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Magazine for Art, Travel & Creativity Issue 07 / J une 2016 ISSN 2364-7442 Price: 15 Euro / 12 GBP

Massimo Listri • Artology‘s Top 5 Getaways • The Watch Industy Das Stue Collection • Villa Kubu • Soft Power Destinations UR Bike / Scezny • South Africa • Emirates Calling • Desert Art


HERE IS NO. 7!

Dear Reader, with our seventh issue Artology embarks on a new “chapter”: with some very positive developments such as our newly established presence in the U.A.E., hence our special in this issue on some of the jewels in this part of the world, as well as strenghtening our presence in Italy and the U.K. which - is still growing rapidly. Mark Robinow Publisher / Editor in chief

Our staff writers will also take you to such romantic places as South Africa, or all the way to the bavarian alps to give you the best suggestions for your next long weekend trip or holiday with your loved ones. If spectacular art is more of interest to you, please check out our feature on Italian photo artist Massimo Listri or learn what is new and cutting edge in the world of watches. Also we introduce you to various hot spots, things to buy, things to do and to see from the world of design, architecture, watches and much more …

Enjoy! Mark Robinow


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Top 5 Getaways

The Watch Industry

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Massimo Listri Artist Portrait

Villa Kubu

Nobu Matsuhisa

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Emirates Calling

Das Stue Collection

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UR Bike / Sceszny

20 Tidbits 28 Desert Art 42 Editor’s Voice 56 South Africa 64 Bachmair Weissach Hotel 70 Art of Scent 78 Europ Star

Soft Power Destinations

92 Questionnaire 94 The Bigger Picture 98 Masthead

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C O N T R I  

Nazanin Lankarani

Pia Lexa

Nazanin Lankarani is an independent journalist speciali-

German-born Pia Lexa is

zing in art, jewelry, watches

one of the many authors at

and luxury. She began her

Artology bitten by the tra-

professional career in 1990 as

vel bug, and loves to share

a lawyer practicing in the

her vast knowledge on places-to-be and everything that goes with them. Based

Sonja Hartung

United States, as a member of the New York and California state bars. She went on to become a journalist in 2007.

in Munich, Pia is also a PR professional in one of Ger-

Sonja is a Munich based

Since then, Nazanin has been

many’s foremost tourism PR

PR Journalist and travel

a regular contributor to the In-

agencies, and in this issue

expert. Having worked in

ternational New York Times,

presents her top 5 favorite

the hospitality industry

World Tempus, a digital watch-

European weekend hide-

first of all in the US, South

making daily, and Artology.

aways that will make any-

Africa and Germany she

She has also contributed to

one want to go to one after

now spends most of her

Vanity Fair, Louise Blouin

the other.

professional time working

Lifestyle Magazine and Art-

freelance as a journalist

info publications.

and a PR Manager in one of

John Robinow With a background in working as an award-winning creative group head in advertising agencies in New York, Vienna and Frankfurt, John spent the 80s & 90s reporting from East Asia and then Latin America for National Public Radio. He

Germany’s foremost Tour-

now lives in Frankfurt again

ism-PR-Agencies. Sonja’s

and works freelance as a wri-

incredibly happy energy also

ter. He is a regularly contri-

transfers in the style of her

buting editor to Artology,

writing.

where he also functions as copy editor.

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B U T O R S

Florian Wupperfeld Our new cultural ambassador is one of these rare people who are good at whatever they start in life. Florian studied film pro-

Ming Liu Filippo TattoniMarcozzi

Is our newest staff writer at Artology. Born in China and living in London for quite a

duction at UCLA , then became

few years, Ming has not only

Mamé Gamamy

a fine art photographer and

Filippo Tattoni-Marcozzi has

written a beautiful novel in

afterwards established himself

made himself a name as an art

2012 but also writes for va-

as a trend scout for many inter-

advisor, curator and journalist

rious prestigious business &

national labels such as Smart,

on both sides of the Atlantic.

lifestyle publications such as:

Romanian-Guinean Mamé

Soho House Group, BMW, The

Filippo has worked at Christie’s

The China Daily, Wall Street

Gamamy is a journalist by

New York Times, Hermes, just

Auction House before working

Journal and London Finan-

profession and has lived in

to name a few. We are very

as the manager of Tim Jefferies’

cial Times’ “How to spend

many places around the world

happy and proud to have an

Hamiltons Gallery and becom-

it” covering subjects such as

until settling in Munich

international expert reporting

ing the curator and advisor to

Chinese Art, design, travel,

where she freelances for va-

on the coolest new museums,

many world famous collectors

lifestyle and the luxury sector.

rious publications about sub-

galleries and creative heads

such as, George Michael’s

jects such as economic deve-

from around the globe.

Goss-Michael Foundation, Sir

lopments and travel. It is

Elton John, Goldman Sachs

traveling however she enjoys

and Ferragamo. So it is with

writing about the most as it

great pleasure that we welcome

is also her favorite pastime.

him to the Artology family

Mamé writes her articles at

and present his expert weigh-

ease in 3 different languages.

in on his favourites and particular his article on Italian Photography superstar Massimo Listri.

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ARTOLOGY‘S TOP 5 WEEKEND GETAWAYS

T R AV E L

Text: Pia Lexa Photography: Hoach Le Dinh

Thank God it‘s Friday and now time to leave, escape, run away, leave it all behind and celebrate the weekend in style! Free weekends should not be spoiled by emails, filled with errands or carelessly gambled away. Free weekends deserve to be turned into great stories of a lifetime. Filled with beauty, with extraordinary foods and foremost of all: Free weekends deserve to be spent in bed – not just any bed though but the best beds in whole world. Artology proudly presents the most luxurious and extraordinary places for everyone who needs a break from it all, and who wants to spend 48 hours of pure decadent bliss. And here they are, our top five weekend getaways!

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Retreat Room, Schloss Elmau

GERMANY

© Ulrike Myrzig, Schloss Elmau

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E XC LU S I V E P L AC E S F O R E X P LO R E R S A N D E P I C U R I A N S

Schloss Elmau When Schloss Elmau was by the build in 1914 - 1916 by the philosopher Johannes Müller, it was already constructed as a retreat for Mueller’s fellow readers and artists. Today it is probably one of the top five luxury resorts in Germany. Located in the crisp and quiet Bavarian Alps not far from King Ludwig II.’s castles, Schloss Elmau boasts with two hotels and four exquisite spas. There is a yoga center, a Pilates studio a state of the art fitness gym, several boutiques and a concert hall, which hosts some of the finest concerts in Europe. With its cultural programme Schloss Elmau has stayed true to its roots: The hotel is still a platform for some of the most interesting international artists and a cultural hub. Ever since its existence German thinkers, writers and philosophers have come here, to think and talk about arts and philosophy. It is still the perfect place to turn away from the world as it is and dedicate your mind and spi-

Reception, Schloss Elmau

rit to the world as it should be. The hotel provides a truly relaxing, yet stimulating and intellectually invigorating experience. Conveniently it is located a short

Retreat Room, Schloss Elmau

one hour drive from Munich airport.

www.schloss-elmau.de/experience

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AUSTRIA

Exterior view of Spa-Hotel Jagdhof

Hotel Jagdhof in Neustift The 5-star Spa-Hotel Jagdhof in Neustift, Tyrol is one of the best well-

mountain streams and gentian covered mountain pas-

ness hotels in Austria with its traditional wooden interiors, its terrific

tures that are the breathtaking Austrian Alps. Culina-

location in the Stubai Valley and its local cuisine – this Austrian trea-

ry highlights can be savoured in the hotel restaurant

sure will make your heart want to yodel! Host family Pfurtscheller

and the restaurant “Hubertusstube” which has been

has managed to maintain its traditional style and hunting theme,

awarded with two toques (15 points) by Gault Millau,

with many trophies throughout the public areas of the hotel but have

the French restaurant guide. Definitely also try the

upgraded the property with a fantastic state of the art spa, gourmet

fantastic breakfast buffet, and for a romantic Dinner

cuisine and everything the spoiled traveller requires when it comes

the “Gourmet-Ski-Gondola” for 2 which never leaves

to service.

the hotel.

Guests can spend their days idly in the luxurious inside but the real luxury is to grab that Gamsbart-hat and get out in the pristine mountains, in the breathtaking nature. The Hotel Jagdhof is the perfect place to fall in love with the snow covered mountain tops, clear

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Spa-Chalet, Spa-Hotel Jagdhof

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SPAIN Interior, Finca Cortesín

Finca Cortezin Perfectly located between Marbella and Sotogrande, in the centre of the Costa del Sol, Finca Cortesin awaits its international guests. With all the buzz this resort has created in the past year, numerous international awards, it is hard to get around it when talking about a place to celebrate the weekend in perfect style. Finca Cortezin’s design embodies the very properties of Spanish architecture: the minimalism, the regal clarity, the Moorish elements, the pristine white walls set into the hypnotizing beautiful nature with its olive trees and its shades of brown and green which fade into the turquoise cascades that is the Mediterranean coast. Set on a 215hectare estate, 150 of which is designated green belt area, the development centres around 5 extensive areas: Hotel, Golf, Spa

Interior, Finca Cortesín

and Sports Club, Beach Club and Residential Area.

