Vogue Living

Vogue Living May/June 2019

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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4 min
out of this world

In this world, the desk resembles a giant spider; a carpet of ‘algae’ climbs right up the wall; and a multi-legged sofa looks as if it might creep sideways across the room at any moment. It could be described as Kafkaesque, but there’s nothing dystopian about this innately cosy scene. I ‘Otherworldly’ is often used to describe the work of Fabrice Ausset. The Paris-based artist, architect, sculptor and designer is a creator keen to escape the well-trodden path and his own home (ironically in the Sentier — or ‘Path’ — district), may as well be light years away from the 2nd arrondissement. The building of his studio-gallery-apartment Galerie Studiolo dates to the late 18th century but the location is more cutting-edge. Once a textile manufacturing area, it became the city’s own…

6 min
rock solid

Hidden down a discreet driveway on a block overlooking the bushland of Sydney’s Lower North Shore is a newly completed family home by Terroir architects — a striking concrete- and zinc-clad residence that counters the ubiquitous bungalow-style homes that seemingly blanket the northern suburbs. “Some people don’t like it because they’re traditionalists but I like the fact that this house creates a discussion,” says Fiona, a talented chef who owns the home with her husband, Chris. “And it has some impact. We felt very strongly about building something that was not a beige house, that pushed the envelope and wasn’t afraid to be bold.” Architect Chris Rogers of Terroir had a decisive brief for a five-bedroom dwelling “that wasn’t a McMansion” for the couple, plus their collective of six daughters — only…

6 min
a matter of taste

Emmanuel de Bayser is extremely familiar with the address of his Paris apartment. During his late teens, his parents lived in a ground floor space on the other side of the courtyard with a private garden that overlooked the neighbouring Parc Monceau. He has maintained a firm attachment to the district ever since. “I feel very protected here,” de Bayser affrms. “For me, it’s quintessentially Parisian, with wide avenues and lots of town mansions. And it’s also very practical for the airport — I can be at Roissy Charles de Gaulle in just half an hour.” That proximity is of particular importance to Bayser, given that he spends his life commuting between the French capital and his main base in Berlin, where he runs a trio of concept stores called The…

3 min
hard metal

Kismet was surely at play when renowned Danish company Georg Jensen and American designer Kelly Wearstler decided to collaborate on a new six-piece home accessories collection called Frequency. For Nicholas Manville, Georg Jensen’s senior vice president of design and product development, Wearstler was the ideal person to help create the kind of larger-scale pieces he was after to help take the brand beyond the tabletop and into other rooms of the house. “Thinking of a collection in terms of architecture and furniture, instead of cutlery and jugs, required Kelly’s sense of scale, energy and different way of thinking,” says Manville. For Wearstler, a long-time Georg Jensen fan — her collection includes dozens of vintage jewellery pieces from the 1960s and ’70s, candlesticks and servingware — it was a chance to further…

5 min
fashion forward

If it is the ‘essence’ of a home’s owner that an architect is seeking to realise, then there’s an unfair advantage at play when said architect has already designed the bottle of said owner’s debut perfume. Pierfrancesco Cravel is the designer behind the sexy black vessel containing Profumo by Daad Dantone, released by the Milan fashion store’s founder, Giorgio Dantone, in 2015. He is also behind a couple of the fashion stores themselves, including one in its planning phase in Shanghai. Cravel and Dantone had met in Daad’s original store on Via Santo Spirito, its small inscription on the door usually upstaged by neighbours Balenciaga, Prada, Gucci, Valentino and Lanvin. Dantone is a sophisticated buyer, attentive to the constant evolution of fashion, and he’s transformed his family tailor business into an…

1 min
touch of class

It’s been said an artwork is never finished, and the same is true of our homes. The best ones are always a work in progress, evolving in response to ever-changing lifestyles, tastes, trends and seasons. But it doesn’t always have to be a complete overhaul. One of the quickest, easiest ways to give a room a new look is to simply change the soft furnishings and accessories — and the latest range from Rowe offers plenty of inspiration. The brand is relaunching this season with a new range featuring six distinct collections and premium fabrics created specifically for the Australian and New Zealand markets. There are plenty of options to transform any space, with collections incorporating everything from soft linens in pale pinks and neutral shades to luxurious velvets in opulent gold, navy…