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Prada Cruise 2019 Show Landed in New York: Making A Comeback

This year, Miuccia Prada cruised to New York City, staging a spectacular runway show with an impressive number of A-List followers – Selena Gomez, Dakota Fanning, Lily Collins and Ansel Elgort were among the celebrities that graced the front row. The Prada Cruise runway show took place in an old piano factory that serves the brand’s US headquarters. While it seems all fine and dandy, the course of action has us wondering if this is one of Miuccia Prada’s Stunts at the revival of the brand.

Although some argue that the succession of footwear is only established upon temporal relevance, it is the brands that possess classic sensibility and operation know-how that are most coveted.

Prada Cruise 2019 Show Landed in New York: Making A Comeback

The long-struggling Italian house has suffered in sales and profitability due to its numerous misfires. Luca Solca, head of luxury goods at Exane BNP Paribas made observations that the dip in Prada’s market competitiveness is mainly due to her misstep in footwear. Prada’s underestimation of the rise in sneakers triggered the disconnection with the market – which was surprising, considering how prominent the sneaker trend has been. Although some argue that the succession of footwear is only established upon temporal relevance, it is the brands that possess classic sensibility and operation know-how that are most coveted.

Across the board of the Italian label, new styles ready-to-wear and leather goods have grown steadily as part of Prada’s overall mix while the sale of evergreen products are rapidly decreasing. Which only shows that Miuccia Prada and her creative team are playing the field right in terms of design and what seems to be missing is at Prada is strong merchandising – a key strategic function to abstain from wasting energy and resources. Another example of Prada’s need for strategic planning is the missed opportunity to go digital.

Prada Resort ’19 Collection

Digital marketing and the e-commerce site is now a priority at Prada’s, albeit with moderate enthusiasm. Slow and steady, Prada is making way to redeem itself. Last year sees the label making a comeback onto the resort calendar. The runway show, however, stayed close to home in Milan. This time Miuccia Prada took her collection to the city that comprises the world’s largest consumer market, seemingly following the traditions of its fellow luxury peers on presenting their cruise collections in international locales – namely brands like Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Chanel whose taken their cruise collection in all corners of the world.

The good news is, the latest cruise show in New York has created significant buzz and the Italian label has shown better results in consumers engagement. According to Solca, to live up to its true potential, it is essential for Prada to further strengthen their entry-mid range offerings for organic growth – and we are not complaining. Despite all that, there is no doubt Prada remains one of the most extraordinary luxury brands. With the consistency of their current tune-up, we are sure the brand is well on its way to making a huge comeback.

ART STAGE Singapore 2018: Ashok Jain Gallery

Ashok Jain Gallery, based in New York, was created with the enduring vision to foster dialogue between the artist and the viewer by bringing art to the foreground and creating an environment where people can appreciate the beauty of art freely. It is fitting then, that Ashok Jain Gallery will be bringing a curated selection of art from a diverse set of artists to the greater public at Art Stage Singapore 2018.

Annette Mewes-Thoms, ‘Lines 23’, acrylic ink on canvas, 30cm x 40cm. Image courtesy Ashok Jain Gallery

Annette Mewes-Thoms is a German artist whose artistic processes often involve a spontaneous element that reflects the meditative and fluidic freedom of water. This same fascination with water inspires her drawings which grow from line to line and layer to layer, compelling the viewer to enter in. The lines construct a paradoxical composite of strength and soft motion, and using either markers or paintbrushes, are built upon a system of instinctive compositions that eventually gives way to the realisation of a concept of which the exit is unpredictable.

Ekatherina Savtchenko, ‘Aphrodite’, acrylic on canvas, 36cm x 24cm. Image courtesy of Ashok Jain Gallery

Ekatherina Savtchenko works across a plethora of artistic platforms, from digital art and photography to sculpture and performance. Guided by the concept of ‘unity’, she strives to express this interconnectedness that is invisible to the human mind through her art.

Zohar Wallach, ‘Fresh’. Image courtesy of Ashok Jain Gallery

An Israeli native, Zohar Wallach began her artistic practice after experiencing the dramatic landscape change following her move to Canada. A sensitivity to the most common materials manifests in her biological approach; natural elements and pigments are incorporated into a long layering process through the fermentation of pigments, sand and water which determine the various layers visible in her artworks. This evocation of the natural in her works vividly project a sense of space, depth and movement, presenting to the viewer reflections on the forces of the natural world.

Yuji Ashikawa, ‘Like the Wind’, oil on paper, 41cm x 27cm. Image courtesy of Ashok Jain Gallery

Yuji Ashikawa’s artistic processes involve simplicity. Taking inspiration from the old masters, such as Picasso and Matisse, Yuji creates works that speak volumes of the human condition and capacity for emotional depth that transcends the complications of language.

Laura McClanahan, ‘Mystery Code’, acrylic resin and crystals on canvas, 24cm x 24cm. Image courtesy of Ashok Jain Gallery

Laura McClanahan graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore and has previously worked as an architect and art and design instructor. In her works, she explores the concept of confluence through a study of integrations between mark making and poured paint. Her research in energy healing lends inspiration and guidance into creating her works around the flows of water and their interactions with crystals, movements of which invites audiences to reflect on the movements in their deeper consciousness.

Be sure to check out these artists, alongside the featured Dan Obana and Elling Reitan at Ashok Jain Gallery at Art Stage Singapore 2018!

ART REPUBLIK is an official media partner of ART STAGE Singapore and will present its new (17th) issue, ‘Collecting,’  featuring Singapore artist Ruben Pang’s on the cover. Come visit our booth and follow our instagram (@art_republik) for daily highlights of the fair!

ART STAGE Singapore 2018: Ashok Jain Gallery presents Dan Obana

An artist who embraces technology as a means of creative expression, Japanese digital artist Dan Obana will be presenting his prints with New York-based Ashok Jain Gallery at Art Stage Singapore 2018.

Dan Obana in the studio. Image courtesy Ashok Jain Gallery.

Obana creates artworks that flirt with chance to give visual form to his vivid and complex subconscious. “I always try to actively incorporate coincidence into my art,” says the artist. Using the 3D computer graphics technique to build multi-faceted compositions, Obana uses his intuitive creativity to blur the lines between reality and imagination. “The 3D digital world in which I create my works is full of opportunities to encounter by chance,” he opines.

The artist’s compositions are instinctively but actively built, layer after layer, to reveal a surreal world of imagery. Working with digital techniques gives Obana the liberty to experiment with his visuals and add or subtract elements from his canvas, something he refers to as the “accidental scene”. The resulting digital painting is then printed on canvases framed on wooden panels, adding another layer of texture. While talking about his artistic process, he explains, “The process of grasping and adding more imagination to the accidental scene encountered by chance and inflating the image through trial and error is very attractive to me”.

Dan Obana, ‘Fortune of This Year’. Image courtesy Ashok Jain Gallery.

