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WINTER 2012/2013






THE NOTICEBOARD Notes to self on things you must absolutely do



GRAND DESIGNS The coolest and most inspired gifts to give


THE WISHLIST The one to covet - have the credit card ready


GLASS ACT Judging a fragrance by its bottle


The founding of a fragrance house: Les Parfums Salvador Dali 11




Interior design shopping at your fingertips

Precious hair oils 12


BEAUTY WINTER WONDERLAND Beauty covered for the season


A ROOM WITH A VIEW Travel hideouts to feast your eyes upon

ABOUT THE FRONT AND BACK COVER Designer Lily Kamper’s perspex creations for the WGSN Global Fashion Awards 2012, lined up before the awards ceremony (FRONT) and a close-up (BACK). / 1




MUST BEAUTIFY Calling all beauty addicts! Ensure you make a trip to the brand new onestop haven that is the Beauty Bazaar, Harvey Nichols. Spread across three floors, the store houses an enviable array of top beauty brands as well as providing a host of pampering hair and beauty treatments. There is also a lavish champagne and cocktail bar for those needing a pit-stop, making this one beauty experience to truly remember. Beauty Bazaar, Harvey Nichols, Liverpool One, L1 3DL.

MUST DRINK THE GOOD Pomegranate juice has long been a favourite amongst those looking for a health, nutritional and beauty boost. But if those benefits weren’t enough, PomeGreat Light should swing it. Containing all the same benefits and antioxidants but at just 33 calories per serving, this is one drink that could easily turn into a habit. £1.50,

and…THE NAUGHTY Warm up your palette with glug of Bacardi Oakheart, a delicious new dark spiced rum flavoured with cinnamon, nutmeg and honey. Smooth with a hint of smokiness, this is a versatile, easy to drink rum that adds a satisfying kick to your cocktail. £18,

MUST SUPPORT If you haven’t done so already, there is still time to celebrate Movember by cooking up a storm with the Bring It On cookbook, put together by some very talented and wonderfully moustashioed Mo Bro chefs. It features some superb advice on how to throw a successful dinner party and tips on how to be a great host, along with brilliant nuggets about cooking essentials, for example, one should always have a ‘Blowtorch. It makes fire. Enough said.’ Plus, there are plenty of darn right delicious recipes including a grilled squid salad, suckling pig shoulder roast and blueberry and plum crumble. For more information and to donate, visit





MUST STAY A stunning new townhouse hotel has descended upon Knightsbridge. The Wellesley, with its wonderful mix of traditional 1920s Art Deco styling and contemporary luxe finishes, houses 36 rooms over six floors with the top floor laying claim to a four-bedroom suite alone. Also featuring a cigar lounge and terrace, Crystal Bar and a jazz room, this hotel succeeds in resurrecting an era of real decadence and luxury living. The Wellesley, 11 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7QS. T: 020 7235 3535.

MUST INDULGE It may be cold outside …but oh what the heck! Go on, cosy up and treat yourself to the yoomoo devilmoo frozen yogurt which comes complete with chocolate sauce, brownie pieces and chocolate stars. From £1.79 at supermarkets nationwide.

There is real art behind creating a witty and inspired piece of packaging and it is an art form that is rather underappreciated. But a new book collated by the Pentawards, The Package Design Book 2, celebrates some of the best creations that have come out over the past two years and across 30 countries. Bringing together all the Pentawards winners, there are over 400 works featured along with fascinating insight into the inspiration and creation behind the designs. If this marvel of a book doesn’t get the creative juices flowing, nothing will. £34.99, TOP RIGHT: RAMLÖSA. Design Company: Nine. Country: Sweden. DIAMOND PENTAWARD 2011 RIGHT: MARC JACOBS BANG. Design Company: Harry Allen Design. Country: USA. Category: Best of the category luxury. PLATINUM PENTAWARD 2011


Coya is the latest of a spate of Peruvian restaurants cropping up around the city but it’s in good hands - the man behind it, Arjun Waney, is also behind La Petite Maison, The Arts Club and Zuma. Featuring a contemporary array of Peruvian dishes including an obligatory ceviche menu, the restaurant also houses an extensive Pisco bar. This is set amongst a colonial-inspired décor that boasts bold and lively murals by Brazilian artist LoRo VeRz. If you want to experience an authentic fusion of South American food, art and music, Coya will hit the spot. Coya, 118 Piccadilly, W1J 7NW. T: 020 7042 7118.

