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    Indoor version: Carioca and Indy fabrics

    Outdoor version: plain or patterned fabrics for Roche Bobois

    Flying Flower coffee table, design Sacha Lakic.

    See www.roche-bobois.com for collections, news and catalogues.

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    It was hard to press

    the go button to send

    this issue to print: with

    such a wealth of art-

    ists, designers and

    architects among our

    pages, choosing which

    of them to feature on

    the cover proved to

    be incredibly tough. It

    was natural to resolve

    such a dilemma with a

    creative design twist.

    Not one but two covers

    have been designed,

    each giving the spot-

    light to two esteemed

    names: Olivia Putman

    is paired with Richard

    Serra, and Rana Salam

    with Zaha Hadid. The

    Design Issue is very

    broad and we move

    from architecture to

    fashion, and from furniture and dcor, to todays cut-

    ting edge design challenges.

    It was in Paris that I met with Olivia Putman, after I was

    invited to visit the newly redecorated Sofitel Arc de Tri-

    omphe in Paris by Studio Putman. It was a privilege to

    be given a tour of the hotel by Olivia Putman herself,

    and the hotel certainly impresses with its perfection

    of the details that make the guest feel at home and its

    sheer elegance. In return I invited Olivia to share with

    us her connection to art

    and inspirations. Allow

    me to introduce you to

    her world.

    Recent travels also

    took me to the Borouk

    Desert in Qatar, where

    walking amid Richard

    Serras East and West

    sculptures allowed me

    to witness a monu-

    ment that will be part

    of history. In this erst-

    while desolate spot it

    really felt to me as if

    the sculptures were in

    a harmonious conver-

    sation with the desert.

    Among the other

    highlights of this is-

    sue, contributor Hilary

    French, an architect

    and architectural historian, joins world-acclaimed

    architect Zaha Hadid for a conversation about her

    upbringing, life in London, and why the future is all

    about curves. Also dont miss award-winning journal-

    ist and critic Justin McGuirk who shares his thoughts

    on Milans famous Salone del Mobile. And of course

    theres much, much more waiting to be discovered in

    the pages that follow.

    Enjoy.

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    The Design issue

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    contRiBUtoRS

    Hilary French studied architecture at the AA and history of architecture at the Bartlett. After many years in architecture and design practice, in Paris and London, she started teaching and spent many years as Head

    of the School of Architecture & Design at the Royal College of Art in London. She has published several

    books on housing design and the architecture of the everyday and is a regular contributor to architecture

    and design journals. Here she speaks with Zaha Hadid about her life and architectural practice.

    Justin McGuirk is a writer, critic and curator based in London. He is the director of Strelka Press, the publishing arm of the Strelka Institute in Moscow. He has been the design critic of The Guardian, the edi-

    tor of Icon magazine and the design consultant toDomus. In 2012 he was awarded the Golden Lion at the

    Venice Biennale of Architecture for an exhibition he curated with Urban Think Tank. His book, Radical Cit-

    ies: Across Latin America in Search of a New Architecture will be published by Verso in spring 2014. Justin

    shares his thoughts with us about this years Milan Salone del Mobile.

    Merlin Fulcher is a writer, photographer and architectural journalist based in Battersea, London whose work focuses on political interaction within changing built environments. He is competitions editor and inter-

    national news writer on The Architects Journal and has contributed to The Architectural Review, New Civil

    Engineer, Construction News and London Evening Standard. He is also programme director at Platform One

    Gallery a community art project. Several of his poems, including a collection on regeneration in the Brit-

    ish Midlands titled Modern Air have been published by the Different Skies experimental writing platform.

    In this issue Merlin reviews a discussion at the Institute of Contemporary Art, in London, about the tropical

    utopianism of Jane Drew and Maxwell Fry.

    Nicholas Chrisostomou is a British entrepreneur and former London nightclub impresario routinely rubbed shoulders with fashion designers and pop stars at his wild clubnights across Europe and as

    far afield as South Africa. Today Nicholas company, Coco Latt, advises the hospitality and nightlife

    industries and manages DJs and artists, whilst Nicholas spends his life criss-crossing the globe for

    work and play, shoe-horning long weekends and quick holiday jaunts in between meeting clients on

    four continents and living it up with the whos who of the global party scene. Turn to his diary column for

    dinner party anecdotes from his first visit to Beirut.

    Rajesh Punj is a London-based art critic, correspondent and curator, with a specialist interest in so-called emerging markets, mainly across Asia. His undergraduate studies were in European and American art his-

    tory at Warwick University, UK, and his postgrad was in curating at Goldsmiths College, UK. He has previ-

    ously written for international art publications including Flash Art International, Milan, Deutsche Bank Art Mag,

    Berlin, Elephant, London, Art Zip, London & Beijing, Sculpture, Washington D.C., and Asian Art newspaper,

    London, among others. Rajesh is currently compiling a series of interviews with leading artists for a book

    planned for 2016. Here he interviews leading Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos

    Sheyma Bu Ali is an independent London-based writer and researcher. Sh