Dating back to the 18th century, literary salons once served as gathering places for artists and intellectuals to hold animated discussions of the day’s events. So, in the spirit of lively discourse, Luxe surveyed artists, designers, curators and shopkeepers to get their take on the defining people and events that stoked creativity and stimulated conversation in 2017. Common themes emerged: The first is that artists seem more engaged than ever in creating passionate, reactionary works in response to current affairs. Secondly, the advent of social media and the sense of community it curates cannot be underestimated. Finally, the art world’s influence is being felt more acutely than ever, impacting fashion and interior design and opening up worlds of new possibilities.