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DO YOU FEEL “GLONO”? Unsure what that actually means? "Glono" is the latest buzzword to hit our industry. It stands for "global nomad", the new generation of connected travellers. These are the kind of travellers that Pullman hotels and resorts the world over are welcoming in ever-increasing numbers and who, just recently, became the focus of our brand new advertising campaign. In this new edition of Pullman Magazine, we give you a behind-the-scenes look at the making of our TV commercial in Shanghai. This commercial puts the spotlight on these new global nomads, who are so adept at combining business and pleasure whenever and wherever they travel. "Our world is your playground." That is our campaign slogan. We want to accompany you on your nomadic, multi-faceted journey, keen to make your life easier when you stay in a Pullman hotel or resort by creating the perfect setting that successfully blends efficiency with enjoyment. The energy and enthusiasm shown by you and all our guests drives us forward. Pullman continues to expand its presence around the world. Located, as always, in the heart of the most dynamic cities and the most sought-after tourist locations, our newest addresses, which we will unveil in the following pages, are designed to make you feel truly at home, whether you’re travelling for business or pleasure. Hong Kong, New Delhi, Bangkok, Khao Lak, Shanghai, Paris, Istanbul, Liverpool, Cuba, Miami... a whole host of new Pullman hotels are now opening their doors to a new generation of globetrotters who are looking for the modern hotel experience we provide. The kind of places where art and lifestyle, design and cosmopolitanism go hand-in-hand with comfort, wellbeing and style. With over 100 Pullman hotels and resorts all around the world, your playground just keeps on getting bigger…

Rick Harvey Lam Senior Vice President Global Marketing AccorHotels Luxury and Upscale Brands

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KATE WINSLET DOES THE JOB GLOBAL NOMAD The new way to travel STAR WARS - revisited by international artists Discovering the hidden side of HONG KONG ANDY WARHOL - business still booming PULLMAN: "OUR WORLD IS YOUR PLAYGROUND"

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Do you feel "glono"?

4 CONTENTS & BEHIND THE PULLMAN

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Places and People to Love 06

6 WHAT'S UP IN THE WORLD?

Art

16 STAR WARS

Portfolio : Art Vader 42

Travel

22 THE OTHER SIDE OF HONG KONG

28 PULLMAN OPENINGS

New Delhi Aerocity, Dubai Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Khao Lak Katiliya, Shanghai South

Profiles 36 KATE WINSLET

She does the Job! 40 ANDY WARHOL, A BUSINESS THAT'S STILL TOPPING THE "POPS"! 42 C.O. BIGELOW, THE CREAM OF NEW YORK PHARMACIES 46 LOUISA GAGLIARDI, IN WONDERLAND 48 THE BEST WAYS TO GET UP AND RUNNING 52 RENZO PIANO, THE PIANO LESSON 56 JIANG QIONG ER, A NEW FACE OF CHINA

Connectivity 82 WHEN CITIES GET SMART 86 TRAVELLING IN THE DIGITAL AGE

Sounds Good 88 HIGH TECH, GOOD VIBES 90 SAUVAGE, FOR THE ART OF TRAVEL ;

IN THE SPOTLIGHT, PLAYLIST

Pullman Information

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And Pullman created... the Global Nomad

94 PULLMAN'S MAP AND DIRECTORY

60 INSPIRATION FROM AROUND THE WORLD

92 BEHIND THE SCENE

Around the world with Pullman Hotels & Resorts

97 SPECIAL OFFERS BY PULLMAN

72 ALIZA JABES, BEAUTY ON THE ROAD 74 TIME PIECES WITH TALES TO TELL ;

SMART WATCHES 78 CARS : THE MAGIC OF DESIGN 4

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Intimate moments by Carole Bellaïche: a self-portrait (this page), and on the facing page, top to bottom: the swimming pool of Pullman Bangkok King Power hotel; in the bar of this hotel; bedtime with a view of the city from the Pullman Bangkok King Power; and an embrace at Pullman Paris Bercy, part of an exhibition on the theme of couples.

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RUNNING TODAY, MILLIONS OF PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD HAVE FALLEN HEAD OVER HEELS FOR RUNNING, WITH MANY FEELING UNABLE TO FUNCTION UNLESS THEY’VE HAD THEIR DAILY FIX. BUT IS IT BETTER TO HIT THE TARMAC FIRST THING IN THE MORNING OR TO HEAD OUT LATER IN THE DAY? WHAT KIND OF DIET SHOULD YOU BE FOLLOWING? HOW CAN THE INTERNET HELP YOU TRAIN? WE TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT A PHENOMENON THAT IS A LONG WAY FROM RUNNING OUT OF STEAM. BY RITA G. YACOUT ILLSUTRATION BY EVA GOMEZ

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hat is it, exactly, that inspires amateur runners and professional athletes alike to lace up, head out and crunch some miles at all times and in all weathers? Laurent, 40, is the regional director of a telecommunications firm. He first took up running just over a decade ago for purely practical reasons: it came with no time constraints, unlike going to the gym, and there was no need to invest in huge amounts of equipment. But it didn’t take him long to become a self-proclaimed running addict, with what initially started out as

one 45-minute session twice a week soon turning into 3 to 4sessions lasting 1 to 2 hours, not to mention taking part in a variety of races and trails, having even joined a local running club. "My job is highly demanding and pretty stressful. There’s a huge amount of travelling and a lot at stake...", he explains. “Running is my “me time”, when I can focus on myself. It gives me the opportunity to let off steam, think things through and basically clear my head. It makes me feel stronger and gives me the motivation to work harder. I set myself challenges and it helps me build up more

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THE PULLMAN MAGAZINE is published by Pullman Hotels & Resorts and is available to guests on a complimentary basis. ADMINISTRATION ACCOR SA 110 Avenue de France Paris 75013 France PUBLICATION DIRECTORS Rick Harvey Lam, Xavier Louyot EXECUTIVE EDITORS Michelle Dyer, Véronique Faure-Hervé DESIGN / PRODUCTION / EDITORIAL Mixicom 45-47 rue des Petites Écuries Paris 75010 - France If you have any comments, you can write to us at : pullmanredaction@mixicom.fr

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esigner Christophe Pillet has already lent his name to the Pullman Paris Eiffel Tower and the Pullman Paris La Defense. Now he's injected his ultra-vibrant style into the Pullman Paris Roissy Charles-de-Gaulle Airport, just a stone’s throw from Terminal 3. "I wanted to create a space that was real yet modern, like this spacious lobby that abounds with vegetation and is bathed in natural light," he explains. It’s also worth

noting that weary travellers will have access to a 500 m² Fit Lounge with steam bath, sauna, fitness equipement and a vast indoor pool to help them wave that jet lag goodbye. One thing’s certain: the next stage of their journey will now be the last thing on their minds… Pullman Paris Roissy Charles-de-Gaulle Airport, 3 bis rue de La Haye, Roissypole, FRANCE

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The world owes a massive thanks to Johan Golden and Henrik Elvestad. Why? Because in 2011 these two slightly zany Norwegians put a brand new spin on traditional soccer by donning huge, inflatable see-through "bubbles" that encased their heads, bodies and arms, leaving only their legs free to move. Originally intended as a bit of a joke (bumping into each other, knocking each other over and having one heck of a workout…), their exploits ended up becoming a massive YouTube hit, with everyone wanting to give it a go. Bubble soccer clubs have now started popping up all around the world in Japan, the USA, England, France, China and Taiwan to name but a few. With bubble soccer, also known as “zorb football”, you can simply have a bounce-about with friends or compete in official matches (teams of 4 to 10). Now all it needs is its own Lionel Messi to bump the sport up to the next level.

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ISTANBUL - A BRIDGE BETWEEN EAST AND WEST Lovers of the world’s architectural heritage should rejoice – a precious jewel has just been saved! The legendary Haydarpasa station in Istanbul, located in Kadikoy on the Asian side of the Turkish cultural capital, is to be revived. Devastated by a fire in 2010, this imposing neo-Gothic station has been at the centre of many plans and private projects. Lastly, the station, which is the link between East and West, will be restored in accordance with the original design, as reported by the Cumhuriyet daily. Pullman Istanbul Airport Hotel & Convention Center, 1 Asena Sok No:15 Bahcelievler, Istanbul, TURKEY opens March 2016

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AN UNFORGETTABLE MOMENT IN THE HEART OF PARIS Yachts de Paris combines the spirit of yachting with the French ‘art of living’. Choose absolute luxury aboard the CACHEMIRE for a private dinner or opt for the DON JUAN II restaurant, the charm and discreet elegance of which will win you over. On board, enjoy Chef Guy Krenzer’s (‘Meilleur Ouvrier de France’) Cuisine while you marvel at a spectacle that only Paris can offer. An irresistible voyage beyond time.

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JR from street art to gallery

769,000 Instagram followers, 345,825 on Facebook, 48,902 on Twitter… These figures speak volumes about the success of JR’s work. The French artist, now based in New York, has spent years questioning our urban environment and our society with his oversized black-and-white portraits. Sixty of his pieces have recently been exhibited at the Perrotin gallery, and the artist has also embarked on a project with French fi lmmaker Agnès Varda. So can art change the world? The question might seem naïve if it weren’t for the fact that JR’s work is so generous, abundant and decompartmentalizing. This monograph is the fi rst to be solely dedicated to the artist’s work. It looks back over his career so far and examines some of his current work, as well as offering a behind-the-scenes look at his studios in Paris and New York. As we turn the pages, the portrait of an era gradually unfolds before us, as seen through JR’s committed yet mischievous eye. Can art change the world? (Phaidon editions)

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very Pullman hotel has its own look and feel, but over the past couple of months you’ve probably started to notice a common thread running through all of them. A blue thread, to be precise. That’s because navy blue is the main colour of our new staff uniforms, custom designed by French stylist Martine Sitbon.

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FASHION at every level Martine describes the uniforms as “sober but with a quirky twist that makes all the difference.” Here are the fabulously fashionable details that you should be looking out for: black edging, hidden buttons on the men’s shirts, and raw silk detailing on the collars, cuffs and pockets of the women’s jackets. Subtle yet stylish. Thanks Martine!

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PULLMAN LIVERPOOL IT ROCKS IN THE DOCKS! Liverpool, the birthplace of rock’n’roll, is a vibrant hub of musical activity. There’s the Echo Arena Liverpool, which sits on the waterfront playing host to the music world’s biggest stars, and numerous musical landmarks such as the childhood homes of legends John Lennon and Paul McCartney, and Studio 2 on Parr Street - where both Coldplay and the Spice Girls recorded their many hits. Pullman has chosen this buzzing cultural city as the backdrop for the second of its UK-based hotels, located right next to the Echo Arena Liverpool, and is due to open for business on the world-famous waterfront in February 2016. In terms of design, Pullman Liverpool will be marching to the beat of Raphael Hefti’s drum. The ideal spot to tune into the pulsing heartbeat of this truly iconic city! Pullman Liverpool, opens February 2016 Kings Dock, Liverpool, UNITED KINGDOM

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Proudly straddling tradition and modernity, all the Qatari capital was missing was a metro worthy of its ambitions. It will be a case of mission accomplished come 2019, as three major underground lines – red, green and gold – serving 37 stations right across Doha will finally be unveiled. This mammoth project is set to reinvent the city and revolutionize the Qatari population’s lives, shaving 10 minutes off a journey that would have previously taken 30 by car. The stations’ cutting-edge look was the brainchild of an international team of architects, who combined contemporary ideas with influences such as the Bedouin tent. The “vaulted” style inspired by Islamic art was chosen by Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani. What’s more, this project has strong green credentials: this new mode of transport is set to slash CO2 levels by no less than107 tons.

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DOHA - THE SOUND OF THE UNDERGROUND

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he city of Dubai and the concept of modernity have been inextricably linked since the second half of the twentieth century - the moment when the city was taking off. Since then architecture and design d esign have been part of the DNA of this UAE mega city. From 14 to 18 March 2016, the Emiratis are preparing to host the fi fth edition of the Design Days Dubai, which according to its director, Cyril Zammit, "will celebrate the collectible design fair’s incredible legacy and commitment to supporting and nurturing local design talent. We will focus on a brand new generation of UAE-based designers." Moreover, the well-known fi rm Van Cleef and Arpels will award the Middle East Emergent Designer prize. Chandelier by Aline Johnson and marble table by JCT Gallery ower

Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre, connected to City Centre Deira Mall, Dubai Pullman Dubai Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Cluster T, off Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

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orget traditional wind turbines with their enormous blades demanding vast amounts of space! The brand new device developed by French start-up NewWind might just be offering us a glimpse of the energy plantations of the future. The firm’s tree-shaped wind turbine, boasting beautiful clean lines and whose green "leaves" are capable of harnessing even the slightest breeze, has recently been installed at the Ruhr Park retail centre in the heart of the German city of Bochum. This efficient and silent micro-energy source can generate 4.1 kilowatts of energy - enough to power a car park, a 1,000 m2 office block or an almost 10,000-mile journey by electric car. That’s right, energy really can be generated in an urban setting, and wind-generated energy at that! And this is just the start of this small ecological revolution that is seeing energy being produced in close proximity to the end-user, fostering the development of sustainable and eco-friendly cities. NewWind had set up wind trees in the German city of Gerlingen in January 2016 before marketing the product more widely across France and Switzerland.

Pullman Cologne, HelenenStrasse, 14, Köln, GERMANY Pullman Stuttgart Fontana, Vollmoellerstrasse 5, Stuttgart-Vaihingen, GERMANY

Induction transfer charging is a type of technology that allows an electronic device’s battery to be recharged without the need for cables. The device in question (smartphone, tablet, smartwatch, etc.) simply needs to be equipped with a Qi wireless receiver. All the user needs to do is to place the device on top of a wireless charger and it will be automatically powered up via magnetic induction. Numerous mobile devices now come fitted with an induction receiver, but if that's not the case a Qi receiver can often be added. The Nintendo New 3DS, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Apple Watch have all recently adopted this kind of technology. As its popularity grows, induction transfer charging has also captured the imagination of brands such as IKEA, with the firm now retailing mass-market furniture equipped with built-in wireless chargers.

