The T List: Six Things To Have on Your Radar This Week

From a vibrant food and community street festival to a large-scale smiling artwork, the T Australia editors offer up a curation of what they’re noticing and coveting right now.

Article by Hollie Wornes

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Covet This: A Large-Scale, Smiling Canvas With a Trompe l’Oeil Illusion

Step foot inside Sydney’s contemporary art gallery Piermarq and you’ll be met with a large smiling face seemingly carved from the canvas. But as you approach, the rip reveals itself as a clever trompe l’oeil illusion. The creation is by the American artist Jeremy Shockley, showcased as part of the exhibition “Hollywood Don’t Need Us”.

Alongside the smiling canvas, the exhibition presents a colourful body of paintings by Shockley and his longtime friend, the LA-based artist Preston Daniels. The two southern natives not only share a studio and a colour palette but also and guardianship of several backyard chickens.

Daniels and Shockley are now both very much part of the art world, but still maintain an outsider’s perspective, a rebellion evident in their exhibition. Taking its name from a Don Williams song, “If Hollywood Don’t Need You,” Shockley finds resonance in its portrayal of the relationship between southern individuals and Hollywood or Los Angeles.

“It’s always like you’re trying to figure out if you love Los Angeles or want to leave it. No matter what, I love Los Angeles. But I could leave it, too,” he says.

Shockley’s smiling trompe l’oeil technique has become a signature across his work, and was recently the focal point of Saint Laurent’s latest exhibition held at Rive Droite Los Angeles. The smiling face was featured on “The Sunsetter,” Shockley’s first large-scale painting in nearly a decade.

Alongside “The Sunsetter”, visitors had the opportunity to explore a curated selection of 10 paintings in-store, along with a range of merchandise including totes, postcards, and t-shirts printed which are still for sale online. www.ysl.com.

Haldon Street at Lakemba’s Ramadan Nights. Photograph courtesy of City of Canterbury Bankstown.
A stall at Ramadan Nights serving knafeh.
A stall at Ramadan Nights serving knafeh. Photograph courtesy of City of Canterbury Bankstown.

Eat Here: Lakemba’s Ramadan Nights

You can smell Lakemba’s Ramadan Nights before you see it: spice-rubbed skewers cooking over charcoal pits, aromatic green curries simmering in large pots and a hint of strawberry vapour wafting from a shisha.

Lakemba’s Haldon Street undergoes a vibrant transformation each year for the Ramadan Nights street food festival, which extends throughout the sacred month of Ramadan in Islamic culture. More than just a culinary extravaganza, Ramadan Nights is a celebration of community, drawing people from all corners of Sydney and Australia to savour diverse flavours from around the globe together.

Soaliha Iqbal, a Sydney-based writer, journalist, and podcast host, has been a regular attendee for the past decade, and says it’s one of the most culturally significant events for Muslims in the area.

The festival kicked off in March and is now in its final week with Monday April 8 being the final night for 2024. For travellers or locals yet to visit the street food festival, Soaliha Iqbal offers a must-try recommendation: Kashmiri Chai, a pink tea that is often difficult to source in Sydney outside of the festival. For those seeking a quintessential Ramadan Nights experience, Iqbal suggests indulging in a selection of favourites: jalebi, Kashmiri chai, knafeh, sahlab and murtabak.

This year has also welcomed plenty of new delicacies, including camel milk hot chocolates, halal yum cha and flaming paan street snacks – the latter being the main attraction at the Zabardast stall, the restaurant owner Vipul Mayank’s first appearance at Ramadan Nights Lakemba. The fiery dish consists of beetle leaf filled with fennel seeds, coconut coriander seeds and rose petal jam.

“After a heavy meal, you can eat this fire paan to digest your food and freshen your mouth,” Mr Mayank said.

“It has a very intense flavour and every day we are seeing more and more people come by and want to taste it.”

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Photograph courtesy of Matteau.

Shop Here: Matteau Invites the Sydney Community Into Its Showroom

When Ilona Hamer was working as a stylist at Vogue she grew frustrated by the lack of simple yet stylish black swimsuits available, so she decided to create her own. This pursuit for quality essentials led her to partner with her sister Peta Heinsen, and together they launched the resortwear label Matteau in 2015.

