BB Bible of the Best

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Contents 4 FOREWORD PHILANTHROPY 8 The Blue Marine Foundation 16 Linveco Cultural Foundation 18 The Sovereign Foundation COLLECTORS' WORLD 24 Rodin Bronzes and Plasters 36 Art Russe

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52 Simon Mordant 60 Dimitris Daskalopoulos 68 The Mullin Automotive Collection



88 Patagonia by Lauren Bath 98 Cory Silken


ICONIC YACHTS 108 Wally Yachts ICONIC DEVELOPMENTS 118 Cidade Matarazzo 124 Harcourt Developments 134 Chateau La Grace Dieu des Prieurs Wine Estate

160 Dr Sister 164 Andrew Jacono 174 Luxurgery© ICONIC DESTINATIONS 186 Villa Manzu 196 Wendy Hawkins 202 Sea Life Villa 208 Over Yonder Cay

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Bible Defined


hen we conceived the project of the BB Bible: The best of the best, our only objective was to include the truly inspirational rather than what is simply beyond the reach of most people.

Regular readers and collectors of our book series will already know that we like to challenge preconceptions of what constitutes “ the best “ – and that we place “Quality” before mainstream “Luxury”, a word that has long lost its shine and significance. Avoiding ubiquitous high end brands, we give instead a platform to what we consider of lasting value and beauty. If the collection comes across as arbitrary, we are unapologetic because “the best” is a subjective concept, but also because our readers have a finely tuned appreciation for the unique and the rare in our fast paced world of ephemeral trends. Some of the features in the book have informative value; others are there to delight the eye or celebrate our lust for life; others still are included to stir our humanity. The collection is thus a snapshot of what has captured the imagination of an editorial team that has access to the truly outstanding, unforgettable and altruistic – a world of “BBeyond”, in fact.






The Blue Marine Foundation 2014 NGO of the Year in the PEA (People Environment Achievement) Awards. 2015 four PEA Awards as part of the GB Oceans Coalition including ‘Overall Champion’. 8


If you are a passionate conservationist,







The End of the Line 2009 documentary will

embodied the elusive quality of “cool”, BLUE

resonate with you on many levels.

unquestionably is it.










documentary, directed by Rupert Murray

pedigree when it comes to philanthropy.

same name, is compelling in capturing the


and based on Charles Clover’s book of the

beauty and bio-diversity of our oceans and immediately juxtaposing this with the reality of slowly but surely destroying them through over-fishing and over-consumption.







foundation in the ‘60s, through which he contributed to the arts and Jewish causes. His daughter, and George’s mother, Dame

Vivien Duffield consolidated it as the Clore Duffield Foundation. It is perhaps best known

If you are not an environmentalist, it would

for funding The Clore Gallery at Tate Britain

the oceans without fish by mid-century!

collection of the works of J.M.W. Turner)

This haunting documentary was produced by


convert you with its stark message: imagine

George Duffield, and exec-produced by Chris

Gorell Barnes, winning the 2011 Puma Creative

Impact Award and leading to establishing the Blue Marine Foundation, or just BLUE for short.

BLUE is just 7 years old at the time of writing but punches vastly above its weight, largely

because its founders are quite formidable. If there is such a thing as new tech royalty, Gorell

Barnes is surely and firmly in that hallowed circle. A serial digital entrepreneur and brand

building expert, he is also Martha Lane-Fox’s partner (they have twin sons together).

When we met briefly one afternoon in London,

(the Clore Gallery houses the world’s largest

although it supports scores of other cultural

Dame Vivien has been a major supporter of,

and donor to the Royal Opera House, as well as many other art-related organisations, and

it would be hard to overestimate the impact she’s had on culture in general.

This pedigree notwithstanding, or perhaps because of it, George Duffield is nicely low key and quite unassuming.

Both he and Gorell Barnes have day jobs, he

tells me, and young families, but the work for the foundation has taken over their lives – and developed a life of its own.

he used the 15 minutes or so he had to sketch

The Mission

compatible to tangentially aligned brands.

If you watch the documentary, you would

Gorell Barnes.

mitigate, on the one hand, the depletion of

A strategic thinker who’s built his businesses

reserves and on the other, build government

a vision for BLUE’s future, partnering with One gets a sense of “the sky is the limit” with

understanding that great ideas need a great

narrative and sound marketing, he has very obviously poured both his heart and skills into shaping the foundation’s image.




understand BLUE’s mission in a nutshell: fish stocks through the creation of marine and business consensus around research

and long-term sustainable solutions for the fishing industry and ultimately the survival of the oceans’ eco-system.



BLUE does this very effectively in a number of ways.The oceans are, of course, in public ownership. Rather than focus on awareness alone, the charity works directly with governments to implement much needed remedies to what has become a global and urgent problem. The UK, with its overseas territories, offers a massive scope for creating marine reserves whose model can be replicated on the Mediterranean next and beyond. The Lyme Bay project is one such model of getting

together fishermen, scientists and conservationists to collaborate. What BLUE does is address the needs of the local community (as opposed to simply preach) and act as a facilitator – in this case, funding the supply of a refrigeration unit critical for protecting the fishermen’s Photography © Rory Moore

income, resulting in more sustainable approach to fishing. Partnering with and involving other philanthropic foundations (The Bacon Foundation, Prince AlbertIIof Monaco’s Foundation, Garfield Weston, John Ellermen and the Don Quixote Foundation among others) is another exceptionally effective way to fund important projects in the Aeolian Islands, St Helena, Ascension Island, the Maldives, etc. (full list of projects here: http://www. As George Duffield rightly points out, the ocean crisis requires a global effort, and so BLUE tries to work in collaboration with as many funders as possible. BLUE worked in collaboration with other NGOs to establish the British government’s commitment to create a ‘blue belt’ around the UK’s overseas territories and is currently urging as many MPs as possible to sign up to a charter strengthening that commitment (find out more at https:// Combining efforts to achieve tangible results is something that we, at BBeyond, continually espouse both in writing and when we interact with individual philanthropists. After all, getting consumers, big business, regulatory bodies and public opinion to coalesce around a common goal for the greater good is surely what we should all be striving for?


BLUE’s research and knowledge base are truly impressive: the founders seem to have facts and figures at their fingertips and it is obvious they care deeply about the success of every step along the way. Changing consumer and retailer attitudes, for example, are as important as lobbying governments and the fishing industry. BLUE has enlisted the support of Ambassadors whose credentials are indisputable and whose names are stellar. The foundation’s best asset, however, remain its founders. “This is the most important thing I’ve done in my life”, says George Duffield at the end of our meeting and Chris Gorell Barnes nods in agreement. 


The Linveco Cultural Foundation (LCF) connects culture patrons worldwide and their respective foundations for the purpose of: â–ś engendering a dialogue on how culture shapes the world we live in â–ś harnessing the power of culture to build a more tolerant and more enlightened society â–ś introducing patrons to new and emerging creative talent LCF does this through cross-cultural events, round table talks, exhibitions and research projects. LCF invests in new and emerging talent in the areas of art & design, literature, film and photography and enables creative individuals to leverage their talent and become selfsustainable in a globalised market environment.



The Sovereign Art Foundation and founder,



Howard Bilton is a barrister qualified in the UK and Gibraltar, visiting professor Texas A and M University teaching international tax law and founder and chairman of The Sovereign Group of trust companies with offices in 25 jurisdictions and over 20,000 clients. 18


In 2003 he founded The Sovereign Art Foundation (SAF) with a well-defined twin focus: to recognise the growing wealth of contemporary art talent in Asia and bring the proven benefits of expressive arts to disadvantaged children. To achieve this, SAF annually organises The Sovereign Asian Art Prize, now recognised as the most established and high-profile art prize in the AsiaPacific region. The Prize is based on an eminently sustainable model that raises funds by auctioning artworks that reach the final stage of the competition; and then shares proceeds equally between the artists and the Foundation. Since its inception, SAF has raised over US$6 million for charities and artists worldwide.

Over the past fourteen years SAF-funded programmes have helped thousands of disadvantaged children; using expressive arts as a means of education, communication and engagement. Expressive arts allow children to express themselves in their own way, at their own pace and under their own control. Personal fulfilment arising from creative aspects of art can support development

of a child’s self-esteem, helping them to feel valued and gain a sense of direction in life. SAF currently supports

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arts programmes for children in Hong Kong, Cambodia, Nepal, Mongolia and Vietnam. These children are typically victims of poverty, human trafficking, child labour, drug use or physical abuse. The programmes use expressive arts to rehabilitate children, build their selfconfidence and encourage them to return to education. In 2013, SAF launched its own initiative called the Make It Better (MIB) project, which provides empowering learning activities reinforced by expressive arts to children living in some of Hong Kong’s most impoverished areas. MIB offers a 27-week programme of weekly workshops, delivered by SAF’s experienced teachers and resident art therapist. The programme currently operates in 18 local schools and centres and its reach has expanded to include a focus on children with special educational needs (SEN). In 2017, SAF secured a grant from The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust to launch the ‘Jockey Club Expressive Arts Programme for Children’. The pioneering three-year programme began in August 2017 and aims to train teachers in Hong Kong to integrate principles of expressive arts and creative play into their classes, to better support children with SEN and their classmates. The programme is

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run in partnership with the Centre on Behavioural Health, The University of Hong Kong (HKU).

In 2012, SAF established The Sovereign Art Foundation Students Prize in Hong Kong, with the purpose of celebrating the importance of art in the education system and recognising the quality of art that can be produced by young students in Hong Kong. This was followed by the successful launch of further Students Prizes in Bahrain, Gibraltar, Guernsey, the Isle of Man, Malta, Mauritius, Portugal and Singapore, with further Students Prizes planned worldwide.

SAF regularly collaborates with other arts organisations around Asia and creates content for public engagement at annual events including Art Central Hong Kong, Affordable Art Fair and the Hong Kong Art Gallery Association Art Week, amongst others. SAF also supports many businesses in achieving their corporate social responsibility aims. The public of Hong Kong can support the charity by donating to the programme online,

becoming a volunteer, or joining SAF’s patronage programme; which offers a

host of benefits, including invitations to exclusive art-focused dinners and insider access to some of the biggest events in the global art calendar. 




The Largest Private Collection of Posthumous

Rodin Sculptures in The World

The Thinker (Plaster)



About Rodin Auguste Rodin is generally recognised as the most important sculpture artist of the nineteenth century and of Western man. He has created a body of work so universally recognised that sculptures such as “The Kiss” and “The Thinker” have become icons of the twentieth century.

The Collection of August Rodin Plasters and Bronzes This collection of Rodin foundry plasters have been assembled over several years by a private collector with the intention of creating a limited edition of bronzes of the highest quality. Such a collection of foundry plasters would be impossible to duplicate today. By using the finest craftsmen and techniques developed by Rodin's preferred foundry, bronze casts were created with the utmost attention to the details, size and patinas.

Bust of Age of Bronze

The goal of this project has been to collect examples of Rodin's most significant works. These examples include, among others, such universally renowned images as "The Age of Bronze", "Eve", "The Kiss", “Balzac” and "The Thinker".

This project has amassed one of the largest collections in the world of Rodin’s important contributions to art.




The Hand of the Great Thinker


Head Of Eustache De Saint Pierre (Plaster)


Eternal Spring


The Hand Of Rodin Holding A Feminine Torso (Plaster)

Torso of Adele


Fallen Caryatid Carrying Her Stone


Head of Balzac

The Kiss

Dance Movement E (Plaster)



Fugit Amor

The Danaid (Small Plaster)

Hand of God





The Filatov Art Collection Filatov’s collection includes a vast number (museum size, by his own reckoning) of Socialist Realism works by some of the 20th century’s foremost artists, including Igor Grabar, Pyotr Konchalovsky, Konstantin Korovin, Gely Korzhev, Arkady Plastov, and Yuri Kugach. Perceptions of Soviet art are beginning to change in the West, which means a shift in attitude: from looking at it purely as work based on censorship and coercion to work of artistic and historical merit, as well as a critical re-examination of individual artists, genres and periods. In this sense, the collection is a significant one and its importance will stretch beyond the stated goals of its founder.



