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The new World Trade Center NYC

The new World Trade Center NYC

Eleven years since the tragic terrorist attacks in New York city, the new World Trade Center is getting into shape. Lower Manhattan is getting a new skyline and it looks not bad at all. Here the pictures:   Here a video of a real redemption of how it will look like in 2013 and here an amazing time-lapse from the construction area: Do not hesitate to check the official website for the wtc and Silverstein Properties : http://www.wtc.com  http://www.silversteinproperties.com  Ready to get high? LA   Info sourced atArchitecture Digest, WTC and Silverstein Properties respective websites. All images are copyrighted with no reproduction rights available.   

Diary of a Carafe by Bib&Sola

Diary of a Carafe by Bib&Sola

The creative brand Bib&Sola is launching this month a new collection called “Diary of a Carafe“. One simple idea: “For all the talk and noise, it is often the simplest messages that can change your outlook.” This collection is crafted from the finest hand-blown Murano glass, Carafes come accompanied by Glass Sets, each bearing a signature statement that skips from classic to quirky and plays upon Bib & Sola’s fundamental brand ethos – the love and appreciation of water. Inspired by the effortless composure of female water bearers across the globe, the collection is both striking and evocative, yet underpinned by a lighthearted tone of humor and irony. 10% of proceeds from each sale go directly to WaterAId. You can see the entire collection here: http://www.bibandsola.com/collections/diary-of-a-carafe   Water never seemed so self-expressive ! LA   Info sourced in the Brand official press release. All images are copyrighted with no reproduction rights available. 

Montblanc new 2012 Editions, purely luxe.

Montblanc new 2012 Editions, purely luxe.

Montblanc is one of the most prestigious writing instruments company. The timeless elegance of its design, places any Montblanc pen into the hands of people that values hand writing. Here are 2 amazing and beautiful editions: Montblanc Writers Edition 2012: Jonathan Swift Montblanc new StarWalker Red Gold Montblanc Writers Edition 2012: Jonathan Swift A Tribute to a Master of Satire and the Creator of Gulliver’s Travels Jonathan Swift created over 30 works in his lifetime but it was Gulliver’s Travels, published in 1726, that remains the masterpiece he will always be remembered for. The epic work describes English ship surgeon Lemuel Gulliver’s voyages to exotic and distant lands, where he encounters dwarfs, giants, quirky scientists and intelligent horses. The overall design of this magnificent edition draws inspiration from Gulliver’s Travels, and in particular the Lilliput episode, Gulliver’s first voyage. The barrel is made of black lacquer and decorated with multilayered…

Parvez Taj, the french collection!

Parvez Taj, the french collection!

Parvez Taj is launching a new event on Gilt. He is presenting his new artwork around a beautiful collection called the “French Collection”. From the Grand Roue de Paris to Val D’isere and Charmonix in the French Alps, Parisian locales and the city charm are the inspiration for Parvez Taj’s latest collection. Parvez uses Acrylic and water paints, photography, software and UV cured inks to create his signature style of wall art. in this collection the artist really brought his vision on this french feeling of different icons of the french culture like the parisian metro. All in a very arty way. See here an interesting film that shows the artist’s inspiration: There is an event starting Thursday 22nd March on GILT!!! So you can check it out here: http://www.gilt.com/home/sale/parvez-taj-230 If you want to check more about the artist, please connect to the official website: http://www.parveztaj.com Ready for a french touch?…

Lithium table by Peter Harrison

Lithium table by Peter Harrison

Peter Harrison just launched a new beautiful piece of modern design, a Lithium Table. The Lithium Table is 29 ½ inches tall and 48 inches in diameter. It visually creates three layers, transitioning from mass to air with a core of concrete, a middle ring of stainless steel rods, and a perimeter created by the glass. The cast concrete column exudes strength and balances the slickness of the other materials. It is cast with round holes to lighten its mass and complement the airy structure of the stainless steel rods. The mahogany glass support is complemented by the aluminum base of the same diameter; both joined together with Harrison’s signature steel rods and exposed fasteners. The effect is modern without being devoid of details. Peter Harrison has been designing and producing art since 1996. His work has journeyed from one-of-a-kind furniture, to sculpture, to his present line of handmade limited…

London Fabergé Egg hunting by Spina Design.

London Fabergé Egg hunting by Spina Design.

London is known for being the capital of all eccentricities. This year, Fabergé is organizing a huge Egg hunting in the streets of London and over 200 eggs will be placed in the city. Everything starts on the 21st of February…. next week! And one of the important players is Spina Design. So imagine more than 200 eggs disseminated all around London in strategic locations. Members of the public will be able to hunt down the strategically placed, giant eggs, currently being exclusively designed, bejewelled and decorated by some of the world’s leading artists, architects, jewellers and designers including the Bruce Oldfield, Chapman Brothers, Zandra Rhodes, Diane Von Furstenberg, Theo Fennell, Sophie Dahl, Rob Ryan, William Curley, Bompas and Parr, Polly Morgan, Vivienne Westwood and Sir Ridley Scott. A big auction will be organized in order to raise funds to 2 different charity institutions: the Elephant family which protects asian elephants and…

Rainforest walkway by Marks Barfield

Rainforest walkway by Marks Barfield

The architect agency Marks Barfield conceptualized a 6,4 £m project of a futuristic walkway in the heart of Amazonian Rainforest. The project will be located in Xixuaú Xiparina, a secluded region of untouched forests in Roraima, Brazil. It is a region at 790km north away from Manaus, between French Guyana and Venezuela. The project represents a light, airy and modern walkway in the middle of the rainforest in Brazil. This will allow scientists but also the public to discover the Amazonian canopy. Marks Barfield became an international well know company thanks to different projects they have been accomplishing around the world and one of the most important ones is London Eye.  Here we feel the aim to blend to the natural environment and at the same time it brings and very vegetal structure with a hint of modernity. Structures with different terraces will allow the visitors to explore the rainforest canopy…

Peter Harrison, the Divergence Table

Peter Harrison, the Divergence Table

NY designer Peter Harrison has designed and built a really cool hall table for those seeking a clean, modern look and excellent hand craftsmanship.  Known for his use of nontraditional joinery in fine, handmade, limited production furniture, the award winning designer has taken his work to a new level with the introduction of his latest design, the Divergence Table. The Divergence Table is an evolutionary step in Harrison’s embrace of nontraditional furniture fabrication, as it uses an aluminum corner bracket to join the legs to the top. The bracket, which is hand fabricated from a massive block of aluminum, is the first time when the mechanical joinery of his work surpasses the complexity of traditional joinery.  Although the Divergence Table represents a distinct step from Harrison’s previous pieces, it remains true to his aesthetic vision which celebrates materials and maintains a pure feeling that is modern without being devoid of details….

Victorinox Damascus 2011 – Intelligent luxury

Victorinox Damascus 2011 – Intelligent luxury

Victorinox is launching a beautiful pocket knife called the Victorinox Damascus Limited Edition 2011. It is based on the Victorinox Climber, their Alpinist and trekking tool. The creator of the Swiss army knife reinvents itself each year by bringing to the market surprising products generated on the trail of its heritage. Before summer, they launched a very original product called the Victorinox Tomo in partnership with Abitax Tokyo. Now they tell a new story thanks to the exploration of a special stainless steel technique: the Damascus steel. According to history, Damascus steel was a term used by several cultures from the Medieval period onward to describe a type of steel used in swordmaking from about 300 BC to 1700 AD. These swords are characterized by distinctive patterns of banding and mottling reminiscent of flowing water. Such blades were reputed to be not only tough and resistant to shattering, but capable of being honed to a sharp and resilient edge. Today, the term…

DEWULF, the Triton Pendant – Luxury design

DEWULF, the Triton Pendant – Luxury design

Hi, I discovered a very interesting designer called James DeWulf. All the Industrial Design world knows his unique work on hightech and luxury concrete furniture. He is launching a very original, elegant and interesting Light fixture called Triton Pendant. From sinks, tables, fireplaces, outdoors pieces, and coutertops, James DeWulf developed his own style. And today he is evolving towards other materials like glass and metal. In 2004, the artist established DeWulf Concrete, a small design studio and since then he has been working for Architects, interior decorators or even retail stores. He has invented the concept of Concrete-Couture or Concrete Design. It is the art of blending top qualitative and hightech concretes in order to integrate luxury concrete pieces in a contemporary environment. During the past years, James DeWulft design and work grew into a full-scale product line and it is available at exclusive stores. He has several projects, from Los…

Victorinox Tomo – the unboxing by LuxuryActivist

Victorinox Tomo – the unboxing by LuxuryActivist

Hi, this month the Makers of the Swiss Army knife, Victorinox, is launching a new product called Victorinox Tomo. It is the result of a beautiful collaboration between the Swiss brand and the Japanese design studio Abitax. We can really say that Swiss Precision meets Japanese Design for a cutting edge product. I have already made an article about it a few month ago, before the launch. You can find it here. There is more information about Mr Yamaguchi work and the collaboration. Now, here below you will find a video of the unboxing I made of the Victorinox Tomo. It gives you a good idea on how great this product is. You will like to collect them all!   According to Mr. Yamaguchi: “for Japanese people, Simple is beautiful”… check here an exclusive interview from the Designer: Victorinox Tomo is definitely a beautiful product with a beautiful story. Visit…

Victorinox Tomo, when Swiss ingenuity meets Tokyo style

Victorinox Tomo, when Swiss ingenuity meets Tokyo style

Victorinox is launching in May this year one interesting 2011 “must-have” products. It is called the TOMO knife. This creation is the result of an amazing alliance of Swiss Ingenuity and Japanese “cutting edge” style. The japanese house Abitak, based in Tokyo got inspired by the functional design of Victorinox knifes. Behind this project, we have Mr. Yamaguti Kazuma.

Konstantin Grcic, artistic pragmatism.

Konstantin Grcic, artistic pragmatism.

Konstantin Grcic is a german designer, born in 1965 in Munchen. He had a strong school curriculum with first the Parnham College in the UK and then the prestigious Royal College of Art in London. Mr Grcic has a functional artistic approach of Design. He describes his own style of current, feasible and realistic.

Victorinox Slim – A “cutting-edge” elegance.

Victorinox Slim – A “cutting-edge” elegance.

I prefer to talk about small, I should say Slim beautiful pieces of luxury technology. These little wonders are called the Victorinox Slim and the Victorinox Slim Duo. It is amazing to see what you can have out of a Swiss Army Knife! We are far away from camping or hunting…

Coca-Cola Mystic – By Jerome Olivet

Coca-Cola Mystic – By Jerome Olivet

The Coca-cola bottle is one of the few universal objects that everybody knows. And trust me, you do not have so many. The Swiss Army Knife perhaps and that’s it. But the Coca-cola bottle evolved in years and always got the attention of many artists and designers. Today, it is french designer Jérome Olivet. Designer Professor of prospective design, he has worked with large international companies, such as Alessi, Thomson, Baccarat, Nissan, RocheBobois… his creations are in the collections of museums of modern art around the world. He created in 2004 his own brand, a collection of fashion accessories with futuristic and functional lines. It is sold today in nearly 20 countries, and shown in several museums of Modern Art (Denmark, New York, Tokyo) and the museum of Contemporary arts in Chicago. Mr Olivet presents a very organic and sexy variation of the traditional Coca-cola glass bottle that reveals a…

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