at the Royal Academy Summer Show, works by noted Australian artists including John Olsen and the late David Band. Honor’s godfather Richard Allen also features around the house with canvases from his early career as well as from his latest Elephant Series. More recently, Sally has begun collecting work from her brother in law Ken Lawson, of Elroy Ink. Considered yet effortless style and sentiment have come together in Holland Park house to create what is undeniably a home of warmth and substance.

miss glass Tangent Laundry Care

small spaces Coat Hook Marble basics The Basic Pot

holland park directory By Sally Beames

Local Residents Phoebe Philo Stella McCartney Paul Smith (I park my car behind his black mini every night) David & Victoria Beckham

Where To Eat And Drink Mazi: modern Greek tapas Polpo: simple Italian fare The Ledbury: smart dining Granger & Co: for a good breakfast Daylesford Organic: for seasonal produce Ottolenghi: for his famous salads Pizza East: Nick Jones of Soho House does pizza better than anyone R Garcia & Sons: Spanish deli on Portobello Road The Coffee Plant Gails Bakery Valentina: Italian deli and good coffee

What To Do The Electric Cinema, Portobello Road Portobello Markets Serpentine Sackler Gallery and Restaurant in Kensington Gardens The Summer Opera Series in Holland Park Notting Hill Carnival in August Kensington Gardens

est REGULAR Home feature

simple geometry A contemporary twist to a traditionally conservative harbour-side suburb. Photography Kat Lu

Sitting proudly in the middle of an archetypal quiet and conservative street in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, this newly built home has certainly staked its claim as the ‘cool kid on the block’ surrounded by mockGeorgian numbers and a row of tiny Victorian cottages. Commissioned with a brief that required Tribe Studio Architects to construct a loose-fit portrait of a person who would buy a modern, contemporary home in traditionally conservative Double Bay, Hannah Tribe and team set about designing a home to on sell. “Unlike private residential projects, where clients will ‘love-spend’ on impulse, this project was commissioned as a beautiful home designed to meet the market,” explains Tribe. The seemingly simplified yet rigorous geometry used in the home’s design and construction is tempered by the warm and engaging interiors while also maintaining a streamlined and modern aesthetic. Planned as a celebration of the sun and its light, the interior finishes are mostly restrained with a couple of exuberant splurges: beautiful marble detailing on the kitchen island and fully tiled window reveals that sparkle with reflected sunshine. Without the benefit of responding to the tastes, aspirations, interests and personalities of the home’s future owners, the Tribe team have created a home that could just as easily appeal to a young family as it could to ‘empty nesters’. This clever, well thought out design paired with the strong cross appeal surely holds the secret to its success in how to design for profit.

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Travel In all my travels of sailing the distant seas, nothing quite takes my breath away like the Maldives. Located just south of India in the middle of the vast Indian Ocean, I have dreamt of returning to this stunning chain of islands with its 26 atolls since 2009. This summer the dream was mine for the taking. WORDS Joanna Swanson

cocoa island After our 40-minute speedboat ride from Male International Airport, we arrived at Cocoa Island, in the South Male Atoll and slipped into island time filled with powder white sand and turquoise lagoons. Our secluded over-water loft villa was furnished with an oversized daybed, dining table and a convenient set of steps to our very own private lagoon with crystal clear waters and a hybrid of active marine life for deck side viewing. To rid myself of any lingering jet lag, I decided to indulge in the COMO Shambhala Signature Massage at the spa. The treatment promised to completely calm my mind, gently rejuvenate my body and improve my general well being. And I’m happy to report that it did exactly that by relinquishing all signs of travel-induced fatigue. The paired back spa overlooks a sandy courtyard surrounded by a cluster of thatched-roofed treatment rooms, an open-air yoga studio and a hydrotherapy pool pavilion. Part of the Asian luxury hotel chain COMO, Cocoa Island is one of the smaller private island resorts in the Maldives. Featuring a variety of chic and uniquely styled overwater villas where 17 of the 33 villas resemble local Dhoni fishing boats, the island itself is just a few 100 metres long. At low tide you can enjoy a long walk out along the sandbank for a kilometre or two until you reach the sea. It only took a few minutes by boat to arrive at the local airport (essentially, a tiny floating pontoon) where a small crew greeted us with large, friendly smiles and helped us to board the seaplane. I was seated in the first row and as the pilot turned around to say hello, I noticed that both he and his co-pilot were barefoot. As it was my first time on a seaplane I naturally shared a few nervous laughs with the other first time flyers on board while minutes later we were gently whisked off to the Cocoa Islands’ sister resort Maalifushi the first-ever private island resort to open on Thaa Atoll.

