Jane Webster's new book 'French House Chic' launch with Thames & Hudson
Oct
11
6:30pm 6:30pm

Jane Webster's new book 'French House Chic' launch with Thames & Hudson

Join author Jane Webster in the Franque Dining Room to celebrate the release of French House Chic.

Dreaming of a French house…

 It is more than twelve years since Jane Webster, the poster girl for selling up and following your dreams, bought Chateau Bosgouet, a derelict chateau in Normandy and moved her young family to France. In those twelve years, Jane has established an internationally renowned business, she has shepherded her children through their school years both in France and in Australia, she has made long-lasting friendships in her adopted home and she has spent countless hours observing French style.

French House Chic is a glimpse inside the most private of French residences: from supremely elegant Parisian apartments to lavishly upholstered sitting rooms in French country estates. From le salon to la salle de bain and every room in between, here is visual inspiration to achieve the most French look in any space. Or just to be momentarily immersed in all that Gallic flair.

This is Jane’s very personal story of a lifetime of cultivating an eye for style and bringing it to life in the home - a style that can be emulated with just some simple guidance. It is a book for rethinking: one that will make you want to rearrange your copper saucepans, reupholster your sofa, or book the next flight to Paris. And last but not least, this is the book that answers the question of what happens if you really chase your dreams.

About the author and photographer

Jane runs The French Table from her house in Normandy. She spends six months in France each year where she organises cultural tours and cooking classes throughout the region. She is the author to two best-selling titles At My French Table and French Ties (both Penguin).

Robyn Lee is a photographer and the author of Dinner with Jackson Pollock (Assouline).

Title    French House Chic

ISBN    9780500500965          Price   AUS$59.99 NZ$65.00

Published by Thames & Hudson  Publication date:  October 2017

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Mark Howson exhibition North of the Divide opens
Sep
14
6:00pm 6:00pm

Mark Howson exhibition North of the Divide opens

Join us for the opening of Mark Howson's North of the Divide at Franque. 

Thursday 14th September, 6.00-8.00pm 

A celebration of colour and form in the rural landscape: Mark Howson’s new exhibition North of the Divide describes the natural beauty of his home of Kyneton in the Macedon Ranges in a series of bold paintings. Deceptively simple shapes, an economy of line and vibrant colours, Howson’s work portrays an enlightened vision of our Australian landscape.
 

A Tree, Haystack and Shed, 2017. Oil on linen.

A Tree, Haystack and Shed, 2017. Oil on linen.

A founding member of Roar Studios, the successful 1980’s artist’s collective, and now well into his fourth decade as an artist Mark’s work is represented in the collections of the Australian National Gallery, National Gallery of Victoria, Geelong Art Gallery, Ballarat Art Gallery, New Parliament House Canberra, Monash University, Art Bank and numerous private collections in Australia, Europe, Japan and USA.

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Carlo Golin, Shannon McGrath, & Geoff Nees in exhibition
Aug
31
6:00pm 6:00pm

Carlo Golin, Shannon McGrath, & Geoff Nees in exhibition

A wonderful convergence of three different practices- this exhibition assembles, arranges, and presents work by three established Melburnian artists, celebrating their current oeuvres within the singular context of Franque.

The artists

Carlo Golin is a long time painter, favouring still lives - dramatic depictions of fruits piled on tables, gently glowing, slowly decaying. In more recent years he has turned his hand to collage and photography, gaining much success with a series of photographic works describing flowers at various stages of wilting. New work follows on this thread, only the subjects are a little more gritty. Documenting various man-made artefacts in their decayed state, Golin's work calls to mind themes of 'Arte Povera'- finding beauty in the ugly and seemingly worthless.

Shannon McGrath - renowned interior and architectural photographer -  has an eye for fine detail and sharp lines, as evidenced in her art practice of photography and projection in which she merges depths and plays with light, juggling perceptions of space within a single frame. McGrath will exhibit a projection piece within the Franque space for an immersive experience viewers are unwittingly active in, additionally situating her 2 dimensional photographic work within the context of a group show. 

Geoff Nees' 'works on paper' are sculptural enquiries into 2-dimensional surfaces. Incisions and hand-folding bring geometric forms into being, delicately suspending them in white negative space of a page. Nees' process, in it's precision and repetition, is architectural, and his work has been much celebrated by the architectural world- his designs translating beautifully from paper to steel. Nees was commissioned to design the façade for the Australian Pavilion for the 2005 World Expo, held in Japan. Now he brings his smaller scale pieces into Franque, to be offset by some of his more experimental work...

