LUXURY NOW / ART & STYLE

Since the dawn of humanity art has been integral to our existence, from early cave scrawl, to the resplendent architecture of China’s Imperial empire and Europe’s golden age of arts and crafts. Though centuries old, what marks these works of art out is their sense of modernity, even today. Although inspired by art these works were intended for everyday living. The modern spirit of creativity remains true to our artistic needs, but with an air of fun. Sometimes we are forced to question its legitimacy as art, but if it brings us joy, then why analyse?

FORGOTTEN IN THE FORBIDDEN CITY

A meticulous restoration reveals a once forgotten part of the Forbidden City – an 18th century private palace that was built for an Emperor with an extravagant taste for Chinese art. Henry Ng takes us on a private tour.

IS THIS ART?

Art you can eat in, drink in, dance in, drive in and wear is all the rage. As the distinctions between art, design and architecture blur to the haze, we take a look at the art-is-life phenomenon.

DESIGN'S BRIGHT SPECTRUM

Dazzling palettes replace industrial hues as design goes chromatic.
ART

BAUER'S BEL ETAGE

Wolfgang Bauer, an expert on early 20th century Viennese art and design and owner of Bel Etage, the city's leading gallery dedicated to objets d'art of the Jugenstil and Seccession periods, pays homage to Austria's golden age.

MARIA PERGAY: THE QUEEN OF STEEL

In the 1970s, Maria Pergay counted Pierre Cardin, Salvador Dali and the Saudi Arabian royal family among her collectors. The last few years have seen a resurge of interest in her elegant, stainless steel work.