The al fresco table setting at Tidmarsh. Photography courtesy Mona Farm.
From an artistic retreat in Braidwood to a 14-seater wine and sake bar, here are five things on our radar at the moment in the T Australia office.
Push The Boundaries At The Festival of Dangerous Ideas
The Festival of Dangerous Ideas returns to Carriageworks from September 17-18, interrogating what we consume, what we are consumed by and what should (or could come to) consume us. The self-described “original disruptive festival” will bring together a lineup of local and international thought-leaders, academics, artists and writers to dissect some of the largest and most controversial topics facing the world.
Curated by Festival Director Danielle Harvey, alongside co-curators Simon Longstaff and Ann Mossop, this year’s speakers include Facebook’s whistleblower Frances Haugen, gender non-conforming artist Alok Vaid-Menon (on looking beyond gender binaries) and historian, writer and economic commentator Adam Tooze (on examining failure). Noongar woman and author Claire G Coleman will also host a keynote address, Words Are Weapons, unpacking Australian colonisation and the stories we tell ourselves. Book your tickets at festivalofdangerousideas.com
In Braidwood, An Artful Retreat Modelled on an Irish Inn
Situated in the heritage-listed town of Braidwood, perched high in the NSW Southern Tablelands, luxury accommodation and events estate Mona Farm has opened the doors to its newest residence, Tidmarsh. A juxtaposition of old and new, the historic two-storey fieldstone property – split between the main house and Long Barn building – is modelled on an early 19th century Irish Inn. A hand-cut bloodwood shingled roof and granite exterior cloaks six bedrooms, a brick French-style courtyard and original 1850s bar.
“We wanted to respect the original footprint of the house but also bring it in line with 21st-Century living,” says the building’s architect Louise Nettleton. Echoing the design sensibility of its flagship properties, Tidmarsh’s stone walls are styled with contemporary artworks by female heavyweights including Bridie Gillman, Polly Borland, Marissa Purcell and Yvonne Robert. Explore the residence for yourself at monafarm.com.au/tidmarsh
A Six-Week Music and Arts Festival Staged at a Dormant Chinatown Sydney Cinema
From September 22, Chinatown Sydney will host Pleasures Playhouse, a six-week celebration of the city’s diverse arts community. Housed in the iconic Harbour City Cinema, which has been dormant for over 15 years, the festival’s lineup includes artists such as BBGB Worldwide, Alex Lahey, Broods, Haiku Hands, Monster Children and Donny Benet, with drinks from P&V Merchants’ Mike Bennie and Archie Rose Distilling Co.
“It is incredibly important to have new energy and spaces in this city to let art and music thrive again,” says Caitlin McGregor, the Pleasure Playhouse’s music and arts program curator. Tickets available at pleasuresplayhouse.com.au
Make a Booking at Melbourne’s New 14-Seat Sake and Wine Bar
Hardware Lane’s newest addition, Gracie, is on a mission to make sake accessible. A 14-seat sake and wine bar, Gracie heroes the Japanese beverage made from fermented rice, pouring it alongside natural wines and a tightly curated snack menu that changes with the seasons.
The intimate space, appointed with skin contact wine-inspired textured walls, dim lighting and a fabric strewn ceiling, complements the compact cocktail list. From Wednesday to Sunday, sip on a frothy Dragon Fruit Sour (gin, dragon fruit, lemon juice and egg white) or Yuzu Spritz (sake, gin, yuzu juice and soda). Book your seat atgracie.melbourne
Visit Song For The Mute’s Immersive Concept Space
Song For The Mute’s creative directors Melvin Tanaya and Lyna Ty are bringing their 22.2 Les Olympiades collection to life in the form of an immersive Sydney concept store at 17 Oxford Street, Paddington. Inspired by contrasting materials, dark tunnels and neon lights, the retail space is an “extended billet-doux to the 90s and the urbanist housing project I grew up in,” says Ty. Launching September 16, guests are invited to shop the final instalment of the 22.2 Les Olympiades men’s and women’s wear collections and preview the brand’s forthcoming Adidas collaboration prior to its global release in late September. songforthemute.com
Sylvia Ken. Photography courtesy the artist and Tjala Arts.
From celebrations of Indigenous artists to new culinary partnerships to sea cruises, here are five things on our radar at the moment in the T Australia office.
