Concurrently floral, fresh and woody: such is the unconventional olfactory cocktail of the latest bud from the Garden family of Hermès ’ fragrance collection. The scent’s name – Un Jardin sur la Lagune – gives the story away. Christine Nagel, creative director of perfumery for Hermès Parfums, dreamt of a garden, or a place of inspiration
There aren’t many beauty brands that balance cool and credo quite like the boutique perfume label DS & Durga. Founded by the husband and wife duo David and Kavi Moltz in 2007, the proudly New York-born brand recently opened its first flagship boutique in the heart of Manhattan’s Nolita neighbourhood, after years of selling through tasteful retailers, and generally operating out of Brooklyn. ‘This neighbourhood is the epicenter of my New York, because I worked at Café Gitane and so much of what I experienced was happening here,’ recounts David Moltz, who was a musician before he co-founded DS & Durga
‘Typology-wise, we wanted to move out of our comfort zone,’ says the Lund-based architect Johan Sundberg of the summer home he built for his clients, a young family of four.
To be blunt, Stockholm’s Sundyberg neighbourhood is not normally on the tourist trail, but the newly minted Grow Hotel may well provide an excuse and a base from which to explore the city’s north-western edges.
Last year, we introduced nine burgeoning Chinese designers and brands , including Furong Chen, Ximi Li, Zhoujie Zhang, that we discovered at Design Shanghai, China’s most sought-after design fair. During this year’s edition (11-14 March), we uncovered six more emerging names to look out for. Between them, they are evolving the Chinese design landscape in a number of crucial ways: by addressing sustainability through exploring new materials; up-cycling and slow manufacturing; using technology to enhance everyday experiences; adapting and transforming traditional craftsmanship to contemporary life; and revolutionising Chinese manufacturing..
When art dealer Eduardo Leme was a boy in São Paulo, he used to look out with endless fascination at a striking modernist house two blocks away. It was the home of Brazilian architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha
For better or worse, Australia’s Gold Coast tends to be saddled with a somewhat unfair reputation for brash mass tourism glitz. All of which makes the 19th floor of The Darling hotel so unexpected.
A new photographic book titled Gerrit Rietveld: Wealth of Sobriety celebrates the unique houses of Dutch architect and designer Gerrit Rietveld (1888-1964) – and not just the Schröder House, but a hoard of others too that have been rediscovered. Photographer and publisher Arjan Bronkhorst embarked on two years of research, to visit, capture and compile photographs of these houses into this colourful tome of over 500 pages. Smart colour-blocked design comes courtesy of Haarlem-based studio Beukers Scholma
The new GMT-Master II – far from being a new design, is an existing model that’s been subtly upgraded. These tweaks have caught the watch world’s attention, never mind that this ‘Batman’ (blue/black bezel) GMT-Master II has been given the same upgrades as the ‘Pepsi’ (red/blue) version had last year. The changes are straightforward enough, the movement inside being upgraded to the Calibre 3285 which provides better efficiency and durability thanks to new materials and internal architectures, while the bezel is now made with Cerachrome – Rolex’s proprietary ceramic – and the watch has the more vintage-feel Jubilee bracelet. While these are all worthwhile and, even, desirable upgrades, the most immediate effect for Rolex collectors will be its impact on pre-owned values for the previous model – the collectability factor rising, as that watch is now a finite quantity