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Jasper Conran

Jasper Conran

TASTEMAKER AND HOTELIER. Jasper Conran is a British designer who studied at Parsons School of Art and Design in New York. He has worked on collections of womenswear and for the home, as well as productions for the stage in ballet, opera and theatre. He opened his...

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Edward Carey

Edward Carey

STRIKINGLY INVENTIVE STORYTELLER. Edward Carey is an English novelist and illustrator who settled in Austin in 2006 and teaches at the University of Texas. His Italian publisher Elisabetta Sgarbi recently made a short film based on his story “Gatto e la casa dei...

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Macarena Garcia Marin

Macarena Garcia Marin

THE DAWN OF THE UNIVERSE. Macarena Garcia Marin is Project Scientist in the Webb Mission Office in Baltimore, Maryland. The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is the most advanced eye into the cosmos humans have ever had. Webb cost over $10 billion, took 17 years to...

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Elaine Bedell

Elaine Bedell

VISION THROUGH THE PRISM OF ARTS AND CULTURE. Elaine Bedell has been the Chief Executive of the UK’s largest arts centre, London’s Southbank Centre, since 2017. She has extensive experience as a leader in the creative industries. She was a Trustee of the V&A, is...

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François-Joseph Graf

François-Joseph Graf

AN EYE FOR DETAIL. François-Joseph Graf is an architect, interior designer and decorator. He is also a serious art collector, a man of eclectic talents. He just opened At Sloane, a hotel of 30 rooms in London, in Chelsea near Sloane Square.François-Joseph Graf, how do...

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Paolo Colombo

Paolo Colombo

WORKS OF VISUAL POETRY. Paolo Colombo is an Italian artist and curator. Born in 1949 in Turin, Colombo lives and works in Athens, Greece, and is an Art Advisor for the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art. Director of the Centre d'Art Contemporain in Geneva between 1989 and...

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Santiago Calatrava

Santiago Calatrava

ART PRECEDES SCIENCE. Santiago Calatrava is a visionary architect, a structural engineer, a sculptor, and a painter based in Switzerland. In his architecture he has merged advanced engineering solutions with dramatic visual statements. You can listen to the podcast of...

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Marina Abramovic

Marina Abramovic

ALL THE WORLD HER STAGE. Marina Abramović makes art with her own body and state of mind. In performance she has created situations in which onlookers become participants, even protagonists. A conceptual and intuitive artist for 55 years, in 2023 she became the first...

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Mazdak Sanii

Mazdak Sanii

OPENING THE DOORS OF ARTISTS. Mazdak Sanii is Founder and CEO of Avant Arte, a London and Amsterdam based company which brings the work of outstanding contemporary artists to new generations of collectors. Of Zoroastrian heritage - Mazdak’s father was born in Tehran...

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Marysia Lewandowska

Marysia Lewandowska

AN INDEPENDENT SPIRIT. Marysia Lewandowska is an artist born in Poland in 1955 who has been living and working in London since 1982.You can listen to the podcast of this interview here. Marysia Lewandowska, how did you decide to be an artist? I studied in Poland and...

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Peter Marino

Peter Marino

NAILING THE TIME IN WHICH WE LIVE. Peter Marino is the principal of Peter Marino Architect, a New York–based architecture practice he founded in 1978. Peter Marino is well known for integrating art within architectural designs and has commissioned more than 300...

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John Pearse

John Pearse

CONVIVIAL CELEBRITY CLOTH CUTTER. John Pearse has been tailor to an eclectic range of stars such as Mick Jagger and Jimi Hendrix and gentlemen with bohemian taste for many years. Now aged 77, for the last 40 years he has worked from his shop in Meard Street, in the...

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Sasha Suda

Sasha Suda

CONNECTING THE PAST TO THE PRESENT. Sasha Suda is a Canadian art historian. Since 2022 the former director of the National Gallery of Canada has been the director of the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA), whose building is a civic landmark and whose encyclopedic...

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Francis Kurkdjian

Francis Kurkdjian

A MARK OF LOVE. Francis Kurkdjian, Dior’s Perfume Creation Director since 2021 is now launching his new signature fragrance L’OR de J’adore.Francis Kurkdjian, what did you want to become when you were a young boy?  I was born and raised in a family where art was very...

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Anton Corbijn

Anton Corbijn

THE IDEA IS THE START OF EVERYTHING. Anton Corbijn is a Dutch interdisciplinary artist. Born in 1955, the celebrated portrait photographer has produced some of the most powerful pop culture imagery of the 21st century. He is also a video maker and film director,...