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The "Plant for the Planet" program invites guests staying in many of the Pullman hotels around the world to reuse their towels so that money saved on laundry can be invested in planting trees. Since 2009, 730,000 trees have therefore been planted each year all around the world. Another ambitious program is Planet 21, which focuses on the AccorHotels 21 commitments to foster sustainable development. In Australia, for example, the Pullman at Sydney Olympic Park was specifically designed to reduce energy and water consumption by 40% and 50% respectively. In France, the Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel (see above) has its own 650m 2 garden which grows its own fruit, vegetables, flowers and herbs. It’s what you might call seeing the world through green-tinted glasses.

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Made in Congo The product of a rapidly changing and newly revitalized continent, Kinshasa’s Sandrine Ébène de Zorzi (yes, "Ebony" is her real name…) is an up-and-coming designer who trained at the prestigious École Boulle in Paris. "I knew that the local exotic wood was of truly outstanding quality and that our local Congolese craftsmen were bursting with talent, so I was keen to come up with a contemporary project that would allow me to unite the two," she explains. It’s back on the designer’s home turf that her Kiti Makasi ("strong chair" in Lingala) are hand-crafted. Inspired by some of the design world’s greats, such as Eames and Prouvé, each oiled, varnished, stained or antiqued piece is totally unique.

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MIAMI MUSEUM MONTH

Pullman Miami, 5800 Blue Lagoon Dr, Miami, USA

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TASTY FESTIVAL IN MELBOURNE

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"Sea, Wine and Sun". Three little words to sum up a massive event that gets the city of Melbourne buzzing for over a fortnight each year! During the Food & Wine Festival, the next of which will be held from 4 to 13 March 2016, the whole city becomes one huge banquet where good food and good company rule. Over 250,000 visitors flock to the event for tasting sessions and workshops, hosted by the very best wineries and chefs from both Australia and overseas. Giant tables are erected so that visitors can sit down and tuck in – the current record being 1,504 diners seated at a 530m-long table! Some events are held against truly magical backdrops, such as the Mornington vineyard or in Gippsland overlooking the sea. www.melbournefoodandwine.com.au

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Barcelona is the world’s third most photographed city, hot on the heels of New York and Rome. Yet the tourist city we know and love looked very different back in the Sixties. Inspired by the work of William Klein, photojournalist and advertising photographer Xavier Miserachs has explored his city through a different lens, unveiling its more raw and industrial side. The black and white images capture sea-side factories, passers-by and the gaze of the Catalan people. Snapshots of life, projected onto walls and blurring the lines between reality and fiction, with particularly clever staging and a carefully compiled soundtrack instantly whisks visitors back to the Plaça Catalunya of the Sixties. The exhibition is scheduled to run until March 27 2016 at Barcelona’s MACBA in the Plaça dels Angels.

hen M is for May, in Miami it’s also for Museums! Tourists have thirty full days to make the most of this annual event that encourages them to get off their sunbeds and indulge in a little culture. Getting involved really couldn’t be easier – simply presenting some ID proving you are passing through the city will get you two-for-one admission to a number of different museums. Twenty-three different venues have signed up to be part of this rich cultural trail, including the Bass Museum of Art, the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, the Jewish Museum of Florida and the MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art).

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t was Edmond Dantès, the character made famous by Alexandre Dumas in his novel “The Count of Monte Cristo”, who inspired this one-ofa-kind sporting event, having embarked on a death-defying swi m to escape t he Château d’If. Every summer since 1999, swimmers have been f locking to the city in their thousands to tr y their luck in this open water race – locals, tourists, enthusiastic amateurs, highly trained professionals, the young a n d n o t- s o -yo u n g, we a r i n g fl ippers or swimming barefoot. Swimmers can opt to compete in one of four separate races that are organized over the course of the weekend: the main race - the 5 km Monte-Cristo Challenge, two Open Challenges covering 1 or 2 km, or the 1 km Junior Challenge, with safety always a top priority. As in previous years, the 2016 race will set off from the northernmost tip of the island on which the Château d’If stands, just opposite from the Pullman Marseille Palm Beach, and then follow the Marseille coastline as far as Grand Roucas beach on the eastern side of the city, on June 18-19. Pullman Marseille Palm Beach, 200 Corniche J.F. Kennedy, Marseille, FRANCE


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Trendy veggies

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The American magazine "Saveur" unveiled the 2015 winners of its Good Taste Awards, an annual event on the culinary calendar. The "World’s Best Food City" award went to Tokyo, the city with the most Michelin stars, but the real surprise was Berlin, which was named "New Vegetarian Capital". According to the jury responsible for selecting the winner, the German city has become "the fi rst European city to see the creativity of vegetarian restaurants equal, and at times surpass, that of traditional restaurants." Berlin currently boasts over 30 vegetarian restaurants, the majority of which serve gluten-free fare cooked with local, organic ingredients.

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ART VADER EVEN BEFORE THE RELEASE OF THE LONG-AWAITED 7TH EPISODE IN THE BLOCKBUSTER SAGA, A PARISIAN ART GALLERY WAS ONE STEP AHEAD. GALERIE SAKURA CLAIMED PRE-FILM BUZZ BY EXHIBITING THE STAR WARS-THEMED WORK OF 36 PHOTOGRAPHERS, GRAPHIC DESIGNERS AND SCULPTORS. TEXT TRISTAN BRODU

It’s taken over a year to get to this point. "We’ve always been mad about superheroes," explain Camille, Jean-Baptiste and Matthieu, the trio in charge of the Galerie Sakura, "but we could never have begun to imagine just how passionate the artists would be about our Star Wars project." The photographers, in particular, were really fired up by the idea of working on these legendary fictional characters. Some of them had already tackled the subject matter before, such as France’s Sacha Goldberger, who has spent the past two years painstakingly transposing this entire sci-fi world onto the Flemish 16th century. Or Canada’s David Eger, who integrates Yoda, Princess Leia and Darth Vader into scenes from other famous films or photographs. In the majority of cases, however, this commission gave artists all around the world (Finland, Ukraine, Italy, Indonesia) the opportunity to work on totally new pieces. A total of 150 completed works are on show. The gallery owners are keen to point out that "despite being massive fans of the saga, the artists didn’t hesitate to take an offbeat approach to the way they depicted their heroes, resulting in some highly visual and extremely amusing pieces." Miss it, miss out!

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LEFT : Pistol at the ready and Renaissance ruff around her throat : French photographer Sacha Goldberger (Courtesy of School Gallery Paris) takes Princess Leia Organa from the world of science-fiction to the 16th century.

RIGHT : The other Star Wars heroes have also received the same artistic treatment, whisking them back in time to the 16th century world of the celebrated Flemish masters. The photographer spent three full years working on this theme, giving also comic book heroes and Disney characters a unique Renaissance-style spin.

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An iconic saga with an extra splash of humour. In his Ottawan studio, Daniel Picard has fun combining photographs and 3D images to create some of the most off-the-wall images imaginable, such as this rather unconventional portrayal of the infamous Darth Vader‌

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HONG KONG, A MYTHICAL CITY THAT WE INSTANTLY ASSOCIATE WITH NEON-TOPPED SKYSCRAPERS LINING THE BANKS OF A BUSTLING BAY, ITSELF TEEMING WITH AN INCESSANT STREAM OF OVERLOADED CARGO BOATS AND CONTAINER SHIPS BENEATH SUPERJUMBO-FILLED SKIES. IMAGES EMBEDDED IN THE COLLECTIVE SUBCONSCIOUS THAT ACTUALLY OFFER A RATHER SIMPLISTIC VIEW OF THIS EXTREMELY COMPLEX CITY. THE SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION OF HONG KONG STRETCHES ACROSS 1102 KM2 AND CONSISTS OF 236 ISLANDS, THE MAJORITY OF WHICH ARE UNINHABITED. THE ISLANDS OF LANTAU, CHEUNG CHAU, PENG CHAU AND LAMMA, HOWEVER, EACH HAVE THEIR OWN IDENTITY AND ARE AN UNEXPECTED TREASURE TROVE JUST WAITING TO BE DISCOVERED.

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surprising islands HONG KONG BLENDS MYSTERY AND CONTRASTS, URBAN OVERCROWDING AND UNSPOILT NATURE.

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he largest of the islands, Lantau, offers travellers their very first taste of the country. As the plane begins its descent, passengers peering through porthole windows – assuming visibility is good - will be able to spot the local Disneyland’s take on “Sleeping Beauty Castle” followed by a Buddha perched on top of a mountain surrounded by lush, wild vegetation. The very observant will also catch a glimpse of some rather strange-looking stilt houses standing in the water of an inlet not far from the runway. Lantau is one of Asia’s symbolic sites dedicated to Buddhism, symbolised by the world’s largest sitting Buddha statue. Crafted from bronze and standing a staggering 34 metres high, this "Big Buddha" has been watching over the Chinese people since 1993, attracting daily crowds of pilgrims who readily clamber up the 268 steps that allow them to worship at his feet and take in the stunning views over the surrounding mountains and beaches. Just opposite, a stroll through the fragrant gardens of the Po Lin monastery, where the aroma of plants and incense permeates the air, instils an all-encompassing sense of serenity. Monks are on hand to welcome guests, inviting them to indulge in the tasty vegetarian fare served in the monastery restaurant. On the hills surrounding Ngong Ping, the Wisdom Path (a walkway lined with 38 timber columns engraved with texts from the Heart Sutra, a famous Confucian prayer) invites you to meditate whilst contemplating the South China Sea.

Peng Chau. They may be significantly smaller, but what they lack in size they easily make up for in charm and authenticity. Cheung Chau is a place where life revolves around fishing, the signs of which are everywhere you look from the moment the ferry docks – fishing boats, fish drying on crates outside fishermen’s houses or strung up in front of shops, and of course the stretch of inviting seafood restaurants lining the sea front. The island is a car-free zone, enabling visitors to take a carefree stroll along the narrow streets. Those feeling slightly more energetic can visit temples, hop on a bike or head to the beach to watch the sun go down. Every spring, Cheung Chau also hosts the traditional "Bun Festival", which locals spend all year preparing. Peng Chau inspires visitors to chill out and relax. Shrouded with an air of secrecy, this is a place that feels like a traditional village should. A place where the pace of life is dictated by the docking of ferries and punctuated by noisy games of Mahjong played out in the backrooms of tiny shops whilst the older generation, a twinkle in their eye, sit outside reminiscing about their island’s once thriving industrial past…

ISLANDS ARE A CAR-FREE ZONE, ENABLING VISITORS TO TAKE A CAREFREE STROLL ALONG THE NARROW STREETS.

More picturesque still is the stilt house village belonging to the Tanka fishing community. This is a community that perpetuates the traditions of Hong Kong’s indigenous population and is doing everything it can to resist local urban development projects, such as plans to extend the airport and to build a bridge linking Hong Kong to Macao and Zuhai. To the east of Lantau sit the islands of Cheung Chau and

Further southeast and originally a traditional Chinese fishing village, Lamma is now a refuge for those desperate to escape the urban cacophony of the centre of Hong Kong and surround themselves with vegetable patches, cosy jazz bars, beaches and underground artists’ workshops. The island exudes an overtly hippie vibe, with the multicultural population more than happy to chat with visitors about the bygone “Woodstock” years. Discover Hong Kong by venturing out to its islands and you’ll be rewarded with a surprise around every corner. THE PULLMAN MAGAZINE

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Shopping: Head to the Computer Centre on the 10th floor of Windsor House (a shopping centre just opposite the hotel on Great George Street), the fashion boutiques run by up-and-coming designers on Paterson Street, and the SOGO department store.

Dining: Try the succulent truffle dumplings at Din Tai Fung or visit the Dôme de Cristal to indulge in some duck foie gras wonton served with cabbage and a ginger emulsion, a dish created by Charles-Benoit Lacour, the young protégé of chef Guy Savoy. www.cristal-hk.com

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Getting there: By cable car, direction Lantau, from Tung Chung metro station (www.mtr.com.hk). A 25-minute ride on the Ngong Ping 360 (www.np360.com.hk/ en/ ) offers stunning views of the airport, sea and scenery. On your arrival: the path to Big Buddha and a moment of calm; souvenir shops, restaurants and attractions focusing on Hong Kong’s cinematic heritage. By ferry, from the Central Ferry Piers (www.nwff.com.hk/ public/home.php) which heads to the islands of Cheung Chau, Peng Chau and Lamma.

Admire original works by Zao Wou-Ki at the de Sarthe gallery. www.desarthe.com Discover Hong Kong’s many different neighbourhoods by wending your way through Victoria City aboard a doubledecker tram. www.hktramways.com

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Eating like a local: In both Cheung Chau and Lamma it’s no mean feat deciding where to eat given the huge array of tempting seafood restaurants that greet you as you arrive! Go with your instinct and make a beeline for venues favoured by the locals…

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Taking in the sights: Discover the wealth of hidden natural treasures on Hong Kong’s many islands: flora, fauna, deser ted beaches, walking trails… www.discoverhongkong.com The temple of Tai Shek Hau Tin Hau, on the island of Cheung Chau.

