UPDATED AGAIN*: Kate Goes With Sarah Burton For Alexander McQueen With Cartier Tiara & Matching Earrings.

*UPDATED PICS now include the cakes, the reception dresses, the ugliest hat and more. Read more

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Designer Thomas de Lussac’s Whimsical Outdoor Benches & Home Decor.

French Industrial designer Thomas de Lussac has a mind for functional whimsy. His many designs for everything from lamps to outdoor benches often incorporate the human element in bright and fun colors.

While he also works in woods and has several sophisticated furniture collections to his credit(and yes, you should see those, too), I am sharing with you some of his more “FUNctional” pieces today.

The Mona Lisa bench:

The You and I bench:

The Tennis bench:

Cosmo and Moonwalk lamps:

Table runner:

Robot Trobo toilet paper holders:

Skull and Bones Wall Sconce:

Freeway Vases:

Welcome Vase (grenade):

Tyrannosaurus Wall rack:

Shop for the many of the above products here at his online store.

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20 More Interpretations Of The Last Supper. New For Easter 2011.

The Last Supper
above: A beautiful photographic depiction of just the hands from The Last Supper by Bananocrate

Since Jesus came back from the dead (according to some), so shall my post on interpretations of one of the world’s most famous paintings, The Last Supper: Read more

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Pushing Peeps. A New Peeps Store, Easter Peeps Contests, & New Peeps Products.

marketing peeps products

More Peepular than ever.
Those colorful sugar-coated marshmallow Easter treats shaped like bunnies and chicks continue to expand their cult-like popularity. More colors, chocolate dipped, bite-sized and sugar-free versions are now available. In response to the public Peep demand, Just Born has been marketing Peeps products like crazy. They opened their first Peeps & Company store and have launched a new dedicated e-commerce Peeps site. Read more

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Kohler Numi, The High-Tech Luxury Toilet That Does Everything But Take The Crap For You.

Kohler introduces Numi, Kohler’s most advanced toilet. The Numi toilet is a state of the art, modern, automatic and motion-sensor, self-cleaning toilet combination bidet that also warms your feet, your tush, can play music with its built-in speakers, audio input jack and docking station and keeps itself odor-free. Read more

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The Dune House. A New Stunning Modern Beach Home in the Village of Thorpeness.

The Dune House

Mole Architects has collaborated with the Norwegian firm Jarmund Visgnaes Architects on this beautiful modern beach house which is located just south of the picturesque village of Thorpeness in Suffolk. The Dune House can accommodate up to nine people with its five bedrooms. Read more

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New Wood Fireplaces, Radiators, Heated Poufs & Pet Beds From Italy’s i-radium.

I’ve written about i•radium’s beautiful radiators before, but they’ve added some new and noteworthy items to their collection since my last post.

above: some of the previous wood radiators and towel racks from i-radium

New Products
Heated poufs for people, heated beds for pets, radiators and towel warmers all swathed in beautiful woods like colored oaks (natural, white, grey and black), ebony and wenge.

The Joule bioethanol fireplace by Enzo Berti:

A revolutionary and innovative Bioethanol heating system. The only fireplace capable to generate heat profiting by the I-Radium technology of infrared applied to wood and by the ultrasound technology applied to Bioethanol combustion. It’s an invisible fireplace, mirrored glassed when turned off, it becomes source of heat with real fire when aflame. The whole process is microprocessor controlled and respects current safety world standards. Ignition, switch off, fan and flame modulation are operated by a special remote control or by keypad, directly on the device. The procedure can be interfaced with any type of home automation system and it’s already programmed for remote control via mobile phone.

Pause leather and wood heated poufs by Enzo Berti:

An innovative “heating pouf” made of wood and hide, characterized by sophisticated details and finish and strong aesthetic value. A new way to conceive a heater for a minimalist style

Dot heated pouf and MP3 player by Enzo Berti:

A new heating pouf of simple and sober lines. Leather upholstered seat, available in multiple colours, it can be used in any home environment. Dot is provided with an original option: a kinetic transducer, inserted within, allows you to listen to music. Easy to use, a simple connection to any MP3/audio source and power supply to be instantly wrapped in relaxing warmth and music.

The Meo Bau Heated Pet Bed by Enzo Berti:

It’s a warming bed for cats, dogs and puppies, designed to be placed next to chairs and sofas or to be carried easily around the house. Warm, elegant and comfortable, this new and re-interpreted version of the dog/cat crate-bed, embraces your pet with comfort and luxury.

