Four Seasons Hotel, Palo Alto

A Four Seasons Hotel that most Uber drivers can’t find isn’t a good omen. The Four Seasons Palo Alto is camouflaged at the end of a cul-de-sac of office blocks,  all designed in that late 90s functional vernacular so familiar to anyone whose sat in slow moving traffic on the M4. Perhaps lacking the bespoke…
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Palace Hotel, San Francisco

Ten years before Matthew Weiner pushed Don Draper out of his Madison Avenue office to come crashing down on our screens, David Fincher pushed Michael Douglas off an office block in San Francisco. Douglas crashed through the Art Deco glass roof of the Palace Hotel in San Francisco and landed in what is now its…
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Nobu, Palo Alto: How To Do ‘New’

Not everything in Silicon Valley is about the newest. There’s the Rosewood Hotel, maintaining a majestic overview of Sand Hill Road for 10 years now. And Stanford University, over a hundred years old, still sits serene in the morning sunshine at the end of its mile-long palm tree drive. And then there’s Nobu Palo Alto.…
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Health isn’t a luxury. Wellness is.

When someone asks, “How are you?”, if your reply is more than 3 words, it’s too long. Unless the person asking you is Dr Donnai. In which case, take as long as you want. Because Dr Donnai is an integrated physician (and the CEO) at Viavi, a private health care management firm. Health care management…
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The Full Stop Lives On

The full stop is a relic of WhatsApp-free years gone by. Or so it might seem, until you set foot on London’s Lamb’s Conduit Street, where artfully placed full stops abound. A stroll down this haven of artisanal retail soon reveals that, far from being a quirky gimmick, this supposedly inessential dot is loaded with strategic…
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Why There’s Business in Sleep

Are you reading this a little bleary-eyed? Didn’t get enough sleep last night? Maybe you want to spend some money on that? Certainly a number of brands want you to. The business of sleep is the next big thing to keep ambitious CEOs awake at night. (Yes, we couldn’t resist that one.) Have you read…
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Living the Dubai Life

Dubai is the on the way to everywhere. Just on the east of Europe, just on the west of Asia, over two-thirds of the world’s population lives within eight hours flight. It’s on its way to becoming the world’s third busiest airport, behind Beijing and Atlanta. With so much money passing through, Dubai’s rulers are…
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Wellness is the New Healthy

The global health industry will top $1trillion in 2016*. Impressive. And surprising. Because most of the recent growth isn’t from drugs and beauty products, but from food brands. In particular, the brands which are outgrowing their competitors are the organics and “nutraceuticals”. Some of these might already be familiar to you – as will their price.…
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Rush Hour: Testing the Limits of Bond’s Wheels

The things we buy are getting smarter. Many of them now know how to do all kinds of things we don’t. You’re not missing out on much when you don’t understand how to operate the eco-function on your washing machine or the reading mode option on your Samsung S5. But what about your new £190,000 car?…
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