High End

Restaurant Offers Water Sommelier

Ray’s & Stark Bar in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is adding an extensive water menu to its offerings, serving up twenty varieties from ten different countries. Launching August 12th, the 45-page menu aims to educate people on how to taste water based on elements like mineral content and origin. Ray’s &(…)

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Amazon Art Marketplace

Amazon has announced the launch of an art marketplace, selling more than 40,000 works from over 150 galleries and dealers. The store focuses on high-end works, including originals and limited edition artwork, and hopes to bring work from gallery walls to customers’ homes. Amazon Art features easy-to-use discovery tools to help open the art world(…)

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JetBlue Upgrades Airline

JetBlue has revealed a new interior design for its transcontinental flights featuring a premium cabin with business class seats and separate single suites. New lie-flat seats are expected to debut on new Airbus A321 aircraft from 2014 on routes from New York to Los Angeles and from New York to San Francisco. The new lie-flat(…)

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BMW i3 Electric Vehicle

BMW takes pride in positioning itself as an elite luxury vehicle, except in the realm of electrics. The company has entered the electric car market with its i3 four-seater city car, which boasts a lower-than-expected price tag that is sure to rattle competitors Tesla and Nissan. The German car maker announced a base price $41,350(…)

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Bugatti Pays Tribute to Legends

Bugatti has announced that it will be launching a special-edition run of the Grand Sport Vitesse. There will be six different models, each of which will pay homage to iconic figures from the company’s past. Officially the world’s fastest convertible – the specially-crafted Vitesse models will be based on design cues from the cars driven(…)

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BMW Z4 Day

Automobile brand BMW harnessed the power of social media to promote its latest car model the BMW Z4. The brand created a new holiday called Ctrl-Z Day and, with the help of key bloggers on China’s microblogging site Sina Weibo, was able to get over 300,000 microbloggers to tell the world what they would ‘undo’(…)

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Bentley Designs First SUV

Bentley has announced that it is going to create its first SUV, which will go into production in 2015/16 at the company’s factory in Crewe, UK. The sleek vehicle design will stay true to the brand’s hallmarks of performance, quality, and craftsmanship. Bentley claims that the model will be the most luxurious SUV on the(…)

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Designs for the Royal Baby

WWD asked a number of designers what gifts they would give the royal baby, and designers like Christian Dior and Karl Lagerfeld proposed one-of-a-kind items for the future king. For example, Vera Wang drew a royal rattle, and Kenneth Cole suggested a baby carriage in the shape of a shoe. Dior told WWD: Like fairies(…)

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Mercedes-Benz Golf Cart

Mercedes-Benz unveiled the all-electric Vision Golf Cart at the 2013 Open Championship, a futuristic vehicle. It is powered by a battery and kept continuously charged by a solar module integrated into the roof. The Mercedes-Benz Vision Golf Cart features manual charging, which is used in conventional golf carts. The vehicle is controlled via a joystick(…)

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Sheraton Features Underwater Rooms

Earlier this month China unveiled the world’s largest building in Chengdu. This time it’s Huzhou in the northern Zhejiang province that claims attention, with the opening of a 27-story horseshoe-shaped hotel set on the Taihu Lake between Nanjing and Shanghai. The Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort was designed by architect Ma Yansong, who designed the(…)

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Kaleidescope’s Cinema One

Never heard of Kaleidescape? We can’t blame you. Unless you have five digits to spend on a custom home theater that looks like a 1930′s movie palace, the company’s products probably haven’t cropped up on your radar. Yet the company has churned out some of the most intuitive, high-quality digital entertainment delivery systems on the(…)

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Mercedes House WY Restaurant

Belgian designer Franky Claeys has created an in-house restaurant at The Mercedes House in Brussels. It represents the impeccable high quality that the brand is known for. Inspired by the Mercedes SL 65 AMG model, the high-tech WY restaurant features walls covered in screens. Some show promotional videos and live streams of meals being prepared,(…)

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Lacoste Logo Re-Design

Debuting this November, graphic designer Peter Saville has created a limited-edition line of polo shirts for Lacoste with a shocking twist; the polos are missing the signature logo. Instead, the iconic crocodile is replaced with designs ranging from squiggles to rough outlines. Saville was put to the test by Lacoste for its 80th anniversary and(…)

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Hermes Scannable Jewelry

If silver could sing, what would it sound like? For the launch of its new silver collection, luxury house Hermès teamed up with London design studio United Visual Artists and ad agency Dan Paris to discover the sound of silver, creating a symphony seemingly emanating from the silver jewelry collection as it was scanned with(…)

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VIP Identification Technology

A cool new facial recognition system has been developed by NEC IT Solutions that is able to identify celebrities. Designed for retail, the VIP identification technology could be used to help shop assistants provide a personalized service. The Telegraph reports that the technology is currently being tested in around a dozen stores and hotel in(…)

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