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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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Go-go Gadgets


From the hottest tech to the coolest stuff on the market, check out our curated selection of the trendiest goodies

Go-go Gadgets


From the hottest tech to the coolest stuff on the market, check out our curated selection of the trendiest goodies

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Go-go Gadgets

March 31, 2017 / by Leung Pui Yee


Make Film Easier

The first multi-format, daylight-loading film developing tank, Lab-Box aims to help film photographers develop their rolls anywhere without the need for a darkroom. As people rediscover the classic techniques, this is perfect for anyone interested in pursuing analogue photography. (ars-imago.com)


Picture Pop

For the brand’s 80th anniversary, Polaroid has debuted the Polaroid Pop instant digital camera. The latest offering combines the brand’s nostalgic values of sharing with top technology, including a built-in printer – and its new rainbow colours are the perfect eye candy. (polaroid.com)


Audio Game Strong

Aiming for durability, high-end Korean audio brand Astell & Kern has released its stainless-steel AK380 player, which is built for all sorts of conditions. Limited to just 200 units at US$4,999 each, is your pocket powerful enough to hold this beauty? (astellnkern.com)

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A Fresh Take on a Classic

In 1947, Movado released its iconic Museum watch with the acclaimed dial and solitary dot at 12. In 2015, the brand launched the Edge, which is the new interpretation of the Museum, with a further accent on minimalism. Recently, a special edition Edge was added to the fold in two sizes, with the colour options of black-rose gold or stainless steel-blue. Perhaps this one will end up in a museum someday, too… (movado.com)


The Ultimate Training Gear

Get your home workout started today in style with Swedish design studio Tingest’s collection – aimed at being your ultimate training equipment. Bespoke dumb-bells and kettle bells? You’ll never need an excuse to skip exercise time again. (tingest.se)


The World’s First Tea Humidor

London-based interiors company Lotusier has unveiled the world’s first “tea humidor”. Handcrafted from sycamore with chrome fittings, this type of wood imparts less of a scent to your precious tea leaves, preserving their flavour from the negative influences of light, odour, heat, air and moisture. Available in five designs, pre-orders of this exquisite objet d’art are around US$8,750. (lotusier.com)

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Let’s Face It

Want some seriously personalised candy? Scan your face on your smart phone in 3D mode, then the Candy Mechanics can “immortalise” you in chocolate. You’ll arrive via the post in your sweet Lolpops form. Now the only question is: do you dare to eat your own head? (candymechanics.com)


The Bed that Does it All

A good night’s sleep is one of the best ways to achieve instant happiness. If you want to live in dreamland, you might want the help of the Sleep Number 360 smart bed, which takes care of everything while you sleep. Using SleepIQ technology, it auto-adjusts firmness with your body movements, warms your feet to help you fall asleep faster and even senses your snoring before you start and takes action to relieve it. Curious about your sleeping patterns? Connect to the bed via your smartphone and check it when you wake up. All you have to do is sleep. (sleepnumber.com/360)

 

Pizza Me ASAP

Sneakerheads and pizzaheads can now unite. For this year’s March Madness NCAA basketball tournament, Pizza Hut created 64 pairs of the “Pie Tops”, handmade by The Shoe Surgeon, Dominic Chambrone. As demonstrated in a hilarious ad by retired NBA star Grant Hill, at the simple press of a button on the shoe’s tongue, you’ll get a piping-hot pizza delivered to the sneaker’s location. Seems a little bit cheesy to us… (pizzahut.com)


Light it Up

The Hong Kong student-conceived Lumos Helmet is the world’s first smart bicycle helmet to integrate lights, brake and turn signals. Among its many accolades, it received the London Design Museum’s Beazley Design Award in the Transport category. Designed with the urban cyclist in mind for a safer ride and enhanced rider visibility on the road, Lumos has been a runaway success. Now if only we could find some bike lanes in Hong Kong… (lumoshelmet.co)


The Headphones that Let You Hear What You Want

Today, countless headphones have noise-cancelling functionality, but the latest Stages Hero takes it to the next level with its “selective sound” and “ambient directional audio filtering” technologies to create a customised listening experience. Allegedly, it knows what’s best for your ear at each moment and delivers an audio experience that can be custom-tailored from its app. You can even set audio keywords that automatically trigger music projection after they’re said. (stages.co)


The Voice Assistant Named Melody

You may already know Siri, but allow us to introduce Melody – your new smart voice assistant, who can recognise different individuals’ voices and serve in a variety of ways. Try to talk to her (or him), then let her do her job: managing your calendar, playing music and looking after your smart home. You’ll probably also notice that she has a much more tangible and cooler look than your old friend Siri. (rokid.com)


The Moto that Parks Itself

Have you ever had a fear of falling off your motorcycle? Thanks to advances in self-stabilising technology, Honda has unveiled its Moto Riding Assist prototype, which can ride and park by itself without rider control. The potential success is set to greatly reduce accidents – and your riding anxiety. Just remember, you still need a licence before you can get on the road. (world.honda.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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Tweety Pie


Launched in 2006, Twitter has become one of the top go-to social media sites – get to know the dos and don’ts of tweeting

Tweety Pie


Launched in 2006, Twitter has become one of the top go-to social media sites – get to know the dos and don’ts of tweeting

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Tweety Pie

February 24, 2017 / by Joel Fischer

Donald Trump has been known to do it in the middle of the night. Kim Kardashian has done it more than 22,000 times. Many people don’t understand why you would want to do it at all. 

