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Icon: Isamu Noguchi

Isamu Noguchi, American (1904-1988), was the illegitimate son of Yone Noguchi, a Japanese poet who had gained great acclaim in the United States. More of a sculptor than a designer, the everyday objects he created are best seen as sculptures with a practical value, “things for everyone’s pleasure”. His sculptural style exerted a lasting influence on the whole organic design language of the 1950s. The furniture he designed for Herman Miller Vitra and Knoll are still in production today.

Isamu Noguchi Products: (top to bottom) Herman Miller Table, Knoll Cyclone Dining Table, Radio Nurse Speaker, Akari lamp

Vertical Garden

Vertical Garden, by Patrick Blanc

Waterfront Villas by Piero Lissoni

In addition to the Mandarin Oriental hotel, this private island in the Turks and Caicos will also offer a selection of villas designed by Piero Lissoni. Other well known architects, including Shigeru Ban, David Chipperfield and Zaha Hadid will also design neighborhoods. Paradise!

Piero Lissoni for Dellis Cay

Interiors: Jaime Hayon Restaurant

In this restaurant interior for La Terraza del Casino in Madrid, Jaime Hayon has been given free reign to his very personal style — glossy, neo-baroque and real fancy.

La Terraza del Casino, by Jaime Hayon

Terminal 3 in Beijing

Beijing International Airport’s Terminal 3, by Foster and Partners

High Fashion Protection


In an era of jewel encrusted everything, if you are going to wear it — may as well brand it.

Designer Gas Masks, (Not for Sale), by Designer Gas Masks

Crater Table

Crater Table, (Price on request), by Zaha Hadid, at David Gill Galleries

Zaha Hadid Sculpture

 

(from top to bottom) Dubai Dancing Tower, Dubai Marina Bay Tower, Architecture Foundation London, price on request, by Zaha Hadid, at Rove

Bee Raw

You’ve enjoyed a good single malt, so why not indulge in Bee Raw Honey, sourced from raw, unfiltered honey made from a single flower variety. 
The honey really tastes like its floral origin; try cranberry, orange blossom, sage, star thistle, sweet yellow clover, wild raspberry and buckwheat!

We suggest the buckwheat honey from Washington State and sweet yellow clover from Colorado.

Bee Raw Honey, $12.00, at World Pantry

Veuve Clicquot Champagne Cooler

This upright cooler stores 12 magnums of your favorite bubbly, in a cellar, suitably dark, in your bolt-hole in Portofino. Limited edition of 15. The champagne’s not bad either.

Champagne Cooler, $70,000, by Porsche design, for Veuve Clicquot

Editor's Picks

Bell Side Table
Hand-blown in the traditional manner using a wooden mould, the transparent tinted glass base asserts a sculptural presence in space, contrasting intriguingly with the solid brass frame on top while also forming with it a harmonious unit recalling the elegant curving silhouette of a bell. [more...]

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Fjordfiesta Scandia Senior
by Hans Brattrud

A Norwegian furniture design classic from 1957, Scandia Senior is a comfortable high-back easy chair with a leather head cushion, on a satin swivel base. [more...]

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