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At sixty-some­thing, Rox­ane Zand, deputy chair­man of the Mid­dle East at Sotheby’s, has made it to the top of her pro­fes­sion as a Mid­dle East­ern mother and men­tor. Shar­ing her wealth of life ex­pe­ri­ence, Iran-born, Har­vard- and Ox­ford-ed­u­cated Rox­ane on what’s light­ing up her radar this month

What de­sign el­e­ment would bring the wow fac­tor into my home? A visit to the

Lon­don De­sign Mu­seum high­lights the fact that de­sign per­me­ates ev­ery as­pect of our daily lives: from hum­ble kitchen ap­pli­ances to glam­orous fur­ni­ture and dec­o­ra­tive items. Mak­ers and ce­ram­i­cists are cel­e­brated as the new artists (Gagosian high­lighted ex­quis­ite Ed­mund de Waal ce­ram­ics at Frieze Art Fair two years ago), and de­sign fairs are packed. The world has wo­ken up to the ex­cit­ing po­ten­tial of de­sign, in light of new tech­nolo­gies that en­able ex­tra­or­di­nary end-prod­ucts – de­cep­tive resin fin­ishes, re­mark­able faux con­crete, stun­ning wood patina, and much more. The arts and

crafts move­ment, and Art Deco and Art Nou­veau move­ments, pro­vide beau­ti­ful vin­tage items that reg­u­larly come

up at auc­tion: Sotheby’s holds de­sign sales in Lon­don, Paris and New York through­out the year. Names such as Tif­fany Stu­dios, Frank Lloyd Wright, Ron Arad or even Zaha Ha­did send hearts aflut­ter, so cov­eted are their works. And there is no limit to cat­e­gories in which we find new must-haves: tex­tiles, ce­ram­ics, glass, con­tem­po­rary ob­jets, fur­ni­ture, beds… In short, any­thing to fur­nish a house with. With stun­ning new con­cepts com­ing from Ja­pa­nese, Korean and Nordic de­sign­ers, and with so much on of­fer, how do we find our way? The key is to ed­u­cate one­self, so visit Lon­don’s V&A, go to de­sign fairs and at­tend auc­tions in the hope of find­ing that one spe­cial piece.

But re­mem­ber when buy­ing, as with all art,

you should be cap­ti­vated by it. How do I im­prove my smile and make my teeth look their best? A smile is the most im­por­tant of all fa­cial ex­pres­sions. We see our poker face in the mir­ror so it’s easy to ig­nore mi­nor im­per­fec­tions and yel­low­ing. But as any Hol­ly­wood A-lis­ter can tell you, pearly whites are a pri­or­ity, right af­ter good hair. So how to ac­quire a daz­zling set? I’m a be­liever in work­ing from the in­side out. A good diet, avoid­ing soft drinks, sweets and sug­ars that en­cour­age bac­te­ria, is vi­tal. Who can man­age brush­ing af­ter ev­ery meal? Not I. But ev­ery­one can man­age morn­ings and bed­time. Floss­ing keeps in­ter­sti­tial spa­ces clean and helps main­tain gum health, which is paramount since swollen gums are both ugly and bad for teeth. If you are one of those un­lucky peo­ple with bad teeth re­gard­less of heroic ef­forts, de­spair not. For dull­ness, a vast range of whiten­ing tooth­pastes promis­ing im­me­di­ate re­sults are avail­able, and reg­u­lar hy­gien­ist vis­its can pay off hand­somely. A friend swears by af­ter-brush­ing with Eu­cryl, the smok­ers’ den­tal pow­der. An­other swears by whiten­ing kits. My own tri­als with laser-whiten­ing pro­ce­dures have been un­der­whelm­ing, pos­si­bly be­cause I am ter­ri­fied of post-laser sen­si­tiv­ity and in­sist on a mild treat­ment. But I’ve seen good re­sults in oth­ers, par­tic­u­larly in re­duc­ing dull­ness. Ve­neers are the fi­nal fron­tier and a dras­tic mea­sure to fix badly crooked or deeply stained teeth when all else fails. Since it means shav­ing your own teeth down to a frac­tion, it’s not to be un­der­taken lightly, and it’s costly. If you love your dark choco­late and cof­fee, be pre­pared that your teeth will need ex­tra TLC. But rest as­sured that ev­ery minute of it will be worth­while.

1. Gabriella Crespi Cubo Tondo ad­justable cof­fee table, Sotheby’s auc­tion es­ti­mate: Dhs57,730-Dhs86,620 2. Mar­tin Eisler And Carlo Hauner, pair of arm­chairs, Sotheby’s es­ti­mate: Dhs19,250-Dhs28,880 3. Pené­lope Cruz’s per­fect smile 4. Fulvio Bian­coniRare Sirena vase, Sotheby’s es­ti­mate: Dhs144,397-Dhs240,662 5. Joseph Walsh unique Enignum X din­ing table, Sotheby’s es­ti­mate: Dhs385,000-Dhs577,497 6. Apa White Duo by Apa Beauty, Dhs750

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