Take a Tour at Hardys Tintara
Discover the hidden secrets of a 165-year-old cellar door through two new intriguing site tours of this iconic McLaren Vale winery. Not only do these guided tours allow visitors to see state-of the-art wine-making techniques up close, but they also lift the lid on the fascinating and curious stories, characters and events that have shaped Hardys Tintara into what it is today.
The Hidden Secrets tour offers 45-minutes jammed packed with fascinating information, intriguing objects, and one-of-a-kind experiences. A second offering, Wine Tasting in the Dark, invites blindfolded guests to see what happens when the sense of sight is removed – how does this influence a wine experience? Included in the private hosted experience is a tasting of four special Hardys wines and a sensorial tasting plate. Book your tour at hardyswines.com
Aṉangu Women Artists Celebrated in New Touring Exhibition
The Art Gallery of South Australia has announced that its acclaimed Tarnanthi program will be presented on a national touring exhibition, starting this October. Kungka Kuṉpu (Strong Women) is a showcase of major contemporary works by celebrated women artists from the Aṉangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands. Through major contemporary works by more than 60 Aṉangu women artists, Kungka Kuṉpu features works that centre on caring for Country, mapping significant sites and life sustaining practices of the desert, while also sharing complex narratives surrounding family obligations and relationships.
The travelling exhibition launches in Bowral on 22 October 2022 before touring across Australia until 2024. For full tour dates and locations, visit agsa.sa.gov.au
A New Culinary Partnership We’ll Cheers To
Sydney-born celebrity chef Dan Churchill has joined forces with Feels Botanical as partner, major investor and “culinary creative”. While Australia got to know Churchill through MasterChef, the chef, restauranteur and best-selling cookbook author has gone on to create a burgeoning presence in the global culinary and health scenes, including partnering with Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky on their CENTR app as the chef and nutrition and fitness expert.
The Feels Botanical Eau De Vie comes in a range of four flavours, each released in limited batches of 2,000 bottles. A unique fruit-based spirit with ancient French origins and a name that translates directly to “water of life”, Feels Botanical’s eau-de-vie is grain-free, gluten-free and preservative-free with no added sugar. All ingredients are sustainably sourced – think quandong, kakadu plum, ginseng and horny goat weed. Find your local stockist at feelsbotanical.com.au
New Itineraries Released for the World’s Most Luxurious Fleet™
Regent Seven Seas Cruises has announced its new 2024-2025 Voyage Collection, introducing an extraordinary 160 new itineraries with ports of call in the world’s most beautiful destinations. Highlights include two new 14-night sailings in Alaska, more sailings in Western Europe than ever before, and the cruise line’s latest ship, Seven Seas Grandeur, sailing the Mediterranean, the Caribbean and a debut season in Canada and New England. For more information, visit RSSC.com
A Stunning Temporary Dining Experience
Pt. Leo Estate has opened the doors to Pt. Leo Pavilion, a temporary dining space that will serve a bountiful shared-style menu inspired by the local Mornington Peninsula region and community. The Pavilion will be open seven days for lunch, as well as for dinner on Saturday evenings. On weekends the Pt. Leo Estate Cellar Door welcomes visitors to enjoy over the counter ‘snackettes’, and on Saturday nights, a Champagne, cocktail and caviar bar.
Whilst the Pt. Leo Pavilion is a temporary space, it stuns with contemporary chairs and tables, natural furnishings, striking lighting pieces and sculpture art including the inspiring “Droplets” (2011) by Jane Valentine. The Pavilion will run through until the relaunch of Laura and the Pt. Leo restaurant later in the year after a fire damaged the premises in May. Make your booking at ptleoestate.com.au
:Tears of the Moon" from Rae Begley's upcoming exhibition, "On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing". Photography by Rae Begley.
From renovated cellar doors to flights over Antarctica, from photography exhibitions to fashion collaborations, here are five things on our radar at the moment in the T Australia office.
How about a flight to Antarctica?
Antarctica Flights will return to the skies this November. Each flight provides a full day sightseeing experience from the air, with polar expeditioners on board to talk through the extraordinary environment on view. In addition to offering guests the trip-of-a-lifetime, Antarctica Flights is committed to protecting the planet. Recognising Antarctica’s significant vulnerability to climate change, the company is continuing to aid further research and education, as well as committing to carbon offset each flight in order to protect this unique, precious wilderness.