Obana started his creative journey as a digital artist in 2003. He has since exhibited widely at international art destinations like Fukuoka, New York, Bangkok and Tokyo. An associate member of the Japan Print Association, he has won a number of awards for his prints, including the Excellent Work Prize at the Asia Graph Exhibition in 2010 and 2011 as well as Semi-Grand Prix Award at the FEI Print Award Exhibition.

Over the years, Obana’s colour palette has transitioned from selective colouring to a more or less monochromatic one. His investigation into the strangeness and chaos found in the depths of the mind has also become much more evident. Ranging from stylised human figures and faces to deconstructed renderings of natural objects, his subjects are both chaotic and piercingly unambiguous at the same time. “I am always trying to create a strange space that no one has ever seen,” he reveals. However, while his compositions and technique are definitely unique, the chaos that his digital creations portray are instantly familiar to every human mind. Obana’s poignant and captivating prints thus create an intense dialogue between the physically visible and the contextually relatable in the viewer’s mind.         

The artist found his attraction to Surrealism in the works of Max Ernst and Hans Bellmer. “They lived through World War I, over a hundred years ago, and recognised the limits of the pursuit of rationalism,” he says. “They looked for clues to solve this predicament through the unconsciousness, much like the famed psychologist Sigmund Freud.” Using technological advancement to his advantage, Obana embarks on a journey similar to that of Ernst and Bellmer, to try to find meaning or answers in the depths within.

Playing with intuition and grappling with the subconscious, Obana’s prints provide a window into the mind of the artist as well as the viewer. “The act of trying to visualise chance or coincidence is an unconscious expression in itself,” says the artist. A dialogue is created not only between the artist and the viewer but also between the mind and the body.

More information at ashokjaingallery.com

Dan Obana, ‘Origin of Ideas’. Image courtesy Ashok Jain Gallery.


ART STAGE Singapore 2018 is the anchor event of the Singapore Art Week and takes place from 26 to 28 January 2018 at Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre Level 1, Halls A – C.

ART REPUBLIK is an official media partner of ART STAGE Singapore and will present its new (17th) issue, ‘Collecting,’  featuring Singapore artist Ruben Pang’s on the cover. Come visit our booth and follow our instagram (@art_republik) for daily highlights of the fair!

More information at www.artstage.com.

Luxury New York SoHo Loft: 150 Wooster Loft No. 2

To average property developer, the New York SoHo area isn’t the easiest place to build, empty lots are scarce and many existing buildings require zone changes or new permits, add to the fact that New York SoHo neighborhood exists in a historic district. Enter property developer KUB Capital with 150 Wooster, home to some of the coolest luxury New York lofts in SoHo.

KUB Capital designed the stylish 150 Wooster as an eight-story, six-unit luxury New York loft offering after over three years of planning and multiple city approvals. Originally focused on townhouse development in Brooklyn, KUB chanced upon 150 Wooster in New York’s SoHo for sale in 2014 and immediately made an offer for it. According to Olshen Realty, KUB’s bid for 150 Wooster which closed for close to $51 million led the luxury market to its sixth-straight week end 2017.

Luxury New York SoHo Loft: 150 Wooster Loft No. 2

As mentioned, building prime luxury lofts in New York’s historic SoHo area is an exercise in patience. Years of approval-seeking followed as KUB Capital lobbied for New York’s City Council to agree to a zoning change as heritage regulations required that the intended residents be artists in keeping with SoHo’s history when painters and sculptors began relocating to commercial structures in the shabby neighborhood in the early 70s.

Furthermore, the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission also had to approve the new facade proposed for the 4,271-square-foot, 150 Wooster New York Loft apartments. Comprised of an entire floor, the four bedroom luxury New York loft is emblematic of the rapid gentrification of the formerly run-down district. Here, 150 Wooster Loft No. 2 is a modernization of a vintage SoHo residence.

Each apartment loft at 150 Wooster takes up at least a full floor and has four bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths and finally, large-scale windows, reminiscent of the artist’s lofts iconic to New York SoHo in the 60s and 70s. Large-plank white oak floors, 18-inch millwork baseboards spanning the spacious 800 square feet New York loft also features integrated lighting, one of the few hints of modernity at 150 Wooster.

All apartments including 150 Wooster Loft No. 2 feature sculptural gas fireplaces which divides main area into a living and dining room. Brass provides aesthetic contrast, particularly cool designer elements like sinks in powder rooms and inlays in white-oak floors. But a great focal point just happens to be the industrial-size, six-burner Wolf ranges made of steel in the kitchens are meant to recall the restaurant-grade appliances which the old SoHo loft pioneers once purchased at supply stores on the nearby Bowery. Completing the look, a waterfall island made completely from Danby marble is the centerpiece of the chef’s kitchen.

Danby marble is a material fixture which continues into the master suite on the bathroom vanities, mosaic floors, and slab walls. Meanwhile, the master closets, with about 90 square feet of space, and in some cases, frosted-glass windows, are also notable. The 150 Wooster New York Lofts enjoys a beautiful private outdoor garden bigger than most New York City apartments. Each apartment also comes with a laundry room, with a sink and counter for folding.

150 Wooster St. Loft 2, New York, NY 10012 is currently marketed by CORE NYC for $14,750,000



Beautifully Connected in Every Sense: S Residence

The Entrance Foyer

Occupying a top floor of the high-rise building located on the west side of Central Park in New York City, the apartment opens out to a beautiful view of the park facing east.

This 300 sqm apartment in New York consists of two units combined with a shared common corridor. And the homeowner wanted to have a water-like feature at the entrance to the apartment in feng shui style.

This layout makes it perfect to fit a waterfall display at the entrance of the foyer to evoke a sense of calm from the flowing water effect, the same effect that had inspired Japanese Architect and Designer Yuuki Kitadaon in his trip to Angel Falls in Canaima, Venezuela  some two or more decades ago.

Get The Look: Bringing Ideas to Life

Kitada’s design philosophy centers around a subtle sense of irony and the unexpected to bring back contemporary power and beauty. To expand his innovative ideas he thought it would be brilliant to add these elements and express them architecturally, from commercial and cultural to residential and retail architecture.

This is not the first time Kitada had worked on a residential project for Manhattan, he did numerous projects together with Peter Marino Architect on Manhattan’s residential projects in the Central Park area.

Among other major projects for Miho Museum, Stanford University Science and Engineering Quad and US Air Force Memorial, Yuuki Kitada had also been involved in prestigious retail design for big time clients such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Christian Dior and Fendi.

He brings his interior experience into the S Residence and carefully selected construction materials to complement the theme of what it means to “draw people to enter that space like flying birds”.

The circular rotunda (dome) was created with the curved Macassar wall/doors and the dome ceiling at the middle of the corridor.

The hallway is plastered with Venetian wallpaper showing purity at the front but imitating the streaks and streams of rainfall towards the back, again to match an ambience of water flow.

