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THE HOXTON, PARIS, FRANCE

Several years in the making, the Paris edition of The Hoxton has finally swung open its doors, marking the fourth property for the burgeoning hotel group. Set over six buildings – including a listed 18th century hôtel particulier – CEO Sharan Pasricha and his team have transformed the crumbling site into a chic Parisian bolthole with […]

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MERCEDES-MAYBACH VISION 6 CABRIOLET, ELECTRIC SUPER-LUXURY CONCEPT CAR

Spectators at this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Élégance were struggling to fit the entire length of the Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6 Cabriolet into one iPhone frame for their selfies. The Vision 6 was one of the most photographed and talked-about concept vehicles at this year’s Pebble Beach. Even those of us who are not seriously into cars can see why. The […]

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SNØHETTA CHANNELS JAMES BOND FOR AESOP’S NEW SLOANE SQUARE STORE

SNØHETTA CHANNELS JAMES BOND FOR AESOP’S NEW SLOANE SQUARE STORE  You might think Aesop’s 200th global store opening deserves a song-and-dance. But, the ever-understated Australian skincare stalwart has rung in its achievement in typical style – quietly. Designed by Norwegian interior architect and seven-time collaborator Snøhetta, the 100 sq m Sloane Square flagship is a subtle choreography […]

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WITH INTERIORS BY PIERO LISSONI, SANLORENZO’S NEW YACHT OFFERS A FLEXIBLE TAKE ON WATERBORNE LIVING

As yachts get bigger, so do the options and opportunities for extravagant interior design, features, facilities, finishes and accoutrements. A visit to the first SuperYacht Gallery, held at London’s Saatchi Gallery at the start of June, demonstrated this trend in full effect: there was pretty much nothing you can’t do on board a boat, given the […]

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SOLID FOUNDATIONS: THE YVES SAINT LAURENT MUSEUM OPENS IN MARRAKECH

Wrapped with terracotta brick and earthen-coloured terrazzo, the new and much-anticipated Yves Saint Laurent museum in Marrakech melds effortlessly into its ochre surrounds. Its understated façade, with its blend of swooping curves and straight lines, is a fitting tribute to the elegance of the late designer’s couture creations. Upon its opening tomorrow, the museum is set […]

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MIDDLE EASTERN STAR: JEAN NOUVEL’S LOUVRE ABU DHABI MAKES ITS GRAND DEBUT

Perched on a tip of land that juts out into the sea on Saadiyat Island, Jean Nouvel’s Louvre Abu Dhabi has the appearance of a hovering spacecraft that has arrived from a distant universe. Its armour-like domed roof, measuring 180m in diameter, is made up of eight interlocking layers of aluminium and stainless steel that […]

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BRUTALISM FOR THE WRIST? THAT’S HUBLOT’S CONCRETE THINKING

When, earlier this year, Italian designer Giuliano Mazzuoli introduced the Cemento, the world’s first wristwatch with a case made entirely from concrete, I figured ‘Cool, but surely a cul-de-sac?’ It followed Girard-Perregaux’s watchesof 2012 and 2015 honouring Le Corbusier, with concrete dials. Now, as Hublot launches the Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph Concrete Jungle, it begs the […]

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MONDRIAN, DOHA, QATAR

As anyone familiar with Mondrian hotels knows, understatement is not the chain’s defining trait. From outside – and especially at night – the group’s latest property in Doha resembles something dreamed up by Hayao Miyazaki, and this hallucinogenic quality continues within. The 270-key property comes with seven in-house eateries, including the craft beer and burgers spot Hudson Tavern, Japanese […]

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SPEED DIAL: HOW THE POST-WAR UTAH SALT FLAT RACES INSPIRED A NEW BELL & ROSS VINTAGE DESIGN

THAT BELL & ROSS IS SHARPLY FOCUSED ON PUSHING TECHNOLOGICAL POSSIBILITIES, DEVELOPING COMPLEX MECHANISMS AND PIONEERING NEW MATERIALS IS A GIVEN. THAT ITS FOCUS IS BORN OUT OF A DEEP PASSION FOR THE PURSUIT OF SPEED IS A LESSER KNOWN ASPECT OF THE FRENCH WATCH MARQUE’S HERITAGE That creative vision is inspired as much by […]

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MID-MARKET MASTERPIECE: BMW REVEAL THE M2 COUPÉ

It won’t have escaped your notice that cars are getting bigger and bigger. BMW is not alone in seeing its model range undergo gradual inflation over the years. The new M2, at a modest 4.46m long, is longer and far wider than the iconic mid-1980s M3, the car that in many respects it succeeds. The […]

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