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“This spring’s trends are all about bright colours: the more, the better.”
136 contents A word from Rezidor 18 Embracing new and colourful ideas.
Travel, design, food, wine, fashion, beauty, watches, motor.
Colours for life 47
Riviera Reverie 102
Sealed with a Kiss 80
The In Transit amenity line by This Works is revitalising guests at Radisson Blu hotels around the world.
We met in-demand actress Scarlett Johansson to talk about first fights, celebrity culture and her Scandi roots.
Colours are all around us, and affect our mood and behaviour. We explore our vivid, vibrant world.
Street artist Fru Bugge reveals the creative techniques and inspiration behind her vibrant collages.
Natural Wonders 50
Three rainbow-hued marvels from the world of nature.
From Nice to Marseille.
Colourful Cuisine 56
Private jets 95
Four tables, four colours, endless possibilities.
In Madrid we find a city filled to the brim with architectural wonders and culinary delights.
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A distinctly first class experience.
In this issue we take a closer look at two European giants: Air France and Finnair.
Haute couture in classic surroundings.
Up & Coming 115
Colourful people 116
Jan Spooren, Carlson Rezidor’s Director, People Development, knows a thing or two about working with people.
Design trends 119
Z took in the sights at Il Salone del Mobile and talked trends for 2014.
Child’s play 127
How to tackle the big city with your little ones.
Discover the opulence of Oman The Sultanate of Oman is the jewel of the Arabian peninsula. You can explore bustling traditional markets, discover stunning natural beauty, stay in luxurious 5-star beach resorts or be a guest in the tents of Bedouins â€“ whatever you choose to do, the warm Omani hospitality will make your stay unforgettable.
Beauty has an address For more information, please contact: Sultanate of Oman Ministry of Tourism, c/o Interface International GmbH, Karl-Marx-Allee 91 A, 10243 Berlin, Germany Tel: +49 (0) 30-42 08 39 48 E-Mail: email@example.com www.oman.travel
“This leviathan of a car weighs in at over two tons, but it feels more like a go-cart on the Alp roads” Motor, page 161
161 Where to eat 129
Wazaca brings Mexican scents and tastes to Finland.
What’s on 131
Highlights from around the world.
Show your colours 136
Z Magazine proudly presents its most vibrant photo shoot yet, as make-up artist Nina Patro turns a model into an explosion of bombastic colours.
Sustainable success 147 Entrepreneur and founder of Sustainable Brand Insights, Erik Hedén, reveals why 2014 has been the biggest year ever for sustainability.
We chart the rise and rise of the nicest man in fashion, Sir Paul Smith, from boyhood to knighthood and beyond.
Architecture & Design 155
131 “The most important thing is always the script. If I fall for it, then I say yes.”
The historical city of Lund gets a bold new hotel with a cornucopia of colours and the best view in town: the Park Inn by Radisson Lund.
We took six of the finest Audis ever made on a spectacular road trip over the Alps to the sunny Riviera.
Le Menu, Tack!, Small Architecture Now!, The Son, The Almost Nearly Perfect People: The Truth About the Nordic Miracle
Grace of Monaco, The Raid 2: Berandal, Divergent, Enough Said
Coldplay, Jill Johnsson, Bloom Twins, Fatboy Slim
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Titanfall, Infamous: Second Son, Dark Souls II, South Park: The Stick of Truth
The Volvo PV544 is a desirable, drivable piece of history.
+MODO We don‘t just look at kitchens, we live and feel them. Our +MODO introduces sensuous emotions to the world of the kitchen, the interplay of open and closed elements places your favourite objects in stimulating open spaces. Hide and reveal as the mood takes you to keep the attention on your furniture and treasures. The kitchen is now the platform for a journey of constant discovery. poggenpohl.com
STOCKHOLM Birger Jarlsg. 34, Tel 08-679 65 20, www.stockholm.poggenpohl.com GÖTEBORG Sofierog. 3G, Tel 031-40 24 00, www.branddesigncenter.se KÖPENHAMN Esplanaden 1 Tel +45-33 93 55 59, www.poggenpohl.com OSLO Lysaker Brygge 26, Tel +47-67 10 43 20, www.poggenpohl.com ESPOO Keittiömaailma, Martinkuja 10, www.poggenpohl.com (Opening soon)
a word from carlson rezidor
When the editorial team and I were working on the theme for this issue, Carlson Rezidor just announced two new brands, Quorvus Collection and Radisson Red, which will add more colour and experiences to the hospitality industry. We understand that colour is a powerful communication tool and a creative way to achieve a silent and impactful dialog with our guests. Blue is calming, relaxing and serene, red is passionate and raises oneâ€™s energy level, yellow captures the joy of sunshine and communicates Angelica Montez de Oca happiness, green is refreshing, purple is creative and draDirector PR & Communication, Nordic, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. firstname.lastname@example.org matic and orange evokes energy, enthusiasm and excitement. These colours are reflected throughout our hotels around the world. Colours embrace the emotions we would like our guests to experience when staying at our hotels. Our first dual-branded hotel in the Nordics, Radisson Blu and Park Inn by Radisson, Alna Oslo, Norway as well as the recently opened Park Inn by Radisson Lund, Sweden, have creatively introduced living walls that make a bold visual statement and bring the colours and shapes of outdoor nature indoors. Life is full of countless colours, the big and small things that bring us happiness, such as spending time with colleagues, family and friends. The feeling of delivering great hospitality, having satisfied guests and creating unique visual and emotional experiences is reflected in our Adding Colour to Life guest service provided at our Park Inn by Raidsson hotels. Spring is just around the corner; this wonderful time of year when we are inspired by the beauty of nature. It is time to embrace new ideas, look forward to new horizons and add colour to our lives.
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at last, a watch that adjusts to all 39 time zones on earth.
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ASTRON. By developing a low-energy-consumption GPS receiver, Seiko has created a watch that connects to the GPS network and uses it to identify both time of day and time zone. The new Astron recognises all 39 time zones on earth and, by taking all the energy it needs from light alone, never needs a battery change. optura.se
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Always On Target !
Flagship Chrono Ref. 6-5183.04.003 Stainless Steel Sapphire Crystal 10 ATM Water Resistant Swiss Made
by max doherty
A day at the
Tripadvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards is an annual event where millions of online reviewers vote on the best destinations in various categories. One of the most interesting categories is the award for best beach. This year’s winner was Baia do Sancho in Brazil, followed by Grace Bay in Providenciales and Playa Flamenco in Puerto Rico.
One of the most infuriating and timeconsuming things that can happen on a holiday is having your suitcase break open, especially if you’re in a hurry. Samsonite offers its own solution, the Lite-Locked suitcase. This new model is fitted with a 3 point lock and a tough outer case, meaning it won’t open unless you want it to. In fact, this is both the sturdiest and lightest Samsonite suitcase yet. Available in white, black and navy blue.
Starting 15 May, Qatar Airways will be offering a daily route between London and Doha that consists solely of Business Class seats. All seats can be reclined into flat beds and travellers will be treated to an extensive entertainment package consisting of over 900 films, TV-shows, music channels and games. In addition, travellers be able to send text messages from the sky. Included in the ticket price is access to the Qatar Airways lounge at Heathrow and the Premium Terminal at Doha International Airport.
Check in, check out
The Swedavia Swedish Airports app on iOS and Android allows travellers departing from Swedish airports to check in from their smartphone or tablet computer. In addition to checking in, travellers can also keep track of departures and arrivals, look for taxis, rent cars and find parking spots.
In a recent survey by market research firm SIFO, it was found that the paperback format is still the most popular companion in the sky. 54 percent of those asked preferred to bring a book, 20 percent a magazine and 6 percent a tablet computer. It appears the paperback novel is still very much in fashion, the digital revolution notwithstanding.
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news wellness by joe hewitt
SO SPA, SO GOOD
Trysil has always been one of Norway’s top ski destinations, but now it’s official: the resort was named Norway’s Best Ski Resort at last year’s World Ski Awards and is nominated again for 2014. The Radisson Blu Resort Trysil is located right next to the slopes, making it an ideal starting point for all kinds of outdoorsy activities. After a long day out on the slopes or the golf course, it’s time for some well-deserved pampering at the hotel’s Alpine Spa & Relax wellness centre. The luxurious amenities include a jacuzzi, a Finnish sauna and an aromatic laconium. Our tip? Opt for the Trysil Signature, which comprises a rejuvenating facial treatment, scalp massage, mud wrap and a body massage with energizing oil. Just the thing for tired and sore body parts. www.radissonblu.com/resort-trysil
Ortigia, a small Italian soap and fragrance company based in Florence, has a wonderful new scent for spring 2014: Sicilian Jasmine, distilled from the fragrant white flowers that are native to the island. Based around natural perfumes and ingredients and with delightful blue-violet packaging featuring patterns taken from Sicilian farms, the series is available across a range of products including Eau de Parfum, bath oil, body cream and room essence. We’re especially fond of the bath salts with their sweet, calming fragrance. 25 euros.
Saprema of Sweden make practical and stylish yoga wear that facilitates free movement so you can work on your positions in total comfort. All of their garments are made from organic cotton and natural materials like linen and bamboo, and the range is manufactured in Europe with production kept on a small scale to ensure quality and accountability. It all makes for a great feelgood factor. Pictured: Lakshmi shirt 40 euros, and Saraswati pant 90 euros.
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WE HAVE A CONFESSION TO MAKE. Orrefors crystal glasses are dishwasher safe. Everything has fallen into place at last. Our glassware has handled high temperatures ever since 1991 when we stopped using lead in our production, and now that detergents and dishwashers are so much gentler, we canâ€™t say it often enough: Orrefors crystal glasses are dishwasher safe. * So why not celebrate with More, a new stemware set by Erika Lagerbielke. Good enough to grace any dinner party, kitchen table or dishwasher.
More by Erika Lagerbielke Wine glasses, 4-pack
*The only series you should continue washing by hand are hand-painted glass and the Street, Carat and Sofiero collections.
by max doherty Photography Mikael Damkier
Design © Pål Ross
What is Ross Arkitekter? – We are an alternative architecture firm for people who want to live in a home out of the ordinary. We aim to improve our customers’ quality of life, whilst staying true to their original vision. We have won several awards, the most recent one being the International Property Award for Best Architecture Single Residence Sweden. We specialize in residential buildings and we excel at eliminating unnecessary space, such as corridors.
Pål Ross' architecture is characterized by a lack of square shapes.
How would you describe your designs? – Our point of reference is neither square nor rectangular. People have become accustomed to square homes, but if you think about it, life is anything but square. Nature isn’t square, people aren’t square, and you wouldn’t want to buy a square car. In other words, these square conventions are illogical. We aim to create functional homes, and as I mentioned before, our houses completely lack corridors. In less successful designs, there are often fifteen square metres of just corridors – it is literally a waste of space! Poorly used space costs just as much as proficiently used space, so our customers actually save money.
Before becoming a prominent architect, Pål Ross spent 13 years in Spain and studied architecture at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.
Design © Pål Ross
What type of projects are you best known for? – We are best known for designing villas, but we also do conversions and renovations. Some customers want to build from scratch and others wish to upgrade their current home. Those who approach us often have a lot of ideas and high expectations, and they know that realizing these ideas is nothing less than an art. We also accept international customers. We recently completed a project in Turkey, and we have received offers from both Silicon Valley and Dubai. We collaborate with local contractors for our international projects, and have them take over after the design has been finalized. Why is architecture important? – I believe that the environment around us forms our behaviour. Therefore, architecture can influence the way we behave and even what kind of life we live. I believe that this notion is of particular importance when it comes to elderly homes, which are often associated with a poor quality of life. It is just a matter of time before architects such as ourselves are tasked with designing new elderly homes, and I have a lot of ideas of how to revolutionize the concept. It is important to remember that we only have one life, and every day counts. I believe that good architecture can improve one’s quality of life, which is reflected in all of my work. I am not content with simply satisfying my customers, I want to blow them away.
Design © Pål Ross
In 1996, Pål Ross founded the first Swedish architecture firm aimed at people who are looking to buy a house. More than 200 exquisitely designed houses later, Pål Ross and his colleagues have proved that quality architecture makes for quality homes.
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News gastronomyby Joe Hewitt
RAISE YOUR GLASS
The gentrification of beer continues unabated. With microbreweries popping up all over the Nordics – Oslo’s Schouskjelleren and Jacobstad’s Breweries in Finland are just two recent examples – beer aficionados are now adopting the tasting habits of wine connoisseurs. These new demands on the flavour and quality of beer have led to increased expectations on how it’s served. Luckily Orrefors have come up with a new series of three stylish glasses, aptly named Beer, for lovers of good design and fine brewing. Each glass is designed for a specific beer type – pilsner, lager and IPA – with the latter shaped liked a wine glass to help concentrate that wonderfully hoppy aroma. Available from mid-April, 50 euros for a pack of four.
Pastels are a major fashion trend for spring 2014, and classic cookware manufacturer Le Creuset has got in on the action with their new Chiffon Pink collection. Among the selection we find pale pink pots, pans, plates and bowls. This peppy shade is just the thing for spring’s parties but it’s only available as a limited edition, so best be quick. Cup 24 euros, saucer 6 euros.
The White Guide is Sweden’s leading restaurant guide, presenting the country’s top restaurants in book form once a year. Now they have added a Danish version for the first time, with 15 testers travelling the length and breadth of the country to create 250 restaurant reviews. Aimed at foodie Danes and visitors alike, this essential publication will be available from 24 April. Let’s hope that Finnish and Norwegian versions are in the works too!
SMOOTH OPERATOR The Nordics have a thing about bourbon at the moment, with a 65% increase in consumption over the last four years. The trend looks to continue with fine spirits like this entering the Nordic market. Knob Creek is a small batch bourbon that’s stored in new American oak barrels for nine years. The sweetness from the barrel combined with the high alcohol content results in a mellow, spicy and robust taste with a smooth finish. The pharmacy-like bottle gets its appearance from the whiskey bottles in Kentucky around the late 1800s, and the label is designed to mimic the newsprint distilleries used to pack bottles in. 700 ml costs around 50 euros.
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”A great kitchen has a magic to it that transforms the physical room into a feeling. People are drawn to that kitchen, and they may not know why. The kitchen sings. It is my job to write the music.” Mick de Giulio, designer Chicago. Creator of SieMatic BeauxArts.
Stockholm Göteborg Malmö Oslo www.siematic.com/scandinavia
SHIFT no. 5 FROM HARD CASH TO SOFT VALUES
Soft values such as appreciation, dedication and the ability to influence, contribute increasingly to our happiness at work. Kinnarps Trend Report â€“ 8 shifts affecting the workplace of tomorrow. See the full report at www.kinnarps.com/trend
by joe hewitt
It looks like spring has finally won its annual struggle with winter, as months of snow and biting winds start fading into memory. But don’t be tempted to go straight from your parka to shirts and slacks. Scandinavian spring calls for transitional, versatile pieces like this shawl-necked cardigan from Pal Zileri’s SS/14 collection. Wear it over a suit, layered with lightweight knits or as pictured, over a sharp shirt with colourful slacks for a summery but still warming style.
Outlier is an onlinefirst clothing label from Brooklyn that caters for demanding urban nomads. Thanks to high-tech materials and innovative cuts, their slim dungarees can handle daily cycling, shrug off coffee stains and even stay dry in light rain. Outlier also use merino wool in their t-shirts for its cool-to-warm versatility. Dungarees 145 euros, t-shirt 70 euros. www.outlier.cc.
21st CENTURY JEANS
LAYERS FOR SPRING
A CUT ABOVE
You don’t have to live a stone’s throw from Savile Row to enjoy top-notch bespoke tailoring. Vaatturiliike Sauma in Helsinki was founded by two trained tailors, Olli Holstikko and Tuomo Pynttäri, and offers a full range of services from hand-made tailored suits to made-to-measure. There’s also a carefully curated selection of shoes and accessories to go with your new threads. Definitely worth a visit. Bulevardi 14, Helsinki.
Ronnie McDonald is head of menswear tailoring at Tiger of Sweden. As a Scottish native, he envisioned Tiger like a clan, defined by their work together. His idea proved so popular that he was tasked with creating Tiger’s own tartan pattern – every clan has to have its own unique check, after all. The resulting design was hand-woven by Daniel Harris at London Cloth Co, and the pattern was registered at The Scottish Register of Tartans as Tiger’s official tartan. The wool blazer pictured is a limited edition of 100 pieces and costs around 1,000 euros.
After a few years’ absence Carin Wester has relaunched her men’s line Wester as a Weekday exclusive. Highlights include this boxy overcoat and matching trousers, and the collection will be sold in the Weekday stores and on their site along with Whyred and Christophe Lemaire.
