Vogue Living November - December 2015

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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David Cohen de Lara This Sydney-based Dutch photographer, who shot our ‘Sweet Chairity’ story (page 90), says he loved meeting the designers who participated in this fundraising event and documenting their interpretations of a classic piece of furniture. “I’m inspired by people who have devoted their lives to a hobby or fetish or idea,” reveals Cohen de Lara, a former student of cultural sociology, “and seeing what happens when a person focuses their energy in that way.” Hugh Stewart A stalwart of Australian photography, Stewart has shot portraits of some of the world’s biggest names but maintains a wonderfully dry sense of humour. On capturing the shining stars of our London Design Festival feature (page 119), he quips that he most enjoyed “being in London, in the rain, when the rest of Europe…

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editor’s letter

“rom Firefly, Noël Coward’s famous Jamaican home, to Richard Branson’s Necker Island, the Caribbean has always held an element of intrigue and exoticism. Some years ago I visited Barbados and can clearly recall its sensory appeal — its colours and sounds, even its scents. The images of Kit Kemp’s Barbados home in this issue (page 144) made me yearn for a return visit. The British interior designer has featured regularly on the pages of Vogue Living — and with good reason. Her exuberant colour palette and playful, irreverent clash of textures and styles leaps from the page. Kemp’s work has a unique voice and is the foundation upon which she and her husband, Tim, have founded their successful Firmdale Hotels empire. “I knew the colours had to be rich and bold……

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mercury rising


1 min
home couture

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meeting of minds

To quote ‘Big Kev’ McQuay, the late TV peddler of cleaning products, I’m excited! Because two of the most significant artists of the 20th and 21st centuries, Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei, are going head-to-silk-screened-head in a blockbuster international show that is being touted as the biggest the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) has ever staged. Yes, Kev’s catchcry is commercially brash, but it befits an arranged ‘correspondence’ between two artists who have leveraged the language of multinational brands to fizz the likes of Coca Cola into fine art. “Once you ‘got’ Pop, you could never see a sign again the same way,” Warhol said of the art movement that emerged in the 1950s and felled all barriers between high and low culture. “And once you thought Pop, you could never…

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double vision

It took several years, and the help of a shaman, for Dutch fashion designers Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren to conquer their Viktor & Rolf label’s imposing Amsterdam headquarters: a 17th-century former mayor’s residence looking over Herengracht (Lords’ Canal). The impressive property, with its seven-window-wide façade and Doric-style entrance, stands on the canal’s Golden Bend, one of the city’s oldest and most prestigious districts, immortalised in Gerrit Adriaenszoon Berckheyde’s 1684 painting of the same name in the nearby Rijksmuseum. Now, eight years after the designers and their staff moved in, they’ve managed to clear the historical cobwebs and confidently — but respectfully — make the space their own. Visitors are welcomed into the elegant reception hallway on the ground floor, off which branches the boardroom-cum-showroom and a meeting room overlooking the…