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hEDONIST The exciting world of design in Dubai Initiatives that are furthering the course of the Design in the Emirates.

Soho House Barcelona A place for creative souls.

What if... I could buy an island The ultimate guide to buying a private island.

Tears To Triumph Marianne Williamson The spiritual journey from suffering to enlightment.

Buika Living Without Fear

“You can be, do, and have anything you want” 2017 THEHEDONISTMAGAZINE.COM

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Director’s letter I’m delighted to introduce you to the very first print issue of The Hedonist, a global lifestyle magazine launched in June 2016. Months of passion and dedication straightened our brand with a clear aim to inspire people worldwide through exclusively selected content and stories of success. A project that began with the common vision of two souls is currently growing and taking on board professionals from different fields. Today, we are proud to say that our team is formed by individuals from all over the world, from Atlanta to Belgrade – a melting pot of talented people who contribute to the distinctive personality of this magazine. From our offices in Barcelona and New York, we are continuously expanding our network across the globe with focus on international cities. With our online presence on social media, and a website that features extended content and interviews, we have a large following that we call “Hedonists audience” – individuals who like us, enjoy making the most out of this journey called LIFE. We approach lifestyle in its widest meaning, thus within these pages you will find a curated selection of features about new trends, products or experiences, but also insights about business related topics such as investments, entrepreneurship or real estate. Moreover, in every issue we will be covering inspiring personal stories of success of prominent individuals, coming from different fields and backgrounds. In this edition, we are thrilled to share with you the exciting story of Spanish Singer Concha Buika. After reading a few lines, you will realize that every subject is treated from a POSITIVE perspective, reinforcing the voice that gives life to the magazine. The Hedonist is a visualization map for those who believe that “can be, do and have anything they want in life”, words of Abraham Hicks that became our motto and will accompany us in every edition. Enjoy!

Cristina Roselló




bright new star shines in the blue sky...

This first issue is dedicated to friend and contributor of The Hedonist Magazine, Rakel Jun Love. Your love, support and dedication will always grace these pages.



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hEDONIST “ Y o u c a n b e , d o , a n d h av e a n y t h i n g y o u wa n t. ” _ Abraham Hicks

Barcelona Director & Co-Founder Cristina Roselló

Creative Director and Senior Designer Art Director and Senior Designer

New York Editor-in-Chief & Co-Founder Armand Álvarez

Abi Lambert Sanja Polovina​

Graphic Designer

Morgan McCullen

Chief Copy Editor

Rakel Jun love

Senior Copy Editor

Marija Begonja

Senior Copy Editor

Jelena Lezaic


Siarhei Hancharou​


Naelia Salas

Photo Editor

Bogdanka Polovina​

Image Copyrighting The cover - Concha Buika: courtesy of B by B LLC - | Director’s and editor’s photo (page 2 & 5): by Naelia Salas / Location: El Nacional Barcelona | Avant Garde (page 12): by | Zoom in-Spotlight (pages 14-17): by Carola de Armas and Photo with two gentlemen by Mariya Georgieva (pages 16-17) | Zoom In- Bon Vivant / Porcelànic Wine (pages 22-25): courtesy of Adrián Zorzano from Whole Wine | Zoom In - Bon Vivant / Sasha Bar (pages 18-20): courtesy of Crystal Saints | Zoom In - Bon Vivant / Prét-à-Portea (pages 26-27): courtesy of Maybourne Hotel Group | Zoom In - Design (pages 28-22): courtesy of Art Dubai Group | Zoom In - Architecture (pages 34-39): courtesy of Swarovski AG / “Crystal” icon by Joshua Nichol, from | Zoom In-Art (pages 40-45): courtesy of nAscent Art New York | Zoom In-Culture (pages 46-47): by Siarhei Hancharou | Luxury Indulgences - On Wheels (pages 48-55): courtesy of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. | Luxury Indulgences - On Wings (pages 56-58): | Luxury Indulgences - On Waves (pages 60-62): courtesy of Timur Bozca Luxury Indulgences-Gadgets (pages 64-67): courtesy of Click&Grow LLC | The Hedonist - The Interview (pages 68-75): courtesy of B by B LLC - - “vortex” icon by Eliricon, from | The Hedonist - The Story (page 76-79): courtesy of Ciprian Iacob / “Royal Arms Hotel” icon by Ludovic Gicqueau, from | Top Experience - Place to be (pages 80-84): courtesy of Soho House UK Limited | Top Experience - Destination (pages 86-88): (1st) by Unsplash (2nd) courtesy of Pierre-Olivier Drévillon | Top Experience - Top Ten (pages 90-102): courtesy of Song Saa Private Island, Royal Mansour Spa Marrakech, The Dheva Spa Chinag Mai, The Gstaad Palace, Tierra Santa Healing House, The Aman Spa, Lhasas’s Chi Spa, The Sacred River at Four Seasons Bali and La Réserve Paris | Business Affairs - Investments / Private Islands (pages 104-107: courtesy of Vladi Private Islands | Business Affairs - Investments / NYC Real Estate (pages 108-111): (1st) by Selctor Marx (2nd) by, “Chrysler Building” icon by Yi Chen, from | Business Affairs - For Sale (pages 112-114): by Rich Caplan | Business Affairs - Investments / Investing in Art (pages 115-117): courtesy of Cinta Vidal, Alex Garant, Naomi Okubo, Soey Milk and Alex Gross | Body & Soul-The Good Habit (pages 120-121): Courtesy of Studio Australia Barcelona | Body & Soul - The Good Read (pages 122-125) Courtesy of Marianne Williamson | Body & Soul (pages 126-128): Courtesy of Claudy Jongstra. “You can be, do, and have anything you want.” - Abraham Hicks | Spoken by Esther Hicks | © Copyright The Hedonist Magazine 2017 | SPAIN | Enric Granados 147, 08008 Barcelona | +34 644 343 808 USA | 246 Bradhurst Avenue, Suite 23 New York City, 10039 NY | + 1 786 - 474 - 5026

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editor’s LETTER “Seek joy first, and all of the growth that you could ever imagine will come joyously and abundantly unto you.” – Abraham Hicks This quote by Abraham Hicks resumes the essence of The Hedonist. Our first print edition is a reflection and an example of all that you can manifest when you have a desire, when you believe in it, and you enjoy the process while witnessing its unfolding creation. We aim to inspire our audience to see the positive side in each topic we share, presented as a universe of unlimited possibilities and power each of us has. The Hedonist of this edition is a Grammy Nominated Spanish singer, songwriter, and poet Concha Buika - an inspiring story where she shares Her Truth. Her latest album Vivir Sin Miedo – Living Without Fear is a piece of art. The Interview reveals that and what stands behind Buika’s words as well as how she is putting it in songs through her powerful voice. This issue Story is about a young musician Tony Succar and his manifestation of a dream into reality. You will find an unorthodox point of view about success in Avant-Guard, followed by Zoom In on latest trends in Fashion – Spotlight; a delicious and tasty Bon Vivant, the exciting world of Design in Dubai and Architecture through the eyes of Swarovski with a glimpse of rhythm and Culture in our article on Contemporary Women in Jazz. The world of Luxury Indulgences unravels in front of you and gets you to speed On Wheels with Bugatti Chiron, On Waves with an innovative yacht design Sarco by Timur Bozca, and On Wings get ready to fly private. Top Experience takes you to South Africa’s Winelands, our exclusive selection of Top Ten Spas in the world and a celebration of a Place To Be for all creative souls – the opening of Soho House Barcelona. In Business Affairs you will discover What if…you could buy a private Island, the insights on investing in Real Estate in New York by Ryan Serhant, the Property of the Month which is a beautiful Paradise in The Concrete Jungle, and a short resume of The Art Of Investing in Art by Natal Vallvé Bertran. To conclude in a light manner, the Body and Soul stands for a Good Habit of Pilates as a way of life, an indispensable Good Read of the latest book “Tears to Triumph” by Marianne Williamson and the impact of architecture in support of those with Alzheimer for a Good Soul. We dedicate this issue to our loved friend and collaborator Rakel Jun Love that recently became a star in the sky. With love for you always.

Armand Álvarez



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14 - 17 the Exquisite pairing at

My personal story of

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Dubai P r ê t- à - P o r tea H i g h - Fash i o n

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Buika her truth Vivir sin miedo

Living without fear

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The Latin Tribute To Michael Jackson

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in jazz 46 - 47



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luxury indulgences | on waves

luxury indulgences | on wings

luxury indulgences | on wheels

sarco by timur Bozca 60 - 62

Private jet Tra v e l

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What if... i could buy

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Island 104 - 107

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NYC Real Estate 108 - 111



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h o u se barc e l o na a place for creative souls

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body & soul | the good read

body & soul | the good soul

The 10 Best

Spas in the world 90 - 102

M ar i ann e W i ll i ams o n

Tears to

Triumph 122 - 125

7 Bond S t r eet

A rch i t e c t u r e

& Alzheimer 126 - 128

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Miya Ando ar t i s t 40 - 45

P i l ates is a way of life 120 - 121

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c ont r i b u to r s

Carola de Armas Street Style Photographer

James Wallance President & co-founder of nAscent Art New York

Hazem Aljeser Owner and Founding Managing Director of Cities, Design Art & Lifestyle Store

Rakel Jun Love writer & journalist

Selector Marx

Natal VallvĂŠ


Co-Founder and Director at a Global Art Agency

Elizaveta Ebner Architect

Henri Snel Senior Lecturer & PhD Researcher on Alzheimer & Architecture

Art Director & Fashion Designer

Pierre-Olivier DrĂŠvillon Lauren Henderson

Explorer at heart

Jazz Singer & Songwriter

Maribel Mozas Project Management & Advisory in the tourism sector

Mandy Keillor Founding Director of Studio Australia Barcelona



Sandra Freckled


hEDONIST “ Y o u c a n b e , d o , a n d h av e a n y t h i n g y o u wa n t ”

Rooted in human nature, hedonism is a school of thought based on the idea that happiness and pleasure are the highest and primary good and the true aim of human life. A hedonist is a person who strives to maximize pure pleasure, excluding the pain completely. Aristippus of Cyrene, a student of Socrates, held the idea that pleasure was the intrinsic good. Ethical hedonism, most associated with the ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus, teaches us that our life’s goal should be to minimize pain and maximize pleasure. In a nutshell, the amount of pleasure in a person’s life should far surpass the amount of pain. It does not come as a surprise that hedonism is a sub-philosophy of utilitarianism - a doctrine that says that actions are justified if they are useful or for a benefit of a majority. Every action is right as long as it promotes happiness. Hedonists believe that pleasure is the master of all humankind and should serve as the ultimate goal in life. The choice between pleasure and pain - two motivators of human actions - is never a difficult one for a true hedonist.



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Justin Main

The fact that we all want to be successful in one way or another is inspiring to me. There are many meanings, definitions and concepts of what the word “success” is. I personally always asked myself:

“What is our purpose in life and how to succeed in finding it?”

A while ago I made a decision to feel successful, unconditionally. At that time I wasn’t sure what that meant, and now, knowing the answer I understand that it is much simpler than I ever imagined. The main reason why we want what we want, is simply to feel good. My first step was to stop focusing on friends, family, colleagues or other people telling me how I needed to succeed. Of course, they mean well and their opinion is very important, but trust me, not as much as my opinion about myself. I simply began to focus on what I wanted and all that made me feel good.

“The better I felt, the more wonderful life experiences I attracted around me” Great things started to come into my life with ease. The better I felt, the more wonderful life experiences I attracted. I gained confidence in myself, my career and my life. The things started working out amazingly for me - even better than I had anticipated. My time at work became more productive and I began achieving better results whereas previously I had been so stressed and pressured. I realized that stress was unecessery and all in my head. Seeing tangible results, only the habits that felt good and easy became my habits. You are probably thinking to succeed you have to work hard. Simply, it’s not the case. Just by appreciating what I have I literally started to get all I wanted. All my personal and professional relationships flourished. My clients constantly show me their appreciation for my work. I now travel a great deal for pleasure and it somehow combines perfectly with my professional path. Freedom, growth and joy became my choice of career, my purpose in life. There is nothing more important to me than to feel good and by feeling good I harmonize with a happy and successful life. I discovered a tremendous power in me, a power that now I am able to see in everyone else. I feel fulfilled with an unlimited potential and knowledge of what I want and how to experience it. Skills are just conditions that can be learned and now I only feel abundance of time, possibilities and well-being. Since everything is perceptual, there is just me and my choice to believe in what I want - there is no right or wrong. Like one of my favorite authors said: “Not money is the path to your happiness but happiness is the means to your money, and I will add; for sure to anything you want.” – Abraham Hicks.



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is the new chic words // Sandra Freckled photography // Carola de Armas

Nowadays packing your luggage may be easier than ever before. Those times where you had to think of every match, for every single day are over. “Timeless” is the new chic and today this concept has overtaken the styles of both men and women.

Fashion prevails over “temporality” and creativity is the key to excel on authentic looks. Those old times where we had to wear a suit to go to work, dress sporty on a Saturday, wear sequins or a bowtie for New Year’s have gone down in history! It’s time to open our closet, recover and mix all those forgotten pieces that we only used once for a special event. Moreover, no matter if we are in a warm or a cold country - weather should not influence our style.



Metallics & Velvet We just need to have a look at the Street Style and major fashion shows, to realize that metallic colors and velvet are the ultimate trend. While those colors and textures used to be associated with special or luxury events, nowadays they represent boldness and elegance in its maximum expression. Silver and Gold – the shiner the better!



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Exposed hosiery The predominance of the sock - in a wide variety of colors - is increasingly manifesting on a wide range of options – from subtle to more extravagant looks. Whether “happy” or not, shown socks are now part of the everyday look, and they can even be the special piece that highlights the overall look.



maximalism Minimal looks were embraced two years ago by Céline and at the moment, no one wants to talk about it. Fashion is looking towards Gucci, which brings joy and freshness. Fashion remains elegant, however “less is more” has been abandoned temporarily.

Mix & Match

Not being afraid of mixing colors and patterns is another form of expression in today’s fashion world. The abundance of colors and the possibility of mixing them up in unexpected ways is an undiscovered art.



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Pairing at

Sasha Bar photography


Cristal Saints

When it comes to discovering the perfect match between food and drink, the options are endless. Of course, finding the right balance requires talent, skills and the ability to be beyond creative. The matter is to be able to play the visual, with the relationship between aromas and flavors, offering the client a great experience. The context in which this experience happens is not less important. Leonid Chechelnitskiy – a young Catalan entrepreneur who embraces his Russian roots - has had all his young life to learn that. Ever since Leo was five years old, he has been involved in the hospitality business, at the “tapas bar” that his parents opened next to Gaudi’s iconic Sagrada Familia. Today, he shares his passion for gastronomy and people at Sasha Bar 1968 (Carrer de Margarit, 18 Barcelona). In fact, the place, where all the elements – are combined to create memorable experiences for the client.





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The exquisite pairing as suggested:

“A luscious explosion of flavors in your palate”

Dolce Sasha Vodka - The drink par excellence of the Russian tsars is the base of this excellent cocktail. The ingredients are a mixture of cherry liqueur, passion fruit, vanilla and a touch of cava. This blend of sweet and dry flavors is paired to perfection with the texture of salmon and the essence of sweet mustard.

Fresh salmon marinated in my Grandmother’s style with sweet mustard vinaigrette Unique, exotic and memorable are the words that Leonid uses to describe this excellent combination of “tapa fria” and cocktail. Not in vain, the marinated salmon is the new version of a plate that Leo’s “babushka” (grandma in Russian) used to elaborate at home in his childhood. Since then, delighted by the singularity of its flavors, Leo has continued the heritage of the dish; together with Sasha’s cook, he created a new version of the marinated salmon by adding a special and flavorful vinaigrette.


The exquisite moment to enjoy such experience as suggested: As our motto says we don’t remember days, but moments. So we believe every gourmet experience should be enjoyed at the right moment with the right person. For us, the perfect moment to enjoy the marinated salmon & Dolce Sasha pairing is at night tea, right before dinner, always accompanied by a good friend or loved one – Leo adds.



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Porcelànic A New Generation of Organic Wine words // Maribel Mozas photography // Adrián Zorzano | Whole Wine




on Rimbau describes himself as a selftaught perma-viticulture practitioner. According to the principles of this practice, the life of human beings is combined in a respectful and beneficial way with that of animals and plants. Such process focuses on a successive optimization of the system for both, the needs of the present, and for the benefit of future generations.

