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CONTENTS

OCTOBER

2015

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SPY Belle’s pick of the top design trends from around the world.

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RIGHT NOW Our round-up of who, what and where.

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ARCHI T EC TUR E A stack of buildings

that exceed expectations. P HOTO G R A P H S BY R IC H A R D P OW E R S , W I L L HOR N E R

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B E L L E A RT STA RT Calling all young

artists for this exciting opportunity.

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A RT A contemporary perspective. CRE ATIVE HOM E Designer David Flack decorates his own home with wit and whimsy. L IBR ARY A spine-tingling selection. CLOTH Shady ideas for lamps. [viewa] B ELLE LOVE S Sarah Davison picks the top-performing side tables.

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BA Z A A R A shopping guide for the

designaholic.

CIRCLE OF LIFE AN ART DECO VILL A IN MIAMI GETS A BREATH OF FRESH AIR THAT REINVIGORATES ITS ATTRACTIVE RETRO FEATURES.

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M AN Go over to the suave side. WOM A N Sugar and spice and all

things nice.

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LUX E FI L E S Saskia Havekes’s

loves have perennial appeal. [viewa]

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R E A D E R DIN NER Off to the Adelaide Hills for dinner at Petaluma’s new cellar door. B E L L E WORK S O N PAPE R

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HOMES LON D O N Glamour is front and centre in this swimwear designer’s home. M E L B OURN E Embracing the past and the future in one house. NE W YOR K A bold palette of saturated colour defines this downtown loft. SY D N E Y A harbourside heritage house gets a fresh new look. MI A M I Contemporary and vintage pieces reinvigorate an art deco gem. SYDN E Y A love of Fornasetti designs underpins this home’s makeover. SYDN E Y Restrained elegance forms the framework for this expansive family estate. GARDE N Italy’s garden of Ninfa is a rambling wonderland for flora and fauna.

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FOOD & TRAVEL ME NU Royal Doulton hosts a dinner in Sydney to celebrate its 200th anniversary and collaboration with cutting-edge artists. LOU NG E Hot spots for cool customers. PAS S E NGE R How to do the tango and more in Buenos Aires. PA S S PORT Pillow talk from Paris to Istanbul.

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IN THIS ISSUE

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EDITOR’S LET TER Be excited as Belle’s first book is about to be launched. Enjoy a sneak peak (page 33).

CLOTH Watch the talented Belinda Williams as she crafts the fabulous lampshades for this feature (page 75 ).

LUXE FILES Get immersed in the wondrous floral world of Saskia Havekes as we visit her Potts Point shop (page 94).

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Senior designer and illustrator Cathryn Zhang joined the Belle team earlier this year. She describes her aesthetic as “Simplicity interrupted by elements of surprise – be it texture, colour or print.” Who have been some of your enduring creative influences? Antonio Lopez, Irving Penn and Fabien Baron. Where is home for you? My grandparents’. It’s such a familiar place holding my earliest memories, yet still a fascinating one where traditions and customs continue to create a sense of wonder. What are some of your favourite local haunts? Collector Store in Surry Hills. Devon Cafe – truffle, enough said. Sagra for date night. And Chinatown for pm shenanigans! What is on your reading/viewing list? Betty Halbreich’s I’ll Drink to That. The documentary, Finding Vivian Maier. What design piece are you coveting right now? A Tom Dixon ‘Fan’ chair with a ‘Suri’ throw by Alicia Adams Alpaca. Any other creatives whose work inspires you? Terrific chefs – art and design are essential in their craft, on top of creating a delicious dish! Ultimate travel escape in 2015? Trinidad de Cuba. BELINDA WILLIAMS

Belinda crafted the beautiful lampshades in our Cloth feature (p71). What do you enjoy about your work? I have a passion for textiles, and I am fortunate to be surrounded every day by beautiful embroideries, prints and talented people. What have been some enduring creative influences? Learning needlework/embroidery in a little country town on the NSW/Qld border, taught by the school master’s wife. When I was much older I discovered traditional Japanese architecture, Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh, art nouveau and Frank Lloyd Wright. Where is home for you? Gymea Bay, with my husband and children, 21 and 17. It’s a hidden gem, with the Royal National Park, beaches and Port Hacking river. Also great cafes, restaurants and shops, such as Moore Design Collective and Hazelhurst Art Gallery. What art/design piece are you coveting right now? I would be happy with a painting by Anita Mertzlin or Alexander McKenzie. Any other creatives whose work inspires you? Interior designer Sally Taylor, stylist Olga Lewis and artist/weaver Mary Preece.

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Sarah assists the editorial team at Belle with a vast array of jobs. What do you enjoy about your work? I love learning new things every day and being exposed to so many beautiful interiors, and art. Who are your enduring creative influences? The writing of Camus, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Kundera, Garcia Márquez and Waugh, Danish band Mew’s album And the Glass Handed Kites, David Downton’s fashion illustration, Tim Walker’s photography and Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette have all been creatively life-changing for me. Any artwork you are coveting right now? British photographer Ellie Davies held a solo exhibition earlier this year called ‘Stars’ where she overlays her forest photography with constellations. The result is magical. I desperately want an enormous print to cover a wall in my house. Where is home for you and what do you love about it? My home is Sydney but I only ever truly appreciate it when I’m returning to it after a long trip. Ultimate 2015 travel escape? Russia or Tibet, anywhere cold and a bit culturally shocking.


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assion and perseverance sometimes feel like rare birds in a world that’s full of instant Insta sensations, readyto-go TV-trained interior designers and automatically acclaimed authors. New luxe is just as aspirational and acquisitional as old luxe, it’s just that instead of coveting a beach house or a little yacht everyone is working on gathering cred – building their brand or working on a top-secret collaboration and other myriad projects. Australia’s most celebrated florist Saskia Havekes has fittingly achieved all of the above organically. Her luxe, quintessentially Australian marque is a true reflection of her passion, energy, creativity and staying power. On the eve of her book launch, Flower Addict, we shot Saskia outside her elegant Potts Point blossom boutique and talked to her about what fuels her inspiration (p92). I’ve always thought that the best gift you could be given was the crystal-clear realisation of what you wanted to do from an early age. Once you were sure of your direction surely you could throw all of your passion and determination into achieving it? Recognising that there are some gifted artists out there who have the knowledge, inclination and fervour to paint we are pleased to announce our inaugural art prize – Belle ArtStart in association with Belle Property (p55). With a grand prize of $10,000 in cash and entries open to young artists from 16-25 years, we are very much looking forward to unearthing some of Australia’s best new creative talents. The competition will culminate in the winners’ announcement and an art sale of all the work entered to be held in November. Readers will be able to attend the event which is sure to be a terrific exhibition of emerging talent. The team at Belle is passionate about gorgeous interiors so we are very excited about the launch of our first hardcover publication Belle Beautiful Australian Homes which will be on sale at the beginning of September. Featuring 40 outstanding homes that have graced the pages of our magazine but now are showcased with larger and, in some cases, more imagery, this is a superb gift for lovers of design. Thank you to our dedicated team for working on this in between everything else and to the many photographers and writers who shared their words and images.

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11 TECHNICOLOUR DREAM Miu Miu’s first fragrance features bold notes of jasmine and rose and sports packaging evoking a sense of optimism and a dash of nostalgia. davidjones.com

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2 FOX TALES Essays from art peers provide an insight into abstract multimedia artist Belinda Fox’s observations of contemporary life and work in this beautifully illustrated tome. arthousegallery.com

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10 ELEGANTLY CUSHIONED Interior designer and author of The Tailored Interior Greg Natale does not approve of stark sofas. His stunning new cushion collection will add panache to yours. oneducktwo.com.au

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6 BACK TO NATURE Anna Nangle’s botanical-inspired ceramics combine her passion for ceramics and printmaking. anna-nangle.squarespace.com

4 TR AVEL COUTURE Ultra-soft cushions in luxurious cashmere are the perfect companion for your next journey. Naturally, sweetie! Available from Chanel 1300 242 635. chanel.com

5 SPRING CHAMPAGNE What better way to say hello to spring than with a flute of the ‘powerful, expansive and gracious’ Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage Rosé 2006. moet-hennessycollection.com.au

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7 UBER FOR DESIGN Richard Miso and Samantha Eades, the dynamic duo behind The Stylesmiths, are embracing the shared economy concept of Uber and Airbnb by offering the services of interior designers, stylists, colour specialists and architects in their down-time. Customers can buy design hours from professionals who are hand-matched to their brief by Richard and Samantha. No job is too big or small — from a simple styling or decorating job to an entire house design, The Stylesmiths aim to match you with the best design professional for your job, approving each quote to ensure it is realistic for both parties. thestylesmiths.com.au

9 RED RED WINE Reynella’s Basket Press Shiraz is a fine example of McLaren Vale’s best, with brooding fruits of blackberry and plum alongside notes of bitter dark chocolate. danmurphys.com.au

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13 GIANT STAMP COLLECTOR These 1930s Australian icons, including a kangaroo, kookaburra, koala and emu, are available in jumbo sizes for instant, nostalgic wall art. quercusandco.com

14 DRINK DINE DESIGN 2015 This award for emerging hospitality creatives recognises South Australian design talent. If you’ve completed design study in SA in the last five years you can enter. jamfactory.com.au

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15 CLASSIC PIECES Country Road has released a range of sophisticated staples to welcome spring including this handy marble tray. countryroad.com.au

26 MARKET GARDENS Friends gardening entrepreneur Richard Unsworth and chef extraordinaire Martin Boetz (right) are hosting fortnightly produce markets at the Garden Life store. gardenlife.com.au

25 25 TRIPLE THREAT Rafael Bonachela’s Triptych set to the music of Benjamin Britten will feature special guest soprano Katie Noonan. At the Roslyn Packer Theatre from September 25. sydneydancecompany.com

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24 MISTER STYLISTA Interiors zhoozher Carlos Mota lets readers in on styling secrets learnt during his lengthy career as a magazine stylist in his lovely new book. amazon.com

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16 ALEXANDR A THE GREAT! If you have something to celebrate – a win at work, impending nuptials, a birth or just for a special treat, pop the cork on a bottle of this beauty from Laurent-Perrier. laurent-perrier.net.au

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17 SUPERHEROES Sydney Living Museums will present an exhibition of extraordinary houses curated by architecture expert and publisher Karen McCartney from August 29. sydneylivingmuseums.com.au

18 COTTON ON WITH MARK TUCKEY Relaxed luxe pieces for home – a Mark Tuckey trademark – are now at Cotton On. Like all the company’s offerings, the home collection is stylish and well-priced. cottonon.com

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19 R ADIO DAYS Elegant retro lines conceal a powerhouse of performance technology in the third generation of R2’s ‘Mk3’ music system. ruarkaudio.com

20 BESPOKE JEWELS Jewellery and interior designer Alice Kulbat handcrafts elegant, ethnically inspired pieces. navah.com.au

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23 HAND BLOCKED Dharma Buk’s lovely collection of quilts, sheets and tableware includes these elegant designs in contemporary Indian hand block. harana.com.au

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21 THE LOST ARTS The nearly extinct craftsmanship of Javanese batik is given a contemporary feel in these monochrome cushions. cocomojo.com

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Rock the kasbah in paisleys, orbit your world in deep-space blues or get to the nub of the matter in tweedy textures.

Clockwise from top left Vintage fibreglass chairs, $250 each, from Garden Life. Northcote pots, from $30, from Bunnings, painted in Porter’s Paints chalkboard paint in ‘Sunny’. Mulberry ‘Lomond’ wallpaper in Multi, POA, from Elliott Clarke. Rajasthan stone panel, $775, from Garden Life. Vintage kilim floor cushion, $460, from Koskela. Vintage Moroccan berber rug in Blue, $3800, from Cadrys. Vintage ‘Denizli Cicim’ rug, $700, from Koskela. Beni M’guild rug, $2800, from Kulchi. Boujad rug, $3200, from Kulchi. Chevron bone inlay tray, $225, enamelled jug, $50, and enamelled platter, $50, all from Ruby Star Traders. Selection of plants, all from Garden Life. For stockists see Address Book.

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Clockwise from top left ‘Odemis’ pot, $695, and ‘Greenhouse’ bowl with succulents, $90, both from Garden Life. Wall painted in Porter’s Paints ‘Frieda’ and window painted in Porter’s Paints ‘Sunny’. Mulberry ‘Lomond’ wallpaper in Multi, POA, from Elliott Clarke. Arflex ‘Strips’ sofa bed, $9255, from Poliform. On bed from left to right Mulberry ‘Rococo’ embroidery cushion, POA, from Elliott Clarke. Edit ‘Harlequin’ fabric cushions, POA, from Tigger Hall Design. Antique Persian cushion, $250, from Cadrys. Mulberry ‘Bohemian Paisley’ throw, POA, from Elliott Clarke. Bone ‘Honeycomb’ inlay console, $2860, from Ruby Star Traders. Iron lamp with orange shade, $3200, from Conley & Co. Northcote pots from Bunnings, from $30, painted in Porter’s Paints chalkboard paint in ‘Sunny’. Vintage ‘Denizli Cicim’ rug, $1600, from Koskela. Louis Vuitton Epi leather wardrobe trunk in Blue, $12,000, from Vintage Luggage Company. Boujad rug, $3200, from Kulchi. Vintage Moroccan berber rug, $3800, from Cadrys. Beni M’guild rug, $2800, from Kulchi. Star candleholder, $165, from Orient House. Vintage kilim floor cushion, $460, from Koskela. French verre églomisé and iron coffee table, $3900, from Conley & Co. Iron hurricane lamp, $130, from Ruby Star Traders. Klein Reid ‘Ellen’ candlestick, $265, and ‘Miss Lockhart’ footed plate, $330, both from Napoleon Perdis Life.Style. Selection of plants, all from Garden Life.


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Clockwise from top left Paul Batman artwork, POA, from James Salmond. Wall painted in Porter’s Paints ‘Aniseed’. Andreu World ‘Raglan’ sofa, $6047, from Ke-Zu. Side table, $2270, from James Salmond. Visual Comfort ‘Belgravia’ small table lamp, $1950, from Laura Kincade. Chelsea Hing ‘StillLife’ painted dish, $295, from Becker Minty. One Savile Row book, $120, from Space. De Le Cuona ‘Expedition’ fabric drop, POA, from Boyac. Thibaut ‘Henley’ plaid wallpaper, POA, from Boyac. HMS Studio plates, $195 each, from Becker Minty. Daddo rail and skirting board painted in Haymes ‘Light Frost’. Wall painted in Porter’s Paints ‘Aniseed’. Molteni & C ‘Chelsea’ chairs, $2291 each, from Hub. Cassina ‘9’ low table, $1896, from Cult. La Chance ‘Podium’ candleholder, $480, from Living Edge. ‘Pyramids’ rug in Charcoal, POA, from Rugs, Carpet & Design. Set of three square side tables, $1875, from Becker Minty. ‘Savoy’ silver-plated tray, $545, from Becker Minty. Lyngby porcelain vase, $85, from Spence & Lyda. Senso ‘Rustic’ vinyl floor in Walnut, POA, from Gerflor.


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On the market after NYCxDESIGN, Melbourne’s Criteria now boasts (from top left) Megan Callahan quilts, and lights by Bec Brittain and Apparatus. criteria collection.com.au

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Designers were asked to re-invent Robin Day’s 1952 ‘Recliner’ chair. Ilse Crawford’s creation is a showstopper. twentytwentyone.com 1_CIRCLE LINE

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Geometric shapes in textured glass and polished brass overlap to create the ‘Kazimir’ pendant light. ladiesandgentlemen studio.com 2_IN THE MEDIA

LA-based designer Brian Thoreen’s ‘Mixed Marble’ coffee table puts slick forms with natural tactile materials such as marble and brass. brianthoreen.com

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Melting, moulding and carving were used to create the ‘Alkahest’ (above) collection of objects and lighting by Kristin Victoria Barron. kriest.com

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Upholstered by Italian artisans using soft supple leather, Magnus Long’s ‘Cross Leg’ chair for The Conran Shop gives total comfort. magnuslong.com

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Adjustable arms and connectors allow the ‘Pris’ modular light to form myriad configurations. pelledesigns.com

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London designer David Amar’s ‘Bialik’ freestanding dressing unit references art deco floor tiles from a home in Tel Aviv. davidamar.co.uk

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The newly transformed iconic 1940s Paramount Pictures building in Surry Hills, NSW, offers a series of sophisticated bespoke office spaces for creatives and small businesses. Designed by Woods Bagot, with walnut-clad pods by Boris Tosic (above), who devised The Office Space concept, the new space is a nod to the Mad Men era. “We wanted to reference the glamour and modernist design of the building’s origins, and ensure it aligned with the need to provide both openness for interactions and privacy for working,” says Boris. theofficespace.com.

