Thursday, February 20, 2014

Connoisseur’s Vault From Hammacher Schlemmer

When you’re wearing a house on your wrist (not literally) it’s best to store those possessions in something like the Connoisseurs Vault by Hammacher Schlemmer.

Made in Germany by Döttling, renowned manufacturers of luxury safes since 1919, this is the home vault with secure, dedicated storage for those with refined taste. The three-door vault has a main safe (only accessible by a key pad combination) with eight integrated watch winders—each one individually controlled by software that sets the direction of the rotation. A suede-lined jewelry drawer provides separate, organized storage for rings, necklaces, and bracelets.

A humidor drawer is lined with Spanish cedar and has an electronic humidification system with a hygrometer and barometer made by Wempe—crafters of precision maritime instruments for 135 years—that ensure your Cohíba 1966 Edición Limitadas are stored at the ideal 70% humidity. A two-door safe at the top, both with individual stainless steel dial locks, holds up to six watches on two winders.

The vault is fortified with 2 3/4"-thick steel walls and 1"-diameter hardened steel locking bolts, it is waterproof and fireproof up to 1,994° F for one hour, and it can be connected to an established alarm system. The vault’s exterior is covered with supple, tufted Italian calfskin. Special conditions and guarantee limitations apply.

Döttling Completes Restoration on a Luxurious 19th Century Jewelry Safe No. 176

We already had an honour to see some of the Döttling’s masterpieces. The traditional manufacturer of finest antique and high security luxury safes from German town of Maichingen, already showed its skills when successful restored the Buonaparte – a 200-year-old safe to its former glory by hand, preserving much of its historical elements for the next 200 years. Now, the same challenge – restoration of the 19th century antique safe.

And this arduous work has just been completed resulted with Legends safe no. 176. The Legends series antique safes are restored to their former glory and turned into a one-of-a-kind pieces. The Legends safe No. 176 was originally built by L. Duvilers, a Belgian safe maker in the 19th century.

According to the Dottling specialists, there are no limits to the interior fittings of a Legends safe. Whether fitted with humidors, cocktail bars, jewelry compartments, watch winders, collector cabinets, or lockable drawers, the only premise is your own personal passion.The unforgettable impression that a Legends safe leaves on its viewer is marked by its very own personal history.

Grey Goose Vodka And More

A Pentagram team led by John Rushworth and Daniel Weil has designed three packaging projects for the premium Vodka brand, Grey Goose. The introduction of the packaging is one of a number of ongoing initiatives undertaken by Grey Goose’s parent company, Bacardi, to refocus the brand for its international luxury markets and build on an already impressive rise to success in the United States.

Launched in 1997, Grey Goose was created for the American market with the vision of creating the world’s best tasting Vodka. Uniquely, it was the first Vodka to be distilled in France and takes full advantage of the epicurean heritage of its base in the Cognac region, famed for its fine spirit distilling. In a process overseen by an expert Maître de Chai (cellar master), who ensures the quality and taste of the finished product, selected French wheat is distilled and blended with pure spring water that has filtered naturally through the limestone rocks of the region to produce a vodka that has won an international reputation for its purity and taste. Grey Goose was acquired by Bacardi Limited in 2004. Keen to capitalise on Grey Goose’s renown in the US, Bacardi have since invested in turning Grey Goose in to an international super-premium brand leader.

While the differences between tastes in international markets may be subtle, the luxury goods market demands distinction and refinement, and subtle differences become the defining qualities of brands. Pentagram’s objective became to make astute interventions in the design of the packaging that maintain the integrity of the international Grey Goose brand, whilst rebalancing the appeal of Grey Goose for more international luxury tastes. Three packaging opportunities were identified: A gift box for a single bottle of Grey Goose Original, a limited edition Flavours gift pack that contains a bottle of Grey Goose Original along with taster-sized bottles of the three flavoured varieties of Grey Goose, and lastly a Grey Goose Baccarat gift box containing two limited edition Baccarat lead crystal tumblers, an aspirational package that would provide the definitive expression of the Grey Goose brand.

The unique shape and finish of the Grey Goose bottle were key elements in giving the brand its visual distinction, signalling the Grey Goose difference against all other vodkas. But Pentagram recognised that the brand had to acquire other dimensions to accent its appeal to the US high-end market. In essence, it had to express the international luxury aesthetic more succinctly and more broadly. To achieve this, a number of initiatives were proposed that would drive perceptions towards a cooler, more chic prospect.

The three new special packs gave the opportunity to rebalance the Grey Goose brand language. For these, the bottle’s grey-goose silhouette was reduced in size and used to head the Grey Goose logotype set in a French-blue square. This combination complements and amplifies the distinctiveness of the bottle, while adding a level of old-world sophistication.

