Reading between the Lines
The latest project by Vector Architects speaks for a new generation of Chinese architects who are resisting the trend for mega-scale projects to instead produce human-centred, low-level and contextually driven architecture. And though it belies its actual function as a library that’s exactly the point.
In a Man’s World
Initially created as a male extension to the luxury womenswear retailer, Net-a-Porter, Mr Porter has become a titan in its own right and in commemoration of its fifth year in business, we were invited to London to take part in the company’s anniversary party and sneak a peak at the changes underfoot.
Done in Pure Taste
Lamborghini says a rear-wheel-drive Huracán was always part of the plan and they think it’ll account for the majority of the model’s sales. But we think this more exciting (and purer) variant will be loved for the pleasure it brings on the road, and not just its performance on the circuit.
Art’s a Science
Marc Quinn is one of the world’s most important living artists. Having emerged in the early 1990s, his organic readymades and sculptures of the human body have provoked astonishment and enthusiasm – in equal measure – and though he may have softened with age, he still looks to the rigorous world of science for guidance.
Positive Aptitude
Bugatti is a name with a long history of fast, elegant, luxurious and brilliantly technical automotive works of art. Now a subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group, the French manufacturer is still doing what it does best, as we can see from its latest model, the Chiron.
Mysterious Girl
Say hello to the Palestinian-American supermodel, Gigi Hadid’s kid sister, Bella, whose dreams of riding at the Olympics were shattered by Lyme disease. Now she’s following in her sister’s footsteps and fast becoming a belle of the fashion circuit.
Smoking Hot
You could say Yves Saint Laurent started it all in the 1960s with his Le Smoking but Racil, an elegantly honed London-based label launched last year by Lebanese fashion designer, Racil Chalhoub, takes the rebellious female tuxedo as a starting point, and then reinterprets it with a charismatic, youthful nonchalance.
Up and Up
After hiring a new chief executive and more recently, launching a new halo model that resurrects the historic Continental nameplate, the Lincoln Motor Company, Ford’s luxury division, seems to be finding its way once again after decades of being lost in the automotive wilderness.
Change By Design
Perhaps you’ve heard of Dubai’s new design district, d3, or perhaps you haven’t. But this new Foster+Partners-penned project by local developers Tecom is intending to become an incubator for the UAE’s nascent design thinkers and in the process, a catalyst for the growth of the region’s creative community but can Dubai be all things to all people?
Wellness Farm
The Sha Wellness Clinic is a high-end health farm that combines ancient macrobiotic wisdom with advanced medicine, to put you in the perfect place – both in terms of its expertise and the stunning locale – to discipline your body and recharge it at the same time.
Bespoke has gone digital
International Ballet and Flamenco shows are on this fall’s inaugural schedule.
The Middle East’s largest Luxury, Innovations and Technology Expo is back in Abu Dhabi.
The most prestigious and glamorous hotel awards event of the year. A must for industry insiders.
If you can, pass by the DJWE, for there'll you'll find the region's most important jewellery fair.
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