Dubai – in Search of The Arabian Nights
The Pinnacle of Style
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.

Phoebe and Annette Stephens, label Anndra Neen

A handbag that resembles a little cage, a coral-studded pendant that looks like a hedgehog, and chains made of weighty metal: The jewelry by Anndra Neen demands self-confidence of the woman who wears it. GG met the creatives behind the label, sisters Phoebe and Annette Stephens, in New York.

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 […]

Stephen Burks made a name for himself with his sustainable designs, and founded his studio Readymade Projects in New York in 1997

Stephen Burks doesn’t want to save the world with his designs – just to improve it a bit. He relies on eco-friendly materials, sustainability and traditional craftsmanship. A winning combination: international design companies are fighting over the New York designer.

Cool cat with a cute beard in a perfect Hermès suit – what’s not to like? Price on request.

Winter’s the time for boys to enjoy more of everything: hip facial hair and toys to keep them occupied.

The Residence, Malediven

…and find refuge on a secluded island, at a yoga retreat or a dream resort at the end of the world. Those who escape everyday life for a while often discover new worlds, and – if they’re lucky – also find themselves. Susanne Kaloff on switching off completely and traveling with only your own shadow for […]

Hibiscus armband studded with 2,300 rubies and diamonds, Fabergé, price on request

Marilyn would have swooned at the sight of such precious stones. Each piece is unique and guaranteed to steal the show wherever you go.

Giant engine bonnet: The Ferrari-Museum by Andrea Morgante enframes the birthplace of Enzo Ferrari in Modena.

Giant engine bonnet: The Ferrari-Museum by Andrea Morgante enframes the birthplace of Enzo Ferrari in Modena.

In Carnovsky’s RGB project, different images overlap, yielding a dream-like picture that changes with the light

The world is ablaze in reds, greens, blues and yellows! The Italian artist duo Carnovsky is experimenting with layered colors. Filtered light makes their wallpaper patterns disappear and then reveal themselves again. This is the effect designers are aiming for this year. Color up your life!

Prabal Gurung is a print god

This season we’re turning on the bling full blast: black and gold will add glamour to anything.

The “La Stanza dello scirocco al tramonto” lamp casts light and shade. Alessi, € 269.

Are men demanding? Nope, but they do expect nothing less than the best.

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Sit back, leaf through, and enjoy GG’s finest selection of illustrated art and architecture books.

En las montañas, en lo más alto de Bolzano, a 1.200 metros, se encuentra el Fincube de Werner Aisslinger.

The Dolomites as your neighbors: Werner Aisslinger’s mobile “Fincube” stands in the mountains near Bolzano at 1,200 m above sea level.

“Irrlicht” sunglasses, ic! berlin, € 300.

Fashion: Red & Black – Germany’s capital leads the way with strong colors this summer.

Für Furore sorgte 1980 Fassbinders Literaturverfilmung „Berlin Alexanderplatz“.

This city simply does not fit between two covers. Here’s how to navigate through the urban jungle.

Berlin-based Jürgen Mayer H. has designed himself into the upper echelons of architecture, using jumbled digital data as his source of inspiration.

  Most of your buildings reflect your fascination with data protection patterns used by banks when they send out PIN numbers. You even have a collection of these. What is it about them that intrigues you?

QUBIQUE Berlin’s new trade fair for furniture, lamps and home accessories takes place this year October 10 to 13

The city of Berlin has its very own cuttingedge furniture fair: Qubique. Some pieces from the first show at Tempelhof Airport.

Von Berlin in die ganze Welt: Leyla Piedayeshs Großstadt- Look ist zart, weich & feminin, Lala Berlin, P. a. A.

Sorbet shades make summer in the city delectably light and fun. Colorful design from Berlin.

“MAD MEN” 5th season (5 Emmy Awards & 4 Golden Globes)

Slick operators – “Mad Men” revolves around the ad men of Madison Avenue. The hit TV series about power, love and chain-smoking has put the sixties right back in style!

KICK IT! (Luxury) foosball table! Body made of leather, Domeau & Pérès, € 3,690

Fashion: Oozing charm, armed with daring toys and with a passion for black and white.

Necklace by Ehinger-Schwarz, price on request

Fashion: This year spring brings precious works of art and lashings of gold…

The complete range - the company’s modern furniture is on display at the Thonet Store at Frankfurt Airport.

Thonet’s success was built on the first serially produced bentwood chair. And on a packing case into which the company’s iconic No. 14 chair could be flat-packed and shipped anywhere in the world. A family-owned company that has been creating cultural and design history over the past 190 years.

The Orange Cube by Dominique Jakob and Brendan MacFarlane

Bright orange and full of holes: Dominique Jakob and Brendan MacFarlane have added a splash of color to Lyon. The Orange Cube’s perforations are part of an intricate system of ventilation and lighting.

