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E D’S Drifting Dream This is the Drift mirror by Fernando Mastrangelo, which was exhibited at the Milan furniture fair.

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In awe Here I am with gallerist Rossana Orlandi in Milan – she’s a design legend.

Roped in! An amazing piece by Tijs Gilde that was shown in the Lambrate district.

Bright ideas Aussie collective Local Design showed top-notch home-grown talent.

Set the tone Prep your spaces for chilled-out days spent indoors with our new interior codes, on page 56.

WELCOME WELL, WE FINALLY DID IT! Style editor Sarah Ellison and I packed our bags and took off for the famous Salone di Mobile Milano (one of the biggest furniture trade fairs in the world!). Big thanks to Airbnb for flying us over and finding a beautiful home for us to stay in. I must admit, it was lovely to experience the “real” Milan with the locals as opposed to being in a hotel. We hit the ground running (new sandshoes on) and captured as much as we could to share with and inspire you – check out our adventure from page 125. The other big news this month: we welcome Tim Ross to the real living team! Each issue Tim is going to bring his “Man About the House” take on design, interiors and architecture. Get ready for some witty observations (page 38). I haven’t told Tim this yet, but about 13 years ago I emailed him to ask if my son could do work experience on his radio show (yes, my son was a huge fan) and before I knew it, Tim called me live on radio and quizzed me all about sonny boy. The next week, my son was in there being the “workie” on radio. I waited outside in my car listening to the show until my mobile rang – they had set my son up to play a gag on me while live on radio! Hilarious for them. Tim Ross, welcome to real living and watch out, for all might not be what it seems. ;)

Colour me happy Gorgeous prints from the Marni Ballhaus dance event, in Milan.

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Bring this year’s colour trend home

“Layer this year’s top trending dusty blue into your home to evoke a sense of tranquillity and calm.” Freedom interior decorator, Jemma, shares three ways to embrace the winter blues. 1. Paint a feature wall This blue is the perfect backdrop for a classic coastal or modern Scandinavian styled room. Pair it with light timbers and neutral colours for a clean, fresh look. It also works perfectly to highlight a fireplace or your bedhead – dusty blue is beautiful and calm in a bedroom. 2. Mix and match Mix it with pastel pinks and strong citrus colours like tangerine for a confident style statement. Introduce complementary colours through patterned fabrics and small accessories so they don’t take over. As a guide, bolder colours should only make up 30 to 40 percent of the room’s colour palette. 3. Make it pop Add a subtle pop of dusty blues throughout your home with vases, cushions, and throws. Or make a bold statement with an abstract wall art or colour blocked rug. To find out more about our interior decorators or to book an appointment, pop in store or visit freedom.com.au/decorator

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Rolled up Dark-framed windows are a smart contrast to the white walls, with blinds allowing for optimum light. An Ecart Design “Kraft” floor lamp, left, and Plaster Torchiere lamp by Kacper Dolatowski, right, provide ambient lighting. Design philosophy Personal style plus carefully selected pieces for an eclectic, sophisticated balance.

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NESTLED BETWEEN NEW YORK CITY’S Chelsea art galleries and the High Line – an elevated park planted along a disused railway line – lies the home of interior designer Charlie Ferrer. The 93-sq-m, lightfilled apartment is situated in a 1931, neo-Gothic-style, 20-floor building. Designed by New York architecture firm Farrar & Watmough – known for its classic detail and quality craftsmanship and building – it’s a more than fitting home for Charlie for one big reason. WORK COMMITMENT Charlie has elected to combine his domestic and work lives in his gallery-style home – the walls are painted a perfect professional white. His “design studio” – as he calls his home – acts as a showroom for his business Ferrer, an interior design practice and “atelier” that comprises a stable of emerging and established designers and artists, who create original furniture, lighting, objects and art. TIME FOR PLEASURE But the apartment is not only a showcase for the designs that Charlie sells. It’s a home after all, and he’s incorporated many of his personal pieces – lots of them vintage finds from various design periods – that reflect his own style. He describes this as eclectic but very minimal. “A sort of organic minimalism, which mixes vintage with modern and new design,” he explains. “I appreciate the richness in everything – from materials, rich textures and use of colours. I’m also very inspired by how they did things in the 1920s, ’30s, ’40s and ’50s. The French and Italian design periods fascinate me, and early modernism, neoclassicism and the traditions of Art Deco.” TRANSLATING INTERESTS “Aesthetics are important to me, just as the experience of the visual and the tactile,” Charlie continues. “I have dedicated my career to understanding the beauty of our environment, which is all about appreciation and recognition of natural beauty and an understanding of, among other things, art history, decorative arts and design. They complement each other,” he says. A real living

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DAILY ESCAPE It’s important for Charlie, too, that his home offers a welcome escape from busy lives. “The most important thing forme is that the decor gives youa warm welcome as a contrast to the busy lifein the streets. I have chosen a warm, neutral colour palette, creating a relaxed atmosphere, with a strong emphasis on the relationship between the carefully selected design, art and other objects that inspire your senses. Balance is the keyword.” OPEN FOR INSPECTION Offering his wonderful mix of art, vintage furniture and contemporary design, Charlie opens his apartment, by appointment, to private collectors and interior design professionals who are rewarded with an understated environment full of visual surprises, sculptural shapes and contrasts in materials. It’s work. It’s home. It’s Charlie’s creation. R

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Bedroom bountiful The vintage Moroccan rug adds warmth to the bedroom, which is big enough to contain a living area. The geometric artwork beside the bed is by Mark Hagen. The bed was custom-made in leather, oak and bronze by Robert Stilin for Ferrer. The pendant is a 5-Stick Pick-Up Horizontal chandelier by Billy Cotton. Crate rates One of the bedside tables is made from recycled timber for raw appeal. A

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Designer Else Poux of French scarf label Mapoésie has boldly ventured into new territory to create a range of pure-wool rugs. The dusty pink of the Lakme rug ($899, at rear) is soooo on trend and we can’t help but think that the Elixir ($859, above) would be amazing as a fab wallhanging. Mapoesie.fr

Creative shops and new products that are cool & covetable – and sometimes worth a splurge!

FUN TO RUN SLING IT TO ME BABY It’s multifunctional, it’s mid-century, it’s all-round marvellous. The new Leather Sling side table, from West Elm, stores living room stuff in superior style! The leather shelf holds mags, newspapers and remote controls – even a throw. Available in Natural Oak, pictured, and Acorn, for $479. Westelm.com.au

Local design and illustration studio Maricor/ Maricar – specialising in handcrafted, embroidered graphics, artworks and visuals – was recently selected by Hong Kong’s Usagi gallery and Kruzin footwear to create work for the Footprint of Your heART exhibition using Kruzin shoes as the canvas – here’s its pair! Maricormaricar.com R real living

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Read all about Tim, wife Michelle and the kids swat up on Tim’s favourite topic: Modernism!

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I’VE BEEN BANGING ON for a long time about how I collect mid-century-modern furniture, and I get my fair share of random emails from people trying to sell me their largely uncollectable old pieces. It goes with the territory. I like collecting furniture and I’m sort of OK with letting people down gently: Dear Susan, what a lovely piece. Sadly my house is full and my wife will kill me if I bring home anything more. Please don’t hurt your back taking it to the tip where it belongs. Best, Tim. What saddened me recently was a woman offering up a rather lovely 1950s wooden table that belonged to her grandfather. It looked to me to be the work of Australian designer Fred Ward (1900-1990) and certainly was of some value. I told her to keep it and she said that, although she loved it and she had strong emotional ties to it, it didn’t suit her house because her place was “too modern”. I was flabbergasted. There shouldn’t be a house in existence that can’t handle a family heirloom and quite frankly there is no such thing as “too modern”. Up until the last 10 years or so, furniture was usually expensive and, despite what you may have seen in the old magazines of the @reallivingmag

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1950s and ’60s, most houses of the period didn’t have the latest designs. People had a mixture of old and new, borrowed and inherited. One of my favourite houses of all time, the 1964 Robin Boyd-designed Baker House in Melbourne, is the epitome of rustic modernity but its owners essentially filled it with colonial furniture and it looked fantastic. The concept of people having a house that is “all modern” is in reality quite a new one. If you have a beautiful well-worn table that has strong sentimental meaning, everything else should have to work around it. I can’t fathom how you would choose not to enjoy your family meals and special occasions around a table that has been part of your clan for over 60 years. We are all sentimentalists at heart and family history should overrule any trends or style. Let’s face it, if you are going to have an old-fashioned family barney, it’s much better to crack it where your family always has. I’m not suggesting that everyone should artfully arrange their Pop’s old Playboy mags on their coffee table or whack the telly on Nan’s wonky old card table, but the best pieces with meaning should always find a place in your home.

