5.30.2008

Full Sized Legos For Grown Ups: LunaBlocks by Lunatic Construction





Designed and created by Thierry Nahon & Philippe Landecker, LunaBlocks are based on an original concept, the transformation and enlargement of bricks used in building games for children. (Gee, do you think they are referring to Legos®? Duh.)

Easily stacked together, functional and totally versatile, LunaBlocks are designed for the world of decoration and for the home.

Whether in the form of design objects, structures, contemporary furnishings or lighting, LunaBlocks may be used for any decorative idea. They may be adapted to any combination of materials and used in all sorts of architectural contexts.







Available in sets of one, two, four or eight pegs, LunaBlocks are made of innovative and timeless materials, including acrylic glass, Arpro®, metal and concrete.

Light and compact, opaque, transparent or luminous, the LunaBlocks series includes

LunaGlass:



Made of PMMA (Altuglas®), ABS or polycarbonate, LunaGlass can either be shiny, transparent, mat-finished or have an opal-colored reflection. Every season, new ranges of colors and new materials are used to reflect recent trends.


LunaSoft (for the kids):




LunaSoft is made of expanded polypropylene (Arpro®), an innovative material which provides great shock resistance. It is completely safe and is able to be used by children. Ultra-resistant and ultra-light, LunaSoft is a playful design object that can be easily stacked together. It is aesthetic, functional and resolutely avant garde.

Produced in versions having two, four and eight pegs, LunaSoft is primarily designed for interior decoration and for children’s use.The primary advantage of LunaSoft is that it is resistant and light.:



LunaLight (Luna pillow)
Made from natural rubber, the LunaPillow allow to use the other blocks as seats, banks, chairs. It can be stacked atop the other luna blocks to create comfortable seating .:



LunaShine (coming soon):
LunaShine is made of the same material as LunaSoft. Surprising and seductive, LunaShine combines brilliant, icy aesthetics and extreme lightness.

The crystallisation of its surfaces by a new and exclusive process gives it an incomparable “Chinese lacquer” appearance.

Known as the luxurious version of LunaSoft, produced with Two, Four and Eight pegs, ultra-light and easily put together, LunaShine is the most modern, the most surprising and the glossiest of all LunaBlocks®.




LunaMetal (cast in steel):









Lunatic Construction:
Inventors and builders of things ephemeral, Thierry Nahon & Philippe Landecker created LUNATIC CONSTRUCTION SAS in July 2007 so as to give the original concept of « Lunablocks® » every chance for success.

A creative idea thus became an innovative international marketing initiative. Thanks to technological innovation, a significant research program and a brave and independent entrepreneurial approach, the necessary corporate structures (Creative Design, Technical Studies, Printing, Production, Communications, Sales and Marketing) have been put into place to ensure future development.

Sponsored by OSEO Financement and OSEO Innovation Ile de France, LUNATIC CONSTRUCTION SAS is an innovative, young company that has qualified for funding from mutual funds specializing in innovation.

Buy them here at Artydandy


Or buy them here at Homology

Lunatic Construction SAS
12, impasse Deligny 75017 Paris France
tel +33 (0)1 44 40 01 44
fax +33 (0)1 44 40 02 44
info@lunaticconstruction.com

Commercial
République Innovation
18, rue du Faubourg du Temple 75011 Paris
tel +33 (0)1 55 28 17 77
fax +33 (0)1 47 00 15 14
contact@lunaticconstruction.com

Product Pick Of The Week: Thomas Pedersen's Stingray Rocking Chair





The Stingray rocking chair in wood veneer by young Danish designer Thomas Pedersen was conceived as an innovative reworking of his earlier Stingray in plastic (shown further down in this post).


above: Thomas Pedersen

Pedersen’s rising prominence in the international design world can partly be explained by his remarkable ability to challenge familiar assumptions and his unwavering persistence to extend the previous boundaries of design. Stingray introduces a new meaning to the traditional rocking chair.

The shape of the rocking chair was partially inspired by a shell. This gives it a beautiful organic design which is raw on the outside but smooth and refined on the inside. A piece of furniture that provides a unique experience of inner tranquility. The steel frame has been constructed without any transverse lines thus accentuating the floating appearance of the chair.




Winner of the "Interior Innovation Award Cologne 2008".

