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Belle February - March 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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FIONA STOREY Fiona photographed a house in South Yarra for Smart Spaces, p112. What was your first impression? Elegant yet strong. Its key features have a masculinity which is balanced with curves and clean lines. It’s beautifully finished. Who/what have been some of your enduring creative influences? Oscar Niemeyer, who was a Brazilian treasure and key figure in modern architecture. Frank Lloyd Wright. I love fashion photographer David Sims. Where is home for you, and what do you love about it? Home is looking across the water in Melbourne, Australia, but also South Africa. I love the big sky, the ancient landscapes and the enduring nature of the people that make both countries so unique. What are some of your favourite local haunts? Sophie Gannon Gallery, the NGV and The Espy…

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editor’s letter

Welcome to 2019 – how did we get here? Sometimes I feel like I am still in 1999 typing away on my cutting-edge ‘grape’ iMac with my bespoke lavender powder-coated industrial filing cabinet next to me completing the whole techno industrial scheme. Yet the past two decades have zoomed by incredibly quickly and here we are again at the fresh start of the year full of excellent resolutions: ideas for world domination, intentions for extreme mindfulness and kindness – definitely no swearing, only gentle lingo – and aspirations of going fully teetotal and never touching caffeine or a grain of sugar again. Let’s see how all of that goes! So much has changed in the past few years with an expectation that all demands can be met at breakneck speed –…

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pleasure craft

1 BEDSIDE MANNER The elegant marble handle is a standout detail of this stunning ‘Profile’ bedside table from Zuster. zuster.com.au 2 ART MASTERCLASS WITH ROSS LAURIE Join the acclaimed landscape painter for a workshop en plein air at his Walcha property. Two days will be spent absorbing the spectacular countryside and the third will be in studio. artworkshopsaustralia.com.au 3 STONE MAN Award-winning interior designer Greg Natale continues to impress with this exquisite new collection incorporating shell, marble and brass. Available from Conley & Co, (02) 8065 9411 or flairhomecollection.com; lucdesignstore.com; gregnatale.com 4 GIN PALACE The team at Emirates Wolgan Valley has collaborated with Mikey Enright, owner of Sydney’s The Barber Shop, and Ian Glen, distiller at Stone Pine Distillery, to come up with this drop infused with seven native botanicals. nipofcourage.com/wolgan-1832.gin 5 RED INK The Marc Newson-designed (Montblanc M)RED…

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what we love right now

1_CONCEPT STORE Lagalá in Mérida, Mexico, a contemporary cultural hub by fmt studio, fuses fashion, food, business and art into one conceptual space. lagala56.mx 2_FLOOR SHOW ‘Composition 1’ by Louise Olsen (pictured) and ‘Spirit Tree’ by Stephen Ormandy are two of the new creations in Tibetan wool and silk for Designer Rugs. dinosaurdesigns.com.au; designerrugs.com.au 3_CERAMICIST CRUSH Ceramicist Olivia Walker creates mesmerising works with thrown porcelain forms which she then deconstructs and collapses. oliviawalker.co.uk 4_BUTTERFLY EFFECT French cabinetmaker Jean-Luc Le Mounier debuted the cleverly functional and graphic ‘Papillon’ cabinet during Design Miami. toddmerrillstudio.com 5_FRENCH FLAIR The St Tropez interior design agency founded by Marjolaine Leray has arrived in Sydney’s Woollahra with a gallery showcasing one-of-a-kind homewares. studioalm.com 6_CRAFT CORNER Thai studio Patapian is inspired by craft practices and contemporary aesthetics, translating traditional weaving techniques into objects that marry high-end art with design.…

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in progress

SYDNEY LAY OF THE LAND ‘Landscape of the Soul’ paints a remarkable portrait of Arthur Boyd through his shifting approach to landscape painting (right), travelling from seldom-seen works by the then teenaged artist to masterpieces borrowed from major institutions and his depictions of the Shoalhaven area from the 1970s until his death. January 10-March 9. nas.edu.au BRISBANE NATURAL WOMAN ‘Connecting to the Earth’ aligns two series by late Cuban American artist Ana Mendieta – including Rock Heart with Blood, 1975 (still, above) – that resist patriarchal culture and posit an ecological sensibility against colonialist ideas of land in favour of a primal, reciprocal relationship between bodies and nature. February 9-March 30. ima.org.au SYDNEY ELECTRIC FEEL Oliver Wagner’s ‘paint dust’ works on linen (right) shimmer and fizz with electricity made from painting then sanding walls, and now forming part…