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Kabuki Raw, Finca Cortesín

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A vital part of Finca Cortesin’s success is its outstanding gastronomic setup; its five restaurants hold four Michelin Stars in total. With Kabuki Raw, rewarded with one Michelin Star and two Repsol Suns, guests get to enjoy classical Japanese dishes as well as compositions of Mediterranean and Japanese fusion. The setting is divinely elegant and displays many interesting Asian art pieces. There is also an authentic Italian Restaurant, Don Giovanni, which is one of the best Italian eateries in all of Spain. A swim in the incredible infinite pool with a view of the ocean or a glass of Cava at the finca’s terrace or a round of golf in the morning sun will clarify once and for all why German’s are almost destructively in love with holidays in Spain.

www.fincacortesin.com/en

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ITALY Lefay Resort & Spa Lago di Garda Oh, Lago di Garda – still one of the best places to uplift a weekend and turn it into an epic, lifetime experience, especially if you get to stay at the Lefay Resort & SPA Lago di Garda. Located in the picturesque village Gargnano and surrounded by olive- and lemon trees the prestigious resort offers a sustainable, discreet and deeply relaxing holiday experience. With its stylish, modern suites its modern yet warm architecture and the breathtaking view of the dark blue Lake Garda unwinding is a given. The resort has a dedicated mission of sustainability and unwinding which is expressed in the Vital Mediterranean cuisine, in the wide indoor and outdoor spaces, in the beautiful surrounding nature and peaceful silence. Their Spa is probably the best expression of Finca

Balcony at Camere Prestige Junior Suite

Lefay’s commitment to wellness and restoring psycho-physical balance. Their approach combines elements of Traditional Chinese Medicine with classic medical treatments. They offer highly sophisticated detox- and weight loss packages complete with dietary and exercise

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Lefay Royal Suite

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schedules and intensive consultations by dedicated therapists, who have made unwinding and relaxation profession. Health and harmony at Lefay also extends from the individual to our planet: everything, from the interior design to the use of local materials, to the architecture of the Resort was conceptualized and fashioned respecting the surrounding landscape and environment. If there is one last stressful thought on anyone’s mind a glass of limoncello at the bar will take care of it for good.

www.lefayresorts.com/eng/ resort-spa-garda-lake

Resort infinity pool at night

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MARAKKECH

Lobby, Royal Mansour

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Royal Mansour A true palace, a medina in the medina, a place which holds many secrets and is itself still a secret, the most discreet place in Marrakech and a hideaway in its true sense: The splendid, magnificent and truly wonderful Royal Mansour Marrakech,

La Grande Table Maroccaine, Royal Mansour

you will find yourself mesmerized. You will also find yourself stunned by the beauty and perfection and sheer size of the riads, because at this magical place,

Yannick Alléno’s highly elegant and

guests do not sleep in rooms but seclu-

intriguing version of Moroccan Cuisine,

ded villas on three floors, each with its

the other is probably the best French

own roof top terrace and plunge pool.

restaurant in Marrakech, serving tiny

The inside of the riads will captivate and

art pieces in a breathtaking environment

enchant the guests equally. Every part

of all white marble and stucco. Another

of the hotel is originally handcrafted by

dream in white is the Royal Mansour Spa

the wistful hands of the best Moroccan

– the spa lobby, with its mystic architec-

craftsmen. The owner of the hotel is

ture is probably one of the most photo-

Morocco’s king Mohamed VI., who not

graphed places in the hotel and the

only wanted to showcase Marrocan hos-

treatments offered, especially the tra-

pitality in its ideal form, but also create

ditional Hamam are the perfect way to

a showroom for Moroccan arts. Guest

relax after a day of roaming the streets

should schedule some time to wander

of Marrakech. Staying in such an un-

around and just marvel at the exquisite

compromised beautiful place, in which

interiors the woodwork, cellige and

nothing was chosen for economic rea-

stuccowork. There are three restaurants

sons but designed purely to please, does

at the Royal Mansour, all created and

something to its guests – it abducts them

overseen by the magnificent Yannick

from their normal, stressed out, over-

Alléno. The two fine dining restaurants

worked realities and turns them into

are open to the public. One offers

ridiculously happy and dreamy versions

Bedroom of a Riad, Royal Mansour

of themselves.

www.royalmansour.com/en

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TIDBITS Destinations Exhibition

Image: © Giorgio Zucchiatti

La Biennale “La Biennale” the 15th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice, will be presented by the Chilean architect and Pritzker Prize recipiant, Alejandro Aravena. On the occasion of his nomination, Alejandro Aravena declared: “There are several battles that need to be won and several frontiers that need to be expan-

Image: © Johannes Weinsheimer

ded in order to improve the quality of the built environment and consequently

Our own exhibition and event “Destinations”

people’s quality of life. This is what we

is definitely a “must see” as well. Come to

would like people to come and see in Ve-

the St. Regis Mardavall Resort & Spa on

nice: success stories worth being told,

the beautiful island of Mallorca and check

and exemplary cases worth being shared

out our eclectic show of beautiful contempo-

where architecture did, is and will make a

rary photography by German artists Philipp

difference in those battles and frontiers”.

Siempelkamp, Anke Schaffelhuber and Johannes Weinsheimer, presented in this mindblowingly gorgeous mediteranean location. The show will feature over 30 large size photographs in color – and some in black

www.labiennale.org

and white – during the complete summer season from June 1. through September 16th. St. Regis Mardavall, Carretera Palma-Andratx 19, Costa d’en Blanes, Mallorca, Spain.

www.stregismardavall.com

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Rolling Stones - Exhibitionism - at Saatchi Gallery in London

Mandarin Oriental Mandarin Oriental Bangkok unveils its newly renovated Presidential Suite just in time for its 140th birthday. And what a suite it is. Over 600square meters and 6 bedrooms should even leave the most demanding guest with a big smile on his face at this world famous hotel, which still today is considered one of the best worldwide. Chill in this historic building, that has been a meeting place for such diverse celebrities as Somerset Maugham, Graham Greene, Noel Coward, Sir Mick Jagger, Pele and Diana Princess of Wales, to name just a few. The hotel has

It’s only Rock & Roll, but we love it so much that we have to

many highlights throughout 2016 to

keep you constantly in the loop. London’s Saatchi Gallery

spoil its guests with gourmet food from

is holding what is probably the most extensive show of

Michelin star chefs as well as butlers ser-

Stones memorabilia ever, and therefore it’s an absolut must

ving afternoon tea in the authors lounge.

to check out this incredible display on your next London visit. Presented over two floors, this exhibit is mind-boggling and will rock you until the 4th of September. But be aware: it’s the talk of the town and you have to buy tickets for it well in advance. Certainly the coolest deal for this show for out of towners is being offered by the Jumeirah Carlton Tower which includes VIP tickets and then some. Book it under: bit.ly/1VpG2gh. Ends September 4th.

Saatchi Gallery Duke Of York‘s HQ, King‘s Rd, London SW3 4RY, United Kingdom Further information: www.saatchigallery.com

48 Oriental Ave, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand www.mandarinoriental.com

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ART

A PORTAL INTO A DIFFERENT ADVENTURE

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MASSIMO LISTRI There is something quintessentially Italian about Massimo Listri’s work. His large scale photographs depicting either grand or domestic, vast or intimate, simple, humble or sumptuous interiors, always take the viewer on a mystical journey that transcends the mere depiction of space, and projects the viewer onto a fantastic Pindaric flight. The absence of any human presence enhances the slight uneasiness the viewer feels when confronted with his multiple picture planes. This infinity of depths and possibilities can only be imagined and dreamt of; a sort of empty theatrical stage ready for any type of performance; each work a portal into a different adventure. It is this pervasive sense of suspension that makes his work differ dramatically from his German contemporaries. Several of them study and portray empty interiors, although they underline the abnegation of the humankind Text: Filippo Tattoni-Marcozzi / Image: Sammezzano in Tuscany, Italy

in a much more definitive solution. While the works by the so called ‘Dusseldorf School Photographers’ (for example: Candida Hoffer, Andreas Gursky, Thomas Ruff and Elger Esser) share with Listri’s similar interests in subject matter, their scale, composition and use of light serve to alienate the viewer from the space depicted, creating a cold and mysterious barrier between man and his surrounding world. In Listri’s interiors on the other hand, the lives, passions, fortunes and misfortunes of the men and women that have inhabited them, pervade the composition; the light is extremely romantic, inviting and at time sensuous, setting a stage for the viewer’s own imagination. They can be perceived as stills from a very cinematic vernacular in the tradition of Italian filmmakers like Visconti, Pasolini and Fellini. Listri the artist in fact follows in the very tradition of centuries of Italian art (he is after all a Florentine himself), from Giotto to Mantegna and to de Chirico, where the use, and at times obsession with linear perspective has been seen as an attempt to create order, building a bridge

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Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires

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between the natural and the supernatural.

ration with his long term friend and supporter Franco Maria Ricci (also

His endless corridors and enfilades of rooms

the publisher of many of Listri’s books – I counted at least 50, one more

invite us to take a journey into new worlds,

stunning then the next) invites the viewer to escape his own mundane

connecting our past, present and future with

reality and meander through the spectacular rooms of unconventional

something sublime and intangible.

places, from the Royal Palace of Naples, the Quirinale Palace in Rome (residence first of Popes, then Kings and now of The Italian President),

His meticulous attention to minutiae and

to the glorious rooms of the Uffizi Museum in Florence, the Kunsthis-

details is exquisite. One can smell the dust on

torisches Museum in Vienna. This sublime journey takes one through

the ancient books resting on the shelves of the

the corridors of the Vatican Museums, into splendid temples of knowle-

Palatine Library of Parma, feel the cold drafts in

dge like the Apostolic Library of the Vatican, the Marciana Library in Ve-

the Castle of Schwetzingen in Baden Wurttem-

nice and onward through the Kemsmuster Abbey Library in Austria

berg or the warmth of the air in the colourful

and the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York … and more stops in Por-

Mexican Yucatan courtyards.

tugal, Spain, Moscow and Paris, to name just a few!

