Ventury Paris shows off its Divine collection. Reflecting French’s standards of style and elegance, the maison Ventury Paris has come up with its Divine confidential series, the ultimate collection of exceptional furniture to suit your style. Brainchild and innovation of Emmanuel Touraine (former Elite Model Agency partner and Ventury Group's founder) and Vincent Cadena (designer), these are fabulous
lounge chairs that are retro yet modish!
These exclusive, super rare limited edition design chairs take inspiration
from the poise and glamor of Parisian chic. Traditional yet glamorous, these
signature designs graced by the highest-quality, pay homage to the past while embracing the future! Simply must haves!
Price and availability: There is a limited run of lounge chairs. Visit
http://www.ventury.fr for more info.
Electrolux Rendez-vous is the first interactive table that combines the living, eating, and entertaining space. The top of the table is a unique surface of energy that brings appliances to life without the use of a cable. The mobile phone or blender can be placed on the surface to charge or activate. The table top is also an inductive cooking system that uses sensor technology: cooking zones are not dedicated. Instead heat is dispensed wherever the pan is placed. Beneath the table are modular drawers that can hold a stove, refrigerator or almost any kitchen appliance that the consumer needs. Cooking becomes a social activity, with every thing you need all in one place. Programmed into the Rendez-vous is a virtual chef that guides the consumer through the cooking process, making it foolproof. When it is time to eat, the drawers tuck away beneath the table. Rendez-vous breaks down barriers in the home, creating the perfect space for gathering, cooking and eating.
Gourmet-Journeys.com is a journey around the globe in some of the world’s most vibrant cities: St. Petersburg, Paris, New York, Tokyo and Seville.
French chef Frederick e. Grasser Herme has devised a range of exquisite menus that reveal the world’s culinary variety and G.H. Mumm’s Cellar Master, Didier Mariotti, pairs each dish in the menu with the appropriate Champagne from the G.H.Mumm stable. The latest trends in entertaining and furniture design are illustrated in settings to make the most of this gourmet experience.
Menu recipes, music, video-art wallpapers and exclusive shopping tips are all available for download as part of a playfully luxurious tool kit designed by GH Mumm.
Chen House is realized on an old Japanese cherry-farm in the Datun -mountains of North-Taiwan. It is designed as a vessel to react on the demanding wind, flooding and heat conditions on the site.
The house is a stick raised above the ground in order to let the flood waters run under it. The different spaces are connected to a flexible movement within the axis of outdoor and indoor functions. The smaller bathroom and kitchen unit acts as a kicker stabilizing the wooden structure during the frequent typhoons and earthquakes.
The bio-climatic architecture is designed to catch the cool breeze from the Datun -river during the hot days and to let in the small winds circulating on the site between the fresh water reservoir pond and the farmlands. A fire place is used during the winter for heating and for cooking tea. In connection with the bathroom is a small sauna.
The house is designed to give the farmers a needed shelter.
Ruin is when man-made has become part of nature. With this house we were looking forward to design a ruin.
Jaeger-LeCoultre inaugurated a new showcase in Cannes to present its collections and its exceptional expertise. Cannes thus becomes the third Jaeger-LeCoultre Boutique in France, alongside the two already located on the Place Vendôme in Paris and in Lyon, and the 28th boutique worldwide. Between the red carpet ceremonies before the daily screenings
of the films competing for a set of awards including the prestigious Palme d’Or, the 62nd edition of the Cannes International Film Festival sees the unveiling of a new Jaeger-LeCoultre “embassy”. The official opening was presided over by the elegant Jaeger-LeCoultre muse, Diane Kruger, the Deputy Mayor of Cannes, Bernard Brochard, and Jaeger-LeCoultre CEo Jérôme Lambert.
Luxury designer and jeweler Knalihs Athem renowned for designing and creating the most alluring and unique bejeweled mobile phones is out with two more exclusive creations – The Diamond Blackberry Bold(BlackBeauty) and The Diamond Nokia 8800 Carbon Arte(SnowWhite). Both creations exude an aura of opulence synonymous with Athem creations.