The design process aims for an optimal integration of the ecological, economic and social needs of the system, so that in the long term, it can be self-regulated and maintained in a dynamic balance through minimal interference. The practice thus seeks to consciously overcome the still predominant, linear and causal process, whose destructive consequences we are attending today. Ton Rimbau is from “Penedès”, a wine region of Catalonia with excellent Denomination of Origin (D.O) wines. Its landscape is an oasis to indulge the five senses; a mosaic of wine, cava and history... To get lost in the calm of the roads that plait the vineyards of the Penedès, it is definitely a unique experience in connection with nature. The landscape is revealed as images of a large garden, where the grapes that will travel the world are born. These images are works of art of the wine culture. Ton has been growing wines since 2000, and in 2005 he decided to apply perma-viticulture as combined with some biodynamic practices. The vineyards function like a forest, with minimal intervention. In order to avoid possible contamination by the products used in adjacent traditional growing areas, Ton leaves clear at least two rows of grape plants around the outline of his land. This ensures that chemical products not suitable for the production of organic crops - don’t affect the production of his wines. This system reduces the production of wine considerably, however, the concentration of minerals in the wine increases and enhances the flavors. The culture of wine and its consumption associated with good gastronomy is increasingly manifesting, not only in prestigious restaurants but also in our homes. When asking Ton on whether the wine producers are prepared for the growing demand for good wines, his answer is yes. However, in high-end wines such as his “Porcelanic”, precisely due to the application of perma-viticulture and biodynamics, the production is difficult to increase in its different cycles. Ton recognizes that his beginnings as a perma-viticulture were not easy and had little recognition in a region with a long wine tradition and especially in his place of native, Vilobí del Penedès. However, he states that it was Joan Valencia, Catalan and distributor at Cuvee 3000, who recognized the quality of his wines.

Today, Ton Rimbau and his work are celebrated in Michelin Star restaurants which serve his wines, including El Celler de Can Roca, Xemei, Dos Cielos, Moments at Hotel Mandarin Oriental and Sant Pau, in Catalonia, Noma and Bror, in Denmark and Aqua in Germany. We asked him about what sommeliers find differentiates or adds value to his wines, to which Ton explains that it is the high minerality, the depth of the wine, exceptionally long-lasting flavours, and a metamorphosis that befalls the wine in the glass `as if it were a chameleon of flavours. Not surprisingly, Josep Roca - one of the best sommeliers today - has sponsored “Porcelànic”, a natural sweet wine from 2012 which he pairs very specially with “Lactic”, one of the gastronomic proposals at the prestigious restaurant, El Celler de Can Roca. Josep and his brothers, Joan and Jordi, at once owners of the restaurant and also sommelier, chef and pastry chef, obtained their third Michelin star in 2009. Since then, it has been repeatedly counted by the British magazine “Restaurant” as being among the best restaurants in the world. Specifically, in 2013 and 2015 it was ranked in the first position.



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Large amount of minerals, the depth of the wine, exceptionally longflavors and a metamorphosis that the wine befalls inside the glass “as ifit were a chameleon of flavors” are the qualities of Ton Rimbau’s wines.

Such is its global prestige that in 2006, gastronomy and culinary art critics considered that their dishes should be displayed in the Gugenheim of Bilbao or in the MoMa. Last September, Joan Roca stated in an interview during the celebration “Sopar de les estrelles” in Barcelona - on the occasion of the International Year of Gastronomy - that “we are living a gastronomic revolution in which talent is oriented in favor of gastronomic tradition, innovating and giving more value to small producers “. Ton Rimbau belongs to that part of the story of small producers who love the land of their ancestors. He knows that everything one does with passion is rewarding and ends up paying off. Today, he acknowledges that all of his efforts from the beginning of the project are bearing luscious fruitThe biggest achievement - he explains proudly - is that he has managed to demonstrate that growing grapes and producing wine without using a single drop of chemicals can bring as a result a great wine. “ I struggle and have a hard time delaying my harvest while all of the other growers collect the grapes to make their wines. I must wait one or two additional months, as required by the principles of perma-agriculture and those parts of biodynamics which I apply”- he explains. A good lesson that we learn from his attitude: never give up, fight for what you believe and trust your own instinct, while remaining humble and consistent with your beliefs. When we asked Ton how he would pair his wines, he responds: “Clearly, my wines are not to pair literally. They are wines that evolve constantly; howeve, however I would say they combine very well with rice, fish and oysters. My sweet wine combines well dark chocolate, blue cheese, pastry and can even be served as an appetizer“. Talking with Ton Rimbau doesn’t leave you indifferent, he transmits the passion for what he does. He is an entrepreneur who doesn’t stop dreaming. His latest dream: build an aquatic winery with a large swimming pool where he will submerge his wines, which he already places in special ceramic bottles. Visitors will be able to walk through its themed corridors. Large stained glass will allow to observe that great work of the enology - the Porcelanic wines. Perhaps someday they will also deserve the comments of great winemakers and sommeliers, saying that they could be in museums such as the Gugenheim or the MoMa.



But for Ton, the wineries are not only a dream, it is a great project that he has been pursuing for some years. The center of attention would be the aquatic winery. But in its eagerness to emphasize the harmony between landscape, nature and the products of the land, in the design of the project he also foresees an observatory with views of the great mountain of Montserrat. In addition, he aims for a great showcase of “proximity products” in which his wines will have the protagonism, but also local products such as cheeses, cookies and wines of other small producers in the country, mainly of the region. With the magnitude and singularity of such project, we ask him what is his plan to attract investors, to which he responds with the spontaneity and simplicity that characterizes him: “The truth is that I could not define it sufficiently with words. But whoever arouses curiosity and is interested, I would tell them to accompany me to the vineyards. I would show them how I work with my collaborators: magnets, colors, glasses with encrypted information, insects like spiders, plants like aloe vera, decoction of plants like garlic, rosemary, thyme, horsetail, nettle... I would show my BIOL Biofertilizer and the sea water extract called ORMUS. All this and the future location of the wineries presided over by the majesty of the mountain of Montserrat, are my most convincing arguments. “ Ton does not fail to surprise with his sense of humor when he refers to some of his “collaborators”: “I have some employees who are bats. I build them nests and, in exchange for the lodging, they eat mosquitoes and night butterflies that would otherwise damage the vines.“ His explanations about the behavior of nature continue to keep our attention. He explains that bats and spiders eliminate 95% of harmful butterflies (Lobesia Botrana) that attack the vines. This technique reduces the pressure the night butterflies exert on crops, without completely eliminating them. Besides that, bats are assured of their food year after year, it is possible to maintain the ecosystem, maintaining at least a low presence of the harmful insects. “I am sure their presence is not bad at all. Some good function must have although I don’t know it myself. And we must respect it because nature is wise” - he says.

His persevering attitude, flexibility and resilience give him definitely a great capacity for improvisation in the face of setbacks. Surely, there mostly lies the attainment of his achievements. When asked if he considers himself a successful individual his answer was: “Not really! But I felt good when someone knelt in front of me and said that I was the God of Wine; or when someone asked me to sign the bottles they had purchased. For me, success would be that my work is recognized, to be heard and thus be able to influence other winemakers to abandon cultivation and production with chemical practices.”



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Prêt-à-Portea High-Fashion Bakes & Biscuits

The original fashionista afternoon tea in London features couture cakes and biscuits inspired by designers such as Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana, DVF, Charlotte Olympia, Jimmy Choo and Christian Louboutin



Charlotte Olympia’s dramatic cinnamon biscuit boot with black and red icing.

The Berkeley in Knightsbridge, London, is celebrating the 10th year anniversary of Prêt-à-Portea, its legendary fashion afternoon tea, with the publication of Prêt-à-Portea, High-Fashion Bakes & Biscuits by publishing house Laurence King. The book showcases a collection of over twenty secret recipes and baking techniques from the hotel’s Head Pastry Chef Mourad Khiat featuring key fashion styles from the world’s leading designers. This book allows baking and fashion aficionados the chance to combine their passions, bringing Prêt-à-Portea to home pastry chefs around the world.

Prêt-à-Portea remains the original fashionista afternoon tea in London since its creation in 2006, adding an innovative twist to traditional tea, with cakes and pastries inspired by the latest fashion collections. The trend setting cakes follow Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter collections from the catwalk to the cakewalk every season. With couture cakes and biscuits from legendary names such as Anya Hindmarch to Manolo Blahnik and Valentino to Jason Wu, this collection of recipes in Prêt-à- Portea, High Fashion Bakes & Biscuits celebrates ten years of creativity and pays tribute to the designers who continue to inspire and collaborate with Prêt-à-Portea at The Berkeley.

Moschino’s blood orange Victoria sponge ‘yellow M’ handbag encased in red chocolate.



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The Exciting World of

Design in Dubai words // Hazem Aljesr Owner and Founding Managing Director of Cities Design & Lifestyle Stores photography // Courtesy of Art Dubai Group




zoom in | Design & architecture he last few years have been an exciting time for the design sector in Dubai and it is continuing to move forward with expansions, initiatives, and new programs to aid in further increasing interest and understanding of the vital world of design. Design officially became an area of interest in Dubai in 2012 when Art Dubai Group hosted the region’s first collectible design fair, Design Days Dubai. This was followed by design trade show Downtown Design which launched in 2013, and Dubai Design Week which made its debut in 2015. Each of these annual fairs plays an important role in presenting design to the public and each shares a distinct perspective on a wide-ranging sector, allowing for varied exposure to diverse offerings of creativity. Design Days Dubai characterizes itself as a boutique fair and typically features around 40 exhibitors. As it has grown, the focus has been on depth, and the 2016 edition of the fair shared work from exhibitors from 20 countries. It also exists as a platform for young international and regional talents, and the annual program includes workshops, talks and other activities. To emphasize the quick growth and vibrancy of design in Dubai, Design Days Dubai 2016 also included a retrospective entitled ‘Wasl’ which featured 25 pieces from Dubai-based designers, including UAE nationals and expats. Comparatively, Downtown Design defines itself as a platform for the region’s trade professionals “to discover original, high quality design from all over the world.” Also founded and managed by Art Dubai Group, Downtown Design offers a mix of established and emerging brands in a variety of product categories and has worked to enact initiatives to facilitate a profitable relationship between exhibitors and buyers. Since its third edition, the fair also includes the presentation of several Design Weeks from around the world to increase visitor’s exposure to products that would not typically be found at big shows. This ongoing project called ‘Destination’, in its 2016 edition featured curated presentations from Addis Ababa, Barcelona, Beirut, Reykjavik and Taiwan Design Weeks. Additionally, Downtown Design shares a series of industry talks and discussions to further enhance the public’s interest in design.

Global Grad Show, now in its second year, is an exhibition of works from the world’s leading design schools. Last year it shared 145 projects from 50 universities, many of which focus on sustainability and social design. Comparatively, Abwab is a series of six pavilions built to showcase the works of designers


from six different countries in the MENASA region. Representatives from different countries are chosen to participate each year, and all are tasked with sharing design focused on the same unifying theme. Last year’s participants created new design content addressing the theme of the Human Senses and included designers from Algeria, Bahrain, India, Iraq, Palestine, and the UAE.

Tarek Elkassouf - Intersect Lamp

Downtown Design takes place every year under the umbrella of Dubai Design Week, a city-wide design week which celebrates design throughout Dubai and is a platform for local talents. Events included exhibitions, lectures, workshops, installations, pop ups, screenings and brand launches. Highlights of Dubai Design Week include the Global Grad Show and the Abwab initiative.

These three annual fairs are complemented by a number of other city-wide events which share creativity, and are supported by Dubai Culture and sponsored by Dubai Design District. While they have played a significant role in furthering the course of design in Dubai, no initiative has been more significant than Dubai Design District, d3. Established in 2013 by UAE’s Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid Al Maktoum,

d3 is a multi-phase project which aims to exist as a “curated space designed for people and businesses operating in the fields of design, fashion, art and luxury.” In addition to office space and work space, d3 will also offer living spaces and a Fabrication Lab which will provide designers and artists with the latest technology and tools to create. The final result, expected to finish in 2019, will include over 2000 hotel rooms and over 1000 apartments, a Sports Park, and a Creekside promenade with retail and entertainment outlets. As part of its progress, d3 hosted the 2016 edition of Downtown Design and will also be the site for the 2017 edition of Design Days Dubai. This type of government support is vital to furthering the field of design in Dubai, yet to ensure a future for designers and creators, education is another important factor to be addressed. Recently, Dubai announced that it is ready to meet that need with the Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation. DIDI, a private, nonprofit institution is hoping to accept its first students in 2018, and will be located in d3. It is being developed with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Parsons School of Design in New York, and the curriculum will offer undergraduate degrees in design with concentrations in product design, design management, fashion design, arts, visual arts, and media. The opening of such an institution is hoped to aid in fulfilling the expected demand for at least 30,000 design graduates which was highlighted in the MENA Design Education Outlook study, released by the Dubai Design and Fashion Council in collaboration with d3. It is also part of the ongoing goal to increase and maintain sustainable growth. As with any initiative, education is the way forward, and DIDI will be focused on “nurturing, mentoring and creating the next generation of designers who will turn today’s ideas into tomorrow’s reality.” It’s the start of building the necessary infrastructure to properly support and improve already existing design sector. With a strong foundation, design in Dubai can move forward and continue to increase interest and influence throughout the region. Creating and maintaining sustainable growth in the design sector will result in vast financial benefits, and it will also aid in improving the quality of our everyday existence. However, as anyone involved directly in the design field knows, for this to occur, it is also of vital importance that people gain experience and understanding of what design entails and the role it plays in their daily lives. While we have come a long way in increasing exposure to design and educating the public, we still have a long way to go. Many people encounter the concept of design as a novelty and fail to realize the impact it has on our day-to-day routines. Instead, it is often viewed as inaccessible or unimportant, or a collector’s hobby. Increased education will alter these perspectives with time, but we also must make efforts to share design on a basic level. Public installations are aiding in this effort, with creations such as Fadi Sarieddine’s ‘Dubai Syndrome’ which was placed around d3 earlier in 2016. Originally developed in 2008, the outdoor furniture collection which is made from concrete and rebar was created as a “commentary on Dubai’s strategic construction plan and post-industrial times,” as it takes concrete from its original context and celebrates this material that is made to be hidden. The result is public seating which provides a function, but also encourages thinking about one’s surroundings and how we typically interact with them. Other noteworthy examples come from Zeinab Al Hashemi whose Hexalite installation, crafted from mirrored steel and Swarovski crystals was the outdoor centerpiece of this year’s Dubai Design Week offerings at d3. This kaleidoscopic design offered distinct views depending on the time of viewing and the light sources which interacted with the creation, thus reinforcing idea that



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Ayah Al Bitar - The Sanctuary

existing external forces can be incorporated into a design while sharing the importance of continuity in public design. Comparatively, Yaroof, a geometric installation created by Aljoud Lootah in 2015 and displayed on the beach in JBR, was inspired by a traditional fishing technique and shaped to resemble the fishing process it was named after. However, the design also incorporated an additional functional element, as it created a shelter-like form and offered shade for beachgoers as well. The result was a complex creation that transformed an everyday object and action into art, while the patterns created by the ropes used in design offered a cultural aspect in referencing Arabesque motifs. These three examples highlight the differences that even small initiatives can make on people’s perceptions of design. Often it is the smallest act that can make the biggest difference, and it is reassuring to see that innovations are occurring in Dubai on both sweeping and small scales. All of us in the design sector must take whatever action we can to impart the necessity of design to the region. While great steps have been taken and great progress has been made, there is still much to be done. To inspire emerging talents and retain them, they must be offered a nourishing and supportive environment. It is encouraging to see initiatives on behalf of Dubai Culture, which in addition to its expansive support, also offers artist residencies. Tashkeel also provides residencies, along with fellowships, studio facilities and access to a Fabrication Lab. Design competitions have furnished an additional outlet for budding designers to share their work and gain exposure, and we are slowly developing a design community where creators collaborate and support



one another to continue moving forward. This may possibly be aided by the global trend of established brands supporting or collaborating with local designers and artists in an effort to expand their reach to a local scale. We can see this movement reflected in the consistent sponsorship of Dubai-based events by global brands such as Audi and Swarovski, and in the expanded coverage that design events in Dubai are receiving on a larger scale. As our design initiatives continue forward, Dubai is putting all the pieces into place to ensure a strong and sustainable future. It is exciting to be a part of such changes; there is so much to be proud of, and so much still to look forward to.

Creating and maintaining sustainable growth in the design sector will result in vast financial benefits. Quoted information taken from the following sources: | | @DubaiInstituteofDesignandInnovation

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Swarovski Crystal Worlds



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words // Elizaveta Ebner, architect photography // Courtesy of Swarovski Kristallwelten

who comes to the small Tyrolean village of Wattens immediately tries to understand the reason why Daniel Swarovski choose this, at first glance unremarkable place for the firm’s headquarters. However, he had a number of reasons: first, mountain river with a strong stream, providing enough resources for operating machinery; secondly, a significant distance from the Swarovski Bohemia area, which helped to avoid increasing competition level on the market and secured him from being copied. Finally, Wattens was strategically well connected with trade routes leading into the center of the world fashion industry – Paris – where crystals were in great demand.


