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Dear Reader, We are pleased to present the summer edition of Project Luxury & Art, our lifestyle luxury magazine targeted to ultra-high net worth individuals. In this edition, we have continued our successful collaboration with outstanding luxury market companies and strategic partners who share our interest in bringing top-notch, exclusive quality products, services and ideas to our discerning, international readership. We also have added a few wonderful names to our partnership list. We’re sure you’ll find the end results informative and entertaining. As we all gear up for summer holidays and adventures, for this edition we have chosen to focus on special seasonal themes such as travels near and far, recent product launches and events, and other noteworthy topics to enjoy reading about during these hotter temperature months. Dive into these pages to enjoy exciting, new announcements in recommended holiday destinations and packages, yachting, glamourous fashion collections and accessories, entertaining gadgets, business stars, and additional, fascinating themes. Wishing you a pleasurable reading experience, and of course, very relaxing holidays. Publisher Project Luxury Ltd., Bergstrasse 25, 8702 Zollikon, Switzerland www.projectluxury.com Editorial Editor in Chief: Ina Dederer Managing Editor: Karin Mugnaini Graphic Designer: Marika Adorna Photo Editor: Ludovica Bastianini General Advertising Enquiries +41 79 380 84 23 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Alexey Cubas Large Abstracts about Life
Polina Demidova Customised Collages
Irina Starkova Captured Moments in Still Lives
Conor McCreedy The Blue Renaissance
Jim ter Kuile Historical Portraits Modernised
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ALEXEY CUBAS Cubas’s art is an intensive examination of life’s contrasts. Often presented on large canvases, his paintings are vivid, striking and suggestive of the emotions and impressions the artist himself experiences as well as those we viewers often share. Alexey Cubas, born on January 27, 1990 in Media Luna, Cuba, is a talented abstract artist. He completed a four-year degree in Visual Arts at the Academia de Bellas Artes de Oriente Profecional in Cuba in 2008, and in 2011 he became a Member of the Registro Nacional de Creadores. Cubas has been specialising in contemporary art and has participated in various collective and personal exhibitions in his homeland as well as in Zurich, Switzerland.
His works result from intense clashes with life and his search for answers to questions about infinity. Cubas’s paintings are pictures of his perception, ideology and culture. Inspired by the contrasts of life, such as the economic and political realities of his native Cuba and his emigration along with his new life in Switzerland, he paints large-format, expressive and intuitive canvases.
Cubas is melancholic, passionate and determined. In his paintings, life’s contrasts are reflected mainly in the form of aerial photographs of the earth and the sea which are implemented abstractly and according to his personal vision. The viewer gets lost in the wild, in undefined landscapes that touch the emotions and provide a different view of an island in transition and its Caribbean mentality.
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Serie “Auf dem Boden”
feeling a certain longing for Cuba. He started with the series ‘ich male für mich’ (I paint for me) and then worked on ‘Mar y Tierra’ (Earth and Sea). After those paintings though, he felt that something was missing, that there was still more he wanted to express. Cubas feels that each picture is a part of him, so it is very difficult for him to have a favourite, although certain ones mean more to him than others. For example, the first image of the ‘On the Ground’ series is titled ‘Sueño de Madre’ (Dream
of the Mother, No. 2); it is a work linked to his mother’s constant struggle and efforts to provide for her children’s well-being. Cubas has been greatly influenced by artists such as Gerhard Richter, Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock and Jean-Michel Basquiat. One of his lifelong dreams is to see his works in a collective exhibition with those of Richter. And he hopes for a change in attitude toward young artists, with society and the art world giving artists with talent a greater chance to succeed.
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What inspires Cubas is human existence: ‘Existential questions, the “why”, existence in general, and all those other questions which we cannot answer, are my sources of inspiration. I’m not specifically interested in politics but I have to admit that the politics ironically is also the source of my inspiration, because it is very present in our lives. And I think that art without politics would not exist’. Cubas is almost done with his new ‘Auf dem Boden’ (On the Ground) series, which is inspired by his homeland. Since he arrived in Switzerland, Cubas admits to
Project Luxury & Art spoke to Cubas about his artwork and interpretation. Here below, are a few highlights from the interview.
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS THE ROLE OF COLOUR IN YOUR ARTWORK? My palette has gone through several phases. Currently, I am working with a monochromatic palette. I believe that each artist’s colour selection is strongly associated with emotions and also with his or her life situation. But more than colours themselves, I’m interested in the contrasts that can be caused by colour. Cuba has the cliché of being colourful. One would probably describe Cuba in warm tones. In my view, Cuba has no colour. One can also see Cuba in black and white or shades of grey, just as one could perceive Switzerland in warm tones.
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MOST OF YOUR WORK IS LARGE-FORMAT, WHY? The greater the size, the greater the challenge for me as an artist. I can also express myself much better in large formats.
IF YOU COULD DESCRIBE YOUR ART IN YOUR OWN THREE WORDS, WHAT WOULD THEY BE? AND DO YOU BELIEVE YOUR PUBLIC WOULD AGREE? Energy, feelings and self-reflection. My audience would also agree with the first two. But no one knows what is in my heart, therefore my pictures leave much room for interpretation. Many viewers also see landscapes or faces in my canvases. Everyone has their personal perspective of a painting and sees them differently. That’s what is so exciting.
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POLINA DEMIDOVA Not sure what to get that very special someone who has it all or whom you want to really surprise? Or are you wishing for your own portrait or customised artwork? Artist and painter Polina Demidova is busy creating unusual and beautiful, customised, multi-material collage commissions. Born in Moscow in 1986 in a family of painters, Demidova started painting at an early age and has been active in various artistic fields, including visual illustration. She obtained a masterâ€˜s degree in Industrial Design from the State University in Moscow. Since 2008, she has resided in Geneva, Switzerland, working as
an independent painter and art instructor. Demidova began showing her works at regular exhibitions in 2010 in Switzerland, France, Italy and Russia. She has received numerous prizes, including first prizes from the Association of Artists Palette Carouge and a contest organised by the Brachard gallery in Geneva. You also can see her paintings in private collections in France, Russia,
Switzerland, the United States and even in Saudi Arabia. Besides her collages, rich in textures and materials as well as carefully selected and personalised symbols, Demidova works in a more traditional technique of oil painting, seeking to preserve the delicate balance between realistic and decorative works.
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She is inspired by stained glass windows in the art nouveau style and does not hide her admiration for Klimt, Schiele, Hodler, Morris, Hockney or Beardsley in any of her works. Demidova remains in awe of the beauty of Swiss landscapes, visible through her works which show mountains, lakes and fields.
travels, homes, favourite things, hobbies, special places and pets. Most pieces take up to one month to create, with a great deal of time spent consolidating the right information and visual images behind her client’s portrait and story. The work begins with Demidova drawing a portrait of her client during an in-person ‘interview’ about the profile collage to be created, or when not possible, based on a photograph. She also sketches houses, other items, landscapes, natures mortes, flowers or animals if the client prefers. Background and outfits are done differently. Next she intensively researches the highlights of her client’s
life or moment in time. She cuts paper elements, photos, articles, newspapers, logos and correspondence of different sizes, colours and textures, and often uses chalk, Japanese papers or other elements, attaching them to the background surface with tape and/or glue. The collages range in size from 40 x 50 cm to 100 x 100 cm. The colours are selected personally, depending on famous paintings that have inspired the artist or the client. And sometimes Demidova uses the composition of a famous piece, imitating the style of brushstroke. Left-handed, Demidova prefers to cut her paper elements with cutters. ‘I discovered that bonding is an interesting form of artistic and
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Demidova began her customised collages five years ago and hasn’t stopped creating them since. Currently busy on a 80 x 80 cm piece for a private client, she is pulling together diverse elements for her VIP’s artwork – collecting paper elements from the client’s life, important dates and people,
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visual expression. Yet, I stand far enough from the classic collage or one used in embroidery… I am always careful not to lose sight of the elegance of line and aesthetic form by seeking to express the message of the work’, she shares. ‘Collage is a philosophy in itself, a self-irony as protection against derision, as creation against destruction, moderation against excesses, respect for facing the other, the opposite of aesthetic shock, as a refinement against denigration and lyrical dialogue instead of a manifesto’. In addition to the joy that creating the works brings her, Demidova loves seeing the reaction her works receive when finished. Her mixed-media collages capture the individuality and comprehensiveness of the magnificent stories of her clients’ lives. www.demidova.ch
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IRINA STARKOVA Starkova’s gift to her viewers is the moment in time she allows us, standing and viewing her artwork in the same stillness, admiration and intensity that she captures in her subjects. Moscow born artist Irina Starkova currently resides between London and Monaco. From an early age, she became interested in photography. Her oil on canvas work is largely figurative, but her recent series have taken on a more Pop-Art edge, seeing her experiment with spray painting techniques.
For her most recent solo exhibition in April 2016, entitled ‘Still Lives’ at
Drawing on literary inspiration from the greats Nabokov and Bulgakov, the exhibition is the culmination of months of intricate study of birds and insects at the Natural History Museum and the Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in London. Starkova captures moments in artwork in a way usually only the most skillful of photographers can. Her inanimate forms, frozen and quiet, deliver timelessness and serenity. Alive, yet dead, these forms offer momentary beauty. “Having spent the summer
analysing, drawing and painting the creatures I had been allowed to examine, I decided to put them at the centre of the project. It looks at how insects and birds have shaped the human world insofar as we constantly copy and borrow their forms, their colours, textures and adapt them for our use,” shares Starkova. "I also wanted to show how we use the animal kingdom to express human emotion... Chickens have been molded into poses to express basic human desires and the eagle with the halo makes a saint out of a martyr - showing how the human world idolises the dead. The entomological boxes explore how insects have literally shaped (consciously or unconsciously) household objects, symbols (letters, signs) that we use in everyday life".
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Starkova studied painting at the Andriyaka Art School in Moscow and worked with the Russian artist Boris Parkhunov. In 2015, she selected for the Winsor & Newton Painting Prize for her self-portrait in oil. Starkova started exhibiting her work in 2013, and has since taken part in the Christie’s Auction in Port of Monaco and exhibited in several galleries in London.
London’s Erarta Galleries, Starkova created a series of detailed oil paintings which fuse her love of portrait painting and nature, as well as a new selection of giclée prints. She incorporated taxidermy elements into her show through several ‘bug boxes’.
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Starkova is visibly inspired by both objects and film. She has always loved to collect things, from insects such as butterflies and beetles as a child, to stamps, old Soviet postcards, old film cameras, Soviet magazines and old photographs, storing them without purpose initially but eventually categorising them. Her love for film photography, processing and developing the photographs forces her to think about the subject matter, composition and the light. This attention and focus is clear in her artwork. Her favourite artists, Louise Bourgeois, Chuck Close, Lucian Freud, Grayson Perry, also whisper their voices throughout her creations.
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THE BLUE RENAISSANCE The trademark of world renowned artist Conor Mccreedy’s work is his bespoke Mccreedyblue colour - a scientific engineering of five blue pigments on a myriad of materials including Belgian linen. Characterised equally by audacity and heritage, his works are powerful, dynamic and genuinely hypnotic. Art critics have described the Mccreedyblue colour as having an “unspeakable effect”. He has extended this unique pigment creating his own natural glow pigment known as “Illuminatus” which explodes light particles in the darkness. The incredible reaction can be seen in a mesmerising collection of paintings as well as a luxury coffee table created as its own piece of art.
INSPIRED IN AFRICA Growing up in the heart of Africa, Mccreedy developed an intimate knowledge and acute awareness of the movements of the ocean and animals on safari, not only with his foundation to protect African lions but also hundreds of species. Whether it is a pride of lions, an Olympic downhill ski racer or a spiralling revolution, you can feel and experience the exhilaration of being there in an instant. Named the most famous artist in South Africa and on the continent, he has the eyes of an eagle and the brilliant ability to capture these movements in his original creations.
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TABLES, CANDLES AND TIMELESS SCULPTURES When Mccreedy created The “Illuminatus” Table, it was the first time phosphor had ever been liquidised into the Mcreedyblue pigment. His trademarked technology combines hand crafted Swiss seamless design and perfectly cut angles, creating a revolutionary art experience, much like the precision behind Swiss made watches and Formula One™ cars. A one of a kind painting is created in each unique table. Mccreedy is extending this technology into Timeless Sculptures in a mega oversized hour glass design as a lawn sculpture. Filled with the Mccreedyblue Illuminatus pigment, it will make for a sensational launch at an upcoming summer lawn party on the private estate of one of his collectors in Sussex, UK. His art is carried through to an aromatic candle (The essence of Mccreedyblue), evoking the mighty oceans of the southern tip of Africa and the calm breeze of the Mediterranean.
Mccreedy’s pioneering style is redefining the way contemporary art is collected, created and perceived. Based on Mccreedy’s successful contemporary art creations, he and his team are creating the world’s first luxury art brand. The paintings, drawings, tables, candles and sculptures are only the beginning as there is much more to come in the form of a digital art app called ArtTell, as well as collaborations and partnerships with innovative brands around the world. CONORMCCREEDY SA was founded as joint stock company in 2015, and the company has completed a first round of investing to provide a strong platform for future brand expansion. In late 2014. Bloomberg Markets TV conducted an interview and described Mccreedy as the next luxury brand.
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You can feel the excitement and energy surrounding the launch of the new flagship atelier at Schipfe 2/8 in Zurich, where Mccreedy has set up his headquarters. The exclusive VIP opening will take place in summer 2016.
Born an Aquarius in 1987 in Johannesburg, he is also a Fire Rabbit in the Chinese Zodiac.
The bold new atelier is located on the banks of the famous Limmat River, alongside many of the world’s leading luxury brands.
Favourite quote: ”Once you have tasted flight, you shall walk the earth with your eye skywards, for there you have been and there you shall long to return.” Leonardo da Vinci Mccreedy‘s greatest inspirations: Picasso, Chanel, Armani, Magritte and his family.
EXHIBITIONS AROUND THE WORLD Mccreedy has produced sold out shows around the world from New York, to Johannesburg, Hong Kong and Zurich.
GIVING BACK Founder of the Protecting African Lions Foundation (PAL).
His work can be found in major US, South African, German, French Swiss, British Australian and Asian private collections. He sold the record number of paintings for any single artist at the Kunst14 Zurich art fair.
Getting away: His Botswana game lodge amid the exotic palm trees that are always in his drawings. CONTACT DETAILS email@example.com Schipfe 2/8 - Zurich 8001 +41 44 221 93 38
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JIM TER KUILE The happiness artist and his intensely coloured portraits that brighten any property interpretation of portraiture as an art form. ‘I am going my own way, have my own style and do not copy other artists. Result: I create a unique style which is highly noticeable. My paintings are finished when I paint the light reflection dot in the eyes. But even then I sometimes want to change something, although in the end, I stop’, shares the artist.
Born in Enschede, Holland and residing today in Münster, Germany, artist Jim ter Kuile enjoys both intensely coloured portraits and history.
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As a source of inspiration for his colourful artistic explosions, Jim turns to classic portraits of nobility, along with their magnificent, historical castles and villas. He often begins by studying the original works in their natural environment and then reinterprets them with his fresh, bold pop art approach. Jim ter Kuile applies flat colour sequences and uses unusual colour combinations and relief surfaces
to create a game of perspectives. By using commissioned portrait paintings from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, he creates his own new and stunning artworks that with their flashy colours, structures and plain colour applications contrast time and tradition. Ter Kuile feels that the look of the women portrayed of that time period is extremely recognisable and this is what he appreciates so much. He changes small details in their faces, a bit like a plastic surgeon who decorated a face compares ter Kuile. Each of his paintings suggests a new expression as well as a sharp re-
Ter Kuile admires the artists James Turrell, Ans Marcus and his very favourite, David Hockney. He has recently enjoyed Hockney’s book ‘Secret Knowledge’, about rediscovering the lost techniques of the Old Masters, which included using optics and lenses to create their masterpieces. Ter Kuile is clearly intrigued by representations of eras gone by and even admitted to having purchased a very old wax statue from Madame Tussauds, all the while respectful of modern developments and directions.