Arkady Plastov – Women Harvesting 1937/38; Oil on canvas; 35 x 50 cm



Arkady Plastov – “Botanic Lesson” 1989/90; Oil on canvas; 150 x 180 cm



Nicolai Ivanovich Fechin - "Taos Girl with Sunflowers" (circa 1930s), oil on canvas, 76.2 x 51.1 cm

Vladimir Aleksandrovich Serov - "Lenin Proclaims Soviet Power in Smolny Palace, Leningrad, 1917" c1952. Oil on canvas 160 x 123 cm



Tatyana Kopnina - "Girls" (1960). Oil on canvas. 54.5 x 68 cm



Yuri Petrovich Kugach – “In the old smithy”, 1960s, oil on canvas, 125 x 185cm

Tatyana Nilovna Yablonskaya - "Harvesting Wheat in the New Lands" (1950s) 130 cm x 130 cm. Oil on canvas



Aleksei Gritsai - "Bus Stop" (Oil canvas) 19.5 x 26.5 cm



Yablonskaya Tatiana Nilovna Cucumber Harvest 410mm W




Mordant The Australian pavilion at Venice






ost philanthropists are quite complex personalities. Their drive, motivation, foibles and often circuitous road to bequeathing inherited or self-made wealth make for a fascinating study. Few are ostensibly dichotomous in the way Simon Mordant is. A chartered accountant with a passion for art; a money man who wants to give it all away; a publicschool educated Brit who rejects the British class system; a home counties native who chose to forsake Blighty for Oz. The apparent dichotomy is likely lost on him because he has a ready and supremely wellarticulated rationale for each of the above. The narrative may have been smoothed through repetition but the story is no less astonishing for that. Simon was just seven when he was sent to boarding school. Even in 1960s Britain, this would have been considered very young and, while he doesn’t dwell on it, he concedes that it was a “tough environment�. There are well-oiled arguments both for and against the practice,

with proponents arguing that building a spirit of independence and a stiff upper lip warrant the

loss of family life. Certainly, young Simon was determined to prove to his parents, and to himself, that he could crack it.

There was little by way of art at boarding school

where he shared a dorm. The head of the arts department was an influential figure, nonetheless,

and encouraged his interest in the subject. At seventeen, Simon bought his first work of art; a drawing from the Royal Academy summer show.

Rather than just hang it on the wall, he took the somewhat unusual step of writing to the artist to ask what had inspired the work.

He attached the written response to the back of the drawing, which remains part of his collection to this day. So Simon, the budding art collector preceded Simon, the accountant. The gap year travel is a well-established rite of passage for well-to-do English school leavers. Simon had never been out of Europe so he decided to see ho far he could go in a year, travelling overland, on his own, through Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan.

Arriving in Sydney was life-changing. He recounts it matter-of-factly now but the connection with Australia at the time must have been profound and spiritually liberating. The sense of achievement getting there, enhanced by the hard-wired and easy-going egalitarianism of Australians, underscored the fact that ability does, can, and should trump privilege.

Photograph by Angus Mordant, courtesy of the Australia Council



A fervent and practising believer in meritocracy was born there and then.

the campaign to re-develop the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney.

And then, there was the LIGHT…

Today, Mordant is a Chairman of the Board of the MCA Australia, a director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, a director of MOMA PS1 in New York, a Trustee of the American Academy in Rome, a member of the International Council of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, a member of the Executive Committee of the Tate International Council, a director of the Garvan Research Foundation, a member of the Wharton Executive Board for Asia, a member of the Advisory Board of Venetian Heritage in Italy, and a Chair of Lendlease’s Art Advisory Panel for Barangaroo. He was Australian Commissioner for the 2013 and 2015 editions of the Venice Biennale.

At the start of our conversation, I quote back to him one of his own lines: ‘In the UK, I fear that

the grey environment might have dampened my creative expression.’ Simon Mordant did, of course, return to the UK. For one thing, he had committed to complete his education and for another, he could only settle in Australia if he had a profession qualification. He returned to Australia several times before finally making the continent his home and by the time he did, he already had countless friends, “a new family” there, and a full support system. His corporate path is well documented. He has been a part of the investment banking world for decades and co-owns one of the most respected corporate adviser firms in Australasia. Luminis Partners has an exclusive strategic partnership with the global NYSE listed advisory firm Evercore and specialists in strategy, M&A, takeovers, conflict resolution, acquisitions and capital market activities, working with major corporation, governments and institutions. His journey to place Australia prominently and firmly on the art and culture map of the world is equally well-documented and ties in both with his passion for art and creativity, and with his personal conviction that a man should do all he can to “make a difference in the world during his lifetime.” The journey started with the realisation that there was no institution dedicated to contemporary art in Australia. Mordant was fortunate to meet an Australian woman with whom he shares his philosophy of life. He and his wife Catriona, a former ballet costume maker, are one of the most prominent donors to the arts on the continent and beyond. It was a pledge of $5m from them, along with a like pledge by David Coe, that kickstarted


I ask him if he might have chosen a creative career had he not become a chartered accountant. He gives me an answer that he has given in previous interviews: that he is creative in business. It’s something that goes without saying: how else could he be as successful as he is? BBeyond is more intrigued by the mindset of the collector, so I ask what it is that he collects and why. He and his wife are a 95% match when it comes to their taste in art, he says, which is lucky for them. A shared taste in art, music and humour are the prerequisite for a good and enduring marriage, and a partnership of minds such as theirs. Like most collectors who are deeply involved in selecting works for their collection (as opposed to investing in contemporary art), he says he enjoys the engagement aspect. “You can engage with contemporary artists whereas, much as you might admire Van Gogh, you cannot ask him about his works.” The Mordants collect what they love and have supported certain artists for decades. They never sell. As their tastes evolve, the have begun to donate works they no longer feel they want to keep to institutions. This makes them the ideal ticket for an emerging artist or any artist, in fact, as the value of the works never suffer.

Photography by Katie Kaars


architecture by Denton Corker Marshall, the winner among six shortlisted architects. I ask Mordant what he is most proud of and, without hesitation, he says “of my wife and my son”. His son, photographer Angus Mordant, is a successful photojournalist in NYC and he is well aware of his father’s views on the subject of inheritance.

◁ Matthew Doyle and Djakapurra Munyarryun perform at

the opening of the new Australian Pavilion, Venice. ▽ ( L to R) Rupert Myer, Sen. The Hon. George Brandis QC,

Simon Mordant, Cate Blanchett, Paulo Barratta. ▽ Exhibits at the the pavilion.

Mordant senior is frequently quoted as a staunch opponent to giving one’s children anything other than the fullest support and encouragement a parent can give. “Inherited wealth,” Simon says, “is destructive”. It robs one of ambition and drive, and feeds into the class system he so abhors. Beyond that, he takes well-deserved pride in being something of a global ambassador for Australian art. He was instrumental in forging a partnership between MCA and the Tate for the latter to purchase Australian artists’ works, but his frequent references to Australian culture point to a far deeper engagement.

Mordant is only too aware of the challenges facing emerging artists. A primary dealer who nurtures them and advocates for them is vital, he says, and young galleries do a wonderful job in this respect. Great galleries, on the other hand, don’t do enough. Their museum-quality spaces could and ought to be used for showing emerging artists during the slow summer period, Mordant says. I wonder aloud if this is ever likely to happen and he replies, quite rightly, that it only would with consensus between, and pressure from, collectors. I also wonder on the subject of philanthropy – why not cancer research or the environment or another culturerelated cause even?

Mordant’s answer is not that different from other philanthropists’, but is delivered elegantly and without missing a beat, in his pleasantly controlled, articulate and still British accent after more than 3 decades of living in his adopted country. He says that he has a “limited ability to engage with other forms of art” (other than the visual and performing arts that is) and that, anyway, you can spread yourself too thinly if you try to support too many causes. One needs to make a difference in an area one is passionate about and support it meaningfully, well beyond the financial contribution. He has done so, without a doubt. When


Australia got its much and long-lobbiedfor opportunity to redevelop it temporary pavilion in Venice. Mordant and his wife seized on the challenge and relished the opportunity to do something of legacy proportions for Australia, personally donating to, and spearheading the fundraising campaign to build a new permanent pavilion. Is he motivated by leaving a legacy or a desire for immortality?

There was, he knows, a perception of Australians as being generally uncultured, certainly at the time he first emigrated there (his own father declared his son’s education had been wasted, only to change his views in later life). This perception has been subtly changed over time, thanks to men and women like him. He has certainly been, and remains to this day, one of the country’s most passionate advocates. Reflecting on our conversation later, it occurs to me that the chosen name for his company, Luminis, has a deeper significance than just the straight translation, “full of light”.

He says that he isn’t. Rather, he believes in “making the world a better place while we are alive – and having a lot of fun doing it”.

The extraordinary light that he was so struck by on arriving in Australia is something that he has now, in a way, inverted: reflecting it back to shine on the continent and its unique, distinctive culture.

The Australian pavilion in Venice is the first 21st century building there. It it a remarkable landmark of contemporary

Challenging public perception, and then changing it on a global scale, all in one’s own lifetime, is certainly something to be proud of. 


Dimitris Daskalopoulos Dimitris Daskalopoulos is one of the most significant contemporary art collectors today. He bought his first work of art while travelling through Thailand at the age of 17, a statue that didn’t quite fit in his suitcase, so he carried it under his arm for a week. | 60


Dimitris Daskalopoulos is one of the most significant contemporary art collectors today. Yet unlike the vast majority of his peers, he doesn’t intend to incessantly keep adding works to his collection. Having collected for a quarter of a century, his focus now is on planning and securing the future of the D.Daskalopoulos Collection beyond his own natural lifetime. “Once you have built a sizeable collection, once the collection has expressed its message and achieved its consistency, there comes a point at which you should stop – because carrying on becomes accumulation for its own sake. And once you are gone, the collection in any case becomes a time capsule of sorts. In this last phase of my career as an actor in the art world, I prefer to spend my productive energy in organizing how this time capsule will withstand the test of time and remain in dialogue with the art to come. I think it is a responsibility of the collector – and I find it as creative and challenging as collecting has been for me.”

Ernesto Neto It Happens When the Body is Anatomy of Time, 2000 Lycra tulle, clove, cumin, saffron 355 x 1060 x 940 cm Installation view: From Death to Death and Other Small Tales, December 2012 – September 2013, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh ©Ernesto Neto Courtesy Tanya Bonakdar Gallery and Galeria Fortes Vilaça Photo: John McKenzie

△ From Death to Death and Other Small Tales, December 2012 – September 2013, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh Installation view | front: David Hammons, Untitled (from Flight Fantasy), 1995; back: Stathis Logothetis, Τρίπτυχo (Triptych), 1972 Photo: John McKenzie ◁ Exhibition entrance, From Death to Death and Other Small Tales, December 2012 – September 2013, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, with view to Ernesto Neto’s It Happens When the Body is Anatomy of Time, 2000, Photo: John McKenzie



John Bock Palms, 2007 Digital color video with sound (59 min., 14 sec.) car, assorted objects Dimensions variable Installation view: The Luminous Interval, April –September 2011, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao ©John Bock. All rights reserved. Courtesy Klosterfelde, Berlin, and Anton Kern Gallery, New York Photo: Erika Ede

The collection itself is important both in terms of its size and its thematic message.

