An Enchanting Resort in Australia’s Southern Highlands

TRAVEL & LIFESTYLE: An Enchanting Resort in Australia’s Southern Highlands

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When the London-based former Soho House design director Linda Boronkay first visited Osborn House, a 19th-century former guesthouse located in an Australian village halfway between Sydney and Canberra, she was instantly enchanted. Even in their overgrown state, she said, the gardens and surrounding forest held an atmosphere of Old World romance and discovery. “I intervened as little as possible,” she said about the process of turning the property into an intimate boutique resort. Fifteen unique suites were created in the main house, and seven cabins were scattered in the surrounding woods. When it came to the interiors, which include a game room and plant-filled spa, the designer sourced from a mix of European fabrics and Australian artisans, including the local ceramist Bruce Pryor, who crafted some of the lighting, and the Byron Bay-based artist Jai Vasicek, whose paintings and murals of muse-like female figures are found throughout the space. The result is Cotswolds manor meets Oz. “I want people to forget that they are in a hotel,” Boronkay says. And the food is unfussy but delicious, as the chef, Segundo Farrell, trained under the Argentine barbecue master Francis Mallmann and typically cooks elements of a dish, like charred cabbage with grapefruit, over an open fire. Rooms from about $463, osbornhouse.com.au.

Dansk — the Scandinavian-inflected American design brand founded in 1954 by Martha and Ted Nierenberg, a pair of New Yorkers who were besotted with Copenhagen — is perhaps best known for its colorful enamel Kobenstyle casseroles, their lids doubling as trivets, and some remarkable collaborators: the fashion photographer Bert Stern shot ads; Andy Warhol made marketing materials. Then there’s the Danish artist Jens Quistgaard, who helped Dansk create thousands of popular midcentury products, many of which have become heirloom collectibles over the last 70 years. Now, some of the most memorable ones are being resurrected by the culinary website Food52, which, after acquiring Dansk last year, began researching the best pieces to reproduce from the archives and commissioning contemporary collaborators, including the designers Ilse Crawford and John Derian. First up, the brand is reissuing a large version of Quistgaard’s Kobenstyle enamel water pitcher (available this week in its original red, teal, yellow and white shades) with a retro hourglass shape and braided rattan handle. “The beauty of Dansk designs is that they’re so timeless,” says Amanda Hesser, the founder and C.E.O. of Food52. “Today, it feels like there’s a lot of stuff coming at us, but these are things that can stay with people for a long time.” $95, food52.com.


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For their 10th-anniversary capsule collection, Ancient Greek Sandals’ co-founders, Christina Martini and Nikolas Minoglou, turned to their most reliable source of inspiration: ancient Greek statues. With help from the Paris-based art historian Xenija Ventikou, a friend of theirs, they zeroed in on 10 specific works — from the “Winged Victory of Samothrace,” from the Hellenistic era, which can be seen at the Louvre, to the Bell-Shaped Female Figurine from the late Geometric period, part of Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts’s permanent collection — to create 10 special-edition shoe designs. “This is the idea we felt most emotional about,” says Martini. “And there’s a parallelism — Greek art can be found in museums everywhere, and our sandals have been worn by women all around the world.” One design is modeled after the Altes Museum’s Berlin Kore — a free-standing statue from the Archaic period of a female figure wearing a pleated mantle — and has interlocking and subtly striped embroidered straps. Another, which nods to the Louvre’s Loutrophoros Sphinx, a painted red clay vase that dates to the Seventh century B.C., features a string of reddish ceramic beads made by the ceramist Elpida Kourtzi. But while these works have a universal appeal, the brand, as usual, worked with a team of local artisans to bring the collection to life. “We could go elsewhere to manufacture our sandals for cheaper,” Minoglou says, “but we think it’s important to stay close to our roots.” From $365, ancient-greek-sandals.com.


Born in Marseille, France, the jewelry designer turned restaurateur Stéphanie Giribone raised her two children, along with her French Algerian husband, Mohamed Zefifene, in Marrakesh for over a decade. It was there, in 2016, that she created La Famille, a glamorously bohemian vegetarian cafe in a lush garden surrounded by whitewashed walls hidden within the medina’s maze. When she and her family returned to her native city during the pandemic, she brought the concept along, and this past spring debuted La Famille Marseille in a ground-floor apartment, located in the Quartier des Antiquaires, with an open kitchen and a small courtyard with a fig tree. The interiors are decorated with vintage furniture, potted plants and shelves of lamps with macramé shades. Like the original cafe, it’s open for lunch (and serves dinner two Saturday evenings a month), offering a daily changing menu of three or four vegetarian dishes. In Morocco the recipes are inspired by France, but at the Marseille location, they are typically Mediterranean with a Moroccan twist — pasta served with truffle, dried figs, grilled artichoke and za’atar, or pizza with zucchini flowers and slivers of preserved lemons — a bit like the city itself. A cookbook (in French and English) will be out in July and available for purchase at the restaurant. 36 rue Edmond Rostand, Marseille, 011-33-49-15-82-611, instagram.com/la_famille_marseille.

It only took a year and a half of life with his new golden doodle, Elvis, before Celine’s creative director, Hedi Slimane, launched a selection of pet accessories. An expansion of the French luxury house’s Maison line of home and travel items, the collection includes collars and leashes in refined calfskin and canvas, either in tan or black, and with the option of metallic studs. Additionally, there are single or double food and water bowls wrapped in the house’s Triomphe print, as well as a rubber toy in the same signature shape. Pet parents can cart these accessories for their fuzzy one in travel bags stamped with “Dog” or “Cat.” The honey-colored pup modeling the pieces in Celine’s ads? None other than Elvis himself. From $175, celine.com.


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