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Single Hauz Concept by Front Architects

We have the perfect spot to erect this tiny house. The concept is from the Polish architectual company Front Architects. The design was inspired by highway billboards. The house is very small at only 27 square meters, but perfect for that weekend get-away.

Single Hauz Concept, by Front Architects

Maxalto Makes a Cameo in Bond Film, Quantum of Solace

In its silver screen debut, Maxalto furnishings take center stage in several scenes in the new James Bond film “Quantum of Solace”.
Highlights of the featured furniture include the Talamo bed from the AC collection and the Max writing desk from the Simplice collection, in addition to a selection of night tables, armchairs and dressers.

Maxalto Collection, Spotted in New Bond Film, Quantum of Solace

Royal Delft Blue Computer by Plushdepartment

The first design computer with a ceramic casing handpainted in Delft, Holland at Royal Delft, The Porcelijne Fles.
The Delft Blue series will be available as a limited edition and with numbered certificate from Royal Delft, Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles anno 1653.

PURE*DELFTBLUE, by Plushdepartment

Live Beautifully, Photography by Julia Fullerton-Batten

One of the our favorite recent campaigns by a furniture producer is the ‘Live Beautifully’ series for ligne roset by BBDO Stuttgart. The images are by the young British photographer, Julia Fullerton-Batten.

Photography by Julia Fullerton-Batten for ligne roset

Hako-ie, Japanese House in a Box Wins Good Design Award

The Hako-ie “house in a box” is an assembly-type Japanese-style room that you can set up inside a larger space. Made with excellent materials and fine techniques, with attention to the smallest detail. It has tatami mats, as well as an arched ceiling, a lacquered tokonoma corner, and even a wooden veranda. It can be assembled or disassembled in an hour and requires no nails or screws, just a hammer and battens. A winner of the Good Design Award 2008.

Hako-ie, by Asao Sakamoto, Sakamoto Urushi Manufacturing Co., Ltd., Best 15, Good Design Award

Platinum Infused Face Cream by La Prairie

“The most precious metal on earth now empowers your most precious asset: your skin.”
Cellular cream may or may not work, but what works for us is the packaging. Is that a precious stone in the applicator?

Platinum Infused Face Cream, $1,000, by La Prairie
via: The Dieline

Jeff Koons Does Paris

Jeff Koons invades …the gilded chambers and sculpted gardens of the Château de Versailles …in recent years has displayed only a few select works of contemporary artists. The exhibition of 17 Koons sculptures marks the first time that the chateau built by Louis XIV has organized so ambitious a retrospective of one contemporary artist.
Not everyone here was as pleased by the installation. Several dozen people demonstrated outside the palace gates early Wednesday, a protest organized by the National Union of Writers of France, a little-known, right-wing group dedicated to artistic purity in France. The group’s chairman demanded that the exhibit be canceled.

Exhibition: Jeff Koons at Versailles
via: New York Times

Traditional Senko Hanabi Japanese Sparklers

Senko Hanabi (incense stick firework) is a thin shaft of twisted paper about 20 centimeters long with one end containing a few grains of a special gunpowder. Senko hanabi are always included in the packets of fireworks and are always done last to finish off the family fireworks which wouldn’t be complete without them. There is a sadness to senko hanabi. They evoke mono no aware, the flash of sadness at the beauty and briefness of life.

Senko Hanabi, at Cibone

Jeff Koons Puppy Vase Available for $7,500.00

 

Gagosian has released an edition of 3000 porcelain puppy vases signed and numbered by the artist Jeff Koons. Having first made a splash on the contemporary art scene back in 1998, the design took cues from Koons’s mongo-sized puppy sculpture (1992), which was filled with over seventeen thousand flowers. “The vase is a symbol of love, warmth, and happiness,” says Koons.

Puppy Vase, $7,500, by Jeff Koons, re-issued by Gagosian Gallery
via: V Magazine

Give a Lump of Coal This Year

The ancient Japanese tradition of making high quality charcoal, has inspired Sort of Coal from Denmark, to design a range of contemporary products that can be used for purifying and as decorative interior elements. Since the 8th century Japanese charcoal makers have produced high quality charcoal. During Edo-period (1603-1867) the refined Japanese quality Binchotan charcoal, commonly known as “White Charcoal”, has gained popularity throughout Asia.

Images from top to bottom: 1&2: Hakutan,  3: Kuro Kabe,  4: L:Binchotan, R:Hakutan Grain
5: Kuro & Shiro Soap, by Sort of Coal

via: Ray 20

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Bell Side Table
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