HOW TO BECOME AN ART COLLECTOR

From decorating the empty walls of your new apartment to a need to break into the art world, the search for art can be joyous, and with some thought behind it, your purchases can turn into a collection, and possibly an investment. Here are some tips for new collectors…

Check Out The Pre-Season Auctions

The lure of buying at auction is that you can get an interesting piece for what it would sell for below retail. New collectors might look for lesser works by major names, works by once-forgotten artists that are part of a revival, or artists who were hot in the 1980s but whose works are now selling for less than they left the gallery for.

Attend An Art Fair

Art fairs can be the best place to go for collectors looking for something new and intriguing by new and iconic artists alike. There are typically dozens of galleries and a few hundred artists, all under one marquee roof. It doesn’t hurt to find out more about the works by talking to the gallery owners and sometimes the artists themselves.

“Fairs are packed with as much art as museums, so the layman can become an insider very quickly.” Pascal Spengemann, director of Marlborough Chelsea and Broome Street, explains, “You get to see a lot of work from a lot of different galleries all at once, and the dealers are eager to make sales. Dealers like an educated consumer, but if you’re open to learning about the work, they’re interested in expanding their clientele.”

Go Gallery Hopping

The reality is that the vast majority of art depreciates when you bring it home, so you should buy works that you love and want to see every day, “You need to think what appeals to you from an aesthetic standpoint not an investment standpoint,” says Julie Mussafer, founder of Jules Place, a Boston gallery that deals in contemporary artists. Some galleries have a quiet policy for reselling work, but you should buy works you’re pretty sure you’ll want to hang on to.

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Norman Bluhm, Untitled, 1959 Oil on canvas 60 by 108 inches

Check out Art Online

The art auctions at online auction house Catawiki are fast becoming a hotspot for collectors and advisors alike to visit on their search for their latest must-have pieces.

Paddle8.com: Twice-monthly sales feature blue-chip artists (Koons, Hirst); charity auctions host work that’s in reach, like a Joe Bradley drawing for $6,600. (His paintings go for ten times that.)

Artspace.com: Check out Gregory Crewdson’s photos at White Cube from your bed.

Artsy.net: Boasts a 50,000-piece collection with prices geared both to first-time buyers and to seasoned collectors.

Art Advisors & Consultants
A collector cannot collect alone, one must have help from those more seasoned in the art world – take your pick from our top five advisors and consultants below.

Allan Schwartzman and Amy Cappellazzo
Art Agency, Partners, New York
Allan Schwartzman and Amy Cappellazzo are the undisputed powerhouses of the art world, advising the savviest and most demanding billionaire collectors. Along with Adam Chinn they set up Art Agency, Partners, which this year was acquired by Sotheby’s Auction House for US$85 million.

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Daniella Luxembourg
Luxembourg & Dayan, New York and London
Luxembourg is not only one of the world’s top art dealers, but also one of the most experienced advisors. Among many major collectors, she advised Ronald and Leonard Lauder and almost single-handedly procured the collection that became the Neue Galerie in New York.

www.luxembourgdayan.com

Marta Gnyp
GNYP, Berlin
Dutch collector, art historian and advisor, Marta Gnyp, is a force to be reckoned with. Specialising in contemporary art, she recently published The Shift: Art and the Rise to Power of Contemporary Collectors based on her PHD research. She is one of the top references for collectors who want direct access to contemporary art.

www.martagnyp.com

Simon and Michaela de Pury
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These two are — and have been for a long time — one of the most iconic power couples of the art world. They set up de Pury de Pury in 2013 as the consultancy arm of the eponymous auction house. Swiss collector Baron Simon de Pury is known as the ‘Mick Jagger’ of auctions for his exciting style of auctioneering.

www.depurydepury.com

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Art Collector Mollie Dent Brocklehurst

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Pace Gallery, London
Formerly based at the Gagosian Gallery for 10 years, Dent-Brocklehurst set up the London arm of New York’s Pace Gallery in 2010. She is also the co-owner of Sudeley Castle, where she has curated art and sculpture exhibitions. She has been an advisor to the Abramoviches and other major collectors in the world.