We’re talking about tweeting and, unlike posting your entire life on Facebook, this social media activity demands a particular set of skills.

Why use Twitter? It’s a way to have a one-on-one virtual connection with your heroes and anybody who interests you. Likewise, you can share your life and views with an almost limitless number of people. And it all has to be done within the tantalising limit of 140 characters of text – plus photos, videos and links – which really helps you focus your mind.

 

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Katy Perry has the most Twitter followers, with 95.6 million of the micro-blogging site’s 317 million monthly active users. Justin Bieber isn’t far behind with 91.5 million, followed by Barack Obama and Taylor Swift with around 83 million each. The heaviest hitters of Twitter are pop stars, heroes of sport and other celebrities. But you don’t need to be famous to create a buzz with the right tweets at the right time.

In fact, Katy Perry is a great example of how to do it well. She has a bubbly tweeting style that mashes up chat about her tours and her music, insights into her emotional roller coaster over the US election, and playful titbits about her daily life. “Done with my Christmas shopping”, she tweeted, and posted a link to her Instagram page that featured crazy gadgets like a “pet emergency evacuation jacket” and a “chocolate donut camera”.

To get started on Twitter, pick a simple, memorable user name like @KatyPerry, post a short profile and choose a photo. Some tips: avoid punctuation such as underscores in your name, post your own photo (not a photo of your dog, it’s not Facebook) and don’t be an “egg person” – referring to the default egg-shaped image when a user hasn’t posted their own picture. It’s the ultimate Twitter fail, and won’t get you any followers or respect.

Then, it’s time to start tweeting by sending your updates (“what’s happening?”) and following people. Building up an army of followers can take time. Generally, the more people you follow and the more you tweet, the more followers you’ll get. To become a Twitter star, you need to carve out a reputation for posting original, eye-catching tweets on trending topics – and maximise your visibility by mastering the use of hashtags.

Twitter Analytics will show you how your tweets are performing and who is following you – right down to their age category, country, income bracket, gender and interests. If your popularity is flagging and your Twitter ego is keeping you awake at night, you can turn to the unscrupulous tactic of buying thousands of “followers” from online sites. But do beware – there may be a lot of fake profiles in there and, at the end of the day, it’ll feel like paying a crowd of people you don’t know to come to your birthday party. Happy tweeting! 

Image: © 2017 Twitter, Inc.

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Romance in the Air


With Valentine’s Day nearly upon us, explore the widely varied rituals of courtship across different cultures – and species

Romance in the Air


With Valentine’s Day nearly upon us, explore the widely varied rituals of courtship across different cultures – and species

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Romance in the Air

February 3, 2017 / by China Daily

Courtship rituals have been practiced in many forms over the years. These behaviours aren’t exclusive to humans – there are similarities with mating rituals in the animal kingdom. For example, when a man attempts to gain the attention of a romantic partner, he might put on charming clothing and “flaunt his feathers” – just like a male peacock shows his ornamental feathers to attract a female peahen. Two people hold hands to convey a message of their close relationship, while African elephants caress each other and intertwine their trunks in the courtship phase. Couples have dinner together on a date, while many birds also share food in the name of romance. 

Numerous rituals showcase the basic instincts of all living creatures; for humans, however, the approaches tend to be a bit less clinical and a bit more fun. During the Victorian era, a pocket-sized calling card became part of the romance of courting. This custom began in France in the 1800s, and quickly spread across Europe and the US as a formal means to maintain social contacts. 

For a Victorian gentleman who aimed to start a conversation with a lovely lady, or simply wanted to walk her home, he would often use an acquaintance card. According to the Encyclopedia of Ephemera, the acquaintance card was “used by the less formal male in approaches to the less formal female. Given also as an ‘escort card’ or ‘invitation card’, the device commonly carried a brief message and a simple illustration. Flirtatious and fun, the acquaintance card brought levity to what otherwise might have seemed a more formal proposal. A common means of introduction, it was never taken too seriously.” 

