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Light and shadow on a clear day at the Barbican. Photograph by Alan Ainsworth Elegant expression of post-war utopianism, or concrete carbuncle in the heart of the City? Whatever you think of the Barbican, it’s impossible to deny its impact. The Grade II-Listed building, developed exclusively from designs by Chamberlin, Powell and Bon, was [...]
Audrey Hepburn by Philippe Halsman for LIFE Magazine, 1954 Say Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993) and the first thing most people think of is Breakfast at Tiffany’s. In the film’s poster she leans forward, hair fastened with a diamond clip (a wisp of fringe escapes), her gloved hands balancing a cigarette-holder between thumb and forefinger. [...]
This ultra-utilitarian collection of desks, chairs and lamps is the result of a partnership between Vitra and denim brand G-Star Fashion brand G-Star Raw has formed an unlikely partnership with iconic furniture- maker Vitra to create a stunning range of industrial office equipment. The Prouvé Raw crossover collection revives a line of utilitarian [...]
The humble bowler-hatted doorman was once a tell-tale sign of a prestigious London address. But he’s quickly being replaced by a tenacious new breed of concierge. The industry travels with the global super-rich, arriving at whichever city blossoms into the darling of the international property market. Multilingual, persistent and well-connected, London’s hard-working concierges are on [...]
Architects are returning to the utopian idea of housing projects as selfcontained communities where residents are able to interact in social spaces. Only this time it’s a very capitalist dream Here’s how most of us choose our homes: we pick an area we can afford, perhaps somewhere with a good school for the kids, [...]
When a city-dweller dreams of leaving the rat race for the country, certain stock images appear. Most likely there will be fields of golden rapeseed, sheep bleating on hillsides and church spires reaching into an overcast sky. But deep into an ancient forest in East Sussex, you’ll find a light-filled construction of glass and sandstone [...]
So hot is Oslo’s property market, the city’s lucky estate agents are behaving like auctioneers, requesting immediate bids after open house viewings. With houses so hard to come by, one alternative is to find a plot of land and build your own – a solution chosen by the owners of the recently completed Villa Melkeveien. [...]
As guests step over the flagstones to enter this penthouse in Kensington, their eyes will be drawn inexorably upwards by the vast space above them. The reception room at Academy Gardens is the tallest in London at 37ft – a grand entrance indeed. Before arriving, visitors will have passed through a gated entrance on Duchess [...]
The British polo season has got off to a galloping start, but for some fans of the equestrian sport, viewing it from the sidelines just isn’t good enough. That was certainly the case for the private European owner of Dell Park in Englefield Green, Surrey, who set out 10 years ago to build a contemporary [...]
There are a few base-level requirements if you’re planning on a selling a London property for upwards of £10m. Gyms are essential, as are home cinemas. If there’s a roof, it must be terraced. If there’s a basement, there must be a wine cellar. A recent addition to the ever-lengthening list of must-haves [...]
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