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ELCOME TO H Edition Global 2019. We are proud to have Tom Ford as our cover star, a trailblazer across the fashion world and the man that rescued the Gucci brand, creating iconic fashion pieces in the process. His work has won numerous awards including several Vogue Fashion Awards, Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards, as well as the 2014 Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award. He has also directed an Academy Award nominated film. Tom Ford is a man who has never been constrained by conventional expectations and has never let anything get in the way of pursuing his dream. Turn to page 14 to read more. On page 20, an exclusive interview with Giuseppe Lavazza, Vice Chairman of The Lavazza Group. The history of Lavazza is that of a business which for more than 120 years has pursued one vision; a passion for their work, a passion for their product and a passion for the land on which they operate. These values have been ingrained into Lavazza’s DNA since it’s foundation in 1895 and have been upheld by four generations of entrepreneurs. Each family member working within the company has helped it to grow, transforming it into the Lavazza of today, whilst maintaining the qualities of passion and innovation that they inherited from its founder, Luigi Lavazza. We are honored to have had the opportunity to speak with Giuseppe Lavazza about the company’s journey. Thoughts about the New Year brought us to ‘innovation’ and the opportunity of spending time with Julie Wagner, President of Urban Insight; a company aimed at helping cities and regions strengthen their competitive advantages through the strategic formulation of innovation districts. Julie is not only the woman who can shape a city, she is also a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution as well as a visiting scholar for the Esade Business School Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics. Read her brilliant interview on page 26. Bringing together Business, Luxury Lifestyle, Fine Dining and Art & Culture, this issue has been compiled with you, dear readers, on our minds. Wishing you all the best for 2019, DINA ALETRAS, CO-FOUNDER AND EDITOR IN CHIEF Twitter: @hfusionmedia Instagram: @heditionmagazine
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Contents 16 TOM FORD A Singular Man
20 G I U S E P P E L AVA Z Z A
A History in Time
C R E AT I V E D I R E C T O R
26 JULIE WAGNER
P R & C O M M U N I C AT I O N S
The Rise of Innovation Districts
34 THE RISE OF CHINA
The Expansion of Economic Ties to The World
40 SHAOLIN SHI XING MI
Gareth Herincx CLIENT MANAGEMENT
Karina Valeron SPECIAL THANKS TO ALL ADVERTISERS AND CONTRIBUTORS
Ancient Wisdom For Modern Times
56 HIGHLIGHTS FROM CELEBRITY FIGHT NIGHT 2018 64 MASSIMO FERRAGAMO Forever Tuscan
72 THOMAS KOCH When Luxury is a Way of Life
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OM FORD originally trained as an architect, yet has become known as the man who rescued the Gucci brand, creating iconic fashion pieces in the process. Carving out a space in the crowded fashion market as a unique and classical designer in his own right, his work has won numerous awards including several Vogue Fashion Awards and Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards, as well as the 2014 Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award. He directed an Academy Award nominated film. Tom Ford is a man who has never been constrained by conventional expectations and has never let anything get in the way of pursuing his dream.
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controversy – Saint Laurent himself was rumoured to having been unhappy with Ford’s appointment, as with his advertising campaigns for the YSL fragrances Opium (featuring a naked woman wearing only a necklace and stiletto heels in a sexually provocative pose) and the YSL M7 (featuring full-frontal nudity) caused many complaints – Ford however, was again able to pull the YSL back into the mainstream, creating a new, enduring and classic image for it. In 2004, he left Gucci to establish his own fashion house, Tom Ford, launching a line of menswear, beauty, eyewear, and accessories in 2006. His designs have since been feted by the fashion world and celebrities alike. He has dressed stars such as Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, Gwyneth Paltrow, Anne Hathaway, Daniel Craig, Tom Hanks, Johnny Depp, Ryan Gosling, Will Smith, Julianne Moore, Hugh Jackman,
Born in 1962, Ford briefly studied Art History at New
Jon Hamm, and Henry Cavill, whilst Michelle Obama
York University, before dropping out to focus on acting.
famously wore an ivory floor-length evening gown designed
He eventually went on to study interior architecture
by Ford to Buckingham Palace in 2011.
at Parsons School of Design in New York. His interest
His design work also expanded into the world of film
in fashion was inspired by the eighteen months he
– where Ford designed James Bond’s suits for Quantum
spent in Paris working as an intern in Chloé’s press
of Solace, Skyfall, and Spectre, and furthermore even
office, before completing his last year at Parsons. He
ventured into the music industry, where he created the
eventually graduated with a degree in architecture, and
suits, shirts, and accessories for the Grammy winning
a determination to follow a career in fashion.
music video of Justin Timberlake’s’ song Suit & Tie, as
This conviction secured him his first job in the fashion
well as dressing Timberlake in his 20/20 Experience
industry. Despite a fierce competition and his relative
World Tour. He was also named in J Z’s platinum selling
lack of experience, Ford called designer Cathy Hardwick
song ‘Tom Ford’.
every day for a month before she agreed to interview him.
Not content with his design foray into the music and
She later recalled “I had every intention of giving him no
film industries, Ford made his Hollywood directorial debut
hope. I asked him who his favourite European designers
with ‘A Single Man’, starring Colin Firth, Julianne Moore,
were. He said, ‘Armani and Chanel.’ Months later I asked
Nicholas Hoult and Matthew Goode in 2009. It seems
him why he had said that, and he answered, ‘Because you
that the golden touch he applied to fashion, was just as
were wearing Armani’. Is it any wonder he got the job?”
strong when it came to his work in film. His directorial
Ford worked as design assistant for Hardwick for two
film debut was nominated for several top awards, with
years, and then moved on to Perry Ellis in 1988. He
Colin Firth being awarded a BAFTA Award for Best
worked there for two years, before deciding to explore
Actor in a Leading Role, and it being nominated for
European fashion and moving together with his partner
an Academy Award, Golden Globe, Independent Spirit
fashion journalist Richard Buckley, to Milan to work
Award and Screen Actors Guild Award. The film also
for the Italian fashion house Gucci. At the time, Gucci
received Golden Globe nominations for Julianne Moore
was on the verge of bankruptcy and was struggling to
as Best Supporting Actress, and Abel Korzeniowski for
strengthen its over-exposed brand. Ford transformed it
Best Original Score as well as AFI Film of the Year and
into a fashion powerhouse. He spent ten years there as
the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Film – Wide
Creative Director, in what became known as a Golden
Release. His performance in film continued with 2015’s
Era for the company. He turned the brand around by
Nocturnal Animals, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy
creating bold, sexy designs, that prompted The New
Adams. One again his oeuvre was praised by critics, and his
York Magazine to proclaim that; “Every season, Ford
film won the Grand Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival.
created an ‘It’ piece, a must-have, a season-defining
With his fame and name crossing the boundaries
trend, photographed to death, knocked off ad nauseam.”
between music, fashion and film as with his frequent
When Gucci bought the struggling house of Yves
appearances on the world’s Best-Dressed lists, Ford is,
Saint Laurent in 1999, Ford was also named Creative
increasingly, a fashion icon in his own right. A truly
Director there. His time at YSL was not however, without
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“It’s about doing business with your heart” Emilio Lavazza
Giuseppe Lavazza V I C E C H A I R M A N O F T H E L AVA Z Z A G R O U P
The history of Lavazza is that of a business, which for over 120 years has pursued one vision; a passion for their work, a passion for their product and a passion for the land on which they operate. These values have been ingrained in Lavazza’s DNA since it’s foundation in 1895. These values have been upheld by four generations of entrepreneurs. Each family member who has worked in the company has helped it grow, transforming it into the Lavazza of today. Each family member has maintained the qualities of passion and innovation that they inherited from the founder, Luigi Lavazza. Dina Aletras headed to London to meet Giuseppe Lavazza and to talk coffee & business.
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What is Lavazza’s market share across Italy and what
Nuvola Lavazza, our new LEED Platinum certified
are the continued growth plans into 2019?
global headquarters in our hometown of Turin,
We hold the leadership spot across Italy, which represents
designed by the award-winning architect Cino Zucchi.
around 37% of the Lavazza Group’s total revenues. We
Nuvola Lavazza is spread across 30,000 square metres
plan to continue this with our comprehensive product
and based in the district of Aurora in Turin. We have
portfolio, coupled with a clear segmentation strategy
invested more than 120 million Euros. The family
that is aligned to meet various customer taste profiles.
envisioned the complex to be a place open to the
In fact, we have been able to – and will continue to –
community and to the world. In fact, aside from our
introduce important innovations within the marketplace
offices, Nuvola Lavazza offers a Lavazza Museum and
across all channels.
Archives, a gourmet restaurant named Condividere (an employee restaurant and bistrot open to the public), an
In 2018 the strategy has been based on organic growth.
event and meeting space for over 1,000 people as well
How is it going?
as a green ‘piazza’ with an archaeological area that
2018 is a year of building which continues off the back of
dates back to the 4th/5th century and that is part of an
2017, an important one characterised by the continued
early Christian basilica which was unearthed during the
strengthening of our brand that is growing quickly on
an international level. Our revenue growth rate is 6.3% (three times higher than the average market). All this has been made possible thanks to strong investments and
The Lavazza family have a poignant and powerful 120year history. Growing up, did you know you would join
work on the quality and competitiveness of our product
the family business?
offering, something that is absolutely essential for the
During college I had a lot of interest in other topics such
long-term financial sustainability of the Group.
as business, management, economics, literature, history,
2018 has also been an important year for the history
philosophy, Latin and Ancient Greek. I was never forced
of our company, particularly with the opening of
to join the company. After college I decided to gain a good
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background in business and economics in order to obtain
Coffee Partners (ICP), Save the Children and Oxfam to
a temporary experience in the family business and to make
develop projects around the world that are focused on
the final decision about my future afterwards. A time span
furthering the Foundation’s mission.
of 26 years, during which I have spent most of my time
Another interesting project is Lavazza’s famed annual
understanding different areas: from finance to marketing
calendar, that since 2015 has been focused on raising
and sales, merchandising to green coffee buying and from
awareness and educating the public on important
product development to communications.
topics surrounding sustainability. With the 2018 project, the Lavazza Calendar celebrates its 26th edition,
As a company you continue to highlight your support
underscoring its longevity and the importance of this
and sustainability of local communities, can you tell
highly-anticipated work of art for the company. Titled
“2030: What Are You Doing?” the calendar is centered
Luigi Lavazza, my great-grandfather and founder of
on bringing-to-light the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable
our company once said “I don’t want to live in a
Development Goals, explained by 17 people working on
world where nature is destroyed.” Building on that
projects that represent and help fulfil each goal. Shot
motto Lavazza has for more than 123 years understood
by New York-based photographer Platon, the featured
the importance of taking care of our planet. We
personalities come from all walks of life, including some
run the Giuseppe and Pericle Lavazza Foundation, a
who are internationally-renowned, alongside others
non-profit charity dedicated to the second generation
who are less well-known but are nonetheless, doing
of the Lavazza Family. The foundation implements
international projects which support coffee-growing
communities in coffee producing countries and, at
Lavazza works across three channels: Roast & Ground,
the same time, engage in fostering the improvement
instant coffee and away from home (restaurants/offices).
of their social and economic conditions. To date,
Which one is the most lucrative for the business?
the Lavazza Foundation supports 21 projects in 14
All market segments are very important for the Group.
countries across three continents, involving more than
In fact, we are working on reinforcing the brand in the
60,000 coffee farmers. The Foundation additionally
marketplace through the strategic expansion of our
collaborates with organisations such as International
product mix, by continuing to promote our core products
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Left: Luigi Lavazza.
Photos courtesy of the Lavazza Historical Archives.
Emilio, Alberto and Giuseppe Lavazza.
but also by entering into segments that are demonstrating
my favourite place for vacation: Piedmont (my region),
high demand and growth (for example growth in the
Tuscany, Sicily, Veneto, Umbria. They are such amazing
places. France and Spain are also among my highlights as are Austria and Greece.