Made of tiny pieces of plastic from the ocean, Studio Swine’s ‘Gyrecraft’ collection of sculptures give waste a new lease of life. studioswine.com 10_BRUTE FORCE

Rick Owens’s brutalist style ‘2 Prong’ bench runs with Italian artist Carol Rama’s show at the Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris. rickowens.eu 11_DIP IN

Melbourne design studio Dowel Jones’s minimalist ‘Hurdle’ bar stool was inspired by intersecting lines and shadows.

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Stepping up Stacks of brilliant buildings that exceed expectations. Edited by PENNY CRASWELL

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“To create, one must first question everything.” M E L B O U R N E

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Eileen Gray – an Irish architect working in France – had a great rivalry with Le Corbusier.

From Eileen Gray: Architect/Designer, a biography by Peter Adam, 1987.

This security kiosk at Monash University’s Caulfield campus is designed by Matthew Bird of Studiobird and designer Mark Richardson. The structure looks almost sculptural with its peepholes and was crafted using waste PVC, discarded steel storage racks and re-used stud framing. studiobird.com.au S Y D N E Y

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PAVILION MODERNISTS TOKYO-BASED ARCHITECTS SANAA WILL DESIGN A NEW BUILDING FOR THE ART GALLERY OF NSW, CALLED THE SYDNEY MODERN PROJECT. THE JAPANESE FIRM WAS SELECTED UNANIMOUSLY BY AN INTERNATIONAL JURY FOR THEIR DESIGN THAT FEATURES A COMPLEX OF PAVILION-LIKE UNITS THAT FORM A DIALOGUE WITH THE EXISTING BUILDING AND ITS SURROUNDS. SANAA.CO.JP

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The Copper House comprises a series of stacked forms artfully arranged down a steep, enclosed site to offer privacy and views without overlooking neighbours. Sydney architects Takt designed the copper-clad two-bedroom cottage with a small footprint of just 60 square metres. takt.net.au

CITY GREEN Located at 200 Greenwich Street, the Two World Trade Centre building, by Danish architects Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), borders the financial district and Tribeca. Comprising a series of seven stacked boxes, forming a slim skyscraper on one side and a series of green terraces on the other, the building respectfully frames the 9/11 Memorial. At over 80 storeys high, it also features 3530 square metres of outdoor terraces. big.dk

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{ Co-Ap } Set up in 2005 by co-directors Will Fung and Tina Engelen, Sydneybased Co-Ap Architects work in diverse disciplines. Will and Tina are pictured at their recently completed Darlinghurst Rooftop project. What is the rooftop concept? The brief called for a rooftop pavilion and roof garden for a 100-year-old Arts and Crafts-era building. Our design is a simple folded roof forming an undercroft, sheltered from the elements and overlooking verdant surrounds and the city skyline beyond. How does the architecture interact with its surrounds? The new interior and exterior spaces provide terraces and courtyards in the site’s various orientations. A walled courtyard using remnants of an existing caretaker’s cottage provides protection from cold winds and hot summer sun. Garden beds were raised to allow deep soil planting with north-facing rolling mounds of native ground cover and mature trees that frame the city skyline. How is the space used? The owners love to hold drinks and the odd barbeque there. The additions provide much-needed amenities and indoor and outdoor spaces for them to enjoy. Favourite detail? The site’s nature meant many elements had to be craned onto the rooftop, including a bookcase we designed from solid steel plate. Luckily, nothing was impossible for the owners, the builder and his contractors on this project. co-ap.com

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A timber screen of slim vertical panels wraps the Corner House, offering a contemporary take on a traditional Queenslander in Brisbane’s Toowong. The house is designed around three courtyard spaces with the open-plan kitchen and living area seamlessly opening onto a rear deck and garden. The kitchen and outdoor room feature a double-height space, with interiors clad in blackbutt. lockyerarchitects.com.au


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SOMETHING WILD The work of New York-based Australian artist TV Moore (left) is an exuberant odyssey that traverses high and low culture in its exploration of media consumption in our image-saturated age. ‘With Love & Squalor’ at ACCA is a suitably psychedelic overview of the pioneering digital artist’s recent practice, which includes hyper-coloured video animation as well as performance, sculpture and digital ‘painting’. Until September 27. accaonline.org.au To coincide with ACCA’s major solo show, Station Gallery is presenting its own series of new works by TV Moore, including The Dreamer (above) and Blue Moon (left). These digitally-rendered prints ooze a kind of grotesque glamour with their wild neon hues and intoxicating jumble of painterly, digital and human motifs. August 22-September 19. stationgallery.com.au

OTHER VOICES A new perspective raises the bar on visual art. Edited by HARRY ROBERTS

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KATHERINE HATTAM CHARTS THE DETRITUS OF DOMESTICITY, MAPPING PRIVATE SPACES WITH A VIBRANT POP ART AESTHETIC. VERGING ON ABSTRACTION, THE ARTIST’S VIVID PAINTINGS AND COLLAGES, INCLUDING SOMETIMES (RIGHT) ARE ON SHOW AT HER EXHIBITION, ‘THE CREEK’ AT DAINE SINGER. OCTOBER 21-NOVEMBER 21. DAINESINGER.COM

Finalists in the 2015 Arthur Guy Memorial Prize, one of the country’s most generous awards for contemporary art, include Guan Wei, Jenny Watson and Col Jordan, whose On Hearing the Organ at Speyer is pictured (right). August 29-November 1. bendigoartgallery.com.au

SOCIAL CURRENCY A major new film installation from Victorian artist Nicholas Mangan, Ancient Lights (pictured, left) was co-commissioned by Artspace and London’s Chisenhale Gallery. Pondering the relationship between culture and nature, the work forms part of the artist’s exciting solo show, ‘Other Currents’. September 24-November 1. artspace.org.au

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C O M P U T E R AG E Queensland artist Christian Flynn courts a compelling fusion of modernist abstraction and motifs drawn from science fiction and video games (right). ‘A Framework for Material Development and Evaluation’ is his first Melbourne show. August 29-September 20. nicholasthompsongallery.com.au S Y D N E Y

HEAVEN WAIT ‘Paradi$e Bitch’ is White Rabbit Gallery’s most electrifying outing to date, with a cast of contemporary Chinese artists whose work mines the utopian visions of their homeland’s history, exposing the chasm between idealist dogma and a decadent reality. Shao Yinong and Mu Chen’s handdyed photographs (above) are among the sprawling show’s dazzling offerings. September10January 2016. whiterabbit collection.org

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YO U N G AT A RT The MCA’s annual survey of local art wunderkinds has been curated this year by artist Nicole Foreshew. Primavera’s class of 2015 includes Abdul Abdullah, Taloi Havini and twin brothers Vincent and Vaughan O’Connor, whose Millionth Acre is shown (above) . September 22-December 6. mca.com.au M E L B O U R N E

FATA L S H O R E Melding abstraction and figuration, Helen Johnson imbues her work with a beguiling flatness, affecting strange tableaus rich with historical allusions, as in The Saboteurs (right). September 5-October 3. suttongallery.com.au

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HAUNTING LANDSCAPES AND LUMINOUS STILL LIFES, INCLUDING SEAN BURNETT (AND TIES THAT BIND) (BELOW) COMPRISE PAINTER JASON BENJAMIN’S SOLO SHOW, ‘PRACTICING CALLIGRAPHY.’ UNTIL SEPTEMBER 11. JANMURPHYGALLERY.COM.AU

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A BIGGER SPLASH Bright hues belie a sense of disquiet swirling in Paul Davies’s desolate suburban idylls. See the artist’s latest work, including Built Landscape III (above), at ‘Other Desert Spaces’. October 7-25. olsenirwin.com

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S P R I N G H A S S P RU N G Spring 1883 launched last year as a satellite art fair run in parallel to the 2014 Melbourne Art Fair. Eschewing the white cube atmosphere of a traditional fair, local galleries Neon Parc, Sarah Scout Presents and Station Gallery instead exhibited works from their stables of artists, and from a selection of like-minded contemporary art

dealers, throughout the interiors of the historic Hotel Windsor. To coincide with this year’s Sydney Contemporary, Spring 1883 will take over the entire Establishment Hotel, covering its walls with works curated from 24 leading galleries from Australia and abroad. September 9-12. spring1883.com

This page Artworks to be featured at Sydney Contemporary include Oliver Watts’s Cordellia Triumphant (Equestrian Portrait) from Chalk Horse Gallery (top). Rhys Lee’s Snake IV from Justin Miller Art (left).

Above Nathan Coley’s The Square of the Three Powers (East) from Future Perfect.

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This page from top Neon Parc director and Spring 1883 co-founder Geoff Newton, pictured with artist Damiano Bertoli. Andy Boot‘s Untitled (detail) from Minerva Sydney, another gallery showing at Spring 1883. Sarah Scout Presents director and Spring 1883 co-founder Kate Barber, pictured with artist Bryan Spier.

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Now in its second year, international art fair Sydney Contemporary has brought together a spectacular array of artists represented by participating galleries from around the world. Located at Carriageworks, the fair is set to be a hub of creativity, with a dynamic public program comprising performances, conversations with artists and curators, as well as exciting collaborations with local bars and restaurants for the new Art and Dine program. September 10-13. sydneycontemporary.com.au

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Wit and whimsy inform this interior architect’s approach to design, creating a fresh vibe for his home. Photographs SHARYN CAIRNS

This page David Flack with Criteria ‘Re-imagined Low Hex’ chair and Oluce ‘Coupé’ lamp. Artworks, Imaginary Place 14 (top), and Imaginary Place 26 (hurdles) by Emily Ferretti, and (right) by Leila Jeffreys.

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I N T E R I O R S T Y L E ? I am a very curious person and I love to explore, whether through my local environment or regular travel adventures. I immerse myself in art, fashion, design, literature, films and music and adore meeting people. I’m at my most creative surrounded by new possibilities, whether it’s a new face, location or simply discovering a new artist for the first time. IS YO U R H O ME A SAN C TUARY O R D O E S IT D O U B LE A S A WO R K S PACE? At the moment it is a double sanctuary: work and home. I love working from home and manage to keep them separate. But Flack Studio is nearing its first birthday so I plan to find a new home and grow the office space here in Westgarth [Melbourne]. W H AT A P P E A L E D T O YO U A B O U T T H E S PAC E A N D L O C AT I O N? Whenever I search for a space I always consider the volumes and natural light levels. If you have good furniture and artwork you can make any space look fantastic. I love living among the energy of a high street and above a shop. Westgarth is on the fringe of Collingwood and I have everything on my doorstep: terrific cafes, yoga studio, cinema, organic grocer, and the most amazing gelateria and crepery. WHAT ARE YOUR MOST TRE A SURED PIECE S AND WHY? My vintage 1980s Paolo Piva ‘Alanda’ steel-framed coffee table by B&B Italia is like having a piece of architecture in the house. Because it’s transparent it’s not too overpowering. The USM Haller is one of my favourite pieces of furniture in a residential environment. The colour choices are

This page, top Vintage de Sede sofa. Paolo Piva ‘Alanda’ coffee table. USM Haller shelving unit. Photographs, Yarra Bend Morning (right) and Komatsu Tractor Pile, Saudi Arabia, by Chris Penning. Below Ettore Sottsass ‘Shiva’ vase and ‘Bowl’ on shelf. Eames house bird.

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unique (mine is green) and it’s something you will see repeated quite often in my projects. The modular system can be made into a piece that suits any requirement and to me it epitomises form and function all in one. Sitting high and mighty on display is my Ettore Sottsass ‘Shiva’ vase which is always a talking point. I think that is what Ettore set out to achieve – he seemed like a cheeky man! This page, clockwise from above In the bedroom, Flos ‘Tab T’ lamp. Bitossi vessels and Hay tray on a vintage glass table. Claudia Damichi’s Between Us. Eames ‘Hang-ItAll’ above a vintage bar cart. Digging by Paul Davies. Bird Fan by Claudia Damichi above a customised shelving unit.

IS THERE A PARTICUL AR ER A OR PERIOD THAT RE SONATE S WITH YO U? I gravitate towards 70s and 80s design. The proportions and explorations of shapes within joinery, furniture and objects strike a chord with me. There’s a boldness, playfulness and humour I think interiors need. W H AT C O U L D N ’ T YO U L I V E W I T H O U T ? Lamps. I have around 20 – all different eras and designers, some ambient and some directional. They’re like sculptural forms of art. W H I C H A R C H I T E C T S O R I N T E R I O R D E S I G N E R S D O YO U ADMIRE AND WHY? Vincent Van Duysen is a true pioneer of poetic and honest spaces – they are highly contemporary yet often feel like they have been around for quite some time. Joseph Dirand is bold, striking and uber glamorous. WHAT PROJEC TS ARE YOU WORKING ON AT THE MOMENT?

A large list of residential work, gelateria and restaurants. We’ve also just launched our first annual Flack Studio architecture tour! First stop is LA and Palm Springs in November. I’m combining my thirst for travel and design and sharing the love with 12 other people. Inquisitive eyes can follow us on Instagram (@flackstudio). WHAT FURNITURE OR ART WORK D O YOU HAVE YOUR E YE O N AT THE M O MENT? I’m saving up for the ‘Maralunga’ sofa by Cassina. I recently saw it in a beautiful fabric designed by one of my favourite fashion designers, Raf Simons. Two birds and one stone! I’m also eyeing off an incredible piece of work on paper by artist Judith Wright from Sophie Gannon Gallery. See flackstudio.com.au for details about David Flack’s LA and Palm Springs architecture tour in November.

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3 DIGITAL HANDMADE The usual reaction against the mass-produced is to go for vintage or handmade, but there is another option: items that combine computer modelling with traditional techniques. This book shows off the work of 80 modern-day artisans who employ digital production and detailed craftsmanship to create jewellery, ceramics, sculpture and textiles. Lucy Johnston, Thames & Hudson, $60.

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Ong-Ard Satrabhandhu combines traditional northern Thai architecture with contemporary styling, with a focus on simplicity and nature. Considered the Axel Vervoordt of Asia, his designs are captured here by a photographer whose work has appeared in Vanity Fair, US Vogue and GQ magazines. Ong-Ard Satrabhandhu, Rizzoli, $125.

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7 RO U G H S T YLE: ARCHITEC TURE, INTERI O R, D E S I G N It’s just as well that designs that once looked incomplete or in need of repair are now very much in vogue. Everything these days seems to be “exposed”: brickwork, copper pipes, cracked walls, unfinished edges. This book celebrates the imperfect and raw, creating a new understanding of beauty. Sibylle Kramer, Braun, $100.

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“NEUTRALS MADE THE OBVIOUS CHOICE as a base for the interior design scheme of this elegant and spacious apartment,” says Belle style director-at-large Steve Cordony, who brought his sophisticated sense of style to the interiors of this premium two-bedroom apartment in Mirvac’s Unison development, located just minutes from Brisbane’s CBD. Unison is the exciting next phase of the Waterfront, Newstead project in Brisbane. Just a stone’s throw from the water, with stunning views back to the city and over the lazy curves of the Brisbane River, Unison delivers an exclusive collection of one, two and three bedroom apartments, which represent an exquisite combination of both style and quality. The Unison collection has been cleverly designed to maximise views from as many apartments as possible and bring the outdoors in via expansive balconies, high ceilings and open-plan spaces, creating a light and airy atmosphere. Steve’s concept for the interiors was to create an ambience of understated elegance using a selection of contemporary design classics from Space. He kept the interiors neutral and sophisticated but added an edge by making interesting furniture choices and adding luxe accessories. “When the overall palette is neutral, then an injection of patterns, textures and graphics really bring the interiors to life,” he says.


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THESE PAGES, CLOCKWISE FROM FAR LEFT Zanotta ‘Blanco’ dining table by Jacopo Zibardi. B&B Italia ‘EL’ leather dining chairs by Antonio Citterio. Foscarini ‘Twiggy’ floor lamp by Marc Sadler. Artwork by Ari Athans. B&B Italia ‘J.J.’ wooden armchair by Antonio Citterio. Artwork by Julian Meagher. B&B Italia ‘Hive’ leather ottoman in Petrolio. Artwork by Belem Lett. Vitra Eames ‘Housebird’ in black lacquer. Accademia Vela counter stools by Studio Hannes. Steve Cordony.

