EXCEED LIMITS

When the extraordinary becomes everyday life BY ANJA FAHS The highly qualified men of the “210th Rescue Squadron” headquartered in Anchorage, Alaska, are specialised in carrying out rescue operations and extreme salvages in the toughest, most remote and most hostile corners of the globe. These men are on constant standby to use their competencies and…

INTOXICATING PLAY OF COLOURS

Searching for the exceptional  BY JASMIN HUMMEL The bitter cold, uninhabited areas, spectacular snapshots – when searching for a unique subject, Chris Burkard not only overcomes his own borders, but also those of traditional surf photography. He shares his experiences with millions of people worldwide, taking his audience with him on a journey into unknown…

IN THE SEA OF SENSES

The sensory companion for stressful situations BY JASMIN HUMMEL Who isn’t familiar with stress at work, stress in everyday life and then the added stress during your spare time with countless possibilities and offers. Anti-stress recommendations and relaxation exercises are booming, but when do you have the time for those? Ramon Telfer and cofounder Alex…

LIKE MY LOOK

The desired outfit with Strellson’s Like-Shop BY NADINE PELZER The Swiss fashion and lifestyle label Strellson has recognised and dealt with the growing importance of social media for company’s communication strategies for a long time. This June, they opened the world’s first online shop, where you cannot pay with money, but with likes. We talked…

FIREWORK

The lost art of Nordic cooking BY ANJA FAHS Plain and simple impatience was at the root of a great idea. Niklas Ekstedt wanted to grill on a wood fire but was not prepared to wait for the embers to develop, so he put a heavy cast iron frying pan directly into the flames. The…

VENUE FOR ARTS

The collaboration of creatives at Hotel Hotel BY ANJA FAHS Canberra is actually a compromise. As the rivalry between Melbourne and Sydney prevented a decision in favour of either of these Australian cities becoming the capital of the country, Canberra was simply declared the capital back in 1908. Today, the city, which lies around 300…

MASTERFUL INSIGHTS

Making the knowledge of the best tangible BY ANJA FAHS Having acting classes with Hollywood star Kevin Spacey, taking singing lessons with Christina Aguilera, learning to have stage presence from R&B artist Usher or attending comedy courses with Steve Martin. Where does Werner Herzog acquire the creativity for his movie masterpieces and would you not…

ARTISANRY

On tradition and dedication at Florence-based family enterprise La Marzocco BY NORA MANTHEY La Marzocco has been making espresso machines by hand in Italy since 1927. Yet the business of the Bambi family has become a global symbol of Italian lifestyle and delicious espresso. La Marzocco’s machines run under high pressure in specialty cafés in…

THE LUX REBELS

The evolution of W Hotels Worldwide BY ANJA FAHS The W Hotel Barcelona is one of the most striking sights on the coast of Barcelona. Its iconic sail form and the breathtaking view of the sea is unique and saw the hotel set new standards from the beginning. Now all rooms and suites have been…

WALK THE LINE

Step by step towards the goal BY NADINE PELZER High above, between heaven and earth and in complete tranquillity, the young Frenchman Pablo Signoret balances highly concentrated on a highline in a breath-taking mountain panorama. The highline is the more extreme and demanding version of the slackline, which requires a perfect control of body and…

LUFTGEKÜHLT

Legends bringing the past and the present BY ANJA FAHS This is like Christmas Day for Porsche enthusiasts: one Porsche after the other in a large courtyard located in San Pedro, California, the range of colours reminiscent of a rainbow – although the typical pastel hues of the 1960s and the bright colours of the…

ETERNAL IDOLS

Depeche Mode and Hublot create a new timepiece collection BY ANJA FAHS A new tour, a new album: following the huge success of their Delta Machine Tour in 2013, Depeche Mode are back again – collaborating with Swiss luxury watch brand Hublot for the third time since 2010. The watchmaker and the post-punk pioneers have…

Poetry of Autumn

As we head into the winter months, it is imperative to invest in what many regard as ‘The Great Coat’. This will be your biggest sartorial asset for the season and the item in which you will be seen most often in public between now and the start of spring. There are a host of…

TITAN NOTE

BY ANJA FAHS Titan Note is the little intelligent assistant who will help you avoid missing important points or decisions in a meeting and losing track at international telephone conferences. The elegant, almost revolutionary device will record everything spoken and will transfer it, coded, directly in writing to your smartphone app. Measuring just five by…

JUST DO IT.

