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Belle - - Contents - CLAIRE D EL­MAR

Claire styled the Syd­ney house de­signed by Alexan­der & Co, p156. What was your im­pres­sion of the house? For a fam­ily with young chil­dren it has a vast feel­ing of calm. The colour pal­ette and con­sid­er­a­tion of ma­te­ri­als don’t scream but sit peace­fully within the sur­rounds. I fo­cused on fur­nish­ing the home to align with this still­ness. Who/what have been some en­dur­ing cre­ative in uences? I nd that shapes and form are more of an in uence rather than speci c peo­ple. Hav­ing been a stylist for many years I see homes through a por­trait or land­scape lens so prin­ci­ples of de­sign that are re ected in prod­ucts and art are my main in uences. What are some favourite lo­cal haunts that you fre­quent? Where do I start … I have a pas­sion for in­ter­est­ing ceram­ics and ev­ery type of cui­sine. I have won­der­ful re­la­tion­ships with many lo­cal stores, artists and ce­ram­i­cists. My mother once said “Shops and restau­rants are Claire’s churches”. What would be your ul­ti­mate travel es­cape in 2019? I’d like to go back to Ja­pan to learn more from the skilled ce­ram­i­cists. What is in­spir­ing you right now? Sculp­tures. I’m re­search­ing sculp­tors who work with raw or­ganic ma­te­ri­als.

EL­IZA O ’HARE

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