Loro Piana’s ultimate expression of cashmere is the collection of naturally colored pure cashmere carpeting designed for the most intimate atmosphere, not just for the home, but for private yachts, planes and helicopters as well Luxist reports.
These carpets offer the experience of walking on the softest, purest cashmere ever (there are 2kg of fibre in 1 square meter), without sacrificing the hard wearing characteristics and ease of maintenance in standard wool carpets.
EXCLUSIVE to Harvey Nichols, Molecule 01 contains only the aroma-chemical Iso E Super, which, on its own, is less of a fragrance than an effect. The wearer may notice a subtle, velvety, woody note which will vanish, then re-surface after some time. More than this, she or he will notice the impact the fragrance has on other people, because Molecule 01 lends an indefinable allure to the wearer. In fact, its effect is almost pheromonic.
Carl F. Bucherer has launched the Alacria Fancy Diva Wildcat watch. The dial and case feature a tiger design which is made of black and cognac and golden yellow diamonds. It is limited to 25 pieces and sells for $70,000.
Scandinavia’s biggest brewer , Carlsberg, has introduced Vintage No.1, possibly the world’s most expensive beer - $400. The designer beer has a chestnut brown color, little foam and hints of prune, caramel, vanilla and oak tree from the French and Swedish wooden casks in which it is stored reports Luxist.
Morel has launched their “Fat Lady” speakers for $20,000. Designed in concert with the world’s top concept and design team led by Mr. Oren Mordechai, Mr. David Zuman and Mr. Alain Fouraux, Morel’s Fat Lady is uniquely sculpted with individually hand made production, of a few layers of composite. The outer carbon-fiber composite, structure is rigid and stiff, and the inside fiberglass enhanced layer, is with unique damping behavior. To achieve maximum excellence of cabinet material, both for inner and outer cabinet “We set uncompromising goals for ourselves, both in design and in sound quality. With those in mind we set out to develop the Super-Speaker,” states Morel’s Executive Vice President Mr. Oren Mordechai. “Using the latest technologies and advanced composites, after years of material research, we are able to render a product of unparalleled functionality and set new standards of products in this industry, closing the gap with the most advanced technologies in the world of consumer products,” Mr. Mordechai concludes.
Louis Vuitton in collaboration with Pharrell Williams and Camille Miceli have launched Blason, a new collection of fine jewelry.
Blason is the symbol of a dynasty, synonymous with a coat of arms, and for centuries has conveyed aristocratic heritage from one generation to another. Louis Vuitton unveiled four separate and distinctly themed lines under Blason that will launch this spring at its flagship stores worldwide. The pieces range in price from 1,400 to 420,000 Euros, or approximately $2,070 to $621,000.
Apple's MacBook Air is an ultrathin and ultraportable laptop. The new offering is the result of rethinking conventions. Of multiple wireless innovations. And of breakthrough design. With MacBook Air, mobile computing suddenly has a new standard.
Mulberry is making its Sunglasses debut for Spring/Summer 2008 with Cutler & Gross.
The collection showcases a small history from the archives of Cutler & Gross dating back from the bold block colors of the early eighties to rock & roll style of the nineties.
The sunglasses are all hand made in France and Italy and are iconic pieces. They are produced from Italian sheet plastic which are then tumble dried and hand polished, to create a beautiful waxy sheen which is synonymous with their style.
Five styles make up the collection and are all exclusive to Mulberry:
The Betsie, Jackie, Francis and Debbie come in both bright and neutral colour ways ranging from bright turquoise and fuchsia to navy’s and whites. A classic Aviator completes the range in striking gold titanium. All the sunglasses come with their own individual cases in patent coloured leather to compliment these different styles.
The retail debut is January 2008, exclusively for the Bond Street flagship store and will retail at £225.
Averna is introducing the first line extension in the company’s 140-year history. Focusing on evolving the Aperitivo and after-dinner drink experience, Averna now introduces three Sambucas — traditional, licorice and citrus — and Averna’s very own Limoni, a lemon juice-distilled liqueur.
Sambuca was created in the mid-19th century and was named for the Sambucchelli” who were bringing anise-flavored water (the anise provided a stronger thirst quenching effect) to the peasants in the field. It is typically served neat or over ice as a ‘digestivo.’ In a blind consumer taste test conducted in Italy, Averna Sambuca took first place for the best ‘perfume’ and taste. Made of star anise (found on the evergreen tree in southwest China), a spice that is widely used in Chinese and Indian cuisine and beverages, Averna Sambuca’s fresh taste is a result of a unique blend of this special anise and spices.