In October 1995 in Wattens, surrounded by the Alps, Swarovski family opened the “Swarovski Crystal Worlds” in honor of its 100 years anniversary. The multimedia artist Andre Heller designed the exhibition center. Heller proved himself as an eccentric and talented master of stenography, reconstructor of variety shows and theaters, the creator of numerous prose publications - an artist. He was becoming the author of the place which, immediately after the opening, was called “as wonderful as one of the world’s wonder.” Magical worlds are hidden on three underground levels. On the surface, there is a huge, seventeen meters high head of the Giant with glowing crystal eyes, hilly landscape “body” with a labyrinth on top of it and a waterfall with crystal-clear alpine water flowing out of the mouth of “the guardian of the treasures”. The Giant, created by Andre Heller, even has a brief but very magical biography. According to it, to better understand the world in all its diversity, the giant traveled the world and right after this decided to settle in Wattens. He brought with him his most beloved treasures - extracted from all over the globe to protect them. This story, of course, also has an analog real version - famous chambers of wonder in the Ambras Castle. In the 16th century, this was an attempt to gather a universal collection of works from all areas of knowledge known at that time in one place. The complex underground exposition begins with the Blue Hall, where you find yourself passing through the Giant’s waterfall. Painted in the famous color called “International Klein Blue” is the space with inclined walls - in honor of the artist Yves Klein, who created it. First of all, this is where you get to know the crystal through such masterpieces as “The Persistence of time” by Salvador Dali, “Gems” by Andy Warhol, etc.



Swarovski Crystal Worlds was successfully welcoming numerous visitors from all over the world for 20 years, but the company’s management decided to create a new 7.5-hectare landscape park with unique installations and buildings. The amount invested in the project was quite generous 34 million euros. New Crystal Worlds was open to the public on the April 30th, 2015 and immediately became an absolute sensation in the cultural world - not only in Austria but the whole world. What changed during the year and a half of constant work on the project? Three architectural teams worked on the project: Snohetta, CAO PERROT, and s_o_s Architekten. Snohetta was responsible for the kids play tower and the adjacent playground creation, the design of the new entrance to the Crystal Worlds store and Daniels Kristallwelten Café & Restaurant.

The next “Chamber of Wonder” is the “mechanical theater” by artist Jim Whiting, telling a story about high-precision machinery creation (Swarovski company is also famous in this field). Whiting showed a combination of people and technology in his work by representing the relations between men and women in the form of rigid objects that by magic come to life and begin to fly and dance in the air. Perhaps the most impressive part of the exhibition is the underground crystal dome, based on the geodesic dome by Buckminster Fuller. Geodesic domes have very high level of stability, especially because for constructing them one needs a relatively small amount of material. Swarovski Crystal dome consists of 595 mirrors, which create the depth effect and give a feeling of being inside a crystal to the visitors. Nine of the 595 mirrors are so-called “spy mirrors.” Hidden in them are the works of art by various artists. An interesting fact: the Crystal Dome is also very popular for weddings.

The renewed Swarovski Crystal Worlds was supposed to pay special attention to young visitors and also create comfortable conditions for their rest and recreation. That’s why they created twenty-meter high play tower with completely different game rooms on its four levels. The architecture of this building is unique and fully encompasses the spirit of the Swarovski Company. The tower’s facade consists of 160 different glass panels with a million tiny motifs applied on them. According to the architect’s idea, these are “characters associated with the history of Swarovski”. The tower offers a spectacular 360-degree view of the majestic Tyrolean landscape. This space is open to children of any age and has a complementary outdoor area, looking like a freeform structure made of steel and wood, offering an infinite number of ways to have fun. Snohetta office, known for its non-trivial approach to architecture, wanted to give children an opportunity not only for enjoying wellknown activities but also to discover new games and forms of movement. The Norwegian company, as mentioned above, was also the author of the Daniel Kristallwelten Café & Restaurant area.

Swarovski Crystal Worlds “as wonderful as one of the world’s wonder.”

To describe all the particularities of the “Giant’s Underworld” would be impossible - it is much better to see them with your eyes. But maybe it is necessary to mention the room called “Studio Job Wunderkammer.” Company Studio Job designed the space with no corners where everything “revolves around the international experience study”, according to the designer’s idea. Deliberately bright panels, shapes, and compositions invite visitors to make their discoveries. What at first glance seems to be just a set of obscure artifacts, actually tells stories and reflections on contemporary society through movement and music language. Exhibition of the underground gallery called “Timeless” closes the exposition and shows in detail the company history from the very beginning up to the magical moments on stage, screen, and podium. Past, present, nostalgia and glamor are showed by the architects of the underground level – company HG Merz in collaboration with archives of Swarovski company.



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From the outside, the building looks like a bionic form concrete pavilion, organically fitting into the surrounding landscape of the park. Renewed Swarovski Crystal Worlds has set itself the task of not only feeding the minds and feelings of visitors by its brilliant collection but also creating a “delicious” space for true gourmets. Daniels Kristallwelten offers a taste of international cuisine, regional specialties, seasonal delights, and especially confectionery products. Chic atmosphere surrounds gently curved architectural columns, bright surfaces, materials, inlaid with Swarovski crystals, and almost panoramic view of the park. The third part of Snohetta work was the new entrance to the company’s previously existing store and moreover to the multimedia installation. Kilometers of glowing wires are formed in a spiral structure, making an interactive, visually expanding tunnel. The new Swarovski Crystal Worlds Store was designed by architects from s_o_s Architekten to bring together and offer numerous Swarovski product lines. Particularly notable in this space are dome and columns, decorated with the famous Italian Bisazza mosaic. The dome was fastly getting a name of “Starry mosaic sky.” The second project of this brand new Swarovski crystal world’s complex - the entrance pavilion - became surprisingly minimalistic but beautiful from all points of view. Its design comes from the CAO PERROT master plan based on the idea of the “white woods” structure. As a result, the concrete roof of the pavilion with the size of 1800 square meters is located just over the white birch “forest.” Located here are also the souvenir shop, toilets, and staff room. Three materials (glass, wood, and concrete) were used in this project on purpose, so it does not compete with the new “sights” of the Crystal Worlds. That’s why the entrance structure is clear and simple. The last architectural firm, which, as mentioned earlier, has been developing an updated master plan for the complex, CAO PERROT, was also creating an impressive installation titled “Crystal cloud” in the park. It covers an area of 1,400 square meters and consists of over 800,000 Swarovski crystals in three different sizes (the purpose was to make the clouds shinier). Mounted by hand, all crystals included in the composition of the installation are floating in the air above the artificial pool which in the “magical world” is named “Mirror pool”. Swarovski Crystal Worlds is also a rare beauty garden with more than 72,000 flower bulbs in the “Giant’s garden”. It is a place that, without any doubt, is worth to visit. People of all ages, professions, and interests can enjoy this creation. It is essential to underline that in the whole complex barrier-free solutions were implemented. The complex was becoming, like Swarovski crystals, multi-sided, thanks to the excellent expert’s team who worked on its development. In addition to beautiful architecture, installations, landscape and compositions, safe and exciting playgrounds, crystals, success stories and incredible exhibitions, two very important things are significant: family spirit and magic, created, however by many years of hard work.


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words // James Wallace President and co-founder of nAscent Art New York


Miya Ando, ©2017 nAscent Art New York, Inc. -- used with permission



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” I just had a show

in L.A. called Ginga. Ginga means galaxy in Japanese, but the word also means ‘the silver river in heaven’, which is so beautiful. ”



I. Bridge Like many places in New York City, getting to artist Miya Ando’s studio requires the crossing of a bridge. With a semi-industrial enclave bustling with old factory buildings and new residential development, Long Island City sits just east of Manhattan. Nearby, elevated subway tracks clatter with trains heading to Queens or back to one of the world’s most famous islands. The rows of old, cookie-cutter edifices adorned with impressive street art murals echo with chilly pre-winter winds like Nordic fjords. Cloistered in one of these gray boxes, Miya works in a spacious two-room, second-floor studio. A prolific artist, she receives supplies nearly every day. In the smaller anteroom, she stores supplies or greets the occasional visitor. But in the second room - that’s where Miya gets to be Miya. The pungent whiff of chemicals, burning metal or paint particulates, announces the welcoming studio. Miya greets me with a hug (we’ve known each other for years), then moves about purposefully, creating a hospitable spot for a conversation. Creating is what she does best. Though well-known to me and some in the art world, Miya Ando may soon need no introduction to anyone. Around five and a half feet tall, the artist’s long, straight, raven tresses are as easy to spot from a distance as her artwork. Bangs hover at the eyebrows, partially obscuring dark eyes that move easily ffrom laughter to introspection, from empathy to determination. Seated on folding chairs near the center of her studio, we are surrounded by neatly arranged tools and art, always just a glance away. Fueled by a bottle of flavored sparkling water, the conversation comes easily. Like her artwork, Miya is layered and complex well beyond an eye-pleasing first look. Always stylish, she usually covers her many tattoos. She acknowledges other complexities: her Japanese and American families; her rural upbringing contrasted with a decidedly urban art studio; her verbal eloquence and visual arts mastery. Like the lyrics of the Billy Joel song, artists only reveal what they want you to see. Or maybe seeing beyond the art - seeing the artist - allows us to appreciate the art fully. In this corner, newer work; in the other corner, studies in new materials; against one wall, a massive four-piece commission; across another wall, tools - lots of tools - floor to ceiling; in the center, enough room for two more tables with works-in-progress and another display table. This place is not made for hosting or for parties. Miya’s cavernous studio is made for making - for investigation, for inspiration, for creation, for work.

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“ Seven days a

II. Art

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Miya is known for her metallic paintings. She coaxes nuanced lines and horizons out of solid metal sheets, using heat and chemical processes. The grayscale metal paintings became her signature, a touchstone, beginning in 2002. “Part of my own understanding and coming to terms is making pictures that make me feel calm, that feel like spaces or portals that I can get lost in. I like the oblivion images. I like the nothingness. It’s part of my tradition as well. Empty spaces make me feel comforted, and I continually make that imagery.” “When I see a stack of industrial aluminum, what do I turn it into?” - she points to raw sheets of metal. “That.” - she points to her metal canvases. “That vocabulary is part of me.” But Miya also works with Bodhi leaves - leaves of the species of tree under which The Buddha gained enlightenment. She dyes Bodhi leaves with color and treats them with metal finishes. She constructs life-sized approximations of kimonos comprised of a gradient of carefully treated steel and aluminum squares. She paints clouds suspended in metal. From there, clouds suspended in the glass. She makes charred wood with powdered gold embedded into some of the crevices, a nod to the Japanese practice of kintsugi, treating broken bowls with gold or silver to reconnect the pieces. She makes “white” paintings that are anything but, changing color and tint with changing light and position of the viewer. Miya continues to explore her continuum, to develop new processes, to realize visions born in moments of inspiration, this time with woven silver fabric chemically treated to add a patina, next time with a silver treatment on canvas with a patina on it. Always focused, always balancing, Miya’s art emanates from the disparate voices that are inherent parts of her being. Besides New York City, Miya spends time in California’s Santa Cruz mountains, where she spent her formative years, and rural Japan, where she spent her youth. She cherished her Japanese heritage, grateful and blessed to have lived among people who honor nature naturally. In traditional Japanese homes, you may


week. Coffee. Art news. Work in our studios. Dinner. Maybe an art show or a glass of wine. Repeat. “

find tokonoma, an alcove near the entrance showcasing a scroll of the elegant script and perhaps a featured treasure. Miya remembers her grandmother picking newly blossomed flowers from the garden to put in the tokonoma to celebrate that moment. “This respect and attunement to nature is something that is profoundly beautiful and so elegant and so refined and distilled in Japan. I feel lucky to have been witness to that,” says Miya. She embraces her experiences as filters and lenses affecting her artwork. “I grew up in a Buddhist temple and in nature, and of course that’s filtering through my lens. That’s my context. ...I was raised as a little girl in a Buddhist temple. My grandfather was a Buddhist priest.” Apparently, for Miya’s collectors in Japan, immediate discussion about nature and Buddhism arises when seeing her artwork. “I just had a show in L.A. called Ginga. Ginga means galaxy in Japanese, but the word also means ‘the silver river in heaven’, which is so beautiful. So, is it a galaxy? Or is it actually a silver river in the sky?...It’s poetic, and it’s beautiful, and there’s love there. It’s not just the stars in the sky; it’s reverence I cherish deep in my heart. I respect that attitude. I hope to honor that.” Honoring nature, simplicity, and culture seems effortless to Miya. Recently wed to artist Shelter Serra, Miya talks of the peacefulness of a ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn, a place with onsen hot springs and paper shoji screens. Sitting on tatami mats on the floor, eating multi-course kaiseki-ryōri meals, and sleeping on makura (buckwheat-filled pillows). No worries about luxurious thread count at a ryokan. Miya features the rural Japanese hamlet of Hakone (population 13,000) and the even more remote California burg of Bolinas (population 2,000) on her Instagram account (@studiomiyaando). Simplicity permeates her art practice as well. “[Shelter and I] are...both really people of habit. Seven days a week. Coffee. Art news. Work in our studios. Dinner. Maybe an art show or a glass of wine. Repeat.”

III. Why The routine Miya cherishes, helps to explain the scope of her productivity. Despite creating artwork for over a dozen solo shows since 2014 while cultivating multitudes of collectors, she makes time for family and supports various charitable organizations and events. Her gallery collaborators, Lora Schlesinger in Los Angeles and Sundaram Tagore in New York City, contribute mightily to her success, creating a platform and a market for her output, and giving her the freedom and resources to do what she loves most - create. She tells the story of one of her moments of inspiration and her gallery’s subsequent unconditional support. Charred cedar (Shou Sugi Ban) is a traditional building material in Japan used on some homes during construction as a fire prevention measure. Noting the transformative power of fire, how the destruction of the wood made it stronger, she saw a symbolic and aesthetic beauty and potential in adding gold to the crevices of a charred-wood canvas. The gold in the cracks would also evoke the Japanese craft of kintsugi, broken bowls re-assembled with metal. The gallery’s immediate support did not go unnoticed by Miya, and she is grateful for the solo show arising from the new artworks. “I had one goal when I made the commitment of being an artist. It was distinct. It was clear. It was set forth with the intention of an absolute, through-and-through commitment that this, [making art,] is my number one thing. I made that decision in the early 2000s. I vowed that I would do anything and everything in my power to sit in the studio and make what I want to make. [Making art] makes me feel happy. It makes me feel fulfilled. It is like a meditation. And a meditation builds upon itself. It’s like drops in a cup, and then it becomes full. It might not seem like a lot in that moment, but that, to me, is a life well lived.” This self-imposed mandate might be mistaken for self-indulgence. The treasures she creates for all to see, the reasons she does the work, instead, reveal great generosity. In these divisive times, her meditative artwork allows for the space to see universality and peace. But does that make her artwork political after all? She shrugs off the question. We are all different, but we share the same end, and we have the opportunity to make this journey a beautiful one. “I’m very interested in these bridges. What we all share, and what is undeniably a truth, is that we are all in an ephemeral scenario. Every moment is fleeting. There’s beauty in recognizing moments - now will never be again...and there’s beauty in that,” says Miya. “I’m a very simple person. I just want to make things.” On an island east of Manhattan, cross a bridge. And somewhere amidst the gray rows of buildings, you’ll find Miya Ando hard at work...her work of art.

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“ I’m a very simple person.

I just want to make things. “


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Women Contemporary




words // Lauren Henderson, Jazz singer and song writer photography // Siarhei Hancharou


azz is a term used to identify one of the richest genres of music. Often classified by its diverse use of rhythm, syncopation, and improvisation, jazz is an art form that extends beyond theory and makes a statement.

Each artist has a statement to make. Nat Hentoff of The Progressive celebrated the great pianist, composer, and arranger, Toshiko Akiyoshi, by stating, “Her scores are probably the most diversified in textures and moods of any big band repertory in the world. They range from extraordinary subtle profiles of times and cultures to exultantly swinging celebrations, of well, swinging... Toshiko Akiyoshi is like no other big band leader-writer in the jazz world.”

“You can’t fake this music. You might be a great singer or a great musician but, in the need, that’s got nothing to do with it.”

Valuable not only for its beauty, jazz also has the power to inform, enrich, and challenge society. Artists have collaborated regardless of their opinions, beliefs, practices, race, ethnic origin, gender or sexuality. This invaluable aspect aids in the advancement of art and educates us in ways that not only influence our creative minds but our view of society. Persistence is crucial for an artist’s voice to be heard. Contemporary Women in Jazz continue to have a strong impact on music and society. An art of black American origin. Many musicians, aficionados, and activists refer to jazz in ways that pay homage to its roots. Nina Simone, one of the most influential voices in jazz and a civil rights activist, referred to it as “Black Classical Music”. Nina Simone also stated, “An artist’s duty, as far as I’m concerned, is to reflect the times”. To gain a deeper understanding of the music, it’s imperative to acknowledge its history. Etta James said, “You can’t fake this music. You might be a great singer or a great musician but, in the need, that’s got nothing to do with it. It’s how you connect to the songs and to the history behind them”.

With all her talent and accolades, this prominent figure in jazz faced discrimination of her own. NPR writes that Toshiko Akiyoshi “moved to New York and developed a reputation as a fierce bebop player, but she says she wasn’t completely accepted in the jazz world as a woman and an Asian”. She is quoted, “In those days, ‘Japanese play jazz, really?’ And when it comes to a girl — ‘Really, really?’ kind of thing.”

