Caillou was born about 15 years ago in Marblehead, Massachusetts – from a concept based on the decked sailing canoes of the 1800's, where young Englishmen would race young American men in their canoes down the New England coast. The concept of the decked sailing canoe lived on in various incarnations since - a particularly memorable one being the twin sailed “Yakaboo" featured in Frederick Fenger’s Alone in the Caribbean. What inspired the birth of Caillou was a realization that, over time, the concept of the small multi purpose craft had become eroded …replaced with an obsession for bigger, cheaper, more focused vessels. Caillou celebrates a return to the traditional, the pure – but with a twist. They’ve taken all that was great about the original sailing canoes of our ancestral explorers, and evolved the canoe form and function to a sleeker, lighter kayak version – so all you need to think about as you set out on your own private adventure is whether you should sail … or paddle.
The Caillou provides performance without sacrificing ease…ease of function, ease of transportation, ease of handling. Set sail across the water – without worrying about return wind patterns. When you’re ready to head home, furl and stow the sailing rig and enjoy a beautiful kayak. Or maybe you’re feeling full of vim and vigor – and a rigorous kayak is what you crave…find a deserted coastline, beach your Caillou and enjoy a picnic. Nap, even then, with belly full, simply sail home – filling your head with the sound of the water and your surroundings. There is plenty of stowage on board the boat – so day trips can even become overnights for the more rustic amongst us. And since the boat, fully rigged, weighs only 100lbs, you can transport your Caillou easily atop your automobile - using only a Thule or Yakima rack – and eliminating the need for an expensive trailer.
1 Solid fiberglass deck and hull with solid mahogany trimming
2 molded fiberglass seats with floatation cushions
2 Greenland style kayak paddles
1 carbon fiber mast
1 Dacron sail rig with carbon fiber batons
All tiller and rudder hardware in silicone bronze
Length: 17.5 feet
Beam: 41 inches
Sail area: 27 feet
Cockpit: 6.5 feet
Draft: 6 inches with dagger board raised.
The Caillou sails at approx 40-45 degrees to the wind
It seats two adults comfortably with a maximum capacity of about 500lbs
It has a retractable centerboard
The mast is made from carbon fiber
The sail can be reefed for those blustery days
The seats are not affixed in the boat – affording maximum flexibility … they can also be used as campsite seating
Maintenance on the boat is minimal
While the boat is virtually unsinkable, if you are to take it on open water, we suggest you use an inflatable kayak bladder for extra ballast (protecting you against a rogue wave filling your cockpit)
This special edition has been created exclusively for 20ltd. Only 5 will ever be made.
Dubai government developer Nakheel hopes the penthouse in Donald Trump’s towers on Dubai’s first artificial island will sell for more than $30m. The two towers of the Trump International Hotel & Tower, scheduled for completion in 2011, will form the gateway to Palm Jumeirah, the offshore development that will co-host a permanent residence for the Cirque du Soleil and the retired QE2 cruise liner, along with hotels, apartments and villas.
Piero Fornasetti is often described as a visionary. A Milan artist, Fornasetti was at the same time a painter, sculptor, designer, craftsman, and an engraver of art books. In his lifetime, he created more than 11,000 items, most of which are one-of-a kind. It is actually said that his production of objects and furniture is one of the largest in the 20th century. Perpetuating the workshop tradition today is his son Barnaba, who has revived his most popular pieces and created new ones. In an illustrated Mémoire devoted to Piero Fornasetti¹s work, the book critically discusses his contribution to 20th century art and design.
Maserati has redesigned the Quattroporte and Quattroporte S for 2009. The Quattroporte uses a 4.2 liter engine with four hundred horsepower output and a top speed of 270 kilometers an hour, the Quattroporte S uses a 4.7 liter engine which outputs four hundred and thirty horsepower and has a top speed of 280 kilometers an hour. The exterior features changes to the front grille and the tail lights. The 2009 Maserati Quattroporte and Quattroporte S will be available this fall from Maserati dealerships worldwide.
