By LISA KLEIN No matter how booming the luxury real estate market is and how many people are purchasing multi-million-dollar homes at any given time, there are many others who will not have a roof over their heads at all. For a North Carolina-based real estate firm, a way to assist the unhoused was found hiding in every sale and purchase it facilitated, and its nonprofit, the Homeowners Impact Fund, is now harnessing collective giving with every transaction by asking for small donations from all involved. “I felt the call to do something more impactful in our community,” said Vicky Mitchener, broker/owner and president of Dickens Mitchener Residential Real Estate in Charlotte.
By LISA KLEIN Artemest, a leading online marketplace for handmade Italian-made luxury goods, recently decided to play matchmaker, partnering up street artist Bradley Theodore with top Murano glassmakers for a bespoke collection of pop art pieces. The resulting glass items are being showcased in a special exhibit, BLOW: Bradley Theodore meets Murano, during Milan Design Week 2022. “In a time when everything boasts the signet of design – from a toothbrush to a work of art – Artemest cast American artist Bradley Theodore in the hands of Murano artisans as author and provocateur,” said Ippolita Rostagno, cofounder and creative director of Artemest, in a release.
By LISA KLEIN Most frequent travelers have experienced a debilitating bout of jet lag or two and could attest that the syndrome can really put a damper on a trip. Luckily there are some simple ways to trick the body into adjusting more quickly to a new time zone to keep alert during precious vacation days. “When we rapidly cross time zones, we can experience circadian misalignment in which the circadian rhythms are out of sync with the environment,” said sleep researcher Jay Olson.
By LISA KLEIN Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but mining for them is no friend to the environment or the communities that are affected by them. Ethical issues with mined diamonds have led to an increasing interest in versions of the timeless gemstones that come from another source – the lab. “The lab-grown diamond industry is rapidly growing,” said Mona Akhavi, CEO of VRAI, one such producer based in Los Angeles.
The last two years were spectacular for luxury real estate sales, even as the world suffered the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the combination of rising inflation and mortgage rates, along with supply chain disruptions and the energy crisis in Europe and worldwide of the Russia-Ukraine war, have created the ideal conditions for an economic shutdown. While some are forecasting a recession, there is no doubt that luxury real estate sales will be impacted.
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