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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.

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