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news fashion by Joe Hewitt
For SS14, the sisters behind Dagmar were inspired by artist Rebecka Bebben Andersson’s work Nolli Stockholm, which graphically maps out the safer and rougher areas of the Swedish capital. The collection has two colour themes – bright and pure reflecting confidence during the day and dark and obscure mirroring uncertainty at night. The silhouette is relaxed with a touch of tailoring, while details include multiple layers and lengths, games of transparency and graphic cuts. Stylishly urban and thought-provoking. CLEVER CLOGS
Adidas have literally taken the wedge sneaker to new heights with their new Stan Smith women’s model. Appropriately dubbed the Stan Smith Up, this new remix is crafted from silky soft leather and features a skyscraping heel and a contrasting snakeskin texture on the back.
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Swedish Hasbeens’ wooden clogs and accessories inspired by the classic Scandinavian styles of the 1970s, along with their quirky image and ecofriendly approach, have proved quite a hit. Their SS14 collection is inspired by the Age of Enlightenment and its vintage blue, old pink and antique gold hues worn by style icons like Queen Marie Antoinette. The optimistic pastels and curves of the 18th century have made their way into the new collection.
WHEN LINDEX MET KATE
Oscar-nominated actress Kate Hudson is the face of Lindex SS14. Their spring offering comprises three collections – modern bohemian, urban and sporty and Japaneseinfluenced fun and flirty. The first is our favourite: with its deep, vibrant colours and statement pieces in paisley, embroidery and knits, it feels like the perfect match for Kate’s relaxed-yet-glamorous Californian style.
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news watch Watch Editor Kristian Haagen Our Danish contributor Kristian Haagen is Scandinavia’s foremost expert on watches. He writes about his passion in several international magazines, and his fifth book about watches hit Danish book stores a couple of months ago. He is also a dedicated watch collector.
Five great new watches from
Basel World Z once again attended Basel World to get up-close-and-personal with some of the new watches on display.
To the moon
Swiss luxury watchmaker Omega has a very rich production history, and the Speedmaster is one of the most famous chapters. In 1969, the first astronauts who landed on the Moon were all wearing the Omega Speedmaster Professional Chronograph; the model was later dubbed the Moonwatch. That same year, Omega launched the sequel: the Speedmaster Mark II. This year, Omega is paying tribute to the Mark II by giving it a couple of facelifts, including a transparent tachymetric scale on the sapphire crystal, illuminated by an aluminium ring filled with Super-LumiNova.
Modern Classique The Breguet Classique Grande Complication Tourbillon Extra-Flat Automatique 5377 is a slender watch with a long name. Let’s just call it BCCTEPA instead. Inside the platinum case, an automatic tourbillon movement ticks in all its ultra-flat glory at 4 Hz, which is rather unusual for a watch with a tourbillon. Furthermore, this new model has a 90day power reserve when fully wound, thanks to its single spring barrel and sicilium balance wheel. The BCCTEPA sports a diameter of 42 millimetres and lets you view the impressive movement through the sapphire caseback.
The aerobatic team Patrouille Suisse was founded in 1964. To celebrate their 50th anniversary, Breitling is launching a 44 millimetre Chronomat with GMT, featuring the highly acclaimed in-house calibre B04 with chronometer certified automatic winding. The Breitling Chronomat 44 GMT “Patrouille Suisse 50th Anniversary” is made of steel and fitted with either a Pilot bracelet or a black Diver Pro II rubberstrap.
making the headlines At Basel World 2013, Ulysse Nardin made the headline news as they introduced six new in-house movements. This was something of a half-truth, however, as the chronograph movements were made by Ebel and sold to Ulysse Nardin. More recently, Ulysse Nardin has bought the rights to these movements and can call them pretty much whatever they want. This year, Ulysse Nardin makes headlines again with their first model featuring an in-house caliber with a perpetual calendar. The Perpetual Calendar offers an unusual feature, namely to set the date back and forth. This is definitely not a common feature on watches, especially not on those with a perpetual calendar. Available in rose-gold and platinum, this new model has a diameter of 43 millimetres and each edition is limited to 250 pieces.
2014 is a big year for Oris: the company celebrates its 110th anniversary and we get to see Oris’ first in-house movement in 35 years. The manual wound movement has an impressive power reserve of ten days, with a single barrel that holds on to the 180 cm long spring. Two limited edition series of 100 pieces each will be featuring the new movement this year. There will be a steel model and a rose-gold model, both with a diameter of 43 millimetres and a very appealing entry price of Euro 4,500 euro for the steel version and 14,800 for the rose-gold version.
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News jewellery by Joe Hewitt
A DELICATE TOUCH
Lara Melchior is a Parisian jeweller with an inimitable style that combines modernity with delicate craftsmanship and subtle references to ethnic jewellery. After her successful collaboration with fashion brand of the moment & Other Stories, Melchior is back with a new collection. Highlights include her signature honeycomb design on a cuff, petals worn as pendants and lily flower adorned medallions.
Think of a diamond company, and the De Beers name is probably what will come to mind. Their latest engagement ring is the stunning Caress, with a delicate interlocking mount embracing and protecting the central solitaire. It’s a wonderfully symbolic design that highlights the 0.7 carat central diamond to great effect. Also available as earrings and pendants.
Former fashion director at Giorgio Armani, Wilfredo Rosado, is applying the expertise and experience acquired over a long career in fashion to his eponymous luxury jewellery label. His latest collection, Metropolis, is hand-made using a new nano-ceramic technique that bakes pigment into the metal, creating vivid colours to complement the stunning diamonds and emeralds.
Proudly designed and manufactured in London, Stephen Einhorn’s jewellery is cutting-edge design with a distinctly British sensibility – no wonder his creations are popular with the capital’s A-listers and sports stars. Among his range of imaginative pieces we fell for this chunky skull bracelet, Dia de Los Muertos, which balances sculptural beauty and rock’n’roll attitude. 1,200 euros.
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NATURAL BEAUTY Icelandic jewellery brand Kria has taken its unique nature-inspired aesthetic to the next level with its latest collection, The Reflective Vale. Designer Johanna Methusalemsdottir’s vision was first sparked when she discovered the skeleton of an Arctic Tern, or Kria, on a black lava beach near her home, and her latest collection continues the exploration of natural lines and structures, resulting in striking pieces like this necklace. Photo: Elisabet Davids
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News motor motor editor JAMES HOLM Car enthusiast and editor extraordinaire James Holm has travelled the world and raced the fastest cars on the hottest tracks, Nürburgring in Germany being one of his favourites. In addition to Z, you can find his insightful articles and breathtaking photography in a number of international motor sport and car magazines.
Colours on wheels After a dark and often all too grey winter we could all use some colour in our lives. One city that’s in even greater need of a pick-me-up in the current financial climate is Detroit, which was recently declared bankrupt. Luckily this didn’t stop the International Auto Show from opening its doors and making January a bit less monochrome. Here are some of the more vivid vehicles from the show.
Classic muscle car
When the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 was created, the design team certainly pulled out all the stops. Strangely enough the souped-up version of the C7 won’t be called the Z07, it will keep the name of its predecessor. So far not many enticing details have been made public, but the new Z06 is rumoured to match the previous generation’s top model, the ZR1. It had a 6.2-litre compressor-equipped V8 engine and produced 634 horsepower. If this is correct then the new Z06 will be a doozy!
the next Nissan Maxima
Nissan’s main attraction at the show was the Sport Sedan Concept. This sizable four-door sedan will in all probability replace the current Maxima. Nissan’s angular and occasionally extreme design for the Sport Sedan Concept, dubbed V-Motion, features a wide, lowered look borrowed from sports car design. The heart of the Sport Sedan Concept is expected to be a 3.5-litre V6 engine producing 300 bhp. The next Maxima is expected to roll out of the factory later this year.
a new vintage
The Porsche 911 Targa has been around for quite a while now – the first generation was presented way back in 1965 and had a brushed aluminium roof bar, just like the new incarnation. The following models had a sliding sunroof that allowed the passengers to enjoy warming rays on hot days. Unlike the original, on which the roof had to be lifted off, the latest incarnation has a clever gizmo that automatically folds down the top. The new Targa will be available with four-wheel drive in two versions, the Targa 4 and Targa 4S, offering 350 and 400 bhp, respectively.
The Supra successor
The Supra is definitely one of the most popular Toyotas among petrolheads. No other car has been souped up quite as often as this particular model. Now Toyota has decided to renew the legendary model and concept under the FT-1 moniker, which stands for Future Toyota number 1, hinting at the company’s future plans. There isn’t much information available on the FT-1, but you can bank on a front-mounted engine and rear-wheel drive!
Volvo didn’t offer much in the way of colour on their XC Coupe concept apart from orange inserts in the skid plates. The same orange feature was also spotted on the concept for the first generation XC70. But despite this slight lack of colour the concept won several awards at the show, including best concept. It will be a while before the new XC90 rolls out of the factory, at which time it will, of course, have five doors, not three like the concept.
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news beauty by joe hewitt
FRAGRANT FICTION Fragrance house Byredo was built on scents based around founder Ben Gorham’s memories of his upbringing, but for his latest perfume, Flowerhead, he’s moved into fiction for the first time, imagining an Indian wedding ceremony and the bride’s hair arrangements. The floral heart notes include wild jasmine and rose petals, while vibrant top notes add lemon and lingonberry. 50 ml eau de parfum, 110 euros.
ORANGE IS THE NEW RED
One major trend on this spring’s red carpets is bold orange lips: from Kate Bosworth to Drew Barrymore to Amy Adams, they are all at it. The trick to wearing this peppy shade in real life is to stick with more red than yellow, and avoid neon shades. Try this Melondrama lip gloss from Smashbox – part of their Be Legendary range, it has a nicely saturated shade and a light, non-sticky formula. 20 euros.
FABULOUS Spring getaway booked? Check. Holiday wardrobe sorted? Check. Skin status? Pale, dull and lifeless. Not to worry, help is at hand in the form of Karora’s self-tanning range. With bronzing mousse, self-tan mist and gradual tanning lotion, there’s everything you need for a healthy golden glow. Tinted self tan, 22 euros.
Pastels are the season’s “it” shades and were seen all over the catwalks for SS14. One easy way to see which particular shade suits you best is to start with your nails: the Sugar Nails Pastels collection from Swedish brand Isadora is a great place to start. With names like Lemon Soda, Macaron and Cotton Candy, the new hues sound just as good as they look and have a nicely textured, matte-yet-shimmery finish. 7 euros for 6 ml.
It’s time to forget about your body lotion and invest in a body serum instead. The benefits are manifold: these serums absorb more easily into your skin and contain exfoliating pumpkin seed oil and nourishing neroli. This Total Indulgence gift set from One Love Organics is an easy way to try a few fragrances, and they can also be layered so you can be as creative as you like! 70 euros for the set.
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Bentley are of course best known for their superior cars, but the luxurious marque has moved into perfumery and recently released its second fragrance, Azure. Concocted by renowned perfumer Mathilde Bijaoui. This is a fresh and modern scent, with a typical fougère character of zesty citrus top notes and woody base notes while the heart blends pimento, lavender and sage. The bottle’s stylish curves and diamond-cut top mirror the craftsmanship of the company’s iconic vehicles. EdT 59 euros for 60 ml. HEAD IN THE CLOUDS
Waterclouds is a new Swedish hair care label founded by hair styling professionals. Their products are made in Sweden and are developed for typically Scandinavian hair. New series The Dude is inspired by 1950s barber shops but has a modern twist. There is an all-in-one hair and body wash, hair gel, and a matte cream paste. The highlight is the Detox Shampoo, with a deep-cleansing formula that gently removes all styling products from your hair and scalp. Available from hairdressers throughout Sweden. 7 euros.
Sense and SENSITIVITY
If you’re looking for a super-luxurious shaving experience, then look no further than Acqua di Parma’s high-end range, Collezione Barbiere. There’s something for every shaving need, from a silky soft shaving cream if you have a bushy beard to a shaving oil for dry or sensitive skin. For the ultimate luxe experience, invest in the lavish shaving brush and razor with matching stand, hand-crafted from badger bristles, polished wenge wood and burnished brass. 400 euros.
Since starting out in 2005, British skincare label Bulldog has grown quickly thanks to its potent products and no-nonsense approach, offering a sensible set of products to keep your skin looking its best. We are extra fond of Bulldog’s sensitive range, which includes a moisturiser, face wash and shaving cream. The latter is the pick of the bunch, with its essential oils, aloe vera and shea butter ensuring a smooth, painless shave. Sensitive shave cream, 8 euros.
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One of the world’s most iconic smartwatches, Pebble, is back with a new style. The new steel casing and wristband makes this model a lot more pleasing to the eye, especially when you’re sporting a suit. The new model is waterproof and compatible with all the Pebble apps on iOS and Android, and the battery lasts for five days – plenty of time to check your messages without having to pull out your phone.
Microsoft’s hybrid between a laptop and a tablet is already a favourite among tech enthusiasts, and is steadily gaining ground among regular consumers. There are two models in the Surface family. The first one is called Surface 2 and uses the Windows RT operating system, which is compatible with the Windows App Store as well as Internet Explorer and the Office Suite – sufficient for most users, not least since software such as Spotify can be launched from the browser. The second model, the Surface Pro 2, is something of a dream device for many PC users. It runs Windows 8.1 and has ultrabook-like performance, whilst maintaining that sleek tablet form factor. The Surface Pro 2 was recently upgraded with a new processor, cementing its status as the most powerful touch screen device in the world. What make the Surface concept really shine, however, are the ingenious Touch Cover and the Type Cover solutions.
The Panasonic Lumix TZ60 is a powerful compact camera with an impressive 30x optical zoom. The camera is fitted with a GPS, a Wi-Fi receiver and Near Field Communication. In other words, you won’t have any problems transferring your photos to other devices. To sum up: sharp, powerful and compact.
At this year’s Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Sony unveiled their new virtual reality concept, Project Morpheus, which they believe will revolutionize how we experience and interact with digital entertainment. Head-mounted displays have been around for some time, but Project Morpheus differs by having a much wider field of view, giving you the impression of being inside another world. This feeling is further enhanced by being able to look around by moving one’s head. In addition to the obvious gaming implementations, this also lets you watch a football game from the best seats in the stadium and explore ancient civilisations.
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FROM OUR CASTLE
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From generation to generation A signet ring showing the family coat of arms is worn with pride by generation after generation. Jovenia Juveler has many years of experience making signet rings; it is a workmenship that demands high precision and skills. Engraving can be performed in all gemstones, even in diamonds. The most common stone is a stratyfied onyx in different shades of colours. Jovenia Juveler has a large stock of various rings. Jovenia Juveler – Mäster Samuelsgatan 2 – 111 44 Stockholm – Sweden Tel. +46 08-611 25 66 – www.joveniajuveler.se
Seeing red. Being green with envy. Feeling the blues. Being in the black. Waving a white flag. Colours are all around us, both literally and figuratively, and can even affect our mood and behaviour. Join us as we explore the vibrant world of colour. By Max Doherty
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“Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.” – Albert Einstein
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lieved the sea to be “the colour of wine” and the sky to be… green! Basically, if you don’t have a name for a certain colour, it’s very hard to distinguish it from other colours. In fact, some civilisations still cannot tell blue and green apart. Similarly, Russians are better than English-speaking people at distinguishing between light blue and dark blue, since they perceive them as two different colours with different names – similar to how we distinguish between red and pink! Speaking of pink, some colours have become somewhat controversial these days. For example, some people believe that dressing a boy in pink would actually be harmful, while others are convinced that the notion of gender-specific colours itself is harmful. In Pink and Blue: Telling the Boys from the Girls in America, American historian Jo B. Paoletti explains that traditionally, children up to a certain age used to be dressed in white regardless of their gender. The colour white was used mainly for practical reasons: you can bleach white garments. Blue and pink garments became more common in the mid19th century, but colours were still considered a unisex affair until the early 20th century. The prenatal test played a major part in this development, as it allowed parents, friends and relatives to purchase baby clothes tailored for specific genders. In recent years, however, gender-neutral garments are on the rise, with one of the biggest proponents being Swedish clothing company Polarn O. Pyret. Colours can make us feel and think in certain ways. Sandra Ko, visual merchandiser, explained how it works: – There are both cultural and universal effects of colours. The colour red has perhaps the strongest impact on us; it increases our pulse and makes us more alert. That’s why a sale is always advertised with large, red letters and also why warning signs are red. Other colours have the opposite effect. The colour pink has a calming effect, which is why they use it in hospitals. Colours can also affect how we perceive a space. For example, white walls will make a room appear to be larger, while darker colours make it feel smaller. On the other hand, dark colours can also make a room feel more luxurious. Retailers and merchandisers use insights such as these to maximize sales, but did you know that colours can actually save lives? In the year 2000, in the Scottish city of Glasgow, the use of blue street lights, instead of the traditional yellow, brought about a decrease in crime. Similarly, in 2005 the use of blue lighting at Japanese train stations made the suicide rate drop substantially. Most researchers agree that the colour blue probably does not have any inherent qualities that make humans less prone to commit crime. Instead, some have speculated that people associate the colour blue with law enforcement, making them think twice about committing a crime. There are other examples. If you paint your bike pink, the likelihood of it getting stolen will drop substantially. Similarly, a silver-coloured car runs the lowest risk of being involved in an accident, since it reflects light the best. Regardless of whether we can tell them apart, find them controversial or not, or even how they make us feel, colours are an inescapable part of our lives. To quote the British poet and writer Leigh Hunt: “colours are the smiles of nature”. Here’s hoping she never stops smiling.