In the master bathroom, sliding mirrors are used to maximise the view of Central Park while allowing the owner to relax in the bath.

Contemporary guests bathroom with hand-selected material to express the dynamic strength of the water’s flow.

As Vanilla Onyx stone slabs are soft in colours with grain that evoke the feeling of water, five bathrooms featured a variety of hand-selected stone slabs of white Onyx, Nero Dorato, Statuary White, Calacatta Gold, Honey Onyx, and Brazilian White.

“Josef Albers in Mexico” in New York’s Guggenheim Museum

Josef Albers Untitled (Mitla, Mexico), 1956 | Image courtesy of The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

New York’s Guggenheim Museum is pleased to present “Josef Albers in Mexico” in an exhibition that will observe the correlation between pre-Columbian monuments and the art of German-born artist Josef Albers.

Born in Bottrop, Germany, Josef Albers (1888-1976) has experience in art across disciplines from painting and printmaking to architecture. His keen interest in art and love in photography has taken him on adventurous journeys to different parts of the world.

One of his iconic works featured in the museum took him on a travel through the world of shadows and frequently visited the archaeological sites, from Mexico to other Latin American countries (1935 to 1967), to capture hundreds of black-and-white photographs of the beauty and dimensions of pyramids, shrines, and sanctuaries.

“The purpose of the frequent journeys to the monuments of ancient Mesoamerica; amid a resurgence of interest in pre-Columbian art and culture, archaeologists were increasingly excavating the past.”

This presentation at the Guggenheim Museum features Albers’ photos in collages – a group multiple variously-sized images on paperboard sheets to suggest “a key relationship between the pre-Columbian monuments’ geometric designs and the artist’s iconic abstract works on paper and canvas.”

Josef Albers Untitled (Great Pyramid, Tenayuca, Mexico), ca. 1940 | Image courtesy of The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

“Several of his abstract works are even titled after key sites in Mexico. The Guggenheim presentation emphasises these formal resonances between the two bodies of work,” AFP reported.

Also, perhaps is his talented nature, artistic roots or call it a “cultivated interest”, Alber has explored art works in another form of art medium too; the “Homage to the Square” series and “Variant/Adobe” series that the museum is currently exhibiting are the rarely-shown early paintings and iconic canvases, plus works on paper.

The exhibition of Josef Albers range of artworks will run from Nov 2, 2017 to Feb 18, 2018)  and the exhibition also includes the followings:

  • The illustrated catalogue includes writings by Albers and an illustrated map documenting the journeys.
  • Albers’ legacy of education — an essential element of his lifetime practice — will be reflected in public programmes, such as a workshop for educators on the colour theory he developed in 1964 called “Interactions of Colour.”

Learn more about “Josef Albers in Mexico” at www.guggenheim.org/exhibition/josef-albers-in-mexico.



Exhibitions in Paris: Fondation Louis Vuitton presents “Being Modern: MoMA in Paris”

It may be called the “Museum of Modern Art” (MoMA), but the famed New York gallery has a history that encompasses a significant portion of the last century. Naturally, MoMA’s collection is nothing short of legendary: the artworks acquired by the institution over the past nine decades are woven with narratives from the birth of modern art to the rise of movements such as Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism and Pop art. The collection certainly travels through time, and soon it will travel to another country entirely — France, that is.

For the first time, artworks from MoMA’s renowned collection will go on display in Paris thanks to an upcoming exhibition curated by the Fondation Louis Vuitton. From October 11, 2017 to March 5, 2018, “Being Modern: MoMA in Paris” will showcase a selection of 200 works by iconic artists such as Marcel Duchamp, Gustav Klimt, Yayoi Kusama, René Magritte, Pablo Picasso and more.

Everything from masterpieces to less familiar works will make an appearance. The exhibition will also feature rarely shown documentary material from MoMA’s Archives, allowing visitors to delve into the history of one of New York’s most important art institutions.

Designed by Frank Gehry, the unique and daring gallery space of the Louis Vuitton Foundation might seem like an interesting backdrop for the revered artworks. Regardless of that, MoMA director Glenn Lowry welcomed the challenges of installing the exhibit there. “To think about works you know very well in a completely different context, a different audience in a new space, that stimulated us,” said Lowry. Quentin Bajac, the show’s curator, added, “You had to play with the building.”

The result is an exhibition chronologically divided into three sections of MoMA’s history. The first section is dedicated to highlights from MoMA’s collection from its first decade, which includes Edward Hopper’s “House by the Railroad”, Walt Disney’s “Steamboat Willie” and “Echo: Number 25” by Jackson Pollock. The second section explores two major art movements from the 1960s — Minimalism and Pop art — through painting, architecture, sculpture and photography. One of the most highly anticipated works from this section is Andy Warhol’s iconic “Campbell’s Soup Cans”. Finally, the exhibition’s last chapter focuses on the contemporary art world, with pieces acquired by MoMA over the last two years, including the original set of 176 emoji designed by Shigetaka Kurita.

Get your tickets to the exhibition on Fondation Louis Vuitton’s official website.

Museum of Modern Art, New York to expand gallery spaces by 2019

New York’s Museum of Modern Art has revealed the full design for a multi-year expansion project, with the expanded museum expected to open its doors in 2019. The goal of the expansion by Diller Scofidio + Renfro is three-fold: to better display the museum’s collection, to improve visitor experience and to connect the museum to its midtown Manhattan surroundings.

MoMA also unveiled the completed first phase, which began in 2016 and saw the museum’s east section renovated with three floors of enhanced galleries and public spaces. Two spacious new galleries will be used to show the museum’s collection and special exhibitions, while the building’s historic Bauhaus staircase now reaches down to ground level.

A lounge on the first floor has been created to face the sculpture garden; also overlooking the garden are a new museum store and an espresso bar located adjacent to the newly renovated Cafe 2. The full expansion will enlarge the main lobby into a light-filled, double-height space linking new galleries to the renovated east side.

With the new gallery space on the western side, the museum hopes to display significantly more of its collection, creating interdisciplinary installations and rotating spaces devoted to specific mediums, such as photography, architecture and design.

New street-level galleries will be created on the west end, meanwhile, and the MoMA Design and Book Store will be visible to the street through a glass wall. The building will also be more open, “directly woven into the fabric of midtown Manhattan.”

The expanded MoMA is slated to open in 2019, with plans to devote the entire space to exhibitions and installations from its own collection to mark the occasion. The museum will remain open throughout construction.

Patek Philippe presents ‘The Art of Watches, Grand Exhibition’ in New York

Luxury Swiss watchmaker Patek Philippe celebrates its long history and prowess in watch making with a 10-day exhibition. The show, titled ‘The Art of Watches, Grand Exhibition New York 2017’ is slated to take place from July 13 to 23 at Ciprani 42nd Street. A showcase of the Swiss watchmaker’s 178-year-old history, the exhibition covers the tradition of haute horologerie and the brand’s heritage, giving visitors the chance to peak into the world of the last privately family owned Geneva Watch Company.

