Of Note

Muse material.

From the Broadway stage to the depths of the human subconscious, actress Rebecca Hall has played her way into the limelight. This month, Hall will appear in Wally Pfister’s directorial debut Transcendence, a science-fiction blockbuster, proving that the steadily growing spotlight on her has been set to a full-strength glow.

A fine balance.

The Salone Internazionale del Mobile furniture fair begins today in Milan. Tel Aviv-based designer Ron Gilad, who will showcase there, carves his place within the world of industrial design by questioning and challenging convention.

Act of God.

Christchurch’s landmark cathedral gets a cardboard redesign by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, who is the 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize laureate.

Made in Italy.

From La Marzocco’s headquarters in Scarperia, just outside of Florence, the Italian king of espresso machinery is still an artisanal operation.

Still ticking.

In the heart of Saxony, the tiny town of Glashütte is the undisputed centre of German watchmaking. To understand the significance of this, we must consider the tumultuous history of the past 170 years, when wars, financial crises, political dislocation, occupation, and socialism swept through Europe, changing the political, economic, and social landscape again and again. Glashütte was spared none of it.

King of the hill.

From selling bell-bottoms to school friends as a teenager to running a billion-dollar global empire, Tommy Hilfiger is a master of reinvention.

Moody lighting lends a bad-boy vibe to our favourite clean-cut styles from the men’s spring/summer collections.