The Truffle (or Trufa) is a piece of nature built with earth in Spain. A space within a stone that sits on the ground and blends in with the territory. It’s camouflaged by emulating the processes of mineral formation in its structure, and integrates with the natural environment. Read more
Designer Paolo Giordano of Italy created limited editions of these stunning ornate cast bronze and aluminum versions of the mid-century modern classic LCW chairs as an homage to Ray & Charles Eames. The chairs have identical silhouettes to the original wood chairs but are intricately engraved bronze and aluminum versions. Read more
A record-breaking charity art auction, Artists for Haiti, was held Thursday, September 22nd at the David Zwirner Gallery and organized with actor Ben Stiller’s Stiller foundation. The Christie’s fundraising auction featured works by such well-known contemporary artists as Jeff Koons, Jasper Johns, Ed Ruscha, James Rosenquist, Cindy Sherman, Elizabeth Peyton and Chuck Close to raise money for relief efforts in Haiti. Read more
Art collectors and lovers of classic California architecture and midcentury modern furniture will appreciate this extensive look at architect Cliff May’s Alisal Ranch, a classic ranch style home, which just went on the market with an asking price of $1,750,000. Filled with Eames classics and Nelson lamps, these 34 images of the home’s interior and exterior will get any art and architecture fan salivating. Read more
Characterized by functionality, essential form and purity of materials, the Ravenscroft desk by Leonhard Pfeifer was designed to look striking from any angle so it could sit in the middle of a room instead of pushed up against a wall. Read more
You may have seen a few images of this custom creation being touted as the “World’s Most Expensive Glove” but it is so much more than that.
The artisanal creation, a collaboration between legendary style icon Daphne Guinness and fine jeweller Shaun Leane took over four years to be realized. Named Contra Mundum (translated as Against the World), the armour-inspired gauntlet is made up of more than a thousand grams of gold and is set with over 5,000 pavé white diamonds and was unveiled in a very dramatic fashion.
Weighing over 1,000 grams, the 18k white gold chain maille glove has striking diamond birds cascading around the arm, as though caught in mid-flight. The hand is protected with a bold 18k brushed white gold metal cuff, hand-forged and beautifully engraved.
Made in two parts, the cuff can be worn alone as a hand glove, or extended into an evening glove. Every detail in the piece, including the chainmail, has been carefully constructed by hand to ensure a perfect fit to Daphne’s arm.
This collaborative effort was unveiled in typically dramatic fashion. The piece was exhibited by Jay Jopling of White Cube gallery, in an exclusive viewing in London, with Daphne lying in state only to be wakened by a kiss from director and designer Tom Ford as her fashionable Prince Charming.
Guests watched Daphne’s beautiful presentation of the piece – dressed in the bespoke glove and shrouded in white silk tulle, her lie-in state symbolised the concept of the objet d’art; Sir Thomas Malory’s compilation of the legendary tales of the Knights of the Round Table.
As the evening drew to a close, guests (which included Tom Ford, Suzy Menkes, Lily Cole, Livia Firth and Alexander McQueen’s Creative Director Sarah Burton) were presented with a gift bag containing a solitaire diamond and a beautiful message signed by Shaun and Daphne as a remembrance of a beautiful summer evening.
If you’re looking for an unusual place to stay during your next vacation, you ought to consider the Balancing Barn, a piece of unique architecture outfitted with modern interiors and luxurious amenities that sleeps up to 8 people. Read more