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THIS PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT In the second bedroom, bed linen by Citta Design. Combed cotton throw from Bemboka. Navy throw and green cushions from Bandhini Homewear. Artwork by Julian Meagher. B&B Italia ‘Hive’ leather ottoman. Artwork by Belem Lett. Towels from Bemboka. Low-maintenance finishes shine in the bathroom.


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Lampshades on table clockwise from left Élitis ‘Gypsies’ linen from Seneca Textiles and Sandboy linen tape from Tigger Hall Design. Ralph Lauren ‘Avignon Batik’ linen in Porcelain from Radford Furnishings. ‘Gerda’ cotton from Marimekko. Misia ‘Capucin’ cotton/velvet in Saphir from The Textile Company. Manuel Canovas ‘Grasse’ linen in Indigo from Domus Textiles. Allegra Hicks ‘Stripes’ linen in Aqua from Tigger Hall Design. Fabric rolls from left Dedar Milano ‘Short Cuts’ polyester in Fuoco from South Pacific Fabrics. Élitis ‘Gypsies’ linen from Seneca Textiles. Shibori ‘Stripe’ polyester/linen in Indigo from Sparkk. Fabric on table Mary McDonald for Schumacher ‘Bermuda Blossoms’ linen/nylon in Jet from Orient House. Trestle table, desk lamp and metal filing boxes, all from Ici et Là. Stool from Doug up on Bourke. Rolls of Sandboy linen tape from Tigger Hall Design. Scissors from The Society Inc. All fabrics POA. For stockists see Address Book.

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Lampshades from left Misia ‘La Peche Aux Esponges’ viscose in Mordore from The Textile Company. Cigar Club ‘Glamour’ polyester in Lilac from Warwick Fabrics. ‘Glamour’ polyester in Honeycomb from Warwick and ‘Michaelangelo’ brush fringe from Castle Trimmings. Osborne & Little ‘Façade’ velvet and Nina Campbell Woodsford Trimmings fringe from Seneca Textiles. Dominique Kieffer by Rubelli ‘Le Lin’ linen in Sunset and Porta Romana ‘Cologne’ base from South Pacific Fabrics. Manuel Canovas ‘Les Cavaliers Lin’ linen from Domus Textiles and ‘Michaelangelo’ brush fringe from Castle Trimmings. Florence Broadhurst ‘Chinese Key’ cotton in Baltic Navy from Signature Prints and ‘Venus’ braid from Castle Trimmings. Manuel Canovas ‘Balleroy’ cotton in Jade from Domus Textiles. Ralph Lauren ‘Beau Soleil’ linen/cotton in Riviera from Radford Furnishings. Fabric rolls from left Ralph Lauren ‘Beau Soleil’ linen from Radford Furnishings. Shibori ‘Cityscape Day’ polyester in Mushroom from Sparkk. Trestle table, desk light and boxes from Ici et Là. Stool and ladder from Doug up on Bourke. Mirror and leather trunks from The Country Trader. Sandboy linen tape from Tigger Hall Design.

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Lampshades from left Brochier ‘Andromeda’ polyester blend in Smeraldo and Porta Romana ‘Big Bang’ lamp base, both from South Pacific Fabrics. Designers Guild Ishida Fabrics ‘Kazumi’ polyester/ viscose weave in Marine and Chevenon ‘Gien’ trimming in Cobalt from Radford Furnishings. Dedar Milano ‘Short-Cuts’ cotton/ polyester in Fuoco from South Pacific Fabrics. Fabric roll on wall Brochier ‘Andromeda’ polyester blend in Smeraldo from South Pacific Fabrics. Fabric roll on floor ‘Glamour’ polyester in Honeycomb from Warwick. Leather trunks from The Country Trader. Metal filing box and wooden box from Ici et Là. Rolls of Sandboy linen tape from Tigger Hall Design. Fringe trimming from Castle Trimmings.

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Brooklyn-based design studio The Egg Collective’s ‘Hawley’ brass and marble side table, POA, is adjustable in height to suit any sofa dimensions. eggcollective.com

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1 ‘Boy.Friend’ 18K gold watch with alligator strap, $15,960, from Chanel. 2 ‘Sweet Jane’ woollen hat, $195, from Nerida Winter. 3 Pattern 'Chess Piece’ stool, US$2700, from Anna Karlin. 4 ‘Mallow’ silver and stone earrings, $440, from Bottega Veneta. 5 ‘Donna Look 16’ jersey coat, $3610, from Prada. 6 Tom Ford ‘Shade and Illuminate’ cream, $105, from leading department stores. 7 ‘Knot’ satin clutch, $1780, from Bottega Veneta. 8 ‘Line’ floor lamp in Blush, $1325, from Douglas and Bec. 9 Tom Ford ‘Noir’ Pour Femme EDP, $165/50ml, from leading department stores. 10 Greg Natale for One Duck Two ‘Memphis’ embroidered linen cushion, $80, from David Jones. 11 ‘Jupiter Ice’ rose quartz neckpiece with woven kangaroo leather, $559, from Becker Minty. 12 Chloé square frame acetate sunglasses, $378, from Net-A-Porter. 13 ‘Donna’ crystal brooch (left), $610, and ‘Donna’ plex crystal brooch (right), $1030, both from Prada. 14 Balenciaga stiletto ankle boots, $1395, from Parlour X. For stockists see Address Book.

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This page The living area is flooded with natural light thanks to the large windows. Lattice metal room dividers create intimate areas in the expansive space. Modular sofa was made to measure and upholstered in Robert Allen ‘River Current’ fabric. Silk rug from Stark. Opposite page In the hallway two gold artworks by Victor Vasarely complement the Pedro Friedeberg ‘Hand’ chair.

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These pages A rare black and gold Willy Rizzo coffee table that opens up as a bar takes centre stage in the living room, flanked by two vintage ottomans reupholstered in a Pierre Frey fabric. An artwork (artist unknown) that Caroline found in Miami blends with the graphic palette. The knotted rings sculpture is from a Palm Beach vintage store. Gold vase is from Absolute Flowers & Home. The white sofa is a vintage find which was reupholstered in a Robert Allen fabric.

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This page In the large media room is a vintage Eero Saarinen ‘Tulip’ table and stools which were found on 1stdibs. Caroline had the stools and the bench seat upholstered in a chocolate-coloured faux suede. The gold pendant lights are from Birgit Israel. Opposite page, from top Black lacquer cabinet from Absolute Flowers & Home. Jonathan Adler lamp. Slipper chair covered in a Robert Allen fabric. In the entrance, a black and chrome cabinet from Martin Rooney at Alfies Antique Market is flanked by vintage ‘X’ seats in a snakeskin print, found at Showplace Antique & Design Center in New York. The ball sculpture is from Barcelona. The vases are from Absolute Flowers & Home. Artworks are lithograph prints by Miró, Basquiat, Dubuffet and Picasso.


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merican-born fashion designer and former model Melissa Odabash is very glamorous and, as you’d expect, has a lifestyle to match. As the designer of an exclusive swimwear range, her job takes her tripping around the world from Miami to Monaco with regular photo shoots on tropical beaches. Add to this a considerable celebrity following, with her designs worn by Kate Moss, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Sienna Miller and the Duchess of Cambridge. So when it came to refurbishing her London home in Connaught Village on the north side of Hyde Park she wanted something very different. “I was looking for that glam look that echoed my style and the beach hues that have made my brand successful,” she says. Enter Londonbased, Belgian-born interior designer Caroline Legrand, known for designing sumptuous, sophisticated interiors with a timeless appeal. Introduced by a mutual friend Caroline and Melissa hit it off from the start. “I had been a big fan of Melissa’s swimwear so I was excited to meet the woman behind the brand,” says Caroline. Armed with Melissa’s well-defined brief Caroline set about producing a series of mood boards, initially for the main bedroom, living room, media room and guest bedrooms, though that soon expanded to include the whole house. “Right from the start I fell in love with the house,” says Caroline. “It’s a unique London home over four floors but very spread out – not the usual vertical London house. What I loved was the energy that Melissa and her family radiated. Even before the work began it had a very cool vibe with beautiful light and good bones.” The first room Caroline worked on was the main bedroom. She chose dark, moody colours because the room needed something a bit more sultry than just white walls. “I went for a rich mink colour and wallpapered the ceiling, then added vintage smoky mirrors to provide that luxury feeling,” she says. Completed in just four weeks Caroline then went to work on the remaining rooms. The designer is known for finding interesting pieces – vintage furniture, eye-catching wallpaper and seductive fabrics – and putting them together in the most unexpected way. “I am lucky that I travel a lot with my job and have built up a network of international suppliers who I work with regularly. They keep me up to date with new stock and unusual finds,” says Caroline. Together with Melissa she spent considerable time sourcing furniture, though she did re-use some existing pieces and reupholstered sofas. Perhaps the biggest challenge was the large media room that took almost a year to finish. The proportions were challenging and Melissa naturally wanted to keep it light and spacious. Caroline’s solution was to line the walls in a textured white wallpaper; she also added shutters to the windows and created a large sitting and dining area. “It was not easy to find the right lighting and art that would go with the look of that room but we finally hunted it down,” says Caroline. “It works so well now as we have made it practical yet retained the spaciousness and the feel of the rest of the house.” The same disciplines were applied to the large terrace on the first floor where Caroline chose a French grey palette. West facing, it’s the perfect spot for an evening cocktail or relaxing with a good book. The terrace is accessed via Melissa’s snug-cum-TV room that Caroline decorated in soft creams and vert d’eau with sumptuous faux fur throws on the Minotti sofa. “This is now my favourite room in the house to really chill out,” says Melissa. The work complete, the house now personifies the glamour and luxe that Melissa sought. But above all it is comfortable and has a sense of calm – really, what a home is all about. # For more go to carolinelegranddesign.com; odabash.com.

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This page, from top In the main bedroom, a vintage smoked mirror creates an opulent backdrop. Mirrored lamps from Julian Chichester. Stools from Talisman. A faux fur throw adds to the sense of luxe. The first-floor terrace has been turned into a relaxing outdoor room. Custom-made upholstered benches and low tables. Hermès throw. Opposite page The snug-cum-TV room has been decorated in cream and vert d’eau. Modular sofa from Minotti has a cream faux fur throw bought in New York. Two artworks by Félix González-Torres bought at the De La Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space in Miami hang above a vintage bronze table.


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SPEED READ » Swimwear designer and jetsetter Melissa Odabash called on interior designer Caroline Legrand to refashion her London home in a glamorous and luxurious style. » Caroline tackled the main bedroom first, transforming it into a sultry, moody haven with dark colours, smoked mirrors and sumptuous fur throws. » Caroline then addressed the living spaces, adding lots of gold and lacquered furniture, metal screens, artworks and sculptures as a luxe backdrop to reupholstered sofas and new finds from diverse sources such as 1stdibs and antique markets.

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Contemporary design effects overlay the Arts and Crafts features of this Melbourne home to give it a stylish new edge. Photographs DEREK SWALWELL Words CARLI PHILIPS


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This page Black-framed windows and a chequerboard tiled entrance smarten up the Arts and Crafts exterior. Opposite page In the sitting room a Ritzwell ‘Rivage’ chair from Stylecraft and Gubi ‘Grasshopper’ floor lamp from Cult sit on a Supertuft ‘Escape Twist’ carpet in Riot. Vintage rosewood tray table. Photograph on the mantelpiece is by Mark Strizic.

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“It was important to allow what was already there to sing. We didn’t want to match it but rather take our cues from it.” This page In the living area are Cassina ‘Utrecht’ armchairs from Cult, a ‘Bosko’ sofa from Jardan and Tacchini ‘Cage’ coffee table from Stylecraft. Tom Dixon ‘Base’ wall light from De De Ce. Opposite page, clockwise from top left Thonet ‘B9 Le Corbusier’ dining chairs surround a Ross Gardam ‘Asymmetry’ table from Stylecraft. Green carpet, Supertuft ‘Escape Twist’ in Riot, provides a link with the outdoors. ‘Tornaux’ chair from Feelgood Designs invites relaxation beside the pool.

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ringing this traditional Arts and Crafts house into the 21st century without forsaking any of its original charm required a steady hand and a balanced vision. While it was internally reorganised and new finishes, materials and fixtures introduced, Rachel Nolan of Kennedy Nolan Architects was adamant that its essence not be compromised. “It was important to allow what was already there to sing. We didn’t want to match it but rather take our cues from it, which we ultimately do when working on all alterations and additions.” Strong elements of craft such as leadlighting were preserved, while the home’s dramatic roof pitches and palette were abstracted to form a “contemporary interpretation of Arts and Crafts expressions,” says Patrick Kennedy. Transposing the concept, graphic new wall lights by Tom Dixon with a satin-finished brass shade have replaced traditional sconces, and paint has also played a big part, with existing plasterboard features such as the fireplace frame and original detailed ceiling both painted in a soft, opaque grey. The effect of block colour over ornate mouldings is contemporary but still lets the past shine through. In an effort to maintain the elegant ceiling height typical of the era, close attention was paid to scale. “The steel-framed bays that face the garden are overscaled and reference the double-height stone mullion window bays which were characteristic of grander Arts and Crafts homes,” says Patrick. At the rear, the living space was treated with the same level of dignity, scale and detail as the original front rooms which have been carpeted in a green wool that reflects the garden. It took a bit of convincing not to run timber floors right through the house and, while the more public areas such as the ground-floor living zones are in spotted gum, there is a transition to carpet in the bedrooms and sitting area. “Carpet makes these spaces more comfortable, softer and quieter,” says Rachel.

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This page ‘Madison’ pendant light from Dunlin hangs over the kitchen island. ‘Zebra’ bar stools from Aero Designs. Flooring in spotted gum. Opposite page In the dining area, ‘B9 Le Corbusier’ chairs from Thonet surround a Ross Gardam ‘Asymmetry’ table from Stylecraft. Tom Dixon ‘Base’ wall light from De De Ce. Artwork is by William Breen.

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MELBOURNE This page, clockwise from left Discipline ‘Pocket’ chair in the study sits in front of custom joinery with ‘O’ series pulls in spotted gum by Interia. Honed Carrara marble in the bathroom. Custom steel window blades offer privacy and shade in the main bedroom as well as providing architectural form to the windows. Nya Nordiska linen and wool curtains. Opposite page Steelframed doors open to the outside. ‘Fermob’ bistro chairs from Costwold Furniture.

As the site’s terrain slopes away to the east quite dramatically, the floor was dropped but the roof level was maintained. This “internal level change provided a physical and psychological separation,” says Patrick, creating a greater connection with the garden and at the same time differentiating the home’s public spaces from its more private ones. Landscape designer Katherine Rekaris was called on to maximise the link between the house and garden to allow the young family of four to enjoy the outdoors. “The landscape design was developed to support the overall architectural concept – to make a park-like setting which utilised the existing large trees and was thematically sympathetic to the Arts and Crafts architecture, while also screening views to neighbouring buildings and remaining open to the distant landscape,” says Patrick. The property is bordered by the Yarra River to the north and great care was taken to ensure that views did not simply focus on the immediate garden, but also embraced the more expansive, far-reaching sightlines. “A country house in a park-like setting,” the lawn is surrounded by ‘English green’ as opposed to ‘Indigenous green’, with plants and moss thriving in the dappled light of canopy trees. Bound by close neighbours on one side and a three-storey block of flats on the other, addressing privacy and light concerns was not without challenges. “A new bay which accommodates the barbeque area was sited to form a barrier to the neighbouring apartment block, while the garage forms a wellmannered edge to the garden,” says Patrick. Nature also played a part, with a beautiful maple tree providing good screening. In the first-floor main bedroom, dramatic steel window blades are both functional and decorative. “The blades extend out to give the window form and provide privacy from the block of flats. They also protect sightlines, assist with shading and embrace the views to the Dandenongs,” says Rachel. “The terrain was a constraint that become an opportunity.” # For more go to kennedynolan.com.au.

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SPEED READ » An Arts and Crafts house has been given a distinctive modern edge by architects Kennedy Nolan without compromising its original features. » Opaque grey paint on the ceilings and fireplaces are a contemporary treatment that still allows the period detailing to shine through. » Spotted gum floors in the public areas give way to green carpet in the private zones which provides a link with the outdoors. » Classic design pieces such as Thonet dining chairs and Tom Dixon lights perfectly complement the old and new aesthetic.