Colours can affect how we perceive a space; white walls make a room appear to be larger.
he human eye can distinguish between approximately 10 million different colours. We have common names for about twelve of those colours, and there are countless additional shades and tones. Other wavelengths, such as ultraviolet, infrared and X-rays can also be said to be colours, even though we cannot actually see them. In fact, butterflies, reindeer and some bird species are able to perceive ultraviolet. Conversely, some species are only able to perceive a limited range of colours. Dogs, for example, can distinguish between yellow and blue, but not between red and green. Some humans are also unable to distinguish between certain colours, which is commonly referred to as colour blindness. This affliction can be found in up to 5% of the population, and is much more common among men. Interestingly, the famous Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh is believed to have been colour blind; it has been speculated that some of the painter’s more curious palettes were actually a result of this affliction. In the past, the only colours around were those found in nature. As such, some colours were more prominent than others, which was also reflected in our languages. As a language evolved, the first colours to receive names were always black and white, and the third one was always red. It is commonly believed that this seemingly arbitrary colour is given such a prominent place in all languages due to how easily it can be reproduced. Indeed, cave paintings are almost exclusively red. More surprising, however, is the fact that the colour blue is always one of the last colours to be given a name. For example, ancient books such as The Iliad and The Odyssey never mention the colour blue. If you think about it, hardly anything in nature is blue. Blue flowers aren’t actually blue; they’re violet, or they were made blue through selective breeding. There are two major exceptions, of course, namely the sea and the sky. However, in order to perceive them as blue, one must already know that they are blue. The Greek author Homer be-
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Mysterious, rainbow-hued sand dunes; an amazing lizard that communicates with chromatics; and a stunning, vivid lake surrounded by legend. Z unravels the secrets behind three marvels of the natural world. by Joe Hewitt
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THE LEGEND OF THE LAKE
Surrounded by stunning forest scenery and shrouded in legend, the still waters of Five Flower Lake in Sichuan glisten and glitter like a peacock’s tail. Wuhua Hai, also known as Five Flower Lake, is a vivid, multi-coloured wonder of nature. It’s said that the bold hues on display resemble a peacock’s tail or a flower garden, hence the lake’s poetic name. Depending on the sunlight and mineral concentration in the water, the waters can appear to be deep blue, turquoise, bright green, jade green, or even light yellow. Located in Sichuan, northern China, the 22-acre lake is only 5 metres deep at its deepest point, making the lake bed easily visible through the crystal-clear water. The sediment has an unusually intense blue hue and is criss-crossed by ancient tree trunks, creating the impression of an intricate maze. Factor in the reflections from the surrounding foliage – especially in the autumn – and you have a stunning display of natural colour that has few equals. Like many of the world’s beautiful sites, Five Flower Lake is surrounded by myths and legends. According to one ancient tale the 108 lakes in the area were created when a goddess dropped
a mirror that was given to her by a lover, shattering it into 108 colourful shards. Another legend has it that the lake is enchanted because it never freezes over or dries out like the other lakes in the region. Although the lake looks undeniably magical, everything has a down-to-earth explanation. The secret of the lake’s refusal to dry up or freeze over is a hidden tunnel that’s connected underground to a hot spring, with water from it occasionally seen bubbling up to the lake surface. The stunning colours can also be explained by science; the varied and vibrant palette is the happy result of colourful hydrophytes, which leave the water crystal clear, and a high calcium carbonate content in the water. The latter also prevents the tree trunks on the lake bottom from decomposing. But perhaps the best way to appreciate Five Flower Lake is to forget about the chemistry, enjoy the legends and wonder at this remarkable display of natural colours. z lifestyle magazine | 51
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With their unique eyes, ballistic tongues and amazing ability to change colour at will, chameleons are one of nature’s most spectacular achievements. We get to grips with the chemistry behind the chromatics. Chameleons can be found across Africa, southern Europe and across South Asia all the way to Sri Lanka. However, almost half of the world’s species are native to the island of Madagascar off Africa’s east coast. These lizards are unique in many ways: for instance, they can focus and judge distances using just one eye and have a superstrong tongue that can extend up to twice their body length to snare their prey. But literally the most eye-catching thing about these reptiles is their colour-changing skills. Most chameleons are various shades of green and can turn to brown and back, but some of them can change between any number of shades: pink, blue, red, orange, green, black, brown, light blue, yellow, turquoise, and purple. So how do they perform this feat? The secret is chromatophores, specialised cells that contain pigments and are arranged in layers in the chameleon’s skin. From top to bottom, the chromatophores are red, yellow, blue, white and brown. Amazingly, just like a living palette, chameleons can mix these colours to produce all kinds of hues, for example mixing red and yellow to produce orange. The chame-
leon sends a message from its brain to its chromatophores, causing them to either expand or contract and the various pigments to mix. But why do they do this? In popular culture it’s commonly assumed that chameleons change colour as an advanced form of camouflage, but in recent years scientists have found that the opposite is in fact true. All these colour changes are actually caused by the reptile’s mood – it all has to do with communication, and standing out. If two male chameleons are competing for a mate, for example, they will change colours on their heads quickly – under 20 seconds in some cases – and spectacularly, signalling their aggressiveness. Sometimes a fight can be avoided with a particularly swift and impressive multi-coloured display. Some species also change hue to help regulate their body temperature, going from black in the morning when they want to heat up to light grey in the daytime when they want to avoid overheating. So next time you ooh and ah at a wonderfully colourful chameleon, bear in mind that it’s probably trying to make you go away!
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Charamel on Mauritius harbours an extraordinary secret: candycoloured, undulating sand dunes in the middle of a dense forest. One of the world’s most decorative natural wonders must be Seven Coloured Earths in Charamel, on the island of Mauritius. This extraordinary, bare landscape is located in the middle of dense forest and consists of spectacularly-hued sand dunes in every colour of the rainbow, or almost – there is red, yellow, green, blue, purple, violet and brown. This is a major tourist attraction, but remarkably hardly anyone knows the real secrets behind the colours. Tourist guides still happily inform visitors that the amazing colours and lack of vegetation are the result of a volcanic eruption, unaware that they are completely wrong. The island of Mauritius was created by volcanic activity, but it hasn’t experienced any eruptions for more than 100,000 years. The Charamel area does have volcanic bedrock – ancient cooled lava, also known as basalt – and the colours are actually the result of weathering of this basalt, creating various iron oxides and hydroxides in it, which in turn produce different hues. The alien-looking landscape that appears dramatically in the middle of the forest is actually partly man-made, the result of deforestation and subsequent erosion. Happily, none of this makes Seven Coloured Earths any less spectacular – and there is still one last mystery that remains unsolved. No matter how hard you try to mix the sands together, they always eventually separate back into seven different coloured layers!
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Skagen Rev Fyrskib, 1892. By Carl Loche, one of the Skagen painters. Belongs to the Skagen Museum (detail/collage).
Europe’s best global portfolio manager! Kristoffer Stensrud and the SKAGEN Kon-Tiki team have been named Global Equity Fund Manager of the Year at the Morningstar European Fund Manager of the Year Awards 2014. SKAGEN Kon-Tiki holds a five-star rating from Morningstar and has produced exceptional long-term results; since inception in 2002 the fund has delivered an average annualised return of 15.4%, while its benchmark, the MSCI Emerging Market index, has delivered 7.3% over the same period. (Return figures are net of fees in EUR as of 28 February 2014). www.skagenfunds.com
Morningstar Awards 2014(c). Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Awarded to SKAGEN Kon-Tiki for Manager of the Year, Global Funds, Europe.
The art of common sense Historical returns are no guarantee for future returns. Future returns will depend, inter alia, on market developments, the fund manager’s skill, the fund’s risk profile and management fees. The return may become negative as a result of negative price developments.
The spring celebration is one of our most colourful traditions, and one of many vibrant culinary happenings. We have mixed and matched colours with tasteful arrangements, in every sense of the word. Photography David Bicho/FRAU Styling Sandra Ko Photo assistants Joakim Schwartz, Hans Andersson
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Plate, Mateus, 20 euros. Glass, Seasonals Spring Chic Yellow, Villeroy & Boch, 16 euros. Cup, Mateus, 22 euros. Cutlery, retro.etc. 28 euros for set of 12. Thermos, retro.etc, 17 euros. Yellow Easter Egg by NK. 22 euros for 12 eggs. Textile, Organza Ribbon, 0.75 euros per metre. Plate, Mateus, 28 euros. Knife, Patina, 25 euros. Glass bird, Birds Toikka Puffball, Iittala, 100 euros. Bowl, Mateus, 31 euros. Macarons by LadurĂŠe, 2.50 euros. Eggcup, retro.etc. 10 euros for six. Oil lamp, Klong, Patina, 120 euros. Champagne, Piper-Heidsieck. Champagne, Mumm. Champagne, Moet. Champagne, Delamotte. Champagne, Alexandre Bonnet. Champagne, Claude Baron. Sparkling wine, Pongracz. Special thanks to: NK, Ohlssons Tyger & Stuvar, LadurĂŠe, retro.etc, Edrington Sweden, Pernod Ricard Sweden, Moet, Johan Lidby Vinhandel, Mondo Wine, Bornicon & Salming, Janake Wine Group.
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If colours had flavour, pink would undoubtedly be sweet. RosĂŠ wine, meringue and a beautifully made cake are but some of the treats on offer here. Donâ€™t forget to brush your teeth afterwards!
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Gastronomy Plate, Mateus, 16 euros. Bowl, Treasure Diamond, 30 euros. Champagne, Nicolas Feuillatte Rosé. Wine, Grande Recolte. Wine, Les fumées blanches. Spoon, Fantasia Puderrosa, 7 euros. Fork, Fantasia Puderrosa, 8 euros. Textiles, Satin Ribbon Double Face, 1 euro per metre, Ohlssons Tyger & Stuvar. Bowl, Footed bowl No.2, Villeroy & Boch, 60 euros. Meringue, Restaurang Voltaire, 3 euros. Glass, Lempi, Iittala, 40 euros for set of four. Crystals, Glasprisma. 6 euros for 25 pieces. Dessert plate, Mateus, 70 euros. Roses, Roses With Names, APH.
Cake, Pâtisserie Ax. Silk wall, material from Ohlssons Tyger & Stuvar. Candlestick, Fantasia, 25 euros. Wine glass, Riedel Ouverture White, 16 euros. Wine, M de Minuty. Wine, How to marry a millionaire. Wine, Taittinger Brut Prestige Rosé. Wine, Vina Maipo is one of Chile’s most popular wine brands. Wine, Marqués de rascal. Candle holder, Kivi, Iittala, 38 euros. Candle holder, Kastehelmi, Iittala, 33 euros. Special thanks to: NK, Ohlssons Tyger & Stuvar, Riedel, Restaurang Voltaire, www.aph.se, Arvid Nordquist Vin och Sprithandel, Janake Wine Group, Nigab, The Wine Agency Sweden, Ward Wines, Fondberg, Altia, Concha y Toro Sweden.
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The table is set for a beautiful treat, where wood, copper, steel and glass provide equal parts contrast and harmony. The tried and tested never goes out of style. Table, Wood Industrial Sidetable, Dusty Deco, 700 euros. Kitchen towel, Mayan, NK Inredning, 25 euros. Doorstopper, Tom Dixon, 105 euros. Candle with holder, Scent London, Tom Dixon. Large, 160 euros. Medium, 80 euros. Small, 125 euros for set of three. Beer, Epic. Beer, Red stripe. Beer, Singha. Beer, Erdinger. Beer, Lagunitas Pale Ale. Beer, Leffe. Beer, Tank 7. Bowl, Eclectic Hex Bowl, 65 euros. Bowl, NK Porslin, 160 euros. Container, By Ilse Crawford, 130 euros. Bowl, Kaffe, NK, 9 euros. Lamps, Etch Light, Tom Dixon. 500 euros. Wall, Tindra, Moelven. Beer glass, Beer Collection, Orrefors. 55 euros for set of 3. Beer glass, Difference, Orrefors, 40 euros. Beer, Plain Porter. Beer, Whitstable bay. Pepper Mill, William Bounds. Large, 140 euros. Small, 100 euros. Beer, Fullers Wild River. Cutting-board, Twin, 65 euros. Bread-knife, San-Tamahagane, 215 euros. Special thanks to: Gulled, Moelven, Orrefors, NK, Dusty Deco, NK Inredning, P&B, Tom Dixon, Carlsberg, Janke Wine Group, Arvid Nordquist Vin och Sprithandel, Bornicon & Salming, Moestue Grape Selections, Galatea Spirits.
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Black and White Soy sauce and freshly cooked rice, beef and century eggs; authentic Chinese food makes for delicious contrasts.
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Gastronomy Espresso cup without handle, Artesano Original. Equally suited for Monday mornings and Friday evenings, 13 euros. Did you know that people in the Nordics drink the most coffee in the world? Denmark, Sweden and Finland are all among the top five biggest consumers, beaten only by the Netherlands. Bowl, Forma, 10 euros. Plate, Black Brush, 16 euros. Omelette with mushrooms, Chinese pickled eggs with tofu and steamed brisket of beef, from Restaurang Hoâ€™s in Stockholm. Soy sauce bowl, Branco. 6 euros. Special thanks to: Restaurang HoÂ´s, Villeroy & Boch, Bruka Design.
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A city that Never sleeps
Spain is usually associated with the sun-drenched beaches of Barcelona and Alicante, but this country has much more to offer. In central Spain, we find a city filled to the brim with architectural wonders and culinary delights. Z proudly presents Madrid. by Max Doherty
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Santa María la Real de La Almudena is located right next to the royal palace.
Photo: Turismo Madrid
Photo: Turismo Madrid
With six million people and one of the biggest financial markets in Europe you would expect a hectic atmosphere, but nothing could be further from the truth. When you’re in Madrid, one of the first things you’ll notice is that everyone is in a relaxed state of mind. With six million inhabitants and one of the biggest financial markets in Europe, you would expect the same hectic pace as in London or New York, but nothing could be further from the truth. It is possible to spend a weekend here and not see a single person in a rush – a refreshing experience to say the least. Another great thing about Madrid is that the city is incredibly clean; you hardly see a cigarette butt on the busiest of shopping streets. Madrid prides itself on having the world’s second highest proportion of greenery per inhabitant, with parks and planted trees throughout the city. After the sun has set, how-
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ever, you’ll learn about a very different side of Madrid: the people here only need about three hours of sleep per night. At least that’s the impression you get when you experience
the city’s nightlife. If you come across empty tapas bars at ten o’clock in the evening, you’re probably just too early; come back two hours later and you’ll find the party’s just
started. Madrid is a beautiful city, not least thanks to its vibrant mix of medieval, renaissance, classical and modern architecture. When you walk through the older parts of the
city, it almost feels like travelling back in time; even the street signs here are illustrated by hand. Despite its historical vibes, however, Madrid is very much a modern international city. Most people here speak English and the tourist destinations are well suited for international visitors. The best way to get around the city is the Metro. It is the sixth longest in the world, making for a very spacious and capable mode of transport. One particularly convenient aspect of Madrid’s public transport system is that you only need a single ticket for all underground trains and busses. You can also use the Metro to get to the Madrid– Barajas International Airport;
it takes as little as 20 minutes and only costs 5 euros. Palaces and post offices
As with many other European cities, the royal palace is one of the major tourist spots in Madrid. Palacio Real de Madrid is the official residence of the royal family, although the palace is mainly used for ceremonial events these days. Three quaint gardens surround the palace, the centrepiece of which is the Plaza de Oriente. Next to the Palacio Real de Madrid we find the Santa María la Real de La Almudena, a majestic cathedral that features a range of different architectural styles, having been built over the course of 110 years.
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Museo del Prado is Madrid’s most famous museum.
Madrid is known for its selection of restaurant and bars.
