Robert McGinnis (born 1926) is an American artist and illustrator. McGinnis is known for his illustrations of over 1200 paperback book covers, and over 40 movie posters, including Breakfast at Tiffanys (his first film poster assignment), Barbarella, and several James Bond and Matt Helm films
Many thanks to Matthias from Knebel (Weingut Reinhard & Beate Knebel) for sending me 2011 Hamm riesling, 2011 Bruckstuck Riesling, 2011 Von Den Terrassen riesling, 2011 Röttgen riesling, 2011 Röttgen riesling Spätlese and 2011 Röttgen Auslese Spätlese. I must say that I was very impressed with this selection of wines that Knebel has to offer and can be found at the worlds best restaurants such as Per Se, Gordon Ramsey and Ledbury. The Brüstück riesling 2011 is a very balanced Mosel Riesling but has an unusual high alcohol percentage which gives it more character. It has a beautiful floral scent and the sweetness is absolutely lovely. Please check out their entire selection of wines as they are all highly recommended and are reasonably priced.
Knebel is located ost dramatic sites of the Lower Mosel—also called the Terrassenmosel or “terraced Mosel”. The wines have structure, minerality, and serious depth and offer (to the patient) a chance to see what the greatest Rieslings of this still underappreciated section of the Mosel can achieve with time. Opened now, they are all chiseled, slate-driven beauty, fabulous at the table.
T: 02606 2631
1997 release, a four disc set on London packaged in a 6 x 10in gatefold digibook with an 80 page illustrated book. 80 tracks total, including all cuts from the albums ‘Unknown Pleasures’, ‘Closer’ & ‘Substance’, seven of the nine studiorecordings on ‘Still’, plus Peel session versions of ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’, ‘Exercise One’ & ‘Colony’, the version of ‘As You Said’ that appeared as the uncredited track on New Order’s ‘Video 586′ 12 single and last –but certainly not least– 35 previously unreleased gems comprised of live & rare versions of their absolute finest. Utterly brilliant.
To show its commitment to the front-engined cause, Maserati introduced the Khamsin to sell alongside the Bora/Merak twins. Styling and body engineering was by Marcello Gandini at Bertone, and it was a most arresting design. The suspension and steering were closely related to the mid-engined cars but the high geared power assisted steering was lifted from the Citroën SM, and proved remarkably successful once owners had acclimatised to it. Poor interior layout and visibility were negated by the 320bhp from its 4.9-litre Indy engine – over 150mph was possible.
Lina Bo Bardi (Born Achillina Bo on December 5, 1914 in Rome, Italy — Died March 20, 1992 in São Paulo) was a Brazilian modernist architect born in Italy. After graduating from the Rome School of Architecture in 1939 at the age of 25, she began her career in the office of Giò Ponti in Milan where she was very successful despite the war and gained a vast amount of knowledge about furniture, industrial design, and architecture through her years of experience. She put this experience to use when she opened her own office. However, she didn’t receive many commissions before her office was destroyed by an aerial bombing in 1943. The event prompted her deeper involvement in the Italian Communist Party. She spent the years following the war documenting destruction across Italy, participating in the National Congress for Reconstruction. She also founded a weekly magazine, A Cultura della Vita, with Bruno Zevi, and became a deputy director of Domus in 1946 and contributed articles and illustrations.
Born in Rodez (Aveyron) in 1919, Soulages also is known as “the painter of black” because of his interest in the colour, “…both a colour and a non-colour. When light is reflected on black, it transforms and transmutes it. It opens up a mental field all of its own”. He sees light as a matter to work with; striations of the black surface of his paintings enables him to make the light reflect, allowing the black to come out from darkness and into brightness, thereby becoming a luminous colour.
PRINCIPE CORSINI DON TOMMASO CHIANTI CLASSICO 2007/PRINCIPE CORSINI OLIO EXTRA VERGINE DI OLIVA DOP/
A big thanks to Selvaggia, Duccio & Sara at Principe Corsini Winery for sending me Maremmea Toscana Biirillo 2009, Cortevecchia 2008 Chanti Classico, Don Tommaso Chianti Classico 2007 and a bottle of their Extra virgin oil. I must say I was really impressed with this superb wine! Nose of hay, pepper, espresso and black berries. It brings out perfect mixing Sangiovese and Merlot. Intense dark fruit and has a sensual finish. Rich tannin. The Don Tommaso spent 15 months in French oak. Anticipated maturity is 2010-2015. This wine is higly recommended.