MUST SKATE The Christmas spectacular that is the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is back, bringing with it The Magical Ice Kingdom. This new awe-inspiring frozen setting features amongst it a fantastical stalagmite ice forest complete with forest creatures. Created with over 200 tons of ice and snow by 20 sculptors, this is an experience that will take your breath away. Open until 6th Jan. Hyde Park, W2 2UH.



MUST SEE If you have an appreciation for the craftsmanship that goes into creating a couture gown, you’ll have plenty to feast your eyes upon at the Valentino: Master of Couture exhibition. Showcasing over 130 creations designed by Valentino himself, the show will take you on a catwalking journey through his 50-year career through trouser suits and evening gowns, to capes and kaftans. Also on display is the dress worn by Julia Roberts as well as the exquisite wedding dresses of Jackie Onassis and Princess MarieChantal of Greece. Open until 3rd Mar. Somerset House, WC2R 1LA.

If you can’t get enough of oriental cuisine, head over to the Buddha-Bar restaurant in Knightsbridge. Serving up a menu of some well-loved Pan-Asian classics, there is plenty of choice to get the palette excited ranging from Venison Tataki to Smoked Duck and Foie Gras Gyoza and Pan-fried Seabass. Also worth feasting your eyes on is the suspended Buddha sculpture made from a single sheet of bronze mesh by David Begbie. Buddha-Bar, 145 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7PA. T: 020 3667 5222.

MUST GET PISTE A cosy winter hideout in the heart of Soho, Piste is an alpine-inspired basement club that embraces all things chalet. Staff not only serve sweet and wintry apricot and cinnamon bellinis, they also burst into occasional song, providing live entertainment when the DJ has a break from the decks. You’ll also enjoy the snug, après-ski surroundings with matching décor consisting of reclaimed rafter boards and decorative antique skis and snowshoes. Piste at Archer Street, 3-4 Archer Street, W1D 7AP.

MUST BE GAME Game has never been so accessible. Already an established name amongst the lively and diverse London street food scene, The Wild Game Co. has now taken up residency in Soho’s The Endurance. Bringing along a mouth-watering menu, featuring wild game sourced directly from the Scottish Highlands, dishes include pulled boar with honey, soy sauce and star anise and warm pigeon salad with caramelised apple and crispy chorizo. The venison options are very easy on the palette for new game-rs. Go for the classic venison burger or steak





Frites. Chef Ruaridh Emslie advises, ‘It’s just like tasty beef,’ and indeed, tasty it is. And tender. And succulent. Delightfully satisfying, food like this deserves to be shared. Bring a group of friends and tackle the menu in one superbly fun sitting…or just get a couple of quiet dates in the diary. Either way, it’s a visit worth making. Open until end of January 2013. The Wild Game Co. At The Endurance, 90 Berwick Street, W1F 0QB. T: 020 7437 2944.



SHOPPING Let it rain! This rain-activated Squidarella umbrella by SquidLondon bursts into life when the heavens pour, creating a beautiful techicoloured London skyline. Be prepared for the start of a love affair with your umbrella. £25,

Scent back in time Worn on a chain or ribbon, this DL & Co Lily of the Valley Pocket Watch Scent houses a gorgeous fragranced balm within its traditional and charming metal case. A really special way to scent on the go. £25,

GRAND DESIGNS Light it up Brighten up any room in an instant with this striking limited edition Heart Balloon neon artwork by Electric Stripes. If you’re looking for a conversation starter, this playful pink neon illumination will strike up just that. £1,100,

Finding a gift that has been thoughtfully designed and crafted can be tough, luckily, NOTED has hunted down 14 of the coolest and most inspired ideas for you to get your hands on

A real gem Hidden Delights This Scarlett Princess Chocolate Box is a double delight. After indulging in the divine artisan chocolates, turn the box into a keepsafe on the bookshelf. The only danger is that in tasting the goods, a bigger bookshelf may be in order. £25,