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Madrid prides itself on having the world’s second highest proportion of greenery per inhabitant, with parks and planted trees throughout the city. A short walk from the royal palace we find Puerta del Sol, one of the busiest places in Madrid. On New Year’s Eve, tens of thousands of cheerful locals gather here to celebrate the coming of the new year. Puerta del Sol is also famous for the House of the Post Office; long before the invention of the telegraph, people would gather here for the latest news from all around Europe. Tapas and plazas
In addition to being an architectural hotspot, Madrid is also a gastronomical paradise. There are literally thousands of tapas bars here, each with their own unique style. After the sun has set you should definitely head for Calle de la Cava Baja. This narrow street is lined with impressive medieval buildings that house some of the best tapas bars in the city. The number of restaurants here is simply staggering, and they are all full of customers. In this area, you can also find the
culinary streets Calle de la Cava de San Miguel and Calle de los Cuchilleros, the latter of which has the world’s oldest restaurant: Restaurante Sobrino de Botín. Not far from the tapas streets we find another highlight, Plaza Mayor, which is the most famous of Madrid’s countless plazas. Nearby is the equally impressive Plaza de la Villa: a small square with beautiful architec-
ture, the former town hall and the famous statue of Spanish admiral Alvaro de Bazan. Football fever
Football is the favourite pastime of many Spaniards, and Madrid is no exception. The city is home to several football clubs, and their most famous one is Real Madrid Club de Fútbol. Legendary players such as Zinedine Zidane
and David Beckham, and more recently, Christiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale have represented this classic club. At the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, you can join 85,000 fellow football fans in cheering on the team. The stadium hosts several amazing games every year, the most famous ones being El Clásico with FC Barcelona and El Derbi madrileño with Atlético Madrid.
The Estadio Santiago Bernabéu can accommodate more than 85,000 fans.
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Weekend The Radisson Blu Hotel, Madrid Prado is located next to Museo del Prado.
in the heart of
Madrid is best experienced over the course of several days, preferably until late into the night. The Radisson Blu Hotel, Madrid Prado has a great central location and exclusively designed rooms, allowing you to get the most out of your visit.
he Radisson Blu Hotel, Madrid Prado is located in the vibrant El Barrio de las Letras neighbourhood, right next to the internationally acclaimed Museo del Prado. In addition, the hotel is just a short walk from Spain’s national museum of 20th century art, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, where you can admire the works of Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí. The hotel has 54 rooms and 6 suites, all of which are soundproof and air-conditioned. The rooms were styled by prominent Spanish designers Sandra Tarruella and Isabel Lopez, adding an artistic touch to your stay. Some of the rooms also have a view of the nearby Museo del Prado. All guests at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Madrid Prado have access to the indoor pool and the wellequipped gym, and there is also a full-fledged spa. Lastly, as a nice complement to Madrid’s already excellent selection of tapas bars, the hotel houses the innovative Cask Restaurant and Cask Bar. www.radissonblu.com/pradohotel-madrid
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All the rooms at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Madrid Prado were designed by Sandra Tarruella and Isabel Lopez.
Classic Identity, Modern Spirit
Since 1902, The Strength of the Family
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Scarlett Johansson seems to be everywhere at the moment, turning up on screens in blockbuster spectaculars and quirky indie sci-fi flicks and on red carpets at awards events. Z met the in-demand actress in London to discuss the Black Widow, celebrity culture and her Scandi roots. by Gunnar rehlin photography Alexi Lubomirski
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y first meeting with Scarlett Johansson took place when she was fourteen years old. She had one of the leads in the Robert Redford movie “The Horse Whisperer” and put in a great performance opposite Redford and Kristin Scott Thomas. Now Scarlett has turned 29 and is one of the hottest young actresses in the US. Unlike many others who have hit the big time at a young age, she has managed the transition to adult roles without causing any scandals or becoming insufferably precocious. – I’ve always worked on projects I’ve wanted to do. I’m not some spoiled New York kid, I haven’t made any horror movies. I’ve always wanted to do things that feel different, she says when we meet in London. We are here for the premiere of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”, an action extravaganza produced by Marvel Comics. Scarlett reprises her role as the Black Widow, a mysterious ex-KGB agent who now fights for S.H.I.E.L.D, an organisation based in New York that fights evil all over the world. The role included a number of spectacular stunts, which Scarlett enjoyed but which also had their drawbacks. – When I fought with Frank Grillo… he really beat the crap out of me! But I want to do as much of my stunts as possible instead of handing it all over to the stunt people. And it’s fun to compare bruises afterwards. She has already portrayed the Black Widow in several films and if the fans want her to, she says, there will be a film based around the character. – She has a rich past. She’s from this really dark background, she’s had to become more human. Now she has feelings, I don’t think she sleeps that well at night. She has always made active choices, she’s been a gun for hire. I look forward to seeing how she develops, if we make a film about her. The Marvel films have been Scarlett Johansson’s route to the big blockbusters, after being known and lauded for her work in smaller films like “Lost in Translation”, “Vicky Christina Barcelona” and last year’s acclaimed “Under the Skin”. She says: – I’ve been really lucky. I’ve always been busy making good movies, projects that I’ve actively sought out. If feels like we’ve seen Scarlett everywhere over the last decade. She’s in perfume ads, on the red carpets at every imaginable gala event and makes films at a rate that would make Michael Caine jealous. And she does all of this without ever compromising her integrity, neither personal nor professional. On this day in London it’s been rumoured that she’s expecting a baby with her husband Romain Dauriac – we avoid this topic, if she wants to talk about it she will. Scarlett’s career kicked off when she was eight years old and landed a part in the play “Sophistry”. After that she acted in films with Bruce Willis and Sean Connery, before her breakthrough in “The Horse Whisperer”. When she started the shoot she was twelve years old, a big city girl from New York who had never come into contact with horses.
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interview Another challenge for her is to become more comfortable with social media. She says with a laugh: – I’m not on Twitter, I don’t do any of that. I can hardly make a phone call. That tech stuff really isn’t my thing. That doesn’t mean that I’m not curious though. If my girlfriends find some good gossip online I always want to know about it. Speaking of technology, Scarlett had another unusual role last year: the artificial intelligence Samantha in the Academy Award-winning drama “Her”. The film is about a heartbroken writer, played by Joaquin Phoenix, who purchases and installs a state-of-the-art operating system on his smartphone. The operating system consists of an artificial intelligence who assumes the persona Samantha, and they fall in love. The director Spike Jonze originally had another actor intended for the role of Samantha – Scarlett was not signed on during the shooting of the film – but after hearing Scarlett’s voice he decided to re-record all of Samantha’s lines during the editing stage. It’s pretty amazing how well the chemistry between the two leads appears on the screen, considering how their lines were recorded on entirely different occasions. But with all of these high profile films, isn’t she afraid of being over-exposed? She nods. – Yes, I’m afraid of that. That would be the worst thing that could happen. I don’t want people to get tired of my face, that they think they see me everywhere. But I don’t actually work as much as everyone seems to think. She also says that even though it’s great to meet fans who have kind words, she finds it hard to relate to the obsession with celebrities she often encounters, not least in the American tabloid press. – It is unpleasant. For me it started after my breakthrough. Now I am on the covers of all the gossip magazines and people seem to think that “we made you a star so now we have the right to know everything about you”. And it can be extremely frustrating. What’s private is private. – Often you can try to ignore it, but it really bothers me when they write stuff that isn’t true. Like when they wrote that I’m the biggest diva in Hollywood. That’s a lie! We talk about her Scandinavian roots. – My grandfather came from Denmark where he was a wellknown culture personality. And my great-grandfather was from Sweden, which is where the Johansson name comes from, she says. She doesn’t speak much Swedish though. When I ask her, she says: – The only thing I can say is “jag älskar dig”, which is Swedish for “I love you”. She says that her parents always used Danish as a secret language so that the kids wouldn’t understand, and she talks about visits to Copenhagen and Stockholm. – My dad and my half brother and I were in Copenhagen and we went to Legoland too. It was a fun town, Copenhagen, and great to walk around in. And I visited Stockholm a few years ago. I’d like to go back. I really feel that Scandinavia is part of my heritage.
“I’m not on Twitter, I don’t do any of that. I can hardly make a phone call.”
– But my experiences during the shoot got me hooked and I started taking riding seriously. After “The Horse Whisperer” her career took off and she has always received plenty of praise for her work. – The most important thing is always the script. If I fall for it, then I say yes. The exception was “Ghost World”. The script was so sketchy that I didn’t understand it. But then I met the director and he explained it to me, so I said yes. One of Scarlett’s most iconic roles was in Sofia Coppola’s awardwinning film “Lost in Translation”. Scarlett played a young girl staying at a Tokyo hotel who meets a disoriented and jet-lagged American film star, played by Bill Murray. A kind of affection arises between the pair, and Scarlett garnered lots of praise for her portrayal of the distracted young woman. – I had never been to Tokyo before, and what I felt was similar to what Bill’s character experiences in the film. Charlotte, the girl I played, was more lost in life than in Tokyo, and what I experienced in the city helped me to get in the right frame of mind. This doesn’t mean that she didn’t like Tokyo – quite the opposite. – It was lively and exciting, and you only had to take a few steps and suddenly you found yourself in an ancient temple. There were lots of bizarre contrasts. Are there any similarities in the films she has chosen? Scarlett ponders this. – They all have their unique challenges, I always look for challenges. The idea that I can do something, that I can play a certain character, and keep that character enigmatic for a period of time. Last year’s Venice film festival saw the premiere of the disturbing and fascinating sci-fi film “Under the Skin”, in which Scarlett played an alien who has come to Earth to look for people to prey on, but who is troubled by pangs of remorse. – I did that to test my limits, to see how secure I am in myself. Every film has its own challenge.
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SEALED WITH A
KISS With her vivid, vibrant colours and bold, graphic aesthetic, Norwegian artist Fru Bugge is putting smiles on peopleâ€™s faces, one picture at a time. Z Magazine met up for a chat about colour, creativity and kissable art. By Joe Hewitt
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making of – I can remember the exact moment when I knew I wanted to be an artist. I asked my father, who used to paint a lot, if I could borrow his paints. But he wouldn’t let me. Norwegian artist Fru Bugge recalls the pivotal moment clearly. As it turns out, her father’s refusal was just what the budding artist needed. She continues: – He said that I would have to wait until I was a grownup. I was a nice girl, so I said, “OK Dad, of course I’ll wait”. And I’m so happy I didn’t start earlier, because then I think I would have given up the whole thing. I needed some life experience first. So wait she did, and it seems that good things really do come to those who do so, because today Fru Bugge – real name Hilde Bugge – is making waves with her distinct visual style and her father is as proud as can be. Her colourful, often spectacular pieces are meticulously created using several different techniques, starting with collages assembled from magazine clippings and photos. – I actually started out as a photographer; I went to school and did all the training. But that turned out to be too commercial for me. I wanted to be more creative and do more, be more into the process. I had to make a change. How long did it take before you decided to take the plunge? – I think it was about 5 or 6 years that I worked as a photographer. Then I realised I could use my photos to create collages and paint on top of them. As I started to create art I ended up needing more photos for the collages, and I didn’t want to spend too much of my time in the studio or outside with a camera because it just didn’t feel right. Eventually I decided I didn’t want to take the pictures myself, I felt like it was a waste of my time. As Fru Bugge’s imagery continued to evolve, so did her work methods. She found her inspiration both in the pages of glossy magazines and on the streets of her native Oslo, leading to some rather drastic work methods. – At first I would go to a magazine store and get all the magazines that I thought looked the best. They were really good to use for images and lettering, but they were on a small scale and I wanted to make larger paintings. So I went out to the streets and found things – adverts, billboards, posters – and started to tear them down and bring them home. They have big lettering, much bigger than in a magazine. So I started to mix magazine clippings – mostly of women, eyes and lips and stuff like that – mixed with letters and pieces of paper that I tore out of magazines or posters. Then I would make a big collage – I make pretty big sizes.
Fru Bugge creates her colourful art using several different techniques, starting with collages assembled from magazine clippings and photos.
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making of Two main themes of your work are eyes and lips – how did that come about? – It’s because of the beauty of it! It’s also the first thing you see when you meet someone – you always notice the mouth, the lips and the eyes. Images featuring eyes in them tend to capture the gaze of the viewer, you find yourself looking back. And some hot, kissable lips also tend to get people’s attention! After you’ve created the collage, what happens next? – Then I start to work with spray paint and acrylic paint. I think more of the composition first, and then I add the colours. It’s strange; I love strong colours everywhere, just not on my own clothes or in my own home. On everything else I love strong colours. I think you could say that some of the colours I use are inspired by pop art, where they used a lot of red, yellow, pink and turquoise. I’m very inspired by that era, so I think maybe that is in the back of my head somewhere. I also love pictures that have a strong graphic element. Would you define yourself as a pop artist? – I first started out in the pop-art genre, but now I use paint a lot more so it’s more like urban art, or street art. These days I use a lot of spray paint. How long does the creative process take? – Some pieces take a long time and some are quicker, it depends on how detailed the collage is. Sometimes I make them from really tiny pieces of paper and then it can take a while. It depends on the material I use and how detailed it’s going to be, but most often I spend two to three weeks on one painting if I’m really intense and into it all the time. Fru Bugge will be part of Two Generations Street Art on 20 September – 19 October at Baerum Art Association, Engervannsveien 31, in Oslo. Her artwork is available from www.popop.no or her own site, www.frubugge.com.
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How do you know when a piece is finished? – You just know. Sometimes I have to put it away for a couple of days or weeks, and when I’m working on something else I always have the other piece in the back of my head. I’ll think about what I need to do to achieve the expression that I want. Then an idea pops up and I can start the finishing process. The break usually helps me see what each piece needs. How would you like people to feel when they see your art? – I want people to feel good! I want them to explore something that they think is beautiful and I want them to be happy. I want to make them glad that they can see what I see. I want people to smile when they see my pictures! What motivates you, how do you stay inspired? – Motivation is not a problem! I use the net a lot, like Instagram, to see what other artists are up to, I’m on the internet looking for inspiration all the time. I see inspiring things in magazines, on the streets, on television, everywhere. I try to be in my studio and work as much as I can, I love it! I’m not at that stage at the moment where I need much inspiration. But like all writers and artists, maybe one day I will wake up and think “Oh my God, what do I want to do next?” I haven’t come to that yet, but if I started doing art as a young girl I think I would have been there years ago; I would have given up the whole thing. That’s why I’m glad I started when I was grown up. I needed some life experience. If you could describe your work in three words, what would they be? Colourful, kissable and good looking!
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Nice to MaRseille From
France’s Mediterranean coast has been one of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations for decades. In addition to its expansive beaches and countless yachts, this region is also a goldmine for architecture, museums and culinary experiences. Z got in touch with Annelie Karlsson of publishing house Frankofon to talk about Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. by max doherty
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“The Promenade des Anglais is probably the most famous part of Nice.” The French Mediterranean coast goes by many names, the most common of which is the Riviera. However, it has never been officially established where the French Riviera begins and ends. One of the most accepted definitions is that the Riviera starts at the Italian border and ends in Saint-Tropez, but others believe it extends to Toulon or Cassis – more than halfway to Marseille. Annelie Karlsson helped straighten things out: – What is commonly called the French Riviera is, in fact, only a small part of France’s Mediterranean coast. Significant parts of the coast, such as Marseille, are not part of the Riviera at all. Instead, the French use the name PACA, which stands for Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. As the name suggests, PACA covers the area from the Mediterranean Sea all the way up to the Alps, and everything in between. It is one of France’s 22 mainland regions, and perhaps its most famous. The region has undergone a substantial makeover in the last 20-30 years. In the 1980s, this place was all about glamour, movie stars and luxury, and while this is still partly true, many tourists have turned their attention towards some of the lesser-known sights. The area around Marseille, in particular, has seen a large influx of tourists. The region’s tourism industry is mainly served by the airports in Nice and Marseille, and all the towns in between are easily accessible by car or bus. In addition, you can take the train along 88 | z lifestyle magazine
the entire coast, all the way from Nice to Marseille. Although the majority of this article will be centred on the coast, there are many things to do inland as well. Annelie Karlsson explains: – Although the region is often associated with beaches and sunny promenades, many of the best sights are actually found further inland. For example, the whole region is riddled with golf courses, which is perfect for a golf fanatic like myself. Similarly, there are vineyards just about everywhere. NICE
Our journey begins in Nice, the centrepiece of the French Riviera. From here, we will journey past picturesque fishing villages, hectic markets and celebrity-packed beaches. Annelie Karlsson gave us her view of this diverse coastline: – I view the French Riviera almost as two entirely different places, depending on when you go there. In the summer it’s crowded, hectic and crazy. This is when most people visit the Riviera, which explains why so many associate it with the aforementioned qualities. However, there is also an offseason, which is actually the best time to go there. The climate is a lot milder, and there are far fewer tourists. Of course, some people like that sort of thing, but I personally prefer the offseason. The weather by the Riviera has a two-month head start on the Nordics; spring comes earlier and autumn ends later.
