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April 2019

Belle is an interior design and decoration magazine, with a focus on Australia and the world’s finest homes. Belle keeps readers up to date with local and international news and trends in design, interiors, art, architecture, furniture, fabrics and wallpaper, food, travel and luxury goods.

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well-designed and well-deserved

THE ‘PHOENIX’ KITCHEN from Poliform is a celebration of clean minimalism.“Refined beauty and ingenuity that reveal over time coupled with Italian design and style are why I love a Poliform kitchen.”Simone Haag, Melbourne interior designer and stylistThe exclusive Poliform kitchen collection embodies pure function as it embraces beautiful form. It’s a choice you gift yourself when you want to buy ultimate luxury and quality. Thoughtful features coupled with inspired Italian design and a selection from a wide range of materials, finishes and colours allow you to create a timeless kitchen packed with chic touches that will integrate harmoniously into your interior scheme. Worth waiting for, next-level style, ease of use and, of course, quality of life reward the savvy buyer who invests. When design, quality and functionality are imperative, then…

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(PORTRAIT KRISTINA SOLJO.)CATHRYN ZHANGCathryn is Belle’s new creative director. Describe your aesthetic? A simplified approach to textures, colours and motifs found in the landscape and tribal cultures. Drop in the unexpected and kooky and I’m done! Who/what have been some enduring creative influences? Elsa Schiaparelli’s mind, Yves Saint-Laurent’s 70s and 80s, Irving Penn’s discipline, Antonio López’s sass, Henri Matisse’s forms, Fabien Baron’s refinement. Where is home for you? It’s between several places, but always I have a sense of being sun-kissed, freckle-faced and knowing all the back streets. What are some favourite Sydney haunts? Paper Bird, White Rabbit Gallery, Rozelle markets, Pazar – a local treasure, Chinatown, where no-frills dreams come true! Ultimate travel escape in 2019? Hopefully, a glimpse of southern Africa. What design items are you coveting now?…

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editor’s letter

TANYA WEARS BIANCA SPENDER BLOUSE AND SKIRT FROM DAVID JONES.At present the world seems to be consumed with super cleansing – the “if it doesn’t spark joy get rid of it Marie Kondo effect” – even my 20-year-old son has challenged me to The Minimalists’ experiment. The idea is that when you start a fresh month, you give one thing away for the first day, two for the second, and so on. It’s all very noble but the big thing is to try to choose beautiful pieces that you will have for a lifetime in the first place so that you never have to declutter. Also you don’t want to go too far – Absolutely Fabulous fans will remember the minimalist episode where there were no surfaces left to stow…

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blue-chip investments

1 BLUE BLOCKING Bisazza’s eternally elegant and versatile mosaics make on-trend textured colour blocking easy. bisazza.com2 WALK-IN WARDROBE Philanthropist Krystyna Campbell-Pretty has gifted an incredible collection of iconic Parisian haute couture including this Lacroix ‘Caramba’ dress from 1988. March 1 to July 14, 2019. ngv.vic.gov.au3 SOUNDING BLUE Late Night Blue is the latest colour-way for the compact but powerful ‘Beoplay A1’ from Bang & Olufsen. davidjones.com.au4 IT’S ELEMENTAL Silestone ‘Doradus’ (at base) and Dekton ‘Orix’ (on wall) are a great backdrop for new pieces from Dinosaur Designs, Georg Jensen and others – all part of The Art of Living at davidjones.com; cosentino.com/en-au.5 OUTSIDE INTERESTS Artist Peter Simpson believes in the relevance of modern landscape painting and the exploration of the brooding beauty of Australian terrain. From February 28. arthousegallery.com.au6 SCENTS OF CENTURIES French apothecary Buly 1803…

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spy belle

from left to right Corinthian plaster capital, POA, from Unique Plaster. Mokum hand-loomed silk fabric, from $166/metre, from James Dunlop Textiles. Augustus Caesar bust, $1300, from The Vault Sydney. Timothy Oulton ‘Abode’ coffee table, $710, from Coco Republic. Curved sofa, POA, from Jerico Contemporary. Pierre Jeanneret ‘Kangaroo’ chair, POA, from Tamsin Johnson. ‘Cuzzi’ floor lamp, $990, from MCM House. Julianne Lord artwork on paper, $5200/pair, from Ondene.clockwise from left Greg Natale ‘Plinth’ marble bowl, $530, from Conley & Co. Dan Schneiger freestanding sculpture, $3300, from Becker Minty. Stone ‘4’ vase, $770, from Jardan. Le Corbusier ‘Lampe De Marseille’ lamp in Sand, $1415, from Mondoluce. Christiane Spangsberg A Shared Love 2017 artwork, POA, from Jerico Contemporary. Pierre Paulin ‘Mushroom’ chairs, $9200 each, from Tamsin Johnson. Nanimarquina ‘Stone 4’ rug, $1130, from…


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