Averna’s ‘Sambuca alla Liquirizia’ is a combination of star anise and licorice. Licorice root from Sicily has a powerful taste sweeter than sugar; when combined with the star anise these powerful tastes form a potent and invigorating Sambuca that is perfect for sipping neat or adding to coffee. Averna’s ‘Sambuca agli Agrumi’ is an innovative twist on the traditional Sambuca, featuring citrus fruit flavoring. The star anise is paired with tangy fruits to create an intense taste. All new products carry a suggested retail price of $28.99 and are 84 proof.
Limoni (SRP $29.99) is different than Limoncello in that it is distilled from actual lemons and lemon juice whereas Limoncello is a grain alcohol with lemon flavoring. The Averna ‘Limoni di Sicilia’ is a lemon liqueur that uses world-renowned Sicilian lemons to introduce a fresh citrus taste. The Sicilian lemons are unlike any other in that they taste and smell like Zagara flower, which covers the Sicilian landscape. The combination of fresh, soft taste and orange blossom flavor makes the Averna Limoni di Sicilia truly stand out.
Here is Swarovski's Limited Edition Crystal Toaster available for $300 at Neiman
Designed by Russell Hobbs®, the Toaster features Glass and stainless steel embellished with more than 200 Swarovski“ crystals.
• Variable browning control.
• Includes extra-lift handle and crumb tray.
• Limited edition of 500.
• 9"H x 18"W x 6"D.
Lyngdorf Audio showed off their D-1 Home Theater processor at Ces 2008. The Lyngdorf D-1 Home Theater Processor will be the first audio product to feature THX Media Director, which converts all your content into smart content that sends out its AV settings, D-1 is also the first multi-channel home theatre processor where the complete signal processing takes place only in the digital domain. There is no analog-to-digital or D/A conversion anywhere in the signal path.
Lyngdorf D-1 - $17,000.
Bang & Olufsen has announced BeoVision 8, a new 32-inch flat screen with an integrated center channel speaker that delivers state-of-the-art sound and picture quality and offers flexible placement options.
BeoVision 8 has both a high light transmission and a high black level, which is important to create the best picture possible on a LCD screen. BeoVision 8 will be available in all Bang & Olufsen showrooms by February 2008 with a price tag of $3950.
Francis Bacon's ‘Triptych 1974-77’ three-part painting is expected to sell for 25 million pounds ($50 million) in London at Christie’s. The painting is one of a series of works Bacon painted after the suicide of his lover George Dyer in 1971. The Triptych 1974-77 will be part of Christie’s contemporary art sale on Feb. 6.
Seven works by Pablo Picasso are up for auction next month at Sotheby’s
One is a portrait of Picasso’s muse, the painter and photographer Dora Maar, famous for her love affair with the Málaga artist. One of his portraits of her, ‘Dora Maar with Cat,’ reached the second highest price of a work of art ever sold at auction in May 2006: 95.2 million dollars in May 2006. His bronze sculpture, ‘Head of a Woman,’ went for 29.1 million in November last year.
His painting ‘Head of a Woman,’ up for auction next month, is a little more reasonable. It’s only expected to reach between 13 and 17 million dollars.
Bugatti Veyron is developing a $3m Veyron track car. German website Motor Auto und Sport has posted a series of drawings, which could be the rumored model touted to be more track-focused but still road legal. It will get its power from the Veyron’s 8-liter quad-turbo W16 engine thet produces 1,175 hp.
The new supercar is said to be being developed under the codename ‘Project Lydia’ after Ettore Bugatti’s wife. It would exceed 400 km/h and get a Nurburgring lap time of 6 minutes and 40 seconds.
Louis Vuitton has created a temporary store within the retrospective exhibition of works by Japanese artist Takashi Murakami at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, which runs until February 11, 2008. The store's presence in the museum symbolizes the interweaving of art, culture, fashion and commerce that has become a fundamental component in Takashi Murakami's philosophy.
Ray-Ban has launched the Ultra Gold limited edition based on the classic Aviator design. The ultra shades feature 22-karat gold plating, a titanium frame, P3 polarized lenses - with both anti-reflection coating and a new moisture-wicking hydrophobic coating, and an individual serial number on the inner side of the temple.
