In this sumptuous over-sized volume, TASCHEN celebrates Vanessa del Rio - a remarkably candid, confident and exuberantly sexual woman. Presented through Vanessa’s own archive, in her own words, is a life at once shocking, titillating, amusing, and inspiring. An original 140 minute DVD documentary is included.
amadana's Cooking Scale features as Compact design that fits in any space . The square-shaped body fits perfectly even in a narrow space . Liquid crystal letters can be clearly identified with blue LED back light.
It can display up to 2000 g at the maximum in increments of 1 g. (*)
*Degree of precision: 0-500 g: ±2 g, 500-2000 g: ±3 g .
gense's alaska series are delicate and curving with a light weight & good balance. $35 retail 5 pc place setting. available in matte or mirror finishes.
founded in 1856, the swedish firm of gense began producing stainless steel in the 1920s. the company has worked with designers such as gunnar cyren, bertil vallien, & sigvard bernadotte. All patterns are available by 5 pc setting for home-based approval.
With Metrokane's 52-ounce V1 Vacuum Decanter, you can decant your favorite red wine without fussing with a funnel. That's because the V1 is topped with a vacuum sealing device and pressure gauge.
The V1 was designed by Ed Kilduff of Pollen Design, its shape inspired by the Apollo spaceships. Each decanter is individually handblown of the finest lead-free crystalline quartz and has a handsome shape despite its utilitarian purpose.
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amadana's vertical toaster oven> is a sleek space saving kitchen gadget. The Toaster with 2 trays has a thin body, so it doesn't occupy much space, but has wide space enough for making 2 slices of toast at a time.
Walnut, a material mainly used for luxurious furniture is employed to the handle. Its beautiful curve is created one by one with craftsmen's own hands. Also, equipped with a half-mirrored finder glass, it efficiently reflects the lights of the heater inside the oven so that the heat can be equally reached to every part. The inside of the oven can be seen only when it is used due to the brightness of heat, and can not be seen when it is not used. A beautiful living space can be realized.
Mariage Frères's white tea has a woody taste enriched with white flowers. The black tea is fruity and citrus rich tea with hints of red berries. Aside for great taste these tea's come with delightful packaging. The Mariage Frères Black & White Magic tea’s come in a hand blown glass jar and are available in Mariage Frères stores and certain department stores worldwide reprts sybarites
Japanese-born couturier Kenzo Takada is asking €12 million ($17.3 million) for his custom-built Parisian mansion, WSJ reports.
In a historic district on the Right Bank between the Place de la Bastille and the Place des Vosges, the roughly 13,000-square-foot house is inspired by traditional Japanese design with glass walls overlooking a central bamboo garden and a façade of exotic wood.
The four-level home has loft-like spaces with paper screens and tatami mats, as well as a small pool off a living room. There are five bedrooms, a planted garden with a fish pond, and three staff apartments with a separate entrance.
Acqua Di Parma's Iris Nobile is a new olfactory interpretation of the iris flower. Iris Nobile strikes the perfect balance between the elegance of a classic floral bouquet and modern, refined notes like Mandarin from Sicily, cedar flower, vanilla from Madagascar, and ambrette crystals.
This “Le Boite” clutch purse in ostrich-stamped eel skin (in pearlised taupe finish) with black patent leather trim is based on Asleef Vaza's Pagoda Bag design and comes with Vaza’s signature hoop and link design chain in 22ct plated gold and horn. Created by Aseef exclusively for 20ltd.com, this special edition is limited to only 15 editions.
S. T. Dupont's USB Memory Stock is part of the company's new Black Diamond collection. The Black Diamond collection is a subtle collection which is highlighted by the use of the fashionable black diamond reports sybarites.org. The Black Diamond USB memory stick has a capacity of two gigabytes and features a single brilliant cut black diamond on the end. The USB memory stick is finished in palladium.
Paris Hilton's grandfather Barron Hilton has announced plans to donate 97 percent of his $2.3 billion fortune to charity.
That wealth includes $1.2 billion Barron Hilton stands to earn from both the recent sale of Hilton Hotels Corp. -- started by his father Conrad in 1919 when he bought a small hotel in Cisco , Texas -- and pending sale of the world's biggest casino company, Harrah's Entertainment Inc.