Chanel has launched the Chanel Angler set to their sports line. The Chanel Angler set includes a fishing rod and a set of black and white flies which feature the Chanel logo on their wings. It comes in a large case made in Chanel’s signature quilted leather and contains smaller cases for the reel and flies.
Bvlgari have expanded the Bvlgari Diagono watch collection with a new limited edition model. The Bvlgari Diagono Retrograde Calendar Moonphase watch features a 42mm case made from brushed and polished 18K rose gold, a bezel engraved with the iconic Bvlgari-Bvlgari signature, and an intricate dial that showcases multiple textures and polished and faceted indexes.
The Diptyque Mini Candle Set offers Three mini scented candles in a great box. Scents include
* Choisya: gentle and soothing citrus-sweet aroma of Mexican orange blossoms
* Mimosa: seductive, sweet scent of mimosa blossoms recalls the smell of clean linen
* Tubéreuse: sultry, spicy-sweet essence of tuberose, a white bulbous flower native of Mexico
* 30-hour burn time each
Superhero has become an unavoidable term recently in the fashion world. The Metropolitan Museum of New York devoted an exhibition to these American emblematic comic strip characters and a lot of designers seemed to have been inspired by them for their latest collections.
Prestigium.com, has created thirty-two animated fashion plates, recreating the fantastic, playful universe of superheroes.
Focus on extravagant designs for men and women by Yves Saint Laurent, Bernhard Wilhelm, Viktor & Rolf, Marc Jacobs, Balenciaga, Etro… all reminders of our favourite characters to be rediscovered as fashion, underlining the creativity of these contemporary designers.
Richard Prince's first major UK solo show opens in London at the Serpentine Gallery on Thursday. Louis Vuitton designer Marc Jacobs threw a pre-opening party for the artist. Running through Sept. 7, the exhibition, called Continuation, follows Prince's Guggenheim retrospective from last year.
Loewe plans to offer a crystal-studded television with an 80 centimeter screen (diagonal), the standard reports. Only 20 of these will be made available in Hong Kong. Pre-sales orders are now being taken , a spokesman says. Loewe promises that these TVs can be configured on request, both in terms of technology and design. The custom-made version called the Loewe Individual, features Swarovski crystal and are available in high gloss white or high gloss black and includes an integrated hard disk recorder. It is also equipped to receive high-definition broadcasts.
Gucci has announced the creation of a special collection, "8-8-2008 Limited Edition”. The collection includes the I-Gucci watch, unique to the "8-8-2008 Limited Collection". It is Gucci's first ever digital timepiece. The "8-8-2008 Limited Edition" collection also includes a unique bicycle, with bold red double GG leather details and collectible items including a Mah Jong set covered in red "La Pelle Guccissima" and, a panda in soft leather.
Vipp has announced Purple Cut - a series of classic Vipp products in a new, vibrant colour. Now available in leading design shops. Founded in 1939 by Danish designer Holger Nielsen, Vipp makes a stainless, electroplated steel bin, lined with rubber. $600
Riva , the luxury Italian speedboat company behind the iconic boats of the 60’s and the golden age of the Dolce Vita lifestyle has announced a design collaboration with Veuve Clicquot. The design collaboration with Riva is for Veuve Clicquot's top champagne (prestige cuvee) called La Grande Dame, and includes 2 different accessories for Riva boats - a "made to order" piece and a limited edition one.
1) Cruise Collection: a "made to measure" piece and costs $80,000 - comes with 4 bottles of La Grande Dame 98, 2 magnums of La Grande Dame 88, 6 champagne flutes Riedel and 6 water tumblers, plates, table mats and cutlery.
2) Cruiser Bag: Limited Edition piece (only 300 pieces available) - includes a bottle of La Grande Dame 98 and two champagne flutes. Available from July and costs $425
All the pieces are made of mahogany, chrome and leather - and made by some of the world's best craftsmen
Designed in collaboration with American artist, Richard Prince, and named after his universe and inspiration, Louis Vuitton's Runway Monogram Motard Beforedark. Features include, Velvet-touch suede with glossy monogram vernis trim, Polished gold metal hardware, Oversized golden-trimmed eyelet handles with interior logo engraving, Removable black acetate chain link shoulder strap with golden clasp attachments, Embroidered and quilted monogram pattern and stripes, Open top folds over for clutch carry and Silk lining
Bounkit has created Mother-of-pearl for Vivre. The beads are strung delicately about the neck and fastened with an antiqued clasp of emerald-cut lemon quartz framed in faceted citrine, set in 24K gold plated brass. 16½" drop.