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Ter Kuile has taken an unusual course for an artist. Once he completed his studies in Holland, he moved to London to study at the London School of Foreign Trade. While in London, he attended courses in art history at the Morly College of the University of London. Once back in Holland, he began to work in banking and later started freelancing as a professional painter. Aguste Strobl II
The artist has exhibited in art galleries in both solo and group shows, and at national and international art fairs throughout Europe including Denmark, Germany, Holland, Switzerland and Austria. His paintings continue to surprise the viewer. Ter Kuile believes that it is important for us to take the time to look at what we see when standing in front of one of the portraits and to feel them, using our hands. He adds, ‘Do not judge a painting that you see only as an image. Do what inspires you.... Modern art of this period is sometimes very surprising. But Modern art can sometimes be very old. I’m open for it when you feel an emotion or happiness.’ Ter Kuile has just finished his new double-portrait ‘Mir fatal’, based on King Frederick William III’s commissioned marble princess statue and is now working on some ideas that will stir up emotions such as happiness or amazement. When asked what his public would find the most surprising about him, ter Kuile replied, ‘Andy Warhol once said; “An artist is somebody who produces things that people don’t need to have”. Here he might be right but I think art must create a party in your brains. That brings happiness and everybody needs happiness. So, that’s what I as an artist produce – BRAIN HAPPINESS!’
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PINAULT COLLECTION Francois Pinault is a remarkable French businessman and impressive art collector whose fortune lists him at the top of France’s most affluent and whose enviable collection of masterpieces places him as holder of one of the world’s largest contemporary art collections. His holding company, Artemis encompasses or has been associated with top names such as Converse, Samsonsite, Chateau Latour, Vail Ski Resort, Christie’s, to name a few.
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The owner of Christie’s auction house, François Pinault, is set to display his modern art collection in a new Paris museum. And where better to locate this new museum than the Bourse de Commerce, a unique building which stands at the core of Paris’s identity?
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A true lover of art, Pinault long has dreamed of having his outstanding collection, worth €1.2 billion, on display in the country’s capital. This collection of works by modern masters is one of the world’s largest private art collections. Pinault’s willingness to display this collection to the public in its very own museum has been described by Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo as ‘an immense gift to the heart of Paris‘.
Fernanda Gomes, Untitled, 2010
Absalon, Proposition d‘objets quotidiens, 1990
Adding to the ‘appeal and dynamism‘ of the great city, the newly housed Pinault collection will offer Parisians and tourists alike the chance to enjoy incredible works of art in an environment which has escaped the common cultural restraints of conservatism and academism, instead embracing the modern nature of art as an act of experimentation, reinvention and interaction.
Pinault, 79, created this stunning collection featuring works from major artists such as Damien Hirst and Mark Rothko. Having spent decades trying and failing to find the perfect home in Paris for his pieces, Pinault has been displaying the works in his private museums in Venice.
Edward Krasiński, Untitled (Calendar), 1996
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Pinault’s Venice museums, the Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogona, have welcomed more than 2.5 million visitors in the past decade, but these visitors were able to see only small parts of the collection displayed across numerous exhibitions. The Bourse de Commerce finally will offer visitors the chance to see the full extent of the Pinault collection as it is intended to be viewed. Fabio Mauri, Drive in 2, 1962
Pier Paolo Calzolari, Senza titolo (Materassi), 1970
Located near both the Louvre and the Pompidou Centre, the new museum further adds to the artistic character of a city already famed for its cultural significance. Along with Pinault’s main competitor, Bernard Arnault, who opened the Louis Vuitton Foundation for his own art collection just last year, Pinault’s contribution is an important move which will put Paris back on the map in terms of modern art.
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Sigmar Polke, Cameleonardo Da Willich, 1979
Praising Pinault‘s and Arnault’s contributions, Mayor Hidalgo proudly explained that ‘[i]t is through art that we can come to terms with our social, cultural, and mental confines. Art is a light that should shine on each citizen, especially those who are less familiar with it. Art reveals and opens an immense field of possibilities. It does more than free us; it teaches us how to live freely‘. The new gallery is set to open in 2018 and will work in tandem with Pinault’s existing museums.
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Sigmar Polke, Conjunctio, 1983
Sigmar Polke, Hermes Trismegistos I-IV, 1995
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CHRISTIE‘S CELEBRATING ITS 250TH ANNIVERSARY IN A CLASS OF ITS OWN 2016 is a big year for world leading art business and auction house Christie’s. With important auctions and anniversary celebrations coming up – from its founding in 1766 by James Christie to celebrating 10 year anniversaries in younger markets such as Dubai and 30 years in Hong Kong, Christie’s is abuzz with activity.
And beyond its special birthdays, Christie’s certainly has a lot to celebrate – it closed 2015 with auctions, private and digital sales totalling £4.8 billion ($7.4 billion). Today, the company offers around 350 auctions annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectibles, wine and more. Prices range from $200 to over 100 million.
Christie’s also has a long and successful history conducting private sales for its clients in all categories, with an emphasis on Post-War, Contemporary, Impressionist, Modern, Old Masters and Jewellery. Also to honor is Christie’s global presence. With 54 offices in 32 countries and 12 salesrooms around the world including London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai,
Zurich, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Mumbai, Christie’s stands proudly in the international limelight. More recently, Christie’s has led the market with expanded initiatives in growth markets such as Russia, China, India and the United Arab Emirates, with successful sales and exhibitions in Beijing, Mumbai and Dubai.
Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and expertise, as well as international glamour. Since 1766, Christie’s has conducted the greatest and most celebrated auctions through the centuries providing a popular showcase for the unique and the beautiful, for the intellectual and artistic elite, international aristocrats and royalty, and at the same time open to the general public during exhibition and auction times. Besides being prestigious, Christie’s is also digitally dynamic – offering Christie’s LIVETM online bidding for its auctions, separate online auctions, online shops for handbags and watches. Additionally, you can download complete catalogues from the company website, or via Christie’s Mobile, iPhone, iPad and Android apps.
Members of the greater Christie’s ‘family’ are Collectrium, a leading collection management platform company for high-value fine art and collectibles acquired in 2015; Christie’s Fine Art Storage Services, a premier storage provider for fine art, antiques and collectibles with locations in New York and Singapore Freeport; Christie’s Education London and New York, wholly owned by Christie’s for practical experience of art through
education with degree and nondegree programmes; and Christie’s International Real Estate connecting buyers and sellers of the world’s most important properties through more than 1,200 affiliate offices with 32,000 agents in 45 countries and a combined annual sales volume of approximately $118 billion. To illustrate the variety of objects Christie’s handles, here is a short selection: George Washington’s Act of Congress, Pablo Picasso’s $179 million Les Femmes d’Algèr, jewels from the collection of Elizabeth Taylor or the Oppenheimer Blue, the most expensive jewel ever sold at auction realising $58 million after a 25 minute bidder-battle, a 1966 Double-Decker London Bus, the Hammer Codex by Leonardo da Vinci, dedicated auctions to celebrate the 175th anniversary of Patek Philippe or 40 years of Star Trek, Rembrandt paintings which hang today at The Louvre, Paris and the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, or Ferdinand Hodler’s ‘Der Traum des Hirten’ today part of the Metropolitan Museum in New York. So happy birthday Christie’s! Here’s to many more glorious years. Project Luxury & Art sat down recently to meet with Christie’s Chairman, International Director and Auctioneer, Andreas Rumbler, the perfect gentleman and
spokesperson for this distinguished company. Rumbler began his Christie’s career in 1989 by joining the print department in London at the company’s headquarters. He soon moved into the Impressionist and Modern Art field and became responsible for the annual German and Austrian Art auction. Aside from his responsibilities for Modern Paintings, Rumbler was appointed Managing Director of Christie’s Germany in 2000 and moved to Düsseldorf. Today, Rumbler is Chairman of Christie’s Switzerland, as well as international director of the Twentieth Century Art department. In his 27-year long career at Christie’s, Rumbler consigned thousands of works of art and rediscovered several, one of which one was Herbstsonne, painted by Egon Schiele in 1914. The painting was believed to have been lost to the art world until its re-discovery in a small French flat back in 2005. The painting was restituted to its heirs and subsequently sold at Christie’s for £11.8 million. He advises private collectors and institutions in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Japan in the buying and selling of art and as an auctioneer he holds sales for Christie’s in London, New York and Zurich as well as charity sales worldwide.
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Although auctioneering represents only 20 per cent of his work, Rumbler has become a true natural having participated in and achieved enormous results at some of Christie’s most vibrant, mediatised and high-stake auctions – the important Impressionist and Modern as well as Post-War and Contemporary day and evening sales. In November 2014, Rumbler was on the rostrum in New York when Edouard Manet’s Le Printemps, painted in 1881, was the only lot of that evening surpassing the $10 million mark, knocked down for $65 million, setting the new auction record price for Manet to date. The following Spring season in New York, Rumbler was again responsible for setting another auction record, this time for Piet Mondrian’s Composition No. III, Red, Blue, Yellow, and Black, 1929, selling for $50.5 million. Also his recordbreaking performances at the charity galas and fundraisers alongside Grace Jones or Shirley Bassey, just to name two, are moments Rumbler enjoys a lot.
It was not always so clear to Rumbler that his path would take him to slamming down hammers and holding reins in the art world. Although very encouraged by his father to pursue the arts, Rumbler remembers his first awkward coaching session for auctioneering. After an uncertain start though, circumstances brought him quickly onto the podium, and his first and successful performance was the beginning of an adrenaline-filled and remarkable professional journey that is still running. Yet despite all his success and Christie’s growing accolades, Rumbler remains a modest, grounded professional, highly committed to his work, his company and the world of art. Eloquence, elegance and in-depth knowledge of what he is actually advising, consulting or selling, are Rumbler’s signature qualities. Whether participating in the time and knowledge intensive advisory relationships he develops with all
his clients or preparing for fact-filled, psychology-laden performances on podiums across the world, Rumbler combines his deep respect for the aesthetics of art, for the quantitative with the qualitative. In art, pictures and numbers count tremendously, but both must be integrated into the overall strategy of the sale, the acquisition, the curation, the consultation or the auction. We think that Andreas Rumbler could sell ice-cubes to an Eskimo, but he would not dare. Rumbler firmly believes that art is a business built on trust, over time and diverse experiences, and he highly values his interaction with collectors, clients, experts and colleagues. When asked if he could imagine using his auctioneer talents in other areas or industries, the answer was a clear no, ‘You have to know what you are talking about – everything.’ ‘It is by staying true to the tenets established by the founder, James Christie I, that Christie’s remains so reliable an institution: as a place to
view the very best objects of desire and a place to buy and sell topquality works of art. It can only look forward to the next 250 years.’
If you have not attended an auction yet, have inherited a potentially valuable artwork or are ready to invest in a unique piece, this is your year to visit Christie’s. The 2016 summer season at Christie’s will present four weeks of activity and is headlined by the launch of its 250th anniversary celebrations. Over a period of 27 days over 2,000 objects will pass through the doors of Christie’s London, ranging from ancient to contemporary. On public view from 17 June, together the 250th Anniversary, Twentieth Century and Classic Week will feature major names including Pablo Picasso, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Barbara Hepworth, Georg Baselitz, Walter Sickert, Bridget Riley, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol alongside discoveries in the fields of ancient glass, gold boxes and
Opening a programme of special events in its landmark year, Defining British Art brings together a loan exhibition of key works from the history of British Art that have been handled by Christie’s during its 250-year history. This will be complemented by the Defining British Art Evening Sale on 30 June, in which works by artists such as Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Thomas Gainsborough, Sir Joshua Reynolds and Stanley Spencer will illuminate the sale room in King Street. Another major highlight this season includes the Twentieth Century at Christie’s that takes place from 17 June to 7 July and sees the Modern British and Irish Art Evening Sale, Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale and the PostWar and Contemporary Evening Auction take place in parallel with day and online sales including
Impressionist works on paper and Picasso ceramics, as well as some of the most in-demand names in contemporary art. The season concludes with London’s first edition of Classic Week, which takes place from 5–13 July, a cross-category series of auctions which brings Old Master Paintings and The Exceptional Sale together with sales for antiquities, books and manuscripts, Rembrandt prints, Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite and British Impressionist Art, amongst others. Headlining the week, Rubens’ Lot and His Daughters, circa 1613–14, will be brought to auction and public view for the first time in the painting’s history and leads the Old Master Paintings Evening Sale on 7 July. For a detailed auction and event listing please consult www.christies.com
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BUYING ART ONLINE by Tabitha Buckley
The purchase of works of art online is already a reality. Project Luxury & Art took a closer look at this growing trend. Your next art purchase could be just a few clicks away. to-face. Despite this, technology development and modernisation will happen, and more convenient, userfriendly ways of investing in art are being developed every day; we’re about to see a real change in the artbuying experience. In fact, the inability to see a painting “in the flesh” before purchase is the only real disadvantage in a sea of advantages. Owing to the fact that companies which sell art online don’t have to deal with issues such
as the amenities and infrastructure surrounding a physical auction house or gallery, they are able to charge the selling artist less for their services and these savings are then passed on to the buyer. What’s more, the Internet is a vast network which features a great range of art-selling websites, meaning that buyers can build their collection from the comfort of their own homes without having to limit themselves to the galleries they are able to
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In spite of a growing range of websites which are dedicated to the sale of works of art, the Internet has still yet to reach its potential in terms of art sales. This blind spot in development can be easily explained by that age-old hindrance: fear of the unknown. Stereotypically a more traditionally-minded consumer group, those who purchase art are often of the opinion that there’s no real substitute for seeing a painting in person in a gallery or auction house and buying it from a person, face-
travel to in person. Additionally, in a world which is becoming an increasingly globalised melting pot of different cultures, the creation of a link between a buyer and an artist from the other side of the world is an important step in the development of art trade.
Studies show a growing trend in the use of online websites to buy and sell art. One such study shows that online art sales increased in 2014 by 20%, and in 2015 by 24%, with 375 consumer-oriented art purchase websites based in the US alone (2015), a system which is now steadily catching up with auction house purchases. The progress has been very promising, and invites art sellers to try their hand in online sales, which in turn will only cause this percentage to rise. The art in question can come from artists from all walks of life, but the online platform is especially appealing to emerging contemporary artists who otherwise would struggle to
gain attention in the competitive art industry. Important sites to check out when searching for new pieces for purchase include Saatchionline, Artful, Art Space, Artsy, New Blood Art, Art Gallery, Eyestorm, Counter Editions, and London auction house “Christie‘s” special online auction site. Some websites, such as ArtFinder.com, offer buyers the opportunity to “connect with and directly support artists”, allowing customers to search pieces by art form, artist, or community. So why are we seeing this change in the art industry? Well, this more than likely has a lot to do with our changing relationship with the Internet. Studies have found that in the space of just one month, the population of the US spent over one trillion minutes online on their mobile devices, which is almost twice as much as that spent on desktop computers. This is a trend which is supported by studies such as the Hiscox report,
which found that an average of 40% of online visitors and 24% of online purchases and bids came from mobile devices. Newcomers and seasoned collectors alike are moving their search for art to the Internet, which now allows them to find exciting contemporary pieces from the comfort of their own homes and have it delivered to their door like a piece of flat-packed furniture. Art can now be chosen, purchased, and returned if the customer isn’t happy, all with the click of a mouse. In addition to this increased convenience, 66% of the customers of these websites said that a major advantage of buying art online is the great range and diversity of art and collectibles available. The demographic of online art investors is one which will only continue to grow, so it will soon become vital that both sellers and buyers who have not yet embraced the change come to adopt these market advancements.
