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LUXURY WAS SYNONYMOUS WITH SMART SUSTAINABILITY AT THE MELBOURNE CUP CARNIVAL’S LEXUS DESIGN PAVILION.
Luxury was synonymous with smart sustainability at the Melbourne Cup Carnival’s Lexus Design Pavilion
INSPIRED BY THE THEME ‘ANTICIPATION’ , the Lexus Design Pavilion provided an oasis of luxuriant calm amid the action of last November’s Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington. Lexus ambassador Henry Wilson together with designer Emilie Delalande took cues from legendary Japanese architect Shigeru Ban with their cleverly layered interior featuring recyclable materials. Sustainable artist Joost Bakker echoed the theme, utilising reclaimed concrete to form a ‘future cave’ exterior complete with rooftop garden. “Future cave is a really simple concept that allows gardens to be put on top of buildings,” said Bakker. “My dream is that the world’s urban areas will become the next food bowl.” Together with edible installations, flflfloral displays and Australia’s debut preview of the new Lexus LC 500 coupe, a star-studded assembly of guests including racing royalty Kate Waterhouse were treated to three levels of culinary genius. Mr Miyagi’s delectable street cuisine welcomed punters on level one; David Moyle of Tasmania’s Franklin restaurant delighted with five ocean-inspired courses on level two; and upstairs Ben Shewry of Melbourne’s threehatted Attica unveiled his chef ’s table concept of seasonal ingredients including exquisite hand-dived Port Phillip Bay scallops.
clockwise from top: artist Joost Bakker, interior designer Emilie Delalande and designer Henry Wilson; actress Jessica Gomes; interior of the Lexus Design Pavilion; David Moyle’s raw striped trumpeter with salted turnip, mustard and horseradish.