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Whatever you find, take heed in going with gut instinct and with no rush. Elena Soboleva, a special projects manager for Artsy says “Invest in fewer pieces that are higher quality. Art is a purchase for life, so it’s better to collect slowly with focus than try to rush and take a more decorative approach.”

OFF-PISTE LUXURY: PREMIER SKI RESORTS

‘Tis the season to ski, and what better way to celebrate than to take indulgence on some of the world’s finest ski hotels and chalets. Sufiyeh at The Sybarite has you covered with our picks of Europe’s premier resorts.

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Saint Moritz Suvretta House
Obviously. History states we can’t pass up Saint Moritz; from the hedonistic tales of celebrities past to the fabulous and fur-clad of starlets present, Saint Moritz is the original winter fun destination. Suvretta House (pictured above) is a St Moritz institution, a five-star hotel neither set majestically in its own grounds at the foot of the Corviglia ski area. Boasting its own private lift and ski school, as well as three mountain restaurants dotted about the ski area, while it’s ideal altitude of 1,800 to 3,303 metres means perfection in snow coverage. From £2,050, half-board, not including travel.

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Chamonix Hameau Albert Premier
Chamonix-Mont-Blanc (usually shortened to Chamonix for those in the know) is the seasoned skier’s hardcore resort. Nestled in the mountains is the grand Hameau Albert Premier, choose from a list of accommodation options such as a century-old hotel, two chalets and an apartment. Its elegant surroundings, sublime gastronomy and top-notch spa all make it a very attractive prospect, save for the fact it has been renovated by the Cartier family. From £150.

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Gstaad Palace
It was Aga Khan who first made Gstaad into a rich kid’s playground back in the ’50s, today its soaring mountains and prestigious international boarding schools have long made it a holiday destination for royalty and celebrities. One must stay at the infamous Gstaad Palace hotel and party in the GreenGo, it’s legendary basement club where a methuselah of Cristal will set you back £34,000.

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Verbier Chalet Chouqui
Located in south-western Switzerland in the canton of Valais, stay in the new chalets such as Haute Montagne’s Alpine Estate, which sleeps 20, or Ski Verbier Exclusive’s 9,700- square-foot Chalet Chouqui, made over by the British interior designer Gytha Nuttall.

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Val D’Isere Hôtel Village La Mourra
For the family-friendly, look no further than Val D’Isere, a firm favourite amongst the British snow sports aficionados and hosts of the alpine ski World Cup. New in is the Scandi-chic hotel, Le Yule with south-facing rooms and a Nuxe spa and a pool, along with the new Hôtel Village La Mourra, an idyllic mountain escape.

A GAME-CHANGING SUPPER CLUB

Mayfair’s oldest establishment, The Punchbowl, delivered a game-changing (excuse the pun) supper club last week, hosted by game expert Jose Souto. The Sybarite partook in an educational experience in all things game.

screen-shot-2016-11-15-at-12-13-51Secreted away at the top of the building, hosted in The Club private dining room, the Mayfair Supper Club is surrounded by what resembles a Victorian art collector’s dining table. Oh if the walls could talk! One wouldn’t be wrong to assume some of Mayfair’s finest minds and makers in history were once sat here enjoying their dinner whilst discussing important worldly matters. Since 1729, The Punchbowl has been providing its esteemed players and patrons with a place to relax, dine and entertain.screen-shot-2016-11-15-at-12-13-40

Their newly established Supper Club is hosted monthly with a different theme every month. This November, to celebrate game season, we began the evening with a butchery lesson by the incredibly proficient Jose Souto, who made everything look effortless, but do not be fooled fellow Sybarites, from knowing what gives a grouse that lavender hint to where to cut a venison tendon – this was riveting stuff! Luckily, we then got to taste these delicacies supplied by the Lincolnshire Game Company.

Starting with venison Carpaccio decorated with creamy Gorgonzola, black pepper, cress and balsamic dressing, an absolute treat for the taste buds, and
what would serve as a soft introduction to a hearty country meal.