For an art collection to be a collection (as

opposed to a random accumulation of works), it needs coherence and it needs validation broadly by the art establishment.

that in the sense that it defines human nature at its best.

about humanity.” Dimitris




compulsion to collect art as “the quest to make from other attempts to define this almost visceral urge. With a degree of humility, he says he is

The website articulates it succinctly:

happy and grateful it “happened” to him. He

Its message ‘expresses this constant tension

aged 12, he started visiting and spending time

between life and death, between futility and immortality, an image of the human struggle

and its propensity towards optimism and endeavour instead of nihilism and abandon’. In



articulates it even better:


developed an early aesthetic curiosity when, at museums.

At 17, while travelling through

Thailand with his parents, he bought his first work of art, a statue that didn’t quite fit in his suitcase, so he ended up carrying it under his arm for a week. This act developed into a collecting vocation,

“For artists, Positivity is more difficult to express

which became “a way of channelling his own

and joy and pride are harder to show. Torn and

creativity”, he says.

aside the worst of humanity and its limitations,

With this creativity devoted, apart from his

optimism and our boundless capacity to create

of the collection, he is busy evaluating options.

twisted bodies are easy to depict. But putting and expressing its main achievement: hope,


depict. It is, in fact, about celebrating the best

my own creation”, which differs in substance

The D.Daskalopoulos Collection goes beyond

The Luminous Interval, April –September 2011, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Installation view | front: Paul McCarthy, Tomato Head (Burgundy), 1994; back left to right: Martin Kippenberger, Untitled (Ohne Titel), (from Heavy Burschi), 1989-90, Martin Kippenberger, Untitled (Ohne Titel), 1991, Paul McCarthy, Sasadge Cut, 2001, Sarah Lucas, The Night Before Last I Got Loaded on a Bottle of Whiskey, You Know I Feel Alright, 1992 ©FMGBGuggenheim Bilbao Museoa, 2011, Photo: Erika Ede

is what the D.Daskalopoulos Collection tries to


philanthropic foundation, NEON, to the future

ACT2 (1) Keeping it Real: Keeping it Real: An Exhibition in Four Acts: Act 2: Subversive Abstraction, 17 September – 5 December 2010, Whitechapel Gallery, London Installation view | front: Mike Kelley, Transplant, 1990; on the wall left to right: Lynda Benglis, Très, 1976, Kori Newkirk, Virgil, 2002, Robert Gober, Unfolding Door, 1989 ©Whitechapel Gallery, Photo credit: Patrick Lears, 2011

ACT1 (2) Keeping it Real: Keeping it Real: An Exhibition in Four Acts: Act 1: The Corporeal, 10 June – 5 September 2010, Whitechapel Gallery, London Installation view | centre: Jimmie Durham, No one will be harmed. This is only a test, 2008; left to right: Louise Bourgeois, Fillette (Sweeter Version), 1968 – 1999, Marcel Duchamp, Fountain, 1917 – 1964, Sherrie Levine, Fountain (Buddha): 5, 1996; on the wall: Robert Gober, Untitled, 2000, Robert Gober, Untitled, 1991, Robert Gober, A Pair of Basinless sinks, 1986, Jim Hodges, Untitled (Everything So Alive Lively Living), 2006 ©Whitechapel Gallery, Photo credit: Patrick Lears, 2011

It is a hard task, Daskalopoulos says. You have to define what you want to achieve and as a collector, you have a responsibility to both the artists and the public as all artworks were made to be viewed He sees the value of private collectors in precisely generating initiatives for sharing the works in their collections with the wider public. Which brings us neatly to NEON… NEON NEON is a non-profit organization that works to bring contemporary culture closer to everyone. It is committed to broadening the appreciation, understanding, and creation of contemporary art in Greece and to the firm belief that this is a key tool for growth and development.

positive and incremental change through contemporary art. Because art, with the questions it poses and the interpretations it offers, can be a valuable tool for changing people’s way of thinking.

Contemporary art does, of course, do precisely that and the creativity of contemporary Greeks is no less important than that of their illustrious predecessors.

Daskalopoulos, as head of the Greek Business Federation for 8 years,was at the forefront of trying to overcome the crisis Greece has faced in recent years. He reckons the crisis was, and is, as much cultural as it is economical.

Creativity is an individual responsibility every day. We must keep our intellectual curiosity alive in order to contribute to society, he says.

To appreciate this, one needs to understand the deepseated conviction of Greeks that their country is as relevant in the 21st century as it was at the height of Greek civilisation.

When prompted to elaborate, Daskalopoulos volunteers that NEON represents a “political action for my country”.

He wants his compatriots to come into contact with new and challenging ideas and learn to think and feel differently – about themselves and about the world at large today

And lest you consider the connection too tenuous, here is his rationale: He harbours no grand ambition, he says, of changing the entire country or his compatriots’ collective mindset, but he does want to make a contribution to a

The Greeks have great pride in their history and their ancestors’ contribution to culture, and rightly so. But being anchored to this glorious past does them no service, says Daskalopoulos.


And so, Dimitris Daskalopoulos, through his foundation NEON, asks, “Greeks of today, can we do what our ancestors did again? Can we create something that is equally valuable 1000 years from now? We may fail, but we must try, we must reinvent ourselves.” Ultimately, NEON is about challenging preconceived thinking and exposing people, primarily the uninitiated public, to creativity.

ACT4 Video still | Rivane Neuenschwander Contingent, 2008 Digital video Running time: 10’30” ©Rivane Neuenschwander Courtesy Stephen Friedman Gallery, London; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York and Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo

As an organisation, it is both bold and original – very much like the man himself, in fact. 


The Mullin Art Deco

Automobile Collection In the rarefied world of vintage car collectors Peter Mullin commands an undisputed star status - not only because he has amassed the most important collection of French pre-war ArtDeco automobiles but also because he has founded a museum where they are exhibited.

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Bugatti Atlantic 1936

The 1920s and 1930s are widely known as the Belle Epoque or, colloquially, as the Gatsby era. Mullin explains his life-long passion for it: “The 1925-1935 era is the most influential design period in history and cars were its centrepiece. Nothing comes close to it in terms of beauty, engineering, craftsmanship …” He is known as THE Bugatti collector and so it comes as no surprise that his Bugatti Atlantic 1936, one of only two in the world, is a firm favourite. Another favourite is the 1935 Teardrop Talbot-Lago. Both are outstanding examples of craftsmanship, rarity value and aesthetic artistry. Mullin remains an active collector. The cars are not just restored museum pieces – he does drive and race them regularly, and takes part in rallies around the world.



1925 Bugatti Type 22 Brescia



Teardrop Talbot-Lago 1935

Mullin is the President of the American Bugatti Club and on the board of trustees of the Passadena Art Center College of Design which offers a degree in transportation systems and design, and where some of the most iconic cars of the 40s and 50s were designed. He sees the latter appointment as an important one. How does he reconcile his passion for vintage cars that are notorious air polluters with his interest in the future of transportation? Quite simply, he is focused on “embracing the future, with its emphasis on alternative energy, autonomous cars, “mind-bending new technology”, and generally reducing carbon emissions.”

Who are the makers of the iconic cars of tomorrow? He names Porsche, Bentley and of course, Bugatti. As for the car he drives daily, it may come as a complete surprise that this is a humble, low emission Mini Cooper. The Mullin Automotive Museum (http://www. is located in Oxnard California, but may soon be joined by a sister museum in that “automotive centre of the world”, the Cotswolds, UK where Mullin is also planning to build a race track for rare car enthusiasts and owners. 







Mick Hutson

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Michael Jackson in London



Clockwise from above: Kasabian in Japan, Green Day in Los Angeles, Brian Blessed, Lil' Kim in London



Clockwise from left: Bjork in Athens, Lily Allen at Glastonbury



Clockwise from left: Marylin Manson, The Rolling Stones, Ozzy Osbourne in Los Angeles, Pro Green in London



Clockwise from above: BB King, Metallica in Houston



Patagonia by Lauren Bath

Deemed “Australia’s first professional Instagrammer” by national media, Lauren Bath has a dedicated audience of close to half a million followers.

Against the Mountain

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The Glacier



Breakfast Time

Salty Lake



Patagonia Selfie

Hiking by Stars






Cory Silken { Newport } 98


Cory Silken is a yachting and luxury lifestyle

world-ranking Pendennis.

An avid explorer, Silken has crewed aboard the America’s Cup 12 Metre Class fleet and is a champion Herreshoff S Class sailor. He now combines his passion for photography and love of sailing to document the graceful beauty of the Classic Yacht - and the thrill of racing them.

Whether it is for a regatta title sponsor like Bacardi or a private commission for the discerning superyacht owner, the experienced Silken provides a trustworthy and detail oriented service.

photographer based in Newport, Rhode Island.

The photographer is renowned for his ability to evoke both serenity and adventure in the inspiring scenes he captures. Silken regularly travels the globe for both commercial and fine art projects. Clients range from local organizations, such as RI’s International Yacht Restoration School, to






Silken’s dynamic and creative imagery has been published in most of the major yachting magazines worldwide, and in numerous books. His award-winning fine art is never posed: these are special images, each a unique vantage of light and life on the water. These pieces are regularly exhibited - and since 2012 displayed at the Cory Silken Photography Gallery, Newport.


Poster editions are distributed worldwide, and even make appearances on major television and film sets - including Cougar Town, Boss, and To The Bone, among others. Beyond his own photography, Silken also collaborates with industry-leading filmmakers on full motion and still media solutions. Recently, Silken teamed up with 11th Hour Racing as their Visual Ambassador to promote environmental sustainability within yachting.  Cory Silken Photography, LLC Gallery: 518 Thames St., Newport E:








Wally Yachts

Luca Bassani is the founder and CEO of Wally, a brand that has come to symbolise unerring style, innovation, and uncompromising functionality.

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We met the engaging Italian at the Monaco headquartres for a conversation about what Wally represents in the rarefied world of luxury yachts and the new design vessels that are being introduced late 2018. Luca Bassani is a consummate yachtsman himself, having started sailing at a very young age. He remains passionate about sailing, which does not deter him from designing high end motoryachts as well. Indeed, it is the unmistakeable high performance that defines both sailing and motor vessels in the Wally stable. Bassani was raised to understand and appreciate the value of quality above mere style, even though the casual onlooker would be forgiven for perceiving Wally as the triumph of style over substance. They would be wrong. Wally is about continual research into the latest technologies and a strive to improve the vessels’ performance. So much so, in fact, that the brand single-handedly challenges the entire yachting industry to continually raise the bar. These are quintessential Mediterranean cruising vessels built as state of the art, “the future is now and here” yachts (the brand is the only two time winner of the Compasso d’oro, the world’s most important award for quality and design). The newly developed models, both planing and

displacement, have extensive ?outdoor decking to give yachties and their guests multi-tiered covered decking space for maximising outdoor living.

In the incestuous world of yachting and ultra luxury yachts in particular, Wally has become a byword for pushing the boundaries of innovation and performance without compromising on its trademark breathtaking aesthetics that have defined the brand since inception. 











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Alexandre Allard does not fit neatly into a convenient description. Entrepreneur, investor, developer, collector, philosopher, humanitarian... all of these would apply to some extent, but the one that probably defines him best is ‘visionary’. 118


Allard belongs to a category of people who dream big, carve out new trails (at times quite literally), and whose dauntlessness can be quite breathtaking. One may or may not share his construct of humanity and common values, or of the creative impetus (he insists that adversity is the main catalyst for creativity), but it is hard not to succumb to the passion of his argument or the strength of his personality. Add to this a certain devil-may-care attitude, forcefully articulated views on just about everything and ensure that it is all liberally laced with wit and you have ... Allard. I met him one early afternoon at his new London home, a Pall Mall penthouse that overlooks St James’ Palace, the London Eye, and vast swathes of the city. He told me about his latest and most ambitious project to date - a sweeping urban restoration and cultural project in Sao Paolo, Brazil.

