LUXURY NOW / CONTEMPORARY COUTURE

GAULTIER'S GREATEST HITS

The signature pieces of Jean Paul Gaultier – from the trench coat to conical bras – were reinvented in his couture collection that was something of a retrospective of his most iconic work.

GIAMBATTISTA VALLI: THE NEW DARLING OF COUTURE

Rarely has a couture debut been so confident as Giambattista Valli’s collection of elegant ball gowns and signature shaped dresses which he mixed with the humble white poplin shirtdress worn by atelier workers.

VILLA ABBORRKROKEN BY JOHN ROBERT NILSSON

Swedish architect John Robert Nilsson gives us a virtual tour of Villa Abborrkroken, an ultra minimalist home perched atop a cliff on a private island in the Stockholm archipelago.
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"WITHOUT SOUTINE THERE IS NO BACON"

Missed the first comparative exhibition of Chaim Soutine and Francis Bacon? Discover the artists' shared passion and energy in our virtual tour of the major works alongside an exclusive interview with co-curator Maurice Tuchman.

THE CONTEMPORARY COUNTRY SEAT

Holmewood House designed by Robin Partington for Lady Helen Hamlyn has all the grandness and splendour of a Georgian pile but with minimal impact on the landscape by hidden under 150 acres of the English countryside.

ARCADIA 85: FOLLOWING THE SUN

The unusual looking Arcadia 85 yacht basks in the sunlight not only for the pleasure of its guests but also to charge its vast superstructure of glass solar panels. We take a virtual tour onboard the environmentally friendly vessel.

MARCUS TREMONTO: THE FUTURE OF LIGHT

Marcus Tremonto manipulates light to create objects that emit emotion. In an exclusive interview that took place appropriately in the City of Light, the founder of Treluce Studios discusses his work and the future of light.

PETER ZUMTHOR: SERPENTINE PAVILION 2011

The 11th Serpentine Pavilion - a temporary structure constructed annually in London's Kensington Gardens by a roll call of starchitects - has been designed by Swiss architect Peter Zumthor and encloses a hidden garden.

FLAMINIA SACCUCCI: THE NEXT BIG THING

The winner of the Central St Martins graduate show is an Italian print specialist who hand painted tyre tracks and flowers onto PVC dresses. Before her collection is even available in stores, we talk to designer Flaminia Saccucci.
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DESIGN MIAMI BASEL 2011

At the sixth edition of Design Miami Basel, sales were stronger than ever. As galleries focused on solo shows of high quality historical work, the halls themselves were designed by architects Aranda\Lasch for a fusion of modern and contemporary.
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ART BASEL 2011: THE REPORT

Sales were steady at the world's most important art fair as collectors bought not only blue-chip modern and contemporary works but also large conceptual installations. We reveal what sold, who bought and for how much.

BELUGA: ANOUSKA HEMPEL'S TURKISH GULET

The ultra chic Turkish gulet restored and owned by hotelier and designer Anouska Hempel is for the first time available for private charter. We take a virtual tour of the magnificent Beluga before it sets sail along the coast of Montenegro and Croatia.

THE WATER HOUSE BY LI XIAODONG

The Water House, perched on a mountainside overlooking Lijiang, China, is typical of Chinese architect Li Xiaodong's award-winning buildings that "strive for tranquillity and harmony suggested by space, light and structural order."
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AXEL VERVOORDT AT PALAZZO FORTUNY

At the Tra: Edge of Becoming show at Palazzo Fortuny, Venice, the art and antiques connoisseur Axel Vervoordt is presenting his unique approach to art that combines modern and contemporary work with ancient artefacts.
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HIROKO KOSHINO: FUSING EAST & WEST, FASHION & ART

The Japanese fashion designer Hiroko Koshino is renowned not only for her modern reinterpretations of traditional Japanese dress, but also for her calligraphy, painting and Tadao Ando-designed home.

JAGUAR C-X75: FROM CONCEPT TO REALITY

First revealed as a concept at the Paris Motor Show 2010, Jaguar has announced that its sculptural C-X75 supercar will go into production while remaining true to its original vision for an ultra light, all carbon-fibre hybrid.
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THE FONDAZIONE PRADA AT VENICE

The first exhibition space of the Fondazione Prada has opened in a spectacular palazzo on Venice's Grand Canal with a show that is being hailed by critics as the best of the Biennale.

CHâTEAU CHEVAL BLANC BY CHRISTIAN DE PORTZAMPARC

Raise a glass to the graceful winery designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Christian de Portzamparc for Château Cheval Blanc, the award-winning vineyard owned by Bernard Arnault and Baron Albert Frere.

OUD: THE SCENT OF LIQUID GOLD

The world’s leading perfume houses are following the trend set by niche noses to return to the heady Arabian scent of oud. We showcase the best of the sweet, woody and complex scent that is so precious it is referred to as liquid gold.

DELICIOUS JEWELS BY HEMMERLE

Carats and carrots combine in the latest collection from historic German high jeweler Hemmerle, a 12-piece menu of gems inspired by vegetables. Discover ‘Delicious Jewels’ in our showcase of the ingredients.

METROPOL PARASOL: A MODERN LANDMARK

In its redevelopment of Plaza de la Encarnacion, Seville, the German architect J Mayer H has installed an astonishing ‘parasol’ constructed mainly from wood held together by glue. Metropol Parasol is a lesson in urban architecture.

THE CLIFF HOUSE, KERALA

A spectacular vacation home in southern India designed by Bangalore-based Khosla Associates makes subtle references to India's architectural history to create a unique aesthetic that is a showcase of Indian architecture now.

"URBAN-AT-SEA" BY PHILIPPE BRIAND AND CHRISTIAN LIAIGRE

A 220ft sailing yacht designed by naval architect Philippe Briand and built by Alloy Yachts in New Zealand features striking, city-like interior decoration by Christian Liaigre. Take a virtual tour on board Vertigo, a remarkable floating penthouse.

TIME IS MONEY: NEW WATCH AUCTION RECORDS

New world records were set for the prices of Rolex and Patek Philippe watches at Christie’s Geneva Important Watches sale on May 16. With a blockbuster total of US$26.3million, up 25% on the same sale in 2010, the haute horologerie market is booming once again. We showcase the ten most expensive timepieces of the auction, a remarkable eight of which were collectors’ favourite Patek Philippe.

AUCTION REPORT: MARIA PERGAY AT ARTCURIAL

A unique collection of furniture and objets d'art by cult status designer Maria Pergay was commissioned by the Baron and Baroness Gourgaud for their house in Corsica. At auction at Artcurial, Paris, on May 24, the collection fetched a total of €300,000.

CONTEMPORARY CABIN

A remarkable microstructure by architect Pieta-Linda Auttila manipulates wood like never before to become a striking hotel suite or the ultimate weekend cabin retreat.