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Bold saturated colours create a happy atmosphere in this New York loft where the only serious note is the importance of the art. Photographs GIANNI FRANCHELLUCCI Words MARINA PIGNATELLI

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This page Above the console by Raymond Loewy for Doubinsky Freres are photographs, Untitled by Bruce Davidson (top), and Twister by Laurel Nakadate. Sculpture by Keith Clougherty. Table designed by Doug Meyer. Stilnovo lightfitting. Opposite page A Maison Jansen coffee table, vintage Dunbar chair, Joe D’Urso side table and Tom Dixon light on a rug designed by Doug Meyer. Photograph of New York by Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao.

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These pages Large windows offer wonderful views of the Hudson River. A Jens Risom sofa, vintage Dunbar chairs and vintage Warren Platner chairs surround the mirrored Maison Jansen coffee table. Red-tiled side table by Roger Capron. Tom Dixon floor lamp. Verner Panton pendant light. Photograph by Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao.

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This page Table, chairs, banquette and rug designed by Doug Meyer. Stilnovo lightfitting. An American flag is draped over the owner’s camera. Opposite page In the guest bedroom are portraits of the owners’ daughters by Katherine Wolkoff.


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This page, from top The main bedroom has a console designed by Doug Meyer. Bergère is covered in a Scalamandré fabric. ‘Glo Ball’ lamp by Jasper Morrison. Photograph, Untitled by Katy Grannan. The blue tones continue in the bathroom in a photograph by J. David Levy, Iceberg – Antartica. Granite bath tub with Boffi fittings. Opposite page ‘AJ’ wall lamp by Arne Jacobsen in the main bedroom. Bedhead in dyed oak by Doug Meyer


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SPEED READ » American designer Doug Meyer was called on to decorate a modern loft in New York for a businessman and his family. » A colourist extraordinaire, Doug’s predilection for bold hues was perfectly in sync with the owners’ love of vibrancy. » Working with a palette of primary colours, Doug designed a red living room, purple dining area, blue master bedroom and green guest bedroom. » The owners’ extensive photography collection echoes the shades of each room, complemented by some in black and white by such luminaries as Robert Mapplethorpe and Andy Warhol.

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This sandstone house on Sydney Harbour has witnessed many changes in its 160 years, not the least being its own metamorphosis. Photographs NICHOL AS WATT Words HARRY ROBERTS Styling LUCY M C CABE


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This page An elegant drawing room adjacent to the living area is anchored by a large circular table paired with Thonet bentwood chairs by Le Corbusier from Anibou and an antique chandelier. Opposite page In the formal sitting room, an artwork by Lynne Roberts-Goodwin from her Bad Bird series sits above the original marble mantelpiece. A Ten10 travertine coffee table from Spence & Lyda is flanked by Mies van der Rohe ‘Barcelona’ chairs. Flowers by Poho.

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These pages Walls of aged mirror bounce light around the formal sitting area, while a striking artwork by Lynne Roberts-Goodwin, Mies van der Rohe ‘Barcelona’ chairs and a travertine coffee table lend contemporary panache to the grand Georgian-style room.

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“We opened up the house to create sightlines through to the views and light.”

This page In the formal dining room, an antique table is juxtaposed with contemporary ‘Kiki’ seating from MCM House. The large Catellani & Smith pendant light is an unexpected addition, yet creates an elegant synergy with the gilt mirror above the Victorian marble fireplace. The space flows seamlessly through to the conservatory, which opens out to the gardens beyond. Opposite page An Eero Saarinen plum velvet ‘Womb’ chair and ottoman from De De Ce and Ten10 travertine side table in the sandstone-clad study.


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rom its enviable perch in the quiet enclave of Lavender Bay, Quiberee has been an enduring witness to the harbour city’s efflorescence. Built in 1855 on land purchased from the bay’s namesake, George Lavender, this handsome sandstone residence has watched the Sydney skyline take shape, commanding a sweeping harbour aspect that today encompasses the trifecta of icons: Luna Park, the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. The years had not been so kind to the building itself, however, when owners Siobhan and William Rothwell – an interior designer and architect respectively – first encountered the site in 2006. “The garden was overgrown and the house was in a state of disrepair,” says Siobhan of the forlorn Quiberee, whose interiors had been divided up and closed off to the view while in use as a boarding house. Conceived in the pared back ‘Victorian Georgian’ style, predating the ornate fashions of the later Victorian period, the historic home was ripe with potential, boasting elegant bones and grand proportions. Siobhan and William set about restoring its heritage shell, while radically reworking the internal spaces to engage more freely with the surroundings. “We opened up the house to create sightlines through to the views and light,” says Siobhan. “Any additions were done in a modern style to lightly touch the original fabric of the house.” Contemporary additions include a sleek, zinc-framed conservatory, which evokes the streamlined elegance of Mies van der Rohe and creates a delicate counterpoint to Quiberee’s robust sandstone. Here and throughout the home, Siobhan has cultivated a beguiling contrast between old and new, echoed in her selection of finishes and furnishings, as well as the predominantly monochrome palette. “I love the tension created by playing with contrasting elements; a tension of aesthetic contradiction.” says Siobhan.

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This page In the bedroom, an artwork by Chris Langlois, Landscape (McAndrews Gap) No 2, hangs above a bed upholstered in soft grey linen and paired with Mr Frag side tables and black Angelpoise lamps. Opposite page The ensuite is swathed in white marble. ‘Motti’ ottoman from MCM House.


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The home’s deft interplay of textures and eras reveals itself seamlessly through large enfilading rooms. Carefully considered sightlines affect a dramatic transition from the dark, moody ambience of the old zones, including the study and cellar, through to the light-filled conservatory. “I love the journey,” says Siobhan, who utilised aged mirrors to bounce light between spaces and offer glimpses of the garden and harbour views. “The success of the design is the experience of moving through it.” Set against rough-hewn sandstone, the crisp lines and cool white marble deployed in the new kitchen and bathroom spaces accentuate the dichotomy between heritage and modern elements, while creating a nod to the home’s original marble fireplaces. Thus the selection of natural materials, dictated by the original building, lends an air of elegant cohesion where disparate pieces juxtapose. So too, the unexpected pairing of cherished antiques and contemporary lighting and furniture has yielded an appealing synergy. In the formal dining room, an imposing table is offset by ‘Kiki’ chairs from MCM House and a bold Catellani & Smith pendant light, while the work of contemporary photographer Darren Sylvester ruptures the study’s brooding Georgian aesthetic. The manicured gardens that envelop the home similarly meld tradition and modernity. “The brief for the landscaping was inspired by the Victorian obsession with curiosities and the Georgian desire for symmetry, combined with my own predilection for watching the change of seasons,” says Siobhan. The most striking of these curiosities is a curved copper folly at the entrance to the property, with a serpentine form inspired by the freshwater spring – called ‘Quibaree’ by the area’s original inhabitants – that gave the home its moniker. “Given that the whole house opens up to the surrounding garden, it’s been amazing to see the evolution of this natural beauty.” Nestled in this verdant oasis and with its own metamorphosis complete, Quiberee retains its old-world character while embracing the unfettered ethos of the modern-day city it overlooks. # SPEED READ » A 160-year-old sandstone home with impressive Sydney Harbour views had languished for years until interior designer Siobhan Rothwell and her architect husband, William, purchased the property in 2006. » The pair sensitively restored the ‘Victorian Georgian’ style home, while opening up the internal spaces to create a better connection with the garden and view. » A restrained palette was used throughout, inspired by the original sandstone walls, while contemporary touches, including a floating glass conservatory create a striking contrast between old and new.

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These pages In the sitting room that features an original circular-shaped window, a ‘Serpentine’ sofa by Vladimir Kagan is paired with a ‘Wooster Street’ armchair and bespoke ‘Bell’ coffee tables by Sebastian Herkner, all sitting on a ‘Flaunt’ rug by Kelly Wearstler for The Rug Company. The wall-mounted ‘Isay’ console is by Isay Weinfeld. ‘Tube’ wall lights by Michael Anastassiades.

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he art deco hotels and condominiums of Miami Beach are world famous and a key part of the architectural fabric of this vibrant, oceanfront city. Yet individual deco mansions are something of a rarity and seldom come onto the market. So when Stephan Weishaupt, president of the Avenue Road furniture company, stumbled across an art deco house in a quiet quarter of the city he could not turn down the opportunity to take it on. “I wouldn’t consider myself a huge fan of art deco but the house is really unique and it’s so rare to find a villa like this,” says Stephan. “I was actually looking for an event space and I was touring around with a real estate agent when we came across this house. I never intended to purchase anything for myself but it just happened. I fell in love with it.” Stephan is based in Toronto, where he co-founded Avenue Road with designers George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg in 2007, which features their collections along with an impressive list of other designers, including Christophe Delcourt, Paola Navone and Piero Lissoni. In 2012 the expanding business opened a second showroom in New York. The villa itself sits on a small island in Biscayne Bay between Bal Harbour and South Beach, with a golf course bordered by leafy residential streets. It is a great location, with easy road access to downtown Miami and the airport. The house dates from 1932 and was designed by architect Martin L. Hampton, who also designed Miami Beach City Hall. “An older gentleman had lived here on his own for quite some time and the house was a little neglected,” says Stephan. “But I liked the intimacy of it and thought it was a very interesting house in the way it was laid out in a cross shape with the gardens around it. It had a certain charm to it but everything needed freshening up.” Stephan managed the renovation himself, seeking advice as needed from George and Glenn. Everything needed doing, including the roof, plumbing, electrics, the

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“ I LIKED THE IN T IMAC Y OF I T AN D THOUGHT IT WAS A VERY INTERESTING H OUSE IN T H E WAY I T WA S L AID OUT IN A CRO S S SHA PE.” This page The art deco lines of the house with its surrounding garden attracted the owner Stephan Weishaupt. Lantern candleholders designed by Wim Segers. Opposite page Bespoke ‘Otto’ card table by Paulo Werneck with ‘Senior’ armchairs by Jorge Zalszupin, both Brazilian designers.


This page Bespoke ‘Bell’ coffee tables by Sebastian Herkner, ‘Otto’ card table by Paulo Werneck and ‘Senior’ armchairs by Jorge Zalszupin, all from Avenue Road. Artwork is Riacho da Cachoeira Grande by Araquém Alcântara. The dining area in the background has a table by Christophe Delcourt and vintage ‘Anel’ chairs by Ricardo Fasanello. Opposite page, clockwise from top Kitchen units and floating illuminated shelf designed by Massimo Castagna. Vintage Brazilian bar cart from Thomaz Saavedra. Wall light by Christopher Turner. Outdoor planters by Atelier Vierkant, and candleholders by Wim Segers. ‘Alta’ stool in the hallway designed by Oscar Niemeyer.


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kitchen and bathrooms. The windows also needed to be upgraded, with the striking circular window in the sitting room prime among them. Stephan was keen to preserve as many original features as possible, including the sitting room fireplace, the staircase and the colourful terrazzo floors and skirtings. This meant few changes to the floor plan itself, although some subtle changes were made upstairs. Outside, the pool was restored and the landscaping refreshed, and the boundary wall rebuilt. Integrated balconies and garden terraces provide outdoor rooms to be enjoyed year round. For the furnishings, Stephan had the pick of his Avenue Road collection but he also introduced a number of vintage pieces into the mix. “I wanted to show our designers’ work in the house and our collections, but I also wanted my own environment to be different and unique,” he says. “It’s quite a fine line, because I don’t want it to be another showroom. We managed to achieve a balance that I’m happy with and Christophe [Delcourt] created a number of custom pieces, such as the seating for the breakfast area by the kitchen and the desk in my office.” Combining North American designs with vintage and contemporary Brazilian pieces by Carlos Motta and Isay Weinfeld, the result is fresh and original, and every piece has plenty of room to breathe within the generous scale of the spaces. “What I really like is that although the house is a decent size, it never feels like a grand mansion,” Stephan says. “Because of the layout it feels quite intimate. I use all the rooms and it never seems too big. It’s charming, inviting and special.” # For more go to avenue-road.com.

This page A ‘Malabar Ivory’ rug from The Rug Company anchors the main bedroom. ‘Cantante’ wall sconce by Claudia Moreira Salles. Photograph, Onca Pintada Grande, by Araquém Alcântara. Opposite page Agape ‘Vieques XS’ bath pops against ‘Rocky Mist’ marble in the main bathroom.

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Having to preserve the facade of this house did not deter Greg Natale from unleashing all his creative chutzpah on the interior. Photographs ANSON SMART Words CHRIS PEARSON


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This page Greg Natale geometric rugs from Designer Rugs in the hallway and vestibule. Visual Comfort ‘Westport’ pendant light. Inner Peace artwork by Scott Petrie. Opposite page Kelly Wearstler ‘Souffle’ chair in lamb leather is a focal point in the living room. Baker Furniture ‘Archetype’ sofa from Cavit & Co and side table from Venfield, New York, sit on a Catherine Martin rug from Designer Rugs. Fornasetti plates from Macleay on Manning. Cole & Son Fornasetti collection ‘Malachite’ wallpaper from Radford Furnishings.

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This page Visual Comfort ‘Ziyi’ chandelier from Laura Kincade. Kenzo Maison gloss table from Casa Luxury. Christopher Guy mirror from Laura Kincade. Owl of Yeoman’s Rock artwork by Joshua Yeldham. Greg Natale geometric rugs from Designer Rugs. Cole & Son Fornasetti collection ‘Malachite’ wallpaper from Radford Furnishings. Opposite page, clockwise from top left Kelly Wearstler ‘Souffle’ chair. Fornasetti plates from Macleay on Manning. Coffee table from J Robert Scott. Stork from Becker Minty. Giant belly lamp from Jonathan Adler. Side table from Venfield, NY, holds Fornasetti accessories. Walls are painted in Dulux ‘Heaven Sent’.

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he eyes have it in this home’s living room, but the 16 Fornasetti plates on the wall aren’t the only beguiling faces the three-bedroom Federation house in Sydney’s inner west presents to the world. Its crisp restored facade relives its origins, while the multi-layered interior design lends a fresh and glamorous twist to its preserved period features. But, when designer Greg Natale sighted the brick bungalow in 2009, previous renovations had almost erased its past. And a beige 1970s twostorey mishmash of rooms on the back didn’t reference any era or style. Thankfully, original detailing in the front section – including arches, cornices and ceiling roses – was intact and it drew the owner to the house. “The minute I opened the door and looked up and saw those original features, I could visualise what could be done and, with the high ceilings, I knew it could be something special,” says Lena Moawad, who lives here with husband Adam Haddad and their girls Sabine, 12, and Amelie, eight. Having seen Greg’s previous projects in Belle, she knew he was the person for the job. “I loved the flamboyance. He has his own confident style, which is a little bit classic, a little bit modern,” says Lena. Her home’s proportions and detailing provided inspiration and a ready canvas for Greg’s design, while her passion for Fornasetti became part of a potent mix. But, first there was an extensive renovation to do in a project that lasted four years. The couple wanted two living spaces with the parents’ wing separate from that of the girls, and to open the home to the outside with a new verandah at the rear. A library was a must. “I am passionate about books, so it was important to have space for them,” says Lena. What better way to decorate it than with Fornasetti ‘Ex Libris’ wallpaper.

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With the house being in a heritage zone, the council insisted that the facade be restored to its original brickwork and Greg couldn’t venture beyond the footprint and existing height at the back. He removed the render, sandblasted the exteriors and repointed the brickwork. Meanwhile, the extension was gutted to the slab and its painted brickwork stripped to match the facade. Banks of French doors added at the rear upstairs and down ensure an easy connection with the outside. Greg opened up the hallway, knocking out a wall to connect it to the formal lounge and creating a vestibule, while sliders between the library and the living room, once permanently shut, were prised open. “The central vestibule is the core of the house and creates so much light,” says Greg. Adds Lena, “It’s the roundabout in our house – there are four access points and people meet there.” Off this core are the lounge, a study, the kitchen-cum-dining and the bedrooms. Downstairs are the family room and outdoor area leading to the garden and pool. Arches connecting the rooms to the vestibule provided Greg’s starting point for the classically inspired interiors. “Arches became the theme,” he says, which was reinforced by the panelling he introduced throughout. Drawing cues from the reborn brick-and-tile exterior, he used splashes of terracotta in the rugs. “That and the powder blue work so well together. The blue adds that pop.” Also adding the pop is Lena’s love of Fornasetti, expressed in the wallpapers and the plate wall, and accentuated in the kitchen tiles. With their Fornasetti arches, they fuse two recurring motifs. The result is a house that, although glamorous and stylish, never takes itself too seriously – this is a family home, after all. It offers many faces, being “classical, mid-century, graphic and a little playful,” says Greg, “but it’s also warm, soft and layered, thanks to the rug by Catherine Martin and the Kelly Wearstler white leather ‘Souffle’ armchairs.” “Who would have thought those chairs would work so perfectly with the classic lounge?” says Lena. “But Greg pulled it off beautifully.” # For more go to gregnatale.com.