 

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Monday Morning Cooking Club Book Launch with My Bookshop
Aug
17
6:30pm 6:30pm

Monday Morning Cooking Club Book Launch with My Bookshop

We are delighted to join forces with our favourite bookseller My Bookshop by Corrie Perkin for a series of launches over the next few months. Stay tuned!

The unstoppable Monday Morning Cooking Club sisterhood returns with a stunning third book containing heirloom recipes and new classics. It’s Always About The Food is the result of a global search for the most-loved dishes that have been delighting family and friends for years and have nurtured communities from Cardiff to Nova Scotia to New York, from Sydney to Johannesburg to Jerusalem.

Corrie Perkin will lead a conversation with the girls, discussing their mission to honour and share stories of immigration and survival, joy and sorrow, family and connection.  We hope you can join us.

WHERE:  Franque, 597 Malvern Road

TICKETS:  $25 per ticket (includes wine and pass-around food)

RSVP:  Please call My Bookshop on 9824 2990 or email events@mybookshop.net.au to secure your ticket. Past experience with the MMCC tells us that this event will book out quickly, so please let us know asap if you'd like to come along.

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Lunch by Guy Mirabella in the Franque Dining Room
Aug
3
12:00pm12:00pm

Lunch by Guy Mirabella in the Franque Dining Room

Guy Mirabella cooks lunch in the Franque Dining Room, the first of a monthly residency!

Menu: Minestra di verdura. Goulburn river trout, deboned and filled with golden raisins, pine nuts, mixed herbs and wrapped with prosciutto. French bean and fennel salad. S.M. Novella Firenze Liquore al Cioccolato biscotti. Espresso. Wine from Crittenden Estate.

I have been blessed with Sicilian parents who grow their own produce from their garden. My father Diego has recently passed and mum is determined to keep his garden alive. Diego loved showing his garden just as much as he enjoyed working in it. There are informal plantings of fruit trees balanced with rows of various varieties of tomatoes. In summer Dad’s famous cucuzzi supplies Mum with it’s tender stems, leaves and tentrils for her summer soup ‘minestra di tenerumi.’ In summer and late autumn Dad’s large brown turkey fig tree with its juicy pink brown interior and sticky honey flavoured figs supplies the café for both our savoury and dessert counters. Ricotta stuffed and pancetta wrapped figs or pear and fig cake with lemon syrup are much loved and give pleasure to many.
— Guy Mirabella

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Greg Wood Exhibition: Liminal Highways opens at Franque
Jul
20
6:00pm 6:00pm

Greg Wood Exhibition: Liminal Highways opens at Franque

Liminal Highways by Greg Wood

Please join us to celebrate the opening of Greg Wood's latest body of work at Franque from 6.00-8.00pm Thursday 20th July

Beyond the tele-visual car windscreen expands a space less explored in modern transit. Liminal Highways deliberately focuses on the in-between and less often considered spaces that go passed by and only momentarily noticed. Wood documents the almost immediately disappearing scenes that in our haste to arrive at our destination, we don’t see. Gaps opening to distant sea views, just as quickly closed by dense green and back again to seemingly endless open fields of rich dry grass; Cyprus windbreaks and winding driveways. Wood then reverts to the studio to paint these images and manifest further layers of spatial explorations through his contemplative studio work. Liminal Highways offers up visions of Victorian landscapes as glimpsed from the road travelled, requesting a closer and finer engagement with space and what lies in-between.   

Download catalogue here.

Please RSVP to nina@franque.com.au

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Marnie Haddad curated by Franque, exhibition opening.
Jun
17
3:00pm 3:00pm

Marnie Haddad curated by Franque, exhibition opening.

Join us to celebrate the opening of an exhibition of Marnie Haddad's work curated by Franque.

Marnie Haddad’s settings explore illumination through a constant light source and utilise grain to enhance the surroundings and mood. A exploration of colour and extravagant environment, Marnie’s carefully created scenes reflect a deep love for classic film, from romantic undercurrents to cinematic staging.

Master portrait painters and films great directors are the creative idols of photographer Marnie Haddad- the rich, atmospheric influence, combined with a passion for colour and technical precision form the signature of her work. 

Haddad’s renaissance palette remains truly contemporary. The artist conquers the marriage of subject and set, fearless of colour and composition. She explores the moment- brave but truthful.


