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Pushing the boundaries of interior décor, high-end electrical equipment manufacturer Meljac and jeweller Tournaire have combined their unique crafts in a first collaborative collection. With bronze, silver and gold light switches, several of which are set with precious stones, the Meljac X Tournaire collection heralds infinite possibilities for custom orders. This unique partnership steps outside the confines of technology and fine jewelry to transform functional objects into true works of art.


Based in France, both Meljac and Tournaire have respectively garnered an array of national and international awards, including the coveted EPV (living heritage company) label. Both workshops have been lauded for their excellence and exceptional artisanal and industrial expertise. Built around the finest raw materials, flawless pieces and technique unmatched the world over, the Meljac and Tournaire union was destined to transcend the ordinary. The resulting collection is the remarkable achievement of two houses at the top of their fields.


“Construction” model

A dazzling collection of extraordinary light switches 

Creative, innovative and elegant, the first Meljac X Tournaire collection showcases masterful manufacturing techniques. These two houses have united their technical prowess in both 3D modelling and lost-wax casting, combining exceptional high-tech expertise with an immaculate jewelry tradition. Together they are crafting bespoke pieces ranging from the most delicate to the most extravagant. Using complex castings, rare metals and precious stones, these master artisans are taking the wall outlet to new heights of luxury.



The genius of these two expert houses is showcased around six of Tournaire’s iconic jewelry motifs. The perfect combination of design and functionality takes form in the “Origami” (2), “Construction” (3) and “Catacombes” (4), pieces and is fully expressed in their “Haute joaillerie” models. The exquisitely detailed and richly set models “Engrenage” (3 carats of sapphires and 1 carat of diamonds) (1), “Alchimie” (10 carats of diamonds) (5), and “Bas-relief” (5 carats of sapphires) (6) are nothing short of awe-inspiring and start at $US980.


1. “Engrenage” model (3 carats of sapphires and 1 carat of diamonds)

2. “Origami” model

3. “Construction” model

4. “Catacombes” model

5. “Alchimie” model (10 carats of diamonds)

6. “Bas-relief” model (5 carats of sapphires)

Embellishing the most prestigious interiors

Seamlessly complementing the aesthetic of the rooms where they are installed, these art switches are found in the most prestigious interiors in the world. World-renowned private homes, hotels and museums are elevated by the exquisite Meljac X Tournaire touch. Devotees of refinement, functionality and design are encouraged to visit their spectacular Paris and Los Angeles showrooms.


About the Meljac house

Master creator of high-end electrical equipment Meljac House offers made-to-measure lighting controls, sockets, power strips, wall and free-standing lamps and a full range of home automation systems.


About the Tournaire house

Master artisan Maison Tournaire has half a century of history designing, transforming and repairing pieces as a watchmaker and jeweller. In addition to its collections of one-of-a-kind pieces, the house is known for its exceptional classic and contemporary wedding rings and jewelry.


Writer: Alexandra Pastena

With a personal multidisciplinary painting practice spanning over 22 years, and a thriving gallery, Montreal native Demetrios Papakostas plays a unique hybrid role in his local art circuit. In an intimate conversation with LUXE, Papakostas describes the evolution of his work, and how his gallery is helping to strengthen Quebec’s contemporary art community.

An evolving passion for abstraction

Papakostas made the decision to become a full-time visual artist at the age of 40, following a career in graphic arts. His first painting teacher, prolific watercolourist Heather Midori Yamada, encouraged him to “just go for it!” Papakostas didn’t need more prompting, “I loved being creative; experimenting… I wanted to do it all the time.”


Early on, Papakostas was heavily influenced by abstract expressionists like Mark Rothko, Joan Mitchell and Willem de Kooning, incorporating the freer, more gestural lines of abstract expressionism in his own painting.


