Anish Kapoor for your morning illy cup

The Italian coffee brand illy is extending the range of artist cups and saucers with a new limited-edition piece, created by celebrated Bombay-born sculptor Anish Kapoor. Just like most of his creations, the new illy coffeeware has a metallic touch and is dedicated to blending emptiness/fullness and external/ internal in one piece. Commissioned by the … Continued

Bota Bota: From Ferry to Luxury Spa

Bota Bota, a floating spa designed by Sid Lee Architecture, is the latest reincarnation of a 57-year-old ferryboat in Montreal’s Old Port. The storied ship once operated as a ferryboat between Sorel and Berthier, Quebec during the 50’s and 60’s, followed by a stint as a Richelieu River show boat. The ship has been completely … Continued

Louis Vuitton Island at Marina Bay Sands Singapore

One of the most sophisticated shopping concepts in the world, the Louis Vuittion Maison store, will be launching in Singapore on Sep 18. Designed by award-winning architect Peter Marino, LV’s first Island Maison will sit directly on water, with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the bay. It will also feature a private lounge and outdoor … Continued

Louis Vuitton: Architecture and Interiors

Louis Vuitton plans to release Louis Vuitton: Architecture & Interior, a new book that showcases the foundations and structures of its worldwide stores. The book shows some of the most memorable Louis Vuitton retail spaces. It provides scetches, blue prints and of course many amazing pictures. The book will feature 300 illustrations including previously unpublished … Continued

Porsche classic cooler

Crafted from “an original ribbed cylinder from the early air-cooled 911 models”,this Porsche Classic Cooler comes with an anodized aluminum base. Designed by the Porsche Engineering Services, Germany, the bottle cooler sports a laser-drawn Porsche Crest. The cooler without the bottle is priced at $680.

Lord South Beach Hotel by BH+DM

Located at 11th Street and Collins in the heart of Miami Beach, Lords South Beach is the first gay boutique hotel brand in the US. The hotel opened in an historic Art Deco building with 54 rooms and a variety of hotel venues, including the Cha Cha Rooster Restaurant and the poolside Cabana Bar. Amenities … Continued

McLaren Mobile Configurator Case

Hyphen Design was drafted in by Fitch London to help them design and realise mobile customer configurator kits for the new McLaren MP4-12C supercar. Hyphen have, so far, supplied Mclaren with 50 of the cases, which contain all the paint, material and trim options for Mclaren’s much anticipated new car. The cases are designed to … Continued

Baccarat Zoo Collection

In the style of a crystal menagerie, thought like an astonishing bestiary, Jaime Hayon signs in 2011 the Baccarat Zoo. Halfway between a glamorous sweet box and a decorative object, the Spanish designer gives birth to a wildlife triptych, both playful and democratic. The collection consists of a duck, monkey and a bear in the … Continued

Lenny Kravitz to design new Miami hotel

Grammy-award winning musician Lenny Kravitz is to once again turn his hand to hotel design, according to reports from the US. The singer-songwriter is said to be working on rooms for the SLS Hotel at South Beach, set to open next year in Miami, Florida as a sister property to the luxury SLS Hotel at … Continued

French Newspaper redesigned by Jean Paul Gaultier

French designer Jean Paul Gaultier covered the Tuesday edition of French newspaper Libération in old editions of the daily. He also enlisted the staff to participate in the shoot, dressing everyone from reporters to web developers to a receptionist in newsprint creations. The campaign, shot by Patrick Swirc features paper renditions of Gaultier’s including a … Continued

Bonhams unveils design of new headquarters

Bonhams is to build a new international headquarters in London to provide the most advanced salerooms in the world. Designed by architects Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, the building is to be constructed on the site of the company’s current headquarters. Plans include the construction of facilities offering modern facilities while retaining the Art Deco facades on … Continued

Karl Lagerfeld glassware collection for Orrefors

Karl Lagerfeld has collaborated with Orrefors, the Swedish glass makers to create a collection of crystal including bowls, vases; wine, water and liqueur glasses and, naturally, champagne flutes. The Orrefors brand is known for gracing the tables at the Swedish Royal Palace. The glasses are hand-blown and Lagerfeld’s line will come in black, milky white … Continued

Copenhagen’s new design hotel opens its doors

The largest hotel in Scandinavia opened May 16 in Copenhagen, another new entrant into the Danish capital’s rapidly growing hotel market. Bella Sky Comwell is housed in two spectacular skyscrapers, each 23 storeys high, and offers 814 designer rooms with superb views of the city. The hotel is situated in Copenhagen’s green Ørestaden area, some … Continued

Clicq’Up by Veuve Clicquot

This year at the Salone del Mobile, Veuve Clicquot will debut “Clicq’Up”, an origami inspired design object by Belgian designer Mathias van de Walle. Clicq’Up is the first foldable Champagne bucket and is based on a concept of origami on ice, marrying form and function to create a contemporary, reusable design object that can be … Continued

Bombay Sapphire Vapor installation Infusion

Bombay Sapphire will celebrate its 250th anniversary by participating in the Milan Design Week 2011 with the installation Vapor Infusion, created by Moritz Waldemeye. He created a stunning and highly imaginative visualisation of the special distillation process used in the production of the premium gin in the iconic blue bottle. The Bombay Sapphire Vapour Infusion … Continued

Karl Lagerfeld redesigns Diet Coke bottle

Karl Lagerfeld has teamed up with Coca Cola Light for a second time to put his signature flair on a trio of limited-edition bottles. Dressed in black and white with fuchsia touches, the bottles also feature Lagerfeld’s trademark, pony-tailed, white-collared silhouette. Motifs of silver polka dots, black diamonds and bold fuchsia swirls drape the bottles … Continued

Nike x colette: The Away Project

Just a couple of weeks ago Nike presented its new French Away Team Kit, paying homage to the iconic white/navy striped pattern Colette is celebrating the Away Kit by bringing on collaborators from all sorts of areas, presenting their product also with the “mariniere” striped pattern. For The Away Project, Chanel, Colorware, Comme des Garçons, … Continued

ESPA at the Istanbul Edition Hotel by HBA

The brand new luxury lifestyle Edition Hotel is scheduled to operate and make its European debut in Istanbul in April 2011. With the extraordinary, 20,000 square foot, three-floor ESPA spa, Istanbul Edition Hotel offers its guests an incomparable spa experience integrating beauty, health, and wellness in a setting of fine design and luxury. Hirsch Bedner … Continued

Hermes Mahogany and Leather Valet Stand

Hermès has come out with the ultimate well-dressed gentleman’s accessory – a valet stand in solid mahogany, fine leather and brass with ebony detailing. The luxe piece is a limited edition re-issue of a classic item created for Hermès in 1930 by famed French decorator and designer Paul Dupré-Lafon. It features a calfskin hangar for … Continued

Karl Lagerfeld Designs Pop-Up Schwarzkopf Store

Karl Lagerfeld has designed a pop-up hair salon and concept store for Schwarzkopf in his home town of Düsseldorf, reports WWD today. The German city – also home of the Schwarzkopf hair care brand – will play host to this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in April. The Lagerfeld’s Schwarzkopf Lightbox by Karl Lagerfeld, which will … Continued