THE IMPOSSIBLE COLLECTION:
The 100 Most Coveted Artworks of the Modern Era
by Philippe Ségalot and Franck Giraud
In The Impossible Collection Ségalot and Giraud curate the ideal contemporary collection—a collection in which money is no object and anything is possible. Whether "impossible" to obtain, or available at the tip of a paddle, these works are remarkable on their own but as a collection form a unique perspective on contemporary art as a whole.
Parisian pastry chef Pierre Hermé has created Macarons for summer. Pierre Hermé's summers Macarons are available in wasabi, olive oil and pistachio & sour cherry varieties. Available exclusively from Pierre Hermé during the summer.
Edmiston has commissioned seven avant-garde marine designers to come up with a nautical-themed take on Land Rover's classic Range Rover reports Luxist. Above design by Dickie Bannenberg, features wooden side panels and a tailgate, complete with champagne holders. The winner of the design competition will be announced on Sept. 25th during the Monaco Yacht Show.
British architect Lord Norman Foster and YachtPlus will launch their avant-garde super-yacht in September. The high-tech 132-ft. Foster-designed "Signature Series" craft is the first in YachtPlus' fleet, each of which will have eight owners at a share price of about $2 million each. Construction on the flagship steel-jacketed vessel is in its final phase.
Italian fashion designer Roberto Cavalli has announced plans for the Roberto Cavalli's first Cavalli Club at the Fairmont Dubai. The Cavalli Club is new 'entertainment and night-life' concept. In Dubai, Cavalli is planning a two-story club with a separate entrance from the Fairmont Dubai. The floors will be done in shiny black quartz with reflective crystal dust and tall walls of Swarovski crystals create sparkling curtains.
Canon has announced the diamond-encrusted Canon Elph. A new TV spot for Canon PowerShot, featuring tennis star Maria Sharapova and her dog Dolce, shows fans with Elph cameras approaching the player and asking to take a picture. Priced at $12,000, the camera comes with 88 white diamonds weighing 2.22 carats.
Created in collaboration with designer Ron Arad, Freewheeler is a cordless stereo speaker wheel that can be rolled around, indoors or outside. Made of high-quality lacquered wood, it has the unique quality of generating a high quality stereo sound from one component instead of the usual two separate elements. With its own built-in receiver and amplifier, all you need is a CD player, your favorite music and away you roll! The sound signal is conveyed directly from the CD player to the speaker by a two-way FM transmitter. A receiver inside the wheel picks up the signal, filters and divides it into two stereo channels and then sends the two signals to a battery-run internal amplifier. The signals are then sent in opposite directions to two multi-directional coaxial speakers. This produces two separate sets of sound waves which in turn create the stereo effect. Available in NAC Orange or Cool White, it can also be made to order in any colour.
Multicolored beaded Fendi baguette bag with double F logo on front and watersnake handle and closure. Fendi bag has an adjustable shoulder strap across top, a concealed magnetic closure, red satin lining and 'Limited Edition' bead embroidery on inside.
Quiksilver has announced The Ray, the world's first eco-friendly timepiece, a watch built from recyclable materials. Quiksilver uses sea shipping rather than airplanes and also optimized the watch's packaging. The hand-built watch is constructed from wood, stainless steel, aluminum, mineral glass and features a 27 jewel automatic movement - all of which is 86% recyclable. Available in a limited run of 1000 pieces.
Swiss luxury designer and jeweler Knalihs Athem’s newest creation is a diamond encrusted Apple Iphone 3G. This exclusive limited edition phone is encrusted with more that 475 finest quality brilliant cut diamonds that weigh 3.75 carats in total. Only 50 such handsets will be created worldwide. Each handset is accompanied by appropriate and official diamond grading report from a gemological lab.
The first 10 diamond encrusted Apple Iphone 3G by Knalihs Athem will be sold for ONLY US$10,000 post which the price will be revised sharply upwards.
