Friday, 6 May 2011

M/M New Issue: May 2011

Manner of Man Magazine
Issue: May 2011

Table of Contents

Inaugural Manner of Man Magazine Advisory Board selection
Christie's South Kensington: The Duarte Pino Coelho Collection
from the distinguished decorator’s houses in Madrid and Trujillo, Spain

Editorial: Do Not Experiment for Strangers

Moments of Absolute Clarity #4 an exclusive series produced by Lalle Johnson

Last Tsar of Russia - Tsar Nicholas II

The Henry Herbert Way

Interview with entrepreneur Johan Staël von Holstein

Barbour photo story: Loneliness

    M/M Inaugural Manner of Man Magazine Advisory Board

    Nicola Linza and Cristoffer Neljesjö, co-owners of Manner of Man Magazine are honoured to welcome a highly distinguished group of gentlemen to the inaugural Manner of Man Magazine Advisory Board.

    Lalle Johnson
    Derek Turner
    Patrick Baty
    Ángel Miguel Pedro Martín Ayestarán Rodríguez
    Gregory Lauder-Frost, FSA Scot.
    Anthony Haden-Guest
    Joe Ruggiero
    John Blades


    THE DUARTE PINTO COELHO COLLECTION - From the distinguished decorator’s houses in Madrid and Trujillo, Spain

    Auction, Christie's South Kensington, 85 Old Brompton Road
    Wednesday, 20 & Thursday, 21 July 2011 at 10.00am

    A photograph of Duarte Pinto Coelho being presented to H.M. Queen Elizabeth II by H.M. King Juan Carlos I of Spain and H.M. Queen Sophia of Spain, October 1988 (part of group lot, estimate: £1,000-1,500)

    An extraordinary collection of more than 800 lots from the Madrid home and the Trujillo country house of legendary interior decorator Duarte Pinto Coelho will be offered for sale at Christie's South Kensington on 20-21 July 2011. The late Mr. Pinto Coelho was born in Portugal, moving to Paris as a young man, where he became friends with the likes of Coco Chanel, Elsa Schiaparelli and Salvador Dalí, among others. When he moved to Spain in the 1950s, he chose Madrid as his new home and there he started an antiques business that soon led to him becoming the first and most renowned decorator in the country. A refined, eclectic connoisseur, collecting was his passion and both his residences were adorned with a wealth of furniture, works of art, porcelain, pictures, silver, carpets and textiles. The collection as a whole is estimated to realise in the region of £1.5 million.

    Pilar Gonzalez de Gregorio, Duquesa de Fernandina, Chairman of Christie's Spain: “Following the great successes achieved by the auctions of the collection of Manolo March and that of a Spanish Marqués (both offered in 2009 at our London salerooms), we are honoured to have been entrusted with the consignment of the sophisticated collection of Duarte Pinto Coelho. Born in Portugal, and trained in Paris, Mr. Pinto Coelho settled in Spain during the post-war years, but spent his life travelling all over the globe to look after his spectacular projects and to meet with his numerous friends. Considered to be one of the most influential Spanish decorators of the second half of the 20th century, Duarte’s unmistakable style and taste has been appreciated by some of the most important families both in Spain and abroad. His collections fully reflect his sprit and I am convinced that they will appeal to a very wide audience of international buyers.”

    Duarte Pinto Coelho loved to declare that “a house should, at the end, look as if the designer had never set foot in it”: a demonstration of his wit, philosophy and style. Regarded as one of the best interior decorators in Spain, his intelligence, wonderful manners and taste enabled him to become a central figure in Spanish high society. The notorious parties he held at his magnificently decorated apartment in the enormous Palacio Pinohermosa in Madrid illustrated above are still memorable. From Truman Capote to Maria Callas, or Amália Rodrigues to Henry Kissinger, any international celebrity who happened to visit the Spanish capital would have been his guest and friend.