To follow, the main dish served a mallard and mushroom wellington, accompanied by sweet screen-shot-2016-11-15-at-12-14-06potato gratin, imam bayildi, lemon and thyme red wine sauces – by this point I was ready to die happy. But alas, there had to be a dessert of the sweetest kind – a ‘gypsy tart’ (ooh-err) with clotted cream and butterscotch brittle. Incredibly rich, decadent and a bit naughty – The Punchbowl’s Mayfair Supper Club deserves a standing ovation.

SYBARITE SELECTIONS: VELVET AW16 TREND

Trending from the autumn/winter ’16 catwalks to appearances in must-see shows such as ‘The Crown’, take in this season’s most sumptuous and regal fabric of choice through our top picks below…

Aquazurra Velvet Boots
Following in the footsteps of Taylor Swift, Rihanna and Kendall Jenner, Sybarites should try on these thigh-high velvet beauties for size. Straight off the Aquazurra Autumn/Winter ’16 catwalk, the crimson design is crafted entirely from soft stretch-velvet for a truly luxe look. Use them to add a sharp burst of colour to a chic monochrome look.

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Ralph Lauren Ruffled Dress
Add some drama this party season with this mini dress from Ralph Lauren, featuring a black velvet body with asymmetric ruffled sleeves. Pair with minimal stilettos and elegant poise.

Alberta Ferretti Robe Jacket
Crafted from the softest velvet, this terracotta pink Alberta Ferretti velvet robe jacket will instantly make you feel like royalty. Detailings include with long sleeves, two front external pockets, yellow contrasting piping and classic lapels.

Dolce & Gabbana Vanity Bag
This gorgeous bag takes its design cues from the glamorous styles of days gone by. The structured shape is covered in sumptuous velvet, and decorated with gleaming gold-tone hardware. Carry it against sleek monochrome looks come evening.

Alexander McQueen Velvet Slippers
For the every-day, you can rely on Alexander McQueen. These velvet slippers are embellished with crystal star, moon and butterfly motifs, inspired by the AW ’16 collection’s ‘Obsession’ theme – the idea of collecting trinkets and charms in a dreamlike state. Masterfully made in Italy, this pair is pristinely finished with grosgrain piping and a quilted satin insole.

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Originally appeared on The Sybarite: http://www.experienceluxury.co

INSIDE DAVID BOWIE’S PRIVATE COLLECTION

The performer, the collector, the icon that is the late David Bowie is commemorated through his vast and highly personal art collection at Sotheby’s this week, before going to auction in a three-part series.

Beautiful, hallo, space-boy painting (1995), by Damien Hirst with David Bowie

Bowie’s maverick ways of re-invention and curiosity are mirrored through his weird and wonderful art collection, which has been kept private up until now. Over 400 pieces including Harold Gilman, Frank Auerbach, Damien Hirst and painter Peter Lanyon in particular depth are on display, however, his collection is by no means limited to British art alone and also encompasses Contemporary African art, self-taught artists from Vienna’s Gugging institution, as well as designs by Ettore Sottsass and the revolutionary Memphis group. Encompassing some 400 objects from the personal holdings of a man who approached collecting with the same inspired sense of individualism that defined his own fiercely original art.

“Art was, seriously, the only thing I’d ever wanted to own. It has always been a stable nourishment. I use it. It can change the way I feel in the mornings. The same work can change me in different way, depending on what I’m going through.”
– David Bowie

Untitled (1984), by Jean-Michel Basquiat

Among the more unconventional works is a piece by Duchamp – ‘A Bruit Secret’ – in which a ball of string is placed between two brass plates, with an unknown object hidden in the middle, is expected to fetch up to £250,000, while Jean-Michel Basquiat’s graffiti-style painting ‘Air Power’ is said to be the most valuable lot in the auction, with an estimated value of between £2.5m – £3.5m.

“David was very serious about art, and especially Modern British Art,” Bowie’s friend and art dealer, Bernard Jacobson says, “We would talk for hours and debate what it all meant. He was full of ideas and questions. But he was also compulsive about collecting. He just couldn’t get enough of it, which was amazing. This was the David Bowie.”

This exhibition is available to view to the public before 12 noon tomorrow, before commencing in a three-part sale:

Part I: Modern & Contemporary Art, Evening Auction, 10 November
Part II: Modern & Contemporary Art, Day Auction, 11 November
Part III: Design: Ettore Sottsass and the Memphis Group, 11 November

All Auctions will be ticketed. To register your interest please email Bowie@sothebys.com.

