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Tuesday, 31 July 2012

10 Most Expensive Items Ever Sold At Harrods

Founded in the year 1834, Harrods is one of the most renowned and highly revered upmarket luxury department stores. Since its takeover by the Royal family of Qatar, Harrods has significantly expanded its luxury product portfolio from cosmetic and clothing to luxury cars and even mega yachts.

1.Project Mars

 Price: $165 Million

Designed and developed by the renowned Italian shipbuilding firm, Fincantieri Yachts in conjunction with the incredibly famous H2 Yacht Design, the Project Mars is the most expensive item ever sold from the house of Harrods. The most significant feature of the luxury yacht is its ‘Beach Club’, which provides direct to numerous water based activities, while offering a private gym and a Jacuzzi.



 

Sunday, 29 July 2012

When High Street Meets High Performance. Who Dressed Whom?

Even if you are not interested in sports you have probably heard about Summer Olympic Games host in London this year. As this event is held only once in four years all countries try to distinguish themselves as much as they can, not only by physical performance but also with colourful uniforms. It seems like these Olympic Games are the most posh ones so far: many countries are dressed by well-known designers. Here are some examples:


 Great Britain
British designer Stella McCartney designed a form for Team GB, with an expectant home crowd keen to see how their heroes will be dressed. The designer has attracted some criticism for failing to include enough red.




View From Heels

Brands like Vivier are pillars – they are monuments of fashion; they are names we don’t forget”, states Inès de la Fressange, a true doyenne of Parisian haute couture classicism.
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Roger Vivier was a shoe designer with great ambition and endless creativity. His designs have always been notoriously unpredictable. Vivier  described his shoes as opulently adorned sculptures, worthy only of those who will deeply appreciate their splendor.

Book for Instagram Fans


This post is dedicated to my brother who is quite interested in taking pictures professionally. I love you...


My Book Wishlist - Top 5

Everytime somebody gives me a book, he/she gives me a 'wow-moment' which lasts for quite long and I am very thankful to all these people...Book is a fetish. Books (nowadays), make a little sense, but we want to have them, even if we will never take them, once read. Oh, I wish the walls of my house were not seen because of the books... but that is another story.

 If this is not the first post on my blog you are reading then you are pretty well informed that there are a lot of posts about books here. But this time I am sharing with you books I am planning to acquire as soon as I am back to London or maybe even earlier, lets see.

P.S If there is any book you would like to recommend you can write it in comment section beneath the article.

 1) Stefan Sagmeister, Things I have learned in my life so far, Abrams, 2008, 248 pg




Friday, 27 July 2012

The Art of Packing

Very soon I am leaving Baku again.Excited. Can't wait and can't convey my excitement. Well nothing special as half of the month I am not there but this trip is different. This time I am planning to pack wisely. Everytime I was going on trip with luggage full of things but wearing only two t-shirts and shorts. Why was I taking all these things anyway? This summer I am only taking things matching each other so it fits into my luggage. Now, I am sharing a video by LV showing how to pack wisely. This time I will try to pack according to this video, lets see what happens..

Au revoir! xx


Louis Vuitton Express

 


Louis Vuitton asked blogger Todd Selby, known for its vibrant and colorful photographs of interiors and the lives of people to make the trip from Paris to Shanghai by train, and to capture every single day of traveling in a short film.

"The list of things that I'm going to do on the train: to draw, take pictures, there is a Russian food ..." - Todd Selby said.
 

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Famous Books Written in Prison

The first chapters of famous novel "Don Quixote" by Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes were written in  the Royal Prison of Seville, where he was serving the penalty for false accusation of embezzlement of public money. While in prison, Cervantes came up with his now famous throughout the world hero - an elderly gentleman Alonso Quijano, a resident of the Spanish province of La Mancha. The novel allows readers to plunge into a world of justice and fairness, faith and friendship, the struggle between good and evil.



Monday, 23 July 2012

Mirror, Mirror, On My Wall, Tell Me, Who Is The Loneliest Fool Of All?

Mirror, mirror, on the wall,
Can't you show me tall and slim?
Mirror, mirror, on the wall,
Must I look so bloody grim?
(Mirror, Mirror, Bloody Fibber. Mark R Slaughter)

Mirror, Mirror on the wall,
Surly you do lie.
Mirror, Mirror on the wall,
We don’t see eye to eye. (
Déja Vu. Adg)

Mirror, Mirror, on my wall,
Tell me, who is the loneliest fool of all
No, wait a minute, I believe I see
The answer staring back at me. (Mirror, mirror. Rio Diamond)


We do not even know how many poems about mirrors we know and how important they are in our daily life. Mirror gives confidence, sadness, happyness, depression and etc.

