LUXURY NOW / INNOVATIONS IN STYLE

THE CALL OF THE WILD AT CARTIER

From the tortoise to the panda, a zoo of bejewelled animals can be found on the faces of the latest Cartier timepieces. Each time-telling creature expresses the jewelry house’s technical and design savoir-faire.

HERMèS DIVES INTO THE LEFT BANK

The first Hermès store on Paris' rive gauche is located in a former swimming pool that has been filled with radical architecture and innovative retail . Denis Montel of RDAI architects explains how he transformed 17 Rue de Sevres.

WRAP UP FOR WINTER!

Knitted sweaters, handsome tailoring and fur accessories are the key trends of the season. We showcase our favourite looks.

CHATEAU FOSTER

Foster + Partners have unveiled their first winery in the vineyards of Ribera del Duero, north of Madrid, a lesson in how considered architecture can help improve the winemaking process. Raise a glass to Bodegas Portia.
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AVEDON AT AUCTION

Some of the most iconic photographs by Richard Avedon were sold for a total of 5,467,250 euros at a special sale at Christie’s Paris on November 20 that benefited the Richard Avedon Foundation.

THE ROMANCE OF DIOR

At the first Dior fashion show in China, John Galliano presented an accomplished Cruise 2011 collection that he described as, "a modern day homage of the scene as Jean Seberg, Romy Schneider, Jeanne Moreau and Francoise Hardy."

RESURFACED: JEWELS OF THE DUCHESS OF WINDSOR

The Duchess of Windsor's jewelry collection was and still is the most valuable single-owner jewelry collection ever sold. On November 30, Sotheby’s is offering 20 of the original 1987 lots.

SHANG XIA: THE HERMèS OF CHINA

China’s first luxury goods house fuses traditional craftsmanship with contemporary design in a marvellous first collection based around tea. Shang Xia’s CEO and creative director, Quiong Er Jiang, talks about her partnership with Hermès.
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FIAC VERSUS FRIEZE

It's the art fair season. Last month, Frieze Art Fair was held from 14-17 October in London. One week later, FIAC, France's international contemporary art fair, was held from 21-24 October in Paris. Here we compare the two and applaud FIAC.
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NEW AUCTION ROOM RECORDS!

Auction houses are buzzing in the wake of new records for Chinese art, Middle Eastern art and wine, which were broken during the October sales, and this week’s sale of a Modigliani for $68.9 million. Is the art market booming again?

THE SCARAB: FROM ANCIENT EGYPT TO BOTTEGA VENETA

The scarab motif, its metallic colours and rigid body have inspired Bottega Veneta’s “Nature in Fashion” capsule collection of jewelry, accessories and ready to wear fashion.

ASTON MARTIN: OLD & NEW

We showcase the original 1964 James Bond Aston Martin DB5, which will be sold at auction in London on October 27, alongside a video of the pioneering Aston Martin Cygnet, a city car that has just been confirmed for production.

HOW TO COOK NOBU STYLE

At the Ritz Hotel in Paris, where Nobu Matsuhisa recently opened a pop-restaurant that serves until December 11, the Japanese chef explained what defines Nobu style cuisine and presented the recipes to his signature dishes.

EXUMA UNVEILED!

The first motor yacht from legendary builder of sailing boats, Perini Navi, was the star of the Monaco Yacht Show 2010. We showcase the magnificent, all-titanium 50m hull that is Exuma.

ISAY WEINFELD'S VILLA PIRACICABA

The work of influential Sao Paulo-based architect Isay Weinfeld is instantly recognizable for its infinite lines, dramatic outdoor living areas and ingenious balance. The spectacular Villa Piracicaba encapsulates his signature style.

KAZUYO SEJIMA: ONE HALF OF SANAA

The Japanese architect Kazuyo Sejima is not only one of the two founding partners of the Pritzker Prize-winning architecture practice SANAA but this year is also the director the Venice Architecture Biennale 2010.

PIERLUIGI GHIANDA: THE ART OF CARPENTRY

There are few artisans that can manipulate wood in the way that master carpenter Pierluigi Ghianda can. Considered one of the world’s most important cabinetmakers, he creates cult-status objects from his stunning Milan studio.
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DIA:BEACON: REDEFINING THE ART MUSEUM

For the home of its important collection of contemporary art, the Dia Art Foundation collaborated with individual artists to create their own galleries within a monumental former factory converted by artist Robert Irwin.
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PATRIZIA SANDRETTO RE REBAUDENGO: FROM COLLECTING TO CURATING

The Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo is a Turin-based contemporary art institution renowned for discovering The Next Big Thing through a unique commissioning programme that gives artists carte blanche.

GIAMPIERO BOSONI: AUTHENTICITY + CURIOSITY = GREAT DESIGN

The architect, author, professor and design historian Giampiero Bosoni believes that the key to good design lies not in a particular style but rather in a particular attitude. He shares his memories of some of the world’s most important designers.

YVES SAINT LAURENT & PIERRE BERGé: MAD LOVE

The relationship between Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé was based on much more than art or even fashion. As a new documentary by Pierre Thoretton attests, the pair shared a “l'amour fou” (mad love) that defined their lives.

HYDROPTèRE: WINGS ON THE WATER

The fastest sailing boat in the world flies above the water at a speed faster than the wind. Luxuryculture.com reports from aboard Hydroptère at Les Voiles de St Tropez, and talks to its founder and pilot, Alain Thébault.
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LARRY GAGOSIAN: THE COLLECTOR BEHIND THE DEALER

On the eve of the opening of the ninth Gagosian Gallery in Paris, the famously press-shy über-art dealer Larry Gagosian is revealing a rare glimpse of the man behind the brand in the first exhibition of his private collection.

VENICE ARCHITECTURE BIENNALE: A PHOTO REPORT

The 12th Architecture Biennale in Venice has been curated by Japanese architect Kazuyo Seijima of SANAA. We select some of the most innovative international design talent at the show.

ISSEY MIYAKE: SKILLS, WISDOM & PASSION

A forthcoming exhibition at Issey Miyake’s 21-21 Design Sight museum in Tokyo questions the future of manufacturing through innovative origami-style objects that magically morph into dresses, handbags and lanterns.