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MERCEDES-MAYBACH VISION 6 CABRIOLET, ELECTRIC SUPER-LUXURY CONCEPT CAR WITH INTERIORS BY PIERO LISSONI, SANLORENZO’S NEW YACHT OFFERS A FLEXIBLE TAKE ON WATERBORNE LIVING MONDRIAN, DOHA, QATAR BURNING MAN MONACO? NO, I SAID PORTO MONTENEGRO
 

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

BURNING MAN

BURNING MAN The organisers eschew calling it a festival. It’s festive, to say the least. But Burning Man is simply Burning Man, an annual event that celebrates art, human relationships and our adherence to natural impulse. The event has its own rich history: It started on a beach near San Francisco with 20 people celebrating […]

MONACO? NO, I SAID PORTO MONTENEGRO

MONACO? NO, I SAID PORTO MONTENEGRO Montenegro is starting to wake up, or maybe the rest of the world is awakening to Montenegro. As the small, shy sibling on the Balkan peninsular, Montenegro remained in relative global obscurity until it gained independence in 2006. It turns out they have a good thing going in Montenegro, and […]

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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NATURE AND DESIGN CONVERGE AT BAAN BANYAN’S PALATIAL VILLA

Upon arrival you might mistake Baan Banyan for an oriental paradise – hidden from raucous tourists and attractions, beneath lush tropical forest, this private luxury villa is exactly that. With 5,450 square metres of property, Baan Banyan is perched on the Kamala Bay hillside in an area renowned as ‘Millionaire Mile’, home to the most […]

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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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USHUAÏA: THE CLUB I THE EXPERIENCE

When two global phenomenons merged in 2011, the music and hotel industries respectively, a fuse lit that still refuses to dimmer six years on. Ushuaia Beach Hotel is as the name suggests, part hotel and part open air club. Renowned for being the epicentre of deep house hits with heat thumping bass and summer groove. […]

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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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PEDAL TO THE METAL: ELECTRIC BIKES GETTING US IN A SPIN

Alongside the automotive industry, the competitive world of cycling is undergoing a similar technological transformation in the form of electrification. Featuring pedals and rechargeable battery-powered electric motors, electric bicycles – also known as ‘ebikes’ – quite simply provide a boost to your pedal power leaving you to enjoy the ride, or crucially, ascend hills without […]

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