Edi­tor’s Let­ter


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y the time you read this we will have knocked over the first two months of 2017 which begs the ques­tion have you be­gun work on your style res­o­lu­tions? If not, don’t de­spair as the Belle team has sourced new de­sign pieces and as­sem­bled over 40 pages of kitchen and bath­rooms, p175, from Aus­tralia’s hottest de­sign tal­ents to help get those mood boards go­ing. New York-based ex-pat artist and pho­tog­ra­pher Mar­tyn Thomp­son’s tex­tile de­sign is the be­guil­ing re­sult of a con­tem­po­rary eye tak­ing a fresh look at a craft-based pur­suit. We shot Mar­tyn back in Aus­tralia with his mes­meris­ing tex­tile de­signs, in­clud­ing his new Rock Pool col­lec­tion, p74.

Thanks to en­trepreneurs such as fash­ion­ista Eva Galam­bos bring­ing her Par­lour X em­po­rium to Syd­ney’s Padding­ton, hos­pi­tal­ity king Justin Hemmes open­ing his fan­tas­tic new restau­rant Fred’s and hip de­sign re­tailer Char­lie Hinck­fuss de­but­ing in Ox­ford Street, the shop­ping precinct is re­claim­ing its glam­orous mojo. We visit Eva’s own home, p62, and get a pre­view in­side Char­lie’s new flag­ship MCM store, p78.

The houses in this is­sue are a voyeur’s de­light and take us from the grandeur of a 300-year-old his­toric man­sion on Lake Como, p92, re­stored by Keld Mikkelsen, founder of Dan­ish fash­ion house Day Birger et Mikkelsen, and his part­ner in work and life, Mar­i­anne Brandi, to the re­laxed beach chic of an­other suc­cess­ful de­sign re­tailer, the for­mer owner of Syd­ney’s Arida, El­iz­a­beth Jones’ Van­u­atu lux­ury hol­i­day home cre­ated with Iain Hal­l­i­day of BKH, p140. A home in Wat­sons Bay de­signed by ar­chi­tects Hess Hoen, p116, is the per­fect cre­ative home/workspace hav­ing been re­designed to that par­tic­u­lar brief for a cou­ple who spend nearly all their time at home – work­ing and re­lax­ing there. Aus­tralian de­sign lover Nikki Mc­cul­lagh’s love of Paris and her col­lab­o­ra­tion with renowned de­signer Jac­ques Grange on her apart­ment in the Place des Vos­ges has pre­vi­ously fea­tured in Belle and now we visit her Venice abode – an­other pro­ject she un­der­took with Mon­sieur Grange re­sult­ing in an uber-so­phis­ti­cated in­te­rior with in­cred­i­ble Vene­tian vis­tas, p124.

New York is def­i­nitely call­ing and I would love to spend a cou­ple of weeks there espe­cially af­ter read­ing our chic no­mad, Si­bella Court’s, run­down of where to de­sign shop, eat, drink and gaze in the Big Ap­ple, p164. And con­tribut­ing edi­tor Carli Philips adds to the New York state of mind with her run­down of new ho­tels to visit, p168.

En­joy the April is­sue and we hope to meet you at one of our reader events this year – see de­tails of our up­com­ing de­sign lunch in Mel­bourne, p22.

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