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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
Soft, comfortable and moisture-wicking clothes by Juliette Hogan. Just stay away from wearing white on a plane.

Your guide to true comfort (and style) on a long-haul flight

Torn at the seams over what to wear? Ripped to shreds wondering how to style your threads? Send your fashion questions to our new column, How to Wear It.

  • Lauren Sams
Splashes of colour at the Hermès Ready to Wear show for Spring/Summer 2023.

I’m a man and I want to wear colour – so why can’t I find any?

Torn at the seams over what to wear? Ripped to shreds wondering how to style your threads? Send your style questions to our new column, How to Wear It.

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  • Lauren Sams
A tiny tender  and paddleboards are provided for guests.

A night to remember in Sydney’s floating hotel for two

After a calamitous setback, an off-grid luxury retreat on a Pittwater pontoon is back, bigger and better than before – as long as there’s no southerly blowing.

  • Charis Perkins
Huawei Watch D

Stressed at work? This watch wants to keep track for you

Huawei’s Watch D has a small airbag built into its watchband, which inflates just like a conventional blood-pressure cuff. Only, it won’t be for everyone.

  • John Davidson
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Putting the Tesla Model Y through its paces on Australian roads.

The new Tesla SUV has arrived in Australia. Here’s what it’s like

Given the popularity of the Model 3 sedan, it’s likely this SUV will take the country by storm.

  • Tony Davis
Dave Pynt grew up in Perth and says he has always been passionate about food cooked over a wood-fuelled fire.

The Perth-born chef on global diners’ hot lists

You have to be quick to secure a booking 30 days ahead at Burnt Ends in Singapore, where Dave Pynt has foodies fired up over his wizardry cooking on wood.

  • Jennifer Hewett
Bruce Chalmers in the bush-vine block that is only occasionally watered with overhead sprinklers to mimic rain.

Family winery defies the odds to produce top drops from parched vines

In the hot north-west corner of Victoria, Chalmers Wines is pushing the limits to see how little irrigation it can get away with.

  • Max Allen
Extravagance and gilt are the theme at Schiaparelli, along with cinched hips and waists, and exposed breasts.

A whiff of the Gilded Age as couture designers embrace decadence

A war and cost-of-living crises around the world were left behind amid the gilt and glamour of the shows in Paris.

  • Lauren Indvik
Toasty Life is the Australian-made equivalent of the UK’s Dryrobe.

The fashionable look this winter? A waterproof, wearable tent

Once exclusively revered by the cold-water swimming set and hardcore surfers, robes lined with recycled Coke bottles are appearing everywhere.

  • Eugenie Kelly
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At the Hästens Sleep Spa Hotel, the beds are guaranteed to give you a good night’s sleep.

Here’s what it’s like to curl up on a $60,000 bed

This 15-room boutique hotel in Coimbra, Portugal is the only one of its kind. The goal is to “offer you the world’s best sleep experience”.

  • Lois Alter Mark
Room with a view: The signature armchair in each guestroom provides a striking dash of blue.

A touch of Paris off Collins Street

The Sofitel Melbourne has been onto a winning formula for years. It hasn’t changed it, just injected a dose of contemporary French flair.

  • Gus McCubbing
Ross Macdonald surfing at Resort Latitude Zero (a surfing hangout) in Western Indonesia.

Why this CEO brainstorms while sitting on a surfboard

Cynata Therapeutics boss Dr Ross Macdonald likes to think outside the box when solving problems. Where better to do so than off the coast?

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An aerial view of the imposing Château Saint-Germain-en-Laye. The area was a favourite hunting ground for French royals.

This hidden royal city is a charming Parisian secret

Saint-Germain-en-Laye, on the outskirts of Paris, is a fascinating and less crowded alternative to the usual day-trip haunts of Giverny and Versailles.

  • Jane Knight
Australian golfer Jarrod Mosely doing battle with the infamous Road Hole bunker on the Old Course in 2003.

Inside the most notorious golf course in the world

The Old Course at St Andrews is one of the most challenging in the world. Now the world’s best golfers are heading there for only the 30th time for the Open Championship.

  • Richard Allen
A section of the 18-metre-long Socialist mural on the current Ministry of Finance building.

Potent life lessons from Germany’s Finance Ministry

It’s not on the tourist map, but the Berlin HQ of the most powerful finance ministry in Europe embodies momentous times past and present.

  • Geoff Raby
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
Rollo Crittenden with assistant winemaker Matt Campbell at Crittenden Estate on the Mornington Peninsula.

Comté and vin jaune: An Australian winemaker’s tribute to Jura

Crittenden Estate in Victoria planted savagnin grapes quite by accident. The result is a superb wine best paired with a classic French cheese.

  • Max Allen
The Rolls-Royce Phantom, all 5.76 metres of it, about to take on the hair-raising Grande Corniche.

Driving a 2.6-tonne Rolls-Royce Phantom up the Grande Corniche

The $1 million-plus vehicle is not the most nimble for twisting and turning up a cliff road along the Côte d’Azur. But it is comfortable.

  • Tony Davis
LG OLED evo

Eureka! LG’s C2 OLED is a tweak-free TV

Out of the box, everything about the brand’s latest model looks just right, the way it was intended to. 

  • John Davidson
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French style icon Inès de la Fressange in Breton stripes.

French style is all about je ne sais quoi. What does that mean?

Effortless chic is much admired, but pinning it down is the tricky part for those of us who aspire to emulate it.

  • Lauren Sams
French knitwear brand Molli produces chic contemporary pieces renowned for their cut and colours.

Five must-visit maisons of cutting-edge creativity in Paris

A former Melburnian shares her favourite niche businesses, from designer knitwear to furniture, in the city she now calls home.

  • Kate van den Boogert
The Entrelacs Mysterieux bracelet is paired with Echo Mysterieux earrings with detachable pendants and an Echo Mysterieux ring.

They bought a 910-carat diamond. Then they split it 82 ways

Van Cleef & Arpels’ latest high jewellery collection is focused on just one stone, the Lesotho Legend, which is the fifth-largest gem of its kind on record.

  • Lauren Sams
Neil Perry at the Campo de’Fiori market.

Neil Perry’s top six places to eat in Rome

The inaugural Sydney-Perth-Rome Qantas flight marked the celebrity chef’s fifth visit to Rome – so who better to eat with in the Eternal City?

  • Fiona Carruthers
Chef Douglas Keyte grilling a ginormous T-bone steak on the wood-fired Josper at Melbourne’s Grill Americano.

The thrill of the grill is hot again

You’d be forgiven for thinking humans had just discovered fire, with the plethora of restaurants serving coal-cooked or flame-licked food these days.

  • Necia Wilden