For me candles are something which gentleman out there still need to explore much more. Online and in high street shops, there is a good range to choose from, all hailing from various countries in mainland Europe. It is extra special however to have a brand much closer to home, one which offers an incredible varied range of scents guaranteed to warm your home and reinvigorate your senses. I’am of course talking about Timeless Candles.
It is a known fact that Italy is a hub of creativity and is considered by many, as the home of fashion, art and design. For me it was no surprise then to see an emergence of an outfit like D.Sign, a startup which has a particular focus on 3D printing absolutely stunning, functional objects for purchase.
The market for phone accessories nowadays seems to be awash with flimsy plastic and mass produced designs which you see on the iPhone of every second person walking the street. Step up then sharp San Francisco based brand MIKOL and their stunning iPhone and fashion accessories handcrafted with genuine marble in which this week, I was lucky enough to sample and test one of these truly unique products.
The first thing which stood out to me when I took out the iPhone case, given we all know marble is seriously heavy, was actually how lightweight the case was and also how robust it felt, especially with marble also being a fragile material. This lightweight is achieved by MIKOL taking ultra thin cuts of marble, 0.7mm to be precise (thinner than a stick of chewing gum), and beautifully setting it into the case back. The contrast of black and white oozes luxury and I adore the fact each stunning phone case is crafted from 100% natural marble resulting in no two phone cases being the same, yes when you buy one yours would be the only one like it in the world!
Personally I felt the packaging was brilliant to, with the neat little polish cloth and small certificate of authenticy really complimenting that high end aura the iPhone case carries itself. MIKOL also give you an option to personalise the case with engraving, again making it a very individual product. What I also love about this brand is they have a whole host of marble based products, notebooks, Macbook covers and even the worlds first and only marble business cards, which for me, is craftsmanship and design at its finest.
Wether you are looking to start your christmas shopping with a sleek little gift or just want to stand out from the crowd, I really suggest you head over to the MIKOL website and order one of their truly special little products.
Petrolheads around the world will be rubbing their grease and oil covered mittens together with the news that Petrolified have released their latest line of prints entitled “The Originals”. The collection features iconic automobiles built throughout the 20th century, a tribute if you will to some of the greatest supercars which have graced our roads and many a bedroom and garage wall.
As with many of the prints from Petrolified they display a clean, slick and minimalistic look with each printed in detail on the poster in vibrant eye catching colour. Even if you know your cars or not, you will undoubtedly recognise many of these stunning cars of yester-years, the Ferrari Testarossa, Lamborghini Muira and Jaguar XJ220 to name but a few.
Head over to the Petrolified site now for a full look at the stunning collection of motoring prints.
Panerai have unveiled the latest addition to their ever growing catalogue of small-batch special edition watches: the PAM849 Sealand. The PAM849 is a 44mm Luminor 1950 in brushed stainless steel with a beautifully hand-engraved dust cover depicting Arabian horses riding through the desert. This special edition is limited to a run of 60 pieces and will only be available in Panerai Boutiques in the Doha Villaggio Mall in Qatar, and at Al Tahlia in Riyadh and Jameel Square in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The watch itself is powered by an in-house P9000 self-winding movement with 3 day power reserve and features a date window at 3 o’clock and small seconds register at 9 o’clock. The underside of the hinged dust cover is polished to a mirror shine and compliments the soft tone of the dial perfectly. Although not the first we’ve seen of its kind, it’s definitely a special addition to the Panerai portfolio and, indeed, to any fan’s collection. Retailing at AED 85,000 (approx. £15,500) its a little more expensive than your average Luminor, but worth every penny for a chance to sport such a work of art on your wrist!
Nothing says more of a political message than a piece of art, and even more so when it comes from someone very high profile in that world. Banksy. The elusive artist has delivered his next piece which is very current affairs, both in location and content. Daubed on the wall of the Calais refugee camp, the piece of graffiti art features none other than one Steve Jobs, the son of a Syrian refugee, and is aimed at highlighting the current Syrian crisis we see across the world, in spectacular fashion. Following the release, on the artists website Banksy has named the piece “the son of a migrant from Syria”. In the scene Steve Jobs can be seen carrying an original Apple Mac computer along with what appears to be a sack of his life possessions. Check out the brilliant artwork below.
With previous collections, head honcho over at Moschino, Jeremy Scott, has drawn upon many a past childhood favourite characters, ranging from the Looney Tunes, Barbie, The Powerpuff Girls and Spongebob Squarepants. Now in this latest instalment from the American designer, a cartoon icon from the same country as this renowned fashion label appears in the “Super Moschino” Nintendo Capsule Collection. The line will mark the 30th anniversary of the worlds favourite Italian plumber through a range of handbags, T-shirts, accessories and intarsia knit sweaters, emblazoned with our favourite console characters of the man himself, Luigi, Toad, Princess Peach and Bowser in an array of bold, vibrant colours. You can find the Nintendo X “Super Moschino” capsule collection online, and Moschino stores from now.
If you are a person who enjoys his toast in the morning, or some cool form of kitchen appliance in any sense, then you will love this. James Stumpf, Kickstarter aficionado and industrial designer has made the process of toasting, much more visual. The creator of Stumpf Studio, a wonderful black projects lab of industrial design if you like, displays the Bamboo Glass Toaster as its latest project, a sleek “top down” toaster constructed of glass and bamboo, incorporating heat element stripes and a digital reader to let you know when the toast is ready. Personally, as I’am sure many of you will agree, I love the fact it is transparent so you can physically see what state the bread is actually in. You can check out more about the awesome Bamboo Glass Toaster and more designs by James over at his website here.
In true Hublot fashion, the brand has kicked off this years Art Basel Miami in style with an event and unveiling of new watches to celebrate famed Venezuelan artist, Carlos Cruz-Diez, and heralded the opening of the ‘Cruz-Diez Bi-Dimensional Research 1959-2015’ exhibit. The exhibit is to be held at Espace Expression in Wynwood, and celebrates the artists work, often identified as “kinetic art”. Much of his work explores how the viewer may interpret different light, colour, and shapes depending on our perspective.
Hublot have manufactured three variations of their Classic Fusion, each showcasing their own very impressive tribute to some of the artist’s key pieces. The watches will be made in 45mm cases with the option of 18ct King Gold limited to 40 pieces, Black Ceramic limited to 50 pieces, and a Platinum Tourbillion version limited to 10 pieces. Each watch has an animated multicoloured dial honouring the work of Cruz-Diez, which Hublot has named “mechanical chromo-interference”.
As we all know, ‘Hublot Loves Art’, and they have managed to fuse the two together perfectly in this latest collaboration. Not only is this a charming homage to a fantastic artist which is sure to attract the attention of art lovers and watch enthusiasts alike, it’s another endeavour which is likely to increase their popularity in South American markets.
The latest creation to come from extraordinary German safe manufacturer, Döttling, allows you to admire the goods in your safe without having to compromise their security.
‘The Gallery’ is akin to their Bel-Air range with calfskin sides detailed with high-gloss nickel fittings, but with the addition of a 30mm thick armoured glass window in the door to allow you a quick look at what’s inside without having to shift a heavy safe door. The best part being that the window can be changed from transparent to opaque at the touch of button, for added discretion.
The interior is lined with the finest Alcantara leather and features 24 watch winders protected by a Döttling fingerprint security lock with the option of adding Touch & Move technology. There are also four drawers with black-stained Japanese Tamo Ash veneers, an extendable table, four secret compartments, and seventeen infinitely dimmable LED spotlights which impressively stage the treasures inside.