G.Lorenzi, the only still family-owned shop on Milan’s famous Via Montenapoleone, is perhaps the most civilized retail space in Europe. This Lorenzi special edition set, contained in a ‘Chancellor of the Exchequer budget’ red calf leather case, comprises a chrome plate cast steel tong with hand-turned Makassar ebony handles polished with bees wax and a chrome plate brass stopper turned from a solid bar with a Makassar ebony top. A ball-bearing connection between the stopper rings makes for a satisfyingly smooth action. Reputed to keep champagne unimpeachably fizzy. Created exclusively for 20ltd.com, this piece is limited to only 30 editions.
It was no more than eight years after the surrender of the Nazi government when Josef Heinrich Darchinger set out on his photographic journey through the West of a divided Germany. The bombs of World War II had reduced the country’s major cities to deserts of rubble. Yet his pictures show scarcely any signs of the downfall of a civilization. Not that the photographer was manipulating the evidence: he simply recorded what he saw. At the time, a New York travel agency was advertising the last opportunity to go and visit the remaining bomb sites. Darchinger’s pictures, in color and black-and-white, show a country in a fever of reconstruction. The economic boom was so incredible that the whole world spoke of an “economic miracle.” The people who achieved it, in contrast, look down-to-earth, unassuming, conscientious, and diligent. And increasingly, they look like strangers in the world they have created. The photographs portray a country caught between the opposite poles of technological modernism and cultural restoration, between affluence and penury, between German Gemütlichkeit and the constant threat of the Cold War. They show the winners and losers of the “economic miracle,” people from all social classes, at home, at work, in their very limited free time and as consumers. But they also show a country that looks, in retrospect, like a film from the middle of the last century.
This Collector's Edition is limited to 1,000 copies, each numbered and signed by J. H. Darchinger and containing the signed color photograph Reichstag, Berlin, 1958 in the format 30 x 35.5 cm
To celebrate their twenty fifth anniversary, Amouage has created Amouage Jubilation 25 for women, and Jubilation XXV for men. The fragrance features top notes of tarragon, rose, lemon and ylang-ylang, middle notes of davana, labdanum ciste, rose and frankincense and base notes of amber, musk, vetiver, myrrh and patchouli.
The 2009 update to Mercedes's G Class has been launched with minor changes to the original design. The 2009 update has a slightly redesigned front in order to complement the rest of the Mercedes line up with a new simpler grille which has been added. The engines have also been updated and given slight performance boosts with the top end G55 AMG engine now outputting five hundred horsepower. The interior has also been updated and the telematics system has received a significant upgrade. The 2009 Mercedes G Class will be available this summer.
Hawker Beechcraft, has released the Premier II. The Hawker Beechcraft Premier II seats four passengers and uses twin FJ44-3AP turbofan engines made by Williams International. The Hawker Beechcraft Premier II launches in 2010.
French parfumeur Serge Lutens has created his own line of nail polishes with genius packaging. The Serge Lutens nail polish shades take their inspiration from nature and contain a full array of colors ranging from the standard reds to the more earthly browns. The Serge Lutens nail polish line is available at the Serge Lutens store in the Palais Royal in Paris.
Austrian crystal makers Riedel has launched the Black Tie collection. The Riedel Black Tie Collection features four glasses for red wines which are designated with a black stem and four glasses for white wines which are designated by the black base, a matching water glass and champagne flute are also available.
Czeers MK1 is a prototype for a solar powered speedboat that can hit 30 knots. Developed by the Dutch-based Delft Technical University Solarboat Team Czeers MK1 uses the sun to power its engines. The boat will come in shades of carbon fiber, solar cell and orange leather trims. The boat features photovoltaic cells on almost all horizontal surfaces and an LCD touch-screen control system. It measures 10 meters in length, and 14 square meters of solar panels and an 80kw electric motor are incorporated in it. Only 4-8 boats will be built each year.