What are the key factors you follow to manage a good work/life balance?
Share with us a typical day in the life of Giuseppe
Good question. So far I haven’t found the right key which
could fit every circumstance. In the ranking of my duties,
It’s quite simple. When I’m not travelling for business
my job has priority. Very seldom do I leave my office
purposes, I wake up at 7:00. I workout between 7:30 and
or my desk with work pending. I like to work hard for
8:30. Read the newspaper until 9:30. I tend to manage
many hours each day and then relax for a while enjoying
quite a lot throughout the day with scheduled meetings,
sometimes business lunches, reading and replying to emails, making phone calls, preparing talks and conferences.
Where is your favourite place for a vacation?
Around 8:00pm I head home for dinner with my family.
I’m not a great fan of fancy places. I have my personal
Watch some television and head to bed, not too late.
favourites and in each of them I love being as if I were in my own home. I love to feel in contact with nature
By Dina Aletras
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O F I N N O VAT I O N D I S T R I C T S
ULIE WAGNER is the President of Urban Insight, a company aimed to help cities and regions strengthen their competitive advantage
through the strategic formulation of innovation districts. She is also a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and a visiting scholar for the Esade Business School’s Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics. A trained city planner, Julie served as a deputy planning director for the District of Columbia where she developed the city’s long-range plan, orchestrated the development of plans for more than one hundred neighborhoods, and managed all controversial land use disputes. She earned a master’s degree in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has received several planning awards from MIT and the American Planning Association for her work. She was trained in conflict resolution and police mediation.
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What exactly is an innovation district?
and they can no longer absorb the costs of radical
For over the past decade, cities across all global regions
have witnessed the emergence of innovation districts –
A strong example of this trend is Atlanta, Georgia.
dense, walkable, and technology-laden locales where
Centered around Georgia Tech, the area has attracted the
universities and hospitals with robust R&D portfolios
corporate research centers of 12 Fortune 500 companies
cluster and connect with companies, start-ups, accelerators,
and hundreds of technology start-ups. Rather than each
incubators. And while universities have been the anchors
of these organizations working alone, they are adopting
of downtowns and midtowns of many cities for hundreds
a “collaborate to compete” model. And it’s paying off.
of years, their relationship to other economic actors is now far more dynamic and interactive. A growing number of universities are finding a new
What role are you playing to advance innovation districts?
policy imperative: advancing academic excellence
My main focus is to develop strategies for districts
while, at the same time, seeking to transform their
to become highly competitive, magnetic locales. This
translational research strengths (research strengths
carries great responsibility as I am often defining a
that have market value) into new products, services,
detailed roadmap to help them get there – detailed
and processes for the market. This in turn, has
empirical analysis, lengthy interviews, the development
meant an “opening up of their internal research
of a governance structure, and more. Based on these
agendas to partnerships with industry. Physical
strategies, major financial investments – often in the
proximity, or co-location, strengthens the ease in
hundreds of millions if not billions – will be deployed.
partnering and sharing resources. On the side of the private sector – companies and firms – they too are finding an imperative to collaborate. Companies
are increasingly relying on external sources to
Innovation districts are a place-based innovation strategy emerging in cities across every global region. 22@Barcelona,
support technology development as few firms truly
pictured here, has offered insightful lessons for other districts.
monopolize the technologies on which they rely,
Photo © Barcelona City Council. Area of Economy, Business and
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Other times, I am called in to deliver a keynote address before the leadership class of a city or region. This is often a helpful way for cities to weigh whether they have the starting assets and leadership drive to develop an innovation district. The feedback I receive from my presentations is that I am inspirational yet pragmatic about the hard work ahead. Your work must involve a lot of travel and working with lots of different communities. Do you find some areas more of a challenge than others?
Every city I visit, whether its Brisbane, Be’er Sheva, or Barcelona I find myself searching to understand national and/or state policies – such as tax laws, the level of regulation over universities, and development incentives. These more structural realities play a significant role in how well cities can be competitive. For innovation districts, supportive financial incentives can be the difference between re-adapting beautiful historic buildings for “cool” innovative spaces or knocking them down for something far less provocative. I am currently working on MIND, the Milan Innovation District, which will transform 100 hectares of the former world Expo into a cutting-edge, technologyladen, innovation district. It will be centered around three anchor institutions: a national, cross-disciplinary research institute, a research and treatment hospital, and a university including its scientific research portfolio. Private industry attracted to the site have a desire to collaborate, which will importantly contribute to its evolving innovation ecosystem. The key for this district is to design it in a way that mashes together traditional research institutions with industry, start-ups and cool funky spaces. Underpinning all this, Milan will be looking at its tax structure, incentives for company investments and growth, and how to underwrite a start-up ecosystem through multiple financing streams. What is the most surprising or “new” part of this story. We have had science parks, business parks, and the like for decades. Is this the same thing with a new name?
This is a great question because it gets at the heart of what defines an innovation district from other geographies of innovation. Districts are importantly shaped by quality
fuels a multi-disciplinary, multi-sector, and multi-actor
places and high level of networks between companies,
approach to innovation. There is an entirely new logic
actors and people. Science parks are traditionally low
underwriting these areas and it is just fascinating.
density, car dependent locales with a sea of parking –
essentially geographies that are separated and silo-ed.
Are there steps we can individually take to make our
Innovation districts thrive on connectivity and proximity,
such as placing a university space, a company space,
I think the easy answer to this question would be “yes”
and an incubator within steps of each other. We are
but it is a far more complicated question. I believe
essentially talking about a integrated physical design that
that people, companies, and institutions with power and
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prestige have a more direct set of channels for influencing how our cities change. The single mother living below
Above: Drawing on advanced industry and innovation strengths, MIND,
poverty has far less power and truthfully has limited
the Milan Innovation District, intends to propel Italy forward in the
networks, time or resources to advocate for change. When
Euro to be invested by both the public and private sector, this
I worked for Washington DC, for example, I found that
Rendering ÂŠ CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati for Lendlease.
increasingly competitive global landscape. With more than 3 Billion innovation community has the potential to be truly transformative.
people with the most money and prestige were also the ones making the most noise. And given this, I spent easily 75 percent of my time focused on traffic, parking and school expansion controversies. Less than a mile away, 29
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people, including very young children, were fighting for
60 innovation districts – with some being quite mature and
their lives. We would hear from them far less and usually
others only just emerging. The level of future investment
only under very specific circumstances.
in these geographies will add up to billions of dollars.
While it might sound like I am trying to make a
And while this is a provocative picture, the bigger story is
political statement, I am really just wanting to surface
how these districts can funnel innovation and investment
an obvious truth – power and planning (of cities) are
to grow the regional economy, including growing local
intertwined. This means that we need to be far more
residents directly into the innovation economy. This
intentional about who is not in the room. It means taking
signals that districts must undergo important diagnostics
more time, spending more money, and slowing down
and implement tailored strategies to leapfrog ahead.
By Dina Aletras
How do you see the design of “cities of the future” developing?
Great question! I believe a major change in the shaping of cities will be the pervasiveness of technology. The way progress is being made, technological advancements will underpin everything about how a city is designed, how it is constructed, and managed. There has been a major movement over the past decade or so called “smart cities.” Cities are organizing themselves around new technological platforms that allow them to be more efficient, effective, and competitive. Some have asked, is it possible for technology to go to far? To strip away the essence of human connection? Of our relationship with nature? I think it’s right to ask these questions but, on the other hand, technologies will come and they will change our societal fabric. So, I have to ask, how many women are playing a visionary, leadership role at the global scale in this field?
Without question some countries are more challenging for me to work with given how they view or value women in their society. And while I work mostly with men, I am also pleased to find a number of very strong women in leadership positions: driving impressive real estate portfolios for universities, serving as Mayor of a rising city, and leading large government agencies. I find it helpful to have women in the room as I find they often raise the important – but hard – issues we really must discuss. What is next for you?
The level of demand from emerging innovation districts has led me to conclude that we need to create a nonprofit dedicated to support and advance innovation districts across all global regions. While I am based in Switzerland, I have pulled together some of the top researchers and practitioners in the field globally. Early next year, we will launch the Global Institute on Innovation District in collaboration with Columbia University in New York. The Global Institute will not only provide cutting-edge research specifically for districts, it will create a global network to connect like-minded thinkers and actors. Recent research in western Europe alone identified at least 30
Julie was co-author of the research paper “The Rise of Innovation Districts: A New Geography of Innovation in America”, which observes how new geographies of innovation are emerging in response to broad economic and demographic forces that value specific place-based attributes and amenities. Julie has written articles on the new geography of innovation for the Harvard Business Review, Fortune Magazine, Quartz and The Guardian. She also co-authored several papers regarding the changing role of innovation and place including “Innovation spaces: The new design of work”, and “Advancing a new wave of economic competitiveness: The role of mayors in the rise of innovation districts”.
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District Hall in Boston has become the “hot spot” for entrepreneurs, companies, and the public – and a strong example of how new networks are forged in the 21st Century. Photo © Gustav Hoiland.
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The Rise of China in the World I
N RECENT weeks, Chinese leaders have
upset China’s economic modernization with
that Chinese expansion in Africa in the search
visited many countries in Europe, Africa,
radical and revolutionary goals as it had
for raw materials from the Sudan to South Africa
Latin America, and North America. The
happened with Gorbachov’s reforms and the
to Angola has raised apprehension amongst
significance of this continuous diplomatic flurry
end of the Soviet Union. The experience of
some European capitals and Washington D.C.
is due to the fact that Beijing is seeking to expand
the Cultural Revolution had been a trauma for
about the motivation of Beijing’s expanding
its economic and political ties worldwide,
many members of the Communist Party. Deng
foreign ties. In fact, these new ties to Africa have
especially to states that can contribute in terms
Xiaoping and his successors had and have
been matched by Beijing’s offer of economic
of resources and technology to the economic
no intention to promote radical revolutionary
cooperation with Venezuela and Brazil in Latin
modernization of China. From this standpoint,
goals in China and abroad. Beijing did so in
America – with offers of financial arrangements
it would be useful to note that the background
the 1960s and 1970s by promoting guerrilla
for trading purposes that would bypass the use
of the Chinese leadership today stems from
movements in Africa and the Middle East,
of dollars in commercial transactions. Beijing
the experiences of the cultural revolution of
but the realization that it was really promoting
offered financial-swapping incentives in its own
the Maoist period which wreaked havoc both
Soviet hegemony in the Third World prompted
“non-convertible” currency, for example to Iran
socially and economically until the rise of Deng
Beijing to refrain from further action as was the
as Tehran had difficulty in selling its oil freely in
Xiaoping in 1978 who changed Mao’s economic
case in the Persian Gulf, the Arabian Peninsula,
the international system in dollars. The United
policies by promoting a path of economic
and Southern Africa – for example in Angola.
States has for some time made it extremely
liberalization that has been spectacularly
The expansion of Chinese economic ties to
successful. The Maoist experience created a
the world at large and the rising trend of China
new elite committed to social, political, and
as the leading global exporter of manufactured
The Chinese economic expansion in Africa
economic stability while retaining the hegemony
goods, matching the United States, Germany,
is an indicator of the search for stable sources
of the Communist Party and conservative to
and Japan, has been now the object of political
of raw materials in exchange for cheap Chinese
the extent that its members did not wish to
analysis and speculation. It is interesting to note
manufactured goods such as shoes, textiles,
difficult for Iran to have access to dollars for trading purposes.
campaign against what American policy makers believe to be systemic advantages accruing to China in its commercial dealings with the United States. By 2019, Beijing and Washington were renegotiating their commercial ties so as to favor what some specialists call, not so much as free trade, but as “fair trade”. The economic theory of
advantage, which underpins the notion of free trade, has come to be challenged in the wake of economic crisis in Europe and North America. China’s huge surplus of dollars, which is invested in American treasury bonds and notes, is seen by many observers and critics as another indicator of the rise of Chinese power and its ability to exert power politically over Western capitals. In Washington D.C., real or imaginary apprehension
expansion is matched by fear of Chinese military power in the Pacific and Indian oceans – areas where the United States has had military hegemony over the past fifty years. Chinese claims on the territorial waters and islands of the South China Sea, the Yellow Sea, and the East China Sea, have given the perception of Beijing being aggressive in the last decade. President Obama announced for example the placement of American marines in Darwin, Australia, a move that was interpreted as an example of American strategic preemption in household goods, and Chinese construction activities. Such expansion has been evidenced by the increasing number of new Chinese communities in areas that had previously never seen a Chinese presence. Such is now the case in Nigeria, Angola, South Africa, and even Madagascar. In many parts of Africa, the traditional merchant classes hailed from South Asia, but the new Chinese expansion has added a new twist to economic competition on that continent.