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With gentle humour and directness, this romantic icebreaker was quite attractive to young women. Men would present a card with a cheeky message, such as “I am Sam Kahn. Who the devil are you?” Or he might just get straight to the point, asking “May I C U Home?” For those less restrained by convention, he might have put those heart-melting words in poetic form. “My heart to you is given / Oh! Do give yours to me / We’ll lock them up together / And throw away the key.” Or, perhaps you’d prefer the more suggestive approach: “Come and see our new lamp – you can turn it down so low that there is scarcely any light at all.” 

Interesting courtship rituals aren’t restricted to Victorian couples, either. In the 17th century, a Welshman would hand-carve a wooden spoon (called a “lovespoon”) as a sign of affection for his potential bride; the woman would wear the spoon around her neck if she felt the same way. In 19th-century rural Austria, young women would perform a ritual dance with apple slices lodged in their armpits – after the dance, she would give a slice to the man of her choice and, if interested in her, he would eat it. 

Even today, a variety of intriguing customs continue in Asia. For example, in southwest China, young singles of the Dai ethnic minority gather by the village bonfire at night; the men each choose a woman to serenade and, if she’s impressed, the woman will pull a small seat out from under her billowing skirt and invite him to sit down. And in one rural village in northwest Cambodia, the unmarried teenage daughters of the Kreung tribe are encouraged to explore sex with a variety of partners as they search for true love – in a “love hut” built by their parents behind their house.

While nowadays it seems the size of your bouquet or the value of your Valentine’s Day gift is all that matters, it certainly seems trite compared to those old-fashioned rituals. These fascinating customs laid the foundation for today’s romance – and some of them are still going strong. 

Images: Alan Mays; Getty Images

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Naughty or Nice


You’d better watch out, you’d better not cry – or you may get an unwanted visit from Krampus, the Christmas demon

Naughty or Nice


You’d better watch out, you’d better not cry – or you may get an unwanted visit from Krampus, the Christmas demon

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Naughty or Nice

December 9, 2016 / by Jon Braun

All around the world at Christmastime, children gleefully await the arrival of Santa Claus and a windfall of presents under the Christmas tree. Of course, that’s all well and good if you’ve been nice – but what if you were a naughty boy or girl this year? In the regions of Alpine Austria and southern Bavaria, that adds up to a terrifying visit from Krampus, the half-goat, half-demon sidekick to Saint Nick whose mission is to punish the misbehaved.

Krampus – whose name is derived from the Old High German word krampen, which means “claw” – is said to be the son of Hel, the god of the underworld in Norse mythology. Emerging from European pagan traditions, Krampus is a figure you’d be right to be scared of – no matter your age. With his flaming-coal eyes, matted fur, cloven hooves, snarled horns, long pointed tongue and jagged fangs, this “Evil Santa” appears on Krampusnacht, occurring the night before the Feast of Saint Nicholas.

Looks aren’t everything, of course.Krampus carries a basket or a sack, a set of shackles, a whip and a bundle of branches for the purpose of swatting naughty children. Sometimes alongside Saint Nick and sometimes solo, Krampus visits the local homes and businesses, handing out lumps of coal and birch bundles – a sobering reminder of the dire results of being naughty.

What’s that ominous basket for, you may ask? Why, it’s for carrying the bad children back to the pits of hell for all manner of torture. Adults, you’d be right to be scared out of your wits, too – in those particularly egregious cases of naughtiness, parent-napping is included in his repertoire as well.

Krampus has recently spread his reach around the world. He’s a frightening reminder to children everywhere that they’d better be on their best behaviour, no matter the season – because you never know when he’s going to show up on your doorstep. So which list are you on this year? Better check it twice…

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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.

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Powering Ahead


The 23m super-tender Endeavour is set to bring a dash of class and extreme performance to the high seas

Powering Ahead


The 23m super-tender Endeavour is set to bring a dash of class and extreme performance to the high seas

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Powering Ahead

September 30, 2016

Just seeing its light bronze and gold livery with mahogany accents and stainless steel, it’s easy to tell that this 23m tender is the epitome of luxury. Revel in Endeavour, a new collaboration concept between renowned Italian superyacht designer Federico Fiorentino and Serbian-born designer-architect Marijana Radovic.

Conceived as a private jet of the sea, the super-tender is capable of speeding across the water at up to 50 knots, depending on the engine configuration. Its designers proclaim it will be the fastest and most luxurious tender on the planet. Endeavour can even be equipped with twin jet turbines and surface drives in order to achieve extreme performance.

Accommodating up to six guests, the interior decor is elegant and sophisticated. A large window grants a panoramic view during the journey, while glass partitions are used to divide the cockpit area from the guest lounge. The lounge can also be converted into a conference room by reclining and rotating the armchairs. The tender also features a separate crew area with a luggage compartment and crew head, as well as a day head and bar.

As Endeavour is still in the concept phase, no builder has yet been attached to the project.

Images: Marijana Radovic of m2atelier (interior); Federico Fiorentino (exterior)

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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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