Friday, November 30, 2007
Large (H:55xDia:55cm) £350
Medium (H:35xDia:35cm) £275
The White Company
Contains essential oils that soften and hydrate skin. Unique cleansing oil technology allows bath oil emulsion to maintain skin moisture. 200mL
A new sport seat and Combat specific finish completes the machine. The result is an exotic balance of power and beauty. A discreet "Combat" insignia is engraved on the outer primary machined aircraft-grade aluminun plate.
£40,000 number made 20 from Confederate
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Hire from £2,500 London Aquarium
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Cup size 8 cm high, saucer 10 cm diameter.
£12 from Maiden
Exclusive design. Aluminium frame with stainless steel runners. Innovative folding mechanism: no loose parts, ready for use within seconds. Exchangeable robust nylon seat in red or black (both included in package). High-quality protective carrying bag. Approved by German safety standards agency [TÜV].
£210 from Porsche
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Saturday, November 24, 2007
An exquisite piece that stands out against anything else. Always have a flower with you.
Lydia Courteille £5,160.00 available from Browns
They first produced their own printed fabrics and then began importing to Paris the most renowned English perfumes. In 1963 Diptyque started producing a series of scented candles which soon gained world-wide fame. In 1968 Diptyque produced its first toilet water, l'EAU, based on a XVIth century pot pourri and clove pomander recipe. This was to be followed by other creations, which came as toilet water or soap as well as a rare and sophisticated toilet vinegar. Boxes in a sober design with elegant lettering and stylish drawings at the unmistakable hallmark of Diptyque products.
New for 2007 the Diptyque Gingembre Candle (sweet, warm aroma of ginger, honey, spices, woods and citrus fruit). £40 available from Space NK
Also new for 2007:
Encens (woody herbal blend with myrrh, resin, benzoin an incense)
Epicea (leaves, pine, resin and wet birch bark mingle in a base of vetyver, cedar and sandalwood.
Friday, November 23, 2007
A single press on LIGHT will switch on the lights in the room. Each source can be switched off individually or all at once, leaving your home entertainment and lights on standby for when you return.
from Bang & Olufsen
Taking each design through several stages from a painstaking first clay model to the perfectly finished glittering glass bauble. Their baubles are designed in England and manufactured by skilled craftsmen in Poland. Michael and his wife Zaneta have family connections with the factory that manufactures the baubles, adding to the special care taken with all of their designs.
It hasn't taken long for Michael's designs to be noticed and he has now designed baubles for many clients .. from Sir Paul Smith to Saint Paul 's Cathedral. always on the look out for new ideas and inspiration Michael's witty and pretty designs have become instant collectibles.
Even the packaging is desirable as each bauble, or bauble collection, comes in a beautiful wooden presentation box - making postage (and gift wrapping) an easy task. New designs are always being created.
from £11 available from Bombki
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Msambweni house is in a quiet, unspoilt, unique setting on the beach surrounded by 28 acres of natural land. The house offers 700 feet of private beach along a tropical 4 mile white, sandy coastline with palm trees where guests can really feel at one with nature. It stands on a 40 feet high cliff and is safely surrounded by a typical coral wall.
Msambweni house is luxury uncompromised. It’s a family owned and run exclusive house with three spacious and luxurious suites in the main house, one villa and a luxury tent.
The house has probably the best infinity pool ever (25 meters) and its winding jetty ends in a perfect sundowner spot on a cliff overlooking the big Indian Ocean where guests enjoy pre-dinner cocktails under the African sky and the sound of lapping waves.
The main house features high ceilings, has three spacious, luxurious ensuite rooms with private verandahs. The décor is of Swahili orient with fine finishes in chalk white and all the linen is pure white cotton.
Not far from the main house are two Lamu villas well appointed with their own swimming pools and Jacuzzi facing the sea.
And for a ‘wild’ alternative, they have a luxury tent.
All the rooms have a Lamu bath, shower, Lamu sinks, air-conditioning, a safe, king size beds, satellite television, free minibar, hairdryer, mosquito nets and a big terrace to relax and enjoy complimentary daily massages if you choose.
Always elegant, always enchanting - but not too serious - Daisy is a sparkling floral bouquet, spirited and fresh, wrapped in comfort and warmth. This limited edition ring is classic yet youthful, containing a solid perfume that you can apply any where, any time.
