A Visit to Kanaal

Previous years have seen Belgian collector, art and antiquities dealer, gallerist and celebrated designer, Axel Vervoordt, stage some of the most beautiful exhibitions during the Venice Biennale at the Palazzo Fortuny.  Filled with works from his collection –– paintings by Gutai and Dansaekwa masters Kazuo Shiraga and Yun Hyong-Keun, Ghanaian artist El Anatsui, as well…

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Fair by Design: Westbund Art and Design Fair

Published in Chinese in The Art Newspaper China, September 2014 We’ve seen the allure of status-boosting brand-name artists like Emin, Hirst, and Gormley in China, but does a Prouvé, Ponti, and Perriand have the same cachet and gloss? Founded by artist Zhou Tiehai, a founder ShContemporary in 2007 and a former director of the Minsheng…

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Casa Barragán

Standing in a quiet humble suburb of Tacubaya, Mexico City, from the street Casa Luis Barragán looks unremarkable; another concrete-like fortress that, along with the contrasting beautiful bright colonial residences, seems to define the urban landscape of Mexico City. But step inside and you will understand why this building is considered a modern architectural masterpiece…

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Building M+: The Museum and Architecture Collection

We’ve waited a long time for news on progress of Hong Kong’s M+ Museum in the developing West Kowloon Cultural District. Although the foundation has not yet been laid and an opening is still several years away, what we can take a peek at is the winning design by Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron,…

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Jewel Purpose

The last few years have seen jewellery becoming the statement accessory. More so, in fact, than the ubiquitous ‘it’ bags and statement shoes. Bold eye-catching baubles regularly crop up in front rows at fashion shows, on fashionistas and celebrities. The right piece can dress up an outfit and cement your style, and it can say…

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Roland With The Times

Since 2006 Roland Mouret redefined the dress with the sell-out Galaxy and Moon dresses and made a feminine, curvy figure desirable once more. Victoria Beckham was such a fan that, well, frankly the similarity of her first collection to Mouret’s didn’t go unremarked. He’s dressed Rachel Weisz, Scarlett Johansson, Kate Middleton, and Dita von Teese.…

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An Appointment with L’Appuntamento

Last week I was asked by the lovely Claudia Albertini from Platform China Gallery to sit for a photoshoot at a fabulous homewares space in Chai Wan, Casa Capriz, run by another Chai Wan creative, Irene Capriz. The space was chock-a-block with amazing one-off vintage and industrial furniture finds from around the world, as well…

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