Thursday, April 3, 2014

Super Bowl Bound Players Receives $25,000 Beats By Dre Diamond Studded Headphones

Super Bowl bound Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos have more than enough mulah to buy any kind of fancy headphones they like. But, that’s not stopping companies like Beats By Dre giving multi-millionaire players diamond studded headphones worth a pretty penny, as in $25,000 for free.

With a bit of help from Graff Diamonds, Beats By Dre succeeded in creating close to six dozen handcrafted, custom designed, diamond encrusted Custom Pro Headphones with special Super Bowl emblem in White Gold for the Broncos and Yellow Gold for the Seahawks. That’s not all, they come in their own high-end cases. In the end this publicity stunt would’ve cost Beat By Dre at least $2.65 million.

Bloomingdale’s To Celebrate Year Of The Horse With Pop-Up Stores And Special Events

Catering to the ever growing Chinese luxury market is big business everywhere. That means, businesses just cannot ignore the fast approaching Chinese New Year and the Year of the Horse. We’ve already seen special edition cars, watches and handbags from other luxury brands. Joining this list, Bloomingdale’s have announced their plans for a month long Year of the Horse celebrations. 

At select Bloomingdale’s store locations they will be celebrating with pop-up stores, special events and merchandise, and cultural presentations from January 10 to February 15.
Luxury brands participating in pop-up stores with limited editions include Bloomingdale’s own “Little Horse Bag” an interpretation of their iconic Little Brown Bag, a special edition Year of the Horse handbag from Longchamp, an exclusive red chinchilla jacket from Carmen Marc Valvo Couture and a Ferragamo tie with a horse print.

Special events ready to go into action includes the Chinese red envelope tradition. Shoppers will receive an envelope filled with prizes, such as bMoney cards in values of $8, $88, or $888 – No. 8 is one of the numbers believed as auspicious in Chinese culture. Other prizes includes a complimentary small Forty Carrots yogurt, a limited-edition Year of the Horse tote bag, special offers at the Clarins, Estee Lauder, and La Prairie counters.

Also on offer are discounts at select Bloomingdale’s dining destinations, complimentary mini cupcakes at Magnolia Bakery at NY’s 59th Street store and special savings at Maximilian Fur Salon – at 59th Street, North Michigan Avenue and South Coast Plaza locations.

Bloomingdale’s are not just trying to attract Chinese customers, they hope to make celebrations a cross-cultural event as explained by Anne Keating, senior vice president of public relations, special events and corporate philanthropy at Bloomingdale’s, New York, “The Chinese New Year invites not only Chinese tourists as well as those of Chinese descent living in the U.S., but every one of all ages and races, to experience a Bloomingdale’s celebration and become loyal shoppers.” So, let’s start shopping people, for the next new New Year.

Gucci Diaper Bag To Travel In Style With Your Toddler This Holiday Season

With holiday travel season only a few weeks away, fashion becomes an issue for mamas and papas with toddlers. You do not have to sacrifice your Gucci handbag while stuck at the first class lounge at JFK in New York or Schiphol in Amsterdam.

Available in four variations and eye-catching colors, Gucci diaper bag is carefully crafted and features lots of pockets to keep all the essentials your little one’s going to need close at hand. Fashionable diaper bag comes in nylon and Gucci fabric with leather trims on both Gucci and Guccissima versions. Main features include fold out padded changing mat, adjustable shoulder strap with stroller snaps, interior lining, and zip top closure. All bags are made in Italy, price range from $1,100 to $1,250.

Buccellati Unveils An iPhone 5s Case Worth $200k At Baselworld

If your iPhone cost you just $200 with a two year contract, this case definitely is not for you – can’t afford it. But, if you’ve bought it unlocked for few hundred bucks more, you probably can afford it. Italian luxury jeweler Buccellati presented their creations at Baselworld, and two of the items made claims for the title world’s most expensive iPhone 5s case and iPad mini cover – they carry staggering price tags of $206,000 and $481,000, respectively.
Inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s solar illustrations, designer Lucrezia Buccellati created the cases in gold. They are decorated with scattered small diamond starbursts and engraved with Buccellati’s signature Rigato.
Buccellati, a family owned jewelry house has been in business since 1919 and well-known for their for engraved gold, diamond and gemstone cuffs, earrings and rings. With changing times they’ve branched out to create special accessories such as iPhone and iPad cases.

Designer Lucrezia Buccellati spoke about the family business “Being part of a family business like ours is a true undertaking from an early age. Adopting the DNA of our artisanal traditions is the first step, but at the same time, I had to find my individual contribution that would eventually move the brand forward together with my father.”

However, even with a price tag at $206,000, Bucelletti haven’t surpassed the Anita Mai Tan’s Dragon and Spider iPhone 5s + jewelry case at $880,000.

A $186,000 Peugeot Onyx Sofa Made From Volcanic Lava

This is no ordinary sofa to lie down when you need a rest. Part of the Peugeot Onyx Sofa is practically carved out of a 11,000 year-old Volvic volcanic stone found in France’s Auvergne region.

The hand-cut Volvic stone is merged to a lacquered black carbon fiber 10-foot long seat while preserving its structure and natural texture. As modern as it look, how comfortable it going to be is up for debate, as upholstery is not an option if you want to preserve its intended look.

The high-tech/low-tech material sofa weighs a massive 800 pounds, almost all of it is due to the volcanic stone. It took Peugeot design team 70 days to make. The Onyx Sofa as described by Peugeot is the “static partner” of Onyx Trio unveiled back in 2012, a superbike, supertrike, and supercar.Designed by Pierre Gimbergues in collaboration with Peugeot Design Lab, the Onyx Sofa will make its debut at Milan Design Week on April 8th. 

This is the first in a line of Peugeot’s made to measure furniture. The hefty Peugeot Onyx Sofa come with a hefty price tag too at €135,000 (approx. $186,000).

Make Your Own Guitar Picks

Guitar picks are small, and we have to admit, sometimes we lose 'em. And sometimes, you just discover you need one at the strangest times (impromptu flashmob jam sessions, raucous children's parties, boring company meetings, etc.). Well, the good news is: if you have a DIY Guitar Pick Punch and some imagination, you'll never be without a guitar pick again.

Tired of using boring-looking guitar picks? Always getting of having your guitar picks getting mixed up with someone else’s? Then make up your own guitar picks with this DIY Guitar Pick Punch.

Just use any old (and obviously expired) credit cards or any other hard plastic material, give it a run in the DIY Guitar Pick Punch, and you’ve got yourself some brand-spanking new and one-of-a-kind guitar picks that none of your strumming buddies will have.

Just insert the material you want a pick out of into the DIY Guitar Pick Punch, and . . . well . . . squeeze. Instant guitar pick! Make them out of expired credit cards, those grocery store club cards, plastic packaging material, and more! Hey, want to get super DIY-y? Then punch a few thin picks and glue them together into the ultimate pick of density. Keep a DIY Guitar Pick Punch in your gigbag, and you'll never be without a pick again. Now, if only someone can invent a guitar punch for punching out fully functional guitars!
Never be without a guitar pick again - just punch your own!
  • Can punch a variety of materials - up to 0.9mm thick!
  • Punch a few slimmer picks and glue them together for a truly custom pick experience.
  • Pick Dimensions: similar to a 351 style picks - approx. 1.1875" (30mm) x 1.0625" (25.5mm)
  • Punch Dimensions: approx. 6" x 1.25" x 4.25"

The Moomin Lamps

During the Stockholm Design Week, the Furniture and Northern Light Fairs presented an impressive range of Nordic designers. Nordic design is recognized for its simplicity, but to the international visitor this may at times also be experienced as rather austere.

From that perspective the meeting with the Moomin lamps seem like a greeting a friend. The attractiveness of light in the Northern darkness is enhanced by the shape of the three Momin characters created by the Finnish pictorial artist and author, Tove Jansson, already in 1945 and animated for television in 1969.

As 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the Tove Jansson, the company Feelis Helsinki has created a product concept in cooperation with the industrial designer Harri Koskinen for a range of lamps rooted in the Finnish tradition in more than one way. With his production and numerous international awards, Harri Koskinen represents Finnish design at its best and combining this with the heart of Finnish storytelling lends an intelligent and inviting platform for the amiable lamps. Minna Helström of Feelis Helsinki explains: “The Moomins inspire curiosity.