“In Europe, the economic and political leadership has seen Chinese growth as an opportunity to increase exports to that continent”
In Europe, the economic and political
the Pacific and Southeast Asia. Some American strategic thinkers believe that the rise of China as a world power in inevitable, especially not only in its immediate region but in the Indian Ocean. This is because the commercial sea lanes from East Africa, the Red Sea, and the Persian Gulf, will become even more crucial to Chinese prosperity in the future. In fact, China increased its naval presence in the South Arabian Sea to counter Somali pirates and showed reluctance in going along with sanctions against Iran in Washington’s pursuits to stop the Iranian
leadership has seen Chinese growth as an
interest groups see the interaction as threatening
nuclear military program. The American
opportunity to increase exports to that
to the well-being and high standard of living of
dilemma is now faced with foreign policy
continent, but on the other hand, the Chinese
Europe, generating extensive discontent with
reformulations ranging from containment to
policy of manufacturing copies of European
many institutions of the European Union and
cooperation to confrontation. Beijing’s view has
industrial goods and exporting them around
an accent on nationalism. This has also been
been one of avoiding any confrontation and
the world – including Europe – is seen by many
the cause of much apprehension in the United
reiterating Chinese commitment to harmony
manufacturers in Germany and Italy to be a
States as many American firms have moved their
and peace in the name of non-intervention in
threat to their own well-being. As European
operations to the Chinese mainland – if not to
the internal affairs of any country. American
manufacturers have moved to China due to
other parts of Southeast Asia. President Trump
and European concern for Tibetans and
its low labor costs, many political parties and
even before his election, began a sustained
Uighurs and human rights have always been 35
denounced as an intrusion into national
began to expand its presence in harbor and
sovereignty as formulated in the Charter of
waterways. Beijing came to buy control of
the United Nations. From this standpoint, they
Athens’ port in Greece and Haifa’s in Israel.
have the support of Russia, which has never
It is inevitable to consider the future of
appreciated American concern for intervening
potential cooperation between India and the
into the affairs of sovereign states in the name
United States in resetting the balance of power
of human rights – a cardinal and controversial
in the Indian Ocean and on the continent.
American foreign policy value.
President Bush’s acceptance of India’s nuclear
“The paradox of Chinese military and economic modernization is that this process will inevitably lead to increasing internal demands for political freedoms”
One should also add that the opening
program and the agreement for cooperation
of Burma to the international system and
in nuclear affairs before the end of his term in
its acceptance of American demands for a
2008 was a harbinger for Washington’s search
more democratic and open system is another
for a new equilibrium in the region as president
example of the dynamic changes that are
Obama tried to pivot American interest
reconfiguring the balance of power in the
towards the Far East, while being saddled by
area. Burma, for the past fifty years, had been
the constant and chronic instability and conflict
a closed society with little interaction with
in the Middle East. China’s response has been
the outside world. Its main arms supplier and
to expand ties with Pakistan, while cognizant
level with Washington, the United Kingdom,
economic partner has been Beijing. Until its
of the fact that Islamic fundamentalism and
and Europe. The common interests against
independence in 1948, Burma had also seen
the chronic instability of Jinnah’s Islamic
Islamic terrorism will be matched by an
a large Indian merchant class that was pushed
state may well be a threat in Western China
incentive to counter the substantive and
out in the 1950s. This new situation may very
where Beijing is faced with a great deal of
symbolic Chinese presence in the Indian
well see the reemergence of an Indian and
hostility by the Turkic Uighur population –
Ocean. Paradoxically, it is in the interests of
American presence in Rangoon, potentially
increasingly affected by fundamentalism and
both Delhi and Beijing to protect the vital sea
challenging Chinese interests. By 2013, China
often sympathizing with radical Islamist groups
lanes to the Middle East and Africa, which
put forward an ambitious program to expand
engaged in terrorist activities.
are the conduits for energy and raw material
commercial and economic and even cultural
India since its independence has never been
supplies for the economic modernization of
ties to the world at large dubbed in the case
an expansionist country and its conflicts have
both states. Thus, cooperation with the U.S.
of Eurasian geography the “Belt and Road”
often been provoked by neighbors that had
will have to be matched with some degree of
initiative. This policy entailed the expansion of
never accepted the partition of India and where
sensitivity toward China because of the issue
communication lines via railroads from China
Islamic revolutionary fundamentalism is both an
of Tibet and the potential of increased military
through Asia to Europe, South Asia, and the
internal and external threat. This phenomenon
and commercial ties with Pakistan by the
Middle East. Along with these moves, China
alone will compel Delhi to cooperate at some
leadership in Beijing. By 2019, Washington was pressuring the Chinese leadership to pressure North Korea to drop its nuclear program, as a quid pro quo for newer commercial and technological ties with the United States. The paradox of Chinese military and economic modernization is that this process will inevitably lead to increasing internal demands for political freedoms, matched possibly by an authoritarian and ever-repressive drift characterized by advanced cyber controls on social and business communications. Such developments may very well slowly, reshape, and constrain the Chinese thrust into international preeminence and its relations with its regional neighbors and the United States. By Dr Morris M Mottale Professor of International Relations and Comparative Politics Chair, Department of International Relations and Comparative Politics Franklin University Switzerland
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Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times Shaolin Master and Secular Monk Shi Xing Mi brings a unique blend of ancient wisdom and understanding of modern business life to his practice. Born Walter Gjergja, his path to Shaolin Master began at the age of just 13, when he attended a local Kung Fu class. He went on to complete an Economics degree and have an extremely successful corporate career, which he decided to give up to complete his Shaolin Temple education and spend his life training others and sharing his unique understanding of modern life.
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First of all, what is a Shaolin Secular Monk?
It is someone who has taken the vow as a Shaolin Monk, but has decided not to live in the Monastery, but to go back into society. When you take the vows of the Shaolin, you can choose whether you want to live as a Monk or go back in to society and share the teachings into society. That was my choice, and so I live a secular life. What brought Shaolin into your life? How did you discover it?
It’s a little bit of a long story, perhaps it was karma, or destiny, or whatever you like to believe in. When I was 13, I was living in Italy and one of the first Shaolin Kung Fu Schools in Europe opened a few hundred metres from my home, which is a somewhat unusual circumstance, because I lived in a small town. But it just happened that one of the first teachers in Europe turned out to reside there. I started studying there after school, like many kids would do, because it looked interesting and I was curious about it, and it became my main passion. Then, when I went to University, both my physical training, plus my growing interest in philosophy and culture, led me to look at the source of it. At the first opportunity I got I went to China and managed to be accepted into the Monastery, then, the rest is history as they say. A lot of us know about martial arts, but there is a whole philosophy and way of thinking and way of being in Shaolin isn’t there?
the studying continues after that, so I keep going back to the Monastery even now, to meet with my Master and
Absolutely, in fact the Martial Arts are actually a
my Brothers. In parallel, I also continued my education
secondary aspect. The Shaolin Temple is the place where
in other ways and studied Economics and Philosophy at
Zen was created. We know that Zen started as Chinese
University. The studies in economics led me to work in
‘Chán’ Philosophy which is the Chinese word for Zen.
Consulting and then Management. So, I had a period of
It’s non-theistic, it’s a mix of Buddhism, Confucianism
a conventional western career, before deciding to end it
and Taoism philosophies, which are fused into one
and focus on Shaolin.
overview of what makes us human. Of course, one of the components of who we are is the body. Martial
You had a very successful corporate career, which
Arts work the body in a very holistic way as well as
you gave up to complete your Shaolin education. Was
stimulating the mind towards focus, concentration and
that a difficult decision? Do you do anything business-
mediation, but it’s only a component of a much broader
It was a very difficult decision, both economically, of
You must have had to work and study for a long time to become a Secular Monk?
course, as well as socially – my parents, my peers, found it kind of unusual, that at 30, after a very fast and successful corporate career (I was the youngest CEO of
Absolutely. I started training at 13 and I eventually
a limited company on the Australian Stock Exchange,
graduated after 17 years of Shaolin study. But of course,
as well as a Management Consultant) I decided to quit
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Above left: Training and meditation.
Above right: TEDx Conference in Lugano, Switzerland.
all that, complete my Shaolin studies, take my vows as
It does seem to be that the faster twenty-first century
a Shaolin Master and share this wisdom, mixed with
life gets, the more we need to stop and be still and
my own life experience, in what I like to call “Ancient
take a breath, do you think that’s where you’re helping
Wisdom for the Modern Times.” I take my diverse work
experience and the ancient wisdom of Shaolin and apply
Absolutely. A Shaolin Master, like myself, can be called
it to the modern needs.
a Shaolin Wuseng – a Warrior Monk. What I like to say
You asked if I’m still involved in business? Well, I am
to people is that Warrior Monk is not just about Martial
because I apply a lot of it to business. Business people
Arts and meditation, it’s about the two energies that
have many, many needs that range from personal needs
we require for everything during life and to achieve a
like self-management and burn-out avoidance to a focus
kind of balance and mastery of life. The Warrior is the
on their wellness as well as corporate needs – like change
do-er, the go-getter and the Monk is the introspective,
management, leadership, effectiveness and professional
thinking part of us. If we are always in the Monk State,
culture. So much of my teaching is involved within the
we never achieve anything, but if we are always in the
corporate context. Although, philosophical teaching is
Warrior State we burn out. In modern life we always
not business teaching, I don’t want to teach them the
seem to be in Warrior mode and the Monk needs us to
technical things, I teach them the behaviour.
relax, to feel what’s going on. Some high-level business
Having worked in business must give you a unique perspective, a unique sympathy of the people you are helping?
people and some professional sports people feel that any moment spent ‘not doing’ is a moment wasted. What I do is make them realise that the moment of ‘not doing’ made ‘doing’ much more effective and focussed and
Yes, absolutely. I mean, the key thing is that it gives me
powerful. Think of something like a lack of sleep – there
an understanding of exactly what they need and how to
are people who think ‘I must sleep for four hours a night
explain the Shaolin approach to them. Shaolin is a culture
because then I have more hours to be effective’, but
that is 1,500 years old and so some of the teaching methods
that lack of sleep makes your waking hours much more
and some of the application methods are somewhat
ineffective, so by sleeping six hours, you probably get
archaic, which does not mean they’re ineffective, but it
more done than with four.
is an approach that is unmanageable in modern life. For example, you are taught one exercise for several months or
Tell me about your daily routine
years in isolation and this will give you a deep awareness.
My daily routine varies. If I am at home, I dedicate a
It is a very powerful method but it’s simply inapplicable for
substantial part of my daily routine to my own practice,
99.9% of people in modern life. My mission is to take the
but without taking away from my work, so I will practice
Shaolin key concept and draw on it in a way that people
early in the morning and late in the evening. In the middle
can get a very quick result in a manageable time frame
part of the day I dedicate myself to preparing for teaching,
within the constraints of modern life.
