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Rigg Design Prize 2019

The Rigg Design Prize is the highest accolade for contemporary design in Australia. Hosted triennially, this prize reflects on the NGV’s dedication to the contemporary design and architectural scene in Australia. In 2018, this prestigious award was awarded to Hecker Guthrie, outstanding Melbourne design practice that has demonstated excellence in creative achievement.

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Installation view of Home: feast, bathe, rest, 2018
Arent & Pyke design studioAustralia est. 2007 Designers Sarah-Jane Pyke & Juliette Arent
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Installation view of Imaginarium, 2018
The Society Inc by Sibella Court design studio
Australia est. 2009 Designer Sibella Court

Ten Australian design studios working in the interior design and decoration field were shortlisted for the Rigg Design Prize 2018 with the exhibition theme as Domestic Living. This required the ten entrants in the Rigg Design Prize 2018 to demonstrate in their interior work how interior design can transcend basic functionality to become a form of communication embedded with values, ideas, attitudes and narrative.

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Installation view of Take It Outside, 2018
Amber Road design studio
Australia est. 2013 Designers Katy Svalbe and Yasmine Ghoniem
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Installation view of Wunderkammer, 2018
Scott Weston Architecture Design design studio
Australia est. 1997 Designer Scott Weston
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Installation view of Inner-Terior, 2018
Danielle Brustman design studio
Australia est. 2012 Designer Danielle Brustman
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Installation view of We’ve boundless plains to share, 2018
Flack Studio design studio
Australia est. 2014 Designer David Flack



Bo Innovation

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Bo innovation is one restaurant that is a must try for those who claim to be food connoisseurs when visiting Hong Kong. A Michelin Three Stars for ‘Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey’ is the brainchild of Alvin Leong who Is also known best for his Demon Chef persona, his out-of-this-world gastronomic creations, and a tendency of speaking the truth while courting  controversy. A self-trained professional chef that started only nine years ago, this celebrity chef who owns a closet full of black clothes prefers to present dishes that do not look like ‘normal food’, but ‘innovative playful food’ that spur memories through creation.

Time, patience and an open mind are important ingredients customers have to enjoy dining in Bo Innovation. The restaurant is not too big, yet very well decorated and has friendly and professional staff to welcome customers. The only options available to customers are either ala-carte or have food paired with wine selected by the house. Either way, both will required around 3 to 4 hours to complete the full course comprising to only have food or have food with wine pairing. Both requires about 3 to 4 hours to complete the full course comprising 15 dishes of exquisite molecular gastronomy Chinese classics. The menu is fixed.

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60000 a year

It is almost impossible to accurately pen down the dishes served by Chef Alvin Leong. One needs to find time to sit and experience this out-of-the-world world storytelling session through his food creations. Every dish has a story and the waiter serving it is the storyteller. Bo Innovation has cleverly combined sight, taste, feel and smell. Most importantly, it brings back memories in a very clever concept. Some call Bo Innovation the ‘Demon’s Kitchen’, which is translated from the Chinese word ‘厨魔’, but it can also be translated to ‘Magic Kitchen’, as this restaurant is simply magical in many ways.

Sizzling Hot at Heart

Wondering how food preparation using hot stone would taste like?

Maple Palace places the art of intricate Chinese cuisine at the heart of its establishment – to create some of the most tantalizing taste made to leave the customer who walked through its doors asking for more.

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Deep Fried Bean Curd With Chef’s Special Spicy Sauce Served In Hot Bowl

In order to create a more sizzling effect and visit to Maple Palace a memorable dining experience, this season sees the restaurant present one of history’s most esteemed cooking methods known to enhance food’s most flavoursome elements moments after serving.

Bitter gourd may not be everyone’s favourite but its nutritious element are more widely known in the Asian community for various health benefits including weight loss. Maple Palace prepares one of Asia’s most darling and yet simple dish, Scramble Eggs With Bitter Gourd , to perfection.

Check out the restaurant’s chef special Deep Fried Bean Curd With Chef’s Special Spicy Sauce Served In Hot Bowl . If a pastry chef is ranked by creating the best chocolate dessert, than Chinese cuisine chef special using bean curd should be the equivalent.

If there’s any element worth salivating for from the Chicken With Rice Wine & Basil Leaf Served In Hot Stone Bowl , than it’s definitely the blend of the fragrant rice wine and basil. Allow the sizzling steamy hot bowl sear the chicken to perfection infused with chef’s specially selected rice wine.