Belgian Frank Sveid has designed the most expensive corkscrew at £36,000 reports lussorian.com
The item is handcrafted to order and made out of titanium and gold and constructed of 52 pieces of aviation titanium, including a lead cap cutter and the actual screw, and comes in its own cigar-like presentation box
Israeli diamond and property magnate Lev Leviev will make London his home base, Israel’s Channel 2 news reports
Uzbek-born Leviev is making the move with his family to monitor personally the progress of AFI Development, the Russian property unit of Leviev’s Africa Israel Investments.
The Russian-born Israeli made his first billion in the diamond mines of Russia and Angola and currently holds the marketing rights for diamonds from Angola, the world's fifth largest producer of rough diamonds by value.
Combining classic, British sports car design with racing car technology and state of the art NanoSafe™ battery power and Hi-Pa Drive™ electric motor innovation, the Lightning has been developed with exhilarating performance front of mind. Whilst its head-turning looks will appeal to the most discerning of drivers, unlike other sports cars, the Lightning is also easy on the conscience. With virtually no polluting emissions, this energy-efficient car uses clean technology and will have the ultimate green rating. Following production of several Lightning petrol prototypes, the electric Lightning GT, sports and extended range versions are now available to pre-order.
Cinema Now examines the work and key themes of 60 filmmakers working around the world today, from the cream of the crop of young Hollywood to the new wave of Asian mavericks to burgeoning auteurs from Europe and Latin America.
Watch Pedro Almodóvar at work. Immerse yourself in the stunning imagery of Wong Kar-Wai. Feel the emotional impact of the films of Alejandro González Iñárritu and Carlos Reygadas. Live in the strange worlds of Guy Maddin, Matthew Barney, and Tsai Ming-Liang. Cinema Now is packed with stunning full-color photos and exclusive on-set photography supplied by the filmmakers, and even comes with a supplementary DVD containing exclusive short films, extracts, trailers, and much more.
For this hand-crafted, limited-edition volume, Walton Ford’s paintings have been color-separated and reproduced in Pan4C, the finest reproduction technique available today, providing unequaled intensity and color range. The book includes 12 horizontal and 4 vertical foldouts, along with dozens of details, which present the work at a scale that practically allows the viewer to enter the ancient and peopled landscapes, feel the brush of a bird’s feathers against flesh, and experience the hot breath of a wild cat about to go for the jugular.
Available in an Art and a Collector’s Edition, Walton Ford: Pancha Tantra is limited to a total of 1,600 copies, signed by the artist and presented in a custom clamshell box.
armani privé's Cuir Améthyste creates a link between tradition and modernity, with all the elegance of an infinitely personal fragrance. It is a tribute to leather as a second skin, an infinitely sensual substance, designed for women as much as men. A true leather note is painstakingly elaborated around glorious raw materials: birch, patchouli and powdery violet. Each ingredient adds nobility and opulence to the composition. Birch from the most remote Russian steppes unites with the oriental sensuality of Indonesian patchouli to create a raw, potent and noble accord.
Mood: Sensual, warm, and rich.
FRENCH President Nicolas Sarkozy, in Egypt with new girlfriend Carla Bruni, is under attack in Paris for flying on his Christmas holiday aboard the private jet of a billionaire businessman.
Opposition political parties accused the president of compromising his office, and asked what the plastics-to-media magnate Vincent Bollore can expect in return for his generosity.
"This mixing of private and public interests damages the impartiality of the state," he said.
China's National Centre for Performing Arts in Beijing, next Tiananmen Square was designed by renowned French architect Paul Andreu, known for his airports throughout the world including Charles De Gaulle in Pari.
Andreu conceived the centre as a transparent island and a city of theatres in Beijing’s latest cultural district. The exterior Yin-Yang-inspired shell in the shape of a half ellipsoid is covered by titanium panels and accentuated in the middle by a curtain of glass that opens gradually from top to bottom.
Designed by the Italian designer Bruno Munari in 1958 for Danese Milano, Italy, the Bali lamp has become one of the classic icons of 20th Century Design and can be found in museum collections worldwide. The lamp ships flat packed in a Danese gift carton, some assembly required.