Matarazzo Park Tower (Torre Rosewood) Designed by Jean Nouvel

One step ahead

Master of Reinvention

Allard was born and bred multi-cultural – from

By 2011, Allard had reinvented himself yet again. He began developing a vast artistic and culturally significant project that he had devised to reflect his philosophy of the world, its values and its future.

Washington D.C. to Ivory Coast and then the rest of the world – and his background would have played a

formative role, although he could have just as easily ended up being contrarily conventional.

Instead, he made his fortune in new tech, long before new tech was the thing that generated instant huge bucks from investors. His early IT journey and

perspicacity will likely be a textbook study one day, but they have already been widely documented – and that is not the subject of this article.

Allard’s subsequent forays into art and cultural projects gained traction and attracted the attention of international media with the Royal Monceau Palace

Hotel Demolition Party (the event won the Cannes Lions award in 2008 and Best Event award at Grand

Prix Stratégie). This too is extensively documented, so suffice to say it was genially conceived.


Located in Brazil, in the works for the last 12 years and scheduled for completion by the end 2019, the scale of this project is one of life-legacy proportions. Its narrative is at once both fantastical and a blueprint of a success story: take a rundown 3 hectare portion of historical real estate in a major metropolis (in this case, Sao Paolo), import restoration experts and the best architects and designers in the world, bury the traffic below ground and convert the space above ground into a giant park. With the remaining area, create a mammothsized culture and art centre, theatre, music studio, convention centre and a hotel complex in partnership with the Rosewood Group.


Interior Design by Philippe Starck Photography by RuyTeixera

Cidade Matarazzo is so named after the former Matarazzo hospital, a historical landmark listed building that lay abandoned until Allard acquired it. Why Brazil, I ask. The way he tells it, Brazil has the “three seeds” that were critical to his project. The first he refers to as “Open Source Religion” – effectively, taking the best from every religion and constructing your own. Allard, ever the pragmatist, as well as the big dreamer, likes that approach. Much in


the same way he advocates an open source approach to all things IT. Diversity is the second “seed”, or concept, and the one that he is most eloquent and passionate about. His argument is simple enough and almost purely mathematical – except it is also tinged with his particular brand of philosophy. The African population growth far outstrips the European rate, which means the continual push northward will inevitably dilute demographics. At the same time, argues Allard, diversity

has created more wealth, cultural and economic, than even the most liberally minded of us ever stop to consider. Lastly, he says (in reference to the third “seed”), we have a great deal to learn from the Amazonian tribes about leaving minimal or no foot imprint on the land and the environment. Brazil is amazing country, as anyone who has even been would attest. Harness all of the above elements and combine them with national pride, and you would have one of the world’s greatest cultural, diversity and


booming investment hubs – without even mentioning the sheer natural beauty and richness of this vast expanse of territory. What about Allard himself? Of restless mind and restive nature, he has no intention of replicating his large format “diversity lab”, franchisestyle. He already has another, more ambitious project in mind, but all he is prepared to volunteer at this stage is that it is art-related. We will be waiting with bated breath. 


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Titanic Belfast Museum The proud winner of World's Leading Tourist Attraction, Titanic Belfast Museum is the cultural nucleus to a massive waterfront regeneration project: the Titanic Quarter. In late 2003, the Northern Ireland Tourism Board identified a "Titanic / Maritime attraction" as a signature project for the country's tourism. The concept was translated into detailed plans and implemented by Harcourt. They enlisted the help of CHL, Event Communications, and Kay Elliot - as well as hundreds of historians, set designers, and AV/lighting specialists.

Harcourt broke ground in May 2009, and the building opened to critical acclaim in March 2012, the Titanic centenary. The proximity of the historic slipways, the Harland & Wolff Offices, and Hamilton Graving Dock were central considerations during the design, planning and construction. These heritage elements are not just protected monuments; they are cornerstones of Belfast's collective memory and cultural identity. The museum stands at the head of those historic slipways, where Titanic and Olympic were built and launched.


Inlaid into the white stone walkway is a life size plan of the liners' promenade decks, including the positions of lifeboats and funnels. The wooden benches are also configured as they would have been on board. The lamp posts, on the other hand, represent the stanchions of Arrol Gantry – once one of the world’s largest cranes. The names of Titanic's dead are permanently set in vertical glass panels along the slipways.


Next, the outdoor plaza represents a map of Titanic’s story, with light and dark tiles representing sea and land. A track follows the liner's voyage, from Belfast to New York – at night it is illuminated by LEDs. The wooden benches encircling the museum are spaced in a Morse code sequence: moving clockwise around the plaza, they read out Titanic's distress message.


Seen from above, the star-shaped building itself resembles the logo of White Star Line. American 'starchitect' Eric Kuhne, with Todd Architects, designed the remarkable exterior, which articulates many maritime metaphors including water crystals and ships' bows.

these panels, two thousand are completely unique, while none of the ‘typical’ ones repeat more than twenty times. The effect is startlingly random, always managing to catch the light - like a cut diamond, perhaps – and is enhanced by reflective pools of water surrounding the building's base.

The outward-leaning façade is clad in three thousand silver-anodized aluminium sheets, folded into complicated, asymmetrical geometries. Of

Inside the central atrium, a series of glass escalators stretch up through a jagged central void. The museum's unique structure contains

nine interactive galleries including a dark ride, underwater exploration centre and recreations of Titanic’s cabins. Titanic Belfast Museum is now one of the most popular attractions in the world, and a fitting tribute to that vessel's tragic history.


and plaster techniques. Where it could not be salvaged, existing ornamental mouldings were studied and facsimiles made. A fourth floor was added, replicating the original mansard roof, and new pavilions were re-instated between the Drawing Offices. The restoration was completed in September 2017; and the building has become a shining symbol of Belfast’s golden age.

Titanic Hotel Belfast

The Harland & Wolff Headquarters was once 'The Heart of The Yard' at the largest shipyard in the world. For more than a century, hundreds of ships were designed there and constructed on the adjoining slipways - including the legendary White Star liners Olympic, Titanic and Britannic, and the warship HMS Belfast. The company contributed to the creation of the ‘Floating Hotel’ with its Grand Staircase, and their innovations influence the design of cruise ships to this day. The splendid Victorian Drawing Offices, with their three-storey high, barrel-vaulted ceilings, are the only surviving example of this architecture in the world. Harland & Wolff vacated the building in 1989, and it was abandoned for nearly thirty years. In 2016, a partnership between Titanic Foundation, Heritage


Lottery Fund and Harcourt Developments began the transformation of a derelict landmark into a unique boutique hotel. The Grade B+ listed building was sensitively restored, within architectural heritage protection guidelines. The project received input from Harland & Wolff ship designers, and in many areas authentic materials were used for construction. The original fabric of the building was retained, with decorative features and artefacts reused wherever possible. Steel was sourced from the same Scottish supplier as for the late-1880s Majestic and Teutonic; and the mild steel beams were riveted with the same type used in Titanic-era construction. Even the ground floor's tiles are identical to those in Titanic’s first class smoking room. Working closely with conservation architects, the walls were redone using traditional lath

Throughout the hotel, guests can enjoy over 500 artworks, artefacts and photographs. This museum-grade collection was created in collaboration with institutions, historians, private collectors and local artists. Notably, the main bar is decorated with 342 octagonal, 378 diamond Villeroy and Boch tiles. Discovered prior to refurbishment, they are identical to those used for the swimming pools and First Class bathrooms on Titanic and Olympic. Both public spaces and accommodation are a blend of historic and contemporary, inspired by the 'Golden Age of Ocean Liners'. Each bedroom has Art Deco furnishings, alongside nautical touches such as ship's lanterns, riveted panels and unique maritime artworks. Guided by the area's shipbuilding history and culture, Titanic Hotel Belfast has remained true to the story of Harland & Wolff. Now, the hotel is proud to welcome the public into this architecturally spectacular, historically important building.


Stanley Dock Stanley Dock, Liverpool, sits at the heart of the largest and most complete system of historic docks anywhere in the world. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a key heritage asset for Liverpool city. Harcourt is currently transforming Stanley Dock into amenity-rich, mixed-use spaces that preserve the charm of the original architecture. Millions of bricks, thousands of panes of glass, and hundreds of steel girders constitute what was once part of the life blood of the thriving Port of Liverpool – the warehouses. Rum and tobacco imported from exotic locations were stored in these great brick buildings, the size of which the world had never seen before. The docks at the mouth of the Mersey River pioneered modern dock technology, transport and port management. Liverpool quickly became the second-most important city of the empire; and the trade that flowed through its waterfront and canals was at the core of this success. Designed by the renowned architect Jesse Hartley of Albert Dock fame, Stanley Dock comprises three architecturally and historically important buildings - the North, South & Tobacco Warehouses - all of which are Grade II and II* Listed.


The principal of these is the iconic Tobacco Warehouse. Standing 38 m high, the 14-storey building was at the time of its construction in 1901 reported to be the world's largest brick building, with a floor-area of 150,000 square metres. This required 27 million bricks, 30,000 panes of glass and 8,000 tons of steel. The warehouse could accommodate 70,000 hogsheads of tobacco, each weighing 453 kg, which were stored for up to 15 years before being traded on. All the architectural details of the building have been retained to remind residents of its rich history. Every apartment is a juxtaposition of exposed brickwork, ceilings and carefully restored windows, and stunning contemporary finishes. Duplex apartments offer views of Stanley Dock and magnificent Titanic Hotel to the north and a new internal courtyard to the south. Those on the upper levels also enjoy views southwards to Pier Head and Liverpool's world heritage waterfront skyline. At the top of the building are exclusive 2-bedroom penthouses, newly built above the roof level with extra high ceilings and private access from the thirteenth floor. ď Ž


Chateau La Grace Dieu des Prieurs

Wine Estate The Château La Grâce Dieu des Prieurs is a Bordeaux wine estate, newly renovated and transformed by a cross-continental vision. The project combines two illustrious heritages – Russian fine art and French oenology – and explores them both through a living, working site. In short: the domaine, and the grand cru wine it produces, is a unique work of art in itself.

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Château La Grâce Dieu des Prieurs Andrey Filatov, philanthropist and owner of the Art Russe collection, had long dreamt of combining his passion for French art and culture in a single, grand project. In 2013, he acquired La Grâce Dieu des Prieurs wine estate in Saint-Emilion, and enlisted the help of renowned French architect Jean Nouvel. The Art Russe collection, in turn, gave Nouvel an appreciation for this unique proposition. The artistic bond between these two men led to the idea of creating an exceptional grand cru wine, using Art as their mode of expression. In their endeavour to realise this idea, Filatov and Nouvel have established an immutable cultural link between France and Russia. The project draws strength from a deep respect for French gastronomic traditions, and a singularly refined Russian artistic sensibility. Through the medium of wine, these two worlds come together in something new – and so enable a refined appreciation of both. The estate is situated in the eponymous La Grâce Dieu des Prieurs (The Grace of God of the Priors), named so in 1859 after a local hospice. In the 12th and 13th centuries, this place of contemplation and benediction helped people heal their ills and those of their vines, giving them strength and protection. The overarching goal of this ambitious reconstruction was to preserve the estate's ancient heritage, while reviving it with modern technology and materials. With Jean Nouvel's assistance, both the architecture of the château and the facilities have been redesigned to augment the winemakers’ expertise with the power of modern technology. It was an unprecedented transformation, and the preparations for the production of an exceptional wine are complete.