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© STEFANO RICCI
Stefano Ricci garments enrich the wardrobes of the most renowned international celebrities, heads of state, industry leaders, and royal families. The Stefano Ricci menswear collection consists of a wide range of menswear suits, dress shirts, jeans, polo shirts, casual wear, and neckties. In addition, the company produces exclusive leather goods. Following the ancient Florentine goldsmith tradition, Ricci has created a cufflink collection, using gold, platinum, diamonds, sapphires, and other gems. The company was founded in 1972 by Florentine designer Stefano Ricci. Passionate about ties, Ricci decided to create his own designs at a very young age. His creations were enthusiastically received when he participated in the Pitti Uomo fashion exhibit in Florence. In this international setting, his tie collection emerged thanks to its innovative, yet very classic, patterns. Ricci transformed the role of the tie from a simple accessory item to a fashion “protagonist” in menswear. The first shirt collection was launched in 1980. In order to achieve a quality as high as the coveted tie, the new venture applied the same successful rules: perfect manufacturing, top quality materials, and exclusive designs. In 1993, after reinforcing the brand’s presence in the US, the company decided to open its first mono-brand store in Shanghai, at a time when China was still being introduced to high fashion; a pioneering adventure that within a few years, began to yield excellent results. For the 1997 edition of Pitti Uomo, after many years of work and constant research in the field of men’s accessories and apparel, Ricci presented his clothing collection ( jackets, suits, and sportswear) and launched the “Classic” fragrance. This scent was followed in 2009 by the “Platinum” essence and bath set, and in 2011 by the “Aureum” fragrance. While maintaining indisputable sartorial elegance, the brand stands out for its natural shapes, distinctive lightness, softness and ease of wear. The brand’s extreme pursuit of perfection, meticulous selection of leathers and fabrics, and its great attention to detail represent the core values of the brand. In 2010, these values motivated the company to purchase the
Antico Setificio Fiorentino, an original factory that has produced silk fabrics for noble families throughout the world using antique hand looms since 1786 to the present day. In 2009, the brand’s line expanded with the Home Collection, featuring porcelain and crystal dinner services, silverware, furnishings, luxury linens, and leather home accessories. In 2011, Ricci inaugural appearance at Moscow fashion week featured a runway show dedicated to the Italian dream in front of an audience of 2,500 guests. The same year, the company opened new headquarters in the hills of Florence, in the Fiesole region. In 2012, Stefano Ricci S.p.A. celebrated its 40th anniversary with a unique fashion show in the exclusive Uffizi Gallery Museum; a tribute to elegance, representing the brand’s true “Made in Italy” distinctiveness and a homage to Florentine heritage, emphasised by the donation of new lighting for the historical Loggia dei Lanzi. In September 2012, the brand presented its first concept of interiors for Super Yachts. The Stefano Ricci Luxury Yacht Division developed a project for a 230-foot (72 meter) Mega-Yacht from the Benetti Custom line, designed to cater to the requirements of a high-end clientele and integrated into the Benetti Design Innovation project. The interiors boasted an unmistakable style made possible by the Florentine House’s craftsmanship according to their design codes, incorporating Californian briar-root, Tuscan travertine, and crocodile skin.
Ricci is also deeply involved in the art world. In 2013, as part of its strategy to provide cultural patronage, the company funded the restoration of priceless volumes stored in the State Archive of Florence of the ancient Art of Silk, a further tribute to the arts and crafts of Florence.
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Stefano Ricci - Moscow
In June 2014, for the 60 years of Firenze Hometown of Fashion celebrations, Ricci donated new lighting for the Ponte Vecchio bridge. The event featured a spectacular aquatic show on the Arno river and a performance by Maestro Andrea Bocellii, who concluded the evening by switching on the lighting in front of 25,000 spectators. In 2015, the Florentine designer conquered new territories and
Stefano Ricci - New York
Stefano Ricci - Florence Flagship Store
completed its menswear range with the launch of the new in campagna collection, inspired by the Tuscan countryside and the ski collection which combine outstanding hitech performance and handcrafted elegance. In January 2016, the brand introduced for the first time the “SR JUNIOR” collection for boys, with an exclusive dinner “In the Name of the Son” at the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo.
Stefano Ricci - Zurich
Today, the brand is run by the Florentine designer himself, along with his wife Claudia and his two sons, Niccolò (CEO) and Filippo (Creative Director). The family is committed more than ever to bringing Italian fashion to the world via its 49 international boutiques in destinations such as Beijing, Beverly Hills, Milan, MonteCarlo, Moscow, New York, Paris, Shanghai, and Singapore.
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VILEBREQUIN STANDS FOR SAINT-TROPEZ STYLE IN SWIM AND READY-TO-WEAR Café Sénéquier’s terrace to watch the world go by. Drawing inspiration from the painters on the quayside, the strolling vactioners and the buzz around Brigitte Bardot, he sketched out a design for swim shorts on the corner of his tablecloth. Combining the inspiration of the legendary Saint-Tropez lifestyle with his talent, Vilebrequin swim shorts came to life. Their colour, design and sheer originality made them an instant success. A new style was launched, a brand was born. In homage to his passion for motor cars and inspired by the spiral
metal staircase in his first SaintTropez shop, he named the brand Vilebrequin, the French word for crankshaft. Surrounded by the world of sailing, the one activity that reigns supreme in the waters of Saint-Tropez, Prysquel decided to make his swim shorts out of spinnaker sailcloth. Designed for use as boat sails and high flying kites, this textile has unique, quick drying qualities in the sun and wind. Vilebrequin recognised its customers’ youthful energy and dedication to family values and experiences, leading to the 1995
On every beach, Vilebrequin’s sea turtle insignia has come to signify the spirit of SaintTropez. Vilebrequin has worked with various materials and designs of exceptional quality to claim its natural place in the world of luxury goods. Vilebrequin swimming shorts have become the must have item for the beach and the inevitable signifier of the man on holiday. The bright and sunny days of a St.-Tropez summer are alive with activity just as it was in 1971 when a passionate fan of motor racing, Fred Prysquel, took a seat at the
launch of the Father and Son concept, expanding the range from mens to boys starting at 6 months old. The father-son bond brought a new dimension to Vilebrequin as it took on family values. Much more than a passing fad, the enthusiasm for this range is high and has become a tradition for Vliebrequin clients globally. Collections incude the Moorea, the Vilebrequin classic now reimagined, as well as the Merise which is a more fitted shape and different opitons of length. In swimwear, the brand offers a large range of styles, patterns and colors for all generations (beginning at 2 years of age and sizing up to 5XL). And since 2013, the company added Mother
and Daughter collections. Today, Vilebrequin offers accessories including caps, hats, towels, boxers, scarves, pareos, shoes and much more, beyond its swimwear and ready-to-wear. In the same year, the brand released a men's collector swimsuit embroidered in gold thread with solely 20 models available and in 2014, the model was replicated and sapphire elements were added. Vilebrequin was a hit from the start. The cool and the chic, the relaxed sojourner and the fashionista all wore their Vilebrequin shorts on the beaches of Saint-Tropez. Everyone was seduced by these practical, comfortable shorts; their elegance and bright colours held an irresistable appeal.
During this incredible adventure, the brand has found a way to keep its soul and hold true to its values of elegance and freedom. Today, the Vilebrequin spirit has crossed borders from Miami to Rio, from Dubai to Saint Barthelmy, from Porto Cervo to Shanghai. As of 2014, Vilebrequin is present across 5 continents and in 52 countries with more than 150 stores. The brand has e-shops in Europe and the United States The Vilebrequin spirit shares its values with men of style, who are both demanding and original, who dare to combine relaxed with wit, originality and quality.
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SUMMER HITS 2016
top designers & trends
ÂŠ Ermenegildo Zegna
Ermenegildo Zegna, known since 1910 for making luxury menswear and accessories, is famous worldwide for its distinguished fabrics and wool production. With 524 Zegna stores today in over 100 countries, Zegna has launched the Zegnart collaboration and a scholarship programme to continue its legacy. This yearâ€™s collection highlights include single and double breasted suits, trousers, jackets, and oversized coats in transparent light wool georgette, japanese silk, cashmere, and madras cotton fabrics. Colours such as grey, light peach, olive, rust, and frosted tones graced the runway.
© Guo Pei
GUO PEI Guo Pei has joined the very tight circle of Parisian Couture and has attained guest member status of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture. Her beautiful creations were displayed at the renowned Musée des Arts Décoratifs de Paris in July 2015, bringing further attention to this talented and passionate designer. This collection, inspired by China’s mythical Phoenix and its many legends, pays tribute to traditional Chinese culture through sumptuous, handmade embroidery with an elegant French influence. Pei‘s runway show was set against an immaculate white décor.
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We have handpicked a wonderful selection of summertime products; fashion, accessories and more, that will be sure to put you in the best of form for the summer season, whether you are on the go or at home. Fresh, light, comfortable and practical, these must haves will take you through the next few months in true style.
Acqua di Parma Shaving Stand with Brush and Razor Handcrafted Italian made badger bristle brush and razor with a beautiful wooden handle, paired with a brass stand exuding style and luxury for the modern man.
Jonathan Adler Acrylic Chess Set Timelessly chic, this set with glass-like pieces adds a futuristic touch to a classic game.
Superfast Chrono Porsche Motorsport 919 Jacky Ickx Edition This steel watch pays homage to the legendary race car driver and ambassador of Chopard and Porsche. The silvered dial features galvanic blue chronograph counters, flange, bright red chronograph hands with Ickxâ€˜s signature transcribed across the case back of this exclusive timepiece. Limited to 100 numbered pieces.
ÂŠ Acqua di Parma, Jonathan Adler, Chopard
Reversible Leather Belt Gift Set This reversible belt set comes with 2 logo embossed buckles—a brass double-Gancini buckle and a standard buckle.
Ermenegildo Zegna Suit and Accessories
© Salvatore Ferragamo, Ermenegildo Zegna, Bally, Loro Piana, Suntharee Jaimun - Sebastian Cruz Couture
This double breasted jacket with six buttons, patch pockets and flat front trousers in light peach japon silk belongs in your closet. It is worn with an olive, rust and frost madras cashmere scarf, and a paisley patterned silk scarf at wrist in olive and frost.
Amadis sandal This sandal adds a chic but casual touch to your holidays. In black leather and pony cross straps, with a buckle closure, it’s perfect to wear for a walk on the promenade. 2
Roadster Polo Shirt The Roadster Polo is part of Loro Piana’s new and special Roadster light-weight apparel line especially conceived to celebrate its memorable cross-continental classic car rally.
Sebastian Cruz Couture
Pocket square Details make the biggest difference even in small form. Sebastian Cruz Couture‘s special bordered pocket squares are available in a multitude of festive summer colours and patterns to brighten up any suit or jacket.
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Marie France Van Damme Resort Caftan
Crafted from a super soft washed Silk Crepe de Chine, this is a luxurious embroidered version of the iconic BouBou. Its wide shape fits all women, the intricate embroidery turns it into a cool luxury piece.
Tiffany & Co.
Bluebook Collection Mysterious and graceful, this trio of starfish bracelets is covered in blazing gemstones and curved for all time into a gentle embrace that wraps like velvet around the wrist.
Mardy BB Bag Fall for this elegant bag made of silver python for a glam summertime look, day and night.
Manolo Blahnik + Rihanna
Part of the collaborative and imited-edition high heel shoe line, Denim Desserts, these strappy sandals will only be available at boutiques in New York, London, and Hong Kong
ÂŠ Marie France Van Damme, Tiffany & Co., Jimmy Choo, Manolo Blahnik
Blue Jean Baby
Miu Miu Fragrance
The first Miu Miu fragrance captures the spirit of the brand. The surprising combination of lily of the valley and the Akigalawood® feels natural and timeless in a very contemporary way.
Rainbow Satchel This handy bag is designed in collaboration with Sara Battaglia. With its charm tassel and drawstring closure realised with a silk scarf, the leather-lined satchel is enriched with the double Gancino and two metallic spheres.
Greca Stars Golden Sunglasses
© Miu Miu, Ferragamo, Versace, Chopard
These aviator style sunglasses are 100% metal, crystal golden shadow framed, and have a gradient lens in brown gradient, pale gold tone temples and Greca Key side accent. They are bound to catch someone’s eye,
Happy Diamonds Watch Since 1976, Happy Diamonds have been joyfully lighting up the eponymous creations from Chopard. Over the years, the famous moving diamonds have been staged through a myriad of precious and playful watch and jewellery creations. This year, Chopard is revisiting the iconic model in which they were first introduced.
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CHOPARD LOVES CINEMA THE CANNES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, RED AND GREEN CARPETS Since 1998, Swiss jewellery and watch brand Chopard has been an official partner of the Cannes International Film Festival and year after year, Chopard makes its contribution to this cultural event by crafting the Palme d’Or. It also supports the film industry with the Trophée Chopard awarded to talented young actors. The Palme d’Or is the enduring symbol of the Cannes International Film Festival. The veritable grail for every film producer on the planet, the Palme d‘Or is awarded each year to the best film in the official selection. Since 1998, the prestigious trophy has been handcrafted in Chopard’s Geneva workshops, and beginning in 2014, the Palme d‘Or owes its exceptional brilliance to the fact that it is now crafted in certified “Fairmined” gold. This innovation is in line with an initiative introduced by Chopard in 2013 for the 66th Cannes Film Festival, aimed at promoting sustainable development in the luxury sector.
now offers a much fairer deal for all involved, starting with the goldmine workers. Chopard’s Green Carpet initiative supports ethically and sustainably sourced raw materials. Working on a small scale and going straight to the source is what Chopard did when the company began making precious
jewels using Fairmined gold from Colombia. The money Chopard injects into the gold mining economy has helped to improve miners’ communities resulting in better and more sustainable living and improved conditions of small-scale mining operations.
The first phase in this initiative was the creation of the Green Carpet Collection in partnership with Livia Firth, Artistic Director and Founder of the Eco-Age nonprofit association, and the NGO Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM), a development charity that helps some of the poorest mining communities in Latin America achieve Fairmined certification. The jewellery world is changing and
The diamonds are all sourced from the IGC Group, one of the worldâ€™s oldest diamond firms, and are certified by the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) to ensure ethical, social, and ecological standards. Chopard is a century-old, familyrun business, that embraces its responsibility in creating sustainable luxury. More pieces are created each year, grabbing the limelight on the red carpet at Cannes and at the Oscars. These pieces are the start of something truly beautiful. We would be proud to wear them ourselves.
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HYT H2 WATCH HIGH-END APPEAL AND TECH STYLE Hydromechanical Horologists, known as the brand HYT, have released their second watch model, the HYT H2, only a year after the launch of their hit H1. The H2 sets new standards in mechanics and visuals thanks to a new feature, an increased power reserve and more complex timepiece architecture. The H2, part of a limited edition of 50 pieces, is relatively large in size. It is cool for both collectors and modern gadget lovers and looks just as expensive as it is expected to be. While the H1 had a starting price of $55,000, the H2 is anticipated to cost twice that amount.
