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The DESIGN Issue

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CULTURE HOTEL DESIGN SPECIALIST: ANDRÉ FU When an architect finds their name is a big enough draw that they can design objects under an eponymous brand, most will opt for accessories, desktop items or perhaps furniture akin to pieces they have designed for a recent project. But Fu has taken a different route, launching an eau de toilette called Fargesia, for people and interiors, packaged in a beautiful bamboo box. The youthful-looking Fu made his name mainly in the hotel design world. If you’re a globetrotter with a penchant for the luxurious you may well have stayed in one of the Fu-designed palaces that include The Upper House in Hong Kong and the Fullerton Bay Hotel in Singapore. His enviable client list includes such hoteliers as Maybourne, Four Seasons, Shangri-La, Swire, Capella and Park Hyatt. He’s also designed restaurants such as Kioku at the Four Seasons Seoul and Motif in Tokyo as well as working for retailers including Louis Vuitton, agnès b, and Lane Crawford. Main image: Arrival tea bar at the L’appartement, Hong Kong, for Louis Vuitton Top: The Clifford Pier alfresco terrace, Fullerton Bay HotelSingapore 46 j THE DESIGN ISSUE

The One Laptop Per Child initiative garnered so much respect it has been immortalised on Rwandan banknotes SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE SURFER: YVES BÉHAR The stereotype of most Californian surfers is laid-back types with a penchant for using phrases like “gnarly” and “dude”. Not Yves Béhar. He surfs all right, but brings that wave-borne intensity to everything else he does, including his design. In fact he’s far more than a designer and evangelises that designers are the new entrepreneurs. Swiss-born, but based in San Francisco, he’s very much part of the city’s start-up culture. As well as designing products for Prada, Samsung, Swarovski, Kodak and SodaStream, he is chief creative officer of wearable fitness device company Jawbone (he has a string of them up his arm). Béhar has a large design studio fuseproject too – the name says much about his approach – complete with its own curated gallery. He even finds time to work on projects with a strong sense of social responsibility such as the One Laptop Per Child initiative providing technology to children in developing countries. The pioneering project has garnered so much respect it has been immortalised on Rwandan banknotes. While at the other end of the spectrum, his most recent project is a luxury watch collection for Movado. Top: Afghan school girls enjoy learning with Béhar laptops. Above: A fitness device from Jawbone where Béhar (left) is chief creative officer THE DESIGN ISSUE j 47

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Jaguar Magazine celebrates creativity in all its forms, with exclusive features that inspire sensory excitement, from beautiful design to cutting-edge technology.

In this issue, we explore the art of creativity from the Brazilian masters who devised the graceful art of Capoeira, to the Irish artists mixing new culture with old. You will also discover the creative line that links Victorian wallpaper to the iPhone. While the multi-talented actor and performer, Riz Ahmed, explains why it is the right time to reveal his true self to the world.


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