This page In the library, Cole & Son Fornasetti collection ‘Ex Libris’ wallpaper from Radford Furnishings creates a suitable backdrop. Kelly Wearstler ‘Supper’ chairs surround a ‘Platner’ bronze coffee table from De De Ce on a Greg Natale rug from Designer Rugs. Visual Comfort ‘Simple Scallop’ chandelier from Laura Kincade. Opposite page, clockwise from top left Limoges teapot, cup and saucer from Macleay on Manning on a ‘Platner’ bronze coffee table from De De Ce. In the family room a Jonathan Adler ‘Bond’ maple coffee table sits on a Greg Natale rug from Designer Rugs. Orange 1 and Orange 2 artworks by Scott Petrie. Jonathan Adler ‘Bond’ console in the living room beneath a Jo Davenport work, As the Storm Gathers.

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SPEED READ » A Sydney couple bought an inner-west Federation bungalow, which had seen better days. ‘Improvements’ over the years saw the brick facade rendered and a bland extension attached to the rear but, luckily, many original interior details were retained. » They called on Greg Natale to renovate the home, restore the facade, let light into the interiors, create private zones for the family and improve the connection with the garden front and back. » Two starting points for the design were the internal arches and the owners’ passion for Fornasetti. Greg has melded them in a house that presents different faces to the world, being “classical, mid-century, graphic and a little playful, but also warm, soft and layered”.


This page, clockwise from top the rear facade of the house was restored and the brickwork repointed. On the front porch, Loll Design Adirondack chairs from Own World. Tessellated floor tiles from Olde English Tiles Australia. In the kitchen a ‘Bond’ dining table from Jonathan Adler is matched with silver-leaf chairs from Regency Distribution. Visual Comfort ‘Reed’ pendant from Laura Kincade. Ceramica Bardelli ‘Architetture’ tiles by Piero Fornasetti from Classic Ceramics. Vases from Meïzai. Bowl from Space. Opposite page In the main bedroom is a Dorothy Draper ‘Grand Lattice’ bed from Kindel Furniture. Visual Comfort ‘Ingrid’ table lamp from Laura Kincade. Greg Natale rug from Designer Rugs.

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A muted palette of colours and materials enhances the sense of space and calm in this elegant Sydney home. Photographs FELIX FOREST Words MELISSA PENFOLD


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This page Rattan outdoor sofas from Citta Design and a timber and iron coffee table furnish the terrace. A pair of timber tables from Cosh Living can be put together for entertaining large groups. Opposite page The house has been transformed into a light, bright space, thanks in part to the glass ceiling dome over the stairway designed by Michael Suttor Architects.

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riginally this landmark 1920s five-bedroom house in Sydney was brown, dark and unwelcoming. It took great vision to turn it into a contemporary home with a fresh identity for its American owners, Jim and Amy Clody, and their three children. Now there is a generous light-filled entrance, a graceful curving stairway, double-width hallways, and wide, uncluttered living spaces. Even small things are big, such as the butler’s pantry and powder room. “Turning the ground floor into a flowing open-plan space has given the house a more contemporary feel,” says interior designer Marco Meneguzzi who teamed with architect Michael Suttor on the project. The two-storey house is a rarity in more ways than one. Every room has a link to the outdoors, always a hallmark of a successful building. Bordered by a sweep of generous lawn and double-hedged garden walls, living rooms all face north. “We turned problems into opportunities,” says Marco. The original brown-veneer stairway was transformed with a huge glass domed roof that draws light into the centre of the house and creates a welcoming entry. “Never have a tiny entrance with a huge stairway, or vice versa,” says Michael Suttor. Next step was to get the hallway and the room sizes just right. “A hallway is one of the most used areas of a house,” says Michael. “If it’s too small, you feel pinched.” The new double-width hall leads into the dining area and through to the kitchen, relaxed living area and loggia-cum-terrace which are used everyday. There is a mixture of large communal areas in which to gather and entertain, and small private rooms to retreat to. Other changes included adding an expansive butler’s pantry, revamping the kitchen, enlarging the powder room and enclosing the loggia.

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This page, from top In the downstairs entry hall is a white-painted timber table and glass lamp from Chrissy & Co. The living room features a soothing Armani-style palette of grey, aqua, stone and white. Veere Grenney custom-print linen from Westbury Textiles has been used to upholster the bespoke sofas and armchairs. Curtains in sheer Belgian linen from Altamira. Opposite page In the upstairs hallway a large painting by Martine Emdur from Olsen Irwin sits alongside a Barbara Barry Collection for Baker chest of drawers from Cavit & Co. Ralph Lauren table lamp from Laura Kincade. Carpet from International Floorcoverings.


This page, from top Rattan sofas from Citta Design have birch-coloured slip covers with hidden zips designed by Marco Meneguzzi. Timber dining settings from Cosh Living. Marble kitchen designed by Michael Suttor Architects. Visual Comfort pendant lights from Laura Kincade. Opposite page Custom-made dining table in American oak with 12 bespoke chairs covered in Belgian charcoal linen from Altamira, designed by Marco Meneguzzi. Rug from International Floorcoverings.


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The house was lightened up with paint and fabrics. The floorboards were stripped and bleached, and sheer white linen curtains hung everywhere. Bathrooms were upgraded in white marble and slipcovers whipped up in birch linen. Upholstery is in top-quality linens by Altamira and Veere Grenney in an Armani palette of oyster, ice blue, white and charcoal. “We allowed the new white palette to become the backbone of the space,” says Marco. The look is one of simplicity, a casual yet fresh atmosphere, perfect for unencumbered living. “And although there’s a lot of white, it still feels warm, inviting and textural. Materials are the key to comfort,” he says. And natural wins over man-made for Marco who thinks no home should be without timber, stone, glass, iron, linen, rattan and sisal. “They have visual interest and character, but don’t clash.” The indoor-outdoor flow was maximised by bifold doors in the dining and living rooms that open to the terrace, turning the space into a beautiful outdoor room. A pair of stone-topped timber tables from Cosh Living are used for small gatherings or joined together for large parties. “It was as much about knowing what not to use,” says Marco. “We took a lot of things out of the house. It’s the best way to improve any interior.” Nothing is superfluous, from the kitchen stools to the slip-covered outdoor rattan furniture and the bedroom’s luxurious oversized custom chaise. “We always go for harmony in finishes. Don’t mix too many colours in one house, unless you want your rooms to look like a fairground. And lots of table lamps give a feeling of low-key luxury – we used mostly Ralph Lauren designs with crystal and glass bases. The idea was to keep it simple, calm and fresh.” # For more go to marcomeneguzzi.com; michaelsuttor.com.au.

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SPEED READ » Architect Michael Suttor and designer Marco Meneguzzi have combined their talents to turn this five-bedroom Sydney home into a serene, contemporary family retreat. » The previous brown and dark house has been transformed with lashings of white paint and light and textural furnishings. » A new open floor plan, double-width hallways and an easy connection between indoors and out has given the home a sense of space and low-key luxury. » The house is flooded with light thanks to a huge glass dome roof and doors that slide open to the terrace.

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This page, clockwise from top Bathroom designed by Michael Suttor Architects has a serene yet glamorous mood with mosaic marble tiles and a chandelier. Accessories from Chrissy & Co. Bedhead in the main bedroom is covered in a Kerry Joyce Textiles fabric from Studio LW. Bedside table is a Barbara Barry Collection for Baker piece from Cavit & Co which was ebonised by Marco Meneguzzi. Rattan outdoor sofas from Citta Design on the terrace. Opposite page The main bedroom features curtains in Belgian linen from Altamira. The chaise longue is covered in Kerry Joyce Textiles fabric trimmed with Rogers & Goffigon braid, both from Studio LW.


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GA R D EN This page The Ninfa River winds through the ancient rambling garden with the Lepini Hills as its backdrop.

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Neglected for centuries, Italy’s garden of Ninfa has evolved into a wonderful, rambling habitat for flora and fauna from all over the world. Photographs CECILE PERRINET-LHERMITTE Words RICHARD UNSWORTH

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This page A roughly textured trunk of a pine tree contrasts with one of the many crumbling walls of the medieval town. Opposite page, from top Ninfa resembles a rich tapestry of soft colours in its stone, foliage and flowers. The bronze hues of a Japanese maple blend in with the old stone wall.


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nspiring, historical and ‘important’ gardens abound, but really there is only one – Ninfa. According to the venerable English horticultural expert Montagu ‘Monty’ Don, it is “by far the most romantic garden in the world”. Situated at the foot of the Lepini Hills, about 40 kilometres south-east of Rome in the province of Latina, the garden of Ninfa has achieved cult status in the minds of many keen garden travellers, its appeal being in both its ancient history and its more recent return to glory. Dating back to Roman times, Ninfa was once a prominent, thriving medieval town between Naples and Rome on the Appian Way. Central to its success was the abundant supply of crystal clear water. Sitting atop a bountiful spring, a large dam was created in the early years enabling water power to fuel industrial machinery such as olive presses, mills and metalwork furnaces, earning a small fortune for the settlement. At its peak in the 14th century the thriving town comprised more than 150 houses, a castle, seven churches and a town hall – encircled by a huge perimeter wall 1.4 kilometres long with guard towers to keep out unwanted guests. By the early 11th century, Ninfa had expanded to the status of small town and continued to prosper and grow. In the 12th century Pope Alexander III was consecrated in Santa Maria Maggiore, the grandest of its churches. Over the ensuing years Ninfa was fought over by several powerful papal families before passing to the Caetani family in 1298. Its prosperity wasn’t to last too much longer however as the town was substantially destroyed by mercenaries in 1382. This led to an exodus from the settlement and started a decline that lasted until the early 1900s. I had the good fortune of visiting the garden earlier this year, and felt both calmed and captivated by its reflective spirit and outstanding natural beauty. The garden of Ninfa stands as a testament to the creative skills and dedication of three women from the Caetani family who brought it back to life with carefully considered planting over the past 100 years. In the 1920s Gelasio Caetani and his English mother, Lady Constance Ada Wilbraham, started planning the gardens surrounding the ruins. The tower and town hall were both restored and used as a summer residence. Plants were brought back from travels around the world, and the new varieties loved the sunny aspect, good soil and abundant water.

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After centuries of neglect the garden began to take shape in an almost English style – informal, spontaneous, natural and flowing, with the plants starting to colonise and put their mark around the ancient buildings. Following Ada’s death the gardening mantle passed on to her Americanborn daughter-in-law Marguerite Chapin, who invited writers and creative thinkers to be further inspired at Ninfa. The major force in the garden’s development however was Marguerite’s daughter Lelia Caetani, a keen artist and creative who devoted much of her life to the restoration. Lelia’s planting approach was no doubt inspired by her natural talents as a painter, choosing material in the landscape as she would colours on a canvas. The beauty lies in her creation of soft contrasts in texture and colour, making it appear effortless and natural. Planting is very informal, appearing to be unconsciously placed and left almost unattended. Vigorous climbers such as star jasmine, wisteria, honeysuckle, and clematis drape themselves over the buildings and ruins, appearing to take control. While much of the garden’s appeal is in its seemingly unkempt state, the impact of how sensitively it is maintained is immense, allowing a careful balance between the crumbling nature of the structures and the gentle control of the plants. Seven full-time gardeners are each given dedicated areas to maintain, allowing a sense of ownership and continuity. The garden contains a rich mixture of cool climate, Mediterranean and subtropical plantings from all over the world. More than 19 species of magnolias are planted, along with dogwoods, viburnums, ornamental cherries, oaks, maples and tulip trees, to name just a few of the more than 1300 varieties. Roses seem to appear everywhere throughout Ninfa, climbing up into trees, over doorways and demanding to be observed. The mild climate allows for tropical species such as banana, avocado and, one of my favourite plants, Gunnera with its huge verdant prehistoriclooking leaves, which loves any position close to a supply of water. Today Ninfa is an environmental haven for fauna as well as flora with more than 100 species of birds inhabiting the richly planted ground and its rivers, streams and waterways that teem with trout, frogs and an abundance of pond life. Though there are many, many gardens of note and historical importance around the world, there is only one Ninfa. If you are ever in Rome, I urge you to make the pilgrimage and be captivated as I was. Follow Richard Unsworth on Twitter@mygardenlife or visit gardenlife.com.au.

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This page, clockwise from top left A millstone from the property now provides the perfect lunch spot. A profusion of star jasmine in full flower envelops a conifer. Climbing roses perfectly adorn the entry to the medieval watch tower. A pathway winds through the garden. Opposite page, from top The huge leaves of Gunnera add visual weight to the right hand bank of the river. Italian lavender borders the path in a more formal part of the garden.


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Street art and fashion rubbed shoulders as a long tradition of artistic collaboration culminated in the launch of a special collection and a soiree to mark Royal Doulton’s 200th anniversary. Photographs DAVID WHEELER Words TANYA BUCHANAN Styling STEVE CORDONY

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This page, clockwise from top The new 1815 collection by Dik Delaney was inspired by shapes from the Royal Doulton archive. Street artist Nick Walker who designed the invitation on a plate featuring his bowler-hatted vandal set against the Opera House. Braised ox-cheek in Pedro Ximénez. Limited-edition Vandal V Parliament figurine by Nick Walker. Pieces from the 1815 collection. Dik Delaney.

steemed British fi ne china marque Royal Doulton literally brought its stable of talent – an eclectic group of UK designers from diverse genres – to the table for a sparkling soiree at Sydney’s Fox Studios to celebrate 200 years of fi ne design. Creative collaborations have been on the drawing board at Royal Doulton since 1871 when Henry Doulton, the son of the company’s founder, engaged artists from the nearby Lambeth School of Art to design some pieces. About five years ago the company decided to embrace its collaborative past and engage with a new wave of design genius drawn from such diverse spheres as fashion, product and textile design and street art. “Historically Royal Doulton was a London brand that was designing utilitarian products like water flasks and sewer pipes until they started to work with the Lambeth School of Art when they became more decorative,” says Dik Delaney, Royal Doulton’s design director. “About five years ago we decided to go back to those roots and invite people from different backgrounds and skill sets to design with us. They bring newness and freshness and when you work with people from different disciplines you get a whole new education.” Creative luminaries such as street artist Nick Walker, Jay Osgerby – one half of internationally acclaimed design duo Barber Osgerby – graffiti artist Charley Uzzell Edwards aka Pure Evil, father and daughter design team Wayne and Tilly Hemingway and fashion illustrator Charlene Mullen discussed their work with the evening’s host Fenella Kernebone. Australians are one of the largest markets per capita for Royal Doulton globally so it was fitting that a celebration took place in Sydney. Belle magazine’s style director Steve Cordony worked with the Royal Doulton team to produce the glamorous event, using the unique collections from designers in the Royal Doulton 200 portfolio. Cook and Waiter created a delicious seasonal menu for the evening served on tableware from the collection. Self-confessed flower addict Saskia Havekes created stunning floral installations to accompany the diverse designs from the uber creative stable.


This page, clockwise from far left Carolyn Cavanough and Steve Cordony. Father and daughter team Wayne and Tilly Hemingway. Dessert of chocolate mousse with ginger jelly was served in a paint tin. Pieces from the Hemingway Design Collection. Floral art by Grandiflora sat alongside Charlene Mullen’s figurines.

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This page, clockwise from top left Jay Osgerby, one half of design duo Barber Osgerby. Textile designer Charlene Mullen. Pieces from Charlene’s ‘London Calling’ collection. Barber Osgerby ‘Pipe’ vase. Pure Evil’s three-legged bunny in gold. Ocean trout with roast beetroot served on ‘London Calling’ plate. Lisa and Charley Uzzell-Edwards aka Pure Evil. Assembled pieces from the collection.

