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THIS PAGE in the entrance T R AV E L hall, ’70s chaise longue; Personal space antique Murano glass chandelier. OPPOSITE At the foot of the Italian Alps lies Casa Canvas, a gallery for emerging designers, PAGE in the dining area, artists and makers and also a home to its art-loving founder, Thayse Viégas. Rosiwall table by By Lee Tulloch Photographed by Lea Anouchinsky Casa Canvas; ’60s chairs; Otto cabinet by Casa Canvas; (on cabinet from left) Céramique (2016) head sculpture by Christophe Betmalle; Monumentale vase by Ctrlzak; Il Viaggio Della Conoscenza (2017) sculpture by Laura Pagliai; Naia mirror by Ctrlzak for JCP; Eccentric brass vase by Giorgio Bonaguro; Unlimited (2018) paintings by Ilaria Franza. 211

VList When Brazilian-born Thayse THIS PAGE the exterior her design space and gallery. The apartment has Viégas was completing her of Casa Canvas. OPPOSITE a living room with an open kitchen, a loft bedroom master’s degree in fashion upstairs and a studio and so it also appealed to buying at Milan’s Istituto PAGE gallerist and her as a place to live and she moved in with her Marangoni in 2011, her final homeowner Thayse Viégas then-husband, Milanese interior designer Maurizio project was to create an imaginary concept store. Bergo. (Viégas and Bergo are no longer romantic She was so taken with the notion that, five years in the living area, (on partners, but they still collaborate.) Casa Canvas, later, she brought together 25 designers, artists shelves, from top) Behind a fusion of design, art and product, opened in 2016, and craftspeople to make that vision a reality. the Scenes dishes by Thayse initially as a three-month project. Undaunted by not finding the right space in Milan, Viégas for Casa Canvas; she rented a beautiful apartment in the countryside Untitled photographs by “One of my motivations for making this project — and turned her home into a gallery. Yan Motta; Touch artworks a reality was that during my last job as a buyer (on left bottom shelf ) by in a concept store in Milan, I wanted to buy new Casa Canvas is a 40-minute drive from Milan, Sally Viganò; Céramique designers but I had to devote a bigger budget to near Brianza, on the way to Lake Como and at the commercial brands,” says Viégas. “It made me want foot of the Italian Alps. It is located in the historic head sculpture by to have my own space, a more ‘democratic window’ ›› 18th-century Villa Stanga Borromeo Arese, which Christophe Betmalle; is set in immaculately maintained formal gardens. In the 1990s, the villa was sensitively divided into photograph five renovated apartments, retaining its many (in large frame) heritage charms, such as frescoed wooden by Giorgio Ferri. ceilings and gilded doors. “I wanted to buy new designers, Brianza is a town with a strong artisan and but I had to devote a bigger budget furniture-making tradition, so when Viégas to commercial brands. It made me discovered that the villa’s ground-floor apartment want to have my own space” THAYSE VIÉGAS was available to rent, she knew it was perfect for 212

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VList THIS PAGE FROM RIGHT chair, and fractured ceramic and glass objects by Colombia’s Heidi in the kitchen, Grove cofee Jalkh’s. Viégas’s keen eye creates a tables by Gustavo Martini; harmonious mix of vintage furniture and some very personal art on the bowl (on benchtop) by walls, such as Giulia Biasini’s framed Rina Menardi; Untitled sketches of big-eyed women arranged above a desk. She says her placement photograph by Ana of art is very casual. “I just put the Teresa Bello. The villa’s objects somewhere I like.” 18th-century garden. OPPOSITE PAGE in the Some of the pieces have been studio, Perflect display purchased by Viégas; others are cabinet by Sam Baron for collaborations with local artists, JCP; Calcarenite series many of them on consignment. cofee tables by Cosma But it’s all for sale, down to the water Frascina; What a Pain glasses designed by Italian-Greek design studio Ctrlzak. in My Brain (2014) sculptures in Murano The intimacy of the home gallery glass (on shelves) by Sally is deeply satisfying for its creator. Viganò; Unlimited (2018) When Viégas retires to the loft at painting by Ilaria Franza. night she has a privileged view. “I can see almost everything from my bed,” she says with pride. VL ‹‹ where emerging designers and artists could be Visit valued in the same way as an established designer or brand. And I thought that the house we lived in “I am trying to create a place where could be that space to start this idea.” people can find objects they can’t find in Milan” THAYSE VIÉGAS In many ways, Casa Canvas is very much Viégas’s private domain — one that reflects her Sept/Oct 2018 215 personal aesthetic, which she calls “minimalist contemporary”. Just to make the point, Viégas created a neon sign of the words ‘personal space’, which she placed in the classical fireplace that is a feature of the living room. But the apartment is primarily a showcase of young design and talent, home to more than 60 pieces of art and furniture, including Viégas’s whimsical printed ceramic dishes from her collection called Behind the Scenes, based on old master paintings. The gallery opens onto the garden, which occupies a prime position in the villa and gives Viégas the opportunity to host an irregular program of events, including dinners, book launches and chef collaborations in the magnificent setting. Casa Canvas is especially busy in April, when international visitors gather in Milan for the Salone del Mobile. Throughout the year, Viégas opens her home by appointment. “I am trying to create something where people can come from Milan and anywhere and find a place that is very international, and they can find objects they can’t find in Milan.” Works being exhibited include France’s Sam Baron’s Perflect side units, Brazil’s Gustavo Martini’s geometric Edge