In 2014, Papakostas began learning the intricacies of hard-edge geometric abstraction. Of this period, he recalls, “My brain was opening up.” The style requires sharp lines to be rendered with the help of carefully placed tape to divide the surface into precise spatial planes. The work of Quebec hard-edge masters Guido Molinari, Yves Gaucher, Fernand Leduc and Claude Tousignant became a guiding light for Papakostas during this time, as did Barry Allikas, whom he credits for teaching him how to “get hard-edge right.”


Papakostas first explored the movement by painting representations of doorways and gateways evoking mystery, anticipation and the desire for new discoveries. “From there, I was trying to learn my craft really well and present different shapes in new ways. It’s an ongoing process—very technical, with a big learning curve.” 


Today, Papakostas has turned his attention to monochromatic painting. His recent exhibition, Catch the Light, plays with reflections on the surface of opposing brushstrokes using very dark pigment. Viewers who take the time to approach these paintings are rewarded with surprising depth and variation. It is an antidote to the breakneck pace of life that has become commonplace. “We want instant gratification; we don’t stop to look. When we do, we explore other levels and dimensions. Minimalism is challenging, but it brings forward simplicity, movement, serenity… In a way, I am looking for my own peace and serenity, and doing it through art.”


Demetrios Papakostas, Cream Dream, 2018, oil on canvas, 54 x 60 in © Demetrios Papakostas

Demetrios Papakostas, Let it Be, 2019, oil on canvas, 42 x 48 in © Demetrios Papakostas

Galerie Erga: at the locus of endless possibilities

Frustrated with the barriers to exhibiting in Quebec, Papakostas searched for a place to call his own. Somewhere that would allow him to produce and exhibit his artwork. He felt gallery representation was sorely lacking for Quebec artists, it was difficult to gain entry to established venues and the affordable rental galleries were run-down. In 2016, Papakostas fell in love with a storefront on Saint-Laurent Boulevard, just south of Little Italy, that would soon become Galerie Erga. The space had plenty of room for a private office and working studio, as well as a versatile gallery area with high ceilings and a full-wall window facade letting in plenty of sunlight.


Papakostas realized that Erga could be a catalyst for encouraging dialogue and collaboration in the contemporary art community. “There’s not enough connection between my fellow artists. We’re all in the same boat, but always isolated in our own worlds.” He began renting out the gallery to individuals and groups on a revolving basis and is always surprised and amazed by what each artist chooses to hang on the walls. “What’s more exciting than a gallery that changes every week?”


“Art is a really hard business to be in. Erga is a gallery where artists can put on their own show. It’s about giving freedom back to the artists and allowing them to go further.”


In the future, Papakostas hopes to transform the gallery into a collaborative hub for artists with programming that will include open discussion groups, critiques and meetups. “I envision a sort of art commune, where we can all come together.”  


Galerie Erga © Demetrios Papakostas

Demetrios Papakostas, Here comes the Sun, 2019, oil on canvas, 24 x 36 in © Demetrios Papakostas

Art sur Papier: a new annual art happening

Papakostas is also bringing artists together and increasing public art programming in Montreal with a new annual tradition: Art sur Papier. The community initiative celebrates the beginning of summer in the form of a two-week exhibition at Erga, featuring the art of over 20 local artists working on paper.


The show is intended to celebrate artists and to introduce them to new audiences and clients. Painting, drawing, collage, printmaking and papier-mâché sculpture have all been featured at Art sur Papier, and all work is available for sale to the public.  


Demetrios Papakostas is currently represented by Denison Gallery in Toronto, and Objets Trouvés Gallery in Oklahoma City.


Writer: Jennifer Laoun-Rubenstein

Cover: Demetrios Papakostas with his work, Sunshine, oil on canvas, 48 x 72 in © Demetrios Papakostas


An exhilarating portrait of a family

Leïla Slimani’s extraordinary second volume of Pays des autres is grounded in an independent Morocco struggling to forge its own path. Set during a period of upheaval, torn between tradition and freedom, the novel tells the story of the Belhaj family as it rises through the social ranks. After working hard on arid land, the family finds itself at the helm of a prosperous farm. But when they intermingle with the local bourgeoisie, differences between French and Moroccan cultures come to light.


