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In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: El Fenn Hotel

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: El Fenn Hotel

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: El Fenn Hotel

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: El Fenn Hotel

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: El Fenn Hotel

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: El Fenn Hotel

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: El Fenn Hotel

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: El Fenn Hotel

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: El Fenn Hotel

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: El Fenn Hotel

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: El Fenn Hotel

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: El Fenn Hotel

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: El Fenn Hotel

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: El Fenn Hotel

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: El Fenn Hotel

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: El Fenn Hotel

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: El Fenn Hotel

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: El Fenn Hotel

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: El Fenn Hotel

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: El Fenn Hotel

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: El Fenn Hotel

Aaahhhhh welcome to ‘El Fenn’. Set in the heart of Marrakech this luxury retreat fully embraces the romantic artisan architecture and age-old crafts of Morocco. In a city littered with lively riads ‘El Fenn’ stands out from the crowd, thoughtfully engaging a traditional home with contemporary furniture and art.

When Vanessa Branson (yes sister of) and her business partner stumbled across this majestic but dilapidated home they knew that it was a gem too bright to keep to themselves. Respectfully restored and renovated, intricate metal and timber detailing is abundant, glorious stone and mosaic tiled floors are scattered with Berber rugs, ceilings are high and considered, and colour is BIG, oh so wonderfully BIG.

It’s been a progressive project that now includes 28 rooms, a massive roof terrace, rose gardens, numerous pools, a family of tortoises… are you getting the picture? Complementing the magnificent textural and visual architecture of this hotel is Branson’s private collection of artwork. Ranging from David Shrigley to Terence Donavan and Bridget Riley this is part gallery, part traveller’s haven.

‘El Fenn’, it’s only fitting for such a bewitching city!

Credits: El Fenn

OUT/ABOUT: EL FENN HOTEL

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Flushing Meadows Hotel

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Flushing Meadows Hotel

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Flushing Meadows Hotel

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Flushing Meadows Hotel

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Flushing Meadows Hotel

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Flushing Meadows Hotel

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Flushing Meadows Hotelv

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Flushing Meadows Hotel

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Flushing Meadows Hotel

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Flushing Meadows Hotel

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Flushing Meadows Hotel

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Flushing Meadows Hotel

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Flushing Meadows Hotel

Munich welcomes ‘The Flushing Meadows’ a new design hotel by three very savvy dudes. Gastronomist Niels Jäger and architects Sascha Arnold and Steffen Werner are no strangers to entertaining, with three other bars in Munich, guests have access to some of the hottest establishments in town.

Building within the top floors of a 1920s post office, they didn’t touch the institutional façade of the building, and managed to maintain the high ceiling in the 3rd floor loft rooms. Generous spaces – all individually developed in collaboration with an actress, musician, pro surfer, DJ and industrial furniture designer – these rooms have personality plus. Ranging from Nordic white minimalist into deep warm sage and dusty blush pinks, they are more like apartments than hotel rooms.

The penthouse studios are more classic in their styling, charcoal blues with highlights of sunshine yellow and hot pink. Carpet and upholstered walls embrace their guest, giving a sense of cosy luxury.

The common spaces are homely with plenty of layering, soft surfaces, Persian rugs, all complimented with honey natural timbers. The partners in this gregarious enterprise are all classics with copper tapware by Vola, Kvadrat fabrics, ClassiCon and Thonet furniture. Come in out of the cold and get cosy the rooftop bar is open till 2am!

Credits: The Flushing Meadows Hotel

Out/About: THE FLUSHING MEADOWS HOTEL

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Château de la Resle

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Château de la Resle

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Château de la Resle

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Château de la Resle

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Château de la Resle

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Château de la Resle

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Château de la Resle

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Château de la Resle

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Château de la Resle

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Château de la Resle

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Château de la Resle

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Château de la Resle

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Château de la Resle

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Château de la Resle

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Château de la Resle

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Château de la Resle

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Château de la Resle

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Château de la Resle

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Château de la Resle

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Château de la Resle

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Château de la Resle

Wow! Dutchmen Johan Bouman and Pieter Franssen’s magnificent aesthetic is perfectly composed in their Burgundy hotel, ‘Château de la Resle’. Enthusiastic collectors of contemporary art and furniture, the new and old collide with poetic beauty in this 6-suite guesthouse.

The brilliance of this design is the commanding nature of the contemporary pieces against the majestic backdrop of such a robust old dame of a building. Original features like the marble fireplaces, intricate plasterwork, grand staircase and decorative timber paneling, are so striking in their level of craftsmanship that it only seems fitting to ensure their new companions are of the same ilk.