By Sufiyeh Hadian

INTERVIEW WITH A FLÂNEUR: TREVOR PICKETT

The quintessentially English eccentric, Trevor Pickett is a prominent pillar of the Mayfair luxury sect. Having founded his eponymous brand, Pickett, in 1988, Trevor is not a designer but an editor, with an eye for style.

Quietly exclusive and with a longstanding ethos to provide luxury leather goods that are handmade in England, everything about Pickett represents the unique character of artisanal luxury. Launched in 1988, the Pickett brand has grown over the years and remains a proud purveyor of luxury goods. With over three decades of experience within the industry, Trevor has developed the brand into one offering a myriad of wonderful gifts and products.

We caught up with the retail magnate to find ut what makes him tick…

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What was the driving force behind Pickett?

Having come from a background in selling luxury handmade bicycles, I obviously had some inner calling for selling goods of high quality. I left school at 16 and went to work in small leather goods shop in the Burlington Arcade. This fortified my passion for retail and enabled me to have an understanding of British-made product and the luxury market.

Having worked closely with Asprey, Smythson and Fortnum & Mason, I learnt about the different leather goods that were available. At Pickett, we buy our leather goods from a variety of small makers and workshops. This means that the product in our shop is far more varied and we are able to offer a full range of leather goods. If we had our own factory we would only be able to produce one signature look. When it comes to creating our bespoke items, we tend to make purely for the customer and always strive to meet their every request.

How has the brand evolved over the years?

The brand has evolved over the years because, with my ownership of it, I’ve had more control over what we make. It’s very much our product that reflects my taste. With that ability, we’ve managed to create our own leathers, our own designs and buy in certain volumes.

What advice would you give to aspiring entrepreneurs?

Customer service is hugely important. People shop with us because they receive one-on- one service, whereby we guide our customers through their purchase. With such variety at Pickett, people sometimes don’t have the confidence to know exactly what they want so it’s about nurturing them through that buying process. We offer true customers care, particularly with our bespoke service. With businesses nowadays, it’s crucial that you recruit a businessman or woman, who understands your business and its ethics, to offer mentoring and to drive the business forward.

What inspires you?

I think I’m inspired by everything, whether it be a painting, an antique or the visual of another company. I look to the old and the new and I hope that gives us a contemporary twist whilst keeping a classical and quality product so we never cut corners. Our offering is greater because of that.

As I enjoy life generally, I tend to be excited by everything I do. I put passion into everything. I adore travelling to Paris. I’m magnetised to Goyard on the Rue Saint-Honoré and some of the amazing museums like the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature and Musée Baccarat. I feel a sense of energy, which is hugely rewarding. The Dries Van Noten show and the Fashion Forward: 3 SIÈCLES DE MODE (1715-2016) at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs were both inspiring. My new love of Paris 9 and has taken over from my old love of Paris 1.

Do you consider yourself a Sybarite? 

Some might say I’m a Sybarite but I believe there is total luxury in simplicity. Luxury isn’t throwing money at something, it’s an appreciation of life. It’s like me being a flâneur, which means I look at life around me and find beauty in the most simplest of things. I feel that with such experience, I’m able to take out of those experiences something that is rather special.

As an arbiter of taste, how do you find the best in luxury?

I think you find the best in luxury goods in experiences. Whether it’s an opera, an exhibition or a play, luxury is a feeling rather than something that is tangible. My worldly experiences become my inspiration, which help drives the evolution of the Pickett brand. My team and I seek to create a place where customers are always treated to a luxury experience. If the level of customer service doesn’t match up to the quality of the product then it doesn’t feel like luxury at all.

What’s next for you?

Heaven knows what’s next for me. Next comes from around the corner and you cannot predict what is going to happen. This allows you to take the time to enjoy things and find the positive in the day to day.

www.pickett.co.uk

ORMER MAYFAIR OPENS

From the shores of Jersey to the heart of London, chef Shaun Rankin’s much-anticipated restaurant Ormer Mayfair arrives within the mirrored walls of the luxury boutique hotel, Flemings Mayfair. Resembling that of a townhouse brasserie; dimmed lighting, forest green velvet booths and white linen tables, it’s no wonder one could get very comfortable here very quickly.