These phones are crafted and created with exceptional precision and skilled Swiss craftsmanship and encrusted with the finest quality colorless brilliant cut diamonds. The phones are hand-finished with utmost care and all the diamonds set precisely to provide lasting beauty and quality.
The Diamond Blackberry Bold and Diamond Nokia 8800 Carbon Arte ’s exclusive customization by Athem is available is various designs using natural diamonds including pink, yellow, black, champagne and white diamonds.
The phones can also be personalized with initials, lucky number, logos and almost about anything of your choice. Each phone is accompanied by appropriate and official diamond grading report from a world recognized and credible gemological lab.
Factio Magazine is giving away a luxury 3-piece set of luggage by Heys USA (Retail Value: $980)
The Sanctum Soho will treat you like a rock star...even if you don't want to be bloomacious
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Target's Bullseye Bazaar attracted buzz and celebs like Private Practice’s Kate Walsh and Gossip Girl co-stars Jessica Szohr and Ed Westwick runwaytoretail
Prince Harry is playing on one of the teams captained by Nicolas Roldan against Black Watch captained by Nacho Figueras (the new face of Ralph Lauren's Polo fragrance) at the Veuve Clicquot Manhattan Polo Classic
All the money raised will be going to American Friends of Sentebale (sentebale.org)- a charity that was co-founded by Prince Harry. Committee chairs are Peter Brant, Mark Cornell (CEO of Moet Hennessy) & his wife Lucy Cornell. Vice chairs are Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, Samantha & Aby Rosen, Cornelia Guest
The match will take place on Saturday, May 30 on Governor's Island. The picnic area open to the public will be available from 12noon and the match will start at 3 pm. Some food and beverages will be available for purchase around the field.In addition there will be a ticketed area which include the VIP tent (where lunch will be served) as well as a VIP picnic area (with blanket and champagne picnic lunch). Tickets start at $500 (picnic for 2 people) and are available by calling Sentebale Benefit Office on 212 763 8596 or emailing email@example.com. Free ferries run from Manhattan to Gov Island every 30 mins (departing from Monument Battery Maritime Building located adjacent to Staten Island Ferry terminal in Lower Manhattan)
Info about the event is also available on vcseason.com
As part of the Centenary celebrations Morgan announces a truly special model. Designed and engineered in house, the Morgan Aero SuperSports is a lightweight aluminium sports car with a luxurious specification. The interior features a comfortable combination of polished hardwoods, hand stitched leather and electronic technology to create a driving environment that is efficient, ergonomic and sumptuous. In spite of all this opulence the overall weight of the car is still minimal so the car is responsive to driver inputs and economical to run. The unique way Morgan can achieve this is down to our use of aircraft style superformed aluminium outer panels and the skills of our craftsmen to hand finish the assembly of each car.
This technology debuted in the 100 AeroMax coupes built by the factory in 2008 and 2009.
Such was demand for this model, that Morgan have taken the decision to produce the Morgan Aero SuperSports. A limited edition, the car makes use of two aluminium detachable roof panels. These can either turn the car effectively into a coupe or when detached bring fresh air and the aromas of the seasons to the driving experience without undue wind disturbance to spoil the journey. The panels can be stored conveniently in the boot.
The car, of course, benefits from the lightweight aluminium Aero chassis which is adhesively bonded for class leading rigidity. Exceeding global crash protection standards, this is also the platform used by the Morgan Aero Eight GT3 currently competing successfully in the 2009 International FIA GT3 Championship. This chassis combined with the aluminium 4.8 litre BMW V8 engine and a choice of 6 speed automatic or manual gearboxes offers an unrivalled driving experience. No other automatic car offers such dynamic power transmission.
Drawn by Matthew Humphries, and engineered for production by the experienced “Morgan Design” team, the new Aero Super Sports is due to enter production in early 2010. A deposit of £25,000 is required to ensure the supply of one of these exciting new models. It is anticipated to cost around £108,000 plus VAT right hand drive and 140,000 euros plus tax left hand drive.