Watches and timepieces from 1530 will be put on show in a space of 13,218 square feet. The exhibition consists of 10 different rooms, each created to showcase different bits of history. Amongst these is the Napoleon room, which will display limited edition timepieces created specifically for the US market. For a trip back in time, visit the Museum room. Some of the greatest historical timepieces from the last five centuries, including the oldest timepieces to date will be put on view. Not to be missed is the Grand Complication room: Dedicated to Patek Philippe’s most complicated and innovative timepieces, this collection will no doubt showcase the brand’s mastery in horology.

Other than browsing through the informative sections, feast your eyes on Watchmaker and Artisan demonstrations at the Interactive room. Dive into the inner workings of luxury watchmaking by taking part in these activities. For a quick break, the Patek Philippe Café is a great place for rest and relaxation.

Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon

According to Jasmina Steele, the International Communication & Public Relations Director of Patek Philippe, the aim of the Grand Exhibition is to recreate elements of the company that will provide an unforgettable experience for each visitor as close as possible to the feeling Patek Philippe guests have when they visit the company’s manufacture in Geneva, The Museum, and the historical Salons on the Rue du Rhone. “By offering visitors an immersion inside the world of Patek Philippe, we really want to share our passion for watchmaking and hope visitors will come out of the Exhibition with a greater knowledge and appreciation of the art of watches”, says Jasmina.

Patek Philippe President Thierry Stern commented “From its earliest days, when our founder Antoine Norbert de Patek made his first journey to America in the 1850’s until today, the importance of America to Patek Philippe can be seen through our history exhibited in the Grand Exhibition in New York. Moreover, it is a tradition in my family that the owners of Patek Philippe train in the new world, following the path of my grandfather Henri who founded in 1946 the Henri Stern Watch Agency in the Rockefeller Center and my father Philippe, I trained in the US when I started in the company. I am very proud that American visitors will be able to learn more about the historic and contemporary ties between our company and the American market.”

The Art of Watches, Grand Exhibition opens on July 13 and will be open to the general public. Admissions are free of charge from 10am-7pm on Monday to Sunday, with extended evening hours on Thursday, July 20 from 10am-9pm

New luxury cars in 2017: Lexus to unveil LS 500 F Sport at New York Auto Show

Set to have a more powerful engine and aggressive-looking exterior, the Lexus LS 500 F Sport will be unveiled later this month at an auto show in New York. Image courtesy of Lexus

Set to have a more powerful engine and aggressive-looking exterior, the Lexus LS 500 F Sport will be unveiled later this month at an auto show in New York. Image courtesy of Lexus

Toyota’s premium brand, Lexus, has announced the world premiere of its new LS 500 F Sport at the next international motor show in New York, which is set to open its doors to the public on April 14, 2017.

Hot on the heels of the presentation of the Lexus LS 500 in Detroit and the LS 500h in Geneva earlier this year, Lexus will unveil its LS 500 F Sport at the 2017 New York International Auto Show, which runs from April 14 to 21.

Like the other versions of the LS 500, the LS 500 F Sport will benefit from the long version of the brand’s GA-L (Global Architecture for Luxury vehicles) platform, which boasts a record-breaking level of torsional rigidity: a feature that offers drivers improved dynamic ability, as well as a smoother and quieter ride.

The F Sport version will, as you might expect, be equipped with a more powerful engine, and a slightly more aggressive-looking body. To date, Lexus has only released one image of the new vehicle, centred on its tail-lights and tail pipe.

The 2017 New York International Auto Show runs from April 14 to 21 at the Javits Convention Centre.

Luxury apartments for sale: Rock icon David Bowie’s former New York home listed for $6.5 million

David Bowie performs at Tweeter Centre outside Chicago in Tinley Park, IL, USA on August 8, 2002. Photo by Adam Bielawski. (CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL) via Wikimedia Commons

David Bowie performs at Tweeter Centre outside Chicago in Tinley Park, Illinois, USA on August 8, 2002. Photo by Adam Bielawski. (CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL), via Wikimedia Commons

Rock legend David Bowie‘s former apartment in New York, complete with views of Central Park and his piano, is up for sale for $6.5 million.

Bowie and his model wife Iman lived in the apartment from 1992 to 2002 when they moved to the more bohemian Soho neighbourhood, where the rocker died last year after a secret battle with cancer.

Real estate agency Corcoran listed the ninth-floor condominium at 160 Central Park South, which includes three bedrooms and a Yamaha piano played by Bowie.

The area on the bottom edges of Central Park is one of the most exclusive in New York and is a short walk from institutions including Carnegie Hall and the Museum of Modern Art.

Bowie whose storied career included taking the persona of a rock alien and challenging definitions of sexuality had a comparatively conventional life in New York with Iman and their daughter, born in 2000.

In his final years in Soho Bowie frequented a nearby bookstore and walked to a studio to record his final album “Blackstar“, which came out two days before his death at age 69.

Artists from Northern Ireland: Claire Morgan holds first solo exhibitions America and France

Claire Morgan, Gone With the Wind, 2008, wild flower seeds, kittiwake gull (taxidermy), nylon, lead, acrylic; 220 x 200 x 1100 centimetres in height, width and depth

Claire Morgan, Gone With the Wind, 2008, wild flower seeds, kittiwake gull (taxidermy), nylon, lead, acrylic; 220 x 200 x 1100 centimetres in height, width and depth

Visually arresting, Claire Morgan’s installation and paper works achieve their resonance by tapping into a sense of the uncanny. Bringing into question our perceived notions of organic life and movement, the animals in Morgan’s works are lifeless shells preserved through her skill as a professional taxidermist. Different species of animals suspended in motion move through spaces constrained by geometric pattern and regularity.

Morgan’s hanging installations are assemblages of organic and non-organic material brought into a meticulous and calculating order that serves to emphasise themes surrounding the human relationship to our environment, and the ceaseless ebb and flow of death and the regeneration of life. “Exploring the physicality of animals, death, and illusions of permanence in the work is my way of trying to come to terms with these things myself,” she says.

The artist was trained in sculpture at Northumbria University in England, and born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 1980. Having exhibited at the Palais de Tokyo in France in 2009, Morgan went on to present to great acclaim, a solo exhibition titled ‘Life.Blood.’ at Galerie Karsten Greve, also in Paris. Since then, Morgan’s has participated in international shows across Europe, the United States and Australia.

There is a stillness to Morgan’s works that acts as a poetic juxtaposition to the active postures that many of her animal subjects possess. The environments they are situated within are immersive, densely overwhelming, and composed of delicate and painstakingly mounted materials that range from individual seeds to scraps of polyethylene and cellophane. Morgan acknowledges then, the fragility of these rigidly imposed spaces. Nevertheless, her subjects remain trapped wild animals caged in a perpetual quietude.

