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ART AND DESIGN

Mila Askarova

Mila Askarova

A BRAVE MOVE PAYS DIVIDENDS. MILA ASKAROVA was born and raised in Azerbaijan, before settling in London in 2002. After graduating from the London School of Economics with a BS in International Relations, she pursued her studies at Central Saint Martins and Christie’s,...

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Ines de la Fressange

Ines de la Fressange

FASHION IS CULTURE. Ines de la Fressange started modelling at the age of 17 and quickly made a name for herself. She became nicknamed by many as "the talking mannequin", due to her tendency to talk with fashion journalists and express her opinions on her profession...

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Emilio Ambasz

Emilio Ambasz

TO RECONCILE ARCHITECTURE WITH NATURE. The Argentinian architect Emilio Ambasz, Spaniard by Royal Grant, is known as the forerunner of green architecture.Emilio Ambasz, when did you decide that you wanted to be an architect?  I knew since I was eleven that I was going...

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Ruth Rogers

Ruth Rogers

Ruth Rogers started her celebrated London restaurant The River Café in 1987 with her partner Rose Gray. It is still going strong today. “The one thing I have always wanted people to feel when they walked in to The River Café is that they are home. In a way this...

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Nerio Alessandri

Nerio Alessandri

WELLNESS AS A WAY OF LIFE. At just 22 years of age, in 1983 Nerio Alessandri founded Technogym. Today Technogym is a world leading company offering products and digital services for Wellness and rehabilitation. Nerio Alessandri, you created your first exercise machine...

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Joseph Dirand

Joseph Dirand

THE MINIMALIST WITH MAXIMUM EXPRESSION. Joseph Dirand is an architect and interior designer based in Paris. He started his own design firm in 1999.Joseph Dirand, you are the son of a famous photographer of interiors, Jacques Dirand. Your brother Adrien follows your...

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Remo Ruffini

Remo Ruffini

THE GENIUS OF MONCLER. Remo Ruffini is the chairman and chief executive of Moncler. Since his purchase of the Moncler Group in 2003, he has helped establish the company as a leading luxury group. In 2018 he was named "Knight of Labour" in Italy, one of the highest...

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Giulia Maria Crespi

Giulia Maria Crespi

"I’ve worked very  hard, in order to give back." Giulia Maria Crespi was an Italian media proprietor. She was a non-profit executive and environmentalist who founded Fondo Ambiente Italiano (FAI) whose model is The National Trust in the UK.  FAI's properties include...

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Amos Gitai

Amos Gitai

LAILA IN HAIFA. Amos Gitai is an Israeli filmmaker who was trained as an architect. Born in 1950, and best known to the public for his film Kippur, shown at Cannes in 2000, Amos Gitai bases his work to a large extent on personal experience, including the Yom Kippur...

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Stéphane Lissner

Stéphane Lissner

CREATING A NEW PROGRAMME AFTER FOUR MONTHS OF COVID. French theatre director Stéphane Lissner is the current Superintendent and Artistic Director of the San Carlo Theatre in Naples, which was established in 1737. Stéphane Lissner, you were Superintendent and Artistic...

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Christian Louboutin

Christian Louboutin

THE ECLECTIC SHOEMAKER. Christian Louboutin is an internationally renowned designer whose high-end stiletto footwear incorporates shiny, red-lacquered soles that have become his signature. The Palais de la Porte Dorée in Paris is currently presenting a major...

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Thaddaeus Ropac

Thaddaeus Ropac

BACK ON THE ROAD. Thaddaeus Ropac is an Austrian gallerist specializing in international contemporary art. He founded the Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac in 1981, and today represents more than 60 artists with his galleries in Salzburg, Paris Le Marais, Paris Pantin and...

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Dante Ferretti

Dante Ferretti

THE MULTI-AWARD WINNING IMAGININGS OF DANTE FERRETTI, the Italian production designer, set decorator and art director who has worked with acclaimed directors throughout his career. A protégé of Federico Fellini, he worked closely with Pier Paolo Pasolini and latterly...

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Giuseppe Penone

Giuseppe Penone

THE FORCE THAT DRIVES. GIUSEPPE PENONE is an Italian artist and sculptor, known for his large-scale sculptures of trees that are interested in the link between man and the natural world. His early work is often associated with the ‘Arte povera’ movement. Giuseppe...

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Laurence Graff

Laurence Graff

THE ULTIMATE GIFT OF LOVE. The jeweller Laurence Graff OBE has always been fascinated by diamonds. Graff diamonds was established in 1960 and now enjoys global success with over 50 stores worldwide. Laurence Graff has handled more important diamonds than any other...