Nearly a decade later, Matteau has gained global acclaim for its premium materials and timeless designs. While primarily available online through platforms like Net-a-porter, the brand has one physical store in Noosa, with plans for expansion both locally and internationally.

“We have learned how vital physical retail will be for our future growth and we have exciting plans to expand into new locations, which we hope to share more on soon,” Heinsen says.

The Sydney community will have the first chance to shop the brand in person this week, as Matteau opens its doors to its newly renovated showroom.

“We like things to have a little personality and fit the Matteau vibe … it felt like the right decision to open up the doors of the showroom to our community and welcome them into our world,” Heinsen says.

Opening hours:

Thursday 11 April: 10am–7pm
Friday 12 April: 10am–7pm
Saturday 13 April: 10am–4pm

A collage of Blunt Umbrellas.
Product imagery courtesy of Blunt Umbrellas.

Gift This: A Sturdy and Chic Umbrella Designed for Rain, Hail and Shine

Step foot in the CBD on a rainy afternoon, and dodging umbrella spokes becomes more pressing than keeping dry feet. It was a similar experience that inspired New Zealand native Greig Brebner to create his own product. While spending time in London in the early 2000s, he saw an opportunity to revolutionise the design and functionality of the humble umbrella. After numerous prototypes and refinements, Blunt Umbrellas debuted in 2009.

Known for their robust construction, Blunt umbrellas are designed (and trademarked) to brace the strongest winds without turning inside out. Today, the brand offers a range of styles and sizes tailored for various occasions.

From the compact and convenient Blunt Metro, with packing that reads “perfect for busy people in busy places”, to the Metro UV which the brand says blocks 99 per cent of UV light, there’s a stylish designs for any occasion.

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July's new flagship store in the Calile Hotel. Photograph courtesy of Cieran Murphy.
July's new store in the Calile Hotel.
July's new flagship store in the Calile Hotel. Photograph courtesy of Cieran Murphy.

Visit This: July’s New Flagship Store With a Garden Inside

Brisbane’s Calile Hotel is a favourite among T Australia editors, beloved for its award-winning design and unique cultural experiences. Alongside its iconic 30-meter cabana-lined pool, the hotel boasts a robust retail scene, with local brands such as Dion Lee, Venroy, and Bec and Bridge featured throughout the years. Adding to this lineup, luxury Australian luggage label July has recently unveiled a permanent flagship onsite.

The Miami-cool vibe of the Calile extends seamlessly into its newest addition: the flagship store designed by In Addition and built by Trust Projects. Drawing inspiration from the vibrant James Street precinct, the store’s most prominent feature is the indoor garden teeming with palm trees and ferns.

Director Josh McLean describes the retail experience as an “oasis for the customer,” where Slim Aarons-inspired design creates an immersive environment that invites engagement with the July product and brand.

Whether you’re a staying guest or a visitor to James Street, you can shop new collections, favourite designs, and July’s range of totes at the store.

The Origin Collection. Photograph courtesy of Montblanc.
An advertisment for the Meisterstück fountain pen in 1924.
An advertisment for the Meisterstück fountain pen in 1924. Image courtesy of Montblanc.

Consider This: A New Iteration of a Century-Old Writing Instrument

In 1924, German luxury goods brand Montblanc introduced a new writing instrument to the world: an all black fountain pen named Meisterstück, which translates to “masterpiece” in English. The company’s founders, a designer from Berlin named August Eberstein and a Hamburg banker named Alfred Nehemias, were onto something.

With its enduring legacy now spanning a century, the carefully crafted Meisterstück pen has earned its title. Only a masterpiece can explain the extreme appreciation, on the part of Meisterstück buyers, to invest in a tool that costs anywhere from $700 to $12,300 AUD.

Throughout its lifetime, the Meisterstück’s shape has evolved from its simple black safety pen to reflect the influences of different eras. The number “4810” engraved on the two-tone gold nib first appeared in the 1920s as a reference to the height of the Mont Blanc mountain, while the streamline cigar shape and the three gold rings were adopted in the late 1940s and 1950s.

Although, its easily recognisable fountain tip has remained a constant throughout the decades, with various iterations continuing to reappear over the course of a century. This distinctive feature has even made its mark on the digital realm, the pen emoji resembling the timeless design.