In mid April, a new retrospective exhibition will open in Parma showcasing 60 of his most powerful works. The show, produced in collabo-

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DESERT ART

Ulrike Arnold at work © Anselm Spring

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By Ulrike Arnold Text: Mark Robinow

The workplace of German-born artist Ulrike Arnold is certainly quite exotic, to say the least. For a series of incredibly beautiful large-format canvases she produced, her work space was in the middle of the dusty and dry dessert of Utah in front of an ancient cave. Her working materials though are, to a great deal, provided by her direct environment: rock, sand, coal, soil, pulverized volcanicash and mixed with a binder in order to create on-the-spot paintings on her canvases. Colors, like a rusty red, is found in the fossilized remains of the Jurassic period, dark turquoise in tropical shale, the remaining traces of a cretaceous sea route, and black in the coal deposits of the Dakota river lineup. Arnold always works in harmony with the surrounding elements: When it rains, the water drips onto the canvas. When the wind blows sand across the screen, it becomes part of the art-

Ulrike Arnold at work Š Anselm Spring

work. If an animal scurries about and leaves his mark it will be immortalized. The results are more than stunning and can be seen in the Amangiri Resort in Utah.

to see more of Ulrike‘s stunning work please visit: www.ulrikearnold.com www.amanresorts.com/amangiri/home.aspx

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EMIRATES CALLING A trip to Abu Dhabi and Dubai

Text: Mark Robinow Image: Abu Dhabi skyline

Two places in the world keep pushing the borders of human achievements – in architecture and technology but also in hospitality, gastronomy and art. Abu Dhabi and Dubai today are a must see for any traveller. Its guests will find a thousand ways to marvel, to be awed and simply stunned.

the German carrier, Air Berlin, which offers an outstandingly luxurious flight experience to Abu Dhabi with its spacious business class. Its perfectly pampering service and the fantastic food they serve a la carte prepares travellers for the luscious decadence waiting in Abu Dhabi. Flying Air Berlin business class really makes the holiday experience start on boarding the airplane.

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Abu Dhabi Sex and the City’s Samantha announced her trip to Abu Dhabi saying: “I can hear the decadence calling!” And yes, decadence and vastness are the guiding themes in this unbelievable place, seemingly built with no economic limits. To anyone who has grown weary of the world, who feels like she has seen it all, Abu Dhabi is the perfect remedy. It is just the place to re-learn how to be surprised and filled with wonder. With many cultural sites and visible history alongside daring modern architecture the city perfectly represents the past and present of the UAE. Jumeirah Ethihad Towers

St. Regis – Saadiyat Island Beach Hotel

Kempinski Emirates Palace

Jumeirah Ethihad Towers

tecture. With its amazing private beach and

guests turn into royals and whose sheer di-

Abu Dhabi boasts thousands of fantastic

its impressive pool, the St. Regis is a fan-

mensions are simply mind-bogging to the

holiday resorts, hotels, and countless ama-

tastic place for a beach holiday. Great res-

traveller from the western world, used to

zing venues, however if you want to go big,

taurants and breathtaking views make this

spacial and financial economy. Visitors of

go Jumeirah at Ethihad Towers. Located in

perfect place to get the best of Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi should go and have a Cappuccino

the fascinating Ethihad Towers the hotel

Lady guests should buy beautiful dresses

with gold on top and enjoy their tiny bit of

with its 382 rooms and suites plus 199 ser-

and practise dramatic movie-entrances,

the 5 kilograms of gold eaten every year by

viced apartments takes up one complete

by walking down the impressive staircases

the guests of the Kempinski Emirates Palace.

tower. Impressive architecture, outstanding

in St. Regis Lobby.

restaurants and amazing views of the sea and the city are guaranteed to guests, stay-

Kempinski Emirates Palace

ing at this wonderful place.

Everyone has probably heard of the once most expensive hotel in the world – whose construction costs exceeded 3 billion in

St. Regis – Saadiyat Island Beach Hotel

2005. Categories such as “seven stars” or

A prestigious address located at the out-

appropriate when talking about the fairy-

standing Sadiyaat Island, the St. Regis is

tale fortress that is the Emirates Palace.

famous, for its service and stately archi-

It is a fascinatingly magical place, where

even calling this place “hotel” seem in-

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Jumerah Etihad Towers www.jumeirah.com/en/hotels-resorts/ abu-dhabi/jumeirah-etihad-towers St. Regis – Saadiyat Island Beach Hotel www.stregissaadiyatisland.com


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LEGENDARY EATS Guests at the Jumeirah at Etihad Towers should do one thing for dinner: Stay in – this marvellous hotel has more culinary accolades and awards than any other hotel or resort in the UAE. Here are Artology’s recommendations: Tori No Su

Pearls by Michael Caines

A sleek, modern vibe and an absolutely wonderful

A visit to the ground floor of Ethihad Towers will

dining experience can be had at the Japanese Res-

lead you to the beautiful venue of Michael Caine’s

taurant Tori No Su. Try some fresh fish from the sushi

amazing restaurant Pearls, which opened its doors

bar, “iron plate” dishes from the Teppanyaki counter,

only in 2015. Have a cocktail at the bar downstairs

or something slow-grilled from the Robatayaki

and then head upstairs and gorge yourself on some

counter. Alternatively, in traditional Japanese style,

warm lobster salad with Sevruga caviar and mango

guests order an “omakase” course, whereby Chef

or some braised beef cheek with horseradish and

Ando and his team create a surprising selection of

shallot confit. It is hard not to have the night of your

dishes on demand.

life when filling yourself with his daring yet impeccable compositions.

DO NOT MISS … Abu Dhabi Art Festival and Galleries Abu Dhabi is certainly the most promising cultural hub in the UAE with a large number of fantastic art galleries, showcasing the most sophisticated talents. Places such as the N2N gallery, the Ethihad should be on every culture trip to Abu Dhabi’s itinerary. Every year the city celebrates its thriving cultural scene at Abu Dhabi Festival, with amazing concerts, theatre and art performances yet another superlative to find oneself awed and mesmerized through and through.

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Louvre, Abu Dhabi

Modern Art Gallery or the Salwa Seidan Gallery present amazing pieces of contemporary art and


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Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque To everyone not sufficiently stunned yet, a visit to the largest mosque in the UAE should do the trick. One can spend days and weeks marvelling at the pristine white and golden columns mirrored in the still waterways, the world’s largest carpet, Faustig’s impressive chandeliers and the breathtaking minarets. Only built in 2007 this amazing place has quickly become a magnet for worshippers and believers all over the world and it is safe to assume that praying here is already quite

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

close to heaven itself.

Volvo Ocean Race Yacht “Etihad Towers” All civilisation and all testaments of human will aside, a boat-trip will remind you what Abu Dhabi really is: A place in the desert by the sea. Getting on the baby-blue and crystal clear waves is pure bliss, and spending a day on the Volvo Ocean Race Yacht which is available for charter at “Ethihad Towers” is more than a treat. The sailboat has two world champions on board as skippers to take you and a maximum of 12 people on an incredible sailing excursion. It also came in fourth in the Volvo around the World race regatta. Feeling the breeze on the sea, with the city’s Skyline to marvel at, makes even sceptics fall hopelessly in love with Abu Dhabi.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque www.szgmc.ae/en Abu Dhabi Art Festival and Galleries www.timeoutabudhabi.com

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Villa pool, One & Only The Palm

Flying Air Berlin or Ethihad you can take the bus from Abu Dhabi to Dubai. It is only a one-hour ride to travel from Future City to Tomorrow Town. Of course you can also take a car, a boat or a helicopter. Dubai is even more urban, less green but like wisely diverse and boasting with architecture, culture, commerce and hospitality out of this world. It is an international fun- and party place, slightly reminiscent of Las Vegas but with an international young set of people and a young state of mind.

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Jumeirah Emirates Towers For business travellers the Emirates Towers located in Dubai’s financial district is the ideal choice. The building is a true landmark in Dubai with its two famous towers which provide the businesswoman or – man with an unmet view of the city and the confidence to take over the city. A drink on the 51st floor, marvelling at the glistening skyline is the perfect way to unwind after a successful business day in Dubai. Everything in this place is designed to make a business stay a success, from the technical amenities, to sound sleep in perfect beds and personalized service. Also there is a shopping mall, and many fantastic restaurants. The selection reflects the city’s diversity, there is a great Japanese, a great Chinese, a fantastic Lebanese restaurant or a fantastic dessert place. It

Bathroom at Club Suite, Jumeirah Emirates Towers

is a tiny city within the city, so if guests are too busy to do any sightseeing of Dubai, the hotel brings Dubai to them.

