In a world of designer plenty, what is luxury? Darren Palmer says true luxe is now all about a rare experience, like these examples.
In an age dominated by mass-produced goods, true luxury can be a tricky thing to pin down. That’s why, more and more, the good life is becoming about the experience, embracing all that is exclusive, rare, retro or priceless. And contrary to popular opinion, it needn’t be expensive. Much like “vintage”, the word “bespoke” gets thrown around a lot these days, and not always correctly. But the truth is, there’s nothing more exciting than when something is custom-made, and therefore perfect for you and you alone. Regardless of cost, owning something unique is what makes it so special. Of course, objects don’t have to be tailor-made to have luxury appeal; they can be one of a slim few, something handcrafted, or just something so luscious and beautifully created that it stops you in your tracks. For a glimpse of some of the most truly luxurious adornments to your castle, look no further.
Made of mahogany in copper leaf — luxury in form and finish. ‘D. Manuel’ cabinet, approx $17,000, Boca Do Lobo.
Silver-leaf exterior in translucent amethyst varnish; gold-leaf interior; handcarved mahogany legs in gold leaf. ‘Diamond Sideboard’, approx. $22,000, Boca do Lobo