Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Untold Stories of Iranian Arts Revealed in Toronto

Event to be held on Wednesday, December 23, 2015 from 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM (PST)
Venue: 348 Davenport Road, Toronto, ON M5R 1K6


Marquise Square offers unparalleled luxury

Official pre-launch now on.
Be at the heart of it.
The latest Dubai project from Select Property, Marquise Square offers unparalleled luxury just minutes from the iconic Burj Khalifa, brought to you by prestigious local developer SRG Holding.

Thursday, 10 December 2015


Designer's Choice

Luxury living Caribbean escapes

Luxury living: Caribbean escapes

From Barbados to St. Barts, five dream Caribbean villas to escape the winter chill — all from Christie’s International Real Estate

With 180-degree views of turquoise seas, Twin Coves has one of the best vantage points on Grand Cayman Island. Coral seawalls form a protective fortress around the estate, which comprises a 10,900-square-foot, custom-designed main residence, nine-bedroom staff wing, and guest house. Additional features include dual coral staircases leading to two white-sand beaches, a heated pool deck and gazebo.

Featuring a breathtaking panorama of Lorient bay and the Atlantic Ocean, Villa SIX is situated on Pointe Milou on the exclusive island of St. Barts. Designed by Olivier Dain, this three-bedroom contemporary retreat complements its surrounding tropical landscape. The open-plan living spaces open onto a terrace featuring an infinity pool and spa, which appear to merge with the turquoise sea below.

Located on a ridge overlooking Barbados' Platinum Coast, this newly built 13,500-square-foot villa comes with sweeping vistas across the Caribbean Sea, surrounding countryside, and Royal Westmoreland golf course, merging outstanding architecture, state-of-the-art technology, and world-class amenities. A double infinity pool with swim-up bar, large covered terraces, gym, cinema, wine cellar, elevator, and guest apartment are just a few of its many features.

The Plantation House is a Caribbean hideaway surrounded by coconut palms on a lush hillside overlooking the Samana Peninsula. Currently operating as a luxury inn, the two-storey colonial-style residence is furnished with a museum-quality art collection, amassed over several decades by proprietors, Marie-Claude Thiebault and Cary Guy. Outdoor areas include wraparound verandahs, an interior courtyard, and 15 acres of tropical grounds, complete with a pool and pristine white-sand beaches.

Located in the Tryall Club, Jamaica’s most exclusive private resort, Sea Salt is a classic Jamaican villa encompassing 8,160 square feet of living areas and 5.4 acres of private gardens, landscaped with native trees and lush tropical foliage. Perfectly designed for relaxation and entertaining, the main living area offers sea views, and opens out onto an enormous swimming pool with triple infinity-edge sides, and fibre-optic lighting for evening enjoyment.


Sunday, 12 July 2015

Stracathro Mansion,

Stracathro Mansion, Brechin, Angus, Scotland
Price: Offers in excess of £1,580,000

Situated on landscaped and wooded grounds with commanding views across the Angus Glens, Stracathro is an exceptional pocket estate, comprising a Palladian mansion house built in 1827, a coach house, six cottages, an arboretum, two ponds, and 250 metres of frontage on the River Cruick. This sportsman’s retreat is home to an abundance of wildlife and is appointed with premier equestrian and hunting facilities including stables, kennels, and a game larder.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Signature Staircases

From classically inspired masterpieces to show-stopping contemporary designs, these striking staircases take luxury to new heights

The staircase has served as both a principal architectural element and an expressive art form throughout the ages. The earliest extant examples of ceremonial stairs are found at the ziggurats of ancient Mesopotamia, followed by the Egyptian and Mesoamerican pyramids. The ancient Romans introduced spiral, or helical stairways, which were later used as tactical military devices to defend the Gothic castles of medieval Europe. Staircases evolved into their grand monumental forms during the Renaissance, culminating with Donato Bramante’s double helix stairs at the Vatican and Michelangelo’s triple staircase at the Laurentian Library in Florence. The royal palace of El Escorial near Madrid (completed in 1584) houses the earliest example of an imperial, or double staircase, which became the predominant style within the royal palaces and great houses of Europe and the Gilded Age mansions of the United States during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Elegance and Sophistication


