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|2,381 Comments

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|2,386 Comments

Chada Design Project: The Brentwood, Wellington

I’ve recently got back from windy Wellington, New Zealand, were I went to inspect a new project that’s ripe for refurbishment. It’s a smallish hotel called The Brentwood that has been part of the fabric of its local community since the early Sixties. On the surface it looked like a rather ordinary establishment with dated [...]

2017-11-27T08:25:02+00:00November 26th, 2017|Chada Living, Hotels, Travel|1 Comment

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|4,396 Comments

Today’s Stop: Jarkarta

It’s Thursday, it must be Jakarta! Life’s a bit like that as Creative Director of a design firm which has projects all over the globe. Although it doesn’t mean I’m hopping on a plane every few days, I’m happy to report, as I often have to conjure up cultures from the comfort of our studio [...]

2017-10-30T01:01:50+00:00September 19th, 2017|Hotels, Interior Design, Travel|15 Comments

A Floating Home in Amsterdam

Home stays come in many guises, not all pretty. The more time you put into researching the area, reading peer reviews and even checking out Google Earth, the luckier you're likely to get. I struck gold in Amsterdam with a home stay that was just about the most novel, romantic and comfortable stay I have [...]

2017-10-30T01:02:12+00:00September 12th, 2017|Hotels, Interior Design, Travel|15 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|12 Comments