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The Park Lane Hong Kong Causeway Bay is to Hong Kong what 5th Avenue is to New York. This district is like a huge stadium where Hongkongers head every weekend to indulge in their favourite sport: shopping! The Park Lane Pullman Hotel is one of the island’s most iconic addresses and is situated in the heart of this district. No need to whip out a map when heading here in a taxi – guests simply have to utter the two magic words : “Park Lane!” For the majority of Hongkongers, the Park Lane Pullman Hotel is the neighbourhood’s best-known landmark. The Park Lane Hong Kong stays true to the values of the Pullman name, combining elegance, refinement

with concern for the wellbeing of all its guests, whether they’re staying for business, a seminar or pleasure. The hotel boasts 826 rooms and suites, 14 modular meeting rooms and a fitness and wellness centre equipped with all the very latest facilities, including a sauna. The venue also has three restaurants and bars, including the Riva and The Deck on the top floor, which serves beautifully presented modern gastronomic cuisine and boasts one of the city’s most impressive wine lists. PHOTOGRAPHY ULSO TSANG

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The 270 rooms at the Pullman New Delhi Aerocity couldn’t be in a better location, just minutes from Indira Gandhi international airport and a hop, skip and a sandalwood jump from the imposing Gurgaon business district. The Kingdom of Dreams, Jantar Mantar, Qutab Minar and India Gate, all architectural jewels in the Indian capital’s crown, are also just a stone’s throw away, serving up generous helpings of escapism and harbouring a whole host of surprises. Veritable odes to contemporary travel, the Pullman New Delhi Aerocity’s all-day restaurant, delicatessen and speciality Alfresco restaurant are sure to delight discerning foodies. The luxury pool, spa and fitness centre, meanwhile, provide the opportunity for a little pampering. Last but not least, this brand new establishment puts technology at guests’ fingertips, with everything geared toward making life easier for the modern business traveller: 11 meeting rooms, five private offices and a vast 1,181m² function room. The perfect place to stop for a while in the land of Maharajas and global engineers! PHOTOGRAPHY ALI RANGOONWALLA


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PULLMAN DUBAI JUMEIRAH LAKES TOWERS Cluster T, off Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

In January 2014, a second hotel opened its doors in the United Arab Emirates: the Pullman Dubai Jumeirah Lakes Towers, whose majestic tower scrapes the clouds at a stupendous 137 metres. Located on Sheikh Zayed Road less than thirty minutes from the international airport, this elegant and modern venue boasts excellent transport links, with both the metro and new tramway close by. This is a hotel that really seems to have it all – as well as being near the Marina, the TECOM business district and the world famous Emirates golf club, it also boasts a fitness centre, spa and rooftop pool complete with bar, offering far-reaching views over the desert metropolis by day as well as by night – perfect for a spot of relaxation. What’s more, two additional bars, the Amarillo and the Manzoni, serve hungry guests a mouth-watering selection of tapas and antipasti. The Seasons restaurant provides non-stop service, whilst the La Vue café lounge with its outdoor terrace and the Ahlan lobby café are perfect spots to sit and chill at any time of day. This is Dubai at its very best, oozing a modern, energetic vibe. Here it seems that dreams really do come true! PHOTOGRAPHY KARIM HESHAM


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PULLMAN KHAO LAK KATILIYA RESORT AND VILLAS

9 9 Moo 1 Tumbol Kuk Kak, Khao Lak, Phang Nga, THAILAND

The Pullman Khao Lak Katiliya Resort and Villas recently opened in Thailand’s southern province of Phang Nga, nestling alongside the national park with its fine sandy beaches and breathtaking natural caves. 97 villas, each with their own private pool, and 223 rooms boasting sumptuous views over the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea await travel-weary globetrotters who can sit back, relax and recharge their batteries in this haven of outstanding natural beauty. The six restaurants serve an extensive selection of seafood and local specialities as well as international fare and snacks to suit all appetites and tastes. If you’re one of those people simply looking to enjoy some peace and quiet in lush natural surroundings, the tropical garden and five outdoor pools will leave you thoroughly spoilt for choice. Numerous sporting activities are available for those feeling slightly more energetic: yoga, cycling excursions, tennis, golf and boxing… of the Thai variety, of course! This is a little piece of paradise. Miss it and you’re truly missing out. PHOTOGRAPHY BERND LIPPERT


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PULLMAN SHANGHAI SOUTH

1 Pubei Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai, CHINA

The Pullman Shanghai South first opened for business in March 2014. Based in the Star Plaza complex in one of the city’s most cosmopolitan neighbourhoods, the custommade beds and outstanding level of service provide the perfect recipe for relaxation. The fine dining restaurants serve a variety of fare ranging from local specialities to Japanese dishes, whilst the bar is stocked with a carefully chosen selection of global wines and spirits. Last but not least, a fully-equipped business centre makes for efficient yet comfortable business meetings. Surrounded by the buzzing metropolis, locals continue to live life at a leisurely pace, cycling around the city or enjoying a gentle stroll around one of its many art galleries. It’s up to you to choose your own gear and decide where the city will take you! PHOTOGRAPHY JAMES JASPER/ABACA CORPORATE


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IN "STEVE JOBS", DANNY BOYLE’S FILM ABOUT THE APPLE FOUNDER, KATE WINSLET DELIVERS ANOTHER BREATHTAKING OSCAR-WORTHY PERFORMANCE. THE RADIAN MOTHER-OF-THREE’S AT THE TOP OF HER GAME, BOTH IN FRONT OF AND BEHIND THE CAMERA, AND MORE IN DEMAND THAN EVER. INTERVIEW JULIETTE MICHAUD

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ou are almost unrecognizable in "Steve Jobs", in a part that seemed really important to you. It was a really big deal for me to play Joanna Hoffman, one of the original members of the Macintosh team and loyal friend of Steve Jobs, because I wanted so badly to be in something that was written by Aaron Sorkin, the man behind "The Social Network", directed by Danny Boyle and with Michael Fassbender playing the lead. And it was a really big deal for me to look nothing like myself, because initially the film-makers did not think of me at all. They didn’t even send me the script. The real Joanna Hoffman is much shorter than me, she has got very dark hair, she's Eastern European... So when I heard that they were still looking for their actress, I took a selfie wearing a short dark haired wig and I sent it to the producer Scott Rudin. I went after this part just like I went after the part of Rose in "Titanic" twenty years ago... with no ego, but not too much humility either (laughter)! Kate Winslet stars opposite Michael Fassbender in "Steve Jobs".

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Michael Fassbender said he was intimidated by you on set. He is so pathetic (laughter). Don’t believe him. I was intimidated. I imagined he would be quite weird and Methody, a little bit the way you imagine Daniel Day Lewis might be even though I don't know what he is like as an actor at all. How was he to work with? Michael is like me. We are two kids who grew up in families who had very little money, we both worked part-time jobs in pubs while taking acting classes, we are cut from the same cloth, just like our characters have the same sensibility in the film. That was very fortunate, because the shoot was exhausting. "Steve Jobs" is not a conventional biopic, it is more like a Shakespearean play split into three acts, we had to learn pages and pages of complex technical dialogue in exact chronological order, and, for me, with a Polish-Armenian accent. But I also felt as if I was in a theater troupe, and a lot of that was thanks to Michael Fassbender. I adore him. I have never seen such professional behavior by an actor in my whole life. I hope Leonardo DiCaprio will forgive me for saying that.

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Kate Winslet is a femme fatale in "The Dressmaker", a movie adapted from Rosalie Ham.

What is your method when you work? I believe in notes. My scripts are covered with them. Notes on paper, not on my iPhone. I am a technophobe. I will break a machine just by picking it up! For "Steve Jobs", I also spent lots of time with the real and wonderful Joanna Hoffman. You have more projects than ever, including a movie where you will portray the free-spirited Lee Miller, we are going to see you in t wo films shot in Australia, "The Dressmaker" and "Triple 9"... I can tell you about "The Dressmaker", set in 1950s Australia: I play Tilly, who returns from Paris to her tiny hometown with her Singer sewing machine, to right wrongs from her past. It's almost a spaghetti western! I was lucky that Australian director Jocelyn Moorhouse asked me to play the part, as I felt I was revisiting territory from where I was in my twenties. This uncompromised English girl who packs up and goes to another country to do Hideous Kinky and Holy Smoke right in the aftermath of "Titanic".


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I BELIEVE THAT BEING POSITIVE IS THE BEST BEAUTY SECRET. LIFE IS SHORT, WE NEED TO MAKE THE MOST OF IT WITH A SMILE!

as it been dif ficult to remain so uncompromised? I followed my instinct. After "Titanic", I knew I needed to go in the opposite direction if I wanted to have a lasting career. So I did films like "Enigma", "Iris", "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind", "Revolutionary Road"... more recently "Labor Days" and "Little Chaos"... Movies that were sometimes not commercials, but... The Reader actually got me an Oscar! I’m also very proud of having been in Roman Polanski’s "Carnage"... But when I was offered to play a villain in the franchise "Divergent", that felt great too, because for once my kids got interested in my work. I became hip. © DreamWorks Pictures

about fashion because I've been walking down red carpets for twenty years of my life. I love clothes, but at home I am one of those mums who throw on their gym gear to take the kids to schools in the morning, look at themselves in the mirror at 3:00 PM and realize "Oh my god, I looked like that all day!" Lancôme was so brave to ask a regular girl like me to represent beauty, and I deeply value our collaboration.

John Hillcoat's "Triple 9" is announced as one of the most intense crime drama ever made. Why this violent film? I had seen John Hillcoat’s very raw but poetic films "The Proposition" and "Lawless", I wanted to get out of my comfort zone. I don't want anymore to play the woman who is trapped in a situation. In "Triple 9", I am a demonic Russian-Israeli mafia vamp! Lancôme, the red carpets... Do you enjoy the glamour? When doing "The Dressmaker", I realized I did have quite a lot of historical knowledge

11 years after "Titanic", Di Caprio and Winslet are reunited on screen for the first time in "Revolutionary road".

You travel so much, what do you do to look so glowing? I adore you for that (laughter). I live with my family – my three children: Mia who is 15, Joe 11, Bear who is still a baby and my husband - in England by the ocean. The fresh clean air makes a difference... Otherwise, everything in moderation. I do drink lots of water because I take planes so often, but I don't believe in strange elimination diets. Whenever I say I am not going to drink alcohol for a month, the first thing I do is go and have a glass of rosé. You recently turned forty... ...And I’ve never been happier! My family is a source of joy, my appetite for acting is even bigger than when I started in Peter Jackson’s "Heavenly Creatures" at 17! Ageing needs acceptance. I believe that being positive is the best beauty secret. Life is short, we need to make the most of it with a smile!

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Andy Warhol

A business that’s still topping the "Pops"!

RECENTLY, A LOT OF EXHIBITIONS AROUND THE WORLD ARE PAYING TRIBUTE TO THE POPE OF POP ART. IT MAY BE NEARLY 30 YEARS SINCE HE DREW HIS LAST BREATH, BUT TODAY THE ARTIST’S WORK IS FLYING OFF SHELVES IN MUSEUM SHOPS, FASHION OUTLETS AND GADGET STORES FASTER THAN EVER BEFORE. TEXT RITA G. YACOUT

“Making money is an art, and working is an art, and good business is the best kind of art!” Andy Warhol, the man who’s still making money 28 years after his death, really couldn’t have put it much better. With a Pennsylvanian museum glorifying his achievements, auction revenues as lucrative as ever, designer pieces featuring his prints and millions of spin-off products inspired by his works, the everstylish Warhol is still decidedly in vogue.

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But the AWF generates just as much money as it hands out. Working with Christie’s New York, the Foundation regularly auctions off works from its extensive Warhol collection, a particularly lucrative money-spinner that generated 17 million dollars in 2012. The Foundation also enjoys sole ownership of the copyright to Warhol images – images once deemed avantgarde, now considered timeless and still as popular as ever. An ever-increasing number of designers, leading brands and manufactures are showing an interest in the Pop Art pioneer’s works, sometimes pushing the boundaries of good taste. “Over the past decade, we have received ten major industry awards for the excellence of our licensing agreements, and have worked with numerous bigname brands such as Dior, Comme des Garçons, Absolut Vodka, Dom Pérignon, Perrier, Pepe Jeans London and Converse, to name but a few,” explains Hermann Dayton, who adds that “the utmost care is nonetheless taken to protect the artist’s image.” Alongside designer pieces, Warhol’s work also features on a whole host of spin-off products, notably the kind that fill the shelves in museum souvenir shops. Pascale Brun d’Arre is the manager of the book and souvenir shop at the Museum of

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One sole beneficiary is responsible for managing these precious assets: the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in New York. “It was one of the artist’s dying wishes,” explains New York artist Michael Hermann Dayton, Director of Licensing at the Foundation. “His will dictated that his entire estate, with the exception of a few modest legacies to family members, should be used to create a foundation dedicated to the advancement of the visual arts.” Set up on the artist’s death in 1987, the Foundation has since been recognized as one of the American contemporary art world’s most influential patrons, awarding almost 250 million dollars’ worth of grants to a variety of beneficiaries, ranging from up-and-coming artists to art institutions.

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Andy Warhol, Gerard Malanga & Philip Fagan at the Factory, New York, 1964. © Ugo Mulas Heirs. All rights reserved. Courtesy Archivio Ugo Mulas, Milano – Galleria Lia Rumma, Milano/Napoli © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / ADAGP, Paris 2015

Modern Art in Paris, which is currently hosting the “Warhol Unlimited” exhibition. But she also works as an artist, reinterpreting existing Warhol works for items that are created for a specific exhibition. “I work with the curators, with the artists if they are still alive, and with the beneficiaries whenever possible… For this exhibition, the Warhol Foundation chose to work with ADAGP (the French artists’ rights society – Société des Auteurs dans les Arts Graphiques et Plastiques). Through them the Foundation issued its long list of demands, which focused on ensuring that copyright was clearly visible on each piece.” Taking her inspiration from the exhibited works, the artist came up with five unique pieces, including a bag, tray, notebook and magnet, which will be on sale until February 2016. “My main objective is to stay true to the artist’s vision and simply adapt his work to everyday objects. These aren’t display pieces with exorbitant price-tags – after all, we want them to sell.” It’s certainly an attitude that Warhol would have appreciated. “I started as a commercial artist, and I want to finish as a business artist,” he once said with great foresight.