The marathon in under two hours BY ANJA FAHS For decades, the same dream has haunted the running scene: to run the marathon in less than two hours. But even if the best of the best have constantly broken new world records, most studies still assume that it will take decades before the 120-minute barrier…

FINDING PEACE

The luxury of splendid isolation BY ANJA FAHS The eye glides over the green valley to the grey rock and the view vanishes between the white trunks of a couple of birch trees, its silver leaves dancing in the wind. High above in the sky buzzards are circling and you can hear the nearby creek…

CHAMPAGNE BRUT NATURE

Made by Louis Roederer and Philippe Starck BY ANJA FAHS The year 2006 was a surprise in various ways. From January to April, temperatures remained very low, the spring was long in coming, and when it did arrive, it rained for weeks. The grapevines in Terroir de Cumières, in the Champagne region, experienced considerable heat…

Summer Breeze

What you wear to work largely depends on where you work. Be it a formal suit in a law firm or t-shirt and jeans as a flexi-time freelancer, whatever the dress code, there’s lots to be said for making an effort, and this shouldn’t change seasonally. Colleagues will respect it and clients will appreciate it,…

EVERYDAY LOVE

Coffee, just the way you like it BY NADINE PELZER For many of us, starting the day without a cup of aromatic coffee is unimaginable. Ideally you want to enjoy a cup of the freshly brewed brown gold before or during the journey to work. However, just after its preparation it tends to be too…

ALTITUDE ACROBAT

Photography between heaven and earth BY NADINE PELZER A society without photography? Unthinkable, not least because of Instagram and other image sharing sites. Most of us love to capture a beautiful motive, or to admire the professionals’ take from a lay person’s perspective. That is all very well but, it can be a bit more…

SOUNDMACHINE

A classic becomes modern BY SANDY STRASSER Record players are the interior trend of the year, with the comeback of vinyl music currently omnipresent. But what exactly makes the sound system of yesteryear an absolute must-have today? Using new technologies, these new record players usually come with a USB connection, allowing music to additionally be…

HUNGRY FOR RESULTS

Global player in the digital fitness industry BY ANJA FAHS This app is really tough! My muscles were burning like fire and during the last ten jumps my legs started to feel heavy as lead, yet there were still squats to do, which would be the final straw for my trembling muscles. Quitting is not…

FREE SPIRIT

A girl and her eagle BY ANJA FAHS As soon as its mistress removes the protecting cap, the great eagle turns its head and looks around with its piercing eyes. It is still perched on the young girl’s arm. Suddenly, it spots its prey and in two great beats of its wings, it flies up…

THERE IS SOMETHING IN THE AIR

BY NADINE PELZER Time is a magical thing. Sometimes we feel it racing past, and sometimes it seems to stand still. But what if the time could suddenly catapult us into entirely different spheres? If we could let time literally intoxicate and sprinkle us? We can … At first glance, one could believe the simple…

NEXT GENERATION

Cult brand Abercrombie & Fitch reinvents itself BY ANJA FAHS At the end of the 19th century, someone stepping into ‘Abercrombie & Co’, a small shop on the waterfront in downtown Manhattan, would have found him- or herself in the midst of a large selection of expensive and in some cases quite exotic outdoor and…

THE MAGICAL KINGDOM OF SIAM

The Keemala Resort takes you away to foreign worlds BY ANJA FAHS In the old Kingdom of Siam in the rainforest-covered hillsides of the Thai peninsula of Phuket, there is a mysterious place. High above the beach, small buildings, like giant birds’ nests, are visible through the dense leafy cover of the jungle, hidden in…

TIMELESS ELEGANCE

Interview with Slowear Managing Director Roberto Compagno BY NADINE PELZER Carefully designed details and an immaculate fit combined with top-quality material is the recipe for timeless items of clothing. For 60 years, the Italian Slowear Group, which consists of 4 brands, has been passionately devoted to manufacturing products which are beautiful, sustainable and reliable at…

