ON THE DRAWING BOARD
CAR AND DESIGNER: Yorgo Tloupas, the emerging French graphic designer and artistic director, likens good design to good background music: It doesn’t overpower, but it definitely enhances the vibe.
“Design should service a brand and build its values,” said Tloupas, a 27-year-old who already boasts Kenzo, Giorgio Armani and Shu Uemura among his clients. “It should fade so far into the background that you don’t even realize it’s there. That’s when it becomes really pure.”
That’s also the philosophy behind his new pet project, Intersection, a quarterly magazine melding fashion and automobiles that launches this month. It’s published by Dazed & Confused and Another Magazine in London, with Tloupas as creative director and co-publisher.
On the cover of its first issue, Missy Rayder is photographed by Melodie McDaniel at the wheel of a Dodge Charger out of “Dukes of Hazzard.” Content ranges from an article by Douglas Coupland about his garage to a photo reportage on car culture in Dubai.
“I looked around and couldn’t find a car magazine to suit my lifestyle,” said Tloupas. “Cars today are an important part of the social psyche. People have very intimate relationships with their cars. You wouldn’t believe how many fashion folk are obsessed with cars.”
Tloupas said future fashion features for the magazine could include Chloe designer Phoebe Philo, who owns an “amazing” Jaguar, and Karl Lagerfeld, who has offered to photograph himself next to his Hummer.
CLASSIC TAILORING: Sixty years after the German luxury automotive brand Maybach ceased production, DaimlerChrysler is relaunching the car next year with the idea of creating the ultimate in prestige driving.
Apart from its V12 engine and astounding proportions — the longer of two models comes in at just over 20 feet — the Maybach is taking a different approach to its construction, as well. Only 1,000 cars will be produced each year, individually commissioned by the buyer to their specifications of wood inlay, the type of buttons, DVD players and the option of a humidor and a back seat designed after a business-class airline recliner. Why not the driver’s seat? Why, that’s where the chauffeur sits, considering each car is expected to cost in excess of $250,000.
MORE TOWELS, AND A PICASSO, PLEASE: The Sagamore Hotel in Miami Beach has a new approach to incorporating art into the resort lifestyle experience. Opened in February, the renovated, prewar property designed by Albert Anis is a hybrid, rotating art gallery. Some works, such as Massimo Vitali’s colorful crowd shot, “Pic Nic Allee,” were purchased specifically for the hotel, while others hail from the broad collection of Miami transplants Marty and Cricket Taplin. Christine Borland’s sculptures, Till Freiwald’s watercolor photographs and Roxy Paine’s wall installation of mushroom varieties are among the works that will rotate at the inn. Its 93 suites, eight penthouses and 16 two-story bungalows also feature original art, but since some pieces are small enough to fit inside a travel bag, the Taplins are taking a bit of a risk.
“It’s just a chance we’re going to have to take because it’s what we believe in,” said Cricket.