FRON­TRUN­NERS Alexan­der Mcqueen Stu­dio and The Rug Com­pany prac­tice the dark arts.

Robb Report (Malaysia) - - Fron­trun­ners - Fe­bru­ary - 2018 THE LAT­EST IN LUX­URY

To mark its 20th an­niver­sary last year, Lon­don-based The Rug Com­pany un­veiled the TRC20 cap­sule col­lec­tion of hand­made rugs fea­tur­ing cre­ations from Alexan­der Mcqueen, Paul Smith, Vivi­enne West­wood and Kelly Wearstler as well as com­pany co-founder Suzanne Sharp.

TRC20’S Chiaroscuro, cre­ated in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Alexan­der Mcqueen cre­ative di­rec­tor Sarah Bur­ton, is lim­ited to 40 edi­tions (start­ing at US$9,456, RM37,230, for a 1.52m-by- 0.91m rug). Its pat­tern is a gothic, moody free fall into Dutch flo­ral paint­ings of the 17th cen­tury. The pieces are hand­wo­ven (as are all TRC20 de­signs) from nat­u­ral yarns, with ev­ery colour blended by hand to im­part an im­pres­sive con­trast of light and dark.

Years ago, The Rug Com­pany worked with Mcqueen on a num­ber of edi­tions that res­onate for their de­sign and di­men­sion. Co-founder Christo­pher Sharp says: “He was amazed by the crafts­man­ship in­volved in our rugs. We asked him to come up with the best rug de­signs he could and not to worry about how we’d make them. The de­signs were in­cred­i­ble and chal­lenged us to ex­plore new weav­ing tech­niques, and they have since be­come iconic.” therug­com­pany.com ≠

TRoyal Se­lan­gor gets tails wag­ging for the Year of the Dog.

he pro­tec­tive na­ture of man’s best friend has cap­tured the Chi­nese imag­i­na­tion for thou­sands of years, and Royal Se­lan­gor is de­ter­mined to give the 11th an­i­mal in the Chi­nese zo­diac the wel­come it de­serves in 2018. Only 1,000 Year of the Dog plaques ( RM3,500) will be avail­able for sale world­wide, fea­tur­ing a chow chow against a back­drop of lush crab ap­ple flow­ers which her­ald good for­tune and wealth. The dog, which bears a close re­sem­blance to the Foo Dog – a myth­i­cal part-lion dog be­lieved to ward off evil – comes em­bel­lished in 24-carat gold. The plaque is also en­graved with a lyri­cal poem that al­ludes to the ar­rival of pros­per­ity in the new lu­nar year.

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AAuc­tioned by Bon­hams in New York for US$ 1.5 mil­lion ( RM5.9 mil­lion).

fren­zied bid­ding war sur­rounded this nat­u­ral pearl and di­a­mond drop pen­dant from the es­tate of Amer­i­can phi­lan­thropist Mary Clark Thomp­son, even­tu­ally go­ing on to fetch the high­est price for a nat­u­ral pearl at auc­tion in the last six years. The sin­gle drop pearl, which mea­sures 14.1mm, fea­tures a rose- cut di­a­mond sur­mount and was praised for its size, sym­me­try, rich lus­tre and blem­ish-free skin. A true rar­ity in the jew­ellery world, the pen­dant also be­came the third most valu­able sin­gle nat­u­ral pearl drop to be sold at auc­tion.

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