Vogue Living

Vogue Living May/June 2021

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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The international star SEAN GODSELL ARCHITECTS, MELBOURNE BREAKTHROUGH MOMENT: Peninsula House, which received a number of overseas awards including the AR Emerging Architecture Award. CURRENTLY WORKING ON: Shack in the Rocks, a two-room weekender in country Victoria for the photographer Earl Carter and his partner Wanda Tucker. ETHOS: “Making architecture requires an enormous amount of self-confidence mixed with an equal dose of sheer terror,” says the founding architect. The visionary eye SMART DESIGN STUDIO, SYDNEY BREAKTHROUGH MOMENT: “Indigo Slam, the residence of Judith Neilson, was a turning point,” says founder and creative director William Smart. CURRENTLY WORKING ON: Dion Lee’s New York store, and a furniture range. ETHOS: “I like to sculpt interior space using a combination of strong geometric, textured materials and light. This approach, where we design from the inside out, drives our projects. The ability to…

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emerging interior designers

ALICIA HOLGAR, BRISBANE BREAKTHROUGH MOMENT: The Avian Apartment. “I had a wonderful client who allowed creative freedom within the parameters of brief, budget and time, which made it a joy to work on and resulted in the project being awarded, and published nationally and internationally,” says the interior designer. CLIENTS: “I recently worked for Architectus within its interior architecture team, and am now running a suite of residential projects for private clients.” CURRENTLY WORKING ON: An extensive refurbishment to transition two apartments into one residence in Brisbane. ETHOS: “My philosophy is to collaborate with my clients to achieve an outcome that is receptive to people, place, community and environment. As such, my design aesthetic is grounded by the essence of warm minimalism and organic modernism.” ESOTERIKO, SYDNEY BREAKTHROUGH MOMENT: Shelter in Double Bay. “This was our…

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the vl edit

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land of many talents


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past & present

Heritage-listed homes are a bit like movie stars. They are culturally significant and full of spellbinding stories, but they also share the pressure of keeping up appearances, which means that face lifts can be precarious endeavours. Such was the challenge James and Rachel Cooper found themselves faced with when they purchased Allala, one of Sydney’s few Georgian Revival-style homes, in 2019. The handsome home’s ensuite, downstairs powder room and study all contained heritage features that couldn’t be tampered with. But rather than viewing this as an inconvenience, the team behind the project turned it into an opportunity. “Instead of working against it we decided to embrace it, and make things even more fabulous and eccentric,” says interior designer Blainey North. “We wanted it to feel like this traditional, grand home from…

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vlshop retail hits

Criteria CREMORNE, MELBOURNE Known for bringing New York, Milan and Antwerp’s most directional pieces Down Under, Criteria’s lofty warehouse is the place for discovering what’s cool before it’s cool. You'll find brands like Apparatus, Oeuffice, Gubi and Baxter, each hand-picked by owner Rachael Fry. 66 Gwynne St, Cremorne, Victoria; @criteriacollection Spence & Lyda WATERLOO, SYDNEY Housing a mix of Australian and international furniture, lighting and textiles, Spence & Lyda is one of Sydney’s original destinations for modern design. For the Missoni Home obsessed, get your fix here. 18 Danks St, Waterloo, NSW; @spenceandlyda Hub Furniture MELBOURNE AND SYDNEY The ‘Hub’ for international furniture brands like Bocci, Pulpo and Molteni & C, there’s always something different to discover in each showroom. The Hub General Store in Collingwood is also a favourite style spot. 16-28 Duke St, Abbotsford, Victoria &…