Charles Morgan, Grandson of the founder said “ The Morgan Aero SuperSports is a luxurious flamboyant sports car which also remains true to Morgan’s philosophy of lightweight minimalist simplicity. It is a celebration of our love of cars and the romance of travel and is a fitting model to announce during Morgan’s Centenary year.”
British jeweler Stephen Webster was commissioned by Davidoff to create a cigarette case for their cigarettes. The cigarette case is made of either white gold or blackened gold which has been engraved on the sides in the unique shape of the Davidoff cigarette boxes. The front features Stephen Webster’s crest encrusted with black and white diamonds whilst one can have ones diamond encrusted initials placed on the back. The case also features health warnings about the consumption of cigarettes.
Bloom have designed a limited edition bottle to mark the 100 year anniversary of both Johnnie Walker Black Label and Selfridges. Each of the 100 bespoke bottles produced has a real leather label and is individually numbered. Exclusive to Selfridges, each bottle costs £100.”
Coca-Cola have launched a new version of their timeless bottle design, made for the London department store, Selfridges.
The limited edition bottle sports a yellow hue, accented with red Coca-Cola script and matching bottle cap.
They are now available in the “Wonder Room” until the end of May 2009 at Selfridges London. Price: £1.29 per bottle.
Heike Buchfelder Kubus K3 Schwarz Lamp - floor light: black goose quill feathers, plume on outside, quill pointing inwards: shade covering: cotton chintz, length approx. 650mm, width approx. 580mm, height approx. 400mm; incl. black steel tripod stand and power cable approx.
IF-Mode by industrial designer Mark Sanders for AREAWARE is available for purchase in the USA. The IF-Mode folds in about 2 seconds
The clean and striking IF Mode is aimed at commuters of the mobile generation who, until now, may have not considered cycling or folding bikes to be an option. IF Mode is a unique product that offers a new image for people who previously thought bikes were for enthusiasts only.
IF Mode avoids oily chains, complex tube with hidden dirt traps and the clutter of traditional bicycle features. It can be used by city commuters who do not want to change their appearance into ‘bicycle warriors’ and may use public transport or their car for some of the journey. IF Mode looks at home folded up on a smart subway train or in an office, just like a sleek mp3 player or other well designed accessory in your life. It also performs on the street like any lightweight well balanced full size bike.
According to the experts at La Prairie, Platinum is effective anti-ageing ingredient.
This ultra-luxe formula, for day and night use, delivers unbelievable results in radiancy, hydration and smoothness.
La Prairie is available at Harvey Nichols London and Edinburgh
La Prairie Cellular Cream Platinum Rare, £600
Alexander Amosu , dubbed the Lord of the ringtones and renowned for creating luxurious technological items, now adds fashion designing to his credentials.
Check out the exclusive video footage for the launch of his latest creation - The World’s Most Expensive Suit.
The suit is a one-off creation made from the finest fabrics in the world and has taken in excess of 80 hours to complete with over 5,000 individual stitches equating to £14 per stitch.
It has taken more than 80 hours and 5,000 individual stitches to make it - equivalent to £14 per stitch.
The materials used include vicuña, a rare wild South American animal related to the camel which only produces enough wool for shearing every three years.
Gold Striker UK, have launched the worlds 1st solid platinum iphone 3g. The Platinum & Diamond iPhone 3G was tailored in Liverpool U.K.
It took four proficient craftsmen including Stuart Hughes months of detailed intricate work to re-create the original body of the iphone in which a colossal amount of platinum was used totaling approx 230 grams, all of which was started and finished by hand with 53 VVS1 diamonds settled in the platinum Apple logo. The result was outstanding even down to the precise polishing to reveal its most scintillating appearance.
Following the fabulous I02 version in white gold, Dior Homme has unveiled the new Chiffre Rouge I03 in brushed gold, a new chronograph that further shakes up the codes of luxury watches.
Combining exceptional luxury and flawless performance, the Chiffre Rouge I03 is a noble celebration of the Dior universe.