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IN THE RAW Right in step with the trend, Johannes Torpe Studios has designed lifestyle food chain Palæo, using leather, wood and wool, reflective of the fresh, unprocessed food on offer. palaeo.dk

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LOCAL COLOUR Leeroy Petersen of Sydney’s Print Room has teamed up with designers Alexander & Co for his latest project, The Village Inn in Paddington, that conjures a colonial era with rich wood, exposed brick and leather banquettes. thevillageinn.com.au

Luis Tans offers Latin American-meets-Asian street food (above) with an eclectic ethos, thanks to Nick Fryer’s loungeluxe design. Channelling 1960s Peruvian hustler Luis Tans’s living room, the Bondi venue features a mix of Peruvian fabrics with Japanese elements. (02) 8021 8091

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Earthy details in South Melbourne’s Lûmé, by Studio Y, include a lemon tree growing in the centre of the restaurant, marble tables and cultivated vertical herb gardens (left). restaurantlume.com

SMALL TALK Bibelot’s intricate and artisanal petit treats are as bespoke as the interiors (below), with the elaborate fit-out designed by Breathe Architecture. bibelot.com.au

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Arabian nights Shawn West of 2D Studio has transformed 1930s basement storage in Potts Point into Kazbah Souk (below) with tiled floors, Moroccan antiques and rich colours inspired by the lavish menu. pottspoint.kazbah.com.au ROCK STARS ‘CANDY ROCK’ NAPKIN RINGS (RIGHT) HANDCRAFTED BY JOSEPH WILLIAMS ACCENTUATE TABLE SETTINGS WITH THEIR ALLURING NATURAL-HUED CRYSTAL AND INTRICATE GOLD WIRE. AN ASSORTMENT OF COLOURS ARE AVAILABLE AT BERGDOFGOODMAN.COM

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The third addition to the PNY burger franchise, in the Marais in Paris, features a Miami vibe (above). CUT Architecture incorporates diner booths and colourful pastel beach huts set off by custom copper and carousel lights. pny-hamburgers.fr

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PA S S E N G E R The grand marble staircase at Teatro Colón.

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While contemporary Buenos Aires celebrates a pulsing street art scene, avant-garde fashion and fine food, Eva Perón is still this town’s first lady.

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Clockwise from top left Allegorical frescoes are painted on the Teatro Colón ceiling. Opened in 1908 during a period of incredible affluence, the theatre rivals the Paris Opera in scale and opulence. The courtyard bar and restaurant at Casa Cavia in Palermo Chico. Casa Cavia’s on-site florist. The building’s elegant facade. Arroyo Hotel in upscale Recoleta. The internal atrium of a traditional building in San Telmo.


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he legend of Eva Perón looms large in Buenos Aires, where the Argentine icon’s glamorous visage is immortalised atop an imposing tower above the world’s largest boulevard, 9 de Julio Avenue. Evita’s tumultuous life and inimitable style make her a fitting symbol for the city itself, with its heady fusion of fraught history and fabulous hedonism; of old-world European elegance and the wild energy of a teeming, modern-day metropolis. Reflecting its denizens’ diverse makeup, the culture of Buenos Aires is a vibrant mélange of Spanish, French, Italian and British influences and, so too, its streets represent an exhilarating collision of disparate architectural styles. Opulent buildings surviving from BA’s extraordinary fin-de-siècle wealth and decadence – when its epithet ‘the Paris of South America’ was forged – are now charmingly awash with an aged patina and unceremoniously interspersed with the crumbling, graffiti-clad remnants of the turbulent decades that followed. This dazzling and mercurial backdrop, with its rich contrasts and constant flurry of reinvention, has fostered a thriving creative industry with a fiercely maverick streak. Visiting Buenos Aires is an opportunity to not only imbibe the city’s renowned hedonic offerings – tango, polo, terrific steak and red wine – but also to sample the Argentine spirit of rebellion that colours the local art, food, design and fashion scenes. Some of the most lavish residences dating from Buenos Aires’ belle époque are set within the upscale neighbourhood of Recoleta, now refashioned as embassies and luxury hotels. Among these palatial stays, the PARK HYATT (buenosaires.park.hyatt.com) and FOUR SEASONS (fourseasons.com) reign supreme, while boutique offerings include THE BRICK HOTEL (accorhotels.com) and ARROYO HOTEL (arroyohotel. com.ar). Design-conscious hotels with a more contemporary ethos can be found in Palermo, including HOME HOTEL (homebuenosaires.com). Though the scene in Recoleta can veer towards staid, being one of the city’s most salubrious locales, the area is home to the fabulous floristcum-nightspot, FLORERÍA ATLÁNTICO (floreriaatlantico.com.ar), and is also convenient to downtown’s impressive landmarks. Clustered near PLAZA DE MAYO, these include CASA ROSADA, scene of Evita’s famous swansong, the METROPOLITAN CATHEDRAL and PALACIO DEL CONGRESO. The city-within-a-city that is L A RECOLETA CEMETERY is also worth a visit and the guided tour at TEATRO COLÓN (teatrocolon.org.ar), located on 9 de Julio Avenue and revered as one of the world’s most spectacular opera houses, comes highly recommended. As Buenos Aires’ largest barrio, Palermo is subdivided into a series of unofficial neighbourhoods, each with its own distinct character: from the certifiably gentrified to cool and on-the-cusp. Set within genteel, Palermo Chico, CASA CAVIA (casacavia.com) is an optimum starting

Villa Crespo can be explored on a Graffitimundo tour. The sprawling La Recoleta Cemetery, where Eva Perón is buried. Eva Perón’s face emblazoned on the side of the Social Ministry building on 9 de Julio Avenue. Spectacular antiques collected at Gabriel del Campo in San Telmo. Sixties styling at Home Hotel in Palermo Viejo.

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point for sampling the local hotspots and is a hive of stylish activities unto itself. This beautifully-restored 1920s home comprises a publishing house, bookshop and florist, as well as an outpost for sublime Argentine perfumery FUEGUIA (fueguia.com) and a restaurant that spills out to a verdant courtyard, where soirees and film nights regularly take place. It’s also at Casa Cavia that local tastemaker Vanessa Bell commences her bespoke shopping tours CREME DE LA CREME (cremedelacremeba. com), which traverse the city’s hidden gems and cool-crowd favourites. Vanessa’s picks include chic concept store TUPÃ (tupatupa.com.ar), clothing brand DUBIÉ (dubie.com), shoe designer JESSICA KESSEL (jkshoes.com.ar), and the atelier of fashion designer Paula Selby Avellaneda, HOUSE OF MATCHING COLOURS (houseofmatchingcolours. com). Meanwhile, vintage clothing abounds at L A PERCALINA (cargocollective.com/lapercalina), traditionally crafted men’s shoes are at CORREA (calzadoscorrea.com.ar) and antiques emporium GABRIEL DEL CAMPO (facebook.com/gabrieldelcampoanticuario) teems with extraordinary furniture of incredible provenance. Its owner’s son collects similarly striking wares at MID CENTURY (midcentury.com.ar). Occupying a former garage in an up-and-coming corner of Palermo, fashion designer Jessica Trosman’s JT boutique and studio (jtbyjt.com) and the conjoining Ottolenghi-esque cafe YEITE (facebook.com/pages/ YEITE) are worlds away from the tourist circuit and a revealing insight into BA’s contemporary pulse. Similarly, GR AFFITIMUNDO tours (graffitimundo.com) run by Palermo’s GALERIA UNION (galeriaunion. com) offer an alternate view of the city, revealing its turbulent history through its enduring street-art tradition. After a long day’s shopping – or graffiti seeking – dining options in BA range from neighbourhood bars and traditional steak houses, including GRAN PARRILLA DEL PLATA in San Telmo (parrilladelplata. com), to more experimental fare at chef Germán Martitegui’s acclaimed restaurant TEGUI (tegui.com.ar). Concealed behind a discrete facade emblazoned with the politically-charged pop imagery of stencil art star Cabaio, this elegant oasis offers some cool respite from BA’s frenetic pace, before post-dinner tango dancing at one of the city’s milongas ups the ante again to dizzying heights. The writer flew to Argentina courtesy of Air New Zealand. Tickets for Air New Zealand’s direct route from Auckland to Buenos Aires are on sale now, with flights commencing December 1, 2015. For more, visit airnewzealand.com.au

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Clockwise from top left Brutalist landmark Biblioteca Nacional (bn. gov.ar). The wonderful library at contemporary art museum Fundación Proa (proa.org) makes the otherwise touristy port area of La Boca worth a trip. The San Telmo boutique of shoe designer Jessica Kessel. The library lounge at Faena Hotel (lhw.com). Street art in Villa Crespo. The leafy entrance to homewares store and interiors firm Casa Didot (didotweb.com).


Clockwise from top left The sumptuous Park Hyatt in Recoleta. The cobblestoned streets of San Telmo. Stylish pieces at furniture emporium Mid Century. Traditional cafes, bars and steak houses line the streets of San Telmo. Fifí Almacén in Palermo Viejo is a stylish cafe and provedore. Chic objects and clothing at Tupã, the concept store of Agustin Yarde Buller and Martin Boerr.

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TURKISH DELIGHT Soho House has opened its latest outpost in the Beyoglu district of Istanbul, the neoclassical white marble facade enlivened by interiors in warm shades of blue and plum, balanced with wooden herringbone floors and plush patterns (below). sohohouseistanbul.com/en PA R I S

FRENCH DRESSING Designer Vanessa Scoffier has transformed Hôtel Henriette to mimic a Parisian pied-à-terre. Each of the 32 rooms is individually designed, playing with texture and bold colour. hotelhenriette.com

BEJEWELLED JEWELLERY DESIGNER LUCY FOLK IS INSPIRED BY HER TRAVELS TO CREATE UNIQUE PIECES SUCH AS THE ‘ROSE CORSAGE’ BROOCH AND ‘LILY OF THE VALLEY’ EARRING (ABOVE). LUCYFOLK.COM

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Mama Shelter has landed in LA, sharing the same quirky disposition (above) as sibling Istanbul and Paris properties. Philippe Starck has injected a playful and eccentric persona with bold lights befitting neighbouring Hollywood. mamashelter.com

Favourite travel experiences? I visited Venice for the Biennale and it was extraordinary, with fabulous parties and events. It is a sensory overload. Holiday tipple of choice? A jalapeño margarita or a campari soda. Hottest hotel or resort? Villa Lena in Italy, an artists’ retreat outside Florence, that focuses on art and culture. Favourite art/design piece collected abroad? I have a Hilda Hellström urn on layby from the Gallery S. Bensimon in the Marais in Paris which I can’t wait to bring home. Travel essentials? My jewels, phone, laptop, and a lot of outfits. Ultimate travel escape? A surf trip in Nicaragua or NYE in Rio. Upcoming trips? Hong Kong for the Diamond, Gem and Pearl Show and New York for a trunk show at Bergdorf Goodman. lucyfolk.com

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This mirrored powder room by Smart Design Studio was conceived as a jewellery box and concealed in a tangerine cube. A ‘Compact 400’ wall-hung basin in Matt White from Rogerseller and Brodware ‘City Stik’ mixer are illuminated by Tom Dixon ‘Pipe’ sconces from De De Ce. smartdesignstudio.com


Clockwise from top left Engineered timber wall in Chestnut, $132/sqm, from Porter’s Paints. Aga ‘City60’ cast-iron oven, $11,500, from Aga Australia. Roll of brown paper, stylist’s own. Wall painted in Ultra Flat Acrylic in ‘Potter’s Clay’, $43.20/L, from Porter’s Paints. ‘Flipside’ pendant, $544.50, from Volker Haug. Christopher Phillips artwork, $630, from Planet. ‘Bruges’ table in Slate, from $2800, from MCM House. On table from left ‘Elevated’ chopping board, from $79, from Design Dispensary. Karmi ‘So’ canister, $150, and ‘Chinese Style’ spoon, $42, both from Mr Kitly. Studio Mute ‘Tall’ canister, $129, from Ginkgo Leaf. ‘Shallow Sake’ cups in Silver, $150/set, from Becker Minty. ‘Vintage Ombre’ tumbler, $149/set of 4, from Marquis by Waterford. Muuto ‘Push’ coffee maker, $169, from Living Edge. Marigolde ‘Dip Dyed’ napkins, $30/each, from Safari Living. ‘Karakter #2’ vase, $340, from Spence & Lyda. Casserole in Mineral Blue, $469, from Le Creuset. Moroso ‘Mathilda’ chair, $3020, from Hub. &Tradition ‘Another Rug’ rug, $1495, from Great Dane Furniture. Engineered timber floor in Limed, $132/sqm, from Porter’s Paints. For stockists see Address Book.

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Clockwise from left Floor, rug, table and chair, as on opposite page. Viccarbe ‘One Fish Bubble Eyes’ side table, $3560, and ‘Three Fish Golden Carp’ side table, $3805, both from Hub. On side tables from left 1616/Arita Japan ‘Palace’ plate, from $27, from Minami. ‘Ihada’ fork, $80, and knife, $98, from Mr Kitly. ‘Vintage Ombre’ wineglass, $149/set of 4, from Marquis by Waterford. On table clockwise from top ‘Yuan’ melamine table set, $279/set of 8, from Design Dispensary. Herdmar Cutlery ‘Industria’ servers in Petrol, $55, from RM Hall. 1616/Arita Japan ‘Square’ plate in White, $9.50, from Minami. ‘Rowsaan’ sake cup with coaster, $210, from Mr Kitly. Border Co. butter knife, $35, from Council of Objects. JIA tealight holder, $65.95, from Beautiful Spaces Inside & Out. House Doctor serving dish, $65, from Safari Living. ‘Ihada’ spoon, $75, from Mr Kitly. OYOY oven mitt, $18, from Designstuff. Mogu Kagu Studios ‘Coaster’, $22, from Minami. Martin Jakobsen ‘Revolution’ wine glass, $55, from Resident GP. ‘Mono’ chopsticks, $50, from Council of Objects. Futagami ‘Moon’ chopstick rests, $165/set of 4, from Ginkgo Leaf. Kartell ‘Namasté’ tray, $210/set of 3, from Space. Blakebrough + King cleaver, $270, from Mr Kitly. ‘Koi’ bowl, $75, from Council of Objects. Hay rolling pin, $26, from Designstuff. Malle W. Trousseau chopping board, $150, from Spence & Lyda. ‘Palace’ plate, from $27, from Minami. ‘Koi’ bowl, $95, from Council of Objects.

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Clockwise from top left Wall, dining table and chair, as on previous pages. Surface Tension-01 artwork by Christopher Phillips, $630, from Planet. On table from left Vitra ‘L’oiseau’ bird ornament, $215, from Space. Smeg ‘TSF01’ enamel-coated toaster, $179, from Smeg. Scholten & Baijings for 1616/Arita Japan tea cup, $29, from Minami. Lex Stobie American walnut bowl, $65, from Council of Objects. ‘Maganese’ large porcelain sake bottle, $169, from Becker Minty. Nousaku ‘Futae’ tin sake cups, $220/set of 2, from Mr Kitly. Jean Dubost ‘Pradel’ 4-piece kitchen knives, $365, from RM Hall. Bloomingville ‘Carina’ ceramic jug in Grey, $40, from Designstuff. Marcel Wanders for Alessi ‘Dressed in Wood’ wood stand, $160, from Top3 by Design. Teruhiro Yanagihara of 1616/Arita Japan porcelain ‘Square’ plates in White, $9.50/each, and ‘Square’ bowl in White, $27, from Minami. ‘Futagami’ tool holder, $429, and bamboo and cypress wood soup ladle, $35, both from Ginkgo Leaf. Normann Copenhagen ‘Beater’ whisk in Nude, $25, from Designstuff. Ecology ‘Staples’ porcelain juicer with jug in Indigo, $24.95, from CWM Network. JIA ‘Utensil’ magnolia wood and stainless steel brush, $46, from Beautiful Spaces Inside & Out. ‘Asahineko’ wooden spice shakers, $55, from Ginkgo Leaf. For stockists see Address Book.

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A faceted tile cuts a dash on the walls in a kitchen that radiates

“It was important for this kitchen to have the ‘wow factor’. Our clients love to entertain and it is the centre of the home. The contrast of the deep-grey cabinetry against the Calacatta marble, the textured tiled splashback and the copper detailing create a luxurious yet relaxed feel.” What luxury items did you choose for this kitchen regardless of budget? “The fireplace concealed in the kitchen benchtop, which creates an essential warm and cosy atmosphere, and the feature splashback which adds drama and texture.”

