Instamatic was Kodak’s trademark name for their easy-load 126 cartridge film cameras, launched in February 1963 with the Instamatic 50. Later, in 1972 Kodak used the name Pocket Instamatic for some of their 110 cartridge cameras; other 110 models were branded Ektra or Ektralite, and for Super8 8mm movie cameras and projectors. Kodak 126 Instamatics were a great success and sold around 60 million by 1976; thus “Instamatic” became a generic term for cartridge-loading – or any plain point-and-shoot – cameras, irrespective of manufacturer.
The Lotus Esprit was conceived in an era of much optimism, when car manufactures where commissioning radical, futuristic concept cars. The Lotus Esprit concept car (often refered to as the “Silver Car”) was first displayed at the Turin Motor Show in 1972, designed by Giuguaro from Ital Design. Work began on the car in mid-1971, and was completed before the end of the year, as a full-size mock-up. A second more advanced car, based on the Europa chassis, followed in 1972. It was originally dubbed as special-bodied Europa, as it was built on a lengthened, widened version of the Europa’s steel backbone chassis, with a longer wheelbase. The response from the public at the Turin Motor show was positive, so Colin Chapman decide to put the car into production. The final design for the M70 was completed in the latter half of 1973. Many details of the Europa-based prototype remained in the final Lotus Esprit production car. Bellow is a picture of Colin Champan, with the Lotus Esprit concept car.
- $500 USD
“Colier is limited collection of sparkling wine: 23 bottles of luxury sets (bottle + presentation box) and 5 premium (handmade bottle + cocoon container). The target audience was business women and we all know that champagne is female drink. After brainstorming we choose collar as name, because it describes the idea of collection very good and also can be played in designs. For Brut we used classic square box form and for Vintage Brut we created the cocoon. All the weight of cocoon is focused in his bottom part that’s why it don’t turn upside down and it also keeps cold inside before opening.”
(Maker: W/Workshop Fergus Gahan and Ryan Connolly. Material: Ash and Organza Silk.)
This bed is soooo cool!
Salvador Dalí (1904–1989) was one of the most famous and controversial artists of the 20th century. Although he was prolific for more than sixty years—creating 1,200 oil paintings, countless drawings, sculptures, theatre and fashion designs, book illustrations, and numerous writings—the nearly universal current critical judgment is that his work reached its zenith in the early 1930s, when he was affiliated with the Surrealist movement. The forty years of work executed after 1940—the bulk of his oeuvre—is often seen as repetitious, reactionary, and overly commercialized. Such criticisms mainly arose from his 1941 reinvention of himself as a “classicist,” his embrace of Catholicism, and his support for General Franco—postures that distanced him from notions of modernism and the avant-garde.This handsomely illustrated volume focuses on Dalí’s work after 1940, presenting it as a multifaceted oeuvre that simultaneously drew inspiration from the Old Masters and the contemporary world. Beginning in the late 1930s with the transition from Dalí’s well-known Surrealist canvases to the classicism he announced in 1941, the volume traces the artist’s work in illustration, fashion, and theatre, predating commercial ventures by such celebrity artists as Andy Warhol. Essays evaluate the significance of Dalí’s “nuclear mysticism” of the 1950s, his enduring interest in science, optical effects, and illusionism, his collaborations with photographer Philippe Halsman (and his brief forays into Hollywood to work with Alfred Hitchcock and Walt Disney), and visit the two major repositories of his work—the Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figueres and the Salvador Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg.
- $26 USD
Virgil Finlay (July 23, 1914 – January 18, 1971) was an American pulp fantasy, science fiction and horror illustrator. While he worked in a range of media, from gouache to oils, Finlay specialized in, and became famous for, detailed pen-and-ink drawings accomplished with abundant stippling, cross-hatching, and scratchboard techniques. Despite the very labor-intensive and time-consuming nature of his specialty, Finlay created more than 2600 works of graphic art in his 35-year career.
JAMBOX delivers stunning hi-fi audio in a portable wireless speaker so compact you won’t believe it when you hear it. It’s loud. With an output capacity of 85 decibels, JAMBOX fills even the largest rooms. Unlike other portable speakers, JAMBOX is powered by a pair of proprietary, highly sophisticated acoustic drivers, unmatched in their ability to produce extreme high (tweeter) and low (woofer) frequencies from a single, ultra-small dome speaker. They work in concert with an innovative moving-wall passive bass radiator and airtight enclosure to deliver shimmering highs and thumping lows that you can literally feel – the richest sound all in the palm of your hand.
- $199 USD
(New AirFrance flat bed seat)
Air France says that by investing in its business class cabins during the economic crisis, it’s now in a perfect position to look after premium passengers during the recovery.
Experience the incredible speeds of USB 3.0 in a small form factor with the LaCie Rikiki SuperSpeed 1 TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive. Rikiki means “tiny” in French–and measuring just 2.9 x 0.52 x 4.6 inches (W x H x D)–the Rikiki is just that. With 1 TB of space, the Rikiki SuperSpeed is ideal for those who wish to safely carry all their music, photos, and data everywhere they go.
