“My products have to talk to the world.”

A 2011 graduate of the Istituto Europeo di Design, Federica Biasi worked with various design firms in Milan until 2014, when she decided to move to Amsterdam to hone her style and complete her projects, largely inspired by the simple lines of Northern European design. Since her return to Italy, she has worked as Art Director for Mingardo, while collaborating as a Creative Consultant with various brands, including Fratelli Guzzini. In addition to her consulting work for specific brands, focusing mainly on colour palettes, materials and finishes, she also creates ceramic pieces, decorative items and textile products as a way to celebrate the excellence of italian artisanship.

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A Community United

Interview with David Gates – Headmaster of Scots All Saints Bathurst

David Gates spent much of 2018 combining two of Bathurst’s most highly respected co-educational independent schools into what has become essentially, a much larger, stronger, independent day and boarding school to service Bathurst, the Central West and beyond.

Despite the enormity of the task, David has emerged upbeat and enthusiastic. Given the schools proximity to Sydney, and Bathurst’s increasingly attractive rural lifestyle, there is every reason to believe that Scots All Saints and Bathurst will continue to grow as important educational centres.   

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Bohemian Harbour

With its sweeping views across the sparkling water to the city skyline, Lavender Bay on Sydney’s lower north shore has inspired generations of artists. A new exhibition at the Museum of Sydney celebrates the spectacular Sydney Harbour through the perspectives of some of the city’s best-known and most admired artists.

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Repair, Australia’s interpretation of the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale’s overall theme of “Freespace,” opened on a delightfully sunny morning at the Giardini. Since we’ve been making buildings and cities in Australia, it has mostly been to separate us from the natural environment. Consequences of the disregard of natural systems are now being felt and there is a shift of thinking amongst built environment disciplines towards repairing the natural environment as a meaningful and enduring framework for urban form – an expansion of the natural environment in a sort of reverse order of urban sprawl.

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Take a look at the volume and breadth of the fashion collaborations on view at this year's Salone del Mobile: it feels like every fashion brand has finally woken up to the wonders of the home; Jonathan Anderson travelled the world to pull together Loewe’s celebration of craftsmanship; Marni too took to the road, looking to Colombia for its folkloric expo; and COS brought the American conceptual artist Phillip K. Smith III’s reflective sculptures into the confines of a 16th-century palazzo. 

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