Working with the château's artisans and experts, Jean Nouvel has created an architectural space with the winemaking process itself at its very heart. The site re-imagines the layout of a historic estate, surrounded by its vineyards. Every building, while functional in its purpose, stands as an artistic statement. Together, each represents a link in the process of creating and marketing a delightful wine. The Girondine House, restored with the greatest respect for the rules of the trade, stands overlooking the hustle and bustle of industry. From here, an underground gallery connects the estate’s buildings. The Vat is the literal and figurative centre of the estate. This cylindrically-shaped fermenting chamber is optimised for the estate's harvesting operation, utilising gravity to keep the grapes intact during transit. Above ground, the entire exterior is decorated with allegorical depictions of work at the vineyard. The fermentation room within serves as a vast conceptual canvas: covering the floor is an image of Yuri Gagarin in zero gravity, reflected upwards by the stainless steel, mirrored vats. The resulting anamorphic, kaleidoscopic effect suggests a cosmological transportation. Nouvel's intention here is to render a visual metaphor for the cycle of metamorphosis of the vine, and the transformation of earthly grapes into heavenly juices. Directly beneath the fermenting chamber, two cellars (also gravity fed) house a season's worth of wine for oak-barrel ageing. A concrete finishing, resembling natural rock formations, give these rooms a timeworn, cryptic appearance. The Belvedere, on the eastern side of the complex, is so named for its panoramic roof terrace. The imposing, agricultural shape is softened by creeping vegetation and vine on the three outwards-facing walls. Facing the fermenting chamber, the entire wall is clad with a deep, red-tinged mirror, reflecting the scenes of life and industry taking place around the estate.

To the west, a fine sheet-metal structure with a convex roof rises above the vines. The Ombrelle is intended for labelling the wine and general labour, but may also serve as a tasting room. The Fortin is a converted 19th century folly located in among the vineyards, communicating with the main site from a distance. This small manor has become a reception residence intended to accommodate artists and their works. A newly added greenhouse, with its steeples and impressionist murals of glass and cascading light, resembles a glass chapel.


Between the bell towers of Saint-Emilion and Pomerol, Château La Grâce Dieu des Prieurs is located on a terroir with a complex soil of brown sands, clay and limestone.

A recently completed renovation project, led by renowned architect Jean Nouvel, builds on the centuries-old achievements of previous owners and focusing on making

Perched on a rocky hillside at the crossroads of

Bordeaux, Saintonge and Périgord, the commune of Saint-Emilion and its vineyards are steeped in history. In December 1999, the vineyards and the 8 villages of the Jurisdiction of Saint-Emilion were inscribed on the World Heritage List by UNESCO, as a 'cultural landscape'. (It was the first to be put in this category). For UNESCO, Saint-Emilion is “an outstanding example of an historic vineyard landscape that has survived intact”.

Thanks to its geographical position, and the expertly led restoration, the estate is ready to produce some truly exceptional wine. Château La Grâce Dieu des Prieurs operates 9 hectares spread over several plots, growing roughly 90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet, and 1 hectare of Chardonnay. In total, no less than 60,000 vines produce up to 35,000 bottles under

limited. These two simple steps restrict output, but unlock the full potential of both soil and vine.

Drawing from limestone deposits which make for exceptional vine-growing soils, the diversity of the Saint-Emilion terroir produces a variety of the most sought-after wines in the world.



Conservation agriculture techniques to maintain and improve the agronomic potential of the soil. This includes a bilateral cordon vine-training method, characterized by one or two horizontal branches of about 40 cm each. The resulting grape bunches are spread out for optimal

the most of the existing vines.

Château La Grâce Dieu des Prieurs (Wine)

the Saint-Emilion Grand Cru appellation. At the heart of the project is a fundamental respect for the local heritage, augmented by modern operating tools and production processes where necessary to ensure the highest quality


aeration and exposure to sunlight; this method ensures homogeneous stages of growth and maturity. Additionally, the use of fertilizers and phytosanitary products is strictly

Louis Mitjavile, the estate’s consulting oenologist, comes from a renowned family of Bordeaux winemakers. His father, François

Mitjavile, is the owner of the famous Château Tertre Roteboeuf; his wines have been awarded the highest rankings from La Revue du Vin de France and Robert Parker many times over.

Louis is without a doubt the leading Merlot specialist today,

although he doesn’t limit himself to that variety alone. Over the course of his remarkable career, he has contributed to the

development of many renowned grand cru wines across the

region. His approach is based on harvesting slightly over-mature

grapes; slow, soft extractions; and a long, slightly oxidative ageing in new barrels.

Pedro Ruiz is the Vine & Wine Technical Manager. A graduate from

a school of viticulture and oenology, he has particular knowledge of organic wine production. His professional career began at a wine estate in Castillon, where he developed a passion for the Bordeaux terroir. Now, he is applying his knowledge to develop

Château La Grâce Dieu des Prieurs develop a production culture in natural accordance with the soil, climate and weather. The Process

The Men and Women Behind This Unique Wine From the start, the estate has sought out best-in-class

professionals to create an excellent wine, made in accordance

with French vinicultural tradition. In total, the team includes seven members from a variety of backgrounds.

The proximity of the vineyards to the fermenting chamber enables the rapid transportation of the grapes, guaranteeing

their optimal quality. The gravity flow feeding method preserves

the berries intact to the maximum extent possible. Finally,

vinification through soft and slow extraction allows revealing

Laurent Prosperi, the Château Director, has always had a passion

for wine culture. With a wealth of experience in the luxury

tourism industry and real estate consultancy, his role at La Grâce Dieu des Prieurs estate represents a return to his roots. As the

director, he has overseen everything from project management

to hiring. His management expertise gives him a strong strategic

the full richness of grapes.

The Vat, a spectacular glass and concrete structure, houses two

cellars built directly beneath the fermentation chamber, from which the precious juice flows after vinification: one dedicated to malolactic fermentation, the second to ageing.

vision for the estate, in line with its ambitious goals.

For twenty months the wine is aged in Radoux Blend fine-grained

Prosperi has brought together a team of talented and passionate

its particular character. The entire stock of barrels is renewed

people, sharing a desire to create exceptional wine. Recognized experts in their field, they carry high the reputation of the château by contributing their invaluable skills.

oak barrels, giving the Château La Grâce Dieu des Prieurs vintage annually before each harvest. Ageing exclusively in fine-grained

oak fully reveals the characteristics of the grape, and refines its rich, sensate properties.



The Presentation Château La Grâce Dieu des Prieurs have designed the packaging to convey both the character of their grapes, and the estates's harmonious bond between tradition and modernity. Firstly, the shape of the bottle is an evocation of the past: it is reminiscent of ancient amphorae that were once widely used to preserve wine. Shorter and wider in diameter than modern bottles, it also emphasises the beautiful Russian art works selected to decorate each one.

To guarantee and preserve the optimal condition of their wines, the estate uses a high quality stoppers from Amorim, the leading experts in natural cork stoppers. Furthermore, one can choose from three different presentation boxes, containing six bottles. Each bottle adorned with one of the pieces from the Art Russe collection. The traditional wooden box contains six bottles of the same vintage. This classic,

elegant box is made of raw wood, as a memento of the vine and the terroir at the estate. As it is opened, the bottles display a different art work side-by-side, offering a moment of aesthetic delight as a preamble to a unique tasting experience.

The Gift Box was designed to honour Jean Nouvel's philosophical and practical contribution to Château La Grâce Dieu des Prieurs. Constructed of wood and concrete, the two materials predominantly used at the estate, it is thoroughly modern. With its rounded shape and pure lines, the box can be kept and displayed as an art object in its own right. Passionate about chess since his earliest childhood, Art Russe founder Andrey Filatov is also President of the Russian Chess Federation. Yet he has also been working actively to promote the art of chess around the world. The Chess Gift Case is the expression of Filatov's three great passions in life – wine, art, chess – and contains a surprise. When turned upside down, the box reveals a chess set and chessboard alternating red and cream squares (as was customary in historic Russia). 







La Vialla

Bio-dynamic Estate

Fattoria la Vialla has long been, and remains to this day the undisputed leader in bio-dynamic farming, land husbandry, and innovation.

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Owned and operated by the Lo Franco family, this is a vast and ever increasing in size Tuscan estate that represents a capsule in time and an example of practising the best principles of organics and soil preservation. Above all, La Vialla is about celebrating and enjoying life at its simplest best and nature at its most unadulterated. La Vialla’s story is by now welldocumented and has a certain apocryphal quality about it. It began with Lo Franco senior and his wife acquiring their first country house in Tuscany, going on to buying a number of the surrounding farms, and developing a fascination for Rudolf Steiner’s principles of self-sufficiency in farming. The family embraced biodynamic and organic farming, in fact, long before the concept built traction globally and worked with French biodynamic pioneer François Bouchet until his death in 2005. La Vialla is a closed circuit operation in the sense that it produces no waste and is carbon neutral. It has its own phyto-purification plant and solar farm, and fertilises the land in a most idiosyncratic fashion: thousands of cow horns filled with manure from the farm’s livestock are buried in the soil each year and the resulting compost (“preparation 500”) spread around the fields. The no waste policy has recently extended to producing a range of cosmetics from an extract obtained by filtering and concentrating the aqueous part of olives (known as vegetation water or olive mill waste water).



The new range of cosmetics The OliPhenolia cosmetics range is the result of meticulous research and cooperation with scientists, as well as a prestigious German pharmaceutical lab. The products are completely natural, made from an extract obtained by filtering and concentrating the aqueous part of olives, with the use of ceramic membrane technology and reverse osmosis, solely through mechanical cold filtration, without chemical solvents or heat. It is the olive oil’s high polyphenols content that makes it the super healthy food that it is. In fact the aqueous part of olives (the vegetation water) contains around 97% of polyphenols. 1 Polyphenols are natural antioxidants found in plants; they are useful in the prevention of lipoproteinoxidation and react with free radicals, eliminating them. 2 A phytocomplex is a combination of substances of plant origin, which cannot be reproduced by chemical synthesis, with proven biological activity (Active Principles) and others (Secondary Metabolites) that help the activity of the Active Principles modifying their absorption, metabolism and elimination.

After 3 years of research, the results of laboratory tests carried out by RSC Pharma demonstrated that OliPhenolia1, contained in La Vialla’s creams and serum, has the following properties: - antioxidant - anti-inflammatory - anti-germ - regenerative (anti-age) The creams and serum are all 100% natural. 90% of the serum and 70% of the creams are made with biodynamic, Demeter certified, raw materials from Fattoria La Vialla; the rest of the ingredients, not from agriculture, are permitted by Demeter standards. They do not contain any preservatives, colouring agents, substances of animal origin or allergens. They have neutral skin pH. All the products have obtained the highest quality certification from the Dermatest1 laboratories and the 5-star seal of excellence.



The farm and its produce La Vialla owns thousands of acres of its own vineyards and olive groves and produces the absolute best olive oil and award-winning wines, as well as cereals, pasta, biscuits, cakes and bread baked in wooden ovens, Pecorino cheese rubbed in the residues from the olive press, honey and a variety of delectable sauces and preserves that bear no resemblance whatsoever to your best supermarket product. We are talking here food that the vast majority of people, reared on intensive farming produce, do not even know exists, let alone tastes. Staying at one of the renovated farmhouses at La Vialla is a revelation in itself. In fact, so popular is their agrotourism activity that 10 years after we first visited the estate, La Vialla offers day tours, accompanied by lunches under vine-clad tables. La Vialla’s wine range includes many innovative sparkling wines and a number of superb unfiltered wines made with low sulphur levels that have won countless awards but most importantly, always taste totally amazing. The Vin Santo dessert wines are consistently voted best in class, with IWSC awarding them an unprecedented 97/100.

One of the great idiosyncrasies of la Vialla is that it sells its produce directly, packaged in distinctive hampers with all the different items individually wrapped and packed in biodynamic straw. Beyond being a working farm, La Vialla manages to offer a glimpse of a by-gone era – an Italy that now mostly exists in romantic literature. It does this exceptionally well and with honesty and integrity (nothing at la Vialla comes across as curated fantasy). From the cypress tree-lined walk up to the common dining house to the jolly Italian ladies dishing out home-made food and chilled bottles of Spumante, to the Godfather movie-like tables spread around the gardens, and the swimming lake at the end of a drive, everything conjures up feelings of utter serenity, pure joy and a slightly surreal “leave the rest of the world out” sense. Which makes the Fattoria not only the best-in-class biodynamic produce farm, but the best-in-class, mustexperience perfect little world in our vast world of imperfections ... ■







Situated in Montreux and overlooking the lake directly, this is a discreet boutique establishment whose position of outstanding natural beauty and undeniable artistic credentials make it a choice destination.

