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Dubai – in Search of The Arabian Nights
The Pinnacle of Style
the King Fahd National Library in Riyadh

A flagship German architectural export: the King Fahd National Library in Riyadh designed by architecture firm Gerber Architekten.

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Brilliant blue skies, crystal-clear waters and majestic-looking yachts – all essential ingredients for the most exclusive holidays of a lifetime. The Italian yacht designer Enrico Gobbi turns his clients’ individual visions into a reality and creates award-winning superyachts. The finished results are an absolute joy to behold. (Text: Nicole Mielke Photos: Rossinavi) Dreams are a [...]
Christian Kurtzke, Chairman and CEO of Meissen since 2008

Meissen is ready to take on the world. The Saxony-based porcelain manufactory has branched out into furniture, jewelry and, last season, added haute couture to its portfolio – a new strategy to raise the venerable company into the realm of international luxury brands. Chief executive Christian Kurtzke has been setting the course for the past […]

YIN & YANG Two-piece ring studded with black and white diamonds, Wilm, approx. €12.250.
Here it is in black and white, a proven fact: opposites attract! ORIGAMI We like these sharplooking folds! The spring/summer 2014 look by J. W. Anderson. BACK AGAIN You can pick up the Pablo Picasso by Christian Zervos catalogue at Sotheby’s, price on request. ORNAMENTAL A tealight candle holder from the “Graphic Collection.” The Arabian [...]
MAGIC Eat your heart out, David Copperfield! By Vivienne Westwood.

These are the kinds of softies we like – warm metallic with a touch of red

Anna Castelli Ferrieri and Giulio Castelli (top left) founded the Kartell company in Milan in 1949.

Made in Italy – these words invoke elegance, casual cool and style. An image that was co-created by the Kartell company, founded in 1949 in Milan, when the colorful plastic products by Castelli & Co. arrived in the austere households of the post-war era. The plastics revolution of the 1960s saw Kartell’s international breakthrough with innovative pieces of furniture, […]

“Everything arises from its context. It does not necessarily have to relate to it, but is a product of its immediate situation.” Zaha Hadid on the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku.

She is the only female who ever made it into the all-male pantheon of world-famous architects. Zaha Hadid, highly admired for being the most audacious of her peers, has left her mark on cities from Europe to the United Arab Emirates with her extravagant designs. Andreas Tölke met up with a very strong woman in a world filled […]

Design Duo

Markus Jehs and Jürgen Laub bounce great ideas off each other in their studio, and always work as a team. The Stuttgart-based designers consider their job akin to that of an actor: it is always about slipping into new roles.

The Scheufele family

This year at Cannes, Chopard once again presented high-end jewelry made from certified sustainable raw materials.

In the Spirit of Harlem Naomi Fertitta, Assouline, approx. 33€
In the Spirit of Harlem Naomi Fertitta, Assouline, approx. 33€ Harlem is just one of those places that conjure up countless images. The New York City neighborhood in northern Manhattan simply has it all: history, culture, music and famous names. Naomi Fertitta paints a portrait of the lively district and highlights its spirit with colorful [...]
Venice, Italy, lagoon

This year, Venice is a must for architects and architecture lovers. “Fundamentals” is the title of the 14th Architecture Biennale chosen by this year’s curator Rem Koolhaas. The exhibitions in the “Arsenale” and “Giardini” are going to be an exploration of the past, the present and the future of the discipline.

Mina Vatter, accessories - Handcrafted in Germany

We say “I do” to art far away from the crowds, put a ring on our own finger, are bowled over when taking a seat, venture a style reboot with home couture, and escape to the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. We promise you only good times!

Patek Philippe’s official company seal

Watchmaker Patek Philippe celebrates its 175th birthday in 2014. The company has remained true to its heritage of highly complex timepieces, as a recent exhibition in Munich impressively showed. Siems Luckwaldt joined the event and spoke to Patek President Thierry Stern.

Bracelet by Tamara Comolli
What the world needs now? A blast of color to make us feel and look great. SCOOP Relax on an icecream: Strawberry beanbag by Woouf from dfp Design, approx. €160. TAKE NOTE! Emmanuelle Moureaux’ sculpture offers space for ideas. Price on request. TAKE OFF Give your sneakers wings: “Shwings” by Donkey Products, approx. €10 . PANORAMA Keep everything in sight with the eyecatching “Sprocket Rocket” camera. By Lomography through [...]
The new BMW i8

Good design stops at nothing: engines, oxygen and brilliant lamps.

