LUXURY NOW / THE ART OF TRAVEL

WE PLAN THE ULTIMATE COSTA RICA VACATION AT CASA FLOTANTA

A spectacular vacation home that floats above the canopy of the rainforest is now available to rent, offering deserted beaches, jungle hikes and must-try local cuisine in the surroundings of Puntarenas, Costa Rica.
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PICASSO CERAMICS: THE AFFORDABLE WAY TO OWN A MASTERPIECE

On the eve of yet another sale dedicated to Picasso ceramics, we look at the highlights and examine the market for the one Picasso medium that should always remain something of a bargain.

A SIXTH MICHELIN STAR FOR JAPANESE CHEF TORU OKUDA

The first restaurant outside of Tokyo from the renowned Japanese chef serves a traditional kaiseki menu of a series of exquisitely presented small plates. We take a tour of Okuda, the darling of the French food critics.

THE CUTTING EDGE SPORTS CAR THAT LOOKS LIKE A CLASSIC

It might look like a vintage Aston Martin DB5 with hints of the Ferrari 250GT and Maserati 3500 but The Speedback is in fact the debut model from new British sports car company, David Brown Automotive. We take a test drive.
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ART PARIS: A SALES REPORT FROM THE REVITALIZED ART FAIR

A new director, increased visitor numbers and a special focus on Chinese art made for an electric atmosphere at Art Paris. We reveal what the collectors bought and for how much.

WHERE ARCHITECTS LIVE: AT HOME WITH ZAHA HADID, SHIGERU BAN & MORE

The curator of the exhibition that is set to be the talk of Salone del Mobile shows us round the personal homes of eight of the world's leading architects to reveal their ideas of domestic bliss.
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MICHAEL CRAIG-MARTIN AT CHATSWORTH

We tour the magnificent gardens of Chatsworth which have been taken over by influential artist Michael Craig-Martin and his 12 "line drawing" sculptures - and reveal where to stay and what to do in the surrounding Peak District.

THE JAMES TURRELL HOTEL: A LIGHT INSTALLATION YOU CAN LIVE IN

We check-in at The House of Light, a little-known James Turrell work in Tokamachi, Japan, where guests can stay overnight to watch sunrise and sunset framed through one of the artist’s signature holes-in-the-ceiling.

THE VERDICT ON NICOLAS GHESQUIèRE FOR LOUIS VUITTON

The most anticipated catwalk show of the season was, in our opinion, a triumph. But what did Hamish Bowles, Suzy Menkes, Vanessa Friedman and - most importantly - Bernard Arnault make of the fusion of creativity and craftsmanship?
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ALEX KATZ: THE ARTIST IS INTERVIEWED BY THADDAEUS ROPAC

A blockbuster retrospective of the signature portraits of Alex Katz at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac Pantin, Paris, showcases how the artist pushes his painting with new ideas. In a candid conversation Katz shares his anecdotes and inspirations.

ANDREW GN: THE PEGGY GUGGENHEIM COLLECTION - ART & FASHION

Art and fashion is fused in the Spring Summer 2014 collection of Andrew Gn. We showcase the looks that references Gio Ponti, Carlo Mollino, Fernand Leger, Georges Braque, Pablo Picasso and Peter Doig.

DICE KAYEK: ARCHITECTS OF FASHION INSPIRED BY ISTANBUL

Istanbul's majestic architecture – including the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque – provided the inspiration for a capsule couture collection from Turkish fashion designers Ece and Ayse Ege of Dice Kayek.

FERRAN ADRIà: THE EL BULLI CHEF TALKS CREATIVITY, THE PHILOSOPHY BEHIND HIS GASTRONOMY & THE FUTURE

In a simmering interview between Ferran Adria and the curator of a new exhibition dedicated to his thousands of culinary drawings, the avant garde chef reveals his plans for the elBulli Foundation and the online BulliPedia.

HIGH/LOW JEWELRY: THE CAMPANA BROTHERS AND FABIO SALINI FUSE BAMBOO WITH BROWN DIAMONDS AND GRASS WITH GOLD IN EIGHT UNIQUE PIECES

Brazilian designers Fernando and Humberto Campana question the notion of luxury with their first pieces of jewelry for Galleria O. Their collaborator, jeweler Fabio Salini, talks to us about the challenge of balancing art and jewels.

HATS OFF TO THE LARS NILSSON COLLECTION OF MILLINERY!

We showcase some of the 50 couture hats – including pieces by Lacroix, Schiaparelli, Alaia and Yves Saint Laurent – from the collection of fashion designer Lars Nilsson which are on display in a new exhibition at the Hallwyl museum in Stockholm.

A TOUR OF FOGO ISLAND

We explore the traditional Canadian fishing community that has been infused with cutting edge art and architecture.

THE SOLO HOUSES: ARCHITECTURAL DREAMS REALISED AS THE ULTIMATE VACATION HOMES

On a 50-hectare site within a national park in Matarranya, Spain, the developer Christian Bourdais has given 12 architects complete carte blanche to create a series of avant garde holiday houses.

THE S RESIDENCE SENGOKUBARA BY SHIGERU BAN

Simple, sophisticated and following a brilliant radial floor plan, the latest residence from acclaimed Japanese architect Shigeru Ban is far from his signature emergency relief housing.

MAISON VERNEY: THE SECRET PLACE VENDOME JEWELRY HOUSE

Little known except to connoisseurs, the Paris jeweler Verney is considered to have invented the "joaillerie classique" style. Founder Michel Ermelin talks to us about his vision for easy to wear jewels.

SIHH 2014: INNOVATION AND DESIGN AT THE GENEVA WATCH FAIR

The latest trends in timepieces were presented last week at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie watch fair in Geneva. We showcase the highlights of technical innovation and high design of our time.

A CLASSIC COMBINATION AND WHERE TO WEAR IT

Black & white is a byword for cool and always in style. Whether it's for the Oscars or summer holidays at the new Cheval Blanc in the Maldives, we select our favourite monochrome looks for the events of the upcoming season.

CONCEPT CARS: 5 DRIVES OF THE FUTURE

We take a spin in some of the latest vehicles to showcase new ideas in car design and technology, including the Mercedes Grand Turismo AMG, the remarkable Studio Job Land Rover and more.

THE SUBMERGED SUITE: A ROOM WITH AN (UNDERWATER) VIEW

Check-in (or dive in) to the Underwater Room at the Manta Resort on the paradise island of Pemba. Despite its modest accommodation, it offers the extraordinary experience of being submerged amongst a rich coral reef.

A TOUR OF "CARTIER: STYLE & HISTORY" AT THE GRAND PALAIS

The most important Cartier exhibition yet is a dazzling show of over 600 pieces of jewelry, clocks, watches and objects that display the house’s signature aesthetic of “le style moderne”. Co-curator Laure Dalon selects her favourite pieces.

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT REVIVED: UNBUILT HOUSE REALISED 74 YEARS AFTER IT WAS DESIGNED

With a masterplan of 12 Frank Lloyd Wright structures, Florida Southern College is the largest single-site collection of his architecture. Remarkably, its thirteenth FLW building has just been completed with the recent construction of a 1939 design for a house.