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Mercedes S-Class All-New MBUX System Revealed

STUTTGART The Mercedes S-Class has for some time been going backwards. Witness the three touchscreens and myriad of control options made for rear passengers of its latest model. Going backwards, but sure to leave behind the BMW 7 Series and Audi A8 in the true luxury hallmarks of finesse and magic carpet ride comfort, when it premieres in a few months. Sat Bal    

And the back just got better with passengers enjoying the same extensive infotainment and comfort features as the front occupants. Rear controls include the just revealed MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) Interior Assist system and the voice control assistant "Hey Mercedes".

This second generation MBUX learn-capable system now makes its  debut in the new S-Class. The vehicle interior is even more digital and intelligent: OLED-brilliant displays feature on up to five large screens. OLED technology adds to the ‘wow’ and the control/comfort functions.

It's now about fewer buttons and more options for personalisation and intuitive operation. So the driver gets the new 3D driver display which allows a spatial view at the touch of a button for the first time. A real three-dimensional effect - without 3D glasses.

The voice assistant "Hey Mercedes" is more talkative and a better listener. It can work even without calling the activation keyword for some actions like accepting a telephone call or displaying the navigation map.

"Hey Mercedes" can now also explain where the first-aid kit is, or how to connect a smartphone via Bluetooth. Several microphones tell the system where the voice is coming from and flashing ambient lighting identifies the current speaker.

PIN entry is now supported by a new authentication method for higher security. New biometric and interconnected authentication functions mean security encompasses fingerprint, face and voice recognition. This allows access to individual settings or verification of digital payment processes from the vehicle.

Mercedes says the USP of MBUX is its cross-networking capacity with vehicle systems and sensor data. Thus the exit warning function in the S-Class now uses cameras to recognise that an occupant wants to leave the vehicle. If another road user is approaching in the blind spot, the active ambient lighting becomes part of the exit warning system and flashes red.

The driver's attention level is also monitored. The driver is warned by 'Attention Assist' if it detects any signs of sleepiness. If the driver says "I'm tired", an activation of its 'Energising  comfort' control begins.

Screen content can be quickly and easily shared with other passengers who can also select or change navigation destinations is from the back. The ambient lighting can be individually set by remote, even from home. And domestic systems and home appliances can also be linked to the vehicle and voice-controlled thanks to the Smart Home function

Seven profiles can now be stored in the Cloud as part of Mercedes me and used in other Mercedes-Benz vehicles with the new MBUX generation.

Two different head-up displays (HUDs) are available and the larger HUD provides augmented reality content. On navigating, for example, animated turn-off arrows are virtually projected ahead onto the road lane. Relevant information is projected into the driver's field of vision at a virtual distance of circa 10 metres.

Human-centred intuitive technology is the takeaway here. This MBUX teaser is a trailer for the S-Class's forthcoming premiere and we know that the next gen features that huge infotainment screen which dominates the driver console.

Can't wait to see the rest of the S-Class W223, scheduled to premiere in September. Nor, presumably, can Audi. Or BMW...

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Nanny State

LONDON Two high flying companies have devised a novel solution to ease travel for parents and infants. Welcome to the “world’s first, flying nursery.” Chris Page

FlyEliteJets CEO, Christopher Williams-Martin (and dad of two) saw that private flying, while great for professionals, wasn’t so great for families. His company’s  Ultra-high Net Worth (UHNW) clients often used aircraft for weekends and family holidays when the CEO realised that the jets had insufficient space and facilities for babies and young children to feed, play and relax.  

Enter award winning interior designer Jenny Allan whose company Jenny Allan  Design was enlisted to create a warm, welcoming and inviting space for UHNW parents and their kids aboard the ultra-long-range jets and VVIP airliners which frequently fly trans-continental.

The results lie here in the pictures of the Flying Nursery, claimed an industry game changer. Other private jet operators have reported high demand to Red Carpet from charter clients to whom family safeguarding is the top priority, fuelled by the Covid pandemic.

