How apt is it that today we’re celebrating the 40th anniversary death of the King of Rock’n’Roll, Elvis, and Pantone (the bible of all things colour) release a new colour. In honour of the artist formerly known as Prince, Pantone have released his own shade/hue of purple called Love Symbol #2. The press release says it is “inspired by his custom-made Yamaha purple piano,” and his logo “…Love Symbol #2 enables Prince’s unique purple shade to be consistently replicated and maintain the same iconic status as the man himself.” Prince became synonymous with the colour purple through his 1984 album, film ‘Purple Rain’ and wardrobe. Prince died in 2016 at the age of 57. View the colour here. Photo Credits: The singer Prince in the 1984 film, Purple Rain, directed by Albert Magnoli. Photograph: Allstar/WARNER BROS. Photo Source: Soundopinions. Creative Commons.
So just you have just retired from you’re high flying executive job and they give you the obligatory Gold watch, well the last thing you want to do in retirement is wind your watch, you would rather be playing a round of golf, or sunning yourself on a beach in the Bahamas, sipping Pina Colada’s, well what you need is one of these beauties a Stockinger Watch Winder Cabinet. Now this has class written all over it. According to ablogtowatch.com, “Each individual Beluwo watch winder can be programmed for a specific watch based on a database of model specifications that currently includes information on over 8,000 watches. The winders further employ a 16 hour active phase along with 8 hours of rest, and are set using a smartphone or tablet computer.” The Cabinets can be fully customized, and are available in various materials such as wood, carbon fiber and metallic exteriors and placed anywhere in your mansion. Two other great features is that the watches are set to face upright (the 12 o’clock) position when they are not winding but most importantly operate virtually in silence. The Watch Winder Cabinet collection pieces start at 3,600 (AUD). Now you can truly enjoy your retirement in peace, Chin-chin! Photo courtesy of ablogtowatch.com.
You would be hard pressed to find someone who has not heard of the late great Freddie Mercury, lead singer of one the most iconic bands of all time Queen. Spurning countless hits from the seventies, eighties and nineties, the band was a pioneer of rock’s video revolution. Mercury was Born Farrokh “Freddie” Mercury in 1946 in Zanzibar, and grew up in India before moving with his family to Middlesex, England, sadly passing away in 1991 due to complications of AIDS. This legend still lives on in hearts of generations, as many tribute bands testify, but the one that stands out is ‘It’s a Kinda of Magic’ brought to you by Rock City and Showtime Australia which is currently touring Australia. It is deemed to be one of the best according to Freddie’s close friend and biographer (author of An Intimate memoir by the man who knew him best) Peter Freestone. British lead singer Giles Taylor starring as Freddie is a great tribute to Queen, displaying Freddie’s trademark stamina, charisma and strong wide ranging vocals. Queen fans will be excited about the rumours that a bio-pic will finally be made called ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, which may star English actor Ben Whishaw as Mercury. In 2010 Sacha Baron Cohen was linked to the film but pulled out in 2013 due to ‘creative differences’. In death as in life it seems that the legend is unstoppable. Viva la Freddie, Don’t stop me now! Photo Credit: Reddit.com.
Swiss watchmaker Alpina Geneve Sailing Yachttimer Countdown fits perfectly, both on the wrist of the owner and in the world of yacht racing. The Sailing Yachttimer Countdown comes with a host of features that makes it ideal for anyone participating in a test of sailing skill over open water with the added bonus of making you look extra cool! Source: Alpina press release.
Now you know you’ve had a bad day when you come back to this…well not really, it’s called Inversion and was artwork by sculptors Dan Havel and Dean Ruck of Houston Alternative Art. They altered two 1920’s houses in Texas (scheduled to be demolished), owned by the Art League Houston that had used them for art classes and exhibitions for over 30 years. The exterior skins of the houses were peeled off and used to create a large vortex, and create a narrowing spiral as it progresses through a small hallway. Unfortunately the artwork has now been demolished. Check out more images here.
Now who said Kit Kats can’t be healthy, well they can with the opening of a new specialty store in Ginza, Tokyo. They come in three different flavours, tuna, sea urchin and egg. But there’s a catch (no pun intended) they’re only available to customers who spend over ¥3,000 JPY ($34 Aussie dollars). But they’re not all what they seem they’re a mixture of a bed of sculpted rice puffs, blends of melon with mascarpone cheese, held together by a seaweed wrapping, pumpkin pudding and rice, encased in a ribbon-like seaweed shell. I think even Heston Blumenthal would be proud. Source: urdesignmag.
