GUEST EDITOR’S LETTER
Vogue Living is such an iconic brand. It resonates with people all over the world, and as Australians we should be very proud. It was an honour to be invited to guest edit this issue and to create original work with Felix Forest, who photographed all the beautiful images you’ll see throughout these pages. I chose Italy as the theme because I recently spent a year living there with my family — Bradley Cocks, my husband, my daughter, Estella, and my son, Hunter — and it all still seems very fresh. We were based in Rome, but during the holidays we did a lot of driving and explored regions — Turin, Milan, Portofino, Venice, Tuscany, Rome, Abruzzo, the Amalfi Coast, Capri, Sicily, Basilicata, Puglia — it was like one big road trip. Our travel section ( page 164) is presented much like how we experienced it, moving from one town to the next, meeting people who pointed us in the right direction, and discovering new gems along the way. Bradley and I didn’t know anyone when we got to Rome, but we left with such rich experiences and made the most incredible friends, some of whom agreed to open the doors to their magnificent homes featured in this issue. We’ve showcased a true cross-section — from the contemporary, light-filled New York loft-style apartment in which architect-designers Carl Pickering and Claudio Lazzarini live and work ( page 118) to a spectacular Renaissance-era Roman palazzo that a real-life princess calls home ( page 106). I also admire Italian artisanry, and I really wanted to celebrate that (page 136). Italians buy Italian — ceramics, bronze, glass, fabric — and the products are all handmade, with practices handed down from generation to generation. I love the work being done by Dimore Studio ( page 83) as well, who are such good editors and are so sharp on style. My whole journey in these pages is about creating spaces and gathering ideas for using colour, mixing prints, celebrating the old and the new. I have a great passion for interiors, furnishings, fabric, travel, food and lifestyle, and I hope you get as much inspiration from this special issue of Vogue Living as I did creating it.
Collette Dinnigan, her husband Bradley Cocks and their son Hunter in Italy, the country they called home for a year.