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Since its 2005 beginnings in the United States, Art Photo Expo has produced high-profile contemporary thematic art exhibitions, predominantly showcasing the work of photographers exploring glamour and fashion. The company also manages over 80 artists from 15 countries representing a broad range of styles from sculpture to street art, and develops both ephemeral and brick-and-mortar galleries.

 

Art Photo Expo’s latest production, “Lagerfeld, The Chanel Shows,” pays tribute to the career of a fashion behemoth—the late Karl Lagerfeld—through the lens of renowned British photographer Simon Procter. The exhibition is an extension of Procter’s book of the same name and features 21 large-scale images from the series, with some limited edition works made available for sale.

 

BEHIND THE SCENES WITH “LAGERFELD, THE CHANEL SHOWS”

Procter invites readers to travel back to the Chanel fashion shows, where he offers a rare all-access pass to Lagerfeld’s work on set and behind the scenes over a ten-year period.

 

Born in England in 1968, Procter is now a fixture on the contemporary art scene. His work is acquired by museums and collectors alike, and he has been lauded as one of the great photographers of his generation.

 

As one of Lagerfeld’s leading documentary photographers for over 14 years, Procter was given exclusive permission to capture snapshots of the designer working backstage, and of models preparing for the runway. In addition to these more intimate vignettes, Procter has immortalized some of Chanel’s most iconic set productions through dynamic images composed from several photographs.

 

The candid and hitherto unseen photos of Lagerfeld have been collected in an oversize book format published by Rizzoli after Lagerfeld’s death in February 2019. The book was launched at Paris Fashion Week the following September as an Art Photo Expo presentation.

 

 

Rizzoli describes the book as “an invaluable resource for all lovers of fashion and especially admirers of Chanel and Lagerfeld’s incomparable legacy.”

 

ART PHOTO EXPO: BIG FROM THE START

While still in its infancy, Art Photo Expo made an explosive statement at Art Basel 2008 with a Naomi Campbell retrospective that received over USD 2.5 million in media coverage. More than 35,000 guests visited the impressive collection of work from elite photographers such as Gilles Bensimon, Dave Lachapelle, and Mario Testino, presented on 30,000 square feet over four days.

 

Fifteen years later, Art Photo Expo has produced exhibitions for an enviable lineup of clients, including the Hôtel Plaza Paris, the Hermitage Hotel Monaco, and several art fairs. The company exercises its activities in different branches of the art industry, which it plans to expand in the future.

 

Art Photo Expo has two gallery locations: one at Le Royal Monceau in Paris, and another in London’s Four Seasons Ten Trinity Square. The latter co-hosted the second showing of Art Photo Expo’s production honouring Lagerfeld, which, after seeing success in Paris and London, will take place in Dubai.

 

 

 

Text: Jennifer Laoun-Rubenstein

Photos: © Simon Procter

It is not a fantasy. It is real. A private island in the midst of paradisiac waters. Three marvelous houses hidden in the middle of luscious and perfectly maintained vegetation. The discreet presence of a staff that takes care of everything. It exists. And not only in your wildest dreams. Koh Rang Noi is an oasis of luxury and pleasure. Be ready, the boat departs from Phuket.

Koh Rang Noi: a name for Paradise

Located in the warm turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea, the stunning Koh Rang Noi belongs to a private individual who has created a perfect paradise. Only three villas are built on the island, they offer 19 rooms total, and can host 38 guests. There is a staff to cater to all, superb swimming pools and magical beaches. You can reserve the entire island, or one of the wonderful villas. Koh Rang Noi redefines the concept of exclusivity.

 

One would think that a paradisiac island such as Koh Rang Noi would be impossible to access. That privacy would come at the price of traveling endlessly. But the high security island is located in Thailand’s Phang Nga Bay. The outline of its shores is visible from the Phuket Royal Marina, as it is a mere 10 minutes’ boat ride away.

 

The magical island appears in all of its majestic beauty at best from the waters. Koh Rang Noi seems like a dream. What is expected will be… and much much more. Paradise is often only an image, one we all could recite: pure fine sand beach, boats and water toys, transparent clear water, gorgeous architecture, delicious fruits and meals.

 

But paradise is more than a collective fantasy. It is also a very personal idea, a private experience of bliss. Something that corresponds to your very own desires and surpasses all your expectations. Koh Rang Noi has everything to offer: collective delights and personal satisfaction.

An hommage to Thai artistry

Three private, high security villas are available on the island. Their design and conception are a testimony of the architects’ taste for Thai esthetics and contemporary luxury. Surrounded by heavenly waters and vegetation, the villas benefit from panoramic views with their floor to ceiling windows. Veranda terraces wrap around the exterior walls and offer the shade of their peaked overhanging roofs.

