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4 Designers to Know in 2018

Almira Armstrong

The new year brings with it a renewed sense of purpose and, often, fresh eyes on the way we live. What better place to reinvent our world for 2018 than in our homes? With a new guard of Australian home ware designers leading the charge with thoughtful, unique, and beautiful designs, we can’t help but feel inspired to add new highlights to our interiors this year. Here are 4 of our favourites right now.

Sarah Ellison

A woman of many talents, Sarah’s background in fashion has clearly had an influence on her aesthetic eye. Her distinct design remit blends warm, nostalgic colours with a light touch and an appreciation for the importance of curves. And while there appear to be nods to the clean minimalism of mid-century Scandinavian form, her work feels impeccably of-the-now. Rose gold tinted mirrors in half-moons and plinths sit alongside delicate marble-topped side tables. Armchairs are given a luxurious twist with plush orange velvet cushions draped playfully over a white frame, while ceramic vases with shark-fin like details provide a less bold but no less impactful touch of Sarah’s unique magic.

sarahellison.com.au

Sarah Ellison

Sarah Ellison

Sarah Ellison

Sarah Ellison

Studio Truly Truly

Fresh from showing at Salone del Mobile in Milan last year, Studio Truly Truly are on a roll. Operating from the Netherlands, the Australian founders - designers Joel & Kate Booy - create a broad spectrum of work that encompasses lighting, furniture, objects, and exhibition design. They are stradling the intersection of commercial design and innovative art, pushing the limits of how both worlds can co-exist within their work. Our pick is their ‘Levity Lamp’ - a sculptural and poetic depiction of light that could have been plucked from the imagination of Salvadore Dali.  

studiotrulytruly.com

Studio Truly Truly

Studio Truly Truly

Studio Truly Truly

Studio Truly Truly

Henry Wilson

Henry Wilson has forged a strong identity by using materials such as brass, bronze, and aluminium to create the kind of objects that are sure to last, both in form and in style. His bold, masculine style is as informed by his love of anthropology as it is by his understanding of utility and an innate appreciation for longevity. Having worked on fit-outs with Aesop, Henry is well-versed in holistic approaches to creating a visual language. But it’s his small objects that we are most taken with. From a perfectly formed and comfortingly weighty bronze dish to his sensually rounded wall sconces, Henry’s objects often look as though they might have been discovered at an antique market. If you were very, very lucky.

henrywilson.com.au

Henry Wilson

Henry Wilson

Henry Wilson

Henry Wilson

ACV Studio

Anna Varendorrf, the woman behind ACV Studio, has a way with brass. As a jewellery maker, it doesn’t surprise us, but it’s her curved brass vases that are verging on cult-status level that prove her innate understanding of the material. Designed to serve as both a vessel or as a sculptural object, Anna’s vases are a study in the beauty of curves and asymmetry, each one slightly different. The ultimate test of adding a decorative object to the home is in how much pleasure it will give us. Anna’s vases may be the epitome of poetic beauty in brass form.

acvstudio.bigcartel.com

ACV Studio

ACV Studio

ACV Studio

ACV Studio

Escape for New Year’s Eve - the most beautiful hotels to welcome in 2018

Almira Armstrong

Sixty Soho

Sixty Soho

Sixty Soho

It’s hard to think of a better place to welcome in the new year than New York City. Manhattan combines its iconic skyline with an irrepressible energy that creates a magnetic, centre-of-the-universe pull that no other city can compete with. Sixty Soho blends its own brand of discreet glamour with an opulent, hedonistic approach to NYE that only a New Yorker could get right. Start with a cocktail in The Gordon Bar before heading up to the terrace of the Sixty Thompson Loft, champagne in hand, to take in panoramic Manhattan views from the comfort of your very own rooftop party.

sixtyhotels.com

Masseria Moroseta

New Years Eve could slip by during a visit to Masseria Moroseta, and you might not even know it. The elegant farmhouse in the olive grove covered grounds of Ostuni in Puglia, Italy is a lesson in restraint, authenticity, and refinement. Immersed in tranquility, Masseria Moroseta begs you to do just one thing: relax. Spending New Years Eve by the hotel’s pool, prosecco and pasta in hand, might just be our idea of the perfect way to send off 2017.

masseriamoroseta.it

Masseria Moroseta

Masseria Moroseta

Jackalope

The storied Mornington Peninsula luxury hotel offers the kind of immersive, mythical escape into a world of indulgence that only the best New Years Eve parties promise. Aside from simply spending the night in one of the sleek suites that offer views of rolling vineyard-covered hills, Jackalope offers a NYE party package born for the bon vivant in each of us. Sip on free-flowing champagne and Aperol spritzes while enjoying a sumptuous feast underneath the hotel’s dazzline 10,000 globe chandelier. Afterwards, crawl through the warren to find a suite replete with plush beds and sumptuous black bathtubs to aid in your recovery.

jackalopehotels.com

Jackalope

Jackalope

Amangiri

For those wanting to put some distance between themselves and New Years Eve, the remote, luminous canyons of the American Southwest provide the sort of intense yet soothing backdrop suited to a holiday in which to separate from reality. Amangiri, yet another luxurious outpost of the Aman hotel juggernaut, is a mirage-like hub of luxe comfort and impeccably good taste. The Amangiri Suite features a large private pool with floating steps and an expansive sun deck with breathtakingly expansive Utah views. An ideal spot to welcome in 2018 in style and, well, silence.