The H2 boasts mechanical features with manual winding, exclusive HYT calibre, 21,600 vib/h, 3 Hz, 28 jewels, titanium bridges with decorated micro-blasted Black PVD and titanium coloured satin finished accents. It has a 192 hour (8 day) power reserve (when fully wound) in the form of an exposed spring, and a sapphire minute dial. The spring gets more tightly wound when the power reserve is full, and unwinds as it runs out. Its strap is made of black rubber with a black DLC titanium pin buckle. HYT worked with APRP‘s Giulio Papi to help design and produce the H2‘s
movement. In short, the movement actually has less complications than the first (with the removal of the subsidiary seconds dial). The H2 is just as impressive in stance and visuals as its predecessor, maintaining the green liquid hour indicator tube that uses bellows to push liquid over an hour scale. These are now in a V-orientation as part of the symmetrical movement which also makes up the dial. The dial-mounted balance wheel is near the 12 o‘clock position and to the right is a crown function selector. The selector tells you if the watch is in neutral, time setting or winding mode. Both hours and minutes are shown on retrograde scales, yet reading the time is still legible and convenient.
The H2 comes in a black DLC titanium case with polished, microblasted and satin finishes. The case is 48.8 mm in diameter, 17.9 mm in height, with a screw-down dynamometric protected crown sheathed in rubber with screwed lugs, a titanium dome at 6 o‘clock and domed sapphire crystal (box) with anti-reflection coating. The mega watch has a screwed sapphire back and is water resistant to 50 metres. Its functions include
retrograde fluidic hours, minutes with a jumping hand at 30 minutes, a crown position indicator (H-N-R), and a thermal indicator.
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Couture and Haute Couture
New York Fashion Week
Fall Winter 2016/2017 July 3rd to 8th, 2016
September 8th to 15th, 2016
Paris Fashion Week
London London Fashion Week
September 27th to October 5th, 2016
September 16th to 20th, 2016
Milan Milan Fashion Week September 21th to 27th, 2016
Fashion Week June 27th to 30th, 2016
Miami FUNKSHION: Fashion Week Miami Beach
© Guo Pei
July 13th to 19th, 2016
Copenhagen Fashion Week August 10th to 12th, 2016
Stockholm Fashion Week August 29th to 31st, 2016
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PRIVATE SUMMER PARTIES Celebrate weddings and other unforgettable occasions in southern Italy‘s picture postcard coastal spots. The Amalfi coast and the Campania region of Italy offer multiple wonderful locations for celebrating that special occasion you will want to last forever.
In Campania, it is all here: the beauty of the landscapes; the mix of culture, history and nature; a sunny, warm and temperate climate; home of Mediterranean cuisine; and a reputation for hospitality. With Naples as its capital, the region covers the Amalfi Coast (including glamorous Praiano, Positano, Amalfi, Atrani and Ravello), the ancient archaeological sites of Pompeii, Herculaneum, Paestum and Velia, and the romantic islands of Capri, Ischaia and Procida. Campania covers an area of 13,590 km2 and a coastline of 350 km on the Tyrrhenian Sea.
It is a region known worldwide for its climate, the fertility of its lands and its astonishingly beautiful landscapes. Its gentle hills comprising more than half of the total area, the rougher Matese mountains and the rugged Irpinia area, as well as Mount Vesuvius on the Gulf of Naples, create a magical setting for any not-to-be-forgotten event. The gulfs of Naples and Salerno, separated by the Sorrento peninsula, are world famous for their high cliffs, sandy bays, grottoes and azure water. Not to be excluded, too, is Campania’s southernmost gulf of Policastro, near the stunning natural Cilento park.
Each view in Campania makes an enchanting background for that perfect wedding, summer party or special event. The sea breezes and hilltop freshness, maritime pine tree scents, and bright lemon and orange trees come into full force, providing a divine experience for all the senses. The name Campania comes from Latin, meaning happy or rich, and the Romans called the region Campania felix, ‘fertile countryside’. And we happen to believe that hosting a party, wedding or event here will make guests and host more than happy.
© Serena Faraldo, Ludovica Bastianini
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SKINCARE TIPS FOR MEN by Eilidh MacRae
Women figured it out ages ago – the importance of skincare. So come on men, now it’s your turn. And here’s how. maintenance can be improved. Rather than simply splashing hot water on your face, turn the temperature down so that it is lukewarm and therefore won’t strip so many of the skin’s natural oils. Then choose a cleansing product that contains glycolic acid and massage it into your face for about a minute. The rubbing action will revitalise your complexion so that it appears brighter instantly. If your skin is looking dull due to tiredness, one trick you can use is to dunk your face into a bowl of ice-cold water and leave it there for as long as you can bear. It might be a temporary fix, but it works and doesn’t require any of those girly creams. Adding a toner to your regimen might seem like an unnecessary step, but it helps to balance the pH of the skin. Choose an alcohol-free
option that contains alpha-hydroxy acids and be sure to follow it up instantly with a moisturiser suitable for your skin type. If you are prone to blemishes and redness, look for an oil-free formula; otherwise, an oil-based option is fine. Apply to slightly damp skin to lock in the most moisture. Finally, get exercising. If you want to look more masculine, there is nothing better than building some muscle. Exercise also has been proven to help ward off wrinkles and possibly even reverse the effects of ageing. And be sure to drink plenty of water, hydrating your skin from the inside out. A few simple steps every day will ensure your skin stays looking fresh, youthful and healthy longer. Look after your complexion, and it will look after you, too!
© Tomas Anderson
Women seem to have a neverending plethora of knowledge at their fingertips when it comes to skincare. They smother themselves in all sorts of lotions, creams and oils, certain that their efforts will be rewarded with clear, soft skin. The truth is that skincare doesn’t have to be terribly time consuming, nor does it need to involve a cabinet full of products. It also can have long-lasting benefits that even the manliest of men can appreciate. Getting into the habit of cleansing and moisturising every day can help you fight off signs of ageing longer; prevent skin from becoming itchy, red and sensitive; and stop annoying breakouts from occurring. Cleansing every day is a nonnegotiable task; however, even this simple, basic element of skin
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WELCOME TO ANTI-CONTOUR by Eilidh MacRae
Just as you finally have come to grips with contouring, the beauty world has come up with a new makeup trend. Put down your blending brushes and get ready to embrace the world of strobing. An elaborate version of highlighting, strobing leaves the face looking dewy and fresh rather than sculpted. The antithesis of contouring, it is a far less high-maintenance look that requires only one product and a little bit of placement knowledge. It is a much more realistic option for busy, modern-day women. The art of strobing also is easier to master than contouring. The idea is to use a highlighter, illuminator or shimmer to emphasize the areas of the face where the sun naturally hits. Areas to concentrate on tend to be the cheekbones, the bridge of the nose, just below the brow bone and the corners of the eyes. The highlighting product helps open up the face, making it look healthier, brighter and more radiant. Although it sounds simple, there still are some things to be aware of. Strobing is all about looking fresh-faced and natural, so piling up layer upon layer of matte foundation defeats the purpose. Instead, before applying the highlighter, opt for a primer or tinted moisturiser to provide coverage for any imperfections without completely hiding your natural colour.
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Those with oily skins should be aware of getting overenthusiastic with strobing, as the technique will emphasize a shiny surface. Although many makeup artists like to highlight their forehead, for example, this will make oily skins look sweaty, which obviously is something to avoid. Take your skin type into consideration unless you want to appear as though you have been sitting in a sauna for a few hours. Something else to consider is the colour of your light-reflecting product.
Not all highlighters suit all skin tones. Generally, paler skins should choose a cool, pearl tone to provide a pretty sheen, while darker skins should pick warmer, golden shimmers. The technique certainly is similar to contouring but with far fewer steps. And the end result is a dewy, glowing finish rather than matte, structured definition. Those who already have spent hours perfecting their contouring technique should have no problem getting to grips with strobing, while those who were intimidated by the idea of painting different coloured stripes across their face will find this newer method much less daunting.
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CORSO COMO TEMPLE OF LUXURY, A SPECIAL, HIGH-END CONCEPT DESTINATION Former fashion editor and visionary Carla Sozzani turned a former industrial space into a high fashion zone, creating the ‘world’s coolest concept’.
Visitors and customers move from one sight to the next, from the gallery to the bookshop, from the design and fashion store to the restaurant, bar and café, taking a break in the courtyard garden, on the rooftop terrace or staying in the 3 Rooms hotel, while enjoying and sharing 10 Corso Como’s remarkable philosophy.
Not only has Sozzani invented a place, but she changed a street and the life of an entire area, the concept becoming an important point of reference for the new, growing Milan. And already developing in the same successful direction are Sozzani’s 10 Corso Como extensions and activities in Seoul, Shanghai and Beijing. © Corso Como
Located in an industrial building in the inner courtyard of a traditional Milanese palazzo, 10 Corso Como is a network of spaces rolled into one experience. Founded in 1990, 10 Corso Como is a multifunctional space, a meeting place and a
union of culture and commerce, and it marks the beginning of ‘slow shopping’.
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ON A WINE JOURNEY FROM MASTERS OF WINE TO MARKET FAVOURITES AND TRENDS As Ernest Hemingway wrote, ‘Wine is one of the most civilised things in the world, and one of the most natural things in the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection’. The Institute of Masters of Wine, founded more than 50 years ago in London, is a non-profit organisation created to qualify excellent wine knowledge through rigorous tests and examinations. The institute comprises more than 300 members who have received the award.
Master of Wine (MW) is the most prestigious title in the world of wine.
The Institute of Masters of Wine has two simple membership requirements: Applicants must
have passed the Master of Wine Examination, and they must sign the institute’s Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct requires that Masters of Wine behave at all times in an ethical manner and that they work to make the wine trade one in which probity and honesty are paramount.
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What started more than 60 years ago as a qualification for the United Kingdom wine trade now is held by a global family of 343 Masters of Wine. The membership encompasses winemakers, buyers, shippers, business owners, retailers, academics,
sommeliers, wine educators, writers, journalists and more. In recent years, only a maximum of one-third of MW candidates’ samples made the hurdle, and in some years there has even been a 90% failure rate.
When asked what he likes most about the wine business, Schwarzenbach replied, ‘There are a lot of things to like. I enjoyed working in vineyards and wineries. However, working in sales gives you the opportunity to be very close to the consumer. It is that part that intrigues me; to see where the wine business matches with consumer expectations and where it doesn‘t’. An enthusiastic cook, Schwarzenback sees the relationship between food and wine as very important. He thinks it is great fun to try different combinations of food and wine. ‘Sometimes I have a dish in mind I want to eat and then find the wine that suits best, and sometimes the other way around. This adds an inspiring dimension to cooking a meal’. Jan Schwarzenbach, Master of Wine, is Head of Direct Sales, Wine at Coop’s Mondovino. Mondovino is player in the new digital world of wine with its integrated shop, activities, events, information and expertise. As Schwarzenbach clarified, viticulture and oenology are scientific studies. Biology, biochemistry, chemistry, statistics, engineering and soil science – these are all important subjects. Tasting wine is an important part of the MW studies, and the wine industry is a sociable place. Schwarzenbach likes that mix. The Institute of Masters of Wine offers fantastic support by staging classes for the theory and practical part of the examinations several times during the year. The biggest part, however, still is self-study which Schwarzenbach did whilst commuting via train to work. Jancis Robinson, MW, has described 1368 grape varieties in her book Wine Grapes. Not that Schwarzenbach has tasted wines from every one of them, but the diverse range of grapes, planted in different climates and turned into wine by different people and methods, ensures that no two bottles of wine taste the same.
Clearly, Schwarzenbach’s newly acquired MW title will change the way he works. Mondovino already has planned a few interesting things, and Schwarzenbach suggests visiting Mondovino every once in a while to see what is new, like the recently revamped choice of ports, sherrys and Madeiras or the fine selection of grower champagnes. Although he has a strong background in wine from Bordeaux and Burgundy, Schwarzenbach shares that he cannot go for one single favourite wine. Bordeaux and Burgundy show big variation in style from vintage to vintage, from terroir to terroir and château/domaine to château/domaine, making those regions interesting. The digital aspect of the industry is growing and becoming more important. The challenge is to synchronise channels and link them more closely. Wine is a complex category that lends itself to explanation, information and tips. All this can be done online. There is, however, no substitute for tasting, which can‘t be done online. ‘So the two channels can work together very well’, affirms Schwarzenbach.
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Paul Liversedge qualified as a Master of Wine in 2011. Originally from the UK, but now a resident of Switzerland, Liversedge runs the premium wine company, Real Wines. Liversedge worked for renowned wine merchants in London and Hong Kong before coming to Zurich 11 years ago. Real Wines selects wines through personal visits with the producers, looking for authentic, character-packed wines that strongly reflect their country, history, terroirs (land), grapes and climate. ÂŠ zoomteam
Liversedge is particularly excited at the moment about the high quality of red table wines from northern Portugal’s Douro Valley, where wonderful old vineyards which used to be used only for port wine production now are producing extremely fine dry red wines. Additionally, he’s keen on the Mediterranean, herb-scented reds from the small but high-quality region of Faugères in southern France. Liversedge advises us to look out for the rapidly improving sparkling wines from the UK, particularly Gusbourne and Nyetimber, which now give many champagnes a serious run for their money. With regard to whites, Liversedge has fallen back in love with the Chardonnay grape, which is making some of the wine world’s finest and most complex white wines from regions as diverse as Burgundy, Margaret River in Western Australia, and Stellenbosch in South Africa. Liversedge also is intrigued by the renaissance of Hungary – formerly best known for its delicious sweet Tokaji wines – but now producing dry white wines from its very own
Furmint grape which soon will rival the best white Burgundies for their finesse and terroir expression. Liversedge firmly believes that grapes grown biodynamically, where the vineyard is king and producers work hard to maintain a chemical-free, living soil, produce wines which best reflect their individual terroirs. He also is passionate about old vines, which with their deep roots and very small yields are capable of producing some of the world’s most concentrated, personalitypacked wines; ‘real wines’ with soul and memorability. One of Liversedge’s key focuses is on fine wines – the world’s best wines from Bordeaux, Burgundy and beyond, and through Real Wines he seeks to create long-term relationships with VIP wine collectors and to act as an advisor or consultant to wine collectors and wine-investors. He runs several fine wine tastings and events which are very popular with his customers. Making a living in the wine world today is not without its challenges, however! From a grape-growing perspective, Liversedge highlights
the importance we must give to water and global warming, two issues with a direct impact on wine production. Many grape-growing communities have been facing increasingly frequent droughts, devastating frost extremities or widely varying rainfall and flooding, all which can destroy or significantly harm the vines. From a wine business perspective, Liversedge highlights his two greatest challenges as being the highly competitive nature of the Swiss wine market, where a large number of wine merchants compete for business in a relatively small country, and the negative impact of the very strong Swiss Franc on his ability to sell fine wines outside of Switzerland. Swiss wine drinkers show a refreshing willingness, specifically in German-speaking Switzerland, to buy good quality wines and to try new wines from different regions. There is, however, a very definite preference for buying ‘local’, or at least European, as opposed to wines from farther-flung wine countries.
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LUXURY FOODS WITH PROTECTED STATUS by Eilidh MacRae
Kobe beef, yubari melons and a few other Japanese delicacies recently have joined the ranks of champagne, Darjeeling tea and the appellation supreme.
Did you know that champagne can only be produced in the Champagne region of France? Or that Darjeeling tea can only be grown in the Darjeeling province of India? These products have protected status so that no other food or drink can be marketed with the same name. This certification pushes up the prices and puts pressure on manufacturers to create a high-quality product that lives up to its luxury status. Japan recently added a number of foods to the list. They include:
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Kobe beef: Raised in the Hyogo Prefecture, Kobe beef is considered a delicacy. It has a well-marbled texture, and is fatty, tender and flavoursome. After an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in Japan in 2012, an international export ban was placed on the meat, but now that it has been lifted, chefs across the world are eager to serve the tasty food.
Kobe beef comes from the Tajima strain of the Wagyu cattle and is the worldâ€™s most expensive meat. The cattle itself also has been granted protected status. Yubari melons: These melons are grown in small quantities in Hokkaido. Known as one of the most expensive foods in the world, they can be sold anywhere between $50 and $100, although one pair sold for $26,000 at auction. They usually are sold in perfectly matching pairs and are prized for their juiciness and pretty proportions. The luxury price tag also is due to the melonsâ€™ limited availability.
