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Edition 79: The Luxury Briefing

This week in luxury, must-see art, SA’s first online wine and art auction, the best in lighting design and the Louis Vuitton flagship architectural masterpiece.
The European Fine Art Fair

Lovers of fine art are descending on The Fine Art Fair Maastricht from tomorrow (today if you have early access) to view special exhibitions, newly discovered and fresh to market works of art. Covering 7000 years of art history, TEFAF enables collectors to acquire some of the finest works available on the market. These include pieces that were last on the market 50 years ago like Three Dancers in Yellow Skirts oil on canvas c.1891 by Edgar Degas and the striking work pictured above by Babajide Olatunji from the Tribal Marks III series, made of charcoal and pastel on paper. Widely considered the world’s premier fair for fine art, antiques and design, TEFAF’s CEO Patrick van Maris says ‘Every year the scope of the works brought to TEFAF Maastricht by our participating exhibitors astounds me – their dedication to be the best in class in their respective fields coupled with the discoveries and connections they make within their disciplines cannot be bettered. I am delighted that we have been able to accommodate more exhibitors overall in 2020 and that it is our most international fair to date. In addition, the calibre of the exhibitors participating is testament to the revised selection procedures put in place in 2019. The quality of the fair is the best yet.’ You can read about the measures they are taking to safeguard visitors from the Covid-19 virus on the TEFAF website.

Tom Dixon
The latest in lighting design

Creating ambience and setting the mood that can elevate a space from ordinary to luxurious, lighting design should form a key consideration to your spaces. Executing lighting design in residences, hotels and high-end offices, Tom Dixon is an innovator in lighting and décor. His pieces are instantly recognizable for their sculptural qualities and engineered aesthetic. His studios are in New York, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles and Tokyo and you can find his pieces through the distribution network across 65 countries, including South Africa.

wine & art auction
SA’s first combined online wine & art auction

Take the edge off of bidding in a crowded room and go the online route for this South African first, curated by Strauss & Co auctions. Expect to find a wealth of art, with paintings, works on paper and prints by top South African artists such as William Kentridge, Marlene Dumas, Simon Stone and many others. With 80 lots from 35 producers on auction, the wine, collection includes mature vintages rarely found on the market. Roland Peens, Director of Wine Cellar fine wine merchants and Strauss & Co wine auction partner shared more details about the highly sought-after selection of mature wines, burgundies and champagnes. There is also a fine selection of silver, glassware, ceramics and furniture. The auction runs until Monday the 16th of March, 8pm.

Louis Vuitton Japan
The new flagship Louis Vuitton store in Osaka, Japan

Since its opening last month, the seven-storey building has seen scores of people snaking around the corner to feast their eyes on the incredible design, fashioned after the giant sails of a boat in honour of Japan’s maritime history. A design collaboration by Jun Aoki & Associates and New York architecture studio Peter Merino, the store also features the first ever cafe and restaurant in a Louis Vuitton store on the top level, with sweeping views of the Osaka skyline.


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