VOGUE Living Australia - - Guest Editor’s Letter - COL­LETTE DIN­NI­GAN

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.

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