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Editor’s Letter
I love this month’s cover image as it feels romantic and almost nostalgic and promises that gorgeous longer, warmer days are just around the corner. It was shot in a beautiful faded harbourside mansion in Sydney’s eastern suburbs as part of our SPY o
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The Simple Pleasures
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Cobild HQ
DRENCHED IN NATURAL light and embracing the raw beauty of industrial materials, this office for Cobild designed by Miriam Fanning proved a perfect fit for the construction company’s eco-friendly, people-focused culture. What was the brief? The client
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SPY Belle
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In The Dark
8&9 Wales Bonner trousers, $854, and Dear Letterman ‘Ziad’ ring, $298, both from
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Marquise Flagship
A CONSIDERED blend of playfulness and sophistication, this babywear boutique by Mardi Doherty and Phoebe Lipscombe honours the brand’s longevity and commitment to quality. What was the brief? The client’s graphic designer, Chloe Quigley from Ortolan,
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Right Now
An ode to the historic architecture of his adoptive home and its suspended catenary street lights, Copenhagen-based Australian designer Nikolai Kotlarczyk’s ‘Indre’ lighting collection for Rakumba has at its core two glass elements lightly knitted to
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Harbour Light
Though the peaceful, natural surrounds of sea and mature trees may soak up the limelight on this property, with an interiors scheme by Juliette Arent and Sarah-Jane Pyke, this home’s statement furniture, Australian art-covered walls and warm palette
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BREEZY SURF-INSPIRED materials, an open, airy interior and street-art graphics stamp a playful mood on this mixed-use space, located near the sweeping crescent of Bondi Beach, by architect Jeremy Bull. What was the brief? I have known Rolando, owner
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Signs Of The Times
ONLINE Sydney Contemporary has transposed its 2020 program to a digital platform, inviting art lovers and collectors to support the practice of more than 380 artists from Australia and abroad. Imbued with the atmosphere of turbulence, uncertainty and
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Escape Plan
With billowing sheer curtains that waft out from within a series of pure-white pavilions complemented with pale rosewood inside and rough stone walls outside, this family-friendly holiday home in Palm Beach, designed by Megan Burns of CM Studio, has
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The Rubinstein Group
TO ESTABLISH their client’s award-winning real-estate business as a market leader, interior designer Anna Trefely manifested a high-end workplace that symbolises luxury and sophistication and serves as a social hub. What was the brief? Our client had
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Fresh Cache
Belgian designer Bieke Casteleyn’s curvy ‘Out of Line’ tables have been handmade with plaster and finished with a glossy stucco paint, each design becoming a unique piece of organic sculpture that you can enjoy and use every day. E
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View Master
This is not your typical beach house, says interior designer Greg Natale of the stunning residence in Sydney’s eastern suburbs that resulted from the eschewing of any beachy trappings while heroing all the luxury of contemporary coastal life. What wa
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Greg Natale Flagship
FOR HIS OWN STORE interior designer Greg Natale sensitively restored an art-deco shopfront to its glamorous heyday with the graceful curves of the era heralding the wares within. What appealed to you about the site of your flagship? Firstly, it was i
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Poetic Licence
WHEN I ARRIVE for my 2pm meeting with Sydney architect. Angelo Candalepas of Candalepas & Associates, I am asked to take a seat in reception. He is drawing, says his assistant. When I get to his second-floor office he is still drawing intently with r
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Wonder wharf
Accessed by boat, this private idyll on Pittwater, NSW, is the perfect place for cooking, reading and communing with nature, sundowner in hand. Interior designer Louella Boîtel-Gill played up the treehouse vibe with loose, linen furnishings and splas
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Showroom Bliss
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR WORKSPACE? Louise: Minimal, light and serene. WHAT INITIALLY APPEALED TO YOU ABOUT THE SPACE? DID IT REQUIRE SIGNIFICANT ALTERATIONS? It had been a large homewares store with six entrance doors and graphic internal arches.
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Talent Spotting
FIONA INGLIS, managing director of Curtis Brown, called on Jen Humphry of design and construction firm Modify to breathe new life into the agency’s premises. The terrace in Paddington, NSW, is now a salubrious work environment as well as a showcase f
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Power Play
Acting as a business hub and permanent family base, this beautiful new home has been purpose-built as a sanctuary for work, rest and play by Miriam Fanning of Mim Design. What was the brief? As admirers of our clients’ business we were thrilled when
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Cherry Pickers
DO YOU COLLECT ANYTHING? Charlotte Rey: We collect a plethora of things big and small, precious and not. I find myself with varied majolica leaf dessert plates [18], issues of 60s and 70s French architecture and design magazine L’Oeil [13], any The W
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Boundless Spirit
Overhanging Sydney’s Middle Harbour on a steep site with magical views, this home was the result of a farseeing collaboration between owners Aquestra Stott and James Hone and architect Jorge Hrdina. What was the brief? Aquestra Stott: The original br
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Bedroom Eyes
YOU SPEND A THIRD of your life in the bedroom. It sets your mood at the start and end of each day, so make it beautiful and uncluttered – it’s your powerful ally in pursuit of wellbeing, happiness and health. LIMIT DISTRACTIONS A bedroom doesn’t need
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Bondi Rescue
Gifted a clean slate on which to build a new dwelling for a family in an enviable location, Madeleine Blanchfield of Madeleine Blanchfield Architects used the site’s limitations, such as extreme weather and proximity to heavily used public land, as i
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Meeting Of The Minds
OVER THE LAST few years, there’s been an increase in the number of collaborations between forward-thinking property developers and their chosen architects. It’s a significant partnership bearing in mind the often tenuous relationship between the comm
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The Test of Time
There’s more than a hint of Palm Springs about this single-storey house in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. With its low profile and white breeze-block facade attended by swaying palm trees it is a modernist dream. Designed by Harry Seidler in 1957 the curr
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Star Power
While the no-colour brigade has a strong following, there are many who believe a hint of tint adds a frisson to objects and interiors. This book chronicles a century of bold and innovative use of colour in furniture, lighting and decorative pieces, f
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Shining Lights
When two celebrated Sydney designers (and friends) joined forces to reinvent this 1940s two-bedroom pied-à-terre on the harbour in Sydney’s Elizabeth Bay, there was a chance that the ‘too many cooks’ school of thinking might eclipse the idealist noti
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Summer Life
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Quiet achiever
Right in the middle of this Mosman residence is a native angophora tree. A close relative of the eucalyptus, it isn’t your usual architectural centrepiece, but when Jack Freeman first laid eyes on this abandoned property with watercolour views of Syd
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