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Culture articles from The Luxury Channel Magazine.

House of Today Biennale – Top Ten Design Highlights By The Luxury Channel

House of Today has called upon talented Lebanese designers and creatives to elevate accepted design norms, using their own unique aesthetic to create tables that not only serve a function or purpose, but that trigger emotions through a journey of sensorial experience. The selected designers are presented as part of an exhibition called ‘‘Elevate –…

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Textured Shadow, Coloured Light – The Luxury Channel Meets Rashid al Khalifa By Fiona Sanderson

We talk to Rashid al Khalifa at the opening of his latest exhibition, “Penumbra: Textured Shadow, Coloured Light,” which is being held at Saatchi Gallery from 3rd – 21st October 2018. Rashid’s London debut invites us to explore the beauty of textured shadows and light cast through polychromatic metal structures. Aluminium mesh wall works, suspended…

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A Portrait of The Tree By Scott Manson

Global influencers including Sir Richard Branson, Jasper Conran and Raymond Blanc share the secrets behind their favourite tree as The New Unit London hosts a new photographic exhibition, A Portrait of the Tree…. The majestic glory of the longest living organism on the planet is showcased at an extraordinary collection of works, collectively entitled A…

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The Luxury Channel Meets Cecil By Fiona Sanderson

Cecil is an alternate indie pop artist from Berkshire. She released her debut EP in April 2017 which subsequently received support from BBC Radio 2, BBC Introducing, BBC Berkshire, BBC Oxford and many other regional radio stations. The resulting success saw Cecil take to stages all over the UK and led to her opening the…

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The Luxury Channel Meets Flo & Joan By Fiona Sanderson

They may not be household names – yet – but anyone who frequently watches UK TV will be familiar with the work of musical comedy sisters Nicola and Rosie Dempsey (better known as Flo & Joan) from the Nationwide adverts. Following a sell-out run at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe and two sell-out stints at London’s…

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Curtain Up At Garsington Opera’s World Premiere By Fiona Sanderson

Garsington Opera’s box office is now open for what is anticipated to be a very exciting season of four new productions (Die Zauberflote – Mozart’s last opera, Capriccio by Strauss and Falstaff by Verdi) and its first ever Festival World Premiere, The Skating Rink by leading British composer David Sawer and award-winning librettist Rory Mullarkey….

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The Veuve Clicquot Widow Series – Carine Roitfeld’s Seven Deadly Sins By Fiona Sanderson

World-renowned fashion editor Carine Roitfeld talks exclusively to The Luxury Channel on the eve of her ‘‘SEVEN’’ Widow Series exhibition for Veuve Clicquot…. It was with a sense of true excitement that The Luxury Channel joined guests including Yasmin Le Bon, Leomie Anderson and Eva Herzigova for the launch event to open ‘‘SEVEN,’’ the third…

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At Home With Artist Eileen Cooper OBE By Fiona Sanderson

On the eve of her first solo exhibition at the Fine Art Society, The Luxury Channel talked to Eileen Cooper, one of the UK’s foremost and most collectable female artists, about her life and works and her forthcoming exhibition, “Till The Morning Comes.” This exhibition will feature new paintings and a series of drawings inspired…

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It’s All About The Family For Steinway & Sons By Ramy Salameh

“The word ‘family’ has a special significance for Steinway & Sons,” announced Mr. Guido Zimmermann, the company’s Managing Director for Europe, during a very special anniversary dinner to celebrate 25 years of the Boston Piano designed by Steinway & Sons. With production briefly halted and machinery pushed to one side, a small part of the…

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Mayfair Art Weekend By The Luxury Channel

The creative and cultural community of Mayfair will be joining together to celebrate one of the world’s most dynamic cultural districts with a weekend of public events, running from Friday 30th June until Sunday 2nd July. Over 60 Mayfair galleries, auction houses, fashion houses and restaurants are staging a rich array of exhibitions, talks, tours,…

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A New Way To Invest In Fine Art By Miguel Neumann

In uncertain times, the fine art market offers a reassuring investment opportunity. Largely immune to political change, it is less volatile than currencies or capital markets. The global market was worth more than $45billion last year – a 1.7% annual increase, according to the European Fine Art Foundation Report 2017. Prices have fallen back a…

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Koo Stark Unveils Kintsugi By The Luxury Channel

Koo Stark has unveiled her first solo exhibition in London for 23 years, called Kintsugi, being held at Leica Mayfair in London until 26th May 2017. Kintsugi is a chronological, visual representation of Koo’s powerful and personal photographs, capturing fleeting moments during the last three decades of her fascinating and eventful life. The exhibition showcases…

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Anderson & Low’s Voyages By The Luxury Channel

Set sail with Anderson & Low’s latest project, Voyages, which continues the photographers’ exploration of themes that are recurrent in their work – the relationship between fantasy, artifice and perceived reality, pushing the boundaries of what a photograph is “supposed to do,” exploring how imagination and reality interact, and relating these concepts to art history….

