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Editors Letter

Contributors Choice

Little Luxuries

Visual merchandising babe, Andrea Norvelis translates.

After 8 months in the making the launch issue comes to life.

Get to know the Est Magazine contributors

Personal must haves from the Est Magazine Team

Est Loves

Then Now Later

Look Book Look


All the fashion that we love via our global street style roundup.

Translating past present & future trends for right now.

Est recommends their fave lookbook of the moment.

Take a sneek peek inside a Danish artists studio.

Blog Love


Real or Replica


Blogs brimming with inspiration & a little light relief.

Behind the lens of photographer Clinton Friedman.

“The details are not the details. They make the design.�

Summary of key design events for your diary.

Features 24 Style Nomad COVER STORY Surround yourself with things that only make you feel good – not weigh you down.

52 Succumb to your senses JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA Immerse yourself in an exquisite intermingling of textures, tones and tactile sensations in Laurie Owen’s organic romantic approach to luxurious living designed to soothe the soul.

66 Old World Charm VENCE, FRANCE Located on the outskirts of the French Riviera, Vence provides respite from the glitz and glamour of the nearby neighbours harbouring tourists in search of the Mediterranean sun.

80 The River House MELBOURNE, AUSTRLAIA An 80’s home on Melbourne’s Yarra River is transformed into an elegant family abode for a new generation.

94 Creative Fusion COPENHAGEN, DENMARK Form follows function is the creative maxim behind the furnishing of a young couple’s Copenhagen apartment


In the mood video We asked RMIT graduate and Visual Merchandising extraordinaire, Andria Norvelis to prepare a mood board for our launch issue. We love the result a succulent little time lapse video. Photographer Melanie Tanusetiawan

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EST MOOD contributor Andria Norvelis, has a BA of Fine Art and is a Visual Merchandising graduate from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Andria’s work leans towards the green end of the spectrum in more ways than one. Choosing to adopt eco friendly rather than relying on plastics and foam to support her creative masterpieces, Andria successfully marries contemporary design with environmentally friendly materials. The use of succulents was inspired by the Australian climate, hot, dry and lots of sun. Succulents don’t need a lot of care - what’s not to love? Plants supplied by Cactus Land include Graptopetalum paraguayense, Graptoveria, Echeveria “Briar Rose” Echeveria derenbergii, Kalanchoe tomentosa, Sempervivum tectorum, Sedumnussbaumeranum CONTRIBUTE Would you like to contribute a mood? Email your ideas to


Editors Letter So, my first letter as editor to our design savvy, style conscious, early adaptor, eco friendly readers welcome to Est. After months of emailing, skyping, texting and talking, Est has evolved into an e magazine that is clean, uncomplicated and committed to showcasing the best that global design has to offer - with an Australian twist. All of this in a format that allows readers to file their inspiration all in one place - that does not take up valuable cupboard real estate - and that gives you instant and interactive access to the designs and products that you love. We know the value of the printed page, the tangible joy of flicking through a ‘fresh off the press’ magazine and it will always have its place. We also know the value of time and how frustrating it is to lose time scouring through past issues for that picture that we loved of that room we want to emulate. Time spent rummaging through back issues or remembering the filing system for tear outs - who has any time to spare in 2011?

We’d Love to hear from you! We want to know which stories are your favourites, which features you enjoyed the most and what would you like to see more of. Visit our facebook page and post a comment. You will automatically go into the draw to win a gorgeous set of 8 “Eat” napkins by Emerson Made care of Gallop Lifestyle valued at AUD$120.00

So with this in mind - Est was born. For you. To read. When you have time, wherever you are, whatever you are doing. For you to file on your desktop, to show your architect, designer, builder or your friends. We hope you enjoy Est as much as we enjoy creating it.

Sian Macpherson Editor in Chief


Editor in Chief Sian MacPherson Creative Director Lynda Evans FASHION EDITOR KhASEEM WARREN CoNTRIBUTORS Words Emma Elizabeth, Liana Lorenzato, Stephanie Madison, Heather Nette King, Julie Ralphs. LAYOUT Courtenay Russell. Photography Peter Bennetts, Colin Doswell, Jacob Gils, Pernille Greve, Michael Greves, Karl Roberts, Toby Scott, Melanie Tanusetiawan, Sarah Wood. Styling Deb McLean, Andria Norvelis, Amey Rosenthal.

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Cover Style ‘Australian twist’ that we so often refer to. A relaxed, informal take on the world that is anchored to nature and the beauty that surrounds us. Of course there is lots of light, lots of clean air and above all lots of humour (see our friend the kookaburra bird - famous for always having a laugh to himself). We hope you feel inspired to inject an Australian sense of relaxed style into your world.

Photo & Styling Doswell&Mclean FRONT COVER Favela Armchair by Edra & Birds Nest Space Furniture Kookaburra fenton&fenton Ladder Stylist Own Foto Pendent Lamp Ikea Ned Stool Darcy Clarke Back Cover Vitra Miniature Favela Chair & Birds Nest Space Furniture The inspiration for the shot of pink used in the front cover, produced by Deb McLean and Colin Doswell, was Pantone’s colour of the year Honeysuckle. We were also inspired to draw on the fabulous Australian landscape to give Est that

Favela Armchair by Edra The Favela chair has become a design icon of the new millennium. Designed by the fabulous Campana brothers, the chair was inspired by the architecture of the shanty towns and hut like dwellings or ‘favelas’ of their native country, Brazil. Each chair is hand glued and nailed together so that no two chairs are the same due to its own individual detail. Made of oddments and waste materials, the chair characterises beautifully the beauty that can be found in what would seem

like rubbish or scrap. The iconic Favela was also used as a nod to the idea of living a nomadic life whereby we find beauty in our surroundings and use all materials we have at hand to make objects that we desire with what was once waste.

