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THE PRINCE, MELBOURNE The restaurant and bar here are great places to have meetings and catch up with friends. The spa on the roof is amazing; I could happily live here for a week and never leave the building. www.theprince.com.au. LONGRAIN, SYDNEY This inner-city Thai restaurant is too close to Frost Design’s Foster Street studio to miss. The food is amazing, especially the lamb shanks. The space is in a fantastic warehouse style with a table that runs its length. www.longrain.com. TAMARAMA BEACH, SYDNEY Living in London for 25 years, I longed for the beach. But for the past three years back in Sydney, it’s felt like a holiday every day. Tamarama is a small beach with fresh pounding waves that wash all your troubles away. The kids love climbing on the rocks or lying in the rock pools. A coffee or a meal at the Tamarama Beach Cafe is the perfect accompaniment. www.sydney.com; www.tamacafe.com. THE WAPPING PROJECT, LONDON I have spent a lot of time at this old pumping station, which is a much smaller version of the Tate Modern on the opposite side of the Thames. It has a fantastic restaurant among the raw space, old turbines and art installations. www.thewappingproject.com. FORMAT FURNITURE, SYDNEY AND MELBOURNE Format Furniture is a favourite. Have a look and you’ll understand why. www.formatfurniture.com. G STAR; ABERCROMBIE & FITCH I have always worn casual clothes as I love comfort and ease. I have hundreds of T-shirts and dozens of Converse and G Star jeans. I suppose one day I will have to grow up, but not just yet. www.g-star.com; www.abercrombie.com. APPLE STORE, NEW YORK It’s taken some time for Apple to get its shops into prime locations but they’re a designer’s paradise: huge, open and relaxed. You can stand and work all day or check your emails on the latest i-Mac. There is a geek bar where you can take any of your purchased products that need tuning and there are workshops and demonstrations of new products. www.apple.com/retail. I ALWAYS PACK Lightly. Once when I was judging a design competition in New York, I had just packed casual stuff. There was no free time to shop and the final night was an unexpected big black-tie dinner. I turned up in my jeans and zipped-up jacket and told everyone my luggage was lost on the flight to the US. Sharon Fowler AWARD-WINNING designer Vince Frost is creative director of Sydney-based Frost Design, whose clients have included the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Dance Company, Mushroom Records, fashion designers Kit Willow and Alice McCall, and Sydney’s Coast restaurant. Frost travels regularly to London, Europe, New York and Asia, to lecture and judge international design competitions. He recently launched a range of T-shirts. www.frostdesign.com.au.