2014 has come to an end far too fast and Christmas is upon us already. To wrap the year up I thought I would share my ideas of what makes the perfect Christmas in sunny Sydney, at my home with overgrown rambling garden paths, long balmy days, tubs of hydrangeas, dashes to the beach and seafood on the BBQ.
A curated guide to some of this year's most interesting books
Cater for everyone with books for cooks, modern thinkers and arm chair traveller this holiday season. From Mexican cooking and culture to Swedish simplicity, along with architectural insights from Rem Koolhaas and highlights from the art world - there is something for everyone.
Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore profiles Chinese writer Sheng Keyi and her latest novel, Death Fugue. Keyi witnessed the Tiananmen Square protests on television as a young 16 year old and twenty five years later has created an allegory for authoritarian modern-day China. The story is set in fictional Swan Valley, a seemingly utopian society inside a state-controlled world where freedom has been given up for material gain. This is Clarissa’s first contribution to A Magazine. She lived in China from 2009 to 2014 where she worked for The Economist, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal and Time Out, among others. She now lives in Sydney and is also writing for The Saturday Paper.
It's that time of year again and we are selling a few of our favourite things. This year we have tried, tested and written about all the products featured... here are our favourites to help you with present picking and to add to the holiday festivities ...
In a high rise urban setting you don’t often expect to find bee hives. Check in with Doug Purdie, Sydney’s self proclaimed Beevangelista and you might just find out where he has stashed a few. Balconies, restaurant and hotel rooftops and kitchen gardens can offer bee sanctuaries in our urban sprawl.
Urban Growers and the resurgence of kitchen gardens .
Urban Growers are Grant LaBrooy and Byron Smith. Two keen connectors and creators sharing their passion for permaculture backyard gardens with local communities in and around Sydney’s urban areas and suburbs.
Antlers & Artisans - a family affair at 1803 Deer Designs
In this fast and instantaneous world that we live in, where everything and anything you could possibly want is available -and usually made in China or India - it is so refreshing to come across a truly ethical, genuine and family-run company like 1803.
We are partial to a well dressed man and in particular a man with good manners - our own sartorial raconteur Toby Blyth takes a look at the art of dressing well in Sydney's trendy inner West and finds a bespoke tailor who fits the bill.
Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France Frank Gehry, 2014
Nearly a decade in the making, Frank Gehry’s Foundation Louis Vuitton has finally opened its doors. The new art museum and cultural centre is a multi-faceted Crystal Palace for a new age, drawing comparisons to the Sydney Opera House, sailing ships and a colossal iceberg floating in the green sea of Paris’ Bois de Boulogne Park.
Building better and smarter - Sydney has emerged as a leader in how to curate a city's future. With the opening of the new Gehry building on the University of Technology campus coupled with the new Central Park area, Sydney is creating a new corridor to connect areas of the city with smart public spaces and intelligent design.
Sharing a border with north Morocco is Ceuta, Spain. Known for its beautiful churches and historical landmarks, the addition of the new library is not only a striking change to the cityscape but has been built around Arabic archeological ruins from the 14th century.