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Sunday, 9 June 2013

Raul de Sorôa's Itaúba Submarine

A spectacular find from Brazilian artist Raul de Sorôa. 'Submarino' is carved from Itaúba, a Brazilian hardwood, and features characterful nautical, automotive and also aeronautical forms. Equally interesting are Raul's other works which combine Airfix style assembly kit panels with his signature organic outlines.

Saturday, 8 June 2013

Christian Candy 1 : Great Gatsby 0

Watching Baz Luhrmann's the Great Gatsby this weekend [Curzon Mayfair], I couldn't help but be enthralled by the some 42 epic Catherine Martin designed sets. Particularly Jay Gatsby's double-height master bedroom with galleried open wardrobes [below]; taking cues of course from Design Trawler.

Reminding me of Christian Candy's masculine, deco-inspired bedroom in the £199m Belle Epoque in Monaco [pictured], which man about town has the better bedroom? While both make use of reflective fabrics, upholstered walls, high gloss and architectural carpets, Gatsby's galleried wardrobe gets trumped by a palladium trim bed and an elegance that's much more restrained. Judge for yourself below.

Gym Stars & Monkey Bars

Somewhere between Simon Khachadourian's Pullman Gallery; the ultimate den of high-end design icons, antique Vuitton trunks, racing posters and Alfred Dunhill table lighters; and an Abercrombie & Fitch themed home and furniture store [yes please], is K Loan in Brussels.

A new firm favourite on the Design Directory, the store has a focus on vintage gymnasium, athletic and salvage items. think wooden gym bars transformed in to freestanding shelves, vintage leather rugby balls and black and white canvasses of boxing stars. Coupled with contemporary art, industrial furniture and customers taking leopard print cats for a walk, check out the photos below, and K Loan's catalogue online.

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

If White Cube did Reindeer

If invisible cooking isn't for you, [or you simply have a designer-meat shaped hole in your life], leave it to Swiss delicatessen Hatecke to delight. From their website, you'd be forgiven for thinking that Hatecke is a contemporary art gallery; their stores in St. Moritz, Zernes and Scuol too bathe in a White Cube aesthetic.

Elevating the business of drying and curing meat to an art form, Hatecke's alpine beef, lamp and deer jerky dried-sculpture should be essential additions to any man's Christmas and/or BBQ list. Buy here.

Invisible Heat - Visibly Cool

What do smartphones and cooktops have in common? While you could probably fry an egg on the surface of an iPhone on a hot day, I'm talking about invisible interfaces - The way that on many handsets, it isn't apparent where the screen starts and finishes while switched off.

The British designed and made CR600 by Stoves, as pictured [genuinely, with no Photoshop trickery], vanishes in to the work surface when not in use. It's as if the entire counter is a gigantic smartphone; the chunky chrome knobs the only clue that you can fry an egg without invaliating your Apple warranty.
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