Lina Kanafani

Lina Kanafani is the owner of the Mint design gallery in London’s trendy Brompton neighborhood. She has been instrumental in helping many a creative designer break through internationally.

the roof designed by the Berlin-based architects Graft, Autostadt, Wolfsburg

The roof designed by Wolfram Putz, Gregor Hoheisel, Thomas Willemeit and Lars Krückeberg at the Graft firm of architects, resembles a giant leaf protecting the cars parked beneath it. “The elegant, amorphous geometry of the roof structure forms a bridge between top and bottom, between the sky and the landscape,” is how the Berlin-based architects […]

Lots of tiny houses form a whole: each partner at Make Architects contributed their own model

A plane lands on a tree house, crabs’ claws crawl out of a hearth, a gaudy building flies a pirate flag – when 20 world-famous architects were asked to build their ideal dollhouse, this was the result. The unusual creations were sold by the London auction house Bonhams to raise money for the British charity […]

Knallroter Lounge-Ohrensessel „Concord Relax“, ca. €1.950, www.capdell.com

Searching for a gift? In need of a treat? We couldn’t resist showing you these items before going to press – the rest is up to you.

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Guys, get ready – here come the first rays of light in the form of design this season. I DO Ready to tie the knot with this Panama silk tie? Hermès, approx. €190. INVITING Cosy sofa “Onkel” von Simon Legald, Normann Copenhagen, approx. €3,200. INSPIRED… by the iconic silk scarves: “Carrés d’assise” stools by Hermès [...]
Handmade French-style bed by Squint Limited, approx. €5,400

Lavish embellishments and curves create a sumptuous salon ambiance. Revel in opulence!

The Impossible Collection of Motorcycles Ian Barry & Nicolas Stecher, Assouline, approx. 516€
A Dog’s Life Gemma Correll, teNeues, approx.  20€ Mr. Pickles and Bella inspired many of the stories captured in this charming illustrated book by their mistress, author Gemma Correll. On  pages of clever entertainment, the book covers the whole spectrum of everyday canine life from “chaos dogs” and spoilt “lap puppies” to protective [...]
Karl Lagerfeld transformed the Grand Palais into a gallery.

… is considered the capital of creative fashion. The Fashion Week trends for spring/summer ’14:

The Oetker Collection comprises an inspiring array of luxury hotels, the stunning “Masterpiece Hotels”

The Oetker Collection comprises an inspiring array of luxury hotels, the stunning “Masterpiece Hotels” – of which there are seven, to date. Claudia Bette-Wenngatz spoke to CEO Frank Marrenbach about the company’s history, evolution and expansion.

The “25 hours Hotel Zürich West” is a member of the Design Hotels group.

Alfredo Häberli knows how to combine the beautiful with the practical, and he transforms everyday items into art. The Swiss designer’s works have a deep emotionality and embody a sense of lightness. Interview: Uta Abendroth

The Seychelles

People say that exquisite treasures usually lie concealed in remote places. The Seychelles were once so hidden away that they were a favorite port of call for pirates looking to bury their loot. While the 115 islands in the Indian Ocean are still rather remote – “a thousand miles from anywhere,” as the song goes […]

Jean-Jacques Bosc Bridge

The whole world is a work of art, and we join in, too: Paris, Amsterdam, New York…

Blue Planet in Copenhagen designed by the architecture firm 3XN is Europe’s biggest aquarium.
Nature and culture melt into one: the “Blue Planet” in Copenhagen designed by the architecture firm 3XN is Europe’s biggest aquarium. Seen from the air, the “Blue Planet” building in Copenhagen looks like a gigantic whirlpool. Not unlike the sails of a windmill, the wings of the building seem to rotate on the water and [...]
Ideat # 100, teNeues, approx. €70

Ideat # 100,teNeues, approx. €70   One hundred issues is a worthy cause for celebration, and the French like to celebrate.

TIFFANY & CO Masculine “Atlas®-Chronograph,” 18k rose gold, approx. €13,410

Time is a riddle! But you can mark its passage with a magnificent timepiece.

leather sofa “Bacio,” available in various models, from approx. € 3,026, www.rolf-benz.com

Chic, cool, new! Or absolutely delicious. We couldn’t resist showing you a couple of things just before going to press.

“Thirties” chandelier by B2

We dived down deep to bring you this winter’s prettiest treasures.

Palo Wood sunglasses, approx. €170.

…and indulge in some luxury me-time with cigars, cashmere and caramel popcorn ice cream.

Engel & Völkers Polo Cup on Majorca - For the fifth time, Christian Völkers, founder of Engel & Völkers, hosted a special event at his private finca.

For the fifth time, Christian Völkers, founder of Engel & Völkers, hosted a special event at his private finca.

KunstWerkUhr Exhibition, Entrance Art Gallery

Patek Philippe is considered the watchmaker with the longest uninterrupted history in the world: the Geneva company has existed for 174 years!

Thierry Stern

“You never own a Patek Philippe for yourself alone; you keep it for the next generation”, Thierry Stern, the Chairman of the family-owned company Patek Philippe says in an interview.

“MUW” watch, various styles, from approx. € 199

Add some color to your life: these irresistible items are impossible to overlook!

Chris Klotz from THE BOW TIE

Today THE BOW TIE is seen as a fashion accessory for special occasions – Is it suitable for everyday wear?