They are not particularly brave, but they remind us to explore the unknown and to keep on dreaming.“ The co-creation of Finnish design and story-telling consequently invites the public into a universe, where they already feel at home and in that respect the Moomins may be characterized as a sensory product. Free-minded and friendly. Minna Helstöm rounds off: “It is not just a lamp.”

Pluk by Faco

No matter what the size of your home or apartment, storage space is usually an issue. It seems like you never have enough. Almost by accident, two Danish design artisans, Kaare Frandsen and Nicolas Aagaard, have come up with a solution. It's called Pluk and this new storage device is basically two circular 8-inch rings weaved together with elastic string.
Frandsen and Aagaard originally developed Pluk to be an attractive fruit basket with a unique design. When they realized it could be used to hold a host of other items and be highly useful as a storage device, Frandsen and Aagaard decided to market the product. They developed new designs with other materials and expanded the range of colors.

Pluk can hold almost anything and the pliable, sailboat-strength elastic strings make it easy to place items in and out of the device. It is designed to hang from the ceiling but can also be used on a table.

"First we made a metal version but some people thought it was too expensive and they wanted more colors to choose from," explains Frandsen, a cabinet-maker who is currently a student at The Danish School of Design. "We decided to make two new versions, wood and plastic, in addition to the original metal version."

Available in black and white, the metal Pluk, is thin and powder-coated for durability. The plastic version, available in seven different colors, is designed so that it can be taken apart easily.

Needing about $6,600 to finance the materials, equipment and marketing for full production, Frandsen and Aagaard launched a Kickstarter campaign that has been wildly successful. They've raised more than $5,000 so far but are still looking for additional funding.

Those interested in supporting this project with donations can visit the Kickstarter site at The site includes dozens of product photos and a demonstration video.

Depending on their donation level, backers can receive plastic, metal and wood versions of Pluk.

"Pluk is a versatile storage device and can be used for almost any purpose, in any room of the house," says Aagaard. "We're looking forward to being able to offer this product on a large scale. But we need some help."

The Bride Lamp By Mammalampa

The atmosphere created by the bride is feminine and airy; this most definitely a lamp with a gender; evidently that of the fairer sex. And for those who enjoy plenitude, several brides look simply radiant together creating a feeling of fruitfulness and abundance in a room and illuminating large spaces beautifully.

The bride’s “dress” is created from paper presenting this traditional lamp material in an unusual solution.

As light shines through the paper, you will find yourself infused by an aura of airy lightness and imperceptibility; almost as if the lamp were not subject to the law of gravity.

Together the lighting body’s components form a unified ensemble, are inherently natural refined right down to the finest details and have not been subjected to chemical treatment.
Each bride has her own personality characterized by the unique pattern in which her shade is woven with the personal touch instilled by the weaver who created the pattern. Brides are available in natural white and brown colors.

The collection is comprised of ceiling lamps in two sizes and a kindred floor lamp and table lamp. The airy aura of the lamps is accentuated by their base, a light white colored structure with brass fittings attuned to the bride’s profile.

Light descent type/ lamp providing direct, diffused light.
Mammalampa’s mainfesto:
Mass production rules. Technology is king. Human whims dictate product functions. But bored by plastic, we yearn for living beauty.
“Mammalampa” declares a gentle war making lamps differently without adapting, killing or violently beautifying materials. Our lamps are created in the image of living materials touched by the inspiration of craftsmen.
“Mammalampa” imagines materials in an unexpected light, creating its own distinctive signature and values.

Bring “mammalampa” into your home and enjoy the world in a natural light!

The Nook Chair By Henry Sgourakis

Description from Henry Sgourakis:

When I think back to my childhood, my fondest thoughts are of running through my grandma’s house playing hide & seek. (the big post-war house on 3 acres of Australian bushland in outer Melbourne) I remember the mottled colours of the 50’s decor and, in stand-out white, the cro-cheted lacework doilies that decorated the sofa arms and the coffee table. (and well most surfaces in the room) I wanted to create a piece that drew on such warm memories, and would evoke the warm and comforting sensations felt as a child, reminding me of the simplicity of life as it was. In a world where technology seems to almost dictate our existence and when our childhood feels like a different lifetime, it is important to me to remember the past and carry those memories into the future, the beauty of this hand-crafted piece does just that.

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