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BEYOND LIMITS 2011: SOTHEBY'S AT CHATSWORTH

The sixth annual selling exhibition of monumental sculpture by Sotheby's at Chatsworth, the ancestral home of the Dukes of Devonshire, includes never-seen-before work by Damien Hirst. We take a virtual tour.

THE IMPOSSIBLE COLLECTION OF FASHION

The latest coffee table tome by Assouline is an invitation to dream: what would be the composition of the most perfect and complete fashion collection, comprising one hundred of the most iconic dresses of the twentieth century?

MATALI CRASSET: DESIGN TO STIMULATE

Ultra contemporary designs infused with meaning a la contemporary art is the signature of Matali Crasset. At her Paris studio, the French designer talked to Luxuryculture about her desire to provoke a reaction from users.

DINNER BY THE WORLD'S MOST TALENTED CHEFS YOU'VE NEVER HEARD OF

The second-in-command chefs at some of the world’s most celebrated restaurants step out of the shadow of their well known employers at a unique culinary project that invites sous chefs to cook at a monthly Paris dinner.

MASTERPIECES BY DRIES VAN NOTEN

There was an artistic touch about Dries Van Noten’s fall-winter collection that was a collage of intricate prints, gold lame, brocade and acres of silk. Easy to wear, the standouts were Dries’ simply cut dresses - each one a masterpiece.

CARTIER TIME ART

The intricate inner workings of Cartier’s most innovative watches are - alongside important timepieces from its archives - shown in magnificent detail in a new exhibition art directed by Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka.

VANESSA BRUNO: SCANDINAVIAN FOLK CHIC

Think that folk chic fashion has been done before? Think again. At Vanessa Bruno, the Paris-based designer presented a romantic version of Scandinavian folk with an urban edge for a stellar fall-winter collection.
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SOTHEBY'S AT SUDELEY 2011: A VIRTUAL TOUR BY JANICE BLACKBURN

The curator of the second selling exhibition by Sotheby’s at Sudeley Castle takes us on a tour of Material Words, a show which includes works by artists, designers and architects including Ingo Maurer, David Adjaye and Amanda Levete.
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PEGGY GUGGENHEIM: ART & STYLE ICON

The legacy of Peggy Guggenheim extends beyond her influential collection of modern art and into fashion and style. We showcase her signature aesthetic and the earrings created for her by Yves Tanguy and Alexander Calder.
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ARTISTIC REFLECTION BY RON GILAD

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the most artistic of them all? The IX Mirrors series by artist Ron Gilad for Dilmos Gallery, Milan, forces the viewer to see an alternative reflection, not of reality but of a more poetic and surrealist vision.

LET’S GO OUTSIDE

Once overlooked, outdoor design now represents a large part of the business of the major furniture manufacturers, with dedicated sections at the world's design fairs. We hit the deck/patio/terrace with the latest in alfresco living concepts.

FLEXIBLE CRUISING

Multi-functional decks are an essential feature of the modern megayacht. And on the New Cruise 70m Explore concept, the possible variations range from a garage for a Range Rover to a folding helipad.

UNFOLDING THE FUTURE OF YACHTS

The next generation of yachts feature folding hulls and hydraulically powered walls that dramatically open to create vast terraces and 'beach clubs' that are the ultimate expression of the outdoor-indoor lifestyle.

LAST ORDERS AT RESTAURANT OAXEN KROG

Inventive Swedish chef Magnus Ek and his sommelier partner Agneta Green are closing their cult-status restaurant Oaxen Krog located on a small island in the Stockholm archipelago. Reserve now: there are 68 days left.

GIAMBATTISTA VALLI: THE NEW DARLING OF COUTURE

Rarely has a couture debut been so confident as Giambattista Valli’s collection of elegant ball gowns and signature shaped dresses which he mixed with the humble white poplin shirtdress worn by atelier workers.

GAULTIER'S GREATEST HITS

The signature pieces of Jean Paul Gaultier – from the trench coat to conical bras – were reinvented in his couture collection that was something of a retrospective of his most iconic work.
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"WITHOUT SOUTINE THERE IS NO BACON"

Missed the first comparative exhibition of Chaim Soutine and Francis Bacon? Discover the artists' shared passion and energy in our virtual tour of the major works alongside an exclusive interview with co-curator Maurice Tuchman.

VILLA ABBORRKROKEN BY JOHN ROBERT NILSSON

Swedish architect John Robert Nilsson gives us a virtual tour of Villa Abborrkroken, an ultra minimalist home perched atop a cliff on a private island in the Stockholm archipelago.

THE CONTEMPORARY COUNTRY SEAT

Holmewood House designed by Robin Partington for Lady Helen Hamlyn has all the grandness and splendour of a Georgian pile but with minimal impact on the landscape by hidden under 150 acres of the English countryside.

ARCADIA 85: FOLLOWING THE SUN

The unusual looking Arcadia 85 yacht basks in the sunlight not only for the pleasure of its guests but also to charge its vast superstructure of glass solar panels. We take a virtual tour onboard the environmentally friendly vessel.

MARCUS TREMONTO: THE FUTURE OF LIGHT

Marcus Tremonto manipulates light to create objects that emit emotion. In an exclusive interview that took place appropriately in the City of Light, the founder of Treluce Studios discusses his work and the future of light.

PETER ZUMTHOR: SERPENTINE PAVILION 2011

The 11th Serpentine Pavilion - a temporary structure constructed annually in London's Kensington Gardens by a roll call of starchitects - has been designed by Swiss architect Peter Zumthor and encloses a hidden garden.

FLAMINIA SACCUCCI: THE NEXT BIG THING

The winner of the Central St Martins graduate show is an Italian print specialist who hand painted tyre tracks and flowers onto PVC dresses. Before her collection is even available in stores, we talk to designer Flaminia Saccucci.
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DESIGN MIAMI BASEL 2011

At the sixth edition of Design Miami Basel, sales were stronger than ever. As galleries focused on solo shows of high quality historical work, the halls themselves were designed by architects Aranda\Lasch for a fusion of modern and contemporary.
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ART BASEL 2011: THE REPORT

Sales were steady at the world's most important art fair as collectors bought not only blue-chip modern and contemporary works but also large conceptual installations. We reveal what sold, who bought and for how much.