Ned Stool Darcy Clarke drew his inspiration for the Ned stool from the infamous Australian bushranger Ned Kelly and his steel square helmet. At the very essence of the design of the Ned stool is Australia. Whether it be Neds Steel helmet, old bush huts or farmers sitting around on wood logs having a yarn the design is shaped by Darcy’s nostalgia for his country. Integral to the piece is its honesty and charm - it is not tricked up in its design nor concept yet it fits harmoniously into any setting - as if it is as nature intended.


Contributors Choice

Andria Norvelis Visual Merchandiser What design purchase have you made lately? $300 vintage style female bust from mei & picchi. What do you covet? A gorgeous old house in Williamstown near the beach, with rustic timber floors, brick walls painted white & a fully stocked fridge. Throw in furniture from Mark Tucky and my life is complete. Favorite designer / design influence? At the moment it would have to be Joost Bakker. I love anything that uses sustainable / recyclable materials. Favourite blog / website? No 1 styling tip? Keep looking at blogs, websites & magazines.

KHASHEEM WARREN stylist What design purchase have you made lately? Stacked heel ankle boots. They’re not exactly “designer”, but they’re gorgeous and beautifully designed, so what do you call that? What do you covet? Double strap Cape Cod watch by Hermes . Favourite designer? Consuelo Castiglioni (Marni). There’s a long list, but she’s at the top. Favourite blog / website? I’ll love whatever Gwyneth is saying at goop. com and whatever Romy is doing at www.stylemeromy. com Favourite online shop? ebay. I know....! No 1 styling tip? I think, after about 14 (for most women, most of the time) it’s best to avoid, really, pretty-girly looks. If you have a pretty-girly dress, great!, but toughen it up with the right accessories.

JACOB GILS Photographer What design purchase you made lately? A ski helmet, from Bogner. What do you covet? A custom designed knife. Favorite designer? J. Lindeberg for mens wear. No. 1 photography tip? Crop.

Toby Scott Photographer What design purchase have you made lately? A couple of George Nelson benches for my studio and a lovely wooden back cover for my iPhone 4 from www.jackbacks. com. What do you covet? The perfect background... Favorite designer / design influence? Charles and Ray Eames. Favourite blog / website? Design-milk / Uncrate / Remodelista Favourite online shop? The iTunes app store, B&H Photo, Video & Pro Audio (a photographers gold mine) No 1 photography tip? Keep it simple, stay true to what you believe in & always carry a camera.

DEB MCLEAN stylist & Colin DOSWELL Photographer What design purchase have you made lately? Acapulco chairs from Amor y locura. What do you covet? Our beautiful Eames Bird (bought on a very memorable trip). Favourite designer / design influence? The Scandinavian aesthetic. Favourite blog / website? Lineball between Lotta Agaton & Ditte Isager Favourite online shop? Allsaints. No 1 styling / photography tip? Mix the literal with the lateral.

Sarah Wood Photographer What design purchase have you made lately? A spoodle! Half poodle, half cocker spaniel - but just a very friendly, fluffy dog really! What do you covet? Silence. Favourite designer / design influence? Oreo at Arteveneta made us the most incredible bespoke dining table made from oak. No 1 photography tip? Remain true to your own heart & style.


Little Luxuries The Est team selects their most coveted designer finds. 1 2


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“What would happen if one day you decided to follow your heart?”

Lynda Evans Creative Director 1. The original Fritz Hansen Nap™ Chair, designed by Kasper Salto. NAP is feminine and elegant and stackable! 2. Common Good is safe, green hard working soaps and cleaners in reusable packaging. Bulk refills and lovely packaging are a bonus! Created by Brooklyn based Australian Sascha Dunn. 3. Lelia Sofa by Jardan - It really is casual yet elegant. 4. The Louenhide Leather Portage bag in Oyster and perfect for weekends away. 5. My Heart Wanders is authored by stylist and photographer Pia Jane Bijkerk. Pia takes us on her journey through France, Amsterdam, Italy and Sydney and captures the charm of a life lived with passion and heart.


“Bespoke design is traditionally available to larger project work but Bribe now make it available to everyone.�


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Sian MacPherson Editor in Chief 6. Lumi Table Lamp by Bribe understated simplicity at its best. A bespoke design crafted by hand by Australian artisans. There are 8 different cord colours to choose from. 7. Crimson Band Stripe Rug by Armadillo - bold dirty red stripes are guaranteed to cheer up any room. 8. Foldover Clutch in Black Pebble by Clare Vivier. The perfect compliment to any outfit - night or day. 9. Bincho - The perfect pairing of water bottle and purifying White Charcoal which absorbs chlorine from tap water whilst also adding minerals such as potassium and magnesium. 10. Society linen - undoubtably the finest linen sheets you will ever have the good fortune to lay your head upon - or wrap you body in.