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Joinery Joinery by Silhouette Kitchens. Splashback ‘Diamante’ tile in White from Academy Tiles. Benchtop Calacatta honed marble from Granite & Marble Works. Sink Franke ‘Kubus’ undermount stainless steel sinks from Winning Appliances. Tapware Abey ‘Tonk’ mixer in Black from Winning Appliances. Dishwasher Miele semi-integrated dishwasher from Winning Appliances. Oven Fisher & Paykel ‘Nine Function Pyroletic’ built-in oven from Winning Appliances. Cooktop Siemens gas cooktop and ‘FlexInduction’ cooktop from Winning Appliances. Rangehood Fisher & Paykel ‘Powerpack’ concealed rangehood from Winning Appliances. Refrigerator/ freezer Client’s own. Lighting Innermost ‘Glaze’ pendants in Copper and White from ECC Lighting + Furniture. Flooring Custom stained timber flooring from Euro Style Floors. Accessories ‘Ley’ chairs in spessart oak and hide from Poliform. Bioethanol integrated fireplace from EcoSmart Fire. Copper bowls from Beäns+Jäzz. Camengo drapes in ‘Esprit Pearl’ and ‘Esprit Sandstone’ from The Textile Company. Framed print by Dorien Plaat bought in Amsterdam. For stockists see Address Book.

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“Our choice of favourite in the kitchen is the tiled splashback which was one of the first selections our clients approved. We then chose the other finishes around this intricate tile. It brings together the living, dining and kitchen spaces in an effortless and sophisticated way. The beauty of this textured tile is that it can be laid in several ways. To make it cohesive with the rest of the apartment we selected the geometric pattern as it was and subtly repeated it elsewhere.�

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Interior design JUSTINE HUGH-JONES DESIGN Joinery Hand-painted oak veneer vertical grooved cabinetry. Joinery by Caruana Kitchens. Splashback/benchtop Poured concrete island benchtop by builder. Stainless-steel cooktop and splash with integrated shelf. Sink Abey undermounted sink in stainless steel. Tapware Abey Gessi ‘Oxygene’ Hi-Tech. Oven V-Zug steam oven and warming drawers. Cooktop De Dietrich induction cooktop. Lighting Vintage-grey industrial lights from an Eastern European factory sourced from a UK antiques dealer. Accessories Stools from Les Interieurs. For stockists see Address Book.


Full steam A passion for cooking steered this space’s industrial ambience.

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DESIGN ER JUSTI N E H UGH-JON ES: “The brief called for a really good layout and practical working surfaces. The owner is passionate about cooking and undertook extensive research to choose the steam oven. The joinery features big drawers for easy access and to store larger items. Concrete was chosen for the monolithic kitchen island as both its colour and natural texture are calming. It contrasts well with the tumbled limestone floor. There is a huge walk-through butler’s pantry off to the side that accesses the laundry.” What luxury items did you choose for this kitchen regardless of budget? “Major luxuries were the concrete bench and the lights over the bench which were air shipped from the UK from an industrial antiques dealer.”

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“Our favourite kitchen item is the blue wash finish to the joinery. This finish was chosen to add colour to the space while maintaining the textural quality of American oak. The pendant lights are another favourite kitchen item. These original glass deco lights were purchased from Chippendale Restorations. The jelly mould-like pendant lights resemble gems hanging above the island bench, creating a sense of whimsy.”

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Interior design STACEY KOUROS DESIGN Joinery Two-pack polyurethane finish in Dulux ‘Lexicon Quarter’ and American oak in custom blue wash, all by Fabric Interior Exterior. Splashback Antiqued mirror panels hand-finished by Subtle Finish. Benchtop/island bench Benchtops with mitred edges in ‘Organic White’ from Caesarstone. Sink Oliveri ‘Professional Series’ double-bowl undermount stainless-steel sink from Harvey Norman. Tapware Grohe Minta ‘Squareline’ sink mixer from Harvey Norman. Dishwasher Integrated dishwasher from Miele. Ovens Underbench built-in oven, ovens in fullheight joinery, steam cooker and microwave, all from Miele. Cooktop Client’s own Miele cooktop. Rangehood Schweigen undermount rangehood from Harvey Norman. Refrigerator/freezer Integrated bottom-mount fridges from LG. Lighting Original art deco fittings from Chippendale Restorations. Flooring Terrazzo tiles with honed finish in Platinum Grey from Onsite Supply & Design. Accessories Bar stools from eBay, powdercoated in White, upholstered in vinyl fabric and the original piping. Pop & Scott large ‘Aztec’ pot from Koskela with kentia palm from Garden Life. Marble Basics ‘The Basic Step’ bookends from The DEA Store. For stockists see Address Book.


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Blue and green are both to be seen in this cool kitchen washed in scoops of ice-creamy colour. DESIGN ER STACEY KOU ROS :

“This large family kitchen, with its Miami deco vibe, was given a fresh look with American oak veneer washed in a light blue stain. One wall of joinery was kept crisp in white, along with the benchtop surfaces. Cupboard edges were chamfered, giving the kitchen an emerald-cut look. The antiqued mirror splashback added texture and reflects the light-filled yard.” What luxury item did you choose for this kitchen regardless of budget? “The custom blue finish to the cupboards. Along with the chamfered edge details, this really is the hero of the kitchen. The soft blue wash with underlying oak grain provides subtle texture and colour while remaining timeless.”

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Steely beauty Utilities shine as sculptural elements in a room that celebrates industrial class. DESIGN ER S W I LLI A M SM A RT, LU K E MOLON EY, M AGGI E LUM A N D

“The ascetic nature of the working joinery was designed to emphasise the luxurious qualities of the feature items. By eliminating overhead cupboards, the Qasair rangehoods represent a sculptural element above the working benchtop and follow the language of the suspended spotlights over the island. Precision detailing of the marble island instils a lightness in what is traditionally a heavy natural material.” What luxury item did you choose for this kitchen regardless of budget? “The Calacatta marble for the island.”

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“The unexpected grid of the Davide Groppi spotlights above the island was a feature the client was extremely keen to include. Their beautiful simplicity adds a subtlety that harmonises with the strong veining of the Calacatta ‘Oro Grigio’ marble.”

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Interior design SMART DESIGN STUDIO Joinery Dulux polyurethane finish in ‘Natural White’. Blum ‘Tandem Blumotion’ concealed runner systems in drawers. Joinery by Intercraft. Benchtop Calacatta ‘Oro Grigio’ honed marble from Granite & Marble Works. Splashback/wall finish Dulux Wash & Wear paint in ‘Natural White’. Sink Franke ‘Planar 8’ undermount sink from Winning Appliances. Tapware Gessi ‘Oxygene’ gooseneck mixer with pull-out nozzle from Abey. Billi Home ‘B-1000’ filter tap from Winning Appliances. Dishwasher Miele from Winning Appliances. Oven Miele ‘H4810B’ oven from Winning Appliances. Cooktop Miele ‘KM2054’ gas burner from Winning Appliances. Rangehood Qasair ‘Albany D400L’ paired installation from Winning Appliances. Refrigerator/freezer Bosch ‘KFN91PJ10A’ fridge/freezer from Winning Appliances. Lighting Davide Groppi ‘Miss’ suspension LED spotlights from Euroluce. Flooring Colori polished concrete with ‘Artic’ colour oxide pigment from Boral Concrete. Accessories Hay ‘About a Stool 38’ stools with black shell and black-finished steel sledge base from Cult. Artwork by Georgia Zweep. For stockists see Address Book.


Grain inspiration D E S I G N E R S M A R I E B U R G E S S A N D A L E X A N D R A D O N O H O E : “This kitchen is a modern yet complementary insertion into a traditional Federation-style home. Our clients wanted a rock-star kitchen so we used luxurious marble for the splashback and book-matched the marble for maximum impact. Bronze details were used in the joinery handles, pendant light and joinery trims to add a feeling of complexity and refinement. The warmth of the timber floor is accentuated by the warm tones in the low-level timber veneer joinery.” What luxury items did you choose for this kitchen regardless of budget? “To finish off the kitchen we added the Lindsey Adelman chandelier as a piece of jewellery to complete the outfit.”

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Sweeping strokes of timber and stone underscore this kitchen’s natural ingenuity.


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Interior design DECUS INTERIORS Joinery Cupboards painted in Dulux ‘Grand Piano’ and Enviroven ‘Makybe’ veneer from New Age Veneers. Joinery by DSK Kitchens and Furniture. Splashback/wall finish Honed ‘Calacatta Borghini’ marble from CDK Stone. Walls in Dulux ‘Grand Piano’. Benchtop/island bench ‘Calacatta Borghini’ marble from CDK Stone. ‘Centauri’ metal trim from Astor Metal Finishes. Sink Franke ‘Kubus’ stainless-steel sink from Winning Appliances. Tapware Franke ‘Verona’ chrome tapware. ChillTap ‘Sparkling’ stainless-steel tap from Zip. Oven Miele ‘H 6890 BP’ pyrolytic built-in and ‘DGC 6805’ stainless-steel ovens from Winning Appliances. Cooktop Highland gas burner from Winning Appliances. Rangehood Qasair ‘Lismore’ rangehood from Winning Appliances. Refrigerator/freezer Leibherr integrated side-by-side fridge/ freezer from Winning Appliances. Lighting ‘Branching Bubble’ chandelier from Lindsey Adelman Studio. Flooring European Oak ‘Sienna’ engineered timber boards from Precision Flooring. Accessories Gubi ‘3D’ barstools from Cult. Solid walnut custom-made fruit bowl from JP Finsbury Bespoke Joiners. For stockists see Address Book.

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High beam This space steals the show for decorative impact.

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Interior design BOFFI STUDIO Joinery ‘Xila’ kitchen unit finished in ‘Extralight’ glass in White and lacquer in White Matt, and ‘Brompton’ shelving system by Boffi. Splashback Domenico Mori ‘Le Mille e Una Notte’ handmade tiles from Boffi. Benchtop/island bench Stainless-steel worktops and ‘Extralight’ glass island worktop in White by Boffi. Sinks Integrated stainless-steel sinks by Boffi. Tapware Gooseneck mixer with pull-out tap by Boffi. Oven ‘P150 Series’ oven from Ilve. Cooktop ‘P150 Series’ cooktop from Ilve. Rangehood ‘607’ integrated rangehood by Boffi. Lighting ‘T18’ trough lights in raw steel by Boffi. Accessories Dining tables in raw steel by Boffi. ‘Wishbone’ chairs from Cult. For stockists see Address Book.

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“The Domenico Mori tiles – each one is handmade and a custom layout is created according to the elevation. This wall adds texture, warmth and impact in the kitchen. Also the kitchen island finished in matt glass – it almost absorbs the light without any reflection which gives it a luminescent effect.”

DESIGN ER S EDW I NA W ITH ER S A N D A N N I E K I M: “As an avid art collector, the owner had a lot of input into the design process. She wanted a clean aesthetic in the kitchen to complement and enrich her collection. The monotone palette is enhanced by the different textures in the selection of finishes to create subtle impact and warmth.” What luxury items did you choose for this kitchen regardless of budget? “The steel tables and ‘T18’ lights. The rawness of the material and design and the inherent richness of the steel’s colour adds character to the cleanliness of the kitchen. Also the Domenico Mori tiles – each one is hand-crafted and made to order. The splashback adds vivacity and texture to the kitchen design.”


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Smoky tones Soft greys and smart stone speak volumes in this generous galley-style space.

DESIGN ER FIONA LY NCH: “This kitchen layout has been ‘life changing’, according to my clients Mel and Jean. Once an enclosed space in a corner of the house, the new kitchen sports a walk-in pantry and a long galleystyle workspace with a hidden study nook. Jean, who was born in France and not afraid of compact kitchens, had come to terms with the decision that space for a dining table was more important than an island bench. The approach with this kitchen was minimal and classic. Four materials were used: stone splashback, porcelain slab, pale-pink ceramic tiles in the pantry (not seen) and two-pack paint for the joinery. ‘Elba’ stone from Artedomus is highlighted as a splashback while we selected a more robust porcelain slab for the benchtop. Adjacent to the double-door integrated fridge is a study nook with retractable doors. Storage was very important so we created a wall of joinery, drawers and cupboards with the pantry hidden behind.” What luxury item did you choose for this kitchen regardless of budget? “A natural stone from Artedomus, ‘Elba’, a beautiful marble with light-grey tones.”


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Interior design FIONA LYNCH

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Joinery Kitchen and pantry cupboards in Taubmans ‘White Elephant’ two-pack 30 per cent satin, and kitchen joinery in Dulux ‘Stepney’ two-pack 30 per cent satin by Phelan Interior Joinery. Splashback/wall finish Sink splashabck in ‘Elba’ natural stone and pantry splashback in ‘Bianco Gioia’ honed marble, both from Artedomus. Walls Painted in Taubmans ‘White Elephant’. Benchtops Kitchen benchtop in Maximum ‘Aster’ porcelain tile in Venus and pantry benchtop in ‘Bianco Gioia’ honed marble, both from Artedomus. Sink ‘Lago’ double bowl undermount sink from Abey. Tapware ‘Icon’ mixer in Black from Astra Walker. Dishwasher Client’s own Asko dishwasher. Oven Miele ‘H 6860 BP M’ Touch oven. Cooktop Miele ‘KM 6350 LPT’ induction cooktop. Rangehood Qasair ‘Executive’ undercupboard rangehood. Refrigerator/ freezer Miele ‘KFN 9758 iD-3’ and ‘KFN 9753 iD’ integrated fridges. Flooring Hekke European engineered oak floorboards from Tongue n Groove. For stockists see Address Book.

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DESIGN ER K ATE BELL: “The owner had a strong brief for her kitchen space – the most important focal point being the oversized island bench overlooking the outdoor living area out to the water. The kitchen had to have the feel of being a living area as well as a workspace, and also function as a transition from the living room into the study and playroom. We used subtle pale greens and greys to bring the calm atmosphere of the bay location indoors. The solid oak floating shelves and handmade ceramic gloss tiles provide a solid and lived-in feel to the kitchen.” What luxury item did you choose for this kitchen regardless of budget? “The timeless finishes like the Carrara marble benchtop and the classic white Gubi pendant lights.”

Marine dream Subtle greens and greys mesh with timeless

marble to draw in the ambience of sea views.

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Joinery Cupboards and doors finished in Resene ‘Half Linen’ polyurethane. Joinery and floating solid tallowwood shelves either side of rangehood by TSM Cabinets. Mesh panel inserts from Metal Mesh. Benchtop ‘Carrara Gioia’ marble benchtop from CDK Stone. Splashback ‘Crackle’ ceramic tiles in Amity from Onsite Supply & Design. Tapware Perrin & Rowe ‘Contemporary’ tap, levers and spray rinse from The English Tapware Company. Dishwasher Miele dishwasher. Oven Ilve oven. Cooktop Ilve cooktop. Rangehood Qasair rangehood. Refrigerator/freezer Liebherr integrated fridge/freezer. Lighting Gubi ‘Bestlite’ pendant lights in Matt Ivory from Cult. Flooring Harper Sandilands oak floorboards from Royal Oak Flooring. For stockists see Address Book.

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Interior design KATE BELL DESIGN


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Interior design HARE + KLEIN Joinery O D’Mello Joinery. Splashback Vetro ‘Metalli Chroma’ mosaic tile from Di Lorenzo. Benchtop Concrete and aggregate mix benchtop from 2barrows. Tapware KWC ‘Eve’ mixer from Winning Appliances. Dishwasher Miele fully integrated dishwasher. Oven Miele pyrolytic oven. Cooktop Miele induction cooktop. Rangehood Sirius rangehood from Winning Appliances. Refrigerator/freezer Liebherr refrigerator from Winning Appliances. Lighting Tobias Grau ‘Oh’ pendant lights in White from ECC Lighting + Furniture. Surface-mounted ceiling lights in White from Tovo Lighting. Flooring ‘Argento’ floorboards from Precision Flooring. Accessories Hay ‘About-A-Stool’ stool in natural oak with black shell from Cult. Woven baskets from Ondene. For stockists see Address Book.

Comfort zone

A mix of dark glossy finishes and polished surfaces brews a rich blend in this living space.