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Philippe Pasqua’s Borderline Exhibition By The Luxury Channel

Built on the slope of the mythical Rock of Monaco and rising to a height of 85 metres above the waves, The Oceanographic Museum of Monaco offers a dazzling dive into the discovery of more than 6,000 species. As an internationally renowned location with over 600,000 visitors per year, the Museum offers visitors the chance…

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FKA Twigs And Veuve Clicquot’s Widow Series By The Luxury Channel

Performance art, set design, theatre and dance collide for “Rooms,” an original new performance and installation work written, directed and curated by FKA Twigs for the second instalment of Veuve Clicquot’s Widow Series. Told by a cast of 30 and set in a 12 room installation, Twigs’ story follows the journey of Diamas, in search…

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Changing Seasons By Camilla Hellman

This week, The Four Seasons Restaurant situated in the Seagram Building in New York – which has been the place to go for a “power lunch” since opening it’s doors in 1959 – auctioned (almost) everything off, due to its lease not being renewed (although the skyscraper’s owner, RFR Holding Corp co-founded by investor Aby…

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The Luxury Channel Shines The Light Between Oceans By Jayjay Epega

Acting favourite Oscar® winner Alicia Vikander and Academy Award® nominee Michael Fassbender are the main featured talent in DreamWorks Pictures’ new film, The Light Between Oceans. It is a sumptuous, heart-breaking drama about fate, love, moral dilemmas and the lengths to which one couple will go to see their dreams realised. The movie also stars…

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The Luxury Channel Meets The Band Blake At Henley Festival 2016 By Fiona Sanderson

The 34th black tie event at Henley Festival, billed as “The UK’s Most Magical Summer Party,” returned to Henley-On-Thames last week and brought music, visual arts, fashion, street theatre, comedy and fine dining to an audience of over 5000 people. Amongst the line-up were notable musicians including Sir Elton John, and Elvis Costello & The…

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Christie’s 250th Anniversary Summer Sales By Rani Singh

Bright, natural light illuminated the room at one of the world’s mighty auction houses. We barely noticed the rare appearance of sunshine over London though, because our gaze was captured by the great art on display. Gazing back at us, it seemed, was Amedeo Modigliani’s Madame Hanka Zborowska, hanging centre-wall in front of us. This…

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Sir Michael Caine Is Special Guest At Lincoln Townley’s Somerset House ICONS Presentation By Jayjay Epega

Sir Michael Caine and his beautiful wife, Lady Shakira Caine, made a rare and exciting appearance at Lincoln Townley’s Celebrity Private View of the ICONS Presentation which took place at the sumptuous Somerset House on the Strand in Central London. The legendary actor wanted to personally participate in the celebrations and take a look at…

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Luxury In China: K-Pop Non-Stop By K magazine

Between K-pop music and many TV series over the years, Korean culture has been wildly successful in China, representing an ‘‘acceptable’’ and aspirational form of western culture. Laurence Lim Dally, founder of the Hong Kong-based marketing consultancy Cherry Blossoms, talks to K magazine about the Korean craze…. How do you explain K-pop’s success in China?…

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The Godfather’s Godmother – Francis Ford Coppola On Female Film-makers By K magazine

He might be best known for his films about mean men, but Francis Ford Coppola is enlightened when it comes to women. Hardly surprising, as the great Dorothy Arzner was his mentor. K magazine caught up with him at the Marrakesh International Film Festival…. As jury president of the Marrakech International Film Festival, in December,…

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Music Moguls – The Music Industry Legend Alan Edwards Talks Talent And PR By Jayjay Epega

Alan Edwards, CEO of Outside Organisation, has represented some of the biggest and best known names in entertainment. These include The Who, the Rolling Stones, the Spice Girls, Amy Winehouse, Michael Jackson, Robbie Williams, Naomi Campbell and the Beckhams and David Bowie. In April 2015, Alan hosted Always Print The Myth, a series of discussions…

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Movie Starring John Malkovich To Be Released 100 Years In The Future By Hannah Norman

