This is something I've been meaning to write about for a really long time! In March last year I received an email that began:
"I'm writing from the picture desk of Wallpaper* Magazine City Guides in London...We are currently working on the 2012 edition of our Perth guide, and are very keen to include Mr Sparrow."
Needless to say, I was extremely excited! Wallpaper* City Guides are, I believe, the most prestigious travel guides around and have a strong design focus. Published by renowned visual arts publishers, Phaidon, the guides present a tightly edited, discreetly packaged list of the best architecture, hotels, bars, restaurants and cultural spots from top cities around the world. As photo editor Nabil Butt explained to me, "The travel experts from international design magazine Wallpaper* handpick the most exclusive locations specifically for the design savvy traveller."
The Perth guide has been out for a couple of months now and I finally got my hand on a copy a few weeks ago! Even knowing Wallpaper*'s reputation, I have to say I was surprised by just how spot on this guide is. They really have picked out the very best of the best in terms of architecture, hotels, bars, shops, escapes and landmarks (yes, we have - a few - landmarks!) - think Council House, Eight Nicholson, Mrs Brown, West End Deli, the State Theatre Centre, B&M Store and many more. There are also lots of facts and figures, a neighbourhood guide and an insider's guide by Conor and Romina of Test Tube and Zekka fame! If you're new to Perth, heading this way, or just feel like being a tourist in your own city (which can be a very good thing), you can pick up a copy at most good book stores. Thank you, Wallpaper*! It is such an incredible honour to be included in this prestigious publication.
And here is me at perhaps my proudest moment...
(By the way, I've recently got into instagram - a little late, I know, but you can find me here :))