Regardez-nous danser by Leïla Slimani – Éd. Gallimard


From a cry to a dream of rebirth

This astonishing novel finds Ada in London, where she is in search of her true origins. The child of a Greek father and Turkish mother, Ada unknowingly carries the weight of her family history, born of a forbidden love during the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, when the island was torn in two. In a surge of violence, her parents’ love was irredeemably condemned. Elif Shafak transports readers to a place where dreams and pain are intertwined, where words can be spoken freely and generations can live together.


The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak – Pub. Bloomsbury USA




A healthy lifestyle in a spirit of togetherness

Vanessa Perrone’s cookbook is a celebration of the Mediterranean diet, bringing together her Italian roots and nutritional expertise. Home cooks can redefine their relationship with food by trying out healthy and delicious recipes crafted by Perrone, who adapts recipes from her culinary heritage to everyday living. Wow your guests with recipes like blood orange fennel salad and couscous with caramelized shallots, pistachios and raisins.


Méditerranéenne : Recettes et inspirations ensoleillées by Vanessa Perrone – Éd. Cardinal


Rediscovering authentic flavours

Bérénice Leconte’s latest cookbook features mouth-watering recipes, without compromising on traditional baking flavour. Through vegan gastronomy, Leconte demonstrates how to use fundamental cooking techniques and basic ingredients. From her extravagant opera cake to the most rustic pain au chocolat, this vegan cookbook doesn’t skimp on excitement.


Pâtisserie vegan by Bérénice Leconte – Éd. La Plage



Beautiful books

Over 70 years of self-portraits

After decades of research, Pascal Bonafoux has assembled an in-depth album of Picasso’s self-portraits. With work that veers off the path of Picasso’s more well-known style, this new compilation of 170 sketches and paintings is an exciting discovery for modern art lovers.


Picasso par Picasso by Pascal Bonafoux – Éd. Seuil


From pastels to immersive murals

This catalogue provides an overview of Nicolas Party’s work. Created for the artist’s first exhibition in Canada, L’heure mauve (Mauve Twilight). The book is a collection of colourful pastels, imposing murals and majestic sculptures from the exhibition. With a foreword by the director of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, it also contains an essay about Party’s work, photos of his creative process and original lyrics by Pierre Lapointe.


L’heure mauve by Bénédicte Ramade and Pierre Lapointe – Éd. 5 continents


Reality magnified

This incredible book showcases how designers use optical illusions for aesthetic or functional purposes. It uncovers real-world examples from trompe-l’œil to anamorphosis in architecture, art, design and furniture making. Prepare to be inspired and surprised—if you can imagine it, it’s possible!


Illusion in Design by Paul Gunther and Gay Giordano – Pub. Rizolli


A stunning journey through the land of fire and ice

Immerse yourself in these photographs to discover Iceland through the lens of talented photographer Feifei Bui Paoluzzo. With wild island vistas, she transposes organic matter into sparkling images that bring the reader beyond the role of spectator, inviting them to be witnesses. Ochre mountains, volcanic rocks and geysers: get ready to delve into the landscape’s Viking spirit and Icelandic lore. Learn about the beginning of the Earth through petrified lava flows and witness a blurred horizon through the northern lights.


Islande by Feifei Cui Paoluzzo – Éd. Favre


An exclusive members-only golf and beach experience beckons from under the Florida sun. Grand Harbor provides the best of oceanfront luxury and premium golfing facilities in beautiful Vero Beach. The club caters to those seeking a panoply of grand activities and dining experiences, along with an enviable social scene.

See and turf: the best of Vero Beach

Grand Harbor’s two golf courses, River Course and Harbor Course, designed by Joe Lee and Pete Dye respectively, will challenge even the most seasoned golfer. Both courses have been Certified Audubon Cooperative International Sanctuaries since 2001. The surrounding wetlands and water views create a spectacular backdrop to the sport.


