Modern Teak Tubs and Sinks From Plavisdesign of Italy

Teak Tubs and Sinks

Often thought of the most suitable hardwood for outdoor furnishings because of its hardiness when exposed to water, heat and humidity, teak makes for great bathroom tubs and sink basins as well. Plavisdesign of Italy, who has a large selection of ceramic designs for the bath, has a special collection of modern teak tubs and sinks by Bullo Design, many of which were recently introduced in the trade shows. Read more

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Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Isn’t Just Sexy Anymore. It’s Actually Fashionable.

The annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, which will air on CBS on December 1st, has gone beyond simply sexy. This year, it’s moved far from a cheesy Vegas Revue or a slutty Ziegfeld Follies. Along with showcasing the usual; lace g-strings, merry widows, satin teddies, push up bras and lots of lovely skin, the show is fast becoming an true fashion show. All without losing its sex appeal.

This year’s styling deserves kudos for breaking away from more traditional angel wings as props, replacing them with far more edgy and imaginative versions. Wings made of balloons, wire, fabric, plexiglass and more are combined with the lingerie, making it feel as though we’re at Fashion Week watching a futuristic and irreverent fashion designer instead of just the leggy nubile nymphs most husbands ogle while on the john.

The set designs and lighting are more akin to a theater production than a lingerie show:

The show is bound to widen its audience appeal by treating the runway, sets and styling like it’s a JCDC or Gilles Deacon show instead of just voyeurism for a lascivious audience. But don’t fret, there’s still plenty of cleavage, thigh-high boots and butt cheek-baring couture for those of you who want it.

The unusual styling:

The host, supermodel Heidi Klum:

The show is hosted by the incredibly stunning Heidi Klum, who I am now convinced is actually an alien being, haven given birth to four children (the most recent just 6 weeks prior to hosting this show!!) only to have her rockin’ bod snap right back into shape without so much as a stretch mark.

Since her VS catwalk debut in 1997, Heidi has been a showstopper—wearing the tallest wings ever in 2003 and singing a duet with her husband Seal in 2007.

The Supermodels
Ths year’s supermodel line-up, straight from your mail order catalog: Adrian Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Marisa Miller, Behati Prinsloo, Doutzen Kroes and Miranda Kerr.

The Entertainment
In addition to the far out costuming, there was plenty of wild set decor and entertainment. Black Eyed Peas performed and Fergie, looking just as sexy as the supermodels, rocked the house:

The $3 million 2009 Diamond Harlequin Fantasy Bra:

Each year, they have a ‘fantasy bra’ made with real diamonds and gemstones. This year, it’s the 2009 Harlequin Fantasy Bra set with over 2,350 brilliant cut white, champagne and cognac colored diamonds accented with a rare 16 carat heart-shaped cognac diamond pendant. Total carat weight =150. Price = $3 million:

More from the show:

all images courtesy of Getty and Victoria’s Secret

You can see backstage photos, learn about the Miami model search, see the girls in Times Square and much more at the Victoria’s Secret All Access website.
The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show will air on CBS, December 1st.

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Pharrell Williams Is At it Again With His Newest Chair – The Tank Chair

pharrell williams tank chair

I shared with you Pharrell Williams previous furniture design, along with his many other business and creative ventures here.  I introduced you to his hand gesture candles here and now, he’s at it again, with his latest creation for Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, the Tank Chair. Read more

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Mosaic Portraits Made From Real Diamonds, Sapphires and Gemstones: The Ultimate Custom Luxury

mosaics made with gemstones

Looking for an incredibly personal and decadent gift to give someone special? How about a custom portrait made of diamonds and sapphires and set in 18k gold? Too much? Okay, then how about some semi-precious stones set in sterling silver? Either way, Gemstone Creative of the UK can make it for you. Read more

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Your Own Motorized Steampunk Tank- The JL421 Badonkadonk Land Cruiser!

OMG! A product that Jules Verne would die for (again).
This is a real motorized product that you can actually purchase from Amazon. It’s not new, but it’s the first time I’ve seen it available for purchase. The JL421 Badonkadonk Land Cruiser is nicknamed “The Donk” and the friggen thing even throws fire.

