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Belle December 2020 / January 2021

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

3 min
editor’ sletter

We are so proud to be celebrating a decade of design – 10 years of the Belle Coco Republic Interior Design Awards with our major partner Coco Republic. When we first started these awards, our editorial co-ordinator (now deputy editor) Harry Roberts and I spent hours printing out a seemingly endless line-up of entries, disabling a few printers on the way, then frantically trying to ensure we had enough walls at magazine HQ to hang them all on for judging! We are more sophisticated these days with the entries loaded onto iPads but it is wonderful to see how the awards have evolved into the annual big ‘night of nights’ on Australia’s interior design calendar. It is a challenge to maintain continuity of such a high calibre over a decade…

2 min
here & now

8 min
the best of the best

SPONSORED BY Gillian Khaw & Tania Handelsmann HANDEL SMANN + KHAW Words JUDY PASCOE Portrait KRISTINA SOLJO AN AGGREGATE OF STYLISH and innovative projects spanning Residential, Kitchen and Bathroom categories has netted Handelsmann + Khaw a trio of awards – Belle Coco Republic Interior Designer of the Year, Best Residential Kitchen for the Bellevue Hill Federation House and Emerging Design Star. As relative newcomers on the scene (their studio was formed in 2016), Tania Handelsmann and Gillian Khaw have captivated with the youthful energy and whimsy of their designs and are worthy recipients of the Emerging Design Star award. Their uncontrived spaces balance spontaneity and refinement while reflecting their clients’ personalities and requirements. “Injecting character via patina is a key feature of our projects,” they say, and in the Bellevue Hill home recycled materials…

9 min
belle gift guide

CHASING THE SUN LONG LUNCHES WORK & PLAY 9, 10 & 11 A Promised Land book by Barack Obama, $65, Kara Walker book, $87.75, and Just Us book by Claudia Rankine, $49.99, all from leading booksellers. INTO THE NIGHT LITTLE LUXURIES AFTER PARTY ST YLIST’S ASSISTANTS NICK BRYAN-BROWN, ARISTINE DOBSON, CHARLOTTE KRELLE, LYLA LEVY-JORDAN, PALOMA MAINE.…

2 min
parts unknown

SYDNEY HEADS WILL ROLL Decapitation seems an appropriate motif for artist Lillian O’Neil, given her epic collages are formed through a cut-up technique that sees pre-digital pictures from a fastidiously compiled archive spliced and sutured into compelling new stories. “The cut is to interrupt, to disarm literally and figuratively,” writes Judy Annear in the text accompanying Lillian’s new series ‘Soft Demand’, which includes Sleeping stones (left). Until November 28. thecommercialgallery.com MELBOURNE LINKING UP TREVELYAN CLAY‘S VIVID PAINTINGS CAREEN CASUALLY ACROSS MANY MARK-MAKING STYLES, FROM LOW-FI GRAFFITI AND GLITCHY GRAPHICS TO OP ART PATTERNS AND BIOMORPHISM. PART OF HIS NEW SERIES, CARABINER (RIGHT) IS TITLED AFTER THE SUB-CULTURALLY SUGGESTIVE HOOKS THAT DANGLE FROM ITS IRREGULAR PLANE. UNTIL DECEMBER 19. NEONPARC.COM.AU SYDNEY WATER TABLE In Tulpenmanie (left), photographer Lilli Waters reanimates Dutch still-life painting by submerging her tableau in water,…

6 min
bridging the gap

IT IS TESTIMONY TO Alexander Tzannes that he is able to recall in great detail and with immense fondness a two-storey addition to a tiny timber cottage in Balmain for writer Leta Keens, which he designed in 1985. “I still just love that building. Size doesn’t matter – it’s just as hard to do,” he says. In the residential and commercial space Tzannes is an A-list architecture practice that attracts the big end of town. Think of John Symond’s Point Piper home with its 75-metre waterfront, 22-person spa, a cinema and a double ellipse staircase that drops an astounding 19 metres. Typical of Tzannes there is subtlety as well as theatre, and an additional surveyor was engaged to ensure that the building set out was precisely aligned with key visual points…