WELCOME TO NEUE LUXURY
Welcome to our time issue.
Many say that time is the ultimate luxury—the only truly limited resource we have. But what influences our relationship to time and how and when did time become central in our reading of and engagement with luxury? As two quite didactic and complex lines of enquiry, many have dedicated their lives to such questions and to presume that we could do either justice within 28 pages would be folly. Rather our intent has been to unfurl the ideas, sentiments and discourse challenging the questions.
Influenced by culture, philosophy, science and religion it is evident that our understanding of and relationship to time has sought the assistance of many agents over the centuries—from the movement of the astronomical bodies and the flow of water, through to artificial constructs such as the ancient Egyptian Merkhet or the Chinese Clepsydra invented during the Song Dynasty. With unending curiosity, humanity has marked each new discovery, each new invention with a further challenge to interrogate and quantify our relationship to time. Insatiable and curious we oscillate forward.
It is in this spirit that we reflect upon time with photographer David Sims (p.4) whilst contrasting his oeuvre against the hyper reality of artist Michael Zavros (p.8). We have sought perspectives on time from New Delhi-based artists Raqs Media Collective (p.9) while contrasting the vanguard technological prowess of Mclaren Automotive (p.7) against the scientific rigour and artisanal lyricism of botanical artist Mali Moir (p.16). We reflect upon the notion of commemoration and make an architectural pilgrimage to San Vito D’altivole to explore the Brion Tomb (p.14)—carlo Scarpa’s culminating masterpiece and the resting place of Guissepe Brion. Last and of course not least, we travelled to Paris to speak with creative iconoclast and enigma Michele Lamy (p.10) who has helped refocus the lens on fashion, art, music and luxury in the 21st century.
I invite you to take the time to discover our fifth issue and our first for 2016. It marks the start of a significant year for Neue Luxury with the release of our dedicated category magazines offering a broader and deeper survey of luxury. In the meantime, I trust that this issue lives up to our promise and continues to deliver upon our vision.