Slip on this beautifully crafted Art Deco style Mawi Stacked Tube Ring to evoke the elegance and decadence of an era gone by. An electric blue glass stone sits as its centrepiece, making it a statement cocktail ring to remember. £243,

A very special delivery Bored of the same old statements and bills? Sign up to NOTANOTHERBILL, a brilliant subscription service in which you receive a selection of fun arts and crafts every month. Learn about the provenance of your products and discover new artists and designers along the way. £15 per month,

Clocking on Turn your wall space into a timepiece with this ingenious Alarm Clock Wall Sticker. It even comes with a working battery clock mechanism which simply sticks on in the centre so you don’t have to wait a minute longer for the time! £38,




The warmth of words Keep suitably snug with this Helvetica Long Black and White Scarf made from microfibre suede which has been lasercut into, yes, Helvetica font letters! £54, Get a handle on it Colourful, fun and quirky, the Ice-Phone connects to your iPhone, allowing you to make calls and Skype via a good old traditional handset. There is also an app which enables a working rotary dial for you to complete the look. Kooky and marvellous. £29.95,

Creature comforts Who knew that sea creatures could be so beautiful? Under the painted hand of acclaimed artist, Peter Arnold, we wouldn’t expect anything less. For those who appreciate artwork with attention to detail, pick up these signed limited edition prints now. From £170,

Cool wrist action If you like your accessories smart, sleek and discreet, a Mutewatch will give you just that. Featuring a hidden touchscreen, the LED display activates with a tap on the surface or a subtle flick of the wrist. For extra kudos, get your hands on the Svart Special Edition designed by Swedish artist Jesper Nyren, featuring a gold kaleidoscopic design. £249, Selfridges

Thought of the Day Francis Bacon once revealed in an interview, ‘I painted to be loved’. Now you can sip your coffee in style and ponder that thought over this set of Black Espresso Cups and Saucers with Bacon’s signature and quotation emblazoned onto the high gloss bone china. £32,

Cult reading Fans of TV’s most popular medieval fantasy series, be prepared to go stir crazy with this Inside HBO’s Game of Thrones book, which features stunning spreads, photographs and illustrations all from the hit show. Beautifully designed with a debossed padded case and foil stamping, this is sure to become a coffee table fixture for many a household. £24.99, The HBO Store

Face off If you love a bold splash of colour, divert your attention to the new Tresor Paris ISL Watch Collection. Featuring a diamond marker at the 12th hour and an interchangeable bezel so you can mix, match and style it to your heart’s content, this watch collection won’t leave you strapped for colours or ideas. £99,



GO WILD These stunning animal pendants inspired by the elegance and majesty of the great, wild African animals, form part of the Safari 窶連rts collection by Theo Fennell. Crafted from 18ct gold and set with diamonds and sapphires, each animal pendant has a limited edition of 50 (imprinted into the gold), making the pieces even more covetable. Lion 'Art Pendant, (18ct yellow gold with diamonds and yellow sapphires), ツ」2,850 Giraffe 'Art Pendant (18ct yellow gold with white and brown diamonds), ツ」4,350 Elephant 'Art Pendant (18ct white gold with diamonds), ツ」6,250




Glass Act

Hèrmes Pure Perfume Lock Spray ©Romèo Balancourt

Fragrances worth judging by their bottles

Guerlain La Petit Robe Noire

Especially Escada Delicate Notes

Lanvin Jeanne Couture

Illamasqua Freak

The bottle: very chic use of colour and illustration on the glass bottle, which is crowned by a grand heart-shaped topper

The bottle: a wonderfully elegant frosted glass bottle topped with an iconic golden double ‘E’. This has beauty from every angle

The bottle: stands tall awash with a pretty purple haze. The signature bow is a playful nod to the house’s designer, Alber Elbaz

The bottle: a truly inspired statement piece that is as intriguing to look at and display as it is to hold

The fragrance: fruity, floral and seductive with deliciously sweet notes of black cherry, rose and patchouli

The fragrance: a fresh, feminine and sparkling fragrance with notes of dewy rose, pear, ylang ylang and musky ambrette seeds

The fragrance: sophisticated, bright and sensual with fruity floral notes of raspberry, peony, magnolia, musk and cedarwood

