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Adrian Cheng, the young Chinese cultural entrepreneur, melds East and West so well: he was born in China, completed his higher education at Harvard, is under 40 (born in 1979.) He is the grandson and designated heir of one of Hong Kong’s and China’s most influential business families, and is set to inherit a large part of the family empire that include the Chow Tai Fook jewellery chain and New World Development group, among others. The family’s controls companies with a total market value of $25 billion. But his interests and goals appear more extensive and diverse than just managing an empire that his forbears created. Hi interests involve the arts, creating a new, young, Chinese cultural identity, partially through the invention of the K11 Art Malls. These are curated platforms for young Chinese artists to display their work. The Art Malls are spaces for those viewers and visitors to see…

Bentley’s Director of Design, Munich-born, self-professed Anglophile, Stefan Sielaff, has spent more than 30 years in automotive design. In this interview Stefan explains why his lifetime dream was to work for a British brand, and how he got here. What came first for you, was it design or cars? When I was a young boy I was not the classic car designer, I wasn’t sketching cars at four years old. I was more interested in doing fine arts, sculpture.  I was driving my parents crazy by working with huge marble blocks in their garage when I was 14 or 15. I was always very interested in cars but I never was able to combine these two passions, so it only started when I was doing my high school diploma – I had to ask myself what I was going to do for a living. At this time I was getting…

In this ongoing series, EAT LOVE SAVOR interviews women that are making a difference in the field of luxury across many categories and around the world, celebrating their leadership, innovation and the many positive changes they are making in the business of luxury. Luxury as a business is a vastly complex landscape, blending past and present with the needs of today and tomorrow. There are a great many people making great strides in ensuring it remains strong and relevant. It gives us great pleasure to introduce you to a company making a big impact with the potential to make an even bigger ripple, a butterfly effect – Positive Luxury. Their mission is “Inspiring people to buy better and influencing brands to do better.”  DIANA VERDE NIETO, CO-FOUNDER AND CEO, POSITIVE LUXURY Diana Verde Nieto is the co-founder and CEO of Positive Luxury, the company behind the Butterfly Mark; a unique…

EHUD LANIADO Ehud Laniado, seller of two of the four most expensive diamonds sold in the history of Sotheby’s, speaks to EAT LOVE SAVOR What drew you to the diamond industry and continues to fuel your passion? My passion for diamonds is multifaceted. Decades ago, I discovered my fascination for identifying the miniscule details which determine what a rough diamond can sell for once in its polished form. It was a skill I mastered with my own hands before the advent of any of the sophisticated mapping technologies used today. I built my way up in the industry, starting my career in the African bush buying diamonds on behalf of an Israeli company. I moved my family out to the Central African Republic in my early 20s for the job and I later moved to Antwerp where I lived for over 20 years. Today, I’m equally as interested in nurturing…

Interview with Artist Spar Street What inspired your philosophies about art and your zeal for creating art? I was born into the home of an irrepressibly creative artist, my mother, who to this day can create more art on a daily basis than any other person I have ever met. My entire childhood was an immersion in a world of fine art that few children get to experience. I saw how art was a form of play, a form of communication, a form of exploration, a way dreaming dreams and healing pain, and a means for expressing love, caring and value. I had dyslexia so severely that I could not read until the fifth grade. I was years behind my peers, which provided an ideal environment to develop nasty self-concepts like “I am stupid,” “I am not good enough,” “I will never fit in,” “I am not lovable.” I remember…