Contemporary Women in Jazz are still commanding and demanding the same respect as men. Jazz expert and educator, Herb Wong said, “Part of my mission in this last couple of years has been to provide parity where inequities exist,” when discussing the Jazz Educator’s Association “Women In Jazz” theme with the Los Angeles Times. He continued that, “If jazz and education are presumed to be reflections of life, then the full fabric of life should be represented.” The Census Bureau still reports that in the United States, the median woman makes 79 cents for every dollar the median man earns. Contemporary Women in Jazz and all genres of music deserve respect. All people do. Aretha Franklin said, “We all require and want respect, man or woman, black or white. It’s our basic human right”. Artists everywhere are often forced to fight for their right to receive fair compensation for their time, dedication and efforts.

Expanding its rich roots throughout the Americas and around the world, jazz experienced World War I and II, The Civil Rights Movement, Women’s Suffrage and a multitude of monumental national and international events. The diversity within jazz is often a reflection of different times, cultures, and influences. From Bebop to Bossa Nova, Dixieland, Ragtime, Hard Bop, Jazz Blues, and Avant-garde jazz, the long list of subgenres grows and develops daily.

Contemporary Women in Jazz continue to exercise their right to use music to make their voices heard. Jazz Violinist, Regina Carter told Elbow Music, “I don’t think of violin as either a jazz instrument or not. I think of it as an extension of my voice”. Eliane Elias is an influential pianist and vocalist who expresses the same sentiment. In an interview with JazzTimes, she discusses Nat King Cole. She says, “Nat had such a distinctive voice, and I think that’s something that is very important for an instrumentalist who is also going to sing. Or for any successful artist, really; having your own sound and your own voice.”

Jazz is a genre that is celebrated and performed around the world by diverse artists. Also referred to as “Social Music”, this term embodies the power it has to bring people together and allow them the freedom to express their unique story. Dee Dee Bridgewater is quoted saying, “I like musicians who look at the public. You have to bring the music to the largest number. Otherwise, we’ll [the Jazz players] stay in the clubs. Jazz must be accessible to everyone.” Making jazz accessible to as many people as possible benefits all parties.

Society is ever changing: as it develops, so do we, and so does the music. Jazz vocalist, Cassandra Wilson states, “I’m always looking for ways to develop as a Jazz artist, to find different ways of using my voice.” Contemporary Women in Jazz have made a significant impression on the genre and continue to do so. Jazz remarkably promotes both unity and individuality in a way that leaves endless musical and social opportunities. As the great vocalist, Abbey Lincoln, said, “The best thing you can do is to be a woman and stand before the world and speak your heart.”


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B U G AT T I CHIRON the fastest, The most powerful, the most luxurious and the most exclusive production super sports car.



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Courtesy of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S.​

ugatti celebrated a world premiere at The Geneva International Motor Show. During this event, the French luxury brand unveiled the Bugatti Chiron, the most powerful, fastest, most luxurious and most exclusively produced super sports car in the world. Launched to the market months after, in autumn 2016, this luxury vehicle is now available for the most exquisite and demanding clients. The Chiron is the latest generation of the ultimate super sports car as well as completely new development. The sports car manufacturer from Molsheim, with its long tradition, has taken the unique features of a modern Bugatti to a new level and developed a high-performance machine that has become significantly better in every respect. The Chiron counts on a power output of 1,500 HP - unprecedented for production vehicles - an exceptionally high torque value of 1,600 Nm between 2,000 and 6,000 rpm and a wide variety of technical innovations. The Chiron is therefore very well-positioned to become the next world speed record holder and reach a maximum speed significantly above the record currently held by Bugatti. The manufacturer has limited the maximum speed of the new car to 420 km/h for road use. Considering that only 500 of these exceptional cars are produced, advance orders have been received for one third of the total production run right after its premier. The first vehicle was already delivered to a customer in autumn 2016. For those considering acquiring the Chiron, the price starts at €2.4 ($2.5) million net. As the result of the legendary and unique eight liter W16 engine that has been newly developed by Bugatti, the Chiron is the world’s first super sports car to bring such a high power and torque onto the road with tremendous effectiveness, extremely high safety levels and unprecedented comfort. In combination with the four new, larger turbochargers that are controlled by the Bugatti two-stage turbocharging and a large number of other technical refinements and innovations, maximum performance is available constantly and can be easily controlled at all speeds. With the new carbon fiber monocoque, a newly designed adaptive chassis, tires developed especially for Bugatti, the Chiron is not only a champion in terms of maximum acceleration but is, for the first time, also an agile, modern Bugatti with handling that ensures maximum driving pleasure. The Chiron is the most modern interpretation of Bugatti’s brand DNA. It embodies the new design language of the luxury brand with its long tradition. The styling accentuates the performance aspect of the super sports car much more strongly. The motto adopted by the Bugatti designers for the Chiron was “Form follows Performance”. As a result, the Chiron combines significantly more “beast” with a very high level of “beauty”. The designers have succeeded in reinterpreting Bugatti’s gene with its distinctive features in a modern 3 BUGATTI manifestation at the same time as adding new features resulting from the technical demands of even higher performance. The Chiron remains unmistakably a Bugatti.


Bugatti has tested the limits of physics.

There is no area where we have not achieved significant improvements.



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Exterior The new exterior design is characterized by extremely generous surfaces, which are demarcated by pronounced lines in the case of the Chiron. Such accentuated lines were inspired by the legendary Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic, the most famous creation of Jean Bugatti, design genius and son of the founder Ettore. The most distinctive design features are the Bugatti horseshoe with the eighteyed front end; the C-bar on the side - also known as the “Bugatti line”- which is also used as a design element in the interior; the central fin as a reminiscence of the central seam on the Bugatti Atlantic, which extends over the entire vehicle to the rear, and the redesigned rear end with the newly developed rear light, which is unique in the automobile industry and gives the Chiron its distinctive Bugatti signature. In addition, The Chiron is higher and wider than its predecessor, which allows for more space, especially in the footwell, and improved ergonomics. The wider front end of the vehicle is highlighted by the new eight-eye face. Apart from the lamp housings, the front end features a highly effective air inlet for the cooling of the front wheels and brakes and therefore performs an important aerodynamic function. A two-tone color scheme is a classic element in Bugatti’s design DNA and continues to practice its philosophy of “What you see is what you get“ consistently with the Chiron. This vehicle is constructed in every respect from authentic materials. Parts that look like carbon fiber, aluminum or leather are really made from these materials. The front emblem on the radiator grille, also known as the Bugatti “Macaron“, is a real gem. This symbol is a completely new design which is one third larger than its predecessor. The new emblem is a 3-D design creating the effect of letters hovering over the red enamel. This decorative component can only be produced by a handcrafting process that is extremely complex and time-consuming. Ettore Bugatti, whose motto was “nothing is too beautiful and nothing is too expensive,” would certainly have taken pleasure in this example of sheer craftsmanship.



“The Chiron is the quintessential ultimate super sports car: ultra-modern, incredibly fast, agile and powerful with a stylistically demanding design and the highest possible levels of comfort,” says Wolfgang Dürheimer.


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“It is part of human nature to cross boundaries and set new records – to run 100 m faster than ever before, to fly even further into space and to enter new realms. This striving is also our driving force at Bugatti,” - Wolfgang Dürheimer, President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. Interior The interior reflects the stylistic themes of the exterior including the central fin inspired by the Bugatti Atlantic. This approach ensures a symmetrical layout in the interior. At the same time, the design theme of the Bugatti line is expressed most strongly in the interior of the vehicle. The open oval based on a stylized “C”, the initial of Louis Chiron’s signature, is already a dominant element in the side view of the super sports car and is also taken up in the passenger compartment as a separating line between the symmetrical units for the driver and passenger. The selector for the seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox is located in the perfect ergonomic position within easy reach of the driver’s hand. It is produced from the most exclusive materials available as Bugatti is the only carmaker to use anodized aluminium for its controls and to ensure that each individual graphic symbol is illuminated. Bugatti pilots have all the driving dynamics information they need within their field of vision. The instruments visible through the steering wheel with its central horseshoe emblem include the analogue speedometer, the two supplementary digital displays, with the mechanical speed indicator standing out as a result of its exclusive quality. The speedometer runs up to the magic figure of 500 km/h (310 mph) and is a feast for the eyes with the exclusive appearance of a precious Swiss watch. The steering wheel is a classic example of the perfect combination of form and function. With an entirely new design, the steering wheel is the pilot’s control center. Two multifunction buttons installed on the left and right sides of the inner rim allow the driver to control all the multimedia features of the car along with many other functions. At the bottom of the wheel, the driver finds a button to activate the launch control function, allowing the Chiron to deploy maximum torque for standing starts and acceleration, leaving all other vehicles behind. The engineers have even created special stowage spaces for the two ignition keys. The main key for the operation of the super sports car in driving modes up to a speed of 380 km/h has a keyless go function and locks into a position to the right of the steering wheel in order to ensure safe stowage even during very sportive driving. Bugatti is following the wishes of its customers by making very generous use of highgrade carbon fiber material in the interior of the vehicle. The perfectly harmonized material split between leather and carbon fiber creates a luxurious environment commensurate with a technically sophisticated super sports car, every interior is tailor-made for the individual customer and hand-crafted. A good seating position and optimum seat comfort are especially important in a super sports car. Three types of seat are available for the Chiron. The standard version boasts outstanding seating comfort thanks to its sophisticated upholstery, special seam pattern and the optimum distribution of seat pressure.



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More transparent and accessible than ever before Time-saving and convenience of private aviation are the motivation of today’s private jet customer - the luxury and privacy of your aircraft are appealing and time is often the biggest luxury of all. While premium airline tickets can offer additional space and a luxury cabin experience, they can’t compete with versatility and flexibility of private jet travel. By making it more transparent and more accessible than ever before, technology has taken private jet travel to a new level. With new aircraft and business models bringing down the entry point price for private aviation, a short flight on a small jet can cost under €4000 ($4240) for the whole aircraft, which very often surprises people.



PRIVATEFLY To learn more about the world of private jet travel, we talked to Adam Twidell, CEO and co-founder of PrivateFly, a technology-driven booking service for private jets. Adam, after ten years as an RAF pilot and then flying private jets himself, saw the opportunity to use technology to transform the fragmented private jet market. As a result, its bespoke technology offers an online marketplace, linking private jet customers to 7,000+ private globally based aircraft, making it faster and easier than ever to arrange private jet travel. The platform gives an instant online price estimate, and clients can book online or via PrivateFly’s expert Flight Team, which is available 24 hours per day, seven days a week.

WHO AND HOW PrivateFly clients include business executives, high net worth individuals, celebrities, sports stars, and special occasion travelers. To make the process of booking easy and smooth, PrivateFly is user-centered and has today’s private jet customer firmly in mind. Being offered such an extensive choice of aircraft, rapid delivery of a selection of aircraft and prices to fit clients itinerary and their needs were required, thus leading to greater transparency, cost-effectiveness and faster response times. Not only people can fly private, but pets are also allowed to fly on one in five of PrivateFly’s flights and can remain in the cabin with the owners, so it’s a fairly common occurrence to have cats and dogs onboard. They had had some more unusual animal flights, such as flying a much-loved family dog alone from London to Madrid to be reunited with her owner, as well as once flying a parrot from Manchester to London, when the trip was out of its flight range!

AIRCRAFT When it comes to choosing the right aircraft, small and medium sized jets are the most frequently used. The most popular for short flights within Europe and the US is the Citation Mustang, a 4-seater small jet ‘air taxi’. Also popular is the Citation XLS, an 8-seater medium jet, which can fly for up to 4 hours. Regarding larger aircraft, Bombardier’s Global range, and Gulfstream’s long-range jets are the most desirable. The Gulfstream G650ER is the fastest civilian long range aircraft in the world, flying for up to 7,500 nautical miles at a maximum speed of 0.925 – just under the speed of sound.



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There is no doubting the appeal of the luxury and privacy of your own aircraft, but in today’s world, time is often the biggest luxury of all.

Very conveniently, private aircraft can use ten times more airports than commercial airlines. The clients can design their itinerary, often using smaller airports that are less busy and thus flying closer to their home or destination, therefore making a huge difference and minimizing time away. For example, during the ski season, private aircraft can use airports such as Courchevel in France, Samedan Airport in St Moritz, or Telluride in Colorado, which are just minutes from the slopes, rather than two hours or more from the nearest airport used by airlines. The airport experience is also very different from airport experience offered by airlines. Clients use a private terminal, known as an FBO. There is no waiting around - you can usually arrive 15 minutes before take-off and some airports even allow you to drive up to the aircraft’s steps.

DESTINATION Most of PrivateFly’s clients are based in Europe or the USA. London and Paris are the most popular destinations year-round in Europe, but in the summer months, they also see a significant demand for leisure destinations such as Nice, Cannes, and Ibiza. In the US, New York, LA and Las Vegas are the most popular destinations. The Caribbean also sees a lot of demand between November and April.

SERVICE The PrivateFly’s Flight Team handles each flight with exceptional VIP service, so every client’s needs on every flight are met in detail. The catering is arranged to order, including fine dining menus, specific wines, and even birthday cakes or a restaurant delivery (including sometimes a pizza!). If children or pets are flying, they’ll make sure clients have



everything they need to feel comfortable and keep them entertained onboard. “Most of our team are aviation-obsessed, so we love nothing more than getting up close and personal with aircraft. So time spent at the airport or onboard an aircraft is always a luxury for us! Exceeding our clients’ expectations is another definition of luxury for us. It’s a great feeling when you know that you’ve done that. “, said Adam Twidell, CEO of PrivateFly.


On the other hand, PrivateFly has an increasingly loyal customer base. For frequent flyers, they offer a jet card program, which brings ultimate convenience, enhanced terms, and additional flight value. Private aviation’s appeal is becoming wider, and this is set to continue, with the entry point price being driven down by innovation in the industry. There is exciting potential for future demand growth, as clients continue to demand more transparency and efficiency, alongside VIP customer service.

FUTURE Looking further ahead, aircraft innovations such as vertical take-off and supersonic flight have very exciting implications for private aviation, but we’ll have to wait a little longer for those! “I’m a firm believer that anything is possible. In the early days of launching PrivateFly, I was told by many in the industry that ‘no-one will ever book a private jet online’. I’m happy to say that we have proved them wrong many, many times over!” said to us Adam Twidell, CEO of PrivateFly. The fact is that flying private it’s the ultimate in personalized travel, it’s very hard to go back to a commercial airline once you have experienced a private flight.

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sarco More Performance More Luxury More Innovation imagery


Courtesy of Timur Bozca Design




he world of luxury vehicle design has rapidly expanded to extraordinary innovations in the last decade. It is truly inspiring to see how so many young designers are projecting their vision into the future of Automotive and Transport Design. One of the designers leading the way of creation into unlimited possibilities is Turkish visionary Timur Bozca. Creative, positive minded, and always developing new skills, he is constantly inspired by unique ideas that help him manifest manifest his dreams into reality. Following his philosophy Everything for a reason, Timur has cultivated a keen eye for detail and always aims for perfection. After winning different awards including Young Designer of The Year 2015, Timur opens his own design studio. Since then he haven’t stopped introducing to the world his most unique luxury vehicle concepts with designs such as Cauta Super Sailing Yacht, Isurus Power Yacht, Black Swan Super Yacht and now his latest creation Sarco.



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Timur Bozca designs are exquisite in style, in inovation, in execution and always envision perfection. This is how the new SARCO was born. More Performance, more Luxury, more Innovation. The mighty twin MTU V10 2000 M94 engines, can take you over 53 knots. Inspired by the Ferocious Sarcosuchus Crocodile’s head the boat has very strong and fastback appearance. Envisioned with the blend of automotive and yacht design, this 19 meter luxury yacht is ready to take to the seas. Innovative use of carbon fiber, a material that will endow the craft with a very high degree of safety as well as extreme torsional stiffness. This also gives the opportunity to explore new surface design and sculptural shapes to lure sensual design with sharp personality. With the use of advanced materials and technology, we can step into a new era of Boat Designing. Aiming to the upscale and luxury lovers, the styling is very sleek, modern and flamboyant. The exterior aesthetics are inspired by clean, sophisticated shapes of luxury products. The idea was bundled into a dramatic shape designed for the near future, thus propose advanced design, but giving sharp and dynamic looks also inspired from car design. The stance is imposing but not over-intimidating or aggressive. the sharp front-end design and the curvy rear carefully delineated. The really clever stuff is seen in the windshield form and the way it directs air flow around the sides. The pillar runs from the front towards the rear to signify the dynamics of energy shooting from the front to the rear and it reverses back to the front from under the side glasses. The arced body surface also supports the upper side glass connecting with the lower glass to form a unique iconic shape to give a distinctive identity to the yacht. The enormous side-surfaces look exciting a kind of sculptured form. Another aesthetic importance was to celebrate the powerful engines of the yacht by showing them through the rear glass cabinet, which then connects seamlessly to the sun bed. The overall exterior aesthetic energy transforms from the front to rear and follows into the interior or upper deck. The synergy of the motion in lines and surfaces shows the link from exterior to interior. The upper deck is a seamless flow of connected surfaces and symmetric design that gives a sense of beauty and comfort. The cockpit is uniquely positioned in the center to give a more powerful feel of the position, wrapped around by long, comfortable sofa with additional storage space packed in without disturbance to the overall design.