The fragrance: a dark, bold and intoxicating blend with notes of black davana, belladonna, poison hemlock and oud

£42, Selfridges

£31, Boots

£55.50, Harvey Nichols

£34, Selfridges

Anna Sui Fairy Dance The bottle: distinctive, dainty and incredibly pretty. The fairy atop the sphere adds to the enchanting design The fragrance: endlessly sweet, playful and warm with notes of tangerine, rose, peony and vetiver £45, Debenhams

Hèrmes Pure Perfume Lock Spray The bottle: the iconic Hèrmes lock turns into a silver metal perfume spray housing the precious blend within its body The fragrance: you’re spoilt for choice - choose between 24 Faubourg, Kelly Calèche, Eau des Merveilles or Calèche £125, Harrods

Bvlgari Mon Jasmin Noir L’Elixir

Jimmy Choo Limited Edition Perfume

The bottle: simple, understated and elegantly designed. The anatomiser adds a finishing touch of luxury

The bottle: multi-faceted and jewel-like, a stylish adornment to any dressing table

The fragrance: a refined and beautiful blend with notes of bergamot, grapefruit flower, jasmine, amber and honey

The fragrance: sophisticated and addictive with notes of tiger orchid, candied orange, cypress and sandalwood


£95, Selfridges

ONE FOR HIM: James Bond 007 The bottle: a tactile glass flask with a nifty gadget-inspired cap which reveals and conceals the nozzle with a simple twist The fragrance: a sexy, smooth and sophisticated blend with notes of apple, cardamom, lavender and vetiver £20, The Perfume Shop




The Art of Fragrance Salvador Dali and the founding of a fragrance house

The Dali Fabulous Collection


Monsieur Givory on founding Les Parfums Salvador Dali with the surrealist artist himself


alvador Dali once wrote in the 1930s,

‘Among the five senses, smell is unquestionably the one that best gives the idea of immortality.’ This rationale could explain why the fragrance house bearing his name, Les Parfums Salvador Dali continues to flourish long after his death in 1989. At the helm is Monsieur Givory, who, when in 1981 decided to action his idea of creating a perfume of art, approached Dali to develop the concept, using his artwork and inspiration as a basis for producing such an item. Monsieur Givory tells us that the process of creating a perfume isn’t at all different to creating a piece of art. ‘As a matter of fact a perfumer creating a fragrance and blending essential oils follows the same creative process as a painter having his colours merged into one another to achieve a painting. When a painter starts a painting he knows whether he wants to do a still life, a landscape, a portrait or an abstract. Then he starts putting colours together and adds, retracts and remixes them. When creating a fragrance, you go through the same process with olfactive directions that are following your inspiration. The development of a fragrance is done touch by touch in the same vein and thinking of the ingredients according to the ambiance we want to recreate.’ In other words, creating a fragrance is simply another form of artistic expression and Dali offered him just that. ‘He was a one of a kind artist. He gave us a guidance to creativity, non-conformism and artistic image.’ For the house’s first fragrance, Dali took inspiration from his painting Apparition of the Face of Aphrodite of Knidos. He focused on the lips and nose of the goddess of love and beauty, making a sketch of what would

LEFT: Monsieur Givory

ABOVE: Aphrodite Dali Eau de Toilette RIGHT: Aphrodite Dali Parfum de Toilette

“Perfume has a magic which should be saved through creativity and personality” later form his first perfume bottle. The fragrance launched in 1983 as a tribute to his wife and muse, Gala. ‘All what he did, created and thought was in one way or another dedicated to Gala.’ Of the scent itself, Monsieur Givory talks of his surprise at Dali’s olfactive directions, ‘He chose two flowers, a rose, Gala’s favourite flower, and Jasmine, the flower he frequently wore above his ear when painting. I could have expected anything eccentric from this multi-faceted genius, but that choice of the two most basic flowers of perfumery was reflecting his inclination to classical art, as his favourite painters were Raphael, Vermeer and Velazquez.’ Monsieur Givory believes that a fragrance should stir an emotion and please the wearer, ‘The same way when listening to music, looking at a painting or reading a book. Those emotions are very personal to each person who buys a fragrance. As the

