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Real Living Australia November 2020

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

OVER THE PAST FEW MONTHS I’ve become obsessed with gardening. It started in autumn when I ordered a box of 16 small hydrangea plants online. (It still amazes me that you can receive plants by post!) I planted them in my backyard and watched as they withered to bare sticks over winter. Then spring came. Well! Now, they’ve filled out with lush green leaves and have started blooming. Similarly, the old olive tree we were lucky enough to inherit when we bought the house is bushier than ever after a pollarding disaster last year. It was cut back so hard I thought we’d lost it – little did I know it would go crazy with new growth. That’s the beauty of gardening. Every season there’s something new to look at,…

4 min
true to style

CASA JOSEPHINE STUDIO has been described as “the studio most likely to design your dream home”. But as founders Pablo López Navarro and Iñigo Aragón tell it, the business began with a design project that Pablo calls “an unwise decision with good results”. It’s not your typical success story, but then again the duo take a refreshingly honest approach to everything they do. LEAP OF FAITH With a combined background in art history, fashion and tourism, Pablo and Iñigo embarked on their debut design project in Spain’s Rioja wine region after re-evaluating their careers and deciding to join forces. “The area was starting to get attention as an up-and-coming tourist destination. We felt it was the right time and a good place to be,” Pablo says. The Madrid-based couple moved to…

4 min
fave finds

happy snaps The Instax ‘SQ1’ camera, $199, is the perfect addition to your picnic basket or beach bag. Available in three colours and fitted with a selfie mode, this compact gadget is designed to capture natural tones and your best moments. instax.com.au CURVES AHEAD Reminiscent of the rippled sand dunes and earthy desert tones of Morocco, the Ribbed Infinity vases and candleholders by Marmoset, embrace so silhouettes for a striking design statement. From $14. marmosetfound.com.au staff pick LINDYL CRABB Deputy Editor FUTURE THOUGHT Emerging technology collides with revolutionary design in the latest drop from Austrian design studio Published By. Showcasing wearable, sculptural accessories such as this sleek cross-body bag, about $762*, this line is futuristic yet functional. published-by.com HOME BOUND We love supporting local talent and this inspiring collaboration between Melbourne homeware label Kip&Co and the Indigenous-led Bábbarra Women’s Centre…

2 min
treasure trove

AN ANTIQUE SHOP is the sort of place you’d expect someone to get lost in, but it just so happens this is where Hannah Ward found her calling. For 15 years, Hannah worked in marketing by day and spent her free time trawling auction houses and vintage stores collecting furniture and jewellery. “For me,” she explains, “jewellery has an enduring power; it can comfort, inspire, evoke memories and tell a story. But when I looked for a jewellery box that spoke to me with equal meaning and felt as valuable as the pieces it held I couldn’t find one.” And so in September this year Hannah launched Trove, a line of charming handcrafted boxes. With no design background, she describes the project as a step outside her comfort zone and…

3 min
art of seduction

JEWELLERY IS OFTEN THE MOST POWERFUL ARMOUR in our aesthetic arsenal, and few jewellery designers are as empowering as Elsa Peretti. Jewellery is customarily gifted in gestures of desire and received in vows of faith, but Elsa’s collections for Tiffany & Co. are made to be worn as acts of self-love and as displays of independence and individuality. Born in Italy, Elsa studied interior design before moving to New York to further her modelling career in 1968. The city’s disco scene quickly embraced her and before long she was creating jewellery for her new friends including the luminary fashion designers Oscar de la Renta and Halston. More than a muse, Elsa created the bottle for Halston’s iconic perfume (at one time it was the highest-selling fragrance after Chanel No.5) and when…

2 min
captain of industry

THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN INDUSTRIAL DESIGNER Charles Wilson and Australian furniture manufacturer King Living is a very special one. It all began 10 years ago when Charles received an email expressing interest in his designs from founder David King. “I was the first independent designer to work with King Living and we’ve gone on to create some of the company’s best sellers together, such as the Zaza sofa,” Charles explains. The Zaza sofa is, in fact, one of his favourite pieces, proudly showcased in his own living room: “It feels like an expansive and glamorous piece of work.” After diving headfirst into industrial design at Sydney College of the Arts straight after high school, Charles has spent the past 30 years developing innovative products for premium brands such as Woodmark and Herman…