Claire Morgan, 'The Beauty and the Beast', 2012, watercolour, pencil on paper, 40.6 x 30.5 centimetres in height and width

Claire Morgan, ‘The Beauty and the Beast’, 2012, watercolour, pencil on paper, 40.6 x 30.5 centimetres in height and width

Morgan is also known for her “blood drawings”, works on paper that depict the conceptual process leading towards a completed sculpture or installation. Passionately gestural, the works on paper capture pathways of motion and energy that run through the final works, often alongside detailed renderings of the built environments that will eventually come to confine them.

Seen in relation to the completed sculptures, the paper works draw attention to the intentional construction of a mechanical order of straight lines and grids that is intercut by the order of nature. The organic lines of nature represented through flowing lines and animal forms gently but surely disrupt the linear composition of their surroundings. As we enter a period of global uncertainty, Morgan’s works inspire deep introspection within the increasingly relevant conversation of the human impact on environmental degradation and change.

Claire Morgan, 'My God-shaped Hole', 2016, residues of taxidermy process, salt, graphite, and mixed media, on paper on canvas, 100 x 100 centimetres in height and width

Claire Morgan, ‘My God-shaped Hole’, 2016, residues of taxidermy process, salt, graphite, and mixed media, on paper on canvas, 100 x 100 centimetres in height and width

Her first solo show in the United States, ‘Stop Me Feeling’ runs at Frist Centre for Visual Arts in Nashville, Tennessee, from February 10 to May 7, 2017. Fondation Francès in Senlis, France, will display a solo show, ‘Resurgence My God-Shaped Hole’ from March to December 2017. In Autumn 2017, Paris-based Galerie Karsten Greve, will also present a solo exhibition of new works.

This article is written by Teo Hui Min and was originally published in Art Republik 14.

Art exhibitions in New York City: Hugo Boss Prize winner, artist Anicka Yi will be featured at the Guggenheim Museum

Seoul-born New York City-based artist Anicka Yi, winner of the 2016 edition of the prestigious Hugo Boss Prize, uses a laboratory approach in her works that encompasses scientific research and transformative processes. Deploying data collection and sensory perception, Yi highlights the ephemerality of organisms and bacteria. Using her medium as a means to evoke a unique embrace of science, technology and life itself, she questions the idea of monumental art: “Where do all these objects go, in the huge vaults of history?”

The artist has a longstanding interest in scent and its link to memory; Yi sometimes uses smell in her installations to evoke specific references: “I think we could learn a lot more from taping our other senses and cultivating our other senses,” she has stated. Yi has dabbled with a myriad of eccentric mediums, one of them includes tempura fried flowers. This sees her developing a close working relationship with MIT scientists to effectively carry out her olfactive projects.

Her work is among the collections of the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette in Paris, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.

Yi was selected as the — somewhat unexpected — winner of the Hugo Boss Prize in October, from a shortlist of six finalists that included Tania Bruguera, Mark Leckey, Ralph Lemon, Laura Owens and Wael Shawky.

The jury explained its decision in a statement: “We admire the unique embrace of discomfort in her experiments with technology, science, and the plant and animal worlds, all of which push at the limits of perceptual experience in the ‘visual’ arts.”

Yi is the 11th artist to receive the biennial prize, which was established in 1996 to highlight achievements within contemporary art. The prize expanded into another branch, the Hugo Boss Asia Art Award, in 2013, focusing on upcoming Asian talents.

See a video presention of her work here: https://www.guggenheim.org/exhibition/the-hugo-boss-prize-2016

Shigeru Ban's Cast Iron House in TriBeCa, New York

New York real estate: A guide to luxury properties in the city – from market trends to apartments for sale

Manhattan is home to one of the world’s most dynamic and expensive real estate markets. The building boom that followed the last recession has already altered the city’s iconic skyline with a series of tall towers reaching unprecedented heights and price points. But while the soaring glass towers grab headlines, the city offers more than trophy apartments, particularly in rapidly evolving downtown neighbourhoods where developers are building to a smaller scale. From sleek towers in midtown to masonry lofts in TriBeCa, today’s Manhattan offers a myriad options for luxury living.

So far, 2015 has been a record year for New York real estate. “Prices are at record levels, we are doing a lot of deals,” says Fredrik Eklund, a Manhattan broker who specialises in the sale of luxury apartments. “My team reached over US$100 million in sales in the month of July. We’ve reached this number before, but never in July.”

According to market data from Douglas Elliman, median sales prices in the second quarter were at the highest level since the nancial crises began and the average sales price set a new record at US$1.87 million, an increase of 11.4 percent from last year. Low interest rates and a robust local economy are sited as contributing factors, as is a booming tech sector and low inventory. “Key market drivers this quarter continued to be a strong local economy led by employment gains, the highest average Wall Street bonus per person since 2007,” the report states. While the strong US dollar continues to take the edge off of international demand, this has been partially offset by rising domestic demand, a function of a strengthening economy and robust performance in the nancial markets.

Residences at 53W53 Street feature imposing architectural elements courtesy of Jean Nouvel (Photo credit: Hayes Davidson)

Residences at 53W53 Street feature imposing architectural elements courtesy of Jean Nouvel (Photo credit: Hayes Davidson)

Prices are rising in the outer boroughs too. Data released by Douglas Elliman reveal that Brooklyn sale prices also reached an all-time high in their average at US$788,529, while prices in Upper Manhattan, including Harlem, Inwood and Hamilton Heights also showed a price increase of 11.9 percent from last year. “With homebuyers being priced out of not only Manhattan but many Brooklyn neighbourhoods as well, these northern neighbourhoods are now more attractive than ever,” says Alan Lightfeldt, a market researcher with StreetEasy.

As prices rise around New York, prime Manhattan neighbourhoods around Central Park and Park Avenue appear stronger than ever. A number of multi-million dollar sales have made news headlines this year, including the sale of a penthouse apartment for US$100.5 million at Extell’s One57, the highest ever recorded in the city. Developers have also announced plans for several more towers, including 220 Central Park South and 520 Park Avenue, both with prices reaching upwards of US$100 million. The proliferation of uber-luxury buildings has some observers concerned over a glut of supply at the top end of the market. As Fredrik Eklund points out, sales above US$5 million comprise only a fraction of the market. “There are only one or two people that are crazy enough or smart enough to spend US$100 million on a penthouse,” he says.

Market Trends

• A strong local economy led by employment gains, the highest average Wall Street bonus per person since 2007, a booming tech sector, tight credit conditions, low inventory and low mortgage rates were key market drivers in the second quarter of 2015.
• All Manhattan housing price indicators moved higher than prior year levels. Median sales price rose 7.7 percent to US$980,000, tied with the fourth quarter of 2014 and the highest level reached since the market peak in the second quarter of 2008.
• Average sales price increased 11.4 percent from the prior year quarter, reaching a new Manhattan record of US$1,872,367.