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Scramble Eggs With Bitter Gourd

Once Under Water 水下奇境

Over a decade after it was originally conceived, the ambitious InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland Hotel is opening to the public. Located in an abandoned quarry in Songjiang, about 30 miles from the city center, the 337 room hotel features panoramic views and several floors that are submerged underwater.

JADE+QA, under the guidance of Martin Jochman, designed the concept and facade. The award-winning design calls for 19 floors, 17 of which plunge down into the depths of the quarry below ground level. Two of the 17 underground floors are actually submerged in a 33-foot-deep aquarium.

One of the most stunning architectural features of the complex is the glass “waterfall” that spills down the side of the quarry and houses an atrium. A glass “waterfall” runs the height of the 19-floor building, housing an indoor atrium.

The InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland Hotel is located in an abandoned quarry and includes an adventure sports center. The InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland is accepting reservations for November 20, 2018 onwards with prices starting at ¥3,380 ($487).

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从最初构想的开始历经逾 10 个年头后,上海佘山世贸洲际酒店 (InterContinental Shanghai) 诞生了,这家“奇境”酒店正式开业和对外开放。酒店位于松江一个废弃的采矿坑,距离市中心大约 30 英里,设有 337 间拥有全景的豪华客房,而几层楼皆位于水下。

著名国际建筑团队JADE+QA在英国设计Martin Jochman的指导下呈现了概念和立面设计。这个屡获殊荣的设计拥有19层楼,其中17层深入地下采矿坑的深处。17层地下中的两层实际上被淹没在33英尺深的水族馆。

另外,最令人惊叹的建筑特色之一是玻璃“瀑布”,它从采矿坑一侧倾泻并形成一个中庭。上海佘山世贸洲际酒店位于一个成功“点石成金”的废弃采矿坑,同时是一个探险户外活动中心。酒店从 2018 11 20 日起接受预订,价格从 3380人民币起跳 (487美元)。

Gordon Ramsay in Three-Michelin Star Restaurant 戈登拉姆齐米其林三星餐厅

Widely regarded as the hallmark of fine dining, the Michelin star is arguably one of the most sought-after awards for many chefs, and is the sign of dining excellence. There are currently five restaurants in the UK which hold three Michelin stars and Restaurant Gordon Ramsay is one of them.

Gordon Ramsay’s first solo restaurant that opened in 1998 and later in 2001, earned him his first three-Michelin star that made him the first Scottish chef to have won the ultimate status. Over the years, Ramsay has transformed from a chef to a celebrity, internationally renowned and holding a number of Michelin stars, Ramsay has opened a string of successful restaurants across the globe, from Italy to the United States. However, this Restaurant Gordon Ramsay is the beginning of all the successful stories. In 2015, Matt Abé was appointed Chef de Cuisine of the restaurant.

Native lobster, heirloom tomato, Tahitian vanilla and basil.


地狱厨神戈登拉姆齐的首家餐厅是于1998年在伦敦开设,而该餐厅于2001年获颁三星,也使戈登拉姆齐成为首位获颁三星的苏格兰籍厨师。如今戈登拉姆齐已从名厨发展成明星,他开设无数餐厅也摘星无数,从意大利到美国都可找到其餐厅的踪迹,但这家戈登拉姆齐餐厅却是他发迹的源头。后来于2015,他委任其爱将Matt Abé在此家重要的餐厅掌厨。

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Utter perfection

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Traditional Meets Modern Chinese Cuisine 传统与现代中式菜肴的结合

Once a year, the management at Maple Palace takes on the uncompromising task of setting out a new menu specially for the lunar new year. These exquisitely made dishes take on an auspicious role in ensuring a prospering year ahead.


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Aromatic Duck with 7 Head South Africa Abalone

Visually tantalizing, the duck remains the favourite choice of meat that stands in the centre of tender 7 Head South African abalones stewed to perfection.


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Cheese Baked Lobster

While cheese may be an invention of the west, the Cheese Baked Lobster is basked in fried shallots, onion, button mushrooms and a spread of cheese. It is a modern display of how light diary flavour can muster its way into a modern Asian menu at Maple Palace.


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Claypot Rice with Assorted Waxed Meat

Another traditional dish that lays the foundation of Chinese cuisine and remains a popular choice among avid tasters has got to be the Claypot Rice with Assorted Waxed Meat. Claypots are known for its ability to retain strong hot fire. Put meat in it and voila – it never fails!


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Goose Web Abalone Seafood in Casserole

All-In-One-Goodness is what the Goose Web Abalone Seafood in Casserole wants to convey and is definitery not a dish for the faint-hearted. For seafood lovers, this concoction presents some of the most delicate tastes combined and includes generous portions of vegetables, black mushrooms, dried scallops, fish maw, sea cucumber and more.


