This 1920s hotel has serious cultural cred, from its enviable art collection to its glamorous refurbishment by design royalty.
Paris has always held a particular fascination for artists. Just as the time-travelling protagonist of the 2011 film Midnight in Paris was transported to a milieu of avant-garde painters, jazz musicians and Lost Generation literati, a pilgrimage to the City of Light has been enshrined as a rite of passage for creative types compelled by the vibrancy of les années folles. Yet the city’s artistic charms are certainly not consigned to the past, with the modern-day metropolis enlivened by a contemporary art scene set in dynamic contrast to its historic urban fabric.
More than any other hotel, Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris encapsulates this hybrid of bygone romance and dazzling modernity. Opened in 1928 during the heyday of cafe society, the former haunt of Coco Chanel, Josephine Baker and Ernest Hemingway belongs to a select group of properties bestowed with France’s superlative ‘Palace’ distinction, with all the opulence and outstanding service that entails. Yet a radical overhaul by designer Philippe Starck and an emphasis on contemporary art sets the hotel apart from its peers. Now a glamorous playground for pop royalty – counting Rihanna and Beyoncé among its habitués – Le Royal Monceau has channelled its cultural pedigree for the 21st century, offering guests a passport to the cutting edge of Parisian culture.
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DAYS OF HEAVEN
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CHERRY ON TOP
Set against neutral tones, the final flourish on this newly renovated heritage home in Melbourne is a bright pop of powerfully accented red.
Two in one has a special significance for this home in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. One of a pair by the same practice, it also has both public and private personas.
An elevated platform in the warehouse office of Studio Prineas creates a dedicated zone for staff to congregate and collaborate.
Embraced by its bushy hinterland habitat, a newly built family home radiates an aura of peace and harmony.
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Contemporary artwork and new openings have lightened the mood at this renovated 1930s family home in Melbourne.
With a look of maturity that belies its youth, an additional wing to a humble cottage, plus inspired makeovers inside and out, have transported this property to another realm.
WHITER SHADE of PALE
A neutral palette promotes a calm and elegant mood in this expansive Sydney home that is furnished with a judicious selection of antiques juxtaposed against contemporary art.
Some artists specialize in doing cartoon tattoos. Others have made black-and-grey realism their forte. Mat Rule is the rare artist who has mastered both. After falling in love with traditional and black-and-grey tattooing, he decided to combine the opposing genres to create an exceptionally unique signature style. His work literally pops off the skin and reminds us of movies like "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" and "Cool World" which brought cartoons into the real world. We sat down with Rule to learn how he came up with such a show-stopping style, which characters he loves tattooing most and much more.
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