THE quintessential MAGAZINE is a subscription only free online magazine.
Owner and curator Leanne Carter-Taylor, is originally from the UK where her love of the covetable and well designed started early. Seventeen years’ experience of fashion promotion, design and marketing has seen her working for some of the UK’s most influential retailers. After arriving in Sydney in 1999, Leanne set up her first retail concept duckeggBLUE in 2003, with quintessential duckeggBLUE following 5 years later. Leanne is responsible for sourcing, curating and marketing the world of duckeggBLUE with her unmistakable style, commitment to quality and a keen eye for the quintessential. She is obsessed with authentic and doesn’t like to accept no as an answer! (She also likes exclamation marks!)
Working alongside Leanne is editor and creative director Tracy Lines (formerly lifestyle publisher at Murdoch Books, and creative director of Inside Out magazine). With over 16 years designing and art directing magazines internationally from Red and Marie Claire Health & Beauty in the UK to Condé Nast Traveler and Vogue Living in Australia, Tracy has a unique combination of strong editorial knowledge and design direction. She is currently designing and publishing a collection of beautiful books, and consulting on a variety of lifestyle concepts within and extending beyond traditional and digital print media.
Design is by the talented duo Paul Mosig & Rachel Peachey who make up Racket. For over 8 years they have been producing award-winning web and print design that is beautiful, functional and intriguing. Their inspiring and creative work has been showcased in magazines, books and exhibitions nationally and internationally. Racket has sensitively and elegantly taken duckeggBLUE and quintessential duckeggBLUE into their own individual digital place in the world and is now responsible for designing and bringing to life the virtual world that is THE quintessential MAGAZINE.
John Mangila’s elegant work as a stylist, visual merchandiser and decorator illustrates his soulful respect of all things beautiful. Initially trained as a florist, his creativity & passion are always evolving. John’s collaboration with quintessential duckeggBLUE since the beginning and his vast styling experience gained while working for Home Beautiful magazine stands him in great stead as our style editor. We all agree he is the loveliest, calmest person to have around in sometimes frantic, deadline-driven days!
A country girl at heart but at home in the big city, freelance editor and writer Megan Johnston has more than 20 years’ experience in the world of publishing and has worked on some truly inspiring tomes. She is a little obsessed with the whimsical, the handmade and the unique and loves nothing more than wiling away a day reading and scribbling and immersing herself in all things design, art, food and fashion.
Sara Mulcahy started her journalism career subbing more! magazine’s Position of the Fortnight and has been trying to match that career high ever since. After leaving the UK’s blustery shores in 1999, she has worked across a variety of glossies including Inside Out, donna hay magazine and was most recently editor of the now defunct and much-missed Sunday Magazine. She’s currently running a boutique PR company, freelance writing and raising the best little boy on the planet.
Sharyn is at the forefront of commercial photography in Australia, shooting a diverse range of subjects including interiors, food, travel, and lifestyle. She is committed to creating beautiful images that capture a mood and an emotion. She plays with light and shadows to create levels of depth that really set a scene. She has worked extensively on notable international and local magazines: Gourmet Traveller, Inside Out, Vogue Living, Marie Claire, The Age (Melbourne) Magazine, Country Style, Instyle, Living Etc. UK and Elle Decoration UK to name a few. Sharyn also collaborates with architects, designers and creatives on unique projects and has shot numerous cookbooks for well-known chefs.She travels regularly with shoots taking her to various locations both here in Australia and overseas. http://www.sharyncairns.com.au/
Dan Himbrechts is an editorial and commercial photographer who has worked as a freelancer with the company since the beginning and is responsible for the inspiring in-store images. With over 12 years’ professional experience, Dan’s a regular contributor to The Australian, The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph, with work being published internationally, and has just been announced as a finalist in the 2012 News Photography Nikon-Walkley Awards. He has a penchant for collecting things he doesn’t need. View Dan’s inspiring photography and contact him at http://www.danhimbrechts.com/.
