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TRENDS

Vignes - The World in a bag


A door opens on the "Route to India". This is an invitation to travel, a "Grand Tour" like the aristocrats of the eighteenth century, thirsty of exotic discoveries. Among the rugged peaks of Rajasthan, where sometime adventures the goat of Krispati.....



WANDERER

Istanbul - Sumahan-on-the-water

Istanbul - Sumahan-on-the-water

Sitting bang on the banks of the Bosphorus straits is the old 19th century Ottoman distillery, which in its new avatar as a boutique hotel, Sumahan-on-the-water has gone on to become the winner of the 2012 World Luxury Hotel Award.....


World Luxury Expo launches at Burj Al Arab in Jan 2013

The inaugural World Luxury Expo will be held at the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai from 15-17 January 2013.

World’s leading luxury brands across a range of preselected categories such as fine art, exquisite jewellery, bespoke fashion, hand-crafted time pieces, designerfurniture and exquisite table settings, automobiles, fine dining, private aviation, and luxury travel will exhibit at this Expo, which will provide them with ready access to a high-net worth private clientele from across the GCC region, expected to attend this invitation-only event. London chef Ben Spalding and his team prepare the memorable meal at the home of the guests. The details of the exotic ingredients have already been revealed, and are self explanatory as to why the grub should cost so much.

Burj Al Arab is offering various options to the exhibitors to engage with guests, such as luxury hotel suites for private viewings or discreet meetings, a main exhibition area - The Grand Pavilion that will be specially designed for the World Luxury Expo in the Burj Al Arab Marina Garden area. The Al Falak Ballroom, designed in the style of an 18th century Viennese Opera House will be the venue for hosting banquets and networking receptions.

After the Dubai edition at Burj Al Arab, the World Luxury Expo will continue to the palatial Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh on 10-12 February 2013 and then to Doha and Abu Dhabi. The event is set to become an annual signature series in all four cities.

The Middle East is a key component in the growth of the global luxury market. A study carried out by the US based global management consulting firm Bain & Company has forecast that the Middle East luxury goods sales would grow at 15%, which is more than double the global luxury market during 2012.

ART

Art Deco – Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann

At the Christie’s auction at the Rockefeller Plaza in New York this month, one of the significant art pieces of interest was a lacquered wooden desk made by the renowned French furniture designer Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann. The desk is a rare beauty with all the Ruhlmann elements.

CAR

It’s Here - Lamborghini’s Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster

The Italian car maker Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A, or just Lamoborghini as popularly known, has delivered a winner with the new Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster.