It took a long time but I got there…

It’s taken me 16 years to make the journey to Cuba. Not because I was attempting to walk all the way from Australia but because during my first attempt I was in New Orleans, en route to Mexico City and then on to Havana, when I was called home because my mother was gravely ill. Back [...]

2019-01-29T22:01:36+00:00January 29th, 2019|Chada Living, Culture, Hotels, Travel|1 Comment

How to Choose the Right Artwork

When to introduce a client to an artwork concept for a project is always tricky. Do you put your ideas on the table at the first concept presentation? Well, ideally yes. But when there are big macro issues to be resolved like where to place risers in a building or how to comply with building [...]

2017-12-13T02:28:43+00:00December 13th, 2017|Art, Chada Living, Hotels|0 Comments

Instant Hotel: Behind the Camera

It’s funny how things happen…like the call I got from central casting at Channel Seven, out of the blue, inviting me to step in front of a camera and talk about my life for five minutes. Next thing I know, I’m plunged into the world of reality TV, which, by the way, bears little resemblance [...]

2017-11-24T05:07:56+00:00November 15th, 2017|Instant Hotel, Interior Design|7 Comments

Chada Design Project: Skyline, Queenstown

Two days in our design studio at CHADA are rarely the same. We may be brainstorming a new hotel complex which has to accommodate people and well as horses - actually three times the number of very expensive thoroughbreds to human guests. Or, learning about designing beautiful living spaces for dementia patients or maybe designing [...]

2017-10-30T01:02:34+00:00September 5th, 2017|Hotels, Interior Design, Travel|0 Comments

The Art of the Dutch

My friend, the talented photographer Anna Maryke Grey, spent seven years putting together a body of work which she exhibited last year in Sydney. I bought a work a particularly moody still life that depends so much on a perfect shaft of light that illuminates its dark centre. All the works shared this quality but [...]

2017-08-20T03:28:29+00:00August 20th, 2017|Art, Interior Design, Travel|0 Comments

A Source of Inspiration

I recently found myself in a glittering palace of crystal admiring chandeliers whose designs had been created for Marie Antoinette and Napoleon themselves. My inspiration is water and the project is in Jinan (China), which is famous for its natural springs and the large reservoirs and waterways which connect the city, a bit like Amsterdam. [...]

2017-08-20T02:32:38+00:00August 9th, 2017|Hotels, Interior Design, Travel|0 Comments