About This Property

Elegance & sophistication are defined by this custom built secluded mountain retreat. This property is for the Buyer who has everything with the exception of this little piece of paradise located in the world renowned Whistler Resort. This gated and secure estate home is situated on 4.3 exclusive private acres hidden and nestled amongst old growth trees in the prestigious Stonebridge subdivision comprised of 30 lots on 400 acres. Once inside this custom built modern home one is taken back by its warmth, comfort and ease of living that is present in every room one enters. All rooms are finished to exceptional standards using only the highest quality finishings from the gourmet chefs kitchen with top of the line duplicate appliances to the elegant living room with vaulted ceilings, cozy wood burning fireplace and unsurpassed Whistler/Blackcomb mountain views. . The floor plan encompasses 5 bedrooms (all en suite), loft, 7 bathrooms, media room, family room with gas fireplace, games room with gas fireplace, elegant wine room and a gym. The luxurious master bedroom is a sanctuary on its own offering walk in closet with dressing area, steam shower, outdoor shower and deep soaker tub with exceptional mountain views. The exterior features wood and stone accents and the property is beautifully landscaped with lawns, perennials with over 2,500 sq ft of outdoor covered patios and decks, outdoor fireplace, hot tub, numerous gathering areas and a separate guest/caretaker home with garage. There is no comparison - this is a truly exquisite and unique property for the most discerning Buyer. Please contact us for a detailed information package or to arrange a private viewing.
Price $15,900,000
5476 Stonebridge Place, Whistler, BC

Sunday, 7 June 2015

How to spend it

US, Los Angeles, Beverly Hills: The formal dining room, breakfast room and family room with outdoor terrace can accommodate up to 400 people for a sit down dinner. The garden level contains an art-deco night club wine cellar and one of two projection rooms in the residence. This property is on the market with Christie's International Real Estate.

Saturday, 30 May 2015


Surveying almost 360 degrees, this one-of-a-kind residence crowns one of the Austin's highest hills in the gated community of The Summit. Designed from a castle in northern Spain, this privately gated estate brings a bit of Spain to the Texas hills. Finishes and materials honor traditional artistry and craftsmanship; An oversize gourmet kitchen, wet bar, home theater, exercise/sauna, wine cellar, infinity pool/spa, cabana, two complete guest apts. and a 6-car garage are just some of many grand features. A Christie's International Real Estate Signature Program property.


Wednesday, 27 May 2015

A Vibrant Canadian City

Blessed with some of the driest and sunniest weather in Canada, British Columbia’s capital city Victoria offers a captivating mix of heritage charm, urban buzz and outdoorsy pursuits.
With a population numbering around 350,000 in Greater Victoria, this small but perfectly formed city is located on the shores of Vancouver Island, just off Canada’s west coast. If the word “island” makes it sound small to you, think again – Vancouver Island is roughly the size of Holland, enough room for several towns and small cities. Starting life as Fort Victoria and named after the British monarch of the day, Victoria became a city back in 1862 and, known for period architecture, imposing government buildings and a penchant for traditions like afternoon tea, its colonial roots remain very much on show. 

Saturday, 23 May 2015

This week’s featured properties in New York City:

• In Chelsea, a two-bedroom two-and-a-half-bath duplex with a private terrace and a washer/dryer in a pet-friendly doorman building across from two 21-story public-housing buildings.
• In Beekman Place, a two-bedroom one-bath with a wood-burning fireplace in Beekman Mansion, a prewar doorman building.
• In Lefferts Manor, a six-bedroom two-and-a-half-bath 1898 limestone rowhouse with a cellar and landscaped garden.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Sophisticated Family Compound in Toronto

 By celebrated international designer Jan Showers

Experts from Christie’s auction house, which witnessed continued interest from collectors worldwide in recent years, corroborate this trend toward non-consumable asset acquisitions. Paul Provost, Deputy Chairman, Christie’s, stated: “Although the art and real estate markets are different, high-value art and property purchases are both about passion and investment. Fine art is increasingly considered an investment asset because values have risen so dramatically in recent years. The two markets are converging to a degree, as people increasingly seek to diversify and acquire assets of lasting intrinsic value.”

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Sunday, 23 November 2014

About Harbor Island

Magnificent Island Estates open water view home. Custom built to the highest standards in 1999, this 6,420 sq ft, five bedroom, three full and two half bath Mediterranean masterpiece will fulfill all of your waterfront dreams. As you enter, you are immersed in the grandeur of the architecture and finishes of the foyer which showcases marble floors, double staircase, soaring ceiling and a crystal chandelier. Your eyes are then drawn to the two story windows of the great room beyond framing the incredible view of the calm ICW waters. The great room's view is complimented by stately columns, a gas fireplace and two story volume ceilings. The open-concept chef's kitchen and breakfast room have views of the open water and large covered lanai with outdoor kitchen. Just off the kitchen is the formal dining room and a cozy living room. The expansive master bedroom features a gas fireplace and a wall of windows with open water views. The master bath is a luxurious expression of marble and glass with dual sinks, jetted spa tub and separate shower. An office and high-tech media room round off the first floor. The game room opens to the great room and a balcony overlooking the ICW. The fitness room has water views and a sauna. Four generous guest bedrooms are perfect for family or visitors. The waterfront features a dock with 15,000 lb boatlift and covered boat slip for 50+ ft boat. This incredible estate also features a three-car garage and whole house sound system.