I have a small Chinese bedside table that belonged to my Grandmother. It’s not within cooee of being mid-century-modern, but it’s certainly not going on Gumtree because it doesn’t look exactly like my other furniture. It sits nicely in our guest room and it evokes strong memories whenever I look at it. My favorite chair in the house isn’t a Modernist classic either but an old Sunday School chair that I bought at an auction. In fact I had to buy two church pews with it to get it (they ended up on Gumtree). It sits in my son’s room as a bedside table and over the past few years has had bottles, toys, books and wee-filled nappies artfully stacked on it. I’m hoping that he becomes attached to it and it moves from house to house with him and becomes part of his story. Your home will always be at its best if it reflects who you are and where you’ve come from. Otherwise your home will feel like a serviced apartment. R If you want to offer Tim a piece of furniture (no judgement) you can email him at rosso@timross.com.au. Tim’s documentary series on Australian houses, Streets Of Your Town, premieres on ABC TV on August 2 at 8.30pm. Themanaboutthehouse.net

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Full spectrum “I’m obsessed with rainbows!”

Quirky cool “I love quirky objects that have personality and humour.” Vitra Alexander Girard coffee mug, $35, and BD Barcelona “Showtime” vases, from $440, Living Edge.

In the bag “I still love my Louis Vuitton Kusama Waves Neverfull bag.”

Shelf life “I’m a bit of a neat freak.” Vitra “Uten.Silo II” wall organiser in Red, $530, Living Edge.

Family affair Max with husband Richard and son Oscar.

Favourite chair “An original Womb chair by Eero Saarinen for Knoll was my most expensive purchase.” @reallivingmag

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MAX SOANS-BURNE MAX & YOU How did you get to where you PR DIRECTOR are now? “I’ve been lucky to meet supportive people along the way who have given me the mentoring I needed to keep pushing forward and learning new things. I started as an engineering student in Melbourne, then became a hair and make-up artist, travelled to Europe, got married, had a baby, got into PR, worked in design and came back FIND OUT WHAT MAKES to Australia to start building my OUR FAVOURITE career, which led to us forming CREATIVES TICK Max & You six years ago.” Tell us a bit about your family. “I‘ve been married for 17 years MAX SOANS-BURNE, and have a 16-year-old son. CO-DIRECTOR, WITH The moment I saw my husband HER HUSBAND RICHARD, Richard it was love at first sight OF MAX & YOU, and I knew that I would be with A MELBOURNE-BASED him for the rest of my life! My son PUBLIC RELATIONS AND Oscar is a beautiful, kind young MARKETING AGENCY THAT man and I feel blessed to have SPECIALISES IN DESIGN, him in my life. I also have three ARCHITECTURE whippets: Nonni, Speed and AND INTERIORS Dash. Our family is tight – we MAX SEES HER ROLE AS support each other and love “ABOUT PROMOTING DESIGN hanging out together.” AS A WAY OF LIFE”.

Ultimate sofa “A bit industrial and luxe, with a bit of fashion.” Stephen Kenn “Inheritance” sofa, from $16,610, Critera.

What are you currently working on? “Lots of new product launches, exhibitions both here and overseas, a couple of international guests’ diaries, being a mum to a young adult, keeping the three whippets in shape and my crazy yoga skills.” Where do you find inspiration? “In people and places – I’ve met so many amazing people around the world who always remind me that we all deserve to be here and are only limited by ourselves.” What’s your home’s interior style? “A mix of modern luxury with an eclectic backdrop of street art and pop culture.” What’s your favourite space? “My balcony – we have an amazing view of the Yarra Valley and the Dandenong Ranges.” What artwork do you want for your home? “One of Leila Jeffreys’s birds.” What’s your signature drink? “Champagne.” Maxandyou.com.au R

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Wallflower Max in front of the Ligne Roset “Clouds” fabric tile wall feature, from $925 for a pack of 8, Domo.


The ‘Azure’ collection, in stores and online now. www.christophervine.com.au


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I N D U S T R Y INSIDER TAMEKA MOFFAT STUDIED A CERTIFICATE IV IN DESIGN AND A DIPLOMA IN COLOUR DESIGN WITH ISCD. NOW SHE RUNS HER OWN COMPANY! “ISCD IS ONE OF THE ONLY SC HOOL S TO SPECIFIC AL LY OF F ER S T U DI E S I N C O L O U R , W H I C H W A S G R E AT F OR KNOWL EDGE F OR MY IN TER IOR D E S I G N B U S I N E S S .” - T A M E K A

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WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO STUDY AT ISCD TO KICK OFF YOUR DESIGN CAREER? I studied interior design years ago and was working in the industry, but I wanted to up-skill. It was iscd’s reputation and variety of courses that drew me in. WHAT WAS IT LIKE STUDYING AT ISCD? Brilliant! I learnt about every aspect of colour: how to apply colour and finishes to commercial and residential spaces, plus, how to interpret and respond to client briefs. We also studied colour psychology and how it applies to branding and imagery.

ANY ADVICE FOR THOSE THINKING ABOUT GETTING INTO THE INDUSTRY? Find your niche, decide what area of design you are drawn to and study in that field. TELL US ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS? Chroma Colour & Design is an interior design company based in Sydney, specialising in residential and large commercial projects. We strive to achieve the best result for the project while still remaining within the project budget. www.chromacolourdesign.com.au @chromacolourdesign

If you’re passionate about interior decorating, design, styling or colour and want to make a career change or explore a new direction, contact iscd. Choose from a range of courses and timetable options that suit your lifestyle and interests. Enrolments are open in Sydney and Melbourne for our July on-campus intake. For more information: www.iscd.edu.au


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IT’S EASY TO IMAGINE SITTING DOWN AT THE DESK OR LOLLING AROUND ON THE SOFA IN THE APARTMENT, A FURNITURE SHOWROOM DESIGNED TO FEEL LIKE A HOME. IT’S SITUATED IN A RESTORED, 18TH-CENTURY, COPENHAGEN APARTMENT.

Up in lights Lighting is important – for atmosphere and cosiness – with the mix including an Achille Castiglioni “Snoopy” table lamp.

Right at home The 240-sq-m space, with original hardwood floors, wood panelling, feature walls and natural light, contains a lovingly handpicked collection of vintage furniture, pieces by emerging and established designers, rugs, lighting and art.

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Nature’s pick Curtis Jere “Urchin” wall sculpture, $3380, 1stdibs.com

THIS RESTORED APARTMENT IS A COOL FURNITURE SHOWROOM WITH A FEELING OF A PRIVATE HOME The Apartment was cofounded in 2011 by interior design and art adviser Tina Seidenfaden Busck. While Tina’s taste is eclectic, she has a soft spot for 1950s Swedish and Italian design – generally experimental, edgy and exquisitely crafted. Theapartment.dk

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Slow glow Giuseppe Raimondi “Snail” table lamp, $6108, 1stdibs.com

Resin brass McCollin Bryan “Lens” side table, about $4875, The Apartment. R

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ARCHITECT, PAUL KATZ chose COLORBOND® steel for his ‘Floating Form’ inner city residence in Melbourne, saying “being elevated, a strong, lightweight and easy to maintain material was required for the cladding…and it also needed to work with intricate details, like the folding of the COLORBOND® steel around the windows to create strong, modern outlines, while elegantly accommodating sun and privacy screens”. Congratulations to #COLORBONDbyDesign Winner, KATZ ARCHITECTURE for demonstrating how COLORBOND® steel can take your design to new heights.

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AFTER FINISHING school in Sydney, I worked in fashion PR and marketing in London. I then travelled around Europe, taught English in China and worked in fashion sales in Canada. But it wasn’t until I came back to Sydney and was working in sales for a fashion distributor that I had the idea of starting a shoe line. I STARTED Sol Sana in 2010 out of need – I couldn’t find a decent pair of leather sandals for less than $150. I decided to fill the gap in the market and offer quality, directional footwear at an accessible price. EVERY DAY is different. I could be trend researching in Europe or working through ranges with our design team in Sydney. We produce four collections a year for the Southern Hemisphere and another four for the Northern Hemisphere so we’re pretty busy! I LOVE that my work life is a bit chaotic. It keeps me on my toes and means the brand is constantly evolving. MY HIGHLIGHTS have been seeing Sol Sana shoes in stores such as Nordstrom, Topshop and Asos. We’ve also been picked up by Bloomingdales in the US, which is pretty exciting, and we’re extending into small leather goods such as bags and accessories. R

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LIVING W I T H PE T S With such powerful suction, the Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Pro will collect pet hair like you’ve never seen before. Plus, if it gets toppled by an over-enthusiastic pet, it’ll pick itself straight back up.