(Principe Corsini Olio Extra Vergine di Oliva DOP, €17.30 EUR)
I’m using this oil in my kitchen at the moment and it is delightful on salads and I will needing more within days!:-) It has a very pepper/spicy aftertaste, which I love. The olives are processed at the Principe Corsini estate oil mill within 6 hours of harvest. The oil mill is set-up as follows: Washing: in spring water with the leaves being suctioned prior to pressing. Pressing: in a slow rotation hammer mill. Kneading: takes place in two stages at variable speeds for about 20 minutes at 26° C. The method of transferring the olive paste at each phase takes place by using mono pumps and the kneading vats are sealed to avoid oxidation. Extraction: with a two-way decanter whose nominal capacity is 12 quintals per hour. Separation: carried out using a self-cleaning centrifugal separator.
The “Le Corti” Estate
Via San Piero di Sotto, 1
50026 San Casciano Val di Pesa (FI)
T: +39 055 82 93 01
A must have!
With the ability to make even the simplest and straightforward programs spatially dynamic and in a constant state of redefinition, Rem Koolhaas and his firm OMA have redefined the term that “a house is a machine for living” in their design of Maison Bordeaux. Completed in 1998, Maison Bordeaux sits on a small cape-like hill overlooking the city of Bordeaux.
Stanley Kubrick’s striking visual interpretation of Anthony Burgess’s famous novel is a masterpiece. Malcolm McDowell delivers a clever, tongue-in-cheek performance as Alex, the leader of a quartet of droogs, a vicious group of young hoodlums who spend their nights stealing cars, fighting rival gangs, breaking into people’s homes, and raping women. While other directors would simply exploit the violent elements of such a film without subtext, Kubrick maintains Burgess’s dark, satirical social commentary. We watch Alex transform from a free-roaming miscreant into a convict used in a government experiment that attempts to reform criminals through an unorthodox new medical treatment. The catch, of course, is that this therapy may be nothing better than a quick cure-all for a society plagued by rampant crime. A Clockwork Orange works on many levels–visual, social, political, and sexual–and is one of the few films that hold up under repeated viewings. Kubrick not only presents colorfully arresting images, he also stylizes the film by utilizing classical music (and Wendy Carlos’s electronic classical work) to underscore the violent scenes, which even today are disturbing in their display of sheer nihilism. Ironically, many fans of the film have missed that point, sadly being entertained by its brutality rather than being repulsed by it.
An irresistible, rich balance of sweet and salty flavours These caramels are made with salted butter and are produced by the Niniche confectionery in Quiberon (Brittany). The use of salted butter gives a delicious balance of sweet and salty flavours, and the caramels melt in the mouth. Irresistible!
(Model: Noémie Lenoir. GQ Spain)
An exclusive enclave in the May Fair Bar, 150 at the May Fair is a luxe magnum bar and a deliciously unique experience.At its centre is a bespoke, floor to ceiling glass magnum fridge holding one of Europe’s finest collections of premium magnums, among them a limited edition set of Dom Pérignon bottles in vivid colours.The expert knowledge of its staff and its exquisite food pairings make 150 at the May Fair a destination of genuine distinction.
The May Fair Hotel,
“Located in Palm Springs, California, the Kaufmann House was originally designed by architect Richard Neutra in 1946. The restoration returned the residence to its initial form, size, and aesthetic integrity. An important challenge of the restoration was to re-create the dialogue between nature and sculpture, a difficult undertaking in an area that has grown from a rugged desert into a suburban residential neighborhood.Extensive archival research of Neutra’s original details was undertaken at the UCLA Special Collections Library Department. Julius Shulman’s original photographs of the house were invaluable in determining the original characteristics of this modern monument.”
- ($44.99 USD) DVD: Twin Peaks: The Complete Series (The Definitive Gold Box Edition)
- ($2.99 USD) Amazon Instant Video
- ($6.99 USD) MP3: Angelo Badalamenti: Soundtrack From Twin Peaks
- ($3.99 USD) Book: The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer
(Photography by Peter Bennetts)
Baker D. Chirico
149 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda
T: +61 3 9534 3777.