Notes: Strawberry, Violet Leaves, Ruby Red Grapefruit, Gardenia, Violet Petals, Jasmine Petals, Musk, Vanilla, White Woods.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Day-per-page (two-days-to-view) diarist’s diary not year specific, hard bound.
• Smythson White Wove watermarked paper with a silver gilt edge.
• Bound in Smythson goatskin with FIVE YEAR DIARY silver blocked on the front cover.
• The diary runs from 1 January to 31 December, but is not year specific.
• Each page is feintly ruled with 5 darker lined divisions on each page to allow for daily entries over a 5 year period.
• Silver colour lock and key.
• Satin ribbon marker and end-papers lined in moire silk.
• The diary cover can be silver-stamped with a name or initials.
• Presented in a tissue-lined Nile Blue gift box.
• Dukes size 7.5" x 5.5" / 19 x 14cm
59 Lamb's Conduit Street, WC1N 3NB
(nearest tube stations Russell Square and Holborn).
Their titles include novels, short stories, diaries and cookery books. They are all carefully designed with a clear typeface, a dove-grey jacket, a 'fabric' endpaper and bookmark, and a preface by writers such as Jilly Cooper, Adam Gopnik, and Jacqueline Wilson.
'The answer to a present-giver's prayers.' Vogue
'There are cute books, there are beautiful books and then there are Persephone books.' The Irish Times
'What unites all the books is their timelessness. The writing is fresh, psychologically accurate, frequently moving and funny.' Daily Telegraph
'Oh, the bliss of Persephone Books!' India Knight, The Shops
All books are £10, or 3 for £27
Monday, November 19, 2007
Black patent leather bag with bronze trim and gold hardware. Anya Hindmarch bag has a designer embossed plaque on front, a strap across top with large hooks on end, a concealed magnetic fastening and black suede lining.
Product Code: 23384
£555 from Net A Porter
Solid silver necklace which moves as you move. Two garnets are set in the top fangs, which bear the taste of your last victim.
Approx £240 from Liberty
About The Artist
Bittersweets NY was created in 2002 by a girl who used to work at a foundry, welding and finishing art for famous people and housewives. In order to pay expensive NY rents she found a warehouse in Long Island City where she could live cheaply and still bike to work. The ground floor was home to several night clubs that switched from topless, to full nudity, to salsa, on a rotating basis. After 2 1/5 years living there-to avoid comparisons to Flashdance and a coked up neighbor, she moved from her spacious 1200 square foot studio, gave up sculpting and her foundry job, and started making jewelry in her new tiny apartment.
The idea behind Bittersweets NY is making something exquisite out of the everyday objects and designs that are taken for granted. Why reinvent the wheel? The first project, Bloodlust Princess, was a matching necklace, beltbuckle, tiara and mini ashtray set based on the design of the dollar store Vampire Teeth available once a year for Halloween. Of the four items from the orignal set, the Classic Vamp Necklace, now cast in solid sterling silver, is still in production. The sterling silver Heart n Dagger was inspired by true love, of course. And the Maggot and Earthworm series stay within the ideology of borrowing a design from another tried and true source...nature. Bittersweets New York opened a retail shop on Broadway in Brooklyn. There you can find all sorts of bittersweet surprises including one of a kind pieces. Stop in, if you dare
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
The first plan was to set up a breakfast cereal business, but Curtoys wanted to encourage wildlife on the farm so the hedges were left to grow and given a two-metre margin of land to protect them. It was only then that Curtoys realised how many blackthorn hedges there were and had the idea of turning the sloes (ancestors of wild plums) into gin. "It almost happened by accident," he says. "The breakfast cereal business didn't do well and it's ironic that the wild food did."
By 2005, three years after starting Sloe Motion, there was a 40 per cent increase in breeding birds and the butterfly species count had risen to 21 - the highest in Yorkshire. "Not cutting the hedges has given us a crop for free as well as being massively beneficial for wildlife," says Curtoys, who now also buys sloes from local farmers and is planting more hedges.
As well as its sloe gin £14.95, Sloe Motion makes sloe vodka £14.95 and whisky £14.95, and also produces chocolate truffles £8.95 and chutney £3.95. There are plans for a sloe coulis and a fruit cheese in the not too distant future.
Friday, November 16, 2007
Designed by New York jeweller Jay Strongwater, the bauble is made of handblown glass.