Athem creates exclusive limited edition diamond encrusted mobile phones of world renowned brands like Apple, Nokia, Samsung, Sony and others. We endeavor to take luxury and mobile technology together to the highest level. At Athem we call it 'Redefining Luxury'.
Each diamond encrusted Athem mobile phone is individually crafted and created with exceptional precision and skilled swiss craftsmanship using materials of the highest quality. The phones are hand-finished with utmost care and all the diamonds set precisely to provide lasting beauty and quality.
All the phones are made to order basis as Knalihs Athem works on limited editions.
Sonance, a leader in design-oriented consumer electronics for more than 25 years, has now added the Kayak loudspeaker to its acclaimed NACSound product line. Joining the Omni and Zemi models, the Kayak is designed to be suspended horizontally between two opposing walls or pillars, vertically between floor and ceiling, or diagonally with its own matching aluminum arc.
Available in 14 different finishes and individually handcrafted, the NACSound for Sonance speakers will take 60-90 days to deliver from date of order. They are available on a special-order basis at prices beginning at $2,900.
The LUSSO Collection, an exclusive boutique luxury travel destination club providing members unlimited access to a collection of multi-million dollar residences in the world’s most sought-after vacation destinations, announced the introduction of LUSSO 21 – a new membership offering that enables individuals to experience LUSSO properties for 21 days each year.
LUSSO 21 provides members with 21 days in The LUSSO Collection properties each year for a deposit of $325,000 and annual dues of $21,000. Only 50 LUSSO 21 memberships are available.
The LUSSO Collection’s multi-million dollar properties are located in such sought-after vacation destinations as Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Aspen, Colo.; Miami, Fla.; Hawaii and the Bahamas. LUSSO 21 members also receive many amenities including on-site concierge; pre-arrival grocery shopping; personal chauffer for traveling to and from the airport; and a 100 percent refundable membership deposit upon resignation. The LUSSO Collection prides itself on its boutique structure that provides members the best availability and amenities in the industry.
Treat yourself to eco-tourism in Chile, a Chilean vacation in one of the world’s unique destinations, the Altiplano of the Atacama Desert in northern Chile. Tierra Atacama Hotel and Spa offers guided Atacama adventures, Altiplano excursions and bird-watching; as well as luxury spa services, fine dining and boutique hotel hospitality... all in one of the earth’s most beautiful locations, San Pedro de Atacama.
Solange Azagury-Partridge has created a second piece exclusively for 20ltd.com. A Yellow gold & enamel ‘Supernature’ ring. Only 20 editions will ever be made.
Dior is Escale à Portofino (port of call in Portofino)created by parfumeur François Demachy. Escale à Portofino feature notes include Calabrian bergamot, Italian citron, Sicilian petitgrain, juniper berry, cold spices, orange blossom, cedar, white musk, cypress, bitter almond, caraway and galbanum. Escale à Portofino will be available in very limited quantities from certain Dior stores worldwide.
According to a report in The Wall Street Journal a 1937 Bugatti Type 37SC Atalante Coupe fetched a record value ($7.92 million) at the Gooding & Co’s annual Pebble Beach auction in California. Overall, the auction raked in $64.2 million
According to Forbes, Tiger Woods is set to become the world's first billionaire athlete. In 2007, Woods earned $115 million, $65 million more than the second highest paid athlete, David Beckham.
Woods' career earnings will hit the $1 billion mark by 2010..
Mobiado has announced the Mobiado Lucido - Limited Edition. The unlocked mobile works any GSM operator. The Mobiado Lucido also supports MP3, MP4, eAAC+ and AAC multimedia file formats and comes with A 2 megapixel camera and 2GB of memory.
Only 200 pieces of it will be produced.
Hermes has launched the Jypsière designed by Jean Paul Gaultier for fall. The bag is fashioned after a hunting satchel in which Gaultier describes as "a functional, nonchalant bag slung across the shoulder, combined with the iconic details of the Hermes bags". There is a waiting list for the bag.