A true marvel of technical prowess, the watch boasts features that will enthrall novices and collectors alike.
The Chiffre Rouge I03 is made of the most precious materials, melding the gentle softness of brushed gold with transparent sapphires.
Set with diamonds on the dial and winding mechanism, this unique watch is a pure expression of timeless luxury.
The "Irréductible" caliber measures time to 1/10th of a second, guaranteeing unwavering reliability and precision. The automatic chronograph has been produced in a limited edition by the celebrated Manufacture Zenith and is certified COSC (Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres).
The innovative asymmetric design of the case puts all the controls on the right side.
The fluid form - materialized by the shape of a pebble - is enhanced by smoothed angles and a convex glass, making the timepiece a sublimely beautiful object.
The ultra-flexible band is a natural extension of the curved lines to harmoniously envelop the wrist.
The Chiffre Rouge I03 subtly integrates Dior Homme codes, including the "cuts" on the band and clasp. A solitary diamond is hidden on the back side of the case, like an intimate, secret and exclusive signature.
Preciously elegant and resolutely contemporary, the new Chiffre Rouge by Dior Homme is a new classic in sophisticated watches for men.
“Mehrzeller” is a new multicellular caravan. Using the online Configurator, every user sets up a design that is unique, their own layout that they can identify with. The configuration is generated by a computer using the customer’s inputs, and then the final design is done by parameters from the architects to yield an attractive and practicable result. The caravans are produced using the principles of “mass customization”: this allows both the individual wishes of the customer to be accommodated while producing the caravan with series methods.
Boucheron has announced the Boucheron Gaieté Parisienne collection inspired by the Ladurée Macaron. The Boucheron Gaieté Parisienne collection features Ladurée Macarons as rings, earrings, necklaces and pendants all featuring the familiar macaron shape. The macarons are encrusted with tsavorites, multicoloured sapphires, amethysts, garnets, emeralds, rubies and diamonds with white or yellow gold settings. via
This canvas tote from Lanvin features an all over leopard print with two leather handles across the top. The inside is lined with canvas and has two pockets, including one zipped. A small bow and a Lanvin logo plaque is attached to the handle.
Lancôme invents our first skincare that boosts the activity of genes. 10 Years of Research – 7 International Patents At the very origin of your skin’s youth: your genes. Genes produce specific proteins, that can be found on the skin’s surface. These proteins are the skin’s signature of youth. With age, their presence diminishes. Introducing Génifique. Now, boost genes’ activity and stimulate the production of youth proteins. Drop by drop, skin is infused with life. Vibrant with youth, skin looks as if lit from within – breathtakingly radiant. Its youthful quality returns: cushiony soft and velvety to the touch. See visibly younger skin in just 7 days.
In 2007, Ritz Fine Jewellery, London approached M. Gerald Genta with a view to creating a small series of timepieces that combined simple, elegant lines, the best materials and the highest possible level of finish – at the heart of each a movement that would delight even the most knowledgeable and discerning of aficionados. The result is a remarkable feat of watch making skill. Drawing inspiration from no watch that had ever gone before but rather assimilating architectural, cultural and social elements from The Ritz Hotel in London, Genta has created three ranges, each comprising a date model, a chronograph model and a tourbillon model.
Available in a choice of precious metals, the entire collection amounts to just 15 watches, each of which is limited to a numbered edition of one. The dial of each watch has purposely been left blank, free from any form of branding – allowing the collector to personalise the piece (with if desired a motif designed by Genta himself). If the dial is to be personalised, the details of what is required will be carefully considered before a lead time is confirmed. Testimony to Genta’s pride in this extraordinary work, he has for the first time allowed his signature to be engraved on each watch. This self-winding 1905 Chronograph is one of only 15 pieces in the collection. Named after the year in which construction began on hotelier Cesar Ritz's Chateau-style hotel in London's Piccadilly, this cushion-shaped design features an upper case in the form of a 'soft square'. Sapphire crystal with sapphire set winding crown in 18ct white gold (the customer has a choice of fine crocodile coloured straps on a white gold deployment clasp), it is available only through 20ltd.com and is limited to a numbered edition of one.
