Edi­tor’s Let­ter


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Here at Belle, we are ob­sessed with all prop­er­ties, great and small, so we love hav­ing the op­por­tu­nity to show­case the best in­te­ri­ors, from grander spa­ces to those that are more chic and pe­tite. And it’s fab­u­lous to be able to in­clude some names that may not have been fea­tured in Belle be­fore (p85). The chal­lenges of smaller sites and dif­fi­cult spa­ces and what can be achieved with some lat­eral think­ing are al­ways a joy to be­hold. I am par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested in these as I own a skinny ter­race that needs a com­plete rear re­work and I of­ten dream about drop­ping an ex­ca­va­tor on site via chop­per!

The pro­fes­sion­als who re­ally do know how to achieve these re­sults are usu­ally the un­sung he­roes of projects, par­tic­u­larly when all of the in­ter­est is fo­cused on the in­te­ri­ors and the beau­ti­fully dec­o­rated end re­sult. Our new awards will show­case the tal­ented bou­tique builders who are cre­at­ing dream homes across Aus­tralia. The Belle Lux­ury Home Build­ing Awards are seek­ing en­tries from lux­ury home builders in as­so­ci­a­tion with the project ar­chi­tect and home­owner. With the sup­port of Brick­works and Tongue n Groove, these awards will fo­cus on the qual­ity of ex­te­rior and in­te­rior fin­ishes in new builds and al­ter­ations and ad­di­tions. We are look­ing for­ward to shin­ing the spot­light on some of these un­pub­lished mas­ter crafts­men (p57).

It was great to see so many of you at this year’s Den­fair in Mel­bourne. I think the qual­ity of the ex­hibitors and the stands is out­stand­ing and a trib­ute to Thibaud CauCe­cile and his team’s strict cu­ra­tion. We en­joyed a very en­ter­tain­ing lunch at the lux­u­ri­ous Janus et Cie ex­hibit with spe­cial guest speak­ers Paul Hecker, Hamish Guthrie and Myles Broad, cov­er­ing an eclec­tic range of top­ics, fol­lowed by a great de­sign catchup over drinks cour­tesy of the team at Brick­works.

We are also once again on the look­out for Aus­tralia’s top in­dus­trial de­sign­ers for Alessi (p65). Last year’s win­ner, Rene Linssen de­signed the cur­va­ceous ‘Pearla’ oys­ter shucker and we are look­ing for an­other tal­ent to add to the Alessi de­sign files over the com­ing months.

Chic No­mad, Si­bella Court takes us on a jour­ney with her to LA – we hope you have been en­joy­ing these reg­u­lar style jaunts as much as we have – stylists are al­ways in­quis­i­tive bower­birds and Si­bella’s trav­els un­earth the most must-visit bou­tiques, bars and places to stay (p186).

And if you’re not a sub­scriber to Belle make sure you don’t miss an is­sue – this month’s sub­scrip­tion of­fer is a win­ner for the house­proud en­ter­tainer ( p136-137), sub­scribe and re­ceive these el­e­gant Laguiole knives as a gift.

We trust you en­joy the in­spi­ra­tional in­te­ri­ors on the fol­low­ing pages and hope they spur on your smart space or grand home plans.

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