“At the peak of the digital age, the Meisterstük continues to be a symbol of culture, creativity and connection,” says Alessandra Eila, Montblanc director of writing culture. 

To celebrate the 100-year milestone, Montblanc has returned to its roots, releasing a limited edition Meisterstük range which revisits original concepts including the bent clip and marble effects inspired by early designs. Each pen is decorated with a design nib showing the number “100” as well as the years “1924” and “2024”.

Wine Bars and Crystal Cut-Outs: Lucianne Tonti Shares Her T Australia List

The journalist and author Lucianne Tonti shares a curation of what she’s coveting right now.

Article by Victoria Pearson

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When it comes to sustainable fashion commentary, the journalist and author Lucianne Tonti has cemented herself as an industry authority. As an expert in regenerative fashion systems, Tonti is the fashion editor of The Saturday Paper, and writes a weekly Closet Clinic column for The Guardian.

Last year she released her debut book “Sundressed: Natural fibres and the future of fashion”, an exploratory deep dive into the “art and industry of clothing and an ode to the possibilities in nature” (Black Inc). In “Sundressed”, Tonti draws upon her extensive research in sustainability, alongside personal industry experiences and insights, to examine where our clothes come from, and why it matters that we know (and care).

Here, we tapped the all-round stylish Tonti for her T Australia List – from the collection she can’t stop thinking about to the sounds scoring her summer.

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Christopher Esber Spring Summer 24 runway collection. Photographs courtesy of Christopher Esber.

Covet This: Crystals and cut-outs by Christopher Esber

I haven’t been able to stop thinking about the SS24 collection Christopher Esber showed in Paris at the end of September. Fluffy high-heels, leather made from enormous leaves, pillowy cottons and drapey georgettes. The silhouettes balance loose volume with precise lines and something unexpected – like metal mesh and leather tassels or low-slung, oversized jeans covered in tulle. The body-con dresses with cut-outs and crystals that made him famous have undergone a welcome evolution, they’re still sexy but the lines are softer and each one contains more fabric and playful textures. The whole collection made me long for warm nights and parties to wear it to. christopheresber.com.au.

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Napier Quarter's famous anchovy toast. Photograph courtesy of Napier Quarter.
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The exterior of Napier Quarter in Melbourne's Fitzroy. Photograph courtesy of Napier Quarter.

Eat This: Anchovy toast (and dry martinis)

When I’m in Melbourne, at least a few days a week, you can find me at Napier Quarter in Fitzroy. The corner café and wine bar has recently been renovated. For me, its charm is that it’s exactly where I want to be at any hour of the day (and incidentally where I wrote a lot of my book). The chairs out the front catch dappled sunlight in the morning when you’re having coffee and their famous anchovy toast. The low tables inside are perfect for a bowl of pasta at lunchtime. When the weather warms up it’s a real pleasure to drink wine outside late into the night. The food offering is sparse, seasonal and always delicious. I like to start with Gildas, oysters and a dry martini with a twist. napierquarter.com.au.

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Photograph courtesy of LesterLost.

Visit This: An east coast summer beach crawl

I’m relatively new to Sydney and still so enamoured by its beaches. Recently, a friend took me to Avalon for the weekend and we caught the ferry from Palm Beach to The Basin. The ferry is made from timber and was built in 1985 and has been painted navy blue, white and yellow. The journey only takes about 20 minutes but from the top deck you get an incredible view of Pittwater and of the houses built into cliffs that can only be accessed by boat. The Basin itself has a very charming, grassy picnic area with lots of shade that backs onto a small sandy beach. It’s in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. The inlet is surrounded by a circle of small mountains covered in a mix of gum trees and ferns that run right to the water’s edge. When you swim out into the middle, the water is so clear you can see rays of sunlight reaching towards the bottom and so blue, you feel like you’re in an ad for Tourism Australia.

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Photograph courtesy of Mereki.