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acuuming is an essential part of maintaining your home, so why not make it easy? With the new Dyson Cinetic Big Ball, it’ll be a breeze. Lots of mess from last-night’s soiree? No problem. Pet hair? Easy! And that’s because Dyson Cinetic science has been engineered to support real life – this vacuum can manoeuvre around all your furniture and will get straight back up if knocked over. It’s the only vacuum with no maintenance and no loss of suction, plus it has no filters to wash or replace and no bags to buy.

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R E AC H U N D E R TO O L So you can manoeuvre around furniture and get into all the tricky-to-clean places, Dyson has come up with an attachment that extends, bends and twists to help remove dust and allergens from awkward spaces.

W H AT M A K E S T H I S V A C U U M BETTER THAN THE REST? Self-rights when toppled Dyson Cinetic Big Ball vacuums will get straight back up when knocked over (they’re great to use around enthusiastic pets), which means fewer delays and less time wasted. Hygienic dirt ejector With the new bin emptying mechanism you can hygienically drive out trapped dust and debris with just the push of a button.

There’s no need to touch the dirt at all! About Cinetic science 36 Dyson Cinetic tips oscillate at up to 5000Hz, preventing microscopic dust from building up and blocking the airflow. Dust separation is so efficient that there’s no need for a pre-motor filter, so there’s no loss of suction.

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HERE ARE SOME OF OUR FAVE PEOPLE ON INSTAGRAM – AND WHERE TO BUY WHAT’S IN THEIR POSTS, TOO!

@ SOMOS_RIES | 273 9 F O L L O W E R S HOL A ! YOU NG A RG E N T I N I A N

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It’s easy to #doubletap every image on the sublime Insta feed from bag and shoe brand Mansur Gavriel. Every colourful post – including lots of the high-quality leather bags and shoes designed in NYC and made in Italy – are gloriously inspiring. #lovecolour #addictive

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T H E U P. I T ’ S O N L Y P O S T E D A R E L AT I V E LY F E W DE SIG N S – L IG H T W E IG H T, M I N I M A L M E TA L PI EC E S – BU T I T S FOL L OW E R S A R E G A T H E R I N G A PA C E . C H E C K O U T W H Y. # F R E S H A S

Feeling blue Mini Moon suede clutch in Navy, $425, Mychameleon.com.au

Dotty for pink Muuto “The Dots” single coat hook in Rose, from $35 for small, Top3 By Design.

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photography maree homer (interiors); jason lloyd-evans (fashion) | styling kerrie-ann jones | styling assistants cassandra bowe & rory carter

Warm & cosy Joe bed in White, $2950 for queen, MCM House. Woven+ “Ulrich” stool in Munggur, $325, Clickon Furniture. HK Living “Rustic” leather pouf, $385, Luumo Design. Ceramic Licht pendant in Outback Colour, $320, Koskela. ON BED Sove linen pillowcase in Nutmeg, $69.90, Citta Design. Linen quilt cover in Clay, $269 for queen, linen pillowcases in Clay, $79 for 2, and linen flat sheet in Soft Grey, $149 for queen, Kip & Co. Classic Tan leather cushion, $140, Mr & Mrs White. Leather cushion $235, Urban Couture. Cassido throw in Autumn Brown, $179, Country Road. ON STOOL Pots in Cinnamon, $120 for large, $85 for small, Esko. Pyramid planter, $48, B for Brian. String of pearls plant, from $9.49, Bunnings. ON WALL Porter’s Paints Low Sheen Acrylic wall paint in Double Strength Wood Smoke, $102.90 for 4L. Asymmetry wallpaper in Pistachio, $230 for a 61.5cm x 10m roll, These Walls. Yuki wall hanging in Copper, $173, MRD Home. Sans P2 4 photographic artwork by Dan Hocking with White timber frame, $2560, Otomys. ON FLOOR Acapulco Terracotta Allegra tiles, $137 a sq m, Surface Gallery. A

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R A DIC A L A N D V ERY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL was the architectural style Valerio Leone wanted for the second-floor, 1930s apartment he shares with his wife Nastya Shershen. The couple loved the historical nature of the building, but wanted a home that reflected their creative lifestyle. Architect Hannes Peer (Hannespeer.com) stepped in with a vision to create “a container for contemporary life” – while still respecting the building’s roots – and fulfilling Valerio’s dream of a home with an eclectic and unique ambience. Hannes wanted to incorporate a strong architectural element in contrast to the apartment’s historical features (such as decorative plaster ceiling, Carrara marble floors and marble fireplace – this was actually added during the refurbishment). The original elements were the props or backdrop for Hannes’s new ideas. Just because something can’t be moved, it doesn’t mean it can’t be transformed! Hannes decided to feature a stainless steel built-in element. This “landed like a spaceship” between the living room and bedroom, functioning as a sofa alcove on one side and wardrobe on the other. The design reference was the Altana Palazzo Pucci apartment in Florence, Italy, which was designed by architect Gae Aulenti (1927-2012) in the 1970s. In contrast to the warm hues of that amazing space, she designed stainless steel built-in furniture to create a cool, modern vibe. In fact, all the wall surfaces in the apartment sing in different ways. Delicate floral wallpaper in the dining room contrasts with bare walls throughout the home, which were stripped back to brick, and in turn contrast with other walls and the ceiling finished in a porcelain white. The kitchen offers another contrast; it’s a lesson in black on black, with gloss black high-tech, built-in furniture combined with black Marquina marble and a stunning Venini chandelier. The bathroom is another highlight, with marble layered with original mosaic tiles, a further example of the material -on-material and colour-on-colour approach that characterises the apartment. The feeling of understated opulence has much to do with the richness of the textural palette: silk rugs, oxidised metals, aged timbers and glossy table surfaces. These textures combine with natural light, giving the home a sense of theatre. It’s glamour-plus in this apartment, also exemplified by a series of human-scale vignettes – lamps, chairs and tables carefully arranged to define spaces. Pieces of different vintages and origins are combined with a contemporary sensibility. Rock on! R

T H E A PA RT M EN T GL EEFU L LY CON TA I NS DA R I NG T EXT U R A L CON T R A STS, FROM A SMOOT H M A R BL ELI N ED FI R EPL ACE A N D GOL D-FR A M ED M I R ROR ED CH I M N EY to the unapologetically rough red brick walls with swipes of messy mortar on display. While bare brick walls may inject a surprising industrial element, more luxurious surfaces elevate them to the realms of sophistication – as they do the piles of magazines against the wall. Keeping the apartment clutter free allows the interior design to really shine. A real living

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FASH ION DESIGN ER VA LER IO LEON E A N D H IS W IFE, MODEL A N D M USE NAST YA SH ERSH EN, LI V E I N TH IS GLOR IOUSLY R ENOVATED 1930S A PA RTM EN T. @ NAST YASH ERSH EN Va l e r io a nd N a s t y a love d t he h i s t or i c a l c on t e x t of t he a p a r t m e nt , bu t w a nt e d t he i nt e r ior t o f it i n w it h t hei r l i fe s t y le . “ T he a r c h it e c t u r a l de si g n ne e d s t o b e r a d i c a l a n d ver y r o c k ‘ n’ r ol l ,” w a s t he d i r e c t i ve Va ler io g a ve t he a r c h it e c t , H a n ne s Pe er.

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M I R ROR S I N T H E BAT H ROOM GI V E A SENSE OF SY M M ET RY TO T H E SPACE A N D DOU BL E T H E GOODN ESS BY R EFL ECT I NG the swathe of glorious Italian marble. The sanitaryware is original, as are the mosaic wall tiles. Greenery in the bathroom gives it a feeling of an outdoor oasis, while artworks lend a cool, gallery vibe. Placing art on shelves and leaning it against the walls avoids having to attach hanging devices. If photographic art – such as the portrait, right – is framed and the back is sealed properly, bathroom humidity shouldn’t ruin the image. A


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VA L ER IO DR E A M T OF A HOM E W I T H A N ECL ECT IC A N D U N IQU E A M BI ENCE , A N D T H E FEELI NG H A S BEEN ACH I EV ED I N E ACH ROOM, including the bedroom where a generous Italian silk rug in petroleum grey defines and unifies the space, making it feel calmer and tidier. A low Chinese bed in Gloss Black and vintage, velvety armchair and ottoman in Gold fit perfectly on the rug, leaving room to breathe. A large photo is all that’s needed in the way of artwork, while monstera leaves in glass vases liven up the space.


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Black & white Alex Spencer photo print by Akila Berjaoui, $885, Les Interieurs. 1.8m x 78cm.

Botanical beauty Acanthus Original cushion, $93.50, Sparkk. 40cm.

Luxe lie-in Piper leather bedhead, from $1250 for queen, Heatherly Design.