Louis XIII Cognac, one of the most luxurious spirits in the world, is the brand behind 100 Years, an original and innovative film written by and starring Hollywood legend John Malkovich. Except there’s a catch – the film will not be released until 2115. Directed by Robert Rodriguez, 100 Years – The Movie You Will…

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The Luxury Channel Meets Nick Redman By The Luxury Channel

Nick Redman is a consultant at 20th Century Fox Music and Co-Founder of Twilight Time (a Blu-ray label that has built up a catalogue of rare and “forgotten” films), and he produced the 20th Anniversary albums for Star Wars. He speaks to The Luxury Channel about music, movies and the one score that he hopes…

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Fairytale Interrupted – A Life With John Kennedy Jr. By Jayjay Epega

A man admired from near, a man admired from far, John Kennnedy Jr. was the dashing Prince of Camelot, a true heir to the fabled Kennedy throne, who lost his life all too early in 1999, leaving an unfulfilled destiny, an unfulfilled promise. In his life time, anyone who was anyone in powerful circles wanted…

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The Royal Academy Welcomes Artist Lincoln Townley By Jayjay Epega

On a surprisingly balmy late autumn evening, The Luxury Channel honoured an invitation to attend one of the world’s most prestigious galleries, The Royal Academy based at Burlington House in London’s Piccadilly, to view the exclusive celebrity launch of globally-renowned contemporary artist Lincoln Townley’s unique and superlative W1 Collection. Lincoln’s visceral relationship with his canvases…

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Anderson & Low On The Set of James Bond’s Spectre By Hannah Norman

Just off from the Notting Hill Carnival parade route is an unassuming studio which, from the outside, utterly belies what is within. I’m sat at a desk where incredibly, almost unbelievably, what I’m staring at are photos of the set of latest Bond instalment Spectre, as shot by photographer duo Jonathan Anderson and Edwin Low…

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The Genius of Anthony Quinn By Jayjay Epega

“I’m Anthony Quinn: son, brother, migrant farmer, student, lover, actor, husband, father, sculptor, painter, arrogant bastard. I am Mexican, Irish, Indian, American, Italian, Greek, Spanish, Chinese, Eskimo, Muslim. . . .Above all though, I am an artist. This was my beginning and it will be my end.” – From The Original Sin, the Anthony Quinn…

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Jeremy Houghton – Speed, Horsepower And Flight By The Luxury Channel

The Luxury Channel met award-winning, contemporary visual artist Jeremy Houghton at the world-famous Goodwood Revival in September. This year, Goodwood welcomes Houghton as the first-ever Artist in Residence on the Estate. Telling us that he is “incredibly excited” about the appointment, being at Goodwood allows Houghton to draw inspiration from both the international events and…

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Olivia Bentley To Hold Debut Exhibition In London By The Luxury Channel

Emerging young photographer, Olivia Bentley, is holding a London exhibition, to showcase her photography to a wider audience. Self-taught and inspired by current photographers such as Brooke Shaden and Alex Stoddard, Olivia has been working as a photographer for two years. Olivia’s evocative, darkly beautiful images explore the synergy between the female form and elements…

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A Question of Luxury By K magazine

The Victoria & Albert Museum’s “What is luxury?” exhibition challenges our modern interpretation of this elusive but enthralling notion, as K magazine reports…. The 21st century definition of luxury is a subjective thing. Luxury noun lux·u·ry \ • a condition or situation of great comfort, ease, and wealth • something that is expensive and not…

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Perrier-Jouët And Austrian Craft By Harriet O'Grady

Picture in your mind the iconic Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque champagne bottle designed in 1902 by Emile Galle, with its flowing Art Nouveau motif of delicate white Japanese anemones. Then step forward to 2015 and imagine an up-to-date reinterpretation of the Art Nouveau style. This is what was happening in the light and airy studio of…

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Lincoln Townley Meets The Godfather By Jayjay Epega

Artist Lincoln Townley was lucky enough to meet The Godfather himself, Mr. Al Pacino, on his recent short trip to the UK and was able to present to him in person an exclusive finished portrait. Jayjay Epega finds out more…. Lincoln Townley, who paints in a dedicated studio at home in Cheshire, is fast becoming…

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Contemporary Art In The City By Camilla Hellman

In the days running up to the Contemporary Art Auction at Sothebys New York, a wonderful, large and athletic sculpture sat at the side of the Sothebys building with a guard stood posted by her. This, I learnt, was Fortuna by British artist Marc Quinn, sitting on the pavement on York Avenue and 72nd Street…

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The Incredible Artistic Journey of Lincoln Townley By Jayjay Epega

