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media architects managing editor carl lindgren business manager wendy schipper editor mikki brammer editorial assistant libby davis copy editor matthew brady art director/production manager lila theodoros studio manager michaela tilse web/graphic designers nick bligh, sarah hyne photographer libby davis senior account managers chrisanthi demos, sonia constantin account manager leonie ruegg financial controller kathryn lindgren admin assistant melinda halloran web developers morgan daly, dino latoga contributors frances frangenheim, eric lindgren map babies jasper york, mia, milo day, mollie, oscar map sponsor kids modester, narboth map foster animals maxwell the rhino, migaloo the whale, sinya the elephant

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“Be faithful to your roots, surroundings and soul.” – CARLOS COUTURIER ON

fashion / health / beauty 20 street 21 raw 22 cloth Diana Eng 28 grooming Clara Williams

CREATING A GREAT EXPERIENCE

“Find the confidence in yourself to keep going.” – RORY HYDE ON CHALLENGES

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managing editor’s note Welcome to map magazine’s 127th issue and first for 2011. Every now and then a letter comes map’s way that blows us away. The following is a letter that we received at the start of the year: I was sitting on a train one day back in early 2009, and a man was sitting across from me. He was reading map magazine and when he left, I picked it up. As I flipped through the pages, I was amazed by the ethos of this ‘family’ (map creative). I took the magazine home and wrote in my journal: ‘One day I will work towards being able to be given an opportunity to work for and be surrounded by such a well-grounded company’. Fast forward to 2010. I was sitting at one of my favourite tea spots – Three Monkeys – and I was speaking to someone who was in the media industry. I told him: ‘This is my dream, and I have been applying for this job and that job ...’ to which he then said to me: ‘Sometimes, the universe cannot see your dreams through one path/direction, sometimes the dream is realised by another door,’ to which I then had my ‘a-ha’ moment – the moment when it’s similar to an epiphany. As I left, and was walking towards my car (thinking to myself, I should just go back to doing hospitality work, and forget about ‘my dream’), a homeless man (because he said: ‘I am homeless, can you give me some money for a meal?)’ asked me for some money. I was hesitant, because I was afraid my money could be going towards assisting him in a bad habit. He must have sensed my hesitation, because he said: ‘I can give you something in return. I can give you this, because inside it is a dream’. He then handed me a rolled up map magazine (the last issue for 2010 – Wanderlust). I didn’t think anything of it; I took the magazine, only because he used the word ‘dream’ in his reasoning to give it to me. (I didn’t end up giving him the money, instead, I bought him a hot BBQ chicken and a bread roll). I hope 2011 is a year for all of you to fulfil your dreams :)

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Managing Editor carl@mapmagazine.com.au

“Don’t waste time. Get dressed and catch your dream today.”

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SEEK “What we seek we shall find; what we flee from flees from us.” Ral ph Wal do “The truth is not for all men, but only for those who seek it.” Ayn Rand

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For some of us, it takes the beginning of a new year to take stock of our lives and pledge to make a positive change or to chase that dream we’ve always been meaning to pursue. In essence, a new year gives us a blank canvas – an opportunity to take all we learned in our years leading up to that very moment and create our own masterpiece. In our February Design issue, we profile the journeys of three inspiring pioneers who have taken a blank canvas and made it their own masterpiece: Jamie Trevaskis, founder of The Junk Bar, rising architect Rory Hyde and Mexican hotelier, Carlos Couturier. And as 2011 blooms, now is as good a time as any to listen to that inner voice just willing you to take the leap, follow your heart and pursue your wildest dreams. The blank canvas is there waiting – what will be your masterpiece? Happy new year! Mikki Brammer, Editor mikki@mapmagazine.com.au

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Each month, Facebook’s 500-million users spend a combined total of 700-billion minutes on the social-networking site. Recognising the popularity and power of social networking, 30 people from five different countries pooled their skills, and within 72 hours they had created Flood Aid – a social-networking site designed to help people in Australia and Brazil who have been affected by the recent flooding. Once registered, flood-affected users needing help can connect with people offering help. @ www.floodaid.com.au

INVITES YOU TO ... CONVICTION Hilary Swank plays Betty Ann Waters, a fiercely loyal mother and sister, in the true story, Conviction. After supporting each other through a troubled childhood, Betty Ann and her brother, Kenny (Sam Rockwell), are as thick as thieves. So when Kenny is wrongly arrested for murder and unable to afford legal representation, Betty Ann begins an 18-year-long quest to overturn his conviction. A high school drop out and working mother, Betty Ann puts herself through high school, college and law school all in the name of love. Conviction also stars Minnie Driver, as well as Academy Award-

retrodreamer Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

nominee Melissa Leo as the smalltown policewoman responsible for Kenny’s arrest. For your chance to attend map magazine’s first movie screening of 2011 at Dendy Portside on February 21 at 6:30 pm, visit www.mapmagazine.com.au and follow the win links. 111 lucky entrants will receive a double pass to this special screening. Winners will be notified by email. Good luck!

A man who liked to keep things simple, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe is regarded as one of the pioneers of modern architecture. ‘Mies’, who referred to his work as ‘skin and bone’ architecture, was driven by a desire to create a style of architecture that would reflect the modern, post-war era. This obsession was reflected in his designs, which were guided by structural integrity and fluid spaces.

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Those who find great joy in bringing a constant stream of new books and magazines into their homes can find great pain in the process of having to cull their oversized literary collections. When faced with the dilemma of what to do with his old manga, Tokyo-based artist Koshi Kawachi decided to experiment with upcycling instead of recycling. The result was the cultivation of the ‘manga farming’ technique. When placed between the pages of old books, it turns out that a crop of sprouts will flourish. Koshi placed the seeds between the favourite pages of each comic book like bookmarks and cultivated them with great care and affection to create a piece of contemporary fine art. @ www.koshikawachi.com

most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen The coral and sea life when

diving in the Gili islands, Indonesia. idea of complete happiness Travelling to new places. makes you different Not for me to answer … scares you Not succeeding in design. It drives me. worth fighting for Friends, family and anything you are passionate about. environmental beliefs When designing, always consider the impact on the environment. The best way to enhance this is to make products that people look after and cherish for a long time. tell me about design Design is exploration, searching for a new improved approach to a project. biggest inspiration It’s cliched, but nature. So chaotic but rational at the same time. words of wisdom Always try to have patience and be tenacious to get what you want.

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‘A carton of eggs will cost you $3.99’. For decades the humble barcode has been telling us stories as we stand idly at the supermarket checkout. Now the invention that sped up the process of purchasing groceries has turned its hand to the realm of storybooks. When you open the Barcode Book by designer Yuri Suzuki, you are greeted with an assortment of striking black-and-white striped illustrations. Each illustration has been made using barcodes, which means that, when a magic wand is waved over each picture, a sound pertaining to the picture will be played through the magic wand’s speaker. @ www.yurisuzuki.com

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While riding a bike through the city is a great way to fill your lungs with fresh air and explore your local neighbourhood at the same time, navigating a bicycle around footpaths, pedestrians and other cyclists can make cycling through an urban setting quite challenging. To console frustrated city cyclists, Puma, Biomega and KiBiSi collaborated to produce the Mobion bicycle. The smaller front wheel, which is set quite away from the handlebars, makes it easier for cyclists to manoeuvre around obstacles. The colours, which were inspired by island culture in the Atlantic, create an eye-catching pop effect. @ www.kibisi.com 06 map magazine

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Have you ever sat in the waiting room at the doctor’s surgery with little else to do other than letting the second hand of the clock send you into a trance with its rhythmic clicking and spinning movement? While we mostly cast a fleeting glance at a phone or watch to gauge the time, there are moments when we have a few spare minutes to appreciate the aesthetics of a timepiece. The Perpetual Illusion Clock was inspired by the aesthetic characteristics and spinning movement of the analogue clock. A number of layers are positioned together to create a delicate and mesmerising lace-like effect. @ www.delphinefrey.ch


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When a sign that says ‘no entry’ suddenly catches your eye, does your desire to bear witness to the unknown lurking behind the door make you want to sneak through the forbidden entrance? Like many of us, New York-photographer Grace Kim is fascinated by the forbidden, which is why she used her camera to explore the tension between love and societal expectation in South Korea. Considered to be one of the world’s oldest cultures, traditional Korean culture impresses a number of strict rules and regulations upon society – especially when it comes to love. For those who find themselves in a forbidden romance, a Love Hotel is the place where couples often seek refuge. Each Love Hotel has a discreet entrance and, to ensure that the couple experiences minimal embarrassment, the hotel receptionist sits behind a screen. For her Love Hotel photo project, Grace Kim was permitted to enter hotel rooms just after the secret lovers went their separate ways. What she found was air thick with tension and energy, and the remnants of an unwritten love affair. For the photographer, the excitement lay in being able to observe something she shouldn’t have been observing, and the mystery that lingered in each room. Each photograph explores the connection between love, culture and rebellion – with the rest of the story being left up to your own imagination.

