Andrea Watson
  • Crossing continents with Vastu – how Indian beliefs are changing homes Centred on a haunted house in the suburbs of Mumbai, the Indian horror film Vaastu Shastra takes its title from ancient Vedic principles of architecture. The plot involves a young family who move to their new home with an old banyan tree in the garden. As the film rapidly descends into gore and nonsense, we […] June 24, 2019
  • Billionaire who can’t give up work because he signed the Giving Pledge The rich are famously time poor. But with P.N.C. Menon, the billionaire founder of Sobha Realty, it’s not like that. The Indian-born property mogul, who recently opened an office in Park Lane, Mayfair (ironically in premises vacated by Foxtons) lives up to the image of a “suited yogi” and seem genuinely time rich as we […] June 5, 2019
  • Extinction Rebellion’s home invasion Is the botanical trend in interiors a response to climate change? From bees and butterflies to pandas and marine creatures botanically inspired interiors are the cult look. It is ironic given that some people say we’ve only about a decade left before the climate apocalypse kicks in. But what the hell, put a bee on […] May 9, 2019
  • New wave art The latest Knight Frank Weath Report, published in March, has some generalised data on one of the assets most prized by High Net Worths – yachts: how many, where they sail and so on. Unlike cars, yachts are not on the asset value list Objects of Desire because – presumably – they lose value. They […] March 6, 2019
  • Best exhibitions in Europe for spring 2019 Harald Sohlberg: Painting Norway One of Norway’s greatest and most original landscape artists, Harald Sohlberg, finally gets a show in the UK. Born in 1869, he was a close contemporary of Edvard Munch (The Scream) and like Munch, outside the mainstream of contemporary art. The label of symbolist has fallen on Sohlberg’s shoulders however much […] January 31, 2019
  • Why is Sardinia a Blue Zone dream? MENTION Sardinia and most people will automatically respond with: “have you been to Porto Cervo?” This is the superyacht marina on the Costa Smeralda developed by the Aga Khan back in the 1960s and a magnet ever since for celebrities of all descriptions from the Clooneys to Barack Obama. Embed from Getty Images But for […] January 16, 2019
  • Manhattan’s boardrooms changing into bedrooms “Alexander Hamilton must be turning in his grave, ” commented a local shopkeeper, referring to the father of American banking as a series of landmark buildings in New York are converted into luxury apartments. But would he? It’s more likely that the visionary statesman – whose colourful life is celebrated in the rap musical Hamilton […] November 16, 2018
  • Frieze Frames: diversity and restraint mark 2018 art fair Revolver Galerie, Buenos Aires, Lima – one of the booths in the Focus section – presented an installation piece by Andrea Galvani. Slowly gyrating around a series of white neon mathematical equations, the performers hummed haunting acapella harmonies as they moved across the stand. It was as if the sounds of the universe, represented by […] October 5, 2018
  • Pearls of Montenegro’s property market I remember my first visit to Montenegro in 2006 as a mixture of awe at the landscape and horror at the concrete tangle of Herceg Novi, the border town with Croatia. There were no direct flights at that time so you arrived in Dubrovnik and crawled along the coastline on a terrible road drinking in […] July 5, 2018
  • Enjoy barefoot luxury in Sardinia The north-east corner of Sardinia was almost unknown until the 1960s when the Aga Khan came here and began to develop luxury hotels. Now almost everyone associates Sardinia with the Costa Smeralda, Porto Cervo, super yachts and celebrities. But there’s another side to the Gallura region. Indeed much of it remains wild and uncultivated and […] June 15, 2018