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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.
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TAKASHI MURAKAMI: FLOWER POWER AT VERSAILLES

The Japanese artist Takashi Murakami meets Louis XIV at a spectacular – and controversial – exhibition at Château de Versailles. The artist explains his work as we showcase the manga-like sculptures surrounded by baroque opulence.

CARTIER: A TOUR DE FORCE AT THE BIENNALE

At the Biennale des Antiquaires, Cartier is exhibiting an extraordinary selection of 70 specially created pieces of contemporary high jewelry alongside rare treasures from its archives and exceptional objets d'art for the home.
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ON TOUR: THE COLLECTION OF MAX PALEVSKY

The computing pioneer Max Palevsky approached art as he did technology, relying on mathematics and philosophy to build a stellar collection that includes Fernand Léger paintings and Alexander Calder sculptures.

PRECIOUS!

Alongside the rare antiques and fine art at the Biennale des Antiquaires, the highest of high jewelry is also exhibited in what is likely the most impressive collection of jewels available for public viewing.
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THE 25TH BIENNALE DES ANTIQUAIRES!

The Biennale des Antiquaires is a spectacular exhibition of rare antiques, fine art and haute joaillerie, which opened this week at Paris’ Grand Palais. We select some of the most extraordinary objects on show and hear from the fair's director.