HUMAN SUBWOOFER

Basslet is the first speaker to be worn on the wrist BY DR CLAUDIA PELZER To not only listen to music, but to feel it – that is the vision of the Berlin start-up Lofelt, the creative minds behind the Basslet bracelet. They have been working on the prototypes since 2014. In 2016, a Kickstarter…

ROYAL TOUCH

Culinary secrets from the Royal Chef BY NORA MANTHEY Carolyn Robb was the Royal Family’s chef for thirteen years. She travelled with Prince Charles and was there when Prince William and Prince Harry lost their mother, Princess Diana. Her expertise and experiences inspired a cookbook: ‘The Royal Touch, Simple stunning home cooking from a former…

NAVY UNDERSTATEMENT

As versatility, timelessness, and effortless style go, the navy blazer is the piece of clothing that’s hard to beat. In fact, it’s one of the cornerstones of the modern male wardrobe – a classic item which can be worn at the weekend, in the evening and most importantly, in a smart casual office environment. The…

FEEL COMFORTABLE

In and out of slippers in style BY CHRISTIAN PECHER Just be relaxed and keep the slippers on when you go out, suggests the London label mahabis, which offers slippers with separate outer soles. Comfortable slippers in a lovely Scandinavian design are thus transformed into stylish outdoor footwear and vice versa. Who says functional wear…

DIGITAL NOMADS

Live, work and play around the world BY ANJA FAHS Distance is an illusion. Today we live in an era in which flight connections and various ways of communication have shrunk the world. New possibilities to stay loyal to your social environment have opened up, even if you are thousands of kilometres away. We are…

PERFUME AS HANDMADE ART

Exclusive, pure, unique BY ANJA FAHS Sweet and smoky — if there is one trendy scent, it is sandalwood. A warm, strong basic note, which is intensive, woody and spicy at first. Combined with cedar, cardamom and leather, it creates a subtle masculine fragrance whose strength is, however, mellowed and rounded off by violet and…

BEAUTY IN MOTION

Mercedes-Maybach luxury BY ANJA FAHS Each year in August, the world’s vintage car fan community transforms Pebble Beach in California into a superlative beauty pageant – a summit for the most exquisite classic automobiles. This year, it proved to be the perfect venue for premièring the exclusive Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6, a luxury-class coupé of the…

WORLDS OF WONDER

Adrenaline kicks in ice and snow BY NADINE PELZER The ability to tell stories through images is a rare gift. A gift that Mark Fisher is lucky enough to possess. With great passion and dedication, he captures human emotions on a background of alpine landscapes. As a result, he produces breathtaking images of extreme situations…

BORN TO RIDE

Where man and machine are one BY ANJA FAHS Every man dreams of fingering his own oily motorbike in order to make it his own custom machine. Imagine a cool garage somewhere at a beach where the sun shines and waves crash on the sand, and where the surfboard leans against the wall as it…

START ON PAPER

Continue everywhere BY SANDY STRASSER To let one’s thoughts run free in a surrounding that is both beautiful and exclusive: the feeling to write on paper by Montblanc with the respective pen or fountain pen remains unparalleled for many. For more than a hundred years, the label is synonymous with writing culture and master craftsmanship….

KOBE BEEF

The Beefbar Butcher Shop BY ANJA FAHS No other foodstuff invokes our basic instincts like a juicy steak being grilled on the barbecue and we catch the spicy aroma of caramelising meat. Meat is pure pleasure, and it is also healthy, in view of the fact that it has been one of our most important…

RETRO PERSPECTIVE

The sound of style BY NADINE PELZER Bluetooth speakers generally sound pretty well and are easy to use. In terms of style however, they rarely blend in with, shall we say, more carefully orchestrated surroundings. Not so the Caruso, a rather hip example which cleverly combines acoustics with storage space and sports a gramophone mimicking…

An Ode to Winter

If you work in a sprawling office with lots of colleagues, then it’s possible the main impression the people at the top have of you will be the way you dress. Whether you’re in a cubicle or a corner office, the way you dress can be a key determining process on your future career path….

