SPROUTING AS REMEDIES to the vacuity and speediness of consumer culture and its endless opportunities for distraction there's now a handful of popular movements that have got ever bigger in recent years. Each have their own flavour, gurus and[...]

THE SYDNEY BEACHSIDE suburb of Avalon has a new eco-friendly living green-roofed home – and it was built in a remarkable six weeks.

Designed by Archiblox, prefabricated offsite and then trucked in, the home is a cosy 106sqm in size, has tw[...]

THERE'S LOT OF us who nurture the building-a-retreat-in-the-country-someday fantasy. We're the ones staring wistfully out of the bus or train window on the way to work with thoughts of exposed beams, dry stone walls and kitchen gardens.

Or –[...]

GREAT DESIGN DOESN'T have to be big and expensive. It's more about elegantly solving problems and relating to human needs. Same with furniture.
Poland's Studio No produce something they call "Small Architecture" – a witty cross between art, furn[...]

DUTCH DESIGNER HARRY van Ierssel and  his Chilean partner in life and business, Camila vega Faba, aren’t easy to pin with any convenient label. And that’s probably because the sheer range of their works is so wide and, says Harry, “I’m [...]

IF YOU'RE A regular visitor to these pages you would have noticed that we are suckers for exquisite photography at the generalist -- and looking at these shots we're sure you can only but agree that Tobi Wilkinson's photographs of the Gyuto monks[...]

PORTO OWES A lot to Harry Potter. Or as the locals would have it: Harry's story owes a lot to Portugal's second city. And that's because if you spend more than a day or two in the place you're going to trip over a claim or two about how key bits[...]

IF YOU WANT proof that the people of Seville know how to wait, then you only need go to the Metropol Parasol in Encarnación Square. I know this because we have been waiting 15 minutes for two apples in the markets to be found beneath one of the [...]

MATTHIEU RICARD IS an extraordinary individual. Although, in truth, "individual" is probably not the best handle for a man who's reason-to-be stands at the very opposite of selfishness in our ego-driven and individualistic age.

And he wro[...]

FINDING AN ELEGANT and well-priced place to stay in Paris overlooking one of its main icons is one thing. But then to discover it was home to a French filmmaking legend for nearly a decade -- and precisely during the period he wrote and di[...]

IF THERE'S AN interior that qualifies as one of the most extraordinary on the planet, then the nave of Barcelona's Sagrada Familia would figure somewhere near the very top. the generalist was fortunate enough to visit just recently and we were [...]

IF THERE'S ONE thing that can spice up a pleasant ramble in the Spanish countryside a little, it's the knowledge that you're sharing the place with a bull or two. Although -- given that Spain's a country that lets bulls and humans loose together [...]

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