A wind of change

Here, the art of living is given pride of place. Artists' portraits, contemporary furnishings, decorative items, beauty products and restaurants meet everypossible desire.

The famous crystal manufacturer celebrates Pokémon’s 25th birthday with a sparkling collection. The star of manga culture, the iconic Pikachu, has been transformed by Japanese artist Hiroshi Fujiwara into an enticing collectors’ item. The masterpiece in the collection comes in only 25 pieces, sold only in Baccarat boutiques in Tokyo, Paris, New York, London, Hong Kong and Singapore. 30 cm. 20 000 €. www.baccarat.fr

For Christmas gifts, Le Ritz Paris has given “carte blanche” to illustrator Marin Montagut, to celebrate with a touch of poetry the eternal Parisian chic of this prestigious hotel on Place Vendôme. Marin Montagut reinterprets cult objects, such as the Book of Secrets inspired by the 18th century to conceal words of love. www.ritzparisboutique.com

Created for the Spa by Givenchy at the Hotel Metropole in Monaco, Le Glam Up By Givenchy is a fascinating new winter ritual of relaxation and beauty care. It starts with a soothing massage for the back to reconnect with oneself and forget the stress of everyday life. Then comes a treatment for the contour of the eyes, Le Soin Noir, using a lace mask, followed by a make-up ritual demonstrating Givenchy’s creativity, expertise in textures and virtuosity in colour (105 mins. - 310 €). www.metropole.com

The renowned “haute parfumerie” brand based in Grasse proposes a superb coffer tracing its 25 years of creation of legendary perfume for initiates. From “Ananda” to “Royal Vintage” and “Ylang in Gold”, the absolute musts of this signature of excellence are presented here in 30-ml collector versions accompanied by surprises. A spectacular gift set in a limited edition. 999 €. www.parfumsmicallef.com

Everyone is rushing to the Galerie Ecart to discover this splendid four-handed collection signed Laurent Maugoust and Cécile Chénais. Their sculptural pieces include a superb table with shaped chrome legs topped by a majestic plateau of green quartzite from Brazil, a wood and lacquer 4-panel screen that changes the layout of a room, the YGY column designed like a sculpture… Refined, sensual furniture of rare stylishness. Galerie Ecart International, 18 rue Jacob, Paris 6 (01 43 54 43 94).

Renowned Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama has come up with an exceptional design for the Grande Dame 2021 millesime from La Maison Veuve Clicquot. A direct tribute in a limited edition to the iconic Madame Clicquot. 190 €. www.veuveclicquot.com

A year after the explosion on August 4th, 2020, which devastated the port of Beirut, the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris has paid homage to the vitality and resilience of the Lebanese art scene. With this exhibition, it honours the prodigious creativity of modern and contemporary artists from Lebanon’s independence from France in 1943 to the present day. Until January 2nd, 2022. www.imarabe.org

In the wake of her last “Carte Blanche” collection of “Haute Joaillerie”, Claire Choisne, Design Director for Boucheron, pursues her bold approach in a new Capsule collection called “Holographique”. An innovative ceramics technique joins the codes of Boucheron in the “Quatre” and “Jack” lines, now clad in this avant-garde material. www.boucheron.com

Paying tribute to “Equals Pi”, the Jean-Michel Basquiat painting in the “About Love” campaign, the spectacular Advent calendar of the iconic New York jeweller presents a curiosity box containing 24 blue cartons full of jewellery and precious objects, bearing the Tiffany & Co logo. Autour de 130.000 €. www.tiffany.fr

The elegant Italian brand of high-end furniture has just moved its Parisian showroom to the design neighbourhood in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Managing large-scale, turnkey projects, both private and public, in Italy and abroad, Paolo Castelli confirms its status as an essential player in design with this move alongside major international names. 266, boulevard de Saint-Germain, Paris 7e. paolocastelli.com

A new chapter in this remarkable collection of luxury jewellery has just been unveiled. Dedicated to beauty and wonder, illuminated by magnificent gems, the totally unique Extraordinary Lights collection gives a place of honour to colourful precious stones. www.piaget.com

Ambassador for the IWC brand, the 7-times Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton is on track for the new campaign for its new Aviator watch. Images of the driver sporting the different models (43, Top Gun, Perpetual Calendar and Chronograph 41) were taken by British photographer Misan Harriman. www.iwc.com

Duvivier Canapés and Parisian designer-interior architect Pierre Gonalons present a first collection recalling the elegance and impertinence of 1970’s Paris. Called “Serge” in homage to Gainsbourg, these leather sofas embody Parisian chic. www.duviviercanapes.com

Designed by Franco Albini in 1938, this radio mounted between two supporting sheets of tempered glass was originally produced as a prototype model for the architect’s home. Cassina now presents the “Radio in Cristallo” with an ultra-modern B&C speaker, FM and DAB radio, and Bluetooth connection,. It is also available in a limited prestige edition of five pieces. 5.880 €. www.cassina.com

Chanel has joined up for the third time with Maisons d’Art to compose an exclusive Extrait de Gardénia gift set. Recalling white camellias, Gabrielle Chanel’s favourite flowers, each of these 20 sets contains an ultra-limited edition of gardenia extract offering an opulent, wafting fragrance conjured up by Chanel’s perfume creator, Olivier Polge. Available from October, this very luxurious set can be pre-ordered. www.chanel.com

Renowned French architect Marc Barani has designed the new “chai” at the Domaine des Davids in the Luberon. As well as spaces devoted to wine production, the cellar, impressive yet discreet, offers a sales counter and oeno-gastronomic tastings. Also serving as a showcase for art, it displays monumental works by Belgian artist Yves Zurstrassen, including an imposing ceramic fresco. Route de Banon, Viens. www.lesdavids.fr

Inspired by joyously optimistic Pop-style energy, this autumn’s ready-to-wear collection from Dior signed by the talented Maria Grazia Chiuri is unveiled in a series of ultra-colourful photos by Brigitte Nedermair and stylist. www.maripol.dior.com

In a limited edition of 50 pieces each, the three models of the new RM 07-01 Céramiques are distinguished by the colour of their cases and their original dial ornaments. Called Pastel Blue, Pastel Pink and Pastel Lavender, they share the automatic in-house CRMA2 movement. From 132.000 €. www.richardmille.com

Motivated by a blend of simplicity and sumptuousness inherited from its founder, Alberto Pinto, the Parisian home decor agency Pinto loves to combine local craftsmanship with collectors’ pieces to compose outstanding interiors. The art of straw marquetry reflects this very fashionable taste for the use of the simplest materials ennobled by the wonderful know-how of expert craftsmen. (Buffet 58,000 €, mirror 8,900 €). www.pintoparis.com

Anchored at the heart of Paris, the huge department store near Le Pont-Neuf has just re-opened its doors with sumptuous decor retaining the finery of its Art Nouveau and Art Deco past while proudly positioning itself in modernity. The multi-disciplinary design studio Yabu Pushelberg based in Toronto and New York is to be credited with the superb achievement of its elegant interior revamp. La Samaritaine, 9 rue de la Monnaie, Paris 1. www.dfs.com