August - September 2021

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therapeutic goods

1 ‘STRUCTURES FOR LIFE’ Artist Niki de Saint Phalle, who was born in 1930 and died in 2002, was a woman way ahead of her time in embracing a freedom out of reach for many of her contemporaries. She ‘played’ at her art practice partly to temper her childhood trauma. A powerful feminist force within the art world she explored female labelling from ‘bride’ and ‘whore’ to ‘witch’ and ‘devouring mother’, questioning why men are great at inventing industrial machines to make work easier but struggle at making the world a better place. Her retrospective at MoMA, generously supported by luxe skincare marque La Prairie, is a fitting homage to a prolific and dynamic body of work. Until September 6. moma.org 2 LUXE AND ECO-CLAD Enjoying life’s luxuries often comes with the burden…

2 min
read the room

BARBARA LANE INTERIORS With chapters carrying titles such as Theatrical Delight and French Couture it’s fair to assume Barbara Lane’s work is extensive and varied. Based in New York, the designer offers élan and elegance with an artisanal edge, and the properties featured here are high-end and impressive. Art is a major component with many of the homes akin to galleries, displaying the work of a rollcall of notables such as Roy Lichtenstein, Cy Twombly and Cindy Sherman. Barbara Lane & Tracey Pruzan, Pointed Leaf Press, $299 LIAIGRE CREATION Exploring the refined and understated signature of the renowned French design house this is a book of unparalleled luxury. Although the founder and furniture designer Christian Liaigre is no longer at the helm, his principles of simplicity, subtlety and timelessness infuse all the projects…

5 min
twin flames

LOOKING TO APPEAL to an ‘eccentric, multicultural demographic’ in Melbourne’s Windsor, the property owners called on architect and interior designer Maria Danos to help bring to life this high-quality, small-scale townhouse development. How did you become involved with this project and what was the client’s brief? Maria Danos: I was thrilled when approached by my clients after they purchased the property in inner Melbourne, seeking a local architect to assist in the delivery of their first speculative twin home development. What were the challenges of the space and how did you resolve them? MD: Conceptually I wanted to present a visually ‘permeable’ building to the street, to encourage the prevalent spirited level of social engagement and capture northern light deep into the dwellings. The exterior facade is a balance of permeation…

6 min
va va vista

“THE RESULT IS A SEAMLESS, SOPHISTICATED INTERIOR DESIGNED ALONG APPEALINGLY FLUID LINES …” GLEAMING FINISHING TOUCHES of golden metals and mustard yellows set against warm white walls highlight the newly spacious and curvaceous interiors wrought by interior designer Greg Natale in this apartment on stunning Sydney Harbour. What was the brief? The clients, a couple with two sons, sought Greg Natale to renovate their two-storey, three-bedroom penthouse apartment in Walsh Bay. Their brief was for a modern design that featured ‘plenty of curves’, European furniture and a palette of soft pink, grey and yellow. What were the challenges of the space and how did you resolve them? The home required a completely new design and major structural work to address underutilised and awkward spaces. The downstairs rooms were resized and relocated to…

4 min
gilt edged

LAYERED SHADES of white on white and the installation of a new master ensuite and additional skylights and windows uplift the interiors of this heritage home. Phoebe Nicol of Phoebe Nicol Interior Architecture skilfully updated, refreshed and rationalised the Woollahra, NSW, property, bringing it into a new century all ready to face a beautiful future. How did you become involved with this project and what was the client’s brief? Owners Jessie and Maclay approached me in January 2020 as they had just purchased the house and were excited to renovate. It was their first home and their first renovation, and they wanted to create a young space that balanced its heritage features with a pared-back modernity. The final result is a home that is easy to live in without compromising…

5 min
high pitched

Emmanuel de Bayser and Josef Voelk were not initially planning to buy an apartment near Gstaad. They weren’t even necessarily looking for a place in the mountains. They simply wanted somewhere they could reconnect with nature after spending 15 years living exclusively between Paris and Berlin. They actually came within a whisker of buying a house in Normandy, France, with a spectacular sea view. A week before the contracts were due to be exchanged, however, Emmanuel chanced upon an article about local fishermen protesting against the installation of an offshore windfarm. “There were plans for 60 turbines to be set up directly in front of the house,” he recalls. Relieved yet disappointed, they decided to change tack completely and switch attention to the Swiss Alps. It was Josef who insisted they…