Rucksack and T-shirts © Comme des garçons Collaboration from May 2013

WHERE TO CATCH WARHOL THIS SEASON "Warhol Unlimited" Exhibition Until February 7 2016 at the Museum of Modern Art 11, avenue du Président Wilson, Paris, France www.mam.paris.fr

The Warhol bag, created by Pascale Brun D’Arre, is on sale at the "Warhol Unlimited" exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris.

Andy Warhol Museum 117 Sandusky St, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Exhibition Andy Warhol/Ai Weiwei from June 4 to August 28 2016 www.warhol.org

"Andy Warhol” Exhibition Until May 23 2016 at the Château de Waroux Rue de Waroux, 301, 4432 Ans, Belgium www.chateau-waroux.be

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TODAY WE RE TR ACE TH E HISTORY OF AMERICA’S OLDEST APOTHECARY. C.O. BIGELOW’S PRODUCTS ADORN THE SHELVES OF PULLMAN BATHROOMS AROUND THE WORLD, WITH AN EXCLUSIVE L I N E D E S I G N E D E S P E C I A L LY F O R TRAVELLERS – THE APPROPRIATELY NAMED GLOBETROTTERS RANGE. TEXT NICOLE CHAVRANSKI


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The Ginsberg family have been running the C.O. Bigelow pharmacy since 1939. Ian Ginsberg (left) is the third generation to manage the store. Eleven years ago he launched a line of products (right) inspired by 19th century pharmaceutical formulas.

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he current owners of this legendary institution are direct descendants of William Ginsberg, who bought the business in 1939 after the Great Depression. Like so many other immigrants fleeing Eastern Europe, he arrived in New York at the tender age of 16, initially finding employment as a tailor and taking evening classes to retrain as a chemist. In the 1950s, C.O. Bigelow was run as a family business, with uncles, cousins and nieces all doing stints behind the counter. As in villages the world over, the apothecary became a natural meeting place. Locals would stop to chat whilst sipping a drink at the soda fountain counter, akin to an old-style bistro. Having originally opened in the 1920s, the soda fountain’s closure in 1984 was

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C.O.Bigelow delved into the archives to create a retro/trendy design for its bottles – simple flasks and very detailed labels.

much lamented by Village Voice magazine, another New York institution. The Ginsbergs’ other great love was music. Growing up in 1950s Manhattan, Jerry, William’s son, had jazz running through his veins. His parents, however, forced him to train as a pharmacist to keep the business in the family. History was to repeat itself a few decades later with his own son, Ian, who grew up in the 70s and 80s when Greenwich Village was the epicentre of the booming New York music scene. A talented drummer, he spent his whole childhood rubbing shoulders with his idols at Bigelow… before eventually training as a pharmacist. He joined his father’s business in 1985, eventually taking the helm in 1996. He stood firm against buyout offers from large cosmetic firms and decided to focus on premium beauty products, compiling his own


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carefully selected range that he sourced from around the world. Ian has a preference for brands that share the same multi-generational heritage as his own: the Florentine Martelli family (Proraso shaving products, Marvis toothpaste), and more recently, Turkish firm Gulsha with its ultra-pure rosewater…

The pharmacy of choice for many actresses, musicians and stylists.

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n 2003, C.O. Bigelow launched an in-house cosmetics and skincare range in partnership with Limited Brands (Bath and Body Works). A number of the products were inspired by some of the pharmacy's oldest formulas, such as the Lemon Body Cream, whose recipe dates back to 1870. Combining vintage logos and retro packaging with natural essences and cutting-edge technology, this delicate, plant-based range simply flew off the shelves. Many of C.O. Bigelow’s clients are ordinary people, but plenty of celebrities are known to frequent the store, including Calvin Klein, Liv Tyler, Diane von

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Furstenberg, Elvis Costello, Susan Sarandon and Sarah Jessica Parker…Having always gone to great lengths to protect his famous clients’ privacy, Ian remembers one longstanding regular with great affection: Lou Reed, a legend of New York’s rock scene and the Village, where he lived until he died. “He was an angry man. But also extremely loyal. He loved coming in here.” Jumping from the past to the future, Ginsberg, the “XXIst century apothecary”, as he likes to call himself, is a man with his own ideas. “The health and beauty business is radically changing. It’s becoming increasingly technical, expensive and impersonal. But we intend to keep on swimming against the tide.” Today the Ginsbergs continue to have fun as a family, be it at Bigelow or pumping out rock ’n’ roll. Ian was eventually forced to give his drum kit to his youngest son, deciding to try his hand at the guitar instead… His eldest son Alec, a singer and guitarist, is currently finishing his pharmacy degree: the 4th generation of Ginsbergs is already waiting in the wings. Now they just need to keep hitting the right notes.

Official supplier of Pullman hotels around the world, C.O. Bigelow is also the pharmacy of choice for many New York celebrities: the designers Calvin Klein and Diane von Furstenberg, the actresses Sarah Jessica Parker, Susan Sarandon or Keri Russell (pictured above).

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This young Swiss artist has exhibited her giant vision of everyday objects in the Hotel Pullman London St Pancras.

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Louisa Gagliardi,

in Wonderland DON’T BE FOOLED BY HER DELICATE APPEARANCE – GRAPHIC DESIGNER LOUISA GAGLIARDI IS GOING PLACES, AND FAST. WITH AN EVER-CHANGING OFFICE DEFINED SOLELY BY THE LOCATION OF HER LAPTOP, HER CREATIVE EYE RELENTLESSLY ROVES THE WORLD, BLURRING THE LINES BETWEEN FANTASY AND REALITY. TEXT NICOLE CHAVRANSKI PHOTOGRAPHY OLIVER RUDKIN

Born in 1989, Louisa Gagliardi studied art at the University of Art and Design in Lausanne. Thrust into the limelight when she won the 2014 Swiss Design Award, she then caught the eye of big-name brands such as Kenzo, Baccarat and Hublot watches. In early 2015, she decided to base herself in Zurich. Louisa photographs objects, then digitally manipulates the image to produce vibrant abstract interpretations. Drawing inspiration from architecture and design, she propels everyday life into a fourth dimension that is very much her own, imbued with endless possibilities. The "Our World = Your Playground" competition, launched by Pullman in partnership with design magazine Wallpaper, in a nod to the tradition of hotel patronage, "had my name written all over it" admits the artist, who fell in love with the project from the start. And she was, indeed, to end up becoming the first ever artist-in-residence at the Pullman London St Pancras. Back in August 2015, Louisa spent seven intense days

locked away in a Pullman prestige suite. “I breathed, ate, slept and lived inside my project. The hotel was a real treasure trove,” she enthuses, particularly inspired by all the iconic miniatures that travellers love to take home, such as tiny bottles of shampoo and pocketsized sewing kits. Just like Alice, she took these items through the looking glass, blowing them up to gigantic proportions to create a surrealistic, pop-esque vibe. Then Louisa packed her bags once again. Heading first to the Venice Biennale followed by New York and Dublin, she then went to Brussels for an exhibition of her work, followed by Paris for a six-month residency. Louisa is extremely nomadic, whilst remaining true to her roots. She draws strength from the Valaisan mountains of her childhood and the values the locals hold dear: loyalty, simplicity and courage. “It takes determination and a ‘no limits’ attitude to leave the valley and see the world,” she remarks with a smile.

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It’s out with Sunday jogging and the lonely jog – now people prefer to talk about ‘running’. The principle is the same: run and be physically active. What has changed is that the discipline of running has become part of a wider trend, which is to take care of one’s body, to excel, to take it seriously and put in the necessary effort.

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RUNNING TODAY, MILLIONS OF PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD HAVE FALLEN HEAD OVER HEELS FOR RUNNING, WITH MANY FEELING UNABLE TO FUNCTION UNLESS THEY’VE HAD THEIR DAILY FIX. BUT IS IT BETTER TO HIT THE TARMAC FIRST THING IN THE MORNING OR TO HEAD OUT LATER IN THE DAY? WHAT KIND OF DIET SHOULD YOU BE FOLLOWING? HOW CAN THE INTERNET HELP YOU TRAIN? WE TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT A PHENOMENON THAT IS A LONG WAY FROM RUNNING OUT OF STEAM. TEXT RITA G. YACOUT ILLUSTRATION EVA GOMEZ STYLE CAROLINE DIENE

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hat is it, exactly, that inspires amateur runners and professional athletes alike to lace up, head out and crunch some miles at all times and in all weathers? Laurent, 40, is the regional director of a telecommunications firm. He first took up running just over a decade ago for purely practical reasons: it came with no time constraints, unlike going to the gym, and there was no need to invest in huge amounts of equipment. But it didn’t take him long to become a self-proclaimed running addict, with what initially started out as

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one 45-minute session twice a week soon turning into 3 to 4 sessions lasting 1 to 2 hours, not to mention taking part in a variety of races and trails, having even joined a local running club. "My job is highly demanding and pretty stressful. There’s a huge amount of travelling and a lot at stake...", he explains. “Running is my “me time”, when I can focus on myself. It gives me the opportunity to let off steam, think things through and basically clear my head. It makes me feel stronger and gives me the motivation to work harder.


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I set myself challenges and it helps me build up more endurance than your average person, which is extremely useful in my work!” According to Dr Benjamin Laffourcade, a specialist at Parisian sports clinic l'Institut Coeur Effort Santé, the sense of well-being that running seems to bring is far from being just an illusion. “As with all physical activities that are approached in an intelligent fashion, running stimulates the secretion and diffusion of hormones. As the weeks go by, these feel-good hormones start having a mechanical effect on the body, reducing nervous tension and boosting physical well-being”. What’s more, "for those with no underlying joint issues, running improves the quality of not only the cartilage but of the bones, muscles and tendons, too. Above and beyond these mechanical benefits, there are also cardiovascular benefits: improved cardio-vascular and respiratory function. Furthermore, numerous studies have shown that regular physical activity can help protect against a certain number of cancers, notably those that are hormone-induced, and certain neurodegenerative illnesses such as Parkinson’s disease or Alzheimer’s.” Certain rules of hygiene, nutrition and hydration must nonetheless be followed in order to enjoy a healthy and effective run. Dr Laffourcade advises against running after 7pm, for example, as it may be counterproductive to sleep. He also explains that early-morning exercisers should take care when running on an empty stomach, as there is a risk of hypoglycaemia. According to sports nutrition dietitian Nicolas Aubineau, hydration is just as important as diet as far as runners are concerned: "Runners generally need a normal intake of lipids and proteins, and a higher intake of carbohydrates to support the demands of physical activity. But a range of different diets are perfectly suited to runners, bearing in mind that each individual is unique.” he explains. “In terms of hydration, good hydration levels should be maintained throughout the day. An intake of 1.5 litres per day should generally be considered

the minimum, to be increased in the event of prolonged or intense physical activity or if the weather is particularly hot. As a general rule, whilst running, you should be aiming for an intake of 100 to 150ml (approximately 1 to 2 sips) every 10 minutes.” Well prepared, well equipped and well hydrated, the runner is now in the starting blocks, all geared up to get the most out of his run, just like our running addict Laurent. In 2015, he has already clocked up over 870 miles on his pedometer! That comes as no great surprise, as Laurent never stops running: after work, during business trips and even whilst on holiday “I simply have to go for a run, no matter where I am! When I’m going away, I even pick my hotel according to potential running routes, or at worst, in the middle of winter, I look for places with a gym and treadmill!” Filipe Vasconcelos, manager of the Spa and Fitness Centre at the Pullman Barcelona Skipper, sees people like Laurent coming through the door all year round. "Barcelona is a city that is overflowing with running enthusiasts, so our guests really feel at home! We generally offer them a choice of four different routes ranging from 1.2 to 2.2 miles long, giving them the opportunity to take in the coastline and even the historic city centre as they run”, he explains. If the running bug hasn’t bitten you hard enough (yet) to make you want to run all year round, there is still one crucial element on which you need to work: motivation. Some spur themselves on by sharing their sporting achievements via apps such as Sport Trackers or Strava Running, which use social networking sites to share and compare your endurance with other runners. Put off by the idea of running alone? Thanks to the Internet, you can now hook up with fellow runners all around the world via websites such as jog.in or socialruns.com. Last but not least, others have had the bountiful idea of getting you to run for charity, such as the Blisport or Charity Miles apps, which will turn every mile you cover into a donation for the association of your choice!


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The Piano Lesson the space, each dedicated to one of the firm’s award-winning creations and laden with models, sketches, sample materials and reference works waiting to be perused. You could easily be forgiven for thinking this is actually an architect’s office! Visitors are even invited to sit at the tables, pulling up one of the orange folding canvas chairs that are strategically positioned alongside. Stopping and studying is actively encouraged whenever something of interest catches the eye. s

YOU’LL ALWAYS FIND A GREEN MARKER PEN TUCKED AWAY IN HIS JACKET POCKET. HE’S BEEN USING ONE FOR THE PAST 50 YEARS TO JOT DOWN IDEAS, SKETCH DRAFTS AND DESIGN BUILDINGS THE WORLD OVER. INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED ARCHITECT RENZO PIANO HAS ALSO DESIGNED MORE MUSEUMS THAN ANYONE ELSE IN THE INDUSTRY, ABLY ASSISTED BY HIS TRUSTED TEAM. IT’S ONLY NATURAL THEREFORE THAT AN EXHIBITION SHOULD NOW BE DEDICATED TO HIS WORK, OFFERING A MUCH-AWAITED BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK AT THE SECRETS TO HIS SUCCESS. TEXT TRISTAN BRODU

Par is goes about its usual Tuesday business beneath grey November skies. But at the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine over in the Palais de Chaillot, one man is catching everyone’s attention. A tall, slim, white-bearded figure dressed in a crisp blue shirt and small-checked wool jacket, bright eyes sparkling behind steel-rimmed frames: Renzo Piano. At 78, the celebrated architect has never been busier. "Do you ever plan to retire?" we ask with an impish smile. "Yes, but only when I stop enjoying doing

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what I do. Not before!" Push his own boundaries, push all the boundaries is probably the creed by which Renzo Piano lives, the very life force that flows through his architectural creations. The Piano Method, the exhibition he is here to inaugurate, does not set out to be a retrospective celebration of half a century’s work, but rather "a glimpse behind the scenes that brings the backstage team effort into the public spotlight.” Visitors are, indeed, likely to be surprised by the overtly simple staging. Fifteen vast white tables fill

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1. The Tjibaou Cultural Center sits between the lagoon and the Pacific Ocean in New Caledonia, and was completed in 1998. 2. The Shard in London is the tallest tower in Europe. Built in 2012, it stands at a height of 320m. 3. The young Renzo Piano, in 1958, stands in front of Corbusier’s Radiant City, Marseille. 4. One of the agency’s most recent projects, the 2015 extension of the Whitney Museum in New York.