Off the shelf Hunter wall shelf, $349.95, Amalfi.

Two in one Mother And Child brass floor lamp, $89.97, Masters Home Improvement.

Lying low Zen recycled Australian hardwood coffee table, $3025, Koskela. For stockists, see page 177.

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Going global A globe chandelier from Clickon Furniture hangs low above the dining table and a striking Halcyon Lake rug sits below. Home hub The oak bench is the perfect place to perch in the kitchen. Green room More works by Julia’s favourite artists gain a place in the green-hued living area: Wattle by Belynda Henry and Tears Behind The Sunnies by Ali McNabney-Stevens, both from Greenhouse Interiors.

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JULIA GREEN, FOUNDER OF GREENHOUSE INTERIORS WITH HUSBAND ADAM AND KIDS MA X, 13, AND JESS, 6, AND THEIR MUCH-LOVED L A B R A D O O D L E M R W O L F. GREENHOUSEINTERIORS.COM.AU @GREENHOUSEINTERIORS Pick of the bunch “Running Greenhouse Interiors means I’m spoilt for choice when it comes to decking out the house. My home is a shrine to the artists I represent,” Julia says. Celestial glow Julia’s favourite piece is her Christopher Boots “Prometheus III” light over her bed. “I bought it years ago and waited for the right house, and space, to install it.” A


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“BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR is often my advice to people contemplating change, as the universe has an uncanny way of listening. Three years ago, on a dreamy house shoot in Barwon Heads, on the Bellarine Peninsula, near Geelong in Victoria, I discovered a deep yearning to be by the beach full time. I trudged back to base camp in Melbourne resolute to relocate my family, pronto. The timing wasn’t quite right for all of us to make the big move, though, so the plan was put on ice. But I just couldn’t get the beach out of my head (sung Kylie style). Fast-forward three years, and I serendipitously discovered the house I’d fallen in love with all that time ago was for sale! We bought it two days later. I call it my “sliding doors” moment, as I could still be in the big smoke, yearning for salty sea air – but life’s too short for that. Of course, it was as much about the lifestyle promise as the house itself that made it an easy decision. Our kids were sold on the notion of endless summers, surf and ice-cream. But for me it was the idea of moving to a contemporary concrete bunker lined with oak that held the most excitement. Having spent a decade inhabiting a doublefronted Victorian with peeling walls and rising damp, I saw a fresh start, a clean slate ahead. With a fab, flexible, family-friendly floorplan, including a parents’ retreat with a deep bathtub, all that was left to do was furnish it, install a lush vertical garden, and drop in a pool. We did allow the kids some creative freedom to select their own wallpaper for their bedrooms, but the bones of the home were so good that we were loath to mess with the already winning formula. Bursts of colour, especially from our artwork collection, make the home feel happy and lived in. The furniture is an edit of old but mostly new, and a lifetime of collectables, curios and books are scattered about, layering the home with our story and history. A rear deck that soaks in the sunset is where you will find me most evenings, but the U-shaped enclosed garden, complete with black and white awning, allows us to dine outside as a family year-round. Now we fall asleep to the roar of the ocean, and our weekends are spent leisurely roaming local shores with our dog Mr Wolf, surfing, collecting shells or lazing by the pool. Nearby are the rugged dunes that are the gateway to our own deserted beach almost year-round – an idyllic playground. Sometimes I have to pinch myself, as I wonder why on earth we didn’t think to do it sooner.” R

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No-go zone The flexible floorplan means the kids can take over one end of the house and leave Julia and Adam in peace. The differe use of timber and concrete materials. Creat nt zones are conne cted through the ive outlet The bedrooms all exude person ality – the kids’ rooms with their chosen wallpa Christopher Boots “Halo” light. Simpl y does pers and Julia’s with her beautiful it The fuss-free surfaces in the kitchen and bathrooms are very forgiving with floor mess, especially after a day at the beach. A

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was designed by Auhaus Architecture and Bunker down The building’s unique bunker shape is more apparent outside, as is the beautiful silvery timber cladding. The pool Globe West add a designer touch. A features Cotto mosaic tiles. Easy living Yellow Butterfly chairs from Angelucci 20th Century and black and white Capri chairs from


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Happy place Julia’s vertical garden by Pippi’s Plants provides lush greenery and is easy to maintain. The family love spending time outdoors, sitting around the outdoor dining table. A yellow pot and succulents from Bunnings make a vibrant centrepie ce on the Aperto table from Globe West.

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Paints and finishes FROM LEFT Dulux Wash & Wear paint in Antique White USA, $71.90 for 4L. Poured concrete flooring, approx $35 to $65 a sq m, from concrete flooring suppliers. Timber decking in Stringybark, from $74 a sq m, Boral. Pablo wallpaper in Black/White Forest, $123.50 a lineal m, Emily Ziz Style Studio. Wave wallpaper, $76 a sq m, Rebel Walls. For stockists, see page 177. real living

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Family affair Homeowner Maria Schei Mathisen’s mother-in-law is a ceramist; many of her beautiful pieces are displayed in the home, their simple, organic nature fitting perfectly with the light and serene palette. Subtle mix The original square parquet floor in the living area is one of Maria’s favourite features. A Turkish kilim pillow, on an Ikea sofa, and Moroccan rug bring character and warmth, a Noguchi “Prismatic” table, novel elegance. A

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ORIGINALITY, CHARM AND MORE SPACE were the three boxes to be ticked on Maria Schei Mathisen and her husband Claus’s wish list when they were looking for a home for themselves and their three children – with another baby on the way – just over a year ago. Although the photos of the 1912 house in the real estate agent’s advertisement didn’t look particularly appealing, the couple still looked at the home, and were relieved that they did. It was absolutely the right choice for them. “Everything fell into place in a completely natural way as the house had all the qualities we were looking for – lots of charm, lots of bedrooms, open living rooms and a kitchen I knew I could turn into something really special,” Maria says. As an architect who has turned her skills to designing unique kitchens as well as furniture, Maria knew she could tweak the property to suit her growing family. And how fun to work on her own place for a change! Although the house had been very much loved – it had only had three owners in 100 years, which is telling – it had definitely seen better days. It was a funny mix of styles, and rather shabby and worn around the edges. Window frames were in dire need of attention, and water damage had left unsightly marks on the floors and walls, which also suffered the indignity of torn and peeling wallpaper in several rooms. No wonder the photos in the ad looked a bit yuk! The kitchen, too, was in a state – it hadn’t been revamped since the 1970s – and there were parts of the house that didn’t have electricity. A

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Make your bed A second-hand quilted bedspread brings character to the white interior. Store & display Maria designed the small oak wall cabinet for jewellery. Take flight The first floor contains two wings separated by a light-filled hallway with a small flight of stairs at each end – a beautiful characteristic of the old house. Be my guest A collection of vintage mirrors and pictures adorn the guest bathroom walls. A real living

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But despite all of this, the home still had a lovely authenticity about it and a charming atmosphere. While Maria wanted to renovate the home, she was determined to maintain its original architectural style and feel. “We have done all we could to preserve the unique atmosphere that prevails here,” she comments. “For example, it would have been nice to have underfloor heating but it would be such a shame to remove the beautiful old floors. Even the radiator covers are a part of the house’s charm.” She loved some of the original features so much, they were copied elsewhere in the house. The old parquet floor in the living areas was recreated in the kitchen and entrance. Other original features retained were freshened up, including window frames, which were sanded and painted high-gloss white. The kitchen underwent a major renovation to bring it into the 21st century, but Maria chose raw, natural materials, such as timber, marble and brass, to fit in with the gracious, understated feel of the home. The key word in the design brief was simplicity. “It is a difficult balance but also an exciting process to preserve the old details in the house, but at the same time furnish in a modern style,” Maria adds. “I think we have succeeded.” R

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Colours and finishes FROM LEFT Smoked Herringbone flooring, $110 a sq m, Royal Oak Floors. Divine tiles in White Bevel Gloss, from $49.95 a sq m, Beaumont Tiles. Danish White flooring, from $93.50 a sq m, Royal Oak Floors. Composite stone splashback in London Grey, $1000 a sq m, Caesarstone. For stockists, see page 177. real living

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Mellow yellow An industrial-style artwork by Melbourne local Guy Mathews carries the yellow theme, as does the round cushion on a wicker chair from Open Room. Inside out The dining and living spaces are separated by an indoor/outdoor “room”. Sam’s aunty re-covered the cusions on the vintage wire chairs and sofa. A