Est Loves… Oleh! Oleh!

We love Karen…. With her trademark balance of, gorgeously pretty and tailored mannishness, Karen Walker has captured that effortless cool, we love so much, in her diffusion line, Hi There. Stock up on cute dresses, winsome blouses and perfectly cut jackets.

We love Australian jewellery designer Lucy Folk’s “Taqueria” collection. The much-maligned carnation gets a starring role with this cute brooch. Add a little colour to your day. Frida silk flower brooch, by Lucy Folk.

Photo: John Rintoul

But, if it’s a hit of quirky you want, look no further than Walker’s range of eyewear, KWUV, worn by the likes of Alexa Chung, you can’t go wrong.

The Short on Shorts… Tran-season wonder…. Although, strictly speaking a sandal, these delights are the answer when the weather is neither here, nor there. They’re calling out for black opaque tights, so you’ll be wearing your new season frock way ahead of the pack. FROM LEFT: Red suede by Miu Miu, blue by Alexandre Birman, black by Prada all from Bergdorf Goodman.

This season’s crop of denim shorts are less ‘beach babe’ and more ‘city chic’. The key is a polished jacket and fab heels. And… bronzed-up pins won’t go astray either! ABOVE Emersonmade denim shorts, cream linen jacket, shirt & bag all from Emersonmade. RIGHT Isabel Marant S/S11 from Net-a-porter.



Image: Austral Press



Brigitte Bardot smouldered in hers’ and slim pants and jeans still ruled supreme at the current Fall 11 shows. Many were fabulously embellished, but if sparkling trousers aren’t quite your thing, we found the perfect embellished accessories, so you can still work-that-look!

Jeans by Levis | Jacket by Oscar de la Renta, cuff by Phillipe Audibert & heels by Giuseppe Zanotti from Net-a-Porter | Bag by Camilla & Marc, from www.mycatwalk. | Denim ballet flats, by Sambag

Image: Austral Press

Then: Brigitte Bardot Now: Chanel, Spring Summer 11 Later: DKNY, Fall 11


Bassike Taking inspiration from the outside environs of the Palm Beach studio they share, Deborah Sams & Mary Lou Ryan, present Basikke’s Autumn Winter 2011 collection in this well polished lookbook. Using not-so-basic grey marle terry, organic merino wool, signature luxe cotton and aged-washed vintage denim, this is a perfectly pitched take on modern, softly tailored, winter dressing. m

Jac+Jack Sydney based Jac+Jack embrace all that is grown-up, flattering and sensual for Winter 2011. Comfortable silhouettes in silk, washed-back twill and luxurious yarn with a continued focus on luxe neutrals.

www.ja ca n dja m


The home of art Est Magazine takes a peek inside the atelier of Danish artist Lisa Marie Frost Photographs Kristine Funch Words Liana Lorenzato Thirteen years ago, Lisa Marie Frost turned her back on the corporate world after working as an Art Director for 6 years, to become a full time mixed media artist. It wasn’t long before her talent and unique portrayal of the world was being commissioned by corporations including CBS, Novo Nordisk, The Ministry for Employment and FK Distribution who, last year asked her to create large art installations for every room in their offices in two countries. This was Lisa’s largest commission to date and the one of her favourites as she was given free creative reign on what was to be created. Lisa’s clients describe her as an artist with a warm heart without being too sentimental, someone who creates a dialogue with them through her art. “I am inspired when I’m with people, the places I visit, the woods, the beach, the silence”. Each artwork Lisa creates originates in her purpose built studio designed by her husband and architect Karsten Frost ( and is located in their impressive 3,000 sqm

“I am inspired when I’m with people, the places I visit, the woods, the beach, the silence”.


“ I am completely at home when I’m painting, drawing and sculpting and I have felt this way my whole life.”

garden. “The studio, was completed last summer and took 3 months to build it’s my sanctuary in the middle of a pine forest, I feel like I am completely at home when I’m painting, drawing and sculpting and I have felt this way my whole life.” The studios sun drenched surfaces are all in white, except for a striking focal piece consisting of a specially made fireplace by Danish company Morso. “This was one of their first designs and custom sized to create the right amount of warmth in my little studio” Where to from here for the artist? A solo exhibition titled ‘put-together’. The paintings showcased will all have the same height yet different lengths, allowing the audience to select a variety of paintings they like to create their very own bespoke ‘Lisa Marie Frost original’ piece.

www. li sa m a ri e. d k Lisa Marie will be exhibiting her work daily from 1pm to 5pm, 15th to 25th April at Kellerisvej 66, 3490 Kvistgaard, Denmark. Visit her website for more info.


Blog Love The internet is overflowing with blogs. Here are our current top 3 for inspiration and a little light relief.


Paris V’s New York

A friendly visual match between two cities told by a lover of Paris wandering through New York. Details, clichés, contradictions. We ask, what’s not to love about this delightful little blog?

2 Daily Imprint Written by Natalie Walton, a writer and stylist based in Sydney’s Bondi Beach. We love Daily Imprint for its in depth interviews with style experts. Scott Schuman, India Hicks and Collette Dinnigan to name a few...

3 The Style Files This amazing blog is based in The Netherlands and is Danielle de Lange’s daily weblog about design and (life) style. Danielle is also the owner of Le Souk, an online store offering a carefully selected collection of beautiful and unique home accessories for modern living.


