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With this privileged relationship comes access to rare design exclusives and key movers and shakers from the design world, which we profile here. Scroll through and enjoy!

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Hervé Van der Straeten on ‘Emergence’

Haute craftsmanship takes centre stage in ‘Emergence’, the latest exhibition by celebrated Paris-based designer Hervé Van der Straeten in his Marais gallery, a story of contrasts. On bold furniture creations the emergence of matter – mineral, vegetal and animal – lends a decorative, textured counterpoint to the cool, industrial sleekness of bronze and aluminium mirrors and lighting fixtures in origami folds and undulating, ribbon-like forms. 

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David Gill's Enduring Vision

When it comes to London design, few have wielded a greater influence on its immediate history than David Gill. The opening of his eponymous gallery back in 1987 arguably marked the first commercial space of its kind in the capital, one that, in championing local design, helped lay the groundwork for London's current status as one of the key design hubs of the world.

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A Sneak Preview of Bruno Moinard's New Tome: 'From Line to Light'

It’s a grey October afternoon in Paris, the sky’s sombre hue an extension of the city’s iconic zinc rooftops, and Bruno Moinard, seated at a white bean-shaped desk in his oval-shaped Haussmanian office on Avenue Montaigne, is leafing through a stack of unbound pages from his new book: ‘Bruno Moinard, From Line to Light’. 

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In the Atelier With Achille Salvagni

“A superyacht interior is not a house, it is a big piece of furniture. It is all made of wood – ceiling, walls and floors. To move from a big piece of furniture to a smaller one is a small step.” 

— Achille Salvagni

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In the Atelier with Petit h’s Pascale Mussard

If Hermès represents the beauty of Parisian perfectionism, then Petit h, the house’s fledgling métier offshoot, led by creative visionary Pascale Mussard, is all about the beauty of imperfections.

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A New Chapter

How to revive a sleeping giant of the nightclubbing world – Les Bains Douches – while respecting its legacy as the after-dark playground for a Who’s Who of subversive notables in the Eighties? With the formidable Marie-Line manning the door the mythic nightspot was as a popular rallying ground for artists, intellectuals and designers, with among regular punters Andy Warhol, Yves Saint Laurent, Jean Paul Gaultier, Claude Montana, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Mick Jagger and punk priestess Edwige Belmore. Joy Division even recorded a live album there in 1979.

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Francis Sultana Talks Homing Instincts

When it comes to the world of interiors, Francis Sultana is something of a polymath. Aged forty-four, the Maltese-born, London-based furniture and interior designer has come a long way since designing his first sofa for Annie Lennox two decades ago, being the go-to designer for an haut-monde of notable art collectors and patrons. Working across both residential and commercial projects, recent commissions include the design of the restaurant for the Pavilion of Art and Design (PAD) in London in October. In addition to his own design studio, specializing in beautifully crafted pieces evoking the elegance of the 1920s and 1930s, with influences from both the natural world and contemporary art, Sultana is also Artistic Director of David Gill Galleries, London. Bar a three-year sabbatical, he has worked there since the age of nineteen.

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It is in the gallery’s high ceilinged and light filled St. James’s space – located on the same street as Christie’s and surrounded by some of London’s leading commercial galleries – that we meet. Following an enthusiastic introduction to one of the gallery’s hot talents, Barnaby Barford, whose Tower of Babel is on display in the V&A’s Medieval & Renaissance Galleries until 1st November, I’m invited to join Sultana on a sofa from his ‘Celia’ range. (Each of his collections is named after a friend, starting in 2012 with ‘Yana’, after Outset Founder and Intelligence Squared CEO, Yana Peel.) My eye settles on a pair of cushions in woven black leather and gold bullion that bring to mind a Chanel jacket. “It’s a special hand-weave done for me in Paris,” he explains. “I’m working with textiles that are being used for couture as well.”

With no formal training – he left school after taking his A-levels in Gozo at the age of sixteen – Sultana credits Gill as having been his education, along with the V&A and several of his clients. Judging by his comet-like ascent, Sultana, who cuts a suave figure in his Anderson & Sheppard suit, has clearly been an attentive life student, with a generous manner that belies his steely focus as one of the industry’s rising stars. He refers to himself as an “interior editor”, adding: “Most of the people I know have a great aesthetic, I just put things together.” 

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