LUXURY NOW / ART & STYLE

Made in America: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Opened November 11, 2011 after six years of construction and billions of dollars of investment, American heiress Alice Walton has a home for her impressive acquisitions of American art: Crystal Bridges Museum, designed by architect Moshe Safdie and located in Walton’s hometown of Bentonville, Arkansas.

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MADE IN AMERICA: CRYSTAL BRIDGES MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART

After six years of construction and billions of dollars of investment, American heiress Alice Walton has a home for her impressive acquisitions of American art: Crystal Bridges Museum, designed by architect Moshe Safdie.
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EXPLOSIVE ART BY CAI GUO-QIANG (AND HIS QATARI VOLUNTEERS)

Influential Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang explores the connections between China and the Arab World in Saraab, a new exhibition at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, Qatar. We reveal his remarkable artistic process.
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THE ANIMALISTIC COUTURE OF JONATHAN RISS

An adventurer at heart, jay ahr creative director Jonathan Riss advances the ancient craft of embroidery with his one-of-kind, large-scale “Evolution” embroideries, based on black-and-white photographs of ancient vertebrates.

SIHH 2012: REVEALING COMPLICATIONS

One of the most transparent trends in watches at this year’s Salon International de la Haute Horologerie - the annual Geneva watch fair that took place January 16 to 20 - was for skeleton cases that show the intricate mechanics within.

DRIES VAN NOTEN'S FUSION OF FASHION & PHOTOGRAPHY

A travelling exhibition showcases both the Lightscapes series of photographer James Reeve and the spring-summer 2012 collection of Dries Van Noten which uses the same long-exposure studies in the label’s signature prints.

CHANEL: PARIS-BOMBAY

The latest of Chanel's annual Arts & Metiers collections - created specifically to showcase the work of the seven artisan ateliers that it owns and which supply its couture studio – was a pared down ode to India.
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WHEN LARRY MET JEFF: A 1-HOUR CONVERSATION WITH KOONS AND GAGOSIAN

At Abu Dhabi Art, which took place in November 2011, artist Jeff Koons and gallerist Larry Gagosian discussed their personal relationships in the art world - with each other, with collectors and with their work. Watch and learn.

MOYNAT: BERNARD ARNAULT'S NEW APPROACH TO LUXURY

The latest project from titan of luxury Bernard Arnault is the revival of Parisian trunk-maker Moynat into a modern luxury goods house. Creative director Ramesh Nair and president Guillaume Davin discuss quality and craftsmanship.

CONTEMPORARY COCOONING

As the winter season stakes its claim, coziness is the call of contemporary interiors. Woolen knits and plush upholstery cultivate this cocooning effect.

CHAMPAGNE: BEHIND THE BUBBLES

This is not yet another seasonal review of the best Champagne. Instead, we invite you on a journey into the Champagne flute by explaining the effervescence with a look at a new book, "Voyage au coeur d’une bulle de champagne".

MAXIM'S: MIRROR OF PARISIAN LIFE

A small bistro that opened on Rue Royale, Paris, in 1893 developed into the fabulous Art Nouveau restaurant Maxim's that for decades defined fashionable Parisian society. We showcase the decadence of Maxim's!
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THIERRY DESPONT & THE ULTIMATE CABINET DE CURIOSITéS

"There was very much the notion, 'Come and be amazed,'" says decorator Thierry Despont of his contemporary cabinet de curiosités. We showcase the unusual grouping of 18th-century furniture, contemporary art and objects.
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SERGE POLIAKOFF: A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST

As one of the twentieth century's masters of abstract painting, Serge Poliakoff's character and larger-than-life enthusiasm is intimately illustrated in the collected archives – both private and public – by his granddaughter, Marie Victoire.

THROUGH THE EYES OF RON ARAD

PQ Eyewear is a new optical brand from uber-designer Ron Arad that uses innovative mechanics and radical styling to put other glasses in the shade. The Israel-born, London-based designer talks with us about his new type of frame.

THE GAUDI CHAIR: MASTERFUL IDEAS REVISITED BY BRAM GEENEN

As one of the youngest talents working today, Dutch designer Bram Geenen appropriated ideas and processes from legendary Catalan architect Antoní Gaudi, for a chair design that is firmly positioned in the 21st century.

THE ULTIMATE MOBILE OFFICE BY BENTLEY

The latest Bentley is filled with gadgetry for the type of travelling tycoon for whom time is money and even a short car journey represents an opportunity to connect with colleagues in a conference call or complete a deal by email.
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MAURIZIO CATTELAN: GENIUS? PRANKSTER? RETIRED?

The first retrospective of Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan poses as many questions as do his signature hyperrealist works that are at once humorous and profound. We showcase Cattelan's spectacular installation at the Guggenheim.

CHARLES & RAY EAMES: THE ICONS REVEALED

Through never-seen-before footage of Charles and Ray Eames combined with their little known quirky movies, a new documentary reveals for the first time the secretive husband and wife team behind 'The Eames Era' of iconic design.

ELIZABETH TAYLOR: A LIFE THROUGH JEWELS

The dazzling collection of jewelry amassed by Elizabeth Taylor - to be sold at Christie's New York on December 13 - tells not only of her taste for iconic gems but also the story of an extraordinary life marked by love tokens and trinkets.
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LEONARDO DA VINCI: A PRIVATE TOUR

We showcase the masterpieces of 'Leonardo Da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan' at London's National Gallery - the largest grouping of his art ever to be shown together - and look in exquisite detail at what is considered his greatest work.

CHâTEAU FAUGèRES: THE ART OF WINE

The entrepreneur owner of both winery Château Péby Faugères and crystal house Lalique has for the first time fused his two passions with the estate's 2009 vintage which comes in a bottle engraved with an original René Lalique drawing.

HOT DESIGN: PRIX ÉMILE HERMèS 2011

"Heat, re-heat, me-heat" was the theme of the second Prix Émile Hermès, a triennial competition that aims to push young designers to another level. We showcase the finalists and winners as chosen by a jury chaired by Toyo Ito.

THE BOLSHOI IS BACK!

Didn't receive your invitation to the gala reopening of Moscow's legendary Bolshoi Theatre on October 28? Experience the spectacular opening night of ballet and opera with our showcase of the evening's highlights.

LIFTOFF AT SPACEPORT AMERICA!

Foster + Partners boldly go where no architect has gone before with the opening its latest project, Spaceport America, the world's first private space terminal. As Norman Foster explains his love of flight, we take a virtual tour.

PRADA'S TROMPE L'OEIL BOOTS: ART OF FASHION?

Imaginative, full of humour and not "easy" to wear, Prada’s trompe l'oeil Mary Jane boots are signature Miuccia and a sure hit amongst serious collectors of fashion. But would you wear them?