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What do you get someone who has everything? In today’s modern digital world, where we are more inclined to send messages via text or email, a hand-written message to your beloved made, expressed in beautiful calligraphy becomes much more than a letter, its transformed into a piece of art. The words from your heart masterfully immortalized on fine paper, exquisitely and artistically crafted. This was in the past, the way that we shared our thoughts and sentiments before more modern means of communications, and more casual mode of writing took over. A letter written by hand is always more meaningful, and today means even more, as it is so rare. But where would one turn to, to find such a special thing? MEET STEPHEN DUCKETT, founder of Duckett Calligraphy Most of his career has been spent as a butler, alongside a range of extracurricular interests from the church organ including…

The Fine Art Society presents their showcase of twentieth-century Nordic design. With a focus on Danish silversmith Georg Jensen (1866-1935), the exhibition will include over 130 pieces by a selection of Nordic designers and makers. While Nordic Design might appear like a diversion away from what The Fine Art Society is known for, it is something they have been dealing in for nearly one hundred years. During their 141 year history, they have held over three thousand exhibitions at their gallery space at 148 New Bond Street, London, including two of Jensen’s own work: In 1921 and again in 1923, The Fine Art Society held two selling shows sourced directly from Jensen himself. Both shows proved extremely popular in post-war Britain, with the majority of the silver being sold. Having been approached by a client with an impressive collection of Jensen jewellery last year, almost one hundred years on the…

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…

The Petite Galerie at Musée du Louvre features an exhibition for 2017–2018 focuses on the connection between art and political power. Governing entails selfpresentation as a way of affirming authority, legitimacy and prestige. Thus art in the hands of patrons becomes a propaganda tool; but it can also be a vehicle for protest and subverting the established order. Evolution of the Codes Behind Representation of Political Power Spanning the period from antiquity up to our own time, forty works from the Musée du Louvre, the Musée National du Château de Pau, the Château de Versailles and the Musée des Beaux-arts de la Ville de Paris illustrate the evolution of the codes behind the representation of political power. The exhibition is divided into four sections: “Princely Roles”: The first room presents the king’s functions— priest, builder, warrior/protector—as portrayed through different artistic media. Notable examples are Philippe de Champaigne’s Louis XIII, Léonard…

On 22 July 2017, The Souliris productions – an independent ballet production company specialising in production of unique story-based ballet performances in exclusive locations served guests from Geneva and the residents of The Alpina Gstaad Hotel – a five-star superior hotel where authenticity combines with Swiss refinement to create an Alpine experience like no other – a gourmet cultural ‘dish’: ‘I’m Your Man’ musical ballet, dedicated to the late musician Leonard Cohen. The ballet took place in The Private Cinema Club auditorium. Normally accessible to the privileged few staying in this Swiss jewel of the hospitality, the auditorium for this special night was opened up and turned into a mini theatre with 50 designer leather chairs arranged in the amphitheatre style on the three raised levels. The ambiance of the auditorium and the location of The Alpina Gstaad with its breath-taking view of the Swiss Alps suited perfectly for the…

Arts & Culture: Carly Paoli in Concert Thursday 15th February 2018 at London’s Cadogan Hall Carly Paoli has been delighting audiences throughout the world, shared stages with Andrea Bocelli, José Carreras and Elaine Paige, and can count the Pope and Prince Charles amongst her fans. Now, following the release of her acclaimed debut album ‘Singing My Dreams’, the classically trained singer announces a special concert at London’s Cadogan Hall. With Carly joined on stage by orchestra, choir and special guests, the evening will provide an opportunity to experience the emotional, sincere and dramatic performances that have captured audiences wherever the young artist has appeared. “I’m so excited that I will be performing my own concert with orchestra in the stunning Cadogan Hall. This will be my opportunity to share the music from Singing My Dreams – plus other songs close to my heart – with the audience. I can’t wait!”…

An understanding that the marque’s patrons are increasingly collectors of fine and contemporary art has led the Rolls-Royce Design Team, to create a space behind this glass, in which patrons can commission and curate art, a space aptly named, ‘The Gallery’. “As patrons increasingly commission a Rolls-Royce for its aesthetic power, they trust in the knowledge that only the finest materials fashioned at the hands of a collective of skilled artisans will produce a motor car that transcends its primary role as a means of conveyance, to become a meaningful and substantive expression of art, design and engineering excellence. ‘The Gallery’ is an innovation that furthers Rolls-Royce’s unparalleled Bespoke capabilities. Patrons are now invited to commission artworks for their own personal Gallery within Phantom, in essence, bringing art, within art.” said  Torsten Müller Ötvös, Chief Executive, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. A World of Luxury Far Beyond Automotive Horizons Rolls-Royce’s standing as…

Art plays a huge part within today’s society. At the art consultancy firm VELVENOIR and for their clients, it defines the story they start working on. An artwork is unique, something special, a masterpiece of an artist who dedicated his life to this profession, building his career within the art market as well as using various techniques, to make each piece, one of a kind. The difference between integrating an original piece compared to a reproduced painting or print on canvas is uniqueness and the constant growth and devotion of each artist towards their craft. Artists allow us to benefit from some outstanding art, which enriches our daily life and will stay within future generations. Artists who create those pieces play a vital role in today’s society, as they push boundaries and reflect on today’s social system. Each artwork communicates a story and idea, originated by the artists’ experiences and…