Oak:

Walnut:

African Macassar:


Available in oak, walnut and the African wood macassar.
Dimensions w120 x h80 x d100 cm
buy the wood veneer one here.


The Stingray can also be ordered in an upholstered version with your choice of color and fabric from several options:



Buy the upholstered version here.

The chair is also available in white or black plastic as shown below:





Buy the white or black plastic one here.

Price:
$2,244.74 to $8,705.73 depending on options

Dimensions:
W.120 D.100 H.80

5.29.2008

Ten New Products To Add To That Wish List Of Yours

laurasweet's recommendations at ThisNext

Clockwise from top left:
1. Patricia Urquiola's new Landscape Dinnerware for Rosenthal.
2. Authentics unusual Bravit candles with wicks that wind their way through the wax and split off into two wicks while burning.
3. The Mythic Lip watch in black or white.
4. Glowing Owl Touch Sensor Floor lamp
5. Stunning exotic wood veneer desk, The Waterfall Writing Desk
6. Whimsical Dust Furniture collection by Vincent Lehman
7. New Zealand Tufted Wool Dog Rug
8. Pine slab shelving unit with glass shelves
9. Gloss ceramic antler lamp
10. Richard Meier's latest pen for Acme


Just click on the image above for more detail and place of purchase.

5.28.2008

Cartier's New Watches Unveiled at SIHH: Including the 3D Santos Triple 100 and Le Cirque Animalia



At the 2008 SIHH, Cartier unveiled a slew of new watches. Although many blogs are talking about their new Le Cirque Animalier Collection, those are my least favorite of the new watches. There are several others worth gawking at as well and they are all shown below. The coolest watch they debuted was definitely the Triple faced Santos.

Santos Triple 100: The 3-D watch by Cartier




This extra-large Santos Triple 100 model combines a rotating-dial mechanism with a skeleton movement for the very first time; with a simple turn of the winding crown, a spectacular display of hidden faces unfurls. A work of art entirely set with precious stones, this numbered edition limited to 20 timepieces brings time to life in images, furnishing it with a magical and hypnotic hue.

The R&D unit of the Cartier Manufacture developed this mechanism, which is in the process of being patented, after many months of research. Manufacturing secret: Mobile prisms in 18 carat white gold, activated simultaneously by means of the crown, are driven by a system of miniature gear trains that causes the prisms to swivel gradually in one direction or the other, revealing three different dial faces.

The three different dial faces appear in succession: from a classic face featuring 12 Roman numerals:

to a face completely paved with round diamonds and black sapphires in a marvelous jeweler’s chessboard:


followed finally by a face engraved with a tiger’s head, which required over 40 hours’ work and meticulous attention to detail:



The mechanism of this extraordinary version of the Santos Triple 100 is combined with a Manufacture-crafted, mechanical, skeleton movement with manual winding, which has been decorated by hand and assembled at the Cartier Manufacture. The watch also boasts a double-barrel movement equipped with a 72-hour power reserve, which can be observed through its transparent case-back. Case in 18 carat white gold set with round diamonds, size XL. Hours and minutes functions.

Mechanism offering three modulating dials in 18 carat white gold: one face set with round diamonds and black sapphires, one face engraved with a tiger motif and one varnished face. Black alligator-skin strap with an adjustable, triple folding clasp with safety catch in 18 carat white gold. Contemporary, 9610MC -calibre, hand-wound, mechanical skeleton movement crafted by the Cartier Manufacture with a diameter of 11 1/2’’’140 PARTS and 21 jewels. Approximately 7.6 carats.

The Le Cirque Animalier De Cartier Collection (the much blogged about) is comprised of three watches. Just unveiled at the 2008 Salon International de la Haute Horologie (SIHH), this will be an ongoing collection and according to Serge Rabassa, Cartier's director of watch creation, it's like a travelling circus going around the world, with the first stop being Asia.


"The collection is inspired and based on the history of Cartier. We've always liked animals so we arrived at the concept that it should represent all the continents of the world. Asia was our first stop because of tradition ... this continent is very important because a number of our old pieces used Asian symbols so we decided to start here,'' says Rabassa.
These three original creations, in a limited edition series of 50 individually-numbered timepieces, call upon all areas of watch making expertise from stone-setting to enamelling, from engine turning to diamond paving and from sculpting to engraving. Cartier exhibits the full extent of its jewelry making and technical virtuosity in each of these creations, all mounted on brushed canvas straps.