The Inipi B Sauna by Duravit is so super compact that you can install it right in a regular sized bathroom. A lot of the time, we put home saunas in other spaces, like the basement, because the sauna requires quite a lot of room. But thanks to Duravit’s collaboration with design studio EOOS, we have to option to easily fit a modern sauna into our bathroom and turn turn it into a real relaxing oasis. The one person compact version measures only 120cm X 120cm, while the two person compact version measures 240cm X 120 cm. It’s also designed to be easily assembled and disassembled, so whether you are living in a rented space or planning to move around, you can always take Inipi B with you. Space efficient, flexible and of great quality, this sauna also boasts a restrained elegance that’s perfectly suited to a modern spa like feel.
T: 0541 331150
(28 x 21 in Limited Edition Le Corbusier Lithograph in colors. Signed and dated in the plate. Printed by Mourlot, Paris)
(Photography by Lee Pyo-joon)
A new cool hair salon in Suji-gu, South Korea. With its strict two-tone colour palette, cheerful branding and inspired touches (take the upside down rubbish bins lighting installation for example), Permy Mi Jang Won has bypassed the hair salon rulebook by a country mile; and is all the better for it. Designed by M4.
The Defusable Clock is a fully-functional alarm clock that also lets you practice defusing explosive devices just like you see in the movies. Designed and built by Mike Krumpus from Nootropic Design, when the countdown for the alarm starts you have to snip one of 3 wires to ‘diffuse’ the situation. And every time the countdown begins it’s a different randomly selected wire that does the trick. And you have to replace the wires every single night before going to bed is probably kind of annoying…
With its streamlined styling, low-slung chassis and supercharged engine, the Type 57SC Atalante is one of the most desirable Bugattis. It was personally designed by Jean Bugatti as a two-seater sports coupe and became the rarest of the four different body styles offered by Carrosorie Bugatti. The Atalante body style was an interpretation of the 1935 Aérolithe Coupe, essentially a prototype that reached very limited production in 1936 as the Type 57 Atlantic. This somewhat bizarre car used riveted panels to form a streamlined sports coupe. It’s rumored that Jean Bugatti was influenced by the Mercedes-Benz 500 K Autobahnkurier at the 1934 Frankfurt Auto Show and created the Aérolithe as a response. As majestic and unusual as the Atlantic was, it wasn’t suitable for series production with its high set doors, fussy construction and split front window. The design was revised into the Atalante which included the Aérolithe’s teardrop shape, but with a flat windshield, a separate trunk area with recessed spare-tire and full-size doors that retained the signature kidney-bean windows. On the 57S Atalante, Jean used a two-tone paint scheme that accentuated the use of his French curve on the side of the car. Typically, the car was black with an intense highlight color. On some cars, this accent dash extended around the entire cabin. The basis for this remarkable car was Bugatti’s top-of-the-line Type 57S chassis. These were the same type that Jean-Pierre Wimille and Robert Benoist drove to win the 1937 24 Hours of Le Mans. It had a much lower chassis than the preceding Type 57 and also used complex de Ram shock absorbers. In many ways this was the ultimate Bugatti since no logical successor was ever produced. Some cars came with fitted superchargers, while others were retrofitted with them. To maintain exclusivity, no two of the Type 57S Atalantes were the same. In detail, each was distinct and some major differences were introduced. For instance, two were made as Roll-Back Coupes with reclining soft-tops. Some of the first had independent headlights while others were sculpted into the body. Most featured skirted rear arches and wire wheels or polished aluminum hubcaps. Some of the more dramatic cars feature lengthened rear fenders. Essentially, where anyone tries to make a rule there is usually an exception.
Earlier this year, the British Services formed a team of explorers that traveled to Antarctica commemorating the centenary of Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s Terra Nova expedition. International luggage manufacturer, Globe-Trotter, collaborated with the brave band of adventurers offering a collection of luggage as they did for Scott and his team back in 1912. The cases that they carried were developed with nostalgia in mind, creating a unique heritage look with a green body and brown leather trim, complete with a sticker of the team’s BSAE2012 logo and a photo of Captain Scott with his trusty Globe-Trotter suitcase underneath his bunk. With this special collection releasing shortly at select stockists, the suitcases that the 2012 team carried on their journey will be auctioned off to raise money for their nominated charity, ‘Help for Heroes.
A wealthy San Francisco playgirl pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town which slowly takes a turn when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people there, in increasing numbers and with increasing viciousness.
Full grain vegetable tanned leather iPad cade from Sandqvist, designed to fit iPad 2. Unlined interior with notch detail at top.