There is a total of ten flights to the white continent from November 2022 through to February 2023, and prices start at $1,199 for an Explorer Economy Seat and range up to $7,999 for a Business Class Deluxe. For further information, visit antarcticaflights.com.au
Ovolo offers solo travellers a “micro room” experience
Ovolo South Yarra has introduced its “Go Go Snug” rooms, designed for individual guests and solo travellers who are “on the Go Go”. The rooms have been developed those who are budget sensitive, but still wish to be indulgent and don’t want compromise on a luxury experience. Go Go Snug Room guests still have access to all of Ovolo’s signature perks, including a free mini bar in room, complimentary breakfast options, Wi-Fi, social hour, and the guest favourite loot bags. Starting from just $199 per night, learn more at ovolohotels.com
A film photography exhibition by Rae Begley
Australian artist Rae Begley uses purity of form, colour and composition to record authenticity in her film photography. From 10 August 2022, Begley’s exhibition at Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf includes work developed during an artist residency with La Wayaka Current in the indigenous community of Coyo in the Atacama Desert, Chile, the driest non-polar desert in the world.
The photographs were made with a slow intensity of exploration through the physical act of walking and site-responsive connections to remote environments. Geological landscapes, otherworldly scenes and elements of human interference become found moments in time and space. There’s a sense of sculpture, installation and the discovery of architecture in decay present in the work which evokes environmental and philosophical questions.
Hunter Valley institution Mount Pleasant unveils new cellar door
Renowned Hunter Valley winery Mount Pleasant has re-opened its renovated and re-imagined cellar door and vineyard estate. Offering an expanded tasting area, a private tasting room, a separate members’ lounge in the adjacent barn and a bottle shop described as “a Disneyland for wine lovers”, the renovation was designed by award-winning architects and interior designers, Luchetti Krelle. The bottle shop houses some of Mount Pleasant’s oldest and most significant wines, where aficionados can purchase rare museum bottles, including the last vintage made by Maurice O’Shea in 1956. Book your experience at mountpleasantwines.com.au
From celebrity chef cooking classes to Iceland ocean cruises to drinks for Dry July (and not), here are five things on our radar at the moment in the T Australia office.
Explore the epic beauty of Iceland by water
Be the first to experience a brand new cruise itinerary onboard Oceania Cruises’ stylish “Sirena”. Taking in the epic beauty of Iceland, where timeless fishing villages nestle below towering peaks, this itinerary provides guests the opportunity to visit ports of call such as Seydisfjordur, Djupivogur and Heimaey. There’s also an overnight stay in Tórshavn in the remarkable Faroe Islands. The round-trip sail departs from Rekyavik on 7 July 2024.
This cruise was priced at $8,620 but the special OLife Choice price is now AU$5,220, which includes a generous package of pre-paid gratuities plus one of the following: shore excursions, beverage package or shipboard credit. Learn more at oceaniacruises.com
Learn how to cook from Christine Manfield
Christine Manfield is one of Australia’s most celebrated chefs (Paramount Restaurant, East@West, Universal), a perfectionist inspired by complex flavours and a writer whose books have spiced up the lives of keen cooks around the world. An inveterate traveller, she has hosted bespoke gastronomic tours over the past twenty years to exotic destinations including India, Africa, Bhutan, France, South-East Asia, Italy and South America.
Join Manfield as she showcases some of her favourite recipes from her book “Indian Cooking Class” and shares her essential tips for cooking with spice. Recipes will include Black Pepper Prawns, Kerala Fish Curry, Green Bean, Pea and Coconut Poriyal, and Gunpowder Potatoes. Book tickets at sydneyfishmarket.com.au
Shaking things up for Dry July
Australian seltzer company FELLR has announced FELLR FREE, a non-alcoholic version of the beloved all natural, gluten-free refreshment – launched just in time for Dry July. Claiming to be “the same fizz, without the fuzz” FELLR FREE comes in two flavours: Watermelon and Mango. Alongside being all natural and gluten-free, the non-alc version is also sugar and carb-free. Have fun with friends, drive home, and feel great for brunch tomorrow. Find out more at drinkfellr.com
Shaking things up and ignoring Dry July
And if you’re not doing Dry July, then serving up delicious cocktails at home just got easier than ever with the launch of TAILS – an exclusive range of pre-batched, bar-quality cocktails. The range of four is each made using a premium spirit from the Bacardi portfolio, blended with top quality ingredients: the Whisky Sour (on DEWAR’S Blended Scotch whisky), the Gin Gimlet (on BOMBAY SAPPHIRE gin), the Espresso Martini Cocktail (on 42BELOW vodka) and the Passionfruit Martini Cocktail (also on 42BELOW vodka).