“He has captured the essence of what it is to live with addiction and he is able to do this because he has his own story of addiction and recovery” – Charlie Sheen on the work of Lincoln Townley. Charlie Sheen perfectly sums up the life and incredible artistic journey of Lincoln Townley, a prolific…

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Investing In Photography By The Luxury Channel

The Luxury Channel speaks to Dr. Jan Seewald, Executive Curator of LUMAS, about investing in photography…. What do you think is important to consider when investing in photography? Even though it is tempting to consider art as an investment, I would not recommend collecting with a financial motivation when starting out. Art should always trigger…

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AnthropoScene By The Luxury Channel

London-based artist Gayle Chong Kwan‘s “Anthropo-scene” is a multi-layered installation at Bloomberg SPACE that explores the built environment – and the resultant waste – in relation to the City of London. Fantastical, large, wall-based photographic panoramas are created from London’s lost buildings – as well as contemporary waste. Chong Kwan’s installation concentrates on this small…

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Salt And Silver – The Luxury Channel Meets Carol Jacobi By The Luxury Channel

The Luxury Channel meets Carol Jacobi, the curator of Salt & Silver – Early Photography at Tate Britain…. How did you select the pictures for this particular collection? The photographs in the exhibition are from all around the world, but all are salted paper prints that have survived from the brief period when they flourished…

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Ralph Heimans On His Crowning Achievement By The Luxury Channel

For an artist, all commissions between the subject and artist are very personal but when your work demands you paint a portrait of Her Majesty The Queen, this surely must take on a whole new dimension of a client relationship. Portrait artist Ralph Heimans is, however, no stranger to painting royalty, having previously been commissioned…

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Angela Palmer’s Adrenalin By The Luxury Channel

The Luxury Channel meets sculptor Angela Palmer to talk about a unique collaboration for her solo exhibition, Adrenalin. Palmer was given unprecedented access to the highly secretive world of Formula One engineering to realise an extraordinary collection of sculptures for her show…. Firstly, what inspired you to work with the V8? Have you always been…

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Be Inspired By The Luxury Channel

An exciting and irresistible selection of contemporary art from artists such as Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Idris Khan and Salvador Dali will be auctioned online, culminating in a live auction on Wednesday 1st October at the Saatchi Gallery in London. The BE INSPIRED Contemporary Art Auction is being hosted to raise vital funds…

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Matt Dillon’s Musical Journey By Jayjay Epega

The Luxury Channel caught up with Hollywood actor Matt Dillon, who was recently in Europe attending the Taormina Film Festival in Italy, where he talked about his love of Cuban music and his forthcoming documentary. Dillon has had a prolific career and can count amongst his filmography The Outsiders, Rumble Fish, There’s Something About Mary,…

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Dido Belle And The Scone Palace Exhibit By Camilla Hellman

Belle is a poignant and powerful film produced by Damian Jones (whose past triumphs include The History Boys and The Iron Lady), telling the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the mixed race daughter of a slave and a British admiral, who brought Dido to Britain to live with his uncle at Kenwood. Dido Belle…

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The Art of Investing By Hannah Norman

If there is one thing the global recession and fluctuating bank rates have shown us, it is that money is becoming increasingly less valuable left in the bank. With this in mind, more people are turning their attention to collecting and investing in art. This, we are told, is not only a pleasure but also…

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New York Art By Camilla Hellman

The Luxury Channel brings you our pick of art news and gallery gossip from New York…. Arno Elias – Pop International Galleries From Sari-clad women on the streets of India, to a pair of mating lions on Africa’s Savannah, to a panoramic perspective of New York City’s skyline, Arno Elias’ images conjure emotion and capture…

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Walpole Crafted – Class of 2014 By Hannah Norman

The concepts of craftsmanship and luxury have for years gone hand-in-hand. High-end companies attest their credentials by the sheer skill involved in making and producing their goods (as well as justify their price tags). Today, there appears to be an increasing number of students looking to learn the skills of a craft – Bremont’s recent…

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The Kelpies And The Maquettes – Majesty On A Magnificant Scale By Hannah Norman

Sometimes, a sculpture becomes so large – both metaphorically as well as actually – that it becomes seemingly synonymous with its surroundings. London’s Fourth Plinth is one example; Newcastle’s Angel of the North is another. North of the border, Glasgow boasts the Heavy Horse. But Scotland is now home to a new work by the…

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Sotheby’s Wines – Investing In Futures By Suzanne Aaronson, Founder of Whatsworthit.com