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I’m travelling – I usually travel about 100-150 days a year,
wood, carry water, after enlightenment: chop wood, carry
so when I’m travelling I try to integrate these activities
water’ – what it means is that any kind of enlightenment
into my daily life. But one thing to stress for your readers
or wisdom won’t actually change what you do, it changes
is that, at the beginning we need a routine, but when you
your attitude to what you do. So, of course I have difficult
achieve a kind of deep awareness, or mindfulness – to use
situations and bad days and life problems, but what is
a very modern term – you realise that every moment is
important is to become aware of how you feel and how
a moment of training. Everything you think about, talk
you react, and then learn to be in control – or at least
about, eat, drink, if you are walking, every action, how you
understanding and acceptance – of your mind and your
are breathing, everything can be training. The key to any
emotions. Then you can modulate your reactions in a way
kind of self-mastery is simply to become deeply aware of
to obtain the best out of your situation, not the worst.
your body, your mind, your emotions and all the elements
One of the first lessons to learn, is to be an Action
that make up who we are. All the exercises I teach and
Person or an Accepting Person, because most situations
all the techniques I teach in mindfulness, meditation, or
fall into two categories: things which you can do
whatever, are awakening a mastery that you already have
something about and take action and change it, or things
inside you. I’m very much about empowering the person
that you can do nothing about, those you have to accept,
to become their own master.
because you cannot control everything in life. These two behaviours can prevent agitation, but of course,
What have been your proudest moments? In your
we have to train our minds and that’s what I try to tell
Shaolin studies and practice?
people when they learn about mindfulness - you need
For me, the most fulfilling moments are when I see
to train your mind the same way that you would train
some wonderful impact. For example, I worked with a
your muscles. Nobody would expect to be able to run
businessman who had a stroke on his 50th birthday. He
a marathon without having done running training, or
almost died and was unable to move or talk properly.
to be able to do twenty pull-ups without having done
The first time I saw him, he could not get up from his
some muscular training, so how can you expect to be
wheelchair. We started doing some visualisation and
able to control your mind – where it goes, what it thinks
some very minimal movements from OiGong and now
about, how it reacts to different techniques and different
he is walking, he’s going on vacation with his wife and he
emotion – if you haven’t trained?
can speak enough to communicate with his children. This is just one example of something that gives meaning to
You’ve said you travel for up to 150 days a year? Where
my life and my work and mission. There are many others
are you heading over the next year or so?
– for example the person who fell out of their game and
I travel all round the world, but at the moment my activities
came back and won a medal again, the businessman
are mostly Europe based, simply because that’s where I
who was fully burned out and was damaging his work
have contacts. I also travel to Asia and America. But when
and personal relationships, and who, just with changing
there is the opportunity to share something in a country
some habits and behaviours, healed his relationships and
I will go there very gladly and connect with whoever has
developed the business in new ways.
invited me or whoever has an interest in what I do.
There is nothing greater in this life than to share something positive with others. Man is a social animal,
How often do you get back to your Temple in China?
we are interconnected with others. Of course, there
I usually go back once or twice a year. Once a year I
is the exception of the hermit, but in a way, he is not
take a group to have a kind of Cultural Experience, so
contributing to life. If we decide to integrate in society
I take them for a one-week retreat. I also go just to visit
and be connected to others, then there is no greater joy
my Master and my Brothers for a week. Sometimes I
than to make a positive contribution, to share some love,
combine the two, so I will go for two weeks, one week
to share some joy, to share some wisdom with others.
as a teacher, one week for myself. It is like a second home. But, I’ve moved a lot in my life and I’m the sort
You must have moments when the stress of life affects
of person who feels that home is wherever I am. I enjoy
you? Is there anything you do to bring yourself back to
my practice, I very much enjoy meeting new people and
a peaceful state of mind if you’ve had a bad day?
exchanging ideas, and sharing something so wonderful as
Of course, I mean, you know, people think sometimes
it is to go back, it is wonderful to be in the world with so
that a Master must live in the clouds somewhere and
many interesting, engaging, people.
is isolated from any of life’s daily things, but there is a very famous saying which is ‘before enlightenment: chop
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Artwork by Slasky
Art & Culture
OSIE EMERSON is an award-winning con-
these photographs, screen-prints are then created and
temporary artist working almost exclusively on
delicately embellished with bronze powders and more
representing the female form. She was born in Dorset
unusual materials including charcoal powder, ash and saw
and completed her BA in Fine Art from Kingston
dust. These textural prints shift the focus of printmaking
University in 2004. Emerson’s figures draw reference
from precision and replication to the creation of unique,
from old and new archetypes, from Artemis to the
modern-day super model.
Her recent Cyanotype works enable her to use UV
Inspired by her love of theatre, performance, shrines
light from the sun to expose objects and large-scale
and rituals, she uses dramatic lighting, handmade
photographic negatives directly onto the paper which has
costumes, set and prop making, alongside printmaking
been coated with a light sensitive emulsion. Once dried,
and painting to create other-worldly, one-off pieces.
the works are often hand painted or gilded with gold leaf.
She photographs her models in her studio, with lighting
Emerson describes “the technique itself has an element of
reminiscent of the drama of the Baroque period and
magic about it, it is also a wonderful discovery to be able to
poses inspired by the Pre-Raphaelite movement. From
combine painting, collage and photography in this way’’.
Paradiso – Hand painted Charcoal and Bronze Powder Screen
Hauling Tides – Cyanotype on Paper. Original 71 x 51 cm
print on paper. Edition 14 all uniquely finished 75 x 55 cm
Career highlights include being artist in residence at Somerset House, Exhibitions at the RWA, Bristol and Southbank Centre. A finalist for the Young Masters Prize and shortlisted for the Rise Art Print Award, Emerson was also commissioned by Hackney WickED Arts Festival to create a new Guinness World Record by creating the world’s largest Cyanotype photograph. Her work is widely collected and exhibited both in the UK, as well as internationally, in galleries, art fairs and museums. She has also been commissioned by brands and individuals including Sony, Triumph Underwear, Redbull, P&O Cruises, Toms, and Annoushka jewelry and has worked with models Amber le Bon, Daisy Lowe and singer Eliza Doolittle. Her work has also been featured in Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Another Magazine, The Financial Times Magazine and The Sunday Times Style Magazine. Top left: Enigma II – Hand painted Charcoal and Bronze Powder Screen print on paper. Edition of 7 Each one uniquely finished 180 x 75 cm
Top right: Rosie Emerson
Right: Liza I – Cyanotype on Paper. Edition 10 (all unique) 28 x 39 cm
Paolo Medici T H E M A S T E R O F F R O T TA G E
AOLO MEDICI was born in Rome in 1955
projects the artist into the definitive choice of complete
where he attended Corrado Cagli’s studio as a
figuration. These are followed by the various cycles of
student, perfecting his studies in painting from 1969 to
Femmes, The Stories of Leda, The Face Sign of the
1976. In 1973 he attended an internship under the eye
Soul, Mademoiselle, About Face, Western Veils and
of Giorgio De Chirico. He chose to focus his attention on
Synesthesia. He considers himself an emotional realist.
the experimentation of frottage, a technique that teaches
Emotion is what he wants to represent; realism is his own
how to use paint with extreme mastery and creativity, to
way of making a painting.
the point of creating paintings whose visual effects evoke
He takes inspiration from what he sees around him,
the same intensity and clarity of a work created with
but his personal thoughts are just the starting point of
oil brushes. Paolo Medici is considered one of the best
inspiration for his research on man and his condition.
contemporary artists working in this style.
Since 1990 he lives and works in Bologna.
If his favored technique is frottage, a rubbing of oilwaxed pastels onto paper overlapping another texture, the
Paolo Medici explains more in the following interview.
main theme of his works is “the ancient”, be it the story or
sometimes the myth, not felt as a nostalgic dream but as a
Paolo explain to us how your artistic path developed?
certain determined presence.
Painting was a natural path as it was something that
He began exhibiting at an early age and in 1975, at
was ‘overwhelmed’ me. I had the privilege as a kid to be
just twenty years old, he held his first “solo exhibition” at
taught by the grand master Corrado Cagli. My parents
the Galleria Boheme in Rome.
frequented the restaurant in Rome, where he had lunch
At the beginning of 2000, his great artistic turning
every day. Each day I watched, fascinated by this man
point was a series of paintings entitled Acque, which
of whom everyone spoke, a well-known and respected
painter. With the innocence only a boy can have, I had
floor of his studio. He placed a piece of paper on the
the audacity to show him one of my paintings. Today, I
floor and rubbed it with a pencil, thus obtaining a copy
can define it as ‘impractical’, he said “forget it...”.
of the wood in relief. He understood that such a simple
I didn’t listen, I persevered applying my obstinate side and I was rewarded ... I became his student.
and immediate gesture had great potential. In the 1920’s, he experimented with this technique to create a series of works on the theme of nature. These were published in
The technique of painting that identifies you is frottage.
Historie Naturelle. Unlike Ernst, who used the frottage
Did you inherit it from your teacher Corrado Cagli?
technique only in some of his paintings, Corrado Cagli
Yes, having attended his study from ’69 to ’76, I observed
and Mirko Basaldella experimented with a new way of
him working ... and, as he once told me ... “ monkey
using frottage in the early 50’s; for the first time they used
see, monkey do”. Cagli was a great experimenter, and
it as a full panel, extending it to the entire surface of the
frottage was just one of the many techniques he used,
painting. This was their wonderful innovation.
but I was so completely entranced that I adopted it as my exclusive painting technique.
You do not use brushes for your work, so what are your working tools?
So, Paolo, can you explain … What is frottage?
No, I’ve never used brushes. My works are made with
Frottage is a technique based on rubbing. In ancient China
waxed oil pastes that are rubbed onto thin sheets of
and in classical Greece this technique was already used to
paper, then subsequently framed; this is because, using
obtain copies of bas-reliefs on rice paper or parchment.
the frottage technique, I need a thin support that allows
Max Ernst rediscovered it in 1925, tracing the wooden
me to bring out the underlying clique used.
Left: Scream and Echo, 2018, 100 x 100 cm.
Below: Renaissance, 2018, 200 x 140 cm.
art be used for ... to develop human consciousness, to maintain contact with the depth of our soul. This is what was also done in the renaissance workshops, where they were transmitted “esoteric teachings” that allowed them to use colours and contents in an appropriate way; that’s why those works, even today, speak to us and are extraordinary tools. Speaking of renaissance, I know that now you are working on a project called “Renaissance woman, between flesh and spirit”, what does it consist of and where will it lead you?
Yes, the project is being approached as a travelling exhibition, dedicated exclusively to museum areas. On November 17th it will start with a large “solo” show at the Palazzo Ducale di Sabbioneta (MN). It will continue to the Civic Museum of Art in Pordenone Palazzo Ricchieri, then to the Salt Museum of Cervia, to finally arrive in 2020 at the Royal Palace of Caserta. You are a figurative painter. Your works seem centered around the concept of beauty, which message do you
Which goal do you set yourself preceding a new work?
wish to express?
Clarity, or the elimination of all obstacles, between the
Formal beauty belongs in part, to my own cultural
painter and the idea as well as the idea and the observer. If
formation that took place in Rome, where the sense of
the painter achieves this clarity, he will be truly understood.
“Beauty” is presented in every aspect. At the origin of
everything there is the drawing, which is the first form of conceptualization that helps me to reflect. While
remaining mainly in the figuration, my goal is to leave out the detail, preferring the concept, the metaphor, the allegory ... through the symbols of our culture I use beauty as an instrument of reflection. What else could
Below left: Lace, 2018, 96 x 120 cm.
Below right: From Flesh to Spirit, 2018, 100 x 120 cm.
CELEBRITY FIGHT NIGHT 2018
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NCHANTINGLY BEAUTIFUL and exceedingly inspirational, the fifth Celebrity Fight Night marathon in Italy ended with a big bang. We are talking about one of the most important charity events globally, spearheaded by the phenomenal Andrea Bocelli, whose voice and philanthropic efforts have inspired and influenced so many amongst us. â€˜Iâ€™ certainly being one of them and having had the opportunity to partake in what was one of the most incredible series of events ever, can confirm that I will reminisce about these evenings for a long time to come.