Where to stay
Radisson Blu Hotel, Nice is located right by the Mediterranean Sea, with private access to the beach. There are 331 rooms and suites, all of which have a view of either the city or the sea. One of the highlights here is the rooftop terrace, sporting a panoramic view and Le Pool Bar & Lounge, not to mention a heated swimming pool. As an added bonus, guests at the hotel can enjoy free shuttles to the Old Town. www.radissonblu.com/hotel-nice
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destination Whenever you visit Nice you are bound to find the weather pleasant. Nice is a city of contrasts, with the traditional Old Town near the city centre and the more modern vibe around the beach. Indeed, the Promenade des Anglais, a two-kilometre long beach walk lined with palm trees is probably the most famous part of Nice. Annelie Karlsson agreed: – Whenever I’m in Nice, I just have to go roller-skating or jogging along the Promenade des Anglais in the morning. This is definitely one of those things everyone should experience! One of the city’s greatest sights is Vieux Nice, the Old Town of Nice. This district has remained virtually unchanged for centuries, and has become the city’s biggest magnet for tourists. This is a place where you can walk around for hours on narrow streets lined with boutiques, bakeries, wine vendors and coffee shops. Here, you will also find the Cours Selaya flower market: rows upon rows of flowers, fruit and vegetables make this one of the most colourful parts of the city. Nice has a beach, albeit a pebbly one. There are public sections as well as private ones, and due to the, well, stony nature of the surface you might want to bring a pair of sandals and rent some mats or loungers. The water, however, is flawlessly crystal-clear. Finally, if you happen to visit Nice in February, you simply have to see the Nice Carnival. It is one of the biggest carnivals in the world, with over one million visitors, and ends with a majestic fireworks display.
“What is commonly called the French Riviera is only a small part of France’s Mediterranean coast.”
Next up on our journey is the picturesque fishing village Antibes. Due to its proximity to Nice – it’s only half an hour by bus – Antibes is perfect for a daytrip or two. According to Annelie Karlsson, this is a place you simply shouldn’t miss: – Antibes is my favourite place on the whole Riviera. It’s the prettiest village you’ll ever see, and you can still see old-timer fishermen get up early in the morning to go fishing. From here, you have an amazing view of the snow-covered Alps and the Mediterranean Sea. It’s simply stunning. If you want to add some cultural flavour to your visit, you should definitely head to the Picasso Museum. The museum has a large collection of Picasso’s drawings and ceramics, not to mention paintings. Considering the town’s historical setting, it might be surprising to learn that Antibes also has Europe’s largest harbour for Yachts. You could spend an entire day just eyeing all the impressive ships. Moreover, there are some great spots for sailing, jet skiing and swimming. Speaking of swimming, Antibes has a very popular beach called Plage de la Gravette, and there’s a long beach in neighbouring town Juan-les-Pins that extends all the way to Cannes. CANNES
We have arrived at Cannes, the pièce de résistance, and the place of which every actor dreams. Once a year, Hollywood’s hottest directors and actors come here to premiere their newest films at the Cannes International Film Festival. It was here that Quentin Tarantino won the Palm d’Or for Pulp Fiction, and it was here that Sacha Baron Cohen immortalized the mankini. However, although Cannes is best known for its film festival, there are other parts of the town worth checking out. Once again, we turned to Annelie Karlsson for some insights: 90 | z lifestyle magazine
Where to stay
Live like a movie star at the Radisson Blu 1835 Hotel & Thalasso, Cannes. The 134 guest rooms at this classic hotel are just a five-minute walk from the famed Palais des Festivals et des CongrĂ¨s, which is where the annual Film Festival is held. One of the best aspects of this hotel is the restaurant Le 360 on the highest rooftop in Cannes; as the name suggests, the restaurant has a panoramic view of the town. www.radissonblu.com/hotel-cannes
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Where to stay Radisson Blu Hotel, Marseille Vieux Port is a great place to stay while exploring the city and the nearby towns Aix-en-Provence and Avignon. There are 189 rooms and suites, 66 of which have a view of the Mediterranean Sea, and the hotel’s outdoor pool has a great view of Le Vieux-Port. In addition, the Radisson Blu Hotel, Marseille Vieux Port is home to some great restaurants, including Restaurant Solaris and Café Terracotta. www.radissonblu.com/hotel-marseille
– During the film festival, prices go up and everything gets a lot more crowded. Many tourists come here just for the festival, but just as many avoid it. One thing I personally like about Cannes is the beach walk, La Croisette, which stretches all the way from the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès to Casino Le Palm Beach. There are also markets, churches and parks. In addition, the old harbour, Vieux Port, is definitely worth a visit. Unlike Nice, Cannes has sandy beaches, albeit mostly private ones. If you prefer some distance to your neighbours at the beach, then you might want to head to Juan-les-Pins instead. MARSEILLE
Marseille is part of the PACA region, and perhaps one of the lesser-known destinations in this article, despite being France’s second largest city. Marseille was the 2013 European Capital of Culture, for which they rebuilt most of the city into a cultural chef-d’oeuvre. In the book Marseille – Från kriminell till kulturell, author Johan Tell writes: “You could, of course, say that Marseille is a French city located by the Mediterranean, but it is actually more accurate to say that Marseille is a Mediterranean city located in France.” It’s a city with its attention towards the sea, paying less attention to its French roots. Indeed, Annelie Karlsson considers the harbour to be one of the city’s highlights: – Le Vieux-Port is the harbour around which Marseille was built more than two-thousand years ago, and it still plays a prominent role in the city. I like to go there in the mornings to buy fresh fish. There is also a beautiful church by the harbour, the
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Notre-Dame de la Garde, which watches over the city like a guardian; the church has the best view in all of Marseille. The Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée, or MuCEM, is another highlight; it’s a brand new Mediterranean museum with an amazing location by the harbour. One of Marseille’s biggest tourist attractions is actually not located in the city, but rather on a small island not far from the coast. On this island, we find the fortress Château d’If; you might recognize the name from Alexandre Dumas’ classic The Count of Monte Cristo. These days, tourists can visit the island and explore all the nooks and corners of this former prison. AIX-EN-PROVENCE
Slightly north of Marseille we find Aix-en-Provence; the short distance from Marseille makes it perfect for a day trip. It is a sophisticated town with lots of cultural events and festivals, and there are international students from all around the world. The town is one of Annelie Karlsson’s favourites: – If someone were visiting the south of France for the first time, I would recommend two places in particular: Antibes and Aix-en-Provence. Both of them are genuinely French, but in very different ways. Aix-en-Provence is pretty unique; the central part of the town is almost like a Paris in the south. Post-impressionist painter Paul Cézanne lived here, and the town still has a vibrant community of artists. Oh, and you definitely shouldn’t miss the Cathédrale Saint-Sauveur d’Aix-en-Provence, which is the town’s most famous sight.
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Flying business class is a great way to get around, but what about the alternatives? In this issue of Z, we have taken a closer look at one of the most fascinating modes of transport: private jets. by max doherty
Most of us probably associate the use of private jets with celebrities, multibillionaires and world leaders. Indeed, these people are prominent users of private jets, but the private jet carriers’ frequent flyer lists extend much further. Similarly, most of us view the benefits of private jets as mainly being a matter of luxury, but private jet carriers’ biggest selling points are actually time-efficiency and privacy. Although private jets are more common in other regions, the Nordics have their fair share of carriers and users. Eddie Pfitzner, the Nordics’ Senior Vice President of Netjets, the market leader in private aviation, told us about the Nordic private jet market: – The Nordic market has grown year after year, but many people in the region prefer not to talk about it; the people here still tend to view private jets as something extravagant. Our goal is to change this view, and to make it more in line with what we are actually offering. Flying privately, whether for business or leisure, is the most time-efficient mode of transport in the world. These aircraft can land at virtually every airport in the world, around the clock. There are no stopovers, no waiting times and no queues, and with Netjets you are guaranteed a flight from as little as 10 hours’ notice. You can bring whomever you want; you can even bring your dog!
When it comes to paying for private jet travel, you go about things rather differently. The price isn’t based on the number of people you bring, for example, but on the type of aircraft and the number of hours you travel. It matters less how many you are or where you are headed. Flying by private jet can easily be the best option in terms of value for customers. Eddie Pfitzner explains: – Let’s say a board of directors, a group of seven, is attending a meeting in a small town. If they fly with a commercial carrier, they would most likely have to make a stopover at another airport before they arrive at their final destination. Furthermore, should there be no returning flights that night, they would have to spend a night at a hotel. These people are paid a lot of money and their time is valuable; that time will now be spent having them sit and wait at airports and hotels. With a private jet, they can fly directly to their location, leave whenever they want, and even get a lot of work done during the flight. If you take into account the seven business class tickets, the seven hotel rooms and all the wasted working hours, our offer can actually be the less expensive one. With Netjets, it is about the overall value of the offering. One of the downsides to using a commercial airline is the lack of privacy.
“Flying privately is the world’s most timeefficient mode of transport.”
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business class Flying privately allows you to hold meetings and discuss sensitive matters with your colleagues, all while you’re in the air.
“There are no stopovers, no waiting times and no queues. You can bring whomever you want; you can even bring your dog!” Even though the business class cabin is good for working alone, it is hardly suitable for meetings – you can’t exactly discuss company secrets. Furthermore, once you board a commercial aircraft, everyone can see where you’re going. For famous people, this can result in unpleasant crowds of photographers at the final destination, and if you represent a publicly traded company, being seen flying to certain destinations could even affect share prices. Evidently, there are many benefits to the private jet concept. However, will it ever be attainable for us regular mortals? Turns out, it actually is! This has to do with the fact that carriers offer to pick up customers on incredibly short notice, within as little as 24 hours. As such, there are many empty aircrafts flying to and from their destinations, commonly referred to as “deadheads”. As of recently, the seats in these aircrafts are up for sale. If you’re willing to forego some flexibility in terms of scheduling and destinations, you too can experience the inside of a private jet. One of these providers is British charter company Air Partner, whose “Empty Legs” service has discounts as high as 75%. Keep in mind, however, that deadhead flights often include a clause that give carriers the right to change destination in the event of a last-minute booking.
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European In this issue of Z, we have taken a closer look at two strong performers on the European airline scene: Finnair and Air France. By max doherty
Finnair's Business Class Lounge will make your stopover a lot more enjoyable.
Finnair is one of the oldest airlines in the world; it recently celebrated its 90th anniversary, but this carrier is nowhere near retirement age. Where other airlines have downsized or specialized in low-cost fares, Finnair works even harder to offer a classic, high-quality flight experience. So how was this particular airline able to succeed where others have failed? I travelled to Helsinki to find out. Helsinki-Vantaa Airport is one of Europe’s most celebrated airports, and is heavily characterized by its biggest tenant – this is Finnair’s hub between Europe and Asia. One of Finnair’s best new features makes its appearance several hours before I even have arrived: automatic check-in. You know that Passbook App on your Iphone that you never use? It’s actually pretty great! They send you a digital boarding card to your mobile phone, and you simply scan the screen to go through airport security. It might not sound like much, but having one less thing to keep track of really does make a huge difference. At the top of my list of things to do is to try out Finnair’s Business Class Lounge. As I enter the lounge, I am impressed by how streamlined everything is; it almost resembles a luxurious school canteen, except the pupils here drink wine and read The Economist. The second thing I notice is that Wi-Fi Internet is both fast and free. At the lounge, I am greeted by Finnair’s Communications Specialist Joseph Knowles, who explains how Finnair is able to compete without cutting back on quality: z lifestyle magazine | 99
airlines – This can be traced in part back to our geographical advantage. in our core market. Since Finland is located slightly further to the east than many other European countries, we can actually fly to and from our Asian destinations within the 24-hour cycle. Of course, Sweden is just an hour away, but still too far west to make that important 24-hour mark. And what happens when you miss that mark? Well, your aircraft utilisation rate goes way down. You've got to keep your aircraft parked on the ground for longer periods. An aircraft is an expensive asset, and any airline needs it in the air as much as possible. Also, having a schedule that does not change from day to day simplifies things for customers. Kenneth Gillberg, Finnair’s Sales Director Scandinavia, provided further insights into Finland’s geographical advantages: – Finland is a very sparsely populated country, so we have lots of space to work with. Take Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, for example, which has more runways that Heathrow, despite not being nearly as big! They have two; we have three. This way, we eliminate queues before take-off and landing. Entering Finnair’s Business Class cabin is a pleasant experi-
ence. It feels very Finnish, which is probably because of Finnish design brand Marimekko; they have designed everything from the tableware to the textiles. Furthermore, the food here tastes surprisingly good – I’m later told that Finnair has a collaboration with the two famous Finnish chefs Pekka Terävä and Tomi Björck. The Business Class section is fully booked on both flights, and I’m surprised to learn that many Finnair customers are from Japan and China. In fact, Finnair just recently announced a partnership with British Airways and Japan Airlines, which will reinforce their dominance eastwards whilst opening up the market to the west. Kenneth Gillberg concluded: – We are the only 4-star carrier in the Nordics, and we have won the World Airline Award for Best Airline Northern Europe four years in a row. We have very competitive prices, especially for business travellers: a two-way Business Class ticket to Bangkok can be found for less than 1,600 euros. Due to our advantageous location, you often save a lot of time flying with us. We also schedule most of our long-haul flights to take place at night, so that our customers can make full use of our full-flat beds.
You know that Passbook App on your Iphone that you never use? It’s actually pretty great!
Finnair is the only 4-star carrier in the Nordics, and has won several international travel awards.
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airlines Air France was one of the first airlines to introduce the gigantic Airbus A380, known for its unique doubledecker design.
Further to the west, we find another prestigious airline: Air France. This French airline celebrated its 80th birthday last year, and has played a prominent role on the European airline scene for nearly as many years. Having built a strong business on domestic travel, Air France soon expanded internationally; in the 1950s, Air France had one of the largest fleets in the world, and in 1976, the airline had the world’s fastest commercial route between Paris and New York. More recently, Air France was one of the first airlines to introduce the new A380 aircraft model. The debut route between Paris and New York was soon followed by many others, including Los Angeles, Shanghai, Hong-Kong and Johannesburg. In 2004, Air France merged with Dutch airline KLM, creating Europe’s biggest network of long-haul departures whilst still operating as individual brands. Ryanne van der Eijk, General Manager North Europe at Air France KLM, told us more: – We are pursuing a dual-hub strategy, with Charles de Gaulle in Paris and Schiphol in Amsterdam as our two most important and most frequently used airports. Nevertheless, due to inherent differences between the countries, the two airlines also have slightly different prerequisites. France is a large country with 80 million inhabitants, which entails a high demand for domestic flights. The Netherlands, on the other hand, is much smaller and much more densely populated, which is why they have a smaller selection of domestic flights – you can more or less drive everywhere. Air France has become increasingly prominent with regard to transatlantic flights. Indeed, a recent joint venture with US-based
Delta Air Lines gave Air France access to pretty much every destination in Mexico, Canada and the United States. In addition, Air France is a strong contender on the Nordic market, not least in Denmark and Sweden. In total, the airline has 22 daily departures from Nordic destinations – together with its sister airline KLM that number reaches 78 during the 2014 summer schedule. Business Class travellers will be happy to learn that Air France recently announced their new full-flat beds, which will be introduced on all 44 long-haul Boeing 777 aircrafts starting this June. The beds were designed by Mark Collins of Design Investment and are based on the “3F concept”, which stands for full-flat, full access and full privacy. This concept means that passengers can get a good night’s sleep, always have access to the aisles and are able pull out curtains for some extra privacy. As an added bonus, Air France is introducing brand new touchscreens to go with the full-flat beds. Ryanne van der Eijk tells us that Air France’s sister airline KLM recently introduced these beds, and it nearly doubled their customer satisfaction. In other words, Air France’s customers have something to look forward to. Lastly, since Air France is based in the culinary capital of the world, one would expect the airline to be deeply invested in the food and drink selection. Indeed, Ryanne van der Eijk has one last piece of news she wants to share with us: – France is famous for its food and wine, so we are proud to announce that triple Michelin-starred chef Régis Marcon has created five new dishes for our Business Class menu. We are sure that our Business Class customers will be delighted to enjoy it.
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Nostalgic silhouettes, pebbly beaches and the Mediterranean. We drew inspiration from the brilliant azure shades of the French Riviera and found the fashion shoot of our dreams. Photography Francesco Brancato Styling Cleo Casini
Dress by M Missoni. Shoes by Etro. Bracelet by Prada.
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Jumpsuit by Raoul. Bangle by Etro.
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Floral top by Blugirl. Skirt by Tibi. Sandals by Etro.
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Bra by Au Jour le Jour. Trousers by Raoul. Shoes by Etro. Necklace by Shourouk.
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Jacket and skirt by MSGM. Bra by Antonio Marras. Shoes by Etro.
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Cropped shirt by Tibi. Striped skirt by Moschino. Shoes by Blugirl. Sunglasses by Dior.
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Butterfly bra by Massimo Rebecchi. Sunglasses by Celine. Necklace by Etro.
Photography: Francesco Brancato. Styling: Cleo Casini. Hair: Luce Tasca. Make-up: Chiara Guizzetti. Model: Svetlana Yufkina @ MP Management. Sweater by Bally. Bikini briefs by M Missoni. Earrings by Etro.