Suzanne Aaronson, founder of Whatsworthit.com, recently had the opportunity to sit down with Sotheby’s Wine President and CEO Jamie Ritchie, to learn about wine futures as well as Jamie’s recent trip to Bordeaux…. Jamie, thanks for filling me and our readers in on the topic of Bordeaux Futures. Let’s start basic: what are they? Buying…

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Human Nature In New York By Camilla G. Hellman

For seven weeks, New York’s Rockerfeller Center will be dominated by nine 20 foot high, human-shaped stone figures by Swiss-born, New York-based artist, Ugo Rondinone. The work, Human Nature, is free for the public to view from April 23rd to June 7th on the Plaza between 49th and 50th Street, and is striking in contrast…

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Lions, Gnomes And A Whole Heap of Colour At The RHS Chelsea Flower Show By Hannah Norman

Defiance against the threat of rain, mixed with cheery, summer-bright hues – and that was just TV presenter Kirstie Allsopp in a striking orange coat! The RHS Chelsea Flower Show officially opens today, but The Luxury Channel was especially invited along yesterday to have a sneak peek around the Centenary show. Organised by the Royal…

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An Italian Diary of Feasts And Festivals By Lucie Shelbourne

Lucie Shelbourne reports from the Umbrian hills, and shares some Italian feast-day customs…. New Year’s Eve My husband Richard and I went to a sophisticated New Year’s Eve party last night in the Umbrian hills over looking Assisi, frequented by people with knowledge and experience. There is a light mix of Italians and English. The…

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Nicky Spence – In His Own Words By The Luxury Channel

The Luxury Channel caught up with renowned Scottish tenor and Opera Ambassador Nicky Spence before the inaugural International Opera Awards. I think this is one of the first opera awards which has not left a stone unturned; it’s looking at opera as the giant machine it is, because so many people are involved with putting…

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Bach By Candlelight By Hannah Norman

On 5th March, The Luxury Channel attended a memorable evening celebrating the music of Johann Sebastian Bach by candlelight, in the unique and ancient Priory Church of Saint Bartholomew the Great in Smithfield, London. Invited by the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress, we were there to soak up the peace and music, whilst supporting a…

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Henrietta Spencer-Churchill And English Country Houses By The Luxury Channel

Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill, celebrated interior designer, spoke to Fiona Sanderson about her family seat, Blenheim Palace, and the true essence of English style and interiors. What defines your own personal style? In the home, I like comfort and practicality. My homes are not show houses as I don’t want them – or me – to…

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Theo Fennell – A Master of Miniatures By Antonia Peck and Hannah Norman

In the wake of Theo Fennell’s win at the Walpole Awards for Best Luxury Craftsmanship, The Luxury Channel meets the designer to discuss the British jewellery industry past and present… It should come as no surprise to learn that the winner of an award recognizing craftsmanship is a passionate advocate of originality. “Fashion jewellery has…

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Fireworks And Music With Serena Foyle By Antonia Peck

The Foyle name is celebrated globally for its association with literature through the eponymous London book shop. However, it would seem that future generations following in William Foyle’s footsteps have inherited a zeal for showcasing and sharing their passion for the experiential. Serena Foyle is William’s great grand-daughter. She studied music at Edinburgh University and…

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Silvia Gallini’s Presences By Hannah Norman

They say a picture tells a thousand tales, and that’s certainly true of Italy-born artist Silvia Gallini. Her latest collection, Presences, is a series of portraits capturing each muse at its most pensive. Using both paint and pencil to subtly bring each emotion to the fore, Gallini plays a clever game with viewers of her…

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Crystal Gazing By Charlotte Abrahams

Charlotte Abrahams pays a visit to glass-maker Cumbria Crystal…. An unprepossessing warehouse in a Cumbrian market town may sound an unlikely location for a crystal factory – after all, Stourbridge in the West Midlands is the traditional English home of its manufacture – but this outsized shed on the edge of Ulverston is in fact…

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Luanda – An African Heart Pumping To A Latin Beat By John Thompson

Arriving in Luanda for the first time, a visitor may be forgiven for harbouring negative preconceptions of the city stemming from the real dearth of information available. Luanda is often written off as the dusty capital city of a sub-Saharan African country, irreparably ravaged by a brutal civil war, rife with malaria, yellow fever, crime,…

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Crowning Glory: Harrods Crown Exhibition By The Luxury Channel

There would have been no Jubilee without a coronation and Harrods is celebrating the Queen’s sixty year reign by looking back at its beginning. On 2 June 1953, Queen Elizabeth II was crowned at Westminster Abbey, London, almost a year after the death of her father. The spectacular crown was the St Edward’s crown, the…