CELEBRITY FIGHT NIGHT 2018
Since 2014 and the first of the CFN events, the
it can find energy and real opportunities to give the best
Italian arm of the foundation supports projects by the
of themselves expressing their potential”. The meaning
Muhammed Ali Parkinson Center in Phoenix as well as
behind these words spoken by Andrea are not only and
Andrea Bocelli’s Foundation in Italy and Haiti.
without a doubt truthful, their proof has been provided
The Andrea Bocelli Foundation was founded in
by his altruistic achievements. To “concretely help our
2011 with a goal that states; “empowering people and
neighbours, through the priceless privilege of being
communities”. A statement that should be thought about
useful, in the certainty of the quality of intervention” is
in detail and one that for Andrea, stems from the
most certainly something that we all, should endeavour
incredible welcome he received throughout his travels
to support and replicate.
and that has thus been essential for the foundation’s
In Italy in 2018, CFN brought together an ensemble
growth. Believing that, “together, we are stronger” has
of rare, privileged individuals that without fail, gave
given cause to the creation of an institution able to
generously in support of the foundation throughout
channel all of the “remaining positive forces in this world into a concrete way of helping others”. For this reason, the Andrea Bocelli Foundation was able to turn itself into a “living laboratory that was made up of many different members from all corners of our globe, united to work generously, so that even the less fortunate or weak can have the possibility to have a better future full of beauty and opportunities, and those who deserve
“empowering people and communities”
CELEBRITY FIGHT NIGHT 2018
evenings that led guests from Florence through Porto
to ‘empower people and organizations’. A statement that
Venere to Verona and back. To have been surrounded
goes hand in hand with the Andrea Bocelli Foundation.
by such an exclusive amalgamation of personalities, was
The charity’s official launch took place in November
a time that will forever stay engrained in my memory,
2011, in Los Angeles, at which the joint venture with
just as much as the meaning behind Andreas foundation
the ‘MIT 5th Sense’ challenge was also announced. The
will forever be a part of my life and influence my future
foundations work took off like a rocket; collaborations
decisions. Coupled with Bocelli’s statement that “goodness,
with organisations such as Caritas in 2012 (organising a
with which you have sided, produces miracles”, the
Christmas dinner for the homeless at the reception centre
outcome of these miracles undoubtedly took the world by
San Paolino’s, in Florence), or with the Papal Charities
surprise. Achieving close to one million US dollars just by
offices in 2013 (joining forces in aid and support of
a charity auction throughout fundraising evenings should
people in need throughout Italy), creating a newfound
be eulogized. Andrea and Veronica Bocelli, we take this
reality. That same year, Andrea Bocelli was awarded the
opportunity to commend you.
Lions International Humanitarian Award in Hamburg
The foundation was founded by Andrea Bocelli on
and Laura Biancalani received the ARNO prize for
July 14th, 2011, in Lajatico, a province of Pisa in
solidarity. 2014 saw the start of the annual Celebrity Fight
Tuscany, with Dr Laura Biancalani being nominated
Night evenings in Florence culminating with Andrea
the foundations President. Laura, following 8 years of
and Veronica Bocelli receiving the UNCA prize for their
tireless work for the Saving Bank Foundation, brought
humanitarian commitment from United Nations Ban
with her a detailed knowledge of charities that made
Ki-Moon. In 2015, Andrea was awarded the Crystal
her the perfect choice to lead the Bocelli Foundation.
award in Davos, at the World Economic Forum.
Included herein, her diverse experience in all aspects
Throughout the years, the philanthropic achievements
of foundation development, as well as her enthusiasm
of the foundation include the ‘Virginia Project’ in Haiti,
for accomplishing her objectives that encompass, amidst
humanitarian aid for the Syrian people, opening of the
other things, the creation of teamwork and supporting
‘Sacro Cuore’ school in Finale Emilia, Italy…. and so
ambition. Laura has always stated that her goal is one, in
much more. CFN in Italy brought the ‘so much more’
which she can work in the non-for-profit sector in order
so much closer, as the consequence of these evenings is
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such, that the funds raised will also go to the children of
Bocelli and Taiwanese star A-Mei, ‘We will meet once
Italy’s Muccia and Sarnano cities that have been and will
again’ by Andrea and Josh Groban and together with
be blessed with the rebuilding of their schools destroyed
his son Matteo, they performed perfect renditions of
by the earthquake in 2016, and 2550 children in Haiti
‘Fall on Me’ and ‘The Nutcracker and Four Realms’. To
are now being granted access to education.
think that the evening could have been left at that would
The series of events
be too easy, as there was an additional multitude of
that took us here are
performances that saw Andrea in duets with Katherine
more than applaudable
McPhee, Colin Schachat and Josh Groban. It was an
and were done with such
evening of magnitude, and one that confirmed the road
grandeur and bravura
that leads art to solidarity.
that it left all, breathless.
Ferragamo’s Villa le Rose on the Florentine hills took
place in the Giardino
us to our third evening and another event of spectacular
della Gherardesca of
momentousness. The villa, located at the end of one
the Four Seasons Hotel
of the most beautiful, cypress-lined avenues in the
in Florence, a 5-hectare
home of Chianti, was built during the renaissance and
commissioned by Marchese Niccolò Antinori. The
mansion, containing some of the most beautiful, frescoed
Encircled by 15th Century frescoes, ornaments, statues
salons, is enveloped by gardens within an 11-hectare
and fountains, it is a venue that is composed of an
park. Greeted with a sampling of exquisite champagnes,
exclusive mix between art and innovation, simplicity
we listened to speeches by Sean Currie and Jimmy
and elegance. Greeted by Veronica and Amos Bocelli
Walker, the founder and tutelary of Celebrity Fight
(Andrea himself absent due to rehearsals) we were
Night. The Chairman of the Andrea Bocelli Foundation,
received in a manner befitting of Kings and Queens.
Stefano Aversa, gave another speech with a particular
The evening started off to the melodious notes of Uzbek
insight into the world that is Andrea Bocelli, and the
pianist Lola Astanova followed by performances of Pia
subsequent music, exclusive show and private concert
Toscano (in her Italian debut) and singer-songwriter Brian McKnight. Melissa Peterman not only held court with her customary zest, but also joined forces with Reba McEntire once again, a nostalgic memoire of their American TV smash hit. The after party was no less exceptional, with the British quintet London Essentials giving one of their exhilarant performances. Day two saw us in Porto Venere, the jewel within the “Gulf of Poets” at the far eastern side of Liguria. Overlooking the sea and located at the far edge of the land, stands the gothic Church of San Pietro, built in 1277. The paths leading us up to the church, were decorated with 1600 lanterns, illuminating the marvellous landscape and creating an unparalleled atmosphere. We were welcomed with an exquisite aperitif to the sound of the Italian Navy band, followed-on by the Excellence orchestra under the direction of Gianluca Marcianò. This young group of talented musicians from around the globe, created an ambiance of sheer magic and presented the perfect prelude to the premiere of Andrea’s newest album “Si”. The evening hosted by the Andrea Bocelli Foundation’s ambassador, model and actress Catrinel Marlon, finally stopped the worlds fourteen-year wait. Fourteen songs performed with incredible fervour; ‘If only’ by
The first evening took
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by various artists was one, that left us speechless. The ambience, beauty of our surroundings, magnificent voices, were once again moments in time, that we will think about for many years to come. Going to bed, thinking that nothing could surmount the last evenings, we were left stupefied by the fourth event. Such a night of spectacular magnificence is difficult to describe, mere words seem not enough and that is not something that I personally am used to. Hosted in Verona, home of Romeo and Juliet and the city of Belcanto, the evening that went by the name of “Notte di Andrea Bocelli” was without a doubt, the most breath-taking, sensational and prodigious exploit that I have ever been privy to witnessing. The reception and dinner at the amazing Palazzo della Gran Guardia, was completed by a red carpet that spanned the entire Piazza Bra, and saw myself as one amongst 500, that were being hosted. There were enormous crowds applauding, cameras flashing as the likes of Morgan Freeman, Catherine Deneuve, Gina Lollobrigida amongst others entered the stunning location. The evening continued
surpassed; the conclusion, with its traditional jubilation
on with the actual performance held at the renowned
of “Brindisi” from Verdi’s La
Arena of Verona, Roman amphitheatre built in AD
Traviata was aided by 400 extras and 8 horses on
30, and the general mood amongst all, one of pure
stage to be followed by a performance of Ukrainian
expectation. The performances commenced wit Milly
ballet superstar Sergei Polunin. It was however Andreas
Carlucci’s introduction of the awe-inspiring Andrea
speech, with a tribute to his wife Veronica, that left guests mesmerized.
“Without her, all this would not have been possible”
“Without her, all this would not have been possible”, Andrea’s words at the Arena. The last and concluding evening another of Veronica’s achievements and a confirmation of those words. It was an evening that saw us hosted at the glorious Palazzo Pitti in Florence, and an unfeigned organisation of another, incredible aperitif that led us to the courtyard of this 16th century
Bocelli. Emotions rose high as he dedicated “E lucevan la
palazzo, surrounded by a collection of 40 automobiles,
stelle” from Puccini’s Tosca to the victims of the horrific
all from between 1920 and 1970. What a sight! The night
bridge accident this past summer in Genoa. Surrounded
was combined with the sheer magnificence of Andrea
be the entire Fire Department that worked tirelessly for
Bocelli and his artistic friends, that unfailingly managed
days, his heartfelt love and gratefulness was apparent to
to surpass themselves once again. Ilaria Della Bidia
all present. The voices of Andrea combined with those
introduced the guests and alternated between presenter
of Aida Garifullina, Leo Nucci and Alberto Gazale
and singer. There was music, there was dancing to DJ
elevated above the Arena, providing us with a thrilling
Mirko Coppola and there were toasts, farewells, tears. It
night of unimaginable musical achievement. Speeches
was an evening that felt familiar, one in which nobody
by Richard Gere and Morgan Freeman (Hollywood
was made to feel as if they hadn’t provided their part
stars) sent chills up the spines of all present. Added to
throughout the marathon. There is one element for me
the equation were 400 artists, all in incredible costumes,
that is a certainty; these nights, these astounding events,
as well as a succession of personalities of upmost
will forever stay with me and I will walk those paths once
importance, creating a night that embraced us with an
again in my dreams, happy that I played a tiny part and
atmosphere of pure humanity, so much so, that one
that the dreams of so many, became a reality.
can only wonder how this was possible. And yet, there are moments in time when even the impossible can be
By Iwana Krause
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Massimo Ferragamo FOREVER
Massimo Ferragamo has been the Chairman of Ferragamo USA Inc., a subsidiary of Salvatore Ferragamo Italia since 2000, and its President since 1985. Mr. Ferragamo serves as Director at Ferragamo USA, Inc. and Ferragamo Finanziaria S.p.A. He has also been a Director of Philip Morris International Inc. since December 6, 2016.
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OINING MASSIMO Ferragamo and his wife
acres of vineyards has become the fifth largest producer
Chiara on the terrace of their delightful Montalcino
of Brunello di Montalcino”.
