Oscar Niemeyer built over 600 buildings. One of them is the Casino Park Hotel in Madeira. Designed in 1966 (but completed in 1976), the site consists of a box-like hotel complex placed on stilts, a freestanding circular casino and a flat building that served as a convention hall.
Founded in 1982 by the collector couple Ernst and Hildy Beyeler, the museum is considered one of the most elegant of our time. Nestled in an English park with old trees and water lily ponds, the fondation displays art from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries in finest natural light.
Mediterranean climate, lemon trees, magnificent villas and stately gardens. Just below the southern border of Switzerland lies Lake Como, a picturesque place that has long been celebrated as the domain of the chic elite. The lake, its tranquil waters and the cypress-lined landscape inspired generations of artists, writers and poets. It is a place of recreation—made for light linen suits, a Negroni in the sun overlooking the classic Riva boats from a floating pool. For relaxed luxury—and for the rarest classic cars. Photographed at Lake Como, Italy.
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L’Esprit Nouveau by Le Corbusier
Almost untouched icons of modern architectural history are hard to find nowadays. At the gates of Paris, in the municipality of Poissy, there is a sophisticated building, carried by slender columns, surrounded by grass fields and deciduous trees—the Villa Savoye.
A visit to the historic halls of the white gold—that’s how the Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur (KPM BERLIN) calls its finest porcelain, which they have been producing in the German capital for over 255 years. The motto Made To Stay encapsulates the manufactory’s claim to maintain its tradition, create lasting values and style.
Food For Art, a program initiated by RUINART, is true to its name, dedicated to a very distinct cause: The fusion of art with gastronomy. A creative dialog in which international top chefs translate the artistic interpretations of the champagne house and its selected artists into culinary experiences. This year launched the collaboration with Berlin-based artist Jeppe Hein. During Gallery Weekend Berlin, Danish-born Hein collaborated with Michelin-starred chef Björn Swanson to create a very special interactive food experience together with Ruinart.
A Competition Rooted in Tradition
Horse jumping has a long tradition. For over 150 years horses and riders glide over walls and ditches or other obstacles. Skillful, elegant and precise. At the SAUT HERMÈS, the horses and riders not only jump over the classic walls and moats, here they fly over miniature reproductions of 24 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré or over the classic orange Hermès H. Quite typical Hermès. Classy, but always with a humorous twist.
The Basque town on France’s Atlantic coast captivates with its rugged charm. The view sweeps over the raging sea, with bizarrely polished rocks rising in front of it. Spume lingers in the air. While the white sandy beaches seem like a contrast to the rugged atmosphere. Photographed in Biarritz, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France.
There is hardly a more iconic bag than the Kelly Bag. With only one handle and the typical closure with a small lock including a leather bell that protects the key, the valuable leather bag by HERMÈS represents a quintessential design. A timeless object whose history began back in the 1930s. It was worn by namesake Grace Kelly in the 1950s concealing the early signs of her pregnancy.
The eye of the observer usually encounters paintings, sculptures and installations in large all-white painted spaces. Enveloped in bright, often artificial light, they tend to leave the viewer awestruck. But what happens when art is taken out of its classic exhibition space? The collaboration of RUINART‘s artistic Carte Blanche with British artist David Shrigley addressed precisely this aspect during the Berlin Gallery Weekend. The artist’s works were displayed, not as you might expect, in museums and galleries. But rather where everyday life takes place.
Walking through Vienna tracing great design feels like looking through a kaleidoscope. At every turn, surprises unfold. Shapes and colors are arranged to reveal Baroque architecture and traditional craftsmanship in one moment, and iconic buildings made of marble without almost no ornament in the next.
This is Vienna, through a kaleidoscope of design.
The 1960s were a decade of change—a spirit embodied in the futuristic Shell Chair by CARL HANSEN & SØN. Danish furniture designer Hans J. Wegner designed the chair in 1963 with the intention of creating an object that is both unique and comfortable but also affordable.
A poetic way to feel the air and a reminder of its relevance. An installation created by Argentinian artist Tomás Saraceno with Aerocene for RUINART. In its long and rich history, Ruinart fostered partnerships with artists almost since the beginning. Alphonse Mucha was one of them in 1896. Today, Ruinart is taking part in the world’s largest art fairs like Art Basel and Frieze — through an annual carte blanche program, Ruinart collaborates with contemporary artists each year.
A drop-shaped case — legendary and unmistakable. Thinner than ever and distinguished by a sensual and subtle bracelet with a hexagonal pattern, inspired by snake scales: the Serpenti Seduttori by BULGARI. A stainless steel icon with cabochon cut pink rubellite and silver white opaline dial.
In the world of HERMÈS, pink is the emotion of the dawning day, a signature of gentleness that combines vivacity and courage. Whether it’s the parasol riding crop of the Empress of France Eugénie, a 1960s wool blazer using the color Azalée, or the many carrés — the color rose is prominent in the house of Hermès. While Rouge Hermès adds color with just a single stroke, Rose Hermès is the color of a sensitive and radiant presence.
Embedded in a quiet oasis in the middle of L.A. is a building that radiates two things in particular: tranquility and clear shapes. Outside, eucalyptus trees are moving softly in the wind while in the courtyard, the cacti cast gentle shadows across the stone floor.
The Neutra VDL Studio and Residences, located at 2300 Silver Lake Boulevard in Los Angeles, California is an architectural concept that combines living with working in one building – it served as the residence and office of Viennese-American architect Richard Neutra.
The simplicity of things. A trench coat – classic, but accentuated by contemporary elements. Pure silk lining, large and boxy cut but the belt allows the trench coat to be perfectly fitted to the waist. A garment from The New Frontier collection by KHAITE, a reference to 20th century America. Accentuated with pumps by MANOLO BLAHNIK and ear jewelry by GIVENCHY. Shot on film.
The Offspring Collection by Georg Jensen. A classic collection by the traditional Danish silver manufacturer in collaboration with contemporary designer Jacqueline Rabun.
Middle class houses in the United States by Frank Lloyd Wright. At the time quite affordable, today highly coveted.
Upon entering the property in Kings Road, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, one notices immediately the well-conceived interplay of space, light and form which extends over the whole site. The building is not visible from the street. It seems hidden in a part of the city that is so crowded. As soon as you enter the garden and the whole area of the property is completely spread, you feel like you are in an oasis in the middle of one of Los Angeles’ busiest areas.
The architectural highlight is located in Trousdale Estates, an exclusive residential area in Beverly Hills and one of Los Angeles’ architecturally most significant neighborhoods. A district above Sunset Boulevard that also Dean Martin, Richard Nixon and Frank Sinatra once called home. The four-bedroom property features floor-to-ceiling windows which merge almost seamlessly from the interior to the outside. It directs the view out into the garden with a Hockney-esque poolside and a backdrop of subtropical vegetation which characterizes the entire cityscape of Los Angeles.
Since the beginning, Georg Jensen worked together with different artists and designers – they always had and have free reign in their work and were fully credited with their designs. In the history of Georg Jensen, the company has employed over ninety designers, including Henning Koppel, Arne Jacobsen and Vivianna Torun Bülow-Hübe.
Inspired by the elegance and sophistication of Italian film star Monica Vitti, who played most of her roles in the 1960s and 1970s, this bag comes in different grained leather options. Also, the brand was one of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ favorites and a signature brand to the New York elite in the 1970s. The BV CLASSIC feels like the type of look they would have had.