The A-List

Room to grow
Mark Yeoh, executive director of YTL Hotels, talks about the Malaysia-born group’s increasing global reach, as well as his three decades with the family corporation’s hospitality arm (Apr 22): The English language has been inundated with a host of poetic, evocative foreign words of late and some truly are delightful. Besides being an audible treat, the words are able to express, resonate ...
Travel-inspired design
Globe-trotting British designer Katharine Pooley talks about how her move into luxury interior design was sparked in Singapore, and how her years in banking gave her the discipline and skills to build an international business. (Apr 15): Award-winning British designer Katharine Pooley has travelled to almost every country on the planet. She has a thirst for adventure while on holiday, having ...
Independent spirit
Watchmaking’s living legend François-Paul Journe talks about jumping into bed with Chanel and staying autonomous despite the latter’s minority stake in his eponymous brand SINGAPORE (Apr 8): It is the watchmaking world’s good fortune that François-Paul Journe had been a “bad student” who never did well in his academic studies. At 15, Journe was sent to a local technical college ...
The science of sleep
Dr Kenny Pang, an ear, nose and throat specialist who runs a private practice at Paragon, shares some of the discoveries he has made during his decades-long fascination with sleep SINGAPORE (Apr 1): Singaporeans are the world’s worst sleepers, according to a recent global sleep survey conducted by Philips. Out of the 12 countries surveyed by the Dutch lighting and health technology firm, the ...
A tale of art and architecture
Tay Yanling of ta.le Architects talks about how her lifelong love for art has shaped her architectural designs SINGAPORE (Mar 25): Frank Gehry, the virtuoso behind groundbreaking constructs such as Bilbao’s Guggenheim Museum, likes to point out that some of the greatest architects in history were artists first. Among the most eminent is Michelangelo, the prodigious painter of the Renaissance ...
Sustainable luxury
Chopard co-president Karl-Friedrich Scheufele tells of its interesting and complex journey in using 100% ethical gold in the production of all its jewellery and watches SINGAPORE (Mar 18): The notion of sustainable luxury may be an oxymoron, but for Chopard, it’s a journey that began more than 30 years ago. Three decades earlier, the family-run business owned by the Scheufeles set in ...
A path less trodden
What started out as Nana Au-Chua’s personal initiative has led her to spearhead Singapore’s largest used-shoe collection drive on behalf of US non-profit organisation Soles4Souls. Au-Chua and Soles4Souls CEO Buddy Teaster tell us more about the organisation and the micro-enterprise programme SINGAPORE (Mar 11): Being one of the most prominent faces in Singapore’s social scene, it comes ...
Ushering in a new golden age
Bernard Peillon, chairman and CEO of Hennessy, on unveiling the stunning new crystal decanter of Hennessy Paradis Imperial, the maison’s jewel in the crown, as well as a precious bespoke travel trunk produced in collaboration with Louis Vuitton, amid magic and modernity in China’s most dynamic city (March 4): In today’s fast-paced world, when time seems to move faster than usual and ...
Powered by imagination
Producing avant-garde horological machines such as the HM9 Flow involves a great degree of risk. While his audacious time-telling devices may divide critics, no one can ever accuse MB&F’s Maximilian Büsser of not daring to dream SINGAPORE (Feb 25): His business card ought to read: Maximilian Büsser, Master Storyteller. Because the 52-year-old creator of Maximilian Büsser & Friends ...
Black and white
Chef Fernando Arévalo’s Monochrome menu at Preludio is not dull at all — it delights the senses with a burst of flavours, textures and stories SINGAPORE (Feb 18): Every health magazine and dietician advocates the same thing: Eat a rainbow diet and you will get all your nutrients. A plate filled with a wide range of colourful food and fruit is supposed to meet our daily vitamin ...