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Laclinic is a private aesthetic enhancement facility founded by Dr Michel Pfulg, a Swiss plastic surgeon. Situated in Montreux and overlooking the lake directly, this is a discreet boutique establishment whose position of outstanding natural beauty and undeniable artistic credentials make it a choice destination. Dr Pfulg, an exceptionally well-accredited

surgeon with world-class reputation, has assembled a team to match. The clinic offers a full set of plastic surgery procedures, as well as hair transplant and cosmetic dentistry. Additionally, its exhaustive range of minimally and non-invasive procedures includes the most






techniques and is highly personalised to each patient. This is complemented by a set of skin cosmetic applications, Re-PLASTY, developed jointly between Dr Pfulg and the Helena Rubinstein Institute. Laclinic opened in 2002 as a unique concept: an entirely renovated historic Swiss building

that reflects the aesthetics of its founder, Dr Pfulg, a prolific art collector. A number of important sculptures from his collection are showcased on the grounds of the clinic, as are paintings on the walls internally.

There is a total of 9 beds in single and double suites, each overlooking the gardens, with spectacular views of the lake beyond. ď Ž


Dr Sister The age of regenerative medicine

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Growth Factors (GF)

How are GFs used:

The two initial growth factors, epidermal and neural, were discovered in 1953 by Levi-Montalcini and Cohen (Nobel 1986 Nobel Prize winner). Today we know over 300.

A growth factor is a naturally occurring protein in the body, usually released from the alpha granules within the platelets. These are signalling molecules between cells, capable of acting on different targets within the body: from cellular differentiation to cellular proliferation, to healing, and cellular growth. Some of those GFs work to stimulate fibroblasts, collagen and bone formation and to prompt neo-vascularisation. But they all need to be present at the same time as each needs the others to be

In organ transplants

In cancer treatment procedures

In dentistry: dental implants, sinus lift, receding gums

in neural regeneration, peripheral neuropathies, spinal cord injury in




In another stem cell study involving just 11 participants, all of whom had advanced heart failure, a 30% average improvement in heart function was reported. Additionally, patients reported a 70 % improvement in quality of life, some 24 months after being injected with the stem cells.


perforation, meuniere disease, anosmia, vocal fold injury, bone

in ophthalmology: retina, eye corneal surgery, corneal ulcers and perforations

in re-building muscle and tendons

in gynaecology: sexual rejuvenation, decreasing post pregnancy and/

or post menopausal incontinence, cervical ectopy, vulvar dystrophy, reconstructive surgery post vulvar cancer, genital fistulae, post genital prolapse, premature ovarian failure, refractory endometrium, lichen sclerosus, etc..

optimally active. It is not a solo act but more like a symphony with many different

Because GFs are in the patient’s plasma and because the blood circulates everywhere in the body, virtually every organ can benefit from them. The autologous factor means there is zero risk to the patient.

Scientists believe this may offer potential treatment for conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. In a smallscale study published in the Journal of Cardiovascular Translational Research stem cell researchers reported a 40% reduction of the size of scarred heart tissue caused by heart attacks. In the past, this kind of scarring was taken as permanent and untreatable.

grafting and fractures •

instruments playing together.

In cardiac and open-heart surgeries, myocardial regeneration and post cardio vascular surgery (studies shows that the healing process is 50% faster, with fewer complications and shorter hospital stay)

Stem cells could help the body heal itself and therefore play an important role in regeneration as they can keep replacing dead/defective cells.

in plastic surgery for treatment of scars, flaps and healing

for wound healing and burns

to treat hair transplants



We all have sleeping stem cells everywhere in the body and the idea of our bodies being able to auto-heal through stem cell therapy is fascinating. For various reasons (philosophical, religious, financial…) stem cell treatments took longer to gain traction, but the controversy notwithstanding, regenerative medicine is now a reality.

What are stem cells? Essentially, this is a type of cell that can develop into many other different types of cell (the new cell may be specific, such



As knowledge develops, the protocols for preparation and application of the plasma therapy evolve.


Stem Cells

as a blood cell, a brain cell, or a muscle cell). They can also renew themselves

by dividing, even if they have been inactive for a long time. Once again, as the technology for harvesting stem cells evolves, treatments become less expensive and applications proliferate.

Another study published in Nature Communications suggested that stem cell therapies could form the basis of personalized diabetes treatment. In mice and laboratory-grown cultures, the researchers successfully produced insulin-secreting cells from stem cells derived from the skin of people with type 1 diabetes.

research in humans within 3 to 5 years. "What we're envisioning is an outpatient procedure in which some sort of device filled with the cells would be placed just beneath the skin," he said.

PRP in aesthetic medicine When I graduated from medical school we had nothing beside re-constructive surgery. Since then, I have been able to witness the astonishingly fast evolution of growth factors and stem cell research and its application. Today, we are no longer looking to repair the skin. Repair is a physiological process. Instead, we obtain a new tissue with somewhat inferior characteristics to the original one and look to regenerate. The goal is to rebuild the injured tissue with an exact copy of the original, restoring both morphology and function. My interest in Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) began in the early 2000. The more I researched, the more I was convinced that stem cells were the real future of medicine.

During the centrifugation, three distinct

fractions are obtained: red cells at the bottom, then Platelets Rich Plasma and on top, the Platelet Poor Plasma. Originally the idea was to use only the middle fraction (PRP).

In order to obtain a maximum efficacy, I use a specific tube without any chemical buffer between plasma and red cells (latest generation). The centrifugation speed and time is also calibrated to obtain

an increase in the initial concentration (peripheral blood) by a factor of 3,44. This concentration factor is important to avoid any risk of self-activation.

My protocol takes into context the benefits of both Platelet Rich Plasma AND Platelet Poor Plasma, at the correct concentration. I inject first deep close to the periosteum to slow down/ stop the

resorption process associated with the aging bone. I then apply an intra-muscular injection and a final one sub-dermally, using all of the plasma that contains all growth factors and chemokines (a family of signalling proteins secreted by cells).

In the past few years, we have witnessed

The platelets bio-stimulation of stem cells occurs in 4 stages:

a whole new continent.

1. The platelets release growth factors which triggers the creation of a tridimensional mesh of fibrin

a vastly increased demand for PRP treatments – it is akin to having discovered

Jeffrey R. Millman, assistant professor of medicine and of biomedical engineering at Washington University School of Medicine, commented:

The PRP Protocol explained Although blood is mainly a liquid (called

2. Creation of a chemo attraction or migration of stem cells

"In theory, if we could replace the damaged cells in these individuals with new pancreatic beta cells - whose primary function is to store and release insulin to control blood glucose - patients with type 1 diabetes wouldn't need insulin shots anymore."

platelets.) The platelets are known for their importance in clotting blood,

3. Proliferation of the stem cells

Millman hopes that these stem cellderived beta cells could be ready for

plasma), it also contains small solid components (red cells, white cells, and

however, they also contain hundreds of growth factors. To develop a PRP preparation, blood must first be drawn from a patient. The

platelets are separated from other blood cells and their concentration is increased during a process called centrifugation.


4. Differentiation of stem cells In conclusion, the plasma stimulates the skin’s stem cells to produce more collagen, grow new cells and naturally rejuvenate it with lasting results. 


Jacono Andrew Jacono, M.D., FACS is part of a globally elite group of facial plastic surgeons known to be pioneers in their field.

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A true innovator with over 17 years of




experience, Dr. Jacono has presented clinical


research and showcased his live surgical


techniques in front of peer audiences at over

to create natural appearing rejuvenation and

100 plastic surgery meetings and symposiums



understanding he








his him

around the world. In an age of unregulated self-promotion and Dr. Jacono is known for his original, advanced

rampant internet marketing, it is often difficult

approaches to non-surgical and minimally

for prospective consumers to identify a skilled

invasive facial rejuvenation with a focus on

surgeon that will both listen to their goals and

facelifts and is pioneer of the M.A.D.E. (Minimal

guide them honestly & skilfully to their best


personal outcome. Some of the reasons for






minimally invasive hybrid facelift with flawless,

this are:

natural appearing results and a rapid recovery. He has performed over 5,000 surgeries to

The prospective patient has a general • lack of understanding regarding how

rejuvenate the faces of his clients which

to judge true surgical skill, as surgical



techniques are complicated to understand

actresses, CEOs and everyday men & women

and most doctors will only show their best

looking to enhance their appearance.

before & afters, so often times patients do



not end up in the best hands. In addition to his aesthetic work, Dr. Jacono volunteers for numerous charity organizations


aimed at helping children throughout the world with limited medical and financial resources





The majority of surgeons are only skilled • in one surgical approach to any given

of his medical missions have been to South


& Central America and Southeast Asia to

individual needs. This “one size fits all”

perform pro-bono plastic surgery on children

approach often leaves patients looking

born with facial deformities including cleft

like they have undergone plastic surgery

lip and palate, microtia, and facial vascular

because the approach was not customized

tumors. To date, Dr. Jacono has completed

to their individual needs.





surgery on more than 500 children while on over 20 surgical missions in the past 13 years.

The above may explain some of the odd, even

He believes that his extensive background

distorted facelift results we see on individuals

in reconstructive surgery of the face gives

both in the public and private domain.



The vast majority of plastic surgeons and in this

The “deep plane” is the term used to describe the

case, those that offer facelifts, perform primarily

anatomic plane that exists between the SMAS-

what they have been taught, never deviating

platysma complex (which is muscle and fascia)

from their comfort zone. They adopt a superficial

and the deeper layer of muscles responsible

technique that lifts the surface of the skin

for facial expression. The deep plane facelift

which often appears tight and add fat grafting

focuses on release and movement of muscle

to the cheeks creating an overfilled unnatural

and fat layers instead of skin pull and removal.


Because all of the lift comes from the deep tissues, it is impossible for the surface of the for

face and skin to appear

his patients, Dr. Jacono began adapting his

tight. The result is a

techniques early on with the goal of offering a

smooth and rejuvenated

customizable deep plane facelift that appeared


totally natural and non-surgerized. A deep plane


facelift avoids the problem of the tight overfilled


look of many modern facelifts.



















The main tenet of the deep plane facelift is





that it lifts only under the muscle layer, leaving

plastic surgery is never

the skin attached to the muscle layers, so it


can never look tight. It also lifts the cheeks by


Remember, the goal of any plastic surgery procedure is not to look like you’ve had plastic surgery, but only like a younger, more well-rested version of yourself and today, more than ever, this can be achieved.

releasing the tethering points of the face, called

Dr. Jacono built on the

retaining ligaments. When the drooping cheek

deep plane facelift with

fat pads are lifted vertically, the natural volume


over the cheek bones is restored so that addition

Access Deep Plane Extended) facelift technique

of fat or filler is unnecessary. This recreates the

which gives superior, longer lasting results (10 –

heart shaped face of youth and maintains the

12 years) with fewer complications. He discovered

patient’s facial identity. In fact, Dr. Jacono asks

that by combining the optimal features of the

all patients who he will be operating on to bring

deep plane facelift and those of the short-

him photos of their face through the decades

scar minimal access cranial suspension lift, the

of their life (20s, 30s and 40s) that he hangs up

output was a more significant vertical motion of

in his operating suite on Park Avenue during

the mid-face and jaw line with a more natural-

surgery. He uses these photos as a guide during

looking result. The incisions are completely

the surgery so that he only restores what the

hidden which is important to his female patients

patient once had and not create a distorted face

who are athletic and often wear their hair back

unidentifiable by the patient.

in pony tails, and his male patients who wear




short haircuts or shave their heads because of

For an aesthetic facial procedure, you should

hair loss. Dr Jacono also further developed the

select a board-certified facial plastic surgeon

deep plane facelift; his modifications include

with impressive before and after results. Do your

extending the deep plane surgery into the neck,

research to understand if the surgeon performs

lifting the platysma muscle that drops in the

a deep plane or traditional facelift, ask to see

neck creating vertical neck bands.

at least 30 - 40 sets of before & afters – those that specialize in facelift surgery will have and

One of the common failings of a superficial

be happy to show you as many before & afters

facelift is that the neck is undertreated or the

as you have time to see. Digital morphing using

neck starts to hang a few years after surgery.