 

Indoors, the air conditioning and the cool marble floorings provide to each of your steps a wonderfully refreshing feeling. Lights and art reflect on the highly polished floors, mirroring the lovely figures of the wood panels and paintings. Some of the silhouetted light fixtures on Koh Rang Noi were made from original Thai shadow puppets. They project their uniquely fashioned elegance on the architectural environment.

 

Thai craftsmanship define the artistry of each object in the villas. Thai people master extraordinary wood crafting techniques. Traditional methods were used to create the roof, doors, cabinets, headboards and furniture. Many wonderful pieces were custom made for the island by the artisans of a same village. Murals and sandstone carvings can be found in and around each of the lodgings. Their magnificent stature is imposing. Each of the villas is superbly and uniquely decorated.

 

Three exceptional villas

Koh Rang Noi hosts the Upper Villa, the Lower Villa and Guest Villa, all three of unsurpassed elegance and luxury. They provide vast open spaces, suites of luxurious bedrooms, intimate lounges and grand dining areas. Multiple terraces, infinity pools, hot tubs and beautiful gardens complete this idyllic picture.

 

Each of the three villas is a work of art in its own right. Most intimate, the Guest Villa hosts a suite of four bedrooms. It is renowned for its breathtaking views of the legendary Monument Islands. The Lower Villa gives the impression of floating above the waters. Its design incarnates contemporary luxury with elegance and sensuality.

 

The Upper Villa was conceived for exceptional social events in and out of doors. Its flamboyant Thai great dining room offers spectacular seating under the high vaulted teakwood ceiling, with hand-painted murals on the crossbeams. Meant to host up to 300 people coming for the evening, an amphitheater completes its architectural ensemble.

Lower Villa – 8 bedrooms total

• 4 Bedrooms: King size bed, Ensuite bathroom with standalone shower, Dual Vanity, Jetted Tub, Lounge area, Television, Ceiling fan, Desk, Balcony

• 4 Bedrooms: King size bed, Ensuite bathroom with stand-alone shower, Dual Van

Guest Villa – 4 bedrooms total

• 4 Bedrooms: King size bed, Ensuite bathroom with stand-alone shower & bathtub, Dual Vanity, Television, Ceiling fan, Terrace

Upper Villa – 7 bedrooms total

• 3 Bedrooms: King size bed, Ensuite bathroom with stand-alone shower, Dual Vanity, Jetted Tub, Walk-in Closet, Lounge area, Television, Ceiling fan, Terrace, Desk

• 1 Master Bedroom: King size bed, His & hers ensuite bathroom with stand-alone shower, Dual Vanity, Jetted Tub, Walk-in Closet, Lounge area, Television, Ceiling fan, Balcony, Desk

• 2 Bedrooms: King size bed, Ensuite bathroom with stand-alone shower, Dual Vanity, Walk-in Closet, Lounge area, Television, Ceiling fan, Terrace, Desk

• 1 Bedroom: King size bed, Ensuite bathroom with stand-alone shower, Dual Vanity, Jetted Tub, Walk-in Closet, Lounge area, Television, Ceiling fan, Balcony, Desk

 

Fun in Paradise

Entertainment options are endless on the island. The perfectly maintained island paths lead to three private beaches. They can be walked or traveled by golf carts.

 

A beach sala houses 15 jets skis, paddleboards, kayaks, and windsurfers. A fleet of boats is also on standby for the enjoyment of all. Tubing, water skiing and wake boarding is made easy with the three smaller sport boats. Two lovely Hobie Cat offer an option for sailing. And two large yachts are perfect match for a day at sea exploring the neighboring islands.

 

A 24-hour staff (and a gourmet chef) takes care of everything on Koh Rang Noi. The villas are accompanied by a spacious fitness center and comprehensive wellness facility. No vacation would be perfect without the pleasure of a range of body treatments, Thai massages and beauty services. And of course, there is a movie theater for private screenings.

 

Life on Koh Rang Noi is a dream, and should remain as such until you come and visit.

 

FEATURES & AMENITIES

• Fully equipped kitchen with breakfast bar

• Formal dining areas

• Smart Televisions

• Wet bar

• Wi-Fi

• Central air conditioning

• Ceiling fans

• Safes in bedrooms

• Fitness Center

• Spa & Massage rooms with Steam Room & Sauna

• Washer/Dryer

• Game room

• Shuffleboard

• Grand piano

• Pool table

• Ping pong table & air hockey table

• Office

• Karaoke entertainment lounge

• Home Theatre

OUTDOOR FEATURES

• 3 Infinity swimming pools

• 3 Hot tubs (heating included)

• Outdoor kitchens

• Babecues

• Terraces

• Bar & wet bar

• Balcony

• Alfresco showers

• Sun loungers

• Private beaches

• Amphitheatre

• Sailboats, kayaks, paddleboards & windsurfer

• 1 Beach sala

• Pier

STAFF & SERVICES INCLUDED

• Airport transfer

• Villa pre-stocking

• Activities and excursions

• Chef

• Luxury 70 ft yacht

 

 

TREAT YOURSELF TO A DREAM GETAWAY TO KOH RANG NOI ISLAND

Book directly through LUXE magazine.