Some possibly useful notes on mirrors

Today I went to buy some mirrors. Well, I do buy everything on my own, even bottles of Evian. May sound some kind of crazy but I must choose everything by myself. Anyway, this is not really a case...


Wise Quotes in Posters



Artist Evan Robertson from NYC has decided to express his love for books in a very unusual way - with a series of minimalist posters, which contain the wisdom of quotes, uttered at one time by famous writers, poets and philosophers.


Presidential Campaign Posters: Two Hundred Years of Election Art


The mandatory part of any presidential campaign are campaign posters, design of which must combine creative design and propaganda overtones.

Library of Congress for many years has been keeping a few samples of rare posters, created at different times of the presidential elections. Recenlty, library's leadership has decided to gather the best of them and release as a book entitled 'Presidential Campaign Posters: Two Hundred Years of Election Art". 


The House Caught Fire

"If my house caught fire suddenly, what would I get from it?" - This question was once asked to himself by Foster Huntington, author of 'The Burning House' book. This gentleman gathered the dear things which he would prefer to take in case of fire, photographed them and posted to his own blog. Then he asked his friends to do the same. And just a few hours after Foster posted on the Internet these shots, other people started sending him their pictures of objects they would take if their house was on fire. Huntington readily collected them in a separate book. Later, he began traveling to different countries in search of new heroes of the project.

 "What would you take with you if your house caught fire?"

 My List:


Passport
Mac Book and its charger
Iphone and its charger
Wallet 
Some limited edition books
Jacket
Sunglasses
Cosmetics
...Gosh this list does not seem to be ever over 

If you want you may send me pictures of your objects I will publish them on this post, or you may just put your list as a comment. I am passionatly curious about it.
 





 

Sunday, 22 July 2012

A Few Notes on Judgement

It is not a secret that I love spending my time reading quotes not only in the internet but also from books. Many times I have come across really nice ones but one of the recent quotes I favoured is about the fact that all people have different abilities however, not all of them are the same. Some are good at being in politics, some are good at playing tennis, others at cooking and etc. Every single person should feel free to choose his/her activity, profession and no one has the right to judge others according to his/her own values or criterias.

"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid"


Monday, 16 July 2012

'The New Yorker' Covers You were Never Meant To See

The book 'Blown Covers: The New Yorker Covers You Were Never Meant To See', written by art director of a popular magazine The New Yorker Françoise Mouly, offers readers to see behind the scenes work on the magazine. There are sketches, layouts and finished artwork, rejected by the editors and the rest stored in the archives of the publisher. Some of them were not printed for ethical reasons, others - because of their controversial political or social nature.












Contemporary Art by Vik Muniz

Today it is hard to limit themselves with paper, and brushes for contemporary artists when there are so many different available materials, from food to, for example, pieces of paper.

 American designer and artist originally Brazilian Vik Muniz who is the author of the largest origami mosaic in the world, has created a new masterpiece.

This time he was inspired by the works of famous artists and created reproductions of their paintings with the help of thousands of clippings from magazines.

Among his works can be found such legendary works of art like "Starry Night" by Van Gogh, and "The Card Players" by Paul Cezanne. This project by Muniz is called Pictures of Magazine 2.









Interactive Reading in Modern World

On July 10th internationally known company-TED launched TED Books, a new application for the iPad, which allows a completely different way to look at the familiar process of reading books. It offers users the "interactive reading" based on a thorough understanding of the text.

This application is a catalog of publications, which will be regularly updated with new specimens. Each page of any book provided is equipped with many links, charts, maps, news, videos and audios to help the reader clarify difficult points in the text, to visualize the images, and learn new facts about the heroes of the story. To read additional material, it will be enough just to open the corresponding footnote, marked next to the keyword. However, it is also possible to disable the "advanced" reading, if you do not consider it necessary to delve into the details of the text.

 The average price of each book in the catalog is about $ 3, and the three-month subscription to the publication will cost users $ 15. At the moment the application is only available for Tablet iPad, however, the founder of TED, Chris Anderson, promises soon to adapt it for other platforms, including Android. I have never used Android so I am already very happy with a new application.



