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Laurence Graff

Laurence Graff OBE is an English jeweller, best known as the founder of Graff Diamonds, supplier of jewellery and jewels.  His fascination with the emotional power of gemstones has transformed the House of Graff into a global hallmark of innovation, creativity and craftsmanship. He now resides in Gstaad, Switzerland. When you look at your life, the way you started, your simple family, your childhood helping your mother selling candies.  Now you are wealthy, famous, have beautiful things around you. How is it to have a life like this?  Most people stay in the world where they were born.  Yours...

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Aurelie Bidermann

French jewelry designer Aurélie Bidermann is renowned for her exquisite craftsmanship. Trained in gemology and with a Masters in art history, her eponymous fashion and fine collections are bohemian and draw on nature – think shells, leaves and animals. You studied art history and you worked in modern art at Sotheby’s. How come you decided to change to jewelry? Because it was natural. My family loved art and I was surrounded by art so it was natural to study art history. As a kid I was very creative, and I wanted to create something instead of watching it being...

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Paolo Tumminelli

Paolo Tumminelli, you are a Milanese architect specialising in automobile culture and you wrote a trilogy “Car Design”. Is this choice a passion of yours? I think it’s a bit in my DNA. Each one of us has an automobile history in his own memory. We were born and raised inside automobiles. My first emotionally strong experience was something that happened in an automobile. What happened? When my brother and I were young children, my grandmother used to take us for a drive in her Citroen DS. The ride was magic – just like flying. In fact, she had...

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Almine Ruiz-Picasso

Almine Ruiz-Picasso owns the Almine Rech Gallery in Paris, Brussels, London and New York. She is married to Bernard Picasso and she has four children. Almine, is it true that you wanted to be an artist? I wanted to be a painter and I haven’t abandoned the idea. Growing up I would do family portraits, and was always very interested in the visual arts and cinema. I still have a very high vision of how much involvement being an artist means. The commitment is night and day, and there is also a lonely aspect. I decided to remain in...

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Amos Gitai

Amos Gitai is a prize-winning Israeli filmmaker, known for making documentaries and feature films on the Middle East and Jewish-Arab conflict. Awarded the Légion d’Honneur  in 2017, Amos Gitai was born in Haifa and nowadays divides his time between Paris and Haifa. Do you worry about rising anti-Semitism in many European countries? I am writing a project on a 16th century figure, Doña Gracia Mendes Nasi. This woman was born in Lisbon. Born Jewish, she was converted by force at the beginning of the 16th century. When Portugal accepted the dictat of the Spanish King because of a wedding...

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