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Waxing Lyrical


Enjoy this selection of luxuriously scented candles to brighten up your home this winter

Waxing Lyrical


Enjoy this selection of luxuriously scented candles to brighten up your home this winter

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Waxing Lyrical

December 1, 2017 / by Marine Orlova


The candles from Un Soir à l’Opéra invite you to experience the magic of the most beautiful ballets. Scented with pine, the Nutcracker is perfect to celebrate Christmas Eve – perhaps Rudolf Nureyev will even leap out of it? (unsoiralopera.com)


Marie-Antoinette said “Let them eat cake” during the French Revolution – and the famous Parisian macaron-maker Ladurée pays tribute to the young queen with this delicious brioche candle, a sweet and gourmet scent that especially suits cold afternoons. (laduree.fr)


English perfume house Penhaligon’s offers a great set of three miniature candles to accompany tea time. Take your pick from Earl Grey, Assam and Neroli scents to enjoy a restorative moment – just remember, pinky up. (penhaligons.com)

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For its holiday collection, Diptyque has created candles inspired by mythological animals. With its warm harmony of blood orange, smoky wood and clove, this fiery-orange candle will unleash the spirit of the dragon in your living room. (diptyqueparis.fr)


This handmade candle by Voluspa is perfect for illuminating your dining table. Not only is its decorated metal tin a treat for the eyes, but its sparkling brut champagne notes promise festive and heady nights. (voluspa.com)


To dive into a different time and place, infuse your home with this Astier de Villatte scented candle. Perfumed with green tea and white musk, it exudes the warm atmosphere of the thermal baths at Marienbad – a lovely destination for winter. (astierdevillatte.com)

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Experience la dolce vita with scented candles by Ortigia. Adorned with art deco palm trees and formulated with natural ingredients from Sicily, these two tiny candles will make you feel like you’re in the south of Italy. (ortigiasicilia.com)


Missing the sunshine? Take a deep breath of fresh air from the sunny, blooming Corsican shrubland. This organic candle by Casanera releases a bright scent of myrtle and everlasting flowers anytime you wish. (casanera.corsica)


Lifting the glass bell of a candle from L’officine Universelle Buly feels like stepping back in time. Get your candle adorned with your name by a calligrapher and light it with the scented match for the ultimate experience. (buly1803.com)


Maharadjah is the must have candle from the perfume house Nicolaï. Enjoy its subtle combination of lavender, sandalwood and patchouli and let it carry you to the warm Indian lands... A spicy scent to warm body, heart and soul. (pnicolai.com)


A master of wax since 1643, Cire Trudon is a must for candle lovers. Get tempted by the scent of Mademoiselle de la Vallière – just as Louis XIV was – and fall in love with the intoxicating fragrance of tuberose. (trudon.com)


Bring your illumination experience to the next level with this massage candle by Parks. Let its red wax liquefy into a sensuous, moisturising massage oil and light your darling’s fire with your soft caresses. (parkscandles.com)

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Gift Guide


Whether shopping for your family or that special someone this holiday season, you can’t go wrong with a choice from our curated selection of goodies  

Gift Guide


Whether shopping for your family or that special someone this holiday season, you can’t go wrong with a choice from our curated selection of goodies  

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Gift Guide

December 1, 2017 / by China Daily Lifestyle Premium


Arabesque gold-plated espresso cup holder and saucer, Merdinger

Jazz up your coffee with this golden espresso cup holder in fine bone china with a glossy ivory finish. The anise star-shaped geometrics and mathematical grids add an exotic touch to your tableware. (merdinger-online.com)


Ebony and diamond earrings, Fly Me to the Moon collection, Noor Fares

These wing earrings by London-based Lebanese designer Noor Fares are crafted with carved ebony and 18K gold, and embellished with diamonds. The designer is inspired by Asia and the symbolism of jewels. Let me play among the stars… (store.noorfares.com)