MAALIFUSHI After being flown in a seaplane for an hour by a bare-footed pilot between Cocoa Island to the sister resort of Maalifushi, I was surprised to find that my first ever sea plane landing was one of the smoothest landings I have ever had in all my years of flying. The first-ever private island resort to open on Thaa Atoll, Maalifushi is a lot bigger than Cocoa Island with a mix of 65 overwater and land suites with plunge pools and lush tropical vegetation on offer. Our villa, surrounded by dense greenery and secluded on the water’s edge, was pure island chic with a gorgeous four-poster bed, high-pitched ceilings, deep marble and our own private plunge pool and deck. Renown for creating healthy, brightly coloured, nutrient-packed dishes, eating ‘clean’ at a Como resort is a cinch. Here a tailor-made wellness menu comprises the five key principles of true holistic wellness and nutrition; proper portions, plenty of variety, natural ingredients, a respect for nature and mindful eating. As a self-proclaimed juice junkie, I was thrilled to be able to choose, on a daily basis, from such a delicious variety of freshly squeezed juices. My food experience, however, did not stop there. The seafood BBQ buffet was absolutely phenomenal. It only took one glance at a whole lobster, grilled to perfection, and the ‘cooked just right’ tuna to make me realize that in the right hands, buffets can certainly be considered a luxurious affair. Stress, as many well-travelled people know, does not just disappear after a few nights away from it all. I came to the Maldives looking for respite and healing from everyday stresses. Treatments promising to relieve stress-induced tension as well as those to regain strength or to reveal a youthful glow had my name written all over them. The Intensive Healing Facial was a sensory journey that brought me to a state of pure bliss.

the residence It’s rather easy to do nothing at all when in the Maldives so we decided to take each day as it came and to just relax. Upon arrival at The Residence, we were swept off to a private picnic on a small deserted island where we spent the rest of our afternoon snorkeling with small baby reef sharks and large schools of fish. The abundant marine life in the Maldives consists of over 70 different species of coral and over 1,000 species of fish and other underwater creatures. In this tropical paradise, there seemed to be remarkable dive sites around every corner. At the end of each long swim we sat on the beach, ate fresh fruit and enjoyed the glorious views of the luminescent Indian Ocean. The Residence is located only 20 kilometres from the equator in the Huvadhoo Atoll, one of the largest and deepest atolls in the world. The 94 villas are a blend of traditional Maldivian design with thatched roofing, natural materials and local artifacts mixed with a classical style boasting French windows and swathes of lush fabric. Before arriving in the Maldives, I had lost my love for yoga. It had been over a year since I had last practiced regularly. During this trip, yoga presented itself again to me and, I believe, helped to enhance my travel journey. For every day that passed, I found myself making more and more time for yoga and mediation. Something happened to me at The Residence, on that large open deck, surrounded by the ocean: I was truly able to take in the view, the breeze and the flow of my yoga and meditation practices, just as the sun began to set. It was a magical experience that reminded me of how important it is to quiet the mind, be thankful and to embrace life.

six Senses laamu Arriving at our last destination, Six Senses Laamu, felt like coming home. This was my third vacation at a Six Senses Resort and with that came a comforting familiarity. Our wonderful butler escorted us to our family pool villa via the alfresco ice cream parlour featuring over 40 flavours of homemade ice cream and sorbet. Did I mention it was all for free? Admittedly this did become a frequent stop for us during our five-night stay. The resort has a total of 97 overwater and land villas that have been carefully designed to complement the natural beauty of the island. It only took one moment inside our private hideaway before I had officially fallen in love with our surroundings. A private pool, secluded access to the beach, a treetop deck and an open-air bathroom made it a sanctuary like none other. The combined experiences of wading through salt water, walking barefoot, enjoying great food, laughing endlessly, meditating daily, practicing yoga and indulging in massages undoubtedly helped to heal my mind, body and soul. For my final spa treatment before leaving the Maldives, I wanted to experience the most divine ancient Ayurvedic ritual of Shirodhara that claims to both heal and later mind and body combined. After a full body massage a steady flow of warm oil was poured onto my forehead in order to stimulate the pituitary gland (or the “third eye�) while I drifted off into a deep meditative state. At Six Senses Laamu, the treatment continued with a full body scrub, steam sauna and an outdoor shower after which I felt profoundly relaxed and mentally clear.

getting there Many major airlines fly to Male, the country capital. From there the resort plans your transfers by boat, seaplane or domestic flights. If you’re traveling to multiple resorts (there are around 100 resorts to chose from) remember transfers can become expensive as they add up – not to mention cutting in to your precious holiday time. I received a lot of advice and guidance from Atoll Hideaway located in Male.

children Many might consider the Maldives only a “honeymoon” destination. While that may be true, travelling with children – like my 4-year-old son – was very easy. The staff truly made the Maldives an unforgettable experience for everyone young and old. Many resorts offer children’s clubs as well as a jam-packed schedule for children of all ages. Out of all the resorts we travelled to, Maalifushi and Six Senses Laamu were the most fun for our little one.

price Some of the world’s most expensive resorts are located in the Maldives. That being said, the Maldives can be done on a budget. My tips? Look for trips off-season, between MayNovember – although be aware that this is the monsoon season. Make sure to plan in advance in order to find the best deals, such as a 3-night stay where you only have to pay for two. Skip all-inclusive as you need to eat a lot to make it worth your buck. Don’t be turned off by guesthouses, these can great - and a more affordable option.