3D technology is an important tool when talking

With his modification he finds that not only can

to perspective doctors about your surgical goals

he create greater neck rejuvenation, but that it

as it will create a digital image of your “after”

lasts longer, minimizing the need for additional


tucks. Dr. Jacono’s ground-breaking findings were published in the November 2011 issue of

Anaesthesia is something else to discuss

the globally respected Aesthetic Surgery Journal.

when consulting with a doctor and today there are three options: general, twilight and local

Since the 2011 publishing of the above study,

anaesthesia. Many patients are concerned about

Dr. Jacono has continued to innovate and refine

having a general anaesthetic for an elective

his techniques, but still to this day, the majority

surgical procedure and Dr. Jacono agrees, so

of facelift surgeons have not adopted a deep

does not perform general anaesthesia for

plane approach mainly because the procedure

facelifting surgery. Dr. Jacono performs 70%

requires infinitely more skill and experience

of procedures under twilight anaesthesia and

than a traditional facelift.

the other 30% under local anaesthesia, with just injections to numb the face like would

If you are looking to undergo a facelift and

be done at the dentist. For those who do not

seeking to restore a natural, youthful heart-

want to be awake for their surgery, twilight

shaped face, I hope that you have learned that

anaesthesia uses medication to put you in a

there are options out there, such as a deep

deep sleep where you do not hear, see or feel

plane facelift, that will not have you looking like

any of the surgery, and you wake up feeling well

a plastic surgery victim, but finding the right

rested. Anyone who has had a colonoscopy has

doctor is key.

experienced twilight anaesthesia.



Dr. Jacono believes in using injectables and facial laser resurfacing as a means by which to stave off a facelift but in a metered fashion. As we age our facial skin becomes more lax, requiring an increasing amount of injectable material to lift what is dropping. The results are the dreaded overfilled caricature-esque faces we see on television and on the streets. This is when tightening is needed to reposition what has fallen. Interestingly, patients don’t realize that a less invasive facelift is likely to be less expensive vs. non-invasive treatments in the long run. A decade of injectable and lasers can often cost 2 to 3 times that of surgery. There is no perfect age or perfect time to undergo a non-surgical facelift or minimally invasive surgical facelift. It simply depends on how much improvement you are looking for given the downtime and costs associated. Dr. Jacono says it also depends on how high his clients hold the bar. He regularly performs facelifts on patients in their forties that want to look ten years their junior for personal or professional reasons. Others wait until they are in their sixties and even seventies. It is a very personal journey. Remember, the goal of any plastic surgery procedure is not to look like you’ve had plastic surgery, but only like a younger, more wellrested version of yourself and today, more than ever, this can be achieved. â–





LUXURGERY©, an aesthetic plastic surgery practice in the heart of Manhattan’s Upper East Side, dedicated to scientifically proven surgical and minimally invasive rejuvenation procedures.

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Johns Hopkins trained and board-certified plastic

With this focus in mind, Dr. Shridharani has created

surgeon Dr Shridharani has worked alongside the


best of the best in the fields of reconstructive,


aesthetic, craniomaxillofacial, and hand surgery;

proprietary service marks: Surgery in a SyringeSM

and has completed an Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

and Tubeless Tuck SM .

Fellowship at the prestigious Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital in New York City. Dr. Shridharani has developed a number of signature procedures appealing to a generation that is increasingly opting for finely calibrated minimally-invasive treatments in order to delay, or even avoid altogether having to undergo “going


cosmetic at




exclusively warranting

Surgery in a SyringeSM Based on meticulous clinical research and the results of thousands of treatments performed at





Surgery in a SyringeSM – a cutting-edge approach to body contouring that avoids any incisions;

under the knife.”

accommodating the growing patient inclination

As a surgeon who understands complex anatomy,

Dr. Shridharani’s Surgery in a SyringeSM is a non-

Dr. Shridharani is able to take a unique approach to injecting a wide variety of rejuvenating products including: Botox , dermal fillers, and TM

Kybella . His ability to discern between a surgical TM

candidate and someone better suited towards these minimally invasive procedures leads to

toward minimally-invasive, injectable treatments. surgical,





procedure used for the treatment of excess local deposits of adipose (fat) tissue. Surgery in a SyringeSM utilizes highly precise injections of deoxycholic acid (DCA), a naturally

optimal results and is predicated on a strong

occurring acid, in order to reduce unwanted fat

understanding of each of his patients’ goals and

in a multitude of body regions. Common target


treatment areas include the jowls, under the chin

These personalized, comprehensive sequence of procedures is carried out at a luxuriously outfitted practice which includes both a full surgical facility and MedSpa; opulently named, LUXURGERY©. Dr Shridharani has authored and presented research on his signature treatments at a number of scientific conferences, specifically on the perennially current topic of permanently destroying fat.

Surgery in a SyringeSM - Jowl before and after

(submental) area, upper arms, bra fat, abdominal, above the pubic mound, inner and outer thighs, inside the knees, calves, and ankles. This





BelkyraTM , can permanently destroy fat cells when injected into the subcutaneous fat of the previously mentioned targeted treatment areas. KybellaTM is currently FDA approved for the treatment of submental fullness also known as a

He has collaborated on publications with the “father” of modern liposuction, the late Dr. Yves Gérard Illouz, among others.

double chin. The effects of DCA on fat tissue, however, are not exclusive to the “double chin” region.



KYBELLASM - Neck Contouring before and after

Based on results achieved at his own practice, Dr. Shridharani pioneered a ground- breaking research trial evaluating the efficacy and safety of DCA (KybellaTM) injections to other areas to reduce

An abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, is a cosmetic surgery procedure performed to

fat and improve body shape.

improve the appearance of the abdomen and waist.

This study is the first of its kind and involved DCA

and fat, in addition to repairing and tightening the

injection to nearly than 20 anatomic locations. Dr.

underlying abdominal muscles. During surgery, the

Shridharani’s findings establish that DCA injection

abdominal skin is separated from the underlying

is both safe and effective in the treatment of local

tissue, the abdominal muscles are repaired, excess

fat deposits in different locations (focal adiposity).

skin is excised, and the remaining skin is sutured

Surgery in a Syringe


The surgical process involves removing excess skin

represents an attractive



Traditionally, tummy tuck surgery required the use

liposuction and other forms of injection lipolysis

of surgical drains to prevent fluid from accumulating

for body contouring.

within the wound post- operatively. The drains are





As a result of this study, Dr. Shridharani was selected amongst a small, elite group of plastic surgeons to be a Faculty Trainer of other surgeons, doctors,







appropriate use of KybellaTM . A world expert in KybellaTM/BelkyraTM injections, Dr. Shridharani has launched the product in the following countries: Monaco, Spain, Italy, Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Taiwan, Hong Kong and South Korea.

"With advancements in cosmetic surgical techniques and with an upsurge in available treatment options, plastic surgeons are capable of improving patient outcomes more now than ever before."


Tubeless Tuck SM

small plastic tubes that pass through the skin near the tummy- tuck incision and remain in place for typically one to two weeks. For many patients, one of the most difficult aspects of a classic tummy tuck is the presence of postoperative drains. With advancements in surgical technique, drains are no longer obligatory. Dr. Shridharani was the first surgeon in New York to offer the TubelessTuck SM option for plastic surgery. For championing this technique, Dr. Shridharani has been featured on several television programs and given numerous teaching lectures to plastic surgeons from around the world. TubelessTuck SM is a surgical technique that can be applied to tummy tuck surgery to eliminate the use of drains. The TubelessTuck SM technique, or drainless technique, involves placing a series of dissolvable sutures in the abdomen to close the excess space and prevent excess fluid build-up. By securely closing the potential space with sutures, there is a decreased risk of the fluid accumulation without the use of surgical drains.



the possibility of a patient developing antibiotic-

(TubelessTuck SM technique), the patient benefits

resistant infections and, as with all medications,

from many advantages, including

antibiotics have potential side-effects.

• Reduced post-operative pain


• Improved comfort during recovery

Injectables do not offer a comprehensive solution

• No stress with respect to drain management and removal

nor do they replace surgical intervention. However,






to the aesthetic changes associated with aging, they may delay the need for more invasive procedures and thus save the patient from the

• Less restricted movement






incisions associated with more traditional surgical

• Lower risk of infection


• No additional scars

Says Dr. Shridharani: "As we age, our faces

• Quick recovery time

gradually lose fullness, lines and wrinkles deepen,

Comparatively, when patients are sent home

facial manifestations of aging are the result of

postoperatively with drains in place, discomfort is typically higher. Patients often require pain medication to manage the discomfort of hanging drains, as they can result in rubbing and pulling along the incision line.

and the skin becomes increasingly lax. These progressive subcutaneous fat loss, decreased tissue elasticity, and gradual bone resorption. While injectable treatments do not halt the aging process, they can be used to delay the need for more invasive procedures. Dermal fillers can be

There is an additional risk of scarring from the drains since they are placed through gaps in the incision site. Furthermore, drains require careful monitoring and the patient must continually empty, measure, and record the volume of fluid in the drains. Managing the drains can be an added source of stress and anxiety for the patient,

an effective method to restore lost volume in the face, diminish wrinkles, and reconstruct contour irregularities. By temporarily paralyzing the dynamic muscles of the face, Botox


injections can soften and

reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. In younger patients specifically, BotoxTM can be used

and may necessitate additional post-operative

as a measure to prevent the early etching of facial

assistance. Many patients are placed on antibiotics

lines and to delay the formation of deep wrinkles.

to avoid potential infections developing around

It is important to note that BotoxTM and dermal

the drains. Additional antibiotics can increase

fillers offer temporary resolve, and continuous


Tubeless TuckSM - Tummy Tuck before and after


"As a cosmetic surgeon, I rely on scientific expertise to guide my artistic vision." treatments are necessary to sustain the results. As such, BotoxTM and dermal fillers are best used in patients looking for a subtle, temporary improvement in aesthetic appearance." "With





techniques and with an upsurge in available treatment options, plastic surgeons are capable of






than ever before. The expansion of cosmetic treatment






surgical, allow surgeons a more tailored and individualized approach to patient care. That is, the treatment strategy can be adjusted to align with the inclination and expectation of each individual patient. While the rapid expansion of cosmetic procedures and techniques is exciting for the field of aesthetic medicine, the market has become increasingly difficult for many surgeons to navigate. Some surgeons remain rigid in their clinical approach and disregard novel advancements in the field; others adapt to the the

expanding science


market which

but these

neglect treatments

are based. The best outcomes are created at the confluence of science, technology, and artistry." ď Ž

Male Liposuction before and after






Villa Manzu Costa Rica, a country of magnificent waterfalls, tropical forests and rich bio-diversity, has long been a magnet for the well-heeled who appreciate the friendliness of its people as much as its incomparable beauty.