Further downtown in TriBeCa where high profile towers like 5 Beekman and the Woolworth Residences have recently come onto the market, a number of smaller, boutique projects have taken a more preservationist approach. The Shigeru Ban-designed Cast Iron House comprises 13 units in a historic 19th century cast iron building on Franklin Street, while at the Sterling Mason, located on a charming cobblestone street in the North Historic District, Taconic Investment Partners have transformed 1905 loft warehouse by adding a contemporary twin with a total of 33 units starting at US$3.9 million.

Further uptown, the construction of tall towers continues, including 220 Central Park South, 520 Park Avenue and 53W53 Street, a Jean Nouvel-designed building being constructed above the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). The residential tower, which was initially proposed in 2006 but stalled during the recession, will rise to 1,050 feet, tapering as it rises, with 139 residences including one- to five-bedroom apartments and duplex penthouses with private elevators.

Jean Nouvel designed the building using an exposed structural system he calls a diagrid. The lines zigzag across the building creating angular shafts through the apartment windows, which feature views of Central Park and the Empire State Building on the upper floors. The residence interiors, which feature large living spaces and thoughtful touches like custom blinds that follow the curvature of the glass come courtesy of Thierry Despont who is known for creating bespoke interiors for America’s wealthiest homeowners. There are kitchens from Moltini, appliances from Miele and bathrooms with under oor heating.

Penthouse A at the Sterling Mason features a wrap- around terrace

Penthouse A at the Sterling Mason features a wrap-around terrace

“If you like the architecture, if you like Jean Nouvel, this is a really unique building of international quality,” says David Penick, managing director at Hines who is developing the building with Singapore’s Pontiac Land Group. Residents of the building also receive a benefactor level membership at MoMA. “This gives them access to private events, they can bring guests. It’s a really nice amenity,” he says.

Prices range from US$3 million to over US$70 million for the penthouse units, which Penick believes is reasonable value in the current market. In addition to the cache of the neighbourhood and ‘starchitect’ design, Penick underlines Thierry Despont’s “nicely proportioned living areas” as a draw for potential buyers.

Well-designed living spaces might not grab headlines, but they are on top of the list for today’s discerning buyers. “I’ve been doing this for 13 years and what’s really hot lately is away from all of the gimmicks,” says Fredrik Eklund. “Developers are competing with bowling alleys and built-in TVs. I don’t have anyone asking for that any more. What everyone wants is really good floor plans, great dimensions and functional apartments.”

50 Clinton Street

Developed by DHA Capital, this boutique condominium on the Lower East Side features 37 residences with interiors by Paris Forino. Includes one-, two- and three-bedroom units and four penthouses with a private rooftop. Building amenities include landscaped rooftop, gym, and 24-hr doorman.
Price: Approximately US$1 to 3.5 million

Sterling Mason

Located at 71 Laight Street in the TriBeCa North Historic District, this project offers 33 residences including two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom units ranging up to 3,700sf and three single and double-floor penthouses with wrap- around terraces. Full roster of amenities include concierge, library lounge, gym, private parking, children’s playroom and an interior courtyard.
Price: Apartments from US$3.9 million; penthouses from US$20 million

53W53 Street

This upcoming tower designed by Jean Nouvel will be located above MoMA and features 137 luxury residences ranging
from one- to five-bedroom units, including full floor apartments and penthouses with private lifts. Amenities include a wellness centre with a pool, sauna, steam rooms and squash court, wine storage and a MoMA benefactor membership.
Price: US$3 to over 70 million

This article was first published in Palace.

Arthur Streeton, 'Circular Quay,' 1892 at 'Australia's Impressionists' © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Art Exhibitions in 2017: 4 museums Revisiting Major Art Movements in New York and London

Taking a break from the contemporary world, sometimes it is necessary to trace the roots of the modern artworks we know and love, going back to its historical references. With that in mind, refresh your knowledge of some of history’s major art movements in 2017 with these four exhibitions.

“A Revolutionary Impulse: The Rise of the Russian Avant-Garde” – December 3, 2016, to March 12, 2017, at MoMA, New York, USA

MoMA is retracing the rise of the Russian avant-garde movement, from the First World War to the end of the first five-year plan of the USSR (the inter-war period). Coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, it presents the movement’s first experimental projects (paintings, drawings, sculptures, etchings, books, films, etc.)

“Surrealism in Egypt: Art and Liberty 1938-1948” – November 17, 2017, to March 11, 2018, at Tate Liverpool, UK

This is the first comprehensive museum exhibition about the Art and Liberty Group (Art et Liberté -jama’at al-fann wa al-hurriyyah). This collective of politically engaged artists and writers with surrealist leanings lived and worked in Cairo in the late 1930s until the late 1940s. “Surrealism in Egypt: Art and Liberty 1938-1948” shows how the movement, usually associated with European artists, transcended borders, notably thanks to travel and correspondence with artists such as André Breton and Lee Miller.

“Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites” – October 4, 2017, to April 2, 2018, at The National Gallery, London, UK
'The Arnolfini Portrait', 1434, Jan van Eyck at 'Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites' © National Gallery, London

‘The Arnolfini Portrait’, 1434, Jan van Eyck at ‘Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites’
© National Gallery, London

The National Gallery is focusing on the painting “Arnolfini Portrait” by Van Eyck, exploring how the work became a beacon by which Pre-Raphaelites forged a new style of painting. The exhibition brings together “Arnolfini Portrait” and other paintings for the first time, highlighting the piece’s influence on the work of Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882), Sir John Everett Millais (1829-1896) and William Holman Hunt (1827-1910).

“Australia’s Impressionists” – December 7, 2016, to March 26, 2017, at The National Gallery, London, UK

“Australia’s Impressionists” is the UK’s first exhibition dedicated to the work of Australian impressionists. It presents the movement as a unique artistic current, certainly linked to its French and British counterparts, yet also entirely distinct.

5 Unique Private Homes

Created by some of the most storied names in architecture – and rising stars as well – these five homes are in no danger of resembling any other structure, anywhere on earth. We commend the visionaries who commissioned these homes for their courage, and for opening their private residences up to the world. We can only hope for more such forward-thinking property owners!

1) Fallingwater, Pennsylvania, U.S.A (above)

Originally tasked to design a home with views of the Bear Run waterfalls, American architect Frank Lloyd Wright chose instead to integrate his vision with nature by placing the home on top of the rushing falls. This 5,330 sq. ft. masterpiece comprises three levels, each marked by cantilevers extended asymmetrically across the waters. With the sound of the falls quietly reverberating through the space, and corner windows opening out into the vast outdoors, the home epitomizes the harmonious beauty of Man and Nature.

2) Maison Bordeaux, Francehero-1

This innovative private residence was designed by Rem Koolhaas of OMA to accommodate a paraplegic client and his family. Eschewing a simple and straightforward design, Koolhaas proposed a complex yet functional home comprising three houses stacked together, each with its own distinctive space. Traversing the various floors is an ingenious 3×3.5 meter elevator platform serving as an office without walls, allowing its user to become a part of the living space or kitchen without moving from the desk.