Listen to This: A Kate Bush-esque record from Mereki

I was very lucky to be in London when Mereki launched her debut album “Death of a Cloud”. The launch was a listening party in the grounds of a beautiful estate in Henley-on-Thames. If there is one way to listen to this dreamy, poppy, Kate Bush-esque album it is walking around a fairy garden, using moss covered stepping-stones to cross the pond and solving a riddle in a maze of hedges (where the hidden treasure is you). Mereki is an Australian pop star who grew up in Noosa and lived in LA for years before relocating to the United Kingdom. The album explores the process of healing after losing someone you love. Musically, it is lilting and transcendent. Emotionally, it’s a prayer. merekimusic.com.

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Photograph courtesy of Good Vibes Yoga Collingwood.
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Photograph courtesy of Good Vibes Yoga Collingwood.

Do This: Stretch and strengthen beneath the sky

This might sound hyperbolic, but Good Vibes Yoga in Collingwood, is truly one of my favourite places in the world. It is always one of my first stops after time away from Melbourne. I often long for how my life used to be, when I could go there every day. The space itself is architectural with a sweeping, steel staircase that takes you up into the studio. Above the staircase, the ceiling has been replaced by square glass tiles that mean if you get a spot up the back of the room you’re almost practising beneath the sky. My favourite instructors are Rachel, Ryan, Jodie and Hope. They teach dynamic vinyasa that never fails to end up a bit sweaty and play the kind of music you don’t notice until you’re glad there’s a beat to help when the pace gets a bit intense. I promise you’ll float out the door afterwards. goodvibesyoga.com.au.

From Festive Gifting to Must-Watch Films, Emily Nolan Shares Her T Australia List

The Melbourne-based designer and tailor, Emily Nolan, shares a curation of what she’s coveting right now.

Article by Victoria Pearson

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She’s crafted suiting for some of Australia’s biggest talents – from the comedian and actor Celia Pacquola to the singer-songwriter G-Flip – and with her bower-bird penchant for one-of-a-kind vintage and unstudied interior styling expertise, the tailor and designer Emily Nolan has also cemented herself as one of the country’s coolest tastemakers.

Having learnt the basics of sewing from her grandmothers at the age of 11, Nolan quickly honed her vision for a fashion label that was female-led, inherently sustainable and, most importantly, built on garments of quality.

“Deep-rooted sexism in design is prolific, especially when it comes to tailoring,” she says. “Historically, it has always been men first, and women second. Women, the afterthought or a menswear pattern applied to a female clientele.” She established her made-to-order label, E Nolan, in 2019, and quickly established an appointment-only service – nurturing a luxurious one-to-one wardrobe experience for all women and members of LGBTQIA+ community.

Here, we asked the Melbourne-based Nolan for her T Australia List – from the jewellery she’s coveting to her one-stop shop for all things gifting.

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From left: Alexander Kirkeby glassware. Photographed by Lillie Thompson for Pan After. Bella Clark Love Ring in Pink, White & Red Sapphires. Photograph courtesy of Bella Clark.

Covet This: Spring-ready jewels and oil painting classes

“It drives me mad that John from L’eclisse Shoes doesn’t have an online store, but he is so fabulously old school. All of his shoes are made in Italy and they are the work of gods. Nothing he has is available anywhere else. As we approach the holiday period, Pan After is your one-stop shop for all things gifting (and you will probably leave with a cheeky little present for yourself). I love the tote bags. Almost all my rings are Bella Clark and I’m in love with the new Spring collection. Everything she does is to die for. I love to visit Andy, Mitch and Annika at Oigall Projects on Gertrude St. Painting is my creative outlet that is not work related. Jacqui Stockdale’s Art Club Co classes are a great place to get your creative juices flowing. I also love to get lost in a vintage antique browse at Waverley Antique Bazaar or Nook Vintage. When browsing for the home, I admire the bowerbirds whose nest feels like their tangible spirit. When the budget is low, you have to be resourceful, and I find so much pleasure in the hunt. When you’re shopping second hand, it feels as if items find you – a bit like adopting a turtle. I have furnished my place with 90 per cent second hand pieces via eBay, Etsy, Facebook Marketplace and Leonard Joel Auction House.”

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From left: Film poster artwork for "Asteroid City" and "Chungking Express".

