Friday, December 03 12:39 PM
If your travel plans include Cannes in May, trust Calvin Klein to help you save face: The designer's ck 3d sunglasses will complement your look as you pose on the beach and keep you from appearing ridiculous at film screenings.
The shades come in three styles: the Safari (pictured above), the Wayfarer-esque Havana, and the Glam (a large, square frame for women). They offer 100 percent UVA and UVB protection, and the lenses are curved to give you a better viewing experience than those disposable frames handed out at movie theaters.
The specs will be available this month, so even if the gloomy weather doesn't give you an excuse to wear them, the crop of 3-D holiday movie releases will.
ck 3d Sunglasses by ck Calvin Klein, $180, will be available exclusively at the Calvin Klein Collection boutique, 654 Madison Avenue, New York City.
Thursday, December 02 12:47 PM
There are plenty of people guilty of winging it at work, but Reestore's Deborah desk, made from a plane's wing, gives you the perfect excuse to do just that. Made of aluminum, on stainless steel legs, the retro-style desk is topped with a slab of heavy-duty glass to stop your computer and other stuff from slipping off the aerodynamic surface.
The Deborah is one of a number of furnishings and accessories that have been cleverly transformed from abandoned objects by Reestore's designers. Other products include a shopping trolley repurposed as a chair (the Annie) and an illuminated coffee table made from a washing machine drum (the Silvana).
At around $3,000, the wing desk is a whole lot more expensive than Ikea, but at least you'll be flying the flag for eco design.
Photo: Courtesy of Reestore.com
Wednesday, December 01 12:49 PM
Lay your Kindle aside for a moment for an admiring look at books like they used to make them: Penguin has released luxurious new hardcover editions of selected classics. With beautiful cover designs stamped on linen cases and ribbons to mark your place, these are the kind of books worth creating a library around.
There are currently 20 volumes in the series, and three of our favorites are especially good buys for those with an adventurous spirit: a ten-year expedition that features war, monsters, and shipwrecks; a little girl's journey to a fantasy world populated by eccentric locals; and a captivating tale of treasure maps and pirates.
Okay, go back to your Kindle. Useful, yes, but not nearly as collectible.
Penguin Classics: Homer's The Odyssey; Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass; Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island; $20 each.
Tuesday, November 30 09:21 AM
Sometimes you can't truly switch off on vacation until you switch off your technology, too. So instead of reaching for your phone to check Facebook, you could reach for Smythson's elegant travel backgammon set instead.
It's a beautiful object made of Mara leather in damson, pictured above, or chocolate, with nubuck lining. An amber option is also available, exclusively at Barneys. The set rolls up to a compact 2 by 10 inches (about the size of a T-shirt).
And the lightweight leather has an added advantage: If you're a bad loser, you won't cause much of a stir when you flip the game upside down in a huff.
Smythson travel backgammon set, $530
Photo: Courtesy of Smythson
Monday, November 29 09:15 AM
Apple fans are not usually happy to have their shiny new products covered up: What if someone mistakes you for a PC? The loss of cool would be unthinkable!
But artist José Parlá's designs for a MacBook Pro sleeve, iPad jacket, and iPhone case solve the problem. The latest in the Curated series by Arkitip for Incase, Parlá's designs--influenced by distressed surfaces and city walls--are just as eye-catching as what they're protecting. The iPhone case is made of hard-shell plastic with interior rubber guardrails, while the laptop sleeve and iPad jacket are made of pebbled leather with suede lining.
Seems you can judge a book by its cover.
MacBook Pro sleeve, $179.95; iPad jacket, $179.95; and iPhone case, $49.95; available from Incase.
Photo: Courtesy of Incase
Friday, November 19 12:41 PM
If your carbon footprint is keeping you awake at night, we've found just the thing you need: a cool bag made of recycled luxury-hotel bed linen.
This new British eco enterprise, called Sleeping Bags, encourages you to ditch plastic in favor of durable totes sporting original artwork by top London-based designers (including Avsh Alom Gur and Oonagh O'Hagan) as well as emerging artists. The designs will be based on an overall concept--The Secret World of Beds--and two new bags are to be released twice a year. The first set, on the theme "In My Dreams," includes Vicki Murdoch's bird bag, above.
Go on, bag one and sleep easy.
Sleeping Bags, £30/$48, available from Lost Values
Photo: Vicki Murdoch, In My Dreams for Sleeping Bags
Wednesday, November 10 10:35 AM
If you've ever sat beside a screaming baby on a long flight, you'll appreciate that just because something is small doesn't mean it's quiet. But that's not always a bad thing.
Consider the Jambox, Jawbone's new wireless speaker and speakerphone. It's a mere six inches long, under two inches high, and weighs 12 ounces, yet it blasts out 85 decibels of sound. You can sync it to a Bluetooth-enabled piece of gadgetry (like your phone, iPod, laptop, and iPad) to play music on the beach, get the full audio impact of a computer game in your hotel room, or organize a conference call. And it comes in four different colors and patterns, too: Black Diamond, Blue Wave, Red Dot, and Grey Hex.
Small, perfectly formed, and unlike a baby, it can be switched off on takeoff.