With views of the Indian River Lagoon, the River Course calls on golfers to gather their wits as natural hazards and water holes create a welcome test along its gorgeous fairways. The Harbor Course boasts the old-world charm of tiered greens in the Scottish Links style, scattered mounds and wooden walls. Players of all skill levels will enjoy navigating this traditional course. 


Grand Harbor’s Oceanfront Beach Club grants access to one of the Treasure Coast’s most beautiful beaches. Leisurely strolls along the shore are accentuated with a meal of fresh-caught local seafood in a dining room with indoor fireplace, or outdoor seating overlooking the breathtaking view.


Beyond the course

Tennis enthusiasts will also find everything they need on one of ten Har-Tru courts, including two stadium courts. Weekly Interclub Team Tennis, Stroke and Strategy Clinics, and Men’s and Ladies’ days are part of the comprehensive programming offered to players of all levels. For members wanting to take their game up a notch, Grand Harbor will arrange sessions with USPTA teaching professionals.


© Bob Joy


Solo and group fitness activities are provided in a recently renovated world-class Fitness Center. Members can maintain or reach new goals with access to personal trainers and the latest weight training, stretching, cardio and aerobics equipment.


Individuals looking to participate in the Grand Harbor community off the course and court can partake in myriad weekly and monthly activities, events and classes. The 32,000-square-foot Mediterranean-style clubhouse offers several casual dining options. The formal Grand Main Dining Room offers five-star service and is equipped with a dance floor and live music set-up.


The Clubhouse is also a gathering place for members to socialize over a game of bridge, mahjongg or gin. Book club, lectures and nature walks are also held, while members can develop new skills in painting, computer and language courses.

Celebrating once-in-a-lifetime moments

Mark any milestone in the sophistication of a private club setting. Grand Harbor’s Director of Special Events and catering team will help you bring your vision to life in the elegantly appointed clubhouse with turnkey service. A grand celebration like no other!




Writer: Jennifer Laoun-Rubenstein

Cover: © Verola Media

Since time immemorial, art and wine have been closely tied, as both stem from their creators’ sensibilities, observation and creativity. And both also evoke a certain emotional response and fascination. One wine is particularly known for its relationship to art in all its forms: champagne. And while it’s easy to imagine that this bubbly luxury has been appreciated by the most refined palates since appearing at the end of the 17th century, this is not actually the case! Champagne expert Guénaël Revel presents what is known in French as the empereur des vins, which was widely dismissed for nearly a century until several painters brought it into the spotlight.


Sparkling champagne only accounted for 30% of Champagne’s wine production in the 18th century. The region mainly produced and sold still vin gris, made from blends of local black and white grape varieties. White wine of this type is cloudy, while the red, called claret, has a more purple tint.


It takes a sturdy bottle to make the wine effervescent. The bottles used in champagne production are different from those of other wines as they are a tool in the process: still wine carbonates in—and because of—the bottle. The bubbles are produced by the yeasts in the vessel, which needs to be highly durable.


In the early days of champagne, bottles were still poorly blown, resulting in uneven thicknesses and irregular shapes. On top of that, they were sealed with unreliable corks, and, most critically, the natural carbon dioxide gas produced by the dead yeast cells was totally uncontrolled. This would cause overfermentation and explosions, both in cellars and transport crates, or else there would be no effect at all due to insufficient gas levels.


For two centuries, there was no guarantee that wine purchased from Champagne would be sparkling. The méthode champenoise would remain empirical for decades before finally being mastered after the First World War.


© Champagne Louis Roederer


The very first sparkling champagne enthusiasts were but a few members of the European aristocracy and were not in fact French, but British. As was often the case with new-to-them culinary trends (like tea, port and spices), it was the British who adopted and popularized this new type of wine. Demand from the French, Russian and German courts soon ushered in the golden age of champagne houses from 1730 to 1880, but champagne as we know it today only became widely popular and more accessible at the end of the 19th century.