Watch This: Wes Anderson and Wong Kar-wai

“‘Asteroid City’, Wes Anderson (‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ is one of my favourites – Wes Anderson builds worlds I want to live in. Nothing beats seeing it in the theatre); ‘Alice in Wonderland’ 1951 and ‘Dumbo’ 1941 (these will forever be my comfort movies); ‘Chungking Express’, Wong Kar-wai (the perfect romantic-comedy. ‘California Dreamin’’ will be stuck in your head all week); “The Summer I Turned Pretty” (I am disgustingly obsessed. Watching it makes me feel like I have a high school crush).”

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From left: Photograph courtesy of @albertswinebar and @hectors_deli.

Eat This: An Armadale wine bar and honey bread

Alberts Wine Bar on Morey St, Armadale, is my new favourite haunt. This place and my parents’ labrador is the only thing now that will get me over the river. My other forever favourites include the fresh eggplant sandwich at Hector’s Deli, pasta at Cams Kiosk at Abbotsford Convent, breakfast at Florian (you have to leave with an Austro Bakery pastry) and the honey bread at Rocco’s Bologna Discoteca.”

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From left: "Sundressed: Natural fibres and the future of fashion", Lucianne Tonti. "The Old Man and the Sea", Ernest Hemingway.
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Kirsten Dunst on the set of The Virgin Suicides (1999). Photograoh courtesy of Sofia Coppola.

Read This: Coffee table tomes and holiday classics

“’Sundressed’ by Lucianne Tonti. ‘The Old Man and the Sea’ is a book I read first on every holiday to ease back in – Hemmingway’s simplicity of constructing a narrative is less daunting to start with if I’ve been absent from page turning. ‘The Joy Of The Small Things’ is one to pick up and put down, forget what you’re doing and then return a few weeks later. ‘Sofia Coppola Archive’ by Sofia Coppola. ‘How To Be a Domestic Goddess’ by Nigella Lawson – she is my dream woman, my dream client. ‘Les diners de Gala’ by Salvador Dalì.”

The Comedian and Actor Celia Pacquola Shares Her T Australia List

The host of “Thank God You’re Here” sends T Australia a curation of what she’s coveting right now.

Article by Victoria Pearson

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She’s one of Australia’s most recognisable (and beloved) comedic talents, with roles in “Utopia”, “Have You Being Paying Attention?”, “Rosehaven” and a stint on “Dancing with the Stars”. But it’s Celia Pacquola’s current gig as the host of the newly revived “Thank God You’re Here” that’s captivated television audiences once more.

To celebrate the season’s final episode, airing tonight on Channel 10, Pacquola shared with us her T Australia List, including an unmissable bakery, a Melbourne-based tailor and a lasagna to end all others.

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Celia Pacquola on "Thank God You're Here". Photograph by Hwa Goh.

Watch This: “Thank God You’re Here” season five

“It’s been 14 years between drinks and I’m so excited it’s back. Yes, I am the host, but I’m a fan first. This show is a huge scale event with so many fun elements: silliness, comedians (fan favourites and new exciting up and comers), live animals, surprises, adrenaline, the threat of disaster, wigs. So many wigs. It’s a show about bullshitting and no bullshit, I think it’s really good. Catch up on season five on 10 Play, but if you can dig out your old DVDs treat yourself to watching the old seasons too.”

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Photograph courtesy of E Nolan.

Covet This: A tailored suit by E Nolan

Once it was decided I was going to host “TGYH”, the question was, ‘What am I going to wear?’. In my real life, I dress like a teenage boy which didn’t feel right for the occasion. Stylist Karinda Mutabazi and I decided it’s gotta be suits. She found a range of wonderful, colourful options ,and the best one was an E Nolan, made and tailored for me by Emily herself. From the moment I met Emily I felt in incredibly safe hands, she was so cool and charming and kind and made me feel comfortable when I was outside of my comfort zone. She also made me the most stunning suit that I feel wonderful in and will wear forever.

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1800-Lasagne. Photograph courtesy of @1800lasagne.

Eat This: The speciality at 1800 Lasagne

“You’ll never guess what’s on the menu. Prawn cocktails! Nah, it’s lasagne. I took my best mate Luke McGregor there for his buck’s night because lasagne is his favourite food (to the point that one birthday I got him a hyper realistic lasagne chocolate cake) and he said it was the best lasagne he’d ever had (1800 Lasagne, not the cake). I agree. So. Good. It’s a great example of choosing one thing and doing that very well. The venue also feels like back of my nonna’s house but with more wine. And the garlic bread, oh my god. I would recommend time for a nap afterwards.”

