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Belle - - Edi Tor’ S L E T Ter -

It feels like this year has been one big awards and Cham­pagne sea­son and we are def­i­nitely not com­plain­ing!

We an­nounced our third an­nual Belle Artstart com­pe­ti­tion win­ners at the end of Fe­bru­ary which was a per­fect pre­lude to Art Month which bright­ened Syd­ney dur­ing March. Vic­to­rian College of the Arts stu­dent An­gus Hamra took out the first prize of $10,000, gen­er­ously do­nated by Belle Prop­erty, for his work, Sleep­walker, us­ing a selfie as a start­ing point – see p47 for more on the art and win­ners.

The win­ner of the Alessi De­sign Awards 2018, Zachary Hanna, is a sim­i­larly tal­ented young creative – he has won this year’s highly cov­eted prize for his vase ‘Plateau’, which was in­spired by ike­bana, the Ja­panese art of flower ar­range­ment. Zachary is a Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy Syd­ney grad­u­ate and spe­cialises in prod­uct de­sign. He will be vis­it­ing the Alessi head­quar­ters in Mi­lan as part of his prize.

I can’t be­lieve that we are in the eighth year of the Belle Coco Repub­lic In­te­rior De­sign Awards – make it to 10 years and we prom­ise you a book look­ing back at the work of our win­ners and fi­nal­ists. The vol­ume and cal­i­bre of en­tries this year were out­stand­ing, and we re­ceived the most en­tries to date mak­ing it very dif­fi­cult for our judg­ing panel to reach a con­sen­sus. For the full round-up of fi­nal­ists in this year’s awards go to p71.

The Belle team has also been do­ing its fair share of fly­ing around, and I was for­tu­nate to visit Uluru and stay at Lon­gi­tude 131˚ (p172) which has had some fab­u­lous re­cent up­dates. There is noth­ing like wak­ing up to the mys­ti­cal view of Uluru es­pe­cially if you have cho­sen the ve­ran­dah glamp­ing op­tion and you’ve just emerged from your luxe swag.

Our in­te­rior de­sign ed­i­tor Lucy Mccabe’s love of fab­ric knows no bounds and on p81 we show­case some gor­geous seat­ing and cloth pair­ings to in­spire you – it’s so ex­cit­ing to see a down­trod­den piece trans­formed with a fresh out­fit!

Speak­ing of in­te­ri­ors in­spi­ra­tion, this is­sue we wel­come style doyenne Melissa Penfold back to the Belle fold. Melissa moved from our sis­ter pub­li­ca­tion Aus­tralian House & Garden (which, by the way, just cel­e­brated 70 years) to Belle in the 1980s as in­te­rior de­sign co­or­di­na­tor and quickly be­came in­te­rior de­sign ed­i­tor where she stayed un­til the mid-90s when a news­pa­per ca­reer beck­oned. We are pleased to have Melissa pen­ning our new Style Eti­quette page – some­times it feels like there is a man­ners deficit all round and our new style mis­tress will be im­part­ing her wit and wis­dom on ev­ery­thing from how to set and style a con­tem­po­rary ta­ble to pil­low pro­to­col – see p59.

There is so much tal­ent in this is­sue I haven’t even men­tioned the stun­ning houses in Syd­ney, Mel­bourne and Lon­don start­ing on p109. En­joy the is­sue and we will be back at the end of May with our June/july is­sue fea­tur­ing this year’s Belle Coco Repub­lic In­te­rior De­sign Awards win­ners.

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