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VList R E S TA U R A N T Dancing queen Once a safe haven for drag performers and the location of a beloved AUSTRALIAN MOVIE CLASSIC, this inner Sydney pub has finally had the glamazon- worthy makeover it deserves. By Lee Tulloch Photographed by Anson Smart Styled by Claire Delmar In the Garden Cocktail Bar of The Imperial Erskineville, stools by CDF; wall mural art by Neil Mallard.

VList THIS PAGE, FROM LEFT still from In the memorable opening moments of The The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, the Desert. Priscilla’s main dining room actor Hugo Weaving, frocked-up in sequins and (below) detail showing custom and blonde wig, lip-syncs to Charlene’s 1982 poufs by Royale Upholstery. OPPOSITE hit, ‘I’ve Never Been To Me’, while a rowdy PAGE in the Private Dining Room, crowd in an inner Sydney hotel jeer him on. Bangin Hangings ceiling art. The pub is The Imperial Erskineville, a 1940s classic corner landmark that, since the 1980s, has regularly hosted drag performances on a PHOTOGRAPHER: PHOTO 12/ALAMY (THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT) special stage in a back room. The curvaceous old hotel, a prime example of what is known as interwar functionalist style, designed by Virgil Cizzio, underwent a cultural transformation when it was purchased in 1983 by legendary entrepreneur Dawn O’Donnell, who also owned the famous Patchs and Capriccios nightclubs on Oxford Street. The former butcher turned it into a safe haven for the LGBTQI community, at a time when transsexuality was barely spoken about. O’Donnell died in 2007 but before that The Imperial had changed hands several times. Even as Erskineville gentrified, the pub was notoriously sleazy, with an illegal sex club operating in the basement. The Imperial was finally shut down in 2015 after drug busts and license breaches. Hoteliers Fraser Short and Scott Leach snapped it up soon after for $6.5 million and invested millions more into tarting up the grand old dame. The reconceived front bar and a new restaurant, Priscilla’s, opened earlier this year. The remaining three stages of the renovation, which include an open-air trattoria, a cocktail lounge and Australia’s first same-sex wedding chapel on the roof, are rolling out over the next few months. Principal architect Sophie Harris and designer Jeremy Bull of Alexander & Co were charged with bringing the pub back to life. It’s a responsibility the team didn’t take lightly. “Respect has to be paid to its importance in the gay community,” Bull says. “We had to find what was once glorious about it again.” He saw it as a kind of “lost palace”, reimagining the cultural icon into a place of fantasy — outrageous, inclusive and fantastic while reflecting the gravity of its legacy. ›› 220

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VList ‹‹ When patrons enter the front bar they know they’re not in Kansas anymore. The ceiling is wallpapered with a “gay version of the Sistine Chapel”, where high-heeled warriors and naked classical maidens frolic. The original stage has been knocked out and turned into a glasshouse and courtyard — an extension of Priscilla’s veg-friendly restaurant. With a further nod to the hotel’s history, the cocktail list includes a drink named for Cindy Pastel, the drag performer whose life story became the basis for Hugo Weaving’s Priscilla character. In the evening, an alcove in the dining room turns into a stage for Drag ’n’ Dine shows seven nights a week. Throughout the hotel, some original pub Fringing and surfaces and tiles have been left raw RUFFLES, and broken. New carpets, tiling and mainstays rendering have been designed to look as of DRAG if they’ve been uncovered rather than costuming, added. Speciality furniture and lighting, such as the have been 70s-looking CES casino stools in the bar, have been made by local manufacturers to original designs. ADDED to lamps Fringing and ru es, mainstays of drag costuming, shades and have been added to lamps shades and mirrors. Even mirrors. Even costumes abandoned in the wardrobe room upstairs have been reclaimed — the occasional stiletto can ABANDONED be found casually lying on a bar or side table. “It had COSTUMES to feel fun and quirky and weird, but not twee,” Bull have been says. Rest assured, The Imperial is anything but. VL reclaimed Visit FROM TOP RIGHT a corner nook in Priscilla’s. In the main bar, stools by Maison Drucker, Paris; ceiling mural by Angeline Drinan. 222

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