Harry’s Bar, Isabelle MacElhone, Ed. Knesebeck, aprox. 30€

Close Up Books. Book recommendations about architecture, art, design and personalities.

"Sfera" lamp (Baccarat), Michele de Lucchi

Michele De Lucchi has developed his own, very personal understanding of design: he creates houses with the aid of a chainsaw, he designs lamps made of cut glass. The eminent Italian architect talks to us about light, poetry and his favorite material: wood.

At one with Nature: the lodges owned by entrepreneur Richard Branson in the Ulusaba nature reserve harmoniously blend into the wild

A trip to the Cape is still an adventure: you encounter giraffes, lions and elephants in the wild. At Boulder’s Beach people and penguins take a dip in the ocean, side by side. South Africa’s coastlines on the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, which stretch for more than 2,500 kilometers, and its inland mountains make it […]

Relaxed, nonchalant – and no tie needed: cashmere turtleneck and chinos by Hermès.

A carpet of clouds, a speedboat or a vase that doubles as a bird perch – these items will surely sweep away the winter blues in no time…

Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm Noel Daniel, Taschen, approx. €30

Close Up Books by GG Magazine. Reading tips for architecture, design, art and personalities.

With this tower of speaker boxes, Philippe Starck has proven himself a sound architect. Parrot, approx. € 3,000 per pair.

The color magenta in all its hues is the superstar this winter. Plus: Some things in white, some things in black, and a porcelain pug.

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Architecture: commission a building from the Dutch architects Jan Neutelings and Michiel Riedijk and you can be certain of getting a landmark.

Kekse sind Eleni Gianopulos’ Leinwand. S

Cookies are Eleni Gianopulos’ canvas. She conjures champagne bottles, bikinis and iPods out of the oven. Her creativity is practically limitless with at least ten new designs produced every day.

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What exactly is time? Do life-size robots have their hearts in the right place? Our galaxy can be a confusing place to live – and we think that’s just great!

HAMBURG Gediegene Atmosphäre und zahlreiche raffinierte Details – bei „Herr von Eden“ lohnt es sich bei jedem Besuch, zweimal hinzugucken.

Classic style with a sense of humor – that’s the trademark of successful fashion label Herr von Eden. Bent A. Jensen, owner and creative head of the label, has been operating in this competitive market since 1998 and having lots of fun. His first studio for custom-made clothing recently opened in Hamburg.

In the Weave, Jörg Baumann, Ed. Creavis Verlag, aprox. 49€

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

Mystische Felsformationen und kristallklare Wasserfälle - Bushmans Kloof, Südafrika

Travel tips: A secluded beach, a taste of pristine countryside, a really special hotel – who doesn’t appreciate getting a personal travel idea. Here are some of our own favorites, a shame if we would keep them to ourselves!

Staubmantel, Rio-Bravo-Hut und extra schwer besohlte Boots. Alles von Salvatore Ferragamo, P.a.A.

Cowboy: It’s back to the roots, but hang on tight to contemporary style. The new Marlboro Man likes music, myths and multipurpose cuff links…

New cultural attraction in Miami: the facade of architect Frank O. Gehry’s New World Center concert hall projects musical art.

New cultural attraction in Miami: the facade of architect Frank O. Gehry’s New World Center concert hall projects musical art.

Bird of paradise You don’t have to be a magpie to feel attracted to this white gold ring with a rubellite (approx. 34 carats) and 359 diamonds. Piaget, price on request.

Pink: Not for little girls only. Worn correctly it can be oh-so-sophisticated. Take a fashion lead from the Queen, or at least a miniature version…

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A box that won’t let you go, a rejuvenated Italian, a nest to hide away in, stylish ideas for the bold and for friends of the old school – Freestyle.

Crocodeal Put two together to make one. Hermès has cross-bred its Birkin and Jypsière models. Et
voilà, out came the new Jypsière 28 shoulder bag – finest crocodile skin in the fresh Gypsy summer
shape. Adieu tristesse, bonjour plaisir! Ca. € 19,600.

Ladies: The summer is too short to spend it colorlessly. Put your money on all shades of pink and red, on sparkle on fingers and skin, and on anything senseless but stylish.

Bessy (e15) is a small, round, extremely comfortable armchair.

Shooting star: Stefan Diez has rocketed to the top of the German designer league table in no time at all. After an apprenticeship as a cabinetmaker and studying industrial design in Stuttgart, he opened his own studio in Munich in 2003. His customers include Rosenthal, Moroso, Established & Sons, Thonet, e15, Authentics, Bree, Schönbuch…

Two pyramids mark the entrance to the Paula Rego Museum in Cascais. Eduardo Souto de Moura chose red concrete as their principal building material, because of the powerful contrast it creates with the building’s green surroundings.

Two pyramids mark the entrance to the Paula Rego Museum in Cascais. Eduardo Souto de Moura chose red concrete as their principal building material, because of the powerful contrast it creates with the building’s green surroundings.