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Esther da Costa Meyer

Esther da Costa Meyer

THE SASSOONS: A FASCINATING FAMILY. Esther da Costa Meyer is Professor emerita in the Department of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University, and Visiting Professor at the Yale School of Architecture. She has worked on both modern and contemporary architecture, on...

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Lina Ghotmeh

Lina Ghotmeh

BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER. Architect Lina Ghotmeh was born and raised in Beirut, where she studied at the American University. In 2005, while working in London and collaborating with Ateliers Jean Nouvel and Foster & Partners, she won an international competition...

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Antoine Compagnon

Antoine Compagnon

A SENSE OF TIME. Antoine Compagnon is a literary critic, writer, and professor emeritus at the Collège de France, specializing in Marcel Proust. He is Blanche W. Knopf Professor of French and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in New York. The author of...

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Jennifer Guidi

Jennifer Guidi

AN EXPERIENCE OF JOY. The artist Jennifer Guidi works and lives in Los Angeles, California. Represented by Gagosian, Massimo de Carlo and David Kordansky Gallery, her work has been exhibited around the world. Her solo exhibition Mountain Range is on view in the...

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Arturo Galansino

Arturo Galansino

THE FLORENCE OF THE FUTURE. Arturo Galansino is the Director General of the Palazzo Strozzi Foundation in Florence since 2015. His impressive career as an art historian and curator had previously taken him to the Musée du Louvre in Paris and the National Gallery and...

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Carrie Mae Weems

Carrie Mae Weems

CHANGED BY ART. Carrie Mae Weems is best known for her photography. Her work explores family relationships, racial and cultural identities, sexism, class, political systems and the consequences and disparities of power. Weems has participated in numerous solo and...

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Lee Bul

Lee Bul

CREATING A WEB THAT HOLDS DIFFERENT ELEMENTS TOGETHER. Lee Bul is a contemporary sculpture and installation artist who was born in 1964 to dissident parents under the military dictatorship of Park Chung-Hee in South Korea.  Her work investigates the ways that modern...

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Ivor Braka

Ivor Braka

WORKING FROM HOME. Ivor Braka is an art dealer and collector who works privately from his home in London rather than a gallery. For many years he has also been involved in the restoration of Gunton Park in North Norfolk, where he now owns and runs two celebrated...

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Charlotte Casiraghi

Charlotte Casiraghi

A SENSE OF FREEDOM. Charlotte Casiraghi is an ambassador and spokesperson for the House of CHANEL. The 36-year-old is the eighth in line to the Monegasque throne because she is the daughter of Princess Caroline, the eldest daughter of the late Grace, Princess of...

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Imran Amed

Imran Amed

MEDITATION CHANGED MY LIFE. Imran Amed is founder, editor-in-chief and CEO of The Business of Fashion, often known as BoF, a modern media company dedicated to the world of fashion, luxury and beauty. He is one of the fashion industry’s leading writers, thinkers and...

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Sheila Hicks

Sheila Hicks

THE PIVOTAL RUE DE SEINE. Sheila Hicks is a Nebraska born artist who studied at Yale School of Art with Josef Albers in the 1950s. She fell in love with Chile and Mexico and lived there for several years before moving to Paris in 1964. Known for her innovative and...

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Gilbert & George

Gilbert & George

THEIR FUTURE IS SECURE. On April 1st 2023 Gilbert & George opened the Gilbert & George Centre in London’s East End. I went to visit them in their nearby studio.Are you tired by all the brouhaha of this very important opening? Yes, we are quite exhausted. Now...

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Philippe Starck

Philippe Starck

A CONTINUUM OF CREATIVITY. Philippe Starck is a French creator known for his wide range of designs, including interior design, architecture, household objects, furniture, boats and other vehicles.You can listen to the podcast of this interview here. Philippe Starck,...

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Sophie Hicks

Sophie Hicks

I'D LOVE TO DO A HOTEL. Sophie Hicks is a British architect who was formerly a fashion editor. She has a unique understanding of how to create brand enhancing environments for her global client base.Sophie Hicks, your house in Kensington, London, where we are today is...

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Miguel Flores-Vianna

Miguel Flores-Vianna

LOST IN TIME. Miguel Flores-Vianna is an Argentine photographer whose latest large format book HAUTE BOHEMIANS: GREECE is much acclaimed. Best known for architecture and interiors, he has worked for publications including World of Interiors, Cabana, Architectural...

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Money Must Stay in the Family

The plot of Money Must Stay in the Family, unfolds around the family matriarch’s last will and traces the story of an upper class Jewish family from Turin, the fictional Ottolenghis. The multigenerational saga begins with the flight from Mussolini’s Racial Laws of 1938 and continues with the arrival in the Upper West Side of Manhattan and the dispersion from New York to Rome, Paris, Tuscany, South America, and Jerusalem.

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