Tom Ford Beauty has extended its Private Blend unisex collection, with a new addition, Champaca Absolute. It is available now in selected travel retail doors.
The top notes include Tokajii wine, Cognac, bergamot, davana and Mediterranean broom flower. The heart of champaca unfolds alongside a floral blend of orchids, white violet and jasmine. The base features vanilla, amber, marron glace and sandalwood.
The packaging for the Tom Ford Private Blend collection is inspired by the dark brown glass colouring of the apothecary bottles used in perfumers’ work rooms.
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Kristopher Dukes is wanting, wearing, hating Maggie Ward.
Only. If you buy it, you will also get teddy’s (owner’s) home – a beamed cottage in Lavenham, a picturesque medieval village. LUXURYLAUNCHES
Greco-Roman and Byzantine inspired jewelry designs are infused both with organic style and dazzling beauty. bloomacious
Takashi Murakami and high-end retailer Louis Vuitton collaborated before, but the latest installation is quite something. RUNWAYTORETAIL
From pipemakers to fashion's finest, the Classicist looks at the history of Longchamp - LUXIST
Royal Copenhagen have launched two exciting novelties, that were showcased during the Spring Tabletop Show 2009.
Pink Flower Mugs
To celebrate the 230th anniversary of Blue Flower Curved, Royal Copenhagen are introducing two mugs in a striking pink - the color of universal love and friendship. Just like Blue Flower, the mugs are assembled, painted and glazed by hand, making every piece unique.
Blue Mega Spoons
The hand-painted spoons are an elegant addition to our best-selling Blue Fluted Mega Collection. The set of 4 spoons comes in a beautiful gift box.
Generation by Knoll, the first work chair that allows you to sit and work the way you want, previewed in the May 2009 edition of TIME Style and Design, which has a global circulation of 1.3 million readers. The magazine arrived in mailboxes in the U.S. today.
Designed by Formway Design, Generation by Knoll takes elastic design--where a product rearranges itself in response to its user--to a new level.
"This approach creates a new standard for work chair comfort by offering unrestrained movement that supports a range of natural postures and diverse work styles," says Alana Stevens, Senior Marketing Director.
Commenting on "the unique figure-eight design," TIME writer Mengly Taing states that Generation by Knoll "flexes to support the spine while allowing users to move freely to different sitting positions."
Taing's boldly illustrated feature, with a graphic photo of Generation by Knoll in uplifting Lemongrass, also quotes Knoll Design director Benjamin Pardo, who reflects, "Our inspiration was the occupant of the chair and the varied postures adopted during the workday."
Describing an important sustainable design attribute of Generation by Knoll, Taing adds that the chair "uses less material than standard office chairs."
The advanced material used to create Generation by Knoll meets Knoll "Design for the Environment Guidelines," which dictate that design for durability requires minimal use of materials, which must be non-toxic, recyclable-and or rapidly renewable materials.
Echoing the Knoll credo to help customers create inspiring workplaces where people really want to work, Taing closes her piece by musing on the Generation by Knoll aesthetic: "With options such as lemongrass green and firecracker red, the office just got more fun."
Generation by Knoll will be introduced formally on June 15 at NeoCon, the office furniture industry trade show in Chicago. For more information, visit knoll.com in the month ahead.
Hotpoint was specially selected to supply its top quality fridge freezers to the ITV show Hells Kitchen. The Stainless Steel Hotpoint Quadrio Fridge Freezers were used by top chef Marco-Pierre White and a whole host of celebrities including Anthea Turner, Linda Evans and Adrian Edmondson on the hit ITV show.
The Hotpoint Quadrio Fridge Freezers include the I Care – Intelligent Refrigeration section, Superfreeze function, and with a capacity at over 400 litres per unit, there is plenty of space to store food for the hungry Hells Kitchen customers.
The Hotpoint US Style Fridge Freezer was specifically chosen for its sleek design, huge storage capacity and stylish electronic display, and was placed in the celebrity quarters.