Friday, February 28, 2014

Louis Vuitton Creates An Elite Travel Luggage Set For BMW i8

From one icon to another, Louis Vuitton making custom luggage for BMW is a match made in luxury heaven. As announced today by German automaker BMW, French luxury giant Louis Vuitton has created a set of tailor-made luggage for their most advanced sports car – the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid.

The luggage collection consists of two travel bags, a business case and a garment bag. All made to perfectly fit in the space challenged sports car’s nooks and angles. Each item has its own place inside the interiors of the BMW i8. The Weekender GM i8 with both hand and shoulder carry straps, is custom-designed to go into the trunk, while the sturdy hardshell Business Case i8 is for the back seat. The Garment Bag i8 is a perfect fits snugly in the rear shelf and the small Weekender PM i8 can easily rest on the floor.

Made from light weight and sturdy carbon fiber, it is the same high-tech material used in the car’s passenger cell. By using carbon fiber Louis Vuitton has created a special type of textile to use for the luggage set. The print on the luggage is Louis Vuitton’s distinctive Damier pattern with Louis Vuitton signature laser-etched. Luggage set features handles made from dyed natural leather, leather name tags and the iconic Louis Vuitton padlock in all except the garment bag. The carbon black of the luggage set and the interior microfiber lining in black and electric blue are chosen match the brand colors of the BMW i8.

Patrick-Louis Vuitton, Head of Special Orders at Louis Vuitton and great grandson of the House’s founder said, “This collaboration with BMW epitomizes our shared values of creativity, technological innovation and style. Our craftsmen at Louis Vuitton have enjoyed the challenge of this very special project, using their ingenuity and attention to detail to create a truly made to measure set of luxury luggage. This is a pure expression of the art of travel.”

The Louis Vuitton luggage series will be available upon request in a selection of Louis Vuitton stores worldwide (Munich, Milan, London, Paris, Moscow, Dubai, New York, Los Angeles) starting April 1st 2014.

Hello Kitty Celebrates 40 Years With A Mikimoto Collection

At 40-years old Hello Kitty maybe a middle aged kitty, but she refuses to get tied to a number. In fact her life begins at forty with a big bash thrown in her honor by two of Japan’s well-known brands. 

The adorable white cat, we always see dressed in baby pink and a big bow celebrates her birthday with a jewelry collection of almost 20 pieces. The collection is a collaboration between Hello Kitty parent company and the luxury jeweler Mikimoto.

The centerpiece of the collection is the Mikimoto x Hello Kitty tiara, which is a one-off item and not for sale will be used to showcase Mikimoto’s craftsmanship. Its elaborate design features a Hello Kitty shaped entirely from diamonds including her face from oval-cut diamond, claws for the whiskers and ears from a pair of trilliant-cut diamonds.

Two strawberry-shaped lockets reveal portraits of Kitty and her darling partner, Daniel. In addition to Kitty her twin sister Mimmy also get to celebrate the 40th birthday. Mimmy’s yellow ribbon is featured in necklaces and earrings.

A collection of pendants, earrings and necklaces with ribbons in blue, the store’s signature colour, has also been designed for Colette in Paris. With a fan base that runs into millions, these exquisite pieces are destined to become collector’s items for Hello Kitty lovers all over the world.

Mikimoto x Hello Kitty choker necklace featuring Akoya pearls, rubies for Hello Kitty’s bow, onyx for her eyes, and diamonds for the stars.

Dos Pavos Piggy-Bank By Mr. Simon

Valencia-based design studio Mr.Simon reimagined the traditional piggy-bank with this cleverly self-counting money box for €2 coins.  ‘Dos Pavos’ is made of a cylindrical solid base of wood, that acts as coin stopper and a ceramic piece that rises in height as the piggybank is filled in with coins. The lines in the wood act as an indicator of how much money we have in each moment.

‘Dos pavos’ has been fabricated in collaboration with Domanises, the studio of ceramic master craftsman Juan Carlos Iñesta.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Ralph Lauren Soft Ricky Bag In Alligator Leather

If there is a bag capable of giving competition for Hermès’ Birkin Bag, Ralph Lauren’s Soft Ricky Bag in Vintage Brown Matte Alligator is one. Though nobody wax poetically about the Ricky Bag the same way as the Birkin, in its exquisite alligator leather version it stands out on its own next to Birkin as an equal.

The alligator leather used in making the Ricky has been tumbled and treated to get its soft and silky feel. Afterwards hand-sewn from many layers of the leather to create the bag. Its interior design detail includes Clementine leather lined and a snapped pocket.

Exterior styling features the familiar round top handles in alligator and a detachable alligator cross-body strap with silver-toned roller buckles. As with other Ricky bags, this too uses a front flap for closure. Closure is secured by the Ricky lock in silver tone and two keys come in an alligator key bell.

The Ricky Bag in alligator measures 10″ H x 12″ L x 7″ D with a 5½” handle drop. It also come with Ralph Lauren’s signature protective felt pouch and a card of authenticity. With its $18,500 price tag, the beautiful alligator leather Ricky will set you back a bit, just like a Birkin.