The Van Cleef & Arpels Starphase Midnight in Paris watch features a dial that shows a representation of the stars as seen on a typical Paris night. The rotating disk is made of aventurine glass reports TimeZone. The watch has a display back with a rose gold cover.
The 42mm 18K rose gold watch uses a Swiss mechanical movement developed for Van Cleef & Arpels. It is equipped with 24 jewels is beating at 28,800 alt / hour. It has a 40-hour power-reserve. it has an alligator strap with a rose gold clasp and sells for 48,000 euros reports Luxist.com.
The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani has purchased the Hôtel Lambert. Designed by Louis Le Vau in 1640, the property, which sits at the tip of the Ile Saint-Louis, had been the Paris residence of Baron Guy de Rothschild, who died earlier this year, and his late second wife, society queen Marie-Hélène, since 1975, reports W Magazine. Emir plans a huge overhaul of the building
Using hand-shaping moulage techniques, Brazilian swimwear designer Adriana Degreas is noted for the sophisticated cuts and harmonious fabric combinations that give her pieces an innate specialty. Recalling 1970s poolside glamor, this piece has been created exclusively for 20ltd.com and is limited to only 20 editions.
Alloy Yachts have launched Red Dragon the fourth superyacht over 50m built by Alloy Yachts. Red Dragon has a beam of 10.2m (33.5ft), draws 4.9m (16.1ft) and a displacement of 354 tonnes reports synfo.
The Wilmotte & Associates designed interior has a large saloon with formal dining area for up to 10 guests. The style includes a light contemporary timber interior.
The topsides are finished in anthracite grey with a white superstructure.
Guest accommodation provides for an Owner’s suite and three guest suites. Also included is a separate gymnasium with Pullman berth and en-suite.
Forward, the crew layout has five cabins all with en-suites for up to 10 crew.
Initially developed by auctioneer and racing driver Herve Poulain, BMW's Art Car concept sees outstanding artists from across the globe collaborating with BMW.
The series has seen the likes of Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol and David Hockney each making a unique artistic statement about the appearance and meaning of cars in their era reports Wallpaper.
The latest addition to the Art Car Collection comes in the form of Olufar Eliasson’s BMW H2R project. Eliasson has transformed the hydrogen-powered car, and is currently being exhibited in ‘Your mobile expectations H2R project.’
Alexander Amosu has created a RAZR2 V8 Luxury Diamond Edition phone. Alexander Amosu has made only 5 diamond handsets reports bornrich. The phones boast 412 diamonds with 5.9 carats color F VS. The phones also come with international Concierge service. Alexander Amosu the founder of Amosu Luxury Phones say “we have already sold half of the 5 pre-orders already, its so exclusive that we believe the value of the phone will go up within weeks of us selling out.”
For the holiday season Armani Dolci , the Armani confectionary based in Armani’s Milan flagship store has created a special Panettone and Pandoro. The limited edition offerings come in special gold boxes. Panettone and Pandoro are made of a sweet bread type of pastry. Panettone is contains raisins, lemon and orange whilst the Pandoro is plain.
Hôtel Costes in Paris has launched a collection of fragrances for the home. Inspired by the hotel’s interior , the fragrance has a mysterious character with hints of coriander seeds, white pepper, laurel, oriental woods, incense, musk and hints of rose. The collection includes an Eau de Toilette, room spray, perfumed candles, shower gel, body lotion.
The Range Rover Westminster edition is powered by a V8 Supercharged 400 horsepower engine for a top speed of 225 kilometers an hour. The car comes a in Java black Pearlescent finish with black and tan leather interior with oak accents. Only five hundred of the cars will be made and each will come with door sill plates marking its number in the series reports sybarites.org
Marcel Wanders has created a set of 2 Royal Delft plates from the illustrious De Porcelain Fles factory in Holland (founded in 1635) as part of Marcels already famous One Minute series. The One Minute series concept is a fresh and charming idea where yes all the pieces are decorated in just one minute. The set is created exclusively for 20ltd.com as is limited to just 30 editions.
Obsession has announced the Aphrodite Collection inspired by Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, lust & beauty.
Like a sheer work of art, each individual phone is sculpted and crafted by hand.
