SPOTLIGHT ON

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SPOTLIGHT ON – RICHARD HAINES, ARTIST

HOW TO ESCAPE REALITY

Who would have thought that one of America’s most influential illustrators ever doubted his talent? His simple charcoal sketches of dudes with hats, or beards, fashionistas, and other odd birds are hyped since he started his second career in 2008 – his first was one as a fashion designer. Richard Haines worked for the biggest brands in the industry (think Calvin Klein or Bill Blass) before finally devoting his full energy to pen and paper. Today, he directs his artistic attention towards collaborations and projects with the New York Times, GQ, Mr Porter, J.Crew, Gap, Dries Van Noten or Prada. We have met the gifted artist and talked about insecurities, fatherhood and personal style…

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SPOTLIGHT ON – ALAN YAU, RESTAURATEUR

THE FOOD PHILOSOPHER

Most probably you already are a follower of the Yau-ism and have dined in one of his restaurants. But do you know anything about the person who is behind iconic places such as Wagamama or Hakkasan? Do you know how this entrepreneur’s playlist looks like? In which cities he feels home the most? What his favorite dish is or how he stays fit, healthy and sane? We have met an outstanding personality to talk about food, the key to health and happiness and learned when it is OK to say ‘fuck you‘. Spotlight on the one who taught us how to slurp noodles: Alan Yau, Officer of the Order of the British Empire…

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SPOTLIGHT ON – MICHELE BÖNAN, INTERIOR DESIGNER

ONE WHO INSPIRES US

It is fun to ask Michele Bönan about his favorite restaurant. His answer is quick like a shot and deadly as a bullet “Cipriani, of course! I’m designing all of them“. Any further questions? Well, yes, because the Cipriani gang is just the tip of his iceberg. The Italian architect and interior designer has been designing residences, hotels, private jets and yachts for the past three decades. What’s next? “Designing the ideal island for vacation“…

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SPOTLIGHT ON – INDIA MAHDAVI, INTERIOR DESIGNER

A MULTICULTI AFFAIR

We have all seen her recent pale pink velvet stunt at Sketch restaurant in London. And are dreaming of playful and colorful pop art inspired interiors ever since. Iranian-born and Paris-based interior designer, architect, and scenographer India Mahdavi is mastering podlike seating, baroque mosaics and bronze-toned mirrors like no other. Although she initially wanted to create movies, not interiors…

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SPOTLIGHT ON – FRANCIS SULTANA, INTERIOR DESIGNER

THE MASTER AND HIS MUSES 

Gozo-born and London-based interior and furniture designer Francis Sultana designed his first sofa for Annie Lennox when he was only twenty-four years old. Being in his forties, he has moved on a great deal since then “I’m more interested now in the new wave of younger creative performers. Who will be asking me next?

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SPOTLIGHT ON – DOMINIQUE ANSEL, CHEF

SWEET TREATS

Never has the word “foodporn” found a better appropriation than to describe New York-based star chef Dominique Ansel’s creations. In 2013 he has caused quite a stir with the invention of the Cronut™, a croissant and doughnut hybrid that has claimed international fame and even made it to the Late Night show with Jimmy Fellon…

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