    The collection of Duarte Pinto Coelho is incredibly varied and includes an amazing range of works of art and objects, from antique Spanish and Italian textiles to blue and white Chinese porcelain and old master paintings to post war Spanish art as well as a number of early European sculptures and English and European furniture.

    The auction will also offer furniture and objects from the country house in Trujillo illustrated below, a town only two hours from Madrid. Once a nuns’ convent, Mr. Pinto Coelho bought the house and redecorated it to make it his buen retiro. There he enjoyed hosting his friends and organizing more informal receptions. Among the highlights of the Trujillo collection stands a pair of Spanish 17th Century ormolu, tortoiseshell and ebonised table cabinets, estimated at £20,000-30,000. The auction will appeal to International private buyers, collectors and decorators alike.

    M/M Do Not Experiment for Strangers

    Commentary by Manner of Man Magazine co-owners Nicola Linza and Cristoffer Neljesjö 

    M/M Moments of Absolute Clarity #4

    an exclusive series produced by Lalle Johnson

    Image: taken by Lalle Johnson exclusively for Manner of Man Magazine/Welldressed and cannot be reproduced without written authorisation. All rights reserved.

    2011 © Manner of Man Magazine/Welldressed. All rights reserved. Reproduction is strictly prohibited without written permission from the publisher.

    Wednesday, 4 May 2011

    Monday, 2 May 2011

    M/M Interview with Johan Staël von Holstein

    Image of Johan Staël von Holstein provided for exclusive use. All rights reserved.

    This exclusive interview with Johan Staël von Holstein was conducted by Nicola Linza and Cristoffer Neljesjö in Singapore April 2011

    You once worked for the late businessman Jan Stenbeck, how did he influence your career?

    He taught me, if not all, most everything I know about people, business and politics.

    You are very outspoken about the importance of entreprenuership, why is it so important to you?

    It is the salvation of ALL existing problems and ALL problems of the future. The future of our children and the future of mankind lies in its hands.

    Do you consider yourself a successful entrepreneur?

    No, not yet. I have high expectations upon myself.  Am I a good entrepreneur? Absolutely! But as of now, not successful. I use two definitions of entrepreneurs, “Taking personal responsibility for their own financial situation,” that I do, but unsuccessfully. The second one, “Start things, get things done, work hard and do things –without payment and somebody telling them what to do,” I sure as hell do that and VERY successfully.

    The internet is filled with anonymous people who are spewing out their hate, how do you deal with them?

    Fuck them, the world is full of idiots, brainwashed, jealous, irresponsible and lazy people – people that time from time kill a lot of their opposite type of people; the hardworking, knowledgeable, experienced risk takers, the responsible. Like in all communist countries, sometimes the envious even win elections in democratic counties like Social Democrats from time to time in Sweden.

    What do you think of Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter? Do they have any relevance? Or are they a waste of time?

    I think that they are monsters, horrible creatures that lure us into their nets like the singing mermaids in Homer's Odyssey. They have extreme relevance today, but hopefully there will be a revolution and new players entering the markets with true relevance for the users, the content owners which will empower us all to increase our efficiency, our profitability as individuals, as we will be able to monetize our skills, knowledge, experience and hard work.

    What is the most dangerous aspect of Social networking and why?

    We are digitally enslaved, deprived of our sense of privacy, our Intellectual Properties, deprived of leveraging our talents, knowledge, information and experience, creating a horrible and utterly inefficient environment as the Soviet Union. It will potentially lead to the end of our civilization very much resembling the movie Metropolis or the book 1984.

    Where do you see the Internet and business heading?

    The real paradigm shift is coming now as we as individuals go from being owned, run and controlled by brands, corporations and technology to taking over and being in control where technology will empower us to run and control brands to our benefit in the physical world.

    The above interview with Johan Staël von Holstein 2011 © Manner of Man Magazine/Welldressed. All rights reserved. Reproduction is strictly prohibited without written permission from the publisher.

    Sunday, 1 May 2011

    M/M Loneliness

    The worst loneliness is not to be comfortable with yourself.
    -Mark Twain

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