The Jypsière in leather 34cm retails at $6,800 in Hermes boutiques , the version here goes $11,365.
Bose has announced Series II , their first iPhone-certified product. It supports both the original iPhone and iPhone 3G, in addition to other MP3 and CD players. The system also charges the iPod/iPhone while docking them. The included infrared remote control helps you to navigate the playlist.
Bose SoundDock Series II will be available in early September in gloss black only, priced at $299.
La Prairie's Cellular Cream Platinum Rare, is a skin-transforming formula that recharges the skin's electrical balance with pure platinum to ensure ageless performance, protects the skin's DNA, and replenishes moisture continuously for a look of soft splendor.
This is pure science at its best, offering unparalleled benefits; quite simply, the skin looks, feels and moves like younger skin.
- Pure platinum inspires perfect balance to improve hydration, protection, and receptivity to nutrients
- Exclusive Smart Crystals™ help guard skin's youthful appearance, actively reducing the effects of time resulting in noticeable lift, firmness, and the reduction of lines and wrinkles
- Climate-activated hydration adjusts to changing humidity levels and temperatures, continuously providing the perfect level of moisture
Karl Lagerfeld has his own teddy bear. “Bears are very nice, as long as you are nice to them,” mused Lagerfeld.
Steiff, is producing the limited-edition Karl bear, 2,500 of which will be launched in Neiman Marcus in September, for $1,500. Each boasts a signature Steiff gold button in the ear and five pivoting joints—an innovation Steiff unveiled at the 1903 Leipzig Toy Fair.
Entrusted with developing the handle for this umbrella, the designers were guided by the form and workmanship of the steering wheel of the Bugatti Veyron. High-grade, skilfully fashioned leather provides the good, rugged texture. With the canopy open, its sturdy, heavy frame withstands even the strongest gusts of winds and the elements. Bugatti Blue on the outside and bluish-black on the inside, it also emulates the two-tone image of the Bugatti brand. Umbrella from the Bugatti collection
When furnishing a room it seems there's always that one bland space that wants to be a spectacular focal point. Whether a dull corner, expansive wall, or empty countertop, the challenge is always finding the perfect piece to awaken the room's true potential. Urban Nature offers a unique solution that will literally bring your space to life.
The Los Angeles based company specializes in creating premium modern planters filled with striking live plant arrangements. Urban Nature's creations are often described as houseplants for the privileged home and garden. However, founder Troy Silva likes to label the company's creations as a "fusion of floral couture and modern landscape design."
Urban Nature delivers both nationwide and internationally. For additional information contact Urban Nature at (800) 578-5307 or visit their website at
The Italian automotive design house, Pinninfarina has unveiled a custom-bodied car based on the chassis and mechanicals of the Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe. The car dubbed the Hyperion features a 6.75-liter V12 engine - 453 horsepower and 531lb-ft of torque.
The car draws on styling cues from pre-war era cars.
Marchesa's Red pleated layered strapless dress with large ruffle detail. The Marchesa dress has a band under the bust, is fully lined and has zip and hook and eye fastening at the back.
Cut a statement making dramatic silhouette with this show-stopping Marchesa dress.
Marchesa Layered ruffle dress
The brand-new Hawker 4000, is first plane to offer big-jet safety and technology features at a midsized-jet price reports CNN. Priced at $21 million, it has a range of 3,280 nautical miles - that's coast to coast or New York to London nonstop.
The 4000 boasts cutting-edge avionics, auto throttle, and multiple duplicate systems (for safety) unavailable in comparable-size jets. Hawker Beechcraft is also the first manufacturer to certify a composite-body jet with the FAA. "It was six steps back to do composite," says chairman and CEO Jim Schuster of the 20-year, $1 billion development process. But the resulting body is 70% stronger than aluminum, doesn't corrode, is easier to repair, and has no life limit.