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“ Stick to the rules, but be flexible.“

“Act on your dreams to realise them.“

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freelance illustrator and comic artist/Place design group What is your profession? I’m currently a freelance illustrator and comic

Past Life Regression Facilitator/THE LIGHTWORKERS COTTAGE What is your profession? As a Past Life Regression Facilitator I guide

artist. I’m also a casual employee of Place Design Group, an architectural company doing 3D modelling and graphic design. What training or qualifications do you need to fill this role? It’s important that you can produce artwork that impresses people. I have a bachelor’s degree in animation. In my field, the most important training for all artists is life drawing. What are the key skills and responsibilities of the role? Knowing how to draw, using a drawing program, and making sure you complete your projects on time. Also, it’s important to make sure your customer is satisfied. How did you get involved in your profession? I believe my passion is what has got me involved. When I was young, I liked to create my own comics. I started out folding a bunch of A4 papers together, stapling them in the middle, and then I’d start drawing a comic. Could you break into the industry in other ways? You can always find opportunities on the internet – producing digital comics. Or head overseas and try your luck in other countries. What do you hope to achieve within your industry? I hope to gradually build a proper comic studio in Australia. Are you in the industry for the long term? I guess that depends on timing and whether people are taking any notice of comics. Today, what makes people take comics seriously are super-herothemed movies. The most anticipated movies these days are movies based on comics. I can see that, once Marvel movies begin to die down, a lot of producers and filmmakers will look towards anime and manga as their next source of inspiration. What advice would you give someone looking to emulate your success? Be patient and persevere. Stick to the rules, but be flexible. Did you always think you would be in this role? When I was a child, my parents kept telling me not to draw during my studies – they always believed that artists don’t make money. Well, I’m going to prove to them that’s not the case … one day. What was your first paid job? An electrician’s assistant during high school. My first artistic job was working on a violent cyber-punk black-and-white comic. What would you love to do if you weren’t in this role? I’d be either a martial art choreographer, or a movie director. When I was young I was brought up with Hong Kong martial art movies and a lot of Japanese anime! What inspires you? Bad movies. A bad movie makes me think I can be better than the filmmakers, so I work harder. Maybe someday someone will see your work and say: ‘Hey, this is good! Let’s make it into a movie.’ Who is your rolemodel? My rolemodel is Hayao Miyazaki, a well-known animation director in Japan. His movies are very spiritual and magical. He has a way of storytelling that really touches people’s hearts and I really want to do the same through comics. What are your words of wisdom? Always aim for your goals, but don’t expect to actually reach them. When you do reach them, it’ll be a surprise. If you were to shoot a target with an arrow and you missed it, would you move the target to where your arrow went? Or would you reflect and adjust yourself to achieve better aim?

people to access their subconscious memories, in particular memories that have left residue, which can surface in current life as a fear, phobia, physical symptom or emotional issue for which there is no logical explanation. What training or qualifications do you need to fill this role? I completed my Past Life Regression training with Dr Brian Weiss in New York. I suggest a minimum of three intensive days training. Ongoing experience and learning occurs through each session. What are the key skills and responsibilities of the role? Strong intuition, compassion and empathy are important traits to possess, and the ability to remove your personal values and remain objective is imperative. Enabling your clients to experience their personal journey without any judgment is the key to success. How did you get involved in your profession? I read Many Lives, Many Masters by Dr Brian Weiss and realised the impact this therapy could have on myself and others. After experiencing a Past Life Regression, I was in awe of the process. My phobia of speaking in front of people and of people reading anything I had written both lifted. Could you break into the industry in other ways? You can break in and be at the forefront of the industry right now by putting your energy and effort into training and developing as a therapist. Past Life Regression is often an added modality to other healing professions such as hypnotherapy, psychology, kinesiology, energy work or counselling – to name a few. What do you hope to achieve within your industry? I am passionate about raising the profile of this therapy and moving it from the New Age category into mainstream. I wish to teach many facilitators so that there are adequate facilitators/therapists to meet demand. The interest will increase as people become more aware of endless possibilities to improve their wellbeing. Are you in the industry for the long term? No other profession instils so much passion in me. I hope to be in this field for many years to come and to leave behind a worthwhile legacy. What advice would you give someone looking to emulate your success? Passion, energy and determination are essential. Nothing happens simply by wishing or dreaming – act on your dreams to realise them. Did you always think you would be in this role? No, I worked in administration and IT and dabbled in many things before I realised what I am here to do, and where my passion lies. What was your first paid job? I started working when I was 15 as a bakery assistant. What would you love to do if you weren’t in this role? I can’t see myself in any other role. My work is so varied and never feels like work. I cannot imagine doing anything else. What inspires you? People, the human spirit, modest strength of character, loud music with lyrics I can relate to, and conversation. Who is your rolemodel? Dr Brian Weiss, without a doubt. He risked his professional credibility to bring his discovery of our spiritual existence to the world. He is a truly inspirational rolemodel. What are your words of wisdom? Never say never.

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We often think about making changes to ensure that we remain healthy and happy as people, but what about living in a healthy, happy house? Nestled in the highlands of Currumbin Valley, Tallowood House combines sustainable philosophy with an earthy homely design. Architect Rob Norman and interior designer Sally Stent approached the project with the intention to leave the smallest footprint as possible. In doing so the duo used only Australian and FSC-rated timbers, with all craftsmanship completed on the Gold Coast by local artisans. There are no VOCs in the sealants or paints and furniture is secondhand where possible. @ www.refound.com.au

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When does seven plus seven equal seven? When it’s part of a new series of exhibitions shown under the moniker Seven With Another. Believing that great minds really do think alike, no matter how different they are, the curators invited seven pairs of creatives from diverse fields to work together, challenging them to look past their vastly different creative processes and skill sets and concentrate instead on what they do best – being creative. The resulting collaborative artworks could be disastrous, or they could be truly mind-blowing, but what they definitely won’t be is boring. The first exhibition kicks off at Substation No. 4 on February 11. @ www.sevenwithanother.com

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When you look at an image of a grenade or war missile, it is likely your thoughts will turn to war, and the devastation that a bomb can cause. But for the creators of Love and Peace homewares, when they look at a bomb, they see a vase where flowers can blossom, and when they look at a grenade, they see prosperity in the form of a durable moneybox. The collection of homewares challenges perceptions of war and peace, and demonstrates how peace might be achieved if those holding the missiles would look outside the box in their quest for peace. @ www.biaugust.com

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Gold Coast: Tue, Feb 22nd – The Basement Brisbane: Wed, Feb 23rd – The Old Museum Sydney: Thur, Feb 24th – The Basement Melbourne: Fri, Feb 25th – Spensers Live Melbourne: Sat, Feb 26th – Dizzy’s Perth: Sun, Mar 6th – The Ellington Jazz Club Adelaide: Wed, Mar 23rd – The Promethean Melbourne: Thur, Mar 24th – Bennetts Lane Nagambie (VIC): Sun, Mar 27th – Tahbilk Winery Melbourne: Thur, Mar 31st – Bennetts Lane

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Known as one of the early pioneers of acid jazz in Australia in the early nineties, recent critical praise for Melbourne-based jazz artist Albare has been unanimously glowing, with the release of two studio albums in 2010, and a run of mesmerising shows. This tour will showcase Albare’s new album, Travel Diary, consisting of ten original tracks, all composed by Albare himself and featuring his band of exceptional musicians: Joe Chindamo (piano accordion) and Rob Burke (sax), backed by a world class rhythm section. And as always, Albare’s beautifully seductive, liquid guitar playing leads the audience on an elegant sonic journey of his fresh and original compositions, reminiscent of a leisurely southern European holiday.

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“Sophisticated, modern jazz guitar instrumentals. Cafes and bars, your summer soundtrack is right here!” (Time Out Sydney)

“Entering The Basement was more like sauntering down a European street, thanks to the hypnotic bohemian sounds of Albare” (Mathew Perkins, 702 ABC Sydney)

“ … Albare’s guitar spins webs of incandescent melody as the thumping backbeat, especially the ominous throb of his bass, recall the enigmatic iciness of Massive Attack.” (Robert Sutton, Ink19.com)


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only a local would know … ?

only a local would know … ?

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The people in Brisbane are really friendly and always willing to stop for a chat.

That you can get the best fish and chips in Australia at the Fishmonger’s Wife in East Brisbane. what design

The Coffee Guy in Wooloowin has the best coffee in Brisbane. what

That the best bus route to catch is the City Glider.

That The Gunshop Cafe is a great coffee shop in West End. what design

what design item has caught your eye recently?