Panda:

Specifications: Case in 18 carat, rhodium-plated, white gold set with round diamonds Panda in 18 carat, rhodium-plated, white gold set with round diamonds, black sapphires and emeralds (eyes), with some details outlined in black enamel. Dial in black and white enamel, Dark-grey, brushed, canvas strap with an ardillon buckle in 18 carat, rhodium-plated, white gold set with round diamonds, Quartz movement, Approximately 8 carats

Elephant:

Specifications: Case in 18 carat, pink gold set with round diamonds. Elephant in 18 carat, rhodium-plated, white gold set with round diamonds and an emerald. Dial in 18 carat, pink gold set with round diamonds and partially decorated with guilloche. Dark-grey, brushed, canvas strap with an ardillon buckle in 18 carat, pink gold set with round diamonds. Quartz movement. Approximately 7.2 carats

Tiger:

Specifications: Case in 18 carat, yellow gold set with round diamonds and sapphire crystal. Tiger in 18 carat, yellow gold set with yellow diamonds and 2 emeralds, with some details outlined in black enamel. Guilloché dial in 18-carat, yellow gold. Dark-grey, brushed, canvas strap with an ardillon buckle in 18 carat, yellow gold set with round diamonds. Quartz movement. Approximately 7 carats.

The New Carter Roadster XL:


This watch can be transformed thanks to its interchangeable bracelets: choose from a metal bracelet with central links in burr walnut, or a dark-brown, semi-matt, alligator-skin strap. Available in two versions, the options for this Roadster watch continue to multiply: in pink gold - numbered edition limited to 250 pieces - or white gold – numbered edition limited to 150 pieces - the choice is yours.

Specifications:
Case and bezel in 18 carat, white gold, size XL. Hours, minutes, seconds and date functions. Dial in burr walnut (burr-walnut plating is applied to a metal plate and finished with a glossy polish). Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. Bracelet in 18 carat, white gold with central links in burr walnut. An interchangeable bracelet system, exclusive to the Roadster Collection, offers the possibility of alternating between the metal bracelet and the dark-brown, semi-matte, alligator-skin strap, both of which come with the watch (triple, folding clasp in 18 carat, white gold). Mechanical movement with automatic winding, Cartier calibre 3110 (28,800 alternations/hour, 42-hour power reserve). Water resistant to 100 metres(10 bar)

The New Black Rubber & Rose Gold Santos:

A screw bezel for a dynamic “cockpit” with presence, the gold is pink and the rubber black and matt. Massive, powerful, a watch without limits. A giant dial, boundless space and one hundred percent time. A block of brushed pink gold draws a contrast with black. On the strap and dial, matt rubber dominates and is sealed with screws for enduring hallmarks of strength and light.

Specifications:
Case in 18 carat, brushed, pink gold, large model. Hours, minutes and seconds functions. Bezel in 18 carat, pink gold, with cast-moulded black rubber. Matte, black dial. Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. Black rubber strap with screws in 18 carat, pink gold and ardillon buckle in 18 carat, pink gold. Mechanical movement with automatic winding and Cartier calibre 049 (28,800 alternations/ hour, 42-hour power reserve). Water resistant to 100 metres (10 bar).

The New Pasha Seatimer:



Framed block, fettered cabochon, solid gold and black rubber, an impressive chronograph watch in a king-sized model for maximum effect. Crafted from yellow gold interspersed with black rubber and diamonds. A watch with unlimited sparkle, ready to take on any sporting or jewelry-based challenge. Extra-large volumes and one dimension for this precious, 42.5-mm chronograph that boasts a bezel set entirely with diamonds. The contrasting alliance of black and gold embellishes this Pasha Seatimer watch. Its chronograph push-pieces and crown cover are adorned with black ceramic decoration in the ‘clou de Paris’ style, as is the bezel ring. The bracelet features the same striking combination, as black rubber links are encircled by yellow gold links set with sparkling diamonds.



Specifications: Chronograph watch Pasha Seatimer paved with brilliant-cut diamonds. 42.5-mm case in 18 carat, yellow gold. Fixed bezel in 18 carat, yellow gold set with round diamonds. bezel ring with black ceramic ‘clou de Paris’ decor, chronograph push-pieces and crown cover decorated with black ceramic ‘clou de Paris’ motif. Hours, minutes, seconds, chronograph and date functions. Matte black dial. Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. Bracelet composed of links made from 18 carat, yellow gold set with diamonds and central links in matte black rubber. Mechanical movement with automatic winding, Cartier calibre 8630 (28,800 alternations/hour, 42-hour power reserve). Approximately 11.4 carats.

