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ANDREA BRANZI'S SIGNATURE WORK: TREES

The latest work of the avant-garde Italian architect designer Andrea Branzi consists of seven shelving units with Mondrian-like lines that are pierced with trunks and twigs of birch. The celebrated 74-year-old creative explains his "Trees".

STORK NEST FARM BY SGL PROJEKT

A giant bird's nest or the farm of the future? Stork Nest Farm in the Czech Republic countryside is neither. The unusual business conference retreat features an explosion of oak logs that form a riding arena at its center.

THE NEW FOREST, JAPAN

What happens when an English gardener heads to the Japanese countryside? Dan Pearson takes us on a tour of his spectacular East meets West landscape, the Tokachi Millennium Forest designed in collaboration with Tokachi Mainichi.

THE BENTLEY SUV (SUMPTUOUS UTILITY VEHICLE)

The Bentley EXP 9F design concept that was presented at the Geneva Motor Show offers a vision of the future Bentley SUV that is set to launch in late 2013 with the muscular lines of classic Bentley exteriors and a radical interior.

VILLA TUGENDHAT: A MIES MASTERPIECE REVIVED

An ultra authentic refurbishment of Mies van der Rohe’s modernist masterpiece, the Villa Tugendhat in Brno, Czech Republic, reveals the truth in the architect’s famous maxims that “Less is more” and “God is in the details”.

OBSESSED BY DIANA VREELAND

The first major exhibition dedicated to legendary fashion editor Diana Vreeland showcases both her revolutionary work at Harper's Bazaar and American Vogue during the forties to the seventies, as well as her iconic personal style.
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WELCOME TO "MURAKAMI CITY", QATAR

'Murakami-Ego' presented by Qatar Museums Authority (QMA) at the Al Riwaq exhibition space next to the Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, goes beyond being simply a retrospective to present a three-dimensional self-portrait of Takashi Murakami.
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ZOE OUVRIER: ORIGINS IN ART

Paris-based artist Zoe Ouvrier uses plywood as a canvas that she paints and engraves with delicate, Africa-inspired scenes that are constantly evolving. She discusses the origins and emotions that influence her work.
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TEFAF 2012: A COLLECTOR'S PARADISE

Outstanding quality is the criteria at the European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF), which takes place in Maastricht, The Netherlands from March 16 to 25. We showcase some of the rarest and most unusual of the art and antiques on show.
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MY FAVOURITE CINDY SHERMAN BY MARINA ABRAMOVIC AND INGRID SISCHY

As part of MoMA’s retrospective of the influential artist, the New York museum asked ten art world insiders ‘What’s your favourite Cindy Sherman?’. We showcase the responses of artist Marina Abramovic and editor Ingrid Sischy.

HOTEL LAUTNER: ARCHITECTURAL OASIS

In the middle of the Californian desert, the Hotel Lautner is an architectural oasis: a striking mid-century residence designed by cult status modernist architect John Lautner that has been converted into a design resort on an intimate scale.

SUNNYLANDS: ARCHITECTURAL & POLITICAL HARMONY

A modernist Palm Springs house designed by architect A. Quincy Jones in 1966 for Walter & Leonore Annenberg was renowned for hosting the great and the good, and continues to do so in its new role as a "West Coast Camp David".

ISSEY MIYAKE'S WOW WINDOWS

Discover the captivating window installation at Issey Miyake's Tokyo boutique created by Japanese visual design studio WOW. Computer-controlled fans manipulate a single piece of hovering fabric for dramatic effect.

STUDIO DRIFT: “LIGHT EXPRESSES EMOTIONS”

As the latest work by Studio Drift – the Flylight chandelier that mimics the behaviour of a flock of birds – is exhibited at The Israel Museum in Jerusalem, designers Ralph Nauta and Lonneke Gordjin explain their vision.

COUTURE REPORT: AMY WINEHOUSE, THE ULTIMATE GAULTIER MUSE

The beehive wigs and other Amy Winehouse stylistic references on the Jean Paul Gaultier spring summer 2012 couture catwalk extended into the spirit of the collection that revisited Gaultier’s most iconic pieces.

VILLA POIRET: A MODERNIST CHATEAU BY ROBERT MALLET-STEVENS

An extremely rare opportunity has arisen to buy the only landmark house by French architect Robert Mallet-Stevens that remains in private hands. We take a tour of the spectacular Villa Poiret, a Modernist Art Deco mansion built in 1921.

CONTEMPORARY CHINESE ARCHITECTURE ON A PLATTER

For its (Un)forbidden City project, Italian design powerhouse Alessi invited eight Chinese architects to create a contemporary take the humble tray. We serve up the varying designs by the names to know in Chinese architecture today.

BRIGHT IDEAS

While emitted light itself can lift the mood, so can the carefully constructed form of lamps and lighting fixtures. We showcase ideas in illumination today, from re-editions of design classics to cutting edge new creations.
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EXPLOSIVE ART BY CAI GUO-QIANG (AND HIS QATARI VOLUNTEERS)

Influential Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang explores the connections between China and the Arab World in Saraab, a new exhibition at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, Qatar. We reveal his remarkable artistic process.
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THE ANIMALISTIC COUTURE OF JONATHAN RISS

An adventurer at heart, jay ahr creative director Jonathan Riss advances the ancient craft of embroidery with his one-of-kind, large-scale “Evolution” embroideries, based on black-and-white photographs of ancient vertebrates.

SIHH 2012: REVEALING COMPLICATIONS

One of the most transparent trends in watches at this year’s Salon International de la Haute Horologerie - the annual Geneva watch fair that took place January 16 to 20 - was for skeleton cases that show the intricate mechanics within.
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MADE IN AMERICA: CRYSTAL BRIDGES MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART

After six years of construction and billions of dollars of investment, American heiress Alice Walton has a home for her impressive acquisitions of American art: Crystal Bridges Museum, designed by architect Moshe Safdie.

DRIES VAN NOTEN'S FUSION OF FASHION & PHOTOGRAPHY

A travelling exhibition showcases both the Lightscapes series of photographer James Reeve and the spring-summer 2012 collection of Dries Van Noten which uses the same long-exposure studies in the label’s signature prints.

CHANEL: PARIS-BOMBAY

The latest of Chanel's annual Arts & Metiers collections - created specifically to showcase the work of the seven artisan ateliers that it owns and which supply its couture studio – was a pared down ode to India.
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WHEN LARRY MET JEFF: A 1-HOUR CONVERSATION WITH KOONS AND GAGOSIAN

At Abu Dhabi Art, which took place in November 2011, artist Jeff Koons and gallerist Larry Gagosian discussed their personal relationships in the art world - with each other, with collectors and with their work. Watch and learn.