Vogue Living March/April 2019

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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Jake Curtis PHOTOGRAPHER Curtis got his start shooting portraits of musicians, bands and artists for magazines in the UK. Through that work, the London-based photographer discovered a passion for shooting interiors, design, portraits and beautiful spaces. For this issue of Vogue Living, Curtis photographed design legend Axel Vervoordt at home in his Belgian castle, Kasteel van ‘s-Gravenwezel (page 79). Inspired by great design, landscape, architecture, calm interiors and fascinating humans, Curtis likes to approach each project with careful consideration. “I like to do some research on the subject, the space or the people I am shooting so I feel informed,” he says. “This helps with the creative decisions that I will make while on the shoot.” In addition to research, Curtis says that one of the most important and enjoyable parts of…

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take the tour

To celebrate the opening of NTH FITZROY, a residential building in inner-city Melbourne, property developer MILIEU asked designer FLACK STUDIO to decorate one of its 26 apartments for an open-home event. The project boasts architecture by FIELDWORK and greenery by LOOSE LEAF, but the ultimate style flourish came from Flack Studio’s bold interiors, which combine VINTAGE Italian furniture with contemporary ART bursting with ENERGY. For more house tours and interior inspiration, visit VOGUELIVING.COM.AU. Vogue Living @vogueliving Vogue Living @VogueLiving vogueliving.com.au ARTWORKS, FROM LEFT: UNTITLED BY KIRSTY BUDGE, DAINE SINGER GALLERY; BALA OPUNTIA BY JACKIE STOCKDALE, THIS IS NO FANTASY; YOUR MUM THREW AWAY YOUR BEST PORNO MAGS (2018) BY PAUL RYAN, JAMES MAKIN GALLERY; MASK II (2018) AND MASK VII (2018) BY PATRICK DAGG, JAMES MAKIN GALLERY…

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editor’s letter

This issue is a celebration of the future of design, exploring the cutting edge of technology and the next generation of creative talent. Autonomous technologies like articifial intelligence (AI) and advances in neuroscience represent a potential revolution in how we live — and this includes the spaces we inhabit and how we function within them. We open the issue with a pivotal essay on the science of design (page 36) by Bonnie Vaughan, which explains the notion of neuro-architecture and allows us to imagine living in a space that’s been devised to nurture our mental and physical wellbeing. And AI expert Ashwini Asokan (page 76) invites us to envision an app that can personally style our homes according to our tastes via an algorithm. But the future of interiors is of…

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the science of design

How would you like to own a house that will make you live forever? Believe it or not, it’s possible — or at least, somebody was convinced it was. In 1999, avant-garde artist couple Madeline Gins and Arakawa designed the Bioscleave House, or ‘Lifespan Extending Villa’, in New York’s East Hampton, based on their belief in “reversible destiny”. The design of this four-bedroom house — completed in 2008 and currently on the market for US$2,495,000 — was inspired by the idea that creating an environment that stimulates the senses, challenges your perceptions and surprises you every day would energise, invigorate and boost the immune system, keeping anyone who dwells there young and healthy throughout their lives. So how did this idea translate? Bioscleave’s interior looks like a combination of funhouse and…

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techno colours

If such fuss is made of Pantone’s one annual colour prediction (Living Coral for 2019, in case you hadn’t heard), imagine the deliberating when two colour-loving designers have to choose from infinite combinations of shades for their latest chair. The duo behind Muller Van Severen had become accustomed to (after first being frustrated with) limited colour options for a series of products — including their ‘First chair’ (2012) — in polyethylene and lacquered steel. After all, this is the material used for those cutting boards in professional kitchens: green for vegetables, red for meat, blue for fish, yellow for chicken and so on. The then-budding Belgian studio was quickly associated with quirky, clever colour, because once you combine these basic hues, they take on a new personality. Swap out polyethylene for…

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the future is now