Vogue Living

Vogue Living July - August 2016

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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design news

TEXTILES: «Tom Dixon» Inspired by the patterns found in the stone, bricks and paving slabs of London’s streets and buildings, Tom Dixon’s graphic rugs for Danish label Ege translate the designer’s local surrounds into a sophisticated interior statement. Available in seven designs. egecarpets.com ARCHITECTURE:pavilions Melbourne can anticipate an artisanal approach to the third MPavilion as Indian architect Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai (Palmyra House, below left) takes on the annual event at Queen Victoria Gardens. The bamboo structure by Vietnamese architect Vo Trong Nghia for the Fugitive Structures annual pavilion series (below right) relocates to Sydney’s Paddington until 10 December. sherman-scaf.org.au GET READY FOR ‘GLOCALISM’ — AN ELEGANT CRAFTING OF GLOBAL CONCERNS IN THE LANGUAGE OF LOCAL CULTURES. ART: Roberto Burle Marx Brazilian Modernist Roberto Burle Marx is best known as a landscape architect liberated by…

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charting a course

DEFINE AUSTRALIAN MULTICULTURALISM in the design industry and it would be hard to go past Daast. The interdisciplinary design studio based in Marrickville, Sydney, is a meeting of minds between Alexander Kashin and Andrew Southwood-Jones. The two met while studying architecture at Sydney’s University of Technology and discovered they had a similar approach to design and a fascination for unusual materials and fabrication techniques. Originally from Siberia, Kashin had an economics degree from his home city of Krasnoyarsk. By contrast, Southwood-Jones hails from a city with one third of the population: Canberra. By the second year of their course they decided to start a small business in architectural model-making and, in 2012, moved into a 12-square-metre space that barely accommodated their two desks and a laser cutting machine. With schoolboy humour, they…

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helsinki city guide

A design lover’s paradise, Helsinki plays host not only to the robust National Romanticism of Eliel Saarinen, the groundbreaking Modernism of Alvar Aalto and the patterned universe of Marimekko, but also to a vivid bar and restaurant scene. The eruption of an innovative cuisine culture and a surge for local sauna traditions injects this city of 600,000 with a perfect mix of design, nightlife and healthy exoticism. CULTURE THE NATIONAL MUSEUM, designed by Finnish architects Herman Gesellius, Armas Lindgren and Eliel Saarinen, is the prime achievement of FINNISH NATIONAL ROMANTICISM. With g p its collections of archaeology, history and ethnography, the museum is organised around two courtyards and was opened in 1910. kansallismuseo.fi RCHITECTURE HELSINKI RAILWAY STATION This masterpiece of architect Eliel Saarinen was completed in 1919 and features granite statues holding spherical lamps that…

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profile: david roche

TO WALK INTO SOMEONE’S HOME is to enter a world that speaks of who they are. Is it clean or cluttered? Colourful or pared back? Every part of a home tells a story. And no home tells more about its owner than that of the late collector David Roche. Inspired by the many house museums he visited, Roche established the David Roche Foundation in 1999 to preserve his own collection of some 3500 objects with the ultimate aim of converting his home, Fermoy House, into a museum on his death. The building, a 1900s Federation-style bungalow in North Adelaide, along with an adjoining, “stripped back” new structure by architect David Burton, was recently opened to the public. “David was flamboyant,” says antiques dealer and director of the museum, Martyn Cook. “He…

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lady of the house

IN THE GEMMAYZEH DISTRICT OF BEIRUT stand a group of traditional Lebanese residences known collectively as “the houses of Lady Cochrane”. The country’s most famous fashion designer, Elie Saab, lives in one. Carole Schoucair, a business coach, had long dreamt of renting one, but believed it was almost impossible. “As soon as tenants have the chance to live in them, they’re rarely easy to dislodge,” she says. “You get so attached to them.” But sometimes timing is everything, and Schoucair happened to call the office that manages the properties the week someone had given in their notice. She still clearly remembers her first visit to what would become her home. “It was a real ‘ah-ha’ moment,” she recounts. “Even before I’d seen the bedrooms, I said to myself, ‘This is…

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editor’s letter

“uite frankly, Milan Design Week — Salone del Mobile — is for neither the faint-hearted nor the lacking in stamina, especially with a photographer, video crew and sound recordist in tow. Lights, camera, walk, talk. For the Vogue Living team, the world’s largest annual design festival was an exhilarating (albeit heavily scheduled) race to absorb its atmosphere and energy, meet its protagonists and cover enough ground to satisfy the very different requirements of the magazine’s print, online and social media platforms. That’s a lot of eyeballs and a lot of shoe leather. It’s usually only on my return to Australia, when the jetlag has subsided and my mind’s inbox has started to filter and edit, that I can make sense of the week that was. This year’s Milan Design Week was…