My grandad’s wardrobe. I don’t tend to buy labels – I steal all of his clothes instead. what is stimulating you at the moment? Plans for moving out of home for the first time. what issue needs immediate public attention? The litter

situation in and around Brisbane City and Fortitude Valley. what are your spiritual beliefs? I believe in karma, and that good things come to good people. who is inspiring you and why? My boss

is an inspiration to me. I find him inspiring because he manages two salons, and he also has to deal with me.

item has caught your eye recently? Everything at Mimco. what is stimulating you at the moment? Being

on holidays. I’ve had the time to relax, get organised and spend time with family and friends. what issue needs

design item has caught your eye recently? Ted Baker eyewear. what is stimulating you at the moment? Exercise. I am

preparing for the upcoming Mooloolaba Triathlon. what

what design item has caught your eye recently?

Latin Clothing Company has really nice clothes that are affordable. what is stimulating you at the moment? The festive season

item has caught your eye recently? Our Legacy.

The label’s clothing for the last year has been pretty amazing. what is

was such a happy time.

stimulating you at the moment? Travel – because

issue needs immediate public attention? Global

what issue needs immediate public attention? Homeless

I am planning to travel this year. what issue needs

International aid. I think Australia – the lucky country – can afford to give more.

warming. We aren’t taking enough care of the world and when something happens it will be too late.

immediate public attention? I think that

what are your spiritual beliefs? Regardless of

what are your spiritual beliefs? I believe that

your religion, I believe it is important just to be a good person. who is

everyone has a soul and that every religion has something to offer. who is inspiring you and why? Everyone who volunteered after the floods. They have shown the nature of the human spirit and made Brisbane a closer community.

people. They don’t get enough support from the government and people on the street just walk past them. what are your spiritual beliefs? I believe that what goes around comes around. who is

immediate public attention?

inspiring you and why?

Philip Johnson inspires me. I received his cookbook for Christmas and I am struggling my way through it.

inspiring you and why?

My Dad. He is going through a rough time at the moment, but he still looks toward the light at the end of the tunnel and he does something positive everyday.

there needs to be more space on the roads in Brisbane for cyclists. what are your spiritual beliefs? That positivity and

optimism generate good karma. who is inspiring you and why? Nicolas Sarkozy, the President of France. He is not just settling for a formula that has always worked, he is really trying to further the city.

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The true definition of the word ‘junk’ really comes down to perspective; after all, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. In the case of Brisbane’s most curiously located new hotspot, The Junk Bar, recycled treasures are all part of the charm. A blink-and-you’llmiss-it hole in the wall on a suburban street in Ashgrove, word of this six-month-old bar has spread quickly, not only for its quirky seventies-kitsch decor but also for the relaxed, unpretentious vibe crafted by its owners, Jamie Trevaskis and Mia Goodwin.

The afternoon sun is unforgiving as I wander along Waterworks Road in search of the reputed Ashgrove locale. As I survey my surroundings – the supermarket shopping complex, the bank branch, the bakery – I feel the unfamiliarity of suburbia surround me. This is certainly not the usual location for one of the city’s most talked about bars. I scan the streetscape for a sign that will lead me to my intended destination. Had I blinked, I would have missed it. Scrawled on a blackboard next to a glass sliding door, which could easily have been the entryway to a real estate agent or accountant’s office, are three simple words – The Junk Bar. Heavy curtains draw back away from the glass and a bright smiling face greets me, beckoning me inside and out of the heat. She introduces herself as Mia, one of the two owners of the establishment. “Don’t worry, your eyes will adjust,” she grins knowingly as I step into the space and blink my eyes trying to get a visual grip on my surroundings. Slowly, like a life-sized Polaroid developing before me, a scene reveals 18 map magazine

itself that makes the world on the other side of the glass feel miles away. What surrounds me now is a design aesthetic that is at once confounding and irresistibly welcoming. Barely larger than an ample-sized lounge room, The Junk Bar adeptly dances the line between kitsch and cool. Like the fashionista who dons an outrageous hat with such confidence that it instantly becomes the envy of everyone, the locale wears its decor with a nonchalance that exudes an undeniable sense of cool. Retro wallpaper depicting a mural of a verdant forest adorns the two longest walls, which also feature mounted deer heads gazing from above. Miscellaneous lampshades laced with tassels glow earnestly upon tabletops. The seating arrangements are ample and travel a spectrum of tastes, from plush velour lounges and brocade sofas, to leather-backed armchairs and cushioned bar stools, all perched beside an assortment of delightfully passe coffee tables. An old turntable crackles a soothing jazz rhythm, and the 1970s ambience that imbues the space makes me feel

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as though I should be wearing a kaftan and wispy Farrah Fawcett locks. The curator of this motley collection of curios is Jamie Trevaskis, The Junk Bar’s other proud owner, who emerges from behind the bar and offers me a similarly enthusiastic greeting. As we settle onto one of the lounges, he grins with pride for his newly minted establishment, clearly understanding its quirkiness. “I don’t really like new things. My house and studio are full of old things and this is just an extension on my aesthetic. I don’t find any soul in new things,” he begins. “It’s a bit of a feast on the eyes, really, and it depends on which section you sit in and which way you look. I’m always in secondhand stores and I’ve accumulated a lot of stuff over the years. The idea is to eventually have price tags on things so people can take them home if they want to.” While The Junk Bar is just over six months old, ardent followers of the Brisbane music scene will recognise Jamie as the founder of beloved live-music institution The Troubadour, which, up until recently, had enjoyed

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the better part of a decade as one of The Valley’s performance jewels. The closure of The Troubadour came as a shock to many of its devoted acolytes, but for Jamie the time had come to move on. “The Troubadour was open for close to eight years and in my life for ten,” he muses. “There were many, many rewards – more so at the start – but the end just got so tough. Without going into it, there is one specific reason that we closed, but in the end it was just the end. You can only fight a landlord for so long! There would have been more of a reason to fight if the area was indicative of live music but it just wasn’t anymore. Fortitude Valley was the perfect spot for The Troubadour when it opened, but by the end it wasn’t the right spot for it to be.” So what inspired the move from the city’s most thriving entertainment hub to a sleepy suburb on the inner-city fringe? “It was just about creating a friendly, cosy spot to come and have a drink in the suburbs,” Jamie explains. “I don’t really see why bars need to be in a hotspot where everyone else is. I can understand why


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if you’re a business-minded person, but it seems to me that it’s a lot better when there’s nothing else around you. I used to live on the same street as The Junk Bar 15 years ago, and so I thought, well, why not?” The ambience that Jamie and Mia have tried to create is similar to the jovial vibe of a seventies shindig with just the right combination of cool and kitsch, from the furniture to the beverages. “The whole idea about the drinks is to create what you would get at a house party in the seventies – cocktails that borderline on tacky, but the good tacky,” Jamie explains. “We’re not trying to break any new ground with cocktails. It’s more about them being chunky with lots of fruit and just fun. We have little monkeys and mermaids on them and things like that make people giggle.” As for the food, the duo looked to their Ashgrove neighbours when creating the menu. “The food is a little kitsch as well,” Jamie grins. “We don’t do food on site but we use our neighbours. It’s really about creating

community. On each side of us are a fish and chip shop and a Chinese restaurant. It’s like a tacky tapas thing without actually being tapas, because we’re not modern enough for that!” In addition to its cheeky offerings of Spring Rolls, Steamed Dim Sims and Crumbed Cod, Calamari and Chips, there are a few other unique touches that have earned the locale its stripes. There are no decks or iPod in sight at this establishment, with the evening’s tunes selected solely from Jamie’s extensive vinyl collection. And despite the cosy lack of space, attentive table service is de rigeur, with Mia as the enchanting lady of the house. Undoubtedly, the formula that Jamie and Mia have perfected over the past six months has gone down well with locals, as well as curious bar-goers from all over Brisbane who make the pilgrimage across town to check out the locale, often forming lines out the door. Jamie hopes that The Junk Bar’s success will encourage other quirky businesses to open in the area. “There are all sorts of little concepts

that might pop up at The Junk Bar this year – we’re toying with the idea of having little markets out the back,” he reveals. “We’re trying to make this side of town a little hub and to maybe convince someone to open a little record store or something like that. That’s what it kind of lacks – it doesn’t have to be a whole group of bars but more like-minded shops that make a little area. That’s how all the other areas like West End started.” Looking back on his experience with The Troubadour and now starting The Junk Bar, Jamie – now 35 – reflects that his greatest obstacles came from staying true to his original idea. “The greatest challenge has been being really headstrong and sticking with your concepts and not ever swaying from those ideas,” he shares. “I would say that The Troubadour and The Junk Bar aren’t really indicative of Brisbane and they’re not the norm for most people who open a venue or bar. The biggest challenge was really just getting them open.” But the rewards have been many,

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particularly during the glory years of The Troubadour, where various music legends graced the stage. “My greatest achievement would be having some of the bands that I’d idolised for years play live on stage,” Jamie marvels. “I never would have expected some of the artists from America who came over. I think over the years I pretty much had all my favourite artists from overseas come and play the room. And I really didn’t expect that half of those people would come and play there.” On the matter of success, Jamie admits that he rarely gives it a thought. “Success to me is being happy – that’s all it comes down to. I guess when defined in those terms, I am successful,” he smiles. “I think I’ve designed my life the way I wanted it to be and so if I can maintain this, I’ll be happy. Take the road less travelled. That’s kind of The Junk Bar’s motto being out here in Ashgrove rather than in Fortitude Valley or West End. There are a lot more things to discover on the road less travelled.”