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David Ray Exhibition 'Wild: Contemporary Antiques'
May
25
6:00pm 6:00pm

David Ray Exhibition 'Wild: Contemporary Antiques'

Melbourne ceramic artist David Ray's sculptures trespass the border between beauty and ugliness; riff on traditional notions of decorative ceramic design and entwine with political references to produce fantastical and wondrous creations, imperfect and top-heavy, and moulded directly by the [sub]consciousness of the artist.  


The dinner set is devised as a functional object to hold food. Mine isn’t, it is instead a wild untamed interpretation of a dinner set, to service conversation.

The work is a series of shapes colours and recognizable picture that sit in the realm of recognition. It’s through mutual recognition we can subject our thoughts and ideas. The work can be used as fact with in which the viewer can converse and devise their own conversation.

If I was to serve up concise idea of what this work means, wouldn’t I be controlling independent thinking. Art is subjective - it shouldn’t matter what my words mean to you, you are free too intemperate the works for yourself.
What can you see? What is it about the work that relates to your own experiences? Which parts are understandable?

The idea of wild is for the viewer to experience something beyond what they know. Work that visually bites into your brain and makes you think. Subject the work to your own interpretation.
— David Ray
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Art & Wine: Peter Healy with Bruce Armstrong and Peter D. Cole
Apr
6
6:00pm 6:00pm

Art & Wine: Peter Healy with Bruce Armstrong and Peter D. Cole

Prominent Melbourne artists Bruce Armstrong and Peter D. Cole spend an evening with established sommelier Peter Healy, divine art through wine, and discuss their respective disciplines.

Join us at Franque and be part of what will undoubtedly be a fascinating conversation and a chance to share an intimate space with some truly inspiring figures.

Bruce Armstrong is one of Australia’s most acclaimed sculptors. Melbourne-based Armstrong is best-known for his monumental totemic figures which can be seen in public spaces around the country. 

Peter D Cole is based in the Kyneton District of Victoria, where he has established himself as one of Australia’s senior and most renowned contemporary sculptors, drawing on the landscape as a source of inspiration. 

Peter Healy is one of only a hand full of Australians to be internationally accredited as a Sommelier. Peter is well known for the easy to understand, colourful descriptions and wine language he has all of his own.

Tickets are $55 per person and include wine and cheese. 

Buy Tickets here or call 03 9827 9940. 

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[Please Don’t Tell Me] WHAT TO WEAR, with Material By Product
Mar
21
6:30pm 6:30pm

[Please Don’t Tell Me] WHAT TO WEAR, with Material By Product

[Please Don’t Tell Me]

WHAT TO WEAR

A worldly discussion about women’s dressing

Tuesday 21 March, 2017, 6:30-8:30pm at the Franque Salon

Joined by a distinguished panel of professionals, we discuss dress codes for women in a world where a female minister makes headlines when she wears shorts to a meeting; where a woman cannot wear a burqa on a beach; where a brand can make a billion dollars out of black leggings; and some still see women wearing trousers as nothing less than sinful.

THE PANEL

Robyn Baillieu, Non-Executive Director

Katherine Brazenor, Barrister

Susan Cohn, Designer, Director, Workshop 3000, Artist Trustee, NGV

Virginia Dowzer, Stylist

Gulliver Giles, Sales Director, The 8 Percent

Annemarie Kiely, Melbourne Editor, Vogue Living, Director, ACCA

Megan Quinn, Co-Founder, Net-A-Porter, Company Director

Fiona Scanlan, Creative Director at Large

 

CHAIRED by Jonathan Wilkinson, Barrister

HOSTED by FRANQUE Founder Sarah Hook & MATERIALBYPRODUCT Founder Susan Dimasi

This is a free event. Bookings essential via TryBooking

WHEN | Tuesday 21 March, 6.30-8.30pm

WHERE | Franque, 597 Malvern Road, Toorak

DRESS CODE | NO DRESS CODE

Be refreshed with drinks, food, fashion, flowers, debate and conversation.

 

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Santa Maria Novella is proud to present an Evening of Opera
Mar
9
6:00pm 6:00pm

Santa Maria Novella is proud to present an Evening of Opera

Join us for an evening of opera featuring the mesmerising soprano Michelle Buscemi and baritone Mattia Campetti in the intimate and opulent setting of Franque.

St Louis crystal filled with Santa Maria Novella and Capi cocktails will be served as you are treated to the sonic beauty that is the Lucca Opera Festival.

Limited tickets available for $80 per person. 

SOLD OUT

Franque 597 Malvern rd, Toorak, VIC 3142.


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