Louis XIV didn’t care for champagne, Louis XV enjoyed treating his mistresses to this sparkling wine, Louis XVI preferred still wine, Napoleon only drank it at celebrations (he preferred Burgundy wine), Louis XVIII liked sweet wines, Charles X preferred eaux de vie, Louis-Philippe I encouraged the growth of the major champagne houses without actually imbibing, and Napoleon III had only a modest appreciation for them, although the first champagne brand ads were developed under his reign. And it was under the latter’s reign that artists entered the scene to convey what it means to enjoy the wine that uncorks with a pop!


Several painters of the Romantic period and then the Impressionist movement featured the already recognizable bulbous bottles in their works in scenes of cabarets, social events and picnics. They inspired brand executives to commission the very first champagne ads, at the dawn of the 20th century, in the form of posters from illustrators like Cappiello, Steinlein, Toulouse-Lautrec, Mucha, and much later, Loupot, Villemot, Gastou and Savignac.


Artist collaborations marked the beginning of rare bottles! Bottles with the old silhouette, inspired by a vintage bottle found in a vault, are used for the most prestigious champagnes, including Dom Pérignon, Veuve Clicquot’s La Grande Dame, Dom Ruinart, Taittinger’s Comtes de Champagne and others. Each brand went on to develop a prestigious cuvée based on its own history, calling on artists to “silhouette” or dress the bottles. The Taittinger collection showcases the tie between borderless modern art and champagne: Vasarely, Masson, Da Silva, Lichtenstein, Hartung, Imai, Arman, Corneille, Matta, Zao Wou-Ki, Rauschenberg, Amadou Sow and Sebastião Salgado all created signature bottle designs over which collectors still contend.


© Champagne Louis Roederer


Art also entered the champagne landscape through vineyard architecture, often missed by the general public who don’t realize they’re strolling through true heritage sites. The Pommery, Charles Heidsieck, Lanson, Louis Roederer and Krug establishments are as compelling as they are well maintained. The chalk caves of Reims and hewn cellars in Épernay are even more impressive to see and have their own roles in champagne’s fascinating history: you descend into a mysterious underground world where a number of galleries were carved by renowned artists and millions of bottles repose in the darkness. You’re sure to emerge with just one thing on your mind: tasting these magic bubbles!


This is an invitation to visit Champagne, which stands out among the wine regions for having been witness to France’s history from ancient Rome through the Second World War while playing a consistent role in the development of the visual arts. The two vintages suggested here embody this history, showing that no matter what they say, luxury and authenticity can go hand in hand.




Louis Roederer Champagne – Cuvée Starck Brut Nature 2012

France, Champagne, 750 ml

SAQ CODE: 12641850

PRICE: $116.75

Known for its energy, richness and tension, this champagne—an accessible yet limited edition—combines the talents of designer Philippe Starck with the expertise of the Maison Louis Roederer’s enology team.





Louis Roederer Champagne – Cuvée Cristal 2013

France, Champagne, 750 ml

SAQ CODE: 268755

PRICE: $391.25

This vintage offers the nearly saline purity of the Champagne terroir with the particularly ripe fruitiness of a white fruit salad. And as always with this vintage, you can leave it in your cellar for years and it will only improve!




Text: Guénaël Revel

Cover: © Champagne Louis Roederer

Revered for its stunning urban landscapes and friendly locals, Montreal is a world-class destination for business travel and tourism alike. An attractive metropolis bubbling with culture, it also boasts a thriving hotel and restaurant industry. Amid the hustle and bustle, Montreal is more than a destination—it’s an experience. LUXE met with Yves Lalumière, President and CEO of Tourisme Montréal, to paint a portrait of a city that never stops!

Tourists driven by desire

Thanks to its international visibility, Montreal is a hub for business and entertainment.


At the crossroads of Europe and North America, Montreal is a multifaceted city featuring the best of both worlds. Tourists are keen to experience everything it has to offer. According to Lalumière, “People get just as excited about the city’s festivities as they do professional functions.” Known for its visibility and first-rate reputation, Montreal will play host to 250 business events and several major conventions this summer.