TAG Heuer will launch the SLR Laptimer Chronograph in October. Inspired by the race cars, TAG Heuer's SLR Laptimer Chronograph stainless steel case measures 47 mm in diameter. The design of the case is characterized by the sports aesthetics and dynamic lines.
Dior will launch its newest fragrance, Miss Dior Chérie Blooming Bouquet, exclusively on the Asian market in August 2008. It is described as a reincarnation of the successful Miss Dior Chérie edt. Dior Operational Marketing Director for Travel Retail Alain Cadet says: “Our Asian customers loved Miss Dior Chérie’s bottle, with the elegant little ribbon, and loved the colour pink. Still, the fragrance was too Western, and not suited to Asian tastes.” The three main notes of the fragrance are mandarin essence for the head notes, peony for the heart and white musk for the base.
Exploring Christopher Wool's work in close to 500 pages, this monograph is exhaustive in its scope and depth. All work phases are covered in large-scale reproductions and accompanied by production Polaroids and installation photos by Wool himself. Editor Hans Werner Holzwarth has previously collaborated on several catalogs and artist’s books with Wool. Essays and analyses by Glenn O’Brien, Jim Lewis, Ann Goldstein, Anne Pontégnie, Richard Hell, and Eric Banks make this book a great read as well as a definitive study of the story so far.
Handwoven in 22 carat gold (each belt takes 12 days to make), this immaculate piece has been designed by Marie-Helene de Taillac exclusively for 20ltd.com and is limited to only 20 editions. Marie-Helene de Taillac has been fascinated by precious stones since childhood, hers is an enviable existence – spending six months of the year living in India where she designs and sources her jewellery and the remainder between her family chateau in the South of France and her new Rue de Tournon HQ designed by her friend Tom Dixon.
Rock band U2 , will auction a Jean-Michel Basquiat painting on July 1 at Sotheby's London. Untitled (Pecho/Oreja), completed in 1983, is estimated to sell for £4-6 million. U2 bassist Adam Clayton bought it in 1989, a year after Basqiat's death. It has hung in their Dublin studio ever since.
For Fall 2008, Dior Homme has launched the Lumiere du Nord Collection of accessories. The Dior Homme Lumiere du Nord Collection features 2 patent leather black shoes - one boot and sneaker - four mens bags - a messenger, shopper, backpack, and weekender. All products in the Lumiere du Nord collection features black straps and silver finishes.
The Louis Vuitton Monogram Motard line has been completely reinterpreted for the Spring/Summer 2008 collection through Marc Jacob's artistic collaboration with cutting-edge American artist Richard Prince. Inspired by popular culture, Prince referenced vintage pulp fiction in naming each bag and incorporated the biker aesthetic into the unique Motard texture. The result is a strong evening statement, featuring a must-have clutch and a pochette in a subtle Monogram pattern.
* Velvet-touch suede with glossy monogram vernis trim
* Designed in collaboration with American artist, Richard Prince, and named after his universe and inspiration
* Polished gold metal hardware
* Oversized golden-trimmed eyelet handles with interior logo engraving
* Embroidered and quilted monogram pattern and stripes
* Open top folds over for clutch carry
* Silk lining
* Interior patch pocket
* 8.9"x 7.2"x 3.1"
Ardbeg has unveiled a limited-edition release of the Ardbeg Double Barrel. Inspired by the tradition of the shooting party, the Ardbeg Double Barrel features a hand-stitched bridle leather case made to the same dimensions as a double-barrel gun case; each contains two bottles of 1974 single cask Ardbeg. Only 250 cases are available. Each case retails at US$23,190.