Inspiration of The Sea 来自深海的启发

Maple Palace takes pleasure indulging its guests in some of Asia’s most diverse variety of sea-inspired dishes. Over the years, the restaurant attracts some of the largest seafood enthusiasts from all corners of the world through its revolutionized approach to create some of the most tasteful seafood cuisines in South-east Asia. The menu proves its true indulgence blending traditional concoction of spices with modern flavors available only in this part of the world.


Maple Palace_1.jpgThe art of steaming is perfected over centuries of trials and tribulations in Asian cuisine mostly used in preparing fresh seafood. The “Steamed Grouper with Fresh Clams & White Radish” is truly a test of simplicity. Blending only the freshest herbs and ingredients from the region, this mild concoction offers an explosion of fresh flavors locally grown and sourced.


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Another classic favorite for returning guests at the Maple Palace has to be the “Steamed Cod Fish with Black Fungus & Cordyceps”. It is specially prepared to accentuate the milky and delicate texture complimented by popular Chinese condiment and herbs.


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Opt for a spicier encounter popularized over generations living along the Straits of Malacca. Maple Palace’s “Signature Clay Pot Fish Curry” not only oozes generosity but also signifies the harmony of  cultures formed via the spice route. If spice may just be a trigger of too many hot spots, a non-spicy version is also available. 


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A Touch of Pawson 一抹轻盈极简

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John Pawson, a British architectural designer whose work is known for its minimalist aesthetic, has restored a former French hospital and monastery in Tel Aviv‘s oldest, most vibrant neighborhood into the Jaffa Hotel. Together with conservationist architect Ramy Gill and a team of restoration experts, Pawson transformed the 19th century, Neo-Roman landmark for over a decade, maintaining the raw untouched surfaces and blending old with new.

The hotel occupy adjacent plots by the sea in Jaffa – Tel Aviv’s oldest district. Pawson has added a new six-storey wing to house 38 luxury apartments overlooking the 4,000-year-old port, the Mediterranean sea, and the city. The design merges Pawson’s minimalist style with traditional Middle Eastern architecture, converse with mid-century design classics from Shiro Kuramata and Pierre Paulin, topped with modern art by Damien Hirst. 

Alongside photography by Israeli artist Tal Schochat, the remnants of a 13th-century crusader’s bastion wall, uncovered during the excavation of the project, is now part of the modernist lobby.

The hotel is developed by New York-based hotel and real estate company RFR Holding and operated by Marriott’s luxury collection of hotels & resorts.

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以极简主义美学而闻名的英国建筑设计师John Pawson,他将以色列城市特拉维夫最古老、最富活力街区一家前身为法国医院和修道院的建筑物改造为雅法酒店(Jaffa Hotel)。而 Pawson 是联合自然保护主义者建筑师 Ramy Gill,还有一个修复专家团队一起工作,耗费逾 10 年的时间里将这个19世纪新罗马时代地标改头换面,除了维护原始未被破坏的建筑表面,并将新旧建筑完美地融合交汇。

酒店位于靠近海边的雅法地区——也是特拉维夫最古老的区域。Pawson 为 38 套豪华公寓增加了一个6 层高的新翼楼层,有独立的私人入口,可以尽情俯瞰 4000 年历史的港口、地中海和城市景色。整体设计采用了 Pawson 的简约干净和传统的中东建筑风格,向梦想致敬。

综观酒店风格是以当地文化的细节融入当代主题和模式,加上以色列艺术家 Tal Schochat 的摄影作品点缀所有客房。另外,在项目重建的挖掘途中发现了 13 世纪十字军堡垒残墙遗迹,目前已成为新建筑的现代主义大厅的一部分,与设计师仓右史朗和 Pierre Paulin 的中世纪设计进行经典对话;而顶部则是由 Damien Hirst 的现代艺术作品装潢。该酒店由总部位于纽约的酒店和房地产RFR控股公司所开发,并由万豪奢华酒店品牌及度假村集团运营管理。

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Serena Lindeman : Australia’s most luxurious fashion experience to date 体验澳洲最奢华的时尚

Serena Lindeman-5.jpgSerena Lindeman recently made her Malaysia’s debut showcase when she became the first milliner invited by CHT Awards to perform at its 7th edition in Kuala Lumpur. The catwalk showcase also included other celebrated fashion designers from Australia.

Over the years, Serena has spun her designs into contemporary and classic hats that adorn the heads of some of Melbourne’s racing royalty. She brings glamour and fun to Melbourne’s fashion parades and millinery competitions with the Melbourne Cup Carnival as her focus.