Edosaki pumpkins: These unusual pumpkins come from the Ibaraki Prefecture. Green on the outside and orange on the inside when ripe, they have been created loosely based on the butternut squash. Aomori cassis: This fruit is grown exclusively in Aomori, where it is used to create delicious jams.
Kagoshima no Tsubozukuri Kurozu black vinegar: A speciality from the Kirishima, this vinegar is created using rice, koji and groundwater. There is no fermentation process as is usually seen with other types of vinegar. and it has been made the same way for 200 years. It is truly a unique condiment.
Yame dento hon gyokuro: This high-quality green tea is picked only once a year to ensure it is at its prime. From the Yame region, it is cultivated using traditional techniques and boasts a rich, unami flavour.
If you ever get the opportunity to sample one of the delicious cuisines, be sure to savour every mouthful. The high price tag and exclusive nature of the foods makes them luxury delicacies that cannot be enjoyed everyday.
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Since 20 years, the SASS CAFE proposes a unique concept in the Principality of Monaco: Restaurant, Piano Bar and Club. Inaugurated in 1993, the SASS CAFE owes its name to the owner “Sassa”, is a must of the Monegasque nights. In a refined décor with subdued lights, you can appreciate a traditional Mediterranean and Italian cuisine. Every night, Sassa, Yolande and their son Samy, the owners, welcome you in this exclusive and mythical place, in a distinguished and elegant décor.
Discover a refined menu with Mediterranean and Italian dishes… It all seems peaceful... But at the dinner‘s end, the SASS CAFE spirit works and the metamorphosis begins... The musicians arrive, voices start to warm the atmosphere and the live music accompanies you… Then, our resident DJs begin their eclectic mixes to lead you until the end of night. Mythical place in the Principality of Monaco, the SASS CAFE is internationally known for its exclusive parties!
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Kelly Hoppen OPULENCE, LUXURY AND DESIGN by Emma Hudson Kelly Hoppen is an iconic designer and style influencer who recently celebrated an impressive 40 years in the interior design industry. She is the proud recipient of a Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) and is globally renowned for her work as an interior designer, entrepreneur, author and mentor. From her roots as a young entrepreneur, Hoppen has forged an empire utilising her talents as both a designer and business woman. While her passion for design burns strong, she also is dedicated to fostering and encouraging entrepreneurship in others. Hoppen has been described as a ‘beacon of success wrapped with a creative finish’ so it is easy to understand why she is so highly sought. Yet, it is still her design talents that her wealthy and elite clientele desire the most.
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EAST-WEST FUSION Hoppen’s iconic signature style blends warmth, neutral tones, simplicity and clean lines to create a feeling of calm and sumptuous opulence. Her inspiration originally came from a Chinese trunk she bought from Portobello Market. Although Hoppen’s style keeps evolving, the subtly coordinated EastWest fusion continues to underpin and inspire her work. To ensure her designs possess a
timeless elegance, Hoppen often uses a versatile taupe colour palette. As taupe has a wellbalanced tone, it can be blended and layered with either contrasting or complementary colours. She has identified dozens of different shades within this palette and often uses the subtle variations to portray a sense of depth and richness. In addition to her signature shades, texture also plays a significant role
in Hoppen’s work. She frequently uses textural contrast to breathe life into her creations as well as to create a sense of mood and balance strong lines or rich colour. Hoppen’s blend of refined luxury has become her trademark and is a reflection of her innate ability to visualise and carefully curate materials, colour and texture in her projects. With such considerable talent, it is easy to see why her services are in high demand across the world.
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AN EXCEPTIONAL CAREER Hoppen is strikingly confident and has considerable finesse for interior design despite having received no formal training. She has worked in the industry since receiving her first commission at just 16 years old. From modest beginnings, her career in interior design has flourished. With an impressive client list featuring celebrities, sports personalities and the extremely wealthy, she is one of the most renowned interior designers of her generation.
Hoppen has an astonishing portfolio of both private and commercial projects. It features commissions from all over the world. Her design accomplishments range from homes, jets and yachts to hotels, offices, tower blocks and commercial aircraft. One of her more substantial projects includes the boutique hotel Murmuri in Barcelona. The bespoke interior features her trademark colour palette and a stunning array of fabrics and textures.
It is described as a celebration of classicism, yet it retains an intimate and contemporary feel. Hoppen also proudly designed the interior for the British Airways first-class cabins, reviving their dated appearance with a renewed modern style. Some of Hoppenâ€™s other notable projects include her collaboration with Michela Fabbri to decorate the Royal Mougins Golf Club Clubhouse and the elegant, modern interior she created for Gary Rhodesâ€™ London restaurant, Rhodes W1.
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RETROSPECTIVE To celebrate 40 years in the interior design industry, Hoppen recently launched a new luxury furniture collection. The exclusive Retrospective range, created collaboratively with Resource DĂŠcor, contains 100 unique pieces. Hoppenâ€™s life, home and travels inspired the collection. It took a year to create and features her famous East-West design philosophy and neutral colour palette. Hoppen admits to letting her imagination run free while designing the pieces. This freedom is evident in the mixture of modern and vintage designs, which see her signature colours paired with soft pink, cool khaki and rust orange.
As in much of her work, texture is a fundamental component to the aesthetic. In this collection, it creates an undeniably sensual, yet tasteful impression. Her creations are highly distinctive and use a mixture of plush fabrics including leather, linens and velvets while the different metal finishes, wood, smoked glass and coloured lacquers provide a sleek, highfashion element to the pieces. The collection features a Sting Storage Cabinet and a Vinci chair. These particularly striking items neatly reflect the opulence and luxury which has become a staple of the Kelly Hoppen brand.
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GIVE CARTE BLANCHE DESIGN STUDIO YOUR CARTE BLANCHE Carte Blanche Design Studio, based in Monaco, is a high-end design and interior decoration studio offering design services for luxury villas, apartments, yachts, restaurants and exceptional offices. The team uses their utmost professionalism and boundless creativity to turn their clients’ dreams into reality. From the first meeting to delivery, Carte Blanche imagines, creates and delivers a turn key project, leaving you worry-free and guaranteeing top quality from beginning to end. Materials such as wood, glass, metal and natural stones are combined harmoniously to create sophisticated interiors in all projects. Carte Blanche combines the client’s vision and goals with their remarkable skill sets and trusted suppliers from around the world to meet all your needs. “We feel the project should suit you, resemble you & reflect you. It should surpass all your expectations.” says Carte Blanche founder and Creative Director, Lydia Hegbourne. Lydia has worked on diverse projects from London lofts to Mediterranean villas, creating elegance each and every time. She has a penchant for originality and pushing the boundaries.
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BESPOKE MODERN BOATING COMBINES SPEED WITH TIMELESS GRACE
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A LUXURY ICON Since the ‘50s, a gallery of famous people have enjoyed Riva yachts: from Brigitte Bardot, with her stylish Florida to King Hussein of Jordan, who moored his Aquarama in Santa Margherita Ligure; from Anita Ekberg, who purchased a Tritone in which to indulge her own personal dolce vita, to Elisabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, who used a Junior as a tender for their yacht, and the Shah of Persia, who fell in love with the Riva 2000.
glamour of the movie series, Sean Connery bought a Rudy three years after he finished filming Bond. Though growing and evolving, Riva remains a luxury icon. Riva is a brand that has never been dominated by eccentric passing trends, but rather has long-lasting quality, painstaking attention to detail, and that touch of glamour which underscores the correct balance between tradition and modernity.
REMARKABLE RIVAS Sophia Loren was often photographed with her beloved Riva and, in keeping with the
With painstaking attention to structural details, every boat from 27 to 122 feet is given a precise
personality linked to its name. Riva is, more than ever, a refined and timeless beauty on water, featuring state-of-the-art design and performance. All of Riva‘s unique characteristics are due to a strong bond between design and tradition. Today, Riva’s models stand out for their strong, clean lines, their elegance and originality, and for their chic design and unique style. This perfect blend of class and innovation sets the benchmark in the history of international boating design. The spirit of the young boat builder, Pietro Riva, still lives on.
Riva is still building boats that noone else possibly could. With the acquisition of Riva by Ferretti Group in May 2000, a new period of growth began and a new era for Officina Italiana Design. Officina Italiana Design is the design studio to which the recognizable style of Riva yachts has been exclusively entrusted, for both the interiors and exteriors. The studio represents a relevant portion
of the historical memory of the boatyard and of its recent tradition, having been assigned all the projects currently being produced.
an expression of Italian artisan skill thanks to some of the most soughtafter furnishings currently available on the market.
Producing yachts of rare beauty and refinement, Riva has always been a synonym for splendour and simple luxury. What really stands out in all Riva yachts, be they open, flybridge, or coupĂŠ, are the interiors;
Riva yachts are sophisticated floating homes. The furnishings are a collection of styles and all the accessories are drawn from the very best Italian artisan traditions.
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The unique comfort these yachts offer have seduced even the most demanding of owners. Now, thanks to a sundeck awning comprised of perforated, technologically enhanced TNT material which allows for ventilation, owners can “tan in the shade” while sipping a cool glass of champagne, stored in a special quick chill fridge, or on a pair of personalised water-skis.
RIVA AND FERRETTI GROUP Riva is a brand of Ferretti Group, a world leader in the design, construction, and sale of motor yachts and pleasure vessels, thanks to its steady product and process innovation and the constant search for cutting-edge technological solutions. Ferretti Group's unique portfolio of prestigious brands includes Ferretti Yachts, Riva,
Pershing, Itama, Mochi Craft, CRN, and Custom Line. Ferretti Group's boats (flybridge, runabout, open, coupé, lobster boats, maxi and mega-yachts) distinguish themselves in the international boating sector for their outstanding quality, impressive safety, and excellent performance at sea, as well as for their exclusive design and timeless appeal.
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THE YACHT OF DREAMS by Sahail Ashraf
Sometimes things just have to be on a large scale. The Shaddai yacht is on such a scale and has features and dimensions that perfectly match its name, which means ‘omnipotent’. With such a lofty name comes a design that takes the owner to even loftier heights. The Shaddai has a truly impressive feel and outlook, and it is fair to say that it belongs in the highest ranks of yacht-building technology. For the person who has everything, this may be the very last thing they need to get.
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Talking key features, there is a wonderful and inspirational infinity pool on the aft deck. Passengers can enjoy an uninterrupted and breath-taking view wherever they are. The cabin itself extends this feeling of splendour with views as far as the eye can see. It is a truly sumptuous setup, and one that defines luxury and privilege.
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So not only can the owners and guests live in the lap of luxury, they also have enough space to hold a party or reception with no issues.
The true home of charm
A boutique, designer feel Made from the finest materials available and with a boutique, designer feel, the yacht has a number of other aspects that bring a sense of wonder. Chief among these are the dimensions themselves, which are impressive in their own right.
The yacht is a generous 150 metres long. Thatâ€˜s an incredibly luxurious length and shows that the designer had an eye for the very top end of yacht construction. Spacious and reassuringly roomy inside, it is a palace on the sea. On top of that are 105 square metres of private terrace space. This enables the owner and passengers to enjoy a quiet and uninterrupted space. But all of that space also means there is plenty of room for entertaining, too.
The Beach Club is the true home of the yacht and its charm, with 300 square metres of space to hold parties or just relax. This enables the owner of the yacht to decorate and design the interior exactly as he or she wants and to bring a sense of his or her own style to the construction. The Shaddai is a luxury yacht with enough space for anyone. Crafted from magnificent materials and finished to the best specifications possible, it is a dream yacht, and one that is perfect for anyone who wants the very best in life.
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LES VOILES DE SAINT-TROPEZ EXTRAORDINARY SAILING BOATS AND AMAZING YACHTS Enthusiastic and skilled racers travel from all over the world to take part in the event, some with their eyes on the illustrious Rolex trophy while others are simply proud to be taking part in the event.
This beautiful gathering of yachts ran for the first time 26 years ago, under the title of ‘La Nioulargue’. One of the world’s most spectacular regattas, ‘Les Voiles’ boasts the grandest modern sailing boats and the most charming traditional yachts to be seen today.
Located on the French Riviera near Marseille and Cannes, the stunning St- Tropez is renowned for its distinguished inhabitants. Each year, Les Voiles de St-Tropez draws attention to this beautiful part of the world with its classically attractive traditional vessels and high-powered super yachts.
Especially interesting for those wanting to embrace every aspect of this sailing celebration is the Milebuilder adventure sailing package, which offers aspiring sailors the chance to sail from the UK to St-Tropez, arriving just in time for the regatta. Once in St-Tropez, it’s time for the races to begin and there are a number of ways to get a good view. Obviously, the best view is enjoyed by the crews who are participating in the races, an option reserved for only the most talented and experienced crews.
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The incredible ‘Les Voiles de St-Tropez’ is approaching at a rate of knots and it’s certainly an event that those of us with any nautical interests will not want to miss.
If you’re a talented sailor and want to get out on the water, your best bet is probably the crew exchange which is organised in coordination with the ‘Vogueavecmoi’ site. If you’re looking for a way to enjoy the races without getting your feet wet, you can observe them from the shore, from Les Voiles’ village,
from the port of St-Tropez and from a number of other fantastic vantage points. For those of us who don’t wish to take part in any of the actual sailing activities, there’s plenty to do on land. Beginning with the blessing of the yachts, the event, running from September 24th to October 2nd, is a rich tapestry of sport, festivity and activities. The
port and the streets of the town itself will be bustling with things to do, see and try. The most memorable on-land spectacle? Surely the grand parade of crews dressed as anything from comic book heroes to cavemen, creating an incredible atmosphere and a lasting impression on all lucky spectators.
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CASHMERE AND ELEGANCE HIT THE ROAD
At the sixth edition of the Beijing–Paris intercontinental classic car rally, Loro Piana selects the Schön–Tonetti duo to retrace the fascinating journey of cashmere on board an Alfa Romeo Giulia Super for 37 days with a bale of the finest fibre. unusual travelling companion: a small saddle bag containing tufts of the 2015 best harvest that will be awarded with ‘The Loro Piana Cashmere of the Year 2016’ prize. Covering over 14,000 km – mostly across dirt tracks – the Loro Piana team have to complete this riveting, action packed course in 37 days. They are venturing beyond the Great Wall of China through the Gobi Desert and the silvery
wilderness of Mongolia, then cross the Siberian steppes, leaving the Ural Mountains behind them. The route continues through European Russia, passing north of Moscow, Belarus, then Europe via Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland and finally, France. The itinerary is exhausting and arduous, but has strong symbolic significance for Loro Piana. It traces the same journey taken by the
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Multiple prize winning Italian rally champions, Giorgio Schön and Pierre Tonetti are putting all their driving experience to the test at the sixth edition of the Beijing–Paris rally which began on June 12 and will finish on July 17, 2016. In this compelling historic car challenge, the Loro Piana cashmere route is being retraced. On board a 1971 Alfa Romeo Giulia Super – living proof of the excellence of the Made in Italy label – they have an
prestigious raw material (cashmere) from its places of origin, in China and Mongolia, across several continents before arriving in Europe, where it is transformed into yarns, fabrics and an array of finished products of indisputable excellence, beauty and luxury. Kilometre after kilometre, the adventure along this route becomes experience, culture and finally history. Elegance, tradition, uncompromising quality and craftsmanship define the shared values of the timeless reality of historic cars and Loro Piana’s exclusivity. It was this passion for classic wheels that led to the creation of the LP Classic Car stable (18 teams to date) and a highly functional wardrobe of impeccable quality, specifically designed for the race. Garments sported by the Loro Piana team of Giorgio Schön and Pierre Tonetti during the Beijing–Paris rally include eye-catchers such as the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance windbreaker and the iconic Roadster Villa D’Este jacket, both designed to combine lightness and the isothermal properties of the finest cashmere to ensure resistance and impermeability of the Storm System. Alongside these two items, the Roadster Pull cashmere sweater and accessories such as the Roadster Belt, the Roadster Scarf and Roadster Walk moccasins. Loro Piana operates in the high-end luxury goods sector and has made uncompromising quality its mission, offering the most discerning clients clothing, accessories and gifts which have been made in Italy from the finest raw materials in the world, through an international network of direct sales points, the loropiana.com website and a selection of exclusive multi-brand retailers. Six generations of experience in the high-end textile industry, where they continue to be market leaders, together with their vertical integration are the best guarantees of access to research, the most select raw materials and control over processes that combine the most modern technology with Italian craft and sartorial tradition.
