The streets of Bali are awash today with the sounds of gamelan and the clouds of white kebayas floating towards the ocean for Melasti ceremonies. This is the beginning of Nyepi, the Balinese lunar new year celebrations.
The specifics were simple but tight: recreate the space working within the parameters of the existing structure with a sophisticated beach vibe but it had to be ready within 60 days so that they could enjoy it for as much of the short time they were in Bali...
Last week the Galungan and Kuningan holiday celebrations began in Bali which for non-Hindus amongst us means only that there are plentiful local ceremonies to witness, numerous staff absent from work and an abundance of traffic jams on our tiny island roads!
Who would you like to have a conversation with, living or dead?
Anyone of my close friends; Karen Armstrong; Martin Amis; the scientists working on the conversion of carbon dioxide to other elements and the clean decomposition of plastic; and of course my ever-challenging wife Sophie Gargett.
This mesmerising material is formed when trunks of wood are buried, usually under volcanic ash or mud, and deprived of oxygen. Over time every cell of the wood is replaced by other mineral elements such as silica, pyrite, agate or, in rare and beautiful cases, opal. The result is a beautiful memorial of bark, cambium, sapwood, even sometimes the pith; all the original lines of the cellular structures of wood but turned into rock which gives it incredible weight and a cool touch.
The first time I turned a tiny corner to see the dome of the Pantheon, I had a new comprehension for the famed arrogance of Romans; if ever overbearing pride is to be tolerated it should be for the cause of this city.
Unlike cotton which requires tonnes of water and acres of land to grow, or wool which is shorn from sheep that are farmed for their coats, cashmere is an innately sustainable and renewable resource. The nomadic farmers of Mongolia raise their goats on the green grasslands, moving once the pastures are stripped to allow the land to regenerate. When the spring arrives and the goats no longer need their undercoat for warmth, the cashmere is gently combed from them.
This event launched MISCHA in Bali and offered everyone a unique experience with the brand as well as the designer, Michelle Lai. Michelle has a long-standing commitment to empowering women, expressed through her work with The Women’s Foundation and charities supporting girls education. Michelle was invited to be a speaker at TED X Youth Hong Kong in 2013 and was featured in Star World TV’s Inspiring Women special for International Women’s Day in 2014.