NEUE PER­SPEC­TIVES

What does lux­ury mean to you?

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Ask any group of peo­ple their opin­ion on sport, pol­i­tics, art or re­li­gion and you are bound to re­ceive a se­ries of di­dac­tic and pas­sion­ate re­sponses. Ask a group of peo­ple for their per­spec­tives on lux­ury and you open up a con­ver­sa­tion that will an­chor some­where be­tween the philo­soph­i­cal and the tan­gi­ble. In this is­sue, Neue Per­spec­tives takes a cross sec­tion through the zeit­geist to ex­pose per­sonal per­spec­tives on lux­ury to cre­ate a di­a­logue on the role and sig­nif­i­cance of lux­ury in our day-to-day lives. The phys­i­cal and ex­pe­ri­en­tial no­tions of lux­ury are im­por­tant in­gre­di­ents in what could be de­scribed, at times, as fa­cil­i­tat­ing self-ac­tu­al­i­sa­tion, self-aware­ness and self-ful­fill­ment. In­tro­duc­ing...

MONIQUE MARTINO CRE­ATIVE PRO­DUCER, 45 (LOS AN­GE­LES)

A mo­ment in time de­fines my no­tion of lux­ury. These mo­ments change and grow as we evolve, they have the power to take us back to the past and dream of a fu­ture. The sight of a hand writ­ten love let­ter, the taste of an or­ganic ap­ple or the scent of a pine for­est may take me to a place that I have al­ways dreamed of or per­haps cap­ti­vated me to re­visit. I of­ten find my­self hes­i­tat­ing when I dis­cover a new trea­sure or de­light, like a child fas­ci­nated and trans­fixed. In awe of its form and slightly hum­bled. Lux­ury is for me, a per­sonal revered dream come to life.

CLAIRE MULQUINEY STU­DENT, 21 (MELBOURNE)

To me, lux­ury is all about a feel­ing. It’s the feel­ing you get when look­ing at a beau­ti­fully made gar­ment and see­ing the work that has gone into it. It’s the breath­tak­ing feel­ing of touch­ing del­i­cate ma­te­ri­als and notic­ing the struc­ture that’s hid­den in a beau­ti­fully tai­lored gar­ment. It’s the feel­ing of sat­is­fac­tion you get when wear­ing a gar­ment and re­ceiv­ing com­pli­ments and the in­con­ceiv­able feel­ing you get when know­ing that a gar­ment is one hun­dred per­cent per­fect for you.

LISA DI CRESCENZO PHD STU­DENT AND PRIN­CI­PAL OF IN­VEN­TORY OF PAR­LOR, 39 (MELBOURNE)

Lux­ury is an ex­pe­ri­ence that en­riches. Aes­thet­i­cally, in­tel­lec­tu­ally, even spir­i­tu­ally, trans­for­ma­tive, lux­ury is not nec­es­sar­ily an­chored to ex­pense; it can be ex­pe­ri­en­tial rather than ex­pen­sive: an ab­stract lux­ury that be­comes a state of mind, and a man­ner of car­ry­ing one­self. Study­ing a mas­ter­work in a gallery, read­ing an an­tique edi­tion of Shake­speare dis­cov­ered at a flea mar­ket, ar­rang­ing a bou­quet of roses or lis­ten­ing to Gus­tav Mahler’s Fifth Sym­phony - tan­gi­ble and in­tan­gi­ble at once. Lux­ury is a way of ex­pe­ri­enc­ing and re­flect­ing upon, the beauty, re­fine­ment and rar­ity in­her­ent in the de­tails of the world.

ALAN­NAH VINCI STU­DENT, 22 (MELBOURNE)

Lux­ury is some­thing unique, in­no­va­tive and orig­i­nal. Whether it’s a piece of cloth­ing, a hand­bag or a car. It’s qual­ity ma­te­ri­als and at­ten­tion to de­tail that re­flects pas­sion and craft. Lux­ury is an art form and to own one small piece of it can trans­form my or­di­nary day into some­thing spe­cial. Lux­ury is some­thing you hold close to your heart amongst all the fast fash­ion and other junk in your wardrobe.

CRYS­TAL DUNN DE­SIGNER, 25 (MELBOURNE)

Lux­ury is tac­tile. Lux­ury is a sen­su­ous ex­pe­ri­ence, a ma­te­rial ex­pe­ri­ence. The crisp, smooth tex­ture of a linen nap­kin, the heady and spicy scent of eu­ca­lyp­tus oil, the cold soft shine of a pre­cious stone…lux­u­ri­ous ob­jects are ab­sorbed through the skin, the nose, the eyes. Po­tent and im­mer­sive, a lux­u­ri­ous ob­ject gives it­self over to your senses, flood­ing and be­fud­dling and con­sum­ing you.

LUKE RYNDERMAN FILM MAKER, 34 (MELBOURNE)

Since the aban­don­ment of my graphic de­sign ca­reer, lux­ury now has a com­pletely dif­fer­ent mean­ing. I used to think see­ing the lat­est glossy magazine or fash­ion cam­paign by an im­mensely tal­ented pho­tog­ra­pher as lux­ury. Even the print­ing of a lux­u­ri­ous doc­u­ment was pure fan­tasy for me. The ex­tra­or­di­nary tran­si­tions of a glo­ri­ously imag­ined web­site or Show­stu­dio video. But now my tastes are way more in­fan­tile... De­ma­te­ri­alised into the sim­plic­ity of liv­ing, eat­ing, pay­ing for my own goods and be­ing able to sleep.

MARC FREE­MAN, VISUAL ARTIST, 33 (MELBOURNE)

I see lux­ury as time and space. In my case, the time and space to think and cre­ate art­works. Some ar­gue that the cre­ation of art is a ne­ces­sity, which is true, but I be­lieve it re­lies heav­ily on the en­vi­ron­ment in which it is made to make it pos­si­ble. That said, I also love my col­lec­tion of de­signer sun­glasses. But what­ever the lux­ury, I be­lieve it should be a re­ward or earned. I think the time when one en­joys lux­ury most, also in­cor­po­rates the time it took to achieve it.

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