To look at it, one might think it to be a hovercraft, but in fact it runs on four off-road wheels, concealed by a unique industrial-strength rubberized flexible skirt that shields and protects the wheels to within an inch of the ground, while still allowing for enough flex to give clearance over bumpy and uneven terrain.

The roof of the Donk features a guard rail and durable rubber matting, making it the ideal place to carry up to 3 friends or several hundred pounds of cargo:

Slide open the roof hatch and you’ll find the interior fully carped and cozy, with accent lighting, glove box, controls and room to seat up to 4 people, or 2 comfortably:

The Donk was designed to be as versatile as possible, and that includes the ability of the craft to be piloted from either a seated position within the armored shell, or from an exposed, standing position out the hatch, thanks to a pivoting control stick and special one-way armored windows.

The control stick is topped by the throttle handle, and steers the Donk left to right. But it also pivots up and down- up for when the driver is standing, down for when he’s seated inside.

Above: The armored windows consist of stainless steel with a fine mesh of holes that allows occupants to see out without outsiders seeing in, and still protects the occupants from flying debris without risk of shattering.

The exterior of the vehicle is light-armor steel with a rust patina- providing plenty of protection against paintballs, pneumatic cannons, and flamethrowers.

Drive power comes from an air-cooled, 6hp Tecumseh gasoline engine, with centrifugal clutch, giving the Donk a top speed of 40 mph unladen. Total weight is 900 pounds. Wheelbase is 72″, total length is 108″, height 54″, and width 53″. This width is slightly narrower than a standard golf cart, which allows the Donk to fit through many narrow spaces and pylons that would restrict a full size vehicle.

The sound system consists of a 1000 watt amplifier and 4 channels, each with a speaker mounted behind a window to project sound primarily outward from the Donk, but of course into the cabin as well. Exterior lighting consists of rope lighting, underbody lighting, custom sequenced 12-channel window strobes, head and tail lights, turn signals, and brake lights.

Power for all these electronics comes from a high-capacity 12V deep-cycle battery array that is charged either from a wall outlet or by the engine and alternator, and has the capacity to supply power for a full day’s worth of driving, music, and lights. Lights, power, stereo, battery monitoring, charging, and ignition are all controlled from a single switchboard to the left of the driver, accessible from both the seated and standing positions.

The Donk was designed and built in 2002 by NAO Design of Palo Alto, CA. It was originally conceived as something which was at once both malevolent and benevolent, being battle-ready and armored, yet cozy on the inside and irresistible to people with its lights and sounds.

In the years since it’s invention, the Donk has appeared in the desert of Nevada for the yearly Burning Man festival. And now you can own one of your own.

In the dark, with lights and fire spouting capabilities, the Donk transforms into party-mode. The Donk has also been featured in several television and film features, including MTV’s Wildboyz and Discovery Channel’s Monster Garage.

Designed by NAO Design, the awesome looking JL421 Badonkadonk Land Cruiser/Tank will ship in 3 to 5 weeks directly from NAO design if ordered through Amazon, although you are advised to contact NAO first as there are many options that can affect total cost. Engine, chassis, interior, and lighting, and other elements can vary, and as such Donks are built on an individual basis. Be advised also that this vehicle is not street legal in most areas, and may be a tempting but ill-advised replacement for your regular car . . . and it’ll set you back $19,999.00 USD (without shipping).

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The 2010 Artist Series Beach Towels Are Here!

2010 Artist Series Beach Towels

Once again, the Art Production Fund and Works on Whatever have come out with their artist beach towels. This year, they are only adding two to the fourth annual artist towel series, each created by acclaimed artists Peter Doig and Yoshitomo Nara. Read more

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New Michelin Ads: Proof That The Right Execution Changes Everything.

above: a still from the second animated Michelin spot in the new global campaign, Saddest Road.

Michelin’s latest advertising campaign, “The Right Tire Changes Everything” has refreshed an ad icon that was fast fading into “Speedy -Alka Seltzer-land.” But thanks to a new advertising campaign by TBWA/Chiat/Day, New York, the lovable white tower of tires, known in the US as The Michelin Tire Man, is back with a vengeance.

