LUXURY NOW / HAUT DE GAMME

SUPERCARS AT THE GENEVA MOTOR SHOW

From the most powerful Ferrari ever, the LaFerrari electric hybrid, to the elegant Rolls Royce Wraith, we showcase the best of the supercars that made their debut at the Geneva Motor Show 2013.

NEW IDEAS IN URBAN TRANSPORT

The next generation of city cars and bikes are ultra small vehicles that are the result of big ideas in space saving, logistics and the environment. We showcase three of the cleverest, including Philippe Starck's new bike/scooter hybrid.

MORE THAN 50 SHADES OF EILEEN GRAY

As the work of Irish artist, furniture designer and architect Eileen Gray continues to command staggering prices at auction, her influence is being showcased in a retrospective at the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

RICHARD NEUTRA'S HAILEY RESIDENCE

It's the ultimate trophy home for architecture aficionados and design connoisseurs: the 1959 Hailey Residence by master of mid-century modernism Richard Neutra. We make a virtual visit to the Los Angeles house.

SIHH 2013: IT'S TIME TO INNOVATE

The world's most talented watchmakers looked to the future to present groundbreaking innovations at this year’s Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, the annual Geneva watch fair which took place in January.
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YUE MINJUN: “GRINNING AND BEARING IT”

The first major European exhibition of the work of Chinese painter Yue Minjun reveals that there is more to the artist's oeuvre than his iconic images of laughing characters that are a caricature of the homogenization of Chinese society.
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THE PHOTOGRAPHS OF RAY K. METZKER AND THE INSTITUTE OF DESIGN

Can't make it to LA for the last few weeks of the Getty's spectacular show dedicated to American photography master Ray K. Metzker? We showcase the highlights and look at the market for Metzker's signature images.

THE IDEAL HOUSE BY PRADA, KOOLHAAS AND KNOLL

The latest in a series of close collaborations between Prada and OMA is a vision for The Ideal House, which was the title of the Prada men's catwalk show and its sneak preview of a new furniture collection designed by OMA for Knoll.

(HAND)MADE IN JAPAN

A new initiative brings together six historic Kyoto craft companies with the Danish design studio OeO to create artisan objects for a global audience. Thomas Lykke, creative director of Japan Handmade, explains.

THE DESERT NOMAD HOUSE

For a San Francisco-based art collector, architect Rick Joy constructed a weekend home in the Arizona desert that comprises of a village-like compound of just three separate steel cubes, each with one wall of glass.

ARTIST JEWELRY: FROM KOONS CUFFS TO PICASSO PINS

With new galleries and books dedicated to jewelry created by artists as well as a new generation of artists moving from the canvas to the necklace, we showcase a curated jewelry box of mini masterpieces.

NARDI: "VENETIAN SOUVENIRS"

A new Assouline book reveals the story behind legendary jeweler Nardi – famous for its iconic Moretti brooches with gem encrusted turbans – which was conceived in the 1930s as a place to buy "luxury souvenirs of Venice".

ARCHICUTLERY

Some of the world's greatest architects have turned their hands to small-scale blueprints for collections of contemporary cutlery. From Achille Castiglioni to Zaha Hadid, we showcase a slice of the sharply designed flatware on offer.

CFOC: THE ULTIMATE GIFT DESTINATION

A revived Paris destination for art de vivre created by traditional artisans to contemporary designs is one of our favourite boutiques of 2012. We talk to the owner and creative director of Compagnie Française de l'Orient et de la Chine.
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ARIK LEVY: MORE THAN ROCKS

The instantly recognizable rock sculptures of Arik Levy are shown alongside his lesser known work in a new exhibition at Paris' Passge de Retz gallery. In an exclusive interview, the artist explains why Nothing is Quite as it Seems.

JOY DE ROHAN CHABOT'S ENCHANTED FOREST

In her latest exhibition of nature-inspired decorative arts, the multidisciplinary artist Joy de Rohan Chabot has once again mastered new techniques to create a forest of aluminium sculpted branches, frosted glass stalactites and more.

ARCHITECT'S BEST FRIEND

Architecture for Dogs is a new pawject curated by Kenya Hara, the creative director of Muji, which brings together 13 starchitects each briefed to design a structure for a specific breed of dog. We showcase the barkitecture on offer.

THE PIANO OF THE FUTURE

A new collaboration between Peugeot Design Lab and artisan French piano maker Pleyel has composed a baby grand with radical innovations in mechanical acoustics and sound quality that match its avant garde form. We take a tinkle.

THE HOUSE ON THE FLIGHT OF BIRDS BY BERNARDO RODRIGUES

A house in the Portuguese archipelago of Azores is named after a Leonardo da Vinci manuscript and is conceived around womb-like qualities for a structure that is a striking assemblage of curves and blocks.
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YAN PEI-MING: PAINTING HISTORY & HIS-STORY

The signature monochrome watercolour portraits of Yan Pei-Ming depict contemporary history through bold, quick brush strokes. As his latest exhibition opens in Doha, Qatar, the artist talks exclusively to Luxuryculture.

THE COUTURE CAR BY MCLAREN

The entirely bespoke McLaren X-1 commissioned by an enthusiastic collector was inspired by everything from the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright to black and white images of Audrey Hepburn for "timeless and classical elegance".
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AT THE CUTTING EDGE OF PARIS: MEGA GALLERIES IN THE SUBURBS

Uber-gallerists Thaddaeus Ropac and Larry Gagosian have both opened monumentally proportioned mega galleries on the outskirts of Paris with shows of new work by Anselm Kiefer. We take a tour of the museum-sized spaces.

LOUIS BENECH: THE GLOBAL GARDENER

The ravishing gardens of landscape architect Louis Benech defy his French heritage or the influence of his time spent in England for a signature style that is soft, natural and international.

MARILYN: ALWAYS IN FASHION

Fifty years after her passing, the iconic style of Marilyn Monroe is as modern as ever and is celebrated in a new exhibition at the Museo Ferragamo in Florence. We take a tour and look deeper at her self-created image.

FARIDA KHELFA: SCHIAPARELLI AMBASSADOR

The avant garde creations of influential fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli are set to be reinvented as the house of Schiaparelli is revived by Diego Della Valle. Brand ambassador Farida Khelfa explains its importance.