- $137 USD
Be sure to check Thomas’ website. Loads of amazing illustrations.
Via LovelyPackage … “The artwork of film production designer Dean Tavoularis graces the labels of our FC Reserve wines. Tavoularis met Francis Coppola during the making of The Godfather and the two artists have continued to collaborate over the years on a variety of creative projects, including more than a dozen films, the courtyard and fountain of Rubicon Estate in Napa Valley and the interiors and exteriors of the Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Sonoma.”
With The Flag Halyard Chair, Wegner acknowledges the early modernists such as Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, and Marcel Breuer, and proves that he too masters designs in chromium- plated steel pipes. Despite this gesture, the chair is still decidedly Wegner. The chair’s surfaces are made of plaited flag halyard with the longhaired sheepskin softening the industrial sharpness of the steel, adding comfort.However, the story behind the design is more than just a dialogue of art history. The shape of the chair’s seat was conceived during a family holiday in Århus, Denmark. The family spent many days on the beach, and using sand Wegner spent a lot of time there experimenting with the shape of the seat. The anecdote shows us that Wegner was always working – but it also shows us that playing was crucial in his work process.The Flag Halyard Chair´s seat, back and arm rests is plaited with a 240 meter long unbroken piece of flag line. To obtain a beautiful result a custom made Flag line has been developed in close collaboration between PP Møbler and Århus Possement Fabrik A/S. The flag line is made out of natural flax plaited around a core of static inlay strong enough to avoid unnecessary stretching over time. It takes a craftsman approximately 14 hours to prepare the flagline and plait the chair.The Flag Halyard Chair is available in natural flax or natural flax dyed black.
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(Photo by roland borgmann)
Zauberscho(e)n is a team of architecture students from the muenster school of architecture,
germany, who have sent images of their latest project ‘the horse on the ceiling’ – a library
for architecture, art and design on the leonardo campus. the book inventories of all three
institutions are merged in a library and stand behind walls of the former horse stables.
Via our friends at Trendland … London based Greek/American photographer Dimitris Theocharis has been researching the genre of portraiture and the ideals of beauty within popular culture. His work has been featured in many publications including Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Let Them Eat Cake.
(Photography by: Iwan Baan)
“The project is a residence for two artists. Located 15 miles north of Los Angeles at the edge of Angeles forest, the site encompasses 6 acres of land originally planned as a hillside subdivision of houses designed by Richard Neutra. Three level pads were created but only one house was built, the 1952 Serulnic Residence. The current owners have over the years developed an extensive desert garden and outdoor pavilion on one of the unbuilt pads. The new residence, to be constructed on the last level area, is circumscribed by the sole winding road which ends at the Serulnic house.Five decades after the original house was constructed in this remote area, the city has grown around it and with it the visual and physical context has changed. In a similar way, the evolving contemporary needs of the artists required a new relationship between building and landscape that is more urban and contained. Inspired by geometric arrangements of interlocking polygons, the new residence takes the form of a heptagonal figure whose purity is confounded by a series of intersecting diagonal slices though space. Bounded by an introverted exterior, living spaces unfold in a moiré of shifting perspectival frames from within and throughout the house. An irregularly shaped void caught within these intersections creates an outdoor room at the center whose edges blur into the adjoining living spaces. In this way, movement and visual relationships expand and contract to respond to centrifugal nature of the site and context.”
The Aston Martin DBR2 was a sports racing car built in 1957 as a sibling to the Aston Martin DBR1, yet competing in a larger engine capacity group.
(Title: “Excursion Into Philosophy”)
By our friend at Luxirare …. Really cool stuff!
Chainmail necklace with delicate fringe and integrated shoulder straps. This piece is very easy to put on, just place arms through shoulder loops. Place over any basic dress or top.
- $250 USD
Special thanks to TrendLand for posting this!
(Title: “Faux-Semblant”. Vogue Homme International)
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Coles Bay, Freycinet National Park
The Ultimate Ears In-Ear Reference Monitors are designed for professional studio engineers and producers for use during recording, mixing and mastering original music content. Other applications include FOH venue tuning, live recording and mixing. This is also an excellent product for “audiophile” or serious music listener because of its natural and authentic sound reproduction.
Check out the sweet PH baby grand piano.
Just a quick message regarding the second Private album. I’m still busy in the studio recording and writing and doing everything I can to get it ready for you guys. It’s gonna be so HOT! So far it’s in a very different direction than our debut album. Hopefully we’ll be able to shoot some video footage for you when the three of us are together so you can follow the process in the recording studio.
Meanwhile … Enjoy the blog.
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Built in 1817 right in the middle of the historical district of Kavala, in northern Greece, Imaret is an unexpected oasis of tranquillity and superior service.The monument is a rare example in Europe, a masterpiece of late Ottoman architecture.The variety of decoration, the quality of the delicate structures, the interaction between indoors and open spaces and the adaptability of the functional structures, create an original complex of high aesthetic and cultural value.Imaret is a member of the exclusive Historic Hotels of Europe!