Giorgio Schön and Pier Tonetti
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THE ULTIMATE SUPERCAR Innovative racing car technology meets safety-first car about town
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What defines the perfect sports car? Is it a detachable hardtop? Advanced, lightweight sound installation? Side skirts? A front splitter and front winglets? Or a dynamically active rear spoiler? That all sounds pretty great, doesn’t it? But when you add to the mix increased power and a raised RPM limit, as well as a dynamic underbelly flap system and side air outlets behind the front wheels, you have the Koenigsegg Agera RS – an exclusive, extraordinary addition to the Koenigsegg range of sports cars.
The engine has been optimised to be just as efficient when running on regular petrol, with an output of 1160 bhp, making this just as much fun to drive around town as it is on the racetrack. This extremely versatile car complies with all the necessary safety regulations needed to drive on the road, yet it provides the extreme driving conditions required to please professional racing drivers. Unlike previous models, it even has a
With one eye on racing glory and the other firmly on the road, this car includes features that you didn’t
even know you needed. Advanced composites and layup techniques mean the company has been able to lower the kerb weight of the car even further than in previous models, for a drive that feels as though you are floating on air.
usable luggage compartment. The desirability of this two-door, two-seater car is increased even further when you discover that only 25 will be made; 10 of which will be pre-sold before they are seen. The twin turbo, 5L V8 cars, each of which are handcrafted, have three traction settings, dual airbags, leather carpets and roof storage bags, as well as adjustable steering, power windows, integrated satellite navigation and climate control. The removable hardtop stores neatly inside the car, to make for an easy transition to convertible driving. It has always been the dream of Christian von Koenigsegg to create the ultimate sports car, and with each new model he gets slightly closer to perfection. He created his first car, the Koenigsegg CC, at just 22 years of age, fuelled by an obsession that began when he was only five years old. The car was completely original, and created on limited resources. And now, 18 years later, it still drives as good as new, and is a force to be reckoned with in the world of the supercar. Now, experts in the car industry, Koenigsegg continues to push the boundaries of technology to create superb cars that are always innovative and unique.
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GREET DAWN IN ROLLS-ROYCE STYLE Since 1904, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has created instantly recognisable automobiles that have made the marque an enduring icon all over the world. ‘The car has a style and character made for out-foxing the paparazzi. It will doubtless appeal to those who can see themselves dancing in fountains at dawn’, says Gilles Taylor, Rolls-Royce’s Director of Design. For more than a century, Rolls-Royce has been pushing the boundaries in the pursuit of perfection, from the early pioneering experiments of founder Sir Henry Royce to the
visionary EX models which imagine what a Rolls-Royce could be in 2040 and beyond. Rolls-Royce’s recent Dawn model is no exception to the brand’s commitment
to luxury driving. A centre of innovation, the headquarters and manufacturing facility at Goodwood in West Sussex, England, is where the company carries out all of
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its research and development. When it first opened the doors in 2003, it had 200 people working to produce just one Rolls-Royce each day. More than a decade later, the team has grown to 1,400 people. With worldwide demand for its luxurious, hand-built motor cars growing, Rolls-Royce now produces up to 20 each day. Dawn is a blend of Rolls-Royce’s unmistakable road presence with pure 21st century style. ‘Our design vision was to bring an elegance of silhouette to the soft-top, and natural purity of line to the body that would be both sexy and captivating,’ says Taylor. ‘Key to this vision – and true to all Rolls-Royce design studies – is a sense of
three-dimensional harmony where no element, whether formal or graphic, should feel out of place or unnecessarily forced’. Viewed from the side, the low profile and window shape add to Dawn’s powerful stance. The proportion of glazing to bodywork is particularly striking, providing a modern sense of style and confidence to the car with the roof up. The rear design of Dawn is clean, with a simple, pure proportion. The rear window size assures driver visibility and provides rear passengers with an appropriate sense of privacy. The quality of refinement of the soft-top itself was of paramount importance to
Taylor. Dawn is designed to be the quietest drophead in the world. And its interior features openpore Canadel door panelling that envelops the interior space. A range of contemporary veneer wood grains create a striking, modern edge. Taylor finds designing convertible motor cars particularly intriguing: ‘You must never forget how the occupants will look and feel, with the hood down. Some designs never quite seem to carry their passengers in the style they deserve. Dawn has been designed to make every occupant look and feel like a star’.
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SKYACHT ONE ‘What if a yacht could fly?’ asked Los Angeles designer extraordinaire Edward Sotto. Then he set out to design ‘Skyacht One’, an $83m Embraer Lineage 1000e that has been described as an “aeronautical masterpiece”. How does one bring the richness, warmth, and legacy of a luxury watch, fine automobile, or classic yacht into an aircraft?
The exterior features a faux mahogany “hull” and tail with a pearl white body. Sotto sees each cabin as a scene from a story or
film. Using the skills of Hollywood trained set designers, his sense of staging for Skyacht One is uncanny. The opening “scene” as he calls it, the chartroom entry, says it all in its inlaid marquetry murals, Fornasetti carpeting and china, Chesterfield sofa, and a navigation theme as a narrative thread. The main cabin features intelligent lighting to match the time of day, engraved jewelled
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Sotto recognizes that luxury items have rich histories that define their fine detail and craftsmanship and although aircraft have yet to be adorned with such fine finishes, clearly, this shouldn’t be so.
Sotto has responded by infusing a state-of-the-art aircraft with the rich design influence of a handmade classic yacht, with attention to detail that pays off on every flight you take.
controls, and nautically inspired wood planks. The master suite includes a malachite shower with boat throttle hardware. Regatta, a mahogany Rolls Royce Wraith, completes the package once the aircraft has landed. SottoStudios/LA, established in 2004, is an experiential design and brand studio that is frequently commissioned to invent or revitalize products as multi-sensory “experiences”, breaking down the formal silos of architecture, marketing, and design and combining them in a single shared process that delivers the “wow” factor seamlessly. This deconstructed process creates a more holistic work environment, and this objective, along with using emotion as the core of a sensory driven “system of experience”, led Sotto to form his own studio to accomplish this vision. Sotto has created brand showcases for Aston Martin, Ferrari, and other companies, yet still creates bespoke designs for any aircraft, home, or yacht, for select clients. His cinematic approach as a Walt Disney “Imagineer” has given him access to the best talent in order achieve “anything” a client can dream up. As Walt Disney himself once said, “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” Sotto fully agrees.
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EHANG 184 AAV DRONE by Tabitha Buckley
Are you sick of getting stuck in traffic at ground level? The Ehang 184 AAV drone has been created to solve just that problem. Whenever you need to be somewhere, you can just hop into your drone aircraft and be on your way, no previous flying experience required.
Recently introduced to the world stage at CES 2016 in Las Vegas, this radical new drone design has room for one passenger, has eight motors and four propellers and stands at a generous-yet-compact height of 1.84 metres. The drone is marketed as the ‘safest, smartest and eco-friendly low altitude autonomous aerial
vehicle’. It aims to provide a simple transportation solution for those making journeys of up to 23 minutes, flying along at a maximum altitude of 3.5 km and a speed of 100 kph (or 62 mph). Taking off and landing vertically, the Ehang 184 AAV travels in an upward arc as though the vehicle is leaping across the landscape.
Most importantly for a vehicle of this type, the Ehang’s design places the utmost importance on the passenger’s safety. Designed with full redundancy, if one part of the vehicle’s power system begins to malfunction, the drone will continue to operate, following a normal flight plan and ensuring a safe landing.
What’s more, it’s designed to be 100% green, powered by electricity rather than any form of fossil fuel. Further keeping safety in mind, the drone has been designed so that it’s even impervious to human error. Passengers simply enter their intended destination using a built-in touchscreen device, and the drone will do the rest, plotting the safest and fastest route for the journey. To control this vehicle, the passenger won’t need any skills beyond the basic ability to use a GPS device. Even landings are controlled by a built-in landing camera, so it’s pretty much impossible to mess this one up. It looks a lot like our dreams of owning our very own flying car will be answered very soon with the development of this personal flying vehicle.
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It’s great to see that companies are working on these projects with the safety of both the passenger and the planet in mind.
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ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLES THE NEW TOYS FOR BIG BOYS Zeus Twelve, Gray Design’s brand for luxurious yachts, cars and motorcycles, has announced its sleek and stunning Thorium electric motorcycle. And we want one too! The Swedish design firm creates and builds exclusive limited edition electric motorcycles. Designed by
award winning designer Eduard Gray, and built by some of the most recognised names in the Swedish motorcycle building industry, the Thorium motorbikes are stunning pieces of rolling artwork that take you silently on long range journeys and fill you with a sense of childlike wonder.
Part of Zeus Twelve’s ultra exclusive and ultra expensive Gold & White Collection designed to appeal to the highly affluent, the electric Thorium motorcycle joins its counterparts, the matching sports car called Scionne, and the matching Avalonne leisure boat.
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The Thorium has detailing and build quality which are going to be second to none. Currently under development, it will feature a Bang & Olufsen audio system which can be connected to the motor to create engine noise or to your personal music collection to ensure premium audio entertainment whilst you ride. The Thorium comes with a 14.2 kWh lithium battery allowing for a city range of 276 km, and can be recharged in 1 hour thanks
to a CHAdeMO fast charging connection. Maximum motor torque is 106 ft-b (144 Nm), and maximum power is 67 hp (50 kW) at 4,000 RPM. With the Thorium, you can hit a maximum speed of 102 mph (164 km/h) and accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (01-100 km/H) in 3.9 seconds.
the livin’s easy… and the dreamin’..”. And while speaking of music hits and easy motorcycle riding, with the Thorium you can be the “Midnight Rider” or hey, even a “Motorcycle Mama”. Who ever said this one is just for the boys?
The Thorium is slated for delivery in 2016. So as in the often sung tune by Ella Fitzgerald, “it’s summertime,
The Gray Design Electric Chopper bike, the Denizen, is another option to consider (photo below). Built around a steel, twin spar beam frame, the carbon fibre fairing and blasted aliuminum trim give an appearance of robust lightweight styling. The long wheelbase and adjustable Öhlins suspension assure a comfortable ride that can be tailored to your precise preference. Power comes from dual AC induction motors producing 96hp driven by a high power 7.7wh battery pack.
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GADGETS & MORE This summer’s round-up of gadgets and other items is chock full of inspiration and innovation guaranteed to intrigue, fascinate and surprise you. As the American astrophyscist Neil deGrasse Tyson wrote, “Dreams about the future are always filled with gadgets.” So here’s to summer dreaming!
MWE LAB EMPEROR 200 The MWE Lab Emperor 200 is the ultimate workstation—a powerful piece of tech which looks like something straight out of a science fiction movie. Dreamed up by web designer Martin Carpentier, this workstation combines a range of features such as an adjustable footrest, builtin sound system, and an embedded computer system powered by Windows, a 10-inch touch screen, and the ability to control the adjustable features of the station.
SOLARIN Israeli startup Sirin Labs aims to introduce a new phone unlike anything we have ever seen before. Incorporating some of the most innovative examples of “tomorrow’s technology”, the mysterious $15,000 phone is called “Solarin” and is due to launch in May. The company has explained that their main goals for the project are “quality, technology, and privacy” but beyond that, very little information has been revealed.
Cheap drones are becoming increasingly popular because they allow everyone to create videos shot from high in the sky, but if you’re serious about creating quality footage, you should consider investing in the DJI Inspire I Pro. Capable of flying at a height of over 4,500 m, and at speeds of up to 80 kmph even in sub-zero temperatures, this incredible gadget captures high-definition videos with its 16-megapixel camera and Zenmuse X5 Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens camera so that you never have to compromise the quality of your shot.
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HP SPECTRE (1) Continuing the battle for the world’s thinnest laptop, HP’s “Spectre” is a tiny 10.4 mm thick and weighs only 2.45 pounds. With a name that subtly hints at the laptop’s quality through Rolls-Royce-esque branding, this notebook comes with a beautiful copper finish, an edge-to-edge Corning Gorilla Glass screen, glass trackpad, and backlit keyboard, making this the ultimate luxury laptop of the moment.
SAMSUNG PAY (2)
Soon after the announcement of Apple Pay, Samsung also announced their own payment service, bringing us one step closer to organising ourselves entirely through the use of our mobiles. This service allows users to leave their bank cards at home and simply swipe their Samsung phone to pay with the most recently used credit or debit card, authorising with a quick fingerprint scan.
1.05 ELECTRIC LONGBOARD (3) Traffic jams will never bother you again with the Audi Connected Mobility Concept, set to debut in Auto China 2016. The Concept’s most intriguing idea? A special longboard hidden in a drawer under the car’s rear bumper, allowing you to go where your car can’t. If traffic is simply too busy for the car, it will find you somewhere to park safely and allow you to complete your journey on the electric longboard, which has a 12km range and can reach speeds of up to 29km/h. Best of all, if you’re not confident on a skateboard, the longboard has handlebars which can be raised to convert it into a scooter. What will they think of next?
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APPS FOR SUMMER Every year, summertime invites us to enjoy our lives to the fullest under sunny skies and gentle breezes. And the warmest time of the year can be even hotter with our app suggestions. We have put together ten different apps that are perfectly suitable for summer and offer practical solutions for many cases, journeys and adventures.
WOLFRAM SUN EXPOSURE REFERENCE APP ($.99, IOS) Created to save you from sunburn, the Wolfram Sun Exposure Reference App enables you to make the most of the warm weather without having to worry about being baked by the sun. Using information about your complexion, location, the SPF youâ€™re using and the time of day, the app can work out how long you can stay outside without risking sunburn. Also available are bonus features such as sunrise and sunset times, the current position of the sun and the weather forecast.
PACKPOINT (FREE, ANDROID AND IOS) Say goodbye to the days of pondering over whether or not you need to pack sunscreen or a raincoat. PackPoint is a new app which will figure out for you exactly what you need to pack based on the length of your trip, the expected weather and any activities you have planned. Just enter the details of your trip, and PackPoint will do the rest.
SKY GUIDE ($1.99, IOS) Every evening is star-studded with educational app Sky Guide, winner of the 2014 Apple Design Award. This stunning app is designed to teach users how to spot satellites, planets and constellations by simply pointing a smartphone at the night sky. Suitable for amateurs and aspiring astronomers alike, the app enables you to see the stars even on an overcast night with no data signal.
RUNKEEPER (FREE, ANDROID AND IOS) Finding it hard to get motivated? RunKeeper lets you join a community of more than 45 million runners who will encourage you to go outside and get hooked on running for life. The app will keep you on track with goals and running plans which will show you exactly what to do, allowing you to start your new fitness regime on the right foot. ÂŠ Jakub Gojda
PRIV (FREE, ANDROID AND IOS) If you’re in need of a little light pampering but don’t have the option of leaving your house, Priv is the app for you. Available in New York, Los Angeles, Austin and London, Priv lets you order a masseuse, yoga instructor, manicurist, makeup artist, hairstylist or personal trainer who will come straight to your door to deliver their services.
