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(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.

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.