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Switzerland Interlaken, palm-trees and eternal Ice At the feet of the eternally white summits of the Eiger, Mönch & Jungfrau lie palm-studded lake shores, a meeting place for centuries-old customs and top events with an international appeal.
From actIve to adventurous In Interlaken and the surrounding areas, it is said that one can perform all activities ending with an -ing; climbing, paragliding, glacier trekking, sky diving... Maybe that’s not entirely true but the fact is that the area is considered as Europe’s Mecca for both relaxing activities as well as very extreme ones. Everything to make a sports lover’s heart beat faster – the guests can get adrenalin kicks on the water as well as in the air. For adventure-seekers a canyoning tour is just the ticket and the region is criss-crossed by an extensive network of hiking trails from easy to demanding. There is also a wide range of tours for cyclists and mountainbikers of all abilities.
at its best! the name Is Bond; James Bond... 007’s charismatic presence is as palpable today at the schilthorn Piz Gloria as it always was. so why not visit the location where the classic “Bond on Her Majesty’s secret service” was shot? From stechelberg you take the cable car up to the schilthorn adventure. In summer an exciting hiking region; in winter the highest skiing region in the Bernese oberland. up on the summit the Piz Gloria will reward you with a 360° mountain panorama.
the lakes Turquoise blue waters, mountain peaks capped with eternal snows, and a cool breeze in your face. It’s high time for a cruise on lake Thun or lake Brienz that takes you past picturesque places and castles steeped in history. If you would like to go for a swim, the lakeside pool in the fishing village Iseltwald is something of an insider’s tip on a hot summer’s day. After an eventful day it’s time to step out into Interlaken’s nightlife. relaxed and laid back is the motto in Interlaken Enjoy haute cuisine, typically swiss dishes or international specialties.
Where to stay city hotel oberland – a stylish hotel set at the foot of the mountains. swiss hospitality is coupled with an ambience designed to make you feel comfortable. www.city-oberland.ch hotel metropole – located in the heart of Interlaken with splendid views of the Jungfrau mountain range. Enjoy the panoramic restaurant Top o’Met. www.metropole-interlaken.ch
JungFrauJoch – top oF europe The journey up to Europe’s highest railway station is a must for every guest in the region. once up, you have a winter world, ranging from summer skiing to the Glacier Plateau with it’s walking path, the Ice Palace located 30 meters below Europe’s longest glacier; Aletsch, part of the unEsCo World Heritage.
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Blending natural ingredients with aromatic and therapeutic qualities, the In Transit amenity line by This Works is already revitalising guests at Radisson Blu hotels and resorts around the world.
For the fifth year in a row, The Rezidor Hotel Group has been recognized as one of Ethisphere’s World’s Most Ethical Companies. Rezidor was one of the 144 companies to receive this recognition, among other industry leaders such as Google, and was one of only four companies awarded in the leisure and hospitality category – a testament to Rezidor’s Responsible Business program.
Carlson Rezidor has teamed up with skincare brand This Works to create a new, exclusive amenity line, which is being introduced at all Radisson Blu hotels and resorts around the world this spring. The amenity line is called In Transit, alluring to the globetrotting nature of its intended users. In Transit consists of a shower gel, a shampoo, a conditioner, a shower cap and vanity kits, all of them featuring a signature fragrance of mandarin and rosemary. All products are free of harmful chemicals and come packaged in recyclable materials. In Transit was designed by Kathy Phillips, who is the current International Beauty Director for Condé Nast Asia and the former Health and Beauty Director at Vogue. As founder and Creative Director of This Works, she has been involved in the packaging design, concept and creation of the amenity line.
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With responsibilities for the learning and development activities of 35,000 employees in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Jan Spooren, Carlson Rezidor’s Director, People Development, knows a thing or two about working with people. Last year, Carlson Rezidor launched a new strategy called 4D. The strategy consists of four components: “Develop Talent”, “Delight Guests”, “Drive the Business” and “Deliver Results”. The core business is, of course, to delight guests, which in turn can bring about profits and growth. None of this is attainable, however, without skilled employees at each and every hotel. This brings us to the first of the four D’s: developing the company’s talent. Jan Spooren explained how this can be achieved: – A major part of our people development programme is housed under what we call the Business School@Carlson Rezidor, which consists of around twenty different courses taught by experienced trainers. All employees at supervisory level and above can apply for the courses, which are held at our hotels around the world. I am responsible for making sure that the curriculum stays up-to-date, which sometimes involves adding or removing courses. Our Business School covers several areas, including sales, management and personal development. The Business School@Carlson Rezidor has been a roaring success since the past 18 years, attracting 1,500 delegates per year. The courses provide a unique opportunity for employees to learn, connect and network, while also being a platform for talent spotting. In addition to the Business School, Jan Spooren is also in charge of the learning management system “Learning Link”, which was recently re-launched in collaboration with Carlson Rezidor’s American and Asian Corporate Support Offices. Learning Link is an e-learning system, and will be fully integrated within the next couple of years. Indeed, Jan Spooren is very optimistic about Carlson Rezidor’s people development commitment: – I am very happy that our senior management recognizes the importance of retaining our talent. I would like for every employee at Carlson Rezidor to become the very best they can be. Of course, not every employee can become a manager – we have many more employees than we have hotels. Nevertheless, as a global company we are able to offer many other opportunities. If you have worked in the Nordics for a couple of years, perhaps you would be interested in working in Russia or South Africa.
Jan Spooren Title: Director, People Development at
The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. Age: 42. Resides in: Brussels, Belgium. Family: Wife and three children. Motto: You have one life to live; make
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Design trends 2014
Every year in April, hundreds of thousands of design aficionados and trade professionals roll into Milan for a week of spring sun, lavish events and cutting edge interior design. They are here for Salone de Mobile, the worldâ€™s largest interiors and furniture fair. Z took in the sights and talked trends for 2014. By Joe Hewitt
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he Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan is one of the world’s largest interior design fairs. This year saw the 53rd edition take place on 8-13 April with an impressive 2,400 exhibitors vying for the attention of more than 300,000 visitors from over 160 countries. The fair caters for professionals for its first few days, before opening its doors to the public at the weekend. Every other year the fair focuses on kitchens, and with all the major manufacturers showcasing their latest products there was plenty to see. Z Magazine caught up with two prominent exhibitors and talked about current trends and what the future holds in store.
The Gaggenau showroom in Stockholm, which opened in 2011.
At this year’s Salone, high-end appliance manufacturer Gaggenau had three culinary ambassadors representing old-school craftsmanship and culinary excellence. Exciting winemaker Elisabetta Foradori from Trentino in Italy, German master baker and champion of the slow baking movement Ingo Rasche and Italian master chef Cesare Casella all demonstrated their craft at the exhibition. We caught up with Magnus Falk from Gaggenau for a chat. Can you tell us more about your theme this year? – One trend in gastronomy is a return to traditional manufacturing methods, combined with a longing for original, authentic food. This has a strong connection to Gaggenau, with our traditions in production and craftsmanship – we have several products that are almost entirely handmade. We are presenting our products as tools for culinary processes. What other trends do you see in kitchens at the moment? – The kitchen as a room has been opened up and connected with the other spaces in our homes: the dining room, living room, lounge etc. Companies that offer custom kitchens now have complete solutions for furniture, wardrobes, dressing rooms and wine rooms. There’s also a move from separate appliances to ones that are built in.
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Baker Ingo Rasche, chef Cesare Casella and winemaker Elisabetta Foradori all demonstrated their craft at Gaggenau’s exhibit.
design The built in versions enable the kitchen to be tailored for you as a chef. For example, the oven can go at just the right height, instead of being a separate piece that you had to stoop over. What do you think our kitchens will look like ten years from now? – I definitely think that connectivity will be built into tomorrow’s kitchens, in a user-friendly way. I think a lot will be similar to today’s kitchens, and as users we will decide how much new technology we want, how many of the sometimes very futuristic innovations our sector comes up with. kitchens with connections
Another company with a strong presence at Il Salone was Poggenpohl, who showcased a selection of their latest innovations and announced a new version of their groundbreaking Porsche Design Kitchen. We took the opportunity to ask Annette Ersa Engberg from Poggenpohl Sweden a few quick questions. What trends do you see in kitchens at the moment? – At Poggenpohl we present ideas that haven’t been seen anywhere else, and as such we are more about innovation than trends. However, we can see that our +Modo series, which was designed by architect Jorge Pensi and launched in 2005, has really caught on with our customers. Back when
it came out they perhaps found it challenging, but now they have caught on. One tendency we’ve seen is for the kitchen to become a work of art in itself – now that open plan homes are more common, people want to be able to sit in the living room and admire their beautiful kitchen. That’s what +Modo is all about. Yours is a global company – can you see any regional differences? – Our customers are looking for a design product, like a Ferrari or a Porsche, so ours is a type of design that appeals to the same kind of people all over the world. But there are some differences, like countertops for example. In northern Europe, Denmark especially, wood is a popular material, whereas further south stone is preferred. Also, sizes can differ; in Sweden we like to have very large kitchens, while in Tokyo for example they are more compact. The culture in each country can have an effect on kitchen size. What do you think our kitchens will look like ten years from now? – I think that people will use technology more and more. It has taken a while, but now people are used to being connected. Kitchens will be more integrated with media functionality – audio, visuals and lighting. The area that we cook in will have more technology, and some of the functions that the living room has now will move into our kitchens.
Poggenpohl’s +MODO kitchen, blossom white with marsh oak.
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Vivid ethnic chic, rugged Nordic nature and rich shades of blue are three of springâ€™s strongest interior design trends. Here we reveal how to add some of these current looks to your home. By Joe Hewitt
Bold ethnic influences meet peppy colours â€“ from H&M Home. 122 | z lifestyle magazine
This audacious style incorporates elements of the ever-popular vogue for graphic design and adds ethnic patterns and influences. The look is wild and exotic, combining bold colours with genuine ethnic crafts. Inspired by jungle wildlife and colourful plants, the main materials are faux fur, leather, wood and stone. Floors take centre stage and come decorated with statement-making rugs. This style appeals to our sense of global conscience, our wanderlust and our interest in our history. These innovative combinations can add drama and peppy energy to any room – dare to be different and try some new colours and patterns!
Natural materials and organic shapes stand out against a monochrome backdrop – from Tine K Home.
Nature is an integral part of Scandinavian design culture and is a major influence on how we decorate our homes, with organic shapes and details defining this style. We’re happy to pay for sustainable products and lasting materials that can be inherited by future generations. The light Scandinavian style is still popular, but now we are combining it with darker, heavier materials with a patina and a recyclable approach. Inspired by rugged landscapes, the materials are nature’s own: linen, wool, concrete, stone and wood. Ceramics have sun-dried and cracked surfaces, and gold and copper are used as elegant accents, adding a delicate touch to raw, rugged materials.
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Dip-dyed cushions in trendy blue shades for a soothing twotone look â€“ from Ceannis.
Fabrics are dyed using new techniques, creating watercolour-like effects with soft, pale shades. INTO THE BLUE
Rich, deep shades of blue are this springâ€™s standout colour and it looks like they will be with us for the rest of the year. The romantic New England look that is often associated with this kind of blue is on its way out, however. Instead, bold patterns are turning up in all kinds of innovative combinations, from royal blue to sapphire to darkest midnight, creating a updated arts-and-crafts look with exotic elements. Another strong tendency is for fabrics dyed using new techniques, creating watercolour-like effects with soft, pale shades. This style looks great with rustic, roughhewn furniture in dark wood and works well with two-tone interiors, as pictured.
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Having young children shouldn’t stop you from experiencing the wonders of big cities. Norwegian website reismedbarn.no brings you the ins and outs of bringing small children to some of the most popular holiday destinations. by Charlotte Edøj
ities are not generally considered family-friendly holiday destinations, but with the right preparations you can bring your young children to cities like London, Stockholm and Amsterdam – and we guarantee you’ll have a great time. One of the best aspects of travelling with children is seeing how they react to all the new things around them; imaginations run wild when young minds are faced with tall cityscapes and busy streets. Travelling with young children also entails certain challenges: they get hungry, they get tired, they need to use the bathroom, and they want to enter every toy store in sight. However, if you take these things into consideration early on, they shouldn’t be a problem. Things to do before you go
1. Write down where you want to go and what you want to see, and make sure your list isn’t too long. It is more or less impossible to cover all the great tourist spots in a city whilst in the company of young children; you will have to set aside plenty of time for unforeseen events. You might stumble upon a rock your child just has to take a closer look at, or there might be a duck you all need to befriend before moving on. 2. Pick a hotel that’s located within walking distance of the places you want to see. A hotel with a great location can be a lifesaver, especially in the event of emergency nappy changes or unscheduled naptimes. A hectic day can be turned around simply by retreating to the hotel room for an hour or two. 3. Schedule some playtime every day where you visit a playground, a zoo or an amusement park. It is important for children to feel that the holiday is just as much “theirs” as it is “yours”. Similarly, it’s important for parents to have some alone time as well; go shopping, dine out or try one of the local pubs.
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FIESTA At the Wazaca street food restaurant in Vaasa’s Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, the colours of the Mexican flag – green guacamole, white tortillas and red salsa – turn every meal into a patriotic feast. In Mexico everything seems to revolve around food, and every meal is a social occasion. It’s all about sharing, often quite literally – don’t be surprised if your neighbour leans over to sample some of your dinner! Street food is a huge part of Mexican culture, and it’s easy to see why when you experience your first taste. The flavours explode in your mouth, with the first tang of coriander and full-flavoured juices followed by a hit of chilli. Wazaca has lifted the scents and tastes from the Mexican streets and transplanted them into the heart of northern Finland, at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel in Vaasa. The restaurant’s colourful interior and friendly staff create a genuinely warm welcome, and the extensive menu offers everything from crispy tostadas to tasty quesadillas. If you’re having trouble choosing, the Wazaca Special is a good place to start, with a little bit of everything to share with your friends. If you’re a Tex-Mex fan you’ll love Wazaca – the familiar flavours are all there, but in Mexican cuisine they’re just that little bit fresher and tangier, and the spice has a little more kick. www.radissonblu.com/hotel-vaasa
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The Swedish Light photography competition, which was organised for the first time by Swedavia in a collaboration with Fotosidan.se, was a resounding success. Keen amateur snappers from all over Sweden sent in over 3,000 entries, from which 20 winners were selected to adorn Terminal 5 at Stockholm Arlanda Airport. Their inspiring pictures will be the first thing that the 30,000 passengers who pass through here every day will see. – We want Arlanda to be an inspiring place, Sweden’s window to the world, and we wanted the Swedish people to help showcase our country for international visitors. These pictures will give a worthy welcome to our country, says Michael Persson Gripkow, Marketing Director at Arlanda.
TOP OF THE POPS Clara Hallenkreutz makes art out of everyday objects, challenging preconceptions and mixing pop art with surrealism to great effect. After sojourns in Australia, China and the US, the in-demand artist – her Instagram followers currently number more than 70,000 – is back in her native Sweden. We caught up with her for some quick questions. How do you use colour in your art? – Colour is at the core of my art and is one of my main forms of expression. It can instantly capture the viewer and invoke a feeling whether they like it or not. Putting a palette together is an amazing part of the process. What do you want people to feel when they see your art? – Desire and curiosity! I want to create art that will make you experience something and stimulate your imagination, regardless of what you know about the piece beforehand. What are your plans for 2014? – I’ve just moved into my studio in Stockholm and have fun plans for new art projects like pastel Lego and cream cakes. I’m also excited about my exhibition at the Mouche Gallery in Beverly Hills, opening on 23 April! www.clarahallenkreutz.com
BAGS OF STYLE With a collection of more than 4,000 bags, purses and accessories, the Museum of Bags and Purses in downtown Amsterdam is the largest of its kind in the world. The collections run from the Middle Ages to the latest designer creations and are well worth a visit. While you’re here, check out the charming Barbie’s Birthday Bash exhibition, celebrating Barbie’s fiftieth year in the Netherlands. Fifty Barbies, dating from 1960 to 2010, reflect five decades of fashion from Parisian haute couture via leisurewear to disco gear. After a long day out you can rest your sore feet and order a Barbie High Tea. Museum of Bags and Purses, Herengracht 573, Amsterdam. Until 4 May.
