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SHOP OWNER ALEISHA LANCASTER






While she had only been working as an interior designer for just over a year, Aleisha Lancaster was getting frustrated that she couldn’t source the types of products she wanted for her clients. They were either too expensive, mass-produced or replicas. And so she set herself a challenge. The result was opening Shop U, selling beautiful yet affordable handcrafted wares. Initially it was set up as...

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CHEF + RESTAURATEUR BILL GRANGER






There is a common thread that runs through Bill Granger’s career. The chef and restaurateur is a risk-taker. The first notable instance of it was over 20 years ago when he decided to move to Sydney after a week’s holiday. He had been studying interior design at RMIT in Melbourne, where he was born and raised, but changed courses and enrolled in art school at COFAinstead. While Bill went on to make...

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my home in inside out magazine





It's always a slightly surreal experience to see your home in a magazine. It looks so complete, somewhat final, and, well, tidy. I have to add quiet to that equation, too. Anyone who knows my tribe, knows that it's never that. But it is a home, and a humble one at that.


It is an apartment in BondiBeach, Australia. It is a place that I moved into some years ago and saw its potential, even though it...

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designer mike durante





Lauren Boyce and Mike Durante of Basil Bangs

Given that Australia is (usually) the land of sun and surf it's a little surprising that it took as long as it did for a good-quality sun umbrella to appear on the market. However, it did and it came to us via Basil Bangs, a company founded by three friends who live in and around Bondi Beach. Mike Durante is the designer behind the triumvirate, which...

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artist monique lovering








After living in Europe - flitting between Italy and the UK - artist and art director Monique Loveringis now based in Sydney's Bondi. She's almost back to her roots - as she was educated in Australia after being born in England. When she returned to the country of her birth, she spent many years working in magazines and for design companies. While Monique continues to work as an art director she...

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jewellery designer eleanor ford







The latest collection from Sollis marries two of designer Eleanor Ford's passions - jewellery and textiles. The pieces incorporate both elements, which is not so surprising when you learn that Eleanor completed a MA in Textiles at the respected Goldsmiths College in London after completing a BA in Jewellery Design at Middlesex University. She is now based in Sydney and has launched Sollis after...

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fashion designer rebecca powell






When I recently met Bondi fashion designer Rebecca Powell I got a glimpse of what she had in mind for her label Tluxe. One son was home from school, the other from daycare. She was still in her clothes from work, and cooking dinner. She looked stylish yet comfortable, which is pretty much the heart of what Tluxe is about. Becs got the inspiration for her label after designing for Topshop and...

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garden designer will dangar






Will Dangar has designed the Sydney garden of one of Australia's current day film icons. But he hasn't publicised the fact. He is too busy creating sophisticated gardens for other leading figures across a diverse range of industries, and has been since 1991. Will is also the design force behind Robert Plumb, a range of outdoor furniture and garden accessories that are synonymous with style....

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workshop preview: claire morris






This week I'm previewing people who have managed to turn a business idea into a successful product in the design world. They have all created online shopping spaces, and used different means to get their brand message out to the market. All the people featured this week will be sharing their experiences and knowledgeat the Daily Imprint "Live a creative life" workshops. The third FREE session will...

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artist dion horstmans







Dion Horstmans is a Bondi artist whose star continues to rise, which is fitting as many of his works have celestial names, such as Super Nova and Nebula. He has just been invited to participate in an art program as part of Sydney's Casula Powerhouse. And one of his works has also recently been acquired for the Artbank Collection. He is now represented at Flinders Lane Gallery. His works have been...

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