Jenny Allan Design literally filled the gap by installing child-friendly comforts into the aft cabin of jets, an area that is traditionally underutilised. By creating a dedicated space for mums, dads, nannies and children with direct access to the rear WC and baggage hold it becomes an onboard haven for children and parents alike with facilities to eat, sleep, play, relax and refresh.

Jenny Allan said: “We wanted to design something unique that’s never been done before on a private jet and to revolutionise the way clients travel with their children. In this Gulfstream G650 we added a starlit ceiling to create a wonderful sense of atmosphere in the cabin, ideal for bedtime reading.

“For more fun and whimsical details, we included embossed teddy motives on the seat headrests, a wigwam with cloud cushions that can easily be folded away during take-off and landing as well as a mini rocking horse and shelves for children’s toys andbooks. It was also really important that the space appealed to mums and dads, so we opted for a calming, tranquil, neutral décor rather than too many bold or bright colours that jar the senses.”

Other design details include a sofa that converts into a double bed, games consoles for older children as well as three TVs to create a space for the whole family to enjoy. Further aesthetic details include fabric padded bulkheads, and sycamore veneer doors with brass inlays.

Christopher Williams-Martin commented: “I was immediately taken by Jenny’s work which is cosmopolitan yet will have universal appeal with its inviting colour schemes and functional design. We needed a designer who could visualise the brief, was approachable and engaging and discreet. Jenny is all of the above and a genuine gifted talent with the accolade of Designer of the Year.”

The Flying Nursery can typically be fitted out in under two months in a private hangar, with Williams-Martin and Allan on hand every step of the way to provide a bespoke internal design space. The directors welcome the venture as simply the start to evolution in aviation.   

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Kaws, Retna and Hirst at 'XXI'

LONDON Banksy, Jeff Koons and Damian Hirst are just some of the luminaries showing at ‘XXI’, a landmark contemporary art exhibition launched at the new HOFA Gallery in London’s Mayfair.

UPDATE - The Covid crisis has seen the HOFA Gallery take this exhibition online.

Ground-breaking digital art investments platform, ARTCELS, in partnership with HOFA Gallery, is launching a new virtual contemporary art exhibition, titled 'XXI' on Monday 4th May at 6pm (BST) / 1pm (EST).

ARTCELS is set to create a new art experience which their investors and the global art community can enjoy from the comfort of their homes.  Press can access the exhibition three days earlier for a special preview from Friday 1st May from 3pm.

It will be the first-of-its-kind to feature blue-chip contemporary artists—Banksy, George Condo, Kaws, Damien Hirst and Jeff Koons— together in a virtual art exhibition, and other leading international artists, including Ilhwa Kim, Retna, Daniel Arsham, Anthony James and Joseph Klibansky, in a 3-dimensional, HD virtual show designed to be immersive, interactive and realistic.

Kaws

At ‘XXI’ rare and unseen works by contemporary artists such as Kaws, RETNA and Damian Hirst are set to cause a stir. These include the Blame Game Portfolio, a set of 10 prints by Kaws which has been shrouded in mystery since its shadow début in 2016. Its sprightly colours have the intrigue of a jigsaw puzzle, both playful and ominous. Blame Game is poised to be a favourite and is the most valuable artwork on display at ‘XXI’.

RETNA’s Los Ne El Barrio (headline image) also brings rarity to the exhibition with its abstract lettered painting, finished with rare blue diamond dust in the abstract art sought so many art connoisseurs.

Heart Spin Painting

The radial symmetry of Heart Spin Painting by Damian Hirst evokes the large reproduction spin painting which covered the floor of the stadium for the closing ceremony of the London Olympic Games of 2012. 

 ‘XXI’ features a portfolio of carefully sourced artworks collectively worth more than $1M and other participating artists include Joseph Klibansky, George Condo, Zhuang Hong Yi and Ilhwa Kim.

HOFA co-founder, Elio D'Anna, said "We are proud to unveil this project which has been over 12 months in the making. It’s going to be an extravaganza of contemporary art. We are bringing the crème of contemporary art together for a ground-breaking show which we know viewers will enjoy.”

HOFA’s new gallery is at 11 Bruton St in Mayfair.