So you’ve won the lotto and are thinking of a new motor, something that stands out so you can show off to your friends (and also make them jealous), well it doesn’t get more bling than this Mercedes Benz s550. Well sorry to disappoint it’s not real, it’s a sculpture by Brooklyn based artist Jordan Griska, aptly named “Wreck” is a life-size Merc made from 12,000 individual polished pieces of mirror-finished stainless steel, and took almost two years to complete. “Beauty, technology, and engineering collide with death and reality”. Photo courtesy of Jordan Griska.
Remember when you were young and always wanted a tree house, well you can still live that dream, with this awe inspiring yellow pod, The Yellow Treehouse Restaurant in New Zealand. Constructed on a 40 metre high redwood tree and is 10 above the ground, it was part of a Yellow Pages marketing campaign. The 10 metres wide space can seat a total of 30 people, includes a kitchen and toilet on the ground below. It was designed by Pacific Environment Architects NZ. “The Architectural Inspiration largely came from the site -an open fairytale meadow and stream in the midst of a redwood forest plantation, understanding the nature of the tree/environment and the construction concerns about building sustainably in a living tree”. Maybe Coldplay could do a gig there,“…And it was called yellow”.
Amazing, yet eerie photos by Antwerp-based photographer Jans Kempenaers of 25 abandoned monuments from the former Yugoslavia made in the 1960’s and 70’s, to commemorate sites where WWII battles took place. Just as Cracktwo says “they look like they’re from the future.” and also poses the question “Can these former monuments continue to exist as pure sculptures? On one hand, their physical dilapidated condition and institutional neglect reflect a more general social historical fracturing. And on the other hand, they are still of stunning beauty without any symbolic significances.”, you decide, either way the monuments look stunning, “The Spomenik Collection”.
Lee Alexander McQueen, CBE (17 March 1969 – 11 February 2010), known professionally as Alexander McQueen, was a British fashion designer and couturier (Biography: Sarah Burton). He is known for having worked as chief designer at Givenchy from 1996 to 2001 and for founding his own Alexander McQueen label. His achievements in fashion earned him four British Designer of the Year awards (1996, 1997, 2001 and 2003), as well as the CFDA’s International Designer of the Year award in 2003. McQueen died by suicide in 2010 at the age of forty.
Arguably the greatest actor of all time Sean Justin Penn (born August 17, 1960) is an American actor, filmmaker, and political activist. He met pop singer Madonna in February 1985, and they married that August on her birthday. She referred to him in the liner notes as “the coolest guy in the universe”. Marlon Brando believed Penn was the finest actor of his generation. Penn has appeared in more than 50 films and won many awards during his career as an actor and director. He has won two Academy Awards for Best Actor for Mystic River (2003) and Milk (2008), and was nominated three more times in the same category for Dead Man Walking (1995), Sweet and Lowdown (1999), and I Am Sam (2001). He also received a Directors Guild of America nomination for directing Into the Wild (2007). Wiki.
Tom Penny (born 13 April 1977) is a professional skateboarder from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom (UK). As of January 2013, Penny is sponsored by the Flip skateboard deck brand and his Cheech & Chong signature deck is one of the brand’s highest-selling deck products. Tom Penny is widely considered one of the greatest skateboarders of all time. 411VM #2. Ben Kelle “The Church of Tom Penny”, Transworld Skateboarding.
The R Type is the second series of post-war Bentley automobiles, replacing the Mark VI. Essentially a larger-boot version of the Mk VI, the R type is regarded by some as a stop-gap before the introduction of the S series cars in 1955. As with its predecessor, a standard body was available as well as coachbuilt version. Other than the radiator grilles and the carburation there was little difference between the standard Bentley R Type and the Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn. The R Type was the more popular marque, with some 2,500 units manufactured during its run to the Silver Dawn’s 760. The R-Type Continental was a high-performance version of the R-Type. It was the fastest four-seat car in production at the time. Egan 1990, p. 120. Wiki.
Robert James “Bobby” Fischer (March 9, 1943 – January 17, 2008) was an American chess grandmaster and the eleventh World Chess Champion. Many consider him to be the greatest chess player of all time (Waitzkin 1993, p. 275 (quoting Kasparov)). In 1972, he captured the World Chess Championship from Boris Spassky of the USSR in a match held in Reykjavík, Iceland, publicized as a Cold War confrontation, which attracted more worldwide interest than any chess championship before or since. Wiki.
Now for any man this watch will never go out of fashion the Steel Rolex Submariner. The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner is a line of sports watches designed for diving manufactured by Rolex, known for their resistance to water and corrosion. The first Submariner was introduced to the public in 1954 at the Basel Watch Fair. The Rolex Submariner is considered “a classic among wristwatches” (GQ Magazine), manufactured by one of the most widely recognized luxury brands in the world, The Rolex Submariner is part of Rolex’s Oyster Perpetual line. “It used to be so simple – rich men adorned themselves with that ultimate macho status symbol the Rolex, while the less well-to-do strapped on Timex or Casio” – (Guardian UK).