LUXURY NOW / THIS IS NOT A HOAX

In an age of Photoshop and ultra realistic, computer-generated renderings, sometimes it comes as a surprise to be confronted by extraordinary beauty that actually exists. The fashion, architecture, watches and design showcased in this week's issue all have the ability to make us question: "Can that be real?". But make no mistake – this is no April's Fool.

THE UNUSUAL EYE OF PATRICIA URQUIOLA

Innovative materials coupled with traditional craftsmanship are found throughout the work of the Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola, whose intelligent attitude to design makes her one of her generation's greatest talents.

PIERRE CARDIN: FASHIONING THE FUTURE

In an exclusive interview, legendary fashion figure Pierre Cardin talks of his 60 years of forward-looking, space age, and quintessentially innovative design.

PRECISION MECHANICS

One of the trends on display at the Baselworld Watch and Jewelry Show 2010 was for timepieces that are more complicated than ever. We showcase the innovative mechanics and engineering that were exhibited in Basel.

LES LALANNE BY PETER MARINO

The unclassifiable work of the French sculptors Claude and Francois-Xavier Lalanne is celebrated at a major retrospective in Paris designed by their friend and promoter, the architect Peter Marino.

AN A-Z OF CLAUDE PARENT BY JEAN NOUVEL

A major retrospective of the work of the French architect Claude Parent has been designed by his famous protégée Jean Nouvel and is accompanied by Nouvel's personal account of one of the grandfathers of Modernism. In “My Token Words in the Form of an Alphabet Primer”, Nouvel describes Parent from A for Art Lover to Y for Youth.