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A MUTUAL LOVE OF MODERNIST ARCHITECTURE and design drew Stephanie Powell and Sam Johnson together, and it’s no surprise the home they share with Sam’s kids Gracie, 10, and Charlie, 8, along with Walter the blue heeler, Minxy the cat and Fluffy the chicken, reflects their passion. Sam, a vintage poster aficionado who owns Vintage Posters Only (Vintagepostersonly.com), purchased the three-bedroom East Melbourne home 15 years ago. At that time, it was surrounded by orange brick bungalows with pitched roofs. “It was a bit of modern Europe bursting out through the A V Jennings belt,” Sam recalls. “We named the house Latvia after the migrant owners who were savvy enough to commission an architect back in the day.” Although the home’s shell was still intact, the interior needed a bit of an update – Sam says it reminded him of the interior of a Millard caravan with different textures everywhere. The idea was to keep spaces intimate but light-filled, with all the rooms permeable to the outside. Inside, dark timber panelling made way for a brighter, cheerier colour palette, and on the outside, orange bricks were painted in a charcoal grey. Original floor-to-ceiling windows remain a feature along the front of the home. The front garden has been completely remodelled and now features manicured landscaping and a long, curved stairwell that leads up to a striking entryway. The backyard, however, is still a work in progress and plays home to vegies, fruit trees and the family’s pets. Stephanie, who recently started furniture and homewares store Open Room (Openroom.com.au), and Sam have filled the home mostly with furniture and art from both their stores, as well as a few key designer pieces. Their style pays tribute to the mid-century home while offering a contemporary, kid-friendly twist. “It’s colourful and the light is amazing,” Stephanie says. “When the kids’ friends come over they seem to lighten up and instantly feel at home, running around the central U-shaped structure.” R real living

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Welcoming party Gracie and Charlie hang out with Walter at the home’s entrance which, along with the front garden, was completely remodelled. For art’s sake “Good design and art makes for a happy home,” Stephanie says. Artworks from Sam’s store Vintage Posters Only pepper the walls.

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STEPHANIE POWELL, OWNER OF FURNITURE AND HOMEWARES STORE OPEN ROOM, WITH HER PARTNER SAM JOHNSON AND HIS KIDS GRACIE, 10, AND CHARLIE, 8; OPENROOM.COM.AU Favourite room? “The house is perched high next to leafy parklands so the views from the living rooms are amazing,” Stephanie says. Future projects Along with adding a pool and installing solar panels, Stephanie and Sam want to add another bathroom and laundry to the home. “But we’ll definitely keep the ’60s charm!” Stephanie says. A

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Cool as cork The master bedroom looks out onto the deck and backyard and has a relaxed feel thanks to rustic Piet Hein Eek “Scrapwood” wallpaper, Hale Mercantile Co bedlinen and beautiful sheer linen curtains. A Max Harper “Corker” pendant light from Open Room is a nice alternative to a bedside lamp.

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Colours and finishes Piet Hein Eek “Scrapwood” wallpaper, $355 for 9m roll (48.5cm wide), Removable Wallpaper. Aina curtains in Beige, $79 a pair, Ikea. Taubmans Endure Low Sheen paint in Retro Disco, $83.95 for 4L. Claymark treated pine decking, $6.48 a lineal m, Bunnings. For stockists, see page 177. real living

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STYLIST SIMONE HAAG, HUSBAND RHYS, GOLDIE, 2, BABY CLOVER, AND RESCUE DOG, TANK. SIMONEHA AG.COM.AU; @SIMONEHA AG Excited about… “Spending winter weekends here so we can enjoy the fireplace,” Simone says. On the wishlist “For Rhys, it is the skate ramp he plans to build so he can teach the girls to skate, as well as keep entertained on days where there is no surf. For me, I would say it is the time to scour op shops and markets for all manner of nautical/Navajo trinkets.” Best bargain “Ceramics from a Phillip Island antique bazaar that mimic our palette perfectly.” Sources of inspiration “LA-based design studio Commune Design (Communedesign.com), designers of Ace Hotels, and US model/actress/designer/stylist Erin Wasson’s house via Insta.”

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Treat yourself Simone splurged on three things in the kitchen – she tiled to the roofline to help zone the space, and chose a Santa & Cole “Wally” wall lamp for a beautiful glow, and De’Longhi coffee machine for her morning brew. Sweetie pie Simone’s daughter Goldie sits on an Ikea “Sinnerlig” table under a Swedish “Bumling” pendant light from the 1970s, one of the pieces that dictated the whole interior look. A

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Desert by the sea In the dining area, a Navajo-style blanket thrown over a chair and the Cactus View photographic print, from Middle Of Nowhere, nod to the global-traveller vibe. Curl up The new, vintage and op-shop finds in the cosy living area include a Moroccan rug from Criteria, an Ikea “Sinnerlig” daybed dressed up with a Kip & Co throw, and Pelicano armchairs from Hub. Anchor Ceramics tiles are laid around the original 1960s wood stove. Life’s beachy Simone and family can easily wander down to the nearby beach. A @reallivingmag

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“THE VERY NATURE OF the design world is that it’s so often deadline driven, so imagine if you had a decade to think about what you would do with a space? It’s a luxury not many interior stylists have, but that was the case with the weekender I now share with my husband Rhys, our daughters Goldie and Clover, and our rescue dog Tank. “Rhys and I regularly spent surfing weekends at Angler’s Shack – as it’s affectionately known – when it was owned by his parents, who now live a handy few hundred metres up the road. The house became a second home for us and our friends. It’s deceptive in size; it can actually sleep 12, and, of course, more when mates bring tents and campers. “Before we owned the house, many a drive back to ‘the big smoke’ of Melbourne was spent lamenting the lack of comparable cottages nearby that we could put our stamp on. So when it finally came up for grabs, it’s hardly surprising the reno was swift and enjoyable. The work was completed with the aid of builders Dave and Louey, who I had previously worked with on a client project. Their craftsmanship has to be commended as there wasn’t a straight wall in the house. Unlike most clients whose brief would be to make it perfect, we wanted to embrace the imperfection, which I think was harder for them. “The main change is the kitchen. The internals of the cabinetry were retained – as a cost-cutting measure and also because Rhys was scared that if we pulled out the kitchen, the floor would come with it. We worked with Druce from Greener Kitchens (Greenerkitchens.com.au) to workshop the ply finish, which we stained with a Haymes stain and fitted with handles from Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co. It was a cost-effective reno – we even used the old sink – but I splurged on tiles to the roofline, a Santa & Cole wall lamp and De’Longhi coffee machine. “Other changes included painting the floors white, adding lining boards and wall lights to the double bedroom, lining the bathroom and painting it, updating sinks, window treatments, door hardware and, of course, layering with furniture and lighting. Being a stylist, who specialises in furniture, art and objects for residential clients, the furniture was as much fun, if not more, than the reno.” R

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Dining style Sheer grey curtains from Weylandts filter soft light into the dining area. Simone has filled a wall-mounted shelving unit with books, plants and accessories. Sit back, relax In the living area, opposite, a pair of Pelicano armchairs from Hub sit beneath a Pony Rider wall banner and a mirror from Etsy. A

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Pic of the day In the master bedroom, a Telegram “Woven Rope” pendant is the hero, while a Kate & Kate linen throw is made into curtains. The Electrolux barbie is a beach house must-have! A guest bedroom features two double beds, and a snuggly flokati rug, a vintage find. The Artek poster is from Luke Furniture. Lining boards were added to the bathroom, painted in Haymes “Yukka”, paying homage to the original green fibreglass shower. The bedside table is an Ikea “Sinnerlig” cork stool; the range features through the home. The lightweight String shelf unit is handy. A Ferm Living clothes rack is also duplicated in the bedrooms Elegant touch The wall panelling was added to the bedroom. The print is from Our Print Collection. A

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On deck The living area opens out to the new deck increasing the living space. The cactus was a roadside find. At the end of the deck is an outdoor shower, which was custom-made by Simone’s husband Rhys, using a Seletti copper shower.

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Bedeck bedazzle “In Milan, the Fondazione Prada exhibition space, designed by OMA, was rubbed in 24-carat gold leaf, creating a dazzling, golden zone that pulled you in,” says editor Deb Bibby, who shared the experience with stylist Sarah Ellison. Turn the page for a world of visionaries, influencers and new possibilities. A

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LOST AND FOUND LEFT “It was definitely a lost-in-translation moment,” Deb says of Sarah banging her head against the wall! “Racing to meet photographer Felix Forest we got hopelessly lost in the underground.” BELOW “Bar Luce – at the Fondazione Prada – was designed by film director Wes Anderson. It has a real Milanese cafe vibe from the 1950s and ’60s. Sarah’s silver shoes against the terrazzo floor captured an extra hit of joyful – we didn’t want to leave.” Trend alert “Watch this space for terrazzo floors of all colours – they will be popping up everywhere.”

Fondazione Prada /// Florals “This is a floral corner, from the Fondazione Prada group exhibition L’image Volée, curated by Thomas Demand,” Deb says.