Italians say, ‘No e bello lo que e bello, ma e bello lo que piace’ - ‘Is not beautiful what is beautiful but is beautiful what pleases.’ But Monsieur Givory feels both the artistic element of the bottle and the fragrance contained within are equally important, ‘A perfume is like a person you meet for the first time, you are attracted first by their appearance and then, when they start talking, it confirms the first impression (or not). It is exactly the same for a perfume, you are attracted by its look for the first buy and you keep it because you like its fragrance and the ones you love like it too!’ Finally, Monsieur Givory talks about the banality of ‘numerous new or so called products put out every year’ and tells us that the concept of perfume should be more precious, ‘Perfume has a magic which should be saved through creativity and personality,’ a magic which the fragrance house has running through its veins.



LIQUID GOLD Ojon Rare Blend Oil Total Hair Therapy A delight for the eyes and a real treat for the hair. The blend of seven natural oils condition the hair and leave it enviably soft, nourished and glossy. £29,

Paul Mitchell Styling Treatment Oil A super-light and moisturising dry-touch oil with Awapuhi wild ginger extract that leaves the hair with wonderfully smooth and silky soft results. £29.95,

Caudalie Divine Oil A highly versatile oil with a heavenly fragrance. Grape, hisbiscus, sesame and argan oils leave both hair and skin beautifully soft. The name says it all. £25,

It only takes a few drops of these hair oils to wrap your locks in luxury

Hair oils are now a staple in many a hair routine and it’s easy to see why. “Oils are great for hydrating hair, adding shine and reducing frizz,” says award-winning hairstylist Jamie Stevens ( Ideal for dry and damaged hair due to the concentration of goodness contained within the oils, we’ve come to appreciate “the nourishing benefits they can have on anyone with hair that lacks moisture. Even those with greasy hair can often have dry ends, which oil-based treatments can improve.” Used sparingly on freshly-washed hair, it really speeds up the blow drying process whilst leaving behind super-silky, bouncy and glossy results.

SP Luxe Oil Transforms hair from the inside out with argan, jojoba and almond oils. Leaves the hair soft and lightweight with salonquality smoothness and shine. £24.99,

Orofluido Beauty Elixir With a trio of natural oils: argan, cyperus and linseed, this hair oil effectively tames, protects and adds a real boost of shine to hair. £13.99,


Beauty Winter Wonderland The extremities of winter can be a trying time for your beauty routine but these toolkit products will help you fight back with a vengeance


The Shine Injection

It may be winter but there is no excuse for dull and limp hair with Sebastian Professional Trilliance Shampoo and Conditioner about. With rock crystal extract, it cleanses and cares for the hair whilst leaving it brilliantly smooth and glossy. £12.90 - £15,




Moisture Maintenance

Give hair a much needed hit of hydration by wrapping it in the Electric Haircare Intensive Treatment Masque. With vegetable proteins, coconut and olive oils, it is lightweight but potent and will leave hair healthy and nourished all through winter. £23.50, Harvey Nichols



Damage Limitation

When hair is in a crisis and nothing else works, a pump of the John Frieda Perfect Ends Deep Infusion should do the trick with damaged and unruly hair. With Inca Inchi oil, rich in omega-3, this treatment restores hair to its soft and shiny glory. £6.99, Boots


‘Avoid washing your hair ever single day in the winter as over-washing can strip it of the natural oils that keep it healthy, leading to dry, dull hair with lots of static. Use a dry shampoo in between washes to delay hair wash day,’ Ben Cooke, European Ambassador for Herbal Essences

Beauty from the inside out: Try Boots Pharmaceuticals Skin, Hair and Nails capsules. They contain Evening Primrose Oil and Biotin which help to maintain skin health and build the proteins in healthy hair and nails. £5.99 for 30 capsules from Boots




SKIN During the winter, our skin is exposed almost daily to an extreme environmental cycle of unrelenting rain, ice-cold air, artic winds and roastingly-warm indoor heating. Cosmetologist Pedro Catala says ‘This combination leads to a rapid dehydration of the skin’s cells leaving the skin structure very dry and vulnerable. If you’re prone to sensitive or reactive skin, winter weather can often exacerbate it.’ This is why it is so important that you invest well in your winter


skincare armoury. Catala advises ‘Whilst lighter textures are more suitable during the summer to compensate the skin’s excessive perspiration, you should use richer products for the winter as they create a stronger barrier against environmental effects.’ He also recommends using nonfoaming rinse-off cleansing milks and creams, ‘They are the least harsh and less likely to completely strip off the skin’s natural barrier.’ Exfoliation should absolutely continue to be a regular part of