The Melbourne-based milliner weaves her magic in a studio within the Nicholas Building overlooking Swanston street. This is where her designs are transformed into reality, and fitted in a variety of styles before clients make their final call.

Serena Lindeman 最近应 2018 7CHT国际大奖之邀,而带著其作品千里迢迢到马来西亚参与时装秀,即在颁奖礼的走秀环节中连同其他澳洲设计师的服装设计闪亮登场。

多年来,不管是当代或经典的 Serena Lindeman 作品系列,都为墨尔本赛马场增添不少头顶上的风光,而为墨尔本的时尚增添风采及趣味同时,墨爾本杯狂歡節中的帽饰比赛则是她专注的焦点。

来自墨尔本的 Serena Lindeman 在斯旺斯顿街的尼古拉斯大楼设有工作室,而这里也是她创造无数头顶风光的地方。

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Text by Monica Tong

Olivier Krug : The Law of Attraction in A Champagne Empire 香槟帝国的魔力法则

Looking to hear the cork pop and the stream of fizzy bubbles ooze from a bottle of Krug’s Grande Cuvée? Dubbed as the King of Champagne, Krug’s champagne is still in a league of its own in comparison to other bubbly we see in the market. Olivier Krug is a sixth generation Krug and the Director of the House of Krug in Reims, France. He is a passionate father of four, and has tastes for the finer things in life from an early age.

His love for the motherland and its produce resulted in a life-long passion for the art of harvesting some of the finest champagnes in the world. His parents bore 5 children, and today, he remains the only child directly involved with this family business. He recalled his early childhood surrounded by grapes, the people and the aromas of the vineyard: “When I was a little boy, no more than 7 or 8 years old, I would ask my dad to take me around. I loved sitting in a corner, listening to him while he was talking to the growers and tasting grapes.”

Although Olivier’s father has taught his son everything that he would need to know about champagne-making, the young boy, however, did not immediately grasp the monumental reasons in indulging in the process. In fact, this bubbly wine, which we call champagne, can only be made in one place in the world – France.

Olivier grew to be an indispensable part of the Krug business and later, found the reason why the Krug brand is a worldwide commodity and phenomenon. “We create the Krug every year because we want to offer Krug to Champagne lovers, a champagne with quality that is unquestionable.” With unquestionable quality, comes unquestionable dedication. “You have to care for details, look at everything, forget nothing, care about the people. A good business is the consequence of good work. Therefore, the reason should not be the objective, because it’s all about how you make it.”

To enjoy a glass of champagne, Oliver suggests abandoning the champagne flutes for a Joseph glass, which will allow the bubbles to reach their optimal expression. He compared the experience of tasting champagne using a champagne flute to “going to the opera with earplugs”. Apart from using the right utensil, Oliver also suggests chilling the bottle at an optimal temperature to release the maximum wine aroma. To top that, what could be better than pairing champagne with good food and music? So choose wisely, because all champagne is not created equal.

Olivier travels around 100 days in a year to bring the Krug brand abroad and introduce the taste of the finest champagne to the world.

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听着软木塞“噗”的一声和从 Krug’s Grande Cuvée 香槟瓶内渗出的华丽金黄气泡,这款酒香扑鼻的香槟被誉为香槟之王,因此与市场上其他香槟相比,Krug 香槟拥有着独一无二致命吸引力。Olivier Krug 是第六代法国兰斯 Krug 家族的传人。他是一名充满激情的4名孩子父亲,自小就热爱生活中的一切美好事物。



Olivier Krug 逐渐成为 Krug 商业品牌中最核心的一环,再后来,他发现了 Krug 成为全球知名香槟品牌的原因。“我们每年都要生产香槟,因为想为香槟爱好者献上最好的 Krug 香槟,确保毫无疑问的品质。而毫无疑问的品质也与毫无疑问的奉献相关。你必须注意细节,观察每一件事,关心着人们的感受。最好的经营是优良工作付出的体现。因此,理由不应该是客观的,因为一切都取决于你如何去做。”

为了享受一杯香槟,Olivier 建议放弃笛形杯而用 Joseph 杯,让气泡达到最佳的展现方式。他把用笛形杯品尝香槟的体验比作“戴着耳塞去看歌剧”。除了使用正确的餐具,他还提议在最佳温度下将瓶子冷却,最大化的释放葡萄酒香气。此外,还有什么比香槟配上美食和音乐更好的呢?所以更要明智地选择,因为并非所有香槟都是生来平等的。

Olivier 每年的旅行期约 100天,将 Krug 品牌散播至各国,并向全世界推荐最动人和富含层次感的香槟风味。

Text by Monica Tong