Clinton Friedman Disguised, faded, bruised and torn. Chopped, stacked and waiting for purpose. Clinton Freidman saw past the seemingly lifeless plant formations and saw an intrinsic beauty in their healing and life giving sacrifice. Capturing the aloe plant and other various medicinal herbs as they cling to life after being torn from the soil, Freidman’s works celebrates life at its most bold, graphic, individual, absolute and honest form. In 3 words describe your photographic style. Authentic / bold / honest. What are you currently working on? I am collaborating with furniture designer Pierre Cronje and artist Cameron Platter Where do you live and work right now? Kloof, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. What are you reading? Discover your Destiny by Robin Sharma. What are you listening to? Delphic, Death Cab for Cuties, Interpol, Radiohead, Badly Drawn Boy, Editors. What are you watching? My two kids, Ethan and Ella, grow up. What is the best advice you were ever given? Listen.

FROM TOP Paper Flower image BOTTOM 3 St Verde Botanical images are new works and ‘soon to be released’.

www.clintonfriedman. com

What is the book that changed your life? A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle. What is your greatest extravagance? 400 thread count Egyptian cotton bed linen, absolutely worth every cent!




Surround yourself with things that only make you feel good - not weigh you down. Photographs Colin Doswell | STYLING Deb McLean | Words Sian MacPherson

As children we all loved to make tents using the dining room table, as we grow up we look to set up camp in lots of different fields. Living in a transient society means we move homes more often and with greater frequency. With each new home our style evolves to take on a different character of a home. With rise in property prices and increase in people renting, there are less people owning a home and more people ‘borrowing’ their home. Home is where the heart is and you can make it yours by personalising it with belongings that hold meaning and memories. Est knows that the most important element of living with style is to surround yourself with all that you love.

Large basket Redhillhouse | Black & white cushion Spacecraft Australia | Goat skin Ikea | Paper bag sac Merci-merci | Red & White stripe shirt stylists own & Black & White juggling sticks stylists own | Cork lamp shade Great Dane Furniture | Small woven basket Third Drawer Down


No fixed address THIS PAGE TOP LEFT Paper bag sac Merci | Large basket Red Hill House | Black & White cushion & Square ottoman Spacecraft Australia TOP RIGHT Marrimekko plate Safari Living BOTTOM LEFT Marrimekko bowl &Â Red table Safari Living OPPOSITE PAGE Cork light Great Dane Furniture | Canvas tent Bunnings | Red and white strip shirt stylist own | Wicker carry basket Red Hill House | Blankets stylist own | Square red ottoman & Black and white print cushion Spacecraft Australia | Marrimekko plates Safari Living | Hanging string chair Citta Design | Solid black goat skin & Black and white goats skin Ikea | Red bensimon sneaker Manon Bis +61 (0)3 9521 1866 | Black string dog Hermon Hermon | Red table and Marrimekko bowl Safari Living.


Don’t over think it - just do it.


A place to hide away


| Bike Seletti | Black basket Vincent2 | Paper bag sac Merci | Basket Third Drawer Down.


Mixing old with new Red and green ottoman ID creations | All linen & Green hand painted cushions from Society Manon Bis 03 9521 1866 | Black and white print cushion. Pony Rider | Antlers Empire Vintage | Hanging robe light House of Orange | Red table Safari Living | Green ottoman ID Creations | Books stylists own | Amsterdam Curtains Spacecraft Australia | Moulding screen print Space Craft Australia | Reindeer skin Great Dane Furniture


Blurring of the line between inside and out


Collecting memories - not just designer furniture


Giant scissors Third Drawer Down | Danish ladder Great Dane Furniture | Antique Suzani Fenton and Fenton


Violin stylists own | Perspex squares Mitchell Plastics | Speaker iPod Hut 1303 9500 1343 | Garlands Down to the woods | Yellow Muuto dots Great Dane Furniture | Hanging lights Great Dane Furniture | Woven rug Safari Living | Coloured beads, Oversized woven bowl & Aloe green handbag After Store | Moroso Tropicalia Chair Hub Furniture | Henry dean pink, yellow stools Manon Bis +61 (0)3 9521 1866 | Horse ottoman Clair Olivia Wayman | Vintage horse blanket Villa Mason | Antique Suzani & Stripe cushion fenton&fenton.


Mixing it up – patterns, textures, finishes, materials.


Violin stylists own | Garlands Down to the woods | Vintage horse blanket Villa Mason | Antique Suzani & Stripe cushion fenton&enton | Blue horse cushion Clair Olivia Wayman/

Embrace imperfection


Search for peace

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Real or Replica? “The details are not the details. They make the design.” Ray Eames

Can you spot the difference? Photographs Toby Scott | Stylist Amey Rosenthal PRODUCTION Lynda Evans | TEXT Sian MacPherson

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360º of Eames Video

In 1950 the DAW (Dining height Armchair Wooden base) was released after years of paper mâché prototypes and fine tuning by infamous design duo, Ray and Charles Eames. Fascinated with the study of the form of the human body, the Eames’ where spurred on to explore the concept of design for the body’s curves and comfort. After constant sketching and study of the human form, coupled with rigorous experimentation and trial and error, the beautifully moulded, fibreglass enforced plastic chair was born. Fitting perfectly to the shape of the body the DAW chair gives both comfort and pleasure to all of whom chose to sit within its form.