Visit This: A nostalgic bakery in Yarra Glen

“Look, my daughter is great. But one thing that is a shame is that she hates the car. It’s a shame because it means we rarely go further than as many Wiggles songs as we can handle, which isn’t a lot. It’s even more of a shame because it means we can’t go to my favourite bakery, the Yarra Glen Bakehouse in Yarra Glen. I only know it because I grew up there, it was my first job and also the first job I was fired from. It’s not fancy; it’s a classic country bakery – don’t be expecting any cronuts or macarons – but it’s got the best meat pies in the world. I mean, you could visit wineries or the dairy or Healesville sanctuary while you’re out there, but I’d just use all of those as an excuse to go to the bakery. And, if you do, grab me a couple of pies, thanks.”

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"Yuleda". Photograph courtesy of Bangarra Dance Theatre.

Watch This: A live performance of “Yuleda”

“I am very excited to be going to see “Yuldea”, a performance by the Bangarra dance theatre. I have seen the documentary “Firestarter – The Story of Bangarra” (another one to add to the list of what to watch) which was amazing. I am thrilled to get to see them in person.”

From an Island Escape to Artful Light Fixtures, Annalisa Ferraris Shares Her T Australia List

The Sydney-based artist and designer, Annalisa Ferraris, shares a curation of what she’s coveting right now.

Article by Victoria Pearson

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Through her artworks – large scale brutalist-inspired canvases painted in pastel pinks and blues – the Sydney-based artist Annalisa Ferraris depicts glamorous, minimalistic places: street-side architecture, pool-side vistas, and dinner party mise-en-scène.

Recently, however, she has delved into a more functional form of creation, crafting pieces that bring interiors to life. The result is FERRARIS, a capsule collection of furniture comprising of the Claudio chair – a walnut stained birch design with a custom made cushion (available to upholster in ivory taffeta or Sicilian olive velvet) – and the Paola brass light sconce.

Here, we asked the creative and tastemaker for her T Australia List – from the ceramic vases she’s coveting to the South Coast island escape where swimming with seals is on the agenda.

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From left: A ceramic light sconce designed by the botanical illustrator Adriana Picker; image courtesty of Miranda Skoczek.

Covet This: A silk collaboration and an artful light sconce for the home

“The incredibly talented abstract artist Miranda Skoczek has a collaboration coming out with Silk Laundry that is looking magnificent, while Poho’s beautiful Double Bay store is a must-visit – not only for their impeccable selection of flowers but also for their range of vases. In particular, the Morgane Pasqualini ceramic pieces, sourced by the artist herself. They’re otherworldly.

I love antique jewellery more than the new – particularly all the beautiful, rare, estate and antique pieces Emrys Cousins sources for her brand Love Well. They’re never short of incredible, will gladly take them all. Finally, my dear friend and botanical illustrator Adriana Picker will soon be launching a beautiful fig leaf sconce, crafted to charm any kitchen or home.”

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The interior of Le Foote. Photograph courtesy of the Swillhouse Group.

Eat This: Mediterranean-inspired fare at Sydney’s The Rocks

“For the best and most consistently good food, drinks and vibes, look no further than the Swillhouse Group – their newest restaurant Le Foote is a Mediterranean-inspired grill that will take you back to Europe with the first bite of a cheese pie or sip of a (two-sip) martini. Trust me, I’ve had many sips. They’re also soon to open The Caterpillar Club – a new late-night venue that will no doubt be a real saviour for Sydney night life.” swillhouse.com/venues/le-foote

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From left: Barunguba (Montage Island), Narooma; Quarter Deck, image courtesy of Merivale.

Visit This: Swim with seals at this idyllic island getaway

“For the perfect city escape take a scenic drive south (if you’re in Sydney) to Narooma and stay on Barunguba (Montage Island). It’s a small island off the coast of Narooma, a seal sanctuary and home to many sea gulls and penguins. Hire both houses for the entire island to yourself or one for a smaller group. On your drive, stop at the Narooma co-op and stock up on oysters and fresh fish (once you’re on the island there’s no shops, so make sure you bring all the essentials). And – the entire reason to visit –swim with the seals. It will be one of the greatest experiences you ever have. When you’re back on the mainland head to Quarter Deck on the other side of Narooma (recently taken over by Merivale) and have a piña colada and some ceviche.”