One & Only The Palm For everyone looking for a more intimate, luxurious yet laid back atmosphere One & Only The Palm is just the place. Located at the iconic Palm Jumeirah One & Only has created a boutique hotel with only 90 rooms and suites and four private villas. Its modern, yet romantic atmosphere and impeccable design make this fine hotel one of the best places in the city and it is – in the opinion of Artology – among the most beautiful in the world. Its colours, its iconic pool and its many fantastic views of the skyline, make it a breathtakingly stylish place, where many Dubai-connoisseurs and -insiders stay. A cocktail in the famous 101 Lounge and a dinner at Yannick Alléno’s Stay is the definition of a fantastic night only offered in Dubai. With its brand new Guerlain Spa One & Only The Palm, has redefined spa experiences in the city. It is the first Guerlain Spa in the UAE and the treatments “Dubai Harmony”, “Solar Evasion” and “Désert d’Orient” are exclusively designed by Guerlain for One & Only The Palm, Dubai.

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Four Seasons at Jumeirah Beach A great way to spend a beach holiday in Dubai is a stay at the Four Seasons. This modern, fresh and lightly designed place, not only pleases your eyes. Guests also get to enjoy the top notch four seasons service. Particularly the excursions and experiences the resort offers to its guests, guarantee the most privileged insights into Dubai. A special treat is an evening at the Sea Fu Bar and Restaurant where great seafood is served directly at the beach and pool. They offer a fusion of Asian and Mediterranean cuisine, all focussing on the divine fish and seafood. There is a lounge with a sunken fire pit, with outstanding views of the

Four Seasons Resort at Jumeirah Beach

Arabian Golf – a magnificent place for a marriage proposal or just a glass of wine by the fire.

Madinat Al Quasar Dubai is famous for its ambitiously sized resorts and here the culinary force of the city truly shows. Take the Madinat Al Quasar, a sizeable yet marvellous resort. It consists of several hotels, all with impeccable oriental architecture. You arrive by car and get on a boat shuttle that transports you to your final destination. To food lovers a stop at Zheng He’s is a Dubai-must. The impeccable Chinese restaurant at the Madinat serves what they call quintessential oriental cuisine – a new interpretation of classic Chinese dishes contemporised with neo-oriental flair. Unaware that a profession as “resident duck-master” even existed, a night a Zheng He’s will convince any culinary enthusiast, that every restaurant should in fact have one. Completely different, yet equally internationally ambitious is a lunch at the Madinat’s wonderful meatery, the Hide. The concept has been inspired by the coolest modern meateries in gastronomic capitals such as New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. The menu provides classic comfort food steeped in American culture and transformed with unique meatery twists. Arabian Deluxe Room, Al Qasar

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LEGENDARY EATS Al Mahara – Burj Al Arab Jumeirah Being in Dubai the Burj Al Arab is omnipresent, Dubai’s iconic landmark in the shape of a sail is the treasure of many beautiful views you get to enjoy in this fantastic city. A dinner at its unusual underwater restaurant Al Mahara is one of the most outstanding experiences available. Al Mahara the so called “Oyster” is famous for being one of the best restaurants in the world. You enter it in a golden elevator, the main restaurant and several private dining rooms are illuminated by the aquarium-walls, where guests get to enjoy divine seafood creations and receive wine recommendations by professional sommeliers – it doesn’t get more Dubai than that.

Al Mahara “Oyster”, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah

One & Only The Palm – Stay by Yannick Alléno

Waldorf Astoria – Social by Heinz Beck

The gastronomic setup at One & Only The Palm with one bar, one

World-renowned, 3-star Michelin Chef Heinz

fine dining restaurant and one all day dining restaurant is probably

Beck runs an outstanding Italian restaurant

the tiniest of all resorts in Dubai but it is among the best in the en-

at the Waldorf Astoria. Featuring inviting

tire city. By opening Stay at the One & Only The Palm, the remarka-

design elements and offering innovative con-

ble culinary genius of Yannick Alléno has installed a culinary insti-

temporary Italian cuisine. The best German

tution in this intimate yet most perfect resort. Stay serves complex

cook outside of Germany is famous for his

compositions, all focussing on Alléno’s outstanding work with sau-

Italian creations, and his restaurant in Rome

ces and essences, which makes an evening aromatic experience in

has been rewarded three Michelin Stars.

its own right. A special treat is choosing your own desert and trying

“ Social ” by Heinz Beck Dubai offers a re-

one of the chocolates and candies, at the so called library of deserts

laxed yet elegant atmosphere with magnifi-

- a life cooking station, where you can choose your own desert and

cent views of Dubai, making this an ideal

watch the pastry chef’s at work – crafting dreamy compositions with

setting for every day dining and special cel-

chocolates, fruits, crèmes, mousses and cookies.

ebratory meals.

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DO NOT MISS …

Ayyam Gallery, Dubai

Sky diving, indoor skiing, shopping, a day at the beach, taking a boat out – there are a gazillion ways to spend your time in Dubai and probably equally many opportunities to marvel at beauty. Touring its futuristic buildings and countless shopping-malls are as much a part of the city as is a tour of the souks or a stop at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding.

Art Galleries Boasting with one of the most emerging art scenes in the world many art galleries have settled here and showcase exciting contemporary works by international artists and local talents. Galleries such as the outstanding Ayyam gallery, managed by the charming Maryam Ganjineh is based in the DIFC ( Dubai international Financial Center) and also has a dependence in Beirut. Art lovers should plan some time at the DIFC; here some of the best art galleries worldwide can be found and there is also a Christie’s. Art Dubai, the annual art fair in April each year has quickly become one of the most important art gatherings in the Middle East and on an international level.

Ayyam Gallery www.ayyamgallery.com Art Dubai www.artdubai.ae

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Text: Mark Robinow

MONEY FOR ART‘S SAKE!

At the end of each year the Munich-based PIN Organisation, which benefits 4 major museums in the Bavarian capital, hosts their “PIN Party” to which international artists such as Keith Sonnier, Otto Piene, Adam McEwan, Cosima von Bonin and many more donated their artwork. The charity auction raised 998,367 Euros. When this amount was announced a gentleman at the party made a donation of 2000 Euros to make it a cool million. Certainly one of the highlights was the auctioning of a limited-edition bicycle by the Munich based company “urbike”, hand painted by German Artist Stefan Szczesny. Urbike has an online shop as well as a retail space in Munich’s Türkenstrasse. On their website www.urbike.com one has a choice between 8 different super-cool bikes that you can basically design on your own in many different colors, styles, models and performance. A bespoke bicycle tailor. This hand painted limited-edition bicycle reached the incredible amount of 20,000 Euros, which was used for a project in Munich supporting refugees: the building of a bridge of understanding between displaced people and residents of Munich, and making a mark for the importance of art as an expression of human creativity, tolerance and openness beyond language and cultural barriers.

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EDITOR‘S VOICE

Andromeda, Danai Beach Resort & Villas

Private Villa at Danai Beach Resort & Villas

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Text: Mark Robinow

There is no way around it: A holiday in Greece is hard to beat. You have the culture, the food, the history, the beaches and wonderful people. And you have places like Danai Beach Resort, perfect holiday destinations, presenting themselves with a high level of hospitality – a holiday in the cloud palace at Mount Olympus itself cannot get much better.

The Resort was built 34 years ago in Sithonia, Halkidiki, one of the most

A particular treat and once in a lifetime

beautiful places in Greece. Set in a lush forest, facing a private beach, it

experience are private tours to the im-

offers luxurious accommodation in individually styled villas and suites.

pressive Mount Athos monasteries, which

There is a spa, beach cabanas, three restaurants and a Seaside Bar with a

only men are allowed to enter. Truly divine

DJ every night. Having a glass of wine at night while listening to his

food is offered in the three restaurants.

smooth jams is the true definition of holiday bliss.

There is a fine dining restaurant “Squirrel” where you can enjoy unusual flavours and

The suites and villas’s luxurious inside decoration with high-end design,

compositions alongside some of the finest

lots of white and gold, open fireplaces and jacuzzis are just the beginning.

wines in the world. A more informal yet

The real privilege of the Danai Resort is enjoying its breathtaking views.

exquisite experience is the local foods ser-

The terraces in the main building, the restaurant and the suites provide a

ved in the so called “Bachtes”, the gardens

view of the open Mediterranean Sea, a view so perfect it makes sense to sit

of Danai Beach Resort. They serve fresh

in silence for days soaking up every aspect of it, a view with the ability to

and fragrant dishes which you get to enjoy,

recharge and reform its viewers.

marvelling at the sunset. Once the night sets in, the music is turned up, there is

The set up of the private beach is very tastefully done, the view at the

dancing and informal partying under the

beach is magical, but it is also quite nice to swim out and look at the

stars – a vibe much similar to what we

beautiful beach cabanas and sun beds where you can enjoy a day at the

imagine Mount Olympus must have had.

beach in perfect style, with champagne, cocktails, barbecue, spa treatments or just simply reading a book, lying in a comfortable bed, breathing the sea breeze and listening to the waves. Living like the gods of course requires wine and at the Danai Resort, there is superb wine in abundance. The wine cellar offers 1700 labels from around the world, in the most updated cave á vin in Greece. Privileged tours complete the ideal holiday which can be had at the resort: A helicopter tour or yachting around the Halkidiki Peninsula are just two of the many ways to explore the magical surroundings of the resort.

