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Before Kandinsky, Malevich and Mondrian, Swedish artist Hilma af Klint's exuberant works of abstraction marked a radical break from the figurative with their profusion of colour and enigmatic, diagrammatic shapes informed by her interest in spiritualism, science and nature. Yet the artist's trailblazing oeuvre was virtually lost until the 1980s and has long existed outside the modernist canon – an omission owing in large part to her gender as well as her mystical leanings. Opening tomorrow at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The Secret Paintings' shines a light on Klint's monumental works in a kaleidoscopic celebration of her groundbreaking vision.
The house of Bollinger anoints only the very best vintages with the superlative 'Bollinger R.D' label and, characterised by its vibrancy, verve and precision, the newly unveiled 2007 vintage is certainly worthy of the title. Perfect for pairing with saffron-infused delicacies, the low-dosage Champagne exudes complex aromas of honey and brioche followed by piquant ginger, cumin and caraway for a truly transportive imbibing experience made possible by a lengthy maturation. Why not say "Hello, Bolli" this long weekend and enjoy a splash of indulgence to distract from the winter chill or create a moment of elevated conviviality at your solstice soirée?
Exploring the refined and understated signature of the renowned French design house, this is a book of unparalleled luxury by Françoise Claire-Prodhon. Although the founder and furniture designer Christian Liaigre is no longer at the helm, his principles of simplicity, subtlety and timelessness infuse all of the projects that feature in Creation, ranging from a retreat in Japan and an urban abode in Germany to a modernist palace in India, all completed from 2016 to 2020.
W Brisbane has given a major glow-up to the Sunshine State's cocktail scene, collaborating with the expert mixologists from legendary East London nightspot Oriole for a series of toothsome tipples that will take punters on a global flavour odyssey. Start local with 'Toowoomba' – a bittersweet take on a lamington that blends vodka, vermouth, cocoa falernum, Campari, berry cordial, wattle seed and coconut soda – before venturing further afield via a slew of concoctions inspired by 13 destinations. In lieu of international travel, head to the hotel's Living Room Bar to sample Oriole's offerings together with live music, fabulous food pairings and a buzzy atmosphere.
For a limited time, Greg Natale is offering a complimentary copy of our new large-format book, Belle Beautiful Australian Homes Volume III, when you purchase an 'Astoria' throw from the Greg Natale homewares collection. The smart, geometric design lends modernity to a classical motif while the trio of sizes on offer – king, queen or double – make it a practically perfect bed or sofa-side companion. Swaddle yourself in Peruvian alpaca wool – available in camel, navy, blush or black (pictured) – and pore over the outstanding selection of interiors featured in the latest book from Belle, including some sensational residences designed by Greg himself. From $395.
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