There is also an egg priced at £250 and a teddy bear at £195.
It's worn by mountaineers, sailors and pilots worldwide.
Sir Richard Branson once used his to initiate a sea rescue.
£3,420 from Breitling
Thursday, November 15, 2007
A finely etched deck of 54 stainless steel playing cards with zebra stripe back
Mounted in sheet form for display or can be permanently removed for play
Modern interpretation of classic English face design
Each card - 8.7 x 5.6cm (standard playing card size)
Each sheet - 46 x 31 x 0.02cm
£195 from I Want One Of Those
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Full Course - Delivered at home and/or at School or University
A complete driver education programme for novices encompassing in car, online and in class lessons, the DSA theory and practical test and a post test mentoring programme that delivers post test motorway, night time and adverse weather training. From an initial psychometric evaluation a bespoke curriculum is prepared for each student ensuring that upon graduation from the academy not only will they be safer drivers but also have a more detailed and thorough sense of the road and the issues drivers inevitably encounter whilst driving.
Graduation from this course offers life membership of The a2om mo2a Club, as well as Royal and SunAlliance insurance discounts that would save approximately £1000 per annum on own name insurance for the first three years.
£2,500 inc. if paid in advance, or a £300 deposit followed by 11 instalments of £210.00 (£2610. inc. in total)
Post Test Course - Delivered at home and/or at School or University
A course dealing with all aspects of road driving and driver behaviour post test when for the first time the newly qualified driver is alone at the wheel. Using online and in car lessons this programme covers key crash risk scenarios and develops coping strategies. Designed to build upon technical skill proficiency the post test course aims to mature the driver's attitude to the road and increase overall awareness and responsibility.
Now available to those who have already started the process of learning to drive or have already taken and failed a DSA test. These courses are priced on the basis of an assessed drive with one of their Senior Educators.
Italian design and manufacture
Teflon coated screw for easier extraction
Inclined guiding rack
Variable leverage angle
Luxury presentation gift box
To keep your Ghidini Vigneto wine opener in tip top condition, hand wash in soapy water.
£99.95 from Style Cook Shop
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Gigantic, lightweight and delicate at the same time, it is made from various layers of polyester. It comes with a cone-shaped plastic safety protector, which prevents the material from coming into contact with the light bulb.
Flat-packed for quick and easy assembly. Maximum lamp rating 60 watt. Drop approx 78cm.
The idea for the Icarus started as an experiment with cutting paper to create a dimensional form for light, discovering a structure with overlapping feather shapes that resembled a swan's wing. The end result is very romantic, delicate and absolutely dreamy.
£58.50 from Dutch By Design
Monday, November 12, 2007
Brush & Razor Stand £330.00 from Acqua Di Parma
The beautifully designed stand holds both the pure badger hair brush and the shaving razor - a sophisticated combination of burnished brass and fine wenge wood.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Strikingly simple yet attractive candle in zinc-edged re-usable jam pot with handle. Great in contemporary kitchens. Can be used all year round. For Christmas wrap heart wire (available separately) and ivy around rim. Half filled with unscented wax. Diameter 10.5cm H 11cm. Burn time 20 hours.
£10.50 from Caroline Zorb
When you're little, Christmas can't come soon enough. This wooden advent calendar features cupboards for gifts, sweets and surprises that make counting down the days much more fun! It would make an ideal gift for families, or sit it by your front door if you have visitors during the lead up to Christmas. Measures 40cm high x 37cm wide. Hanging catch on reverse.
LK6-02 Red Direct
Friday, November 09, 2007
The glamorous life and work of Valentino Garavani
Think Valentino: think luxury. Think elegance. Think red carpet. Fashion’s most beloved upholder of refined decadence and the most exciting couturier in business is known around the globe simply by his first name. Only a few years after opening his fashion house in Rome in 1959, Valentino was already at the height of success, counting Elizabeth Taylor, Jackie Kennedy, and Audrey Hepburn among his devotees. Over forty years later, not much has changed—he’s still dressing the top celebrities, from Gwyneth Paltrow to J.Lo, though now his business is a major economic force in Italy and his fashion house is among the most famous in the world. Valentino has always designed clothes for glamorous and sophisticated women, never wavering from his signature style even when grunge, deconstruction, and other passing fads were all the rage. Though his couture division almost never makes a profit (his ready-to-wear lines are what fuel the business), his heart is most solidly devoted to the magnificent haute couture gowns that earned him his reputation as fashion’s most talented dressmaker.
