LUXURY NOW / ART & STYLE

Studio Drift: “Light Expresses Emotions” As the latest work by Studio Drift – the Flylight chandelier installation that looks like and mimics the behaviour of a flock of birds – is exhibited at The Israel Museum in Jerusalem, founder designers Ralph Nauta and Lonneke Gordjin explain their fascination for the relationship between light and nature.

STUDIO DRIFT: “LIGHT EXPRESSES EMOTIONS”

As the latest work by Studio Drift – the Flylight chandelier that mimics the behaviour of a flock of birds – is exhibited at The Israel Museum in Jerusalem, designers Ralph Nauta and Lonneke Gordjin explain their vision.

COUTURE REPORT: AMY WINEHOUSE, THE ULTIMATE GAULTIER MUSE

The beehive wigs and other Amy Winehouse stylistic references on the Jean Paul Gaultier spring summer 2012 couture catwalk extended into the spirit of the collection that revisited Gaultier’s most iconic pieces.

VILLA POIRET: A MODERNIST CHATEAU BY ROBERT MALLET-STEVENS

An extremely rare opportunity has arisen to buy the only landmark house by French architect Robert Mallet-Stevens that remains in private hands. We take a tour of the spectacular Villa Poiret, a Modernist Art Deco mansion built in 1921.

CONTEMPORARY CHINESE ARCHITECTURE ON A PLATTER

For its (Un)forbidden City project, Italian design powerhouse Alessi invited eight Chinese architects to create a contemporary take the humble tray. We serve up the varying designs by the names to know in Chinese architecture today.

BRIGHT IDEAS

While emitted light itself can lift the mood, so can the carefully constructed form of lamps and lighting fixtures. We showcase ideas in illumination today, from re-editions of design classics to cutting edge new creations.
ART

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.
ART

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.
ART

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.

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.
ART

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.
ART

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.
ART

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.
ART

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.