Bentley’s new fragrance (launched Summer 2013) is a first for the distinctive British luxury brand and unlikely to be the last if it’s as well received as it was when we were lucky enough to get our hands on a sample.
Designed for the cosmopolitan, self-confident, individualistic, and at the same time highly success-oriented man (we like to think this is us all over!), this fragrance can best be described as ‘a Bentley in a bottle’. It was created by top French perfumer Nathalie Lorson, who has pulled together the finest perfume raw ingredients and created a scent that can only be described as ‘leather meets wood’.
Standing proudly in the lobby of the iconic Canada Square, sits the cool and sophisticated bar and restaurant, One Canada Square. With its rich and elegant decor designed by David Collins Studio this place is the perfect setting for a client lunch, after-work drinks or a romantic dinner for two.
On arrival we took our seats at the bar and were handed an iPad which displayed the sensational cocktail list with exclusive G & T’s, modern twists on the classics, and a whisky menu which will blow you away. I would recommend the Pornstar Martini which is accompanied by a side of Proscecco and for those with a sweet tooth, the Rhubarb and Rose bramble. If you are quenching something a little bit more bespoke call over the unique cocktail trolley ready to make you whatever you wish.
One of the most eagerly anticipated pop-up shops to come to London is set to open its doors just in time for Christmas. From 5-8 December, four of Italy’s most creative talents have teamed together to open a shop on London’s Kinnerton Street in the heart of Belgravia.
The Italian high end designers in London pop up shop will feature mouth-blown glass from YALI Murano Glass Design, the finest hand-stitched linens from Chiarastella Cattana, unique paintings by Paola Piglia and hand-thrown ceramics by Tommaso Corvi-Mora.
Here’s a little detail on each designer -
Yali Murano Glass Design – Combining clean modern designs with traditional Venetian techniques that date back to the 13th century, Marie-Rose Kahane’s glass designs are created using master glassblowers who have honed their time-honoured craft over the decades. (Prices start from £45)
Chiarastella Cattana – Chiarastella Cattana’s textiles are the result of her research into traditional Italian weaving techniques. The results are colourful tablecloths, curtains, towels, bed linens and towels that incorporate jacquard techniques. All the fabrics are made from natural fibres including linen, cotton and wool and come in over 80 different colours ranging from intricate patterns to single tones. (Prices start from £12)
Paola Piglia – This award winning painter and illustrator was born in Turin, studied in the US and now mainly works in London. Her eye catching and inspiring work ranges from the fantastical to the literal but is deeply rooted in the natural world. (Prices start from £180)
Tommaso Corvi-Mora – A gallerist herself, Tommaso Corvi-Mora is a celebrated ceramicist in her own right creating beautiful vessels that take on simple shapes yet are striking and commanding. (Prices start from £20)
The shop will be based at 83 Kinnerton Street, SW1 and will be open daily from 11am until 6pm from 5-8 December. An opening drinks reception will be held on 5 December from 5-7pm. The nearest tube stations are Knightsbridge and Sloane Square.
Last Saturday evening photography and auction history was made at the famed Sotheby’s auction house in New York. The most expensive new digital camera the world has ever seen, the Leica M designed exclusively for the charity (RED), was purchased for $1.8 million. The bidder preferred to remain anonymous.
In collaboration with Leica Camera AG and commissioned by (RED), the designers Jony Ive and Marc Newson designed and constructed 561 models and over 1,000 prototype components for the Leica M for (RED) over a period of 85 working days. The body and lens were finished in a specially formulated alloy. The leather trim typical of Leica cameras was replaced by a laser-finished body in anodised aluminium with a finely textured structure. The more than 21,000 hemispheres of this structure lend the camera entirely new and very unusual aesthetics. The Leica M for (RED) features a full-format CMOS sensor, a high-performance image processor and a Leica APO-Summicron-M 50 mm f/2 ASPH. lens.
This unique model was designed by Sir Jonathan Ive and Marc Newson, both legends in the world of design. The Leica M for (RED) was up for auction together with more than 40 other items that were exclusively designed for the (RED) Auction, the proceeds of which were donated to a charity fund for the battle against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in Africa.
Dr Andreas Kaufmann, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Leica Camera AG in Solms, said: “Jony Ive and Marc Newson are two exceptionally talented designers, and we were particularly happy to place the Leica M in their capable hands. Their equally exceptional design and the legend of the Leica brand came together in this unique camera and played a significant role in the achievement of this record sum for the battle against disease in Africa. We are truly proud to have made our contribution to this charity success. We hope that this auction can help to prolong the success of the campaign against AIDS and other diseases in Africa and that the public eye is now more intensely aware of the plight of the people in Africa.”
The silver and silverware market is one that is constantly altering, in flux and difficult to keep your finger on. With this in mind, we thought that we would reveal one type of silver that is on the way up – Burmese silver.
Hailing from the 1850s, this piece has a value of £1,500 and this is set to climb:
A closer look at the detail from a piece in the Suttons and Robertsons vault.
The intricate nature of the chasing used to create these pieces of silver is a truly magnificent skill to behold. Each detail has been painstakingly hammered out from the inside, in a process which can take months to complete. Take a look at this video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YAIwQzmn7E) to see exactly how chasing is conducted in the 21st century.
This is finally a skill that is being recognised and valued by the silver community. Only a few years ago, Burmese silver would have been scraped, rather than sold.
Thankfully, however, this is no longer the case and Burmese silver is fast becoming a recognised, valued and better understood form of silverware.