You will find the same sort of simplicity and purity on the inside extremely user-friendly while always adhering to our high standards in terms of aesthetics and attractive appearance and use of materials. The idea was to convey lightness and spacious feel in a compact area. Use of smart OLEDs for lighting and display gives a very crisp appeal. Overall design aims towards showing a futuristic feel along with homely comfort to make the user feel fresh and yet cozy.

With the use of advanced materials and technology, we can step into a new era of Boat Designing.

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Click & Grow G o


Home Growing Revolution For Your Body And Soul Nowadays, many of us have busy lives and not as much time for ourselves. The busier we get, the more we call for a break. In that sense, finding an activity that requires just a few minutes a day, and as much focus and excitement as we want to give may sound like a mission impossible. It feels overwhelming, yet everything has a bright side. As a matter of fact, our ultimate goal in everything that we do and want, is just to feel good, isn’t it?! Also, there is a rise of consciousness regarding the food we want to put in our bodies. The culture of organic and non-GMO products became a worldwide trend. In that context, there are some innovative and engaging gadgets such as Clik & Grow that tackle the subject of an effortless activity of growing your garden, while providing you with fresh aliments. Click & Grow specializes in indoor food production units for urban homes and industries. Their Smart Gardens and Farms are completely self-sustainable as they water plants automatically and make sure the plants always have enough light, oxygen, and nutrients while not using any fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides. As Mattias Lepp Founder of Click & Grows said: “The coolest thing was to see how children, parents and busy entrepreneurs would lean over their Click & Grow every five minutes to check for sprouts: these people experienced pure excitement and joy.” With this genius idea, anyone can grow clean and fresh food in their homes now. But what makes it attractive is its holistic approach, which Lepp expresses very well: “If we compare Click & Grow to a product, activity or phenomenon, the first thing we envision is a bonsai: you embark on a journey with this plant and get the sense of responsibility and balance as you watch it grow. Zen. What matters with the bonsai is not how you shape and alter the plant, but how it changes and alters you. It causes you to weigh decisions, seek solutions, and learn about things and yourself.” “This is what Click & Grow is about - seeking progress, change and solutions to different plant cultivation problems, so you don’t have to. Join the revolution with Click & Grow and just watch your plants grow!”


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Smart Herb Garden The Smart Herb Garden takes the guesswork out of growing plants with a nanotech growing material (aka the Smart Soil) that is engineered to supply the plants with the exact right amount of oxygen, water and nutrients to make them thrive. No pesticides, fungicides, hormones or any other kind of harmful substances are used in any of Click & Grow’s fresh homegrown herbs and fruits. The Smart Soil releases nutrients in sync with the plant life cycle, keeps soil pH balanced, and employs tiny oxygen pockets to guarantee plants get ample breathing room and nutrients even when the soil is wet. The Smart Garden’s adjustable LED lamp furnishes plants with an enhanced light spectrum that spurs growth, while in-unit sensors constantly monitor garden vitals attend to plants’ need for light, water, and nutrients.


The Click & Grow Wall Farm is the first ever truly affordable indoor food production unit. The new Click & Grow Wall Farm is a plant production unit that grows fresh herbs, fruits, and leafy greens all year round and hyper-locally. It can easily be integrated into every home, restaurant, school and grocery store. The Wall Farm line features two products in two sizes: The Wall Farm and The Wall Farm Mini. It was designed to keep the energy consumption low while optimizing plant growth and nutrient levels in the food. It grows plants faster than traditional agricultural practices while not using any pesticides, fungicides or poisonous fertilizers. This means you can grow salads (and many other plants) containing 600% more vitamins in your home knowing how exactly, where and when the food you consume was produced. Additionally, you don’t need to worry about watering or the plant not getting enough light and oxygen - the Wall Farm takes care of it all. All you have to do is plug it in, insert the plant capsules and watch your food grow.



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Vivir Sin

Miedo Living Without Fear



Armand Ă lvarez


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Preface. Her Truth

nce upon a time a girl named María Concepción Balboa Buika, was born on the Spanish island of Mallorca, surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea. Her parents, political exiles from Equatorial Guinea, a former Spanish colony with one of the most repressive regimes in Africa, hid on the island while running from that oppression. She grew up influenced by the Gypsies in the barrio where her family lived, being the only family there of African origin. They sang African tunes at home; her mother had an entire wall filled with jazz records; she was immersed in the flamenco sound from the street. The fact that she’d always been the only black girl wherever she’d have gone had given her a sense of who she really was, and when her voice was criticized at the church where she used to sing, she understood that she was the only one in charge of her life, and decided to always follow her heart. Now, Buika delights us not only with her extraordinary voice, but also with the power with which she engages her “tribu” on stage, and the inspiring story that exposes who she really is. Her songs are like prayer, a naked conversation with the angels where she is herself completely. Her courage inspires her to love more deeply and to express Her Truth, both as a person and an artist, through her powerful voice, poems, songwriting, compositions and very presence. She wants you to resonate with her art freely; as she puts it, use it to connect with your own little secrets. Her latest album Vivir Sin Miedo (Living Without Fear) is like an open book, in which both you and her are the protagonists, each song a Chapter, and the following, the Story.




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Chapter 1. Buika Who is Concha Buika, in your own words? Please, briefly introduce yourself.

Or your brother, or your best friend is at other side of town, or your son is in the school and you are at work. That’s what I mean, that you experience real love when you are alone.

It’s just me. No secrets, something very simple, just Me!

Chapter 5. Carry Your Own Weight (feat. Jason Mraz)

Chapter 2. My Dreams

When and how did you discover that you wanted to become a singer? I didn’t really want to, it just happened. They offered me some money to do it and I was like ‘ok, let’s do it’, because I didn’t have any money. So I started singing and haven’t stopped! But it wasn’t a dream. I was a girl who dreamt about everything: singing, dancing, being an actress, taking care of the animals, I don’t know… I’m a fire girl, so anything. I believe that if they had offered me money to dance, I would’ve become a dancer!

I personally believe that everything starts within, so whatever you give and how you treat yourself, is what you get. Carry Your Own Weight reflects that for me. What is, in your opinion, our responsibility towards ourselves and others? Our responsibility towards ourselves and others is to be the way we are for real. Not hide behind our fears; not hide behind our inventions, but just be they way we are, and that’s gonna help you and others a lot. Just stay real and keep being yourself.

Chapter 3. Vivir Sin Miedo

Vivir Sin Miedo is the name of your latest album. How does Vivir Sin Miedo relate to your own life experience? Well, it’s kind of a dream, not real. I will never be fearless. Fears do exist, and they are real. The interesting part is not so much to live without fear, but not to let your fears guide your dreams and the way you live. It’s about not living in fear.

Chapter 4. Si volveré

Si Volveré is obviously a love song. What is hiding behind those words, what’s the real story in Si Volveré? As I see it, every song has its own story for each person. I know where I am writing and singing my songs from, but I don’t know where you are listening to them from. I could never anticipate what you’re going to feel about them or the story you are going to hear behind my songs, and I wouldn’t want to pull you out of that dream either. I want to keep giving people that dream space behind my songs. Those are their dreams, not mine; the same way each song is a little secret for me, when you listen to my song, that’s your little secret. In Si Volveré I was talking about the fact that we experience real love when we are alone, because we are usually living our lives, and those we love are in another places doing other things. You know, I love my mama, but where is my mama now, she is in Spain and I am traveling the world.

What I do believe is that if you are not ready for happiness, no matter how much money you have in your pocket, you will never be happy.

Chapter 6. Mucho Dinero

For many people Money is a synonym with freedom, especially because we have to deal with it daily. What is your take on that? Money is not a synonym of freedom, I would never have these two words meet. What money can buy me is time, and time is something that you need for freedom, but I still don’t believe that money buys freedom, I don’t get that. What I do believe is that if you are not ready for happiness, no matter how much money you have in your pocket, you will never be happy. What I believe is that happiness and feeling good are things money cannot buy. Money can buy many things, but it cannot buy you peace of heart… You know what I am saying.

Chapter 7. Waves

You wrote a beautiful song Waves, what is beyond those Waves? Yes, I wrote this lyric because that’s kind of how you’re feeling when you are with someone that takes you beyond what we know. You know, when you are with someone and you feel, WOW, I could die in this moment. When you cross all your limits and you go beyond the lines, you are with someone and you know you’re living one of the best moments of your life. We talk about our responsibilities, we talk about our fears, we talk about our job but we don’t talk as much about love like something big and tremendous.

Chapter 8. Good Men

Could you please describe who Good Men are for you? I just know that there are people who live for others, and other people who live for themselves. A good person is someone that is fighting for life.

Chapter 9. Cidade do amor

Which is your ideal City Of Love in a transcendental, spiritual sense? Your home is the best place. My house.

Chapter 10. Yo iré

Does Bravery get you in the direction of Love? Definitely, for any type of love you have to be brave, I am completely positive about that. We have to be really brave to love, because love is something that you need to fight for. There is always a big fight going on around love, no matter if it’s for your parents, for your son, for your friends, because in order to love someone you have to constantly fight the fears that come up. You have to accept the very fear that person brings into your life, and that’s not easy.

Chapter 11. The Key (Misery)

Why do you ask Misery where Happiness is? Did you get the answer? Of course, of course I ask my misery where my happiness is, because I am the owner of both. I create both. You cannot ask anyone about your misery or happiness other than yourself. That’s why I asked my misery where my happiness is, because she knows. Sometimes we want to give the responsibility of our happiness to others, your girlfriend or boyfriend, “you are my happiness”,



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“After all, it’s not clear what it means to be happy, what I know for sure is that when you let go of your fears, it feels like happiness.”

but that’s not true. If you are able to create your own misery you are able to create your own happiness too, that’s for sure. Well, I do believe that we are responsible of letting things go. This is the closest thing to happiness, I feel. After all, it’s not clear what it means to be happy, what I know for sure is that when you let go of your fears, it feels like happiness. I believe we are each responsible for the weight that we carry on our shoulders.

Chapter 12. Sister

How many Sisters and Brothers of rescue do you have? It doesn’t matter if that’s someone you find at home or on the street, here or there, what is important is that this person appears when the moment is right. And I believe that Angels are always there. But when you are going through a really rough time there is always someone, Always! People that you don’t know, who are like Angles, they always appear.

Chapter 13. Cross The Line

I have been twice to your concerts in New York City, and each time I was astonished by your presence in what you do. What’s happening on that stage through your tangible and intangible senses when you stand in front of your “tribu” accompanied by your fellow musicians? What inspires your artistic process? What does your heart tell you to do? I think we all feel the same; we can all go to a kind of trance when we cross the line. When we cross that line, our fears disappear, our knowledge appears, it is magical, miracles happen. I don’t know what happens, I don’t think about that.

Chapter 14. I am The Universe

You have been influenced by many different cultures, and you sing in different languages. Do you feel you express yourself the same, or differently, depending on the language you use to tell the story? Well, when I am singing my truth, my truth is the same in all the languages in the world. It doesn’t matter the language, my truth will be my truth. If you have to sing a memory,

something that you remember, it doesn’t matter if you think it in English or in Spanish; it’s still going to be the same memory. I have sung in many languages and I will tell you something: if a girl is singing a love song in Japan, she is singing the same song than the person singing in New York, and that is because at the end of the day we are not all the same, but we are equal. We look for the same things in all the corners of the world… we look for the same things.

Chapter 15. Success

Buika, I celebrate your Success. Congratulations! What’s the secret? Could you describe what success means to you? To me success is to open the fridge and see that there is good food in there. To be with your family and to see that there are nice people in front of you. To look at the mirror and to see someone really cool in front of you. To open your mouth and to be brave to tell your truth. To not let anybody push you down. That is success to me.

Chapter 16. Balance

How do you balance your professional and personal life? I am soldier in life and I am on a mission. A soldier is a soldier, and comfort zone is not good for a soldier. My mission is to keep on doing what I do. I don’t place barriers anywhere, I don’t believe in divisions.

Chapter 17. Source

Do you believe you can be, do and have anything you want? Of course! We are human, man.

Chapter 18. Enlightenment

How would you encourage other people to Enlighten their life? I don’t know if I can do that, I wish I could. Do not ever believe in anybody who says anything about you, because you know who you are and you know what you do. If you don’t know, you go and find the answers, but don’t believe the stories they tell you about yourself. We didn’t come here to be pilots, or to be presidents, we just came here to be happy.



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// Ciprian Iacob

This is an inspiring story about a young musician, Tony Succar and his creation of a dream into reality.​


NITY: THE LATIN TRIBUTE TO MICHAEL JACKSON is a testament to the power of music and one man’s indomitable spirit. The passion project of Peruvian-born, Miami-raised producer/ multi-instrumentalist/arranger Tony Succar, Unity features more than 100 musicians, such Latin superstars as Tito Nieves, Jon Secadaand Obie Bermúdez, and the mixing magic of Jackson’s legendary engineer Bruce Swedien in the fi rst ever Latin album salute to Th e King of Pop.

Fueled by his relentless commitment, quiet determination and passionate faith in the loving message behind much of Jackson’s music, Succar has spent the last four years carefully creating Unity: The Latin Tribute To Michael Jackson. He overcame seemingly insurmountable obstacles, turning each roadblock into a stepping stone to take the project to new heights. In the process, he married Jackson’s timeless pop and R&B tunes, such as “Thriller”, “Billie Jean”, and “I Want You Back”, to his glorious salsa and tropical rhythms, creating innovative, vibrant arrangements that snap to life with exhilarating energy. “American funk, soul, jazz – all those styles that were influencing Michael – were inspired by African music,” Succar says. “Same with Afro-Peruvian music, Cuban music. These songs were meant to be. Their original flavor lends itself to these Latin rhythms.” Succar grew up listening to his parents play Jackson’s music, and by 13 had begun his own music career. He started on piano and segued to percussion, graduating with a degree in jazz performance at Florida International University in 2008. But it wasn’t until after the superstar’s untimely passing in 2009 that Succar, who earned his Master’s in jazz performance from FIU in 2010, took a deep dive into the music and the man. “That’s when I became a fanatic, memorizing all his lyrics,” he says. “He was an amazing singer. I started analyzing every single detail.” As Succar pored through Jackson’s material, revisiting songs like“ Man In the Mirror”, “Earth Song” and “They Don’t Care About Us” – all of which are reimagined on Unity — he came to a realization:



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“Michael wasn’t only a musician, he was a spiritual person. He was speaking to people’s hearts through his music. He was a true role model and leader, not only in the music industry but life in general,” he says. Concurrent with his discovery, Succar arranged and his band performed a salsa-infused version of “Thriller” for a Halloween party at Miami’s legendary, now-closed Van Dyke Cafe. The reaction was so immediate and overwhelmingly positive that Succar recorded a version in his bedroom with his band, posted it online and gave away copies. DJs started playing the track and Succar began getting requests from around the world for a full album of Latin-flavored Jackson songs. “That sparked it,” Succar says. “I was such a fan. I felt like I had to do something.” He launched a Kickstarter campaign and raised more than $10,000, which allowed him to record basic tracks and the idea and harmonious ideal of Unity was born. “The one thing that stood out in Michael’s music was love. The reality was unity,” he says. “I also wanted the title to stand for something: a real marriage between Latin roots and American pop culture, and to help keep Michael’s legacy alive,” Part of keeping Jackson’s legacy alive meant incorporating elements of the original production in each of his fresh renditions for Unity. “Even the horn lines, I would transcribe them from Quincy Jones’ productions and then apply them to the arrangement in a different way,” Succar says. “The essence of every song was respected. I gave it my best to create this very thin line between what Michael did with his production and what I brought to the project.” As Succar proceeded, an astounding number of coincidences buoyed the project. Succar’s initial plan was to record the album with one vocalist, soulful Broadway veteran Kevin Ceballo, but as Succar finalized the arrangements, the idea of a compilation album came to him. The first artist he reached out to was legendary salsa singer Nieves. He heard nothing back for months. Then, one day in the studio someone suggested Nieves for “I Want You Back”. Succar explained he’d had no success contacting Nieves. It turned out a studio visitor knew Nieves, called his manager, sent Nieves an MP3, and, within 10 minutes, Nieves was on the phone asking when he should come in to record his vocals.