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Rule Britannia: Selfridges Britannica 1951-1953 Exhibition By The Luxury Channel

2012 is Britain’s year and Selfridges wants to celebrate it with a bang… 2012 is Britain’s year and Selfridges wants to celebrate it with a bang – a Big British Bang to be exact, the title of store’s all encompassing creative homage to the Jubilee and the Olympics. Spend sunny days sipping tea on the…

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Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration By The Luxury Channel

The Queen’s jewellery is the focus of the summer opening of Buckingham Palace. An unprecedented display of the royal family’s personal jewels will form the centrepiece. Last summer, the display of the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress drew a record 600,000 visitors to the palace. This year, jewels including the “South Africa” diamond necklace presented…

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Guide to Switzerland By Denise Howell

Denise Howell stayed with Swiss Deluxe Hotels and sampled some of the best restaurants in town. If you thought that Switzerland was all about skiing, winter sports and cuckoo clocks then think again! A flight to Geneva and a mere hour’s train journey will transport you through a countryside of wonderful autumn colours interspersed with…

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The Hesperia Isla de la Toja By The Luxury Channel

The Hesperia Isla de la Toja Spa Hotel – I was feeling a little off colour and had been invited to go to a health Spa in North West Spain to a place called “The Hesperia Isla de la Toja.” I didn’t need to be asked twice. What a discovery the area of Galicia is…

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The Luxury Channel’s Guide to Marrakech By The Luxury Channel

Where to stay, eat and shop in Marrakech. Nothing prepares you for your first experience of Marrakech. As soon as you step out of the airport you are hit by the heat, the sights, the colours, the smells – and the characters. The roads into the city are a carefully choreographed traffic nightmare of cars,…

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A Masterpiece of Malt By The Luxury Channel

Glenmorangie Pride. Visiting Edinburgh, the Athens of the North, is always a real pleasure. But when it’s combined with the opportunity to taste a new and sublime single malt whisky that will only be available to a few people around the world, it is doubly so. On a chilly late winter evening I was invited…

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I left my heart in Venice By Lauren Steventon

Explore the romance hidden along the tiny streets and secret canals of the Serene Republic. For some, the most romantic city in the world is Paris. For others it is the baroque masterpieces of the Eastern European greats. But for me, it has to be Venice. Around every corner is a scene stolen from a…

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The Grape Question By Lauren Steventon

The Luxury Channel meets Eminent Wines’ Hans Vandeputte. Hans Vandeputte, Viticulturist and consultant at Eminent Wines, shares his secrets for selecting the perfect wines for your wedding. If you want to have the perfect wedding, the secret is to find a wine professional that will help and guide you. I have done events where I…

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Booth Nation By Antonia Peck

Renowned photographer and founder of Boothnation, Seamus Ryan tells us what makes a powerful photograph and how you can look good in your wedding day photos. How did the Boothnation concept come about? My Sunday Shoots projects, an ongoing public portrait project held each week in my Columbia Road Flower Market studio, led to an…

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She Walked in Beauty By The Luxury Channel

Brides in the know use the Alexander Technique to walk down the aisle with poise – how the Alexander Technique can help Kate Middleton look poised and elegant on her big day. Kate Middleton may have the dress, the venue, and the wedding of the year, but even Royal brides-to-be need help to make sure…

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The Bride vs. The Groom By Antonia and James Peck

Men are from Mars and women are from Venus – and no more so than on their wedding day. Our Editor Antonia and her fiancé James share their opinions on their bridal preparations. On the Engagement The Bride I had my blackberry strapped to my ear for most of our holiday in South Africa and…

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Nigel Milne By Antonia Pearce

The British jeweller Nigel Milne talks to Antonia Pearce about the four ‘C’s and a mutual love of a Roman aesthetic. Who is the Nigel Milne client? The very name is oh so English and the variety of pronunciations by foreign nationals is witty in the extreme! Whilst we have a wide international clientele, the…

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Indian Bridal Beauty By Reena Patel

Our beauty contributor and very own Indian bride-to-be, Reena Patel, shares insights into the world of Asian bridal beauty couture. Make-Up Some Asian beauties mask their warm natural tones with a dull, ashy, pale base. This would be a mistake on your wedding day. Go to Bobbi Brown and Laura Mercier to steal the limelight…

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New York Cultural Guide By Alanna Lynott

The Luxury Channel delves into the glamorous underbelly of New York to bring you some of its secret cultural offerings. KGB Bar Once a social club for Ukrainian socialists, the KGB Bar is now something of a New York literary institution. The cold-war chic, strong whiskey and impromptu readings all serve to attract the glittering…