MAR ADENTRO

Gateway to the ocean BY ANJA FAHS Dazzling light reflecting on the ocean, with nothing but endless blue all the way to the horizon. A gentle swell subtly hints at the power of the currents – a crass contrast to the rigid desert landscape of the coast. Here, the sun bears down on the radiantly-white…

HANDICRAFT

Individualism in Italian BY SANDY STRASSER Functional, practical and easy to carry – that is what the Italian label Piquadro stands for. Marco Palmieri is the boss of this bags and briefcases brand. Former engineering student and IT entrepreneur, he discovered his love of leather at an early age and eventually came to the decision…

RAINBOW GIRL

Designer Hella Jongerius in an interview BY SANDY STRASSER Colours and fabrics affect our well-being. In many cases they influence whether we like a particular product or not. For this reason, industry acknowledges its power in the manufacturing process. Dutch designer Hella Jongerius has made her mark internationally for her typical style, craftsmanship and industrial…

WAKE ME UP

BY NADINE PELZER Feeling energised when just waking up — every day. A dream. What sounds like fantasy is now to become a reality. At least in the world of two founders from California and their Kickstarter project ‘Sense’. Their little round gadget promises not only to improve our sleep but also analyses how the…

SOUL FOOD

Dishes that make you happy BY ANJA FAHS The days are becoming ever shorter, the evenings already feel cool and the sun has to try hard dispersing the morning mist. Autumn is around the corner and we look forward to cosy hours at home and cooking with friends and family. This is the best time…

The smart Business Look

There are two ways to approach a business look – the super-classic, straight-forward suit, tie, hard shoe combo. Then there is the slightly more casual, contemporary take on business wear which allows room for flexibility and feels more “of the time”. This dressing incorporates ready-to-wear pieces and separates that are smart enough for formal meetings,…

BACK TO THE ROOTS

A life away from the conventional BY ANJA FAHS They might very well be modern hippies, beatnik heirs or following the footsteps of Lost Generation artists, Victorian explorers and romantic poets. Just like all those distinct groups from the past, so-called gypsetters let go of the limitations that social conventions impose on them and search…

AS FAR AS FEET WILL CARRY

Shoe craftsmanship with a promise BY NORA MANTHEY Luxury shoemaker John Lobb dates back 150 years. The business moved from making boots for Australian gold diggers to making bespoke shoes that remain classics to this day. Since 1976, the brand belongs to Hermès group and now includes ready-to-wear shoe collections that are handmade in England….

SET IN STONE

The Wadi Rum Desert Resort in Jordan BY ANJA FAHS Wadi Rum in southern Jordan is one of the world’s most impressive deserts. Rugged, steep rock faces open onto far-reaching desert valleys, the view disappearing on the seemingly endless horizon. Even Lawrence of Arabia had been mesmerised by the Wadi Rum and its breathtaking landscape….

THE PORSCHE 911

A truly special lifestyle BY NADINE PELZER There are countless sports cars on the market, although for many people there is just one – the legendary Porsche 911. More than five decades have passed since the first model of the series was unveiled at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt. But the hype surrounding…

JUMP INTO ADVENTURE

Where the feeling of freedom is at home BY NADINE PELZER It’s about adrenaline, freedom, speed and testing your limits. Far away from civilisation, mountain bikers are exploring extraordinary and unspoiled places. Adventure athlete Joey Schusler told us how he combines his physical abilities, on a mountain bike as well as on skis, with his…

THE JOURNEYMAN

Creativity inspired by traditions BY ANJA FAHS In a few weeks, Christian Watson will be driving – on some deserted road undulating through the foggy, rain-swept forests of Oregon – along the northern part of the American west coast in a 1987 Jeep Grand Wagoneer. In September, he is planning to travel from Oregon to…

HAPPY GIRL

Healthy lifestyle à la Rens Kroes BY SANDY STRASSER Food is as hip as it ever was. Around the world on social media platforms people share what they are cooking or are being served in restaurants. Frisian food lover Rens Kroes – supermodel Doutzen’s sister – is not only pretty, she is also a wonderful…