The Power Moisturiser

This Origins Make a Difference Plus + Rejuvenating Treatment really packs a moisture punch and will hydrate even the driest of skins during winter. Clinical trials showed moisture levels surged by up to 75% with moisture being retained by the skin for up to 24 hours. Highly impressive. £33,




The Skin Reviver

A dose of the SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Masque will ensure your skin remains in tip-top condition week-in week-out. With a high concentration of hyaluronic acid and skin-restoring Vitamin B5, it replenishes depleted moisture levels and keeps skin healthy and hydrated. £49, 13



your routine, ‘The skin drying out means that the normal skin shedding cycle can be interrupted with a thickening of the dead, scaly layer of skin. This blocks the pores and congests the skin, which can lead to breakouts, blackheads and uneven skin texture. It also leaves the skin dull and even grey in appearance,’ says super-facialist Debbie Thomas. She adds, ‘Internally keep hydrated with water, herbal and fruit teas and make sure you’re getting enough oils, think omegas 3,6 and 9.’

The Super Serum

Using highly concentrated natural ingredients, this TWELVE Ideal Moisture Level Serum treats and protects the skin like no other. It locks in moisture, boosts skin complexion and creates a powerful shield against the damage caused by environmental extremes during winter. £45,




The Big Reveal

Dr Jules Nabet’s Peeling Act is one of the best skin exfoliators around. A spritz a week is all that is needed to thoroughly cleanse the skin from impurities and dead skin cells, revealing a smoother and more radiant complexion, and all in less than five minutes. £109,





Awash with goodness

Get your morning off to a great start with the Elemis Skin Nourishing Shower Cream. Packed with camellia, macadamia and jojoba oils, this shower cream soothes dry skin and leaves it looking and feeling beautifully soft and moisturised hours after you’ve stepped out of the shower. £22, 2 3


Don’t let winter burden you with a build-up of dry and flaky skin. Keep your limbs smooth, radiant and polished by buffing once a week with this superdelicious, 100% natural Sprout Skincare Body Scrub. With organic dermerara sugar, shredded coconut and coconut oil, exfoliating has never felt so satisfying. £14, 3


When the going gets tough

This National Trust Coast Rock Samphire & Driftwood Body Butter will sort out the rough. With a scent that reflects the landscape of Exmoor National Park, this moisturiser will transport your senses and leave your skin wonderfully soft and supple. £12.50, Boots

LIPS BODY Smooth Talker The lips can suffer really badly during winter so the key is to prevent dry skin and flakiness from building up by buffing it away on a regular basis. The Natio Ageless Lip Smoothing Treatment is gentle but effective and leaves the lips blissfully soft and smooth. £11.60, Debenhams

Scrubbing up well

Top to toe softness

Wrap your whole body in moisture with this gorgeously light BLEND collective Enlivening Hand & Body Lotion. Formulated with some of nature’s most effective skin-conditioning ingredients and an essential oil blend of Sicilian lemon, may chang, myrtle and lime, this moisturiser really revives dry skin whilst giving the senses an invigorating kick. £19,

The Soft Touch This Lanolips 101 Ointment works wonders on extremely dry, chapped lips to leave them supremely soft and moisturised, even when battling against the elements. Plus, it’s a great multi-tasker and can combat rough cuticles and flaky skin. £11,




Mission: Possible Design shopping in some of the world’s best hotels and restaurants right at your fingertips ABOVE AND RIGHT: Maison Moschino, Milan. Just one of the many hotels you can ‘shop’ at

‘We once received a request for a painting featured in the film The Thomas Crown Affair. We had to politely point out to the client that this was a very famous painting that belonged to a gallery!’