aman.com

Amangiri

Amangiri

The Slow

For those of us who crave a tropical holiday that combines brutalist architecture with muted, sensuous interior design and all-day drinking, The Slow is just the place. Although it may sound like an unlikely combination, The Slow somehow makes it all work. The hotel has since redefined what it means to holiday in Bali, with its unique brand of boutique island luxe. If you can tear yourself away from the restaurant, local art, and DJ’s, a private party in the luxurious yet intimate Pool Suite is our idea of a tropical New Years Eve done right.

theslow.id

The Slow

The Slow

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48 HOURS IN MARRAKECH

Almira Armstrong

L'Hotel Marrakech

L'Hotel Marrakech

Few places evoke more mystery and heady sense of adventure than Morocco’s capital Marrakech. The city is a magnet for creatives drawn to an intoxicating mix of French, Middle East, and African cultures. Inside the walls of the Medina - the city’s fortified old-town centre - a racket of action from street vendors assaults the senses. Beyond these walls, contemporary neighbourhoods shape the noisy urban beat of Marrakech life. But, to us, the true pleasures of Marrakech lie in the city’s hidden pockets of tranquility: the odes to quietude, design, and beauty. In a city of such hypnotic chaos, we’ve sought the most inspiring examples of considered and contemplated design. This is the Marrakech that compels us to return.

STAY

L’Hotel Marrakech

No other place captures the romance of this city quite like the L’Hotel Marrakech. Jasper Conran’s first hotel, a converted 19th-Century riad in the authentic neighbourhood of Bab Doukkala, is a luscious 5-suite paradise every bit as considered as you’d expect from the design doyen. White-washed walls, plump white beds, and white voile curtains, which lilt gently on terraces, provide a serene backdrop for artwork and unfussy antiques to create an air of quiet glamour. Outside, an 8 metre pool stretches alongside a wall tickled by bougainvillea. On the roof terrace, views of the Atlas Mountains are accompanied by cocktails and the scent of jasmine and honeysuckle. Downstairs, the dining room serves refined Moroccan fare on perfectly pressed Egyptian linens. And while it’s hard to choose a favourite suite, we have to succumb to the charm of the Casablanca Suite, which re-imagines the glamour of the 1930’s in a sublime study of authenticity and restraint.

l-hotelmarrakech.com

L'Hotel Marrakech

L'Hotel Marrakech

L'Hotel Marrakech

L'Hotel Marrakech

L'Hotel Marrakech

L'Hotel Marrakech

L'Hotel Marrakech

L'Hotel Marrakech

EAT

Le Jardin

Nestled behind an unassuming facade, Kamal Laftimi’s heralded restaurant Le Jardin exemplifies the hidden magic of Marrakech. Set within a renovated 16th-Century building, Laftimi and interior architect Anne Favier have created a homage to the relaxed glamour of Marrakesh in the 60’s and 70’s. Emerald green tiles and lush greenery in the garden are an ideal backdrop for contemporary, bold furniture and a menu that bridges the gap between Moroccan and European cuisine. On occasion, an open air projected classic film is played. Le Jardin is an oasis of good taste that exists somewhere between modern and nostalgic, and reflects our idea of the perfect balmy night under the stars just about perfectly.

lejardinmarrakech.com

Le Jardin

Le Jardin

Le Jardin

Le Jardin

SEE

Ben Youssef

Ben Youssef, a historic Madersa built in the 1560’s is almost unfathomable in its quiet beauty. Once the largest Islamic school in North Africa, Ben Youssef is now an unblemished portal into the past - a structure that emits a grand elegance befitting of its past-life. Inside, the main internal courtyard features Carrara marble pillars holding up intricately detailed balconies. In the centre, an empty swimming pool provides a vibrant contrast to the washed and faded surrounds, jade zellij tiles sparkling under the African sun. Seen throughout the madrasa are tiles and carvings in geometric patterns that honour the teachings of Islam. At the end of the courtyard, a large prayer room is decorated in elaborate patterns of pine cones and palm trees. Ben Youssef is a shining example that design is at its most potent when done with intent.

medersa-ben-youssef.com

Ben Youssef

Ben Youssef

Ben Youssef

Ben Youssef

Ben Youssef

Ben Youssef

DO

Yves Saint Laurent Museum

Our latest design obsession - the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech- opened this year to a rapturous reception. Designed by Studio KO, the museum is the first dedicated fashion museum in Africa. For Saint Laurent, who spent a fortnight in Marrakech each year to design his haute couture collection, it would surely be a natural choice. On the exterior, sensuously curved walls are rendered in smooth pale stone, topped off with textural terracotta brickwork. The composite style reflects Saint Laurent’s unique ability to blend lightness with boldness, texture with delicacy. Inside, a 400-square-metre permanent exhibition space houses 50 couture creations. A cinema, temporary exhibition space, bookshop, and preservation facility create further opportunities to obtain a glimpse into the Saint Laurent oeuvre. At each touch point, the unique effect of Marrakech on the iconic designer is palpable. And, after a weekend spent in the city, it’s not hard to see why.

museeyslmarrakech.com

musée YVES SAINT LAURENT marrakech

musée YVES SAINT LAURENT marrakech

musée YVES SAINT LAURENT marrakech

musée YVES SAINT LAURENT marrakech