WELCOME TO NEUE LUXURY
Welcome to issue three of
Let me start by extending my sincere thanks to those of you who offered your thoughtful and positive feedback following the release of our second issue. It would appear that we were able to stimulate your curiosity and satisfy your insatiable desire for the new and the next, and for that we are grateful.
This issue explores how the value of artisanship and the hand made continue to shape our understanding of – and engagement with – luxury artefacts and experiences. In doing so, we survey the incredible work of American sculptor Barry X Ball (p2) while contrasting his process, intent and oeuvre with that of Australian artist John Wolseley (p21). We speak with Thierry-maxime Loriot about his curatorial vision for The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk (p4), while discussing notions of tradition and regionality with sartorial icon Nick Wooster (p16). Excitingly, we also buckled up for a scenic tour through the bespoke world of Aston Martin, Rolls Royce and Mclaren (p18) while understanding what it takes for Khai Liew to deliver one of the largest, and most incredible, private furniture commissions in Australian history (p24).
This year is going to be significant for Neue Luxury. With an increased focus on our international bureaus (Italy, England, Germany), we will be releasing an inaugural range of branded leather goods celebrating a dedication to craftsmanship and design. Our upcoming September issue will examine the notion of ‘Obsession’ and present the iconoclasts, makers and brands who are pursuing their ideas of luxury relentlessly, unceasingly and with a singular vision that makes it possible for them to change our view of the world.
I would once again like to thank our foundation partner Harrolds Australia’s Luxury Department Store and extend my sincere and ongoing thanks to our supporting partners Vranken Pommery, Song for the Mute, Folie á Plusieurs, Maison D’amore, Kaimin and BPM for their extraordinary support. Importantly, I would also like to acknowledge each of our subscribers, retailers, contributors and staff for their ongoing dedication and contribution. Collectively, you afford us the freedom and inspiration to pursue this dream.
I trust that you will enjoy this issue along with the many layers, personalities and stories that we endeavour to reveal along the way.
Cover image supplied courtesy of the artist: Barry X Ball
2008 - 2010 Sculpture: Belgian Black Marble, 68-1/8 x 35-1/2 x 18-1/4 inches; base: Carrara Marble, stainless steel, Delrin, 68-1/2 x 35-13/16 x 13-3/8 inches; sculpture / base assembly: 68-1/2 x 35-13/16 x 31-5/8 inches. After the Hermaphrodite Endormi (Ermafrodito Borghese), Musée du Louvre, Paris (ex Collezione Borghese, Roma), discovered near the Baths of Diocletian in 1608, figure and drapery Roman Imperial Period (2nd century A.D.) after a Greek original (2nd century B.C.), figure restorations by David Larique (1619), bed addition by Gianlorenzo Bernini (1619). Private Collection, New York Sleeping Hermaphrodite,