3) Tower House, New York, U.S.Agluck_tower-house_warchol_02

Sustainability and environmental awareness are two issues at the forefront of this steel and glass vacation home in upstate New York. Resembling a miniature skyscraper, bisected with a cantilevered volume on the fourth floor, this Gluck+ creation minimizes its forest impact by stacking bedrooms and bathrooms and lifting its living space above ground, creating a footprint of only 430.5 sq. ft. The tower structure facilitates natural cooling and heating and provides uninterrupted views of the nearby Catskill Park.

4) Fish House, Sentosa, Singaporefish-house-hero-image-1

Located in the exclusive residential enclave of Sentosa Cove, this 5,800 sq. ft. bungalow by acclaimed Singapore-based design firm Guz and Architects brings island living to a new paradisiacal standard. The home features open spaces seemingly stretching out to sea, and a 25,000-liter saltwater swimming pool weaving through the interior and exterior of the home. It’s pièce de résistance lies in its unique subterranean media room with acrylic windows, offering an aquarium-like view of the pool.

5) Cave Cay, Exumas, Bahamascave-cay-overview

Surrounded by sapphire-blue waters and white-sand beaches, this private island located in the exotic Exumas, Bahamas, is a rare gem. Featuring a private deep-water harbor and marina with 35 dock slips, as well as a 2,800-foot private airstrip, the 222-acre island comes totally self-sufficient with water and power supplied by diesel generators. With plans for 38 buildings, the island is approved for commercial operations, but can also be converted to private use. Full of endless possibilities, the property is available through Christie’s.

This article was first published in Palace Magazine.

JERKFACE ’s Cartoon Network

Interview: Artist JERKFACE

Walk on the right street in New York, and one will likely be greeted (or jumped, possibly) by the city’s idiosyncratic strain of street art and graffiti; works that run the gamut of emotions, from pure exuberant expressions of happiness and euphoria, to grim, deeper surrealist social commentary, from quick tags to elaborate Wildstyles — a populist art form that constantly responds to the life around you, whilst literally being around you. A city alive, constantly in flux.

One thing that remains constant though (with an unstoppably persistent output) is the work of one JERKFACE. An NYC native, the Queens-born 34-year-old, has been consistently putting out his own strange brand of surrealist, cubist, low-brow culture, nostalgia-inducing, happy cartoon subversions since his teens. Homer Simpson, Finn and Jake, Super Mario, Tom and Jerry, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, amongst more examples — when one sees them appearing in the same frame (in signature “geometric-goop style”), you know you’re in the presence of a JERKFACE piece. Much like the Saturday morning cartoons, the pieces are JERKFACE’s paeans to the joy and happiness the shows have given him, and now he’s making sure people feel the same way too.

Pointed, opinionated and intent on marching to his own beat, Art Republik sits down with JERKFACE to see what keeps the man behind the work driven and ticking.

JERKFACE ’s Cartoon Network

Homer Bobbin (detailed view)

First things first, how did the name come about and when did you decide to become JERKFACE?

Around 2001 the artist Neck Face was getting up a lot around the Gramercy area of Manhattan. I gave my ex-girlfriend the nickname and in exchange she started calling me JERKFACE.

Do you consider what you’re making art, design, mash-ups, pop provocations, or…

I think my work can fall under quite a few names depending on who you ask and I’d rather leave it up others to define it. Because of the attention to composition, flow, and colour placement of each piece, I believe it cannot be so simply defined as design, mash-ups or pop provocations. There is much more at work.

What makes a good wall piece?

The biggest part of deciding who or what to paint for a wall has to do with the size and shape of the wall and whatever particular character I’m currently excited about.

How do you approach a work and decide on which characters to mash-up?

It’s become very popular lately. Being someone who got in before the rush, I have to continue to surprise people with the combinations. There always has to be a connection for me with the characters. That’s the basis. If I don’t have this connection, I won’t enjoy the creative process. Once I’ve decided on a subject, I rely a lot on intuition and revision to carry me through.

JERKFACE ’s Cartoon Network

Duck Soup (detailed view)

Why cartoon characters?

Cartoon characters play into everyone’s childhood. They are an aspect of innocence and joy that jog the memory of a simpler time. Adulthood for most of us, can be very heavy at times. Remembering my own youth through these compositions invokes joy and nostalgia, and it has the same effect on the people who appreciate my work.

Do you feel your wall paintings are optimistic, or at least the ideology behind your work? Do you feel it’s important to be optimistic?

It’s pure and potent optimism. There is no negativity in my work. The way I see it, there’s enough negativity in life. I’d rather provide happiness and healing, then more negativity.

You have mentioned your frenetic work rate, a trait you seem to have been naturally imbued with since young (“a hyper ass kid”) to now, dedicating, by your count, spending “90% of your day doing something art related”. Given your manic output, do you find something therapeutic about your creative process?

Yes it can be very therapeutic. Being human, there are all kinds of factors that play into how therapeutic it can be. It can depend on my current mood, how much sleep I got, deadlines, so many things. Regardless, I still work.

How do you see yourself now, compared to when you first started out?

Not much different. I enjoy what I do just as much now as I ever have. I always want my work to express how much fun I’m having. I truly love to paint. I’ve made a point not to let any of the benefits of success distract me from this love.

Any influencers, inside and even outside of the art sphere?

There are many artists I look up to, present and past. To look up to another artist, I have to take into account, their body of work, reputation and integrity.

Seeing your walls, from (Keith) Haring-esque freestyle, spontaneous, pop-cubist, surreal, subverted and sometimes weird dreamscapes, is there — like Haring himself who’s activism and deep concerns about issues like life/death, sexuality, and war was prevalent in his work — a guiding principle to your process?

No. I have very strong opinions about most social and political aspects of life. However, as my main intention is to create a gateway to youth, I try to stay away from anything that will too directly depict any personal opinions I have about current issues. I always want my work to be open to interpretation.

JERKFACE ’s Cartoon Network

Bears don’t care (detailed view)

You’ve regularly spoken about your eschewing of the scene and starting one of your own instead and marching to your own beat. Do you feel like an outsider?

I’m an outsider by choice. In the art world, everyone is competing to fill a few slots. Just below the surface, jealousy and insecurity run rampant. Besides, you can’t stand a part, if you’re standing in it.

You are a born-and-bred NYC native (with a self-professed tenuous relationship to its bureaucratic administration) — do you think growing up in NYC influenced the way you approached your practice in general? What do you feel about the energy of the place then and now?

I think growing up in NYC influenced my approach to life in general. Growing up in NYC is very different than moving here. Your brain is wired from youth to be more skeptical, more aggressive, and cleverer, out of necessity. It was a darker city, it wasn’t hard to find a New Yorker on a New York street, but hipsters bring good food.

How do you feel about your work in a street, more open environment to varied and diverse audiences, as opposed to the confines of a gallery?