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The country’s Pacific coast, with its year-long warm climate and less rainfall than the Caribbean, is a tourist magnet boasting a fabulous array of private villas. The Gulf of Papagayo in the north-western Guanacaste province has seen the development of the country’s most exclusive resorts, including the prerequisite Four Seasons, but the jewel in its crown is the Papagayo Peninsula where only 30% of the landmass can be built up, so as to preserve the natural beauty of the environment. At the very edge of this peninsula is Costa Rica Pacific Coast’s most exceptional villa, Manzu. Surrounded from all sides by stunningly landscaped tropical gardens and wild tracks, and overlooking the ocean, this is a 5-acre paparazzi-free zone private estate, originally built for personal use. Completed in 2012, the villa was conceived by the owner as his dream home and executed by renowned Costa Rican architect Abraham Valenzuela. The owner’s vision, interpreted with a degree of creative license by Valenzuela and Houston interior designer Lynn Yellen, was to build a retreat that is at once cohesive and surprising in the way it flows, eliciting an emotional response from the moment one walks in. Valenzuela’s






is translated here in a multitude of inspirational and life affirming symbols, from the intricately carved doorways to the hieroglyphics chiselled into wood and rock at the entrance of the property and in the spa area.







The very unique layout ensures that the eye is

Villa Manzu has the most amazing cavernous spa

always captivated by a point of beauty or a work of

with exceptionally high walls, positioned under

art, with elegant hallways leading into new spaces,

a 34 ft waterfall which is created by the infinity

each framing a dramatic view of the spectacular

pool above. Just behind the waterfall is an open


air massage table with a breathtaking view of the ocean. The area exerts a magnetism all of

Custom-designed ceilings with hand-placed stone patterns inspired by Van Gogh’s “Starry Nights” and

its own.

swirling floor patterns representing the tree of life

The Manzu Experience

will astonish and delight lovers of art and design.







it is as unique and as tailored as the villa itself. The fusion of indigenous cultures, including African,

Accommodating groups of between 14 and 20

Indian, Balinese, Thai, Mayan and local Chorotegan

guests, the property has 18 specially trained staff,

influences, creates a deeply spiritual atmosphere,

proficient in Costa Rica’s history, culture and every

enhancing the feeling of ultimate peace and

manner of activity, water and land sports, natural


treks and adventures one can ever dream of.

The vast suites, each with a character of its own,

The adventure squad is employed by the owner to

are positioned on the edges of the building, so that

create a fully customised experience for the guests

guests can retreat to unfettered solitude.

and the brief is to keep them entertained without having to call, book or wait for anything, ever.

The nucleus of the villa consists of a succession of large common areas and an open kitchen where

This is probably why and how Manzu stands out

Chef Mariano Fernandez delivers daily tour de force

amongst its glamorous peers on various exotic

culinary experiences.

beachfronts around the world. At this level, the enchantment of a place is often a given, the

Guests are free to join in or simply observe. The

facilities taken for granted, and perfection of

Argentina-born chef is something of a local celebrity

service expected.

for his innovative style, his bakery, and for catering


to the most idiosyncratic tastes and diets using the

What makes this estate truly magical is its intense

best local produce. The wine cellar is phenomenally

beauty and the sense that your anticipations have

well stocked, as is the cigar selection.

been met before you’ve even formulated them. ■




“your man in Barbados”

Well, woman, actually, and the single most valuable – indispensible even – resource if and when you are headed for the gilded island of the Caribbean’s.

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Some now even refer to her as their

When they list their villas for rent or for

that plays on man Friday, a name for a

else, Wendy is their off-the-market port of

Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, whose

bought/rented by word of mouth.

who became his faithful companion for

When they need to fully staff their villas,

“Girl Friday” taken from the expression

sale, or when they want to buy something

devoted assistant, taken originally from

call because at that level, things get sold/

shipwrecked hero named the young native the day of the week when he found him.

but just for a few weeks, it is Wendy who

Barbados has long been synonymous with

for seasonal workers who rotate around

the low key ultra wealthy whose palatial

high end properties.

or overlook that north-western stretch

When they fly in or out by private jet, it

villas and stately plantation houses fringe known as the “platinum coast”.

is to Wendy they turn to ensure their

Wendy has been spending her time in


parents, Christmas, Easter, Summer in fact


villas along the West Coast and her

has grown exponentially over the last few

beachfront property and one of the most

to the Caribbean. This brings with it some

pets are equally well looked after. ‘Mint have



Barbados since the age of 15 with her

with ConnectJets to maximise transfer

whenever possible! Staying in stunning

Barbados for Mint clients. Private Jet travel

personal favourite Sandalo Villa, a prime

years with demand increasing year on year

beautiful along and fronting Gibbs Beach.

wonderful opportunities to utilise the

In more recent years she has moved

a little more than a first-class ticket, you

to Barbados full time so that she can

focus on what has evolved from a casual

recommendation service to a full-time




empty sectors to and from Barbados. For can look to fly privately with your family and friends, creating your own schedule.


The ConnectJets team will be providing

endless contacts, nothing is ever too much

allowing the clients of Mint to fly privately









Mint Barbados with up to date flight plans,

trouble or insurmountable to her.

for less. ConnectJets will also offer their

The services offered are as discreet as her

on-board Sommelier, Aviation Nutritionist

clientele: some of the wealthiest people on the planet.

Altitude + program - giving access to an and Wellness Spa – ensuring all Mint clients arrive ready and relaxed to their

Wendy has long been part of the jet-set

herself, so she knows both intuitively and

on a practical level what island visitors, investors and property owners want.


steps in to make alternative arrangements


Caribbean retreat.

And should they take a philanthropic

interest in the island, it is Wendy who suggests






contribute to the local community, either through

She chooses her projects and selects her suppliers

even sympathetically repurposing historic buildings

endless research. When asked, she explains that to

local charities or restoration & renovation projects,

with exquisite attention to detail coupled with

for new commercial enterprises.

her “quality” is not simply a word but an unwavering

Wendy was in recent years involved, from conception,


in the project to renovate an historic plantation

named Strong Hope, set within 14 acres of St Thomas

parish. The renovation beautifully maintained the historic architecture and layout whilst transforming

it internally to a fully operational yet discreet state

of the art luxury treatment centre, set in lush tropical surroundings, for the most discerning of clients.

basic standard required en route to excellence,

on behalf of her clients but on a personal level with local charities such as Nature Fun Ranch and the Barbados National Trust.

A number of Wendy’s clients are also corporate because Barbados is prime destination for the ultimate in corporate high jinks, and traditionally

associated with the horsey set and golfers (the

island boasts some of the most remarkable and

compromise” but admits it was a local Construction company that mastered it. If






Barbados, from providing Close Protection officers or private chefs…. Or just absolute luxury and attention to detail. 

To contact Wendy, simply phone on +1 (246) 829 3509 or email

Villa Sandalo can also be rented via Wendy or via its website:


Caribbean or the round the island race in Barbados,

both the yachties and sailors are catered for. Be it relaxing on a floating gin palace or hanging on by

your fingernails in the trade winds and Caribbean Sea spray, Barbados, the wider Caribbean and Wendy cater for all.

Wendy Hawkins is that rare person that belongs both socially and on the island, so you feel comfortable

with her, but you also know that things get done –

in the most expedient, efficient and discreet way possible.



highly individual skill set, Wendy is your woman in

year, the Sandy Lane Gold Cup, held in early March). superyachts


been the brainchild behind the tag line “quality no

legendary and most prestigious horse race of the



admits that if she could, she would have liked to have

best known golf courses on earth not to mention the



of individual and in need of an ultra-tailored,

Interestingly in her spare time, she works not just




Sea Life Villa

Barefoot Luxury at its Finest

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There is a class of private villas that not only rival but exceed the amenities of 5 star hotels. Sea Life is one of the best examples in class that we have ever had the privilege to experience. Built of white-stained pine inside and a blue matching the Bahamian sea on the exterior, this is a state of the

art, “thought of every tiny detail” private beach home that has adults’ quarters on two floors (a master

bedroom on the ground level and 3 bedrooms on the upper level) and no fewer than 12 wooden bunks in two bedrooms and a playroom on the beach level. Fantastically well-equipped for water sports and spectacularly wellpositioned on a shallow water cove beach, the villa is screened from views by huge palm trees, one of which grows in the middle of the sweeping wooden staircase.

Vast flowing spaces; ultra comfortable quality furniture; a massive kitchen boasting every manner of equipment, from a water and an ice maker, to a multitude of gadgets and an oversized fridge; dimming light and ceiling

fan switches; a generator that kicks in seconds after the power cuts; Sea Life themed cushions and art work; top of the range eco products in the bathrooms; safes and torch lights in every bedroom – these are just some of the features of the villa, which is also hurricane-proof.



A great, great deal of thought has been put into everything to create a sense of “just so”. The large oil paintings and coral reef photographs printed on canvass in the common area add a touch of whimsy to the already elegant interiors. I could go on and on, but absolutely no words or images would do it justice until and unless one has the good fortune of experiencing it. Once there, you would never want to leave. Marty Cash, who built it and looks after it, takes justifiable pride in his achievement. Of old British Loyalist stock, Marty knows the island better than most and would take you on a boat ride or two if you make advance arrangements when booking the villa.

He recommended that we lunch at Cap’n Jacks’ in Hope Town and dine at the Firefly outside of town. 



Over Yonder


Over Yonder Cay (OYC) is part of the Exumas archipelago, itself often described as one of the most beautiful locations on Earth.

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Anyone who has ever island-hopped in the Bahamas knows the necklacelike string of cays, many of which some mere sandbanks in the middle of the sea; others credulity-defying in their extravagant splendour - are privately owned and can be rented in their entirety.

OYC belongs to a Bosarge Family Trust and represents the most accomplished example of matching considerable resources and determination to create

medicine stem cell and cancer research, Bosarge has developed the island as a fully functional sustainability lab of the Caribbean region.

a technologically advanced, ultra-high end ecological retreat. The vision of

Add to this the fact that he is a keen yachtsman with an unerring eye for contemporary aesthetics and you have the secluded wonder that OYC is today.

underlying remit of the island which is private rental of four spectacular villas and associated state-of-theart amenities accessed by seaplane transfer.

The first off-the-grid island in the Bahamas relies on renewable energy to provide 95 per cent of its power needs, supplemented by enormous battery banks that harvest extra power for sun-

Dr W.E. Bosarge, OYC is an exercise in sustainability that transcends the


Bosarge is an eminently successful and gifted individual turned passionate environmentalist and philanthropist. A former NASA mathematician, an entrepreneur who developed predictive financial market technologies and an active supporter of regenerative




less days. By way of an emergency, three diesel generators can meet demand and also recharge the batteries.

who have uncompromising expectations coupled with environmental conscience.

OYC’s renewable micro-grid is operated by an Intelligent Weather-Forecasting Controller that continuously optimizes the island’s energy usage and production. The island also produces its own water using re-mineralizing technology.

met through a combination of facilities, including a private superyacht marina, a nine hole par-three golf course, the use of two resort yachts, a wine cellar to rival any Michelin star restaurant and world-class chefs preparing the freshest of seafood dishes with emphasis on lean and healthy.

This is what sets OYC apart on the ultra-high luxury stakes of an area that has no shortage of spectacular rental properties: Bosarge has correctly identified the zeitgeist of our generation, offering an eminently palatable solution to those


These uncompromising expectations are

The four villas, each of them positioned to offer the best exposure and views, are extremely spacious, as beautifully designed as you would expect them to be, with that ultra-functioning aspect that defines everything on the island.


The slick yet opulent interiors, infinity pools, entertainment systems, in-door

cinemas and private beach access are a given because the island counts the great and the good among its clientele, whether corporate or individuals.

The activities are equally varied and alluring, but the overriding attraction is this constant emphasis towards preserving the eco-system of the island. Ultimately, Over Yonder Cay encapsulates and affirms a lifestyle choice for the environmentallyminded, adrenalin- loving, privacyseeking, seafaring millennials of very substantial means. ď Ž



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