Italica eau de parfum, Xerjoff

Founded by Italian perfumer Sergio Momo, Xerjoff offers luxurious fragrances in packages that are works of art. According to Momo, both women and men can wear this scent in style. Exclusive to Harvey Nichols. (harveynichols.com)

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Un Automne à Pekin ring, Lydia Courteille

French designer Lydia Courteille’s latest collection is infused with Chinese elements and inspired by feng shui. Crafted with 18K black rhodium gold, black diamonds, yellow sapphires and other precious gems, this is a special ring on your finger.(lydiacourteille.com)


Holiday 2017 Gifting Collection, NARS

This year, the NARS holiday collection gets a modern-art makeover. Paying homage to the works of American visual art master and photographer Man Ray, this cosmetics set looks very artsy indeed. (narscosmetics.com)


Christmas Gift Set – The Body Care Trio, John Masters Organics

This body care gift set from US-based John Masters Organics exudes a floral, fruity aroma – the trio includes a lemon and lime body scrub, geranium and grapefruit body wash, and body milk. (johnmasters.com)


Jasmine Balm botanical perfume, Earth Tu Face

This handmade, solid botanical perfume is infused with pure jasmine and safflower oils, as well as raw beeswax. It comes in a delicate seashell box. (earthtuface.com)


Sonorous X headphones, Final Audio Design

This one’s for the music fan in your life. The Sonorous series offers high-end headphones with the balancing air movement mechanism and a driver unit, which is integrated into a front plate in machined aluminium and a titanium diaphragm. (snext-final.com)


19 Degree collection in aluminium matte black with rose gold, Tumi

This limited edition collection by Tumi oozes class, featuring matte black and rose gold in a modern design for your luggage. Available in various sizes, too. (tumi.com)


Revival RD70 digital radio with alarm(Scion edition), Roberts

Originally designed in 1956, the Revival portable radio was inspired by a handbag that designer Harry Roberts’ wife had. The revisited makeover features cute little hedgehog prints and an alarm function. The Scion design is exclusive to British department store John Lewis. (johnlewis.com)


Vélo Doré pizza cutter, DOIY

You probably need a better pizza slicer – so why not make it a cute one? This stainless steel bicycle slicer cuts your perfect pie with its two wheels. Available at the Paris-based lifestyle concept store Fleux. (fleux.com)


Christmas Mail sweetie box, Candyhouse

At Christmas, confections are always a good idea – this mailbox is filled with a mix of retro sweets, making for a merry gift for children and a treat for any adult with a sweet tooth. Available at Harrods. (harrods.com)


The Grosvenor Christmas hamper, Harrods

Packaged in a traditional wicker basket, this hamper from luxury department store Harrods features tempting British delights – organic mince pies with brandy, cranberry and clementine fudge, Christmas pudding, chocolate, spiced tea and coffee. And let’s not forget that Christmas bear! (harrods.com)


Bambi chair, Takeshi Sawada

This cute children’s chair by Japanese designer Takeshi Sawada references the beloved Disney deer; it’s crafted from European oak and walnut, upholstered with faux fur. Available from Copenhagen design brand Elements Optimal. (eo.dk)


Thambar-M 1:2.2/90mm lens, Leica

The brand’s first and only soft-focus lens can create a dreamlike effect that looks romantic for portraits. It’s named for the Greek term thambo, which means “to be blinded by beauty”. (leica-camera.com)


Magic Carpet, J Skis

Looking for some cool skis? Get on the magic carpet and make a statement at the resort – and the chalet. Limited edition of 200 pairs. (jskis.com)

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Tree House


The Hong Kong-based eco-wood furniture brand combines sustainability and style

Tree House


The Hong Kong-based eco-wood furniture brand combines sustainability and style

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Tree House

September 29, 2017 / by China Daily Lifestyle Premium

Image above: Wave desk and chair

As the late couturier Alexander McQueen once said, “There is no better designer than nature.” Not only is nature a perfect source of inspiration, it’s also great for embracing the place we live. Today, instead of travelling to a cosy Swiss wooden chalet, you can cultivate your own heaven at home – starting with some organic wood furniture.