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What do you do? I’m a retail manager. What are you wearing today? I’m wearing House of Ezis pants and a Lee denim shirt. Describe your style? Relaxed and slightly androgynous. Where is your favourite place? Whale Beach in New South Wales. What is the best advice you have ever received? ‘Never give up.’ Who is your rolemodel? Anyone who sets out to do something

What do you do? I am the owner of Il Centro

What do you do? I study popular music at the Conservatory of Music. What are you wearing today? Scarf and dress from Ally and earrings from Lovisa. Describe your style? Feminine crossed with grunge. Where is your favourite place? The beach. What is the best advice you have ever received?

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restaurant with my husband Andy Georges. What are you wearing today? Scanlan & Theodore draped dress. Describe your style? Modern chic. Where is your favourite place? Anywhere in Italy. What is the best advice you have ever received? ‘Less is more.’ Who is your rolemodel? My mother.

She is 87 and is always stylishly dressed and remains interested in the latest fashions.

‘Don’t worry about what everyone else thinks, just do it for yourself.’ Who is your rolemodel? My older brother, because he is such an individual.

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Pushing the boundaries of what defines a fashion label, Uniforms for the Dedicated aims to blur the lines between style, art and creativity. Enhancing its latest men’s clothing line with music, conceptual art projects and short films, the label believes fashion can transcend genres. Operating within a self-professed playground of men’s fashion, the label produces pieces of effortless style and charm, with a twist of mischief and unique playfulness. Understanding colour, shape and form, the Swedish label invites illustrators, designers, musicians and dreamers to step into a world where fashion is celebrated and cultivated under a wide umbrella of creativity. @ www.uniformsforthededicated.com

This would change depending on my mood. Right now I really like this giant goldfish. I guess all of the beautiful things I like seem unreal, but are actually real. makes you different I have two seemingly opposite passions, fashion and science. But combined together, they make very interesting things. tell me about fashion It’s a tool people use to represent themselves to everyone who sees them. biggest inspiration Natural phenomena like bioluminescent sea creatures and strange flowers. world you imagine I like the ultra-connected world of the internet, where everything is instant, there is too much information, and each person is tied together. words of wisdom Humility is important; everyone has something they can teach you.

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When Plato questioned the reality of the material world, little did he know his musings would inspire a Sarajevo-based product designer. Amila Hrustic’s Plato Collection draws on the shapes found within the five Platonic Solids. Designed with theatre costuming in mind, the geometric and sculptural collection explores the notion of how geometry sets the foundation for creativity and design. Dramatic and striking, with a space-age edge, the futuristic dresses feature a dizzying array of cubes, edges, shapes and patterns. Intricately designed and assembled, Amila’s collection is created almost entirely from paper. @ www.amila.ba ALTRUISTIC

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timekeeper For those who wear a watch, slipping a timepiece on each morning becomes a revered ritual, alongside teeth brushing, lipstick touch ups and shoelace tying. But for anyone who generally eschews the donning of a watch, this curious Japanese timepiece will whet your appetite for daily timekeeping. Specialising in peculiar, wonderful and out-of-this-world LED watches, Tokyoflash Japan’s Broke Watch at first appears unreadable. With shattered lines spilling across a brightly coloured face, the watch far from resembles your analogue old favourite. However, with the touch of a button, the animation comes alive with light, cleverly and clearly revealing the time. @ www.tokyoflash.com 22 map magazine

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When a shoe designer contemplates the materials needed to create a new design, plastic bags and cheesecloth generally don’t rate high on the list. Combining a passion for design with an inherent respect for the environment, industrial designer Louie Rigano believes sustainability should be second nature. For poor communities in Buenos Aires who earn a living collecting rubbish and recyclables, Louie’s Waste for Life Rain Boots project is a lifeline. Transforming plastic bags into waterproof, easy-to-produce boots, the project requires no machinery. Only 16 plastic bags, two square feet of cheesecloth, and a small amount of thread are needed to make one boot. @ www.louierigano.com


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A bride-to-be’s vision of heaven is a place where she can go and purchase the stationery, organise the flowers, hire the decorations, find the bridesmaid dresses and have her hair and makeup done. The good news is that The Style Establishment is such a place. The businesses W.Edding & Co, Baroque Studio, Creme de la Creme, Lela Grace and Luxe Face & Beauty are a collective so you can plan your wedding under the one roof. The wedding trendsetters all work together to help you plan a wedding that flows seamlessly. Pop in between 4:00–8:00 pm on February 18 and find inspiration at the wedding showcase.

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The year 2010 finished with a bang for SAE Institute Brisbane students, with many working on a number of exciting shows, including Bon Jovi, The Eagles, U2’s massive 360-degree show, and large New Year’s events. Already, 2011 is shaping up to be just as big, with students working on both the Big Day Out and Laneway festivals. You too can carve your place in the music industry by studying at SAE Institute Brisbane. Part of a leading global network of media colleges, SAE Brisbane offers courses in audio, video and music production – choose from a Diploma of Sound Production, a Diploma of Screen and Media (Digital Video Production), and a Certificate III in Music (Electronic Music Production). The Diploma of Sound Production teaches the essentials of audio production, giving students foundation knowledge that can lead to work in the music industry or provide a pathway to higher education. The Diploma of Screen and Media is a practical course, designed to give you the full experience of digital video production. You will learn about camera use, lighting, editing, motion graphics, planning and managing projects, storyboarding, scriptwriting, effects and DVD authoring. The Certificate III in Music teaches the basics of audio engineering and electronic music production in a creative and interactive environment. You will learn the fundamental elements needed to create professional-quality productions. Courses commence soon, so be sure to check the website for more information.

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Melbourne architect Rory Hyde uses the word ‘lucky’ to describe many of the career opportunities he’s landed over the years. But check out his website (www.roryhyde.com) and blog and you start to realise that any luck stems from the fact he’s a hard worker and quietly obsessed with the world of architecture. At 28 years old, he may only be in the early phase of his career but he’s already clocked up impressive experiences. Things like running his own one-man practice, writing for industry publications, contributing to a radio show, finishing a PhD, and bagging a bunch of industry awards, including a spot in Wallpaper* magazine’s 2010 Architects Directory as one of 30 ‘emerging architectural talents’ from across the world. But you’re not a workaholic if you love what you do, right? As a writer, blogger and radio co-host for Melbourne’s Triple R The Architects show, young Australian architect Rory Hyde is clearly more comfortable delving inside other people’s minds than unpacking his own. “This is so self indulgent, isn’t it – being interviewed,” he laughs over Skype from his apartment in Amsterdam. “I don’t think I’ve ever been interviewed so it’s really nice to be asked. Thank you.” Rory has a gift for writing but his first and overwhelming passion is the practice of architecture. Asked what he loves about being an architect, Rory says: “I don’t know! It’s become so all encompassing that I’m not sure I can isolate it … I love the conversation around it. That’s why I really enjoy doing the radio show because every week you get someone who’s involved in architecture, whether as a builder or a planner or a designer, talking about their approach. We did 300 shows and every one had a unique story and experience, so I’m really interested in the world of architecture rather than the product necessarily.” 34 map magazine

Rory relocated to Amsterdam in January 2009 with the goal of soaking up projects, ideas and contacts. He explains it seemed the right move because things were a little too comfortable in Melbourne. “I was in a nice job and nice teaching position and I just felt like it was a slippery slope staying there forever,” he recalls. “So I dropped everything to be an intern in Amsterdam.” At the time, Rory was happily working at BKK Architects and had just finished his PhD at RMIT on the back of his undergraduate degree. Throughout his studies he’d worked part-time learning the real-life pressures of being an architect. He’d also spent four years from 2004 co-hosting a radio show with his friends and unofficial mentors, Stuart Harrison and Simon Knott. The slight glitch in Rory’s grand plan was that he arrived in The Netherlands just as the Global Financial Crisis was gathering pace. It hit him personally when job offers started to slip through his fingers. “So I had four or five job interviews lined up and with three of them

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I was offered jobs. But then in ongoing emails to pin down a start date every one of them turned about and said, ‘Oh these jobs we were hoping would come in didn’t end up happening at all’.” Instead, Rory secured an internship as a researcher at Volume Magazine, a quarterly international architecture tome based in Amsterdam that he had always admired. His first project for Volume was Al Manakh, a chunky coffee table book that takes a closer look at the fast pace of urban design in the Middle East. It was a massive project, involving 120 contributors. Rory helped write stories and worked on the editorial team, which was headed by architect and philosopher Rem Koolhaas, one of Rory’s professional heroes. Within two months, Rory’s internship at Volume progressed to a full-time position. From there, he gradually started building up his own architecture practice on the side as a one-man band, working out of a shared studio space in south Amsterdam. He takes on projects big and small in Europe and Australia, thanks to the wonderful world of Skype. He also works with

