Asian hipsters have long flocked to Taiwan for its unbeatable combination of jaw-dropping scenery, culture, retail therapy and addictive food culture -- something the West has only belatedly come to appreciate. And good timing, too, as Wallpaper* recently pitched up in this gem of an island for Operation: Taiwan Revealed.
The mission: to capture, in images, Taiwan's many-splendoured charms, and to document the incredible pool of talent that's claiming the region's cultural and artistic high ground.
Over the course of two diary-busting weeks, our crack team of writers, stylists and photographers scoured the island.
We talked to established architects and uncovered up-and-coming talent who are reshaping Taipei's skyline. We stepped out with a master of modern dance. We dined on an incredible array of street-food and nosed around the kitchens of a new generation of chefs who are blending Western techniques with Taiwan's culinary traditions.
And to work it all off, we took to the road on stylish two-wheelers for a grand tour of the island's Eden-esque panorama of gorges, pristine forests and mist-shrouded mountains.
The results of our caper can be found in a special supplement to the Wallpaper* June issue of which some 30-odd images are previewed exclusively here on wallpaper.com.
It's safe to say that we've just found our new favourite holiday bolt-hole.
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Melina Keays is the entertaining director of Wallpaper*. She has been part of the brand since the magazine’s launch in 1996, and is responsible for entertaining content across the print and digital platforms, and for Wallpaper’s creative agency Bespoke. A native Londoner, Melina takes inspiration from the whole spectrum of art and design – including film, literature, and fashion. Her work for the brand involves curating content, writing, and creative direction – conceiving luxury interior landscapes with a focus on food, drinks, and entertaining in all its forms
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