GRILLTIME ($1.99, IOS) The perfect grilling companion, GrillTime is here to make your barbecues less stressful and more fun. The app boasts a grilling guide, multi-timer and flip reminders to ensure that your family barbecue goes off without a hitch – no cremated sausages or questionably pink burgers in sight. Simply enter the type and thickness of the meat, along with how ‘well-done’ you want it to be, and GrillTime will work out exactly how long you need to grill it. No fuss, just perfect burgers every time.
GETMYBOAT (FREE, ANDROID AND IOS) Get some water therapy without having to splash out with GetMyBoat, essentially the boat equivalent of Airbnb. GetMyBoat gives you access to more than 57,000 boats worldwide, now spread across 154 countries. Check out the list of available vessels in the app and spend the day on the water in one of a wide range of boats from fishing boats to sailboats and yachts to kayaks.
BEAUTIFIED (FREE, IOS) If you’re on the hunt for some last-minute beauty treatments, you might want to check out the Beautified app co-founded by trend-savvy DJ Hannah Bronfman. Already featured by fashion favourites Vogue, Allure and Vanity Fair, the app lets you book same-day massages, pedicures, blowouts, waxes, makeup, facials, haircuts and manicures in quality salons with just a few taps on your screen.
BRINGFIDO (FREE, IOS) BringFido is the perfect app for those of us with furry travel companions. It boasts a grand database of pet-friendly hotels, outdoor restaurants, local vets, nearby pet stores and beaches and parks that welcome animals. Search for suitable hotels sorted by distance, rating, price and popularity. The app even stores information on which hotels welcome large dogs and which prefer small animals, along with any additional fees you might be charged for an extra set of paws.
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VILLA DEL SOL MONACO Come and live in the fabulous penthouse apartment, Villa del Sol, in the glamorous Principality of Monaco. This stunning penthouse, with spectacular all-round views of Monte Carlo’s dramatic panorama, is a top floor residence that measures a total of 422 m2, with 260 m2 of living space and 62 m2 of terraces. The apartment contains five bedrooms, each with its own bathroom, one guest toilet, a grand kitchen and home office. The 90 m2 living and dining area gives you comfort and space to enjoy the view over Monaco, its nearby
mountains, and the Mediterranean Sea, reaching as far as Italy, Jimmy’z Island and Cap Martin. Refurbished in 2012, it also includes three parking spaces (one extra large) and two cellars. Common facilities include a 500 m2 roof garden and spacious swimming pool. Villa del Sol is easily accessible from the highway and other nearby routes.
It is close to tennis, country and beach clubs, as well as perfectly located to take advantage of spontaneous outings to Monaco’s wonderful restaurants, cafés and nightclubs. Move in to Villa del Sol and take in the breathtaking glimpses of blue sky, romantic sunsets and even colourful rainbows for years to come. For more information on acquiring Villa del Sol, please contact: email@example.com
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DETOX TIME Banish those blues and get your health back to where it needs to be with our pick of detox hotels.
ANTARA PALACE A truly stunning spa experience located on the shores of Cyprus. • Practitioners hand-picked and committed to the latest techniques • Treatment programmes cover a wide range of needs, including fertility and stress relief • Amala organic skincare products used • Six exquisite Royal suites and a spectacular Presidential Suite
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Pritikin Longevity Center and Spa in southern Florida, is the all-inclusive health resort and comprehensive lifestyle programme that inspires a healthier life. • Spacious accommodations • Physician services • Wellness education • Cooking classes and gourmet dining • Medical exercise
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THE FARM AT SAN BENITO Six new wellness retreats have been created especially for discerning guests. • Wellness retreats offer pure indulgence • The Farm Detox allows for the ultimate in purging • Stress management retreats bring true tranquillity • Anti-ageing retreats provide modern solutions • Weight management retreats provide calorie-burning opportunities • Fitness retreats help transform the body
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THE SPA AT FOUR SEASONS RESORT CHIANG MAI
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A full-spectrum, luxury spa experience with authentic Thailand international elements. • Seven soothing treatment suites indulgently appointed to pamper and heal • Beauty salon, manicure and pedicure • Complete harmony of mind, body and spirit • Private yoga sessions with our talented Yoga and Pilates Master
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THE HAMPTONS A HAVEN AND HEAVEN NEAR NEW YORK Forbes got it right when it released an article stating that the beautiful Hamptons, “awash with ritzy addresses”, has a street that boasts more billionaires than any other address.
Besides Southampton’s prestigious ocean front address, the Hamptons is an area full of exclusivity. Called
Manhattan is a mere 2 hour and 15 minute drive away, and there are several options available for getting from the Big Apple to the Hamptons, including chopper, seaplane, car service, bus, cannonball train, LIRR train (the local Long Island Railroad), or private car. The villages and hamlets in the Hamptons include communities such as Southampton, East Hampton, Sag Harbor, Water Mill,
Amagansett, and among others.
A popular seaside resort, the Hamptons is a historical summer colony with an important position in America’s North East. Made famous internationally thanks to both literature and cinema, the Hamptons has hosted and housed celebrities, successful businesspeople and glamorous socialites from some of America’s wealthiest and most established families. Names such as Ford, Du Pont, Morgan, Woolworth, and Eisenhower still ring loud in the Hamptons.
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Southampton’s Meadow Lane is a 5 mile long road, sporting a private helipad that rushes its lucky residents to Manhattan in 20 minutes. Alas, there is a price to pay for this: sale prices for a home here can run to over $20 million.
the “East End“, the Hamptons refers to an area of Long Island forming the South Fork of Long Island, New York.
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Increasingly, visitors from Europe and South America are also flocking to this area to enjoy its beautiful ocean beaches, sandy dunes, wonderfully quiet nature, marshes, and small ponds. Besides its soothing nature, lavish parties and sheer decadence are, of course, common in the Hamptons. But the Hamptons are not all about posh extravagance.
with the famous Maidstone Club. Exclusive private clubs provide additonal recreation, such as tennis, swimming and other activities.
It is an area rich in culture, culinary excellence and great sports activities, such as golf, to enjoy in clubs in Sebonack, Shinnecock Hills, and Southampton, along
The Hamptons runs various events, from art fairs, antique markets, concerts, chef and champagne shows, wine tastings at local vineyards, to fashion shows,
The clustering of villages around Southampton is full of charm and old time quaintness, reminders of colonial New England from days gone by, yet with a splash of modernity and contemporary glitz.
sandcastle contests, summer festivals, tea dances, and endless private parties and galas. So if you want a taste of another side of the “real New York“, a tiny ounce quieter but still active and vibrant, surround yourself with sun, sea and sand, all the while in beautiful settings with beautiful people, book yourself now for a trip to the Hamptons or head off to buy that next dream home on Maiden Lane.
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SYLT SO MUCH MORE THAN JUST AN ISLAND Sylt, a luxurious summer destination in Northern Germany, is a small, quiet and stunning island in the North Sea, part of the Frisian Islands.
Elegant communities on the island, such as sophisticated Kampen, offer cosmopolitan visitors worldclass sports, cultural and culinary adventures, and refreshing sea breezes. Although easy to reach via commercial aircraft or private plane to and from its tiny, charming airport, since 1927, Sylt has been connected to mainland Germany by the
Hindenburgdamm causeway, which brings visitors to the island via train or car-on-train. The island has made headlines recently, due to its exposed situation in the North Sea and unfortunate but slow erosion during storm tides. It remains however, a spectacular place to unwind. Sylt’s fans claim that the island’s contrasts of colour and its unspoiled nature, soft heaths, rose bushes, white sand dunes, lush green vegetation, marshland and roaring seas, keeps them coming back.
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Over the last few years, Sylt has become known as a top destination for German and international jetsetters, and is often a favourite holiday spot for celebrities seeking an alternative to the crowded and paparazzi-filled Mediterranean resorts. Today, Sylt is regularly referred to as “Germany’s Hamptons”, due to its discreet, quiet beaches and communities, as well as the wealthy, chic tourists who holiday there.
Sylt, slightly over 99 km2, is only three hours north east of Hamburg and close to Denmark. It is known for its unusual shape and its 40 km long sandy beach.
Although popular in the summer months, Sylt manages to keep a peaceful feeling about it. The eastern side’s Wadden Sea is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sylt attracts a lot of attention from health-oriented travellers thanks to its relaxing pace, wonderful wellness resorts, healthy breezes, and ocean sprays. Home to the Sylt German Polo Masters and the Sylt Windsurfing
World Cup, the island offers top sporting events and opportunities. There are four golf courses on the island and, for those who enjoy nordic walking, the island is a must with its 220 km long track. Sylt is also a food lover’s heaven, from charming sea bistros to exquisite gourmet restaurants. Seafood is always a top choice with its excellent matjes herring, oysters and other fish on offer, and locally
grown herbs and jams or delicious baked goods. Stay in one of the island’s many elegant hotels or grand properties, take long bike rides, enjoy surfing lessons, fishing or simply sunning yourself on the white dunes in the traditional striped Sylt beach chair known lovingly as the “Strandkorb”. Sylt, affectionately called “die Insel” (the island) by locals and fans, is ready and waiting for you.
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SPECTACULAR PRIVATE ISLANDS FOR A LUXURY GETAWAY
Private Island hire is the epitome of exclusivity and privacy for guests who favour a bespoke and intimate experience unlike any other. The attraction of sole occupancy and full service make these islands perfect for a luxury getaway.
Necker Island BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS, CARIBBEAN
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Necker is the ‘ultimate all-inclusive private island tropical vacation resort’. Clear waters and vibrant coral reefs surround this mesmerising 74 acre island. The island’s Great House, a sumptuous Balinese villa, accommodates 18 guests and includes a spectacular infinity pool with breathtaking views over Necker. During the day, guests can indulge in a myriad of water pursuits, such as windsurfing and paddle boarding, and explore their surroundings scuba diving or zip-lining. In the evening, the island is a hub of excitement and energy with exclusive beach parties and casino nights.
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Coco Privé Kuda Hithi Island NORTH MALÉ ATOLL, MALDIVES
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The island sits in the heart of the Maldives and provides an exclusive luxury experience for up to 12 guests. Accommodation on the island includes the impressive Palm Residence, which combines contemporary design with the latest technology and features a beach length infinity pool. A further five state of the art villas provide additional guest accommodation. The island also boasts a gym, Jacuzzi, library, cocktail bar, and wine cellar. Relaxation is a priority, so guests are encouraged to enjoy daily spa treatments and complimentary activities, such as snorkelling and kayaking.
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Musha Cay EXUMA CAYS, BAHAMAS
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Musha Cay is a luscious Caribbean paradise with exotic flowers, tropical vegetation, sparkling white sands and crystal clear blue water. The island can accommodate a party of up to 24 and includes the use of five remarkable English colonial-style villas, each with a private beach and staff. Guests are encouraged to explore the island and visit secluded locations, as well as to enjoy diverse activities from tennis and volleyball to yoga, pilates and fitness. They also have use of the outdoor theatre on Coconut Beach, a catamaran, Sea Doo jet skis, and sail boats.
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GULF OF CHIRIQUI, PANAMA The 400 acre Isla Palenque is a unique environment. It incorporates tropical jungle, mangrove ecosystems, lagoons, multiple beaches, and a diverse range of wildlife, including green iguanas and howler monkeys. It is ideal for guests who wish to immerse themselves in nature. The island has a luxury six bedroom oceanfront Villa Estate. The modern, ecofriendly rooms are custom decorated with indigenous artwork and lead directly onto the beach via bamboo walkways. To the front of the villa, a two-tier infinity pool provides the perfect location to observe the sweeping ocean views.
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SAIL AWAY IN LUXURY For the ultimate decadent get-away, the Lamima Giant Phinisi is unbeatable. Whether you want to relax or play, this spacious yacht has it all. But the boat’s true selling point comes in its extravagant décor and vast array of on-board activities, as well as the beautiful destinations it visits around Indonesia. Equipped with a crew who all have extensive experience in the Indonesian hospitality industry and excellent local knowledge to answer all of your questions, you will visit unspoilt exotic destinations including Raja Ampat and Alor, Flores, Sumba and Komodo. Stopovers at these destinations allow for diving, jet-skiing, waterskiing or canoeing. Meanwhile, if you prefer the lure of the ground beneath your feet, you can take a walk into the mountains where you will discover remote villages and Komodo dragons. You also can take in bird watching or indulge in countless photo opportunities. But back to the boat. As the vessel makes its magnificent way through
the water, guests can relax on the top deck – an area specifically designated to doing absolutely nothing. Daybeds and deck lounges ensure you can sunbathe in comfort, without having to move a muscle. And when you have had enough of the sun, you can move indoors to the relaxation room for a massage or beauty treatment or to participate in a yoga session. A fully stocked bar ensures that nobody goes thirsty, while gourmet chefs prepare delicious meals from local ingredients. The dining area is able to seat all 14 guests for easy socialisation, but for those times when you would rather be alone, the boat boasts HDTVs in every bedroom, three iPads and internet connection. Nothing makes you feel more like a movie star than spending time on your own luxury yacht, and few can compare to the Lamima Giant Phinisi.
As boats go, they don’t get much more impressive than the Lamima Giant Phinisi. Large enough to comfortably sleep 14 guests, with a master bedroom to rival any fivestar hotel, and\ en-suite bathrooms in every cabin, the possibilities are endless. Whether you prefer active water sports or lazily sunbathing the day away while sipping on cocktails on the deck, this boat is bound to satisfy. With a traditional Indonesian wooden boat design, this yacht is ready to meet all of your modern-day needs. Designed and built in 2012–2013 by respected yacht designer Marcelo Penna, this five-star chartered vessel conforms to the highest standards of safety, stability, fire protection and pollution prevention. It is one of the few boats to be registered under the Indonesian flag and is the only one to hold an RINA qualification – proof of its international safety conformity.
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ZHANGJIAJIE GRAND CANYON BRIDGE THE WORLD’S WONDER GLASS BRIDGE China completes what is officially the world’s tallest and longest glass-bottom bridge hanging at 300 metres above a gigantic and breathtaking canyon in Zhangjiajie in the Hunan province. Impressive, daring or crazy? Workers, called ‘daredevils’ by some, have recently connected the last steel decks linking the 380 metres long, 6 metre wide, £2.6 million (26 million Yuan) price tag structure. The record breaking bridge that seems fresh out of a sci-fi film, has a glass bottom overlooking a spectacular canyon and the surrounding stunning nature of the Tianmenshan National Forest Park.
Often called ‘terrifying’, the structure was designed by Haim Dotan, a prominent Israeli architect known for innovative, cutting-edge
ecological architecture and urban design in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe. Dotan and his team design public and private projects throughout the world. Dotan shares ’As the designer of this bridge, located in an incredible and magical national park, I believe in nature, harmony, balance and beauty. Nature is beautiful as is. One wants to make the least impact upon it.
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The attraction, whose opening is July 2016 when it will be inaugurated
fully furnished, beats the Grand Canyon walkway in Arizona, which itself hangs 300 metres above ground. The Zhangjiajie suspended bridge constructed of two steel side beams and a structural transparent glass floor with handrails and side hanging stay cables took over a year to build and has an incredible story behind it.
Therefore, the Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge was designed to be as invisible as possible – a white bridge disappearing into the clouds... it will create an experience of being in pure nature while suspended in mid-air, between heaven and earth, like a bird with its wings open wide. Hundreds of metres above a canyon, it is definitely a Bridge of Wonder, a Bridge of Courage. I called it “Bridge of Courageous Hearts”. Maximum capacity for the skywalk is around 800 tourists at a time, who will soon also be able to enjoy bungee jumping and zip-lining from the spectacular structure. And plans are underway to hold fashion shows along the glass-bottom bridge.
