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Vogue Living March - April 2015

Vogue Living tells stories that engage, fascinate and excite, weaving together a myriad of influences that inspire our lives, be it cultural trends, arts and architecture, a new secret find around the corner, a far flung destination, or a privileged glimpse into a private and compelling world. Interiors, spaces and places, here or there, come vividly to life through their inhabitants and the lens of the camera. Beauty is paramount.

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PAUL MASSEY This British photographer captured our beautiful story on Skye Gyngell’s Spring restaurant on page 147. “It was great to see how Skye has energised what was once an old tax office into an exciting, vibrant restaurant,” he says. Although based in London, Paul spends much of his time in an old converted loft in Cornwall. His creative process is to “approach every story with an open mind, to capture the essence and mood”. DAVID NOVAK-PIPER A self-described ‘slashie’, David styled our opulent Exotic Jewels fabric story on page 32 and works across many creative areas. He loves playing with the emotional connection of colour and texture and, he says, “capturing the feeling of movement”. He is inspired by “international design trends” and the Vogue family in particular. “For me, the Vogue…

2 min.
work in progress

Life can be unpredictable for sure, but sometimes the curve balls it throws are precious. Sitting in my London office almost 20 years ago, I loved the easy, fresh-faced authority of the Australian magazines that landed on my desk. It was always a sunny moment when air-freighted copies of Vogue Living arrived. It’s a fair call to say that those seductive magazines lured me to these shores. The siren song, not of flesh and blood or sun and surf, but of print and paper. Two decades later I feel privileged (and not without a touch of performance anxiety) to sit in the editor’s chair of a magazine I’ve admired for almost half my life. I must thank my predecessor, Victoria Carey, for crafting Vogue Living so perfectly and for passing…

3 min.
china doll

The chief mistress of King Louis XV, Madame de Pompadour wrote her love letters atop a chinoiserie-lined vernis Martin writing desk at Château de Bellevue on the outskirts of Paris. Chinoiserie sprang from the European notion of Chinese style, based on wild fantasies of a mysterious country that fitted in nicely with Louis’ beloved rococo; he commissioned ‘pleasure pavilions’ at Versailles with walls lined in painted Chinese silks. It was just as popular in Russia, where Catherine the Great remodelled an enfilade of rooms with chinoiserie interiors. Although superceded by the neoclassical look, chinoiserie has never really disappeared, and is rendered contemporary here in a palette of sunny yellow and Delft blue (the Dutch earthenware influenced by Chinese porcelain), juxtaposed with boldly modern furniture and lighting. Bamboo elements lift the…

2 min.
ocean deep

Adventures IN CORAL OUR UNDERWATER JEWELS RISE TO THE SURFACE IN VIVID TRIBUTE. At the bottom of the Coral Sea in Queensland, millions of polyps dance hand-in-hand in tightknit colonies to form a giant, glowing, fantastical rainbow. The Great Barrier Reef is, in fact, Mother Nature’s masterpiece — and the delicate coral forms have danced their way onto textiles with whimsical results at Busatti. Marjorie Skouras’s chair pays tribute to the bold side of reef design while fashion’s Mary Katrantzou hones in on its intricacy with delicate motifs. The creatures that live in such reefs are no less poetically fashioned, and their forms are honoured in chandeliers and jewellery. It’s called sea-lifestyle, a look inspired by the inhabitants of one of the world’s most beautiful homes. For more information on the products…

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polished pieces

So laborious is straw marquetry — in which each piece of straw is opened, flattened and dyed by hand — that it was used to occupy French prisoners during the Napoleonic wars. Any form of marquetry, where thin veneers are pieced together to form geometric shapes or pictures (parquetry) is time-consuming. Fussy puzzles of woods and ivory were in vogue in the 17th and 18th centuries, but re-routing down the minimalist path in the 1950s rendered marquetry unfashionable until the current resurgence. Modern versions include Bethan Laura Wood’s, updated with laminates, and Jonay’s, with its high-contrast colour. Subtle twists are found at Edra and Porro, but the creations of Romanian-born artist and designer Violeta Galan are almost a psychedelic take on this age-old craft. For more information on the products…

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the list

LONDON KIT KEMP, FIRMDALE HOTELS “I love to call into Rapha Cycle Club Cafe,” says the designer and hotelier. “It’s a place where geeks meet fashion meet cycle eccentrics — an intriguing mix with an aura of delicious coffee beans.” In addition to coffee (from Workshop), the cafe serves hearty breakfasts and dishes stemming from renowned cycling regions. Stores are found in the world’s cycling cities, including Sydney. 85 Brewer Street, Soho, London; pages.rapha.cc/clubs. MEXICO CITY CAMILLA FRANKS, FASHION DESIGNER “I recently fulfilled a lifelong dream of visiting The Blue House, where Frida Kahlo was born, lived and died. It’s now a museum with displays of her work [including Viva la Vida, above] and personal effects, as well as recreations of her studio and other rooms. Frida has always been a muse to me, so…