The quintessentially British, 1930’s-inspired space designed by Tony Filmer, also responsible for refreshing Flemings’ 129 guest rooms and suites, is awash with understated glamour and artistry. From hidden alcoves behind bronze and cast glass screens to long banquettes, the dining space is flexible for those dining alone, a deux or in larger groups. Those in search of mischief can even book what staff affectionately term ‘the naughty table’, a round table hidden by a heavy red velvet curtain.

image1-3As for the menu, chef Shaun Rankin remains true to his conviction that sustainably-sourced, locally foraged and seasonal produce is absolute – an ethos that earned his St Helier restaurant Ormer a Michelin star. The seasonal à la carte (including a dedicated vegetarian and vegan section) proved difficult to pick just one dish per person, so much so, my companion and I opted for three starters to share between us; the tartare of Scottish beef with horseradish panna cotta, nettle and watercress was mouth-wateringly delicious, however far too many flavours to suss out exactly what it was I were salivating for. The sweet Jersey lobster ravioli in a rich crab and tomato bisque with shallot salad is one of Shaun’s signature dishes and did not disappoint, this was paired with a lovely rioja 2015 wine while the heritage beets with goats cheese, kalamata sorbet and truffle honey dish was a delightful surprise of rich, intense flavours.

For the main, I opted for the roasted grouse – a winning dish served with blackberries, vanilla, purple cabbage and toasted grains. Again, Shaun Rankin prefers his intensely flavoured dishes, the smokiness of the grouse paired finely with the blackberries and vanilla, although the grains added a crunch, they needn’t do much more than that. All dishes were also carefully curated with a wine pairing from Ormer Mayfair’s award-winning sommelier Andreas Rosendal who has previously curated the wine lists in some of the country’s finest restaurants

image2-1Save room for dessert as choices of dark chocolate brownie with sticky popcorn, salted caramel sauce and milk ice cream, and baked Alaska to share will be impossible to resist.

Diners should also head to the Manetta’s bar, hidden at the far end of the restaurant. Reviving the name of the original hang-out at Flemings back in the 1930s, the reinvented bar recaptures the surreptitious spirit of a place where spies used to swap secrets and clandestine trysts took place. A dark and sultry colour palette of black upholstery, polished rose gold detailing and jewel red hints in tactile materials of soft velvet and supple leather exudes sophisticated opulence.

Cosy up for a secretive tête-à-tête on one of the Sheraton-style sofas or pull up one of the beautiful red and black bar stools and watch master mixologists at work preparing expertly made aperitifs and digestifs. The cocktail menu is inspired by writers Agatha Christie and Gertrude Stein who are also depicted on the walls alongside portraits of James Joyce and Alice B. Toklas in the bold style of Sussex artist Kate Boxer.

Just as well there’s a hotel upstairs, should you feel too cosy to leave!

www.ormermayfair.com

SS17 TRENDS FROM PARIS, MILAN, NYC & LONDON

From the unsure shores of post-brexit Britain to the ruffled feathers (and tulle) of a heated political debate across the pond, next season’s collections offered a provocative reply to what is going on in today’s cultural climate.

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Bra-vo

Riding on the hemtails of underwear as outerwear, the bra takes centre stage in this seasons provocative collections; Miucca Prada took on a fun and plenty of frills take with her beachy collection at Miu Miu, in the form of ruched Fifties bikini tops worn over utilitarian dresses. Alexander Wang flirted with wraparound bralettes while Victoria Beckham’s crushed satin mini bustiers looked chic paired with a matching suit trouser.

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Think Pink

But not as you know it. This seasons rosey-hue takes on a brighter, fuchsia tone; an in-your-face, almost punk saccharine if you will. “Colour is always important for me – used almost like a pigment,” says the Hermes designer,Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski. “I would love to think about the purest form of colours. You really think about which fabric or material you are going to use, sometimes it’s very instinctive.” An exciting move forward from Hermes with their new out and loud attitude to the pink shade. Meanwhile Valentino’s fuchsia cape/dress hybrid won the audience over and Balenciaga took to using spandex in bold colours.

