Vogue Living

Vogue Living January/February 2018

Vogue Living tells stories that engage, fascinate and excite, weaving together a myriad of influences that inspire our lives, be it cultural trends, arts and architecture, a new secret find around the corner, a far flung destination, or a privileged glimpse into a private and compelling world. Interiors, spaces and places, here or there, come vividly to life through their inhabitants and the lens of the camera. Beauty is paramount.

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2 min
editor’s letter

Following our special guest editor Collette Dinnigan’s Italian-focused issue, and with another wonderful Australian summer upon us, the Vogue Living team and I thought we should shine the spotlight on the incredible talent we have at home. Putting the issue together, I was struck by the diverse styles and design talent we have in this country. From the incredible apartment created by SJB architecture and design studio overlooking iconic Bondi Beach in Sydney (featured above and on page 66) to the spectacular ‘Twig House’ by Leeton Pointon architects in Melbourne (page 78), what’s clear is that our natural environment aesthetically informs the way we live. If you are thinking of renovating, this issue is a treasure trove of ideas, including who you might engage, inspiring rooms and wonderful pieces to covet. Vogue…

1 min
be bold . be brave


5 min
victor victorian

The commission to alter one of the terrace houses circling Melbourne’s tightly held St Vincent Place invokes both delight and dread in most design firms. The precinct is home to prominent elite with plump renovation purses, but said elite loves the laceworked status quo and seeks to preserve it. So does Heritage Victoria, which has determined the unique streetscape to be significant to the state. In short, he who dares the brash quickstep of renovation doesn’t win, but he who learns the slow dance of compromise can sneak in by sly surprise. Broderick Ely, design director of BE Architecture, doesn’t strike as the dancing type, but he’s pulled of the paso doble of architecture (elegant movements in double time) in Melbourne’s most prudish ballroom. Ely recalls a conversation with a client…

5 min
sea change

when Alexandra Donohoe Church was commissioned to overhaul this promising North Bondi duplex, she vowed to avoid what she calls “coastal pastiche” — such typcial beachside design clichés as “lime-washed oak and artfully placed wicker baskets sprouting fiddle leaf plants”. Instead, the founder and managing director of Sydney interior design firm Decus Interiors set out to create an atmosphere where you don’t immediately feel you’re at the beach when you walk in. Here, the designer talks about how the airy, serene space encapsulates her aesthetic. This is not your typical beach pad. There’s a little unexpectedness. We chose to make it grey and tonal, to avoid that colloquial beach-y look. Coastal can still be sophisticated, light and barefoot but a bit dressed up. The tension in this project is all about…

1 min
queen of diamonds

“I wanted to have a bath that was sharp on the outside, like a faceted diamond” Australia’s very own purveyor of luxury bathware, Apaiser, has unveiled its second collaboration with international design star Kelly Hoppen. Titled Bijoux, the range features individually hand-sculpted baths and basins crafted from the brand’s own eco-friendly, high-performance Apaiser Marble, derived from reclaimed marble stone. The sharp, geometrical forms of the collection take inspiration from the many-faceted surfaces of diamonds. “I wanted to have a bath that was sharp on the outside, with different angles, and smooth on the inside,” says Hoppen. “I love the difference and uniqueness of each bath.” Emphasising the high level of expertise behind the collection’s production, Hoppen describes the effort that goes into the manufacturing of each piece as outstanding — it can often…

8 min
soul searching

In the course of a life, if one is lucky, one meets a few people who leave a mark, touch the heart, turn a switch, leave a print on the soul. Such mentors can have an impact on one’s future and they can be the inevitable catalysts of change. In my case, often I didn’t want to listen to their advice and, by the same token, I failed to recognise the inspiration they gave me until much later in my life; too often they were gone. I had a grandfather who filled my holidays with adventure; who took me on walks in wild places, made secret camps, collected everything from found pieces of shrapnel to broken Spode china cups; who woke us at 4am with ‘scrams’ (snacks) and stealthily steered us…