The Eames where emphatic in their belief of good design – not just as a way to sell products – but rather as a way to improve peoples lives. With this in mind we must consider whether the replica chair improves our dining experience as we sit around the table with family and friends, cocooning our body and enveloping its curves, or does it merely act as a stool on which to perch ourselves? It is with some irony that Charles and Ray Eames

designed their iconic range of furniture with a view to allow mass production. Of course in the new millennium we now face the conundrum of massproduced fakes outselling the original design. The cheaper rip offs now being more dispensable and therefore making them prime landfill fodder in today’s ‘throw away’ society.

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1 Shell Colou r The most noticeable difference between the real and replica. The real eames is a chalky white where as the replica is a much brighter white.

2 F ixtu res The Real eames has black screw to match the black frame. The replica however had chrome screws.

3 Timber Colou r A notable difference. The Replica had a much blonder finish.

4 Timber Dowel On the Replica the timber edges were splintered and un finished, decidedly less polished than the Real Eames.

Symmetry 5 Near perfect on the Real while this attention to detail was no where to be found on the replica.

How to style the Eames Chair in any setting TRADITIONAL Take the chair back to its roots with classic Eames Styling using blond timber, skins and dirty hues. Minimalist with a nod to retro inventions help to ensure this classic chair is shown in the exact fashion in which it was created. Eames DAW Armchair, Eiffel Base, Light Blue, Living Edge | WALL Fabric Redelman & Son | Natural Cow Hide in Caramel, Tray Table Natural Oak and White Elements Bowl The Modern Furniture Store +61(0)7 3254 3885.

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FAMILY To ensure your space does not take itself too seriously and is forgiving of ‘vegemite fingers’ be sure to look for sturdy, durable pieces that can be wiped down or are added too with a bit of dirty ‘character’. Perfect for a quick wipe down, the Eames chair was made for family in mind. Mix with pieces that can also stand all that a family can throw at it. Eames DAW Armchair Chair Maple Base, Red, Living Edge | Canvas Crustacian Print, Coco Republic | FLOOR Fabric Redelman & Son | THE PAL® Portable Radio, Black Tivoli Audio | Green Elements Bowl & Trolley Table in Wlanut, The Modern Furniture Store +61(0)7 3254 3885.

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OLD & NEW Mix the vintage with the contemporary to achieve the on trend look of fusing the old with the new. Scour garage sales, ebay and the ever reliable source at second hand stores to find vintage pieces that can tie in with present day designs and that will successfully add to the character of your space. Eames DAW Armchair, Eiffel Base, Black, Living Edge | Floor Fabric Redelman & Son | Octagonal Brown Leather Storage Box Large & Small, Coco Republic | Saber Tooth Tiger Skull Z Gallerie | iPad Apple Store | FLOOR Lamp Black, The Modern Furniture Store +61(0)7 3254 3885.

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CORPORATE Sleek lines, contemporary spaces fuse well with the soft curved shape of the DAW chair and its mellow wooden legs. Dress a corporate space with tailored pieces and monochromatic colours and let the chair do the talking for personality in the room. Eames DAW Armchair Maple Base, White, Living Edge | Franklin Magnifier with Black Horn Handle Z Gallerie | ALUMINIUM Side Table Palace Square, Coco Republic | BLACK Lamp Coco Republic | Satchel Billingham, Hadley Large Camera Bag Billingham | iPHONE Apple Store.

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FEATURE South Africa

SUCCUMB TO YOUR SENSES Immerse yourself in an exquisite intermingling of textures, tones and tactile sensations in Laurie Owen’s organic romantic approach to luxurious living designed to soothe the soul. Photographs Karl Roberts | Words Julie Ralphs

FEATURE South Africa

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first glance, Laurie Owen’s interiors are a seductive invitation to release any ordinary thoughts and willingly submerge yourself in an ambience of elegance. Where ethnic elements merge with modern décor details as part of Owen’s contemporary, eclectic take on design. Evident in her impressive projects for boutique hotels and private residences around the globe. Each space is designed with a deliberate emotional effect in mind. “The interior spaces I create soothe the soul and transport you to a gentle dreamy state of total relaxation,” says Owen, an award winning, highly respected South African designer. Her idea of organic romantic involves creating “beautiful pieces and spaces that remove you from reality in a way that makes you feel cocooned and loved,” adds Owen.

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Drawing on a colour palette that’s supremely serene, earthy and understated, Owen decorates her interiors with evocative items, such as seashells, shimmering light fixtures, fragrant candles, beads and glass. Add to that strategically placed accents of black as Owen admits, “I do love drama.” But it’s her stunning assembly of sensations, such as stones, bones, coral, wood, skins, rattan and the like which contributes to a profound sense of inner peace. Many of the materials come from local, disadvantaged communities. “I have done extensive work with self-help groups of woman with AIDS and the underprivileged,” explains Owen, who is soon off to Malawi to hopefully work with a native group of beaders and weavers.