The recent animated Michelin television commercial “Evil Gas Pump” directed and edited by Pysop, has been making the rounds on blogs and magazines and winning honors and accolades in several trade publications. With its digital rejuvenation of the beloved Michelin Man, the spot deserves the kudos.

above: a still from the animated Michelin spot, Evil Gas Pump

But the next one, is just as fabulous, if not more so. Saddest Road is the second in the animated series, soon to be followed by a third. Once again, the animation and music are wonderful and Bibendum, (our tire man’s actual name) is once again a hero worth worship.

Take a look at “Saddest Road”:

I am not sure the same creative team at TBWA/Chiat/Day New york did all the spots, but at the end of this post are the credits for Evil Gas Pump, which, if you have not yet seen is right here:

The print work, while attractive, is no breakthrough creative, given it is just a lift from the television and the headline is a disappointing rehash of the tagline. But I suppose you could argue the cop out that it’s a cohesive campaign because both the tv and print showcase the wonderful animation.

Examples of the print work for Michelin:

According to Michelin Corporate’s press release “The new campaign’s slogan – “The right tire changes everything” – is intended to illustrate the competitive advantages of Michelin tires in media outlets around the world.” The worldwide campaign initially launched in the United States in early October and then will gradually be deployed in 55 countries – in Europe and Asia in early 2010, followed by Africa, the Middle East, India and South America.

They also designed a new US site for the brand:

 above: the home page of the new site.

According to Adweek, the fourth quarter advertising effort cost $20 million.

Agency: TBWA\Chiat\Day
New York Chairman & CCO: Mark Figliulo
ACD/Art Director: Anthony DeCarolis
ACD/Copywriter: Erik Fahrenkopf
Executive Producer Media Arts: Matt Bijarchi
Director of Broadcast Production: Ozzie Spenningsby
Senior Producer: Jason Souter
Production: Psyop, New York
Director: Psyop
Creative Director: Marie Hyon/Marco Spier
Executive Producer: Lucia Grillo
Senior Producer: Lydia Holness
Producer: Lisa Munoz
Lead Designers: Anh Vu, Helen Choi
Designers: Kitty Lin, Jaye Kim, Ben Chan, Pete Sickbert-Bennett
Lead Technical Director: Tony Barbieri
Lead CG Animator: Pat Porter
CG Animators: Gooshun Wang, Royce Wesley, Kevin Phelps, Michael Shin, Angelo Collazo, Russ Wooton
Lead Ligthing TD: Anthony Patti
CG Lighters: Cody Chen, Szymon Weglarski, Helen Choi, Jeff Chavez
CG Modelers: Soo Hee Han, Tom Cushwa, Rie Ito, Tony Jung, Dan Fine
CG Rigging: Goo-shun Wang, Stanley Llin, Jordan Blit
FX: Miguel Salek, Jonah Friedman
Lead Compositor: Jason Conradt
Compositors: Manu Gaulot, Gabriel Regentin
Editorial: Psyop
Editor: Cass Vanini
Mix: Sound Lounge
Sound Engineer – Philip Loeb
Sound Design: Sound Lounge
Sound Designer- Marshall Grupp
Producer: Martia Guinn
Music: Human
Composer: Human
Executive Producer: Lauren Bleiweiss

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Designer Dough: Pane Quotidiano No. 5

Pane Quotidiano No.5
above: detail from Pane Quotidiano No. 5, Flamboyant issue n#1

The online magazine Flamboyant, is a super fun read. Chock full of humor, style, art, design and fashion, the magazine is presented as an online flip book that is both inspiring and entertaining. And full of eye candy. If you’ve never checked it out, you should. Read more

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M112 PODS & Mini Modern Furnishings By Paris Renfroe

Container dollhouses by Paris Renfroe

Paris Renfroe established Paris Renfroe Design in San Francisco California in the summer of 2002. Since then he has worked with numerous clients in the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New York, and the Minneapolis-St. Paul areas. Read more

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Snoopy Dons Designer Duds For Japan’s Fashion Week, But It’s Not The First Time.

Snoopy Dons Designer Duds
above: The CHANEL Snoopy and Belle at the 2004 Snoopy In Fashion show in Japan

For Tokyo Fashion Week and Snoopy’s 60th Birthday year, designers displayed the plush pup clad in couture. Read more

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