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local architects on fun, experimental side projects, such as pop-up bars and installations. “So there are those kind of projects that we do in our time with our own money,” Rory says of the Bucky Bar pop-up project, “and then there’s this office project, which is much more serious and where I have to be an organised professional architect and have meetings with builders and things. For me there are three irreconcilable parts of what I do – writing, fun small projects and also paying the rent with the more serious projects.” Asked what challenges he’s had to overcome to get where he is today, Rory recalls those early months in Amsterdam and says: “Finding the confidence in yourself to keep going – that was definitely challenging. Having this really nice job with really nice people and doing fun things while in Melbourne, to come over to Amsterdam and have all these doors close on you and then have to start again as an intern. You just have to take it all on and move on with it.” On the flipside he counts one of his greatest achievements as managing to swim rather


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than sink in Amsterdam. Rory says he isn’t qualified to give advice to young architects, considering he is still finding his feet. But what he would like to share is that he’s learning that there’s a big world of architecture out there. “Your career path isn’t mapped out necessarily,” Rory starts. “You don’t have to graduate and work at a big firm and grind away on detailing office buildings. That’s just one tiny sliver of architecture, which is the professional side of it. Really it should be about the enthusiasm for the built world and I know it sounds like the same thing but if you rethink it in those terms then what you’re capable of doing and the things that you could consider doing is totally cracked open.” While he’ll humbly tell you his website makes things look better than they are, Rory’s work and concepts don’t go unnoticed. He’s been awarded the Royal Australian Institute of Architects Graduation Prize, the RMIT Anne Butler Medal for design excellence, the RAIA Award for Architecture in the Media and was commissioned by Wallpaper* magazine for its 2010 map magazine

Architects Directory. He says he is lucky because he knew in high school that he wanted to be an architect. Rory’s dream project of the moment is designing a beach house for his sister’s family. “It’s on a block in Barwon Heads where my parents had a beach house ... There’s something really nice about designing something specific for your family member and her kids on a site you know intimately from going down there forever. In a way I’ve redesigned it about three or four times just because I don’t want it to end. She’s happy because it keeps getting better.” Rory says he still has a lot to achieve in his work. “I’d like to do another one or two years over here in Amsterdam and soak up as many influences and work with as many different people as I can. Then in the long term I’d like to move back to Melbourne and to do it properly. And do some proper buildings. And try to build a nice little studio with a nice culture in a nice part of town. That’s my long-term plan, which I’m in no hurry to get to. I’m just going to continue learning while I’m over here.” T H E d esi g n I S S U E febr u ary 1 1

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When asked to conjure up a science lab in your mind’s eye, your imagination might jump towards bubbling, frothing beakers and Bunsen burners, neatly set-up along stark stainless-steel benches. For others, the mere mention of the word laboratory might evoke memories of school science classes, with oversized lab coats and the jarring sound of yet another test tube reaching an untimely end on the lino classroom floor. Catching glances of technicians, pathologists and specialists hard at work in one of Brisbane’s leading laboratories reveals a dynamic space where the backbone of modern medicine is constantly developed and strengthened. As one of the two largest private diagnostic pathology practices in the country, Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology commands an array of specialist laboratories. For the

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Some kerbside collections start out as aimless meandering, before morphing into an adventure, as gems are discovered among sidewalks lined with bric-a-brac. Driving around local streets, eyes glued to the footpaths, you search for treasures amidst piles of what other eyes may consider discarded junk. A recent addition to The Valley’s laneway culture melds second-hand furniture with eclectic ‘found’ objects and interiors. Tucked off the main drag in Fortitude Valley, Kerbside invites a touch of suburban charm. As you step through its unassuming doorway, you could be entering an old friend’s haphazard rumpus room, brimming with outdoor garden furniture, lounge suites and a smattering of Astroturf. With its lofty ceilings and warehouse-style expanses, the venue acts as a welcome reprieve from

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nearby bustling traffic and face-paced frivolity. Once settled inside, your mind may grapple for a few moments whilst absorbing the assortment of design elements before you. Have you walked into your grandmother’s garden party? Are you entering a graffiti artist’s haven? A snug log cabin? Transforming from a cafe by day into a fully-fledged bar when the sun goes down, Kerbside opens its doors from 9:30 am until late Wednesday to Friday, and from 4:00 pm Saturday and 1:00 pm Sunday. Some will relish sipping a gin and tonic in the Garden Party nook, whilst others will feel at home in a generous armchair in the rustic Hunters’ Corner, plate of tapas in hand. Whatever your mood, you are bound to get comfortable at Kerbside, where all manner of folk, furniture and curiosities are collected and treasured.

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In every great partnership, there’s an ideas man – a visionary – someone who sees a mound of dirt, a dilapidated old building, a slightly shifty neighbourhood and sees past its current state to what it could become. Someone whose imagination can envision the potential of an idea that is still just a seedling. For Mexican hotel collective Grupo Habita, that visionary is Carlos Couturier. A blue-eyed, sharp-suited entrepreneur Carlos, alongside partners Moises and Rafael Micha, has revolutionised the concept of boutique hotels, inspiring designers and hoteliers across the globe. In the world of boutique hotels, appearances can often be deceiving. What might, at first glance, seem to be an unassuming structure nestled on an unremarkable side street, upon closer inspection can reveal itself as quite the antithesis – a haven of carefully considered design that instantly makes its guests feel like they could live there forever. Similarly, Carlos Couturier’s dapper appearance and matching high-flying lifestyle might give off the air of a slick, perhaps ruthless, businessman. In fact, he is a man of impeccable manners – a gentle and generous soul whose love for hotels grew not from a lifetime spent staying in them, but rather from a childhood spent growing up in the small town of San Rafael, Mexico, where hospitality meant a delicious meal enjoyed with friends and family. A former citrus farmer (a passion he still maintains to this day), Carlos, alongside his partners Moises and Rafael, has crafted a niche for himself amongst the world’s most respected hoteliers. But while ‘hotelier’ might be his occupation by definition, Carlos will be quick to tell you that he is in the business of creating experiences – a fleeting few days of exploration, respite and inspiration that will linger in a traveller’s mind long after they have checked out. The trio envisions each of the Grupo Habita hotels almost as a film – each with its own unique set design, enrapturing soundtrack, and breathtaking cinematography. Of course, then there’s also you as the protagonist, and where your narrative leads you is entirely at your whim. But there are no sequels in this formula. Each of the 10 Grupo Habita 40 map magazine

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properties exudes its own unique personality, conceived as an anomalous entity using individual designers and architects who have been hand-selected to complement the hotel’s location, surrounding natural environment, design aesthetic and encompassing ambience. There’s the cheeky Boca Chica, in Las Playas, Acapulco, where sun-kissed guests laze luxuriously on sun lounges, in the breezy surrounds of 1950s-style seaside chic decor. Then there’s La Purificadora, nestled in the charming colonial city of Puebla – a short drive from Mexico City. In a previous life, this 26-room hotel was a 19th-century water purification factory, a theme that is still present in its current incarnation as a boutique hotel, maintaining many of the building’s original elements including stone aqueducts. And one of three Grupo Habita properties in Mexico City itself, Condesa DF is a charming urban sanctuary ensconced in one of the city’s hippest barrios, housed in a French Neoclassical-style building. Any traveller who has had the pleasure of spending a night in a Grupo Habita hotel will wax lyrical about the experience, from the calming intuitive design of each individual space, to the surprising but unique little details that make the experience all the more special. But most of all it is the lack of pretentiousness – despite an innate sense of cool – that make these hotels unique. And that relaxed and welcoming vibe undoubtedly comes from its three owners, whose enthusiasm and passion is irresistibly infectious.


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What was your childhood dream? My dream was to be happy and to make others happy. Were your parents an influence on your career? Totally. And my grandparents too. They taught me to love nature, to enjoy life and to treat people nicely. How did hotels become your passion? Hospitality is in my blood. I come from a small town in the Gulf of Mexico. My grandparents came from France. Our farmhouse was, in fact, an open house. Friends would come for lunch uninvited and they would be served tasty organic food (organic was not as trendy at the time). Sometimes there would be 40 of us at the table. My grandmother always kept her smile! What first inspired you to form Grupo Habita? Courage. No one thought we could

build a design hotel in Mexico City at the time (it was in 1994). It took us six years to complete our dream. You have said that you create experiences rather than simply build hotels. What do you believe composes a great experience? Truth. Honesty. Being faithful to your roots, surroundings, soul. What is your most memorable hotel experience ? Never being asked for my credit card at Hotel Costes in Paris. I love that sense of trust. Each of your hotels is particularly unique. How do you select the designers for each of your projects? By complete instinct. I need to have good communication and understanding with them. We need to connect. Developing a hotel is a complicated process and you need to make it a positive one.