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Peter Marino

Peter Marino

REACTING TO VIRTUAL REALITY. Peter Marino is the principal of Peter Marino Architect PLLC, a 160-person, New York–based architecture firm founded in 1978. Widely credited with redefining modern luxury through equal emphasis on architecture and interior design,...

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Victoire Bourgois

Victoire Bourgois

MISSING HOME. Victoire Bourgois was born in Paris, France, in 1987. She is the daughter of the publishers Christian and Dominique Bourgois. Victoire is an artist and is pursuing her Master of Fine Arts (MFA) at New York University (NYU). Victoire, how did you feel...

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Hans Ulrich Obrist

Hans Ulrich Obrist

BREAKING DOWN SILOS OF KNOWLEDGE. Hans Ulrich Obrist is a curator and interviewer. He is the Artistic Director of the Serpentine Galleries in London. Prior to this, he was the Curator of the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. He has curated more than 300 shows...

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Damien Hirst

Damien Hirst

CHERRY BLOSSOMS IN PARIS. Damien Hirst talks about his life and the new paintings on beauty, life and death that he plans to exhibit at Fondation Cartier. This interview with Damien Hirst is also available to listen to as a podcast and on YouTube. Damien Hirst, there...

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Mario Testino

Mario Testino

CIAO! Photographer Mario Testino has created his personal love token for Italy’s people, art, food, and fashion in the form of a new book published by TASCHEN. This interview is also available to listen to as a podcast here. Mario Testino, why Italy? When I was a...

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Carlo Clavarino

Carlo Clavarino

RETURN TO GENOA. Carlo Clavarino is Executive Chairman of the AON insurance company’s Europe Middle East and Africa region. 22,000 people work for AON in this area and Clavarino is a member of the executive committee of AON Corporation. He is also president of the...

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Paola D’Agostino

Paola D’Agostino

THE IMPORTANCE OF FLORENCE. Paola D’Agostino is Director of the Musei del Bargello, in Florence, Italy, a new museum group comprising the Museo Nazionale del Bargello, the Medici Chapel, the Church and Museum of Orsanmichele, Palazzo Davanzati and Casa Martelli. This...

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Ernst Beyeler

Ernst Beyeler

TRANSFIXED BY GUERNICA. We celebrate Ernst Beyeler (16 July 1921 – 25 February 2010), the great Swiss art dealer and collector. This interview first appeared in La Stampa on June 1st 2005.In 1955, Ernst Beyeler was transfixed by Picasso’s Guernica at the Palazzo Reale...

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Marlene Taschen

Marlene Taschen

INDEPENDENT, INCLUSIVE AND INSPIRATIONAL. Marlene Taschen is the CEO of the international publishing house TASCHEN that was founded by her father Benedikt, who is also a collector of contemporary art. TASCHEN specialize in illustrated publications on a range of themes...

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Antony Gormley

Antony Gormley

CONNECTING THE WORLD. The sculptor Antony Gormley is perhaps best known for his large installations in public space. A major exhibition of his work was recently held at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. His next exhibition is at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris...

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Renzo Piano

Renzo Piano

BUILDING VESSELS OF LIGHT. Renzo Piano is an Italian architect whose notable buildings include the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, The Shard in London, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens...

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Mary McCartney

Mary McCartney

AN EYE FOR THE REAL. The London based photographer, filmmaker and author Mary McCartney’s photographs have been shown at leading international institutions and galleries. Mary’s editorial work has featured in GQ, Vogue, and the Sunday Times, and she has been a guest...

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Jean Nouvel

Jean Nouvel

AN ARCHITECT IS LIKE A FILMMAKER. The Paris based architect Jean Nouvel injects a sense of originality into the projects he undertakes all over the world. He creates a unique concept for each particular combination of people, place and time, yielding buildings that...

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Patrick Seguin

Patrick Seguin

A PASSION FOR PROUVÉ. Patrick Seguin is the founder of Galerie Patrick Seguin in Paris. He has a particular love for the work of the French designer Jean Prouvé. Patrick Seguin promotes and collects both Prouvé’s industrially produced furniture and his architecture of...

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India Mahdavi

India Mahdavi

A COLOURFUL CONVERSATION. Paris based interior designer India Mahdavi is internationally known for her expressive mix of colours that argue with each other and for her furniture design.This interview is also available as a podcast. India Mahdavi, how would you define...

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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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