Each bottle has an RRP of $40 and the range is available from Dan Murphy’s and First Choice Liquor, Ritchie’s IGA, Boozebud, Hairydog and independent retailers. Learn more at tailscocktails.com
A new exhibition examining connections and neighbourhoods
Granville Centre Art Gallery has partnered with Parramatta Artists’ Studios to celebrate how connections, neighbourhoods and community mean something deeper than the invisible force of a border. Artists Marian Abboud, Heath Franco, Rebecca Gallo, Tarik Ahlip and Linda Brescia, Gillian Kayrooz, Venessa Possum, Kalanjay Dhir and participants from the Youth Mentoring Program have created new works that explore their connections to the places they live, work or are from, shining a light on why Western Sydney is so special.
From the recreation of an old suburban backyard in Guildford with special memories to the sounds of twilight walks between a home in Parramatta to the studio in Rydalmere to an installation of collected branches and twigs which celebrates the song lines and country that they are from. Each work presented is a celebration of place and the role that it has in shaping us. The exhibition runs until 31 July. Learn more at cumberland.nsw.gov.au
From vegetarian cocktail bars to stunning new watches to dreamy tables for the living room, here are five things on our radar at the moment in the T Australia office.
A new hidden laneway bar with a vego menu
Ovolo Hotel’s Backroom is a hidden gem tucked away on Melbourne’s famed Toorak Road, launching next week. The perfect space for a post dinner tipple, late-night snack, or cocktail, entry is via a discrete concrete door on Toorak Road (next door to Lona Misa on street level), identified only by a singular neon martini glass sign. Be it a specific drink, region, brand or event, Backroom will open every Friday and Saturday evening as a space to showcase the finest artisans purveying the best liquid prescriptions from Australia and around the world. Opening on 1 July with its first collaboration concept, the ‘All-Australian Takeover’ will include quintessentially Australian beverage brands Feels Botanical, Regal Rogue and CAPI.
As part of Ovolo Hotel Group’s Plant’d initiative, the bar will showcase an entirely vegetarian menu, starting with dishes such as potato bread served with Feels Botanical Revel & Vegemite butter with shitake anchovies, fried artichoke hearts served with with Calabrian chilli pesto and Feels Botanical Vivify pickled rockmelon and Haloumi doughnuts with Feels Botanical Rousse, hibiscus and morita chilli jam.
A design icon in two new colours
Miniforms has just revealed this year’s new colours for their award-winning Soda collection by Yiannis Ghikas. Soda is now available in two new colours: Amethyst and Blue to accompany the original shades of Petrol and Amber. We’ll have one in each please.
James Richardson Furniture first debuted Soda on Australian shores in 2020, and the pieces have since earned iconic status for their strong, sinuous silhouette, contemporary colours and captivating glass-blown structure. Coming in at 20 kilos, the product is blown, drawn out and shaped by three master glassmakers from the island of Murano in Italy. jrf.com.au
A foodie collaboration all winter long
North Bondi Fish has collaboration with Kepos Street Kitchen to create North Bondi Kepos, a Middle Eastern inspired pop-up, opening on 30 June. Under the guidance of hospitality heavyweights Matt Moran and Kepos Street Kitchen’s award-winning chef Michael Rantissi, with a menu curated by Michael Rantissi, Kepos Street Kitchen will take over the North Bondi Fish kitchen to showcase the flavours of modern Israeli food. northbondikepos.com.au
A watch that’s masculine-meets-feminine
Firmly embedded in the masculine universe of the house, the Hermès H08 watch combines tension and fluidity, robustness and delicacy. As sporty as it is elegant, it features a strong aesthetic dimension and plays with shapes and materials. The urban and contemporary look echoes the world of Hermès men’s ready-to-wear. hermes.com
Bringing some glamour back to The Bar
Restaurateur and entrepreneur Maurice Terzini has evolved the InterContinental Sydney Double Bay’s food and beverage offering, with the opening of The Bar. Known for hosting the likes of Princess Diana, Bill Clinton, and Elton John, the restoration is the first step towards reclaiming the iconic hotel’s grandeur through a first-class service offering. The Bar will serve classic drinks and cocktails with table side service, and an Italian-Australian inspired classic menu, focusing on local produce, such as Sydney rock oysters, beef tartare, spanner crab and Pyengana cheddar Lasagnette, an American bar cheeseburger and a club sandwich. intercontinental.com
Kittawa Lodge, which will soon host exclusive dinners with Danielle Alvarez, ex-chef at Fred's Paddington. Photography by Sammy Green.