“The brief was to create a comfortable yet sophisticated kitchen and to open up the existing space to the living/dining room. The tones of the finishes palette seamlessly carry through from the living spaces and cohesion is achieved with a similar design language throughout. A reflective splashback captures light from the northern window and extends it into the space. We mixed benchtop and island bench thicknesses and materials for texture and detail variation to enhance the rich palette.” What luxury item did you choose for this kitchen regardless of budget? “The concrete island bench; we had to pull off the window and crane it in to this third-floor apartment.”

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Interior design GREG NATALE DESIGN Joinery Crown-cut American oak veneer in Dulux ‘Lexicon’. Joinery by Ital Furniture. Splashback Ceramica Bardelli ‘Architettura’ by Piero Fornasetti tile in Brilliant White from Classic Ceramics. Benchtop Black granite benchtop from Ital Furniture. Sink Abey ‘Lugano’ double sink from Winning Appliances. Tapware Nicolazzi ‘Adore’ mixer with spray from Reece. Zip ‘HydroTap Compact 2’ tap from Winning Appliances. Dishwasher Fisher & Paykel ‘DishDrawer’ from Winning Appliances. Ovens Miele oven and steamer from Winning Appliances. Cooktop Siemens induction cooktop from Winning Appliances. Rangehood Qasair ‘Executive Universal’ concealed rangehood from Winning Appliances. Refrigerator Liebherr integrated fridge from Winning Appliances. Lighting ‘Reed 2’ hanging light from Visual Comfort & Co (not seen). Flooring Solid European oak chevrons from Precision Flooring. Accessories ‘Bond’ dining table from Jonathan Adler. Worlds Away ‘David’ silver leaf and velvet dining chairs from Regency Distribution. Round powdercoated pull handles in Black from Designer Doorware. For stockists see Address Book.

Chevron heaven Glamorous geometrics and arches add a

DESIGN ER GREG NATALE: “At the core of this Edwardian home is a vestibule that features a series of arches leading to the various rooms of the house. These arches also inspire much of the building’s decorative elements – the kitchen being no exception. From the Fornasetti splashback tiles with the arch motif, to the customised Shaker joinery – this kitchen reflects the home’s history through contemporary gestures.” What luxury item did you choose for this kitchen regardless of budget? “The Fornasetti ‘Architettura’ wall tiles were not cheap but the result was well worth it.”

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fresh angle to a heritage home’s kitchen.


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DESIGN ER M EL A N I E TOM LI NSON: “The owners love to grow their own produce and cook with wholefoods which is what lead to the design of this ‘Garden Kitchen’. Once a dead space used as an alternative entry from the back garden, this room is now a secondary kitchen for produce preparation and is linked to the outside entertaining areas. It is the owners’ favourite room: it’s fun, inviting and a delight to work in, they say. The craftsmen and trades involved with the project helped produce a stunning outcome.” What luxury item did you choose for this kitchen regardless of budget? “The centrepiece is the custom French limestone sink – the delivery cost as much as the sink.”

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Interior design DESIGN BUBBLE

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Joinery Solid American white oak shelves and drawers with walnut and black Japan stain and satin polyurethane finish by Distinctive Joinery. Wall finish Painted in Dulux Wash & Wear in ‘Grey Pail’. Benchtop Caesarstone ‘Sleek Concrete’ stone benchtop from Arciuli Stone. Sink Hand-carved French limestone sink from France Heritage (no longer trading). Tapware ‘Icon’ gooseneck mixer from Astra Walker. Lighting ‘Brasserie’ pendant lights from Emac & Lawton Lighting. Flooring ‘Moroccan Flower New’ tiles from Jatana Interiors. Accessories Door and drawer handles from Mother of Pearl & Sons Trading. Vintage asparagus crate from Crowley & Grouch. Vessels, basket and cutting board all client’s own. For stockists see Address Book.

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Acrylic in ‘Beechwood’, $43.20/L, from Porter’s Paints. Wow Design ‘Hexa Ice’ wall tiles, $268/sqm, from Di Lorenzo Tiles. Musca ‘Constellation’ light, $2486, from Anaesthetic. Artek pine screen, $2765, from Anibou. ‘Broadleaf’ towel, $55, from Sheridan. ‘Kartell by Laufen 1760’ bath, $9950, from Reece. ‘Icon+’ spout, $933, from Astra Walker. Jonathan Adler ‘Ingmar’ chair, $3195, from Coco Republic. ‘Icelandic’ sheepskin, $275, from In Bed Store. Casa Dolce Casa ‘Terra Ash’ floor tiles, $89/sqm, from Di Lorenzo. ‘Broadleaf’ bath mat, $50, from Sheridan. Porro ‘Starsky’ stackable table, $2630/set of 3, from Space. On side table from left Finnsdottir vase, $118, from Designstuff. Barber Osgerby ‘Olio’ mug, $16, from Royal Doulton. Teforas ‘Rita’ teapot, $95, from Ajar Furniture & Design. Bloomingville toilet brush, $98, from Designstuff. Kartell ‘Sound-Rack’ stackable cabinets, $840 each, from Space. On shelves from top Ester + Erik ‘Cone’ candles, from $18.50, from Top3 by Design. Finnsdottir ‘Twinkles Dodo Litbox’ porcelain box, $139, from Designstuff. ‘Broadleaf’ hand towels in White, $33 each, from Sheridan. Jonathan Adler ‘Charade’ studded box, $195, from Coco Republic. ‘Arris’ copper bowl, $399, from Wedgwood. Boxes in Matte White, from $135, from Becker Minty. ‘Classic’ soap dish, $10, from Saison. SRF Hantverk soap, $22, from Mr Kitly. Tissue box, $295, from Becker Minty. Hang 1 ‘Drop’ mirror, $299, from Blu Dot. For stockists see Address Book.

ST Y L I ST ’ S A S S I STA N T S J E N SC H I P P E R , RO RY C A RT E R

Photographs DAVID WHEELER Styling IMOGENE ROACHE

Coming clean Immerse yourself in an inner sanctum

that’s bathed in pure simplicity.

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Get back to essentials and steep yourself in the tranquil ritual of bathing.

From left Wall painted in Eggshell Acrylic in ‘Beechwood’, $43.20/L, from Porter’s Paints. Sounding Silence #7 artwork by Justine Varga, $1980 (print only), from Stills Gallery. Rifco ‘Acqua 900’ blackwood wall-hung vanity, $1866, from Reece.

On vanity from left Studio Gala ‘Sake’ pitcher in Red, $115, from Ginkgo Leaf. Soap dispenser in Matte White, $325, from Becker Minty. Alape ‘Unisono 375’ steel counter basin, $914, from Reece. Blanco ‘ALTASW’ chrome and silgranit mixer in White, $840, from Tradelink. ‘Stevie’ Turkish cotton jacquard hand towel in White, $32.95, from Sheridan. Saison Home & Lifestyle ‘Ceramic’ tumbler, $9.95, Acca Kappa ‘Bio Resin’ toothbrushes, $11.95 each, and Acca Kappa ‘Natural Anti-Cavity’ toothpaste, $9.95, all from Saison. Bloomingville ‘Copper Two Sided’ mirror, $109, from Designstuff. For stockists see Address Book.

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“The Vixel tiles from Artedomus and the Carrara marble bullnosing by Stone Plus and Debrich Custom Joinery are two of my favourite elements. Although the colouring is monochromatic, the tiles give a beautiful shimmer and texture to the space while the marble balls and rounded edges give a softness and femininity to the room.”

Round trip Calming curves soften the edges of this space’s grand scale. DESIGN ER K I R ST EN STA N ISICH: “ The

approach to the bathroom design was to create a space which worked with the grand scale of the existing heritage house as well as helping to create a calming experience through the minimal colouring and softness of the detailing.” What luxury item did you choose for this bathroom regardless of budget? “The Axor tapware adds a lovely sense of luxury to the space. They are beautifully designed pieces that feel great to the touch.”


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Interior design SJB INTERIORS Joinery Silver gum figured vanity cupboards by George Fethers & Co. Joinery by Debrich Custom Joinery. Vanity Top, base and vertical elements are Carrara marble from Stone Plus. Splashback/wall finish Wall tiles are Vixel glass mosaic in ‘C02’ and border tiles are Vixel glass mosaic in ‘B34’, all from Artedomus. Basin Villeroy & Boch ‘Loop & Friends’ white porcelain oval under-counter basin from Argent. Tapware Axor ‘Bouroullec’ basin mixer in chrome from Bathe. Showerhead Hansgrohe ‘Raindance’ chrome-plated overhead shower from Bathe. Mirror Custom-made mirror with round, bevelled edges and polished stainless steel frame from Debrich Custom Joinery. Towel rail ‘Ambience’ polished stainless-steel heated towel rail from Brodware. Lighting Flos ‘Mini Glo-Ball’ sconces by Jasper Morrison from Euroluce. Flooring Floor tiles are Vixel glass mosaic in ‘C02’ and border tiles are Vixel glass mosaic in ‘B34’, all from Artedomus. For stockists see Address Book.

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Interior design SARAH DAVISON INTERIOR DESIGN Builder Port Jackson Building. Wall finish Moroccan tadelakt render. Bath Kaldewei ‘Centro Duo’ bath, angled surround and legs in White ceramic, all from Candana Designs. Basin Duravit ‘Starck 3’ washbasin in White Alpin from Candana Designs. Showerhead Astra Walker ‘Icon’ wall shower arm and rose in Brass from Candana Designs. Shower screen Custom-designed slab of honed Calacatta marble by Sarah Davison Interior Design. Tapware Vola fixed spout and basin mixer in Brass from Candana Designs. Toilet Duravit ‘Starck 3’ wall-hung pan with soft-close seat in White Alpin from Candana Designs. Lighting Pierre Chareau polished nickel and alabaster wall lights imported by Sarah Davison Interior Design. Towel rail Custom-designed brass towel rail by Sarah Davison Interior Design. Accessories Fringed natural linen towels imported by Sarah Davison Interior Design. For stockists see Address Book.

Like a rolling stone

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Curves are the go in this uplifting space.

DESIGN ER SA R A H DAV ISON: “This serene, restorative bathroom is lightfilled and uplifting. Our aim was to create a very functional space that feels like a luxurious resort. Materials are low key but very special: soft-grey limestone floors and vanity, satin finish tadelakt render instead of wall tiles, and a matte marble shower screen instead of glass. Atmospheric feature lighting by night and a circular skylight above the walk-in shower give the room an expansive feel.” What luxury items did you choose for this bathroom regardless of budget? “The beautiful alabaster wall lights and custom-designed brass towel rails add a luminous quality to the bathroom, giving it personality and lift.”

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Interior design MIM DESIGN Joinery ‘EvenRavenna’ timber veneer from Eveneer. Joinery by Atco Interiors. Vanity Reconstituted stone in ‘Organic White’ from Caesarstone. Wall finish ‘Tundra Grey’ stone from CDK Stone. Basins ‘Catalano’ oval bench washbasin in White from Rogerseller. Tapware ‘Icon + Lever’ basin mixer set from Astra Walker. Showerhead ‘Icon+’ exposed showerhead with hand shower from Astra Walker. Toilet Kado ‘Lux’ toilet pan in White from Reece. Mirror Mim Design mirror from Atco Interiors. Towel rail Hydrotherm heated towel rail from Reece. Lighting Clear glass ‘Ici’ pendant lights from Articolo. Flooring ‘Tundra Grey’ stone from CDK Stone. Accessories Bemboka Turkish bath towel in White from Luke Furniture. For stockists see Address Book.

Urban mist A moody stone makes a powerful

story edged with a line of pure white.

“Our approach for this bathroom was to create a fresh and contemporary space that feels luxurious with natural stone and beautiful bathroom fixtures. We also wanted it to be practical for the owners in terms of day-to-day living, so we undertook highly considered planning of placement and storage.” What luxury item did you choose for this bathroom regardless of budget? “The ‘Tundra Grey’ stone.”

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Top brass

Leather and brass embellishments rank highly with a sublime base of moss-toned soapstone.

DE SIG N E R T OM F E RGUSON: “This project was for the refurbishment of an existing bathroom in a 1920s building named ‘Franconia’ in Potts Point. The bathroom was in original but poor condition and needed full refurbishment. The aim was to provide more functionality by including a laundry while retaining the period feel of the building. From a technical point of view we also had to incorporate concealed drainage for the new relocated kitchen behind the bathroom wall.” What luxury item did you choose for this bathroom regardless of budget? “The floor tile. It was reminiscent in colour of the original bathroom tiles and adds great character and warmth to a relatively small bathroom.”

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Interior design TFAD

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Joinery/vanity Laundry door and mirrored cabinets with bevelled edges and high moisture-resistant MDF interiors. Joinery by Coral Design Kitchens. Splashback/wall finish Basaltina ‘Stuccata’ tiles in Matt from Skheme. Basin ‘Traccia’ wall-hung basin in White with towel rail in Aged Brass from Astra Walker. Tapware ‘Icon’ tapware in Aged Brass from Astra Walker. Showerhead ‘Icon’ ceiling mounted showerhead in Aged Brass from Astra Walker. Toilet ‘Pura’ wall-hung toilet pan in White from Astra Walker. Lighting Delta Light ‘Deep Ringo’ LED ceiling recessed light in White from Inlite. Flooring ‘Kekule’ hexagonal soapstone tiles in Vert from Skheme. Accessories Leather tab laundry doorhandle from MadeMeasure. For stockists see Address Book.

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Interior design KATE BELL DESIGN Joinery Cupboards painted in Resene polyurethane ‘Quarter Thorndon Cream’. Joinery by TSM Cabinets. Vanity Custom made. Splashback/ wall finish ‘Tocca’ gloss subway tiles in White from Onsite Supply & Design. Walls painted in Resene ‘Wheatfield’. Basin ‘Happy D’ basin from Duravit. Lighting ‘Drop 2’ bone china pendant light from Dunlin. Flooring ‘Grey Arabesque’ reproduction cement tiles from Jatana Interiors. For stockists see Address Book.

Softly sage Wise use of decorative materials and generous proportions deliver a quiet luxury to this bathroom.

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DESIGN ER K ATE BELL: “As the house is situated on the water’s edge and nestled into a very private corner of the street, the owners wished for a bathroom connected to the landscape as a haven from a busy life. The large scale of the space meant we could design a ‘living’ room as well as a functional bathroom. Grey, white and sage green combined with a variety of textures on the arabesque patterned tiles and the subway tiles on the walls to add detail but still keep it simple.” What luxury item did you choose for this bathroom regardless of budget? “A classic upholstered ottoman enhances the living room concept and adds warmth and comfort. The owners’ decorative mirrors provide subtle elegance and luxury and are a feature looking in from the bedroom.”

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Baker Furniture bakerfurniture.com Bally bally.com Barneys New York barneys. com.au Beäns+Jäzz beansandjazz.com.au Becker Minty (02) 8356 9999; beckerminty.com Belle Property belleproperty.com.au Blu Dot (02) 9313 5400; bludot.com.au Boffi (02) 8730 7300; boffistudio.com.au Boral Concrete boral.com.au Bottega Veneta bottegaveneta.com Boyac (02) 9360 4515; boyac.com.au Boyd Blue (02) 9331 0099; boydblue.com BPM (03) 9555 9821; bpmcorp.com.au Brintons (02) 9341 5222; brintons.net Bunnings bunnings.com.au Burberry au.burberry.com Byzantine Design 0402 354 308; byzantinedesign.com.au

Cadrys (02) 9323 9188 cadrys.com.au Caesarstone Australia caesarstone.com.au Candana (02) 9389 8631; candana.com.au Casa Luxury casaluxury.com.au Caruana Kitchens (02) 9756 1709; caruanakitchens.com.au Cavit & Co cavitco.com.au CDK Stone (02) 9822 5155; cdkstone.com.au Chanel chanel.com Chelsea Hing (03) 8506 0417; chelseahing.com.au Chippendale Restorations (02) 9810 6066; chippendalerestorations. com.au Chrissy & Co chrissyco.com Christian Louboutin (02) 8355 5282; christianloubotin.com Citta Design (02) 9360 7904; cittadesign.com Classic Ceramics (02) 9560 6555; classicceramics.com.au Coco Republic cocorepublic.com.au Conley & Co. (02) 8065 9411; conleyandco.com Cotsworld Furniture cotswoldfurniture.com.au Criteria Collection criteriacollection.com.au Cromwell (03) 9510 5294; cromwellaustralia.com.au Crowley & Grouch (02) 4862 1511; crowleyandgrouch.com Cult (02) 9690 0077; cultdesign.com.au

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