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Celebrity Insider: Meg Ryan’s New York Loft

Actress turned director Meg Ryan has a lesser known passion: the world of interiors. Ryan recently completed the renovation of her ninth home – this time with the help of designer Monique Gibson and architect Joel Barkley.

Her sprawling New York loft was once Cindy Sherman‘s photo studio. Now, light floods through the huge windows and the former darkroom is Ryan’s cloakroom.

A neutral colour palette runs throughout the home, with texture and interest added in the way of intricate light hangings, Ryan’s collection of art and an eclectic mix of furniture gathered from many vintage stores.

The kitchen area sees an industrial light from a second hand store in Maine illuminate the area, while fabrics by Rogers & Goffigon wrap the living room’s sofas. These are complemented by a Stéphane Parmentier lava-stone stool, a painting of Ryan by John Mellencamp and a Pablo Avilla wire tree sculpture.

The dining room features a striking custom-made bronze table by Maison Gerard, which is surrounded by Bentwood chairs from Lee Calicchio. Overhead hangs a high impact, salvaged lantern and mantel from United House Wrecking.

Through to the monochrome bathroom and a Water Monopoly stand-alone tub sits above a tiled platform. Matching Urban Archaeology vanities are customised with Grigio Carnico marble tops creating a sophisticated space.

Take a look…

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Inside four of this year’s fabulous Spring Racing marquees

While all eyes may be on the many celebrities attending this year’s Spring Racing Carnival in Melbourne, including Tim Cahill, Jessica Gomes and Usain Bolt, the marquees housing these guests have been meticulously pulled together by some of the nation’s best design and experiential minds.

More than 310,000 people are expected to attend the Melbourne Cup Carnival, and corporate sponsors in ‘The Birdcage’ are once again competing for the unofficial ‘best on ground’ award from punters. Take a look inside four of our favourite marquees of 2016…

Mumm Marquee

Special features: A beach club party theme, a four-metre-long oval pool and a ‘Rosé Soleil’ performance.

We love: The pairing of aerial stunts and synchronised swimming with vocals from Australian singer-songwriter Paris Wells.


Lavazza Marquee

Special features: A 360 degree recreation of Milan’s mid-century shopping arcade, Galleria, designed by Neale Whitaker.
We love: The traditional terracotta flooring, the Tom Dixon-esque chandelier and the cafe-style seating and pot-plants that complete the mall aesthetic. 39cb2f6100000578-3881120-image-a-40_1477630575774

 Myer Marquee

Special features: A French atelier-theme, a ‘By Appointment’ bar and 5,000 glasses of G.H.Mumm French Champagne.

We love: The very Spring colour palette of copper, tan, mint and blush, complete with multiple floral arrangements and a 7 metre-long copper table known as ‘The Botanist’s Table’, where guests will enjoy freshly shucked oysters, Fresh tuna sashimi, pistachio gelato and more.


Wolf Blass Marquee

Special features: A partnership with artist David Bromley (of Bromley & Co – who we featured here), saw this marquee turned into a whimsical artist’s studio, with furnishings including ornate Victorian-era pieces and Bromley’s own antiques.

We love: That the collaboration extended as far as three special edition ‘Bromley by Wolf Blass’ wines, which guests will be the first to taste.


Images from here.

What’s new in the world of design: November 2016

The past month has brought with it many collaborations between fashion labels, designers, artists and decor brands. From perfume bottles to wine labels, coffee cups to boutique windows, there really is no limit to how talented creatives can come together to create something truly unique…

Zuza Mengham for Laboratory Perfumes

This month we covered the London Design Festival, and it was there that fragrance maker Laboratory Perfumes showcased its collaboration with artist Zuza Mengham. Mengham interpreted the intangible fragrances of five different perfumes into resin sculptures, rich in colour and form. Brought about by Laboratory Perfumes’s idea that when “communicating the composition of a fragrance” they aren’t “restricted by the limits of language”, the result is colourful, tactile sculptures that embody the sensory journey of each scent.

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Images from here. 

Bromley & Co for Wolf Blass

Bromley by Wolf Blass‘ is a collaboration between Australian artist David Bromley (who we featured here) and South Australian winery Wolf Blass. The collection features some of Bromley’s most recognised art designs, printed onto the collectable series of labels. With extracts from Bromley’s Birds, Nudes and Butterflies series, we can enjoy two of life’s finest pleasures at once.


Images from here.

Levi van Veluw for Hermès New York Fall windows 

Dutch artist Levi van Veluw has again collaborated with luxury fashion house Hermès, this time designing window installations for its Madison Ave boutique in New York. Van Veluw created finely carved 3D wooden versions of Hermès’s famous silk scarves, turning each window into a geometric art-piece full of glamour and intricacy.


Photos courtesy of Hermès.

Emilio Pucci for illy

The Italian coffee company illy has launched its latest design collaboration in partnership with Italian fashion house Emilio Pucci. Famous for its geometric prints in kaleidoscopic colours, Pucci drew on its “Cities of the World” scarf designs from the late 1950s to inspire the coffee cup range. Each of the six designs represents an iconic fashion city from around the world.

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Inside five unforgettable Paris fashion stores

There’s no denying that Paris is an epicentre of global fashion. It is host to the ‘Paris Fashion Week’; part of the four major global fashion weeks (the others being in London, Milan and New York). In fact, the first recognised Paris Fashion Week was held in 1973 as a fundraiser to restore the Palace of Versailles.

Fast forward to today, and the city sets the agenda for trends and influences we see coming in to not only our wardrobes, but our homes too. We’ve looked inside five of our favourite Paris fashion stores to showcase their incredible interiors.

1. Sonia Rykiel 

Located on the Boulevard Saint-Germain, the Sonia Rykiel store pays homage to the Left Bank’s rich history of authors and publishers. It was recently renovated to bring in 50,000 books, turning the store into a quasi library, with bookshelves running the length of the walls. Whether a book lover or fashion fan, this pop up concept is abound with old world charm.

Images from here and here

2. Lydia Courteille

Just like the jewellery the brand is famous for, the interior of the Lydia Courteille store on rue Saint-Honoré is like a gem itself. With sapphire-toned upholstery, gem encrusted decorations and cabinet display themes that range from under the sea to Russian royalty, the space makes up for its tiny size with huge amounts of theatrical ambience.

Images from here and here.

3. Christian Dior

Dior’s Avenue Montaigne flagship store is steeped in history. It was in this former townhouse that Christian Dior created his five-floor fashion boutique in 1946, full of ready-to-wear and haute couture collections. Within seven years of opening the doors, it had expanded to house more than 1,000 staff and 28 workshops. Today, it features room after room of luxury, almost like a mini Paris itself.

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4. Azzedine Alaïa

Running over three levels, the Azzedine Alaïa store is housed in an 18th-century mansion and uniquely has no window displays. With white Carrara marble, an incredible chandelier made up of brushed metal garlands that stretch down the run of the circular, internal staircase, and UFO-like circular light fixtures, the space is a modern oasis in the historic city of Paris.


Images from here and here.

5. Le Bon Marché

While Gustave Eiffel is most well known as being the engineer behind the Eiffel Tower, he also worked with architect Louis-Charles Boileau to create the 323,000-square-foot mall – Le Bon Marché in 1852. It’s Left Bank’s oldest department store and attracts 15,000 people through its doors each day. Design wise, its roof is almost like a crystal with its glimmering shards of glass, while marble and stone surfaces are the perfect accompaniment to its haute couture stores.

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Images from here.