Dissatisfied by the suitcases he used during his frequent trips around the world, a Dutch businessman called Henk decided to create something better. The result is the Travelfriend, a luxury travel suitcase that is both light, functional and stylish.
Travelfriend, by Henk
British designer Jasper Morrison has launched a collection of watches for Swiss brand Rado. A chronograph reduced to the essential. Three hands, two counters, date at 3 o’clock, all lying under the flat sapphire crystal and activated through the gently curved rectangular ceramic pushers. The steel colored indexes and hands with white luminous sparkle together with the sunbrushed finish of the dial, a continuous entrancing and alluring play of light. The basic models feature only the minimum, the fundamental.
designboom has published new photos of the Giga Yachts A, a 387 foot long, with three pools, one master suite, six guest suites, and rooms for 42 staff. The fuel tank is so big that it costs $US1.4 million to fill up. It’s owned by Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko, who got it built for about 150 million euros at the Blohm & Voss shipyard, Germany, according to a Philippe Starck design.
This is one lean, mean and green floating machine. Part stealth fighter, part 007 fantasy, this 47 foot Code X Yacht by Swiss Yacht builder Code X, is a catamaran style power yacht that is not only ubber-luxurious but a technological wet dream. Packed with the latest in LED touchscreen control panels that delivers complete automated control over such things like the solar/hybrid power system to the GPS-controlled ‘virtual anchor’ system that utilises the electric motors to maintain a stationary position regardless of wind or currents.
Built by Seiko, the Hu watch is made of titanium with a rubber strap and comes in gray, white, and black. Slated for release in sometime in September.
Hu Watch, by Ross Lovegrove, for Issey Miyake
Described by many as the Ferrari of boats, the Austrian company Frauscher has been manufacturing boats for over 75 years. The 750 and 757 St. Tropez is available as an electric or motor yacht. Now the Company has just launched the world’s first luxury motor yacht with a hybrid engine, developed together with Austrian engine manufacturer Steyr Motors. Perfect for a cruise on your favorite alpine lake.
757 St. Tropez, €130,096 – €163,384, by Frauscher Boats
Robots and androids aren’t the sole property of science fiction. Christopher Conte’s sculptures are more like old-fashioned studies rendered with today’s materials: anatomical forms on the verge of motion. You can picture them crawling around the next Star Trek movie, or under a jar in a medical curiosities museum.
Microbotic Sculpture, by Christopher Conte
A minimalist wall-mounted CD player featuring speakers built into the player’s case with volume and playback controls mounted on top, and, of course, a pull-string power control. Muji’s unique CD player is simple, sleek and functional. Now part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York.
When compared with the classic black and silver models in the M8 series, this special limited edition with a white leather finish is destined to be the eye-catcher of this summer.
The Leica M8 ‘White Edition’ is available in a set including a silver anodised lens and strictly limited to just 275 examples. The uniqueness is further emphasised by the special serial numbers assigned exclusively to the cameras. All control elements are finished in silver chrome and, in combination with the lens, perfectly round off the overall styling of the set. The top cover, bottom plate and the camera back are finished in white paint.
Leica M8 White Edition, by Leica
When space shuttle Atlantis blasts off on the final flight to Hubble, the astronauts will be carrying 180 special tools, and 116 of them were designed just for this mission, which involves tricky repairs to two science instruments that were never intended to be fixed in space.
1. (left) The EVA pistol grip tool is a high-torque, low-speed, microprocessor-controlled power tool used by spacewalking astronauts. It greatly reduces hand fatigue while astronauts work in pressurized spacesuits and helps reduce the amount of time it takes to loosen and tighten fasteners. (right) The washer extraction tool is used by spacewalking astronauts to secure washers that would otherwise float away in space.
2. This is a high-speed, low-torque power tool designed to help astronauts quickly remove the large number of screws during the repair tasks.
3. The EVA mini-workstation mounts to the front chest of an astronaut’s spacesuit and holds equipment needed during spacewalks.