Cartier Ballon Bleu Flying Tourbillon In Blue Enamel

House of Cartier has a new beautiful watch with a blue enameled dial named, Ballon Bleu Flying Tourbillon. Cartier has used flinqué style enameling on the dial, where the enamel color is deposited on a gold or silver previously guilloched or hand engraved dial using a quill pen or a brush. The process repeated at least 4 times, each with time spend in an oven at 820 degrees.

A difficult and time consuming process but worth every effort. The Cartier manufacture caliber 9452 manual winding movement comes housed in a 39 mm white god case. The movement beats at 21,600 vph and provides a power reserve of 50 hours. When looking closer you’ll notice the famous “C” of the Cartier displayed prominently on the tourbillon carriage and the baseplate of the movement. Also noticeable are the understated short lugs as a design feature. The movement come with the Geneva seal stamped to it.

Its hands sword-shaped, are made of steel. The watch features a characteristic Cartier crown set with a blue sapphire cabochon. Limited to just 100 numbered pieces, the Ballon Bleu Flying Tourbillon comes with a dark blue alligator leather strap matching the dial.

This Brilliant Rekindle Candlestick Turns Melted Wax Into a Fresh New Candle

Who would have thought candles ever need further innovation? We certainly did not think so, but designer Benjamin Shine begs to differ; he have come up with an ingenious idea that could potentially save the world a ton of wax (figuratively speaking…) by, well, recycling the wax for the next candle and the contraption to do so is his Rekindle Candle. The Rekindle Candle is more like a candlestick holder that collects the melting wax of the burning candle atop to form a new candle. A wig is placed in the center of the candlestick stem and once the stem is filled, which it should when the first candle burns out, it can then be place on top of the holder to start the cycle again.

Further details weren't available, but we are assuming that the ‘stem’ is replaceable and comes rig with a wig for a continuous process. in this way, you will only need one candle and yards of wig to keep on using the same wax over and over again, thus saving the our already distraught planet of another wax waste, plus manufacturers, won’t need to produce as many candles for the market (probably not quite a good news to the chandlers, btw), which means less resources being used. Though we hardly think animal fats, mineral oil, or even beeswax will have much impact environmentally. Interesting concept nonetheless.

Pure-Bottle by Lucia Bruni - A Glass, Lantern And Spoon Set In One

About the brand and designer: Italian designer Lucia Bruni founded Lucirmás in Barcelona, Spain in 2006.
Lucirmás designs and produces sustainable glass products which tell a story. They make original, handcrafted objects from 100% recycled glass, offering the quality of a beautiful, artisan product. Lucirmás’ mission is to create products which make the most of the charm, value and versatility of recycled glass.

Lucirmás products are elegant, simple and functional. Lucirmás takes seriously the reduction of their environmental impact. For this reason, they choose to use recycled glass as their prime material, they reduce the use of pollutants and use recyclable/responsible packaging.

All their products are designed and handmade in Barcelona, Spain. Lucirmás will present this year at the Milan furniture fair at Superstudio piú, in the ‘discovering’ section.

Pure-bottle is a fully recycled and recyclable table set which consists of a glass, lantern and spoon, perfect to complement any dining occasion.
Each table set is made from a recycled wine bottle which has been cut in two positions, giving new life and value to the object.

The lanterns provide wind protection for candles while creating a warm ambience perfect for restaurants, cafes or home settings. The glasses are simple yet durable, while making a strong ecological statement. The spoons are functional and versatile.

Perfect for presenting food in a restaurant, serving a salad or eating your breakfast cereal. Together, pure-bottle proves that recycled products can be simple, functional and stylish.

Pure-bottles are sustainable glass products which tell a story. They will be presented this year at the Milan furniture fair at Lucirmás stand at Superstudio piú, in the ‘discovering’ section.

Karoto Sharpener Peeler by Avichai Tadmor

By now, you guys know that I’m a kitchen gadget junkie. From fancy expensive ones like my Vitamix  and my juicer, to my spiralizer, to cute little whisks and flippers, I’m a sucker for them all.

At first glance, you’re probably thinking, “It’s a pencil sharpener. What does that have to do with carrots or kitchen gadgets?” But look a little closer….

Notice how big it is?
That’s because it’s for peeling veggies, especially carrots!!

Tired of slicing, dicing, or chopping your vegetables and want to try something new? Jerusalem product designer Avichai Tadmor created this scaled-up pencil sharpener for shaving curls of carrot onto salads. It’s a stylish tool that will add some zest to your boring salad, put a little twist in your stir fry casserole and cast a big smile on your face.

YolkFish - A Squeezable Fish That Separates Egg Whites & Yolks With Just A Kiss

Tel Aviv-based Peleg Design has created the YolkFish, a squeezable goldfish that effortlessly separates eggs with a kiss.

The suction created by squeezing the fish’s belly pulls the yolk away from the whites of a cracked egg, leaving no trace behind. This is a definite “want item” for anyone whose ever had to make a meringue or an egg-white cocktail in a reasonable amount of time.

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