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"I’VE ALWAYS PREFERRED LIGHTNESS TO WEIGHTLESSNESS" From Ne w York’s Wh it ney Museum of American Art to the Niarchos Foundation in Athens, London’s Shard and Entebbe Hospital in Uganda, what common thread runs through the fifteen projects showcased at the exhibition? "Difference," explains Renzo Piano. "Each one bears no resemblance to the others. Each one is a brand new adventure, and that’s what underpins all our work." The Piano method, much like Picasso’s, is all about moving freely from one style to another rather than remaining confined to just one, something the maestro achieves by working in conjunction with an extensive team of 130 architects of all nationalities: Lebanese, Dutch, Italian, French and Japanese to name but a few. Each time a new project is launched, a hand-picked team is put together with the kind of precision generally reserved for major expeditions. Decisions are driven by where the building will be located and how it will be used, with each project resembling a massive jigsaw puzzle whose pieces need to first be designed and then assembled in turn. Engineers and landscape gardeners also play their part, with the original drawings serving as a simple starting point and the project notably taking shape as the numerous models are produced.

5. The Pathé Foundation’s glass-topped roof, like a bubble, embedded amidst the ancient Paris rooftops since 2014. 6. This simple and sunny monastery was built in 2011 for a handful of nuns in Ronchamp (France).

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"To succeed as an architect, I believe you need to be an engineer at least as much as an artist" explains the man who initially trained under the illustrious Jean Prouvé. Renzo Piano is the design brain behind no less than sixteen museums in some of the world’s biggest cities, a laureate of the Pritzker Prize (nicknamed the Nobel Prize for Architecture) and was made a Senator for Life of the Italian Republic two years ago, yet he continues to shun the spotlight. At the Parisian exhibition currently showcasing his work, he chose not to star in the videos that are used to present each project, preferring to leave that to his "partners”, – his firm’s key associates. “He may boast an international reputation, but he’s nonetheless delightfully modest" says Sister Brigitte de Singly, abbess of the Poor Clares order in Ronchamp, whose convent he cleverly designed to sit alongside a famous 1950s Le Corbusier chapel. "What he created for us”, she adds, “is a celebration of the invisible. It’s hidden away in the Ronchamp hillside yet flooded with natural light thanks to huge bay windows that overlook the neighbouring forest." Could light and air be the common themes that run through Piano’s work? "I’ve always preferred lightness to weightlessness", confirms the man born by the sea in Genoa surrounded by aesthetically pleasing yachts of which his eye has never tired… eventually inspiring him to design boats of his own.

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SHE HAS FEATURES AS DELICATE AS HER DAINTY PORCELAIN TEA SERVICES AND THE VIBRANCY OF SOMEONE WHO TRU LY BELIE VES IN HER WORK . SHANGHAI - BORN JIANG QIONG ER, 38, WHO TRAINED AT THE ÉCOLE DES ARTS DÉCORATIFS IN PARIS, IS CEO AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF SHANG XIA, HERMÈS’ CHINESE SPIN-OFF BRAND LAUNCHED IN 2010. INTERVIEW NICOLE CHAVRANSKI

She’s got the ancestral knowledge of many generations running through her veins, she was introduced to calligraphy and painting at an early age by her artist grandfather and architect father and she’s now married to a Frenchman (and not just any old Frenchman: Guillaume Brochard, CEO of Chinese jewellery firm Qeelin, owned by luxury giant Kering). Today Jiang’s self-appointed mission is to revive the art of traditional Chinese craftsmanship whilst giving it a 21st century twist. A different kind of “Made in China”. All under the distinguished patronage of Maison Hermès, which currently holds a 90% share in her business. "Our core positioning is not to deliver luxury, but to deliver excellence", she explains: "excellence of expertise, with every piece handcrafted by master craftsmen. Design excellence, too, as what we are striving to achieve is contemporary Chinese design. We want to promote an art of living." Porcelain, clothing, jewellery, leather goods, furniture and decorative pieces all share the same spark of inspiration: the tea ceremony.

Shang Xia conveys the Taoist concept of yin and yang, expressing the philosophy of harmony. "In our culture, there is no black or white, only grey: tradition isn’t in contradiction or conflict with everything modern and high-tech – it’s just a case of striking the right balance," explains Jiang. Shang Xia is in no great rush to start turning a profit. Instead, Jiang has spent the past five years fine-tuning the brand’s DNA, winning her the "Harmony Talent" award at France’s 2012 Luxury & Creation Talent Awards and the “Breakthrough Woman of the Year” award at the 2012 ELLE China Style Awards. She has also been made a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in recognition of her contribution to cultural exchange between China and France. After Shanghai came Beijing and Paris, with 2013 marking the opening of a brand new boutique in the French capital’s rue de Sèvres. The brand’s refined, timeless essence now also pervades its more recent fl agship store, the three-fl oor "Maison Shang Xia", housed in a colonial building in the heart of Shanghai’s French Concession.

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1) The Paris boutique decor, designed by japanese architect Kengo Kuma, is made of 6.000 thin ceramic panels suspended from the ceiling. 2) Wearing a Shang Xia's felt jacket, Jiang with one of her trademark tea sets. Sometimes protected for warmth into a subtle weaving of bamboo strips. It is presented here in its purest white simplicity. 3) Lan Yu, a braided leather handbag, inspired from chinese traditional baskets. 4) Rocking-chair from the Da Tian Di furniture collection: Rare zitan wood and finest woven rattan merge here, as well as modern ergonomic design and techniques with traditional Ming Dynasty furniture and construction principles (1368-1644). 5) Inside Shanghaï’s Maison Shang Xia.

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PROFILES Where to find them ? Shanghaï: N° 233, Middle Huai Hai Road +86-21 8017 9777 Shanghaï Hongqiao Airport: N°8D-16, Departure Hall, Hongqiao T2 +86-21 2238 2549 Beijing: SB107B, B1 China World Mall, China World Trade Center 1, Jianguomen Waidajie, Beijing, 100001 +86-10 6505 7358 Paris: 8 rue de Sèvres, 75006 Paris +33/1 42 22 53 62 How to shop online ? http://www.shang-xia.com

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ou’ve just arrived in Paris, both to enjoy the work-free days with family and to spend time at your Shang Xia store in rue de Sèvres. Are you constantly between two countries, constantly travelling? I spend a third of the year on the road, but the majority of the time I’m in China. My husband is French, and we have two different "basecamps" – an apartment in Shanghai and another in Paris. To be honest, the nomadic lifestyle is the one we’re both most comfortable with. It’s a basic notion, and something we’re attempting to instil in our children. We have five of them altogether. We head back to France in the winter and summer so they can nurture their European roots, but above all we are keen to ensure they grow up perfectly trilingual, speaking Chinese, French and English… Three languages that will allow them to live nomadic lifestyles themselves. It’s the way forward!

Why do you travel so much? I travel all over China v isit in g c ra f t s m e n whose workshops are located in the most far-flung provinces, but also meeting museum curators and Fine Arts professors. My travels Jiang Qiong Er help fuel my vision and provide inspiration for my other baby – Maison Shang Xia. A lot of my travelling is work-related. Each time I’m in a Chinese town or village, I’m hungry to find out absolutely everything I can about it: the history of the region, day-today life, local culture. People often say that travel broadens the mind, but I believe it also shapes your taste. And my intention is to bring the very essence of this Chinese art of living to the world stage.

For me, it’s the perfect time to come up with new ideas. In the aeroplane, at the airport or in the car, I often make sketches and jot down ideas for new collections. When you’re a long way away from your usual surroundings, you have a tendency to look at things with a fresh pair of eyes. Yet another benefit of being nomadic! How is your brand Shang Xia perceived by Chinese consumers? Over the past five years, certain Chinese consumers have gradually started to drift back to their cultural roots. And that includes a lot of young people, even if they still enjoy buying, consuming Western-made luxury. They feel comfortable surrounded by traditions, by the art of tea, incense, meditation… As you know, Shang Xia is closely affiliated with the world of tea. We regularly organize tea ceremonies led by tea masters, focusing on flavour, scent and simply enjoying the magic of the moment…. And in our Chinese stores, 80% of our customers are Chinese, which itself speaks volumes.

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Don’t you find that being nomadic can be a rather solitary existence? Goodness, no! Like I said, for me travelling is above all an opportunity to meet new people. But you’re right in that it can also mean spending time alone with yourself.

D o you ha ve any f a v o u r i t e p l a c e s, spots that you think are pure magic? My favourite place and you’re going to think it’s a cliché, but never mind – is Paris. That’s where I met my husband! And in Shanghai? The museum in People’s Square. Primarily because my dad was the building’s architect, but also because of the stunning collections it houses. It’s another journey, one through time, rediscovering how jade, stoneware, lacquer, ceramics and bronze have inspired our craftsmen over the course of many dynasties, resulting in some amazing pieces. At times strong, at times delicate. If you’re ever in Shanghai, come and take a look for yourself – it’s a must!

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Vintage The elegance of lines

Silver and gilded metal bracelet (Fendi) www.fendi.com

Simple trendsetting Palais Royal sweatshirt in bordeau cotton (Maison KitsunĂŠ) www.maisonkitsune.fr

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They’ll fall at your feet Calf leather sneakers in grey (Lanvin) www.lanvin.com

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Timeless trouble Eau de parfum Décadence (Marc Jacobs) www.marcjacobs.com / Vivid Mediterranean memories Grapefruit and Rhubarb 62 PULLMANHOTELS.COM handcream (from the Occitane and Pierre Hermé collection) www.loccitane.com / London calling Box of 36 chocolate bites (Pierre Marcolini x Tom Dixon) -


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www.marcolini.com / A beautiful night out Rose lip balm, Masked Ball collection (Paul & Joe) www.paulandjoe.com / Fifties spirit Pliage heritage luxury PULLMAN MAGAZINE handbag (Longchamp) www.longchamp.com / Subtle femininity Eau de parfum B.Balenciaga (Balenciaga) THE www.balenciaga.com

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Fine, brute strength Hanover belt (Fossil) www.fossil.com

African reflections Travel make up palette Glam to Go in limited edition (Laura Mercier) www.lauramercier.com

A feline touch Perfume La panthère (Cartier) www.cartier.com

Take a zebra ride Ziger Punk Point Skateboard (Saint Laurent Paris) www.ysl.com

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Just as wonderful in the water

Pearl-beaded swimsuit (Pamela de Beaumane) www.pameladebeaumane.com

Print your style on it Icon purse (Lancaster) www.lancaster.com

Gems of the earth

A box of scented truffles (La maison du chocolat) www.lamaisonduchocolat.com

Glow like the Queen of Saba

Serum Sublimissime (Ever bio cosmetics) www.everbiocosmetics.com

The savannah provides the interiors

Eames Elephant child’s chair in dark black (Vitra) www.vitra.com

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Change your outlook Metal frame sunglasses (Armani) www.armani.com

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An electric atmosphere The Cindy lamp (blue) (Kartell) www.kartell.com

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Pointedly on trend Turntable TT-15S1 (Marantz) www.marantz.com / Fresh and urbane Fragrance Carven for man (Carven) www.carven-parfums.com / 69 THE PULLMAN MAGAZINE Tame the track Black hoverboard (Io) www.iohawk-europe.com / A symbol of generation Y CK2’s unisex fragrance (Calvin Klein) www.calvinklein.com


Jungle’s mood Sneakers rockrunner camouflage (Valentino) www.valentino.com

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Straw hat design

Blooming wild Small trunk with palm-tree print (Louis Vuitton) www.louisvuitton.com

Clip on light by Inga Sempé (Wästberg) www.wastberg.com

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The call of the deep blue ocean

Candy mini backpack BET4 (Furla) www.furla.com

Roar with style

Midnight blue tiger jumper (Kenzo) www.kenzo.com

Bamboo is our greatest ally

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City Guides collection, Limited Edition (Louis Vuitton) www.louisvuitton.com


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Aliza Jabès, Beauty on the road THE SOPHISTICATED ALIZA JABES IS THE WOMAN BEHIND THE SUCCESS-STORY OF NUXE. FOUNDER AND CEO OF THE NATUREORIENTED COSMETICS FRENCH BRAND, SHE TRANSFORMED WHAT WAS ORIGINALLY, 20 YEARS AGO, A SMALL PARISIAN LABORATORY, INTO A WORLDWIDE EMPIRE WITH A GREEN CONSCIENCE. INTERVIEW NICOLE CHAVRANSKI

Aliza Jabès, you are CEO of Nuxe, a frequent-flyer, a glamourous Parisian... And therefore a woman of expertise! What is your specific beauty and health routine when travelling, on the plane and after landing? First of all, I always choose comfor table clothes, such as sneakers and jeans. No stilettos on board! As soon as I’m on the plane, I set my watch to the local time on arrival. I like to be immediately in full immersion. I tie back my long hair with an elastic band. I always have a 30ml tube of cream to moisturize my face and hands, to prevent the drying effect of air conditioning. I lather my hands with cream every two hours. During the flight, I drink water to hydrate, but not too much, because it can make you swell. And I have a light meal, but also bring dried fruits with me. Before landing, I put a drop of Prodigieux ® eye-contour under my eyes. Its decongestioning effect is great for puffy eyes. I also 72

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massage my legs to boost the micro-circulation. And arriving at destination? First thing I do when I get to the hotel is take a long, hot shower. It relaxes my body and mind. Also, after a long flight, there is nothing better than an ayurvedic massage, and then, straight to bed : your best bet for a perfect night of sleep. On my first day after arrival, I’m in "slow mode". On the second day, I go for a jog to pump up energy back. Jogging is the easiest sport to practice when you travel: a pair of sports shoes, a light outfit, and off you go! And it gets you to discover each new place in an original and fantastic way! What is the beauty product you never travel without? Our star product: the Huile Prodigieuse®, my all in one quick-fix beauty saver, that sublimates face, body and hair in one single gesture. This is the one I would bring on a desert island!