Contact Samia El at samiael@magazineluxe.com.

 

Text: Barbara Stehle

After YUL, Stanbrooke, NEST and QuinzeCent, Brivia Group introduces 1 Square Phillips. Always in search of excellence, Brivia Group is building a 61-storey, upscale residential building that will make it Montreal’s tallest residential tower. Ideally located in the heart of downtown, the historic Phillips Square is the site for this new project, which makes it a real estate event in and of itself. For the occasion, LUXE met with Kheng Ly, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Brivia Group.

How is this project unique?

1 Square Phillips will become the tallest residential tower in Montreal at 61 storeys. This tower has an unparalleled central location, right in the heart of downtown, a stone’s throw from the shops on St. Catherine Street, the Quartier des Spectacles, restaurants, museums, festivals and major universities. Those who enjoy the hustle and bustle of city life, while also maintaining the intimacy of a comfortable and cozy home, will certainly be thrilled with this extraordinary building.

 

Additionally, residents have privileged access to unobstructed city views, the river and Mount Royal. Imagine the view for the summer’s fireworks show! The entire building is equipped with smart technologies. For example, the six touchscreen elevators arrive at their stops in seconds with integrated Destination Dispatch technology. Refrigerated lockers also allow ready-to-eat meals or groceries to be delivered should owners not be home. What’s more is that owners will be notified by text message that their deliveries have arrived. Condominiums are also equipped with state-of-the-art home automation systems.

 

From a historical standpoint, the location is also steeped in history…

The land where the Square is presently located was bought by Thomas Phillips. His heirs subsequently donated the land to the city on the condition that it be turned into a public space. It is in this Square that fashion came into being in tandem with the fur trade and the birth of the first downtown stores like Morgan’s (today called Hudson’s Bay).

What different types of condominiums are available?

We offer a mix of studios, 1, 2, 3-bedroom condominiums, and from the 54th to the 61st floors, we have 24 penthouses and 3 super-penthouses.

 

Tell us about the super-penthouses…

Two super-penthouses are on the 60th floor and the third is on the 61st floor. These units are distinguished by their size (starting at 2,988 square feet), but also in their high quality finishings. For example, the hardwood flooring is done in a European-style chevron pattern. The owners can also customize certain elements to their taste. The super-penthouse on the 61st floor also enjoys the luxury of a private elevator. Each of the super-penthouses is a corner unit so they all have exceptional unobstructed views.


“With exceptional architectural innovation, there are 9 corner units on each floor offering spectacular views of the city.”

Kheng Ly, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Brivia Group

Describe the common areas…

On the 50th floor, there are 10,000 square feet featuring the Sky Lounge, including a terrace designed by renowned landscape architect Claude Cormier. This allows residents to relax and enjoy the views and sunsets, while also being able to host their own events. There is a games room, reading nooks, and a whiskey bar to round things off.

 

On the 21st floor, there is another 4,000 square feet of multi-functional space that includes a movie theatre, a co-working space and a lounge. On the 2nd floor, there are 12,000 square feet dedicated to the gym and wellness centre, which also includes a luxurious spa and indoor pool.  There is also a concierge in the lobby and a manned security presence 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

 

What are some advantages for Montreal to be launching such a project?

With over 1,000 residents, 1 Square Phillips will help revitalize this pocket of the downtown area. It will also help the economy of neighboring businesses by enriching the urban landscape with its beautiful architecture. In collaboration with New York based Hill West Architects—experts in the construction of tall towers, Menkès Shooner Dagenais LeTourneux is the architectural firm we selected to lead the project. The combined talent of the two firms will certainly yield incredible results.

The Brivia Group is definitely a leader in luxury real estate. What are some other recent projects?

We are in the process of setting up a rental condominium project in Lebourgneuf, Quebec under the name of LB9. This 12-storey building will be completed in April 2020. Recently, Brivia Group also acquired the Mansfield Athletic Club, a former downtown fitness center. But it is still too early to know what we will do with it. What is certain, is that this project will also help make Montreal even more beautiful!

 

Delivery of 1 Square Phillips’ first units is scheduled for 2024.