Ellis has been capturing strong images for two decades – originally in his native England, where he photographed the likes of Kate Winslet, Meryl Streep and Mickey Rourke for BAFTA, and household names such as Coldplay, Kate Moss and Daniel Radcliffe for leading magazines including Elle, Time Out, and The Observer Magazine. Northern, born and bred, Ellis moved to London in the mid 90s. Twenty years and thousands of magazine shoots, album covers and portraits later he moved to Sydney in 2010 and quickly established himself in the Australian market. From brand advertising campaigns for the Sydney Dance Company, Sydney Theatre Company and the Commonwealth Bank to lifestyle shoots for Sunday Style, Good Weekend and Sunday Life. When not shooting top Australian talent, Ellis can be found (obsessively) photographing his two-year-old French bulldog, Frank. View Ellis’s breathtaking portfolio at http://www.ellisparrinder.com.
An Australian photographer based in London, Nassima is our international photographer.
Her love of poetic aesthetics has taken her to England, where she now lives and works. Nassima’s photographs of people, places and food capture a sense of grace and elegance. With an insight to refined colour palettes, delicate lighting and thoughtful compositions, she brings to her work a poetic sensitivity and a passion for the authentic. We are delighted to have Nassima join our creative team, her photographic talent is truly inspiring. To have a look at a selection of her portfolio, visit http://www.nassimarothacker.com/.
Our regular storyteller Karen McCartney has a wealth of experience in the areas of design, art and lifestyle spanning 25 years in the UK and Australia. Karen’s passion for mid-century modern furniture, interiors and contemporary art has seen her write for, among other titles, British Elle Decoration and The World of Interiors and also edit Marie Claire Lifestyle here in Australia. Karen was founding editor of interiors magazine Inside Out, and has published her first architecture book 50/60/70 Iconic Australian Houses and its follow up 70/80/90 Iconic Australian Houses. She is now Editorial Director of the innovative online retailer, Temple & Webster, and is currently working on another architectural book project.
Glen Proebstel is a Melbourne-based stylist who produces work of a truly international standard. His ability lies, not only in his skill of selecting and bringing objects together in an aesthetically pleasing way, but in his innate feel for how to create an emotional connection. The timeless quality of Glen’s work comes from the understanding of fundamentals such as scale, texture, placement, colour and light, but the magic comes from the unexpected, the witty and the quirky play that underpins his signature style. He is a collaborative, creative talent who, whilst travelling between the US and Australia, is reporting in to THE quintessential MAGAZINE in his regular feature ‘Stateside with Glen Proebstel’. http://glenproebstel.com/
Stephanie Somebody is a worldwide Instagram sensation. Based in Melbourne, this interior designer, stylist, photographer and wishful thinker has a passion to create visual stories. Using Instagram as a creative outlet, Stephanie has attracted over 123,000 followers and counting. Stephanie has a distinctive aesthetic and style, her taste is exquisite and it’s easy to get lost in her images. Here at THE quintessential MAGAZINE we are just a little bit excited that Stephanie has joined our creative team as The Collaborator. Check out her stunning images at http://www.stephaniesomebody.com/.
Sydney-based photographer Sam McAdam Cooper has been shooting editorially for 12 years, and her work has appeared in Inside Out, Vogue Living, Country Style and delicious. magazines. Photographing everything from portraiture to still life, travel to food, interiors are her favourite. Whether it’s someone’s magnificent home, a modest studio space, or a decorating story created from scratch in a studio, beautifully designed furniture and furnishings never fail to inspire her. To view her stunning portfolio of work and for further contact information go to http://www.sammcadam.com/.
Originally from Germany, Denise Hantel’s love of everything vintage and handmade started at an early age, when she would spend hour after hour rummaging through long forgotten treasures in her grandparents’ attic. After finishing a Master’s degree in English literature & linguistics as well as German language teaching, both love and her thirst for adventure brought her to Australia. As well as working for quintessential duckeggBLUE, Denise is the editorial coordinator of THE quintessential MAGAZINE, a position that incorporates her love for photography, design and beautiful imagery as well as her passion for vintage furniture and interior design.