What are the absolute beauty don'ts when travelling? And what was your personal worse "beauty faux-pas"? Absolute don't is too much makeup! And especially foundation, which will smudge on arrival, especially when reaching a humid place. I also noticed that very often, fellow women travellers with long hair look sooo unbrushed and dishevelled after a long flight… That’s why I always bring an elastic band with me. As for my personal worse-case scenario, I remember one time when I forgot my sunscreen. Just having lunch outdoors… And two hours later, my face was completely red! Ever since that day, I always use a daily cream with an SPF.


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Nuxe, the brand of Aliza Jabès (on the left ©Nuxe) has now more than 34 spas all over the world. This one in Pullman Marrakech Palmeraie Resort and Spa is surrounded by 42 acres of palm and olive trees. ©Pullman

Do you have a role model for travelling in style? Grace Kelly, definitely. A symbol of elegance, ultimately chic under any circumstance, particulary when she was travelling. Finally, could you tell us about your most memorable beauty experience while travelling? Any routines you discovered and have used ever since? On my last trip to Asia, I discovered balinese massages and the art of yoga. That was indeed memorable. I practice it regularly ever since. I have also learnt, from my many trips to Asia, the art of drinking hot water : it is known to hydrate and detoxify your body. In the morning I have hot water with a few drops of lemon, fresh mint, or fresh ginger. During the day, I like to drink hot water with a spoon of honey. It purifies my body from inside.

Blending performance WITH PLEASURE

Nestled in a palm grove like an oasis of tranquility, the five-star Pullman Marrakech Palmeraie Resort & Spa is "in full harmony with NUXE Spa values: Luxury, Nature and Prodigy", says Aliza Jabès, Nuxe’s CEO. Inspired by the gorgeous Menara Pavilion, one of the most striking sights of Marrakech, the Spa features hispano-moresque architecture and decor, a traditional marble and tadelakt hammam. As in each of its spas, Nuxe integrates local traditions. The Marrakech rituals include the traditional art of exfoliation, that prepares the skin before treatment, and use the same natural ingredients Moroccan women have used for centuries: honey, argan oil, orange blossom...

Pullman Marrakech Palmeraie Resort and Spa, km6 Route de Fès, Marrakech, MOROCCO

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with tales to tell

ULYSSE NARDIN Hannibal Minute Repeater

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THEY WERE COURAGEOUS MEN, CONQUERORS, WAR HEROES AND CELEBRATED MERCHANTS. MEN WHOSE EPIC ADVENTURES HAVE BEEN PLAYED OUT TIME AND TIME AGAIN ON PAPER, FILM AND CANVAS, PAYING FITTING TRIBUTE TO THEIR ASPIRATIONS AND ACHIEVEMENTS. YET THEIR ALREADY MAJESTIC HERITAGE IS HONOURED STILL FURTHER THROUGH THE SAVOIR-FAIRE OF HAUTE HORLOGERIE. WELCOME TO A WORLD WHERE SIMPLE TIMEKEEPING MAKES WAY FOR HIGH-PRECISION DIALS AND MESMERIZING SOPHISTICATION. TEXT ISABELLE DUPONT

Every watchmaker has its own unique history, its own savoir-faire, its own precious archives its craftsmen can dip into for information or inspiration. We cast our eyes over a selection of timepieces all inextricably imbued with the legacy of the past … ANTIQUITY In 218 BC, Hannibal headed off to conquer Rome, marching over the Alps with his army. This epic journey is portrayed in Ulysse Nardin’s “Répétition Minutes Hannibal”, played out on a genuine Alpine granite dial set above a Tourbillon mechanism and housed in a 43mm platinum case. The time can be seen or heard at will, with the 8 o’clock push-piece triggering a Westminster Carillon chime. As the hours chime in Sol, the minutes in Mi and the quarter hours in three different sequences, the Jaquemarts or mechanized figures, carved from white gold, spring to life and dance.

ROGER DUBUIS Excalibur Table Ronde

HEROIC This Roger Dubuis creation boasts 12 7mm hand-carved rose gold knights in guise of hour markers, each one clutching an outstretched sword as though poised to take an oath. Celebrating the legend of King Arthur, the Excalibur Table Ronde timepiece, with its imposing 45mm rose gold case, extols the values of "valour and generosity” championed by XIIth century knights. ORIENTAL The Marco Polo watch from the Vacheron Constantin Métiers d'Art Tribute to Great Explorers collection whisks us off to the Orient in the Venetian merchant’s wake. The two-part gold dial is embellished with Grand Feu enamelwork, whose multi-layered colours have been meticulously fired and then carefully sanded down between each application. The map features a fine blood-red line tracing out the journey the iconic explorer made from Central Asia to the borders of China between 1271 and 1295.

VACHERON CONSTANTIN Marco Polo

AMERINDIAN In 1492 when Christopher Columbus was between two continents, he was convinced he was heading for Indian shores. But the many riches of the New World were what he was actually set to discover, a scene that is played out in micro-engravings and micro-paintings on the reverse side of the Hurricane Grand Voyage II watch. Visible from both sides, the gyroscopic Gravity Control module is inspired by the kind of gimbal suspension system used in marine chronometers to counter the ship’s movements, thereby optimizing the timepiece’s accuracy. IMPERIAL Another conquest, another Napoleonic victory. When a collection of imperial memorabilia was put up for auction in 2014, Jérôme De Witt, a direct descendant of the emperor’s youngest brother and founder of the eponymous Geneva-based watchmaking firm, acquired 2 lots containing strands of Napoleon’s hair. Micro-strands of that hair have since been sealed beneath the glass of several watch faces alongside an effigy of the emperor, protected by a special varnish. These legendary men continue to garner admiration several centuries later. Now the time has come to show our admiration for the outstanding work accomplished by the master watchmakers, enamellers and engravers, celebrating the beauty of their art.

ZENITH Christophe Colomb Hurricane Grand Voyage II

DEWITT Academia Grande Date ADN

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Chic One timepiece that needs no introduction is the Apple Watch. But the Hermès Apple Watch boasts several distinctive details, from its orange second hand to the choice of dial design. The stainless steel casing comes in two different sizes – 38 and 42mm – and sits harmoniously alongside the saddle-stitched Hermès leather straps. The iconic Double Tour, which has been cleverly adapted to prevent the leather from slipping and blocking the sensors, reveals a glimpse of the supporting frame reminiscent of the handles of a bag. APPLE WATCH - APPLE - 1450€

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Stock up on tunes and head out for a run with Sony’s SmartWatch 3. The accelerometer determines whether you’re walking, running or strolling, the compass and GPS help you find your way, and the Gyroscope calculates your movements. Emails, messaging and social networking are all easily accessible, synchronized via Android Wear, whilst the built-in WiFi makes for easy interaction via the watch. The stylish SmartWatch 3 has a battery life of 48 hours. SMARTWATCH - SONY - 230€

Sporty The Swatch Touch Zero One, designed for ball-hitting sports (beach volley, golf, tennis), offers a whole host of fun-packed features. HIT counts the number of times the ball is hit and measures the power of each smash, COACH motivates and rewards, and TIME provides the time, date, an alarm, a stopwatch and a timer. This particular timepiece boasts a battery life of eight months. TOUCH ZERO - SWATCH - 120€

THE ARRIVAL OF THE APPLE WATCH WAS A REAL GAME CHANGER ON THE SMARTWATCH SCENE, WITH NUMEROUS OTHER BRANDS THEN RAPIDLY FOLLOWING SUIT, ALL KEEN TO GAIN A FOOTHOLD IN THIS NEW TECH-DRIVEN MARKET. FROM LEADING HIGH-TECH PLAYERS TO TRADITIONAL WATCHMAKERS, EVERYONE NOW HAS THEIR OWN VERSION TO OFFER. TAKE A LOOK AT OUR HAND-PICKED SELECTION OF THE LATEST FASHION-CONSCIOUS WEARABLE DEVICES!

TEXT ISABELLE DUPONT

Technical The B55, Breitling’s first connected chronograph (46mm titanium case), is a high-performance watch that boasts a COSC-certified chronometer as well as two new technical features – an electronic tachometer and a CountDown/ CountUp system enabling countdown and timing operations. The watch’s settings are controlled via the pilot’s smartphone screen, which is a real boon, and various measurements can be downloaded from the watch for checking or transmission. B55 - BREITLING - NC

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In Claude Lelouch’s movie, "Un homme et une femme", the Ford Mustang sped toward Deauville in the pouring rain with Jean-Louis Trintignant at the wheel. With Steve McQueen in the driving seat, it bounced its way through the bumpy streets of San Francisco for the movie "Bullitt". But it has never been formally offered for sale within the French market. Until now, s

Standing in front of their customised Mustang: above photographer Mathieu Cesar and up designer NoĂŠ Duchaufour-Lawrance.

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It has been fifty years in the waiting. Five long decades during which its only appearances on French soil were via the silver screen.


that is. An official import of sixth generation Mustangs, proudly flaunting their famous pony, are set to grace French roads as of this year. An event that has inspired five artists to come up with their very own take on the legend of the highways. Tattoo artists from l’Encrerie have emblazoned the American coupé with white motifs that sit against a plain grey background, resembling Maori symbols, Aboriginal tattoos. Symbols that evoke freedom as far as the two designers are concerned, for whom the "Stang," as it’s referred to by fans, is first and foremost an invitation to explore. Photographer Mathieu Cesar, meanwhile, uses two non-colours – black and white – to evoke not only the car’s sporty nature but also its light and dark sides, its yin and yang, the contrast "between power and imagination", explains the artist. For stylist Alexandre Vauthier, however, the Mustang symbolizes understated chic, "a balance between speed, line, design and noble materials", to cite his own defi nition. His version of the car is primarily black embellished with simple gold trim. In the hands of designer Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance, the Ford coupé really comes into its own. The design wrapped around its bodywork evokes a powerful and spirited skeleton, seemingly offering a peek beneath the skin of this veritable muscle car that can reach speeds of 421 hp. Finally, there’s photographer and filmmaker Thomas Lélu, who associates the Mustang with the female shape, electing to adopt the erotic codes of the ’70s and ’80s when French lads’ mag "Lui" was in its heyday. The face of a model, captured in the style of the day, gazes up from the iconic long bonnet, inviting the driver to take his place at the wheel of one of the most sensual cars to have hit French tarmac for the past fifty years. ●

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MOTOS

MOTORCYCLES AND SCOOTERS ELECTRIC ENGINES’ ELDORADO They might well be just what’s needed to give the electric engine market a boost. Because unlike cars, whose vocation is to power through the miles, two-wheelers are primarily used to cover relatively short distances. Their electric driving range (generally limited to 62 miles) is consequently not a problem. Nor is the phenomenal lack of power when accelerating. That’s why legendary motorcycle brand Harley-Davidson has taken the daring step of designing a fully electric motorbike. Going by the name of the LiveWire, the creation is currently just a prototype but should hit the market by 2020. Somewhat unsurprisingly, the bike doesn’t reproduce the instantly recognizable roar of your usual made-in-Milwaukee engine, but more of a high-pitched whistle. That, however, is the only thing that sets it apart from any other Harley. In terms of acceleration, it performs far better than its combustionengined counterparts, going from 0 to 62mph in just 4 seconds – a performance worthy of a Lamborghini. At the other end of the scale, the BMW C-Evolution scooter is no speed demon, but it is already available on the market and boasts outstanding agility for an urban two-wheeler. This perfectly balanced vehicle has a driving range of 62 miles, which is more than adequate for everyday use, and offers the ideal way of getting around a congested city.

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When future and past become one From the new Infiniti to the legendary Alfa © ARR

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NEW MODEL

Infiniti Q30 :

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INFINITI Q30 : The compact Japanese car combines the best of Mercedes engineering with a unique and daring design.

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ntil today, anyone looking to purchase a compact premium car basically had two choices: German or German. The Mercedes A-Class, BMW 1 Series and Audi A3 are, without question, all perfectly manufactured, but also perfectly mainstream. But now there’s another alternative. Well, kind of. The perfectly astonishing Infiniti Q30 actually shares the same mechanics as the so-called "small" Mercedes. But unlike its German counterpart, the brand new Japanese creation (Infiniti is Nissan’s luxury division) flaunts a daringly angular design reminiscent of Bilbao’s Guggenheim museum, with doors and bonnet all succumbing to the sweeping ridges and ribs. Fortunately, the Q30 remains beautifully harmonious both inside and out, with an exceptional level of comfort even helping us forget the somewhat tortured design. Its suspension comes close to striking the perfect compromise, combining easy handling with good road-holding abilities. As for its Mercedes engines, meanwhile, the 109 hp diesel option will win the hearts of the family man, whilst the 211 hp petrol engine will suit those looking for a more sporty drive. This city car has plenty going for it and still remains relatively unknown in Europe, despite already enjoying substantial fame across both Asia and Northern America.