  • Boat Ramp / Boat Dock
  • Fireplace(s)
  • Game Room
  • Gym
  • Office
  • Boat Slip
  • Media Room / Home Theater
  • Central Air Conditioning
  • 3 Car Garage
  • View
  • Water View
  • Waterfront

Luxury Defined


 Price $ 3,800,000, Clearwater, Florida - 3233

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Gehry Buildings

Every project undertaken by Gehry Partners is designed personally and directly by Frank Gehry. All of the resources of the firm and the extensive experience of the firm’s partners are available to assist in the design effort and to carry this effort forward through technical development and construction administration. The firm relies on the use of Digital Project, a sophisticated 3D computer modeling program originally created for use by the aerospace industry, to thoroughly document designs and to rationalize the bidding, fabrication, and construction processes.
The partners in Gehry Partners, LLP are: Frank Gehry, Brian Aamoth, John Bowers, Anand Devarajan, Jennifer Ehrman, Berta Gehry, Meaghan Lloyd, David Nam, Tensho Takemori, Laurence Tighe & Craig Webb.

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Creatively Decorated Homes

Living room with purple statement chairs

An eye for color and clever juxtaposition, honed over a lifetime immersed in interior design, informs the creative decoration of this Victorian London home. The lofty living room is one end of the open-plan space that forms the middle floor. To make the most of the natural light, the owner has used low-level furnishings, carefully placed so the space feels open and airy. Pink linen-upholstered Gio Ponti chairs and purple suede stools add soft hits of color.

Our Designer's Choice

Monday, 14 April 2014

Unlock Your Dream Home

Velvet chairs in blue

Inspired by designer David Hicks's striking combinations of colors, patterns and eras, the blue velvet chairs are used to focus on the 1960s Danish dining table, while emphasizing the distinctive artworks...

Our Designer's Choice

Monday, 27 January 2014

Chrisitie's 2015 Global Luxury Real Estate White Paper

Toronto ranked as the world’s 'hottest' luxury market
Expanded annual report offers insight into more than 80 of the world’s most luxurious real estate markets
Now in its third year, Luxury Defined presents an in-depth analysis of trends shaping the luxury real estate market globally. This year's report comprises not only standard luxury property market measurements – such as top sale prices, volume of luxury home sales, average sale prices, etc. -- but also benchmarks them to similar markets rather than to all markets, offering a comprehensive look at global activity and correlated values.

2014 welcomed a return to normality in most major cities with growth showing signs of stabilizing in locations such as Paris, New York and Sydney.
Toronto ranked as the world’s 'hottest' luxury market, and was the only location to see a faster year-on-year pace with a 37 percent increase in luxury home sales.
Second home markets led the growth of high-value sales in 2014, with 'Jet set destinations' recording on average a 28 percent year on year increase.
International second home buyers are driving market growth, particularly in Marrakech and Turks & Caicos where 100 percent of top end purchasers are from overseas.
Dubai ranks as the most popular city for second home purchases amongst global HNWIs, who accounted for 75 percent of sales

For more information, please contact press@christiesrealestate.com

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Dark Blue Bath

A shower-bath can be a brilliant solution, allowing you to enjoy a full-size shower and a full-size bath in a single piece of sanitaryware. ...So where bath length may be an issue, such as in this space under the eaves, look for designs that are shorter and wider then a conventional bath, but still have the same capacity. 
Our Designer's Choice

Monday, 25 November 2013

Botanical Inspired

Take inspiration from the outdoors by decorating your living room with a pretty mix of botanical-themed fabrics and artwork. Here, simple silver gilt frames have been hung in a symmetrical arrangement to give the space a calm, orderly feel. The antique, sepia tone of the prints is punctuated by the deep green shade on the walls. Don't be afraid to use colour - here the grassy green paint and vibrant striped sofa prove how sophisticated bold hues can be, even in a traditional setting. Blocks of cream in the lampshade and cushions add pale relief to the dark scheme.

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Your Private Sanctuary

Your private sanctuary surrounded by over 10,000 sq. ft. of elegant living space!

Stunning Equestrian Mansion with more than 10,000 Sq.ft of elegant living space. This magazine worthy property offers 6 Bedrooms, Horse Stables, Koi Pond, Pool House, Guest House, Library and separate staff quarters.

Your private sanctuary surrounded by over 10,000 sq. ft. of elegant living space!, Miami, Florida 33170 United States is a 373,309.00 Acres sq ft Single Family Home with 6 bedrooms, 8 Full Baths and was built in 1991.
Request More Info by Email: Consultant@oxfaz.org 

Sunday, 3 November 2013

IRISS EyE Check Device for Non-Specialists

Eye Health Informatics

iPad Displaying Eye Check StatisticsThe IRISS device captures in real-time crucial data relating to the eyes: pupil sizes, cornea diameter, palpebral aperture and so on. This data is aggregated on a Cloud-based platform where normative values are established. This in turn shows the clinician, in real time, a range of values for every eye-feature and assists them in making clinical decisions with regard to potential underlying conditions such as anisocoria, ptosis, buphthalmos and others.

