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BARRY DOWNARD METAL ARTEFACTS

So, after over 30 years working in advertising and image making industry as an art director, photographer and illustrator, I’ve decided to embark on another journey… wrought iron and the design and manufacture of metalwork objects. Having spent some time working on the new skills as a hobby, in my metalwork projects, I see lots of connections between illustration work …

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YVES SAINT LAURENT IN MOROCCO

Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé had a shared fascination for Islamic art and Oriental civilisation. By Henrietta Thompson As anyone with any experience of Morocco will surely understand, the urge to acquire there – textiles, ceramics, furniture, spices, stories – can be overwhelming. And no-one knows this better than Pierre Bergé, life partner of the late Yves …

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DRAWN BY MAN, DESIGNED BY NATURE

Cedarberg home designed by Wolff Architects. The house comprises a series of fragmented blocks designed to intentionally mimic the surrounding rock formations. In a landscape where there are no marks of human intervention, ‘scalelessness’ becomes the impetus for an imaginative architectural response. On approach, this compact modern house is barely visible to the naked eye, so discreetly is it set …

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TUCSON ADVENTUREMOBILE

John Pangilinan, the renowned Southern California tuner known for creating vehicles that blur the lines between lifestyle and automotive, has released details on his 2016 Tucson SEMA build. Dubbed the “Adventuremobile”, the vehicle blends Hyundai’s new crossover platform with a passion for the great outdoors, perfect for the weekend getaway. The “Adventuremobile” is just as at home on the daily …

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CHARLES AND RAY EAMES

Party with the Eameses! Inside the modernist masters’ riotous home. Charlie Chaplin and Billy Wilder used to party with Charles and Ray Eames at their house in Los Angeles – and play guinea pigs to their latest chair designs. Step inside the Eames House, a divine shrine unchanged since their deaths. By Oliver Wainwright The bookshelves groan with Mexican masks …

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PAJERO SPORT

The Dakar Rally may have moved to another continent, but that has not stopped Mitsubishi South Africa from upgrading the Pajero Sport for a true African overland adventure. The promise of adventure comes in the form of a special Pajero Sport Shogun 4×4 Auto, which is packed with Africa-ready off-road accessories and extra luxuries at no extra cost to customers. …

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THE BLANKET IS LIFE

It all started back in 1951 when an Italian family immigrated to South Africa and bought a piece of land in Randfontein, on Johannesburg’s West Rand, after their textile factory was destroyed in World War II. Today, more than 60 years later, the Magni family are still the proud owners of Aranda Textile Mills, an impressive 11-acre blanket-manufacturing plant. By …

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CAYMAN BLACK EDITION

Following similar 911 and Boxster models, the company’s diminutive sports coupe is finally getting an extra touch of exclusivity. The Cayman Black Edition comes with a special black exterior finish with contrasting aluminum window trim and bigger, 20-inch Carrera alloy wheels. The cabin is trimmed in black leather, and a host of creature comforts are offered as standard, including two-zone …

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INDIA’S RICH TEXTILE TRADITION

Exploring the fabric of a nation in Delhi and Jaipur. Fashion designers and artisans take authentic traditions to the next level in two very different cities, writes Rebecca Gonsalves. When we think today of clothing “made in India”, it tends to be of mass-produced fast fashion and the sort of factory conditions which are uncomfortable to consider, much less endure. …

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AFRICAN DESIGN CENTRE

Announcing a major new initiative: This Sunday, MASSer Christian Benimana will take the stage at the U.N. Solutions Summit in New York to present his vision for the African Design Center: an education program based in Kigali, Rwanda, to train the next generation of African Architects. Building a resilient Africa. As Africa’s cities experience explosive growth, the continent will need …