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?
• Limited to 2,000 numbered copies, signed by Valentino Garavani
• Finished in setalux book cloth with six-color silkscreen printing
• Comes in a clamshell box finished in silk cloth, especially tinted in Valentino red
About the authors:
Queen of the fashion world, Suzy Menkes is the head fashion editor of the International Herald Tribune. She is among the most influential fashion critics in the world and was recently named an officer of the Order of the British Empire as well as a chevalier of the Legion of Honor by French President Jacques Chirac. Menkes is originally from London but lives in Paris.
Matt Tyrnauer is Special Correspondent for Vanity Fair magazine, where he has written and edited numerous features over the years. Among them are stories on Martha Stewart, Siegfried & Roy, Frank Gehry, Merv Griffin, and Valentino. He is a native of Los Angeles and lives in New York City.
About the editor:
Armando Chitolina began his career as a graphic design consultant, image consultant, and art director for various magazines, including Vogue Italia and L'Uomo Vogue. He also designed fashion magazines for the Mondadori group. For several years he forged the image of some fashion houses, including Moschino and Mila Schön. Chitolina`s many books for TASCHEN include William Claxton`s Jazz Seen, Gian Paolo Barbieri`s Equator, The book of Tiki, Fantasy Worlds, and Naked as a Jaybird.
£600 from Taschen
In her series Night 2, Lebas examined the intense darkness of starless nights, shooting at dusk with a pinhole camera. In a separate project, Sleep, she looks explores a different view of night by creating ghostly images of people sleeping, considering the outward appearance and inward experience of being unconscious. "Is it an image of sleep or death," Lebas asks, "of the process of dreaming or dying?"
More recently Lebas has used a panoramic camera to produce colour landscapes from all over Europe. By using slow sweeping camera movements together with long exposure times, from two to six hours, these images explore photography's intrinsic relationship with time and movement. In this respect Lebas uses the camera in much the same way as an artist might use a pencil, as a tool to 'draw' the landscape.
Lebas uses symbolic elements, such as water, sky and mountains, and a richness of colour to emphasise a dream-like state of a distorted world that draws the imagination back to childhood. Lebas' work is strongly influenced by the German Romantic Movement from the end of the nineteenth century, touching upon notions of contemplation.
Human Nature is based upon the idea of human presence within the landscape and our relationship to the natural environment. The photographs, produced in Iceland and America, show the figure contemplating and interacting with places of interest. The grandeur of the landscapes contrasts with the size of the human body within it, and emphasises the notion of immensity.
Chrystel Lebas was born in Salon de Provence, France, in 1966. She is a graduate of the Royal College of Art and currently lives and works in London. Chrystel Lebas has exhibited extensively at international level. Her work is represented in the permanent collection of the Bibliothéque Nationale, Paris, and in many private and corporate collections. L'espace temps / Time in Space, Lebas' first monograph, received the British Book Design and Production Award 2004 and was exhibited at the Rencontres d' Arles Book award 2004. Lebas recently published her second book, the monograph Between Dog and Wolf.
Prices from £520 from The Photographers Gallery. All prices exclusive of vat and framing and subject to change.
Thursday, November 08, 2007
LG's steam direct drive washing machine is the world's first washing machine to incorporate innovative steam technology in the washing process, and is set yo transform the face of home laundry.
Developed using eco-friendly technology, LG's steam direct drive washing machine steam cleans garments using 35% less water and 21% less energy than traditional washers. Leading the way in cutting edge home appliance technology this stylish high-end washer boasts a number of important features that will change the way we was our clothes forever!
"Feathers are one of the earliest and most primal forms of human decoration, and their exotic nature has always added a sensualquality, so it is no wonder feathers feature so prominently in the world of burlesque," explains the designer whose bags sell for upwards of £320. "Feathers also blend innocence with sexuality and this would have appealed to the Victorians. For me, the sheer glamour is both a challenge and a joy to work with."
Fixing feathers to Teperson's bags is a complicated process. Feathers are plucked from geese or ostriches and hand glued to bags by women in Tuscany.