The American Association of Paediatrics, the American Association of Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus as well as the UK National Screening Committee and similar bodies around the world recommend that children undergo vision screening at least by the age of 4-5. The problem lies in the fact that while it is very desirable to detect these conditions even in babies and infants, this pre-verbal (often uncooperative) population, is very difficult to screen and diagnose accurately and reliably. This is the reason why many cases of amblyopia and strabismus are detected at the age of 6 or more, when it is almost too late for effective treatment. Hence there is a need for reliable and practical automatic screening and diagnostic technologies for these conditions.

Request Quotation: Consultant@oxfaz.org

The IRISS Eye Check provides a quick, easy and cost-effective method of screening for the condition that will both reduce over- and under-referrals and complement current examination techniques.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Coveted Lawrence Park Location

Lawrence Park, Toronto
Price: $5,489,000  Bed: 4  Bath: 7
This majestic residence truly impresses with approximately 7,000 sq.ft. of beautifully designed luxury living space. Meticulous attention to detail, classic Georgian Architecture and masterful craftsmanship all combine to create a sophisticated, yet functional space for family living. The Transitional interior features grand entertaining rooms that unfold from a magnificent entry hall into the warm romance of this spectacular home, creating a stunning effect complimented by soaring ceilings, multiple walk-outs and dramatic windows with sweeping views.

Enjoy private dining on the covered terrace with heated Indiana limestone and natural stone floors overlooking the professionally landscaped and lush tranquil gardens. Car buffs will love the at grade, 3 car, built-in heated garage. This custom built home was designed by one of Lawrence Park’s Premium Builders for his own family in collaboration with “Lorne Rose”, Architect, and showcases the special and detailed emphasis on design, layout, sight lines and flow with no compromise spared on materials and workmanship!

Bayview Heights Drive


About This Property

2,500 Sq.Ft. Bungalow
3+1 Bedrooms  2+2 Bathrooms
Opportunity awaits: 2,500 sq.ft. bungalow with full finished lower on prime corner in Bennington Heights. Light abounds on all 4 sides. Excellent 60 x 120 ft. lot. Great as is, top up or rebuild. Original house was built in 1947 and addition in 1984. Skylights, 2 fireplaces, 3 bedrooms, 4 baths. Heated floors in master ensuite and 2nd bedroom ensuite. This is a great property and location for families or work-at-home.



Sunday, 13 October 2013

SME Smart IP Scheme (SSIPS)

ISIS Innovation
Two new initiatives were launched to make it even more attractive for clients to engage with Isis. An easy-to-use Materials Evaluation Agreement was launched by Isis, Imperial Innovations and UCL Business, to help companies evaluate new materials from the research laboratories of these three universities. Isis also launched its SME Smart IP Scheme (SSIPS) which offers greater flexibility and reduced business risk for SMEs accessing Intellectual Property (IP) from Oxford University. SSIPS ensures that, whatever the ultimate route to market, the SME that invested in the development will earn a share of future revenues. Furthermore, Isis works with SSIPS partners to access support initiatives such as TSB Smart Awards and R&D tax credits. 



Thursday, 26 September 2013

Social Mobility: the greatest challenge of our time?

Education Endowment Foundation 

Sir Peter Lampl is Chair of the Education Endowment Foundation and the Sutton Trust.

The Sutton Trust-EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit is an accessible summary of educational research which provides guidance for teachers and schools on how to use their resources to improve the attainment of disadvantaged pupils.

The Toolkit currently covers 33 topics, each summarised in terms of their average impact on attainment, the strength of the evidence supporting them and their cost.
The Toolkit is a live resource which will be updated on a regular basis as findings from EEF-funded projects and other high-quality research become available. In addition, we would welcome suggestions for topics to be included in future editions. If you have a topic suggestion, or any other comments or questions about the Toolkit, please contact Robbie Coleman at robbie.coleman@eefoundation.org.uk.


Saturday, 21 September 2013

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Campbellville, ON

Price on request        
110 Crawford Crescent, Campbellville, ON

About This Property

Executive home in the village of Campbellville. This spectacular one acre property offers over 4,000 sqft of luxury living with high quality finishes and beautifully manicured gardens. The main floor features a stunning entrance which is sure to impress. The additional space in the finished basement has a Theatre Room and bar which will make entertaining a delight. Enjoy the beauty and serenity of a country setting with a tree lined private back yard while being a short commute to the city.

Friday, 13 September 2013



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