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From left: Nathan White candle holder; Bonnard at the National Gallery of Victoria, courtesy of the NGV.
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Peter Godwin, "Studio Harp and Boite a Bijou", 2023 tempera emulsion & oil on linen, 137.5 x 244.5 cm (framed).

See This: Iridescent paintings from a 20th-century master

“The Bonnard exhibition at the NGV is on until October and is possibly one of the most important exhibitions of note to visit Australia – definitely worth a visit. My husband (Nathan White) will also be debuting his sculptures-homewares in collaboration with Assembly Label this November – look out for them in stores. The current Peter Godwin exhibition at Defiance Gallery is also (in my opinion) one of the best shows in Sydney at the moment. I’m dying to get my hands on one of his works!”

From a Riverside Cottage to Art for the Home, Laice Bollen Shares Her T Australia List

The event planner and stylist behind Place of Lb shares a curation of what she’s noticing and coveting right now.

Article by Victoria Pearson

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When it comes to the cultural vanguard, few are as tapped in as Laice Bollen. An event and wedding planner and stylist, Bollen is the mind behind some of Australia’s most googled weddings (the model Georgia Fowler, the Zimmermann designer Georgia Boniface and the fashion design Lillian Khallouf are all past clients), and she has curated soirees for brands such as P.E. Nation, Ruinart and Kate Spade.

As the founder and director of the boutique event agency, Place of Lb, Bollen is professionally obligated to keep her finger on the pulse. Here, we asked the creative and tastemaker for her T Australia List – from the rug she’s coveting to the restaurant to hit next time you’re in Melbourne.

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From left: A custom artwork by Toni Clarke inside Gildas, Surry Hills. Photograph courtesy of Toni Clarke; "Girl in Green Jacket". Photograph courtesy of Toni Clarke.

Covet This: Artwork from Toni Clarke Studio

“We already have a piece from Toni Clarke Studio in our living room, and now we need our next piece to match. Toni is the sister of the Sydney restauranteur Sean Moran, who is a family friend – they’re such a talented family, and Toni’s works are so vibrant and evocative. Once we return from our trip to Europe this year I’m thinking of commissioning a custom painting of a memory from Paris.” instagram.com/toniclarkestudio

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From left: Tim Roodenrys Tiger 2, $1,830; Tiger 5, $1,720.00. Photographs courtesy of Tim Roodenrys.

Shop This: A Handwoven Tibetan Rug from Tim Roodenrys

“Again, we’re lucky enough to have a rug sourced Tim in our home, but now we need a hallway runner. Tim is Australian, who works closely with Tibetan rug-weaving cooperatives to bring the traditions and skill of their craft to the rest of the world. I love the stories and the history of each design. They’re incredible art pieces for your floor.” timroodenrys.com

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From left: Photograph by Karina Lee Studio. Photograph courtesy of Fritillerie.

Covet This: An At-Home Floral Installation by Fritillerie

“I’m lucky in my line of work to connect, and create magic with, so many talented vendors. Fritellerie (the floral design brand helmed by South Coast-based Stella Goodman) is a master and conjuring these artful, sculptural floral pieces that command the space and capture attention. I’m going to work with Stella to create a floral installation in our home. She uses dried, preserved hydrangeas which last for years (and make for a unique design focus in our house).” fritillerie.com.au

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Photograph courtesy of Reine & La Rue.
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Photograph courtesy of Reine & La Rue.

Book This: Reine & La Rue

“I flew to Melbourne last week for work and visited the new venue by the Nomad group, Reine & La Rue. I have no words. The building architecture was breathtaking; it is the perfect place to host a huge party or intimate dinner. Highly recommend.” reineandlarue.melbourne

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Photographs courtesy of Sunny Corner Cottage.

Visit This: Sunny Corner Cottage

“My next weekend getaway will be at Sunny Corner Cottage in Muogamarra Nature Reserve. With interiors styled by Tamsin Johnson, you can be assured no detail here is spared (the bathroom alone is reason to book). Visit with friends or host a long waterside lunch with friends.” sunnycornercottage.com