Planting its roots in Hong Kong in 2005, local furnishings brand Tree provides a total home styling solution using eco-materials from recycled teak to sustainably sourced walnut and oak, for urban dwellers who prefer a minimalistic, understated design. A furniture business built on the consumption of wood, the company has planted more than 70,000 new trees and counting through a partnership with Indonesian reforestation foundation Trees4Trees.

Tree’s back-to-basics principle mixes style and practicality – take the woven Joe chair, which features FSC-certified kraft paper and uses the traditional Lloyd loom style – a weaving process invented in 1917 in which the kraft paper is twisted around metal wire for durability.

For artistic accents, the brand’s smaller objects can inject colour and creativity into any space. Enter the paint-dipped lamp and the petrified wood bookend; the former is hand-dipped in vibrant hues, while the latter is the product of a fossilising process and features a polished surface over the organic, raw edges of wooden slabs.

A study room or home office should be able to enable its inhabitants to focus on productivity and the task at hand, which is why it’s important to create an environment of comfort. Tree’s products are aimed at this demographic, so the brand also provides project styling services for residential and commercial properties.

Maintaining your Tree house is quite simple – just clean the pieces with a damp cloth, rather than the usual furniture cleaners or wax. Live in the place you love, and you’ll love the place you live.

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Soothing Soak


After thousands of years, taking a bath is still the best way to unwind

Soothing Soak


After thousands of years, taking a bath is still the best way to unwind

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Soothing Soak

September 29, 2017 / by China Daily Lifestyle Premium

With today’s fast-paced, technology-driven lifestyle, it’s become a true luxury to set some time aside for a proper bath – you know, the kind you can soak in and lose yourself in thought, as you put that phone out of sight and focus on the well-being of your body and mind.

The art of soaking is an ancient one indeed. Around 800BCE, Greek mythology made mention of blessed pools and springs that could cure disease. In the modern era, domestic heating advancements in the 19th century led to plumbed hot water systems, which made a warm bath possible for homeowners.

Today, a beautiful bathtub truly elevates the level of enjoyment. Enter the freestanding bathtubs by British brand Victoria + Albert, which are crafted through a modernistic design but retain a simplistic, classical form of elegance. Each model is hand-finished in South Africa. The brand is well-known for its QuarryCast composite, which combines the natural properties of Volcanic Limestone (the proprietary name for its bathtub-friendly white rock) with modern resins. The unique formula was developed in 1996; its natural properties achieve the glossy, standard white of the tubs and strengthen their resistance to thermal shock and UV light – ultimately making the tubs strong enough for outdoor use.

Victoria + Albert’s freestanding bathtubs are distributed in Hong Kong through its network of accredited retailers. Visit vandabaths.com/asia for more information.

Images: Richard Best Architecture; Victoria + Albert; Techne Architects

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The Wright Stuff


To mark the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright’s birth, Danish toymaker Lego has produced a scale model of the American architect’s final masterpiece

The Wright Stuff


To mark the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright’s birth, Danish toymaker Lego has produced a scale model of the American architect’s final masterpiece

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The Wright Stuff

September 29, 2017 / by China Daily Lifestyle Premium

New York City’s Solomon R Guggenheim Museum marked Frank Lloyd Wright’s final design before his death in 1959 – and who better than Lego to bring the building into homes around the world? The model captures in detail the curves and distinctive lines that made Wright’s design one of New York’s best known (and most polarising) landmarks. It even features a couple of yellow cabs plying their trade on the adjacent Fifth Avenue. With more than 740 pieces, the model is quite a challenge – Lego rates its difficulty as 12+. The Solomon R Guggenheim Museum is available for US$80 on the Lego.com store.

