Ed­i­tor’s let­ter

Belle - - Belle Promotion -

Ihad been feel­ing like a bit of a de­sign im­poster never hav­ing been to Mi­lan dur­ing Salone del Mo­bile and this year I nally got to go and it was magni co! I was for­tu­nate to have for­mer Belle ed­i­tor Eric Matthews, now with French house Her­mès, as my travel com­pan­ion for a cou­ple of days to preview the mar­que’s new home­wares and in­ter­view its deputy artis­tic di­rec­tors Charlotte Ma­caux Perel­man and Alexis Fabry (p53). The ve days in Milano were full of such serendip­i­tous mo­ments. At Ar­mani Casa I had a eet­ing mo­ment and photo opp with the dash­ing Mr Ar­mani. When we vis­ited Gal­le­ria Ros­sana Or­landi, Bri­tish de­signer Lee Broom had just parked his el­e­gant truck, which he had driven from Lon­don with his lat­est light­ing col­lec­tion, so we had a great chat with him. On en­ter­ing the fab­u­lous ram­bling gallery space, I im­me­di­ately met the gra­cious Ros­sana and was morti ed that I was wear­ing train­ers – only to look down and nd that she was too! We met the uber-tal­ented, vi­va­cious and funny Pa­tri­cia Urquiola at the launch of Urki­ola for Ge­org Jensen in her new ho­tel Gi­u­lia for Room Mate. We had whisked Ms Urquiola off to a suite to shoot a por­trait of her and she was very en­thu­si­as­tic, telling me that the women in Scan­di­navia and Aus­tralia were very strong and didn’t re­alise how good they were! We were also lucky to meet Mr Al­berto Alessi and spend an en­ter­tain­ing hour with him and Aus­tralian de­signer Adam Goodrum who is about to re­lease a de­sign with the iconic Ital­ian com­pany. Mr Alessi pa­tiently ex­plained his for­mula for choos­ing which prod­ucts make the cut and sketched it for me.

A visit to Fon­dazione Prada was a high­light – so many fab­u­lous nishes and won­der­ful art – and the ex­cel­lent Bar Luce, with in­te­ri­ors by Wes An­der­son, makes you feel like you’re in a lm. The de­sign fair it­self is in­cred­i­bly hec­tic and re­quires an experienced op­er­a­tor – for­tu­nately we had our man on the ground, de­sign ex­pert David Har­ri­son cov­er­ing all the trends (p58).

Now back to ex­tra­or­di­nary Aus­tralian tal­ent. Please join us in congratulating this year’s world-class win­ners of the Belle Coco Re­pub­lic In­te­rior De­sign Awards (p95). Fiona Lynch is our In­te­rior De­signer of the Year and won Best Res­i­den­tial In­te­rior and Best Bath­room De­sign – what a hat trick! Whit­ing A+I won Best Kitchen De­sign, Arent&Pyke took out the Hospi­tal­ity In­te­rior award and Woods Bagot the Com­mer­cial In­te­rior cat­e­gory. We hope you are as en­er­gised and in­spired by the looks as we are.

Belle is also avail­able to buy as a dig­i­tal mag­a­zine for iPhone and iPad, through Magshop, which is a free app to down­load from the App Store and from Google Play.

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