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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.

NADJA SWAROVSKI: CREATIVE EXPRESSION

Digital Crystal: Swarovski at the Design Museum, London, is the latest exhibition that showcases the crystal producer's intimate relationship with emerging and established design talent. Nadja Swarovski gives us a tour.

THE QUEEN OF ART DECO AT THE BIENNALE DES ANTIQUAIRES

Cheska Vallois and her Paris gallery is renowned as one of the most important dealers of Art Deco furniture and objects and her booth at the Biennale des Antiquaires is one of the fair's most highly anticipated.

COLLECTIBLES: THE MUST-HAVES OF THE SEASON

The autumn-winter collections are here and with them a whole new vocabulary of dressing. We select the investment pieces of the catwalk, showcase the new architecture-inspired silhouette and edit fall’s fabulous coats, the key piece of the season - buy now!

CASA EN LA LADERA DE UN CASTILLO

The latest project by Spanish studio Fran Silvestre Arquitectos is a sleek angular house that bursts out of a rock face for dramatic juxtaposition of nature and architecture. But by cleverly filling the void between the rocky ground and with a top floor courtyard that faces the majestic mountain above, the architects claim to have integrated the structure into its environment. We slide open the large panels that conceal the windows of the home in Ayora, near Valencia, and take a virtual tour.
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ERWIN BLUMENFELD BEFORE FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY

Before legendary fashion photographer Erwin Blumenfeld became just that, he pursued even more radical images using a mix of photomontage and drawing, as well as unusual finishes, that are testament to his work as an artist.

ALL THAT SHIMMERS: THE INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, GUIMARãES

A spectacular façade of brass tubes was employed by Portuguese studio Pitagoras Arquitectos to create a shimmering golden façade on The International Centre for the Arts Jose de Guimarães in the northern Portugal city of Guimarães.

KONSTANTIN GRCIC AT THE HELM

The next generation of sailing yachts from Wally are conceived as high performance cruiser-racers and are distinguished by a sculptural steering wheel at the helm designed by Konstantin Grcic.

ZAHA-SUR-MER

The latest work by Pritzker Prize winning architect Zaha Hadid is the Z-Boat, a sculpture-at-sea that will set sail in a limited edition armada of 12 commissioned by art dealer Kenny Schachter of Rove Gallery, London.

ROCKING THE BOAT

Avant garde boat maker Art of Kinetic combines acres of its signature mahogany, teak and walnut in its latest vessel, a boldly designed 37 foot open cruiser named Antagonist.
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THE GLOWING GARDEN BY BRUCE MUNRO

Across 23-acres at Longwood Gardens, Philadelphia, the British artist Bruce Munro has installed thousands of sparkling stems and glowing grass blades in a series of illuminated works that live up to names such as Forest of Light.

CASA SCULPTURE

Algarve-based Arqui+ architects looked to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater and Philip Johnson’s Glass House to create Villa 1095 in Vale do Lobo, southern Portugal - a unique piece of archi-sculpture.

RAF REINVENTS DIOR'S NEW LOOK

A new era has dawned at Christian Dior where new creative director Raf Simons has injected his signature modernity and sharpness into a house known for romanticism and femininity. The future of fashion?

CARTIER'S NEW ICON

First designed in 1971 by Aldo Cipullo, Cartier has reissued its bold, edgy nail bracelet that is as modern as ever. The Juste un Clou ("Just a Nail") collection is more than a house signature, it's a new icon of jewelry design.
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WIM DELVOYE FOR DUMMIES AT THE LOUVRE

Traditionalists need not have worried about artist Wim Delvoye's new exhibition at the Louvre. For his latest work the Belgian provocateur has replaced his shock factor with a new oeuvre of intricately made pieces.
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JOANA VASCONCELOS AT VERSAILLES: CONTROVERSIAL OR IN CONTEXT?

The latest artist to be invited to Versailles as part of its controversial contemporary art programme is Joana Vasconcelos, who has installed her signature witty works made of found objects but not her chandelier made of tampons.

THE GUTFREUND LIFE

For 26 years the antique-filled Paris apartment of John and Susan Gutfreund was the scene of intimate dinners and glittering cocktail parties. On the eve of a Christie's Paris auction of it contents, we take a virtual tour.

DAPHNE GUINNESS' COUTURE CLEAROUT FOR THE ISABELLA BLOW FOUNDATION

The heiress Daphne Guinness is heading back to Christie's London on June 27 to raise funds to nurture and support the next generation of British fashion talent in the name of her close friend the late fashion editor Isabella Blow.

YAYOI KUSAMA & LOUIS VUITTON: FASHION HAPPENING

The signature polka dots of legendary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama are going viral her new collection for Louis Vuitton and a major retrospective that is about to open at the Whitney Museum, New York.

THE HILLS ARE ALIVE WITH THE ARCHITECTURE OF THE L-HOUSE

A strikingly designed house in the rolling hills of the Austrian countryside is modern not only in its diamond facet-like lines but also in its function as a L-House by Architects Collective.