Novellini Cristalli glass tub

Novellini presents the sleek Cristalli bathtub, part of their premium Elysium collection, and a new release for 2008. The new tub features a simple design , all sides of the two-meter long tub are made from clear glass panels and comes with its own integrated chrome-finished faucet. The base and side rails of the tub come in either black or white finishes with a glossy sheen. 9,800 Euros.

SBL by Alexander McQueen Spinner AI2

The SBL by Alexander McQueen Spinner AI2 pieces follow the design thread of fusing patterns and textures found in nature, with the latest cutting-edge technology, to create a crocodile skin textured pattern. Four, multi-directional Spinner wheels allow upright rolling in any direction for easy mobility.

jaguar bike by Lee J. Rowland

Designer Lee J. Rowland has unveiled a gorgeous new bike in collaboration with Barend Hemmes. The jaguar bike comes with a number plate “CAT 1” and also features the jaguar cat logo. The bike runs on a 1200cc Buell 97 S3 Thunderbolt engine and both the air intake and exhaust system have been engineered to suit the cat profile.

The fiberglass finish in high gloss polyuerethane lacquer is combined with a seat covered by Stingray for the super deluxe look. The cost of the jaguar bike is £290,000, which includes the cherished number plate as well.

Glass Artist Jon Kuhn’sPiano for $1.2M

Kuhn Studio has announced the availability of a $1.2 million grand piano. The stunning 7'4" black Kuhn-Bösendorfer piano (along with its matching bench) is inset with as many as 100-thousand hand cut, polished jewels arranged in tasteful diamond patterns. The instrument has been eighteen months in the making and is a "grand collaboration" between L. Bösendorfer Klavierfabrik GmbH of Vienna, Austria and Jon Kuhn, the world's foremost cold glass sculptor.

Each instrument will have the purchaser's name written in gold leaf embedded deep within a remarkable crystal fallboard logo. This unusual design feature assures that the initial owner's name (whether art collector or professional pianist) will endure -- along with the piano. - BornRich


iDesk is a sleek new desk created by Paul Bichler. The iDesk features -- no drawers, no detailing -- though the desk does store cords and wires for all your existing Apple products. It retails for $3,100, Luxist reports

Damier Graphite, the new men's line from Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton revisits the Damier iconic motif for men with a new line. In elegant black and grey tones, the new Damier Graphite line has a distinctly urban style, pure and precise, contemporary and cosmopolitan.

Woven in Italy, the canvas has the trunkmaker's discreet "Louis Vuitton Paris" emblem stamped diagonally ten squares (height and width), positioned with ultra-precision on each of the pieces in the collection. The smooth black leather is graced by bright polished palladium hardware. The Damier Graphite collection spans shoes, ready-to-wear, jewelry and accessories, including a motorcycle helmet.

These functional leathergoods are totally in phase with modern lifestyles. Joining iconic Louis Vuitton classics like the Keepall 55 and the timeless Pégase cabin bag with wheels, the luggage range introduces new stars, including the multifunction Roadster bag, the Reporter city bag, and a roomy briefcase. An extensive selection of small leather goods accessories adds instant classics to this sleek and esthetic new line.

The collection both pays homage to the rich heritage of the Maison and a tribute to the modern man, embodied by actor Nicolas Duvauchelle, whose black and white promenade through Paris was shot by photographer Phil Poynter.

LVMH To Acquire of Bamford?

LVMH, owner of Louis Vuitton is looking into the purchase of Bamford & Sons. "We've come to the end of phase one, and we need a partner with more expertise in other markets," Lady Carole Bamford, who founded the brand in 2004, tells the Financial Times. She has engaged the Blackstone Group to help the firm, Luxist reports.

LVMH and rival Richemont are in the running, the paper reports.

Jet Republic Launches in Europe

Jet Republic
has acquired 110 Bombardier Learjet 60XRs - 25 orders and 85 options valued at $1.5 billion - which it claims to be the largest single business jet order in European aircraft history. The company is also considering adding new aircraft types to its fleet later date.

"The Jet card will be offered from launch at a price of €130,000 ($190,000) for 25 hours of flying time," says Jet Republic chief executive Jonathan Breeze. The company has secured agreements with 30 business aircraft operators throughout Europe - including ExecuJet and Tag Aviation - to provide charter for its Jet Card customers.

The Danube Express

The Danube Express is a new "first five-star hotel on wheels to be launched in central Europe for almost 30 years." The Express' classic train cars are hand-built wood-paneled sleeping compartments with en suite baths at a cost of $200,000 apiece, the London Times reports. Destinations include Prague, Vienna and Istanbul reports LUXIST.