THE BOW TIE "MXP1"

Diversity shapes the world. Individuality characterises it. Chris Klotz combines the two. On this summer’s afternoon, in a cafe, he is attracting attention. Positive attention. Before I can ask the first question, an elderly lady at a neighbouring table gets straight to the point: “That is a really wonderful bow tie you are wearing.” An […]

A steel lodge in an orange grove

A steel lodge in an orange grove: the clean lines of Toyo Ito’s architecture museum in Imabari, Japan contrast sharply with nature.

“Starry Night Temptation” necklace

This year Wellendorff celebrates its 120th year in business. The great-grandsons of founder Ernst Alexander Wellendorff, Georg and Christoph, are committed to preserving the family philosophy, as well as the exceptional quality, comfort and protective properties of their jewelry.

Burberry coat

Heart-warming essentials for gents with class and style.

Singer Marina Lambrini Diamandis and Benoit-Louis Vuitton (Director Watches & Fine Jewellery)

Germany’s first Louis Vuitton Maison store recently celebrated its glamorous grand opening in the Residenzpost building in Munich.

Leonard Dalsemer, President of the International Paper Company, with his family

Slim Aarons had unprecedented access to the beautiful people for 50 years and he used it to photograph these international jet setters in gorgeous, unguarded moments – often poolside.

Leonardo DiCaprio als "The Great Gatsby" mit Tobey Mag

From fashion to furniture, from accessories to beauty products – since the lavish adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic The Great Gatsby, we’ve succumbed to the glitz of the Roaring Twenties – swell!

CROPPED The only rule: the bellybutton stays under wraps. Balenciaga, price on request.

It’s high time for summer: less fabric on our backs – more glamour in our lives.

“Bird-Apartment” in Komoro City is a tree house with room for 78 nesting birds, which can be ob- served from the back

Contemporary Japanese designer Oki Sato is among the most sought-after in his field. He has a fondness for new ideas, beautiful stories and for Issey Miyake.

High above Innsbruck, Austria, a few minutes from the airport, you’ll find the world famous Lanserhof. Understatedly called a health center, this secret hideaway is frequented by exhausted political heavyweights and stressedout executives. The secret of Lans & how its therapies will restore your health and vitality.
High above Innsbruck, Austria, a few minutes from the airport, you’ll find the world famous Lanserhof. Understatedly called a health center, this secret hideaway is frequented by exhausted political heavyweights and stressedout executives. The secret of Lans & how its therapies will restore your health and vitality. A place of tranquility! The building is in [...]
Swingrest, Dedon, c. p. v.

 The color makes you feel like warm sunshine. These products will make you happy!

El cuarto de baño como espacio vital - Duravit

The bathroom as a living space, an oasis of well-being. What would have sounded like a vision of a far-off future not long ago, has now been turned into reality with the aid of modern design – by Duravit. The sanitary goods manufacturer, who has been collaborating with international designers for many years, has elevated […]

Dive in Style Tim Simond, Thames & Hudson, ­€40

Close Up Books – Tips on books about architecture, design, art and travelling.

The Shoumoukh Towers in Doha rise up like a giant letter H. They offer great views of the city and the Persian Gulf.

The Shoumoukh Towers in Doha rise up like a giant letter H. They offer great views of the city and the Persian Gulf.

TOP SPEED Be the talk of the playground in this Mini Cooper. Top speed: 5 km/h, price on request.

Get set to sizzle in the new red! For extra style kudos team it up with black and white…

Tiffany Salon, New York

Tiffany & Co.’s flagship store has been a dazzling fixture on Fifth Avenue since 1940. Every day thousands of visitors flock through the entrances to the building, where Audrey Hepburn once famously pressed her nose against the shop windows in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. But very few people know about the giant jewelry box located above […]

CHEERS! What do you get when a film maestro and a wine god collaborate? Dom Pérignon by David Lynch Limited Edition, price on request.

The world is not enough? Of course it is – all it takes are the right secret weapons!

GROSSE RUNDE Sofa ist nicht gleich Sofa! Schon gar nicht diese lederne, durch die Welt des Autos inspirierte Sitzecke von Lamborghini, P. a. A.

There is something magical, eccentric and pure about white. Add a touch of silver, red or black and the effect is even more dazzling.

Wang Shu hat als erster Chinese den Pritzker- Preis erhalten.

True to tradition: the Ningbo History Museum designed by architect Wang Shu was built using rubble and old building materials.

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Ring from the Red Carpet Collection by Chopard, price on request.

Step on the gas pedal – apple green is the hottest investment tip for 2013

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Close Up Books – Tips on books about architecture, design, art and personalities.

At the Salone del Mobile 2010 in Milan, Patricia Urquiola turned a car inside out for the “The Dwelling Lab” project.

Can you imagine driving around in a car whose outer shell is perforated for better air circulation? Or whose sun visor can be tucked under your arm like a clutch handbag? Well, these ideas might soon be part of our automobile reality. BMW joins forces with the most renowned designers of our time to seek […]