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A Short Film About Scott Schumann

Anna Kidman - Tuesday, January 18, 2011


A look behind the scenes of photographer and blogger Scott Schumann - more commonly remembered for his website, The Sartorialist.

Wearable Foods by Sung Yeonju

Claire Sullivan - Tuesday, December 07, 2010


Above: Banana Skins


Above: Tomato


Above: Eggplant


 Above: Bubblegum


Above: Winter Mushroom

These incredible masterpieces are in fact also edible. The work of Korean artist Sung Yeonju forms part of her on-going series 'Wearable Foods' in which she makes garments out of foods and photographs them. The series forces viewers to defy the traditional functionalities of each item by reinterpreting them into wearable works or art.

We are utterly impressed - and keen to don one of these masterpieces ourselves - Lady Gaga style.

La Réserve Hotel and Spa by Jean-Michel Wilmotte

Anna Kidman - Tuesday, December 07, 2010


With its classic style and sweeping views over the Mediterranean sea, the La Réserve Ramatuelle by Jean-Michel Wilmotte sits quietly just outside St. Tropez in France. As a wellness retreat, the hilltop hideaway is part spa and hotel and embraces the tranquility of its surroundings. With the option of seven guest rooms (which can be rented short term or long term) or 16 suites, and a 1000 metre spa which are all set within a pine covered expanse, the resort is equipped for singles or families alike. The rooms range in size from 50 to 100 square metres and come equipped with private gardens and terraces. A personal chef is also on offer to conjure up any gastronomical delights you need. Each space within the resort pays tribute to its surroundings with Wilmotte's renovation of the 1950s buildings in which La Réserve Hotel and Spa is situated embracing natural colours and subtle classic styling to remain understated and timeless in its appearance. We are particularly drawn to the finer interior details like soft furnishings which illustrate some of our favourite designers including rugs by Paola Lenti and contemporary furniture by Hans J Wegner, Moroso, Flexform, Poltrona Frau and B&B Italia.

(NB. All of the furniture in this resort can be purchased in New Zealand - check out Design Folio magazine for where to go).

On Sale: Vitra Clocks

Claire Sullivan - Monday, December 06, 2010


The George Nelson designed wall clocks from Vitra employ a diverse range of materials and sculptural shapes making them a refreshing alternative to usual wall clocks. Embodying the design ideas of the 1950's they are widely cherished by design lovers and collectors alike.

Vitra wall clocks are currently available on sale with  35-50% off. For more information go here.

The Fingerist Music Add On for iPhone

Anna Kidman - Tuesday, November 09, 2010



One of the latest additions to come out for iPhone and iPod touch is The Fingerist. Despite its somewhat dodgy name, it has a legitimate job. You can attach it to your iPhone and then pluck, strum or synthesize using any iPhone apps that feature pianos, synthesizes, drum machines and guitars. Whilst we don't see it taking centre stage in a serious capacity, it might be the perfect addition when you want to travel light. Made in rosewood colour wood grain, it has a 3-watt speaker that puts out a decent sound.

V-max Concept Bike by Yamaha and Hermes

Anna Kidman - Monday, October 25, 2010

Yamaha and fashion house Hermes showed off their collaboration, a leather-clad V-max concept bike at the recent International Motorcycle Fair in Cologne. Equipped with buffalo leather fitted to the tank, seat, mudguards, headlight cover, exhaust silencers and grips - and with brushed aluminium on the mirrors and exhaust, we're anticipating that this is one ride fashion fiends around the world wouldn't mind partaking in, even if it does come with a price tag of £20,000. Let's just hope that this concept gets put into production.

Selfridges Window Displays by Lernert & Sander

Anna Kidman - Sunday, October 10, 2010


To help celebrate the launch of their new shoe galleries, London department store Selfridges called on Dutch design duo Lernert and Sander to create 11 impressive window displays using shoes. Utilising household domestic appliances, they have been comically refashioned for a humerous take on fashion, and a surrealist take on shoes. Running until the end of the month, it's estimated 125,000 people will see these installations each day.

Stop Motion Animation Created by an iPad

Claire Sullivan - Monday, September 20, 2010


Another excellent example of the iPad and its many uses. The folks from Dentsu London have created three dimensional typography and objects with an iPad.

"We use photographic and animation techniques that were developed to draw moving 3-dimensional typography and objects. In dark environments, we play movies on the surface of the iPad that extrude 3-d light forms as they move through the exposure. Multiple exposures with slightly different movies make up the stop-frame animation."  

Check it out the video here.

Q Chocolate by Oscar Niemeyer

Claire Sullivan - Tuesday, September 07, 2010




Constructed from Brazil's finest cocoa beans with curves mastered by Brazil's finest architect Oscar Niemeyer, the recently launched Q chocolate is edible architecture that's 77 percent cocoa. As a guide to its complex, tropically infused palate. Q comes with seven blends of chocolate with differing levels of intensity and smoothness. Visit the website (in Portuguese only unfortunately) for more information.

NZ Designed Electric MotorPod

Claire Sullivan - Tuesday, August 17, 2010



New Zealand designer Paul Wilding has once again created a beautiful masterpiece with his new Electric MotoPod concept vehicle. The MotoPod gives the rider a complete sense of safety, speed and laid-back riding enjoyment. Designed with F1 developed carbon fibre drivers cockpit, with strategically fitted air bags ensures greater levels of protection than current motorbikes. Also protects against the elements, but with the option of 'convertible style' removable roof when desired. 

To balance the motor bike at standstill, the MotoPod is fitted with a gyroscopic stability control system.
A set of sophisticated tilt sensors and 10 gyroscopic motion sensors are monitored and inputted into an intelligent control system. In the event of failure, another control board will take over- preventing the motor bike
from falling over.  

The MotoPod is powered by a Lithium Ion battery and coupled to a permanent magnetic motor which gives tremendous acceleration and torque. Mated to a six speed sequential gear box with reverse gear. The battery and motor is fitted low in the carbon fibre monoque frame to increase maneuverability and lower the centre of gravity.

The MotoPod is fitted with the revolutionary Porsche designed energy recovery system. In effect the battery is primarily recharged during the application of the brakes. 

The MotoPod's hubless wheel design reduces unsprung weight, and equates to fewer engineering constraints, better braking and steering.