Reinvention: a New Lens


EST MAGAZINE ISSUE 42 | Reinvention: a New Lens

When reflecting on our relationship with nature, pioneering French architect and designer Charlotte Perriand said, “Everything is linked, the body and the mind; mankind and the world; the earth and the sky”. It’s why as an architect and designer, she often escaped to the mountains which she ‘loved so deeply’, because ‘she needed them’.

Charlotte’s words on how design and the environment must co-exist thread their way through this issue. We see Seattle architecture firm Olson Kundig work with the dramatic coastal climate of New South Wales’ Bilgola Beach and how Villa RA by MORQ becomes an extension of the landscape in Calabria, Southern Italy.

This issue takes us to Sydney architect William Smart’s home and workplace – an inventive take on an old warehouse and beyond, to architects intuitively peeling back layers in existing structures, sensitively and sustainably bringing them into the present.

We learn from ‘garden whisperer’ landscape architect William Dangar on creating sanctuary through our outdoor living spaces. At the same time, we find sanctuary in 42 of the world’s best bathrooms and through our bathroom-focused Detail pages.

Copenhagen-based Australian product designer Nikolai Kotlarczyk reports on ten highlights at Milan’s Salone del Mobile, each revealing a boundary-pushing desire to design better by people and the planet – the spirit of Charlotte Perriand.

– Sophie Lewis, managing editor

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