Gift Guide December 2019

Sunken Treasures Beneath the murky surface of the Brokopondo Hydro Lake in Suriname, South America, lies a hidden treasure that’s over 60 years—a 150,000-hectare underwater tropical forest. However, harvesting this submerged wood is difficult because divers must venture 15 meters deep into the lake to recover it. Through innovation and technology, Brokopondo Lakewood (www.facebook.com/Lakewoodvn) brings

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The Art-Tech Revolution

Seven expert opinions on how mediation and legal-tech are revolutionizing art provenance The right to resale royalties, or droit de suite, is the right of artists to receive a royalty payment each time their work is resold at an appreciated value. This viewpoint has historically been aimed at the likes of recording artists and filmmakers.

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Changing Block by Block

The Vietnamese startups using blockchain to fix broken economies Vietnam has one of the fastest-growing economies in the world. Its startup scene is thriving. It regularly wins awards for entrepreneurship and innovation. Its people are some of the smartest, most influential thinkers in the world. And yet, Vietnam’s inflation is among the highest in the

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Seed to Shelf

A look inside one of the world’s largest agriculture companies It’s almost half the world’s pepper. It’s a sizable chunk of the world’s coffee and almonds, their cashews and dehydrated onions. But if you’re not an industry insider, the name Olam International (www.olamgroup.com) isn’t likely to ring a bell. “We’re probably one of the biggest

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Reflecting Tradition

Artist bridging past and future with reverse glass painting A traditional art form has an unlikely champion in student Nguyen Duc Huy. The 22-year-old, in his second year of graphic design at Ton Duc Thang University, is an avid collector of reverse glass paintings. While reverse glass painting has been practiced as an art form

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Dragonball Destination F1 Supercar Road Trip

Here’s our definitive Q&A guide to the exclusive Dragonball Destination F1 Supercar Road Trip from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi this April 2020. Let’s take a journey.Imagine Ferrari 488’s Pilot Sport treads caressing the pavement along golden fields. Or McLaren P1’s conspicuous growl reverberating through lush jungle canopy. Perhaps you enjoy the coastline’s glistening rays reflected

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The Look Of Lacquer

The paradoxes that produce lacquer painting Lacquer is a natural medium, but it forces you to be in a certain environment and in a certain geography to work. Visual artist Phi Phi Oanh, who works with lacquer, says lacquer is affected by its habitat, humidity, heat, time and even space. This makes lacquer painting a labor-

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Bee The Change

In Dalat, a small bee garden hopes to increase the bee population through community collaboration There’s buckwheat. There’s squash. There’s a composting area. But there’s one thing curiously missing from Dalat’s Bee Garden: bees. “We don’t keep bees, but build a habitat that is naturally friendly for bees and other endangered insects,” explained Leonie Hapunkt, an organizer with

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Anatomy of a Class

In District 2, nude-figure sketch classes drawing attention When Hoang Dang Khoa looked at the naked woman in front of him on a Sunday afternoon, he didn’t see a body. “I see shadow and planes. It’s confusing,” he said, searching for the right words to describe how a live person looks to an artist. “But

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The Design Less Drafted

Cross ventilation, natural sunlight and community development are some of the building blocks that make this architect couple the ones to watch Choosing the path less traveled often proves to be the more difficult journey, but that scarcely used track is often the more enriching path, leading to innovation, and it’s there where Phan Lam

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