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Killer Game


Forget about Park Place and Broadway – this version of Monopoly celebrates the legacy of classic rock band Queen

Killer Game


Forget about Park Place and Broadway – this version of Monopoly celebrates the legacy of classic rock band Queen

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Killer Game

September 29, 2017 / by China Daily Lifestyle Premium

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Follow in the footsteps of the great British rock band Queen in a special edition of Monopoly that tracks the highlights of their career. Players follow the band’s gigs from their first appearance at Imperial College in London in 1970 to their last at Knebworth in 1986 as they make fortunes – and risk bankruptcy and jail time – in the classic Monopoly tradition.

In a video explaining the game, the band’s lead guitarist, Brian May, says he worked on the project for 18 months and that it was “like making an album”. The game is designed, says the rocker, “to make you feel like you are on the road. You’ve got your band on the road, you’ve got a career and all the milestones that happen in real life will happen to you: the good and the bad stuff.”

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In the Hot Seat


Ferrari and Italian furniture maker Poltrona Frau have teamed up to recreate the Prancing Horse’s supercar experience – in the office

In the Hot Seat


Ferrari and Italian furniture maker Poltrona Frau have teamed up to recreate the Prancing Horse’s supercar experience – in the office

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In the Hot Seat

September 29, 2017 / by China Daily Lifestyle Premium

To mark Ferrari’s 70th anniversary, the carmaker and Italian furniture brand Poltrona Frau collaborated to produce the Cockpit series of office chairs, based on the design of the body-hugging seats in the Italian automaker’s luxury sports cars.

The chairs were conceived by the team headed by Ferrari’s chief designer, Flavio Manzoni, which designed the brand’s most recent models including the LaFerrari Aperta, the GTC4Lusso and the 812 Superfast. Poltrona Frau, which upholsters the interiors of Ferrari’s cars, says, “This is an office chair that captures the excitement, speed and dynamism of the driver’s seat, as well as the passion for racing.” So sit down, strap yourself in and imagine yourself behind the wheel as you get ready to work on that next spreadsheet.

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Play it Cool


Agenda filled with pool party invitations? Here are some bright, fun-in-the-sun accessories that’ll turn you into the new summer sensation 

Play it Cool


Agenda filled with pool party invitations? Here are some bright, fun-in-the-sun accessories that’ll turn you into the new summer sensation 

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Play it Cool

June 30, 2017 / by China Daily Lifestyle Premium

Portable Misting Fan

This could be your most practical go-to gadget this summer. The angelic, glittery, translucent mini-misting fan is lightweight enough to bring to the beach or a festival. Spray your friends to their surprise and delight. (urbanoutfitters.com)


Marc Newson Hourglass for Hodinkee

One of the forces behind the Apple Watch, renowned industrial designer Marc Newson has introduced his new project – a 10-minute hourglass for watch magazine Hodinkee. The classic timekeeping device gets a timelessly chic makeover with hand-blown borosilicate glass and stainless-steel nanoballs. Limited to 100 pieces, each hourglass is US$12,000. (marcnewson.com)

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Rolls-Royce Umbrella

No more worries about forgetting to bring umbrella on a rainy day – if you’re a Rolls-Royce owner. With two hidden in-door umbrellas installed in every model from the luxury automaker (at approximately US$700 a pop), nary a drop of rain 
will spoil your arduous journey to the red carpet. (rolls-royce.com)


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The “World’s Smallest Rubik’s Cube”

Though it’s still beat by Tony Fisher’s 5.6mm version in the Guinness World Records, this miniature Rubik’s cube is the 
size of a single die. Pop it in your pocket and you’ve got the perfect brain-teaser to bring some smart fun during relaxation time. (urbanoutfitters.com)

Images: Courtesy of respective brands

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Here Comes the Sun


Agenda filled with pool party invitations? Here are some bright, fun-in-the-sun accessories that’ll turn you into the new summer sensation 

Here Comes the Sun


Agenda filled with pool party invitations? Here are some bright, fun-in-the-sun accessories that’ll turn you into the new summer sensation 