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SHANGRI-LA’S VILLINGILI RESORT MALDIVES TREAT YOURSELF TO PARADISE
Shangri-La stands for legendary hospitality across the world. Inspired by the fabled land featured in James Hilton‘s 1933 novel, Lost Horizon, the name Shangri-La encapsulates the serenity and service for which its hotels and resorts are renowned worldwide. Shangri-La‘s Villingili Resort & Spa in the Maldives is the definition of luxury, a place where all experiences are tailored to suit your passions.
Located just south of the equator, the Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa is a 70 minute flight from Malé International Airport and an eightminute boat ride from Gan Airport on Addu Atoll. Surrounded by a striking coral reef, this boutique-style, all-villa resort is home to more than 17,000 coconut trees, more than six kilometres of picturesque coastline and 2 kilometres of white sandy beaches.
The resort comprises 132 tranquil villas in seven distinct styles from private water villas and tropical tree houses to pool villas and beachside residences. All villas feature a myriad of luxurious amenities and expansive layouts with spacious sundecks, patios, daybeds and lounge areas. The experienced staff at ShangriLa’s Villingili Resort & Spa, including the helpful island host, cater to
the needs of guests by providing an extensive range of services and facilities. Delight in tropical refinement at its very best, with an uncompromising selection of on-island dining destinations from which to choose.
lunch on the equator aboard the resort’s luxury yacht or a romantic dinner in the jungle.
Treat yourself to sumptuous gastronomic experiences at the three restaurants or enjoy a custom-made Dine by Design experience at the outdoor location of your choice, be it a memorable
Indulge in tranquillity at CHI, The Spa, explore the luscious tropical forest, play a round at the only ninehole golf course in the Maldives or embark on an ocean adventure through numerous water sports.
Unforgettable experiences await at these extraordinarily beautiful grounds.
To enhance your experience on the island, clocks on Villingili Island have been moved one hour ahead. You can enjoy an additional hour of daylight – the perfect chance to indulge with a sundowner at M lounge while listening to the beats of the DJ to set the mood for the evening.
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TED: IDEAS WORTH
TED‘s mission of ‚Ideas Worth Spreading‘ reaches far beyond the conference and video series, encompassing a variety of projects and initiatives that leverage the power of ideas.
TED, which stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design, is a non-profit platform devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). Started in 1984 as a conference where technology, entertainment and design converged, TED today shares ideas from a broad spectrum – from science to business to global issues – in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independent TEDx events help share ideas in communities across the world.
A global community, TED welcomes people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. TED believes passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. Everything TED does is driven by this goal: How can we best spread great ideas?
The TED Talks video series is filmed at TED conferences, independent TEDx events and on other stages worldwide. TED.com distributes the more than 2,000 TED Talks and shares ideas. TED Conferences, which some attendees call ‘the ultimate brain spa’ and ‘a journey into the future in the company of those creating it’, feature speakers giving short talks and presentations, including music, performance and comedy.
But a TED Conference is broader still, showcasing important ideas from any discipline and exploring how they all connect. The format is fast paced with more than 50 talks over the course of a week, as well as morning and evening get-togethers. Attendees and speakers from vastly different fields can cross-fertilise ideas and draw inspiration from unlikely places. This is the magic of TED. Attendance at TED conferences is by application. The attendees (scientists, CEOs, designers, intellectuals) are as extraordinary as the speakers. TED‘s success is in bringing together up to 1,200 of the world‘s most remarkable people across many fields. The result? Unexpected connections. Extraordinary insights. Powerful inspiration. The TEDx programme enables individuals, organizations and communities worldwide to hold local, independent TED-like events. To date, more than 13,000 TEDx events have been held in 150 countries.
The TED Fellows Programme invites innovators from across the globe to become part of the TED community and amplifies the impact of their remarkable work. The TED Translator programme invites volunteers worldwide to subtitle TED Talks. Up to now, more than 20,000 volunteers have created more than 90,000 translations in more than 100 languages. Long enough to explore a powerful idea, but short enough to read in a single sitting, TED Books are original titles that pick up where TED Talks leave off. TED-Ed offers original, animated video lessons that can be watched online or used in the classroom. Educators can use the TED-Ed website to take any video and build a customized lesson around it. The TED Prize is a $1 million award that is given annually to an exceptional individual with ‘One Wish to Change the World’.
The TED Institute helps organisations unlock institutional knowledge and
surface innovative thinking. TED Partnerships has a team that works with the world‘s leading corporations and foundations to connect the TED content and audience to their missions. The TED Distribution initiative helps TED Talks find new audiences on radio, in books, on TV and on websites across the world. TED Talks Education are one-hour programmes that bring together a diverse group of teachers and education advocates delivering short, high-impact talks on the theme of teaching and learning. The TED Residency programme is an incubator for breakthrough ideas. It is free and open to all via a semi-annual competitive application. Each resident also develops a TED talk and delivers it on a TED stage. And if this isn’t enough, try TED’s Ideas Blog on topics such as technology, business, art and design, science, and ‘we humans’, or TED newsletters and studies. And may your summer be chockfull of wonderful ideas!
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RECENT MULTI-FAMILY OFFICE TRENDS
Family offices are â€˜in fashionâ€™. A growing number of affluent families are considering the use of a multi-family office, and an ever-increasing amount of companies are starting to offer multi-family office services.
Globally, several trillion Euros are managed by single- and multi-family offices. A good part of those assets are managed by single-family offices located in the United States. Within Europe, most family offices are found in Switzerland and the United Kingdom. In their offices in the heart of Zurich, we discussed the latest trends in the family office industry and the challenges of selecting a proper financial counterparty with Jan van Bueren and Thomas Ming of FOSS Family Office Services Switzerland .
What is the difference between an asset manager and a multi-family office? Assets can be managed by a bank, an independent professional outside a bank (an independent asset manager) or a multi-family office. The difference between the first two and a multi-family office is that most multi-family offices offer a wider range of services than just managing free investable assets. They also can provide support with lifestyle services, philanthropy, real estate and tax and legal matters. In practice, we find firms with only a limited number of services as well as the absolute opposite.
What are the family office trends you observe? There is an ongoing trend of new multi-family offices launching their services. This is really happening on a weekly basis and is taking place all across the world, although we do feel that South America is lagging a bit behind. We also notice an ever-increasing interest of affluent families in the services of family offices. Do you expect this trend to continue? Yes, definitely. Our conviction that this trend continues was one of
the main reasons for launching our dedicated multi-family office selection service in 2014.
Most families using a single-family office have a wealth of at least several hundred million Euros.
In Switzerland alone we now count already more than 400 multi-family offices, and new providers keep constantly entering the market.
Why is selecting a multi-family office such a challenge? In a nutshell; most jurisdictions neither protect nor regulate the use of the title ‘family office’. Any company can call itself a multifamily office and offer multi-family office services without having any specific qualifications or experience.
How wealthy do you need to be? That is a question we are often asked, but as there are so many family office flavours, it is impossible to answer. It would be better to carefully consider which services you really need and how much you are willing to spend for those services. You can find providers who already take clients with a global wealth of 20 million Euros, which we believe to be quite low.
The type of client focused on, the services provided, the size of family wealth or the region out of which clients are serviced also vary widely per provider. Some offer a wide range of services in house; others primarily coordinate a number of external providers.
Do you have a tip in this respect? The services offered by multi-family offices often are strongly tied to the expertise of its founding partners. A former tax lawyer setting up a multi-family office primarily will focus on structuring assets, while a former banker primarily will provide investment services. It therefore is important for families to follow a thorough selection process and to at least visit and analyse several providers before choosing a multifamily office with which to work. Thomas Ming and Jan van Bueren are Wealth Planners at Union Bancaire Privée and co-founders of UBP's FOSS Family Office Services Switzerland.
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REEVALUATING LUXURY by Cyril Demaria
As a luxury lifestyle publication, we take a vested interest in keeping abreast of the business of luxury, including market analyses, industry reports, expert opinions, new trends and other matters. In Meta-Luxury: Brands and Culture of Excellence (Palgrave), Interbrand’s Managing Director for Italy Manfredi Ricca and Global Director Rebecca Robins explore the concept of luxury today. The authors provide a muchneeded guide to the meaning of true luxury which enables the reader to navigate through a fog of increasing misconceptions. Robins accepted the opportunity to be our temporary beacon to start our journey. Can you explain the concept of ‘meta-luxury’ to our readers? The concept of meta-luxury is based on excellence as a conviction versus luxury as a convention. It is both a cultural and economic paradigm based on four drivers of choice.
And why did Manfredi Ricca and you decide to write this book now? The term ‚luxury‘ is possibly one of the most problematic and diluted terms in the language of brands and business. This very lack of precise meaning has been and remains a challenge for brands that occupy a different space in terms of offering and demand. Meta-luxury was inspired by the confluence of our research, experiences and the conversations that we were having with our clients. Is meta-luxury compatible with information technologies and the current industrial revolution? There is a prevalent misconstrued notion of craftsmanship as something that is discordant with innovation and technology, but the reality is
that the craftsmen behind many of these unique creations have been combining their knowledge and human judgment with the best tools for centuries. As Horacio Pagani, founder of the Pagani supercar business, said to us, ‘The best craftsmen. State-of-the-art technology. Extraordinary materials. The best combination of design and function. The utmost effort in terms of imagination. All of this stems from a form of extraordinary care, stretching from creativity to production’. The shift we‘re seeing in the demand for luxury now is one that‘s gravitating increasingly towards the value of experience. This is going to be a significant challenge for luxury brands that historically have been purveyors of excellence in product. Brands are radically rethinking how consumers experience their brand, from micro-moments to the macroexperience and the whole notion of the value of experience to their business. © nejron
The first driver is craftsmanship, which we define as the infusion of unique personal competences and passion into the creation of items that are the result of an authentic labour of love and judgment. The second is focus, which embodies the quest for depth rather than breadth, driving the pursuit of excellence. The third is history, as longevity is an objective datum of a brand,
an invaluable asset which can be achieved only through the passing of time. The fourth is rarity, the result of a process combining knowledge, purpose and timelessness. Rarity drives pricing; remunerating the operating and capital costs of excellence requires a more ambitious pricing policy.
JENNIFER MAAG Founder and Managing Director of Capital Concepts International AG WHAT MADE YOU GO INTO MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS ADVISORY? After completing my studies in Berkeley, I wanted to work in international trade or something similar and decided to move to Germany to look for employment. I found a job in auditing and four years later, after passing my CPA exam, I was offered a job in Mergers & Acquisitions in Zurich. I felt the combination of numbers, creativity, communication and negotiation skills fit perfectly and I took the job.
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YOU ARE THE FOUNDER OF CAPITAL CONCEPTS INTERNATIONAL. WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO TAKE THIS STEP? After three years of M&A at a larger firm, I felt that a “boutique” approach to M&A advisory would better address the needs of clients who appreciated a more personal approach to advisory. I founded CCI 17 years ago and we have been advising on transactions between $10500 million since then. Interestingly enough, M&A boutiques have been on the uprise in particular in the last 5-10 years. I think the accessibility to platforms and data through the internet has supported this trend, as pricing for financial data platforms such as Bloomberg and Reuters has come down considerably as a result of this increased transparency and access. Even on Microsoft’s latest acquisition of LinkedIn, two boutique M&A advisors were advising the LinkedIn owners on the sales process. This underlines the importance of a trust relationship in M&A advisory, as the LinkedIn owners had known their advisors for many years. WHAT TYPE OF PROJECTS DO YOU ADVISE ON? Our approach is to work with clients over many years on different types of transactions. Often, these clients are larger family owned businesses or high net worth individuals with whom we have built up a trust relationship over many years. We work equally on sell-side as on buy-side engagements and sometimes also in fundraising or private equity. We are sector agnostic but have over the years built up a certain expertise in various industrial sectors. For example, we are now involved in 5 projects, 3 sell-side and 2 buy-side. The buyside projects are clearly international, with Asian buyers looking for acquisition targets in Europe and the US. In this case, we obtained the mandate through a partner company of ours which has an industry specialisation.
Jennifer Maag is Founder and Managing Director of Capital Concepts International AG (CCI). She has over 20 years experience advising clients worldwide in mergers & acquisitions as well as related financial issues. Prior to founding CCI in 1999, she worked for KPMG Corporate Finance as well as Deloitte & Touche in Zurich, Switzerland and Munich, Germany, as an auditor. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in Economics and passed her Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam in 1994. CCI’s Advisory Services include Mergers & Acqquisitions, Succession Planning & Divestitures, Management Buy-Outs or Buy-Ins, Corporate Financing, Capital Markets, and Business Development. The impressive list of clients and references include names such as Siemens Building Technologies, Artemis/Franke, Metall Zug and other publicly quoted and privately held or family owned companies.
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MARIE FRANCE VAN DAMME Founder and Creative Director of Marie France Van Damme Resort & Life Style HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE IDEA FOR MFVD? Cruising along the French and Italian coasts and stopping in wonderful little marinas, I could not find any boutique that offered ‘’resort’’ wear that I wanted to bring home and wear again…everything was always too artisanal, or too colourful for my taste.
WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT THING ABOUT THE LUXURY RESORT WEAR BUSINESS? People think of you as making swimsuits and only catering to a ‘’summer market’’. It has been very difficult to express the message that ‘’resort wear’’ is not just a collection of swimsuits, but a ‘’lifestyle’’ wardrobe. I wear my clothes day and night and all year around in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Bangkok. For winter I have a collection of very lightweight knitted mink sweaters that one can wear in basically every city in the world. WHAT OR WHO INSPIRES YOU? My travels inspire me. Being able to experience beauty in different cultures across the world. I dedicate my life to aesthetics! Be it my home, my office, my collection and my stores! WHAT IS NEXT FOR YOU? FOR MFVD? The opening of more stores!
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Van Damme pioneered the Orient in the early 1980’s when she relocated to Hong Kong to start her manufacturing company specialising in women’s wear. Born in Montreal, Van Damme studied business and then moved to New York to head up one of the first private label businesses dealing with top department stores. In Hong Kong, she developed and manufactured ready-towear products for European retailers. Incorporating her knowledge and experience garnered from designing and producing private label for top retailers, and inspired by her vivacious and cosmopolitan lifestyle, she launched the Marie France Van Damme (MFVD) resort wear line geared towards saavy and sophisticated women. With over thirty years in fashion, Van Damme has created a self-inspired, selftitled line, influenced by her travels, lifestyle and personal style. The line is defined by its versatility with every piece designed to be worn from an afternoon at the beach to an evening out, with each silhouette carefully considered so pieces are wearable yet alluring. The collections have a fluid neutral palette ranging from metallic bronze to gunmetal, silver to gold, beautiful prints and solids in fabrics such as diaphanous silk chiffon and luscious silk sateen, to a weightless jersey.
WHAT DID YOU BRING TO MFVD FROM YOUR EARLIER PROFESSIONAL LIFE THAT HELPED YOU THE MOST IN LAUNCHING YOUR OWN LINE? Being a manufacturer I was aware of the constraints of production; my technical background was a huge advantage. I was designing private label for Marks & Spencer’s and when it came to production, I would be penalised for the slightest technical error. Understanding global shipping logistics was crucial when shipping my own line to buyers such as Harrods, Saks and Bergdorf Goodman. My experience helped me to hone down all aspects of the garment making process; from conception to design to production, and then client delivery. Every step has a unique and considered process and I’m lucky enough to be able to pass that experience on now to my colleagues.
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Quarterly English language international luxury lifestyle magazine, available both in print and online. Topics covered include art, travel,...
Published on Jul 15, 2016
Quarterly English language international luxury lifestyle magazine, available both in print and online. Topics covered include art, travel,...