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ALFA ROMEO MUSEUM FULL SPEED AHEAD

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ome places ju s t seem to have been a rou nd forever. The Alfa Romeo museum is one of them, despite only having opened its doors in 2015, 105 years after the brand was first launched. Prior to that, one of the Italian car industry’s most legendary manufacturers – a firm that has incarnated la bella mechanica since 1910 – prefer red to keep its most iconic creations away from pr ying eyes, from the Alfetta 159, driven to Formula 1 victory by Fangio, to the sensational 8C. Admittedly, the most hardened tifosi could arm themselves with an appointment and then patiently wait to catch a glimpse of their metallic idols in the bowels of the Arese, the original manufacturing plant, just a stone’s throw from Milan. But since 2009, even superfans were unable to get their hands on a backstage pass. A six-year closure for renovations was a long time to have to wait. But that wait was worth every second, as fans have now been given free reign of three full f loors of the Museo, enabling them to take in its delights at will. Each floor turns the spotlight on a specific theme, beginning with a chronological walk-through of some of the brand’s most iconic motors, then moving on to style and design, and culminating on the top floor with speed (of course!). Whilst perusing the various models designed by the maestri dello stile (masters of style), visitors will also discover the many, and at times dramatic, tales that have shaped the Milanese manufacturer’s past. That of the Quadrifoglio, for example, the four-leaf clover sitting against a plain white square that Alfa drivers believed brought them luck. The emblem was, however, to be changed forever when Ugo Sivocci died at the wheel of a Quadrifoglio-less Alfa whilst practising for the 1923 Monza Grand Prix. As the pre-war racing world lost one of its four musketeers, the square lost one of its corners, and the most powerful Alfas were instead embellished with a clover set against a triangle – a tradition that continues to this day. Alfa’s story isn’t just about the cars but also about the men behind them, something the Alfa Museo quite rightly reminds us. Find out more: +39 02 4442 5511 www.museoalfaromeo.com

In northern Milan, 120 original models exhibited since last June.

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Sustainability and responsibility

when cities get smart

IT WAS BACK IN 2005, WHEN BILL CLINTON AND HIS FOUNDATION ISSUED A CHALLENGE TO IT GIANT CISCO, THAT THE “SMART CITY” CONCEPT WAS BORN. SHANGHAI, SEOUL, SINGAPORE, BARCELONA, LONDON, NICE, LYON… ENERGYGUZZLING, POLLUTION-SPEWING, CITIES ARE BEING REDESIGNED WITH A VIEW TO BECOMING "SMARTER”. IT’S A WORLD WIDE PHENOMENON THAT’S SWEEPING THROUGH URBAN AREAS RIGHT ACROSS THE GLOBE, FROM THE MOST OPULENT TO THE MOST DEPRIVED, THE MOST ANCIENT TO THE MOST RECENTLY BUILT. TEXT MARIE VARANDAT

A lthough cities only cover a mere 2% of the planet’s surface, they are already home to 50% of the world’s population. By 2050, when that percentage will have risen still further to 70%, our cities will be using 75% of all energy generated as well as being responsible for 80% of all CO² emissions. Energy and pollution aren’t the only areas demanding attention – the lengthy list also includes health systems, transport, waste management, property, social cohesion and living together… There’s no doubt about it, managing urban areas has become one of the major development challenges of the XXIst century!

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It was back in 2005, when Bill Clinton and his foundation issued a challenge to IT giant Cisco, that the “Smart City” concept was born. Things have come a long way since then, and today there is not a single city that can afford to ignore the challenges posed by rampant urbanization, the increasing shortage of fossil fuels, global warming and social divisions, not to mention the budgetary constraints forcing local authorities to constantly do more with less. Unique cities, unique challenges There is no specific blueprint, no magic recipe for becoming a Smart City. It is up to each individual city to identify its own priorities based on its current situation and goals. Scandinavian countries, for example, have chosen to focus on social and environmental issues, rolling-out ambitious plans targeting carbon neutrality. Berlin has placed the emphasis on well-being: in the space of just a few years, the German capital has become a cultural metropolis, attracting people from all over Europe by championing urban creativity and quality of life. In Japan and England, attempts are being made to resolve the demographic problem by building innovative underwater cities or creating entire floating districts like the one on the Thames. Smart traffic lights that change to green or red depending on the density of traffic have been introduced in the Chinese city of Wuxi, whilst London and Stockholm have both rolled out a congestion charge system to reduce both traffic and pollution. Barcelona, meanwhile, has introduced smart refuse bins to optimize refuse collection, whilst Nice and Singapore both have smart street lights that automatically adjust their brightness depending on how dark it is. Then there are the green roofs that have started to appear all over New York and Montreal … Projects are popping up wherever you look all around the world.

disadvantaged neighbourhoods and generate less air and noise pollution. Electric vehicles and cycle lanes are being introduced, cities are being densified to curb the kind of urban sprawl that triggers an increase in the number of cars and the distances needed to be covered, local shops are being reopened, efforts are being made to bring the workplace and home closer together to put an end to the principle of division by business sector thereby tackling ghettoization… All these initiatives are small pieces in a much bigger picture, underpinned by a series of measures that profoundly transform the city. An increasing number of initiatives are also being introduced to target energy use, but as is the case with transport, the real revolution will come in the form of real-time data processing. Interactive cities Smart Cities are, indeed, often associated with digital technology, and with good reason. Pavements, cameras, street lights, streets, homes… the city of the future is peppered with sensors collecting an avalanche of information that is analysed in real-time by the kind of IT systems we associate with the Big Data phenomenon. It consequently becomes far easier to anticipate and prevent the formation of a traffic jam by adjusting the traffic lights, i ndicat i ng alter nat ive routes or making changes to public transport – something that already happens in both London and Singapore, for example. Similarly, installing smart electric meters, capable of providing real-time energy-use readings for every single household, should help energy operators fine-tune their electricity production, a concept known as the “Smart Grid”.

IN CERTAIN CHINA'S CITIES, TRAFFIC LIGHTS NOW WORK DEPENDING TRAFFIC AND POLLUTION

The need for reinvention The priorities may vary from one city to the next, but sustainable mobility and energy efficiency always remain core issues. Transport systems are being redesigned to ser ve

Riddled with sensors to provide a brand new range of urban services geared towards promoting well-being, tomorrow’s cities also run the risk of becoming Big Brother-like surveillance systems. This is a key democratic issue, with the Smart City raising questions about citizens’ right to privacy. Questions that currently remain largely unanswered.

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PARIS SMART CITY 2050

THE "RUDOLF GIFFINGER"RANKINGS There are numerous systems in place to rank the most advanced Smart Cities, although none of the rankings are truly "official" d u e to a l a c k o f s t a n d a rd s . Scientists from Vienna Technical U n i v e r s i t y (A u s t r i a) h a v e nonetheless attempted to put to g e t h e r a s c o r i n g s y s te m , wo r k i n g i n co n j u n c ti o n with the U niversit y of Ljubljana (Slovenia) and Delft Technical U n i v e r s i t y ( N e t h e r l a n d s) . Named "Rudolf Giffinger" (after the project leader), the rankings are based on six criteria: 1. Smart governance: transparent governance that involves local citizens in decision-making, public and social services. 2 . S m a r t e c o n o my : f l e x i b l e la b o ur ma rket foste ring a n innovative spirit and the ability to transform.

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3. Smart mobility: availability of ICT infrastructures, access to safe and ecological transpor t systems. 4. Smart environment: sustaina b l e re s o u rc e m a n a g e m e n t , environmental protection. 5 . Smar t people: people who d e m o n s t r a te f l e x i b i l i t y a n d creativity promoting an affinity to life-long learning, cosmopolitanism, open-mindedness and involvement in public life. 6. Smart living: health conditions, housing, cultural facilities, education, social cohesion.

At the request of the city of Paris, French engineering firm Setec Bâtiment and Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut have come up with a truly extraordinary project for the City of Light. The city is transformed, swathed in blankets of green and adorned with streamlined high-rise buildings, all specifically designed to address tomorrow’s needs: lack of space, climate change, etc.


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SUPER-SMART SINGAPORE

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A digital transformation trailblazer, the city-state of Singapore continues to roll out an ever-increasing number of projects. One prime example of its technological prowess would be its "supertrees": 50 metre-high artificial trees that not only serve as temperature regulators but are also capable of illuminating the city, helping regulate the climate and collecting rainwater.

COPENHAGEN, EUROPEAN GREEN CAPITAL

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With a cycling rate that is already pushing 40%, what truly sets Copenhagen apart from other cities is its resolutely green policies. The Danish capital has, indeed, implemented an ambitious plan that aims to make the city carbon neutral by 2025, and in 2014 its initiatives earned it the European Green Capital Award.

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MASDAR, A FLAGSHIP CITY OF THE FUTURE Built totally from scratch in the middle of the desert, the city of Masdar near Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) is a real-life laboratory for the city of the future. Created

by the Masdar Institute (an outstanding research institute in the digital city sphere) in conjunction with the MIT, the project was launched in 2008 and should be finalized this year. Designed to accommodate 40,000 people, this "zero-carbon" city produces no non-recyclable waste and even has its sights set on producing renewable energy.

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Travelling in the digital age

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TO DAY ’ S N E W G EN ER ATI O N O F G LO BAL NOMADS NEED TO STAY CONNECTED, WHETHER TRAVELLING FOR BUSINESS, PLEASURE OR BOTH. "CONNECTIVITY BY PULLMAN" MEETS TH OSE N EEDS BY CO M B I N I N G B USI N ES S FUNCTIONS WITH ENTERTAINMENT FEATURES TO DELIVER A UNIFIED USER EXPERIENCE. TEXT MARIE VARANDAT

From the lobby to the pool, meeting room and restaurant, our g uests have access to the latest technology for the duration of their stay. Free online access to newspapers, m a g a z i n e s a n d VO D content, connected spaces (the Lounge Connectivity), “Con nec t iv it y Pa nels” i n rooms… T he f ree high-speed Wifi enables guests to remain connected throughout the hotel, and enjoy a superior Internet exper ience w it h f ibre optic broadband, already available in a selection of Pullman hotels. Designed in par tnership with some of the IT sector’s leading players, including Samsung and Microsoft, the "Connectivity by Pullman" concept is built around a combination of high-tech equipment, software used regularly by travellers, a nd i n novat ive u s a ge scenarios identified during brainstorming sessions. 86

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JEAN-FRANÇOIS

GOMEZ

GLOBAL BUSINESS STRATEGIST AT MICROSOFT

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ow do you see the traveller of the future ? We are more and more reliant on our digital environment to run our lives and to remind us to carry out daily tasks. An ever-increasing amount of devices are available to help us do this: smartphones, terminals, loyalty cards… Everyone wants to make the most of what’s on offer by choosing what works best for them. So we are now seeing a hyper-fragmentation of individuals’ expectations. We are shifting from a

predictable, organized, hierarchical model where customers passively accept what the brand offers them, to a model that sees customers take the reins while the brand adapts to them without losing its identity. The traveller of the future wants to be surprised by a brand that listens to him, and adapts to his needs, while also enjoying all the basics. What kind of services will these travellers be looking for ? Transaction, information and emotion are the basis of ever y business relationship. Transactions (I book, I pay, I get information about the weather, parking facilities) must all be


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DEMAND THE BEST FOR YOUR BUSINESS MEETINGS

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One point of contact, technical and technological experts, panoramic screens, multi-lingual keyboards, colour printer, multi-way plug sockets… Pullman hotels are doing everything they can to ensure your business meetings are handled with the level of expertise they deserve.

YOUR HOTEL IN YOUR POCKET

Preparing your stay, consulting hotel information sheets and videos, managing your loyalty programme, accessing digital newspapers, booking taxis, using room service during your stay… The new AccorHotels mobile app is packed with services that are tailored to meet your every need throughout your stay. Continually striving to innovate, the Group has enriched its application with a number of innovative features, such as geolocation. With a single app for all the hotels belonging to AccorHotels, the Group makes booking easier wherever you may be.

digitally accessible. Emotion is dictated by the welcome the guest receives, and the environment in which he is staying. The environment will have to play an integral role in the traveller’s digital world, allowing him to open doors with his smartphone, connect his PC to big screens, organize Skypes or manage the welcome he receives at the hotel. Human beings will play a key role in organizing this welcome: travellers expect to be greeted in a hotel by someone who does far more than just check them in. The person on reception should put the guest in touch with other travellers, for example, or offer helpful advice on apps the guest might find useful when visiting the region.

W hat is your relationship with Pullman hotels ? We share the same challenges as companies from the industrial age. We need to adapt to a changing world. We must remain reliable and continue to deliver a high quality of service whilst being increasingly flexible to meet their changing needs. We have to be innovative – both surprise our clients and explore the future with them. Our collaboration with Pullman therefore involves working at a very early stage on changes in society so that we can deliver the services of tomorrow, harness new opportunities and remain a trusted partner for our clients in this connected world. ●

CLICK AND READ

Working in partnership with Press Reader, the world’s leading platform for full-content digital newspapers and magazines, Pullman hotels are now offering a brand new and highly innovative digital service that gives guests free access to over 3,000 international and local publications from their smartphone, laptop or tablet. Baptized “Accor Press by PressReader”, the service is available via WiFi in the hotel and boasts numerous functions: the ability to share content on social networking sites, the opportunity to add on-line comments, translation into 17 different languages.