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Here Comes the Sun

June 30, 2017 / by Charlotte Ligiée

Images: Courtesy of respective brands

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Artistic Endeavours


Take your pick of our design-inspired objets d’art – both decorative and functional – to brighten up any home

Artistic Endeavours


Take your pick of our design-inspired objets d’art – both decorative and functional – to brighten up any home

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Artistic Endeavours

April 28, 2017 / by Leung Pui Yee


Silo Clock

See it not merely as a clock, but a kinetic sculpture that tells the passage of time. With its name coming from the sound of the word “silhouette”, Silo captures the moments through a poetic display, evoking a changing shape that’s formed by thin-lined hour and minute hands as time goes by. (Poetic Lab, poetic-lab.com)


Immersed Birds

Inspired by the saturated colours of bird feathers, Mexican designer Moisés Hernández has chosen to mimic the plumage of toucan, hummingbird and Mexican quetzal with overlaying hues. The wooden Immersed Birds collection includes three unique bird designs with distinct personalities. Both the amount of colours and the way sections cross each other depend on the time and position the wood is plunged. (Moisés Hernández, moises-hernandez.com)


Facet Pendant

Whether standing solo or as part of a larger installation, this cutting-edge lighting decoration from Tom Kirk comes in a range of mirror-polished looks: stainless steel, gold, black nickel, satin bronze and satin gold. The internal finish is polished the same way as the external finish. (Tom Kirk Lighting, tomkirk.com)

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Two-Tone Vase

This charming Scandinavian two-tone vase from House Doctor remains stylish in timeless blue and gold shades, made with a delicate glass body and a firm brass base. With an evenly moulded shape forming a simple silhouette, this is an effortlessly chic item for any home. (House Doctor, en.housedoctor.dk)


Butterfly Ginkgo Candleholders

Emerging from designer Michael Aram’s fascination with the ginkgo biloba (or butterfly ginkgo) tree, on which the double leaves look like butterfly wings, this candleholder collection ups the fantasia factor. Delicately handcrafted in natural bronze and nickel plate, it’ll be sure to raise the luxurious aura in your home. (Michael Aram, michaelaram.com)


Swan Bowl

Making a powerful statement bowl for any feast, this large swan bowl combines detailed 19th-century porcelain inspiration and modern design grace, handcrafted with Limoges porcelain and decorated in 24K gold. Also available in black or white. (L’Objet, l-objet.com)


Agave Cabinet

Reflecting the process of making mescal, Mexican designer Héctor Esrawe created the Agave Cabinet to pay homage to the traditional Mexican liquor. In addition to its engraved presentation in black wood and brass, a series of porcelain bottles, cups and small trays are also available. (Esrawe Studio, esrawe.com)


Strongman Nutcracker

The Strongman Nutcracker from Italian designer Marcel Wanders’ limited edition Circus collection for Alessi brings festivity, fun and functionality to your kitchen. The little guy’s name is Marcello – and he claims to be the world’s strongest man. (Alessi, alessi.com)


Pennini Paper Basket

Milan-based decorative fashion and accessory brand Fornasetti presents this luxury paper basket – with the designer’s omnipresent whimsy, humour and eye for style. Using lithographic printing techniques, it’s been created with realistic graphics and meticulous details in vivid colours. (Fornasetti, fornasetti.com)


Atlantico

Honouring the heritage of Portuguese porcelain artisanry, the Atlantico collection from Porcel delivers a strong oceanic vibe, often identified with the country, in its dinner, tea and coffee sets. The deep-blue colour and liberal teardrop patterns remind one of a rainy day by the sea. (Porcel, porcel.com)


Mustang P51

Dubbed “the most aerodynamically perfect pursuit plane in existence” in 1944, the P51 Mustang was the first US-built fighter in action after the fall of France. The scale model features a fully detailed cockpit with sliding cover and retractable main wheels. Measuring 26 x 29.5 x 10”, it’s hand-built in aluminium with a silver polish. (Authentic Models, authenticmodels.com)