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A PERFECT MATCH The romance between Chopard and the Cannes Film Festival is still in full bloom after 16 years together. Since becoming official partner of the event in 1998, the luxury house crafts the Palme d’Or in its workshops and adorns the stars for the legendary ritual of ascending the staircase. Each year, Artistic Director Caroline Scheufele creates an original haute joaillerie collection to exalt the beauty of the stars for their red carpet appearance. This year the leading design is the Riviera jewellery set composed of a necklace and matching earrings, showcasing brilliant-cut, navette-cut and pear-cut diamonds at their most spectacular. LIGHTS, CAMERA, CANNES With the Oscars and the Sundance festival already fading into memory, it’s time again for the film industry to turn its gaze to the Cote d’Azure and the Cannes Film Festival. This year, the festival’s 67th, looks set to be the most glamorous yet, with the stars expected to turn up on the Croisette including Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Mila Kunis, Orlando Bloom, Carey Mulligan, Audrey Tautou, Emma Watson, Benicio del Toro, Michael Douglas, and Mads Mikkelsen, to mention a few. This year’s president of the Palme d’Or jury is director Jane Campion, the only woman to date to win the prestigious award, in 1993 with her drama “The Piano”. At the time of writing the festival line-up has yet to be announced apart from the film that will open the festival (in a non-competing slot): Olivier Dahan’s “Grace of Monaco”, a drama starring Nicole Kidman and Tim Roth that portrays the life of American actress Grace Kelly after she became Princess Grace of Monaco. However, hot prospects include three biopics helmed by British directors: “Jimmy’s Hall” by Ken Loach, “Mr Turner” by Mike Leigh and Stephen Frears’s as-yet untitled Lance Armstrong biopic starring Ben Foster. It looks like this could be a good year for the Brits.
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Marion Cotillard, Cara Delevingne and Jennifer Lawrence on the red carpet wearing haute joaillerie from Chopard.
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Have you ever wondered what happens to all those swanky cars – not to mention the boats, motorbikes and jets – from the James Bond movies after filming ended? Wonder no more. Head over to the London Film Museum for a close encounter with some extraordinary vehicles – from the subaquatic Lotus Esprit from The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) to the Aston Martin DB5 from GoldenEye (1995) and the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud from A View to a Kill (1985), they’re all here. A must for all Bond buffs. London Film Museum, 45 Wellington St, London. Until the end of the year.
TOVE TURNS 100 As part of the official programme of the Tove Jansson centenary year, the Atenuem museum in Helsinki has put together an extensive exhibition showcasing the career of the artist, author and creator of the well-known Moomin stories. Highlights include Jansson’s satirical anti-war illustrations for Garm magazine and distinctive self-portraits alongside many previously unseen works from private collections. The Moomins are well represented too, with illustrations and sketches from the books and even the costumes that were used in the Moomin opera that debuted in 1974. Ateneum Art Musuem, Kaivokatu 2, Helsinki. Until 7 September.
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Offering a unique look at everyday life in the German Democratic Republic, the core of this exhibition is the work of two photojournalists, Martin Schmidt (born in 1925) and Kurt Schwarzer (1927–2012). The duo took their cameras to publicly owned companies, agricultural collectives, kindergartens and old age homes. Their mandate was to present the GDR in a positive light using colour photography, which was cutting edge at the time, to highlight modernity in socialism. A fascinating insight into commissioned photography in 1960s East Germany. Deutsches Historisches Museum, Unter den Linden 2, Berlin. Until 31 August.
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An explosion of colours left our model covered in ecstatic application of eye shadows, lipstick and lashes were fused Z Magazine proudly presents our most vibrant photo shoot yet. Photography David Bicho make up Nina Patro
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“Love was a feeling completely bound up with colour, like thousands of rainbows superimposed one on top of the other.” – Paulo Coelho
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“Why do two colours, put one next to the other, sing? Can one really explain this? No. Just as one can never learn how to paint.” – Pablo Picasso
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Sustainable success In 2010, Swedish entrepreneur Erik Hedén founded Sustainable Brand Insights, a market research firm best known for their annual Sustainable Brand Index. Having interviewed 24,000 Nordic consumers about 633 brands, 2014 has been their biggest year yet.
he idea behind the Sustainable Brand Index is to ask consumers how they perceive the sustainability of various brands. We wanted to highlight sustainability and put a spotlight on sustainable businesses, Erik Hedén explains. The brands in the Sustainable Brand Index are selected based on three parameters: market share, revenue and brand recognition; the goal is to reflect the market as encountered by the consumer. The survey on which the index is based is conducted in three phases. The first phase is an online survey, where Nordic consumers are asked questions based on guidelines set by UN Global Compact.
This year's Sustainable Brand Index Award Ceremony was held at the Waterfront Congress Centre in Stockholm.
“Our goal is for Radisson Blu and Park Inn by Radisson to become two of the world’s leading sustainable brands.” – And we have grown substantially! In 2011 we had 3,000 respondents; this year the number was 24,000, Erik Hedén tells us. The second phase is the field study, where qualitative faceto-face interviews are made with a smaller sample of consumers. The final phase concerns brand drivers; Sustainable Brand Insights conducts in-depth studies to learn what consumers’ opinions and views are based on. Radisson Blu and Park Inn by Radisson are members of the Sustainable Brand Insights Platform, a group of dedicated companies that participate in workshops, lectures and meetings. Both Radisson Blu and Park Inn by Radisson have seen a positive trend in their environmental and social responsibility ratings, based on their strong sustainability programme. – Our goal is for Radisson Blu and Park Inn by Radisson to become two of the world’s leading sustainable brands. The hospitality industry is one of the best places to implement sustainability initiatives, through measures such as reducing energy and water consumption or minimizing waste. A hotel is in many ways based on meetings – at the reception desk, at the restaurant, in the lobby – where the sustainability perspective can be further promoted, Erik Hedén concludes.
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A knightâ€™s tale
Well into his fifth decade in the notoriously fickle fashion business, Sir Paul Smith is still going from strength to strength. We chart the rise and rise of the nicest man in fashion, from boyhood to knighthood and beyond.
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aul Smith was born in Nottingham in 1946, the son of a draper. After he left school at age 15 with no qualifications his father stepped in to set up his first job as an errand boy at a local clothing warehouse. Young Paul was an avid cycling fan who harboured dreams of becoming a professional racing cyclist and he would live for the cycle ride to and from work. This all changed when he had a serious accident at the age of 17 and had to spend the next six months recovering from a broken femur in hospital. During his convalescence he met new friends from the local art college who introduced him to a whole new world of art, fashion and design. When Paul could finally return to his job at the warehouse his newfound knowledge soon saw him promoted to menswear buyer and he started to spend his free time studying fashion in the evenings. This led to his then girlfriend (now wife) Pauline Denyer, a fashion design student, encouraging him to open his first shop, Paul Smith Vetement Pour Homme, on a nondescript side street in Nottingham. Opening only on Fridays and Saturdays, the shop sold selected fashion labels along with Paul’s own designs. He also sold various objects and bric-a-brac that he had picked up on his travels.
As Paul told the Telegraph in 2008: “That first shop was only 12ft square and I thought, ‘Why would anyone come?’ So I’d always have a poster from the Pompidou Centre to sell, or three school notebooks from a trip to Greece.”
By 1976 Paul had already outgrown his first shop and shown his collections for the first time in Paris, and in the next few years he opened three shops in London and one in New York. He has continued to expand at a gradual pace ever since, adding new shops and collections, including men’s, women’s and children’s fashion, eyewear, stationery, fragrances and interior design. The Paul Smith brand is established all over the world, with over 200 shops and concessions in Japan alone making up almost half of the company’s sales. Smith’s shops are well known for their curated approach, and all of them have unique interiors where everything is for sale, from the one-off antiques to the furniture.
Paul Smith has a history of design collaborations, including bikes with Pinarello and cameras with Leica. His latest team-up is with Danish furniture manufacturer Carl Hansen & Son to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Hans J. Wegner. Paul has created some new stripe designs, giving a bold injection of colour to classic Wegner pieces.
The colourpopping Paul Smith shop on Melrose Avenue in LA.
The iconic CH7 Shell Chair by Hans Wegner adorned with standout stripes by Paul Smith.
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A recreation of Paul’s office from the exhibition Hello, My Name is Paul Smith at the Design Museum in London.
Paul’s style can be described as a well-made, classic cut, often with a splash of vivid colour in the form of his signature stripes or a floral pattern. One of Smith’s hallmarks is his sense of humour and eye for unusual, quirky details. He once called himself “the John Cleese of fashion” and appropriately enough he has dubbed the cellar of his Covent Garden company headquarters The Stockroom of Silly Things. This room is full of weird and wonderful objects that Smith has collected over the years, from globes to toys to all sorts of memorabilia and presents sent to him by his fans. Although Smith is a super-successful and savvy businessman – he once jokingly attributed his success to knowing that VAT stands for Value Added Tax, not Vodka And Tonic – he is known for his distaste for society’s pursuit of wealth and has a reputation as being a genuinely nice guy. His relaxed outlook also applies to his business acumen: ”My top tip is to take it slow. Life is a joy. You don’t have to be rich and famous straight away. Take it easy, grow gently and you’ll have a lovely life,” Smith told vogue.com in 2010. z lifestyle magazine | 151
icon Always interested in exploring new areas and never losing his childlike sense of wonder, Paul has constantly added new product lines and collaborations over the years. His successful line of fragrances includes Extreme, Floral, Story and his latest scent Extreme Sport, just out this spring. He has designed bikes with Pinarello, cameras with Leica and accessories for the England football team for the 2002 World Cup. Smith has also retained a keen interest in cycling, designing jerseys for the Giro d’Italia and dressing Olympic champions Sir Chris Hoy and Bradley Wiggins after their achievements at the 2008 Olympic Games. In 2000 Smith was awarded a knighthood, finding out at the last minute that it would be awarded on the same day of his wedding to Pauline, his partner of over 30 years. When informed of this, Paul said with typical humour “Well, it’s going to be a very busy day!”. He is still very much involved in the day-to-day running of the business and is chairman and designer for the company, which currently has a turnover of around 400 million euros, with more than 200 shops worldwide. Paul Smith has directly influenced the way men dress, introducing a little more colour and flair into their wardrobes. So what is the secret of the brand’s longevity and success? The Paul Smith signature style is easily identifiable, having remained remarkably unchanged ever since he started out in 1970. It can be boiled down to a combination of top-notch materials and Savile Row tailoring, eccentric details with a British sense of humour, all coupled with keen business acumen. Perhaps it’s simply that the Paul Smith company mirrors the essence of Paul Smith himself: classic with a twist.
“Life is a joy. You don’t have to be rich and famous straight away. Take it easy, grow gently and you’ll have a lovely life.”
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Paul Smith timeline 1946 Paul Smith is born 1963 Involved in cycling accident 1970 First shop opened at 10 Byard Lane, Nottingham 1976 First Paul Smith collection shown in Paris 1979 First London shop opened at 44 Floral Street 1986 Paul Smith toiletries collection launched 1987 First shop opens on 108 Fifth Avenue in New York 1991 Paul Smith childrenswear launched 1991 Paul Smith receives British Designer for Industry Award 1991 Flagship shop opens in Tokyo making a total of 60 shops in Japan 1993 Paul Smith launches accessories and women’s collections 1994 Launch of Paul Smith spectacles, luggage and watch collections 1995 Paul Smith website goes online 1996 Paul Smith awarded the Honorary Freedom of the City of Nottingham 2000 Launch of Paul Smith Men and Paul Smith Women fragrances 2000 Paul Smith awarded a knighthood by HRH Queen Elizabeth II 2004 First shop opens in mainland China on Nanjing Road in Shanghai 2006 Paul Smith opens a shop on Moscow’s Red Square, Russia 2007 Designs and manufactures his first chair, The Melrose 2012 Launches a camera with Leica 2014 Collaborates with Carl Hansen & Son to celebrate 100th anniversary of Hans J. Wegner
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Many of the rooms at the Park Inn by Radisson Lund offer a great view of the city.
“We have really tried to give all the rooms their own identity, and make them an experience in themselves.” The city of Lund was founded more than 1,000 years ago, making it Sweden’s second oldest. These days, Lund is perhaps best known as one of Sweden’s two major university towns, the second being Uppsala – Sweden’s own Cambridge and Oxford, if you will. Visit Lund on 30 April and you’ll be greeted by tens of thousands of students happily engaged in their favourite pastime: drinking wine outdoors. Indeed, Valborgsmässoafton, as the day is called, is one of the best times to experience the city’s student life, and everyone’s invited. In addition, the city is host to the Lund Carnival once every four years, and the next one just to happens to be held this May. Lund is also known for its proximity to Malmö and the Øresund Bridge, which connects Sweden to Denmark. In fact, Lund is located as little as 10 minutes from Malmö and 30 minutes from Copenhagen Airport. This has made the city a favourite among commuters. In March 2014, Lund saw the opening of its newest hotel: Park Inn by Radisson Lund. The hotel is located next to the future World Trade Centre of Lund, just a short walk from the city centre, making it the go-to-place for visiting scholars and venture
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capitalists. In fact, Park Inn by Radisson Lund is the only hotel in this rapidly developing district. It is fortunate, then, that the hotel is truly splendid. The hotel was designed by Swedish architect firm Horisont Arkitekter with the goal to create something extraordinary. This vision becomes apparent the moment you lay eyes on the newly built hotel structure. The front and back facades have intentionally been made to contrast one another; one side shimmers in shades of silver and chrome, the other one is colourful and playful – a reflection of the versatility of the city itself. As part of the launch of the hotel the theme “Adding Colour to Life” played the lead role, featuring varying shapes and equally varying colours in the windows, created by lamps fitted inside the rooms. The entrance section is literally outstanding; a massive red block protrudes from the bottom floors of the hotel. Here you’ll find the reception desk and the brand new self-service check-in terminal – the latter allows for speedy access to one’s room. The hotel has 192 rooms distributed across 10 floors, and there are seven conference rooms as well as a multi-suite on the top floor.
<architecture & design This multi-suite is mainly intended for business meetings and dinners, but some guests also use it as an extremely spacious suite. Furthermore, something must be said about the view from the rooms. Much like the rest of Skåne, Lund is a very flat city, so viewing the city from above can be something of a eureka moment, even for the locals. Simply put, the view is gorgeous. However, a hotel is only as good as its rooms. Horisont Arkitekter designed the rooms to give guests a sense of warmth and comfort, whilst maintaining local characteristics. Charlotta Olsson, General Manager of Park Inn by Radisson Lund, told us more about the hotel rooms: – We have really tried to give all the rooms their own identity, and make them an experience in themselves. For example, we have used motifs on the walls that are characteristic of Lund and the Skåne region: pink magnolia, green fields, the colours of the seasons. Our suites have even more personalized themes: there is the library suite, which reflects Lund’s position as a university town, a Scandinavian-themed suite, since we are located near the Danish-Swedish border, and a suite inspired by the nearby science park. Park Inn by Radisson is Carlson Rezidor’s mid-market brand, offering a premium experience without charging a premium price. For example, all the rooms here are fitted with free Wi-Fi – a Park Inn staple – and have brand new flat-screen televisions. In addition, the premium rooms are equipped with Nespresso machines. Another interesting detail is that the rooms lack telephones, since hardly anyone use them these days. Instead, guests can download the hotel app for internal and external calls. The rooms are bright and inviting, while warm shades of purple and red were used for the lobby. Charlotta Olsson tells us that the lobby is one of the major draws of the hotel. – Many guests spend time in the lobby, which feels almost like a living room. We have a pool table, board games, and much more. Depending on how many guests we have, we will open up more sections of the lobby and bar. That way, it never feels empty. And if you step outdoors you will find our open-air restaurant and boules court. We do not want our guests to only spend time in their rooms; we want them to feel comfortable to spend time in our lobby too. The lobby is also home to a restaurant called Aperitivo, with capacity for 150 people. The concept is brand new, based on a philosophy that it should always be possible to get something to eat. The menu mixes traditional and local dishes, and there is also a bar menu with panini, soups and salads. – Many of our guests arrive late, so we have made it a point to serve meals around the clock. Instead of offering room service, we have an innovative takeaway service – guests can bring breakfast or lunch with them to the office. We are left with the impression that Lund is a lot better off in the hotel department these days. Charlotta Olsson summarized our thoughts pretty well: – Most of our guests are business travellers and conference attendees, but we also have families staying here over the weekends. I believe we have really managed to cater for all guests. www.parkinn.com/hotel-lund
In addition to offering a wide variety of rooms and suites, Park Inn by Radisson Lund is also a great location for conferences.