Note: Hawker 4000
With signature panel detailing RM by Roland Mouret has designed a modern classic. The RM by Roland Mouret Pigalle wool dress with square pleat front and weighted cap sleeves features V-back, a sculpted overlay across hips, a full length zip fastening along back and a midi length paneled skirt with a vent on back.
Martijn Koch's Retro Space. The cabinet features arcade-quality Sanwa joysticks and buttons mounted on a sleek anodized aluminum control panel. The layout supports classic 1 & 2 person games (there's even a trackball) and includes over 100 licensed arcade classics and a suite of emulators. Retro Space also functions as an HD media jukebox that's equally at home with your music collection and 1080p video playback on its 24-inch 1920x1200 monitor.
Bugatti have officially unveiled the convertible version of their Veyron supercar named the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport. The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport features a removable polycarbonate roof and a folding roof stored in the luggage compartment for use when the main roof is not available. The Grand Sport is powered by a 16.4 liter engine expelling one thousand and one horsepower but features a modified chassis in order to compensate for the loss of the fixed roof and maintain rigidity. Only two hundred and fifty Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport’s will be made.
The Aresteline Xten office chair by Pininfarina is priced at $1.5 million. The Aresteline Xten chair is designed and developed using cushioning material Technogel, which lessens fatigue by 60%, and Dynatec, a textile for making you sweat free. The chair is available from OFIS; UAE in a variety of shades.
Ralph Lauren has designed the uniform of the US Olympic team. The blazers were worn by the athletes during the opening ceremony and featured the crest of the US Olympic committee. Other creations by him include cable-knit sweater vests, sweatshirts, hoodies and polo neck shirts.
Learn everything there is to know about the biggest museum in the world with LOUVRE GAME BOOK. The home of one of the most famous collections in the world and a witness to all of French history, was also the setting for the famous Da Vinci Code. Wonderfully illustrated with more than 400 photographs, and filled with short, comprehensible essays as well as games, questions and answers, the Louvre Game Book is an ideal way to sharpen your knowledge of art history. A dictionary of artists from Antiquity to the end of the eighteenth century, a glossary, museum maps, and practical information all come together in this original and handy guide.
The Laurent Perrier Grand Siècle case features a magnum bottle of Laurent Perrier’s Grand Siècle surrounded by six vertical drawers each of which features a single crystal champagne flute made by Baccarat. The case is black and complements the black label of the bottle of Grand Siècle inside.
The Goyard Saint Honoré Clutch is named after the location of their flagship store on rue Faubourg Saint Honoré in Paris. The clutch is designed to resemble a Goyard trunk . It is available in limited quantities in a variety of colors and all of them feature Goyard’s signature chevron print canvas.
The MIKIMOTO South Sea cultured pearl necklace priced at $1,000,000 is distinguished from all other pearls by its magnificent, satiny luster. MIKIMOTO South Sea White cultured pearls have a subdued, opalescent appearance which changes slightly under different light conditions – making them a constant marvel to behold.
South Sea White cultured pearls are produced in Northwestern Australia and Indonesia. Their sizes begin at 9 millimeters and can reach 19 millimeters. This necklace, the only one of its kind in the world, features 27 extremely rare AAA quality cultured pearls 15.06 x 17.24 mm in diameter, and took over 10 years to Clasp of 1-mill necklace complete.
This spectacular piece is complemented by a gorgeous art deco oval clasp with 11.92 carats of diamonds.
Available for a limited time at MIKIMOTO New York.
730 Fifth Avenue at 57th Street.
For additional information or to schedule an appointment, please call 888.701.2323.
Competence DD9995 is a beautiful mirror hood suitable for extraction or recirculation venting. The hood is designed in black glass with halogen lights and electronic touch controls. Other features include filter saturation indicator, automatic switch-off function and dishwasher-safe filters. This mirror hood is priced at £1,000.