Brew Cafetiere

Get yourself a proper cup of coffee with this sleek and sturdy copper cafetiere by Tom Dixon. With a futuristic look from its high-shine copper finish, it’s double-walled and has a volume of 750ml. (Tom Dixon, tomdixon.net)


Head Trip Byron

This one-eyed punk rocker named Byron is a one-of-a-kind decorative sculpture bearing designer Kelly Wearstler’s signature at the base. Handcrafted in Los Angeles, it features lapis, bronze spikes and a pyrite eye bezel in 18K gold. (Kelly Wearstler, kellywearstler.com)


Ida Variation #5 Tray

Featuring a woman’s portrait that’s been obscured in a modern artistic fashion, this made-in-France rectangular tray by Ibride will be a piece that you’ll proudly take out for all sorts of meals. It’s made of medium-density fibreboard and is suitable for the dishwasher. (Ibride, ibride.fr)


Knot Cushion

The Knot Cushion’s prototype stemmed from Icelandic product designer Ragnheiður Ösp Sigurðardóttir’s question of how to deal with a teddy bear’s long legs in another project. The cushions use different types of knots from the influential 1944 encyclopaedia The Ashley Book of Knots. (Design House Stockholm, designhousestockholm.com)


Trapezium

Indulge yourself under the sea in the Trapezium armchair from Eichholtz. With its deep turquoise velvet finish and fine brass legs, you and your guests may be reminded of the fairy tale of the little mermaid, perched atop her shell. (Eichholtz, eichholtz.com)


Iris Floor Lamp

Designed by French designer Fabrice Berrux, the Iris Floor Lamp is endowed with white ribbon and high-powered LED lighting. As tranquil attribute as she is, Iris is sure to be your soulmate during evening reading time. (Dix Heures Dix, dixheuresdix.com)

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Chanel Emojis Light Up Your Phone Conversations


Chanel Emojis Light Up Your Phone Conversations


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Chanel Emojis Light Up Your Phone Conversations

March 13, 2017

Just as Karl Lagerfeld was blasting a space rocket out of the Grand Palais as part of Chanel’s A/W 2017 catwalk show, the brand released its first emoji set to celebrate its new Rouge Coco Gloss. The icons can be used on iPhone’s iMessage app (free on the App Store on phones using iOS 10.0 or above) to colour up your conversations with friends, lovers or anyone else in your contacts list. Like make-up, the emojis let you play with a wealth of possibilities. See how our characters Cruella and Snowy make best use of them in our chat below.

Images: Chanel; China Daily

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Drawing Conclusions


The Karlbox combines the creative talents of two distinctly different entities: Karl Lagerfeld and Faber-Castell

Drawing Conclusions


The Karlbox combines the creative talents of two distinctly different entities: Karl Lagerfeld and Faber-Castell

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Drawing Conclusions

September 30, 2016

On one side is the force behind one of the most acclaimed fashion brands in the world: Karl Lagerfeld. On the other is one of the world’s oldest manufacturers of writing instruments: Faber-Castell. It may seem a strange pairing indeed, but the two have come together magnificently for the limited edition Karlbox.

“To me, drawing is like breathing and writing. These are things that almost relax me,” explains Lagerfeld of his design inspiration behind the Karlbox. The set boasts 350 Faber-Castell instruments for illustration – including watercolour pencils, pastels, brush pens, graphite crayons and more – housed in a black wooden exterior. Within is a top tier for the basic accessories including erasers and sharpeners, and handy drawers that follow a colour chart for easy access. 

The 83-year-old Lagerfeld is truly a renaissance man. He’s the creative director at Chanel, designs for Fendi, draws political cartoons for the Frankfurt-based FAZ newspaper, photographs for numerous magazines and, of course, has his own eponymous fashion company. 