MARNI PARTY MARNI “AT THE MARNI BALLHAUS EVENT IT WAS A CUMBIA PARTY AND WE COULDN’T WAIT TO PULL ON ONE OF THE MANY MARNI SKIRTS AND DANCE – WELL, SARAH DID!” DEB SAYS. “SEE THE VIDEO AT HOMESTOLOVE.COM.AU/RL. IT WAS ALL ABOUT THE COLOMBIAN CUMBIA DANCE, COCKTAILS AND FULL-BLOWN COLOUR.”

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MARNI GOES TO COLOMBIA “Let’s not forget the rainbow-woven PVC furniture at Marni – lounge chairs, lamps, vases and tables – made by women in Colombia,” Deb says. “I fell in love with them all.” Sarah, too, loved the furniture at the Marni display. “It was scattered in a relaxed fashion throughout the industrial-feeling location for everyone to enjoy.”


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DIMO RESTUDIO /// TO DIE FOR “Amore Dimore !” Sarah says of the furniture . and accessories design studio Dimore studio “This was the top of my list. It is located in the ful Brera design district and situated in a beauti ceiling walls, The . ment apart ese Milan old and floors were covered in the darkest navy and the lighting was down super-low, which highlighted the originality and edgine ss of the designs. I died at everything – from a dining table made of pink suede to the opulence of a red lacquered sofa upholstered in an embroidered orchid design. From a design perspective, everything felt so fresh but still familiar with a sense of nostalgia from the 1970s and ’80s. I’m calling it edgy opulence.”

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CHOC TOP “Tom Dixon and Caesarstone created ‘The Restaurant’ in the Rotonda della Besana, featuring Tom Dixon’s ‘Materiality’ collection – loving his Melt copper floor lamp, below left,” Deb says. “My foodie highlight was the benchtop made of chocolate, left, hammer and chisel provided. The invitation, below, to the Dolce&Gabbana ‘Smeg’ Fab 28 fridge launch, was a work of art in itself!”

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P AT R I C I A U R Q U I O L A GRAPHIC COLOURFUL “A PYRAMID UNDER THE SUN, WHERE THE ‘SPINES’ ARE RAYS OF LIGHT, WAS THE INSPIRATION FOR THE PATTERN OF LACQUERED METAL AND STAINED GLASS IN THIS FURNITURE COLLECTION BY PATRICIA URQUIOLA AND FEDERICO PEPE FOR SPAZIO PONTACCIO,” DEB SAYS.

EXTETA /// POOL PARTY Italian designer furniture co. Exteta relaunches the colourful 1960s outdoor furniture by Gae Aulenti. The revived, playful Locus Solus collection – a celebration of shape and colour – includes the Poltrone armchair. It features tubular steel, which can be varnished in different colours, and removable and washable cushion fabric printed in Locus Solus artwork.

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PETITE FRITURE Corky Français “After experiencing edgy and conceptual it was nice to stumble across cute French brand Petite Friture, with this Basil Sphere side table a highlight,” Sarah says.

Marble, glass, brass “Uber-cool New York brand Apparatus Studio was another highlight,” Sarah says. “Crumbling walls in a small shop space in the Brera district were a beautiful backdrop for a ‘pretty masculine’ vibe from lighting and furniture including the Portal dining table.”

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DESIGNER PATRICIA URQUIOLA OVERCAME A DISLIKE OF GLASS FURNITURE TO CREATE THIS FAB PIECE FOR GLAS ITALIA. BRAVA!

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It’s official – hexagons are a big thing. These tables by designers Alvaro Catalán de Ocón and Francesco Faccin were inspired by a trip to Marrakech where they learned about the process of making cement tiles. The result was these sunny flatpack pieces.

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Precious vessels In the kitchen, Tasmanian oak shelving houses Dearna’s collection of props for her food photography and styling. They include pieces by Tasmanian ceramicist Sallee Warner. Cosy corner Because the kitchen is so large and the couple spend so much time there they added a seating nook. “This area was designed to get winter sun so it would be the perfect place to sit with a book,” Dearna says. The sofa, cushions and stool are from Freedom and the pendant light is from a local store, Verde. A

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Cook’s companion “We wanted a space to entertain in,” says Dearna, pictured left with her dog, Maggie. “We went with an ILVE gas/electric double oven. We can have a few dishes on the cooktop and in the two oven compartments.” The sink and dishwasher are in the island bench. The island benchtop is Caesarstone “Frosty Carrina” and the base is Polytec “Black Wenge”. The Elenora stools and the pendant lights are from Zanui, the cupboards are Polytec “Light Oak” and the Phoenix “Nostalgia” sink mixer is from Reece.

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THE KITCHEN was always going to be the heart of Dearna Bond’s home. So when she decided to renovate the 1890s worker’s cottage in the inner-city suburb of West Hobart that she shares with her partner Brett Manning, she knew it was the room that would be getting the most attention. While Dearna works as a business analyst at the University of Tasmania, cooking, food photography and styling are her passions. She has a food blog, To Her Core, and runs workshops from her kitchen. She has also launched a series of food photography and styling guides (Foodphotographyguides.com).

They wanted to maintain as much of the original cottage as possible. The main focus was on transforming the back of the house and the kitchen. “The main thing we wanted to achieve was a really comfortable, liveable house,” Dearna says. “The original house was dark, cold and not a great use of the space. There was barely any storage and it was difficult to live in.” First on the agenda was adding light and storage. Then they wanted to apply a neutral colour and material palette throughout, of black, white, timber and concrete. They also wanted to build Dearna’s dream kitchen. A

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FAMILY CONNECTION The house originally belonged to Brett’s grandparents and he bought his aunt’s half of the property in 2007. Dearna purchased his dad’s half before they began renovations in September 2015. The house was a typical worker’s cottage of the period, with four rooms and a hallway down the middle. Additional rooms had been added to the rear of the property between the 1950s and 1970s, but not much work had been done to the house since then. When Dearna moved into the house in late 2012 it was outdated and a bit run down. Brett had been living there with a group of friends. “It was a bit of a party house,” she says. “There was a bit of wear and tear.” While the couple briefly considered buying elsewhere instead of renovating, they were keen to stay in the area, which is only a short walk from the CBD and close to a strip of restaurants and cafes. Talk soon shifted to how they would change the place to make it more liveable.

Moody hues Removing walls injected light into the dining area and the dark feature wall provides a dramatic backdrop for Dearna’s photography. The original fireplace and floorboards were retained and the table and chairs belonged to Brett’s mother.

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HEART OF THE HOME The old kitchen was so small – it was located in what is now the hallway between the dining and kitchen areas – that you couldn’t fit more than one person in it at a time and the couple spent more time in the living room, often watching television. “But now we spend most of our time in the kitchen and the TV barely gets a look-in, which makes a nice change!” Dearna says. The new kitchen has some wonderful passive heating qualities: it’s north facing and has double-glazed full-length windows. Poured concrete flooring was chosen for this space, not just for its beautiful mottled appearance, but also because of its great thermal properties.

“The idea is that this part of the house should heat itself in winter,” Dearna says. To combat the low temps during Tassie winters, the couple added ducted heating throughout, with vents in all the rooms. Previously they only had one gas heater in the front living room. “The house was freezing in winter,” Dearna says. “We also both love plants and wanted a lot of greenery throughout,” Dearna adds. “We especially love the idea of the kitchen opening out onto the courtyard, with greenery throughout the two areas, so that it has the feeling of one big space when the doors are open.” It’s indoor-outdoor living at its best – especially when the weather is warm! A

Go with the flow The light-filled seating area in the kitchen opens out onto the courtyard. Doggie door The back of the house is clad in rough-sawn, kiln-dried Tasmanian oak, which will grey with age. The couple added a dog door. They joked with their architect and builder that it was a key design feature. “Poor Maggie received quite a bit of strongly worded hate mail when she first came to live with us due to her barking, so having a way for her to come and go as she pleased was quite important to us,” Dearna says.

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W H O L I V ES H E R E? D e a r n a B o n d, c o o k, fo o d p h oto g r a p h e r a n d s t y l i s t fo r To h e rc o r e.c o m a n d o n e h a l f of T h e i s l a n d g a t h e r i n g s.c o m, a n d B ret t M a n n i n g, s e n i o r p ro p e r t y of f i c e r at t h e D e p a r t m e nt of Tre a s u r y a n d F i n a n c e, a s w e l l a s t h e i r m a l te s e /s h i h t z u / te r r i e r d o g, M a g g i e. @ to h e rc o r e

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Place in the sun Thanks to a new window the old, dingy hallway is now Maggie’s favourite sunbathing spot. The old external weatherboard is now a feature wall. The floor is Tassie oak.