Seraphima Bogomolova Author, producer, and arts and culture ambassador​and Founder of SOULIRIS Productions Souliris Productions is an independent ballet production company that specialises on producing unique story-based dance performances staged in exclusive locations such as palaces, ball rooms of luxury hotels, castles, private mansions, and royal court theatres. We chatted with its founder, Russian-born, Geneva based, Seraphima Bogomolova, to learn more about this interesting production company and their passion for the art of dance. EAT LOVE SAVOR EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW Q- Tell us about your upbringing and how you came to write for ballet SB – I grew up in a family of doctors and intellectuals. My parents are scientists. Both were working at secret research institutions – one doing experiments with lasers and the other overseeing the development and production of fuel for space ships. As a kid, I went to a French language school. I never really liked it…

For the 2017 edition of the Cannes International Film Festival, Baron Philippe de Rothschild SA, Official Wine Supplier to the Festival since 1992, once again is opening its praised Mouton Cadet Wine Bar. Entirely imagined and designed by Parisian decorator Mathias Kiss on the rooftop of the Palais des Festivals, the Mouton Cadet Wine Bar will be the perfect setting for the cinema industry to meet during the fortnight. This year, it presents a new theme to celebrate the Festival’s 70th Anniversary : The Sunset Aperitif. From May 17 to 28, the Mouton Cadet Wine Bar will once more be the talk of the Festival as the perfect spot to enjoy Mouton Cadet wines while admiring the dazzling views of Cannes Bay at sunset. Presenting The Sunset Aperitif As the sun goes down on the Cannes Bay, filling the air with magical light against a backdrop of magnificent views, festival-goers will assemble at the 2017…

Finch & Partners, in partnership with Jaeger LeCoultre awarded Italian director Paolo Sorrentino the Annual Filmmakers award in front of VIP guests at the Hotel du Cap, Antibes. “It really is great to honour Paulo who spirit both as an artist and as a man is greatly inspiring to me personally. His work encompasses the most important elements of life to me. Love, humor, passion and the unexpected of the spirit and fantasy.” said Charles Finch. The Host and Attendees The event, hosted by Charles Finch, was attended by models Coco Rocha, Naomi Campbell, and Eva Herzigova, actor Adrien Brody, actresses Olga Kurylenki, Gemma Arterton and Elizabeth Olsen, screen writer and director Abel Ferrara, director Takashi Miiake, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Katya Mtsitouridze amongst others. About the Evening’s Festivities Guests enjoyed cocktails on the terrace followed by dinner and dancing that continued long into the night. For the third year, guests…

CRAFTSMAN AND ARTIST NICK LOPEZ Nick Lopez is a 3rd generation craftsman and native of California who under the guidance of his father, he developed a unique and varied skill set as a builder and contractor. In 2009, Lopez began designing and creating Functional Art and home furnishings. Sourced from the construction site at which he worked, Lopez took the reclaimed wood, much of it out of old growth California Redwoods, and developed his ongoing passion. These materials were once used as barns, decks, and fencing, and were salvaged by Lopez during contracting projects to create functional masterpieces. For the past 7 years, Lopez has designed and created a signature body of work, comprising beds, chairs, tables, decorative sculpture and privately commissioned pieces. His aesthetic gracefully blends the Modernist tradition with a distinct sense of California style and sublime craftsmanship. “Using only reclaimed wood, I create art that is unique,…

Taking contemporary art out of the “white cube” space and placing it into high-end interior design concepts to allow collectors to experience art in a completely new way and to gather everything from one trusted source – steininger.designers. Through ART x INTERIOR the STEININGER Showroom in Vienna is redefining the modern lifestyle in interiors, offering a curated selection of contemporary art placed in designs that are beautifully made, which tell a story of authenticity and integrity. This innovative concept shown for the first time is an open invitation to discover contemporary art outside of the ‘white cube’ space and a special showcase of works of art within the ambience of an exclusive interior showroom. The ART x INTERIOR collaboration started with Alexandra Schafer, Managing Director, VELVENOIR, describing her vision for a contemporary art placed in a high-end interior design space. „Interior designers should be part of the selection process when…

Avant-garde Contemporary Artist Ilhwa Kim to showcase a selection of artworks from the infinitely immersive collection “Seeds of the Universe” for the first time in the United Kingdom. Ilhwa Kim’s work combines contemporary Korean tradition with the contemporary art world. She is quickly becoming one of the most important contemporary Asian artists. today. With works found in several museums around the world as well as t major exhibitions and well known art fairs including Art Miami, Art Paris, Art Central Hong Kong to name a few. Her Method Includes Great Labor Each piece integrates an unparalleled amount of labor and content, rendering her a unique proposition for any art collector, as evidenced by the enormous growth in the appreciation of her works year after year. About the Intricate Artwork and Exhibit On display at this beautiful and prestigious venue, over 20 of Ilhwa Kim’s latest artwork, immersing visitors into the…

To create a beautiful, lightweight classic sculpture out of a hard block of marble is both an act of creative strength and ingenuity. Today, it also seems to be an act of courage – it’s not an easy task and the effects are not always satisfactory. Using such traditional medium and stylistics from the classical Greek sculpture to create works that facetiously reflect on human condition is yet another challenge. In an era of the 3D print, where everything can be fabricated out of a formless mass of plastic, sculpting in a classic manner is risky. However, while it is a practice that slowly, yet consequently sinks into oblivion, there are still some unique creatures out there, who dedicate themselves to hard work of extracting shapes out of untoward materials. Sculpture Using Classical Techniques Michal Jackowski, a Polish sculptor and an owner of a sculpture renovation studio, is one of…