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Z Magazine goes on the road trip of a lifetime, from the snow-covered Alps down to the beautiful Riviera, in six outstanding Audis past and present. By James Holm
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he Audi story started back in 1909 when the company was founded by August Horch – Audi is the Latin form of the Horch surname. August had been ousted from the original company and so had to come up with a new name. A few years later the former enemies were back on friendly terms, forming Auto Union along with two other companies. The four companies were Audi, DKW, Horch and Wanderer. The Audi name was used to denote all four companies, but the four rings in the logo were designed to represent the four original partners. Until the 1980s the Audi brand didn’t have quite the same status as other premium marques like BMW and Mercedes. But after four-wheel drive was introduced, resulting in a successful venture into rallying, the company expanded at a slow but steady pace. When the Audi Quattro model arrived in the 1980s it represented a true milestone. The car has come to be known as the original Quattro and our journey will start in one. The city of Interlaken is located near Lake Thun, a sparkling turquoise Alpine lake. This is the scenic starting point for our 870-kilometre journey to the French Riviera and Monte Carlo. From Interlaken we will head for Megéve in France via the Sustens Pass and Nufenen Pass. Our first vehicle for this trip is a vivid red original Audi Quattro. As soon as you open the door, the looks and
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smells transport you right back to the 1980s. Even though it’s now in its 30s, this car can still perform, handling zealous drivers with ease. The first stretch out of Interlaken is mostly motorway until the mountains start putting a few bends in the road. Our original Audi glides down the motorway, taking curves and bends in its stride thanks to the excellent four-wheel drive. It’s no surprise that this model was in production for more than a decade, and it was with this car that Audi registered the Quattro trademark with a Q. On a sun-drenched stretch of road just after the St Gotthard Pass we switch vehicles for the first time, from the original Quattro to the RS Q3, the latest addition to the Quattro family. Based around the Q3, this is the first SUV from Audi with an RS symbol, German for RennSport, the Audi racing department and equivalent of BMW’s M-Sport and Mercedes’s AMG. The first model to receive the RS badge was the Audi RS2, a collaboration between Audi and Porsche that was sold in 1994 and 1995. The engine in the new Audi RS Q3 is a 2.5-litre 5-cylinder turbocharged affair that produces 420 Nm of torque and 310 bhp. Because this is an SUV the sports aspects have been toned down somewhat, but the classic chirrup of the turbo along with the winding roads over the Nufenen Pass challenge both car and driver.
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“The power on tap feels infinite and the carbon fibre brakes keep everything in check before each bend, time after time” Both pass the test with flying colours, warm brakes and sweaty palms. With the RS Q3, Audi has shown that an SUV can fully deserve the RS badge. After sampling what the latest RS has to offer we jump into the most classic of RS models, the RS6 Avant. No car in history, apart from possibly its arch-rival the BMW M5, can go toe to toe with this battering ram from Ingolstadt! Its V8 with twin turbos is among the most potent engines ever available in a family hatchback. 560 bhp and 700 Newtons of torque are on tap from 1,750 rpm, taking you from a standstill to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds. The Dynamic Plus package boosts the top speed further, from 250 to 305 km/h. This leviathan of a car weighs in at over two tons, but it feels more like a go-cart on the Alp roads heading down towards Megève. It’s hard to grasp how a car of this ilk can handle every corner without fatigue, the power on tap feels infinite and the carbon fibre brakes keep everything in check before each bend, time after time. Put simply, this is one of the best cars in the world. We spend the night in Megève, a municipality in southeast France, right next to the Swiss-Italian border. From here the remainder of our journey will take us to Monte Carlo via passes like Col de Montegenèvre and Col de Vars. Our car for the next day’s first stage is the lavish Audi RS7 Sportback, basically the same car as the RS6 but with added luxury. The bodywork has a coupé/ sedan feel with a gently sloping roofline and a shape like a threedoor coupé. The doors have a frameless design and are equipped with isolating glass; double glazing that keeps outside noise down to a minimum. This car’s main competitor is the BMW M6 Gran Coupé, which has rear-wheel drive while the Audi is all-wheel drive. The performance and comfort are almost identical to the RS6, which even BMW find hard to beat – the RS7 is a ride fit for a king. After Col de Vars we enter the most exhilarating stretch of our journey, the Col de Bonette pass. Situated in the French Alps on the Italian border, this is Europe’s highest paved road, weaving around the peak of Cime de la Bonette at 2,860 metres. The surrounding mountains and the road winding its way over the slopes offer hair-raising scenery and spine-tingling driving. The open landscape offers views of the road far off into the distance, contributing to the adrenaline rushes as the Audi RS7 Sportback is pushed to its limits, resulting once again in a case of sweaty palms. Our next car also has butterflies fluttering around our stomach – the vehicle at our disposal is a true icon in car history: an Audi Sport Quattro, the rally version of the original Quattro. In order to fend off the competition and develop the original Quattro, Audi’s engineers had to come up with something drastic. They duly did so, and the Sports Quattro was introduced at the 1983 Frankfurt car show with a wheelbase that hade been shortened by 32 centimetres. In order to get the car approved by the FIA rules for Group B rally cars, Audi had to build 200 street-legal units.
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“This leviathan of a car weighs in at over two tons, but it feels more like a go-cart on the Alp roads heading down towards Megève.” As well as the shorter wheel-base, the car also had some body parts made from tougher materials like Kevlar. In those days a Sports Quattro cost as much as two Porsche 911s. The performance from the 5-cylinder engine, which to a certain extent is in use, was 306 bhp. Towards the end of the Rally B era the Sport Quattro’s rally sibling, the S1, produced more than 600 bhp! They say that some things shouldn’t be experienced after their expiration date to avoid disappointment, but this certainly doesn’t apply to the Audi Sport Quattro. Despite its age this car is all about brutal fun! The short wheelbase makes it extremely nimble around bends and the engine supplies plenty of power as long as you keep the turbo pressure up. The mountain roads over the classic Monte Carlo stretch, Col de Turin, had us feeling like Stig Blomqvist et al in the 1980s when the Sport Quattro ruled the rally world. The last section winding down to Monaco and Monte Carlo should naturally be spent with the top down in Audi’s performance convertible, the RS5 Cabriolet. The heart of this model is the much-lauded 4.2-litre V8 in a naturally aspirated version. With 450 bhp at our disposal and a wonderfully throaty voice emitting from twin oval pipes at the back, this is a wholly satisfying experience. With the top down and the sun’s warming rays
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on our back as we approach the coast, there is time to reflect on a journey that has spanned nine passes and included some of the most spectacular roads Europe has to offer. Experiencing all this while sampling Quattro history has made each and every kilometre a pleasure. Audi Sport Quattro 1985-1986 Engine: 2.1-litre five cylinder, turbo, 306–540 bhp (rally 640 bhp). Torque 350–590 nm. Acceleration: 0–100 km/h in 3.1 seconds. Audi RS Original Quattro 1980-1991 Engine: 2.1 litre five cylinder, turbo, 200–220 bhp. Torque approx. 285 nm. Top speed: 200–230 km/h. Audi RS5 Engine: 4.2-litre V8, 450 bhp. Torque 430 nm. Acceleration: 0–110 km/h in 4.9 seconds. Top speed: 250 km/h. Audi RS Q3 Engine: 2.5 litre five cylinder, turbo, 310 bhp. Torque 420 nm. Acceleration: 0–100 km/h in 5.2 seconds. Top speed: 250 km/h. Audi RS6 Engine: 4-litre V8, twin turbos, 560 bhp. Torque: 700 nm. Acceleration: 0–100 km/h in 3.9 seconds. Top speed: 250 km/h. Audi RS7 Sportback Engine: 4-litre V8, twin turbos, 560 bhp. Torque: 700 nm. Acceleration: 0–100 km/h in 3.9 seconds. Top speed: 250 km/h.
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The Almost Nearly Perfect People Michael Booth (Jonathan Cape) The Nordic countries have been the recipients of international praise in recent years: Sweden for its handling of the financial crisis, Finland for its educational system and Denmark for being “the happiest country in the world”. Michael Booth, a British journalist and author of such endearing titles as “Sushi and Beyond” and “Eat Pray Eat”, recounts his experiences in the five Nordic countries, including the not so flattering aspects. Expect lots of British humour and fun anecdotes, mixed with social discussion and unique insights into the Nordic societies.
The Nordic countries have become quite popular as exporters of crime fiction. The Millennium books by Swedish author Stieg Larsson have sold more than 75 million copies worldwide, while Danish TV-shows such as The Killing and The Bridge have been successful both in their original versions and as American remakes. And then there is Jo Nesbø. This Norwegian crime author is best known for his books about police officer Harry Hole, but his stand-alone novels are usually just as good, if not better. His latest novel tells the story of a model prisoner who escapes to learn the truth about his father. Interestingly, the translated editions are released almost simultaneously with the Norwegian one – a testament to Nesbø’s international fame.
Are you in the mood for some insightful journalism, breathtaking photography and the most delicious culinary treats this side of the Mediterranean? Journalist Staffan Heimerson is a former foreign correspondent and a long-time resident of France. During his time as a correspondent he also authored several books, some of which touched upon the subject of food and wine. In the book “Le Menu, Tack!” he has finally combined two of his greatest aforementioned passions – France and food – as he travels around Provence and teaches us everything there is to know about the legendary French cuisine and French wine.
Small Architecture Now! Philip Jodidio (Taschen) Incredibly small dwellings might just be the next big thing in a world of increasingly densely populated cities. Philip Jodidio’s latest entry in Taschen’s long-running Architecture Now! series deals with small buildings in all shapes and forms. There are over 400 pages with projects such as Olson Kundig’s minimalist cabins, Terunobu Fujimori’s endearing “Beetle’s House”, Kota Mizuishi’s miniscule “Riverside House” and many more. Small Architecture Now! is sure to inspire anyone who has ever lived in a student dorm or a one-bedroom apartment, and proves that there is no such thing as too little space.
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by Joe Hewitt
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The Raid 2: Berandal action One of this year’s most anticipated action films is set in Jakarta, features an Indonesian-speaking cast and was shot by a Welsh director! The Raid 2: Berandal received a standing ovation at the Sundance Film Festival and has trended worldwide on Twitter, and is finally hitting movie theatres around the globe. Touted as the best action film since James Cameron’s legendary Terminator 2, this film blends martial arts, shootouts, car chases and tense drama. It’s a sequel to the cult hit The Raid: Redemption, which has gained a large following in both Europe and the US. The first film was praised for its relentless adherence to old-school stunt scenes, and the sequel takes it to an entirely new level. Don’t try this at home!
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The long-awaited Grace Kelly biopic starring Nicole Kidman has been the subject of considerable controversy, with director Olivier Dahan and producer Harvey Weinstein engaged in a war of words over the final cut. The pair have finally made up and the delayed film is set to open the Cannes festival on 14 May. The beleaguered movie has even managed to upset the Monaco royal family, with Kelly’s son Prince Albert reportedly furious that the project went ahead. The story focuses on the period where Kelly’s fairytale life begins to unravel as the actress-turned-princess longs to make a comeback in Hollywood. Despite – or perhaps because of – the controversy, this is one of spring’s must-see movies.
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After Twilight and The Hunger Games, the young adult trilogies continue to roll in. Divergent is the first film based on the post-apocalyptic dystopia created by twentysomething author Veronica Roth. After a devastating world war, Chicago is the only city to survive, and society is divided into factions according to human virtues. Tris (Shailene Woodley) is approaching her 16th birthday and has to choose which faction to remain with. Her unexpected choice triggers a series of spectacular events. A worthy addition to the genre, with Woodley putting in a stellar performance, though this will appeal most to the already converted.
The rom-com genre tends to get a lot of stick, perhaps deservedly so, but this is the exception to the rule: it’s genuinely funny and gently romantic. The late James Gandolfini appears in his last starring role opposite Julia Louis-Dreyfus, with the pair portraying two divorced, single parents and their struggles to get their midlife relationship off the ground. Can falling in love really feel that special again, the second time around? Both actors put in thoughtful, nuanced and adorable performances, far removed from their trademark unpleasantness as Tony Soprano and Elaine Benes. A proper rom-com for proper grown-ups.
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“A record deal doesn’t make you an artist; you make yourself an artist.” – Lady Gaga
BLOOM TWINS fatboy slim Fatboy Slim presents Bem Brasil Fatboy Slim is gearing up for a summer of soccer, sun and samba. The DJ – real name Norman Cook – is a huge football fan and has played live for the English national side at every World Cup since 2002. His new album Fatboy Slim presents Bem Brasil contains new material with classic Brazilian beats and remixes by DJ Fresh and Gregor Salto among others. Cook obviously loves Brazil, and the feeling is mutual – in 2004 he set records with a live set on Rio’s Flamingo Beach when more than 350,000 cariocas came out to party. Says Cook: “Given my love of Brazilian music, parties and football it is no surprise that with World Cup happening this year I want to share that love by providing a soundtrack for the summer, based on Brazilian music.”
coldplay Magic Stadium indie fans rejoice: Coldplay have announced the release of their sixth album, dubbed Ghost Stories and scheduled to drop on 19 May. It’s getting on for four years since Xylo Myloto reached our ears, since when Chris Martin et al have been hard at work fine-tuning and reinventing their formula. Magic builds slowly from a meditative drum machine and guitar loop via lush reverbed piano to familiar stadium-sized guitar hooks and those unmistakable falsetto vocals. It’s a softer, soulful take on the band’s sound, new yet still familiar without going for full-on bombast. It looks like we’re in for a treat in May.
Despite still being in their teens, the Bloom Twins, aka Anna and Sonya Kupriienko, already have two careers, juggling modelling assignments for iD and Italian Vogue with a burgeoning music career. Since relocating to London the multi-talented siblings have built quite a reputation on the gig circuit with their delicate vocal harmonies and mesmerising charisma, with star struck celebrity fans including Axl Rose. Their debut EP is in the pipeline, and it’s only a matter of time before this duo starts making waves. Check out their brooding cover of Bob Marley’s Get Up, Stand Up on www.bloomtwins.com.
jill johnson LIVEMUSIKEN FRÅN JILLS VERANDA The music from Jill Johnson’s hit TV series Jills Veranda is now out on Spotify. On the show, the country queen turned roots rocker was joined by some of Sweden’s best-known artists on her quest to find country music’s soul in its hometown, Nashville. In each program Jill and a guest performed a classic country song together, with highlights including Titiyo’s soulful take on Gillian Welch’s Orphan Girl and Kristian Gidlund’s touching version of Blue Eyes in the Rain, a song made famous by Willie Nelson in the 1970s. Gidlund, a gifted journalist and drummer of rock band Sugar Plum Fairy, tragically passed away last year at the age of 29, making this performance even more poignant.
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“Everyone who’s had a shower has had a good idea.” Nolan Bushnell
The Stick of Truth Role-playing (Ubisoft)
titanfall Shooter (ea) In March 2010, the founders of Infinity Ward (a studio that created the hugely successful Call of Duty series) were fired by their publisher after a heated dispute over royalties. In the following weeks, more than thirty key members left Infinity Ward to join their former colleagues’ new studio Respawn Entertainment, and four years later their first game is finally here. Titanfall is set in a dystopian future where wars are fought with massive robots known as titans. The script won’t win any awards for originality, but Titanfall stands out by attempting to merge the single-player and multiplayer experience into something entirely new. All game sessions are online-based, but with the bells and whistles we have come to expect from a single-player campaign, topped off with a healthy dose of old-school battle arenas, jetpacks and giant robots. Available on Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC. 60 euros.
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Obsidian Entertainment, best known for Fallout: New Vegas, have applied their experience to the South Park universe. They are joined by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, who have both written the script and provided the voice acting for the majority of the game’s characters. You assume the role of “The New Kid”, who you get to design and customize to your liking, and join forces with Stan, Kyle, Cartman, Kenny, Butters and all the other kids in the fictional Colorado town. The game plays very much like an old-school role-playing game, but with a sizeable dose of sarcasm and dark humour. In addition, the game looks exactly like the show, which is an impressive feat to say the least. Available on PS3, Xbox 360, and PC. 50 euros.
Dark Souls II Action Role-playing (Bandai Namco) When Dark Souls was released in 2011, it was hailed by many as one of the thoughest games in recent history, offering a challenge and experience reminiscent of old-school games like Ghosts ’n Goblins and Ninja Gaiden. It was refreshing to see atmosphere and level design come before graphics and cutscenes, and to be free to explore the world at one’s own device. The game had a steep learning curve, but was incredibly rewarding for those who endured the initial hours of dying over and over again. The game even had the tagline “prepare to die”. Dark Souls II is the long-awaited sequel, and although the Japanese studio From Software is making the game more approachable to newcomers, they have promised to make it just as challenging as its predecessor. Available on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. 50 euros.
Infamous: Second Son Action-Adventure (SCEE) Imagine if people with superhuman abilities existed in real life. What would that be like? Would they use their powers for good, and would the world trust them to make that decision? In the world of Infamous: Second Son, superpowers exist and those who wield them have been labelled “bio-terrorists” by an increasingly oppressive, authoritarian government. We meet Delsin Rowe, a graffiti artist in the city of Seattle who at 24 years of age finds out that he is able to learn these powers, and as such finds himself on the government’s most wanted list. The game features an open-world setting with lots of parkour and acrobatics, and just so happens to be one of the best looking games ever made. Available exclusively on PS4. 60 euros.
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Retro The Volvo PV544 is a fine example of a sensible design that’s gone on to become a style icon. The design brief back in the early 1940s – when raw materials were scarce – was for a compact car with superior fuel economy. The Volvo designers delivered in spades: the 544 proved so popular that 440,000 units were built over an 18-year run and the company ran humorous ads apologising for discontinuing the model in 1965. The 544’s allure remains undiminished even as it reaches retirement age, as collectors fall for the classic American fastback style in a practical European size. 1960s refinements like seat belts and a heater make this a desirable, drivable piece of history.
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