Where there once was nothing but a dream, Succar now sees unlimited possibilities.​​

Nieves became the project’s godfather, bringing in other Latin stars, such as India and Jean Rodriguez, which ultimately attractedBermúdez to join. “If it weren’t for Tito, I would never have been able to develop this into what it is,” Succar says. “He really opened the doors for me.” Nieves even brought in his son, Tito Nieves Jr., to duet on the album closer, an emotional take on “You Are Not Alone”. As the project progressed, Succar sought out Secada, but once again, was running into walls. He had switched to a different studio and the recording engineer just happened to have worked with Secada, and upon hearing Succar’s story, gave Succar the singer’s direct email. Secada immediately replied that he wanted to record “Human Nature”, his favorite Jackson track. But there was more to come. Succar contacted Swedien about mixing some tracks but failed to get a yes after more than a year’s effort. He was in the studio with engineer Nick Valentin, who piped up that he’d been Swedien’s assistant. He volunteered to send Swedien some music, and next thing Succar knew, he’s sitting beside his hero at Swedien’s ranch as Swedien mixed “Earth Song”. “He was the cherry on top,” Succar says. “When we were mixing, he would put up the original Michael song and put on our remix to compare and contrast. He mixed the song on the same model Harrison console he mixed ‘Thriller’ on.” The groundbreaking album, a joint project between Universal Music Classics, Universal Music Latin Entertainment, and Universal Music Mexico, embodies Jackson’s spirit of harmony and bringing diverse cultures together through music. Not only has PBS created a one-hour special for Unity: The Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson, but Tony has also released a live CD of that exciting Miami concert show, set for release in July of 2016. And given how far Succar has come already, who could possibly doubt him?


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Soho House Barcelona A place for creative souls

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Barcelona, 2016 Film, music, art, architecture, media - these are some of the creative industries that you need to be in to be a part of Soho House Barcelona. Opened last October, this members only club is set to be one of the highlights of 2017, embracing all those who inspire through their creative soul.



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It’s been 21 years since British Entrepreneur Nick Jones founded the first House in London’s Soho. Opposite to the outdated concept of an elite gentleman’s club, his aim was to create a place where all type of individuals from the creative industries could gather in a relaxed and pleasant environment. His loyalty to such concept throughout these years and 18 international openings has made Soho House into one of the most successful, reputed and desired private clubs in the world. Far from snobbish, stuffy or corporate oriented, the team of Soho House promotes an environment of proximity with the client. “We address our members by their first name, and that makes the difference”- says Cristina Ródenas, Communications Manager at Soho House Barcelona. “The profile of our team is also different compared to other professionals from the same field. Like our members, we have an interest in the creative industries too, and that makes the interaction with the clients natural and enriching ” - adds Richard van Batenburg, General Manager at Soho House Barcelona. Beyond pre-established concepts, at Soho House the luxury resides on making the members feel like at home, providing authentic experiences in a comfortable and private setting. “We don’t care about wealth or fame; we treat all our members equally. This is an incentive for people to become a member” – says Richard. In fact, several years ago they started a program called “Under 27”, in which theyfacilitate access of young talents to the club. That way, these fellows have the opportunity to interact with other successful individuals who may help them open new horizons for their career - whatever creative industry they are in. Being a member of Soho House means much more than just having the access to the club area. Members of Soho House find themselves in an atmosphere where they can share common interests with other members while enjoying the wide offer of cultural events that the club offers on a daily basis: from wine tastings and cooking master classes to photography workshops and book launches. Moreover, the club counts on a cozy and stylish private cinema featuring a varied program of advance screenings and new releases. In fact, don’t be surprised if as a member you end up spending more time here than in your home. Soho counts on a wide list of activities in addition to its cultural offer. Come in the morning and work a while in the club area.




top experience | place to be Take a break at the amazing rooftop with privileged views of the marina and the city. Get together with other members or friends over a meal with a luscious offer of Mediterranean dishes. Feeling energetic? Follow your journey with a nice workout in the specialized gym – including yoga and spinning classes. Feeling like connecting with your soul? Indulge yourself at the Cowshed Spa - an oasis for relaxation located in the building underground where you will also find a wide variety of “homemade” organic cosmetics products for men and women. Fresh and rejuvenated, attend one of the cultural events and finish the day with a delicious cocktail at the Speakeasy, probably the best-kept secret in the whole club. Not surprisingly, a unique concept of Soho House – where “quality” prevails over everything - is also translated to the conception of the space. Soho counts on a team of architects and designers who take care of the design process from beginning to end. The team designed most of the furniture along with the expertise of local craftsman. Meanwhile, exclusively selected vintage pieces coexist in harmony with the architectural elements, whose design is inspired by the Catalan heritage and blended with the style of this 18th-century townhouse at Plaça del Duc de Medinacelli, right in the heart of the city. Whether a member or not, visitors looking for a distinctive experience can also enjoy some of the additional services that Soho House Barcelona provides. Think of 57 perfectly designed and equipped rooms, where guests have the opportunity to live and wander like a member. Or a modern, classic-infused restaurant offering specialties with a Mediterranean touch. Its open kitchen, where the client can interact with the cooks, is a clear expression of the warm relationship that the club has with its clients. Indeed, worldwide known Italian restaurant Cecconi’s is by itself the place to be, particularly at brunch time on Sundays, during the Sunday Feast. And what to say about Chicken Shop Dirty Burger? Just a few meters away from the main building you find this haven for burger lovers, not to mention the chicken which is said to be a real addiction for your senses. After 17 openings around the world, Barcelona was undeniably the best next destination for Soho House. The city’s international nature, the architectural richness, the love of people for good design and the spirit of the avant-garde, create the perfect synergy between a city and a club that both embrace and promote creativity and culture as a key element for social and economic progress.

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the heartof South Africa’s

Oldest Winelands

words // Pierre-Olivier Drevillon “Explorer at heart” photo // Victor Smits, Pierre-Olivier Drévillon


n 1685 the Edict of Fontainebleau, issued by King Louis XIV of France, revoked the rights of French Protestants, the Huguenots, to practice their religion without persecution from the State. From that point onwards, large numbers set sail for a better life elsewhere, with a significant number choosing the Cape of Good Hope as the land on which to build a future. In 1688, a group of 176 French Huguenots settled in a remote valley of the Western Province, 80km away from Cape Town and its mighty Table Mountain. The Dutch government allocated to them the lands in the valley of Olifantshoek, named after the large numbers of elephants living in the area, and this new

farming community soon became known as “le Coin Français” (the French Corner). The Dutch East India Company’s policy to teach Dutch at schools soon phased out the knowledge of French, as the settlers assimilated in their new environment and renamed the city to Franschhoek. Amongst the set of skills the Huguenots were to retain from their former homeland, was the art of making wine, a skill that centuries onwards allows South Africa to claim strong credentials within the wine-producing nations. These skills added to the initial efforts of Jan van Riebeeck, Dutch Administrator of the Cape, who had set a task to grow the first vineyard of the country - in the belief that drinking wine and eating grapes would protect the sailors from scurvy. The tradition would soon spread to large areas of the Western Cape, to as high up north as the banks of the Orange River.


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This Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains has become one of the symbols of the region

Today’s South African wine country makes up for one of the most picturesque drives in the world, be it for the curious traveler or the connoisseur in search of unique bottles.

the architecture is reminiscent of houses in Amsterdam, and many farms have retained their French names, including newer ones, trying to keep ties to their past. Bourgogne, Champagne, La Provence, and many other landmarks of France’s wine scene can be found 9000 km away from their original location at the southern tip of the African continent. Far from being isolated, the region has been continuously opening itself to tourism. Fine dining is now part of the must-sees and to-dos while driving in the region, whether in Franschhoek’s numerous restaurants or the wineries which combine lunch and wine tasting in an exceptional environment. Last, but not least, Stellenbosch is home to one of South Africa’s oldest universities with 25,000 students out of the 100,000 population, and offers a bustling nightlife to those who wish to extend their trip with a busy night out!

Nestled in the mountainous regions around the Cape, these century-old vineyards gravitate around four mythical towns: Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Worcester, and Paarl. The raw beauty of the mountains, the endless rows of vines, as well as stunning examples of Cape Dutch Architecture, are highlights of this fabulous experience. Historical reminders of the journey endured by the founders of these cities are present in every aspect. The Huguenot Monument retraces the history of the first settlers and the initial farming community;

Cape Town is a beautiful city, with one of the most extraordinary sceneries in the world, but like in most South African urban areas, safety precautions must be taken to ensure you’re staying out of trouble. Having the option to escape town for a few hours, or a few days, to visit the Western Cape wine lands is something very few places can offer. The easiness with which the area can be reached, combined with its quiet, rural atmosphere, makes up for the most wonderful countryside break. But don’t forget to drink responsibly!

South African wine in itself can be traced back to 1659, with a white wine originating from Constantia. This Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains has become one of the symbols of the region, and Groot Constantia still stands today as South Africa’s oldest Winehouse. In the 18th and 19th century, Constantia wine was exported all over Europe till an epidemic of Phylloxera (the “Great French Wine Blight”) devastated the wine lands towards the end of the 19th century. It’s production only resumed in 1986, and the country now boasts 60 appellations within the Wine Origin system.


Restaurant FranĹĄ is the modern history of Belgrade, representing great memories that have passed, and all the memories that are yet to be made.

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As we continue to become more conscious about self-care, spas have become the ultimate place to relax, rejuvenate and boost our body, mind and soul. These wellness retreats offer a wide range of treatments ranging from stressreduction to anti-ageing - to mention just a few. Moreover, many of the treatments that they offer incorporate ancient methods that have been proved to enhance one at all levels. Conceived with state of the art equipment, great design and beautiful surroundings, we have compiled a curated selection of 10 of the best spas in the world for you to relax, reconnect and indulge in your next wellness getaway.


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An Enchanting Universe of Beauty The Royal Mansour Marrakech Spa is a true paradise which promises to stimulate the senses, encourage relaxation and offer you a unique, unforgettable spa experience.


athing rituals are at the heart of traditional Moroccan culture; the physical wellbeing they bring to the body lightens soul and spirit. The Royal Mansour’s spa is entered via an impressive atrium of whitewashed wrought iron, which evokes a giant birdcage. Its height and luminosity, with natural light pouring in from all angles, is striking yet calming. A 2,500 square meters space on three levels is devoted to relaxation and wellbeing. Massage, facial treatments, hydrotherapy and body wraps take place on the first floor, where the private spa suites are located. The two hammams and relaxation area are on the ground floor, as well as a Watsu pool, and a tea salon serving light, healthy dishes, herbal teas and fruit juices. The hair salon and mani/pedi space occupy five private cabins. Japanese-designed chairs upholstered in white leather offer spa guests the ultimate comfort. The swimming pool, with its orangery-style glass roof, opens onto the gardens. Hidden beneath ground level is a handsome space dedicated to sports and fitness, with a coach on hand, and state of-the-art equipment, plus a sauna. There’s also a spa boutique selling jewellery and accesssories. Upon arrival, guests begin their spiritual spa journey, leaving behind the hustle and bustle of the city and daily stresses as they enter into a world of tranquillity and peace. The outdoor hot air gives way to a comfortable coolness within this vast wellness area. The purity of white, punctuated by the colorful floral bouquets and the serenity of the surroundings, are only interrupted by the melodious birdsongs and the soothing sounds of the water fountains. Guests that are seeking privacy can reserve one of the three private Spa suites for personal and private services, while enjoying a light and balanced cuisine, prepared by the talented hotel Chefs.







The Hedonist’s Haven In the secluded grounds of The Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai lies a hedonists haven: Thailand’s first world-class Destination Spa, unique both in concept and architecture.


he Dheva Spa and Wellness Centre at The Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai Resort in Thailand is a palatial 3,100 square meter sanctuary embellished with ornate mouldings and sculptures depicting sacred animals or symbolic Buddhist motifs, loyally recreated by 150 Chiang Mai artisans from the original Burmese template in Mandalay, Myanmar. The whole structure took them over three and a half years to complete. The spectacular exterior is just as equally matched by the sumptuous interiors where guests can enjoy impeccable service and a range of treatments drawn from three continents, with their origins spanning over 4000 years.

At the same time, The Dheva Spa also draws on time-honored rites that are very much part of the ancient Lanna kingdom, of which Chiang Mai was the royal capital. The tranquil treatment rooms, with Thai silks, polished teak wood and marble tiles are punctuated with authentic Asian antiques. The 11 treatment suites have been designed for both individuals and couples, as a soothing refuge from urban stress and angst, where the journey to well being can begin. The Dheva Spa and Wellness Centre proudly offers a broad variety of European, Asian and North African relaxation therapies as well as Indian holistic treatments based on Ayurveda,

from the Sanskrit meaning ‘science of life’. Among its numerous unique features there are soothing Vichy showers, elegant Watsu Pool and giant hammams beautifully appointed among the spa’s dark wood panelled chambers. Popular Thai, Swedish and ancient Indian massage techniques are available, as well as a blissful range of aromatherapy treatments. Some of these rituals are unique to The Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai, many have their roots in Lanna culture and have been revived by a team of spa specialists and historians. The Tok Sen, or Lanna Massage, is just one example. Once popular in North Thailand, this stimulating massage technique is rarely practised today.


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T​ HE GSTAAD PALACE SPA The Wellness Oasis in its Best


he Palace Spa at Gstaad Palace in Switzerland features authentic decor and ambiance which radiate a magical charm.

Its exclusive facilities are spread over 1800 m² and include eight treatment rooms, a Private Spa Suite, saunas and steam baths, relaxation areas with incredible views, an indoor pool and an outdoor pool with Jacuzzi, a state-of-the-art gym, a Pilates Studio and a unique hammam experience with seven rooms. With this major investment they created an exclusive and extraordinary wellness centre, which exceeds the


expectations of even the most discerning spa connoisseurs. One priority was to bring the mountain feeling into the spa. Therefore a 60-meter-long stone wall was built with granite from the nearby Blausee region in the Bernese Oberland. Over 50 tons of rock were cut into small pieces and assembled into a stunning architectural masterpiece. Further highlights are the comfortable lounge with its fireplace and the spectacular mountain view.

The Gstaad Palace has been renowned for its authenticity, elegance and unique ambiance. Thus when designing the spa, the main focus was to create an outstanding wellness oasis which blends perfectly into the overall hotel concept.


Harmony between the physical, mental and spiritual realms is a universal human quest. With Tierra Santa I wanted to create a sanctuary for our guests by combining the best of traditional South American healing in a skilful synthesis of age-old therapies and modern spa technology. - Alan Faena


ierra Santa Healing House, the oneof-a-kind holistic healing center and spa at Faena Hotel Miami Beach, is dedicated to the art of well-being and is the first South Americaninspired spa of its kind in the United States. With unparalleled views of the Atlantic Ocean and designed as an oasis for beauty and rejuvenation, the spa combines age-old South American healing techniques and potent indigenous ingredients with state-of-the-art technology.

Occupying the entire third floor of the Faena Hotel, with direct access to the pool and beach, Tierra Santa boasts multi-functional rooms and oceanfront treatment suites with outdoor terraces. Tierra Santa also features an extensive wet spa complete with seven varying water, heat and steam rooms, including a hammam, as well as a state-of-the-art fitness studio with Technogym equipment, a 1,000-square-foot yoga/movement studio, featuring daily classes from both local and international teachers, and hair and nail salons.


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THE AMAN SPA AT AMANGIRI THE FOUR ELEMENTS FOR HEALING The hypnotic, outsized landscapes of the American Southwest offer both, inspired exploration and serenity.


he Aman Spa at Amangiri -“peaceful mountain�, is located in the southwest region of the USA also known as the Four Corners, where the states of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona meet. Boasting one of the most dramatic landscapes with deep canyons and towering plateaus, the region has been home for centuries to the native Navajo and Hopi tribes yet is sparsely populated


and presents the raw landscape for which the American Southwest has become famous. The Aman Spa aims to reflect the healing traditions of the Navajo through the four elements of earth, wind, fire and water. Spread across 25,000 square feet (2,322 square metres), the pavilions, treatment rooms and terraces provide a variety of treatments including massages, scrubs, wraps and flotation therapy.

A stone-lined step pool with desert views adjoins the pavilion, offering cushioned seating for contemplation and temperature-controlled water. Candlelit restorative yoga is available in the evenings, while full moon yoga is set outdoors beneath the rising moon. The Beauty Salon offers manicures and pedicures and the Fitness Centre on the upper level is fully equipped with a wide range of cardio, strength-training and free-weight exercise equipment.



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LHASA’S CHI, THE SPA Health and Well-Being in the Mountains


HI, The Spa at Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa’s draws its inspiration from the origins of the Shangri-La legend, a solace of personal peace and enchantment. The spa uses a holistic approach to rejuvenate the soul with its therapeutic treatments, providing one’s complete physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa’s CHI, The Spa hosts seven single and three double treatment rooms.


Also, unique to the hotel due to its location at such a high altitude of 3,650 meters (about 12,000 feet) above sea level, the hotel hosts an Oxygen Lounge where guests can acclimate to the high altitude. Along with the CHI, The Spa, the hotel also offers a full fitness facility with state-of-the-art fitness equipment and a luxurious 25-meter indoor swimming pool.

With the flow reversed from Niskala to Sekala (the unseen to the seen), the Sacred River Spa at Sayan focuses on evoking a sense of spiritual connection powerful enough to affect physical change.