It comes in white gold or 24K yellow gold, flaunts 2.1 carats of cultured diamonds, hand-stitched hide on the back, and a white leather presentation case inside a hand-crafted crocodile skin briefcase
Motorola has announced a limited edition , Ferrari branded Z8 . The Ferrari features include two Ferrari videos, pre-registration to the official Ferrari site, Ferrari wallpapers and ringtones, and the bundled ‘The Bourne Identity’ movie. Te new Moto Z8 Ferrari limited edition will be available at Ferrari stores and Motorola retailers in Q1 of 2008.
Genesis Advanced Technologies, has announced , Genesis 2-series loudspeaker (G2) , the latest generation in the evolution of their highly regarded Genesis™ 2-series.
The Genesis 2-series loudspeaker (G2) is the penultimate Genesis model. This latest version of the G2 improves on the previous generations, which included the G-II in 1994, the G200 in 1998, and the G201 in 2000.
"The sound of the G2.2 is a tremendous improvement over the G201 throughout the entire frequency range, bringing the resulting performance even closer to live for everything from rock to jazz to classical.".
The Genesis 2 loudspeaker retails for US$63,000 in High Gloss Black. Other colors of acrylic may be possible on special order. They will be available through authorized Genesis dealers and distributors worldwide. Complete specifications for the G2.2 loudspeaker can be found at www.genesisloudspeakers.com.
‘Il Trovatore‘ painted around 1960 by Greek-born Italian surrealist painter and sculptor, Giorgio de Chirico (1891-1978) has sold for 528,042 Euros. The painted was acquired in 1962 by the father of the owner. The work, cataloged in the archives of the Fondazione Giorgio de Chirico, was earlier estimated to bring in 450, 000 Euros. The painting was sold by Bonhams auction of Impressionist paintings lately held in London.
Harrods now offers - Honey thought to be the world's most expensive at £42 per pot.
It is being sold in the store's pharmacy instead of its food hall because of the honey's apparent health benefits.
The 120g pots of Life Mel honey have a high price tag because it is made by honey bees fed on a specially created diet which includes herbs such as Siberian ginseng and echinacea.
Movado has unveiled a new watch made of tungsten carbide, a material that is next to impossible to scratch reports Luxist
Tungesten carbide has become popular in recent years for watches and men's wedding bands because it is so durable.
The suggested retail on these watches is about $800 to $1,000 more than the traditional stainless steel versions.
The Magna Carta, an 800-year-old English royal manuscript setting out the rights of man, sold at auction at Sotheby's in New York Tuesday for 21.3 million dollars.
The iconic vellum manuscript was bought by David Rubenstein, a US lawyer and founder of Washington-based private equity firm The Carlyle Group.
He said he would loan the royal charter, which is dated 1297 and bears the wax seal of King Edward I, to the US National Archives.
Sennheiser’s MX Series, earbuds already a staple among on-the-go music lovers, are now available in colorful new designs and come packed with innovative features.
All models in the MX Series are upgraded with powerful bass-accented stereo sound and offer the best sound quality for portable music and multi-media devices. The new designs ensure that the earphones fit securely in the ear and offer several options for users’ preferred applications.
The MX Series headphones are available in stores now:
MX 760 Available in polished black, polished white, titanium $39.95
MX 660 Available in polished black, polished silver $34.95
MX 560 Available in polished black, polished white, polished $29.95 silver, autumn-apple red, fresh aqua
MX 460 Available in polished black, polished white $24.95
Sennheiser Electronic Corporation is offering a bubblegum-pink version of the best-selling CX 300 ear-canal headphone via select retailers to support Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
$8.99, or 10%, of the MSRP for each limited-edition CX 300-Pink—the vibrant variant of Sennheiser’s popular CX 300 ear-canal headphones—will be donated directly to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The organization strives to cure breast cancer at every stage and is made up of both survivors and activists.
Like the CX 300, the new CX 300-Pink seals off ambient noise with comfortable ear adapters, which come in three different sizes for a perfect seal. The powerful bass-driven headphones are a must for music lovers and are an ideal complement for virtually any portable music and gaming device.
The CX 300-Pink is available now exclusively at Amazon.com and TigerDirect.com with an MSRP of $89.95.