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Movers And Shakers By The Luxury Channel

Meet the men and women creating sparks in all areas of the New York luxury scene…. Art Glenn D. Lowry As the director of the largest (and many say the best) collection of modern art in the world, Glenn D. Lowry is one of the most influential men in art today. He oversees a collection…

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Art In The City By Jonathan Velardi

New York City is for all seasons and its culture clock never stops ticking. With the letters A, R, T as synonymous with the city as it’s very own N, Y, C acronym, the best of the world’s art and design can be found on every block. Here is artist Jonathan Velardi’s pick of the…

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Grant Thomas By The Luxury Channel

Seventeen year old Welsh photographer Grant Thomas specialises in fashion photography and is one of the rising stars of that challenging world. Born and bred in the remote countryside of Wales, miles away from civilization, Grant spent his time exploring self-portraiture and evolved rapidly, which saw him travelling throughout the United Kingdom, Paris and Europe,…

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Morgan Freeman By Antonia Pearce

Morgan Freeman’s Southern charm was out in spades in Dubrovnik – just don’t call him a legend…. Morgan Freeman greeted the press on the sunlit terrace of The Excelsior Hotel, with Dubrovnik’s Old Town appearing majestic behind him. Surrounded by white roses and Croatia’s premier television crews eager to capture him – Freeman arrived very…

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Nature Red In Tooth And Claw By The Luxury Channel

As I wander through the woodlands of Belsay Hall in Northumberland, I come across a strange scene. Red and grey squirrels are locked in a vicious battle, aided on each side by woodland creatures and insects. A red squirrel is disguised in the coat of a grey, another has a modified tail and all of…

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Essential Literature By Cara Dattani

The Luxury Channel reviews books to change your life! Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert A book for anyone questioning what they are doing with their life. Eat Pray Love is about throwing caution to the wind and venturing on a quest for physical and mental fulfilment. Oprah Winfrey added to the book’s growing publicity…

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Bringing Home The Bacon By Alex Larman

As a major new retrospective comes to the Tate, Francis Bacon’s critical and commercial stock has never been higher. The London art world is preparing for Francis Bacon’s centenary. The Tate Britain has a grand retrospective of his work, the first major exhibition of this kind since his death in 1992, and the James Hyman…

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Saatchi Success By The Luxury Channel

Charles Saatchi, the millionaire art collector, philanthropist and advertising guru, has finally opened his much-anticipated new project in Chelsea, The Saatchi Gallery. The project was beset by many delays, most notoriously a 2004 fire that destroyed many of the works he had collected by the so-called ‘‘BritArt’’ movement, featuring artists such as Tracey Emin, Damien…

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Art On The Beach By Sunshine Flint

The art world puts on a sunny face as Art Basel Miami Beach, gets underway…. Chuck Close. Self-Portrait, 2007. Art sales may be suffering in the current economic crisis, but Art Basel Miami Beach still remains one of the most important events on the international art calendar, an event that dealers and collectors can’t miss….

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Uncle Boonmee Wins Palme d’Or At Cannes By T.M. Lali

The film director Apichatpong Weerasethakul was presented with the esteemed Palme d’Or on Sunday night, as the 63rd edition of the festival drew to a close. The screenings are done, the verdict is in and Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives was the title of the big winner at this year’s prestigious Cannes…

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It’s An Art Life By Lauren Steventon

Outset Contemporary Art Fund is a philanthropic organisation that aims to help national visual art institutions increase their contemporary collections. It’s a hard world for young artists. Dedicated to their ideas yet struggling to survive, waiting for the break that will provide them with funding, recognition and the liberty to dedicate themselves to their art….

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Design Italia By The Luxury Channel

What makes Italian design so special? The Design Museum and Peroni Nastro Azzuro host a season of Italian-inspired talks, ‘‘Made In Italy’’ – the influence of Italian design. The Luxury Channel interviewed architect Claudio Silvestrin and Deyan Sudjic, director of the Design Museum to find out more…. What are the talks about? Deyan Sudjic: The…

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The Symbiotic Relationship of Architecture And Art By Antonia Pearce

Architecture and Art in modern urban landscapes – can a building be a work of art? A building is functional. It provides shelter, control and instruction (press here for lift, move this way…). A building is a home, a haven and retreat. A building can demonstrate dominion over a lesser-sized architectural structure. It can house…

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Valentino Monticello By The Luxury Channel

