Melbourne has always excited me. It’s a city of sometimes contradictory layers, from the glamour and clamour of Cup Days and Grand Finals to the unassuming chic of its independent galleries and laneway bars. It’s impossible not to get caught up in the electricity of the city when you’re there. This summer, we’re celebrating all our unofficial cultural capital has to offer. From the refined and renowned darlings of the dining scene to emerging artists and entertainers, we peel back the city layer by layer to reveal Melbourne’s myriad hidden and not-so-hidden charms. This issue would not have been possible without the passion of two extraordinary Melbourne women — our Melbourne editor and features writer Annemarie Kiely and respected interiors photographer Sharyn Cairns. These two passionate Melburnians have taken us on an insiders’ journey through the city they know and love.
Once again we celebrate our Women of Excellence partnership with BMW, with profiles of all the incredible women taking part in the Melbourne edition of the series (page 95).
The homes we share with you in this issue are truly a reflection of Melbourne’s artistic heart. We feature the luxe bohemian home of actor Rachel Griffiths and her husband, painter and printmaker Andrew Taylor (page 122), alongside the breathtaking gallery-style residence of formidable gallerist and art dealer Anna Schwartz (page 144). ››