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29 August 2009

Artisan ice cream truck

The Five o’clock Pret-À-Portea afternoon tea at the Berkeley Hotel in London is a perfect inspiration for your next shopping excursion. Get inspired by miniature cakes and pastries – fashion must-haves, which not only look good but also taste magnificent.
When your sweet heart is calling, Irma has the answer.
I am not sure what I will look at most, the art inside the Kunsthaus Graz or the biomorphic shape of the architecture by Peter Cook and Colin Fournier, who both created this impressive synthesis in the middle of the old town of Graz, Austria. The museum looks like a giant black bubble which is about to burst among the old traditional houses.

The best artisan ice cream in New York City is sold out of an adorable pale yellow truck that roams the city. You can check the Van Leeuwen website for locations or follow them on Twitter. All ingredients are organic and the base of the ice cream is made of hormone-free milk and cream, egg yolk and pure cane sugar. I order one scoop each of Giandujia, Pistachio and Tahitian Vanilla….

23 August 2009

Boa Nova Tea House

Very interesting windows at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis by Herzog and de Meuron.
In December I will stay at the Chesa Futura in St. Moritz, Switzerland. I fly to Zurich and after landing in Switzerland I can already switch on the heating system, sauna, steambath and lights via my laptop.

I am drinking white tea in the Boa Nova Tea House in Porto, Portugal right next to the sea. The tea house was built in 1963 by Alvaro Siza and is located at Avenida da Liberdade. My white Rishi tea is infused with succulent plum and wild forest berries.

A very elegant piece of architecture by Zaha Hadid near Insbruck. The ski jump Bergiselschanze looks like a beautiful woman who stretches out her right leg.
18 August 2009

Floating Architecture

When I walked through Hyde Park, I felt like an insect when I discovered the new installation of the Serpentine Gallery, which has been designed this year by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa. The Pavilion is floating aluminium drifting freely between the trees like smoke. The architecture changes according to the weather and, as you know, that happens quite often during the day in England.

15 August 2009

Dancing Queen

My favorite pavilion at the Biennale was the Scandinavian one. I could imagine living like that – except for the murder.
Dasha Zhukova’s Party on a Saturday night was a great dance. Here you see Olympia Scarry dancing.
Installation by Tomas Saraceno: “Galaxies Forming Along Filaments, Like Droplets Along the Strands of a Spider’s Web”.

Chanel Cruise Collection

The Ready-to-wear 2009 Cruise Collection for Chanel took place on the beach in front of the Grandhotel Excelsior, where I go swimming every morning when I stay on the Lido. Coco Chanel brought most of her lovers to this place.

A very impressive piece of art by Jake and Dinos Chapman. FUCKING HELL!

"The definition of luxury: Something simple. For me, luxury is a pleasure. Something that fits my character." - Rosie Buccellati

I am leaving Venice at 5:30 in the morning, the best moment to walk across San Marco on a sunny day.

Today I visit the Laban Dance Center in Creekside, England. It was built in 2004 by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron. The staircase’s spiral form symbolizes movement best.

Whenever I dream of a summerhouse, Luis Barragán’s house in Mexico City comes to my mind. The house was built in 1947 but still feels contemporary. His sense of color and simplicity is my favorite inspiration when I think of architecture.
5 August 2009

Beautiful Paper

To start the evening today, I will have a chilled Bellini at Harry’s Bar, an all-time classic.
The chic art crowd at Monsieur Pinault’s opening party.
Dinner aboard Angela Missoni’s yacht.
Beautiful treasures at Attilio Codognato’s jewellery store on San Marco, Venice.
My room at the Hotel des Bains, the most beautiful room in the hotel with views of the garden and the seaside along the Lido di Venezia.
We will have dinner tonight at Trattoria Alla Madonna, San Polo, Rialto 594, Venezia. I suggest you order the spaghetti with black octopus sauce.

"The world of luxury is ambiguous for me; what counts is allure and charm." - Attilio Codognato

The opening night of the artist John Wesley at the Prada Foundation. He is one of my favorite artists showing at the Biennale this year.
My favorite restaurant while visiting Venice, Restaurant da Celeste on Pellestrina. You have to take the ferry or water taxi to get there, but you will have the most wonderful sundowner, a perfect location and the best dinner in Venice. Order the chilled house Prosecco which they serve you in carafes.
My bag for the day while walking around many hours to look at art.

Whenever I am in Venice I buy lots of beautiful handmade papers in different colors and patterns. They are unique and make a wonderful gift, or I use them to cover my own favorite books.


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she sees something interesting,
reporting on what inspires her.
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most varied places,
from fashion shows
to art exhibits, from lonely
beaches to bustling cities.



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