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Danai Villa, Danai Beach Resort & Villas

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Pool at Danai Beach Resort & Villas

Maria Callas Evening, Danai Beach Resort & Villas

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THE WATCH INDUSTRY Hedging between tradition and technology

Text: Nazanin Lankarani Image: Cartier Tourbillon Mystérieux Azuré

Tag Heuer’s Connected Watch was introduced

The luxury watch industry feeds on the perpetuation of long standing tradition and the demand

with great fanfare last November by LVMH in New

for innovation.

York. Developed in close collaboration with Intel and Google, the smartwatch boasted connectivity

In the past two years, the watch world has felt the

combined with Swiss watchmaking savoir-faire.

ground shift as the first generation of smartwatches

Bulgari introduced its Diagono Magnesium, a self-

has hit the market, jolting established notions of

winding mechanical watch that incorporates an

tradition and craftsmanship. The “connected” revo-

“electronic passport.” Montblanc’s Timewalker Ur-

lution has made it painfully clear that longstanding

ban Speed Chronograph and IWC’s device known

heritage must henceforth measure itself against

as the “IWC Connect,” both incorporate smart-

technological advancements and changing lifestyles.

watch functionality. Even the jeweler De Grisogono came up with a connected watch last March at

This brave new world certainly means fresh op-

Baselworld 2016.

portunities for those who embrace innovative technologies. Apple’s first foray into watches following the

It will be interesting to see observe further shifts

launch of the Apple Watch last year was undoubted-

in focus by the watch industry going forward. For

ly the single most talked-about event of 2015 both in

now, the industry has fared well, judging by export

the tech world and the watch industry. Following in

figures published annually by the Federation of the

the footsteps of Apple, others have jumped on the smart-

Swiss Watch Industry. Exports out of Switzerland,

watch wagon.

after a record high in 2014, dropped slightly last

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year by 3.3 percent, to 21.5 billion Swiss francs, the first downturn since 2009. Time will wait for no one and Apple has not lagged in raising the bar higher. Last fall, Apple announced an audacious collaboration with the French luxury company, Hermès. The two joined forces – a first for both – to launch a new line called the “Apple Watch Hermès” in stainless steel with a reinterpreted watch face and a finely crafted, handmade leather strap. “Apple and Hermès make very different products, but they reflect a deep appreciation of quality design,” says Jonathan Ive, Apple’s chief design officer. Available in select retail shops, including both Apple and Hermès stores, since last October at a starting price tag of €1,000 (or $1,100), the Apple Hermès Watch features an etching of the Hermès signature on its Apple case and a customizable face with three exclusive dial designs inspired by existing Hermès watches. Still, not every high-end watchmaker feels concerned by the smartwatch menace. The threat of technological obsolescence – a sword of Damocles – hanging over the smartwatch, plays in favor of mechanical watches whose promise of perennial, albeit more limited, functionality puts the latter on a different playing field altogether for watch collectors, at least for the time being. Some, like Tag Heuer, have attempted to address the obsolescence issue by offering a two-year warranty at the end of which Connected Watch owners can exchange the smartwatch for a mechanical Tag Heuer piece of similar design. Short of going connected, watch brands committed to mechanical prowess certainly have not disappointed of late with redoubled creativity, perhaps partly incentivized by the added “smart” competition.

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Richard Mille Where romantic love fails, lustful statements of desire can compensate. Richard Mille’s RM 69 Erotic Tourbillon caused quite a stir when it was unveiled in Hong Kong last fall. Designed in collaboration with Audemars Piguet Renaud & Papi, the RM 69 features the new “Oracle” complication – a complex mechanism with 505 pieces that sends three engraved rollers spinning when activated by a pusher at eight o'clock. Coming to a random stop, they reveal the wearer’s innermost desire for carnal knowledge. The number “69” beyond its playful suggestiveness, indicates a power reserve of 69 hours. “The name is a clear affirmation of the creative longing to reveal our most secret intentions in all their glory,” Richard Mille explains. “Designers of yore played with the theme of ‘libertinism’ by mechanically recreating suggestive scenes,” Mr. Mille recalls. “Because they broke with conservative moral, religious, and political customs, these objects were often banned and confiscated. But like all forbidden love, their pleasure was enjoyed away from prying eyes.” The propositions intimated by the RM 69 include “let me kiss you tonight,” and “I want to caress you madly,” with additional foreplay suggestions to be revealed to lucky buyers for a mere €788,500 (745,000 Swiss francs), for an edition of 30 and available exclusively in Richard Mille boutiques.

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Patek Philippe Among its 2016 novelties, Patek Philippe, the brand that celebrated its 175th anniversary in 2014, introduced a new World Time Chronograph in its Baselworld 2016 lineup. The Ref. 5930G adds a chronograph to the world time complication, a seductive timepiece for the world traveler. The Ref. 5930G will be available this summer, priced 65,000 Swiss francs ($73,712). A year ago, Patek had also pushed the envelope with an unexpected pilot’s watch, the Ref. 5524G, known as the Calatrava Pilot Travel Time. The launch came as a surprise to most Patek lovers, in part because the brand had not produced a pilot’s watches for over a half-century. Part of the elegant Calatrava collection, the timepiece is designed with a 42-milimeter diameter and visible, luminous hands, brushed white gold case and textured blue dial. The automatic movement powers a date function and a dual-time with an adjustable GMT hand for a second time zone. The reference is priced at 42,000 Swiss francs ($43,000).

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Panerai In the intensely masculine category, the Italian brand, Panerai, traces its history back to 1860 as a supplier of measuring instruments and diving watches to the Italian Marine. It celebrates this year the 80th birthday of the iconic Radiomir, the first prototype of which was made in 1936 for military divers. For the occasion, Panerai has launched the Radiomir 1940 Three Days Automatic Accaciao with a rather original white dial, a stainless steel case with polished finish, 42 mm in diameter and only 10.93 mm thick, priced at €9,700 ($11,700).

Cartier Rich with a long-standing heritage in both high jewelry and watchmaking, Cartier introduced perhaps what will stand as the most beautiful timepiece of the year, the Tourbillon Mystérieux Azuré pendant watch, a oneof-a-kind marvel of jeweled watchmaking. An indefinable object of beauty, the piece, shaped like a butterfly with outstretched sapphire wings on a diamond-studded body features a transparent dial with a “mysterious” double tourbillon, seemingly suspended in the void, a hint at Cartier’s tradition of mysterious clocks. A diamond-set chain bearing a detachable 25.93-carat oval sapphire from Sri Lanka also recalls the Maison’s love for transformable jewelry. With the future at their doorstep, even luxury watch brand well poised to face it finds itself at a crossroads in today’s new landscape. Along for the ride, watch lovers are surely in for an exciting journey as the industry seeks new ways for traditional craftsmanship to cohabitate with technology.

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Nobu Matsuhisa

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HE DOES IT AGAIN …

Text: Mark Robinow

Japanese born and L.A. based superstar cook Nobu Matsuhisa is for sure the absolute überchef of the last 25 years for lovers of Japanese / South American food. The beginning of his incredible success story took place in L.A., where he opened his first restaurant named Matsuhisa (his family name) and to this day the top Japanese restaurant in Los Angeles. It is heard that Hollywood Icon Robert De Niro, a regular in his restaurant, approached him and became partners with him at his second restaurant, which he opened in New York’s buzzing Tribeca neighborhood. Today it’s still one of the top restaurants in the big apple. In the meantime Nobu Matsuhisa has a collection of restaurants around the globe called Nobu or Matsuhisa, and every single one of them is not only super successfull and of exquisite quality, but each has its own superb styling. His latest edition to this incredible collection of high-end eateries is based in the recently fabulously renewed Mandarin Oriental Munich. Munich’s foremost hotel has definitely hit the jackpot not only by opening Matsuhisa restaurant, but by hiring the world-renowned interior architect Colin Finnegan of Amsterdam and Dubai based FGSTIJL. Colin was in charge of completely redoing the hotel’s new ground and first floor and to top it all, the Matsuhisa, which is cutting edge elegance at its best. The line-up of guests that one sees regularly is quite impressive. Starting from Bayern Munich’s top players to actors and big industry CEOs to models and their entourage. 53


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Sushi Bar at mandarin Oriental

Private Dining at Nobu‘s Table, Mandarin Oriental

In my humble opinion, this is definitely the best Japanese influenced food in Germany, and Munich has given it its deserved location and attention within the Mandarin Oriental hotel. The signature dishes like the famous “Black Cod” or the “Teriyaki Beef ” or the “Kohlrabi Appetizer” are just to die for. And even the Japanese influenced dessert “Mochi” is like no other ice cream you have ever tried before. The place is buzzing and happening like nobody’s business. Be sure to book a table well in advance and ask for an 8:30 pm sitting; it will give you as much time as you need. Private Dining at Nobu‘s Table, Mandarin Oriental www.mandarinoriental.de/munich/fine-dining

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ON THE PATHS OF HERITAGE AND INDULGENCE Travelling South Africa Text: MamĂŠ Gamamy

Steaming with icy clouds, the divine pear sorbet platters highlight our first dinner in the sophisticated setting of the Azure Restaurant at the Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa, and set the standard for an outstanding 8-day pleasure journey through the Western Cape of South Africa.

