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Belle April 2020

Belle is an interior design and decoration magazine, with a focus on Australia and the world’s finest homes. Belle keeps readers up to date with local and international news and trends in design, interiors, art, architecture, furniture, fabrics and wallpaper, food, travel and luxury goods.

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8 Issues

in this issue

2 min
60 seconds with lucy montgomery

For this issue of Belle, interior design editor Lucy reported on the here-and-now of design, p40, and styled vivid wallcoverings, p85. Favourite career experiences? Collaborating with interior designers to translate their work into beautiful, dynamic imagery. Also, visiting the spaces of artists and designers who inspire me and witnessing their creative process. Your enduring influences? Pierre Yovanovich, Joseph Dirand, Kelly Wearstler, Axel Vervoordt, Jacques Grange and Henri Matisse. Where is home for you? With my husband Sam and baby Grace in Double Bay. I love its proximity to the water, where I can take Grace for walks, and its closeness to my family in Elizabeth Bay. Favourite local haunts? Picnicking at Redleaf Beach, happy hour at Bistro Rex, coffee at Gypsy Espresso, Saturday mornings at Kings Cross Farmers Market, browsing…

3 min
editor’s letter

There is something spellbinding about stepping into a beautiful kitchen. As someone who adores to spend time cooking – albeit too infrequently these days – entering a gloriously designed and well-equipped kitchen is a thing of epic satisfaction (and a facilitator of full bellies, no doubt). Equally, as a guest, entering a fabulous kitchen may very well mean you never migrate to any other zone in the house. We’ve all had those unscripted evenings where staying perched on stools in the kitchen with a good drop and never-ending conversation has taken precedence over setting a table and retiring to the dining room. Bathrooms, on the other hand, are typically less social. Other than perhaps standing shoulder-to-shoulder at the his and hers basins (his and his, hers and hers – we’re all…

2 min
ashore things

1 TAILOR MADE Bestow your abode with bespoke pieces by specifying the size, fabric, timber stain and accessories across a range of homewares. domayne.com.au 2 MELBOURNE DESIGN WEEK, March 12-22, will host an exciting array of works across its program, including Partu (Skin) by Johnny Nargoodah and Trent Jansen, presented by Gallery Sally Dan-Cuthbert and Arc One. ngv.vic.gov.au 3 AUSTRALIAN CHARM The seven stylish, character-filled suites of Ship Inn, located in Tasmania’s Stanley, tell the tales of local shipwrecks, bankrupt prime ministers and drunken sailors. Hic! shipinnstanley.com.au 4 OCCASIONAL CARE Sweeping sculptural lines and a contemporary aesthetic sit at the heart of the three-legged ‘Fairfax’ chair from Coco Republic. cocorepublic.com.au 5 TAPPING INTO DESIGN Among the winners and finalists of the inaugural Zip Water Kitchen Design of the Year competition, the McKimm Exon residence, pictured, was a standout. zipwater.com 6…

4 min

Edited through time, life’s collections create a bricolage effect where the clash of colour and materiality is unexpectedly harmonious.Partnering like with like balances the patchwork effect in a room, concocting calm instead of chaos.Though defined by the period from which they were born, objects from across the generations unite. STYLIST’S ASSISTANT OLGA LEWIS. HANDWRITING BY LESLEY WORKMAN…

1 min
call for entries

» In association with COCO REPUBLIC, Australia’s leading furniture and design brand, Belle is delighted to announce that entries are open for the 2020 INTERIOR DESIGN AWARDS » Now in its tenth year, this prestigious awards program is committed to supporting the creativity and innovation of the local industry by celebrating and rewarding excellence in Australian interior design and decoration by individuals, partnerships and design practices at residential, hospitality and commercial levels. 2020 AWARDS CATEGORIES » BEST RESIDENTIAL INTERIOR » BEST RESIDENTIAL INTERIOR – READERS’ CHOICE » BEST RESIDENTIAL KITCHEN DESIGN » BEST RESIDENTIAL BATHROOM DESIGN » BEST HOSPITALITY INTERIOR » BEST COMMERCIAL INTERIOR » BEST WORK WITH COLOUR » EMERGING DESIGN STAR » HALL OF FAME » BELLE/COCO REPUBLIC INTERIOR DESIGNER OF THE YEAR SPONSORED BY SUPPORTING SPONSORS ENTRIES CLOSE MARCH 16 FOR AN ENTRY KIT AND FURTHER DETAILS, PLEASE EMAIL BELLEAWARDS@BAUER-MEDIA.COM.AU…

3 min
graphic content

WHAT HAVE BEEN SOME OF YOUR ENDURING CREATIVE INFLUENCES? Louise Olsen: Poetry – words that inspire, open us up and fertilise the imagination. Stephen Ormandy: Twentieth century art has had a major influence on my work – it’s one of the most dynamic centuries with the birth of abstract art. No-one’s ever defined who created it but it grew out of a few European artists, with Kandinsky, Malevich and, most recently, Hilma af Klint at the forefront. WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR STUDIO? LO: I’m lucky to have two studios, one in Redfern and another on a lake in the country. I love the silence there, where I can float and dream with very few interruptions. The Redfern studio at Dinosaur Designs is a buzz of wonderful energy and…