French president Nicolas Sarkozy has gifted Carla Bruni a pair of exquisite, rose-hued sparklers from Dior.
Mr Sarkozy's romantic gesture has raised eyebrows in France, as his ex-wife Cecilia wears a heart-shaped ring strikingly similar to one of the love tokens the president gave Carla, Hello reports
France's former first lady also has one of the fashion house's white gold and pink tourmaline creations the French premier gave to his new girlfriend, along with a 'Coeur Romantique' design from the same Dior collection.
Carolina Zapf has launched a line of Baby CZ cashmere items. The cashmere found in Baby CZ is removed from the goat by hand with a coarse comb, and up to one pound of material is yielded per goat. Baby CZ's pure virgin cashmere is dyed, spun into yarns and knit into layettes, hats, sweaters, and blankets.
Marvin which dates back 1850 is back after a multi-year break. The brand was bought from Les Manufactures d'horlogerie Suisses Reunies (MSR) by the Neuchatel company Time Avenue. The brand offers a selection of luxury men's and women's watches with both quartz and mechanical movements. Prices range from 480 to 1,280 Swiss Francs for a quartz watch and from 980 to 3,600 Swiss Francs for a mechanical watch reports Luxist.
Mulberry is making its footwear debut for Autumn / Winter 2008 with Jonathan Kelsey. Mulberry invited Kelsey to create its first line of shoes for women, to be shown at the brand’s London Fashion Week presentations.
Five styles make up the collection: A riding boot, Ankle Boot, Shoe Boot, Pump and Flat Lace-Up shoe in shades of plum, coffee and grey, that compliment the grunge inspired A/W 08 clothing and accessory collections.
The retail debut will be September 2008, exclusively for Mulberry Retail stores in the UK, USA, France and S E Asia and prices will range from £250 - £550.
Violet May's Blackberry purse is a fabulous way to carry all your essential everyday items- it holds your coins, notes, bank & business cards and has an internal slot for your Blackberry/iPhone or iPod. And when you are traveling there’s also an extra compartment that’s the perfect size for your passport. Made in python print .
Philips and Swarovski have announced new luxurious color enhanced USB memory keys and headphones for 2008. The new additions to the Active Crystals range offer a sparkling array of color to the elegant crystal accessories.
The new Philips and Swarovski Active Crystals Color range includes the dazzling USB Heart Ware Crystal Vitrail Light memory keys, the vibrant Space Violet in-ear headphones, the USB Lock Out Jet Hematite memory keys and the Space Jet Hematite in-ear headphones. The beautiful soft tones of the eye-catching crystals add a new dimension to these sensational and practical accessories.
Marcel Wanders designed the Foam Bowl as part of an experimental project initiated by Rosenthal for the Dutch foundation Droog Design. The Foam Bowl was created by dipping a sponge form into fluid porcelain clay. After drying, the piece is fired in an oven where the sponge burns away leaving only the porcelain in its place. In this way porcelain products can be made without a mold.
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An ebay user is hopes to score £1,000,000 for a BANKSY - ORIGINAL on Portobello Road, London. According to the auction now at £25000, Banksy asked the owner of this apartment if he could graffiti the wall. The owner (Luti) asserts to have exhausted over £1,000 shielding the work of art till date.
Las Vegas, plans to develop the World’s first vertical farm for $200 million. The development aims to create a purposeful and lucrative operational farm expected to grow sufficient quality of food to feed 72,000 people in a year.
This model would display Las Vegas's sustainability and ecological. The project is anticipated to generate annual revenue of $25 million from produce and another $15 million from tourists.
To mark its 50th anniversary, Givenchy is reintroducing ten of its mythic scents.
In 1957 Hubert de Givenchy created a cult perfume for his muse and friend Audrey Hepburn. Together they named it L'Interdit.
That same year the couture house became a perfume house with Le De, previously available exclusively from four leading department stores in Paris, London and New York.
In 1959 Hubert de Givenchy had his personal fragrance Vetyver created, a woody scent as elegant as it is natural. Then he conceived Monsieur, the first scent to be marketed internationally.
The early 1970s were a turning point in the lives of women and elegance took on a fresh face with Givenchy III.
Then came L'Eau de Givenchy and Xeryus in the 80s, followed by Insensé, Extravagance d'Amarige and Organza Indécence all of which marked the 1990s.