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DREAM TEAM The couple worked closely with their architect, Andrew Kerr of AKA (Aka-architects.com.au), and builder Tom Scott of Overland Builders (Overlandbuilders. com.au). “We had a great experience with our builder and architect – both were generous with their time, approachable and had great ideas,” Dearna says. “They took into account our brief – that we wanted the place to be practical, functional and comfortable – and came up with ideas to help us achieve this.” Dearna and Brett wanted to keep as many of the cottage’s original features as possible. “We wanted the new and old parts of the house to complement one another,” Dearna says. “Andrew had some great ideas, such as keeping the original external weatherboards so that they became somewhat of a feature wall in the hallway.” While the whole renovation took longer than expected – about 18 months from when they first met the architect through to the finish – they are thrilled with the outcome. R

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FLOORING Poured concrete (A), from $35 to $65 a sq m, concrete flooring suppliers. KITCHEN CABINETS Custom thermolaminate in Light Oak (B), from Polytec. KITCHEN SPLASHBACK Ceramic non-rectified gloss tiles in White (C; 40cm x 10cm), $26 a sq m, Surface Gallery. DINING ROOM WALL PAINT Dulux Wash & Wear 101 in Oolong (D), $45.90 for 1L. KITCHEN ISLAND CABINETS Custom melamine in Black Wenge (E), from Polytec. KITCHEN ISLAND BENCHTOP Caesarstone in Frosty Carrina (F), $750 a sq m.

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Decorative feet The bathroom is a new addition. It was previously combined with the laundry but is now separate. When they removed the casing from the original bath, they discovered it had large claw feet and detailing. The Bastow “Georgian” taps are from Reece.


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Green house effect Plants sit on and around an old recycled chair in the courtyard. “Our plant collection continues to grow by the week – you can never have too many plants!” Dearna says. Light and bright In the new bathroom, the vanity has Polytec “Bowral” doors and a Tasmanian oak benchtop. Old meets new The new side entrance to the house is where the old weatherboard meets the new local timber. Original charm The bedroom has been mostly unchanged and just received a new coat of paint – Dulux “Lexicon Half” – and a new pendant light, the Fat Shack Vintage “Stockholm” pendant from Zanui. real living

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Generally, if you have the room, a six-seater dining table setting is ideal – it’s a good size for a family of four to six people, but also a great size for entertaining. What styles do you think are more versatile? I love anything in timber, but more specifically, mid-centurystyle designs that work with many looks, from retro to contemporary. The key is to choose a timber stain that suits the colour palette in your home. What about table decor? To me, vases are a must! Whether you go for one feature piece or a group of complementary vessels, they’re a table’s best friend.

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A BIOETHANOL FIREPLACE IS A GREAT WAY TO BRING THE HEAT – AND AMBIENCE – OF REAL FLAMES INTO YOUR HOME. YOU CAN GET A STANDALONE DESIGN, LIKE THE ONE PICTURED HERE, OR HAVE A FIREPLACE INSERT OR GRATE RETROFITTED INTO AN EXISTING OLD FIREPLACE. THE BEST PARTS? NO FLUE (SO NO BUILDING WORK) AND NO SMOKE! BIOETHANOL IS A RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCE THAT GIVES OFF A CLEAN EMISSION WHEN BURNED.

CONTEMPORARY CLIMATE Ghost bioethanol fireplace, $1995 (firewood surround not included), EcoSmart Fire. THE REST Artek “Armchair 406” armchair (right), $2190, Anibou. Vintage French iron chair, $330, Kontor 255. Mist Moritz swivel chair with linen cover, $1690, and St Tropez dining table with marble top, $2950, MCM House. ON CHAIR Vintage Donkey basket (holding firewood), $500, Kontor 255. Axel candleholders, $490 each, MCM House. ON TABLE AY Illuminate bottle, $175, glasses, $45 each, and Karakter vase (holding plants), $470, Spence & Lyda. KnIndustrie “ABCT” pan with mahogany lid and metal handle, from $146, Zephyrus Art And Design. ON CANDLEHOLDERS Vintage deer horns, $360, Kontor 255. ON FLOOR Icelandic sheepskin, $495, Great Dane Furniture. A

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BRING THE GARDEN INTO THE HOUSE WITH A FIREPIT – JUST DON’T PUT AN ACTUAL FIRE IN IT! WITH DESIGNS AS GORGEOUS AND AFFORDABLE AS THIS ONE, YOU CAN BUY TWO AND ECHO THEM INSIDE AND OUT. OUTSIDE, USE IT CONVENTIONALLY AS A FIREPIT, AND INSIDE USE IT AS A LARGE PLANTER. IT’S NICE TO HAVE A HERO PIECE SUCH AS THIS REPEATED FOR EFFECT IN THE HOME.

STOKE THE FIRE Aurora Moda Rustic steel firepit with stand (92cm diameter; holding plant), $299, Bunnings. THE REST AY Illuminate basket (holding plant), $425, Spence & Lyda. Friends & Founders “Knock Out” side table with pyramid base, from $1463, Fred International. Field lounge chair in Edwards Charcoal, $2499, Blu Dot. Vintage skis, $350 for pair, Kontor 255. Jonathan Adler “Jacques” lucite bar cart, $1995, Coco Republic. ON SIDE TABLE Ester And Erik tapered candles, from $12 each, Great Dane Furniture. ON CART Atelier Stella vases, from $44 each, West Elm. ON BED Belgian flax linen border stripe sheet set in Platinum (includes pillowcases, shown), $299 for queen, and Horizontal double-rib throw in Platinum, $99, West Elm. A


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THESE DAYS, FIREPLACES FOUND IN PERIOD HOMES ARE OFTEN BLOCKED UP, BUT THAT DOESN’T MEAN THEY CAN’T BE USED FOR ANOTHER PURPOSE. MAKE YOUR FIREPLACE A DECORATIVE FEATURE. GET CREATIVE AND FILL IT WITH A SCULPTURE OF BRANCHES, AS SHOWN HERE. AND IF YOU DON’T HAVE A FIREPLACE? INSTALL A MANTEL YOURSELF. BUY ONE NEW OR SECONDHAND, OR MAKE ONE. IT’LL CREATE AN INSTANT FOCAL POINT IN ANY ROOM.

HEARTH & HOME For similar mantelpiece, try Waverly MDF mantel, $835, Heritage Building Centre (or search online). THE REST Timothy Oulton “Serpentine” 3-seat sofa in Whispy Grey, $6995, Coco Republic. Dang media stand in White, $1899, and Hecks ottoman in Thurmond Light Grey, $399, Blu Dot. Hektar pendant lamp in Dark Grey, $99, Ikea. ON MANTEL ClassiCon “Tube” light by Eileen Gray, $1630, Anibou. Silent Vigil artwork by Antonia Mrljak, $2200, Antoniamrljak.com. Varvind vases in Brown, $14.99 for small, $29.99 for large, Ikea. Book from Books Kinokuniya. ON UNIT Cuzzi III table lamp, $550, MCM House. For similar basket, try Sinnerlig basket, $29.99, Ikea. Rubber plant from Bunnings. ON OTTOMAN Assorted books from Books Kinokuniya. ON FLOOR Puna #70 rug (1.98m x 1.48m) $1190, Pampa. Firewood found in garden.


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A G U I D E T O H E A T E R S NATURAL GAS HEATERS Pros Efficient; good value for money. Cons Produce small amounts of carbon monoxide and water vapour that can lead to moisture problems such as condensation and mould. BIOETHANOL FIREPLACES Pros Don’t give off fumes; emit good heat (similar to natural gas); can be retrofitted as they don’t require a flue; modern designs look great. Cons Can be expensive to run – bioethanol costs about $3.85 per litre to run; 5 litres will last from 7 to 20 hours, depending on if you run the heater on min or max. ELECTRIC HEATERS Pros Portable; cheaper to buy; great for small spaces. Cons Can be expensive to run for long periods of time and won’t heat a large space. REVERSE-CYCLE AIRCONDITIONERS Pros Cheaper to run than small electric heaters; great for heating large and open-plan spaces. Cons Expensive to buy and have installed. WOOD-BURNERS Pros Create ambience; can be economical if you have access to free firewood. Cons Installation can be expensive as you need to install a flue; smoke contributes to pollution; you need somewhere to store wood; they can be less energy-efficient than gas or electric heaters. A

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Outdoor inspiration The braai (barbecue) outside his cottage, on South Africa’s wild West Coast, is where Kobus experiments with the dishes for his restaurant. A

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“West Coast Oyster In Its Element�: oysters, sea lettuce, ice plant leaves, samphire tips, dune celery leaves and lemon