 

  • 3 phases
  • 498 units
  • Studios, 1, 2, and 3-bedroom condominiums, penthouses and super-penthouses
  • Area: from 372 to 3,357 square feet
  • 10,000 square feet of common space, including an exterior terrace on the 50th floor
  • Secured residence, garage and a private outdoor courtyard designed by Claude Cormier
  • Concierge service and security 24/7

For more information

1 Square Phillips Presentation Centre

539 Sainte-Catherine Street West, Montreal (514) 617-9999

www.1squarephillips.ca

 

 

 

 

Text: Diane Stehle

Skiers and snowboarders rejoice as Tremblant officially launches its 2020-21 ski season with no fewer than 11 trails and six lifts. The mountain’s surface has been primed for maximum fun on both its North Side and South Side slopes. Lift tickets are available exclusively online, and all other activities and accommodations can be easily booked in advance through the Tremblant website. 

 

Surrounded by the natural beauty of the Laurentian Mountains and accessible by direct flight from Toronto, Tremblant is the jewel in the crown of the Alterra Mountain Company, which holds 15 year-round destinations. It is the 20-time recipient of SKI Magazine’s “#1 Ski Resort in Eastern North America” distinction and was listed in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards under The Best Ski Resorts in the U.S. and Canada.”

 

 

But Tremblant is not just for winter sports lovers; the resort caters to individuals, families, and groups of all types. A European-style pedestrian village is at the heart of the experience, featuring live entertainment and play areas for all ages. With more than 75 restaurants and boutiques, 13 hotels, and a casino to explore, there is adventure in store for everyone. 

 

 

 

Photos: © Tremblant

Novels

A Tribute to Mothers

At age 70, Monique decides to come out of her retirement from the Department of Youth Protection (DPJ, Direction de la protection de la jeunesse) and accepts a job in the Far North. As her daughter struggles to write her novel in Côte-des-Neiges, Monique nurtures her with emails and phone calls. Little by little, these exchanges become Michèle’s source of inspiration. A masterful novel that tells the story of a daughter’s love for her mother, told with Michèle Plomer’s unique style and sensibility.

 

Habiller le cœur by Michèle Plomer – Éd. Marchand de feuilles

 

Between a Father and Daughter

Knowing that he will die of cancer, Fauve’s father makes his daughter his most important project. As a result, Fauve will grow up with the anguish of bereavement and an obscure love that is as vast as it is rotten. In her highly anticipated second novel, Rose-Aimée Automne T. Morin, who is well-known as a television and radio commentator, takes us on a journey that explores family, power, redemption and the responsibilities that we choose to face. Or not.

 

Il préférait les brûler by Rose-Aimée Automne T. Morin – Éd. STANKÉ

 

A Poetic Story

When Hanna discovers notebooks, photographs and newspaper clippings among the belongings of her recently deceased mother, she decides to go down the river to Kamouraska to connect her own story to that of Simone, a silent woman who seems to be absent from her own life. Enchanting.

 

Pas même le bruit d’un fleuve by Hélène Dorion – Éd. Alto

 

A Captivating Collection of Short Stories

The mothers in this collection of short stories are devoted to family ties, whether they are supportive, loving, emotional, lonely or trapped by an inexplicable sense of guilt. The life stories are presented one after another, drawing the reader in through the sincerity, prosaicness and depth captured by the exploratory gaze of the writer. Never intrusive and yet surgical in her approach, Théocharidès skillfully describes critical moments in the lives of people caught in the complicated snares of family life.

 

Nos cœurs torréfiés by Nathalie Théocharidès – Éd. Leméac

 

Rediscovering New Orleans

After his very successful first novel, Le nid de pierres, Tristan Malavoy is back with a work that compares two eras in New Orleans. The book tells the story of a professor in his late forties who leaves everything to go to the big city, while also recounting the story of Anne, a young woman fleeing the revolution in Saint-Domingue at the end of the 18th century. The result is a touching and superbly written novel that confirms the importance of the author’s voice.

 

L’œil de Jupiter by Tristan Malavoy – Éd. du Boréal

 

Coffee-Table Books

Architectural Beauty

Thanks to innovations in design and technology, a cabin in the woods can now be a true architectural wonder. From peaceful forest havens, high-end huts nestled between snow-capped peaks, and isolated island retreats, this work brings together the most beautiful free-range houses on the planet.

 

Off the Grid: Houses for Escape by Dominic Bradbury – Thames and Hudson

 

Douce France

Bargème, Balazuc, Candes-Saint-Martin… Do these names mean anything to you? And yet, these are some of the most beautiful small villages in France. In this book, the association Les Plus Beaux Villages de France will take you on a journey through 159 of them, each one more charming than the last. With maps, places to stay and eat, and suggestions for activities and events, you will have everything you need to prepare your trip.

 

The Most Beautiful Villages of France: Discover 159 Charming Destinations – Official guide – Flammarion

 

Zen Eating

Do you love the Buddha bowls you’ve tried in restaurants? Then why not make them at home? You only need a few good ingredients, a few minutes for preparation, and voila!

 

Bouddha Bowls & autres plats inratables rien que pour moi! – Larousse

 

 

Text: Diane Stehle