Roderick Vos’s kitchen dresser, heavy in black steel and timber, is a wonderful modern interpretation of a manor’s kitchen. While Patricia Urquiola’s bathware, ’Vieques’ for Agape is perfectly suited to this grandiose farmhouse.

Bouman and Franssen enlisted their favourite Dutch designers to create exclusive pieces for the hotel. The result was so successful that they have started their own ‘Chateau de la Resle’ label, so now we can all have a little piece of this design divinity.

Credits: Château de la Resle

Out/About: Château de la Resle

Out/About: Robert Malherbe and Prue Venables 'Gathered in Spring'

Out/About: Robert Malherbe and Prue Venables 'Gathered in Spring'

Out/About: Robert Malherbe and Prue Venables 'Gathered in Spring'

Out/About: Robert Malherbe and Prue Venables 'Gathered in Spring'

Out/About: Robert Malherbe and Prue Venables 'Gathered in Spring'

Out/About: Robert Malherbe and Prue Venables 'Gathered in Spring'

Out/About: Robert Malherbe and Prue Venables 'Gathered in Spring'

Out/About: Robert Malherbe and Prue Venables 'Gathered in Spring'

Out/About: Robert Malherbe and Prue Venables 'Gathered in Spring'

Out/About: Robert Malherbe and Prue Venables 'Gathered in Spring'

Out/About: Robert Malherbe and Prue Venables 'Gathered in Spring'

Out/About: Robert Malherbe and Prue Venables 'Gathered in Spring'

Sydney based artist Robert Malherbe’s latest show ‘Gathered in Spring’ – a collection of still-life paintings – is soft and delicate in subject, and robust in delivery. Renowned for painting from life in real time, Malherbe’s hand is impulsive and confident.

Malherbe’s blooms exude life. Leaves curl and petals catch and reflect light. The minute is expressed with lush brush strokes. You can visually feel the weight of the rose’s head. Chrysanthemums, peonies and tulips are rich in colour against black backdrops, red table tops and swathes of graphic black and white striped cloth. Light refracts and bounces around and through glass vases.

Warm and full, it’s Malherbe’s tactile paint surfaces that steal you away to the very moment he painted these floral arrangements. Take some time out to stop by and smell the flowers.

‘Gathered in Spring’ also features the beautifully delicate ceramic works of Prue Venables.

Robert Malherbe and Prue Venables ‘Gathered in Spring’
Olsen Irwin Gallery
63 Jersey Road, Woollahra 2025 NSW
Monday 12pm – 5pm
Tuesday – Friday 1pm – 5pm
Saturday 1pm – 5pm
Sunday 12pm – 5pm
Until 20th December 2014

Credits: Images courtesy of the artist and Olsen Irwin Gallery

Out/About: Robert Malherbe & Prue Venables ‘Gathered in Spring’

In/Out: Workbook - Marsha Golemac & Brooke Holm

In/Out: Workbook - Marsha Golemac & Brooke Holm

In/Out: Workbook - Marsha Golemac & Brooke Holm

In/Out: Workbook - Marsha Golemac & Brooke Holm

In/Out: Workbook - Marsha Golemac & Brooke Holm

In/Out: Workbook - Marsha Golemac & Brooke Holm

In/Out: Workbook - Marsha Golemac & Brooke Holm

In/Out: Workbook - Marsha Golemac & Brooke Holm

In/Out: Workbook - Marsha Golemac & Brooke Holm

In/Out: Workbook - Marsha Golemac & Brooke Holm

In/Out: Workbook - Marsha Golemac & Brooke Holm

In/Out: Workbook - Marsha Golemac & Brooke Holm

Melbourne based stylist Marsha Golemac and photographer Brooke Holm have come together to create ‘Workbook’ a visual diary and exhibition of nature’s beauty in juxtaposition with intensively restrained styled studio images.

Golemac and Holm have been collaborating across editorial and commercial assignments for many years. ‘Workbook’ is the culmination of their individual professional pursuits in studio styling and outdoor photography, a collection of still life and landscape images that are at once symbiotic and contradictory.

The images created are hauntingly beautiful couplings. Vast and serene landscapes, wonderlands of our earth, harmonise with drifting paper, obscure objects and stylised paper motifs. Refined and arresting, ‘Workbook’ is a lookbook of human interactive interpretation with the organic. Soft hues of natural light in the measureless expanse of nature find companionship with the minuscule.