Luxury Lifestyle Awards Middle East: Winner Interviews WINNER “Luxury Interior Design Company” United Emirates United Arab Emirates, Firas Al Sahen – Managing Partner at 4SPACE Interior Design… READ INTERVIEW WINNER: “Luxury Interior Design Studio”, Kazakhstan Batyr Ospanov – Owner and Designer at BATYR OSPANOV DESIGNS … READ INTERVIEW WINNER “National Brand”, Qatar Ms. Razan Suliman – Owner and Founder at Fanilla Couture … READ INTERVIEW WINNER “Luxury Residential Real Estate”, Saudi Arabia Dr. Mesfer Alqahtani – General Manager at Tatweer Housing Company… READ INTERVIEW WINNER “Luxury Jewelry Brand”, United Arab Emirates Kholoud Kurdi – Owner and Designer at TOUJOURS JEWELLERY… READ INTERVIEW published in partnership with the Luxury Lifestyle Awards

L’Olivier’s avant-garde artistic vision, incomparable beauty and relentless attention to detail has established the brand as the ‘Haute Couture’ of floral creation. Each meticulously detailed arrangement that Olivier Giugni creates possess a rich elegance and strength demonstrating a deep love for flowers and their artistic expression; Olivier elevates blossoms beautifully. L’Olivier Floral Atelier creates one-of-a-kind arrangements that adorn the homes and work places of celebrities and A-list New Yorkers from the worlds of fashion, finance and fine arts. About Olivier and His Rise to Floral Fame Originally from the South of France, Olivier Giugni, the self-taught floral designer behind L’Olivier has always been at the forefront of creativity, influenced by the many elements of architecture and design in New York City. First recognized by the legendary Pierre Cardin, Olivier was hand-picked to create the look of Les Fleurs de Maxims in Paris, Tokyo and New York City. He opened his…

INTERVIEW Born with yachting in his veins, Douglas McFarlane CEO of Lomond Yachts, has dedicated his life to the waters and exquisite vessels upon which to enjoy them. His firm is focused on the finest Super Yachts built for entertainment and luxury at the highest levels. Built and designed with great attention to detail and care for the needs of those that will enjoy them, providing chartered vacations and other services like crew, celebrity entertainment and other pleasures for the yachter are at your disposal. We spoke with Mr. McFarlane about his passion for yachts and he shared with us his expertise and advise on buying a yacht. What awoke your passion for yachts? “Nae son of mine will go into the yards”. I remember it clearly as if it was spoken yesterday. It was the first thing my father said when I was discussing career opportunities as a teenager.…

Konstantin Chaykin: design engineer, inventor, clockmaker. The creator of complex astronomical clock. Author of many complex time functions such as indicators of various world chronology, astronomical signs and other devices and watch complications. Chaykin is repeatedly mentioned by critics as one of the world’s experts of Haute Horlogerie. Member of the International Academy of Independent Watchmakers. Member of Honorary Jury Set at Luxury Lifestyle Awards 2014, Russia. Known as a watchmaker, the first in Russia who designed and built a desktop clock with a tourbillon, and watch with every year passing date of the Orthodox Easter. Currently headed by its own full-cycle for the production of luxury-class hours. INTERVIEW How would you describe the process of a new idea birth? Are you looking for inspiration consciously or new discoveries find you by themselves? New ideas come to me through different ways. It may be a random inspiration that comes in…

We had the honor and opportunity to chat with Debbie Johnsen, Director, Interactive Marketing, The Leading Hotels of the World to get her insights into the role of digital and social media in the luxury hotel sector. The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd. is a prestigious luxury hospitality organization representing more than 430 of the world’s finest hotels, resorts and spas. With headquarters in New York City, the company maintains a network of 25 offices in key cities around the world. A Brief History of The Leading Hotels of the World, Initially known as “The Luxury Hotels of Europe and Egypt” the company was established in 1928 by a group of influential and forward-thinking European hoteliers starting with 38 initial members, including Hotel Negresco in Nice, the Mena House in Cairo and King David Hotel in Jerusalem. The group recognized the importance of establishing direct contact with the traveling…

