LUXURY NOW / TRAVEL & STYLE

THE HOUSE (AND HOTEL) HIDDEN IN A HILL

We check-in at Cae a Claveles, a house, studio and small bed & breakfast in Spain's Sierra de Cuera mountain range is all but invisible being hidden within the undulating hills and covered in a roof garden.

SWANS: LEGENDS OF THE JET SOCIETY

British society author Nicholas Foulkes provides captivating insight into the historical heritage of travelling in international style in Swans: Legends of the Jet Society, published by Assouline.

AZZEDINE ALAïA: "A SPIRIT OF INNOVATION"

The body-conscious silhouette and innovative techniques that were invented by fashion designer Azzedine Alaïa are celebrated in his first retrospective to take place in his adopted home of Paris. We take a tour.
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BEYOND LIMITS 2013: SOTHEBY'S AT CHATSWORTH

An annual selling exhibition from Sotheby's that takes place in the grounds of the magnificent Chatsworth Estate sees 20 important pieces of sculpture available to buy or simply to view.

THE AIRSHIP IS BACK!

Designed around the soon to be available technology of a new generation of airships, the Aether Luxury Airship concept gives a glimpse of what the next golden age of travel might look like.

LAPO'S WARDROBE

The signature style of Fiat heir and style icon Lapo Elkann is now available to buy in a new made-to-measure collection designed in collaboration with Gucci creative director Frida Giannini. We take a fitting.

CASA LEE BY MARCIO KOGAN

The sculptural linear construction of Mario Kogan's latest Sao Paulo residence is the epitome of the new Brazilian architectural aesthetic for sexy, minimal and elegant houses. We take a tour of the spectacular Casa Lee.
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THE PRIVATE PICASSO COLLECTION OF THE NAHMAD FAMILY

An exhibition in Monaco timed to mark the 40th anniversary of the death of Picasso includes 101 paintings form the private collection of the Nahmad family.We take a tour of the show, including some of those Nahmad masterpieces.

THE EXBURY EGG: STEPHEN TURNER'S FLOATING ART INSTALLATION

Is it a boat? A floating home? No, The Exbury Egg is part of a year-long art project that will see artist Stephen Turner live in a specially constructed floating studio where he will create art inspired by the marine environment.

THE NEST BY UID ARCHITECTS

Nature, innovative ideas in architecture and a touch of the traditional Japanese house are combined in The Nest by UID Architects, a striking home that is defined by an indoor garden complete with trees.

THE LEGENDARY CHRISTINA O

A rare opportunity has arisen to buy a piece of history with the sale Aristotle Onassis' iconic yacht, the 99m Christina O. We take a tour of the decks while looking back at the stylish scenes that Onassis and Jackie O hosted onboard.
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AHAE AT VERSAILLES: THE EXTRAORDINARY WITHIN THE ORDINARY

The Korean photographer Ahae takes snapshots of the wild environment as seen from the same window at his home near Seoul, which at a new exhibition at Versailles are juxtaposed with the precision of Le Notre's gardens.

BMW: THE ULTIMATE CULTURAL EXPERIENCE

The full extent of BMW's role in facilitating modern and contemporary art, jazz and classical music as well as architecture and design goes far beyond its Art Car project. BMW's Head of Cultural Engagement, Thomas Girst, explains.

GARDENS OF SENSATIONS

Landscape gardeners, botanists, stage designers, visual artists and acousticians are behind the 30 new gardens on show at the 22nd edition of the International Garden Festival at Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, France. We take a tour.

IRIS VAN HERPEN: THE FUTURE OF HAUTE COUTURE

Is it art? Or is it couture? A new exhibition showcases the dresses of Dutch fashion designer Iris Van Herpen – who at 29 is the youngest member of the official Paris couture schedule – akin to sculpture. We take a tour.

TADAO ANDO: ARCHITECTURE, ART & NATURE

The latest building from Tadao Ando is a privately funded museum perched atop a mountain in South Korea. We take a tour of the Hansol Museum's soaring concrete galleries and sculpture-filled gardens.
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TIM WALKER: DREAMSCAPES AT THE BOWES

A new exhibition of photographs by Tim Walker presents his work for the first time not as that of a fashion photographer but as an artist. In an exclusive interview, he shares with us his love of constructing surrealist scenes.

ADASTRA: THE FIRST POWER TRIMARAN SUPERYACHT

Pioneering naval architect John Shuttleworth employed three hydrodynamic hulls and a range of cutting edge technology to create a power trimaran that has been awarded Most Innovative Design at the 2013 World Superyacht Awards.

ART DECO AUTOMOBILES

Sensuous Steel at Nashville's Frist Center is the first major museum exhibition of the "rolling sculpture" of the 1930s and '40s. We take a virtual test drive of a selection of the 18 elegant Art Deco masterpieces on display.
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BOLéRO BY RICCARDO TISCI, MARINA ABRAMOVIC & SIDI LARBI CHERKAOUI

A new ballet the Paris Opera fuses the work of performance artist Marina Abramovic in collaboration with choreographers Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet, and features costumes by Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci.

THE WILKINSON RESIDENCE BY ROBERT HARVEY OSHATZ

Nestled within (not below) the treetops of a densely wooded plot, the extraordinary sweeping lines and unusual forms found in the Wilkinson house are typical of the always-unique work of architect Robert Harvey Oshatz.
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THE RON MUECK METHOD FOR HYPER-REALISTIC SCULPTURES REVEALED

Reclusive artist Ron Mueck is exhibiting his latest work in a new exhibition of his startlingly lifelike sculptures of human figures on an unusual scale. We look up close at the hyper-realistic detail through an insightful 2003 documentary.

THE LOVEMOBILE: RENAULT X ROSS LOVEGROVE

In keeping with designer Ross Lovegrove's signature approach that is inspired by nature, the Twin'Z concept car he designed for Renault appears to glow and react like a living organism. We take a test drive of the all-electric city car.

MARIO GODANI: THE PIONEER OF THE DESIGN GALLERY

Since founding Design Gallery Milano in 1988, Mario Godani and his wife Brunella have pioneered not only the market for design but also the very concept of limited editions and design as art.

BLACK & WHITE: ALWAYS IN STYLE

Reflecting the light and shade of summer, the catwalk this season was dominated by two tones. Whether in pyjama-like tailoring, ladylike silhouettes or the new take on rock 'n' roll, black & white is more in style than ever.

REINVENTING THE JAPANESE VILLA

Even the architect admits it conjures images of "an abandoned spacecraft". But there is more to the Shell House by Tokyo-based practice Artechnic than just radical styling. We tour the weekend home for the 21st century.