For this new edition, the bottle for the ten fragrances was created by Pablo Reinoso. The sober, sleek design features a thick base and a play of light between the transparent and frosted glass, with perfect proportions between the flacon and the cap.
A collection this elegant, resolutely modern could only be one thing: So Givenchy.
The ten Parfums Mythiques are available at Parfums Givenchy sales outlets and on the Web at www.parfumsgivenchy.com/e-boutique.
Louis Vuitton will unveil Blason, its new collection of fine jewelry designed in collaboration with Pharrell Williams and Camille Miceli during the upcoming Paris couture shows, Fashion Week Daily reports
Blason is the symbol of a dynasty, synonymous with a coat of arms, and for centuries has conveyed aristocratic heritage from one generation to another. Louis Vuitton is expected to unveil four separate and distinctly themed lines under Blason that will launch this spring at its flagship stores worldwide. The pieces range in price from 1,400 to 420,000 Euros, or approximately $2,070 to $621,000.
Louis Vuitton will officially unveil the Blason collection to press on January 21.
"Combi LX-720" is a luxury stroller.
The Combi LX-720 features oversized wheels, two to a caster, that have suspension geometry tuned to absorb 96 percent of shocks, sensor for the wheel caster that "detects if the buggy gets caught in the door of a train" and option that allows the parent to adjust the temperature and humidity inside the buggy!
Diamonds in glass are handmade, unique pieces of glass with enclosed, floating diamonds by N.Marx. The concept includes stemware, caviar dishes, napkin rings, ashtrays as well as jewelry items like rings and bracelets. There are two main types: the pure, which has the diamond in clear glass, or the black edition, where the backside of the diamonds is embedded in black colored glass and the diamond has the diamonds against black velvet effect reports Luxist
smythson offers this wonderful Leather covered jewelery box with five lift out trays, in new aqua leather.
• Beautiful and functional jewelery box covered in aqua Adamo calfskin.
• Lined in soft suede calf leather throughout.
• Removable trays.
• Solid brass lock and fittings, coated in palladium.
• Compartmentalized drawers to
Araki, is an enormous and unique book with a print run of only 2,500 copies. The subject is Japanese photographer Araki, a man who talks about life through photographs. His powerful oeuvre, decades' worth of images, has been pared down to about 1,000 photographs which tell the story of Araki and comprise the ultimate retrospective collection of his work.
Known best for his intimate, snapshot-style images of women often tied up with ropes (kinbaku, Japanese rope-tying art) and of colorful, sensual flowers, Araki is an artist who reacts strongly to his emotions and uses photography to experience them more fully. Obsessed with women, Araki seeks to come closer to them through photography, using ropes like an embrace and the click of the shutter like a kiss. His work is at once shocking and mysteriously tender; a deeply personal artist, Araki is not afraid of his emotions nor of showing them to the world.
Mobiado, has announced Stealth, a new luxury mobile phone. Working off the Luminoso DNA, and inspired by military stealth aircrafts, the Mobiado Stealth combines aluminum and sapphire crystal in an extreme fashion. The front of the Stealth is machined from one piece of solid aluminum with an inlay of one piece of sapphire crystal. All lettering and Mobiado symbol are machine engraved giving the Stealth a strong appearance with sharp edges, precise lines, and clean surfaces. With just 1,200 produced, each Mobiado Stealth is a symbol of extreme exclusivity.
This Framed DNA Print offers a modern spin on the traditional personal portrait, a unique DNA genetic fingerprint custom printed as a Giclee in your choice of one of nine different color palettes. The piece uses pigmented inks on an archival-quality canvas and is varnished for protection. A kit is provided to collect a painless saliva sample using a cotton-tip swab, which is sent to a secure certified lab for processing. Can also be used to create a print from your child or pet's DNA. The result is a piece that can never be replicated and is as unique as you—no two prints will ever be the same. Framed in your choice of light or dark wood. Color and framing selections are made when the kit is submitted.
During Sandro Botticelli's lifetime (1444/45-1510), the influence of his art scarcely reached beyond his native Florence, and following his death he was soon forgotten. He was rediscovered in the 19th century by the Pre-Raphaelites. Since then, Botticelli has ranked among the greatest of the Renaissance artists.
In the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, paintings such as 'Primavera' and 'The Birth of Venus' belong to the foremost attractions for tourists and art lovers. His captivating figures of women, his intimate portrayals of the Madonna and Child, and the angel-like beauty of his adolescents are famous the world over today.