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From our spacious seaside suite terrace, we are dazzled by the spectacular view of the sunset, which gleams in an uncany intensity, as well as the glittering lights of Cape Town, that are only a 15-minute ride away. Nestled at the Atlantic edge and flanked by the majestic Table Mountain and Twelve Apostles Mountain range, the renowned five star boutique hotel, The Twelve Apostles, is a true retreat of luxury and tranquility. Starting from our wonderful hideaway, out we went on a round trip to the Cape of Good Hope. At Boulders Beach we watch a thriving colony of African penguins dozing

African penguins

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on sun-warmed rocks amidst a residential area. Then we head towards the lush National Botanical Gardens in Kirstenbosch. It impresses with its large variety of South Africa’s national flower Protea as well as various bronze art sculptures by South African artists. As we relish our delicious dinner at the Seafood restaurant The Codfather in Camps Bay, Alain Winde, Minister of Economics of the Western Cape, also points out the importance of local art by the example of the new Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, planned to open at the end of 2016 at Cape Town’s Waterfront. The next day, our journey continues northward. After a stopover at the West Coast National Park with its eclectic bird life and colorful flower fields, and the turquoise Lange-

baan Lagoon – a famous weekend getaway – we arrive at The Strandloper Ocean Hotel. Hidden away behind the dunes of the quaint little fishing village of Paternoster, director Simone Jacke and her heart-warming team welcome us in a place close to paradise. The award winning Strandloper Ocean Hotel is a coastal destination with immeasurable charm. True to its philosophy of being in harmony with nature, the small ensemble of 14 rooms and suites perfectly blends into the delicate beauty of the surroundings. The hotel pays tribute to the Strandlopers – the San-derived people who chose this coastline to live in harmony with the environment. The design elements are handpicked artworks made by local artists and craftsmen.

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After a peaceful night at the gentle roar of the surf, we head further north into the magnificent Cederberg Mountains. As we approach Clanwilliam, the captivating scent of Rooibos is in the air. Instead of our usual wine tasting habit, which we quickly adopted at the beginning of our journey, we walk on the wild side and go for some tea tasting at the Rooibos Factory. Stacked with tea, just a few miles later, we arrive at the Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat – a truly mystical oasis amidst the Cederberg Mountains with its wide open plains, sandstone formations and an abundance of flora and fauna. The 16 guest rooms of the main lodge are loosely spread into the nature. So it’s not sur-

Bushmans Kloof at the Cederberg Mountains

prising that we are greeted by a curious eland and an ostrich the next day at breakfast.

Outdoor spa with view

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Naturally, we cannot miss making a halt in the small city of Tulbagh in the District Cape Winelands. We drive through the famous Church Street with its restored Victorian thatched houses and stop right in front of the Reader’s Restaurant. The restaurant is renowned of the daily alternating homemade cuisine by the outstanding Chef Carol Collins. Invigorated with the best Boboti and a selection of Saronsberg wines, we pro-

Grand Dédale Country House

ceed southwards to Grand Dédale Country House.

Nestled at the end of a tranquil valley below the historic Bainskloof Pass, the elegantly restored Cape Dutch Manor House on the Doolhof Wine Estate is just the way you would imagine a gorgeous colonial mansion, offering an exclusive five star accommodation with a 15-meter pool and a pampering spa area.

15 x 3 metre salt water pool

Lady Anne Barnard - suite

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After a bit of a windy night under the thatched roof of the Grand Dédale, we continue our indulgence tour towards the sea. Not without stopping at another wonderful winery – the Bouchard Finlayson Wine Estate set in the maritime wine region of Walker Bay. After trying all of the wines here we take off towards our final destination of the trip – the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve. At only two hours from Cape Town, Grootbos Private Nature Reserve offers an unparalleled nature experience within a sound Fynbos landscape and an astonishing view on the Atlantic. From a weekend family retreat with only 123 hectares, Grootbos rapidly grew into a 2,500 hectares botanical treasure with over 700 plant species, some of which were firstly discovered on that land. No wonder that we feel like we truly found the Garden of Eden of our impressive journey through the Western Cape.

Seal colony - island close to Grootbos

Grootbos birdlife

If you are planning a trip to south Africa be sure to check out the 12 Apostles Hotel in Capetown, which will be more than happy to assist in any daytrips or even longer excursions similar to the above. A good source for information is also the South African tourism board at www.southafrica.net

for more information visit: www.12apostleshotel.com www.strandloperocean.com www.bushmanskloof.co.za www.granddedale.com www.grootbos.com www. hyltonross.co.za

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THE METAMORPHOSIS OF A COSMOPOLITAN BAVARIAN

Outside pool, Hotel Bachmair Weissach

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Text: John Robinow

Superficially it might seems like an old story: a successful local hungers for new challenges, goes out into the world and is ultimately inspired by an idea that takes him back to his roots – and recreates the local and the locality, the picture-postcard-perfect Bavarian lake Tegernsee about half an hour´s drive from Munich.

Korbinian Kohler is a scion of the family that operates one of

as contemporary: spacious rooms that show their

the world’s oldest and most acclaimed paper manufacturers,

provenence, a cool and beautiful bar / lounge, the

the Büttenpapierfabrik Gmund. Should you feel that this

exquisite Japanese restaurant “Mizu”, a spa and

name rings a distant bell you’re either a dyed-in-the-cellulose

indoor-outdoor pools. In Artology’s only slightly bia-

bibliophile – or you always watch the Oscars: the famous

sed opinion the Bavarian fare offered by the ho-

envelopes are made in Gmund.

tel’s main restaurant is second to none: traditionally prepared high-quality ingredients prepared by a

About 10 years ago KK resigned from the family business to

master chef. A further simultaneous project of the

start his own ventures, and his inquisitive search for new pro-

peripatetic Mr. Kohler is a multi-purpose event

jects took him to England, the US and a few of the outer rea-

and exhibition hall adjacent to the hotel, which

ches of the known world – only to bring him home again with

hosts concerts, exhibitions, corporate and private

the mission to bring the world to Bavaria by offering the world

events, etc.

Bavarian hos- pitality at its best: he would renovate and rejuviKorbinian Kohler’s quest to create a showcase

nate a century-old hotel site and equip it with the best local offerings to be found. The result of this three-year labor of love

for distinctively Bavarian accomplishments has

is the astounding Hotel Bachmair Weissach, in the lakeside

fruited beyond any reasonable expectations. And

town of the same name.

if you now suspect that we might be prone to a bit of exaggeration due to neighborly proximity – find out for yourself how worthy of praise and just how

Artology had the opportunity for a chat with KK while we were shown the hotel. “I definitely wanted to present the quin-

deserving of its success the Bachmair-Weissach

tessence of Bavaria” he told us, “its typical materials and intri-

is. A not at all common case of a dream come true

cate workmanship, its varied foods and entrenched hospitality

could easily provide you with the same.

– but Bavaria with a twist”. The “twist” resulted in what is now surely the most desirable hotel on the lake, with facilities that are authentic as well

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ART OF SCENT

Text: Sonja Hartung

Some people believe, scents secretly rule our lives. They have influence on our behaviour, our emotions and our choice of partners or friends. Apart from that, they have the ability to teleport us straight into situations; to people or places that our conscious mind has forgotten about ages ago – a powerful experience that can be quite startling at times.

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WOOD

The German-Canadian perfumer Deana Wyland-Fries, creator

So far, so good. But isn’t “a balanced soul ”, or its opposite,

of the innovative Essence of Chi series, takes the importance

something very individual? The result of a myriad of expe-

of scents even further. According to her, they have the ability

riences, we have collected in the course of our lives? According

to balance our souls and thus, to influence how we live our

to Deana, that’s only part of the story. She explains it this way:

lives and even how successful we are, which is why she created a series of perfumes, called ‘Elementals’. The five very pure

“Each individual is born with a specific element that governs

fragrances represent the elements water, wood, fire, earth and

their lives and influences their appearance, their character,

metal and have the power to calm us down, give us energy;

life choices and their health. If this ‘self-element’ suffers from

to raise our self-confidence or whatever else it is we need in

an imbalance, so do we! We become uncomfortable, stressed

order to gain our balance back.

and lack the inner harmony needed to cope with every day challenges.”

Deana Wyland-Fries

more deeply, its fundament: The ancient Chinese Theory of the 5 Elements. This theory connects everything on earth to the elements water, wood, fire, earth and metal. It is the foundation of traditional Chinese medicine and for centuries, it was naturally connected to every aspect of life – be it health, living, diet, career or even love life.

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EARTH

“The energy that the fragrance, i.e. the missing element, gives back to people literally lights up their faces.” “I have witnessed instant relaxation, sparkles of energy, eyes beaming with confidence … It is these moments that confirm, we’re on the right track; that our Essences can actually make a difference in peoples’ lives and change the way they approach fragrance.” As with every form of art, we might just have to open up for it, in order to discover a whole new world, even if it’s an invisible one.

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SOFT POWER WHAT? Text: Florian Wupperfeld & Ngaire Blankenburg

Gugenheim Museum, New York

Museum Mohammed 6 of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rabat

Florian Wupperfeld

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Why is it that some trips are forgotten almost as soon as they are posted on Instagram, Soft Power Destinations: Beyond Instagram Moments while others linger on – changing the way you think or react to the world? In the age of low cost airlines and weekend getaways, we search for those unique travel moments that make us catch our breath at the sheer delight of really, truly experiencing something new, something meaningful.