Amanda Dunbar has launched a line of Art Guitars covered in Swarovski crystals. Precious Rebels is the name of her collection ranging from $15,000 to $75000. There are around 30 pieces which have been glued with thousands of crystals. Each is refurbished and is also equipped with radio frequency identification technology.
Mark Schneider's jewelry design features diamond bridal engagement rings, colored-stone rings, pendants and earrings fabricated in platinum and gold with the Secret Heart trademark. A unique token of your love, each design in the collection features a Secret Heart, nestled where only you can see it. No other ring offers this enduring symbol of romance—a promise that his heart will always be there for you
INFUSION D'IRIS is a fresh and clean scent, composed of the precious Iris Pallida blended with classic, natural, high quality ingredients. Under the creative direction and inspiration of Miuccia Prada, Infusion d'Iris was blended by perfumer Daniela Andrier.
From ancient Greece to the present day, the Games have always been about beauty, strength, and sharing. In the spirit of the Olympics, Assouline has created this limited edition publication, which is truly a work of art that pays tribute to the Olympic Games, as the games finally return to their city of origin in 2004. With powerful black and white photographs, this luxury set recreates the emotion and atmosphere of the Olympics, where athletes are worshiped, and their gestures develop a timeless aestheticism. Encased in a slipcase, the hardcover volume contains a dozen 8 page sections filled with sublime and often never before published photographs showing both ancient Greek architecture and the best sportsmen of all times.
Fendi's Borderline clutch is a great piece for evening. The Black silk pleated ruffle clutch bag with a contrasting leather trim has a signature diamanté clasp to fasten, a press stud fastening to fold over the front and is fully lined.
Stella McCartney's Grace Waking chemise is guaranteed to look perfect from the bedroom to breakfast room. The Gray silk blend georgette demi-sheer chemise with a lace trim has adjustable straps, an empire line and buttons at the side to fasten. 83% silk, 14% polyamide, 3% viscose.
François Russo has created the Helleu , a directors's chair as a tribute to Russo's deceased friend Jacques Helleu, art director for Chanel perfume, beauty, watches, and jewelry during more than four decades. The Poltrona Frau chair is constructed with white Corian on the crossed legs that conceals a steel frame, the armrests and stretcher are polished steel, and the seat and back are saddle leather, offered in coffee, Conero red, Dove gray, blue, and olive. 212-777-7592; frauusa.com.
Dalumi Group, has partnered with LG Electronics to create a diamond-studded flash drive and with Ricoh to design a digital camera accented with diamonds. The LG Disk on Key features diamonds from Dalumi mounted in white gold and is valued at $10,000. The Ricoh Capilo R5 digital camera includes over 200 diamonds set in white gold, and is priced at $25,000.
Originally published in 1965 and updated in 1977, this classic is resurrected by TASCHEN with rich duotone reproduction and a new foreword by internationally renowned travel and fiction writer Paul Theroux. Touching on themes such as distance from nature, density and stress, loss of common sense, and global emergencies, this seminal picture history of eastern Africa in the first half of the 20th century shows us the origins of the wildlife crisis on the continent, a phenomenon which bears a remarkable resemblance to the overpopulation and climate crises we face today.
Since its birth in 1994, Maharishi has evolved into one of the UK’s most influential designer labels. Founded by (creative director) Hardy Blechman, the brand carries a strong ethos of respect for nature while using the latest technology. This beautiful piece, immaculately-embroidered with traditional Hawaiian patterns reinterpreted with Japanese Oasis flower drawings*, has been created exclusively for 20ltd.com and is limited to 50 editions.
American ECOSSE Moto Works, Inc. is the premier luxury marque of distinctive, limited-production motorcycles created for discerning enthusiasts. Founded in 2001, the company spent three years perfecting The Heretic through three complete prototype iterations. Now, exclusively for 20ltd.com, they have created the 135hp handcrafted Iconoclast. In only 11 editions.
Engine: 2-liter, machined from solid billet aluminum for additional strength, cooling capacity and beauty, balanced and blueprinted to ECOSSE specs. Crankshaft is dynamically balanced for lower vibration. CNC ported heads are hand massaged for maximum flow. Polished finish.