Castiglion del Bosco Golf Club, was a joy. As Massimo
The five-star, luxury resort with its Tuscan flair, is
gazed admiringly at his beloved “Capanna” vineyards,
managed by Rosewood Hotels and offers 23 suites, a
his smiling, energetic and easygoing vitality, a smattering
spa, top amenities and fine dining as well as a small
first impressions. As the
boutique by Chiara. Additionally,
youngest of Salvatore and Wanda
11 private villas – 17 & 18th
century farmhouses that were
grew up at their Florence home.
individually restored by interior
Salvatore died of cancer when
designers Chiara and Teresa
Massimo was two. Wanda was
not only a mother to all, but with
6-bedroom villas all with heated
no previous experience became
pools. The winery with its own,
the driving force behind the
private members Wine Club
creation of “the” fashion house
offers superb tasting facilities –
Salvatore had desired – Salvatore
warm, elegant, intimate, where
their own bottles—like Justin Massimo,
Timberlake (an avid golfer). Be it
us how your passion for wine
wine tasting, discovering Tuscany,
hiking, biking, cooking classes,
“I was looking for something and made my first step in 2002, acquiring the 200 hectare “Tenuta Prima Pietra” – Ripavella, 11 hectares on a hilly Tuscan Coast overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea.” Best things happen by chance – as with my fortuitous first visit to the
“I never thought I would develop the level of passion for wine that I have”
small town of Castiglion del Bosco, nestled in the heart
of UNESCO’s Val d’Orcia. I bought it in 2003; 5,000
guests are pampered. Massimo wants his guests to enjoy
acres that include a medieval hamlet with a 14th-century
their privacy with Tuscan hospitality. Clients come from
church, home to a fresco by Pietro Lorenzetti, as well as
all corners of the globe.
the ruins of a fortress, vineyards producing wine since the
Uniquely created by Ferragamo, Castiglion del
early 1900’s, and 20 farmhouses. When I first saw it, I
Bosco is Italy’s only private Golf Club – by invitation
was speechless not only because of the property size, but
only – with its Tom Weiskopf Signature Course and
also because of its layout. Nothing disturbed the view in
attractive Club House that features top facilities and
any direction; you felt as if you were back in the Middle
alfresco dining. “Tom is very talented, he adapted
Ages. Nothing had changed, it was incredibly green.
the course to these hills, without ruining the land,”
Despite there being five previous owners over the past 20
Massimo’s observation regarding the expansive 444-
years, the property had never been parceled out.”
acre, 18-hole course. Unique – a par-3- 19th hole,
“I never really thought I would develop the level of
where a hole-in-one wins a Magnum of Brunello!
passion for wine that I have. Tuscany was always in my
Members are international golfers from across Europe,
heart. I thought I was going to have a much smaller
US, South Africa, typical for “very” private clubs such
estate but when the opportunity arose, it felt almost
as Carnegie Club at Skibo Castle, Augusta National,
like a call of duty. Since 1100 A.D., amidst armed
Cypress Point etc.
assaults, this tiny Tuscan domain shows the imprint
“I wanted our friends to come, enjoy the lifestyle of
of great Sienese families. It is also one of 25 wineries
the Borgo but with missing air conditioning, etc. we had
founded in Brunello di Montalcino’s denomination and
to renovate; now we are adding 20 more suites.” “We
by restoring the hamlet, the farmhouses and including
have a new golf membership, which also includes a
the replanting of some vineyards located on key sites,
special rate for our Wine Club, plus additional services,
we developed a resort project. Castiglion del Bosco’s 150
like the “garage”. ‘The Garage” is perfect for this part
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From top left: Ferruccio, Leonardo, Giovanna and Massimo Ferragamo.
Below: Wanda Ferragamo (departed Oct.2018), Fulvia Ferragamo Visconti (departed April 2018).
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of Tuscany – one of the world’s greatest drives. We are building it so members can leave their vintage or special cars here, or use one of ours during their visits. I’m acquiring cars from the 60’s and 70’s.” “I think that Our Wine Club is unique. With our new Winery, we have added beautiful member lockers, new programs, services, and events of interest to our global members. We offer helicopter tours of our coastal vineyard or of other vineyards, if member’s desire.” Being the youngest of six, how was your childhood?
“My playgrounds were the woods; I was surrounded by greenery. My brothers built carts for racing down wilderness slopes. Always outdoors, we played soccer or water sports during summers in Punta Ala.” “I progressed in sailing. I loved the thrills, team interaction, challenges of it, and the sea. Years spent racing before, for over five years we chased the World Cup. Finally, we conquered it – 2006 World Cup Championship’s Swan 45 class, Key West. As ownerskipper of the boat with a crew of 11, I was so excited. We were rewarded with this victory after so many 2nd, 3rd’s. I loved the team harmony.” You have spent many years in America, tell us more?
“I wanted to be part of the family business for the first time. And I am still here, over 30 years later”
“During my law studies, one of our family friends – New York’s Saks Fifth Avenue’s Chairman – visited us.
and older brother Ferruccio, to tell them that I didn’t
I was just a humble student. An internship program
want to return to my law degree, but would happily do
was appealing, so I asked him. He suggested I do their
a three-year work experience in our offices. Sad about
New York executive training program. Having lived
my decision to not pursue my law degree, they were
in Florence for 23 years, I found this an interesting
however happy that I wanted to be a part of the family
prospect. I asked my mother if I could interrupt my
business for the first time. And I am still here, over 30
University studies for six months, which she agreed to,
but insisted I return to Florence to graduate.”
Ferragamo was enamored with US business methods.
“In 1982 I did my six months and fell in love with
“Nothing is too big, nor impossible in America; there’s a
New York. We were opening our offices in New York
way of doing things that is incredibly efficient. Nobody
then, thus I mustered up courage to call my Mother
can appreciate the United States more than a European. My father’s entry into the US was via Hollywood, with shoes for Greta Garbo, Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe.” Named President of Ferragamo USA in 1985 followed by Chairman in 2000, Ferragamo holds various Board positions with leading corporations and non-profit organizations with which he focuses on arts, culture, battling cancer. “I have been married to Chiara for over twenty years. She was immediately taken with New York, as I was. Chiara is the athlete of the family – a dedicated, proven skier. Racing in her youth – European Cup, FIS
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events in slalom, later downhill. She was up daily at 5:00
Along with Castiglion del Bosco, is golf your new sport?
am, workouts then training on the mountain.” Chiara
“No, aerobic exercise is key; I bike to lose weight. We
smilingly adds, “I loved skiing, racing, the travel for a
just spent some days in Mallorca, hiking with our sons.
while, then the speed events were required.” She then
If I have a moment in New York, I’ll go out and jog for
turned to other pursuits. Now, she is a respected interior
exercise, relaxation. Golf isn’t active enough for Chiara
designer (chairs) and decorator, fundraiser, plus a very
active mother and wife. Chiara and Giacomo will run
the Athens Marathon in Greece on November 11th,
You settled well in America but are very attached to
fundraising for the Italian Drug Rehabilitation Center
Florence, do you visit?
San Patrignano. Our two sons – Giacomo and Federico –
“I miss Florence but fortunately, I go quite often. I have
feel Italian and speak Italian but were born and raised in
a house there, and my heart always beats for Florence
America. At eight years old, one told me he that he feels
and our Fiorentina team! Life there is on a more human
Italian during football’s World Cup.”
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With all this – businesses, wine, Castiglion del Bosco,
After this interview took place, we regret that Honorary Chairman
Chiara and your sons, how do you stay close to all the
Wanda Ferragamo Miletti passed away during 2018. She led the
family in Italy?
group since 1960, following the death of her husband and founder
“We are a very close family. Recently, my 96-year-
of the company Salvatore.
old mother called me, worried. She had heard the news about New York’s cold spell; she wanted to be
What is in the Ferragamo DNA?
sure I was bundled up. We are all close thanks to my
“Being really in touch with reality. Honesty in all areas
mother who has always preached and practiced fairness,
of what you do; and the products need to be absolutely
without favoritism amongst us; it’s the basis for the
honest. A desire for innovation. Respect for people.”
strong bond between us siblings. Furthermore, we’ve established a similar set of very precise rules for the future generations.”
Photos © Castiglion del Bosco, Salvatore Ferragamo SpA By Susanne Kemper
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Thomas Kochs W H E N L U X U R Y I S A WAY O F L I F E
Thomas joined the Corinthia Hotel London in 2017. Prior to this, he was the well-known face of Claridgeâ€™s. He originally joined the Maybourne Hotel Group in 2005 and rapidly rose through the ranks, proving himself as an inspirational leader.
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You’ve worked for some of the most exclusive hotels in
What are your ambitions for the Corinthia?
the business. What inspired you to go into this field and
Every day I strive to create an environment that is uplifting,
what training did you do?
for our staff as for our guests. I believe that ultimately, if
From a young age, I always viewed travel as an
our ethos and passion is reflected through our staff this in
opportunity to broaden one’s life experiences, to meet
turn, will be mirrored in our guests’ experience.
new people and to experience new things. Building
My ambition is for guests to have the most memorable
a career at the zenith of the travel market in luxury
stay, one that goes beyond the traditional hotel services.
hotels, was a natural progression of this lifelong curiosity,
I hope that we get better and better with every day,
where every experience is measured by the quality and
through the experiences we provide and deliver.
thoughtfulness of the service we provide. In terms of training, I enrolled in a classic hotel school, later studying
How do you ensure that the Corinthia maintains such
Business Economics and completing an MBA.
high standards of service??
Quite simply, we invest in staff who love what they do, to You’ve been MD at the Corinthia for just over a year –
whom service comes naturally and who make our guests
how are you finding this role, compared to others you
feel welcome and uplifted. This uncomplicated approach
ensures our guests want to keep coming back.
I absolutely adore the property and feel fortunate to
have been trusted with the opportunity to do some truly
You must see a huge variety of guests from all over
wonderful things here. Each and every hotel assignment
the world? How do you ensure that they all have an
has brought new opportunities, to meet new guests, work
with new colleagues, as well as meeting new challenges.
Different people travel for different reasons and so have
It’s always fascinating, rewarding and exciting.
very different needs. Whether it is a pied-à-terre in London
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Left: Musicians Penthouse Terrace with Panoramic views
Above and Right: Afternoon Tea at the Corinthia Hotel
Below: Signature Corinthia Experience
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or a unique once-in-a-lifetime experience, wherever our
out people who want to be in hospitality and have a
guests come from, we aim to provide a seamless travel
natural ability for delivering great service. Who see it as a
experience that complements and facilitates their needs.
career and a pleasure, not just a job. We then work hard
From our recently launched, renovated suites; to our new
to ensure that the staff who work with us find an outlet for
restaurant with renowned chef opening in September; we
their intrinsic sense of service and hospitality.
aim to bring elements of London right onto our guests’ doorstep. We are also launching new ESPA treatments
Your hotel competes not just with the best hotels in London,
at ESPA Life; we have curated a collection of interesting
but with the best hotels in the world. How do you ensure
artworks displayed at the hotel; and are working on a
you keep your edge in such a competitive environment?
number of exciting collaborations that offer our guests
We pay close attention to detail, we look at the travel
interesting events and experiences.
experience holistically from the guests’ point of view, we anticipate their needs and strive to deliver the perfect
You also oversee a huge staff – what do you look for when
mix of form and function. We also pay close attention
recruiting and how do you maintain a good quality staff?
to ambience and atmosphere. It is not our intention to
Many hotels are exclusively guest focused, but we try to be
be overly conceptual and rarefied, but rather to feel real
people focused. This means not just listening to guests but
and welcoming. We offer our guests the very best of
also talking and listening to our staff. Individuals deliver
what is available in an effortless way.
the experience more than anything else, so the focus on
From the interior designers we meticulously select
Human Resources is critical. Broadly speaking we seek
for our rooms and suites, to the beds we choose, to
Top left: Royal Penthouse Bathroom
Top right: Hamilton Penthouse Entrance
Bottom left: Royal Penthouse Lounge
Bottom right: The Northall Bar
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the spa and wellness offering and the attention we pay to our culinary portfolio and the companies we collaborate with; each is thought through carefully, considered so as to provide our guests’ an uplifting experience. The Corinthia is a beautifully restored hotel, and yet it has a fascinating history – do you feel a responsibility to protect its past as well as to ensure its future?