​THE SACRED RIVER SPA at Four Seasons Resort Bali


The Path to Inner Peace

mmersed in lush jungle greenery in the Ayung River valley, The Sacred River Spa at Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan is a serene, nurturing environment with a deep inner focus. Spiritual practices and rituals balance restore the subtle inner energies, uniting body, mind and spirit. Offering a glimpse of what is possible when we consciously align ourselves with the Earth, evoking a sense of awareness, wellness and being. The Spa reveals ancient rituals, locally grown ingredients and an authentic, educative approach. It validates the Balinese integration of the physical and spiritual worlds and the importance of an all-encompassing view to wellness across both body and soul. Perched on the banks of the sacred Ayung River, the Dharma Shanti River Terrace provides a breathtaking open-air venue to extend upon the resorts uplifting wellbeing and yoga programs and many dynamic classes. A highlight of this is the Full Moon „Purnama” Yoga, a first for Bali in a spectacular river-edge setting, under the glow of the full moon and twinkling stars.


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THE AMAN SPA TOKYO Raise High Your Vibration


man Spa Tokyo is a vast, light-filled sanctuary set high among the Tokyo skyline. A complete range of treatments, therapies and facilities draw on the Japanese principles of nature and balance. Multiple treatment rooms are available, and the signature Spa Journeys focus on Japanese natural ingredients and philosophies. The Spa features large Japanese-style hot baths and steam rooms, a light-filled 30-meter pool with panoramic city views, a world-class fitness center with the latest cardiovascular and weight-training machinery, and dedicated yoga and Pilates studios. Situated high above the atmospheric whirl of Tokyo, eight spacious treatment rooms each feature a dressing room, treatment area, steam


The practice of Misogi is the traditional act of purification and meditation using water to reconnect with one’s core and is undertaken prior to any treatment. Aman Spa’s signature journeys begin with this ritual so that the benefits of treatments are felt at a deeper level. A foot bath with seasonal Kampo herbs and mineral sea salt is followed by a breathing exercise with Kuromoji oil, renowned for its relaxing and calming properties.

shower and bathroom. Treatments use traditional kampo herbal therapies, a Japanese therapy derived from classical Chinese medicine, kampo emphasises the rebalancing power of natural herbs. Both male and female changing areas feature aroma steam rooms, traditional Japanese and western showers, and hot baths. The 30-meter swimming pool stretches across the skyscape. Comfortable daybeds provide the ultimate perch from which to gaze onto the bustling city below. The Pilates studio is equipped with Allegro Reformers and other Pilates specific apparatus and the yoga studio features professional equipment. The spacious, light-filled Fitness center is equipped with the latest in cardiovascular and weight-training machinery from Technogym and Life Fitness.

La Réserve Paris Hotel and Spa

Best For A Couples Spa Break

Leave the outside world behind, succumb to a complete disconnect from the daily grind and expand your vital energy in an intimate and peaceful atmosphere.


Not only that, right in the heart of the City of Romance, La Réserve Hotel & Spa is the perfect place for a couples’ escape. There’s a whole host of treatments available including La Belle Epogue, a treatment for couples to share an indulging pampering session together with massages and Nescens facials. The spa also introduced a treatment for ‘Le Gentlemen of La Réserve’, a relaxing treatment which includes a Swedish massage, Nescens men’s facial and Nescens hand care. While women are well cared for with the equally relaxing ‘Be perfect’ treatment which includes the Nescens experience for the perfect combination of relaxation and better aging.

ooking good in Paris is pretty much a given and this urban spa has all the essentials checked to ensure you’re looking tip top for your evening soiree. La Réserve is known for its formidable spas and while its latest opening might be bijou, it’s luxuriously chilled and a welcome respite for those looking to relax and unwind after a busy day hitting the shops. Two of the crowning glories of the spa are its shimmering 16m in-door pool and the Swiss line of cosmeceutical better ageing treatments from the skin care gurus, Nescens. On the menu there is a bespoke and impressive range of Nescens treatments from facials, to massages and beauty pick me ups.


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Song Saa Private Island

Blessing Night Spa Ritual Dreamtime Journey At Song Saa the entire island is a sanctuary where regenerative sites, outdoor salas and discreet treatment villas nestle in the serenity of the rainforest and along the ocean shore.


ong Saa Private Island is a hidden paradise southwest of Cambodia, 35 minutes from Sihanoukville Port. There is no centralized spa center – at Song Saa the entire island is a sanctuary where regenerative sites, outdoor salas and discreet treatment villas nestle in the serenity of the rainforest, and along the ocean shore. The resort’s award-winning Song Saa Sanctuary is pleased to present a series of wellness treatments for guests to refresh, rejuvenate and revive the mind, body and soul. Taking advantage of Cambodia’s gorgeous night skies and gentle tropical night breezes, guests can enjoy Night Spa Treatments for a tranquil and transformative experience. This soporific treatment draws on pure essential oils, marma massage and chakra healing to deeply relax the nervous system and restore the natural rhythm of sleep. Based on the knowledge that cellular growth and repair is faster during sleep, Dream Time incorporates a slow rhythmic scrub, back and body treatment and a soothing face therapy to promote the deepest relaxation, while ingredients renowned for cellular rejuvenation – such as fresh royal jelly and orange blossom – do their work.



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What if... I could buy a Private Island photography


// All the exposed islands in this article are for sale. More details at VLADI PRIVATE ISLANDS.

The ultimate guide to buying a private island

magine yourself laying on the sands of a virgin island, the sea breeze caressing your skin, and the mild sound of the waves bringing you the peaceful state of mind that your soul so much desires in your day to day – the sense of freedom that is unlimited. For many people, buying a private island is the ultimate dream. Actors like Mel Gibson and Johnny Depp, Canadian singer Celine Dion, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison already own one. You don’t necessarily have to be a famous actor or a billionaire to buy an island. Nearly thousand islands come onto the market each year, and there is a wide range of options regarding price, size, and location. In fact, and according to Mr. Farhad Vladi, Founder and President of Vladi Private Islands, “buying an island can sometimes be more affordable than buying an apartment in Barcelona”.

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Lifestyle & Investment Mr. Vladi has been active for more than three decades, providing his clients with the perfect combination of lifestyle and investment. He believes that buying a private island requires more than having cash in hand, which in his words, is often no more than the price of a car. For Mr. Vladi, it is also important to have the right sense of nature. “As a matter of fact, the average island purchaser is an individualist with above-average intelligence, and they purchase to enjoy the pristine nature of an island. On the other hand, buying an island is a safe investment, as long as the process is carried with due diligence in the right way, but also, the buyer receives good advice before the purchase” - Mr. Vladi says.

What you need to know At the outset, it’s important to do your research about the island price. Certainly, the main condition that determines the value of the island is demand and supply, but other facts such as the price structure of mainland properties close to the island, also influence the final price. Another factor is whether the island is habitable. Many islands get sold including a residence, however, on many of them, a home is yet to be built. When someone buys an island, they enter into an Agreement of Purchase and Sale and ask for a due diligence period for about two months, which gives time to check everything out and see if they can build properties on the island. According to Mr.Vladi, this includes:

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TITLE | What type of title does the island have? Only a freehold title is acceptable. BUILDING PERMIT | Availability of permit, the size of house and type of development. ACCESS | | Is the island accessible? Harbor, Anchorage, landing, etc. MEDICAL | Medical service must be within 90 minutes radius of the island. ISLAND SURROUNDINGS | Neighborhood, amenities, services and also crime level. ISLAND VALUE | Is the island market, locally-driven and/or by foreigners? FAUNA | Can you live with the indigenous animals on the chosen island? INFRASTRUCTURE | Water, Sewage, Electricity, Telephone, Internet. CLIMATE | Get familiar with weather, climate, and conditions as well as trees and plants. Moreover, this is a good time to hire an architect, who can investigate the details. Mr.Vladi does not deny that there are government restrictions on many islands, but fortunately, usually permit is granted for the construction of one house - unless the island is under nature conservancy rules, but this is what can be found out during the due diligence.


The same applies to supplies such as electricity; you can investigate if the supply of electricity by cable is feasible, and if it isn’t, then there are many other alternatives such as wind generators or solar systems among others. Overall, Mr. Vladi’s aim is to make sure the client makes the right choice, and with that purpose, he always asks the client to visit the island to do part of the inspection. The the best way to do this is to rent the island itself or another island in the area, to find out about the social and natural environments. “If the client likes the island, they have a good basis for lifestyle and investment”, he says.

Actually, to buy a private island could be less expensive than an apartment in Manhattan.

Financing The price of an island can vary from $30.000 to $30 million, and you need to make sure to have this cash on hand. As islands do not generate a monthly return, banks don’t finance such investment. “However, in some cases, the vendor is willing to provide financing and is happy to receive the payment over a period of three years” –Mr. Vladi says.

Where do I buy? The scope of Vladi Private Islands is international, yet, over the years they have experienced a higher demand for the following geographical areas: Western Europe, Eastern Canada, United States, Caribbean, Central America, New Zealand, Australia, Fiji and French Polynesia –to mention just a few.

A dream come true After all, like with many other dreams we have, to own a private island is much closer to reality than we could imagine. Maybe, imagination can become a reality if you allow yourself to believe that “You can be, do and have anything you want”. “That is quite a statement! It is a dream to say that “you can be, do and have anything you want”. Of course, that is the feeling you have when you buy an island but every island is a part of a country, and therefore, the sovereignty is to the governments. They have laid out the laws, which also apply to mainland and island properties. However, you do not have neighbors, and you can enjoy lots of liberties”, said Mr. Vladi in conclusion to our conversation.

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Ryan Serhant stands in front of “Post no bills” by Spanish Artist Balu Art”.

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Investing in Created by Yi Chen from the Noun Project

NYC Real Estate Insights For International Investors, with Ryan Serhant interview // Cristina Roselló photography // Selector Marx and Yonghyun Lee

“High risk, high return” – that’s the motto which most successful investors are known for. Think of stocks, high-tech start-ups, oil and other commodities. If your financial horizon is rather something that you project as secure for your retirement, then investing in real estate is something for you. You just need to look at successful individuals from a wide range of sectors, and you will realize that a large portion of their wealth is allocated in the property. When looking deeper into this asset class, you can see many dreams built in New York. Property around the world is increasing in value, and this city stands out as one of the best places considering its global nature. Whether you have knowledge about this topic or not, this interview with Ryan Serhant brings a general overview about investing in New York real estate. Ryan Serhant, known as one of the top real estate brokers in the US, is at the helm of the Serhant Team, a group of real estate brokers based in New York City, who believe that their success comes after their client’s success. He is also known for his appearance in popular Bravo TV show Million Dollar Listing New York.


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Do you consider that investing in real estate is safer than investing in other assets? Real estate historically has always increased in value, so as long as you can hold and you are properly insured no matter what happens, you will be ok. It is indeed a good place to put money. Thirty years ago, TriBeCa was only for manufacturing - nobody lived in penthouses in this area. And two hundred years ago this was all farms. So if you can hold, it will always be ok. If you invest in other assets where you have the opportunity for things to bottom out (stocks can crash) completely, you have no control. Here, what is the worst that can happen? A fire? Ok, so if you are insured then no problem. Hence, as long as you can hold and as long as you plan wisely for monthly payments, it is always a safe investment, that’s why I think people like buying real estate.

Is New York City internationally considered a good place to invest in real estate? Why? New York is the safest investment in the world for real estate. You have the security of title, and you can buy an apartment in the name of a child who isn’t even born yet - if you want to. You have relatively low closing costs compared to London and Hong Kong. And the educational system is so strong that you will always have someone to sell to, who wants to own in New York just for the schools.

What type of investors buy in New York City? Where do they mostly come from? We sell to investors from all over the world. Many people think that there are more Asian investors in New York than any other nationality, but that’s because there are a lot more Asians in the world. We sell to everyone who is looking for a solid and safe investment.

Do banks facilitate the buying process to foreign investors? What are the requirements to have access to a mortgage? Some banks do. It’s not easy for a foreigner to get a loan in the United States without SOME credit history here, but it is possible. You will typically have to put down at least 50% and show the same documentation that a US resident would have to show to qualify for a loan - proof of income, tax returns, credit reports, etc.

What does an investor need to look at before signing any deal? Investors just need to look at cash flow. That’s it. The appreciation of the asset over time is why you’re buying, and in New York, that’s a guarantee. Too many investors focus on comparable sales and have short-term mindsets. If that’s how you invest, then stay away from real estate! However, it is important to consider the area where you want to buy. What location do you think is going to have the greatest appreciation? Or which location do you think is going to have the greatest preservation? Properties around Central Park may have the greatest preservation of wealth because there will always be people who want to have apartments and townhouses in Central Park. But are those properties going to double in value in the next two years? In the East Village, right now, if you buy a property today, next year you will double your money. In parts of Brooklyn next year, you will triple your money. But is that the best place to preserve wealth? In ten years, are people going to go to that part of Brooklyn and pay you what you want them to pay? I don’t know yet. But I do know that Central Park isn’t going anywhere, and there will always be people who want to be in the area. So in the end, it comes down to what you want: appreciation, preservation, and location.

I can’t predict the future, but if we look at real estate prices in New York over that last 100 years, they have always been higher every 10 years.


What types of community or home ownership fees exist in NYC?

What type of properties have the greatest potential in terms of return on investment?

The condominium and the cooperative apartment have a Home Owners Association payment. The amount varies by building.

If you’re buying residential property, then the answer is condominiums. You can sell a condo to anyone in the world. But owning land, or a building, is the quickest way to realize a large return.

What determines the buying price in NYC? And the rental price? Supply and Demand! When there’s very little supply, like we saw in 2011 to 2013, buyers are forced to pay more for the property because there is no competition. When there is a lot of supply, then buyers can take their time and have their choice, so that brings pricing down to be competitive.

What is your forecast for real estate prices in New York 10 years from now? I can’t predict the future, but if we look at real estate prices in New York over that last 100 years, they have always been higher every ten years.

What would be a hot spot to invest in right now in New York City? The easiest investment you could make in the city right now would be in the East Village. It’s like the highest rate of appreciation and the buildings and apartments we are selling there; I can’t hold onto them even if I wanted to.

What can you tell about investing outside of Manhattan? What would be an area with good prospects to invest in at the moment? In New York, I like Greenpoint and BedStuy in Brooklyn and Montauk in the Hamptons. These are prime locations but off the beaten path, and the price appreciation is nearly guaranteed.

What is the main difference between a Condo and a Co-op? Which one is considered a wiser investment? Condominiums are a real property with a tax lot. A coop is a home within a corporation - you are not buying real property, you are buying shares in a corporation, and that corporation has a say over who can be a shareholder. Condos are the wiser investment.

What type of rental income can an investor expect? In New York, you should look to just cover costs with your rental income. If you are looking for a 5 or 7 or 10% return, you will not find that in a Manhattan residential investment.

For a foreign investor who does not have the time to be 100% involved during the process “buy, renovate, rent”: what would you suggest to them? Does a service that facilitates the process from A to Z exist? Use a great broker like myself! My team and I handle the entire purchase process, any renovations, the subsequent rental and the sale, for all of our international investors.

In a few words, how would you encourage foreign buyers to invest in New York City? Contact me personally, and I will help guide you!

What do you think about the following statement? “You can be, do and have anything you want”. I would add at the end, “if you work hard enough.”



Business Affairs | the property of the month

An elegant testament to mindful design, the four bedroom, three bathrooms, 3,067 Square Foot Southern Penthouse of 7 Bond Street is a masterful harmony of organic and intuitive elements that combine to form a veritable sanctuary of comfort and serenity.

7 Bond Street Penthouse

“A paradise in the concrete jungle� photography


Rich Caplan

The perfect blend of know-how

Prepare to be amazed by the soaring 14 foot ceilings and sun-drenched open-concept living room from the moment you step into this extraordinary Penthouse.


Boldly renovated under the attentive care of acclaimed Designer James Huniford, renowned Feng Shui Master Dee Kelly, and certified Building-Biology consultant Matthew Waletzke of Healthy Dwellings: everything within the home - from its clever application of naturally-sourced and reclaimed building materials to the exacting standards of innovative air and water filtration systems - was added with the purpose of making a living in the city as peaceful, luxurious and environmentally-friendly as possible.

Designed with a natural feel Dark zebra wood floors are ubiquitous throughout, and both the living and dining rooms feature reclaimed wood from a Vermont barn. The eat-in kitchen is equipped with custom cabinetry, repurposed metal cabinet doors from a 19thCentury TriBeCa factory, live-edge granite countertops, and a suite of high-end appliances. Two of the bedrooms possess roomy closets faced with reclaimed wood sliding barn doors while the third enjoys a charming exposed brick wall, a private loft space, a dressing room, and a full en-suite bathroom. An over-sized master bedroom suite features four closets, a dressing room, and a spa-like master bathroom with natural stone vessel dual-vanity sinks, a travertine-floored shower and bath area with a separate E-Legno carved cedar wood tub.


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An oasis in the midst of Manhattan Up a curving set of reclaimed wood stairs is the home’s 1,200 Square Foot, bamboo-screened rooftop oasis, which has been thoroughly customized in partnership with leading New York City landscape designer Roger Miller. The glass-enclosed family room with a drop-down flatscreen television can be opened up entirely to an outside space that easily fits a 12-person outdoor dining area and a separate glass-enclosed home office/meditation room. The terrace is fully equipped with built-in speakers, mood lighting, and an irrigation system.

