Issue 124 – March & April 2019: Editor’s welcome – The Luxe Edition

Photo: Izabela Viskupova
Photo: Izabela Viskupova

Is luxury a limited-edition Bentley Mulsanne? A jar of white tea with a £500 price tag? Affording these is possible – but only for a few. Does that mean luxury is out of bounds for the rest of us? After putting together this one-off special issue, we know that what defines luxury is not based on cost alone, but nor can it be dismissed as frivolous. Over 370 pages, its many meanings and manifestations are recognised and celebrated. Some big brands feature, but so too do lesser-known names who share the same aim: to create objects of desire that will enrich our lives.

The senses haven’t been overlooked. A selection of silk and cashmere, wood and leather are there for those who want to luxuriate through touch and smell. On page 192, there’s an architectural eco home carved from a cliff edge, a restorative escape with the ultimate sea views. More immediate pleasures are on offer too – turn to page 357 for Turkish delight encased in Belgian chocolate with edible gold leaf.

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The consensus seems to be that more time – for sleep, for reading, for slowing down – is the greatest luxury. So pour yourself a cup of tea (the ordinary stuff will do), put your feet up and read on.

Editor’s picks

el fenn
Interiors: El Fenn, page 318 (photo: Kasia Gatkowska)
backgammon
Rich pickings: Jonathan Adler, page 45
textile on washing line
Art: Arrange Whatever Pieces Come Your Way, page 238
hanging material and glass bottle
From left: Artworks: Emma Jo Webster at Inverleith House Gallery, page 249; Objects of desire – food and fine dining: Oliver Bonas, page 357
rocking tiger
Kids bedrooms: Stevenson Brothers, page 98
meringues in bowl
This Life: Claire Pollock, page 24 (photo: Susie Lowe)
hammock
Objects of desire – gardens: Fatboy, page 338
chess piece and gold object
From left: Must Haves – equestrian: L’Objet, page 77; Sustainable luxury: Born in Sweden at Forma, page 328
model boat
Heirloom: Kiade, page 82