Letter from the Editor
As we move into a new year, we appreciate that many opportunities have yet to present themselves. In our first ode to 2017, we have scoured the world to unearth interesting stories of brands and maisons looking for authenticity in their narratives. From the Asian Art Fair in Paris to automotive trends, this issue encapsulates the staggering breadth of perfection in craft, service and artistic expression. The last of the trio was also achieved by the doyenne of Malaysia’s art scene: Nirmala Dutt Shanmughalingam. Her untimely demise just last month from ill health, at the age of 75, left a deep and profound impact on the art community. For decades, her body of work had shone a light on the many injustices suffered by Malaysia as a nation and people, and of the world at large.
As one of the most senior artists in Malaysia, her presence will be missed and it is hoped that the work she leaves behind continues to function in the spirit of their being; to be relevant, authentic and effective in reminding all of us that some things are worth living and even dying for.