“beautiful pieces and spaces that remove you from reality in a way that makes you feel cocooned and loved,�

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You’d be hard pressed to find a straight line in any of her interiors. Unlike the cool and arguably cold feeling of graphic minimalism found in some spaces, Owen leans towards luscious natural, organic shapes and soft lines because “they make you want to run your hands over the object and doing so engages you.” The drama continues with Owen’s orchestration of which objects go where – especially her clever juxtaposition of different dimensions. Unafraid to go large to retain a sense of balance, the result is breathtaking beauty on a big scale. Even her showroom offices in Johannesburg are nothing less than amazing. Here you’ll find striking signature pieces like linear beaded chandeliers suspended from the ceiling, tree stumps as coffee tables, branches as inventive room dividers and more. Many of which you can purchase from the store Owen opened two years ago in response to the growing demand for her eco-friendly designs. Her current passion? “My husband and I are turning our home into a boutique hotel and a decadent, over-the-top tree house spa.”

“Remember that doubts and fears are your greatest enemy.”

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Let yourself get lost in an atmosphere that’s more akin to a sensory awakening.

Regarding the design scene in South Africa in general, Owen sees it as a bit like the Wild West. Without a doubt, she is one of the most innovative, original and adventurous. As for any challenges that an emerging interior designer might face, she is wise and reassuring. “Remember that doubts and fears are your greatest enemy.” Adding the words of Gandhi, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

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Old World Charm Located on the outskirts of the French Riviera, Vence provides respite from the glitz and glamour of the nearby neighbours harbouring tourists in search of the Mediterranean sun. Photographs Jacob Gils | TEXT Julie Ralphs & Sian MacPherson


Set beneath a rocky enclave of mountainous countryside with a spectacular view of the Mediterranean sea, this creative haven is the holiday destination for two families looking to escape the crispy Scandinavian climes in order to recharge their batteries. At first glance, the house reveals itself in all its glory with lush manicured lawns, stone edged swimming pool and dramatic shade trees that beckon guests to while away the hours beneath their broadened branches. The charms of this holiday house lie not only within its renovated interior, but also with the rustic charm of the original exterior. During the reconstruction, emphasis was placed on designing separate living areas. With a massive 500 square metres spanning three floors, the layout of the house lends itself well to two separate families enjoying the privacy of their own space while living simultaneously under the same roof. Capturing more light and creating an expansive sense of space was the main priority for both owners. This involved tearing down walls and opening up the interior. It also involved removing the original kitchen located on the first floor and installing a more contemporary model on the ground level.

THIS PAGE The house is nestled inbetween manicured gardens and a rocky enclave of mountains. OPPOSITE PAGE The sleek contemporary ground floor kitchen.


THESE PAGES The main living area on the first level overlooking the shady trees and lush manicured lawns.


THESE PAGES The main living area on the first level overlooking the shady trees and lush manicured lawns.


THIS PAGE This particular bathroom illustrates a perfect fusion of old and new.


THESE PAGES Views from the patio, across the pool and down to the Mediterranean

This enabled the families to move between the garden and the pool area with ease, encouraging more al fresco entertaining by the pool. The main living area on the first level was increased in size to evoke a more relaxed atmosphere – and to accommodate six spacious bedrooms, each with their own ensuite. The top level was converted into a self- contained apartment with a separate living space, kitchen and bath. The sleek contemporary kitchen with its clean lines and smooth surfaces are juxtaposed against the rustic, uneven walls of the original building, with the end result exuding character and charm. The old stone tile floors provided the inspiration for the concrete effect seen in the marble benchtops and sinks, a unifying factor creating continuity with the rest of the interior. Careful consideration was given to designing the kitchen with all the appliances discretely built into the walls, enhancing the sense of space and light. The use of terraces built into each floor adds an intrinsic charm to the house with each level merging the interior with the outdoor garden. The original stone flooring serves as a common denominator connecting the interior with the exterior space. Shady trees guard a luscious rolling front lawn with palm trees to the back framing an enticing stone edged swimming pool. This retreat offers a sequestered space just waiting for visitors to enjoy endless summer days whilst effortlessly watching the waves of the Mediterranean roll on by.


THIS PAGE The rustic charm of the patio meets the clean lines of the new kitchen.


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considered the City of Art, famous for artists in residence such as Matisse, Dufy and Soutine. It is also famous for being the place where DH Lawrence spent his final days. Nostradamus himself referred to the gardens of Vence as the marvel of Provence and it becomes instantly apparent upon arrival into this modernised medieval village why artists flock to seek inspiration within the township walls.

DESIGNER ANGLE This particular home located in Vence was brought back to life with a little help from SCKM, a Danish carpentry firm specialising in interiors. SCKM have a reputation as a leader in producing bespoke kitchens with clean, modern lines. Furniture projects also take centre stage allowing their architectural background to shine through with well thought out, concise designs, perfect for blending modern design with old world original homes.

