First choice of beech .Wood from forests managed on a long term.100% Made in France
Bring back the airships!
(From €330 EUR)
Set in the heart of Tel Aviv’s White City, moments from Rothschild Boulevard, this meticulously renovated 1920s mansion is surrounded by more than 4,000 Bauhaus buildings.
36 Montefiore Street
Tel: 972.3 564 6100
Rates: From ILS1,688 (€310)
Via Luxist … Hermès has uncovered a couple of remarkable pieces of bespoke luggage in its archives, made for famed Danish Out of Africa author Karen Blixen, aka Isak Dineson, in the 1930s. The Art Deco tobacco-colored crocodile skin cases, one ordered in 1930 and the other in 1935, contain every conceivable article an aristocratic author could need on an arduous journey to Africa. The famed Parisian luxury goods house notes that the more complex of the two took its craftsmen 368 hours to make; both feature fine inlays and engraving, with most pieces adorned with a baroness’ crown and the author’s DBF monogram for Dineson Blixen-Finecke, a combination of her maiden and married names (her full title was Baroness Karen von Blixen-Finecke).The cases feature myriad compartments and leather boxes for spirits, smoking accessories, writing instruments, notepaper, perfume bottles, cosmetics, playing cards, jewelry, small tools, sewing items, brushes and more, with some items finished in sterling silver and tortoiseshell. However, Hermès notes the the items appear to be unused and probably never made it to Kenya, where Blixen established a coffee plantation at the foot of the N’gong Hills; and therein lies something of a mystery. Noting that by December of 1930, when the first case was ordered, Blixen was somewhat down on her luck and preparing to leave Africa, Hermès thinks it unlikely she ordered it for herself and the archives are unclear. Could it perhaps have been intended as a gift from her lover, dashing big game hunter and pilot Denys Finch Hatton? We may never know for certain. Finch Hatton, the Eton and Oxford educated son of Henry Stormont Finch Hatton, 13th Earl of Winchilsea, was killed in a plane crash in May of 1931. Blixen finally left Africa that same year and returned to Denmark, plagued by drought and financial difficulties that lead to the plantation’s economic collapse. The story behind the second case, ordered in 1935, remains equally shrouded in mystery. Out of Africa was published in 1937, winning her instant acclaim; decades later it was made into a movie starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford. Sadly, Blixen died in 1962 after a long illness she attributed to syphilis; her literary reputation and the Hermès cases remain, impeccable. Of course, the stunning pieces belong in a museum, but the luxury goods house will be glad to make you some just like them should you possess the necessary funds.
Aimed at the Asian market, 62 Gun Salute will be the flagship product in the Royal Salute range.It is produced from whiskies aged for a minimum 40 years and packaged in bottles created by Dartington Crystal.The exquisite hand crafted crystal decanter is decorated in 24 carat gold and crowned with a cut crystal stopper.It is not a limited edition and, whisky stock and demand permitting, Pernod aims to produce 5,000 bottles per year.It will go on sale towards the end of 2010 priced at $2,000.
Miele introduces North America to the new H 5981 BP, a 90cm gourmet oven, which features a plethora of unique features not the least of which is a gigantic 85 liter capacity cavity. The oven gives captains, owners or onboard chefs the room to roast 3 chickens on the accompanying spit, or the capacity to bake an 80cm baguette utilizing humidity with the oven unique Moisture Plus feature. With this oven, you can create all kinds of gourmet dishes while swimming away on your luxury yacht. For baking, humidity helps dough rise better and gives loaves a gleaming crust. For roasting, using moisture from the very start of the process helps bake out all the fat and gives the meat, chicken or pork an appetizing crust.
Cute coffee shop in Berlin.
Gerichtstr. 23 Hof 3 Aufg. 2
(For Vogue UK December 2010)
Can anyone please identify the designer of this golden suit?
(Rooms from 780€ – 20,000€)
The Royal Monceau Hotel is a luxury hotel in Paris, France located in the eighth arrondisement. The hotel has 203 rooms and 45 suites that have been recently refurbished. Two of its restaurants have a Michelin star: “Le Jardin” serves international and Provencale cuisine and “Le Carpaccio” serves Italian cuisine.Notable guests have included Dwight David Eisenhower, Winston Churchill, Robert de Niro, Charles Aznavour, Michel Polnareff, Madonna, and Michael Jackson.In 2008 it will be managed by the Raffles Group.
Le Royal Monceau
37 avenue Hoche,
T: 01 42 99 89 90
A small concrete chapel on the edge of a field in Mechernich, southern Germany, built by local farmers in honor of their patron saint, the 15th-century hermit Bruder Klaus.
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.
Av. Brigadeiro Luis Antônio 227
(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)
2352 Coles Bay Road
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.
(Room #3 Zeinab Suite from €2.500 EUR)
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!
Imaret Hotel *****
30-32, Th. Poulidou str.,
3015 CB Rotterdam
T: 010 4363713
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.