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In this project at The Hythe, designers from Slifer Designs incorporated wildlife paintings into the overall look.
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Slifer Designs’ tagline, “Designed for Your Story,” applies to all facets of interior design, but one of the prominent ways it comes into play is through art. Just like the creativity, technique and skill that goes into generating a unique piece of art, placing it in the home takes a special eye.

It all begins with deeply listening to clients about what they want and how they use their space. This discovery process acts as an inspiration to start the design process. As they install furnishings and finishes, and handle all of the logistics, they also pay special attention to artwork.

“Art is a great way to bring the soul of the client into the home,” said Oshi Gardarian, lead designer at Slifer Designs.



A feather painting works well in this bedroom designed by Slifer Designs.
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While it’s easy to select appealing pieces, it’s not always easy to know where to place them, how to choose the proper scale for a wall or room, or how to group smaller items neatly.

“We try to think about design as a story. When you walk through the home, you want it to be the same story.” Oshi Gardarian, Slifer Designs

Gardarian recommends first sticking with your region — in this case, art that reflects the natural environment, from mountains and forests to Rocky Mountain wildlife. For example, a recent redesign of a penthouse in The Hythe building in Lionshead includes depictions of deer, from a triptych to Pendelton-upholstered mule deer mounts and a piece portraying mama deer with her babies.

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“We try to think about design as a story. When you walk through the home,

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Being the first to step on uncharted territory is never easy, but one can create history with the endeavour. MGM x RR1 Culinary Masters Macau was a highly anticipated affair, and the multi-day event exceeded expectations thanks to a star-studded line-up of chefs, fabulous guests, and a diverse event programme.

New people, different backgrounds, and site unseen—the first night of Culinary Masters had all the semblances of a first date. A welcome reception to break the ice was the need of the hour as guests, chefs, and their entourages arrived at MGM COTAI for a cocktail reception and gourmet buffet.

Stellar libations and finger foods eased everyone into introductions and conversation—there was much to talk about as the guests looked forward to multiple days of culinary, artistic, and cultural activities. Many quickly forged friendships, courtesy of champagne diplomacy.

Over the course of Culinary Masters, the days began with the ease and natural elegance of tai chi master Li Fai, the four-time wushu world champion, who directed early risers with a body- and soul-awakening session by the pool.

A fiery culinary exercise took place in the kitchens of one-Michelin-starred Five Foot Road as Yang Dengquan led classes on how to make gourmet Sichuan chilli sauce, enlightening keen home cooks on the flavour profiles of heat and spice.

In another floor and corner of MGM COTAI, Shane Osborn of Arcane led the first of many classes in the open kitchen of Grill 58. Vegetarian cappelletti was made from scratch, pasta was artfully plated, and the participants ate their creations heartily with glasses of champagne to round it up.

Many things stood out in memory, among them Osborn helming a cooking class with some of the children of the attending guests—each little one provided with a mini apron with “Culinary Master” embedded into

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Pharrell inspired by a recording studio in his clothes design space
Pharrell Williams (Photo credit: Bang Media)

Pharrell Williams has a recording studio in his clothes design hub to keep him inspired.

The 50-year-old rapper debuted his first collection for Louis Vuitton in June after being appointed the brand’s creative director of menswear, by turning Paris’ oldest bridge, the Pont Neuf, into a catwalk during this year’s Paris Fashion Week.

He told The New York Times Style Magazine about how he constantly flits between his music and clothes design: “Being a producer and a creative director are similar. I can go from apparel to drums, from trunks to melodies. Within my design studio, I have a section allocated to music, so I go back and forth all day.”

He added about his Louis Vuitton appointment: “It’s like I’m a perpetual student. If I’m the king of anything, it’s the king of being a pupil… being surrounded by so many talented people is the best. I mean, I’m an Aries, so I’ve always been super impulsive. But without the resources and the people, I’d be just like every other person with a great idea.”

He said about where he draws his inspiration from for designs and music: “Japan is my favorite place. On my 50th orbit, I had a birthday party organized by Nigo [the Tokyo-based artistic director of Kenzo and hip-hop producer]. One of the most amazing gifts is his presence in my life. Twenty years ago, I needed to go to Japan to record something, so Nigo arranged for me to come to his studio, which is basically a compound on five floors of a building. One floor is a showroom, one is a photo studio, another is a recording studio, and I was like, ‘Wow, this guy lives what’s in his head.’ That changed me. I was so used

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Kim Jones, one of the brightest names in menswear today, has teamed up with cognac giant Hennessy for a collaboration that fuses fashion and luxury, resulting in a stylish take on spirits. This collaboration between Hennessy X.O and Dior’s artistic director has yielded a limited-edition aluminium gold bottle holder, a decanter that features beautiful degrade detailing—mirroring past collections by the English designer—and a chic pair of brown-toned sneakers.

Here in Malaysia, Hennessy X.O has similarly selected a series of personalities who portray the same streak of style and fashion nous. In entrepreneur Huan Ooi, the look that he goes for is best described as that of an iconoclast, to always aim for uniqueness rather than being a slave to trends. “I see style inspiration wherever I go, in everyday, ordinary life,” he says, pointing out that he recently observed how the uniforms of Japanese ramen chef are quite unique and adds a genuine point of difference in one’s ensemble.

For Ooi, the Kim Jones-designed limited-edition aluminium gold Hennessy X.O holder may be appreciated like a an elegant silk dress, holding mysteries within the ensconced bottle of cognac. The appreciation of a glass of Hennessy X.O entails drinking with company, he shares. “I’m exceptionally uncomfortable being by myself, plus good things should be shared!” Here, Ooi reflects on the gamut of his formative experiences, his preferences and how he discerns his idea of happiness.

Personal dressing rituals and preferences
I don’t like exaggeration or embellishment in my wardrobe. I prefer clothes that are versatile, singular and definitely nothing boring. The look and way of dressing I portray today is something I’ve cultivated since my high school days. It was really an attempt to stand out from the crowd.

Best style advice
Definitely Juno Mak (Hong Kong singer, producer, actor and

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