To do something successfully, and to be recognised as doing so, is the mark of someone who has mastered the art of living…. Opera and wine have long been inseparable bedfellows. It is hard to imagine a night at the Covent Garden Opera House without imbibing a tregnum of the finest Saint-Emillion Grand Cru. There…

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Passion, Energy And A Talent To Be Reckoned With By Antonia Pearce

Antonia Pearce meets the Chilean artist Maria Luisa Hernandez…. “Maria Luisa’s painting is, in essence, an atmospheric play of colour and light: the two anchors of her work. Her hallmark is insinuation and evocation rather than description.” – Pedro Labowitz, Art Critic Maria Luisa Hernandez has carved out an internationally acclaimed career spanning a variety…

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Stateside Buzz For Berlin Artists By Sophia Celeste

New York’s 12th Armory Show pays homage to German Contemporary Art – Sophia Celeste investigates for The Luxury Channel…. The Armory Show, International Fair of New Art, was started by four New York art dealers at The Gramercy International Contemporary Art Fair in 1994. It takes its name from the 1913 Armory Show, which served…

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Quest For The Best Opera Festivals By The Luxury Channel

We list some of the highlights of the Opera Season so that you can beat the ticket gold rush…. Opera is the thinking man’s music festival of choice. Unlike its pop counterparts, attendees will not be expected to assemble ramshackle tents, douse themselves in cheap lager, and succumb to an inevitable bout of mud wrestling….

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8 Asian Artists To Watch By Alanna Lynott

With artists like Takashi Murakami and Anish Kapoor leading the way, the world has its eyes firmly fixed on Asia’s emerging artistic talent. Alanna Lynott explores the trend…. In celebration of the Saatchi Gallery’s Indian ‘‘Empire Strikes Back’’ exhibition, and Anish Kapoor’s recent critically acclaimed Royal Academy show, we take a closer look at Asia’s…

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Arik Levy: A Natural Embellishment By Matthew Phillips

Matthew Phillips explores Arik Levy’s latest aesthetic as part of the HSBC Bank’s Connection Collection…. International banks are not usually renowned for their liberalism but, at HSBC, Arik Levy has been given ‘‘carte blanche’’ during the creation of The Connection Collection. The principle creations, Rocksplit and Rockshelves, offer insights not only into how the modern…

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Swept Away By Swan Lake By Matthew Phillips

Matthew Phillips reviews Matthew Bourne’s long-running, dramatic and modern rendering of a Russian classic…. Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake has returned to the London stage following a tour that has wowed audiences around the world. As the longest running ballet both on Broadway and the West End, it has collected enough awards to overfill most mantelpieces….

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Life In Miniature By The Luxury Channel

Florida-based model-maker Smartt Inc. tops the list when it comes to the world’s most endearing, traditional family pastimes…. While computers and video games remain the predominant entertainment for today’s children, teenagers and adults alike, there’s something magical about traditional games. Toy stores and retailers across the globe testify to the resurgence of traditional games, with…

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Lift Off By The Luxury Channel

The new books commemorating the 40th anniversary of the moon landings…. Monday 20th July 2010 marks the 40th anniversary of when man first set moon boot on our closest cosmic neighbour. The amazing success of the mission was nearly a devastating failure – Lance Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin missed their planned landing spot and managed…

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Artisans of London By The Luxury Channel

The Luxury Channel highlights some of London’s best craftspeople who create unique products that can’t be replicated anywhere else in the world…. Henry Poole & Co The company still provides classic, elegant, well-cut bespoke garments, and the work is carried out on their premises at 15 Savile Row in the traditional way. A flexible attitude…

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View On Venice – The Biennale By Tobias Rehberger

For over a century, the Venice Biennale has been one of the most prestigious cultural events in the art world calendar. Founded in 1895, it promotes new artistic ventures and events in contemporary art with internationally acclaimed film, arts, architecture, music, theatre and dance all being exposed to the public view. This year is no…

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Richard Long – Heaven And Earth By The Luxury Channel

The Luxury Channel reveiws the Richard Long retrospective at Tate Britain…. Inspired by his solitary walks all over the globe from remote areas in Britain to Canada, Mongolia and Bolivia, Richard Long’s Heaven And Earth exhibition at Tate Britain in London, reflects on his meanderings. Heaven And Earth features over 80 ‘‘walks of art;’’ including…

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Frieze Up By Alex Larman

Alex Larman discovers that contemporary art is still a cool draw in today’s market…. This year’s Frieze Art Fair defied rumours of a meltdown in the global art market with a wider range of exhibitors, artists and visitors than ever. The house champagne was Laurent-Perrier (£12.50 a glass) and the temporary restaurant was an offshoot…

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