(Model: Toni Garrn for Vogue Russia, Dec 2011)
Matt began capturing images at age 15 when a friend gave him a super 8 MM camera that he still uses to this day. Born to Mormon parents in Southwest England, Matt sought out a career in fashion working at Dazed & Confused in London first as editor of the front sections of the magazine. It was there that he developed a friendship with then Creative Director at Dazed Nicola Formichetti who first asked Matt to take photographs for the magazine. He eventually shot the cover of the November 2007 issue and this launched his career as a photographer. Since then, Matt has photographed cover stories for Vogue Russia and advertising for Hermes and Topshop among others.
The compact Leica X2 makes each moment something truly special – and captures them in brilliant picture quality. This is guaranteed by its new image sensor and the truly classical focal length of its high-performance Leica lens. In terms of 35 mm photography, the lens of the Leica X2 has a focal length of 35 mm – the classic lens for photojournalism. For snapshots or painstakingly arranged compositions, its intuitive handling makes it easier than ever before to take true-to-life Leica pictures.
RAAS has a sensational position beneath Jodhpur’s imposing Mehrangarh Fort; as the only luxury boutique hotel within an Indian Walled-City, it embodies class with a rare and understated elegance. By grafting contemporary architecture and ambience onto the 300-year-old mansion, brothers Nikhilendra and Dhananajaya Singh have reclaimed, indeed enhanced, its grandeur.
A nuanced harmony permeates the hotel’s 32-room, 7-suite grounds. Striking views from the balcony of each room mean guests are privy to the exotic rhythms and color of Jodhpur. At the same time they can find recluse in the Mughal-style terraced gardens, the secluded infinity pool, and the assorted spa treatments inspired by Ayurveda.
“Jodhpur is similar to Jerusalem or Marrakech: you’re not just a passive witness, you’re immersed,” says RAAS co-founder Nikhilendra Singh. By offsetting the city’s raw charms with unparalleled tranquility, the hotel is a place of pilgrimage for those in search of relaxation and reflection. Far from neo- colonial, RAAS allows guests to share in the rebirth of past glories as something altogether more modern and inclusive. Situated in the prestigious north-eastern quarter of the Walled City, in the very shade of Mehrangarh’s Victory Palace and Gate – a stone’s throw from the Clock Tower. The hotel is a 20-minute drive from the airport with daily connections to Delhi’s International Airport.
Tunvarji ka Jhalra, Makrana Mohalla,
342 001 India
(Designed by Anders Hermansen)
Finally a clear and minimal design statement from Bang & Olufsen. I love this!!!! Über cool! BeoPlay V1 is made the way you live and let play. Hang it, suspend it, lean it, or whatever works for you.
Kelly lithograph is from the very scarce and lavishly produced limited edition catalogue, published by Maeght and London’s Redfern Gallery on the occasion of a major 1966 exposition at the Redfern. The print was executed by the artist as an original contribution expressly for this catalogue.
Oaxen is a remote island 1 hour from the Swedish Capital, for those that make the journey, a warm and luxurious welcome awaits them at Oaxen Skärgårdskrog.Chef Magnus Ek uses ingredients from Biodynamic local producers and traditional methods of curing, smoking and preserving.Each year his menu is completely reinvented, a result of being closed in the winter, that allows Magnus the chance to create delicacies such as last year’s Sandalwood smoked turbot, and Goats milk cheesecake with crispy rockweed.
SE-153 93 Hölö
T: +46 (0) 8-551 531 05
This is a beautiful Alvarinho!!! The nose is absolutely lovely with a combination of a fruity, tropical and spicy mineral side. It’s very fresh at first and fades into a sweet oak finish. The acidity is perfect! This wine goes highly recommended!
Quinta de Soalheiro, located in Melgaço (the most northern point of Portugal), is protected by a range of mountains that create conditions of rainfall, temperature and sunshine hours necessary for the best ripening of the Alvarinho grapes. The grapes are harvested manually in boxes of small capacity and carried to the cellar in a short space of time. After the pressing and the before fermentation with controlled temperature, the must was decanted during 48 hours. The fermentation and aging take place in French oak (new and used), and remained in “batonnage” with fine lees until the end of August 2010.
