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The uni­verse of ameni­ties kits has been el­e­vated many notches with a range of in-flight good­ies un­der the Qan­tas Cu­rates ban­ner, con­ceived in col­lab­o­ra­tion with 16 Aus­tralian artists and pho­tog­ra­phers. The Fly­ing Kan­ga­roo’s new his-orhers col­lectable kits are wa­ter-re­sis­tant, zip­pered in black and have no ex­ter­nal logo, so they can be neatly re­pur­posed as car­ryalls or purses. There’s a sum­mery, fem­i­nine feel to Gypsy Flo­ral, an orig­i­nal from Bon­nie Ash­ley of Mel­bourne tex­tile stu­dio Bon­nie and Neil, while Nicole Warne’s dig­i­tal im­age of Hamil­ton Is­land cel­e­brates one of the air­line’s pop­u­lar hol­i­day gate­ways. Each kit’s colour­ful arty ex­te­rior is repli­cated in elas­tic-strapped eye­shades while a trio of 5ml travel-pack toi­letries is by the Aurora Spa brand ASPAR; add comfy black socks, a den­tal set and earplugs. The kits are avail­able for Qan­tas busi­ness-class pas­sen­gers on in­ter­na­tional flights and are be­ing pro­gres­sively in­tro­duced two de­signs at a time. The ini­tia­tive is part of a broader Qan­tas Foun­da­tion pro­gram of ac­qui­si­tion of con­tem­po­rary Aus­tralian art for lead­ing gal­leries, its in­dige­nous art liv­ery across four air­craft since 1995 and sup­port of arts or­gan­i­sa­tions, in­clud­ing the Na­tional Gallery of Aus­tralia, Opera Aus­tralia, Aus­tralian Bal­let and Ban­garra Dance The­atre. More: qan­tas.com.au.

PRO DY­NAMIC 26CM CHEF’S KNIFE,

SUSAN KURO­SAWA Just the ticket for colour­ful culi­nary ad­ven­tures, this vi­brantly trimmed knife is part of a range from lead­ing Ger­man man­u­fac­turer, Friedr. Dick. There’s also an 11cm ser­rated util­ity knife plus par­ing knife and 16cm kitchen knife, with dis­tinc­tive han­dles in red, blue, yel­low or snazzy green. More: 1300 130 952; dick.de/en.

SHARON FOWLER

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