#WednesdayWishlist: The life and times of Art Deco

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By Buro247

#WednesdayWishlist: The life and times of Art Deco

Cai Mei Khoo, Editor in Chief: A weekend at the Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez


Bright lights, shiny cars and even shinier A-list celebrities – it’s got to be Cannes and when at this glamourous resort town, there’s no other place to lounge in your Cartier jewels than at the Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez. Formerly known as Hotel Martinez, this Art Deco beauty, complete with wrought iron balconies, sits right smack on La Croisette where the Cannes Film Festival is held each year, hosting a bevy of heavyweights from the film industry. Private beach and heated outdoor pool? Check. Two-Michelin starred restaurant? Check. Limo and helicopter tour? 24-hour concierge, at your service. The only thing else you need is a limitless credit card.


Jason Lim, Fashion Editor: Art Déco pen in black composite with palladium finish by Cartier

For my 12th birthday I asked my parents for a fountain pen. I remember how important and grown-up I felt drawing ink into the bladder, using it to write in my journal and cleaning my nib afterwards. Now, as an actual grown-up, I would like something more serious for such instances as signing a letter of dismissal (I joke) or a credit card bill for that all important pair of shoes (more likely). This one by Cartier has the kind of aesthetic that truly speaks to my heart and I know that signing any credit card bill with it will soften the blow of wondering how the hell I’m going to pay it off in the following months.


Loh Wei Yeen, Fashion & Beauty Writer: One Light Only by Lee Broom
Referencing both Art Deco jewellery and late 1970s fashion photography, One Light Only is a collection of pendant lights created by multiple-award-winning British product and interior designer, Lee Broom. Available in three finishes (two matte and one solid walnut), the lights are characterised by a gem-like faceted exterior. What I love about this functional work of art is its symmetrical geometry–something inherently Deco-influenced; while its wood grain finish gives it a certain tactility accompanied with a polished gold interior that emanates a warm glow.


Su Fen Tan: Baume & Mercier Hampton 10024
The roaring 1920s was all about geometric designs, where square, rectangular and barrel-shaped timepieces reigned. Fast forward almost a century later, and the style is still as relevant as ever. Elegantly bold, the classy Hampton by Baume & Mercier flaunts a diamond-set rectangular steel case with a delicate satin strap-a timeless creation inspired by a model dating from the Art Deco period.  Besides, you can never really go wrong with black.


Jessica Fang, Culture Writer: Le Grand Rex, Paris
The largest cinema theatre in Europe, the Grand Rex in Paris seems to have stepped right out of any film from the Golden Age of Hollywood. Sumptously decorated, its main auditorium seems to transport you into a fairytale world while its facade of neon lights and fancy tower has turned it into an architectural art deco landmark. I would love to one day visit this shrine of Parisian cinema, and indulge in the fantasy world of Hollywood (and Disney) productions.



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