How do you imagine the boutique hotels of the future ? They will be quiet and technologyfree. An island of isolation. Blissful. You place great emphasis on the interaction of locals with your hotels. What do you think the key is to achieving this? Interaction is key. It’s about providing the community around you with things they relate to such as culture, happenings and souvenirs. Can you tell us a little about the new hotel in New York you are building? The hotel is called Hotel Americano and is expected to open in May 2011 in Chelsea. It has 56 smart rooms, an amazing rooftop terrace with a pool and ... many more surprises! Where would you like to build your next boutique hotel? Los Angeles and Rio de Janeiro. What is success to you? To be loved and respected

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by those close to me. What has been the greatest challenge you’ve had to overcome, personally or professionally, to get to where you are today? The death of my dear ones. I miss them everyday. What has been your greatest achievement, personally or professionally? My children. What inspires you? Nature in general. Human nature in particular. Who inspires you? Creative minds. Musicians, artists, explorers, astronauts! Where do you find peace in life? In my citrus farm, by the sea, with my two Labradors and fresh coconut milk. What are your words of wisdom? Don’t waste time. Get dressed and catch your dream today.

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Whilst one can expect the names of espresso blends, artisan breads and gourmet ingredients to be commonplace in a cafe, the term Cissus Ellen Danica at first seems somewhat out of place amidst singleorigin coffees and croissants. At Sojourn, a bright and airy coffee shop, a wall of healthy Cissus plants (or ‘Midas touch’) infuses the space with a beautiful touch of nature. Brought to life by Brisbane designer Surya Graf’s creative vision, the space abounds with clean lines, a community noticeboard and customdesigned furniture. Peaceful and aesthetically striking, Sojourn provides space to breathe and soak up the sunlight streaming in from the street.

Sometimes simply experiencing life from a higher vantage point can change perceptions, encounters and outlooks. As you walk up the staircase to The Crosstown Eating House’s resident cocktail bar, Uptown Bar, you will be transported to a time where fine glassware was a prized possession, and iPod docks a thing of the future. Were Mad Men eading man Don Draper ever to find himself strolling the streets of Brisbane, his bar of choice would certainly be this warm timber-hued nook. With its charming interiors and pared-back cocktail list, patrons are sure to feel at home, from the minute the first chord is struck up on the in-house piano.

Your fingers run over the sugar-rimmed edge of the perfectly crafted handmade pastry in front of you. As you take the first precious bite, your tastebuds relish fresh pistachios, chocolate drops, and lashings of jam. Adding a sweet touch to Latrobe Terrace, The Little Patisserie offers its own blend of coffee, handmade biscotti and freshly made sandwiches. Open seven days, the petite cafe captures the best of Paddington – strangers chatting over coffee, a relaxed vibe and tasty treats. Peek outside the windows of the old Queenslander and you’ll spy blue skies, whilst a Beatle immortalised on canvas keeps you company inside.

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For some, the presence of an octopus on one’s dinner plate is not the most appetising concept. The same can be said for a school of flying fish or an erudite whale – unless, that is, such seadwellers are present in illustrated form rather than in the flesh. The range of Ships Ahoy collector plates from Robert Gordon brings a maritime feel to the dinner table that’s worthy of enchanting even the most ardent avoiders of seafood. The collection, made in Australia, is available from Domayne Fortitude Valley. @ www.domayne.com.au

When you think of cups designed for drinking tea, a fine china cup and saucer embellished with a delicate floral print is often the first thing that springs to mind. A different take on the teacup is Yukio Hashimoto’s less-is-more Alpha wappa cup and saucer. Taking its form from the traditional Japanese craft technique wappa, each cup is created by soaking thin boards of wood in hot water until it becomes pliable enough to bend. The result is an intriguing cup and saucer made from the most unsuspected materials. @ www.hydesign.jp

Many a partygoer has come undone at the hands of the intoxicating combination of sake and beer, known as the ‘sake bomb’. Inspired by this unique way of drinking sake, the Sake Bomb set was created. The design, made from ceramic, is a fusion of a World War II sea mine and the blowfish – one of the most coveted sashimi cuts. Each bomb comes with four shot glasses for dropping into beer, which can be neatly stored atop the bomb’s spines when you can handle no more sake. @ www.sakebombstore.com

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1⁄2 cup caster sugar a few strips of lemon zest 2 cm piece young ginger, thinly sliced 500 g ripe plums, seeded 2 cups Japanese plum wine sliced plums, extra to serve (optional)

plum wine granita Japanese plum wine, ume shu, is a sweet wine that has an almondish flavour. It is made from ume, a fruit often called a plum, but actually a member of the apricot family. This sparkling pink granita is light and refreshing, perfect for the warmer summer months.

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30 x 20 cm metal container. Place in the freezer until the mixture begins to freeze around the edges – this will take 1.5–2 hours. Scrape the frozen sections back into the mixture with a fork. Repeat every 30 minutes until the mixture has even-sized ice crystals. Just before serving, beat the mixture with a fork, then spoon into six glasses or small bowls. Serve with sliced fresh ripe plums, if desired.

TO MAKE

Combine the sugar, lemon zest, ginger and 1.5 cups of water in a saucepan. Stir over high heat until the sugar has dissolved, then bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Cool completely and strain. Puree the plum flesh in a food processor, then strain through a fine sieve to extract the juice – about 1 cup. Add to the cooled syrup, along with the plum wine, then pour into a shallow

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For a refreshing summer cocktail, serve the granita in tall glasses topped up with extra plum wine and soda, or serve in martini glasses topped with Champagne.

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It is a rare treat to find an inner-city setting where you can enjoy a cosmopolitan menu and drinks list as well as views of a seemingly endless plain of lush, green lawn. Overlooking the expanse of the St Lucia Golf Links, the newly expanded hundred acre bar provides a unique setting to eat, drink and relax with good company. Ensconce yourself in one of the deep, fluffy cushions in the Living Room every Sunday and enjoy the soothing sounds of some of Brisbane’s best musicians between 3:00–6:00 pm. To unwind mid-week, take advantage of aperitivo hour, which offers a range of beverage specials each day.

On a hot Sunday afternoon, there can be nothing better than a cold beverage, good company and live music – especially when the beverage is being used to wash down a seafood feast. Seafood Sundays at Iceworks gives you the opportunity to round out the week with sumptuous seafood and live music from 3:00 pm with acts such as funk duo Zeus and acoustic soloist Dan McGahan. As you relax on the deck with a wine list in one hand and menu in the other, your greatest concern is deciding whether to order a bucket of ice-cold prawns, tempura oysters or a brimming bowl of steamed mussels.

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As you step out of the elevator and onto the Rooftop Bar at Limes Hotel, you will hear the cocktails being shaken, smell the pizzas roasting and marvel at the sun setting over Brisbane’s skyline. A boutique design hotel, Limes provides the ultimate Sunday afternoon backdrop to top off your weekend in style. Enjoy chilled Corona buckets or sip on a signature cocktail, whilst trying your hand at a game of ping pong. Pizza Sundays kick off at 2:00 pm every Sunday – polish off one pizza and get the second half price. Complete your Sunday session with the sounds of special guest DJs Ju That, Midnight Tango and Tag Team. 142 Constance Street, Fortitude Valley T. 3852 9000 www.limeshotel.com.au

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As Brisbanites slowly begin to stir from their Saturday night slumber, an air of excitement hangs over the city, for the week ahead is still 24 hours away – and those 24 hours are filled with endless possibilities. Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and liquid lunches – and open until the early hours of Monday morning – you can spend your Sunday wining and dining at the Chalk Hotel. The Chalk Hotel celebrates every magical Sunday with a number of food and beverage offers throughout the day – kick starting the day at 7:30 am with breakfast and Kid’s Club. While parents enjoy a tranquil a la carte breakfast in Sticks restaurant, Kid’s Club, which runs until 3:00 pm, offers a safe space where restless young ones can play. Sticks restaurant stays open for lunch, and as the day steadily gets into full swing, all three levels of the Chalk Hotel begin to bustle with live entertainment and excited crowds. For those in search of a mellow Sunday session, the new beach-themed Great Northern Beer Garden is a relaxing space where you can enjoy a cold beverage and meal with friends. In other pockets of the hotel you will discover the dinner delights being served up at Stumps Restaurant as well as lively performances from some of Brisbane’s most popular live bands and DJs. Whether you are enjoying a quiet, relaxing Sunday, or planning to end the week with a bang, be sure to include the Chalk Hotel in your plans for a Sunday soiree. 735 Stanley Street, Woolloongabba T. 3896 6565 www.chalkhotel.com.au 50 map magazine

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For those who prefer to relax in thoughtfully decorated, elegant surrounds, the Waterloo Hotel offers a luxurious setting where you can whittle the hours away. Elegantly fitted out with antique and custom-made furniture, as well as a number of luxuriously cosy nooks, there is nothing ordinary about this extravagant watering hole. As you relax on a Sunday afternoon, you will be serenaded by the sounds of live jazz from 3:00 pm. Every other day of the week enjoy an a la carte breakfast meeting, a long wet lunch, after-work drinks and tapas, or late-night cocktails. Corner Ann Street & Commercial Road, Newstead T. 3719 4100 www.waterloohotel.com.au


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There is much contention as to why brilliant jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker was nicknamed ‘Yardbird’ for almost his entire career. Some say it was due to his love for eating chicken. Others ponder over its potential reference to Charlie’s playing, which was said to be ‘free as a bird’. While the real reason might never be known, what can’t be disputed is Charlie’s place alongside the likes of Miles Davis, Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong as one of the greats of jazz. Yardbird Suite is an excellent exploration through the works of the musician who became an icon of the hipster and beat generations.

