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Belle August - September 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.

Are Media Pty Limited
8 Issues

in this issue

3 min
editor’s letter

How apt are the words of French critic, journalist and novelist Jean-Baptiste Karr from 170 years ago: plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose – the more things change, the more they stay the same? I am delighted to be back working with the incredibly creative and talented – not to mention stylish – Belle team and thank Gavin Kirk for his wonderful contribution to the magazine and wish him all the best in his brand-new media venture. I am taking this fresh opportunity to introduce our team to those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of a real or virtual meeting: (pictured, from left) senior copy editor Janice Hogg, deputy editor Harry Roberts and creative director Cathryn Zhang – they are the smart and adaptable powerhouse who…

2 min
special treats

1 DREAMY CUISINE Imagine walking into your kitchen every day and being greeted by this elegant piece of French engineering in the La Cornue ‘Le Château’ range series. lacornue.com; eands.com.au 2 BELLE ARTSTART has discovered its fair share of winners including Olympia Antoniadis who was second prize winner in the 2019 competition. Olympia will exhibit in her first Sydney solo show, ‘Day by Day’ in September. saintcloche.com 3 ARM CANDY This gorgeous piece of wearable art from Bottega Veneta comes in a range of rewarding shades including ‘Nail Polish’. harrolds.com.au 1 4 CHAMPAGNE DAYS Something to celebrate or just want to make the everyday a little more lively? This fine drop from Perrier-Jouët will certainly enhance proceedings. vintagecellars.com.au 5 HERMÈS HQ The French luxury house has an exceptional new address at the outstanding Trust Building in Sydney’s CBD and…

3 min
spy belle


2 min
grand tour

1_NEW HEMISPHERE Stockholm-based designer Louise Liljencrantz’s ‘SKL01’ solid mahogany coffee table has been beautifully sculpted with intricate, hand-carved gouges. theinvisiblecollection.com 2_L.A. LORE Atelier De Troupe’s latest furniture and lighting collection plays with materiality and volume. The brass ‘Compas’ pendant light and chrome ‘Eclipse’ chair do just this. atelierdetroupe.com 3_PRECIOUS CRAFT Pierre Augustin Rose has collaborated with Galerie Chenel to create an antique-contemporary chair that mixes wood and braided leather to stunning effect. galeriechenel.com 4_RESONATING A fascination with the fluid properties of resin and its versatility in colour and opacity inspired Draga & Aurel’s latest pieces, which include the ‘Woke’ dining table and ‘Jade’ coffee tables. draga-aurel.com 5_WEAVING MAGIC Influenced by her Lebanese heritage and upbringing in Japan, designer Nada Debs’ elegant ‘Summerland’ folding screen in ashwood and straw draws on global artisanal traditions. theinvisiblecollection.com 6_TURNING ON Natural forms and sculptural lines…

2 min
looking closely

BENDIGO HOT TOPICS ‘The Burning World’ comprises four significant bodies of work from leading Australian photomedia artists who call attention to unseen, confronting realities, often by setting them against idyllic or iconic environments. Works include Hoda Afshar’s video Remain (still, above) from 2018, which followed stateless men on Manus Island including Kurdish-Iranian writer Behrouz Boochani. Until November 15. bendigoregion.com.au NEW CASTLE BIG FINISH The sombre and the celebratory partner up in ‘Dancing with the Dead’, a show that takes its title from the Madagascan funerary ritual of Famadihana and aligns 10 artists who reckon with endings and regeneration. This global cortège includes South African photographer Pieter Hugo, whose Portrait 16 (left) reflects on the possibilities of a generation born after apartheid, and Jemima Wyman, whose assemblage of protest imagery (above) was specially commissioned. Until August…

4 min
inner knowing

TO VISIT ARCHITECT Madeleine Blanchfield’s newly completed family home, Tree House, in Sydney’s eastern suburbs is to experience a severe case of house envy. Her longstanding interest in interiors (she worked alongside David Katon of Burley Katon Halliday for a decade) shows in the marriage of the structure, the furnishings and highly curated art. Godammit, her BOYY leather bag, in a shade of rich cognac, is the same tone as the Saarinen ‘Womb’ chair it sits on. “I’ve never been able to separate interiors and exteriors. You live on the inside and I have always approached the design as a holistic exercise, as a total object”, says Madeleine. Not only is this interest aesthetic, it is practical. “If we’re designing a kitchen we want to know where that window is,”…