The past and the future are always intertwined in the now. Our past, both as a building and as a business, impacts how we operate today and what our expectations are for the future. There’s always a sense of duty and responsibility there – as the saying goes, we stand on the shoulders of giants. We are guardians of this heritage and are committed to ensuring its longevity and relevance as we boldly move into the future. By Dina Aletras
Right: The Northall Bar window detail
Below: Corinthia Hotel Exterior at night
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THE HILLS ARE ALIVE WITH THE
Sound of Silence I
GREW UP to the music and images of Julie Andrews
that have managed to sustain a lush, vibrant green
in ‘The Sound of Music’ but hadn’t realized until
even after the heatwaves of a long summer. The water
I reached Salzburg, that I was going to be staying in the
of the lake has every shade of blue imaginable, from
very countryside where it was filmed.
aquamarine to turquoise to teal.
It is in the province of ‘Salzburgerland’ and a mere
The ever-changing nature of the light comes with
twenty-minute drive from the airport, which in itself is
the climate as it alternates between September’s sun and
as swift and seamless as any I’ve passed through. The
breeze and the autumnal clouds that bring rain, causing
area has a number of beautiful lakes and is to Austrians
the water to be flat and still one moment, shimmering
what the Lake District is to us Brits, Lakes Como and
and rippling the next. Both serene and mesmeric, the
Maggiore are to the Italians: a refuge, a delight and a
stunning reflections demanded and commanded my
natural source of immense pride.
attention. The length of the lake was punctuated with
Fuschl, my local town, exists for ‘Fuschlsee’, and her
benches on its shoreline’s, as places for our own reflection.
stunning lake that’s set in a broad bowl of mountains that
I first stayed at the lake’s eastern end, at Ebner’s
are part bald, part wooded. They brood over pastures
Waldhof (www.ebners-waldhof.at). What a fabulous
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eclectic mixture this hotel is: part alpine chalet, part
her baroque church facades and the impressive statue
modern and part authentically Austrian and suggestive
of Mozart: a fitting prelude to Austria’s capital which
of a bygone era. This amalgamation of buildings has
I reached in under three hours after passing through
something for everyone with quirky corridors lined with
farmland and factories.
curiosities such as horse carts and deer antlers, tableaux and taxidermy.
Reaching the Hotel Bristol (www.bristolvienna.com), I had the most dramatic of arrivals. I opened the shutters
Two days later, I went on to the lake’s western and
on the fourth floor to look directly across at the Opera
even quieter end, to stay at the luxurious Schloss Fuschl
House below which, its appreciative evening audience
(www.schlossfuschlsalzburg.com). Inside, and adorning
stood watching it all live, outside on a giant screen that
its corridors are black and white photographs of famous
I was able to share from my balcony. My own box with
conductors, steeped deep in musical ecstasy with their
silence expressing their own words. Easily the best set
The layout of the city center has been designed with
of hotel pictures I have seen. The setting of this historic
great efficiency, and thus getting around was made simple
castle with its formerly royal connections is paramount.
for me, the hotel’s position bang in the middle. Nearly all of
Perched on a prime vantage point, it looks across the
my site-seeing tours were thus walkable and spontaneous.
entire length of the lake.
That evening, I attended a concert at the Konzerthaus
To catch my direct train to Vienna I came back to the
and was made acutely aware that I was amongst the
center of Salzburg, with her expansive suite of squares,
‘cognoscenti’ in Vienna, the historic heartland of classical music. I was thrilled to witness tradition alive and well, surrounded by entire families sitting alongside
Left: The glory of Salzburg.
Below: Salzburg’s city centre.
old ladies spruced up for the occasion, and this at the very civilized time of 6pm on a Sunday evening. This hallowed hall is beautified through art deco windows, set in pale blue and yellow beneath the gilded ceiling. In the
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foyer stands an impressive statue of Beethoven complete with his signature brooding and imperious mood. Unlike
Above: Mozart, Salzburg’ celebrated resident.
any other performance I’ve experienced, the tail-coated conductor smiled at will and that with joyful informality toward his lead violinist and his white bow-tied orchestra. The ‘Museums Quartier’ is close by and everything in it, accessible. Just behind it, set in a quiet courtyard, I ate at the vegetarian Tian Bistro (www.tian-bistro.com). Sitting amongst plants, wooden crates and an unusually non-stentorian Austrian clientele, I began with a ‘pickme-up’ consisting of papaya, pineapple, celery, ginger and Assam long pepper. I then tried a subtle consommé with ‘champignons’ and fresh herbs before succumbing to the delicacy of Hokkaido pumpkin, spelt cream and polenta fries’ indulgently followed by marinated strawberries, minted sugar and peanut cream. Scattered amongst the museums are purple blocks, acting as loungers, that draw together those seeking rest and repose. Here is the Leopold Museum and the best place to see Austria’s two most celebrated artists, Klimt and Schiele, who are effectively afforded their own permanent exhibitions with a floor each. Klimt’s landscapes, often in a square format, consitute a quarter of his painterly oeuvre; so determined was he to
take himself away whenever he could from the Viennese art scene to reach Attersee, another of Salzburgerland’s lakes. Typically he would first visit a small beech forest with the sun interspersed between its conifers, before breakfast to then bathe in the lake further followed by rowing to shake up his muscles. These paintings are devoid of people and depict a tranquil atmosphere. They’re symbolism, especially in his water scenes, portraying the artist’s craving for privacy and space, as well as timelessness and a transience with nature’s cycle, enjoying a constant and self-renewing energy. Engagingly different is Klimt’s iconic masterpiece ‘The Kiss’, housed in the nearby Belvedere. As iconic as ‘Doe a deer, a female deer” perhaps! Adam Jacot de Boinod was a researcher for the first BBC television series QI, hosted by Stephen Fry. He wrote The Meaning of Tingo and Other Extraordinary Words from around the World, published by Penguin Books.
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Above left: A suite at Vienna’s Hotel Bristol.
Above right: Hotel Bristol’s glorious decor.
Left: Schloss Fuschl and its imposing aspect.
Below: Vienna’s boulevards.
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Manish Mehrotra B
ORN AND RAISED in Patna, Bihar, Chef Manish Mehrotra developed an extreme liking for food production whilst pursuing a Hotel Management degree from Mumbai. After joining Old World Hospitalityâ€™s Oriental Octopus (the popular membersâ€™ restaurant at Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Delhi) in 2000, he was inspired to travel across Asia to train in Pan-Asian cuisine. Upon his return in 2009, Rohit Khattar, Chairman, Old World Hospitality wanted to start Indian Accent. Manish volunteered to work on the menu. The idea was to contemporise dishes, use global ingredients, plate them in a non-traditional manner and yet ensure that the taste was uniquely Indian. Thus Indian Accent was conceptualised.
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Tell us more about your journey into the kitchen, were
How do you like to be perceived as a chef? What would
you inspired by anyone in particular?
your legacy to the culinary world be?
At a young age, joining a hotel management school was
I would like to be seen as someone that makes real,
my career decision as I wasn’t sure what else I wanted
authentic Indian food, all over the globe. With Indian
to do! Here I discovered my love for the kitchen. I was
Accent, we would like to help create more respect for
drawn to it because it encouraged my creative side – I
Indian cuisine, and help people realize, it’s about so
saw that imagination is required in the kitchen, more
much more than just curries. We hope, we can expand
so than in any other part of the industry. This is what
Indian cuisine and leave behind memorable, authentic
and surprising recipes.
The first Head Chef I worked under was Chef Johnson Esso, who taught me the basics that led me on
Let’s reverse roles: You are the customer not the chef.
the path to become, the chef I am today. He taught me
What do you expect from a restaurant?
how to identify flavors that would work well together,
An experience! Not just good food, but great service,
and how to successfully navigate a kitchen and work
cohesively alongside others. When I joined Old World Hospitality in 2000 as a
What is your secret to achieving excellence in the
Pan Asian Chef, my life changed. The company gave me
the opportunity to travel across the world, learn about
A firm belief that anything you want to achieve can
various cuisines, ingredients, techniques, etc. I started
be through hard work and dedication. To work in this
collecting cook books, learnt from them. Today I have a
industry is physically and emotionally challenging, but
library with over 1200 books.
if you are truly passionate about cooking and food, this
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shouldn’t matter. An important piece of advice I would like to give, is to never stop learning – there is always something new to be discovered that can help you improve. Do you have a favourite ‘signature’ dish? If so, what is it and how was it created?
At Indian Accent, the Soy Keema is my favourite dish. It uses very humble ingredients that come together to create something unique, delicious and also comforting. Guests are always surprised and delighted by it. Which ingredients do you love to use in your cooking?
Indian Accent showcases inventive Indian cuisine by complementing the flavors and traditions of India, with global ingredients and techniques. We use a lot of authentic Indian spices of course, although I don’t have one particular spice that’s my favourite – in India we use a lot of spice blends, as there are so many combinations that can create an entirely new flavor. One of my favourites is Chaat Masala as it’s very versatile. One can use it in everything
“… in India we use a lot of spice blends, as there are so many combinations that can create an entirely new flavour.”
from salads and curries right through to desserts. Which three words would you use to describe your ‘philosophy’ in cooking?
learn how they created the extraordinary food that they did. Also, Indira Gandhi, Ex-Prime Minister
Traditional, Nostalgic and Inventive.
of India; Dev Anand, Prominent Bollywood Actor; Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, Former captain of the
Which chef would you like to work alongside?
I admire many chefs today, but I particularly take inspiration from Rick Stein. His cookbooks, programs and recipes are great and I would definitely love to work alongside him someday.
Indian cricket team What are your plans for 2019?
For now, we would just like to focus on the three Indian Accent Restaurants in New Delhi, London and New
If you could choose four people to cook for in history, who would it be and why?
I would like to go back and cook with the old Nawabs in Lucknow, who created Indian cuisine in the absence of refrigeration
modern things we take for granted. It’s incredible how far we have come but I would be fascinated to go back and
York, making sure that our menus are constantly being executed to our highest standards. Which restaurant, apart from your own, do you like to eat at and why?
The best meal I’ve ever had was at Mathias Dahlgren, a restaurant in Stockholm. Their mushroom tasting menu was just incredible. The food, the service, the ambience, everything was exceptional. I’d like to go back there again. By Dina Aletras
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Jacob Arabo, Founder & Chairman
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Jacob Arabo MASTER OF WORLD TIME
ACOB ARABO began his journey in the world of fine jewelry and timepieces as a 16-year old apprentice. A short time later, Jacob opened a small booth in New York Cityâ€™s bustling diamond district and began designing collections for jewelry brands and private clients. In 1986, he launched his own luxury label, Jacob & Co.