Vertu has announced the Constellation Mixed Metal addition to its Constellation range. The cell phone is stainless steel, and features 18k yellow gold. The primary navigation button, side buttons, speaker vents, screws and the quarter turn locking device, are in gold. Other features include ceramic keypad and leather clad back.
Vertu is also set to launch a newer Constellation made of satin steel with a leather back in burgundy reports Luxury Launches
Harry Potter star, Daniel Radcliffe, has purchased luxury Manhattan apartment for $4.3 million. Radcliffe has put the property on the rental market, for $20,000-USD-a-month. The 1,843 sq ft fifth-floor apartment is in a 13-storey, glass-walled condominium building in SoHo, designed by architect Jean Nouvel. The unit has two bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms and floor to ceiling windows. The 40-unit building features a 50-foot swimming pool, a steam room and concierge services.
This luxurious limited-edition publication renders homage to Valentino’s illustrious career via a copious selection of images from his archives, including drawings, magazine shoots, advertisements, portraits of Valentino, and documentary photographs; presented chronologically, the visual material is accompanied by a vast array of newspaper and magazine articles about Valentino throughout the years. Text also includes Vanity Fair writer Matt Tyrnauer’s interviews with twenty of Valentino’s closest collaborators and friends as well as an appreciation of Valentino by International Herald Tribune’s fashion writer Suzy Menkes. All of these elements add up to an in-depth look at the man, his lifestyle, and his genius—a book more comprehensive and stunning than one could hardly dare to dream of. After all, what could be a more fitting tribute to the work of Valentino than a book as beautiful and luxurious as one of his gowns?
explora is a travel agency founded to encourage a new way of travel in the remote regions of the Southern tip of South America. explora suggests a philosophy of travel born out of the desire to explore the natural and cultural environment of the remote. One of explora's packages is Easter Island an attractive and mysterious destination. A mild year-round climate allows for walking the island’s geography and traveling along the coast of numerous ahus that are home to the gigantic sculptures called moa
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Under the powerful trail of vetiver, leather and Tonka bean is concealed the sensuous female personality aroused by an overdose of dynamone, benzoin and opoponax for the Delicious Closet Queen fragrance. Delicious Closet Queen plays with disconcerting contrasts of sandalwood and geranium, violet and citrus accord.
Etat Libre d’Orange, or The Free State of Orange, is a collection of perfumes named after an area in South Africa where perfumer Etienne de Swardt comes from. Etat Libre d’Orange is commited to truly original products that are created when the author gives free rein to their imagination. Subversive and playful, the fragrances are free from censor and return to the quintessence of perfume, to it’s raw animality, to the power of evoking the body and its urges.
Lachlan Munro & Sonia Ambrosano's Roam have an exclusive piece for 20ltd.com. Roam's mission is to treat the finest cashmere as a canvas for their designs. Passionate surfers and inspired by sea, island life and culture, Roam’s first pieces are based on Hawaiian patterns like this delicious pink and yellow Waimea created exclusively for 20ltd.com and limited to only 30 editions.
Waterfall Audio, the French company, known worldwide for the striking glass-enclosure designs will launch its unique Victoria EVO and Iguasçu EVO, named for the famous waterfalls in Africa and South America, respectively in America
The Victoria EVO and Iguasçu EVO are slim, pure-glass towers standing 40 inches high but just 10 inches wide. The Victoria EVO, a three-way/four-driver design, includes Waterfall’s proprietary, downfiring, 8-1/2-inch passive woofer, the Iguasçu (34-inches tall by 10-inches W) employs identical drivers (including the passive woofer) in a two-way/three-driver arrangement. Both models use a key Waterfall technology: the Acoustic Damping Tube (ADT), which performs near-total damping of mid- and low-frequency “back-wave” artifacts, and precise damping control of midrange reflections, allowing the speakers to produce superbly accurate, high-end performance within their effectively undamped glass enclosures.
Availability: February / March 2008
Suggested Retail U.S. Prices:
Victoria Evo: $5,400/pair
Iguasçu Evo: $3,900/pair
Extravigator.com, is a new elite social network aimed at people who know how to travel in style. The social network is centered around an interactive discussion forum that covers a range of topics about luxury travel.
Extravigator only grants membership to those who are deemed to be worthy travelers. Applicants are asked for their favorite hotel on the membership application. Depending on their answer, membership may or may not be granted.