Quinta De Soalheiro
Alvaredo . Melgaço
T: +351 251 416 769
(Blue Box House, Tokyo, Japan, 1971)
The parent company of Mercedes-Benz, Daimler-Benz, was Germany’s leading producer of luxury cars and heavy trucks prior to World War II. They enjoyed much success in Grand Prix and sports car competition thanks, in part, to Mercede’s advanced technology including supercharging, fully independent suspension, light-alloy metallurgy, and overhead camshafts. Mercedes-Benz began producing a line of large and fast grand touring cars beginning in 1932. The 540K model was offered from 1936 to 1938 and was the design work of Hermann Ahrens and built to order by Karrosserie Sindelfingen (a Mercedes-Benz in-house coach building subsidiary). The Special Roadster, with its towering grille and sweeping scallop-edged fenders, featured an arrogantly long hood with a low windscreen and a very tight cabin. There was an elegant, flowing, tapered tail and a price tag that was equally extreme as the car. There were around 400 examples of the 540K produced and only twenty-six were Special Roadsters. These are considered the pinnacle of German pre-war automotive design.
They were virtually hand-built with an exceptionally high construction quality. Inside, there was a mother-of-pearl instrument panel, rich leather seating, and twin spotlights that flanked a swept-back windshield. The enclosed versions of the 540Ks could cruise at 100 mph on Germany’s high-speed Autobahns. The lighter Special Roadster could top 115 mph. Despite its fully independent suspension, the 540K is a smooth-riding grand tourer and not a sports car. This example was restored by Chris Charlton in Oxford, Maine. In 2004, it won its class at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The car is powered by a 330 cubic-inch, 16-valve supercharged overhead valve V-8 engine. It produces 180 horsepower and is mated to a 4-speed manual with pre-select for third and fourth gears.
- ($40.95 USD) Book: Mercedes-Benz 500K
- ($34.69 USD) Model: Maisto Premiere Edition 1:18 1936 Mercedes-Benz 500 K Typ Specialroadster
- ($23.00 USD) Book: Daimler & Benz The Complete History
- ($16.89 USD) Book: Standard Catalog Of Mercedes-Benz
1988 marked the one hundredth anniversary of Louis Icart’s birth. There were no parades of large celebrations, but Louis and his wife, Fanny, would certainly have been grateful at the great resurgence of interest in his artwork. This newly expanded book now includes over 510 different etchings, painstakingly acquired and photographed. Particular attention has been given to the early years (1911-1924), when Icart was a relatively unknown artist and his edition sizes were small. With few exceptions, the book contains large, full color illustrations which give the reader a true representation of the full-size etchings. The authors clarify some of the existing confusion surrounding Icart’s work, explaining the variations in his signature, the use of the “Windmill” seal and other seals, and the myriad of copyright notations found on his etchings. The etchings have been carefully measured and dated. This is a great addition to the Icart legacy.
(Willard Mack (right) shooting a musical sequence for Broadway to Hollywood)
(From 235 GBP per night)
Eccleston Square Hotel
37 Eccleston Square
T: 44.20 3489 1000;
The Porsche 901, the forerunner for the famous 911, was the first ‘new’ vehicle Porsche had ever produced. Prior to the 901, there was the 356. This vehicle had lived a relatively long lifespan and was nearing its end, both in mechanical capabilities and in appeal. Many variations of the 356 had appeared during its production-run, most improvements where mechanical with very few visual improvements. Albeit, the 356 was a very beautiful car and improvements to its design were not necessary.
(Photo © Ammo Wang)
9 Justice Drive, Admiralty
T: +852 2537 9888
Edouard Manet was one of the foremost French artists of the 19th century. He is often regarded as the father of modern painting. Rebelling against the academic tradition, he developed a clear and unaffected realist style that was one of the founding forces of Impressionism. His subjects were mainly contemporary, such as A Bar at the Folies-Bergère in 1882. Manet received a very traditional academic art education under a history painter; his real influences were Goya, Velázquez and Courbet. Though he never exhibited with the Impressionists, he had a classical sense of order and composition.
Set in the country of a small farming village, this house was designed for a young family of middle class with a young parent and three daughters. Studio Architect Shuji Hlsada tried to create a ‘Place’ more than ‘Space’ for their life and a certain direction of a ‘Image’ for their selection any furnitures + making a garden, a terrace and so on freely. Shuji Hlsada decided to use almost all wood as a structure and finishing material. He hopes the exterior’s wall will be covered in ivy in the future.
This riesling has great value for its price (only about $15 USD). Tropical nose with notes of grass and flowers. Bright acidity, lemon, honey, nectar comes to mind. The finish was excellent too with a spicy tail that reaches beyond the fruit finish. This is great delicious young wine. Highly recommended!
Weingut St. Urbans-Hof
D-54340 Leiwen, Mosel
T: +49 (0) 6507 – 9377-0