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The River House An 80’s home on Melbourne’s Yarra River is transformed into an elegant family abode for a new generation. Photography Peter Bennetts & Sarah Wood | Words Heather Nette King

Creating a light-filled, contemporary family home from the bones of a classic 1980’s construction is not a task for the light-hearted, nor for those with limited imagination. Instead of being discouraged by their home’s features – think curved walls, small windows and a conservatory-style galley kitchen – new owners Prue and Nick Brown immediately saw the immense potential to create their dream abode. Combining their talents for creativity and building know-how (Prue is co-director of boutique lingerie and sleepwear brand Love & Lustre, whilst Nick is the director of a construction company) the couple made a renovation wish list. The next step was to commission architect Susie Leeton - whose own home Prue had admired - to bring their ideas to life. At the heart of their brief to Susi was the concept of light. ”Light is everything to me,” says Prue. “We needed to open up the space to let in more light, and to create a feeling of connectedness between the levels”. Following a two-year renovation, the Brown’s ‘River House’ is almost unrecognisable. The entrance, accessed via a narrow bridge, gives visitors little hint

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THIS PAGE Prue, Ned and Millie – as they always are – laughing at or with each other. OPPOSITE TOP The river and its parkland view. A perfect spot for reading the Sunday papers MIDDLE Glass ceilings provide the perfect sun trap. BOTTOM The mosaic-tiled pool sits above the tennis court and the river below.

to the spaces that lie beyond. Awash with natural light from windows on three sides and a skylight above, the reception area is now part of a void that cleverly links the home’s three levels, whilst still maintaining inner privacy. Throughout the home, the curved walls have been knocked out and replaced with strong corners and windows have been enlarged to take advantage of the knockout views over parkland towards the Yarra River. Overall, the mood of the interior is luxuriously restrained, something which was vitally important to Prue. “I didn’t want our home to be too showy”, she says. “Our kids (Ned, 7 and Millie, 5) need to be able to run around and play without us worrying about something getting broken”. Wide antique oak floorboards were laid in the main thoroughfares as well as the kitchen and dining area, and were kept a deliberately pale hue to enhance the feeling of spaciousness throughout. The couches are deep and comfortable, and the Eames dining chairs were chosen for their wipe-down practicality.

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Mark Tuckey designed this table for the foyer. It provides an intriguing focal point behind the floor to ceiling front window.

“I didn’t want our home to be too showy”

Eames dining chairs were chosen for their wipe-down practicality.

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OPPOSITE PAGE The Raw Oak Cupboard serves two functions. The first of which is to provide storage, the other being to chart the young family’s growth. THIS PAGE Clean lines and large windows form the hallmark of this riverside home.

A new kitchen was installed, adjacent to the original galley style version, which has been kept to serve as a combined utilities area and butlers kitchen. The new marble kitchen is moderated by the inclusion of a large cupboard made from the same oak floorboards, which have been left completely raw. A testament to Prue’s relaxed decorating philosophy, this cupboard has become an improvised growth chart, with pencilled height marks of the children on one side. “The builders thought I was mad when I asked them to leave it raw, but now it has become a real talking point”, says Prue. It’s the clean lines and the home’s easy practicalities that Prue really appreciates. “Susie is such a fantastic architect,” she says. “Being a mum herself, she really knows about the ins and outs of family living. She would say to me ‘Prue, where will the kids drop their school bags, and where will you want to store the ironing board?’ It was that thoughtful attention to detail that makes this home so enjoyable to live in”.

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OPPOSITE TOP A cupboard made using the same oak boards as the floor, has become a focal point of the renovation. BOTTOM The luxurious yet streamlined kitchen has been installed adjacent to the former galley-style utility kitchen. THIS PAGE the original conservatory style galley kitchen incorporates a clever indoor herb garden.

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OPPOSITE PAGE The family’s pet chickens make their way home across the narrow access bridge. THIS PAGE LEFT Prue commissioned illustrator Jane Reiseger to paint murals on Ned and Millie’s (shown) bedroom walls. RIGHT Ned surfaces after a spectacular dive. BELOW Millie a vision in pink.

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Original Eames Chairs and Wonky Ware tableware give character to any table setting. - stylish storage: an old wool bale becomes a storage area for sporting equipment. Commission an artist to give a personal touch to your childs bedroom. Free range chickens in the inner city help to restore natures balance.


Creative Fusion Form follows function is the creative maxim behind the furnishing of a young couple’s Copenhagen apartment Photographer Pernille Greve | TEXT Stephanie Madison

In a very cosy two bedroom apartment in Copenhagen’s buzzing Nørrebro area where most of the population commutes via bicycle, a creative pair have handcrafted a living space dominated by their own creations. “The only furniture we bought was a sofa, everything else was made by us,” says Danish photographer Kristine Funch who lives in the apartment with partner, award winning furniture designer Antonio Scaffidi whom she met in Cairns 11 years ago while backpacking around Australia. The couple also shares the dwelling with sixmonth old daughter Tea Teresa and rescued budgerigar Tippe. The Scandinavian sense of cosiness known as “hygge” is exemplified in the apartment’s tiny, yet charming proportions.

THIS PAGE ABOVE TOP Tippe relaxes for a moment in his oak bird cage made by Antonio. BELOW Antonio’s prototype of the TAKE (Japanese for ‘bamboo’) Chair pays homage to Italian seating designer Gio Ponte. Opposite Page The living room features a photograph of the entry tunnel to Japan’s Miho Museum outside Kyoto, taken by Kristine while on holiday. Maple prototypes of Antonio’s handmade O2 Chair design surround a concretetopped dining table with conical oak legs.


OPPOSITE When the couple couldn’t find the ‘perfect’ cot, they custom designed and built one in oak to match their bed. The bedroom is decorated with a sentimental set of photos Kristine took in Japan while Antonio was there studying. THIS PAGE Tippe takes flight from a scale model of the dining table.