Limited to 2,500 serial-numbered pieces, the Karlbox is a unique expression of the symbiosis between artists and their tools. Put that pencil to paper and you’re set to be the next Lagerfeld. Now all you need is your own Choupette…

Images: Karl Lagerfeld x Faber-Castell

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The Pen is Mightier


Shakespeare inspires Montblanc’s latest Writers Edition pieces

The Pen is Mightier


Shakespeare inspires Montblanc’s latest Writers Edition pieces

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The Pen Is Mightier

September 30, 2016

Paying tribute to the greatest icons in literary history, German luxury writing instrument manufacturer Montblanc has issued its Writers Edition every year since 1992. This year, the strictly limited edition was inspired by William Shakespeare, honouring the English playwright’s life, spirit and work with two distinctive, stylish writing instruments.

The most exclusive version is the Writers Edition William Shakespeare Limited Edition 1597. The fountain pens are limited to 1,597 pieces in reference to the publishing year of Shakespeare’s most famous play, Romeo and Juliet. The pen has been beautifully designed in hues of red, blue, black and gold with exquisite guilloché patterns; these patterns in the barrel are overlaid with precious lacquer. The colours red and black specifically recall the flags that flew above the playwright’s theatre and proclaimed the genres of the performance – historical drama and tragedy, respectively. Another intriguing element is the clip ring, which is designed to echo the golden earring that Shakespeare wore in his iconic Chandos portrait. 

In the other release, the Writers Edition William Shakespeare Limited Edition, the black and white colouration also references the flags raised outside the theatre – black for tragedy and white for comedy. The octagonal black cap was inspired by the shape of the Globe Theatre. This version is limited to 8,700 pieces of the fountain pen and 9,000 of the ballpoint, 7,000 of the rollerball, and 1,300 of the full set including the fountain and ballpoint pens, rollerball and mechanical pencil. Each piece is uniquely engraved with an issue number on the cap.

Images: Montblanc

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High Roller


The gorgeous Wraith Luggage Collection from Rolls-Royce stays true to the brand’s essence of luxury

High Roller


The gorgeous Wraith Luggage Collection from Rolls-Royce stays true to the brand’s essence of luxury

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High Roller

September 30, 2016

Rolls-Royce is world-famous for its luxury cars – but it may become equally as famous for its luggage sets. The renowned British car manufacturer has released the Wraith Luggage Collection, a set of six bags designed to fit into the Wraith, Rolls-Royce’s powerful coupé.

The collection was designed in-house by bespoke designer Michael Bryden. Comprising two Grand Tourer valises, three Long Weekender bags and one Garment Carrier, it’s characterised by carbon-fibre frames, mono or two-tone leather, machine-polished billet aluminium fastenings and widely spaced wheels with self-righting centres.

The Wraith Luggage Collection takes your bags to a new realm and reflects the unparalleled design aesthetics of the brand’s motor cars. Available at most Rolls-Royce dealers, it can be purchased individually.

Images: Rolls-Royce

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Forest on Wheels


A proper bike made of bamboo? Get ready to ride this cool creation by Craft Bicycle

Forest on Wheels


A proper bike made of bamboo? Get ready to ride this cool creation by Craft Bicycle

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Forest on Wheels

September 30, 2016

After years of research and tests, small Romanian company Craft Bicycle has created a true work of art – a bamboo bike featuring crisp lines and fine details that turns your everyday ride into an eco-friendly experience. Each lightweight frame requires 60 hours of labour, using natural hemp and high-quality bio-resin to link the bamboo elements.

Bamboo is actually a great go-green material for bicycle manufacturers. For one, it uses up to 35% less oxygen than other trees and can be grown sustainably. It’s also stronger than steel but as light as aluminium, and significantly more shock-absorbent than carbon fibre.

Though we seldom get the chance to ride around in the crowded, car-heavy metropolis of Hong Kong, we just can’t say no to a model with such unique design and exquisite craftsmanship.

Images: Craft Bicycle

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