£483 from Harrods +44 207 730 1234
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
It features a revolutionary mobile phone, a widescreen iPod with touch controls and a breakthrough Internet device with rich HTML email, web browsing, searching and maps. And iPhone makes it all easy to use with its pioneering multi-touch user interface. iPhone syncs with your PC or Mac just like an iPod, so organising your content now will help you start calling, texting, emailing, surfing, listening and watching even faster when you get your iPhone. Here are a few suggestions to help you get ready:
Making a call with iPhone is as simple as tapping a name. You won’t need to re-enter all your contacts because iPhone syncs with the address book you already use on your computer — Address Book or Entourage on a Mac, or Outlook or Outlook Express on a PC. If you keep your contacts on the web using Yahoo! Address Book, iPhone can sync with them, too. To get ready for iPhone, organise your contacts in one of these applications and make sure they’re up to date with the latest phone numbers and email addresses. If you have a lot of contacts on your current SIM card, make sure to migrate them to the address book on your computer. You can also enter contacts directly into iPhone.
Using its built-in calendar, iPhone lets you check your appointments with the flick of a finger. iPhone uses iTunes to sync with the calendar application you already use on your computer — iCal or Entourage on the Mac, or Outlook on a PC — just like it does with your contacts. If you don’t already use one of these applications to manage your appointments, now is a great time to start, so you’ll be ready to sync when your iPhone arrives. If you choose not to use a calendar program, that’s OK. You’ll be able to enter appointments directly into the iPhone calendar.
iPhone offers the best-ever email application on a mobile phone. So now your phone can display rich HTML email with graphics and photos alongside the text. iPhone will even fetch your latest email every time you open the application and automatically retrieve your email on a set schedule, just like a computer does. iPhone works with the most popular email systems — including Yahoo! Mail, AOL, Google Mail and .Mac Mail. If you’re not already using one of these services, now would be a great time to get an account. iTunes will make email setup on iPhone easy by automatically syncing the settings from email accounts stored in Mail on a Mac or Outlook on a PC. Don’t worry if you’re not on one of these email services; iPhone also works with almost any industry-standard POP3 and IMAP email system.
iPhone has a 2-megapixel camera and a gorgeous 3.5-inch display, so it’s a great way to enjoy and show off your digital photos. iPhone uses iTunes to sync your photos from iPhoto on a Mac or Adobe Photoshop Elements, Adobe Photoshop Album or any picture folder on a PC. You can carry thousands of photos on iPhone, but you can start by creating an album or two with 50 to 100 of your favourite photos, so that when you first sync your iPhone, you’ll be ready to quickly show off some of your best shots.
Music and VideoiPhone has a beautiful, 3.5-inch widescreen display that allows you to easily enjoy the music, TV shows and videos you have in your iTunes library. If you already use iTunes, you can start getting ready for iPhone by creating a playlist of a few hundred of your favourite songs. If you don’t have iTunes, now is a good time to download it and start a music and video library. That way, when you sync your iPhone with iTunes, you’ll be able to take your favourite music, TV shows and videos with you wherever you go.
To set up your iPhone, you’ll need an account with Apple’s iTunes Store. If you already have an iTunes account, make sure you know your account name and password. If you don’t have an account, you should set one up now to save time later. To set up an account, launch iTunes, select the iTunes Store, and click the Sign In button in the upper right corner of iTunes. Sign in and you’re ready to go.
£12.95 available from ipopwear
Also available are ipod T-shirts. So so cute!!!!
All the garments are generously sized. iPopWear and iPopMyBaby clothing is manufactured from the highest quality 100% organic cotton. Garments are combed for softness and comfort with a cleverly constructed neckline designed for easy fitting. Each item DOES NOT contain ANY conventional cotton: no farmers have suffered from pesticide poisoning to produce the cotton fibre – guaranteed GM-free.
The limited edition iPhone-Baby range is manufactured from 100% baby rib cotton in a sweat shop free environment. These outfits are constructed with a reinforced yet soft and comfortable sleeve, neck and leg openings. The triple seat snaps makes nappy changing easy.
Images are silk screened (not heat transferred) for lasting image quality and bright colouration. Machine wash warm with like colours – ironing clickwheel not recommended. Volume and pause control not guaranteed to function! Please note these garnments have no technical functionality - it's just for fun!
They care about your babies comfort - For better wearability and breathability, wash before use. As with any printed garment, please do not use outfit for overnight sleeping as image may cause irritability on sensitive skin.