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Bell & Ross unveils yet another limited edition timepiece – the BR 01-92 Compass – designed to re-imagine an aircraft’s cockpit, similar to its other watches.The dial features two concentric discs, which have 12 minute and 60 minute graduations, and a vertical white line to tell the time.The bezel has two windows divided by a bar, to mimic that of a horizontal plane. The watch is limited to 500 pieces and will be released in October 2010.
OK, I’m now officially into HARDSTYLE!
The Design Laboratory at Central Saint Martin’s in London was commissioned to reinterpret this bottle in Warhol’s style, 3 colours – red, blue and yellow.The result…champagne that pops even before it’s opened, and as a 2002 Vintage it tastes as good as it looks.
I’m drinking it on Saturday …
- £120 GBP
Boil for two minutes … Enjoy:-)
A wise old gambler once said, “You got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em”. Sage advice no doubt and exactly what our new billfolds are all about.These svelte sheaths are about as low tech as you can get, just a single piece of Horween shell cordovan, three folds, and voila your cash is snugly secured in horse ass leather for safekeeping. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
- $95 USD
Where can I get these?
(Photo by Paul Pospesil)
Emerson Stewart Williams, FAIA (1909â€“September 10, 2005) was a prolific Palm Springs, California-based architectÂ whose distinctive modernist style buildings significantly shaped the Coachella Valley’s architectural landscape.
After winning the first two Formula 1 World Championships in 1950 and 1951, Alfa Romeo officially withdrew from motor racing to concentrate on a new line of road cars. Although these cars were not as glamorous as the pre-War Alfas, they were still clearly inspired by the designs of old. At the end of the decade work was started on a new racer, built around the road cars’ 1.6 litre four cylinder engine. This slow process eventually resulted in the TZ1 model, launched in 1963, it featured a new tubular chassis and an aerodynamic body designed by Zagato.To construct the new GT racer, Alfa Romeo created a new competition department and dubbed it Autodelta. Two years later the highly successful Giulia 1600 GTA was constructed specifically for Touring car racing, which the GTA dominated the following years. In the mean time Alfa Romeo and Autodelta worked on a completely new competition car that was intended to restore Alfa’s old reputation. Code named ’105.33′, the new car was designed by Alfa’s experimental department and then sent to Autodelta in 1965 to be further developed.When Autodelta received the first prototype, it was powered by a TZ2 derived four cylinder engine. The engine was installed behind driver’s compartment, complying with the latest racing design trends. A completely new V8, displacing just under 2 litres, was designed by Autodelta and mated to a Colotti 6-speed gearbox. The chassis consisted of three large aluminium tubes; two longitudinal side members and one fitted transversely at the rear. Suspension was by double wishbones front and back. It was equipped with the latest vented Girling discs all-round.Simply dubbed 33, the new racer made its debut in the 1967 season. In later years the cars were known as 33/2 for their 2 litre displacement, to distinguish them from the larger engined evolutions. In competition trim the high revving quad-cam V8 was good for at least 270 bhp. It made a victorious debut at a hill-climb in Belgium, but reliability issues dominated the rest of the season. For 1968 a slightly revised engine and new bodywork improved both performance and reliability. After its debut race the 1968 33/2 is now commonly referred to as Daytona. Alfa Romeo finished third in the World Championship.In September of 1967 Autodelta took the wraps of a quite remarkable 33 variant; a road car! Technically, the 33 ‘Stradale’ was virtually identical to the racing car, except for a longer wheelbase and a down-tuned engine. More importantly it featured a Franco Scaglione penned body, which to this day is considered one of the most beautiful designs ever. Thanks to the aerodynamic body top speeds of well over 250 km/h were easily achievable. At least four chassis were supplied to Italian coach-builders and used for exciting design studies.Featured is one of the four design studies based on the 33 Stradale. Dubbed Iguana, it is the first Alfa Romeo penned by Giorgietto Giugiaro for his newly founded Italdesign design studio. Unlike his previous and later designs for Alfa Romeo, Giugiaro’s Iguana does not excel in the looks department.
The ultimate in everyday opulence, these toothbrush and razor holders are a surprising twist to an age- old sink dilemma. Viktor victorious!
- $70 USD
Elliott Erwitt (b. 26 July 1928 Paris, France) is an advertising and documentary photographer known for his black and white candid shots of ironic and absurd situations within everyday settings — the master of the “decisive moment”.
(New York Movie 1939, Oil on canvas, 32 1/4 x 40 1/8 in; The Museum of Modern Art, New York )
(Sketch of an Idea for Crazy Jane, 1855)
This is one of Dadd’s most sensitive and lyrical compositions among his Bethlem figure studies, and shows his superb control over the medium of watercolour. ‘Poor Crazy Jane’ was a popular ballad, one of several versions of the story of a girl driven mad by her lover’s desertion, and destined to wander the countryside. The figure is clearly drawn from a male model, suggesting that he was sometimes able to get his fellow-patients to model for him.
Via our friend at AquireMag … Available exclusively at Ralph Lauren’s flagship store on 867 Madison Ave., The Tartan Leather Luggage Collection is a new line of bags stylized beautifully with classic Tartan Plaid printed on leather.
(Models: Karlie Kloss & Patricia van der Vliet for Vogue China November 2010)
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