Supporting this new approach to the branding was the opportunity to develop a promotional design language using grey-goose associations – such as feathers, water and eggs. A more restrained colour palette was introduced, including policy on Grey Goose taking ownership of the colour grey and using it to tie in different elements of the new branding approach. The colour grey draws directly on the brand name and echoes the frosted finish of the bottles.

It also evokes purity and simplicity, considered a virtue in vodkas. The bottle’s ‘tricouleur’ graphic was retained for the pack designs, emphasising Grey Goose’s French origin.

Danish Fuel - Upcycling Jerry Cans for the Stylish Traveler

Whether you are a fan of vintage WWII stuff or just want to spruce up your pad with uniquely different and novel items, the Danish Fuel Repurposed Jerry Cans will be more than fit the bill. Each Danish Fuel Jerry Cans are repurposed by hand in Denmark, resulting in a one-of-a-kind example. The Jerry Cans are repurposed into bar cabinet, bathroom cabinet, and even as trolley which would probably scare the hell out of any TSA or transit security. We have our reservations about the latter, as for the rest, they are plain awesome.

There are three ‘models’ of the original jerry cans: the German version is known as Wehrmacht Kanister, the Danish models is marked as ‘HMAK‘, while the British iteration is dubbed as the “WD“.

each jerry can was put under the knife, sliced open and adapted for a new life as a bar or bath cabinet, complete with shelves in a choice of wood materials and mirror, or in the case of a trolley, all cleared for your personal travel belongings, along with wheels and extendable handle. Old paint and rust, if any, are removed by a 24-hour burning process, after which, it gets sandblasted and treated with wear-resistant powder coating. The opening (aka the door) is hinged and the edges finished in hard plastic for good seal.

Though we rather not have those for a seamless look, but i guess that’s just a necessary evil. The bar cabinet version features an integrated key lock, while the trolley model is secured by a latch mechanism.
The Danish Fuel Repurposed Jerry Cans can be acquired direct from Danish Fuel’s website for €399 or about US$540, but for a limited time, you can bag one starting at US$399 from Touch of Modern.

Fun fact: Jerry Can was invented during WWII by the Germans and those were the times where English would refer Germans as “Jerries” and hence the reference to the cans that they made as ‘Jerry Can’.

Vespa Cam – Industrial Design Concept By Rotimi Solola And Cait Miklasz

This is just a concept created by Rotimi Solola and Cait Miklasz. The Vespa Camera is a newly designed camera with a design inspired by the motion that has made the history of our country and that always keeps unchanged its charm.

This product put on the market if you have a microphone for voice recording a retractable flash, 3.3-inch screen and a removable optical zoom lens. Obviously, the Vespa brand will be positioned on the side of the camera.

A great classic that always shows its own charm. We just have to wait and see if this concept room will be put on the market.

Exclusive Bugatti and Desvall Shisha Pipe

So your dreams of owning a Bugatti stalled after that homemade mixtape failed to sell more than three copies (mom bought two, you the other). Don’t sweat it. A Bugatti-designed hookah pipe can be yours for a tenth of the price. Granted, a tenth of that price is still $100,000.

Yes, the famous French carmaker has teamed up with esteemed hookah manufacturer Desvall to deliver perhaps the most decadent smoking device seen since that oversized Cheech & Chong joint. How does a pipe get to cost 100K?

Inspired by the design of luxurious Bugatti cars, the pipe has a carbon fibre casing, a solid titanium frame and hand-sewn leather detailing. In addition to the exclusive appearance, the pipe Desvall Bugatti features a patented technology that allows the hose to rotate 360 º, which is ideal for a large company. The Bugatti x Desvall will produce only 150 units, so don’t blow your chance. That would really suck.

Surfboard Designed From Mercedes-Benz Amg And Garrett McNamara To Ride The Big Waves

Out of all the places, you won’t expect a Mercedes AMG ripping past treacherous waves, but Mercedes Benz backed pro-surfer Garrett McNamara took to the waves of Portugal’s Nazare North Canyon on his latest ride from the German automaker; confused?

McNamara teamed up with Mercedes to create a bespoke surfboard dubbed the ‘Silver Arrow of the Seas’ tailor made specifically for the world famous surfer. Engineers and designers of Mercedes Benz’s AMG wing in Stuttgart developed the surfboard with a telemetry system, which has a transmitter 
inside garrett’s wetsuit that measures his surfing performance.

The partnership between Mercedes and the 46-year old Hawaiian surfer has produced a limited edition of four special surfboards, but it looks all the four examples are exclusively for McNamara.

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