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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
Alanis Morissette in 1996 at the height of the success of her album Jagged Little Pill.

The ’90s throwback that’s more than nostalgia

A musical woven around an iconic Alanis Morrissette album gives its grungy spirit a modern, relevant outlet.

  • Michael Bailey
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
Bright colours help set your suitcase apart.

Going on holiday? These steps will keep your luggage safe

More bags are going astray thanks to post-pandemic staffing issues, but there are steps you can take to reduce the risk.

  • Julie Weed
Leonard Cohen performs in a scene from the documentary Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, a Journey, a Song.

Leonard Cohen and his most famous song

This documentary views the long and illustrious career of the singer-songwriter through the lens of a single song: Hallelujah.

  • John McDonald

Lunch with the AFR

says Baroness Greenfield.

This famous 71-year-old scientist could hold the key to Alzheimer’s

Baroness Susan Greenfield is busy drumming up funding for her fourth start-up, which aims to identify the ageing disease long before symptoms appear.

  • Julie Hare
Simon Gerrans

Why this pro cyclist hasn’t looked back since he quit Goldman Sachs

Former yellow jersey wearer and current SBS Tour de France commentator Simon Gerrans has found purpose in retirement by juggling two jobs.

  • Theo Chapman
David Gruen, head of the Australian Bureau of Statistics, muscles through nine courses at Inka in Canberra.

The chess grandmaster who wowed Australia’s chief statistician

Our chief statistician, the man who runs the organisation responsible for crunching millions of datapoints, met his match at a Chinese-Peruvian restaurant.

  • Jessica Sier

This Month

Drinking small amounts of alcohol can provide health benefits to Australians older than 40, according to a new study.

Over-40s can benefit from moderate alcohol consumption

Research published in The Lancet found consuming small amounts of alcohol – between a half and two standard drinks a day – could reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

  • Updated
  • Gus McCubbing
Author Jess Ho.

How to write a better book

If you’re penning a memoir, writes Jess Ho, you can’t leave yourself out of it, no matter how private a person you are.

  • Jess Ho
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.

  • Updated
  • Lauren Sams
Australians travelling to and from London could face headaches following a spat between Heathrow Airport and Emirates.

Emirates rejects Heathrow Airport demand to cut flights

Heathrow this week asked airlines to stop selling some tickets for flights over the northern summer, meaning Australian travellers could face more headaches.

  • Alexander Cornwell and Paul Sandle
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, stands up for downtrodden women.

Why Camilla will be the ultimate feminist queen

The Duchess of Cornwall does not play it safe and instead chooses what might be seen as controversial issues to champion.

  • Julie Bindel
“It’s an old man dancing like a chicken and singing”: Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger.

Satisfaction has nothing to do with achievement, money, or stuff

Our natural state is dissatisfaction, punctuated by brief moments of satisfaction. But there are ways to overcome that instinct.

  • Arthur Brooks
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
Sydney Opera House CEO Louise Herron (right) and Minister for the Arts Ben Franklin in the refurbished Concert Hall on Thursday.

Sydney Opera House reveals jewel of its $300m major facelift

The Sydney Opera House’s famed Concert Hall has undergone a major refurbishment, ushering in a new era before it turns 50 next year.

  • Farid Farid
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
‘Birmingham’ by US artist Simone Leigh sold for $US2.2 million.

$59m sale points to female artists edging towards price parity

At high-end art auctions around the globe, female artists continue to set new records.

  • Colin Gleadell
A first edition copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

Harry Potter books could be worth more than $250k

First edition copies of the Millennial favourite are becoming seriously sought after.

  • Theo Chapman
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
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?

  • Life & Leisure
Sadly you might need to forget business class on points for a while due to lack of available seats, say a range of experts.

Forget using frequent flyers for first and business class until 2023

With so few points seats available to be redeemed at the pointy end of the plane, loyal corporate travellers should consider these tips.

  • Fiona Carruthers
Paul Daley wanted to write about the competing narratives in Australian history.

Why I wrote a novel, not a history book, about our frontier violence

Researching Australian history led journalist Paul Daley to accounts of a shameful trade by 19th and 20th century collectors that is still playing out to this day.

  • Paul Daley