Tanya Buchanan, Fol­low us


Belle - - Edi Tor’ S L E T Ter - Ed­i­tor

Wel­come to the Au­gust/septem­ber is­sue of Belle – the year is zoom­ing by and by the time you read this we will be half­way through 2018. Time seems to move faster when you work in the dead­line-driven pub­lish­ing and de­sign fields. And, as we are all aware, time is money and de­sign is big busi­ness so we have in­tro­duced a new reg­u­lar fea­ture ‘Busi­ness of De­sign’ fo­cus­ing on the en­tre­pre­neur­ial as well as cre­ative pur­suits of our tal­ented de­sign com­mu­nity. Architecture and de­sign writer Stephen Todd brings his ex­per­tise and ex­pe­ri­ence as de­sign ed­i­tor at The AFR to these pages based around cre­ative com­merce. In his first story he ex­plores be­spoke re­tail fit-outs and bou­tique fash­ion la­bels that are choos­ing smaller and some­times more res­i­den­tially fo­cused de­sign of­fices to cre­ate their store con­cepts.

Speak­ing of cre­ative en­trepreneur­ship, Nicci Green has founded an in­cred­i­ble Aus­tralian light­ing busi­ness called Ar­ti­colo, based in Mel­bourne and now cov­eted world­wide – take a look in­side her el­e­gant stu­dio, work­shop and show­room on page 56. An­other Aus­tralian de­signer go­ing places is award-win­ning fur­ni­ture cre­ator Tom Fere­day who is part of the Lo­cal De­sign gang that heads to Mi­lan each year and is now pro­duc­ing some in­ter­est­ing orig­i­nal pieces for Aus­tralian retailers such as King Liv­ing. Read more about Tom and take a peek at the slick new desk that he has de­signed for King Liv­ing on page 52.

You may have no­ticed that we can’t get enough of chic and clev­erly con­ceived Smart Spa­ces and in this is­sue we fea­ture 40 in­spir­ing pages of beau­ti­ful apart­ments and ter­races from our lead­ing de­sign­ers, in­clud­ing Thomas Hamel, Greg Natale and Fiona Lynch – see page 79.

In the past cou­ple of years we’ve run some out­stand­ing in­te­ri­ors by de­signer Dy­lan Far­rell and in this is­sue we asked him to choose his favourite cof­fee ta­bles. He has come up with an ex­tra­or­di­nary se­lec­tion – there’s cer­tainly noth­ing cookie cut­ter about them – see page 125.

Our houses this is­sue are pretty gutsy in terms of colour and fin­ishes – the David Flack house on our cover is not for the faint­hearted and David ad­mits he had a dream client on this project. Mar­tyn Lawrence Bullard has cre­ated max­i­mum Hol­ly­wood Re­gency im­pact in what was a con­ven­tional his­toric red-brick abode in Rhode Is­land. Mar­tyn will be in Aus­tralia speak­ing at Decor and De­sign from July 19-22, decorde­sign­show.com.au. In Sri Lanka, the sim­plic­ity and grace of a beau­ti­ful Ge­of­frey Bawa house com­mis­sioned by batik purveyor Ena de Silva and el­e­gantly cap­tured by pho­tog­ra­pher Ni­cholas Watt pro­vides con­trast.

I would not have thought to have Minneapolis on my travel hit list un­til I read Carli Philips’s story on the amaz­ing art, food, bar scene and gen­eral up­beat vibe that the city has. It seems quite at odds with the fact that it’s one of the cold­est cities in the US – but now I def­i­nitely want to go there. At the other end of the spec­trum is beau­ti­ful, serene Ivory House in Sri Lanka – a place that invites you to take it easy and soak up the lo­cal land­scape.

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