The destinations that stick have soft power – influence on

cial movements – like the 2014 pro democracy Umbrella

what we do and do not think, only because they are trendy

Movement in Hong Kong.

or fun or pretty, but because of their excellence, their releSustainability and relevance are the two words that Aida

vance, their sustainability and their legitimacy.

Dellal describes as being at the center of her effort to restore What do these words mean within a global context? Does

Fawley Court – a 17th century English manor house on the river

legitimacy mean the same thing in the USA as it does in China?

Thames that inspired the famed Toad Hall from “The Wind in

Can something be relevant to a 70-year old retired investment

the Willows”. “I am not English” said the Iranian philanthropist,

banker and to a 24-year old fashion student? And how do these

“it would be strange for me to fill the building with portraits of

words translate concretely to a decision not only to visit, but

my family – nor do I have any”. Aida Dellal spoke of how she

to return, and tell everyone you know. This was the subject of

wants to attract people to Fawley Court because of events and

the inaugural Soft Power Destinations Salon last month in Do-

conversations that are interesting and relevant to the diverse

ha, Qatar, as part of the New York Times, Art for Tomorrow

people of England today, and because of her commitment to

conference.

restoring the house whilst also making it 100% self-sufficient in terms of energy.

“Soft power cannot be imposed from above”, said Aric Chen, curator of Art and Design at the new M+ museum of visual cul-

No conversation about sustainability is complete without

ture in Hong Kong which is due to open in 2019. “It is better if it

acknowledging the very real challenges many museums face to

is not named at all”. Chen remembered a few years ago, when

mount excellent exhibitions and public programs, pay their staff

he was creative director of Beijing Design Work, and ‘soft power’

and interns properly while at the same time being accessible to

was a directive, not a suggestion.

as broad a cross-section of people as possible. Deyan Sudjic, Director of London’s Design Museum knows only too well the ongoing debate of whether or not museums should charge ad-

“Soft power comes about when there is trust.“

mission fees-particularly when they are facing ever-increasing rounds of budget cuts. Can a museum that many people can’t visit because it is too expensive – or a museum that underpays its workers – still be said to have soft power no matter how great the visit? To what degree do a museum’s funding sources impact its legitimacy? Who is influencing whom? As, arguably, one of the world’s most famous artists, Jeff Koons is no stranger to soft power. His public sculptures are a major

Now at M+ they work on creating an environment for hard conversations – like a recent talk: M+ Matters: Confronting Ac-

attraction to travelers wishing to be awed at the Guggenheim in

tivist Art and Design from a Museological Perspective in which

Bilbao or at various exhibitions throughout the world; and his

panelists discussed art arising from civil disobedience and so-

name and work are known far beyond the art world. Can collect-

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ing the work of an influential artist confer soft power on an institution or a collector? What role does the context within which the work is exhibited play in its long lasting influence? The conversation was exciting, peppered with some challenges, anecdotes and validations from the audience, and will be continued … Soft Power Destinations helps commercial and cultural organizations transform their ability to have direct impact in their community and to become a memorable and influential destination. Through our salons, we raise the issues, explore key themes

Design Museum Holon

and risks and consider how other cultural leaders have addressed the challenges within their communities. Soft Power Destinations is an initiative by Lord Cultural Resources and Leading Culture Destinations.

If you want to activate the soft power of your destination by hosting a Soft Power Destinations Salon in which some key players apply their minds to your unique challenges, please contact: florian@leadingculturedestinations.com

About Naire Blankenberg: European Director of Lord Cultural Resources, TED speaker, co-author of Cities, ‘Museums and Soft Power‘ and 2016 jury member of the Leading Culture Destinations Awards which will be hosted in London in late September 2016.

Aric Chen (M+ HK) Deyan Sudjic (dir Design Musuem Ldn) Jeff Koons, Aida Dellal (Fawley Court) Gail Lord, Florian Wupperfeld, Ngaire Blankenberg, Aidan Walker on the far right

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DETACHED It’s a feeling that lasts only a split-second … Text: Stefan Jäger Photo: Echo/Cultura/GI

… in a world that overwhelms and manipulates our senses in so many different ways, this feeling might as well go unnoticed. But those who have come to recognize this sensation also have come to cherish it: For a moment during take off the plane is almost undecided if it is ready to leave earth. But somewhere up front on the flight deck a human being is commanding it upwards, into the skies. Pulling the yoke – the control column of an airplane – inevitably detaches the jet from the surface and as famous French author and aviator Antoine Saint Exupéry once wrote “the tyranny of petty things”. Some getaways are more special than others. Most recently EUROP STAR, a privately owned private aviation company based in Austria and Malta, was faced with the ultimate mission: A trip around the world, conducted for an esteemed long term customer – 59 days, more than 40 locations. “It’s what anyone in aviation dreams and hopes to do in their lifetime,” says Commander Werner Welz, the company’s founder, chief executive officer and pilot with a life-long passion for flying. What started as a dream quickly turned into a painstakingly complex riddle of numbers. EUROP STAR’s team was given only six months to solve it.

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A cool breeze blew across the tarmac of Vienna International

Klagenfurt • Vienna • Lisbon • Ponta Delgada • Funchal • Praia •

Airport as the owner – who agreed to this story under the condi-

Sao Goncalo do Amarante • Rio de Janeiro • Manaus • Guayaquil

tion of anonymity – and his guests made their way to the stairs

• Quito • Galapagos • San Salvador • Las Vegas • San Francisco •

of the jet waiting for them. In the cockpit a man diligently ran the

Smithers • Anchorage • Cold Bay • Tokyo • Andersen Air Force

checklists. Commander Welz himself would command the jet.

• Base • Majuro • Honolulu • Kailua-Kona • Kiritimati • Nuku’alofa •

The wait was over; the riddle had been resolved.

Wellington • Hobart • Melbourne • Ayers Rock • Derby • Surabaya • Udon Thani • Colombo • Male • Seychelles • Antananarivo • Dodoma • Addis Ababa • Iraklion • Vienna

More than two hundred kilometers South, in an inconspicuous office building, a flipchart had only one thing on it: a large

The owner had requested a westbound routing, crossing

zero. In the months leading up to this day a team of six flight planning experts had been working on the trip almost exclusi-

the Atlantic Ocean first to South America then along the United

vely. Route charts hung from their white office walls.

States’ West Coast pushing north for Alaska before turning westward onto Asia and Africa.

By now the planning team knew the invisible aerial superhighways by heart. Their client’s dream had turned into their

OPEN WATER

personal quest for perfection. Dozens of overflight and landing

Almost all pilots will readily testify that flying over open water is

permissions had been filed and received. Next to charts, cover-

an almost mystical experience. Even if with today’s modern jets

ing almost the entirety of the wall was what they rather consid-

and their extremely reliable engines it remains one of the few re-

ered a piece of art than a flight plan:

maining adventures in modern aviation.

Commander Werner Welz on Europ Star's Citation XLS, receiving final clearance before take-off to Udon Thani, Thailand

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Photo of Commander Werner Welz's approach on Dodoma, Tansania

“Preparing for a long leg is one thing. But commanding a flight

“Truth to be told, it was the second time we planned such a trip.

across an ocean is something entirely different. I vividly remem-

But this doesn’t take anything away from the magic. Quite con-

ber touching down after those long hours over open water thinking

trary it’s harder the second time because by then you know what

that at some point the airplane transcends being a machine and

can go wrong. But the reward is that word gets around – it’s a

becomes a living being that carries you between worlds,” adds

testimony to what EUROP STAR can do as a company, first and

Commander Welz.

foremost as a team,” said Commander Welz.

While planning was the main focus on the flight deck up

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front, the passengers in the back of the plane were busy sharing

A few weeks later the phone rang. A man discreetly introduced

their impressions of a big world that had suddenly become small:

himself and started talking about a dream he had for a long time

the shimmer of Portugal disappearing into the night, then Cape

– a trip around the world resulting in EUROP STAR’s third world

Verde, a tiny speck in the ocean, Brazil’s coastline, the blinding

trip presently in the making.

lights of the Las Vegas sin bin and ultimately again the vast void of the Pacific and the seemingly endless savanna of Africa.

THE COMPANY EUROP STAR known for its proven security, efficiency and reliability is based in Klagenfurt, Austria with a sister company in

Almost exactly 100 flight hours after they had departed, plane and crew returned safely back to Vienna International Airport. It

Malta with currently a team of more than a 100 people who success-

was more than a simple return to their point of origin. A circle had

fully fly, manage and charter jets for its own account as well as for

closed and it included those in the cockpit, the cabin and on the

the account of third party owners, all based in and around the

ground that had first dreamed and then translated it into reality.

European Union.

