Sense of Place


EST MAGAZINE ISSUE 45 | Sense of Place

I’ve always loved the idea of a sense of place and how it imprints on our memories. The people; the sounds; the smells; the textures; the feeling.

It’s one thing to explore thematically and it’s another to experience it as we did inside our Spring Street cover star, by March Studio. The apartment is a unique reflection of its Melbourne location and who lives there. From how the silver ceiling mirrors the design of the train station below, to owners Sandra and Anver’s collectables and the fact that March Studio director Rodney Eggleston was also the previous owner.

Karen McCartney and David Harrison’s Milan Design Week 2022 report is anchored in cultural identity – the city’s iconic buildings juxtaposing new designs and experimental exhibits. A city’s spirit of good design also leads our ‘on the ground’ highlights from Copenhagen’s 3DaysofDesign.

We head to Palm Springs to see how architects Woods + Dangaran interpret the desert terrain and contrast the region’s iconic mid-century homes. Photographer Joe Fletcher takes us further into the country’s dramatic landscapes as he captures his appreciation for light and architecture, just as Columbian studio 5Solidos uses light to mirror a home’s surroundings. On the French Riviera, designer Jean-Charles Thomas’ inherent understanding of the local design landscape leaves a stamp on a home overlooking Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. This spirit of placemaking also extends to the objects and materials in our Detail pages.

In Belgium, we walk through Thomas Ostyn’s home – the third-generation owner of kitchen and interior design studio Obumex and in Sydney, interior designer Tania Handelsmann takes us through her family terrace and all her personal design details within.

Wherever we go in this issue nothing is superfluous, expressing a genuine sense of place – world-over.

– Sophie Lewis, managing editor

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