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Real Living Australia June 2021

Real Living is the homes and lifestyle magazine for those who want to spend smart and live well. For handy household hints, great food ideas, outdoor tips, real shopping opportunities and how to steal some "me time", there's simply no other magazine!

Are Media Pty Limited
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min

IT MIGHT BE A LITTLE GAUCHE to admit this, but I scroll through Instagram almost every morning. Combing through posts by designers, stylists, editors and creative studios is a fount of inspiration and information – it tethers me to the industry I work in, it encourages me to share and celebrate ideas and it has introduced me to so many creatives. One of my favourite accounts belongs to architect and designer Cristina Celestino, who we profile on p12. She approaches her work almost like an historian, researching the past in order to create for the future, and as a result her designs are extraordinarily imaginative and exciting. She reminds us that you can find inspiration everywhere, from a visit to a gallery, museum or garden, or, ahem, Instagram. June is the…

1 min
this month i’m looking forward to…

Adding the Glaze Splash mirror by designer Sabine Marcelis to my shopping cart. $591 for small Matchesfashion.com/au Facebook.com/reallivingmagazine / homestolove.com.au/rl / @reallivingmag photography kristina soljo (lindyl); nick glimenakis (interior)…

5 min
paving the way

HOW DO YOU MODERNISE a traditional material like terracotta? Well, if you ask the brothers behind Italian terracotta manufacturer Fornace Brioni, you start by hiring Cristina Celestino. An architect and creative polymath, Cristina has a prodigious talent for taking ideas, techniques and practices from the past and turning them into paradigm-shifting contemporary designs. It’s a gift she puts down to rigorous study and a sense of curiosity. “Research is fundamental,” Cristina says. “In order to consciously create with a contemporary vision, designers should have a wealth of knowledge of the history of architecture and design.” Before Cristina was approached to direct the Fornace Brioni design department and reinvigorate an industry thousands of years old, she was an ambitious architecture graduate from the University of Venice. After cutting her teeth at design…

4 min
fave finds

TOP FOUR lip service 1 Enhance Mecca Max Pout Pop Lipstick in Bite My Cherry, $20, Mecca. 2 Define Luxe Defining Lipstick in New Mod, $56, Bobbi Brown. 3 Boost Love Thyself Limited Edition Lip Set, $65, Napoleon Perdis. 4 Restore Lip Comfort Oil Shimmer in Sequin Flares, $37, Clarins. sneak peek staff pick staff pick staff pick staff pick kitchen wizard Chop, beat, blend, whip, weigh, mill and mince your way to a complete feast, all with the clever, WiFi-connected Thermomix ‘TM6’, $2269. Plus, you can browse thousands of recipes on the large touchscreen. Thermomix.com.au TOP THREE coffee machines 1 Jura E8 in Piano Black, $2290, Harvey Norman. 2 Barista Max Espresso Machine in Black Classics, $699, Sunbeam staff pick staff pick FAB FIVE inner beauty 1 Support Marine Collagen Plus Minerals, $59.95 for 30 sachets, Australian NaturalCare. 2 Elevate Fruit & Floral Bovine Collagen, $150 for 300g, By Beth. 3 Boost…

3 min
in good company

HOLLYWOOD WILL TELL YOU THAT deals are done over martini-fuelled dinner meetings where the stakes are high and served rare. But in 1956, it was a firm handshake that secured a business deal between a young entrepreneurial venture and the oldest Michael Thonet bentwood furniture factory, and their agreement still stands to this day. That new venture is now known as James Richardson Furniture. One of Australia’s leading furniture companies, JRF was established by David Mandie, a first-generation Australian who left school during the Great Depression to work in his family’s barber and tobacconist shop. In 1953, David purchased a wholesale liquor business from a local hotelier by the name of Jimmy Richardson and turned the two businesses into a tobacco, wine and spirits distributor based in Melbourne. Just a few…

2 min
space crush

ONCE KNOWN AS A BLUE COLLAR watering hole minutes from Freshwater beach, Harbord Hotel is now a contemporary venue that captures the spirit of its locality. Influenced by the working-class history of the building and Australian surf culture, architecture firm Alexander & Co sought to create an effortlessly cool, low-fi surf shack with an elegant aesthetic. The team exposed the original 1950s pavilion structure, Art Deco archways and masonry facade, and refurbished the first floor staircase. Spotted gum ceilings, green marble and stone-flagged floors are illuminated by amber lighting in the new restaurant, Balsa. In the front bar, archways are celebrated and retro elements reign supreme, with custom ceramic lighting, furniture and tables evoking a sense of nostalgia without being over-the-top. “The main bar scheme incorporates mustard terrazzo tabletops, retro…