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Since then, his boundless quest for the creative has delivered an ever-expanding array of jewelry and watches that have continued to enchant clients and critics alike earning him extensive global press coverage and a loyal international following. Jacob maximizes his valued industry relationships to discover the world’s most fantastical gems and fashion them into pieces of
“As a jeweler, Jacob sources singularly rare and exceptional stones each selected with the utmost integrity of origin”
extraordinary beauty. A rarity in the world of luxury, Jacob & Co.’s only
limitation is the imagination of its founder. Arriving at
today. An unparalleled designer and marketer, the double
14 years old in the United States, he started working
talent of Jacob Arabo has brought him success worldwide.
two years later as an apprentice to a jeweler. He already
Created in 1986 Jacob & Co. is today present in
knew he would make a name for himself in this world
more than 20 countries and regions. Recognised as
of luxury and creativity. The entrepreneur opened his
the “Master of World Time”, Jacob & Co.’s ingenious
first workshop at 17, supported by a more established
timepieces and opulent jewelry watches, feature perfectly
partner who provided him with the necessary credibility
selected set stones that are the hallmark of the brand.
to seek finance and clients. As a manufacturer for other
The timepieces are a magnificent expression of his
brands, he began creating his own jewelry collection with
avant-garde vision of watches, imagined and inspired
the profits, and canvassed outlets before opening his own
by the beauty around him, driven by a strong desire to
store in New York, where the flagship store is located
deliver a constant, creative evolution and challenging
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excellence, the “Gravitational Triple Axes Astronomia” tourbillon reveals a very poetic choreography under a domed sapphire crystal, where the earth and the moon are swept up in flight around the dial. First of the Astronomia collection, the timepiece now exists in other surprising versions. Another Grand Complication launched in 2016, the Twin Turbo combines two visible triple-axis tourbillons and a minute repeater in a sporty rectangular-shaped case. Master of World Time, Jacob & Co. constantly revolutionizes travel watches, taking its famous “Five Time Zone” to the digital world with the “Ghost” collection, using the latest innovations in electronics to create a dramatic and fascinating display of time around the world. Today, other models have become classics like “Epic X Chrono” with its remarkable open-work, or “Epic SF 24”, whose miniature flaps mechanically run through the train stations and airports corresponding to the different time zones of the world. www.jacobandco.com the traditional limits of watch design. This bound-less appetite for innovation is balanced with an esteem and respect for the Swiss time-honored practices. As a jeweler, Jacob sources singularly rare and exceptional stones each selected with the utmost integrity of origin and the critical care of an artist’s eye. His inventiveness and inspiration merge with the finest jewelry making techniques to give birth to iconic and intricately crafted masterpieces. In 2002, he began to design watches that became symbols of success for both bold face names and serious collectors. As the creative force behind the brand’s ingenious watch collections, he has received several design awards and is recognised as the “Master of World Time” – even earning a place in music fame with more than 200 references in pop culture songs to his “over-thetop” timepieces. In addition to the incredible complications, his opulent, intricately set jewelry watches have dressed the wrists of celebrities and graced the covers of many publications. If Jacob & Co.’s jewelry offers as many variations as there are fashion trends, innovation is for their watches, the aspiration. Each model is the focal point of all the craftsmen’s attention and know-how at their Geneva watchmaking atelier. Emblematic of this quest for
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Rewarding the Excellence of “Made in Italy” – Hotel Monaco, Venice
NCE AGAIN, it was a truly unforgettable evening.
creator of Ballo del Doge, that delighted guests with its
A multitude of VIP guests took to the stage at
magnificent fashion show.
Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal in Venice to receive
The Sala del Ridotto at the Hotel Monaco hosted the
awards handed out by the founder of the Mazzoleni
fourth edition of the Gran Galà Arte Cinema & Impresa,
Foundation, Mario Mazzoleni.
an idea that stems from its founder Mario Mazzoleni, a
Maria Grazia Cucinotty graced all with her presence
gallerist and former Bergamo referee: “This event was
that was, as always, a most glamorous one and one
created to promote Italian excellence, excellence that
that was applauded in reminiscence of her role in the
all the world is envious of. Italy is a wonderful country,
legendary film ‘Il Postino’ with Massimo Troisi. Magdi
Venice an extraordinarily unique city. It is a joy and
Cristiano Allam was celebrated for her journalism and
satisfaction to have so many famous people on this
cultural contributions whilst Sister Rosalina Ravasio was
stage including eight companies that daily, with great
acknowledged for her solidarity. Franco Fasano and
professionalism and commitment, hold high the name of
Nicola Pisaniello followed suit with awards for lighting
our country despite everything and everyone.”
and lyrical music, whilst Vera Atyhuskina and Morana
brilliantly amazing couple, Carmen Russo and Enzo
Paolo Turchi, were honored with an award for their
Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine and half of Europe
contribution to television, Luca Nannipieri and Maestro
present, each happy to spend a weekend in the most
Giorgio Celibert for art and last but not least, Francesca
beautiful and romantic city in the world.”
Sirianni for her contribution as an art critic.
Lady Simona Occioni elegantly dressed in Blumarine,
Salvino received one for cinematic achievement. The
During the award ceremony the actress Maria Grazia
In addition to the above, eight Italian companies were
Cucinotta further underlined: “This is an award that I
selected for an award by a special commission within
receive with great pleasure, from good people, spontaneous,
the Mazzoleni Foundation: Italpool for safety, Nuova
a beautiful reality. I have always been convinced that anyone
Villa Claudia from Rome for medicine, Vladimiro Gioia
who can do something and does not, counts for zero.”
and Keep Me for fashion, Anima Aurea for jewelry,
The Mazzoleni Onlus Foundation based in Alzano
Pagani for logistics and transport and Molinaro Studio
Lombardo, is a small but very ambitious company that
for entrepreneurial start-ups. Well received was also the
works to promote culture and art, through events such as
historical Venetian Figure Antonia Sautter, designer and
this Gran Galà.
Images by Andrea Santorum
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The French luxury brand Bugatti is celebrating the European premiere of its latest model in Paris, one month after its world premiere at â€œThe Quail: A Motorsports Gatheringâ€? in Monterey, California.
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HE DAY before the first â€˜pressâ€™ day of the
without any concessions with respect to the usual levels
2018 Paris Motor Show, at an exclusive event in
of comfort and luxury.
the French capital Bugatti unveiled the Divo, before
The aerodynamics of the model have been intensively
an audience of selected media representatives and
fine-tuned, the suspension and chassis settings have
customers. By developing the Divo, Bugatti wanted to
been modified. As a result, the Divo is 35 kilograms
create a super sports car with a different character from
lighter and has 90 kilograms more downforce than
the Chiron, but also one which would never the less
the standard Chiron2. The lateral acceleration of the
be immediately recognizable as a Bugatti. The Divo,
Divo has been boosted to 1.6g and its maximum speed
powered by Bugattiâ€™s iconic eight-litre W16 engine with a
is limited to 380 km/h. The progressive cutting-edge
power output of 1,500 PS, is tuned for agility, nimbleness
design language underlines the inner values of this new
and optimum handling performance on winding roads,
super sports model, whilst at the same time forging a
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“Bugatti wanted to create a super sports car with a different character from the Chiron which would still be immediately recognizable as a Bugatti”
link with Bugatti’s rich coachbuilding heritage, with bodies built to its own design and installed on the existing chassis. All 40 cars in this strictly limited series with a net unit price of €5 million, were sold immediately upon the start of presentations to selected customers. The Divo will be produced from 2019 onwards, together with the Bugatti Chiron, at the brand’s headquarters in Molsheim, Alsace. The first customer deliveries are planned for 2020. www.bugatti.com
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Stefan Sielaff 30 YEARS IN AUTOMOTIVE DESIGN
Bentleyâ€™s Director of Design, Munich-born self-professed Anglophile Stefan Sielaff, has spent more than 30 years in automotive design. In this interview Stefan explains why his lifelong dream was to work for a British brand, and how he got there.
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“To build a fast car, a good car, the best in its class” (W.O. Bentley, Founder)
What came first for you, was it design or cars?
Can you define where your passion for cars originated
When I was a young boy I was not the classic car designer,
sketching cars at four years old. I was more interested in
It started when I was four years old in front of my
doing fine arts and sculpture. I drove my parents crazy by
family’s tobacco shop in Munich. A customer of ours,
working with huge marble blocks in their garage when I
a film director, arrived in a brand-new Porsche 911. I
was 14 or 15. Always very interested in cars, I was never
was just able to look over the edge of the window. I have
able to combine these two passions, so it only began
to say that this was the moment my passion for cars
whilst I was doing my high school diploma – I had to ask
began. Later, like all car aficionados, I started to buy
myself what I was going to do for a living. At this time, I
cheap old cars, providing me with a platform to learn
was becoming interested in product design and I started
a lot about mechanics and technique, because I had to
to study this in the early ’80s. That’s when I learned
repair these cars all the time. My very first beloved car
that it is possible to combine fine arts, design and car
was a Triumph Spitfire, which started my huge passion
activities; this is what is called car design.
for British cars. I also acquired old Volkswagens. I think
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it is essential as a car designer to understand cars on a
is sometimes encapsulated within these movies, and thus
provides a big source of inspiration.
What appeals to you about designing for Bentley?
Do you see interior and exterior automotive design as
It had been my lifelong dream to work for a luxury-
car brand. I find it extremely satisfying to transform
For me, the exterior and interior design in the car
the expectations of luxury customers into an exterior
industry are different disciplines. You are either an expert
sculpture and an interior living habitat.
on one side or the other. It’s really a big difference,
What is great about Bentley, is that we have the
especially when you look at the more sculptural work
opportunity to design the bespoke – we can create
you have to do on the exterior design. Dealing with lines,
extraordinary products that are tailor-made as well as
surface qualities and proportions, whilst at the same
finding custom-fit solutions for the customer. We are still
time taking into consideration how daylight reacts with
a small team and have direct access to the customer –
the sculpture is one part of the story. The other story is
often speaking directly with them. They talk to us, they
interior design. You need to deal with a lot of different
want special solutions and we can deliver these – it is
details. It’s also the combination between the materials
enjoyable. It is ‘cooking to taste’ and that is what I like.
and the architecture on the interior. A lot of surfaces can be covered with leather, normally the more convex ones,
Where do you find your inspiration?
and then one has to deal with a defined amount of space
Earlier this year I was in London viewing the Vogue
as well as getting a lot of details and information into the
exhibition on fashion. Fashion is definitely a place I gain
interior, so they are two very different disciplines.
inspiration from and it has a rapidly changing pace,
much faster than car design. I also love to look at fine art,
Do you believe that practicality should lead the design?
architecture and aircraft design.
Or should design challenge practicality?
Less conventionally, science fiction movies. It happens
‘Form follows function’ – I think that is the famous
frequently that we watch old films from 20 years ago,
sentence used in German design education. It is true
something that was envisaged and that is now a reality
to a certain extent, everything has to work at the end
in our normal lives. Therefore, this dream of the future
of the day. Personally, I think humankind does not only
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live from water and dry bread, we need more flavour. With Bentley being a luxury brand, we need to make an extraordinary statement combining function with fine art as well as with the architecture of fashion. All these things must come together in our cars and thus, make so much more than just a practical statement. Which Bentley design defines the brand for you, and how does this inform what youâ€™re thinking about next?
Talking as a designer, the Bentley that made the most innovative statement of its time is the Mulliner R-Type Continental from 1952. The surfaces of this model feature sharp lines against a positive and negative curvature â€“ permitted by traditional yet more timeconsuming production methods. This DNA will find its way back into future Bentleys, albeit with a lightweight and modern treatment. That is before we even start talking about the proportions that form the basis of our current model range. The striking power line, muscular rear haunches and swooping, fast roof line â€“ we will continue to be inspired by these proportions in the future.
we do, we always push our design language into a new dimension with the help of elegance.
Do you have any guiding principles?
As a custodian of a British brand with such extensive
Where do you think automotive trends are going? Both
heritage, it is my role to push the design language into the
in terms of the design and how people use cars?
future. To do this, I am convinced that we need the help
Society is changing. I think that in the next 20 years,
of a more three-dimensional design and form language.
the automotive industry will see seismic changes. Three
There is one ingredient that is a constant in the design
quarters of the human population will be living in
language of Bentley, and that is elegance. Whatever
megacities, so the flow of traffic has to be different. In
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these megacities we will lose our very individual relationship
Where do you see automotive material trends changing?
in terms of driving our own car. I think it’s more than a
There will always be an audience for luxury cars. Of
question of autonomous moving vehicles, I think it will
this I am convinced. There will always be people who
require swarm intelligence to maintain the traffic flow. I
desire the individual statement embodied by their car.
am also sure that there will be luxury vehicles – however,
Nevertheless, a lot of things will change. The customer
we may need to redefine the meaning of luxury. Luxury
of the future may ask for vegan materials – ecological,
could then mean being a member of an exclusive club
sustainable trends. This is why we are looking into
with access to a fast lane – time being the most precious
developing materials such as protein leather – or
commodity. In the countryside or in the mountains, there
luxurious textiles – and it is why we are experimenting
you may still retain this personal experience of freedom in
with stone veneers, and OLED screens. There will be a
your car, but in the megacities, this will change.
mixture between technology and aesthetics in the future.
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What does the future of luxury design mean to you?
The future of luxury design is rather complex because customers are demonstrating new requirements. We cannot only talk about a sculptural exterior and a functional interior. We have to integrate new technologies. I strongly believe that you can only more forward in design and aesthetic with a big input from technology. www.bentleymotors.com
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