From truffle-centric dinners to vineyard day spas to weekend handbags, here are five things on our radar at the moment in the T Australia office.
Dinners built entirely around new season truffles
With truffle season looming, the Bentley Group have curated a series of dedicated truffle dinners at each of their venues: Bentley, Yellow, Cirrus and Monopole. Highlights include Bentley Restaurant + Bar’s potato damper with truffle cream and urchin (pictured); Yellow’s roasted oyster mushroom with borlotti bean and truffled broth; Cirrus’s scallop and truffle dumpling with sweet onion milk; and Monopole’s french onion and truffle vol-au-vent. Reservations can be made directly through each restaurant.
A new day spa with a side of pinot
Adelaide Hills vineyard, Longview has recently opened a luxury day spa – a first for a South Australian cellar door. The team has crafted an exceptional offering, true to the existing Longview ethos of flipping traditional concepts on their head to create the ultimate experience. The purpose-built day spa offers a range of treatments designed for guests to indulge in, including hot stone massage, organic facials and pregnancy packages.
Most products used in the day spa are made locally in South Australia’s Adelaide Hills including Swiss Wellness organic skincare range manufactured in Flaxley, Kindred self- essential oils crafted in Port Adelaide and the signature Longview scented Etikette candles made in Bridgewater. Following a treatment, guests can replenish on the day spa balcony (overlooking the Pinot Noir vineyard) with a choice of two grazing platters and a selection of Longview wines. Learn more at longviewvineyard.com.au
A new weekend clutch from Max Mara
Weekend Max Mara’s Pasticcino Bag, Modello Venezia was launched in Venice last week. This edition is crafted with sumptuous Fortuny textiles and colourful glass beads made in Murano – an homage to history, artisanship, and uniqueness of Venice. Its proportions are purposefully exaggerated and playfully attenuated, while its shape is vaguely vintage-inspired. The bag is completely unstructured save for its large metal spheres that clip together like giant gumballs.
Launched in 1983 as a casual outdoors weekend collection, Weekend Max Mara has evolved into an authentic Italian lifestyle brand with a unique identity and relevant personality. The Pasticcino Bag is no different – an instant mood-booster perfect for easy weekends, off duty moments, spirited parties or a spontaneous evening. Learn more at maxmara.com
Following Danielle Alvarez wherever she goes
This August, renowned chef Danielle Alvarez will take residence at Kittawa Lodge for her first culinary collaboration since departing as head chef at Fred’s Paddington. With six three-night packages for two people, Kittawa Lodge and Alvarez have curated the ultimate food and luxury experience, with Alvarez personally cooking for guests in their lodge.
A secluded, ocean front 96-acre property on King Island, the award-winning Kittawa Lodge offers refined boutique accommodation, with panoramic views of the untouched rugged coastal landscape. Alvarez will cook private dinners for guests in their lodge as well as a dinner offsite in an exclusive and unique location. A selection of Tasmanian wines, beers and spirits are included throughout guests’ stay and matching Tasmanian wines will be served with each dinner.
Alvarez’s cooking focuses on using small scale organic producers for seasonal cooking, which aligns well with Kittawa Lodge’s ethos of storytelling through championing local produce. With just six packages available, experience intimate private dinners by Danielle Alverez while encountering the beautiful and spectacularly remote Kittawa Lodge. Learn more at kittawalodge.com
A limited edition collab tote bag perfect for airport lounges
The limited edition STATE OF ESCAPE X Nigel Scott collaboration reflects the synchronicity between Scott’s artwork and the painterly colour repertoire of State of Escape. A renowned artist and photographer, Scott’s paintings reflect his reverence for the ocean and fascination with deep blue.
The STATE OF ESCAPE X Nigel Scott collection will be available online and at the Ron Herman Sendagaya store in Japan from 11 June 2022. It consists of three distinct expressions from Scott: Blue Dark Blue (pictured), Blue Electric Blue and Blue Mid Blue, available in both the large Escape tote ($459) and medium Flying Solo tote ($419). Learn more at stateofescape.com