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Ballerina-esque

Tulle ruled the catwalks for this season, from Dior’s feminist yet feminine show, a debut from Maria Grazia Chiuri; long tulle skirts were paired with statement tee’s, proving that once more, girls rule the world. Molly Goddard’s love for tulle knows no bounds, and for spring/summer she made it fit for raving in, creating a swathe of neon tulle in crinoline skirts paired with graphic tees, whilst Alessandro Dell’Aqcua ran with it assiduously at Rochas, too. Veiled over Devoré velvet patterned dresses in a dual-colour layered effect, the result was a pretty one.

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Ruffles

Here, there, everywhere. Holding onto the very romanticised looks of the season, ruffles were seen all over the major cities; in London, Sarah Burton sent down black leather ruffles for Alexander McQueen, embroidered and printed. In Paris, Jacquemes placed ruffles in southern France, where Victoriana undertones matched the white ruffle overdose, and in New York, both Dries Van Noten and Philip Lim 3.1 were floral, flowing and flirtatious.

SALUTE THE SIXTIES AT THE V&A

The V&A Museum is bringing back the 1960s with its new exhibition You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966 – 1970.

For those who missed the ’60s (or just can’t remember), The V&A is recreating the era of sex, drugs – LSD trips are included – and rock ‘n’ roll with a new exhibition: You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966 – 1970.
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The museum’s latest show invites Sybarites to explore the era-defining significance and impact of the late 1960s upon life today. From global civil rights, multiculturalism, environmentalism, consumerism, computing and communality to neoliberalist politics, the world we live in has been vitally influenced by five revolutionary years 1966 – 1970 – and this new exhibition will investigate the upheaval, the explosive sense of freedom, and the legal changes that took place resulting in a fundamental shift in the mindset of the Western world.

Guests can see more than 350 objects encompassing photography, posters, literature, music, design, film, fashion, artefacts that will illustrate the way that a whole generation shook off the confines of the past and their parents, radically revolutionising the way they lived their lives. Highlights on display include a shopping list written behind barricades during the 1968 Paris student riots, a moon rock on loan from NASA alongside the space suit worn by William Anders (who took the defining ‘Earthrise’ photograph on the Apollo 8 mission), a rare Apple 1 computer, an Ossie Clark costume for Mick Jagger, original artworks by Richard Hamilton, shards from Jimi Hendrix’s guitar and the suits worn by John Lennon and George Harrison on the cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band to name but a few!

img009.tifThe soundtrack to the exhibition – which will run from September to February – will largely be comprised of music from the personal collection of John Peel, cult radio presenter and musical tastemaker. Music will be played through Sennheiser headsets using innovative audio guide technology which adapts the sound to the visitor’s position in the gallery and be accompanied by interviews with pop culture icons – think Twiggy, Yoko Ono and Stewart Brand – from the decade.

Elsewhere, Sybarites can expect psychedelic light shows – aimed at evoking the feeling of an LSD drug trip – and seminal films such as Easy Rider and 2001: A Space Odyssey. Martin Roth, Director of the V&A, says: “This ambitious framing of late 1960s counterculture shows the incredible importance of that revolutionary period to our lives today. This seminal exhibition will shed new light on the wide-reaching social, cultural and intellectual changes of the late 1960s which followed the austerity of the post-war years, not just in the UK but throughout the Western world. Our collections at the V&A, unrivalled in their scope and diversity, make us uniquely placed to present this exhibition.”

Tickets to the museum’s most controversial offering cost £16 and will contain a tongue-in- cheek warning for visitors, informing them that it contains “sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll.”

You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels, 1966 – 70 opens from September 10 at the V&A in partnership with Levi and Sennheiser. For more information, visit www.vam.ac.uk.

The Most PICTURESQUE RESTAURANTS London has to offer

I went in search for the most sumptuous places to eat in London, whilst surrounded by picture perfected decor.