Torque: 140 ft-lbs at rear wheel at sea level
Hp: 135 at rear wheel at sea level
0 to 60 mph: 2.8 seconds
Quarter mile: Low 10s
Dry Weight: 460 lbs
Mobiado has announced the Professional 105 GCB, a new luxury mobile phone. The front and back is made from sapphire crystal 5 micron thick and has 24-Karat gold plated CNC machined brass frame. Gold hand-painted lettering and symbols, brass screws are included to the form. It features a 2" display with up to 16 million colors, 2-megapixel camera, 1GB of memory, Bluetooth, and an MP3 player. The phone is a Quadband GSM and dual band WCDMA.
Thai Privilege Spa sends you through a relaxing journey of traditional
Fourteen years after the first volume in the highly acclaimed Interiors series comes the first of our all-new updated titles: New Paris Interiors. The city of light is a place of persistent beauty, from the Tuileries gardens to the banks of the Seine to the heights of Montmartre. But the restrained palette of beige and stone painted by the city’s noble architecture may leave one wondering if Parisians are color-impaired. Fear not—for New Paris Interiors, Angelika Taschen has brought together a selection of apartments so astonishing, so surprising, and so inspiring that you very well might not know what hit you. Think texture, think dynamic space, think eclectic, think vivid colors—these interiors are packed floor to ceiling with new ideas, unexpected pleasures, and prime examples of 21st century living. Architect India Mahdavi, French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld, auctioneer Simon de Pury, shoemaker Christian Louboutin, gallerists Philippe Jousse and Didier and Cleménce Krzentowski, fashion designer Rick Owens, and many more of the city’s most interesting personalities have opened their doors for this breathtaking collection of resplendent Parisian homes.
Police are investigating a robbery in Attleboro, Massachusetts, in which $1 to $2 million in gold and diamond jewelry was stolen, including New York Giant Super Bowl rings, designed in conjunction with a consortium of Giants players and high-end jeweler Tiffany & Co. The white gold New York Giant Super Bowl rings are set with 1.5 carats of diamonds and designed to be big. Image Luxist.com
Brammo, a leading manufacturer of ultra-efficient, lightweight vehicles, has announced the Brammo Enertia motorcycle. The Enertia motorcycle is an urban commuter bike that exceeds 50mph and 40 miles on a single 3-hour charge. At roughly $.32 a fill-up and under one-cent a mile – it is positioned to be the compelling green alternative for the new urban consumer.
Devi Kroell's wonderful satin clutch for evening with decadent jewel embellishment. Use the chain handle or hide that and carry as a clutch - either way looks great. Shown here with a MINT jodi arnold dress and Christian Louboutin shoes.
Jacques Pepin and California Caviar Company have teamed up to create the first domestic pressed caviar available in the United States. Combining the roe of three species of domestic sturgeon, this signature caviar, called "Pepin Payusnaya" is personalized with the master chef's hand-sketched artwork.
"Pepin Payusnaya" is the first of California Caviar Company's Chef's
Signature Series. Pepin's pressed caviar uses only the highest quality
sustainable American sturgeon caviar from California's farmed white sturgeon
along with wild hackleback and paddlefish from the Mississippi and Tennessee
River systems. This payusnaya is full-flavored, complex, yet smooth and can be
sliced, shaved, molded, spread or applied to sauces to enhance any dish.
Jacques Pepin states, "For the true amateur of caviar there is nothing
like pressed caviar or payusnaya. The original Russian payusnaya was usually
made from a mixture of beluga, osetra and sevruga eggs and for all intents and
purposes it is unavailable in the US nowadays. With its intense, assertive
taste and dense, smooth texture, it is extremely versatile and a wonderful new
addition to the repertoire of the imaginative and inventive chef." Image Luxist.com
BMW's GINA (Geometry and Functions in 'N' Adaptations ) Light Visionary Model is a new concept car that uses plastic-coated lycra fabric, stretched over the car's metal frame.The skin and skeleton can bend and contract like, well, real skin and skeleton. The car is based off a 4.4-liter Z8 with a six-speed mechanical diffusion.