Tanya Buchanan, Fol­low us


Belle - - Editor’ S L E T Ter - Ed­i­tor

B y the time you are read­ing this is­sue chances are you will be in the full tilt of mad­ness to­wards Christ­mas with all its lunches, par­ties, im­promptu fes­tive tip­ples, ac­com­pa­ny­ing project dead­lines, manic shop­ping and fran­tic – try­ing hard to be stylish – gift wrap­ping. It’s an oft-re­peated cliché but 2018 has truly zoomed. We moved of ce oors just be­fore Christ­mas last year and have had such a busy time that I still have things that need to be packed and sorted.

Hope­fully, this is­sue’s serenely el­e­gant cover caught your eye as you were out scram­bling for those elu­sive gifts. The im­age was shot by pho­tog­ra­pher Tom Fer­gu­son of a project from the Belle Coco Re­pub­lic In­te­rior De­signer of the Year win­ner, Alexan­der & Co, fea­tur­ing prin­ci­pal Jeremy Bull (p156). And there’s more – with stun­ning projects from Aus­tralian de­sign­ers Arent&pyke, Enoki, Ed­wina Withers, Greg Natale and land­scape de­signer An­nie Wilkes, and fab­u­lous in­ter­na­tional homes in­clud­ing So a Cop­pola’s Belize beach house and an ex­quis­ite Parisian apart­ment by ris­ing French in­te­rior de­sign star Char­lotte Bilt­gen.

We have com­piled an ex­cel­lent se­lec­tion of unique gifts (p111) for those spe­cial char­ac­ters in your life, from ‘The Sa­vant’ to ‘The Gla­ma­zon’ and trust this will make your gift buy­ing eas­ier. Our doyenne of style eti­quette Melissa Pen­fold has some wise gift coun­sel too (p79).

This is­sue our Ar­chi­tec­ture ed­i­tor Karen Mccart­ney in­ter­views Ja­panese de­sign leg­end Kengo Kuma (p50) and brings us her ex­clu­sive Lon­don De­sign Fes­ti­val re­port (p65).

I was lucky to visit Paris in Septem­ber and have gath­ered favourite nds from Mai­son & Ob­jet for you (p74). A stop in Lon­don was also amaz­ing with a stay at in­te­rior de­sign guru Kit Kemp’s won­der­ful Ham Yard Ho­tel. Speak­ing of Bri­tish in­te­rior dec­o­ra­tors, de­sign leg­end Nina Camp­bell was re­cently in Aus­tralia for tex­tile maven Tig­ger Hall’s Como By De­sign ini­tia­tive in Mel­bourne and to launch her new tome Nina Camp­bell In­te­rior Dec­o­ra­tion: El­e­gance and Ease. I had the plea­sure of in­tro­duc­ing one of her talks and she has lots of fab­u­lous sto­ries from her ca­reer and the colour­ful per­son­al­i­ties she has worked with. Nina con­veyed her style and mus­ings with warmth and hu­mour – see our book re­view (p84).

If you know an un­rep­re­sented artist between 16 and 25 tell them about Belle Artstart (p48). We are call­ing for en­tries for the fourth an­nual Artstart award and have some ex­cit­ing in­tro­duc­tions – the rst 80 artists to re­quest an en­try kit and pay will re­ceive a com­pli­men­tary can­vas cour­tesy of Stu­dio Gallery, and thanks to the terri c sup­port of the Art Gallery of New South Wales the en­tries and our Awards night will be held there in Fe­bru­ary, 2019.

Let’s ap­pre­ci­ate the real so­cial in­ter­ac­tion this time of the year brings and take a break from the vir­tual stuff. See you in 2019 with the Fe­bru­ary/march Belle – on sale Jan­uary 7.

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