LUXURY NOW / CREATIVE VALUE

Bright ideas, intelligent discourse and sheer beauty are just some of the valuable attributes of creative expression. But in these uncertain financial times, it is the monetary worth and premium resale value of outstanding creativity that is most relevant. An exquisitely cut diamond by a Paris jewelry house is intrinsically worth more than an uncut stone; a unique architect-designed home is worth more than an identikit house; and an ‘art car’ is worth more than a regular automobile. Think of it as investing in art and consider this in your purchases over the coming months.

TORRES' ARCHITECTURAL OEUVRE

Joaquin Torres' experimental home offered the Spanish architect a unique chance to push the frontiers of modern architecture.

THE BRAND VALUE OF HIGH JEWELRY

In the face of uncertain stock markets and shaky economies, fine jewels are proving a wise buy for smart investors who know their brands.

HIGH SOCIETY

Assouline's latest tome on New York's elite high society offers fascinating insight into the rarefied world of America's aristocracy.
ART

BMW'S ART CAR COLLECTION

BMW was the first car company to collaborate with artists. Since 1975, it has commissioned 16 artists to transform one of their cars. Thomas Girst from BMW discusses BMW's amazing art car collection.

5.5 DESIGNERS MAKE A POINT

French design quartet 5.5 Designers bring the old back to life and celebrate the unique, with a conceptual and thought provoking approach to everyday objects.