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BeoLab 90 Bang & Olufsen The famous premium brand celebrates its 90th birthday with this speaker: smart, timeless design and perfect sound wherever you are. www.bang-olufsen.com

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HIGH-TECH GOOD


Xboy Speaker gold Xoopar A fun bluetooth speaker, inspired by the Art Toy culture. www.xoopar.com

Berlin Boombox Ghettoblasters directly inspired by the 80s, the Berlin Boombox designed by Axel Pfaender is compatible with any smartphone, MP3 player, tablet or computer. www.berlinboombox.com

Orpheus HE 1060 Sennheiser This new Orpheus helmet is a masterpiece of engineering! www.sennheiser.com

Zik 3 Parrot Designed in collaboration with the French designer Philippe Starck, these headphones provide depth and harmony. www.parrot.com

THE SOUND OF

MUSIC

MIXING DESIGN AND PERFECT ACOUSTICS, THIS SELECTION WILL APPEAL TO DISCERNING AUDIOPHILES ... STYLE CAROLINE DIENE

Audio S plus Ministry of sound This mobile speaker, created by the famous London club and record label Ministry of Sound, opts for a minimalist design. An app allows you to listen to the live music played in the club every Friday and Saturday nights. www.ministryofsound.com

Zeppelin Air Bowers & Wilkins Impeccable design and music qualities with these new wireless speakers. www.bowers-wilkins.com

Aeropshere small Geneva The Swiss hi-fi brand launches its range of multiroom speaker systems, in size small, wide or floorstanding. www.genevalab.com

BSP10 bluetooth speaker Massimo Dutti X Sony Mixtrack Pro 3 Numark This all-in-one DJ controller offers a slim, sanitized version with ultra-sensitive headphones for a more punchy sound experience. www.numark.com

The Spanish designer dresses to wow this wireless, powerful and ingenious mini speaker from Sony. www.massimodutti.com

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SAUVAGE FOR THE ART OF TRAVEL

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LIGHT AND SOPHISTICATED ELECTRO-POP IS FRENCH BAND SAUVAGE'S TRADEMARK SOUND. PIERRE-ALAIN AND EDOUARD, THE TWO BAND MEMBERS HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH CHRISTOPHE CAURRET, BETC POP'S CREATIVE MUSIC DIRECTOR, TO COMPOSE AN ORIGINAL TRACK FOR PULLMAN. THE AIM? GIVE THE BRAND, ITS HOTELS & RESORTS A TRADEMARK SONG WITH A STRONG PERSONALITY, WHILST SIMULTANEOUSLY GIVING UP-AND-COMING ARTISTS A PLATFORM FOR EXPOSURE. WE CHAT TO PIERRE-ALAIN, THE GROUP’S LEAD SINGER AND ELECTRO SPECIALIST. INTERVIEW CAROLINE DIENE

What kind of musical training did you both have? Pierre-Alain : Our training was quite varied. I mainly studied electronic music, whist Edouard focused mostly on organic instruments (the piano and guitar…). Then we both spent hours on end shut away on our own in our rooms, trying things out and learning as we went. Discovering how things work for yourself is absolutely vital it helps you find your own way. Where did your group, Sauvage, meaning “wild”, get its name? We wanted a simple name, and the one we chose still suits us today. When we first started out, we tended to approach problems in a pretty chaotic way, but our current way of working is slightly less wild than it used to be. I guess now we just have a different kind of wildness. What I like about this term is its ambivalence: when a wild person or animal is staring you in the eyes, you never really know what they’re actually thinking. In the same way, I like our tracks to be layered with contradictory emotions. I’m fascinated by this concept of warm yet cold, of hovering between one thing and another. How does your creative duo work? Our personalities are pretty complementary. In terms of our music, I try to write the track from start to fi nish, and then Edouard enriches the arrangement with all the instruments he plays. He fleshes out the sound.

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You’ve written the lyrics and music for a bespoke track for the Pullman brand, that can be heard in the hotels or when room service is called. How did this collaboration come about? I got an e-mail asking me if I was interested. Pullman were looking for a track on the theme of travel and discovery – a theme that pretty much reflects our approach to music. It was really weird to have a brief as the starting point, but in the end I found that the music flowed quite naturally. It’s a track that’s all about simplicity.

Discovering how things work for yourself is absolutely vital - it helps you find your own way...

When you listen to the track, what images does it conjure up in your head? I like to picture a travelator. You close your eyes and you can feel yourself gliding across the floor, quite serenely. It’s an opportunity to just let go… How do you like to travel? I like arriving somewhere and then hiring a car, which gives me as much freedom as possible and allows me to stop off whenever and wherever the mood takes. I enjoy embarking on an adventure and not necessarily knowing where, when or with whom I’m going to end up sleeping that night. W hat are your thoughts on dematerialized music, such as it exists today? For a while I just followed the crowd, because at the end of the day we don’t have much control over this new way of consuming music. I no longer have any CDs at home, nor any DVDs for that matter. It certainly makes moving much easier. Now, though, lots of vinyls are starting to appear again, like little totems popping up to materialize the very lifeblood of sound. I’m probably going to invest in a vinyl turntable some time soon. Maybe in 30 years’ time we’ll all have gone back to “physical” music. Who knows… it’s difficult to say. facebook.com/wearesauvage https://soundcloud.com/sauvage


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COURTNEY BARNETT PEDESTRIAN AT BEST Melbourne-born Courtney Barnett is all about raw guitar riffs and nasal Australian tones. This spirited, humour-filled track pumps out a feel-good saturated rock sound, highly reminiscent of the British post-punk scene.

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THE NEW MUSIC DESIGNERS ARE MODERN ALCHEMISTS WITH A STRONG AND PURE AESTHETIC DIMENSION. HERE WE PRESENT YOU WITH 15 OF THOSE TAKING THE WORLD BY STORM WITH THEIR UNSTOPPABLE MELODIES.

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TAME IMPALA LET IT HAPPEN

STRANGER IN A ROOM FEAT. OLIVER SIM

THE SHOES GIVE IT AWAY FEAT. POSTAAL

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Jamie has called on bandmate Oliver to transcend this mass of electro sounds with his pure, clear voice. No drum beats, no percussion, just Oliver’s cosmic guitar and a sequence of evasive notes that almost bring a tear to the eye. Stunning and captivating.

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JAMIE XX

"Let It Happen" is a track that demonstrates newfound musical maturity for Kevin Parker and his band. Eight minutes of musical magic that mark a brand new chapter in the singer’s eventful career, culminating with the slow and dramatic distortion of sounds in the stunning midsection.

By hooking up with "Postaal" and their pared-back pop vibe, Reims-based duo "The Shoes" have breathed a new lease of life into their groove-inducing electro-pop sound. This track is a must-have addition to any on-the-go playlist, and is sure to embrace your soul like the most mellow melodies.

Playlist Sauvage You feel right

Sbtrkt New York. New Dorp

Kindness Swinging Party

The Shoes feat. Postaal Give it Away

Lorde Royals

Jamie XX Stranger in a room

Courtney Barnett Pedestrian at Best

Jono mcleery Wonderful life

I’m from Barcelona Violins

Beth Ditto Supernature

Tame Impala Let it happen

Ibeyi River

Isaac Delusion Midnight Sun Camp Claude Trap Sia Breathe Me (instrumental)

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BEHIND THE SCENE

AND PULLMAN CREATED... THE GLOBAL NOMAD

OTHER TIMES, OTHER WAYS TO TRAVEL… TRAVELLER 2.0 CAN NOW SEE THE WORLD WITH INCREASING EASE, BUT HE/SHE ALSO WANTS TO FEEL TRULY AT HOME NO MATTER WHERE THEY LAY THEIR HEADS. THE NOTION OF TRAVEL HAS CHANGED, AS HAVE TRAVELLERS’ EXPECTATIONS, FORCING THE HOSPITALITY SECTOR TO MODIFY THE SERVICES IT PROVIDES. PULLMAN INNOVATES ALL THE TIME TO IMPROVE COMFORT AND CONNECTIVITY FOR ITS GUESTS. IT IS THIS SPIRIT THAT THE BRAND HAS CHOSEN TO SHOWCASE IN ITS NEW TV ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN, “GLOBAL NOMAD”. TEXT RITA G. YACOUT

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one are the days when business travel was synonymous with inconvenience, delay, sacrifice and reorganisation. Today, the air miles are cheerfully clocked-up while the old restrictions fade away… People no longer leave, they simply move, taking their own “little world” with them in a few precious square centimetres of screen. T h e numb e r o f b usin e s s travellers is, indeed, constantly on the rise (with business travel up 3% between 2013 and 2014 according to a survey conducted by travel agency 3Mundi), and the average business traveller’s profile is becoming increasingly similar to that of a senior executive (a 30% match), who readily admits being “hyper-connected”: 23% of global travellers, including 28% of Americans and 19% of Canadians, say this is a term that applies to them.

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Another trait that characterises this new type of traveller is the tendency to "blur", meaning they have the subtle ability to intertwine their private and professional lives, notably by remaining permanently connected for both. The world champions of this brand new sport are the Chinese at 79%, and the Brazilians at 71%, compared to just 60% in the other countries studied. Today’s traveller no longer has to choose between duty and pleasure, business and leisure. With this in mind, he or she expects a hotel to be both a cosy extension of home and a functional annex of the office. "Performance and pleasure are no longer mutually exclusive. When staying in our establishments, guests want to have access to a unique array of services both when working and relaxing,” comments Xavier Louyot, Senior Vice-President Marketing EMEA.


BEHIND THE SCENE

The Global Nomad's way of life, combining modernity, mobility and sophistication, has been subtly brought to the small screen by Parisian advertising agency BETC Luxe via a new TV advertising campaign targeting the Asia Pacific, Europe and Middle East regions. "Global Nomads are a new generation of travellers, who are also the leaders of the future," explains Brune Buonomano, Deput y CEO of BETC Luxe. "These people have broken down all the barriers between business and leisure. The world is their playground. They are hyper-connected explorers, who don’t want to have to choose between performance and pleasure, and who are constantly seeking places that can offer both inspiration and encounters. They have a pretty specific idea of their sense of balance and wellbeing. These are the people we are inviting to share in an experience that must be unique.”

THIS GLOBAL NOMAD IS ALONE BUT NOT LONELY, APPEARING RELAXED IN A VARIETY OF LOCATIONS AND ACROSS A RANGE OF TIME ZONES, TOTALLY CONNECTED TO THE CITY AND OTHER PEOPLE.

Brought to life on screen by Sino-Franco-Russian model Dimitri, this Global Nomad is alone but not lonely, appearing relaxed in a variety of locations and across a range of time zones, totally connected to the city and other people, just as happy in a meeting room as in the gym, at home absolutely everywhere, a fully-fledged citizen of the world. A dynamic, refined and cosmopolitan vision created by commercials director Irina Dakeva. The city of Shanghai was chosen as the “playground” for the backdrop for the campaign. “Shanghai was a well-considered choice," explains Jasmine Loignon, Creative Director at BETC. "We were lucky enough to be able to showcase two of the city’s most magnificent hotels: the Pullman Skyway & the Pullman Shanghai South. Plus it’s an extremely vibrant, modern, international and inspiring city for the modern-day global nomad.” Pullman Shangai South (See page 34) The TV commercial, shot on location in Shanghai, was released in six languages for appearance on TV screens, in-flight and on throught social media channels.

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PULLMAN DIRECTORY

AROUND THE WORLD WITH PULLMAN HOTELS & RESORTS

SEE WHERE PULLMAN IS PRESENT ON THE MAP AND IN THE DIRECTORY ON THE FOLLOWING PAGE.

SHENYANG PANJIN ANSHAN

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Like the sound of a romantic break with champagne, flowers and breakfast in bed? Then this offer’s made for you! Spend some quality time with your other half enjoying each other’s company and recharging your batteries in the Pullman hotel of your choice with 2pm late check-out.

TIME FOR FAMILY

Fancy taking a break as a family? Then look no further: stay in a Pullman hotel with your under-16s and we’ll give you a 50% discount on the price of their room. And their breakfast? Free of charge! Go on, relax, we’ve got it all covered…

The time has come to tantalize your taste buds! Stay with us for two consecutive nights or more, and this special offer gives you up to 20% discount on Food & Beverage outlets during your stay. And if you fancy a little post-lunch nap, we’ll even let you check out at 2pm. You’d better get ready for some serious relaxation!

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With winter just around the corner, how does a little pampering sound? Enjoy a relaxing break that won’t break the bank in a choice of destinations and get 30% off all your treatments (1 hour or more), free use of all the wellbeing facilities which includes a healthy snack. This season’s hottest deal! © ARR

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bed time table WHAT DOES YOUR BEDSIDE TABLE REVEAL ABOUT YOU? TODAY WE LOOK AT KILIAN HENNESSY’S, THE INTERNATIONAL PERFUMIER WHO FOUNDED THE BRAND ‘BY KILIAN’, NOW SOLD IN 40 COUNTRIES. TEXT TRISTAN BRODU ILLUSTRATION EVA GOMEZ

KILIAN HENNESSY

From Dubai to Moscow, the designer now has more than 270 retail outlets worldwide, not including the website www.bykilian.com

A jug full of still water

An electronic photo frame It has very clean, simple lines and was designed for Parrot by André Putman. It contains up to 400 snaps, which in my case are mainly pictures of my children, Dorian and Savannah.

I never drink water in plastic bottles, because some contain bisphenol, which is so bad for your health. Yes, water! Even if I am an Hennessy, a cognac family.

A radio set Mine is a Tivoli, it’s a fifties design with a big chrome button and black frame, but the sound is very 2000!

Lot of biographies I find lives of historical characters very inspiring. When they’re told by a great writer like Stefan Zweig, who wrote biographies of Marie Antoinette and Fouché, then it’s even more of a treat!

My cellphone My iPhone never leaves my side and is also my music library. It lets me start the day with the Nutcracker or Swan Lake and it finish with Rihanna and Jay-Z.

A Dual Time clock Designed by Cartier, this was a present from my wife and tells me the time in New York, where she often is.

travelling

AND ON YOUR BEDSIDE TABLE IN A HOTEL? At the moment... "Ça peut pas faire de mal" ("It can not hurt"), the book dedicated to poets, written by my cousin, the actor Guillaume Gallienne.

Permanently... A Moleskine notebook to jot down ideas when I can’t sleep, Vitamin D supplements and melatonin to fight jet lag (I travel 150 000 km each year), and one of my candles, Black Ottoman or French Boudoir, so that I can carry my olfactory world around with me.

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