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Year in Review: Most Popular Posts

This year we take a moment to review our top posts on Daily Icon. Certainly it’s not a scientific survey, but our readers seem to prefer drinking 1000 Arcres Vodka while reclining with friends on an Endless Sofa by de Sede in a Marcio Kogan designed home, somewhere in São Paulo, Brazil.

Sounds like a perfect way to end the year!

Globe by Studio Job for Swarovski Crystal Palace

Globe by Studio Job for Swarovski Crystal Palace

Studio Job has created a 175 cm diameter spinning globe applying 500,000 Swarovski crystals. “Maybe it’s the sense of time and gravity that touches us, maybe it is the earth that keeps turning and turning.”

Globe, by Studio Job, for Swarovski Crystal Palace

Vogue Magazine at Philip Johnson’s Glass House

Philo has the fashion world buzzing again with her first collection for Céline. Vogue Magazine and Annie Liebovitz used Philip Johnson’s Glass House as the set for the photoshoot.

Photography by Annie Liebovitz, at Philip Johnson’s Glass House, New Canaan, Connecticut, October Issue, Vogue Magazine

Won Park Dollar Bill Origami

Won Park folds greenbacks into tiny figures, never using more than two dollar bills at a time, and no glue.

Origami, by Won Park

Medis, Tanto & Plattan Headphones by Urbanears

Medis, Tanto & Plattan Headphones by Urbanears

Medis, Tanto & Plattan Headphones by Urbanears

Medis, Tanto & Plattan Headphones by Urbanears

Medis, Tanto & Plattan Headphones by Urbanears

Medis, Tanto & Plattan Headphones by Urbanears

Medis, Tanto & Plattan Headphones by Urbanears

Medis, Tanto & Plattan Headphones by Urbanears

Scandinavian design collective, Urbanears has launched a series of headphones with three unique models, Plattan, Tanto and Medis, each available in 14 color varieties. Like many successful street brands given the no-logo-all-color-garments a face, Urbanears is set to make a statement in audio fashion wear.

Plattan is designed to be the perfect classic headphone, utilizing innovative functions and performance with current technology. It’s a full size headphone allowing for rich, secluded sound. The entire unit folds down to the size of a fist for maximum mobility, best of all, Plattan also comes with a “zound plug” which is actually not a plug, but rather a socket that allows your friend to plug into your earcap and listen to the same thing you are listening to.

Tanto is designed for maximum mobility without the compromise of performance, a tribute to the ‘80’s revolution in mobile music.

Medis has a sleek and minimal design and the functionality of its larger siblings but the obvious benefits of in-ear. The revolution, however, is the EarClick patent which anchors the ear-piece securely in place with perfect comfort and lets it stay in place. EarClick is the result of years of development and an ergonomic revolution of in-ear headphones. The construction is based on securing the position in the outer ear at two opposing points.

Each product comes equipped two extra cable extensions. The cable itself is made from fabric, rather that the usual plastic casing and fixed to the cable is a microphone and remote compatible with most devices such as Nokia, Blackberry, HTC and the iPhone.

Plattan, Tanto, Medis, by Urbanears

Tilt Shift Interiors: Normann Copenhagen Store

Photos taken inside the Normann Copenhagen flagship store, using a Tilt Shift filter.

Normann Copenhagen Flagship Store, Copenhagen, Denmark
via: Spotted by Normann Copenhagen

Evian Packaging by Paul Smith

Paul Smith has designed a bottle for Evian which will be on sale in limited amounts until Christmas. The London based designer describes the package as “…a nice glass bottle with colourful stripes around the top, printed with organic ink!”

Evian Bottle, by Paul Smith

Honeycomb Latticework by Swarovski

Honeycomb Latticework Swarovski

Honeycomb Latticework Swarovski

Honeycomb Latticework Swarovski

A cut crystal, when light falls on it, gleams radiantly in the honeycomb structure on a wall or ceiling. Architecture, light and crystal appear to unite in a fully new way. The extraordinary combination of materials blends completely into the architecture and attracts the glances of the viewers.

Honeycomb, by Swarovski

Handbags by Lena Bergström for Orrefors

With these solid crystal clutches, glass maker Orrefors has created a new range of fine accessories. The handbags are currently on display at the Vessel Gallery in London. Designed by Lena Bergström she has created the four crystal handbags that are for show only, since they do not function as a carrier—Cinderella is now ready for the ball.

Handbags, by Lena Bergström for Orrefors

Leica M8 Limited Edition in White

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

Editor's Picks

Brick Flip Clock
The classic vintage flip clock, reinvented and redesigned, made from a stainless steel case and a precision machine. Mount it on the wall or simply place it on a desk. [more...]

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The Guggenheim: Frank Lloyd Wright and the Making of the Modern Museum
First-ever book to explore the process behind one of the greatest modern buildings in America. [more...]
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MoonFire: The Epic Journey of Apollo 11
A unique tribute to the defining scientific mission of our time, the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. [more...]
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Cars Freedom Style Sex Power Motion Colour Everything

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Freedom Style Sex Power Motion Colour Everything. This lavish and beautifully designed book is the gift book for all car enthusiasts and design aficionados. [more...]
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Diz Armchair by Sergio Rodrigues
Handcrafted from solid eucalyptus this Brazilian classic is designed with soothing smooth edges, making it one of the most comfortable and laid-back lounge chairs around. [more...]

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