Won over by the “Endless Moments to Share” ad campaigns, Montreal attracts a cosmopolitan clientele from France, the United States and emerging nations who come to do business, have fun and enjoy the city’s simple pleasures. In addition to popular events like the Formula 1 Grand Prix, Cirque du Soleil and a host of internationally renowned music festivals, the city’s must-see attractions include the Notre-Dame Basilica with its AURA light show and immersive experiences at the Centre PHI and Galeries du Palais’s OASIS.


New permanent installations will also complement artist pop-ups across Montreal, such as the giant ring in the downtown core. It’s forward-thinking art for a forward-thinking city.


In addition to all the can’t-miss events, Montreal is also known for its urban hiking. Start with a stroll through Old Montreal and take in the historic architecture and little restaurants tucked away in Art Deco buildings. Catch a sunset from Saint Joseph’s Oratory before spending the day at Parc Jean-Drapeau with the city skyline as your backdrop. That’s part of the Montreal experience too. Bike paths are also a draw for cyclists, with Montreal ranked as one of the world’s top 10 bike-friendly cities.


The city also prides itself on being young and family-friendly. Tourisme Montréal compiles all of the city’s commercial offerings and tailors its tourism product to ensure optimal appeal. “Toronto is Canada’s downtown, but Montreal is Canada’s playground,” notes Lalumière.



© MU, Ville-Marie, ElMac Gene Pendon (2017) – Photo Olivier Bousquet

© Susan Moss

© ÉcoTours Montréal

© Eva Blue – Tourisme Montréal

© Société du parc Jean-Drapeau

Top-notch hotels and restaurants

The hospitality industry plays a key role in Montreal’s popularity.


A selection of modern, luxury hotels share the spotlight in Old Montreal and the city’s business district, with incredible rooftop terraces overlooking the city and pools that meet the highest standards. There are reputable hotels like the Ritz-Carlton and Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth, and more modern establishments like the Monville and the Four Seasons. But there are some incredible new options too, like Humaniti, Montreal’s first Smart Vertical Community™. Known for its bold architecture, it offers residents a place to live, work and play in a luxurious environment that promotes well-being.


© Humaniti Montreal Hotel / Hôtel Humaniti Montréal


“And Montreal is second only to New York when it comes to restaurants per square kilometer.” In addition to its remarkable options for accommodation, Montreal’s dining scene represents 57 different types of cuisine. There’s a range of colourful flavours to choose from. At the elegant Greek tavern Milos, enjoy perfectly prepared seafood and fish while rubbing elbows with Montreal’s A-listers. Get the best that Portugal has to offer at Ferreira, or treat yourself to an authentic Parisian experience at the chic Leméac. If you’re in the mood for fine dining, the Italian restaurant Beatrice is just steps from the Museum of Fine Arts. And if you’re looking for a more casual (but just as delicious) experience, look no further than Joe Beef.


Montreal is a global city—alive and vibrant, brimming with inspiring cultures whose history is showcased through various initiatives.


© Jimmy Hamelin

A city in perfect harmony

A perennial tourist attraction, Montreal is known around the world for its hospitality.


Montreal is a city of business, fine dining, culture and sports that welcomes visitors with open arms. But it’s no secret that tourism can bring challenges, and city officials are working hard to ensure the harmonious cohabitation of visitors and residents. Soon, the city will implement a sustainable destination policy, which will encourage the local population to coexist peacefully with its visitors. In addition, an app will be launched to help everyone understand their CO2emissions, which they can offset directly on the Tourisme Montréal or airport websites.


Montreal is a multidimensional city. It’s a city that says bonjour—inviting and welcoming visitors at every turn, always striving to be an exceptional, harmonious and business-oriented metropolis.


© Geneviève Giguère

© MU, Ville-Marie, ElMac Gene Pendon (2017) – Photo Eva Blue – Tourisme Montréal


Writer: Alexandra Wegliszewski

Cover: © Loïc Romer – Tourisme Montréal