Gigi radiator by Enzo Berti:

A whimsical radiator for the kids’ room and irresistible for older ones, Gigi, has an innovative style that embraces the environment in an atmosphere of fun and turns any niche or corner of your home into an original spot. In Fact, thanks to its extreme lightness, versatility and ease of use, you can take it with you in every room and enjoy hot moments of relaxation.

X-Red Towel Warmer by Michael Schmidt:

An innovative free-standing towel-warmer characterized by pure lines and a wide heating surface. The sinuous and elegant vertical shape of X-Red hides the towel hangers behind, thus maintaining the wall always tidy and well organized.

X-Red, naturally and easily adapts to any type of furniture and finds optimal positioning in both the private and public sectors.

Morphosis Radiator and Towel Warmer by Michael Schmidt:

Elegant style and neat design are the features of Morphosis, the new collection of these modular radiators: from elegant towel warmer to radiator easily works outside the bathroom boundaries. Positionable both horizontally and vertically allows maximum adaptability and possibility to be equipped with exclusive accessories, such as shelves and towel hangers, camouflaged behind the curved modules.

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Udine, Italia
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Yes, These Historical Fashions & Haute Couture Are Made Of Hand-Painted Paper.

Let me start by saying… what you are looking at is made of paper! Now, that I’ve got your attention, prepare to be amazed at the work of Isabelle de Borchgrave.

From the Medicis to Marie Antoinette to Jackie Kennedy’s wedding dress, Isabelle de Borchgrave has made paper emulate the most incredible fabrics and fashions from all over the world. One has to look twice to realize that the formal gowns, ornate jackets – even shoes – on mannequins are not actually made from velvet, silks and satins.

Sumptuous and detailed, it’s hard to believe they are crafted of hand-painted rag paper. Whether she is recreating an outfit from 16th century paintings or creating one for a modern day ad campaign, the craftsmanship and detail in everything from the shoes to the hairpieces will take your breath away.

Her works include paper recreations of Renaissance costumes of the Medici family, gowns worn by Elizabeth I and Marie-Antoinette, the fashions of Fortuny (known for their pleats) and the designs of grand couturiers Fredrick Worth, Paul Poiret, Christian Dior and Coco Chanel.

Some examples of her Medici fashions:

Gowns worn by legendary European 15th and 16th century historical figures including Elizabeth I and Marie-Antoinette:

Fortuny Fashions:

Jackie Kennedy’s Wedding Dress:

A series of dresses realized with suede wall coverings for the Antelope Collection by Arte International in 2010:

For her present exhibit, Pulp Fashions, at San Francisco’s Legion of Honor, she chose four famous paintings from their collection and recreated the fashions within them. Below are two examples:

The Belgian artist is a painter by training, but textile and costume are her muses. Working in collaboration with leading costume historians and young fashion designers, de Borchgrave crafts a world of splendor from the simplest rag paper.

Painting and manipulating the paper, she forms trompe l’oeil masterpieces of elaborate dresses inspired by rich depictions in early European painting or by iconic costumes in museum collections around the world.

The Paper Dress of Eleonora de Toledo, 1522-1562 (above) was inspired by a portrait of Bronzino (Gallery of Uffizi, Firenze) and began with a sketch, followed with the hand-painting of the fabric in her studio to yield the final masterpiece:

images and info courtesy of Isabelle de Borchgrave and The Legion of Honor

At present, The Legion of Honor in San Francisco is the first American museum to dedicate an entire exhibition to the work of Isabelle de Borchgrave, although her creations have been widely displayed in Europe.

Pulp Fashion draws on several themes and presents quintessential examples in the history of costume—from Renaissance finery of the Medici family and gowns worn by Elizabeth I and Marie-Antoinette to the creations of the grand couturiers Frederick Worth, Paul Poiret, Christian Dior, and Coco Chanel. Special attention is given to the creations and studio of Mariano Fortuny, the eccentric early-20th-century artist who is both a major source of inspiration to de Borchgrave and a kindred spirit.

Pulp Fashion: The Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave, February 5, 2011 – June 5, 2011

A special thanks to my very hip parents who told me about Isabelle de Borchgrave and her work.

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A Viagra-Laced Beer Is Launched To Toast The Upcoming Nuptials Of William & Kate

Royal Virility Performance Beer

Bottled virility for the Monarchy. Raise a glass, and a body part, to the soon to be wed Royal Couple with this Viagra-laced beer from Brew Dog. The Royal Virility Performance is a limited edition artisanal brew made with various well-known aphrodisiacs in honor of Prince William’s upcoming nuptials to Kate Middleton. Read more

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