Tradition plays an important role at the Grandhotel Hessischer Hof. Wolfgang Prince of Hesse’s former city residence was converted into the Hotel Hessischer Hof after the bombings of the Second World War. In 1952 the hotel opened, offering 35 rooms. In the subsequent years it was transformed into the leading hotel we know today – into the gorgeous Grandhotel Hessischer Hof. As a part of the “House of Hesse”, the hotel perfectly combines modern comfort with tradition. All over the hotel you can find artifacts from past centuries that have been made available by the “Hessische Hausstiftung” foundation, infusing their hotel with its unique charm. Since 1928 the “Hessische Hausstiftung” has set itself the goal of preserving Hessian cultural assets. Their owner Heinrich Donatus Landgrave of Hesse is Chairman of the Supervisory Board. The Grandhotel Hessischer Hof was interviewed as a nominee for the Luxury Lifestyle Awards 2014 How has…

Situated in the tranquil enclave of Guía de Isora, this fine luxury hotel exemplifies the delicate harmony that can exist between man and nature. From its highest point upon the smooth slopes of The Teide, to its exclusive stretch of sandy beaches, the beauty of nature abounds at The Ritz-Carlton, Abama. At The Ritz-Carlton, Abama, lush vegetation flourishes throughout their majestic, Moorish-inspired hotel grounds, imparting an entrancing floral fragrance to the fresh ocean air. Under the shining sun, gorgeous gardens add cheerful warmth, while in the evenings they create an air of romance and mystique. Interview with Claire Seneca of The Ritz-Carlton Abama, a Luxury Lifestyle Awards 2014 Nominee Could you share with us the history of creation Abama Golf & Spa Resort? Melvin Villaroel, architect of a Latin-American origin, is known for a constant use of binomial architecture – vegetation in all his construction, integrating plants and flowers in…

“The rich flavors of Turkey are to be discovered at Raika ” Raika serves a great variety of Anatolia’s regional and ethnic specialties in an innovative and creative style all its own. The restaurant, located at The Marmara Taksim, offering a spectacular panoramic view of the city from its terrace floor, has a seating capacity of 190 diners. For special events, a 40- person capacity meeting room is available. One of the oldest and noblest traditions of the Anatolian table culture, “sharing” is revered at Raika as a serving style. What is unique about Raika’s location? Raika is located in the center of Taksim square which is accepted as the heart of Istanbul, a cosmopolitan city with a very rich historical and cultural texture. The restaurant offering a spectacular panoramic view of Istanbul, presents its’ guests clear vision of both Asian and European continents as well as historical landmarks such…

Residential complex Sun Terraces, created in perfect harmony with the unique landscape of Jurmala. Sun Terraces is an ideal place to find peace from city bustle. Every apartment features a spacious terraces finished in Western red cedar wood, representing a sweet spot of warmth and cosiness with a distinctive and microclimate. The three floors of two modern buildings feature 42 apartments with areas varying from 110 to 261 m² including spacious penthouse apartments on the top floors. Meticulously developed interior design of each apartment has 2 to 4 bedrooms, spacious and bright dwelling space, large panoramic windows, high ceilings and open terraces. Complex has gated territory with inner yard, children’s playground and a private underground parking. The project Sun Terraces was designed in the style of Scandinavian functionalism. The exterior is finished only with exclusively selected materials — Western red cedar and Italian travertine. Main distinctive elements of the exterior…

Ekaterina Timofyeyeva Ekaterina Timofyeyeva is a vice president of Crystal Group Ukraine, international diamond expert, gemologist, designer, art historian in jewelry. She has an influential reputation among famous European jewelers. Her works include exclusive jewelry pieces designed according to her sketches are produced in Italy, Spain, France and the USA. She also provides expert assistance and advice in forming jewelry collections for show business stars and celebrities. We had the great pleasure of spending a moment with this impressive, talented woman who is as beautiful as the gems she works with. We spoke to her about her passion for jewelry. What inspired the founding of the Crystal Group? A desire to be engaged into my favorite activity. As it pertains to design in this culturally connective world, where do you think the design of fine jewelry is headed? To a personal design. Today the customer wants not just a piece…