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Rebel Way Secures $50M Financing

LOS ANGELES Rebel Way Entertainment made its financing announcement to herald the launch of the production company by the Globus father and son team. Mick Hyare

Producer and distributor Yoram Globus (pictured), former president of MGM and The Cannon Group, and son Ori have the thriller ‘Tension’ in production now. The film has been written by Scott Milam and directed by the SAW horror franchise director Darren Lynn Bousman.

Yoram Globus has famously empowered names such as Jean-Claude Van Damme and Chuck Norris, among many others. His films are household title with a roll-call including ‘Barfly’, ‘Runaway Train’ and ‘Superman IV’. Ori Globus joined his father inThe Globus Group’s production and distribution division and led Rebel Way Entertainment’s financing, slate, and talent signing. 

Tension, the film, is based on a live theatre immersive adventure called Tension Experience and follows the misfortunes of four friends in a game that goes wrong during an extreme immersive Halloween horror experience.  

Other Rebel Way projects include ‘The Boxer’, a film based on the novel ‘The Boxer's Story: Fighting for My Life in the Nazi Camps,’ a true story written by Nathan Shapow, Bob Harris and Mike Shapow.

Another true story feature film is also being adapted from ‘The Shadow of Truth’ documentary currently airing on Netflix, written by Ari Pines and Yotam Guendelman while ‘The Mark’ features a female-led cast and is set in a juvenile detention center.

‘Tarot’, ‘VR’ and ‘Reincarnation’ also join the development slate.  

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Glen Scotia's Whisky Highlights

CAMPBELTOWN Glen Scotia brings two luxury single malt Scotch whiskies for the connoisseur’s Christmas wish list. Sat Bal 

Glen Scotia 45 Year Old leads the charge at £3,800 an exclusive single malt limited to 150 bottles worldwide. Each bottle comes in a handcrafted walnut presentation featuring a delicate tile that’s engraved with the individual bottle number and tasting notes.

At 43.8% ABV the notes are:

Nose-

Bold coastal elements, sea-soaked basalt leads into thick fruit of ripe pineapple and crisp green apple before floral notes of rose, vanilla and toasted oak come through.

Taste-

Viscous oily mouthfeel coats the tongue. Caramel sweetness at first then juicy tropical fruit, with pineapple, mango and watermelon rounded by vanilla and honey.

Finish-

Long mouth-watering finish with sea-salt and lime citrus before warming cinnamon and ground ginger spice.

Distilled in 1973, the whisky matured in refill bourbon casks for over three decades before being finished in first fill bourbon under the watchful eye of master distiller, Michael Henry until bottling in 2019.

Next from Campbeltown distillery, ‘the whisky capital of the world’ is the Glen Scotia 25 Year Old at £275 a bottle.

Think seaside tang, orange and juicy red apples and caramel sweetness. The nose has hints of vanilla oak, with the subtle notes of sea spray and spicy aromatic fruits.

Glen Scotia 25 Year Old has been recognised for its distinctive flavours across the globe, scooping a Double Gold medal at the prestigious 2019 San Francisco Spirits Competition.

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Kayls Debuts Single

LOS ANGELES ‘Drive Away’ is the debut single released today by Indie pop artist Kayls. And it’s here, below, for the delectation of our UK/Euro listeners.

Think shimmering pool lights, post-midnight trips in Ferraris across the Pacific Coast Highway , heartbreak and muffins. The track, produced by Bambor Leany, trips with pop melodies and hallucinogenic rogue beats.

“I want songs to be fun and rebellious like stealing a neon orange Lambo on a Sunday afternoon to go eat strawberry ice cream in a lime silk gown,’ said the LA-based artist. ‘I think there’s a huge void in songs right now and I want to fill it with magic mushrooms, candied violet perfume and 808s.”

We’d go along with that!

Bambor Leany, one of the few female pop producers in the industry, threw in the creative aggression and escapism to take her paradigm into a supra-structure of song that shakes off the current.

Expect more from Kayls with an EP planned for release in 2020.

Kayls’ creative splurge sees her design all of her promo-wardrobe, including that in the song’s forthcoming video.”  She co-designed her gold and ruby mushroom jewellery with Vogue-featured Jonne Amaya. 