The lack of space however, presented a few challenges which led to the creation of the couple’s own objects – a fusion of practicality and unique aesthetic. “We soon realised that a standard wardrobe literally wouldn’t fit into the space,” Kristine says. Preserving the traditional charm was paramount and the space is filled with a rich tapestry of “self-made” photographs, art and “a lot of experimental chairs” - the result of Antonio’s studio Scaffidi Design. Yet, the apartment’s main shell hasn’t undergone many changes since the pair moved in – perhaps also the result of two busy and burgeoning creative careers. Kristine, an award winning photographer and graduate of the Copenhagen School of Photography, frequently spends her time on product campaigns, including those for Antonio in between shooting for Danish magazines and international publications such as Italian Marie Claire. More recently she’s worked with prestigious photography studio Graae, Armgaard & Bangsbo and is currently working on a personal project capturing images of Danish photographers which she hopes will culminate in an exhibition or book. “Photography for me is an art of endless fascination,” she says of her line of work which encompasses products, people, architecture and fashion. “Ultimately, a picture’s purpose is to communicate. A photographer’s finest task is to deliver the message.” An idea applied in the apartment’s overall aesthetic message where she’s teamed up with Antonio to create a space that evokes a sense of simplicity and calm. It’s also a concept that harmonises with the furniture designer’s appreciation of craftsmanship.

www. k ristin e fu n THIS PAGE FROM TOP The dining room features a Le Klint 172 Lampshade by Poul Christiansen. Kristine’s current personal project is a portrait series of reputable Danish photographers including Fie Johansen photographed at Nordhavn and Kirsten Klein at Mors. OPPOSITE PAGE Antonio’s ULTRA Chair prototype; handmade from Styrofoam, fibreglass and felt. Its double cantilever design makes it almost impossible to mass produce. The living room is simply decorated with the Kristine’s dramatic photographs.

A former carpenter and cabinet maker, Antonio studied at the highly acclaimed Danish Design School and was awarded a second place prize for his NYX Chair at the 2009 Danish Association of Wood and Furniture Industries Avantgarde Prize. He’s worked for Salto & Sigsgaard under acclaimed designer Kasper Salto and architect Thomas Sigsgaard. More recently he was involved with designing the NAP™ Chair for Kasper Salto / Fritz Hansen and has seen design firm Versus release his new sofa, Remedy. It’s the same sense of design and aesthetic experimentation from the couple’s apartment which he applies to his work.

ABOVE Antonio in his office. LEFT The ergonomic CORE Chair is a lively, tumbling rocking stool to be constructed from aluminium. The prototype though, has been made with Styrofoam. BELOW Antonio’s latest prototype, the (less EQUAL) ≤ CHAIR was exhibited at the recent Stockholm Furniture Fair. The piece comes in either a natural or smoked oak finish.

“I find it very important to make a product relevant. They should contribute to something we need, that works and is aesthetically appealing.”

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THIS PAGE The original Fritz Hansen Nap™ Chair, designed by Kasper Salto who is Antonios colleague and fellow Danish Design School graduate. The name NAP™ is an abbreviation of the three key sitting positions; Normal, Active and Passive. The chair comes in a selection of four colours: Milk White, Butter Yellow, Pepper Grey and Coffee Brown. Photo: Republic of Fritz Hansen


Design Event Directory Emma Elizabeth’s ethos, “design is nothing without style and style is nothing without design”, encapsulates what she looks for on the global design trail. GLOBAL DESIGN FORECAST BY DESIGNER, STYLIST & VLOGGER EMMA ELIZABETH.

In the search for new directions and innovations, the international design calendar of events is the key encyclopaedia for any design connoisseur. With most countries hosting their own “design weeks” the hero show for the year is ultimately Milan’s Salone del Mobile. This show sets the tone for the year in regards to trends, colours, shapes, innovations and its where new young designers are born. Yet this factor does not disregard the other shows on the calendar, as they all have their own unique angle and reiterate the importance of culture in design. Each individual pop-up week of design, not only showcases the latest and greatest from the design world, it also lures the design savvy into interesting design destinations in the specific cites.



This is the perfect show to see the full range of clever Scandinavian collections that don’t always seem to get as much credit as they deserve. Twisting the pre conceptions of Scandinavian design into a globally unique sense of style. eat stay visit

THIS PAGE Stockholm Furniture Fair; ABOVE House of Anne Lamp by Nicolette Brunklaus. BELOW Mama Look Sofa by Anna Kraitz for Källemo.

accessory. Some would almost call it more of a designer accessory/homewares show with the focus on smaller loose furnishings but that does not rule out the fact that major furniture brands do have a strong presence at the show with larger items, especially that of the outdoor furniture genre. eat stay visit

CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT Tribe sculpture by Kim Lieberman and Heel to Throat (cuffs and collar) by Bethamy Linton at at Sydney Design Festival. Comme des garcons Store Tokyo Design Week. Hand Crafted objects by Kose at Maison and Object Paris.

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With Australia still one of the only countries that does not host a set “design week” on the international design circuit, they make up for the loss by holding a design festival month orchestrated by Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum. eat stay visit



Held twice a year once in January and again in September this show focuses around the designer object/


This is the show for design technology innovations, along with beautifully crafted and curated exhibitions that fuse both designers, engineers and architects together. The Japanese interior landscape both in show and out is both mind blowing, simple, clever and completely unforgettable. eat stay visit

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