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FORAGING. IT’S A BIG THING right now, the world over. Noma, for example, is a twoMichelin-star foraged-fare restaurant you may have heard of, run by chef René Redzepi in Copenhagen (with a pop-up venue in Sydney this year). Or perhaps you’ve watched chef Paul West foraging for wild food on TV’s River Cottage Australia. Wherever you’ve heard the term, it’s taken the local food movement to a whole new level, with chefs and restaurants promoting dishes made from locally foraged and hunted ingredients. One such restaurant offering a menu of foraged fare is Oep ve Koep (Afrikaans for “open for business”), located in the fishing village of Paternoster on the West Coast of South Africa. It’s a harsh, bleak part of the coastline, stretching from Cape Town up to the Namibian border, where trees are few, farming is tough, the wind is constant and swimming in the icy Atlantic Ocean is an activity reserved for the brave. But for Kobus van der Merwe, it’s home, and the perfect location for his tiny field-to-table venture. LOCAL FLAVOUR As much as possible, Kobus’s food is local. Ingredients – plants like soutslaai (which literally translates to “salt salad”), dune lettuce, dune spinach and dune celery, as well as seaweeds such as sea lettuce and kelp – are foraged by Kobus himself from the surrounding dunes and sea. “I’m extremely inspired by the landscape of the West Coast and its wild food offerings,” Kobus says. “I think the foraging trend will blow over, but to me, being A

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Angelfish kebabs 720g freshly filleted angelfish, in 18 cubes 30ml fish masala spice powder Salt and pepper to taste Lemon juice Vegetable oil for frying Bokkom sambal 1 small onion, finely diced 2 fillets of bokkoms (dried salted mullet), diced finely 1 hard-boiled egg, white and yolk, diced finely Handful each of fresh coriander and mint leaves, chopped finely Lemon juice To serve Full cream yoghurt Fresh dune spinach leaves (or use baby spinach) Coriander blossoms For the kebabs, skewer 3 fish cubes each onto 6 bamboo skewers. Dust each kebab generously with fish masala powder and fry in a skillet for a couple of minutes each side until just cooked. Dress with freshly squeezed lemon juice. For the sambal, mix all the chopped ingredients together until well blended. Dress with lemon juice. Serve kebabs on a dollop of yoghurt, garnished with sambal, spinach and coriander blossoms.

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A shore thing The rocks and coastline of South Africa’s West Coast are a source of inspiration and a treasure trove of indigenous ingredients for Kobus.

Prickly pairs Foraged sea urchins will be used to colourful effect in dishes in Kobus’s restaurant.

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‘on trend’ has never been the point. We don’t have the abundance of wild food to sustain everyone suddenly picking dune spinach willy-nilly anyway. It’s rather about rediscovering forgotten indigenous flavours and appreciating, nurturing and cultivating a culture of understanding and pride in what’s truly homegrown.” Kobus forages according to the seasons – and his menu at Oep ve Koep changes accordingly. “In winter there’s more of a creamy umami, seaweed focus, and in summer it’s more fresh and zingy,” Kobus says. He’s committed to sustainability, too, his foraging efforts conducted with great care for the vulnerable vegetation. Mussels are picked off the rocks in front of Paternoster to feature on the menu, and the fish he uses – such as angelfish and locally caught kob (mulloway) – is all sustainable. You might even sample bokkoms, whole local mullets that have been salted and dried. Loved by West Coast locals, the mullets were treated with suspicion by outsiders in the past, but that’s all about to change. Here are some of Kobus’s foraged-ingredient recipes, which you can try at home. We’ve suggested alternative ingredients for anything that might be tricky to find. R

Ice plant leaf snack 480g fresh filleted firm white fish Juice of ½ a lemon Salt and white pepper, to taste 6 ruby grapefruit segments 6 medium ice plant leaves (or endive or cos) Borage (or other edible) flowers Finely slice fish fillets and squeeze over lemon juice. Season with salt and white pepper. Put a grapefruit segment on each ice plant leaf. Add some marinated fish slices. Top with borage flowers and serve immediately, encouraging guests to eat these by hand, taco style.

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Mussels, gooseberries, sauvignon blanc, nasturtium Olive oil 30 fresh black mussels, cleaned 150ml sauvignon blanc 15 gooseberries A handful of nasturtium flowers and leaves In a large pot, over high heat, bring olive oil up to just below smoking point. Add mussels all at once and immediately cover with the lid. Cook for a couple of minutes until the shells just start to open, then add wine. Cook until all mussel shells have opened, stirring occasionally to evenly distribute heat. Strain mussels, retaining mussel stock. Remove mussels from shells and add back into stock. Heat through. Ladle 5 mussels and some sauce into each bowl. Add gooseberries and nasturtium and serve immediately. A

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Springbok/venison, klipkombers (seaweed) and bitter leaves from the garden Kombucha vinegar 60ml !nara oil (this is the oil from a thorny desert shrub; or use pumpkin seed oil) Bitter leaves from the garden, such as chicory, endive, celery tops 600g springbok loin (or use venison), sliced thinly 12 shards crisply baked seaweed 12 purple pea flowers Dress bitter leaves with !nara or pumpkin seed oil and kombucha vinegar. Arrange meat slices on 6 plates. Top with dressed bitter leaves, seaweed shards and pea flowers.

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Raw beauty A carpaccio of local springbok (a type of antelope) with seaweed and bitter leaves. Rustic luxe Kobus’s cottage, a reclaimed farm building, sits in an expanse of scrub containing a larder of edible plants.

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Oep ve Koep St Augustine Road, Paternoster, South Africa. +27 22 752 2033 Follow Kobus: @kobusvdmerwe Facebook.com/oepvekoep


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NESTLED BETWEEN TWO ROCKY HILLS, a lonely boatshed has weathered ocean storms since its erection in the 1860s. When Stein Erik Sørstrøm bought the land in 2009, the fact that the original cabin was still standing after many of its neighbouring structures had long since perished, was testament to its sheltered foothold between the granite rocks. Stein enlisted his daughter and son-in-law, architects Marianne Løbersli Sørstrøm and Yashar Hanstad (Tyinarchitects.com), to design and oversee the rebuilding of the cabin. The original building had deteriorated and would be impossible to restore, so the decision was made to rebuild it, with an aim to recycle as many of the old materials as possible. “People often ask why we work so sustainably in our architecture,” Yashar says. “In this case, it was simply because of restricted access to the site – the closest we could get a vehicle was a few hundred metres away.” This was obviously a challenge when removing debris, so it was easier to reuse everything. The old floorboards served to make the concrete formwork for a rear back wall, the iron roof was used on tilt-to-open doors and the weathered exterior cladding was cleaned and used to dress the interior walls. A @reallivingmag

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Tucked away Located in a small, protected cove, the boathouse is sheltered from the strong seas and winds that sweep the granite rocks on the headland. Sliding doors The walls of one side of the cabin tilt open and they can be adjusted to almost any height. The tilting walls are covered with calico to diffuse the light fixtures inside. The interior of the cabin is furnished with Butterfly chairs covered with sheepskins. Stein loves to enjoy a glass of wine with friends and admire the views after a day at sea. A

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Shut up Open, the cabin is a practical shelter that invites close interaction with the surrounding environment. During the winter months, the walls can be closed so the cabin is secure and private when it’s unoccupied. A

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Set in stone As the cabin is anchored to the surrounding rock, it occasionally becomes part of the interior. It’s a perfect sitting place while cooking over the hanging fire. Pictures of the original cabin hang on the wall as a reminder of the historic setting. Cushions from Maison de Vacances add cosiness and a stool from Poliform is another handy place to perch.

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“When you have wood that is two to three hundred years old, it’s interesting to try to take care of it, and it’s nice for people to experience some of the history in the materials – it helps you get a sense of the place,” says Yashar, who carried out much of the build himself, manually moving the heavy metal beams that the structure sits on. “The site was prepared and the beams are anchored onto the rock. It took weeks to get the foundations right – we are very much focused on participating in the building of our designs; we learn so much about how architecture can be designed in an easier way.” This was certainly the case when the excavator, who prepared the ground for the concrete wall and foundations, left the rock in place. Yashar decided it would be less work to use the rock as the foundation and do away with the concrete. The rock is quite literally a part of the interior, as well as the beautiful surrounding landscape. And this is something Stein always had in mind for his boathouse, eliminating the boundary between indoors and outdoors. “The cabin is a nice ‘in between’ place. When we return from fishing we clean up, have a glass of wine and a small meal from time to time. Here, you have a very strong sense of the wilderness. It is quiet, clean and fresh and the best place to enjoy countryside life.” R


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On the boil The cabin’s fire is built in this old cooking iron, which is suspended from the overhead structure. Smoke evacuates through the roof and the floor is protected from catching fire by a slab of stone.

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