Hell, her grandfather even performed with Sonny & Cher and opened for Dolly Parton!

So, take a listen here …

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Gulfstream G700 Takes Flight

GEORGIA The Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., this week announced the unveiling of its new flagship, the Gulfstream G700 claiming it's ‘the most spacious, best-performing aircraft in the business-jet industry.’ 

Chris Page

The G700 blends proven ultralong-range, speed and performance with flight-deck innovation and cutting-edge cabin creation to offer customers an unprecedented aircraft experience.

Gulfstream President Mark Burns revealed a full-scale mock-up of the G700 and showed a video of the aircraft taxiing under its own power at Gulfstream headquarters at the reveal in Savannah.

‘This announcement is the biggest news in business aviation history and is the result of the investments General Dynamics made to develop Gulfstream technology for Gulfstream products,’ said Burns. ‘Thanks to our nearly 18,000 employees around the world, the G700 is continuing a long Gulfstream tradition: raising the bar for ourselves and the industry.”

Gulfstream also announced Qatar Airways as the launch customer for its new private jet which has a purchase agreement of 10 new G700 jets for its charter service, Qatar Executive. List price per jet is $75 million.

 “We are excited to be the launch customer of the G700, the largest business jet in the industry, and are looking forward to the aircraft joining our fleet,” said His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, Group CEO of Qatar Airways. “Qatar Executive’s customers have extremely high standards, and this aircraft will help us meet their requirements by delivering unrivalled performance that complements our excellence in customer service.”

The G700 boasts business aviation’s largest cabin and can fly further faster than any competitor in the business jet industry. Powered by two Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 engines, the G700 can fly 7,500 nautical miles/13,890 kilometers at Mach 0.85 or 6,400 nm/11,853 km at Mach 0.90.

It features the Gulfstream Symmetry Flight DeckTM with active control sidesticks and the most extensive use of touch-screen technology in the industry.

The G700 cabin offers an extra-large ‘ultragalley’ with lounge or crew compartment, up to five living areas and a large, bespoke master bedroom with en suite master bath. The aircraft also features an all-new, Gulfstream-developed revolutionary circadian lighting system that can recreate sunrise and sunset across time zones.

With 20 panoramic windows and the Gulfstream cabin environment of 100 percent fresh air, low cabin altitude and whisper-quiet sound levels, the G700 promotes in-flight wellness and greatly reduces the physical impact of traveling halfway around the world nonstop. 

Design Innovation

On board, passengers can also enjoy six-place dining or conference space. The Gulfstream ‘Cabin Experience’ promotes and enhances wellness through 20 Gulfstream panoramic oval windows, the largest in the industry; the industry’s lowest cabin altitude, 100 percent fresh air and a whisper-quiet cabin.

The aircraft introduces revolutionary benefits to business-jet travel with the most advanced circadian lighting system in aviation. The Gulfstream-developed technology recreates sunrise and sunset through thousands of white and amber LEDs, gently coaxing passengers into their new time zone and greatly reducing the physical impact of traveling halfway around the world nonstop.

Safety And Performance

The G700 features the award-winning Symmetry Flight Deck and other new safety advancements. Along with active-control sidesticks and the industry’s most extensive use of touch-screen technology, the flight deck also comes standard with another Gulfstream award-winner, the Predictive Landing Performance System.

The system gives pilots advanced warning of potential runway excursions so they can adjust approaches or go around. The G700 Symmetry Flight Deck also comes standard with Gulfstream’s Enhanced Flight Vision System and Synthetic Vision on dual head-up displays.

The aircraft offers excellent takeoff and landing performance and can operate easily at weight-restricted, short-runway and high-altitude airports.

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The London Wing

LONDON This week sees the opening of an exclusive women-only private members’ club. The Wing opens in Fitzrovia, a stone’s throw from Oxford Circus. Abigail Parkin  

It’s safe to assume that the London debut is highly anticipated given The Wing’s huge waiting lists in America where founders Audrey Gelman and Lauren Kassan located the club  in New York, Washington DC, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Boston.  