Limited copies of Workbooks well as large-scale prints are available for purchase.

‘Workbook, a visual diary & exhibition’ by Marsha Golemac & Brooke Holm
Modern Times
311 Smith St Fitzroy, Victoria 3065
Monday,Tuesday & Friday  10am – 6pm
Saturday 10am – 5pm
Sunday 11am – 6pm
Until 16th November 2014

Credits: Courtesy of the artists & Modern Times

OUT/ABOUT: MARSHA GOLEMAC & BROOKE HOLM ‘WORKBOOK’

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Abbaye de Fontevraud

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Abbaye de Fontevraud

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Abbaye de Fontevraud

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Abbaye de Fontevraud

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Abbaye de Fontevraud

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Abbaye de Fontevraud

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Abbaye de FontevraudIn/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Abbaye de Fontevraud

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In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Abbaye de Fontevraud

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Abbaye de Fontevraud

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Abbaye de Fontevraud

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Abbaye de Fontevraud

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Abbaye de Fontevraud

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Abbaye de Fontevraud

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Abbaye de Fontevraud

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Abbaye de Fontevraud

Fontevraud L’Hotel is a perfect example of a pure concept realised. Patrick Jouin (industrial designer) and Jouin Manku (architect) from French studio Jouin Manku are responsible for this exquisitely refined hotel and restaurant. Located in the picturesque grounds of the Abbaye de Fontevraud, a UNESCO world heritage site in Anjou, the hotel has a wonderful sense of contemporary solace.

The regal architectural bones of each of the guest rooms are a subdued but hearty canvas. Quietly respectful of their forefathers in design, the spacious and pared-back furniture pieces are thoughtfully detailed. Clever follies of elastic banded fabric panels hold documents, the bedhead peels off the wall to allow the bedsides to run behind, and the lamps and artwork hang off refined black wall-mounted rails. It’s a beautifully detailed moment of measured consideration for the space and it’s history. The serene and contemporary palette harmonises with the ancient building fabric with its beiges, taupey greys, natural whites and timber accented with mustards, black and petrol grey blue.

The tranquil palette carries through to the common areas. Exquisite joinery in the restaurant is in dove and storm greys and caramel browns with a robust timber element in the bar. Grey browns and warm charcoals reside over the meeting room’s candle fuelled table. Additional folding chairs line the wall of the meeting room all comfortably sitting in their allocated pew. Solemn high-backed banquets are blessed by oversized copper lined timber pendants. Waiters stations curve out of walls and light radiates from the back of breakfast room loveseats.

This is an incredible example of restrained French chic. The perfect place to sip champagne, nibble on a buttery croissant, bite into a crusty baguette and sink back into the cloud that is Fontevraud L’Hotel.

Credits: Nicolas Mathéus

Out/About: Fontevraud L’Hotel

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Peter Sharp 'Eucalypt'

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Peter Sharp 'Eucalypt'

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Peter Sharp 'Eucalypt'

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Peter Sharp 'Eucalypt'

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Peter Sharp 'Eucalypt'

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Peter Sharp 'Eucalypt'

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Peter Sharp 'Eucalypt'

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Peter Sharp 'Eucalypt'

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Peter Sharp 'Eucalypt'

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Peter Sharp 'Eucalypt'

Sydney based artist Peter Sharp’s current exhibition ‘Eucalypt’ is rich in colour and material. Expressive and poetic, Sharp translates the Australian landscape into emotional abstractions.

Always starting with paper sketches, Sharp then translates to drawings, then to paintings, and then finally to sculptures. It’s so beautiful to see the whole process unfold in this show. The micro celebrations of our environmental fabric, Sharp focuses on the miniscule in his landscapes rather than our very vast horizons.

His earthy tones are highlighted with lilac, dirty pinks and sky blue. Chalky and milky in texture they are wonderful compositions of biomorphic forms. You get a sense of his intense love for this country through his work. Abstracted moments capturing flora on paper, canvas, and totem, ‘Eucalypt’ is a beautiful reminder of this extraordinarily abundant island that we camp on.

Peter Sharp ‘Eucalypt’
Liverpool Street Gallery
2 Liverpool Street East Sydney 2010
Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 6pm
Until 30th October 2014

Credits: Courtesy of the artist & Liverpool Street Gallery

OUT/ABOUT: Peter Sharp ‘Eucalypt’

In/Out: John Nicholson 'Breaking House'

In/Out: John Nicholson 'Breaking House'

In/Out: John Nicholson 'Breaking House'

In/Out: John Nicholson 'Breaking House'

In/Out: John Nicholson 'Breaking House'

In/Out: John Nicholson 'Breaking House'

In/Out: John Nicholson 'Breaking House'

In/Out: John Nicholson 'Breaking House'

In/Out: John Nicholson 'Breaking House'

Sydney-based artist John Nicholson’s new body of work ‘Breaking House’ is a psychedelic study of fractured form and carefully measured colour-stacks extruded to redefine and animate their framed parameters.

