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The Art of the Rich

The ultra rich will spend $2.7 trillion on art by 2026. It also raises questions over trust and transparency in the art market, as 48% of collectors say lack of standards is a major concern, yet found that collectors, wealth managers and art professionals were overwhelmingly in favour of self-regulation over government intervention. The authors, … Continued

Zoom in: Modern Spiral

Bermondsey based FORMStudio is an award-winning architecture practice, with projects ranging from large hotels and urban planning schemes to countless private homes. Here, an unusual triangular house in London’s West End was transformed with the installation of a signature spiral staircase linking the five floors. “The client’s brief was to create a high-quality central London pied-à-terre … Continued

All you need to know about: Songkick

Each month, we profile a local tech business. First up, Shoreditch’s very own concert ticket wizards   What do they do? Help music fans watch the bands they love. Their online platform lets you track your favourite bands, create ticket notifications and get updates on ticket sales before they sell out. It’s all about getting more people … Continued

App watch: Nest Thermostat

Control the central heating from your phone   Simply install the unit and use your phone to set the temperature – no more annoying trips to the airing cupboard to tweak a degree or two. The Nest Thermostat is a new way to control your home heating. Best of all it works with your existing … Continued

Buy this: state of the art music system

Check out this earth-shaking wireless music system from Naim   With six speakers, 450W of power and an incredible digital audio brain, Mu-so packs a real punch. It can link to all sorts of devices and streaming services for the ultimate wireless speaker, designed by the people who create in-car audio systems for Bentley. Naim … Continued

Tech trend: new generation property finance

Clubbing together to get on the ladder Buying your first property in the current market is tough. High house prices, unachievable deposits and strict lending criteria are all taking their toll on potential buyers. Many are stuck renting. A recent report* shows that between 2000 and 2014, the percentage of people aged 25-34 years old … Continued

Shoptalk with menswear maestro, Mr. Start

We caught up with the man behind one of Shoreditch’s best known fashion brands.   Just up the road from Space Station you’ll find one of Shoreditch’s best known shops – Mr. Start. Full of beautifully designed menswear, it’s run by Phillip Start, founder of Woodhouse and lover of the sharpest clothing. We caught up … Continued

Property round-up: Cool conversions

There’s something very satisfying about showing someone around your home and being able to drop in a casual “oh, it actually used to be a pub”. Or a warehouse. Or a textiles factory. There’s a great sense of history and pride in the story of a building’s past, particularly if it’s an interesting one…. Crosby … Continued

Selling Your Property: A Fresh Approach

“Selling property is an art… …but it’s one that’s often misunderstood. In simplistic terms, it’s easy to assume that it’s all about getting the highest price possible, but that’s a bit of a red herring. In particular, when it comes to selling unique properties, specialist knowledge and an empathy for great design and architecture is … Continued

Retreat East: Holiday Home Rethink

For anyone who has considered buying a place in the country, but been put off by the admin and expensive maintenance, or worries about contributing to the ‘ghost village’ second home problem, there’s a new option.   Retreat East in Suffolk is a new development that’s a private members country club with ultrachic accommodation provided. … Continued

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