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VIEWING IN PRIVATE: THE ONLINE ART FAIR

The first online art fair is set to revolutionize the art world when it goes live on January 22. The VIP Art Fair co-founder James Cohan explains how it will work.

VOLCANO FLAMBé BY MARINA ABRAMOVIC

Dessert as an artwork is the latest installation cooked up by performance artist Marina Abramovic. We showcase her Volcano Flambé dessert.

PRADA: MADE BY INTERNATIONAL ARTISANS

For the first time, Prada is adding to its usual “Made in Italy” hallmark with a collection of exotic items that are handcrafted in Scotland, India, Japan and Peru.

CHRISTIAN LIAIGRE: "BETWEEN SOPHISTICATION AND RELAXATION"

In a rare interview, the influential interior designer Christian Liaigre – whose signature look is the most copied in the business – talks to Luxuryculture about his iconic work.

L'ATELIER HAPAX: IMAGINATION & RECREATION

Parisian designer Sinan Sigic - who takes something old to make something new - wants you to know that your ideas can be just as interesting as those of the greatest creative directors.

LE 69 BAG: BEYOND "IT"

The iconic metal chain mail 69 bag by Paco Rabanne is reissued this season by Comme des Garcons.

FRANçOIS-HENRI PINAULT: THE FUTURE OF FASHION

Listen to the CEO of PPR - the conglomerate that through the Gucci Group owns brands including Balenciaga, Boucheron and Yves Saint Laurent - share his vision for the future of fashion.

IL CANARINO: THE ULTIMATE DETOX

The crisp tasting classic Italian beverage, Il Canarino (the canary), is the quintessential detox drink.

BYZANTIUM REVIVED AT CHANEL

The rich mosaics, traditional dress and decadent jewelry of the Byzantine empire are the inspiration behind Chanel's Pre-Fall 2011 Métiers d'Art collection.

TOM FORD'S INTIMATE INVITATION

The video of Tom Ford's Spring Summer 2011 womenswear presentation caused a sensation by capturing the intimacy, ambiance and family that surround the cult of Tom Ford.
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THE ART OF STORY TELLING

"Told/Untold/Retold: 23 Stories of Journeys Through Time and Space", one of the three inaugural shows at Mathaf, Doha, is the most ambitious exhibition of contemporary art in the Arab world to date.
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THE COST OF CALLIGRAPHY

The first sale dedicated to calligraphy held by an international auction house was held by Sotheby’s in Doha, Qatar, on December 15. We showcase the highlights of the Arabic script on sale which fetched a total of $5.6 million.
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INTRODUCING THE ARAB MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, DOHA

With the opening of Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, the Gulf state of Qatar is securing its position as a capital of Arab culture from centuries-old Islamic relics to the region’s modern masters.
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ISAMU NOGUCHI: ON BECOMING AN ARTIST

An exhibition at The Noguchi Museum in New York provided intimate insight into Isamu Noguchi's life and work, and a fresh view of the twentieth-century art world through collaborations with his contemporaries.

FLYING CARPETS BY CATUREGLI FORMICA

Maps of African villages, aerials views of the tulip farms of Holland and DNA codes are all woven into the remarkable carpets of architect-designer-artist duo duo Giovannella Formica and Beppe Caturegli.
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ART & ENTERPRISE AT HEART

The Herning Museum of Contemporary Art (HEART) is unique in its unusual sponsorship program that pairs artists with Danish businesses that provide logistical and intellectual support, as well as traditional financing.
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PHOTOGRAPHY FEVER

Photography is succeeding across the salesrooms, the fairs and the festivals. We report on these developments.

THE WAVE HOUSE BY JOAQUIN TORRES

Curves of Coralline make up the striking structure that is The Wave House in the Dominican Republic. A rare opportunity has arisen to purchase this spectacular beach home designed by Joaquin Torres of A-cero Studio

COMPOSING DESIGN AT BMW

As BMW presents its first limited edition, a 7 series inspired by Steinway pianos, head of design Adrian van Hooydonk talks about customizing vehicles, internet connected cars and what the cars of the future will look like.

A TRIBUTE (IN CASHMERE) TO JOHN LENNON

Available online exclusively at Luxuryculture.com, the ultimate gift for fans of John Lennon: a 2-ply cashmere sweater emblazoned with either John Lennon's 1971 self-portrait or the original handwritten lyrics to Imagine.
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UNMISSABLE: THE GIACOMETTI VARIATIONS BY JOHN BALDESSARI

Elongated Giacometti-inspired figures clothed in Prada-like outfits comprise the latest works of John Baldessari. We showcase these magnificent comments on the intimate relationship between art and fashion.

PETIT H: CONTEMPORARY CRAFTSMANSHIP AT HERMèS

“Petit h” is a new collection from Hermès made with leather off-cuts and other materials deemed imperfect for use in its main lines. Artistic Director Pascale Mussard talks of her dream to innovative and give new life to materials.
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BRANCUSI'S RARE FUNCTIONAL OBJECTS

In an immensely rare auction, a stellar collection of works by Constantin Brancusi sold for 1,568,086 euros on November 30 at Artcurial, Paris. Alongside six of his sculptures were the rare household objects of his own making.

HERMèS DIVES INTO THE LEFT BANK

The first Hermès store on Paris' rive gauche is located in a former swimming pool that has been filled with radical architecture and innovative retail . Denis Montel of RDAI architects explains how he transformed 17 Rue de Sevres.

WRAP UP FOR WINTER!

Knitted sweaters, handsome tailoring and fur accessories are the key trends of the season. We showcase our favourite looks.

THE CALL OF THE WILD AT CARTIER

From the tortoise to the panda, a zoo of bejewelled animals can be found on the faces of the latest Cartier timepieces. Each time-telling creature expresses the jewelry house’s technical and design savoir-faire.
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AVEDON AT AUCTION

Some of the most iconic photographs by Richard Avedon were sold for a total of 5,467,250 euros at a special sale at Christie’s Paris on November 20 that benefited the Richard Avedon Foundation.

CHATEAU FOSTER

Foster + Partners have unveiled their first winery in the vineyards of Ribera del Duero, north of Madrid, a lesson in how considered architecture can help improve the winemaking process. Raise a glass to Bodegas Portia.