Nicholson’s use of highly saturated coloured polymers and pigmented Perspex are a scientific study of light and colour, a visual movement of sound and vibration. Stand-alone or wall hung sculptural interplays connect and harmonise, pulling the guest through the exhibition.

They are architectural optical art, at once minimalist and pop futuristic. We love the timber frames in ‘Two Way’ and ‘Double Jam’, calming notions of building blocks their balance only made possible by the asymmetric angled blades of colour. Nicholson’s ‘Atrium’ is a dreamy conceptual vision.

John Nicholson ‘Breaking House’
Sophie Gannon Gallery
2 Albert Street Richmond VIC 3121
Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 5pm
or by appointment
Until 8th November 2014

Credits: Images courtesy of the artist and Sophie Gannon Gallery

OUT/ABOUT: John Nicholson ‘Breaking House’

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Masseria Cimino

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Masseria Cimino

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Masseria Cimino

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Masseria Cimino

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Masseria Cimino

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Masseria Cimino

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Masseria Cimino

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Masseria Cimino

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Masseria Cimino

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Masseria Cimino

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Masseria Cimino

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Masseria Cimino

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Masseria Cimino

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Masseria Cimino

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Masseria Cimino

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Masseria Cimino

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Masseria Cimino

It is the quintessential white washed walls, with their rich textures and vernacular forms, that make for the perfect backdrops to the regional objets d’art at the Masseria Cimino. A rustic, beautifully restored, and lovingly-curated guesthouse in Puglia, Italy, this family-run haven is full of history. It’s stone building blocks date back to 6th century B.C., recycled in the 1700’s to build this extraordinary farmhouse’s perimeter wall.

The hotel is honest and authentic, its fabrics simple, bed linens crisp, bed spreads locally crafted. Vine-ripening tomatoes bountifully hang between raw lightbulbs from the breakfast room. Knobbly and knotted old olive trees and cacti adorn the garden creating an endless supply of decorative foliage to bring inside. Sun loungers are covered by simple white canvas shades, brass taps float over raw stone basins, window frames are painted a subtle shade of blue and bowls of lemons abound. Roaring open fires and candlelit rooms add to the contemplative authentic simplicity, the slowing down of pace, and the purity of time spent at this ancient abode.

Set against the backdrop of the blue yonder of the Adriatic this beauty beckons to the soul a celebration of all that is the good life.

Credits: Masseria Cimino, Carla Coulson, Project Fairytale

Out/About: Masseria Cimino

In/Out: Dale Frank 'Toby Jugs'

In/Out: Dale Frank 'Toby Jugs'

In/Out: Dale Frank 'Toby Jugs'

In/Out: Dale Frank 'Toby Jugs'

In/Out: Dale Frank 'Toby Jugs'

In/Out: Dale Frank 'Toby Jugs'

In/Out: Dale Frank 'Toby Jugs'

In/Out: Dale Frank 'Toby Jugs'

In/Out: Dale Frank 'Toby Jugs'

In/Out: Dale Frank 'Toby Jugs'

In/Out: Dale Frank 'Toby Jugs'

Australian artist Dale Frank’s latest exhibition ‘Toby Jugs’ at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, is an expansive dreamscapes of colour and movement and a wild celebration of the unknown.

There are so many alluring components to Frank’s work. Glossy varnish is manipulated to create complex amalgamations, almost infinite in their intricacy. Portholes to the conscious and subconscious, conjuring up past memories and the future unknown, they are bewildering and spellbinding objects. There is a serenity in all that explosion of colour, contrary in their loudness, they are hushed and soothing in their materiality and detail.

‘Toby Jugs’ is a skewing of the real, a slight deformation in all that glossy perfection. This is not a show to quickly pop into, but one to get truly lost within.

Dale Frank ‘Toby Jugs’
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
8 Soudan Lane (off Hampden Street), Paddington NSW
Tuesday – Friday 10am – 6pm
Saturday from 11am – 6pm
Until 4th October 2014

Credits: Images courtesy of the artists and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery

OUT/ABOUT: Dale Frank ‘Toby Jugs’

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