As we ease into a new year, I just can’t help but feel excited for the holiday season and the long summer ahead. We Australians love summer so we’ve produced an issue that re-creates that warm summer feeling and the sense of freedom that comes from spending time with loved ones during this special time of year. It’s a season when we savour the outdoors, so on page 32 in ‘Sunny Outlook’ we round up the most sophisticated outdoor loungers and recliners, produced by our style editor Joseph Gardner. We’ve asked Anthony Spon-Smith, creative director of Australian furniture retailer-turned-maker Coco Republic, to give us an exclusive look at his new outdoor range in ‘Studio Mr Smith’ (page 64), which he describes as furniture with a “global influence” interpreted for the Australian lifestyle.
We also take you on a journey to visit the hottest summer holiday destinations around the world — from Ftelia, the incredible Mykonos beach club designed by Italian architect Fabrizio Casiraghi (page 44), to designers Lucy Folk and Tamsin Johnson’s Tuscan holiday hot spots (page 145). ››
‹‹ And then there are the interiors. Each home in this issue has been chosen to evoke a feeling of summer — whether it’s the white-washed dream escape on the Aeolian islands, owned by Italian actor Luca Barbareschi and his interior designer wife, Elena Monorchino (page 134), or an exclusive tour of Hugh Jackman and Deborra Lee-Furness’s East Hampton retreat (page 100) — every location we’ve featured embodies a sense of lightness and sophisticated ease.
I hope this issue will not only provide you with a wealth of summer interior inspiration but also an indulgent escape during the busy holiday season as we unwind and dip into the New Year.