Summer Coolness

With winter now over and temperatures on the rise, spring dressing ought to be in full swing, so heavy layers – wools, flannels and cashmeres – should be retired for another season.It’s time to bid a warm welcome to a lighter, brighter aesthetic that functions to keep us cool but also smart in the workplace. Generally,…

FOR ALL SENSES

A garden of enjoyment in South Africa’s Winelands BY ANJA FAHS Bees hum and it smells of thyme. A group of geese waddles across the path and moves towards the pond, unimpressed by the breathtaking panorama of the Simonsberg. We are in South Africa, in the famous Western Cape wine region just outside Cape Town….

UNDER THE SPELL OF WATER

Extreme kayaker Tyler Bradt about his dangerous passion BY SABINE FUSS Tyler Bradt paddles calmly down the River Palouse in Washington in his kayak. The trees move slowly past him, the water is calm and drives him gently forward. As if by magic, the water suddenly becomes a torrential river that storms the red kayak…

BIG PRESENCE

Clothes that you won’t want to take off anymore BY NADINE PELZER Uncompromising quality combined with craftsmanship and a sure sense for trends. This is Suitsupply. Because in a world where off-the-rack suits have taken over men’s wardrobes worldwide, Suitsupply introduces a new approach, creating a completely new market for men’s fashion. With great attention…

PROFESSIONAL DREAMER

How Philippe Starck wants to improve people’s lives with his creations BY ANJA FAHS Philippe Starck is a phenomenon. As one of the most famous designers of our time, he masters the range of product design in an unbelievable bandwidth. There is hardly an area of our daily lives that has not been made more…

EVERYBODY WELCOME

Affordable luxury made by Ian Schrager BY ANJA FAHS The motto of the new Public Hotel by Ian Schrager is “Luxury for All”. The legendary New York hotelier has not only reinvented a new hotel concept, but with his idea of affordable luxury, he also stands up to the growing popularity of Airbnb. A hotel…

GUARDIAN OF THE RECIPE

On the trail of the tradition-steeped brand history of Jägermeister BY ANJA FAHS Who isn’t familiar with the imposing stag featured on the green bottle? While the herbal liqueur was deemed suited for celebrating a successful day of hunting or as a nightcap in the 1990s, Jägermeister has become one of the most popular herbal…

Sunny Prospects

Practicality is perennial, whether you’re a ‘hands-on’ kind of chap, or simply prefer to look like one. This season sees industrial Americana-inspired workwear muscle its way in to the working wardrobe, with riveted denims and heavy twills receiving a stylish overhaul. The key to pulling off this trend is to use block, neutral shades such…

STRONG CHARACTERS

How MINI moves people with its impressive design BY NADINE PELZER What do Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, the fashion model Twiggy and entrepreneur Enzo Ferrari have in common? They were all big fans of a small car. When the ”classic Mini“ was introduced in 1959, the compact car was supposed to have three main properties….

IN HARMONY

Increasing wellbeing through a healthy lifestyle BY INES ZORMAN For a long time, people in the economic, political, and social gear mechanism were assigned the role of constantly calling up and improving their performance. The fact that this approach demands too high a price while impairing the quality of life has since been recognised. With…

AN OCEAN OF INK AND PAPER

About an architectural masterpiece for literature BY MIRJAM DEBORA MARSCHALL A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. Architecture is a visual art, and the buildings speak for themselves. The Dutch architectural practice MVRDV has combined these two aspects effortlessly in one of its most daring projects, and opens up a new world of…

DEEP UNDER

About breath-taking underwater worlds and diving into endless deepness BY JASMIN HUMMEL No goal seems out of reach, no victory is enough for him. Always on, always better, always more. This dive made Herbert Nitsch the 33-time world record holder in freediving and the Deepest Man On Earth. Thirty-two of these records are set in…

THUMBS UP

Enjoying the sun carefree with a smart protector BY MIRJAM DEBORA MARSCHALL Summertime is spent outside basking in the sun. However, too many ultraviolet rays cause more damage than fun. The risk of contracting skin cancer has risen in the last few years, and is one of the most common types of cancer spread around…

FLOATING MASTERPIECE

Rossinavi combines the beauty of the oceans in complete perfection BY MIRJAM DEBORA MARSCHALL & NADINE PELZER Superyachts dominate the oceans of this planet with their exuberant luxury, fascinate with their aura and their jaunty elegance keeps one breathless. Just a handful of prestigious manufacturers know this precious trade and are able to give birth…

THE CODE OF BEAUTY

Striving for perfection and the noble art of horology at IWC BY JASMIN HUMMEL Haute horlogerie is all about first-class, distinctive watchmaking artistry. In the quest for the perfect embodiment of the ‘code of beauty’, we have only the very best place on the world stage. IWC has been a fixed feature of the international…

ELECTRIFYING

Industrial Design by Hartmut Esslinger BY ANJA FAHS In the late 1960s, a student in Altensteig, in Germany’s tranquil Black Forest, had a vision. He wanted to turn the world of design entirely on its head. Hartmut Esslinger established esslinger design, thus heralding the beginning of a new era in which product design learned the…

CREATIVE COMMUNITY

Kickstarter forges links through inspiring projects BY ANJA FAHS Whether it be an art project, a videogame, a music album, a novel light design or clever outdoor gear – the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter lets you introduce unique ideas and realise them through financial support from friends, fans or inspired strangers. Ideas span from homemade postcards…

ASTOUNDING WORLD OF CULINARY DELIGHTS

Miele is reinventing the cooking experience BY MIRJAM DEBORA MARSCHALL Over and over again, the desire for innovativeness and creativity is a driving force for science and business. These two factors decide over entrepreneurial success and are indispensable in today’s fast-changing age. One of the most successful companies that elegantly and easily overcomes these challenges…

CULT STATUS

Interview with Marius Eschweiler, Global Business Development at Leica Camera AG BY NADINE PELZER The small red logo makes the hearts of people across the globe beat that little bit faster. Although very discreet, admirers can always spot it from afar. Leica has been all about German engineering artistry, superlative quality and unbeatable products for…

A MOMENT IN TIME

Unique works of art made for eternity BY JASMIN HUMMEL The latest iteration of the Phantom is being celebrated as the world’s best car. It is the symbol of a reinterpretation of the ‘Architecture of Luxury’. What makes it so special is the unique, high-end design of the interior, the brainchild of the Rolls-Royce design…

Winter Elegance

After a summer of automated out of office responses, the coming winter months brings an influx of appropriate cold weather workwear. Whatever your workplace’s dress code, it never goes unnoticed by clients, colleagues and your boss if you make an effort with your wardrobe. Below is the pick of a failsafe winter business look which…

RAIN OF LIGHT

A palace for art in Abu Dhabi BY ANJA FAHS Like a mirage, white buildings float on the sea – in the desert of Abu Dhabi. Under the glare of the sun, shadows dance on the water, and to compensate for the merciless desert heat, we find cooling shade beneath the gigantic vault of the…

A PIECE OF HOME

Comfort in the stylish atmosphere of the Roomers Hotels BY ANJA FAHS A gigantic golden chimney catches your eye as soon as you step foot into the lobby of the recently opened Roomers Hotel in Munich. The atmosphere is modern and cosy at the same time, like a chic, large living room. The design and…

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…