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Breakfast with Ostriches

Text: Sonja Hartung

Staying in Berlin Tiergarten used to be rather mundane: uninteresting architecture and business hotels far from the hotspots. When Eastern Berlin thrived in the 1990 s and became the definition of urban hipness, Berlin’s diplomatic quarter took a beauty nap. Today however it is awake and buzzingly back, with a number of fantastic locations and exciting hotels. Das Stue – oddly pronounced Danish “das Shtuhe” - is the

colour range, with your morning coffee. However that´s

most exquisite one, located in the former Danish embassy,

not the only aesthetic delight offered by this unusual

with its breakfast terrace facing the ostrich enclosure of

hotel. Originally built in the 1930’s, Das Stue’s diplomatic

Berlin’s zoo. Not only do they serve an outstanding

legacy is reflected in the heritage buildings stately

breakfast – probably the best you can get in the city but

architecture and modernist façade, designed by Berlin’s

also, in the summer time, you get to observe the fascinat-

KadeWe-architect Johann Emil Schaudt and inspired by

ing creatures, in perfect harmony with the hotel’s design

Danish classicism

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Das Stue entrance hall – the crocodile’s head of French artist Quentin Garel

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Michelin-starred Cinco restaurant by Paco Pérez

H U N T E R S & GAT H E R E R S

While Patricia Urquiola artistically directed and designed all public spaces, and fluidly integrated shared spaces such as the lobby, cocktail bar and restaurants, LVG Arquitectura finalized the interior room and suite design. It is a reference to the city, its history and its location. Sculptures of zoo animals, crocodiles, turtles and antelopes are a vital part of the decoration, embodying the modernist’s love affair with urban life and reminding us of the ironic role nature has to play in cities. The culinary experiences offered at Das Stue are an outstanding treasure even within the ambitious Berlin food scene. Its avant-garde Spanish chef Paco Pérez conceptualized it. Surrounding a show kitchen – whose 30 employees are visible through tinted glass – is Das Stue’s fine-dining restaurant, Cinco, which received a Michelin star within a year of opening. Also the five-star property boasts an extraordinary art collection. The public areas display a curated selection of fashion photography and portraits. Most of the photographs are from the 50’s and 60’s, featuring iconic personalities who helped shape and define current aesthetics, and forged today’s styles. Guests can marvel at black and white works from the likes of Horvat, Steichen or Newton, commissioned from magazines like Harper’s Bazaar or Vogue, as well as distinctly private shots of movie stars like Dorian Leigh, Marilyn Monroe and Marlene Dietrich, captured by Penn, Avedon or Horst.

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All public areas display a curated selection of artwork


Bedroom penthouse suite

Interior design by Patricia Urquiola

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VILLA KUBU

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Bali’s best kept little secret

Text: Ming Liu

Southern Bali’s Seminyak Beach may be famous for its scene-stealing buzz, its super-trendy beach clubs and ultra-hip restaurants, but for those seeking a quiet sanctuary that is still within the orbit of the hubbub, Villa Kubu is just the ticket. A breezy five-minute cycle ride from the famed Indonesia beach, the 17-villa resort is the labour of love of an enterprising Australian-Irish couple. What began as a cosy two-villa hideaway has been over the years gently and gradually expanded by owner Dee Mytton, yet without losing any of its original charm, exceptional service and attention to detail. A recent revamp of all the villas – which range from one to three bedrooms – is now more reason than ever to book in. And pronto.

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Every villa comes with its own private pool, verdant tropical

an extensive menu of treatments, but all are carried

garden, indoor and outdoor living spaces and dining room.

out in the privacy of one’s villa, too.

Peppered with Balinese art and local, architectural features, some also have indulgent outdoor showers or soaking baths,

And nor does the concierge stop within the walls

and all feature the full-range of techy bells and whistles: air

of Villa Kubu. The resort is, after all, situated just un-

conditioned rooms, Wi-Fi, surround sound, Bluetooth spea-

der 2km from one of Indonesia’s most famous and po-

kers and a fully-stocked movie library. The villa kitchens are

pular beaches, with no shortage of activities to hand.

all fully equipped.

Balinese culture – art, dance, music, spice markets and local ceremonies at temples among them – can be

Villa Kubu’s restaurant’s forte is organic, locally sourced

experienced first hand at the dramatic, volcanic lands

cuisine, such as a Sogo Ayam slow-cooked fiery chicken soup,

of Kintamani, for example. Or for the more adventur-

a hearty beef rendang or piquant pan-seared barramundi with

ous and sporting, the gamut of water activities can be

torched ginger-flower relish. But old-time classics can also be

arranged (surfing, scuba diving, jet skiing, parasail-

ordered should cravings call: margarita pizza, Caesar salad or

ing or banana boating to name a few), plus cycling or

a “naughty” burger with melted cheddar, mozzarella and bacon

horse riding along the beach. Father afield, there is an

(hangover, anyone?).

elephant safari park and golf club. Whatever one’s preference, whim or fancy, Villa

Service, ultimately, is at the heart of Villa Kubu, and a 24hour concierge is available at one’s fingertips – no matter how

Kubu is the perfect base for which to experience it

big or small the request. It could be as simple as arranging one

– and all the wonders of this hot-spot destination.

of the resort’s half-day cooking classes or delivering fresh popcorn to accompany a movie-night in; or as decadent as organising a party in one’s villa complete with private chef, bar and Balinese dancers. The concierge is also on hand to book spa appointments,

One bedroom villa with pool

of which should not be missed at Villa Kubu. Not only is there

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Artology cannot resist looking into the minds of some of the creative heads of our time à la Marcel Proust  …  though we did change the questions just a bit.

GREG GORMAN Photograph

Interview: Mark Robinow

What is your biggest vice? Shooting my personal work where I aim to please myself first and foremost! I don’t have to answer to anyone else! What is your idea of being creative? For me, being creative is stepping outside one’s comfort zone and taking chances. Which is your favorite city in the world? Bologna … best kept secret ( until now )! Best food, wine and people! What more could anyone ask and the best vibe as well. Who is your favorite artist? William Shakespeare – simply for the fact that he has more than endured the test of time and inspired more modern day interpretations of his work than any other writer in history. Which historical figure do you most admire? Certainly it would have been Steven Jobs. He truly brought digital communication to new heights with all of his inventive technology preceded only by Thomas Edison. Which other talent would you most like to have? I wish I could draw and paint as I truly appreciate those arts! What is your favorite occupation? My favorite occupation is making wine … something I began in 2006. Whats your life motto? Never grow up or you will become jaded!

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ART

THE BIGGER PICTURE Text: Sonja Hartung

Art, literature, music – many things we find intriguing or fascinating draw their allure from the multiple layers that reveal themselves, once we peer behind the façade and discover the stories; the meanings and intentions behind the obvious. The same applies to couture. It reflects social contexts, expresses attitude or points out shortcomings. And it tells the stories of the dedicated and skilled people working in the background – the sewers, designers and manufacturers. One of them is the Italy-based wool manufacturer Reda, a remarkable company lead by the Botto Poala family, with a turbulent history of 150 years and high-class clients from all over the world. Armani, Hugo Boss, Dolce & Gabbana and Ermenegildo Zegna are only few of them. Celebrating the 150th birthday of the company, Reda has

Pinkhassov, Mark Power and Alex Majoli, manage to bring the

appointed five photographers of the highly decorated Mag-

different worlds of the company’s operation together, from the

num agency to shine a light on the various facets of their

care for the precious sheep and the hard work at the Australian

production; to document the faces, stories and processes that

merino wool farms, via the industrial processes in the wool

have led Reda to be one of the most successful manufactur-

mill in Vale Mosso to the creativity and intuition of the designers,

ers of fine fabric in the world. The result is a stunning collec-

who blend quality and sophistication into chromatically-sophisti-

tion of photographs, showing five very different views on

cated concepts, reinterpreting classic tailoring to emphasize the

Reda’s production, its history and the successful symbiosis

essence of the fabric, as well as the elegance of Italian lifestyle.

of high-tech and refined craftsmanship. Paolo Pellegrin shows dramatic landscapes from a bird’s eye view and detailed animal close-ups in black and white. He

The series, shot by Olivia Arthur, Paolo Pellegrin, Gueorgui

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addresses the importance of scale and perspective

His shots combine varied subjects – people, objects, workplaces, the

in photography by showing both, the bigger picture

products crafted there – captured from unconventional perspectives. They

and the tiniest details of the farm work and life.

often seem to be shot secretly and intend to tell minimalistic stories, a fine-tuned series inspiring its viewer’s imagination.

Olivia Arthur’s photographs showcase the noble fabric crafted in the mill; the magical gestures and

As a whole, the project “150” is a significant tribute to textile art, through

routinized strokes of work of the people manufactur-

the art of photography. Faces, landscapes, processes and timeless gestures

ing the materials. She manages to capture intimate

come together in a visual showcase which is both real and emotional, des-

moments between human beings and their handi-

cribing commitment and drive, clouds of white wool and complex proces-

craft. Her photographs transport motion and energy;

ses, the workers’ expressions and the refined sensations of the most elegant

the synergy between pace, experience and precision

fabrics, which step out of the Biella mill straight onto the catwalks of the

becomes almost tangible.

world’s leading luxury and fashion brands.

Alex Majoli shines a light on the people work-

During the anniversary year 2015 the photographs have been shown at

ing at the farm and in the mill. He analyses the cor-

exclusive exhibitions in Milan, London, New York and Berlin and are now the

relation between subject and environment through

subject of a the wonderful photography book “150”, created in collaboration

his lens and picks up elements of mutual definition

with Magnum and the Woolmark Company.

and understanding. Mark Power’s approach is the orchestration of machines like abstract pieces of modern art; their settings turn into involuntary museums in permanent motion. He zooms in on technology’s sharp lines and celebrates the symbiosis between man and machine.

Gueorgui Pinkhassov

Gueorgui Pinkhassov’s work is all about detail.

Alex Majoli

See more of Reda 1865 www.reda1865.com Magnum Photos: www.magnumphotos.com

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