The French are often the objects of envy from the rest of the world, particularly for their ability to maintain an air of chic throughout virtually any situation. Another source of envy is the French ability to create music that, when played, makes you feel like the protagonist in your own film. So Frenchy So Chic returns in 2011with a double-disc compilation of the best new music to come out of France over the past 12 months. Hand picked to break down barriers of language, culture and fashion, the songs take listeners on an entertaining journey across the varied landscape.

It’s innately Australian that, in tough times, a good rock ballad will inevitably raise spirits – even when it seems like all hope is lost. The impact of the recent floods will be longlasting on our community, with many of the greatest challenges yet to be faced. In a bid to make the journey a little easier for those impacted, Sony Music has released Flood Relief, a three-CD compilation featuring 59 tracks from some of music’s greatest purveyors of the rock ballad – Midnight Oil, Sting, Bon Jovi, Kings of Leon, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Foo Fighters, John Mayer, Bob Dylan and more.

Samuel Beam is more commonly known by his stage moniker Iron & Wine, which he is said to have came up with when he encountered a dietary supplement labelled ‘Beef Iron and Wine’ whilst in a general store. Kiss Each Other Clean is Iron & Wine’s fourth full-length album, featuring a slight shift in style from the usual delicate melancholy sound of previous albums. Described by Samuel as being like ‘the music people heard in their parents’ car growing up’, the album is certainly one that would fit perfectly when seasoned by summer breezes gently caressing your hair through the rolled-down car window.

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In the push by the electronic and printed media for conformity, identity, and me-ism, we are losing words that travelled with us in days past. Hugh Lunn directs our attention to this dilemma: earlier, Lost for Words, with eight reprints, paved the way by asking older Australians to supply him with memories, anecdotes, incidents from their past – all related to a language of words lost to the current generation. ‘Stone the crows!’, ‘bonzer’ and ‘woop woop’ rarely get a mention today, replaced by ‘doh!’, ‘like’, ‘cool’ and others. Aahh ...!! Fiddlesticks, they say – Don’t kick up a stink about that!

Her American godmother set her on a path of discovery. Made custodian of a priceless collection of fashion, more than 3,000 items dating from 1790 to 1995, she was awed by variety of colour, shape, texture and style emanating from renowned designers spanning 200 years of fashion history. Now she invites every woman to enjoy her feelings. From the beaded dresses of the 1920s flappers, to the swimwear of the 1940s aquamusicals, to the bustles of the 1870s, and more, a whimsical book to delight the reader with this ‘Collection from Doris’.

One of the greatest 20th-century men was born to become leader of his tribe, the Thembus of South Africa. Instead he became an inspiration to the whole world. Following resistance to apartheid, came imprisonment for 27 years, release in 1990, Nobel Peace Prize 1993, first democratically elected president of South Africa 1994. Always he jotted down his thoughts on social justice, summed up in an early vow ‘never to say anything unbecoming of another’. His archives, now in the Nelson Mandela Foundation, provide the source of this book. A worthwhile read for those interested in the political conscience of a great man.

Australian journalist Katrina Beikoff accepted a year-long stint in Shanghai in 2008. What followed? A massive snow-storm, a destructive earthquake, the Tibetan uprising, Beijing Olympics, internet censorship, the GFC – and none her fault! In a culture foreign to her family, they adapted to the unusual customs, the language, the different mindset, and emerged all the richer for their experiences. Her tale is often amusing, often penetrates further into the psyche of others than you think, and will provide you with a fascinating insight into life in another land. As her husband-to-be promised: ‘It will never be dull’.

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primavera When considering what defines contemporary art, you could start by listing a mammoth variety of criteria and each one would probably be correct. Because the world of art is continuously evolving, the Museum of Contemporary Art assembled Primavera – a travelling exhibition showcasing the work of young artists who are adding their own innovative touch to contemporary art practice. The exhibition does not restrict itself to summarising movements or trends in art, but rather reflects the styles and different approaches to art by seven up-and-coming artists under 35 years of age. Highlighting artistic freedom, expression and creativity, the range of works on display includes photography, screen printing, installations and oil paintings. QUT Art Museum until April 3

The term idee fixe refers to a delusional thought that becomes an obsession. Intrigued by this state of mind that transforms the real into the unreal, Simone Tops began to investigate idee fixe. The result is a collection of hybrid insect/ creature etchings on tiles. Each little beast physically embodies the obsessive thought process, etched on glass and ceramic, and displayed in handmade collectors boxes. You will find Simone Tops: Beautiful Beast in the crucible space of Artisan. Artisan until March 19 artisan

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chronicles of the new human organism Chronicles of the New Human Organism is a film told through the eyes of a Death Valley outsider artist who is convinced there is a mothership about to descend upon Earth, heralding a new phase of human evolution. Adhering to the generic conventions of a nature documentary, the film takes the audience on a journey through a number of different beliefs. Questions raised include the origins of the human species, the significance of the reptilian mind, new forms of human sexuality, and alien evolutionary technology. IMA until February 26 54 map magazine

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Jamaican-born, Melbourne-based actor Zahra Newman comes across as one very energetic young lady. At 24, she is just two years out of drama school and is already pegged as one of Australia’s rising acting talents. She has scored multiple roles in independent and mainstage productions, such as for Melbourne Theatre Company where she last year worked alongside theatre greats Geoffrey Rush and director Robyn Nevin. Not one to take success for granted, Zahra appreciates that an acting career is an uphill battle and not for the faint-hearted.

Zahra Newman rates surviving drama school as one of her greatest achievements and hopes to also count her next show, Random, as a big win. Written by British-Jamaican playwright Debbie Tucker Green, Random will show at the Brisbane Powerhouse from February 10–15 as part of the World Theatre Festival. It is a onewoman play featuring six characters, which means there’s literally no one for Zahra to hide behind on stage other than her split selves. Zahra expects the role to be one of her greatest career challenges to date, so it’s fortunate, then, that the words of wisdom she lives by are: “It’s not supposed to be easy”. This attitude will help her carry the entire play, her first one-woman show. “If it’s hard, if it’s difficult or a challenge and you’re scared of it, then thank God you’re scared by something, thank God you’re not bored,” Zahra believes. “It’s very easy to let fear determine your pathway, but go with it. Admit, yes I’m scared, now let’s keep going.” She scored the role thanks to Australian director Leticia Caceres who saw the play in London last year. At the time, Leticia was working with leading theatre companies in the UK after winning a British Council Realise Your Dream Award. Zahra recalls, “While in London Leticia contacted me and said, ‘I’ve found this play. It’s amazing. We have to do it. You’re the only person I know who can do it’.” Zahra was the right fit, not only 56 map magazine

because of her savvy acting talent, but also because, like the writer, she speaks Creole as her native tongue. Zahra migrated from Jamaica to Brisbane in 2000 at age 14. After high school, she studied drama at University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba before transferring to the Victorian College of Arts for her

The musical element and splashes of humour help soften the play’s tragic content, which in a sharp 50 minutes follows a day in the life of a black family who are shocked to hear their teenage son has died in a random knife attack. First produced in London in 2008, Random has received rave reviews

I realised that I didn’t want to spend my life doing something that was comfortable but that I would never be happy in ... ” final year. “I guess I don’t know many other Jamaican actors walking around Australia,” Zahra laughs. “I haven’t met any Jamaican actors at all and I’ve been here for 10 years. Whereas half of London is Jamaican!” Zahra connected with Debbie Tucker Green’s script from the first reading. “She’s written the play using Creole and I’d never really read a contemporary Western play with those influences in it so for me it was great. I thought: ‘Wow, people can watch this and they don’t have to be Caribbean or Jamaican; they can still appreciate it and understand it.’ … Also, the way she’s written it is very interesting. It’s almost like a beat poem. There’s quite a good rhythm to it.”