Location 7 Bond St Apt: PH AB New York NY 10012 Manhattan » NoHo

Comfort & Serenity Aware of the impact that RF/EMF levels can have on stress levels, sleep quality, and overall health, the home underwent comprehensive alterations to shield itself from outside disturbance. Also, every window, every exterior wall, and nearly every interior wall was treated to reduce RM/EMF levels within the home by 98%, possibly giving it the lowest levels in the entire city.

State of the art technology Additionally, Wi-Fi within the home can be completely turned off via a tablet/Smartphone as well as a convenient wall button. Another feature of the home is an extensive water filtration system so that every drop of water – both hot and cold – in the apartment is filtered. There is also an upgraded security system, sound-dampening windows, and an air filtration system that improves air quality levels by 50% compared to what they are outside. The home has been optimized for Tablet/Smartphone technology.

Striking Views 7 Bond–originally constructed in 1904– –rises 6 stories and contains 18 apartments, and because it is nestled amidst a cluster of landmarked structures, the attractive views that its penthouse units currently enjoy will remain the same for generations to come.

Contact || Ryan Serhant / Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker / Phone: 646.443.3739 / Amy Herman / Licensed Real Estate Salesperson / Phone: 212.252.8772X4279 / Mobile: 917.359.6501 / Main office / Soho / 594 Broadway, New York, NY 10012, USA / Phone: 646-924-4319 114 THM WINTER | SPRING 2017

Property Ownership: Condo Type: Penthouse Rooms: 8 Bedrooms: 4 BR Bathrooms: 3 Pets: allowed Area: 3067 sq ft Exterior area: 1200 sq ft Financials Price: $14,500,000 Common charge: $1,751.96 Real estate tax: $1,794 Financing allowed: 90% Minimum down: $1,450,000




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Excursions by Cinta Vidal

words // Natal Vallvé Bertran Founder & Director at Global Art Agency


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ince the 80’s, the investments in the art world have grown considerably due to the financial appreciation of those assets. There are many examples of significant profits made, which have sparked more and more interest in this market. That includes thousands of small and medium art collectors, some of them because they are passionate about art and others purely as an investment. Even important investment funds and banks “collect” art to protect the investments of their clients (known as a safe haven).

Electric Vogue Oil on canvas 41 x 41cm by Alex Garant

“ Important investment

The biggest percentage of sales in the art market is in the PostWar art and contemporary art, followed by modern art and Impressionism or Post-Impressionism. The highest sales to date have been from Cezanne ($254m); Pollock ($140m); Kooning ($137m); Klimt ($135m); Van Gogh ($82.5m) or Bacon ($142m). These art pieces are considered a safe investment of capital, and although its value may not increase much over time, it will neither diminish.

funds and banks “collect” art to protect the investments of their clients.

You know the way I hide Oil on canvas 91 x 91 cm by Soey Milk


This Is Not My Life #2 Acrylic on cotton 130 x 97cm by Naomi Okubo

in emerging “ Investing artists is the riskiest option, In contemporary art, we find great commissions due to the high investment risk: artists such as Damien Hirst, Peter Doig, Yakoi Kusama, Jeff Koons, or Marlene Dumas, whose short-term value will be stable or boosted subtly but certainly will increase significantly in the long term. Finally, investing in emerging artists is the riskiest option, but also the most passionate and personal: if you discover the next will surely make the best investment of your life.

but also the most passionate and personal.

Lazarides Ltd. (London), Hashimoto Contemporary (San Francisco), Thinkspace Art Gallery (Culver City) or Joshua Liner Gallery (New York). They offer a wide selection of young artists already established in the avant-garde art. Moreover, their artwork can still be acquired at affordable prices: artists such as Alex Gross, Hikari Shimoda, Soey Milk, Cinta Vidal, Jenny Morgan, Joanne Nam Naomi Okubo or Alex Garant. The final decision is not easy as “investing in art is an art itself ”.

For those who wish to start their art collection, following galleries are highly recommended: Spoke Art Gallery (San Francisco), The Jonathan Levine Gallery (New York), Envy Oil on paper 60x48 cm by Alex Gross



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Pilates is not a practice, it’s a way of


word // Mandy Keillor Founding Director Of Studio Australia Barcelona photography // Courtesy of Studio Australia Barcelona 120 THM WINTER | SPRING 2017

n 2005, after 20 years as a designer and builder in Australia, I relocated to Barcelona to follow my lifelong dream to live in Europe. Hoping and aiming to set up my building company in this wonderful city, soon I realized that there was a serious change in the property market and I needed a change of plans. With changing countries, a shift in my career and lifestyle came along. As I had always been obsessed with fitness and diet, I actually started competing in my 20’s as a body builder. A serious accident made me leave this world behind, having to take Pilates for rehabilitation, where I discovered my love for the method and also met my partner, Natalia. Natalia – who was a pioneer in the Pilates industry in Australia – and I spent time researching the local market to find out whether Pilates and holistic health services existed in Barcelona. In Australia, Pilates is a recognized rehabilitation treatment and it is a service that you can claim in your health insurance. After realizing that the options were very little, we decided to take the helm and start our own project, that’s how four months after my arrival Studio Australia Barcelona was born. Studio Australia Barcelona makes the difference with its holistic approach, offering clients an additional range of practices and treatments such as osteopathy, physiotherapy, reiki, massage, reflexology and nutrition, which perfectly complements the practice of Pilates, core activity of the studio. Our overall aim is to give people choice about how to be healthy, fit and live longer without pain, illness or disease. The result translates into individually tailored programs that suit each client’s needs and helps them to maintain health and wellbeing. Pilates is an intelligent form of exercise that can be used as a tool to sculpt, correct, repair and strengthen your body. And, the beautiful thing about it is that it can be adapted to suit everyone’s needs, from the oldest to the youngest. Every competitive athlete who wants to be at their optimum physique and enhance performance trains Pilates, including Barça football players! Although we do work with athletes, most of our clientele are busy professionals who travel often, so when they are in Barcelona we are a haven to put their bodies back together. Sitting at a computer, on planes and carrying heavy bags takes a toll on the body. Hence, shoulder and neck pain are common, as well as back pain, due to a muscle called the psoas that attaches from your pelvis to your lumbar spine and that often causes back pain when it’s tight. Pilates allows us to release all the muscles of the body, exercise the core abdominals to support the spine and correct postural problems. We like to compare Pilates to the mechanic for the bodies. Working with both mats and big equipment, every new client is inducted with a personal 1.5 hour private session, during which Natalia does a postural assessment on the body, discusses the personal background and introduces the client to her method. From this point, we tailor a program to meet the client’s needs. We are especially well-known for treating people who are suffering with spinal injury such as herniated discs or who have had corrective surgery. Over many years Natalia has developed her own treatment plan for these conditions and has a high success rate for getting people out of pain in just a few sessions. In addition, Pilates is one of the best forms of exercise for pregnant women. Most of them want to make sure their bodies stay in shape during their pregnancy, and a Pilates trained body bounces back much quicker afterwards. Moreover, this method prepares the pelvic floor muscles for birth. For pregnant women it is absolutely safe and for us a very fulfilling experience. It’s such a special moment when we get to meet the babies as they recognize our voices after a nine month period working with their mothers! Quite a distinctive activity is Barre Pilates, for the cardio junkies. This session is a full hour high intensity class to music using a ballet bar, light hand weights, high repetitions and stretching - perfect for sculpting the body and getting the metabolism going to burn calories. Ultimately, we believe in total body care, so four years ago we decided to develop our own Face Pilates routine! Yes, you can work your facial muscles to look younger and keep the lines and wrinkles at bay. The effects are quicker because the skin of the face is attached to the muscle and there is less fat. A full class is one hour, but once you learn the routine we always recommend to work out three to five times a week to maintain results. Of course, the sooner you start the better is the outcome in the long-term. While focusing on their everyday lives , most people live aside from their body. At Studio Australia Barcelona, we teach people to listen, observe, maintain and love their bodies. To be naturally happy in their own skin, because for us Pilates is not just a practice, it’s a way of life.


Body & soul | The good read



Tears to

Triumph The Spiritual Journey From Suffering To Enlightenment words


Armand Álvarez


while ago, a strong desire to uplift my life brought a book into my hands, Return to Love. This book has forever changed my perception of what a Miracle is. That was my first encounter with a spiritual teacher, lecturer, and renowned bestselling author Marianne Williamson. Her words have continued to reverberate in my head ever since: “A Miracle is a shift in perception from fear to love.” Her outstanding talent to touch people on a deeper level for the past 30 years has changed many lives. She constantly reminds us, through her spiritual perspective, the essence of who we are. Now, a few years later, I have had the honor to talk to Marianne about her latest book, “Tears To Triumph: The Spiritual Journey From Suffering To Enlightenment.”

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--In her own words she says: “I wrote Tears to Triumph in order to help us remember that there is a much deeper meaning to our lives. And when we remember that deeper meaning and learn to


Body & soul | The good read

“The key in life is to seek your best you can be with you.” express it, in our relationships, in every area of our lives, then our lives begin to miraculously transform. And as our individual lives miraculously transform, we start showing up as the people we need to be in order to help transform the world. The only chance we have of reaching other people at a deep level is if we are speaking from a deep level within ourselves. So, I have always chosen to write about whatever was deeply true and deeply meaningful for me at that time. The subject of going through depressing cons is a topic that I think it’s relevant for all of us because there is a normal spectrum of human suffering. But these days we have fallen for a new story, a story that I think is very dysfunctional, and that is the medicalization of normal human despair. The truth is that there is a normal spectrum of human despair: we go through a bitter divorce, breakup, we have a professional failure or a financial crisis, or someone we know, and we have loved have died, these things simply happen in life. If you don’t know how to navigate the turbulent waters of life, you end up not knowing how to navigate life as an adult. So, the idea that has become so popular in the last few years of rushing to take an anti-depressive, rushing to take pharmaceutical drugs every time we go through a rough patch. It is a very dysfunctional reaction to human despair. Humanity would not have survived over thousands and thousands of years without being imbued with the capacity


to take a hit. The physical body has an immune system, and the psyche has an immune system as well, that’s what grief is. So, we need to go back to honoring grief, honoring our sad times, and when we do, we will realize there is a lot to learn there. My saddest times have taught me my fittest lessons. Sometimes you realize ways in which you would best change, so that next time you are out there, you’ll be different, you will think differently, you’ll behave differently, or the lesson could be not to take life as a joke because it’s not. The lesson might be that other people’s feelings really matter. The lesson might be that you have something that you yourself have to honor, take responsibility for grief. The lesson might be how much you have to forgive someone else, or the visceral understanding that this life is not going to last forever so suck the juice out of it and don’t take people and things for granted. So, I know that in my own life my painful moments have been ultimately some of my biggest teachers, and this is not the time, on this planet, for any of us not to be learning our lessons. The planet itself, the civilization in which we live, is going through a very critical time, set with challenges, and if we don’t learn how to handle deep challenges in our own lives, without nabbing or distracting ourselves, how are we going to be the people we need to be in order to face the challenges of the world?”

Dear God, We are joined in asking for a Blessing upon our precious World. We place in your hands the stresses, the struggles, the challenges, Particularly the hatred that has become so predominant. May there be a great Awakening May a great wave of Forgiveness come upon us May Love fill every heart And may humanity Arise May a new Consciousness emerge A Love that will cast out all fear A Light that will cast out all darkness And a Peace that will cast out all war And so it is Together we say Amen

Prayer by Marianne Williamson


Body & soul | The good soul

Architectur & Alzheime

words // Henri Snel, Senior lecturer and PHD researcher on Alzheimer and Architecture photography // Courtesy of Claudy Jongstra

Almost two decades ago, Henri Snel (1963, Nederhorst den Berg, The Netherlands) trained as an architect and PhD researcher on Alzheimer and architecture, was confronted with Alzheimer when his mother was diagnosed with the disease. From that point on, he became closely engaged with the illness and its consequences.

Facing a different reality When Henri’s mother decline started manifesting, he found himself forced to find a 24/7 care home for her. While visiting different places, Henri was struck by the sheer amount of passivity amongst residents. Soon he realized that in several care institutions, the environment did not stimulate interaction; hallways were long, often empty and dark, and where ‘perception places’ had been created - such as living rooms or in-house restaurants, these did not feel welcoming and participative. Intrigued and willing to find new solutions, Henri decided to found Alzheimer-Architecture, an office aimed to research in this field of interest. This new journey, resulted in a series of projects looking into the living conditions of Alzheimer’s patients from an architectural viewpoint, often involving students from different educational institutions and scientific specialists in cross-over collaborations. Most of the experiments and results are published under the name ‘Insight Series’.

Detail of “Liquid Stardust” Wool, cotton, silk, natural dyes 7.75m x 2.75m by Claudy Jongstra Wetterski Headquarters Fryslân, The Netherlands 126 THM WINTER | SPRING 2017

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“The healing power of well-designed spaces”

Detail of “Human Pulsation” Wool, silk, mohair, natural dyes 6.5m x 2m by Claudy Jongstra Courthouse Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Focus Henri’s research is inspired by the theoretical model of emotion-oriented care in relation to dementia. The process is defined in such a way that people with Alzheimer’s disease (and other forms of dementia) are guided in dealing with cognitive, emotional and social impacts of their disease by connecting their individual potential with subjective experiences1 through the use of architectural resources, like textures, colours or lighting. The goal of emotion-oriented care is targeting the needs of residents in a 24/7 care homes, as the physical environment in semi-public spaces can make an important contribution to the welfare of people with Alzheimer’s if it is well designed2.

1 R.M. Droes et al. 2003. 2 E. Sternberg 2009, M. Calkins et al. 2001; C. Van Audenhove et al. 2003; C. Van Audenhove et al. 2009.

Research shows that the level of physical activity of older people in 24/7 care centres is very low. The percentage of people who do not meet a general movement standard (30 minutes a day) is 86% in care institutions and a large number of these are, in fact, entirely inactive3. Moreover, older people who do not exercise enough but still think that moving is important, do not feel sufficiently stimulated by their surroundings4. Henri Snel believes that the Alzheimer patient needs to be exposed to spaces that stimulate the senses; the patient often loses contact with the outside world, meaning that they become more and more dependent on their primary senses in their latest state of the disease. This implies the need to create a more intimate relationship, as they are thrown back to sensorial perception as major form of communication. That being the context, Henri proposes an investigation into ‘Alzheimer and movement’ and ‘haptic architecture and tactile senses’ from an architectural perspective. It is very important for people suffering from Alzheimer’s to move their body as much as possible, exercise it, as it stimulates their cognition, stabilizes their ‘day and night rhythm’, reduces pain and eventually provokes fatigue, much needed to compensate with a good rest. For more advanced cases, where body movement is more limited, it is very important to eat healthy food and specially to chew, as it activates their brains! – Henri adds.

3 T. Binnekade, et al. 2012. Onbewogen om bewegen, Inspectie voor de Gezondheidszorg. 4 A. Tiessen-Raaphorst et al. 2010. Sport: een leven lang.


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Left: Detail of “Spring of Light” Wool, silk, mohair, natural dyes 3m x 5.4m by Claudy Jongstra AVL. Amsterdam, The Netherlands Right : “Liquid Stardust” Wool, cotton, silk, natural dyes 7.75m x 2.75m by Claudy Jongstra Wetterskip Headquartes Fryslân, The Netherlands

The Snoezelen Room One of the most common interior design examples in these institutions that address this need, is the use of especially designed stimulation places originally known as ‘Snoezel rooms’. Snoezelen is a non-directive therapy, controlled by the client and not by the therapist. It can be staged to provide a multi-sensory experience or single sensory focus, simply by adapting the lighting, atmosphere, sounds, and textures to the specific needs of the client at the time of use. Places that aim to stimulate and activate residents.

Architecture is a discipline that gives evidence to the experiences of “being” in the world, and through interaction, strengthens our sense of reality and self.

Healing Spaces For a Better Life A good enhancing environment can be therapeutic if it supports what someone is still able to do, instead of what someone cannot do. Unnecessary incentives should be reduced, on the other hand, meaningful incentives that stimulate physical activity should be encouraged5. Architecture is a discipline that gives evidence to the experiences of “being” in the world, and through interaction, strengthens our sense of reality and self. Alzheimer patients need to be involved in more experiences that involve physical interaction through senses, so as not to feel alienated and confused, but to create a safe and stimulating environment that can still enrich everyday life of the affected.

Detail “Priona Blossom” Wool, silk, yarn, natural dyes 3.80m x 1.25m by Claudy Jongstra Priona Gardens Schuinesloot, The Netherlands 128 THM WINTER | SPRING 2017

5 A. van der Plaats, B. Verbraeck, 2008. De wondere wereld van dementie.

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Discover the first issue of The Hedonist; a global lifestyle magazine aimed to inspire you to "be, do and have anything you want."

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Discover the first issue of The Hedonist; a global lifestyle magazine aimed to inspire you to "be, do and have anything you want."