Chinese Stars Artist Huang Rui interview for German Traveller Magazine
Beijing’s high-rise buildings and congested streets disappear in the rear view mirror and are replaced by empty, back roads as we approach the suburban art district of Huantie. China’s most famous art district – Factory 798 – is already five miles behind us and we can see stray dogs and chickens rummaging around in the fresh rubble of what was, up until recently, a row of rural homes. Out of town villages are being replaced with suburban villas, as the newly wealthy look to find somewhere away from the smog and gridlock of downtown Beijing.
Cover story for Australia Unlimited on head of the West Kowloon Culture District in Hong Kong - Michael Lynch
China isn’t just experiencing an economic boom, it’s revelling in an arts renaissance of sorts. The explosion of visual arts in both Hong Kong and the mainland in recent years, plus the arrival of major fairs including Art Hong Kong and international galleries such as White Cube has shifted the traditional cultural axis from West to East.
Michael Lynch is an Australian who is at the centre of this new and exciting creative period in China. Lynch is the CEO of Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD), a magnificent cultural and entertainment district spanning 23 hectares that has been in the works for 16 years.
For a man famous for his fast cars, Lapo Elkann is considerably late for our interview. His car collection (voted the best in the world by Wallpaper* Magazine) hasn’t helped him beat Beijing rush hour traffic. When he arrives in his bright blue suit and dark sunglasses he does however, look remarkable cool and collected.
I was hoping to dislike Lapo. Not only is he taller, better looking and much, much richer than I am, he is famously known as one of the world’s most eligible bachelors and voted by Vanity Fair magazine as the world’s best dressed man.
Interview with Chopard’s Caroline Scheufele for Vogue China. English text below:
As co-president and artistic director of luxury watch and jewelry maker Chopard, Caroline Scheufele is responsible for making the world’s most beautiful actresses truly shine on the red carpet. She talks to Tom Pattinson about why gems and films go together, her new Chinese designer protoge and why she’s always eager to get back on the slopes.
As a teenager, Caroline Scheufele was surrounded by glamour. Her parents would invite Europe’s social elite for dinner and the young Caroline would mix with film stars and celebrities of the 1970s.