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Think of the most decadent place you’ve visited then merge that image with the sight of a Russian oligarch’s house decor and there you have Bob Bob Ricard. Neatly tucked away in Soho, Bob Bob is a haven for art deco luxury; glittering mirrored tiles and silk wallpaper makes way for private booths with a personal ‘Push for Champagne’ button, which we did, quite persistently. Not only does your waiter offer champagne whenever you want or need it, the food is also just as compelling, we ordered the ‘Imperial Oysters’ as an aperitif, which by association we were expecting to come in some sort of uniform – instead of medals, the bivalve molluscs were dressed with beluga caviar. Those wonderful Russians are onto something.

The starters were just as robust, choosing steak tartare with yet more caviar (obviously), topped off with foi gras, followed by a lobster burger with truffle mash and greens, all washed down with a 2006 bottle of Dom Perignon. Absolutely delicious. By this point, we could have died happy then and there – Bob Bob Ricard is nothing if not indulgent. But unfortunately, one cannot sit and press the champagne button all evening, much to our dismay.

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The Wallace Restaurant is located within the beautiful Wallace Collection gallery on Manchester Square, considered to be one of the best collections of fine arts including paintings, porcelain and furnishings in the UK. Boasting a space that combines al fresco dining in a delightful conservatory-like setting, dotted with trees and sculptures and flooded with natural light. The all day menu is filled with classic European dishes based on traditional recipes that are reinterpreted in an innovative style.

The Wallace Restaurant serves Afternoon Tea featuring a classic Cornish Cream Tea, with a selection of finger sandwiches, homemade scones and a medley of delicious cakes — treat yourself to a glass of vintage Champagne. That’s what decadent lunches tucked away from the crowds should be all about.

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Spring brings warmth and elegance within a beautiful dining space set in the New Wing of the iconic Somerset House, in the arts and cultural heart of London. At Spring, food is celebrated for its conviviality and the joyfulness of sharing seasonal produce. The joy in the chef Skye Gyngell’s cooking is heartfelt, wholesome, produce driven, and cooked by a team of people who are passionate about what they do and who feel truly privileged to work with beautiful ingredients.

Originally from Australia, Skye Gyngell is now one of Britain’s most respected and acclaimed chefs. After initially training in Sydney and then Paris, Skye moved to London to work at The French House and with a number of high-profile private clients before taking on the role of head chef at Petersham Nurseries. It was at Petersham that Skye became renowned for her distinctively seasonal, elegant cooking, creating dishes inspired by what she saw growing and blossoming around her.

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Savini at Criterion is not just a restaurant but a representation of 150 years of Italian and English history, with Milan’s most celebrated hospitality name now showcasing the finest all-day dining in one of the world’s most spectacular and historic restaurants. Dating back to 1867, Savini is Milan’s most famous restaurant, where Verdi, Puccini, Callas and Sinatra all came to dine.

Some 150 years later this iconic brand decided to introduce its unique combination of history, food, hospitality and ambience overseas. Where more fitting a location than the romantic and elegant Grade II-listed The Criterion, in the heart of London’s Piccadilly Circus? Against a backdrop of timeless opulence designed by Royal Albert Hall architect Thomas Verity in 1873, this neo-Byzantine dining room and bar, with its fabulous gold ceiling and marble columns, now presents guests with a menu of authentic Italian dishes prepared with the finest seasonal ingredients.

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The latest restaurant by chef and restaurateur, Jason Atherton, Berner’s Tavern is a gathering place for all day dining and entertaining, breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea and late supper. Located at The London EDITION Hotel, on Berners Street in central London’s Fitzrovia, the restaurant is accessible via a separate street entrance.

Phil Carmichael, who has cooked with Jason for over ten years, is heading up the kitchen, creating a contemporary British menu, inspired by the traditions of Great Britain and featuring the very best produce that the British Isles has to offer. Sample dishes include Orkney scallop Carpaccio served with avocado, radish, jalapeño and lime; chargrilled quail served with Alsace bacon, smoked tomato jam, shallot and parsley; and grass fed Baccleuch estate cuts of beef cooked on a charcoal grill. Berners Tavern celebrates traditional and iconic British dishes including the heralded Sunday roast with fine cuts of Devon Red Red Ruby beef served with all the trimmings.