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Luminous Living

The light within us is a universal language we all have access to. We are drawn to the light because it is just that – weightless, illuminating, radiant. Being immersed in our own light and surrounded by it creates a freedom we all want in life. So, I’ve picked some of my favourite lighting fixtures currently available to inspire your interior dreams and home makeovers.

Villa Coppenhagen

THE BEAUTY OF INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE

Villa Copenhagen is an architectural landmark located adjacent to the famed Tivoli Gardens and Copenhagen’s train station. The existing building is designed in Neo-Baroque style which displays important aspects of the Baroque architectural traditions.

China’s Cultural Devolution

For the best part of the last 40 years, the Chinese economy has been exploding, growing by an average of 10% per year, with 800 million Chinese lifted out of poverty. Many commentators believe that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is behind this economic miracle and that Communist China will eventually surpass the United States as the world’s most powerful economy. Some even go so far as to claim that its authoritarian system of governance is a credible alternative to democracy.

City Chic

Where are you spending your summer this year? Chances are you’ve spent so many months contemplating your next escape, you probably haven’t given thought to the actual logistics of it. Flying commercial, private, driving, sailing – no matter where you’re headed this season, it’s likely the journey is going to take that little bit more of a toll.

Boston Harbour Hotel Room

Boston Harbour Hotel

I was headed for check-in at the Boston Harbour Hotel, a recipient of both the Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond awards. The hotel sits on Rowes Wharf, formerly a neighbourhood called South Battery. Created by early settlers during the seventeenth century, one of the city’s most prolific businessmen, John Rowe, purchased the land in 1764 and put up the original Rowes Wharf which was extended into Boston Harbour.

The Beauty Passport

I’ve never considered myself to be driven by numbers. I’ve also never felt the burning desire to open a line of conversation with a statistic, but we find ourselves in situations without precedent. 

Triumph Thruxton R

The trouble with it is, you have to keep stopping. For petrol, for instance. There is never enough in the tank. And in order to refill the tank, you have to find a petrol station, stop, take off your gloves, sunglasses, helmet and earplugs. Then open the beautiful quick release, pretend fuel cap – and the proper locking fuel cap underneath it – and squirt petrol into the tank. Then queue, pay, and go through the whole annoying process again in reverse. And all this when you could simply be riding it. It’s unbelievably frustrating.

Tales from Nantucket

‘Nantucket: Classic American Style 30 Miles Out to Sea’ by authors Liza Gershman and Carrie Nieman Culpepper features natural photographic portraits and environmental stills so captivating, you can almost hear the waves crashing off the North Shore.

Aston Martin DB5

Financing a Classic Car

The types of car finance will vary depending on the car value, the lender and the model you’re wanting to finance. It’s therefore important to familiarise yourself with the different options available before deciding on the finance choice for you.

The Hollow Bottom

The Morgan raced on down the lane as the late October rain pelted the demure metal figure of British engineering. The storm had been battering my small enclave of the British Isles for some time. So much water had risen, I was beginning to forget a time before the flood.

Riva Nautica Bellini

Passione est 1960

There are some self-evident truths when it comes to style icons. The E-Type Jaguar, the Rolex Daytona, the Chanel 2.55 and the Riva Aquarama. Each sets the standard in its respective field and can confidently hold court with some of the world’s most celebrated designs.

Arctic Circle

Sustainable, responsible and impact investing (SRI) is an investment discipline that considers environmental, social and corporate governance criteria to generate long-term competitive financial returns and positive societal impact. Yes, I know, you hear the words fiscal responsibility and you’re already headed for Nantucket. But really, you should be telling the pilot to plot a course for the Svartisen glacier in Oslo.

Jetcraft

Jetcraft

There is a common theme I am beginning to recognise amongst successful business leaders I meet. Almost inexplicable; it’s just a feeling that radiates and explains instantly why said person has risen to the very top of their trade.

Sexy Fish Mayfair Restaurant

Sexy Fish

Considering how prime its position on the square is, the exterior is rather understated. Though the interior decor is about as dramatic as anything I have ever seen. The floors are made of rare esmeralda onyx marble imported from Iran. There’s a large shoal of Frank Gehry fish lamps above the red stone bar that are guarded by some rather buxom bronze mermaids from Damien Hirst. Interior designer Martin Brudnizki has curated the interiors with Art Deco light fixtures, coral-coloured leather banquettes and a sizeable ceiling mural that covers the 190-seat restaurant.

BMW M8 Competition

I can’t quite remember when the phrase ‘things used to be better’ became a fixture in my thinking. I’m 38 but feel more and more like an octogenarian when faced by the world we live in today.

Yema Superman

This year, French watchmaker YEMA will be releasing their Superman French Air Force timepieces to the public, in a redesigned collector’s edition.

Vincent

She is a 1952 “C” Series Vincent Rapide. In her day, she was racy as hell and just about the fastest thing on two (or four) wheels.

Simon Newton

The global market for private security services, which include private guarding, surveillance and armed transport, is now worth an estimated £260bn. Security has, is and always will be a fact of life in an uncivilised world. Having spent the last 20 plus years putting his body in harm’s way, bodyguard and former military operator Simon Newton is definitively battle-hardened. So what does it take to be a close personal protection officer for the great and good?