Life & Culture

World’s Most Expensive Perfume, SHUMUKH, on Show in London

Following its global launch in Dubai, the world’s most expensive unisex perfume, valued at £1.015 million, is set to come to London. The Spirit of Dubai Parfums SHUMUKH, which in Arabic means ‘deserving the highest’, unites the art of jewellery and perfumery to create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece telling the tale of the Emirate through seven core design elements. The 1.97m tall bottle is set with 3,571 sparkling diamonds (totalling 38.55 carats), topaz, pearls, 2479.26 grams of...

Property Investment: Not Just for Big Hitters

With average house prices rising 70 percent between 2008 and 2018, at some stage a downturn could well have been predicted, Brexit or not. But growth is continuing in cities such as Oxford, Cambridge, Bristol, Manchester and Liverpool, while flagging or going into reverse in places like Aberdeen and parts of London. The renovation market is pretty much played out, with more potential buyers than there are derelict houses, and the traditionally buoyant buy-to-let sector is looking less than rosy too, with tax and regulatory changes...

Are You Crazy About Caviar?

Caviar is the undisputable jewel of  the luxury food scene, conjuring up images of expensive hors d’oeuvres served at the finest social functions. But how did these tiny black edible pearls become so prized? The fine delicacy consists of fish eggs, also called roe, harvested from the sturgeon. There are 27 different species of sturgeon, giving us different types, textures, colours and flavours of caviar— although ironically, the flesh of the sturgeon itself is not particularly prized. The most expensive and desirable caviar comes from the Beluga,...

Prix Pictet Global Photography and Sustainability Awards Announces Shortlist

The shortlist of twelve photographers selected for the eighth cycle of the Prix Pictet, the global award in photography and sustainability, was announced on 4th July 2019, at a presentation at the opening of Les Rencontres d’Arles International Photography Festival. The shortlisted photographers are: Shahidul Alam, born 1955 Bangladesh, based in Dhaka Joana Choumali, born 1974 Côte d’Ivoire, based in Abidjan Margaret Courtney-Clarke, born 1949 Namibia, based in Swakopmund Rena Effendi, born 1977 Baku, based...
How Is the Luxury Furniture Market Developing Worldwide?

Life & CultureHow Is the Luxury Furniture Market Developing Worldwide?

A recent report by Mordor Intelligence estimated that the world’s luxury furniture market is likely to grow by 4.7 percent between 2018 and 2023. The report says that innovations in manufacturing technology, as well as a growing appreciation for the potential of local design, are helping global market leaders to meet the needs of an increasingly demanding luxury furniture market. As major manufacturers expand their offering by acquiring local designers and manufacturers, premium materials such as leather, glass, metal and woods— including mahogany and alder—are all being pressed into...
Update – Lewis Chessmen Piece is Sold For £735,000, Questions About UK’s Impending Ivory Ban Remain

Life & CultureUpdate – Lewis Chessmen Piece is Sold For £735,000, Questions About UK’s Impending Ivory Ban Remain

An extremely rare medieval chess piece, one of the five missing Lewis Chessmen, has been sold at a Sotheby’s auction to an anonymous buyer for £735,000. The 900 year-old Lewis Chessmen hoard was discovered on the Isle of Lewis in 1831 and includes some 93 pieces, most of which are now to be found in the British Museum.  The newly re-discovered piece, found in a drawer in an Edinburgh home, is a warder (the medieval...
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