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for its fresh take on family grief and racial issues. The UK’s The Independent noted: “Debbie Tucker Green has a poet’s feel for rhythm, a keen ear for urban patois, and the knack of telling a story elliptically, with vivid flecks of detail.” While the opportunity to act in Random landed directly in her lap, Zahra knows that the offer was an exception rather than the rule. If she were to give young actors advice she tries to live by it would be to be proactive. “I’d say be prepared to be hit really hard. There’s a lot of disappointment that goes with this career choice. Oh, I sound so bleak,” she laughs. “But you do have to mentally prepare and know what you want to do and have forward

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momentum because it’s only the very few lucky people who actually have people saying, ‘I want you for this’. It doesn’t really happen so you have to have a sense of turning the wheel yourself. Also you have to be willing to not just be an actor who is given a script but to be involved in every aspect of making theatre and the development of new works.” Zahra says her greatest challenge is the stop-start nature of the industry where an intensive two-month role may be followed by six weeks of down time. To remain motivated, Zahra surrounds herself with work. “And living in Melbourne has a lot to do with staying motivated for me. There are so many things happening here all the time in different artistic forms … So I stay involved and I stay active in the community whether I’m involved in work or not.” With friends, Zahra will find exciting works and stage them in independent spaces. She knew she wanted to be an actor when she was 16. “Before then I was going to be a lawyer because I thought it was a smart decision that made sense. You go, you do law, you get a job and you make money. But then I realised that I didn’t want to spend my life doing something that was comfortable but that I would never be happy in.” Zahra credits her move to Australia for giving her the opportunity to choose acting as a professional career. “I wouldn’t have been able to be an actor in Jamaica; it just wouldn’t have happened.”


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Hereafter explores the issue of death and the afterlife through the lives of three strangers. When George, an American factory worker who can communicate with the dead, crosses paths with a French journalist who has just survived a tsunami, and an English boy coping with the death of his twin brother, all three lives will be altered.

Venturing into one of last unexplored places on Earth, a team of adventurers sets out to discover a world where no human being has ever set foot – a thrilling system of deadly underwater caves. Miles under the ground, a sudden catastrophe throws the terrified group into chaos. Co-produced by Avatar’s James Cameron, Sanctum delves into the deep.

When Kenny Waters (Sam Rockwell) is wrongfully accused of murder, neither he nor his sister, Betty Ann (Hilary Swank), can afford a lawyer to defend him. In a desperate attempt to overturn her brother’s conviction, Betty Ann decides to put herself through law school. Conviction is based on an inspiring true story of a long road to justice.

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At 17 years of age, Cécile de France left her homeland of Belgium and headed for Paris to pursue an acting career. Amongst French film buffs, Cécile is known for her roles in L’Art (delicat) de la seduction and Irene. In 2004, she made her Hollywood debut as Monique in Around the World in 80 Days and this year Cécile plays a French journalist in the drama Hereafter.

For young Australian actor Rhys Wakefield, there appears to be a recurring coastal theme. From roots in Cairns, to a regular gig on beachside soap Home and Away, to his latest role as a member of an underwater caving expedition, where Rhys goes, water follows. His character Josh delves into the deep in Sanctum. In 2008, Rhys starred alongside supermodel Gemma Ward in The Black Balloon.

After beating Julia Roberts for a role in All My Children, Melissa Leo’s star was born. In a career that has spanned more than 20 years, Melissa has starred in movies such as 21 Grams and Frozen River. In 2011, Melissa has hit the ground running, starring as a small-town police officer in Conviction and winning a Golden Globe for her performance as a manipulative mother in The Fighter.

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Driven by her freedom to do whatever she pleases, wild Spanish gypsy Carmen is determined not to sacrifice her freedom and individuality for the love of a man. Unfortunately for the woman who likes to live by her own rules, soldier Don José is a man who likes what he can’t have, and he is instantly seduced by her fiery and untamed nature. Don José’s attempt to win Carmen’s affection is told in the emotive and powerful flamenco tradition. Brought to life by the music of Bizet, evocative staging and powerful dance, Carmen is bound to set hearts racing.

What’s not to like when you combine catchy tunes, chic outfits and four talented ladies from Los Angeles? Following its successful tour with The Strokes last year, The Like returns to Brisbane with its lively collection of pop songs. Listen to the tough-love lyrics of He’s Not a Boy and it is evident that The Like is not your typical girl band. The four ladies at the helm of the band are inspired by the uplifting sounds of the 1960s, and the result is a catchy collection of songs filled with toe-tapping beats and sweet harmonies.

When you cast your mind back to your childhood, you are bound to stumble upon a memory of yourself trying to master the art of simultaneously singing and performing the hand actions of ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star’. At QPAC this month, bassbaritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes delivers a slightly more sophisticated performance of cherished nursery rhymes including ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star’ and ‘There Was An Old Woman’. Teddy will also perform Beethoven’s iconic song cycle ‘An die ferne Geliebte’.

To ensure Brisbane has all of its cultural festival bases covered, the Brisbane Powerhouse is hosting a festival to celebrate the best of Australian and international theatre. Purposely overlooking traditional theatre conventions, the World Theatre Festival program is filled with unique and captivating performances from Ireland, Australia and the United Kingdom. Capturing the spirit of a vibrant theatrical community, artists and theatre enthusiasts will be able to get involved by attending one of the artist-run workshops during the festival.

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Grand Pianola Music Support contemporary music and QSO Composer-in-Residence Elena Kats-Chernin. Village Idiot explores her fascination with altered mental states and was composed to accompany an exhibition by schizophrenic artists. Golden Kitsch is a post modern “toy symphony” using toy pianos and sleigh bells.

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Forever remembered for his captivating stage persona, the magic that Freddie Mercury once brought to the stage is being recreated by Craig Pesco in his show Freddie Mercury – Let Me Entertain You. For the past decade Craig has traversed the globe to keep the spirit of Freddie Mercury and Queen alive. The concert has graced the stages of some of the world’s most iconic venues including the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood and L’Olympia in Paris. concert

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For those not enamoured by the glittering lights of celebrity, Los Angeles doesn’t often stand out as a desirable travel destination. But on a side street of West Hollywood, just a stroll away from the shopping mecca of Melrose Avenue and a milieu of chic cafes, delis and restaurants, sits Palihouse Holloway. A long-stay boutique urban lodge that also offers shorter sojourns, Palihouse Holloway plays host to local tastemakers and savvy world travellers alike, offering an experience that explores a completely different side of Los Angeles. Under the dusky glow of night, the big black door is somewhat clandestine. No grand lobby, no fanfare, just a sturdy black door set back from the street. Behind me echoes the din of chaotic nighttime traffic along Santa Monica Boulevard. Now that the sun has made itself scarce, the slight chill in the air is enough to announce the presence of the mild Los Angeles winter. I nudge open the door and the warmth of the interior laces its fingers through mine, beckoning me in to explore this intriguing space. I pause before descending the steps, taking in the scene that is in play before me. I feel as though I’ve wandered back into the 1920s and into a furtive speakeasy. This elegant watering hole seems like a secret locale shared only by those in the know. The comforting murmur of conversation flirts with soothing jazz music that emanates from a well-concealed sound system. And as I descend the stairs onto the elegantly patterned tiles that cover the expanse, the click of my heels across the cool surface adds yet another rhythm. My eyes feast upon my surroundings. The space composed of a series of cosy nooks, fit for all manner of entertaining. Voluptuous armchairs, art deco bar stools, leather ottomans and linen Chesterfield lounges form intimate sitting areas. Fastidiously styled hipsters sit tapping away on various technological appendages, or huddled in cerebral conversations over their glasses of neat whiskey. An old fireplace crackles fervently in the centre, bathing those seated nearby in a warm glow. 62 map magazine

I glimpse into a private dining room, where dapper habitues sit chatting animatedly around a table. The devilish glint in their eyes makes me long to be a fly on the wall during their repartee. In front of me is an open dining room with French doors that open out onto a courtyard patio where candles flicker atop tables in the gentle evening breeze. Fringing the room is a small espresso bar

a scholarly world traveller, rather than a hotel in the middle of West Hollywood. In every corner of the space sits something even more intriguing than the last, from an old wooden rocking horse, to birdcages and hat stands. Different wallpapers, including one of stencilled cork, add even more intrigue, as do the various wall hangings – a vintage map of the human brain,

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delightful sketches of angelic deer and a taxidermied duck for good measure. My host is a dapper young gent dressed in a tweed blazer, skinny jeans and wool tie, and plaid shirt – an ensemble befitting of his surroundings. His manner is warm, refined and his voice smooth, as he wishes me the best for my stay at the Palihouse and hands me the key to my suite. I take the lift to the second floor and wander along the open hall surrounding the courtyard. The stars twinkle delicately in the sky. As I click open the door to my suite, it’s as though I’ve arrived home. The design elements of The Hall are also present in the open-plan suite. Cosy details that add a certain warmth to the decor – another grand Chesterfield lounge with

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