The Wing London occupies a five-storey townhouse with interiors by in-house designer Laetitia Gorra. The Wing will provide a space for women to work, meet and socialise amid its pastel tones and hexagonal work tables. 

Given its pro-women concept the extensive library features female authors only and an all-women art gallery.

Brands are high-end with the beauty room stocked with Chanel products and a tea parlour offering Dashwood teas. The cafe and bar serves a menu devised by female chefs too.

There's also a checkerboard roof terrace from where guests can take a detached view of London's bustle. 

Founding members range from Emilia Clarke to Alexa Chung, so expect the  company to be of a certain calibre and creativity.  

The place to do so could be one of the club's many events. support groups for small business owners; business development and financial planning workshops; yoga classes with Jessica Skye; intros to coding and bike maintenance; and networking and community happy hours and breakfasts. 

Membership - from £170 a month or £1,836 a one year for one site

Full access membership - from £240 a month or £2592. 

See full specifics at  https://www.the-wing.com/spaces/london/

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Poppy on Release

LOS ANGELES Poppy's new single 'I Disagree' is now out and we've been sent the video plus tour dates. Abigail Parkin

'I Disagree' is the second single from her forthcoming album of the same name and the release of the track follows the album’s critically acclaimed lead single 'Concrete' a continuation of the eclectic, post-genre sound Poppy has pioneered.

The first two offerings from Poppy’s third studio album see the enigma playing with sounds of menacing electronica and deep prog-rock.

The singer has also released a new set of UK and European tour dates for March 2020 staring in Manchester on March 12 and winding down in Madrid on March 30. 

See the video here:

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Colours Hoxton Launches

LONDON The Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen has been transformed into the vibrancy of Colours London by Mothership Group which brings with it a colourful entertainment programme diary. Lucy Kale

The just-opened 300-capacity live space promises gigs and club-nights programmed in collaboration with fellow well-loved multi-arts spaces Village Underground and EartH so expect lots of genre-crossing action music, art and performance.

These include residencies from inclusive LGBTQ+ Bollywood powerhouse Hungama, girl power gang Pxssy Palace, house, disco and techno party Naturalia, the female-led immersive collective Shotgun Carousel, garage extravaganza Lord of The Tings and Village Underground favourites The Heatwave presents.

Elsewhere the venue’s SuperCulture room will host cutting-edge cultural events every weeknight. These range from an ‘after school’ club with Maisie Williams’ creative networking app ‘Daisie’ to  Neon Naked Life Drawing panels with Anti Diet Riot Club.

Daytime sees invited local artists and creative networks occupy a free space to host meetings, rehearsals and record podcasts.

The sounds is set to reverb through London thanks to a show-stopping D&B Audiotechnik PA System, which will be busy with the hottest in Nu Jazz, Hip Hop, Soul, Electro Pop, and R’n’B to East London.

Performances already confirmed from BBC 1Xtra favourite RuthAnne, disco pop duo Ekkah, indie rockers No Hot Ashes, Sheafs and Last Dinosaurs, rising R&B talents Olivia Nelson and Rachel Foxx, and the interactive and soul lifting Gospeloke, the eclectic line-up will set music fans alight.

Interior design comes from Mare Street Market’s outfitters alongside an exclusive exhibition of artwork by the brains behind Lady Gaga’s iconic Telephone Hat Fred Butler.

Colours lives up to its name with a bespoke LED lighting installation (headline pic) called The Colour Trap designed by Burning Man lighting sculptor Christopher Shardt, in a one-of-a-kind entrancer that takes revellers into undulating patterns and colour.

The Orange Buffalo takes up residency in the kitchen where several exclusive new dishes await: plant based burger ‘The Nawty’ and a Buffalo Chicken Salad, plus the famous wings.

Chloe Uppington, head of events for Mothership Group said: “Colours will be a bold and beautiful temple of creativity and celebration of live music. A testament to Hoxton’s past, which overflows with seminal moments across club, culture and the art scene, Colours is part of a dedicated push to keep young artists and musicians in East London.

Village Underground commented:

“London is crying out for more live music venues, so we're thrilled to be collaborating with such an exciting new space in East London. Colours will be a vital platform for developing artists and promoters on the cusp of stardom.”