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A rare breed.

“You throw yourself on the benevolence of the world, believing some kind of wisdom will come of it.” —Canadian explorer Wade Davis

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.

Act of God.

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

Muse material.

From the Broadway stage to the depths of the human subconscious, Rebecca Hall has played her way into the limelight. Now, the actress appears in Wally Pfister’s directorial debut Transcendence, a science-fiction blockbuster opening today.

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.

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.