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Belle June - July 2019

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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ELISA WATSON Elisa photographed the Travis Walton-designed residence in Luxe Country Homes, p134. How would you describe your aesthetic as a photographer? Clean and detailed. What have been some of your favourite career experiences? Getting to work with some of Australia’s leading stylists and designers. Who have been some of your enduring creative influences? David Hockney, Ditte Isager, Massimo Colonna. Where is home for you? St Kilda, Melbourne. It’s accessible, eclectic, full of character and I can walk my dog to most places. Your favourite local haunts? I can never go past a lobster roll at Supernormal, a bowl of pasta at Cafe Di Stasio and some wines at The Alps. Your ultimate travel escape in 2019? I just returned from Hotel 7132 and the thermal baths in Vals, Switzerland. I’d…

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editor’s letter

I have just realised that I have spent roughly a quarter of my life working at Belle magazine, starting in 2007 as managing editor when I was lucky to be hired by editor and publishing dynamo Neale Whitaker before he went onto TV stardom. I have been fortunate to work with the best and most talented people in the Australian publishing, interior design, art and broader creative fields – plus a swag of entrepreneurial and inspiring clients. To say that it’s been a privilege would be understating the truly amazing people I have met and the incredible once-in-a lifetime experiences I have enjoyed. Take an afternoon in Milan back in April 2015, when I found myself in a room at the back of the Alessi store being tutored about creative and…

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best in show


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spy belle

A cityscape of crystal glassware and sculptural vessels set on the table conjures a ceremonial dining experience. STYLING ASSISTANTS OLGA LEWIS, JACOB OLSEN…

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hitting the wall

VENICE IN THE ROUND Representing Australia at the Venice Biennale, Angelica Mesiti’s ASSEMBLY is a three-channel video installation staged within a dramatic amphitheatre. Filmed around Australia and in Italy’s Senate chambers, the work evokes evolving translations of the written word through transcription and performance. “I explore the space where communication moves from verbal and written forms to non-verbal, gestural and musical,” says the artist. Until November 24. australiacouncil.gov.au SYDNEY GRAVITY’S PULL The largest survey to date for multimedia artist Shaun Gladwell, ‘Pacific Undertow’ moves from early paintings to major video works – including Pataphysical Man (still, below) – to recent probes into augmented and virtual reality. Elemental forces and bodies in motion form the show’s gravitational centre. July 19–October 7. mca.com.au ANCIENT HISTORY Cai Guo-Qiang’s practice connects current social concerns with ancient Chinese tradition, using materials such…

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bending reality

HUW TURNER IS WELSH and grew up in a 19th century worker’s cottage on the top of a mountain in South Wales. In contrast, Penny Collins was raised in Sydney’s Mosman Bay in a home her architect father and mother had designed in the mid-70s. This iconic, inventive house was clad in fibreglass panels with interior walls of the upper floor lined in black felt while the lower bedroom level was starkly white. Furniture was cutting-edge Italian designs from Angelo Mangiarotti, Vico Magistretti and Alessandro Becchi. Turner laments that, “until the advent of [architect] Richard Rogers’ futuristic Inmos factory, which I saw every day on the school bus, 90 per cent of new builds in Wales were a historic pastiche”. The pair met in the 90s while working for architect…