A futuristic reinterpretation of the classic wing chair, the ZERO GRAVITY WING lounge chair is made for serious cocooning. Oversized and luxuriously covered in the softest swedish leather, you are in for the ultimate snooze!
The upholstery is made of open cell visco elastic memory foam, a material developed by NASA and used in all spacecrafts. The foam adapts perfectly to your body shape and temperature, leaving you in cosmic comfort.
Camitz Sparkling Vodka is a unique and extraordinary, 100% all-natural and refreshing Sparkling Vodka made in Sweden, using the highest quality grains from celebrated Swedish wheat fields. The water is sourced from renowned ice-age underground springs and Camitz Sparkling Vodka has been continuously distilled five times before its carbonation. Camitz Sparkling Vodka elegantly balances a natural acidity with a light sweet finish, which is then amplified by delicate sparkling bubbles that underline the outstanding character of this super premium vodka. The bottle has the first patented natural cork for a distilled spirit.
Armani/Casa was commissioned by Leviev Boymelgreen to decorate its conversion of the former office building at 20 Pine Street . 20 Pine Street is the 35-story building surrounded by several of Lower Manhattan's greatest buildings such as 120 and 140 Broadway, 33 Maiden Lane, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, 14 Wall Street, 40 Wall Street, and One Chase Manhattan Plaza. At 20 Pine Street, which has been rechristened "20 Pine, The Collection," amenities will include a 33-foot-high lobby and an adjacent Library Lounge, a pool and spa with a Turkish Hamman and a landscaped terrace on the 25th floor. Apartments on the 25th through the 35th floors will be known as the Concierge Residences and will be served by a dedicated elevator and private Concierge Lounge that will serve a daily gourmet breakfast and be operated by Quintessentially, a concierge service based in London.
Lila Paws has announced the Global Gallivanter Trunk for that jet setting canine that likes to travel in style. The trunk is made of espresso Napa leather and hand made to the highest standards by traditional English craftsmen. The corners of the trunk are reinforced with leather and two thick leather straps with brass buckles hold the trunk firmly in place when closed.
The basic size of this bed is medium and the dimensions of the bed are 78 x 54 x 18cm.
seen at Luxist
Daria Werbowy, LANCÔME's spokeswoman , has created her very own personal range of makeup---Brazilian Earth Colors. The color statement is natural and sophisticated: from earthy browns to natural nudes to warm golds. The entire collection naturally enhances the beauty of your lips and eyes.
Brazilian Earth Colors is also tied to a humanitarian effort. Each product sold will benefit Centro Espacial Vik Muniz, an arts center for young adults in Rio de Janeiro.
Unlock beauty secrets with the exclusive Color Design Eye Shadow Quad. Signed by Daria Werbowy, this limited edition mirrored eye shadow compact creates several different sultry eye looks; from natural and elegant to seductively smoky
Tiffany & Co. has signed a two-year partnership with Maria Sharapova. The jeweler will outfit Maria Sharapova in eight different pairs of earrings over the next eight Grand Slam tennis events, including the French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. and Australian Opens. Sharapova will wear a pair of $1,150 yellow gold Elsa Peretti Wave earrings that cut a striking profile without adding weight for the The French Open from May 25 to June 8 at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Fashion Week Daily reports.
"I am very excited about Tiffany for Maria Sharapova and to partner with my favorite jeweler," Sharapova said in a statement. "Elsa Peretti's earrings feel as beautiful as they look and I am thrilled to wear them at the French Open."
The Veuve Clicquot Manhattan Polo Classic will mark the return of Polo to Manhattan in over 70 years. Ralph Lauren's team, Blackwatch (including Nacho Figueras), is playing against Asprey team. A Veuve Clicquot champagne bar will be open field-side during the event. Picnics are allowed around the field for this event which is open to the public (free ferries run from Manhattan to Gov Island every 30 mins)
- The Veuve Clicquot Manhattan Polo Classic will take place on Governors Island (Sat 31 May) - match starts at 3pm
- Ralph Lauren's team (Blackwatch) is playing Asprey's team