Vogue Living

Vogue Living July/August 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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4 min
apparatus studio

Debuting five new collections under the title Act III at Milan Design Week, Apparatus Studio’s creative director Gabriel Hendifar took inspiration from his Iranian heritage for a range of exquisitely crafted pieces. They intertwine Persian techniques such as Khatam, an ancient style of marquetry, with classical Western forms, and materials including alabaster, fluted brass and travertine. Fiona Lynch: Is it true that your aim with this collection was to collaborate with Iranian craftmakers? Gabriel Hendifar: Yes. The idea for it started from a box I inherited from my grandmother, who came to the United States as a political refugee from Iran in the late 1970s. This collection is my interpretation of what life might have been like for the people I love who came from Iran. It’s a bit of a fantasy…

3 min
future investment

“This sculpture is made from construction debris — specifically, roofing insulation and pieces of architectural woodwork from a demolished middle school in Miami. I have always considered my use of reclaimed materials diverted from landfills to be an important element of my work as a commentary on our throwaway culture”— DANIEL SCHNEIGER“Flotsam consists of over half a million fragments of ocean microplastic sourced from the sea. They float to the surface of the bench, much the same way as when travelling across the ocean”— BRODIE NEILL“The Innate Credenza is made from locally sourced timber, meaning the logs have been sustainably grown, cut and milled from the same site over and over again. It is also a collectible piece that will last for generations. This in itself contributes to a sustainable…

2 min
milan profiles

GIOPATO & COOMBES Solid brass bees, forest creatures and plant life entwine the new range of lighting from Italian-British duo Cristiana Giopato and Christopher Coombes, imbuing it with an enchanting romance. Titled Supernatural Daydream, the collection explores the link between light and emotion and features an array of lights — some of which can, at the turn of a dial, cast a warm golden glow or the cool blue gleam favoured in tropical climates. giopatocoombes.com GABRIEL SCOTT It was the right time, right place for Canadian designers Gabriel Kakon and Scott Richler when they pitched Maurizio Stocchetto, owner of Milan’s Bar Basso, with an idea for an installation. “Maurizio has this easygoing nature and was really into it,” says Richler (above, left, with Kakon). The duo customised their blown-glass Myriad lighting into amber tones…

3 min
powder trip

as we crunch through feathery, two-metre-deep snow in our snowshoes, we cross through a cedar forest, each tree resting its tall shadow softly upon the snow so that it starts to resemble a monochromatic print rather than a real-life scene right in front of our eyes. “It’s called komorebi — the way the shadows fall from the trees onto the ground,” says our guide. “It’s what we might call ‘dappled light’.” We’re touring through Nagano Prefecture with Walk Japan, on their Snow Country Trek. In our fifirst 24 hours we eat giant bowls of soothing, deeply flflavoured broth with tangles of soba noodles and crisp fried mochi in a quiet rural restaurant. We wander up to a shop where a man crouches in the corner making the wares — bamboo baskets…

11 min
free radicals

MORALITY AND EXPANSIVE MODERNITY have long been difficult bedfellows, but in the dawning of a post-materialist age, aesthetics are committing to ethics. It’s a relationship shift from the why of it to the how, as a few free radicals of science and design turn market dislocation and discards into major opportunities. Here, we doff our hats to the doers shaping a principled path to beautiful living. THE VISIONARY PROFESSOR VEENA SAHAJWALLA The projection to a future in which waste is considered a valuable resource rather than a scourge on the planet might sound like science fiction rather than science fact, but for Professor Veena Sahajwalla, that apocryphal tomorrow is bona fide and beginning now. Is she talking garbage? You bet. As a materials engineer and Australian Research Council (ARC) Laureate Fellow who founded and…

5 min
perfectly evolutionary

Looking out from the wraparound terrace of David Alhadeff’s riverside apartment on Manhattan’s Lower East Side — in an area known as Corlears Hook, which is about as ‘lower’ and ‘east’ as you can get — a visitor could very easily get confused. The view embraces the Empire State Building, One World Trade Center and the Brooklyn skyline all at once. It would seem a geographic impossibility to even the most seasoned New Yorker, and that includes David Alhadeff, founder of The Future Perfect, a US-based platform for collectible contemporary design and bellwether for the industry. “I’d lived in the city for 22 years and before I went to this open house, I’d never been over here,” Alhadeff marvels. “My bubble was drawn in Brooklyn — I had a little…