Being in the street, it’s unpredictable. Who will come along, what will happen. It’s an adventure. Interacting with the neighbourhood is my favourite part of any creative process.

What are your thoughts on live painting, in front of a live audience? Are there any parallels to a rap freestyle, with regards to spontaneity, and a kind of test of a street artist’s true mettle?

Live painting gets me off. I don’t know why. Creating and observing are two of humanity’s most mysterious and greatest traits. The combination is very satisfying.


You’re currently preparing for your October solo show “Saturday Morning” with Over The Influence gallery in Hong Kong (at time of print). What’s in the works for you, that we can expect in the near future? And, is that a reference to the universal broadcast hours when the most kick-ass cartoons come out on TV?

“Saturday Morning” is in reference to that time slot. I didn’t focus particularly on the cartoons you would see on a Saturday morning, but more the ideal of a time allotted for such an experience. As for future works… what’s better than the known? The unknown… See you in the future.


This article was first published in Art Republik

Zagat Names Le Bernardin Best Restaurant New York

French ski lodge La Bouitte in the French Alps © La Bouitte, Relais & Chateaux

Relais & Chateaux Welcomes 21 Newcomers

Relais & Chateaux touts itself as the standard-bearer for the hotel and restaurant industry, much like the Michelin label. Another 21 properties and restaurants will be able to hang the coveted fleur de lys symbol, designating membership to the group.

The shortlisted properties are all independent and must adhere to distinct criterias characterized as “the soul of the innkeeper,” “celebration of the senses”, and “the art of living”.

The newcomers to the Relais & Chateaux club hail from the US, Colombia, France, Denmark, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Italy, Greece, China, Japan and New Zealand.

Eric Ripert, chef and co-owner of Le Bernardin in New York City at his restaurant in New York May 16, 2016. © TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP

Eric Ripert, chef and co-owner of Le Bernardin in New York City at his restaurant in New York May 16, 2016.


The latest New York addition, Chef Eric Ripert’s restaurant Le Bernardin, extended its acclaim beyond the three Michelin star it holds. The upscale restaurant regularly tops New York’s best eats lists for its seafood and is one of the hottest tables in town for both locals and tourists alike.

Bread Crusted Red Snapper Saffron “Fideos” Chorizo in Smoked Sweet Paprika Sauce at Le Bernardin © Shimon & Tammar

Bread Crusted Red Snapper Saffron “Fideos” Chorizo in Smoked Sweet Paprika Sauce at Le Bernardin
© Shimon & Tammar


Over in France, an alpine ski lodge located in the heart of the Trois Vallees, is the latest chalet to gain admittance into the group. Boasting three Michelin stars, the Hotel Restaurant La Bouitte in the French Alps is a luxury ski lodge designed to reflect its surroundings, with luxurious furnishings set off against rustic wood beams and flooring.

Father and son duo Rene and Maxime Meilleur have also made the country inn one of France’s premier dining destinations for dishes like “veal à la Savoyarde” with cheese polenta and creamy sauce.

Wharekauhau Lodge and Country Estate, New Zealand © Courtesy of Wharekauhau

Wharekauhau Lodge and Country Estate, New Zealand
© Courtesy of Wharekauhau


In New Zealand, The Wharekauhau Lodge & Country Estate, a property set on a sheep farm, was given its membership card for offering guests an indulgent stay in a bucolic setting with forests, lakes and rivers.

And over in Japan, travelers looking to stay at an authentic ‘ryokan’ or traditional Japanese inn may want to consider Nishimuraya Honkan in Hyogo which also received Relais & Chateaux’s stamp of approval. With a heritage that stretches back 150 years and seven generations, the inn offers a peaceful retreat amongst bamboo forests and hot springs.

The ryokan also serves traditional kaiseki, a Japanese tasting menu made up of several small plates.

For more Relais & Chateaux properties visit https://www.relaischateaux.com.

Nobu Hotel Miami Beach

6 Luxury Hotels Opening 2016

With numerous hotels set to welcome guests as we venture into the tail end of 2016, we thought we would bring you up to date with a round up of six establishments everyone is anticipating, starting with the most obvious of course.

Trump International HotelTrump International Hotel, Washington DC

The Republican presidential candidate opened his latest hotel earlier this week in Washington DC. The Trump International Hotel sits on what was the Old Post Office Pavilion that is considered a historical landmark. The $200 million hotel is located on Pennsylvania Avenue, which is connected to the White House and the United States Capitol. While the hotel was originally slated to be completed in 2018, it seems that developers have been pushing the project ahead to be ready in time for the US election in November.

Nobu Hotel at Eden Roc Miami Beach

With actor Robert De Niro as his partner, chef Nobu Matsuhisa will open the doors to his third hotel later this week. Located at the Eden Roc Miami Beach Resort, the hotel was designed by David Rockwell of the Rockwell Group. Boasting 206 guest rooms and suites, the interior design was inspired by natural materials that bring to mind a Japanese beach house in the middle of Miami. Nobu Hospitality also operates Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and Nobu Hotel City of Dreams in Manila, Philippines.

Four Seasons Hotel New York DowntownGuest room at the Four Seasons New York Downtown

This will be the second Four Seasons hotel in the Tribeca district and is dubbed the little sister to the flagship New York property in Midtown. The hotel will open in the Tribeca district, a short stroll from the new World Trade Center, Wall Street and the Soho neighborhood and serve as a dual residential and hotel property. The 185 rooms are designed by Yabu Pushelberg. Dinner will be served by Wolfgang Puck and his CUT steakhouse restaurant and bar.

L’Hotel Barrière Les Neiges Courchevel

The French hotel group is set to open a five-star ski chalet in the French Alps. Featuring 42 alpine-inspired rooms that are made of wood and stone, the accommodation promises luxury. Located in the heart of the Trois Vallées, the largest ski domain in the world, the hotel will also feature a cinema, spa and Fouquet’s brasserie, modeled after the iconic restaurant on the Champs-Elysees in Paris. Fouquet’s is also part of the Barrière group.

Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at VoavahFour Seasons Private Island Maldives

Located on a UNESCO-designated biosphere reserve in Baa Atoll, Maldives, this luxury hotel and resort is one for those who prefer an ultra-secluded and exclusive private island getaway. The reserve is home to one of the largest groups of coral reefs in the Indian Ocean and to a globally significant biodiversity. The property, which opens at the end of this year, spans five acres and can accommodate just 22 people in the seven-bedroom beach house. It also comes with a dive center, spa and 62-foot superyacht.

Hilton Bali Resort

Bali is set to get a new sprawling luxury resort destination under the Hilton brand. Perched on a 40-meter high cliff overlooking the Indian Ocean, the Hilton Bali Resort will feature 408 suites and villas, a secluded beach with designated surf area, spa and nail salon, seven restaurants including Japanese, Balinese and Italian cuisines, indoor tennis courts, and open-air amphitheater, gardens, conference centers and chapel for destination weddings.