If you have ever stayed at a hotel

or dined in a restaurant and fallen in love with a quirky chair or a statement light fixture, you needn’t scour the earth to track it down yourself, there is an online service that will do it all for you. Created by Isabel Rutland, Discover & Deliver (, allows you to ‘shop’ the very pieces you’ve seen in some of the world’s best design hotels and restaurants yourself, from Claridge’s in London to the Mondrian Soho in New York to The Water House in Shanghai. ‘These hotels are like the catwalks for the furniture industry,’ says Rutland. The concept was born after the realisation that much of Rutland’s inspiration when trying to furnish her own home (on a budget), came from some of the hotels she had stayed in herself. ‘Being able to bring in accents of design enables people who can’t afford a whole sweep of interior changes, to get a step closer to the

“These hotels are like catwalks for the furniture industry” design they would want in an ideal world. It is about being inspired by the design of the locations you go to and using key pieces in the decoration of your home, which simply accents the living space with the ‘feel’ of somewhere you have visited.’ The website also provides information on the designers and manufacturers involved in the pieces they sell, ‘People love to invest in the provenance and story behind a piece.’ But if you can’t find what you’re after, the company welcomes requests for them to source it and makes it available for you to buy. It can be a challenge and they do well with it but their skills do stop short of daylight robbery.

A haven for the designconscious, the company now works with over 100 hotels, bars and restaurants in over 20 destinations globally and in excess of 100 designers and manufacturers. They are constantly looking to add new locations to their portfolio and have recently started collaborating with private chalets in Verbier, Zermatt and St Moritz, so you are in for a treat. Never has it been easier to bring great design into your own home. All pieces available from

RIGHT: Ron Arad Ripple Chair, £240 LEFT: John Pawson, double-skinned Bronze Bowl, £624


Pierre Paulin, Tongue Chair, £1,275

Jean de Merry, SoHo Side Table, £6,400

As seen at The Sanderson, London



William Sofield, Kim Lantern, £1,289

Poul Henningsen, PH Artichoke Pendant light fixture, £1,275

Linn Anna Bjork, Warning Stool, £323


A Room With A View Travel hideouts to feast your eyes upon


For those who enjoy the dynamic, city of way life, a visit to Hong Kong is a must. Get the most out of your visit by hiring a private tour guide. Go for a cultural walk in Wan Chai and Hollywood Road, taking in the beauty of the old heritage buildings and temples. Learn the real art of tea making and drinking, then take stock in the wonderfully manicured greenery of Hong Kong Park. After the day’s exertions, what better place to head back to and refuel than the splendid and tranquil surroundings of The Upper House and its grand restaurant, Cafe Gray Deluxe. An oasis of calm and serenity, this centrally located hotel is exquisitely designed and houses a beautiful collection of contemporary artwork and sculptures. When you’re not admiring the interior design, you can feast your eyes on the spectacular views, which are as breath-taking in the day as they are at night, of the Hong Kong skyline and harbour below from the luxurious Upper Suite. Rooms cost from approximately £363 per night. Tour services are available upon consultation with the guest experience team at the hotel and cost approximately £335 (4 hours) depending on tour.


If you’re looking for a complete escape from the hustle and bustle, a trip to the wild Amazon may be just the thing. Forget all associations you may have had with the mere mention of the word cruise because this one is a real indulgence with a touch of adventure. Travelling aboard one of Aqua Expeditions’ two luxury cruise vessels, the M/V Aqua or the M/V Aria, you’ll get to experience the culture with those in the local villages, view the exotic Amazonian wildlife for yourself and even go piranha-fishing. The views are some of the most awe-inspiring you will ever experience. Then, when you’re back on deck, you can even take part in the new Peruvian cooking classes, learning for yourself the culinary skills to serve up ceviche and mix up an authentic pisco sour, all in the heart of the waters of South America. A 3-night Amazon Discovery Cruise starts from £1,557 per person, based on two people sharing, full board. Includes excursions, meals, beverages, transfers (if arriving on recommended flights) and entrance to the Pacaya Samiria national park., T: (511) 434 5544.






NOTED magazine - Winter 2012  

A lifestyle speed-read magazine providing a fix of art, culture, food and drink, beauty, design, fashion and travel

NOTED magazine - Winter 2012  

A lifestyle speed-read magazine providing a fix of art, culture, food and drink, beauty, design, fashion and travel