Three new models in their Libre Collection:

Perles watch:

One watch, four circles. Circles within circles. Gleaming mother-of-pearl dials surrounded by diamonds and set with pearls. Giant black numerals, with a graceful graphical style, to count the hours.

Specifications: Case in 18 carat, rhodium-plated, white gold set with round diamonds and two freshwater pearls. White mother-of-pearl dial featuring a flinqué pattern. Dark-grey, brushed, canvas strap with an ardillon buckle in 18 carat, rhodium-plated, white gold set with round diamonds. Quartz movement. Approximately 2.9 carats.

Noeud watch:


This flat knot, in the style of a Japanese obi tied around the waist, is a sash of light mounted on a dark-grey strap of brushed canvas. Soft folds of small and large brilliant-cut diamonds, in a setting that adds rhythm and allure to any look, define this sleek watch that displays time horizontally on the wrist, across the radiant span of a precision dial stamped with two Roman numerals at 3 and 9 o’clock.

Specifications: Case in 18 carat, rhodium-plated, white gold set with round diamonds. Silver, lacquered dial featuring a sunray effect. Dark-grey, brushed, canvas strap with an ardillon buckle in 18 carat, rhodium-plated, white gold set with round diamonds. Quartz movement. Approximately 3.4 carats.

Froissée watch:


Pleats and folds lend movement and give rhythm to the alluring, Couture design of this diamond-encrusted watch. Its beauty fans out like pleats of diamond sunrays on white gold, opening like bejewelled curtains to reveal a miniature triangular dial, an angled glimmer of time, on which only the ’3’ is displayed in Roman numerals.

Specifications: Case in 18 carat, rhodium-plated, white gold set with round diamonds. Silver, lacquered dial featuring a sunray effect. Dark-grey, brushed, canvas strap with an ardillon buckle in 18 carat, rhodium-plated, white gold set with round diamonds. Quartz movement. Approximately 3.7 carats

And finally, some new versions of last year's introduction, the Ballon Bleu watch (which, by the way, had a very hip launch as I blogged about here).

The 9452 MC calibre, an exceptional tourbillon:



A manufacture-crafted mechanical movement with manual winding, the 9452 MC calibre is comprised of 142 parts and 19 jewels. Measuring 4.5 mm in depth, it is driven by a flying tourbillon with its C-shaped index indicating the seconds. With a diameter of 10 and ¾ lines, it beats at the rate of 21,600 vibrations per hour and has a power reserve of 50 hours. Instead of placing the tourbillon carriage in its traditional position, protected between the bridges and the main plate of the movement, the tourbillon on the Ballon bleu de Cartier watch has been designed in order to maximize its aesthetic appeal. The tourbillon carriage seems to ‘fly’ over the bridges and appears to float freely above the dial. This choice, more aesthetic in its appeal but technically also more risky, led our master watchmakers to pay particular attention to the design of the tourbillon carriage to provide it with the same level of shock resistance as a traditional tourbillon.

Technical specifications: Case in 18 carat pink gold., Diameter: 46 mm., Circular-grained crown in 18 carat pink gold set with a sapphire cabochon. Sapphire crystal. Transparent case-back with sapphire crystal. Galvanic, slate-coloured guilloché dial, sun-ray open-worked grid with Roman numerals. Sword-shaped, blued-steel hands. Brown alligator-skin strap with dual adjustment folding clasp in 18 carat pink gold. Manufacture-crafted mechanical movement with manual winding, 9452 MC calibre, bearing the Geneva Seal. Flying Tourbillon with its C-shaped index indicating the seconds. Diameter: 10 and ¾ lines. Depth: 4.5 mm. Number of jewels: 19. Balance: 21,600 vibrations per hour. Movement comprising 142 parts. Power reserve of approximately 50 hours.

The Ballon Blue has now been infused with spring colors:



Above: An orange, purple or pink alligator-skin strap, in pastel or elegant shades has been added to the 2007 Ballon Bleu.

If you didn't see the way Cartier launched the Ballon Bleu, you should. See it here.

source: http://www.hautehorlogerie.org

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