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“We had to bring softness to it, and more light, more calm – because this building is heavy,” Hayon says of his interior design for Cartier.

How an abandoned embassy came to host Cartier’s finest jewels

Faced with turning a neglected brutalist building in Madrid into the site of a luxury showcase, design star Jaime Hayon reached for his colour box.

  • Phlippa Coates

This Month

Le 39V, the rooftop restaurant designed by Raphael Navot, is like a padded grotto in the sky.

How two foreign-born designers are remaking Parisian style

Israeli Raphael Navot and Italian Fabrizio Casiraghi are spinning the best of the city’s craft traditions in radical new ways.

  • Stephen Todd

June

This leader’s retirement dream includes a room-sized train set

In her future, soprano and composer Deborah Cheetham sees a shed or a barn or a room “completely and utterly devoted” to a Middle Earth locomotion extravaganza.

  • Philippa Coates
Peter Lewis and his wife, Lily, at Peter Lewis Paints in Woollahra.

A tin of Dulux costs $80. Discerning buyers pay this company $130

The founder of Porter’s Paints, a company that redefined Australian paint finishes and colours in the 1980s and ’90s, has a new focus.

  • Jemima Whyte

How to own a piece of history as forgotten design classics resurface

The sole goal of the Ecart International collection is to put the work of Parisian designers back into production.

  • Stephen Todd
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Gordon has many ideas up his sleeve, including expanding his business to employ other potters.

Why this Victorian potter’s bespoke plates are in demand in New York

From a small studio in regional Victoria, Sam Gordon produces wares for top restaurants in Australia and the Big Apple. But he’s only just getting started.

  • Paul Best
Michael McCormack established Milieu to design and deliver residential developments for people “like me”.

How tiny property developer Milieu is influencing the big guys

“I guess where we add value is in our finer-grain approach,” says Michael McCormack of the boutique firm he co-founded a decade ago.

  • Stephen Todd
The new Braun LE series of speakers echoes the heritage audio equipment designed in the 1950s by Dieter Rams.

With speakers as good-looking as these, who needs music?

Braun has returned to audio design with its new LE series of speakers. Rest assured: they sound fabulous, too.

  • Stephen Todd
Designer Sabine Marcelis.

When a snowboarding career didn’t pan out, this designer saw the light

Sabine Marcelis has spent a decade exploring resin, glass and light, culminating in her latest pieces in muted shades and mirrors that give off an ethereal glow.

  • Stephen Todd
Always by Kennedy Nolan in collaboration with Amanda Oliver Gardens.

The green movement arrives in urban backyards

Is it possible to ‘rewild’ our neighbourhoods without demolishing a single house? Three of this year’s Houses Awards nominees show how it can be done.

  • Dan F. Stapleton

May

Designer Trent Jansen cocooning in the lounger made by sci-fi artist Lucy McRae using remaindered garments supplied by Bianca Spender

Yes, that’s a lounge made from a designer’s unsold garments

Bianca Spender didn’t expect a piece of furniture to come back when she sent clothes to an artist in LA. Now it’s going under the hammer, along with other transformed cast-offs.

  • Stephen Todd
“Love your Country. Love your culture. Love your bush tucker,” says artist Yukultji Napangati.

Kettle collectables: Breville puts Aboriginal art on your benchtop

A foray into Indigenous culture could have been disastrous for the kitchen appliance maker. Instead, it is a cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural triumph.

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  • Dan F. Stapleton
Spanish designer Alvaro Catalán de Ocón.

Rugs with a message: don’t sweep plastic waste under the carpet

Alvaro Catalán de Ocón designs “products that can be like manifestos” – including these geographically accurate rugs mapping some of the world’s most polluted rivers.

  • Paul Best