 


I believe that this application won't just make regular reader read with joy but also attract more people to the process called "reading".


Breathtaking Boeing of Turkish Airlines

Dear Reader, hold your breath and open your eyes widely, you have never seen such plane...




Now breathe deeply and keep reading..

Recently, Turkish Airlines has surprised its customers with a new design of the Boeing 737, which began to make international flights this month. Designers, of "Turkish Airlines" have decided to perpetuate the achievements of each of the 17 thousand employees who for many years contributed to the development of the company, placing a huge collage of their photos on board the giant airliner. The project took four months. Anyone can book tickets for a unique aircraft that has regular flights throughout the world, on the official website of Turkish Airlines.

Personally, I really like comfort of this airlines and try to travel with them whenever I can. But, their behaviour toward employees once again proved I was not wrong by prefering them.





"Devoted to Facebook" by YSL

Only on July 19th on the official page of YSL brand on Facebook YSL subscribers will be able to buy limited edition of mosaic shadows "Devoted To Fans", dedicated to the world's most popular social network. Reticulation is made in four colors, branded Facebook - blue, white, purple and black - and it seems to us very versatile, suitable for both day and for evening makeup.

Don't Your, dear reader think that Facebook is already far beyond just social networking?


Designer Yacht by Zaha Hadid

In 2005 an American art dealer Kenny Miner began his collaboration with the renowned architect and designer Zaha Hadid (architect of Heydar Aliyev Centre in Baku) to create the concept of futuristic three-wheel vehicle Z-Car, and this year they have developed a unique project of the black Z-Boat. Boat's length of 7.5 meters comfortably accommodates 8 people and is equipped with a powerful engine of 1 × 220 HP Mercruiser.

 New yacht with its clear lines and graphically sculptured asymmetrical shape is more contemporary work of art rather than technological innovation. According to Hadid, she wanted to bring to the complex world of high-tech piece of art, exhibiting in it simplicity and luxury. Limited edition of 12 unique yachts is scheduled to be available for purchase in spring 2013.


Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Ingfah in Thailand

This month in the popular resort town of Khao Lak, on the west coast of Thailand has been opened a new ultra-modern restaurant called Ingfah, designed by architectural firm Integrated Field. The restaurant is located in an open area of ​​430 square meters and offers visitors a selection of national Thai cuisine. According to the chef of the restaurant menu can be described as asian fusion.



However, attention paid to Ingfah is not just because of delicious seafood, but primarily because of the unique concept and design. White chairs, sofas, tables "light up" the bright neon lights, creating a truly magical atmosphere.




Sunday, 1 July 2012

Dinner in the Sky

Restaurant Dinner in the Sky is a unique opportunity for those who want to turn an ordinary meal into something memorable. The peculiarity of this restaurant is that the dinner takes place at the table, fixed to a height of 50 meters.  

Dinner in the Sky can accommodate 22 people at a table and four employees in the middle (chef, waiter, actor, and the security officer). Interesting fact is that the dinner may be held anywhere: on the golf course, in a public place in a castle in the vineyard or in any historic site - the main thing that there was a free area of 500 sq.m.

The project of this unusual restaurant was designed by Events In The Sky in accordance with two basic principles - the exclusivity and security.


 Don't forget to watch video the video below to experience what people feel and how it looks like. 

P.S Don't lose your appetite ;)



World's Most Expensive Book

As reflects the list of most expensive books in the history of mankind, some publications may be worth a fortune. Rare and unique specimens, which are over several hundred years, go under the hammer for fabulous sums. The first on the list is "Leicester Codex," sold for $ 30.8 million. The buyer of the most expensive book in the world has become America's richest man Bill Gates.


In 1506 Leonardo da Vinci, while in Milan, began to write
Codex Leicester "(The Codex Leicester). He used up 18 sheets of paper on both sides, he folded them in a 72-page notebook. It contains a lot of mathematical calculations, drawings and notes, written by a special mirror type. Now book belongs to Bill Gates, who bought it for 30.8 million dollars in 1994.



Offline-blogs in 80s

Here are some pages from the diary of an ordinary student who lived in the North of England in the early 1980s. His notes resemble any online diary such as an account of Tumblr, Blogspot or Facebook 

 It looks like those years, offline-blogs were no less popular than modern blogs. The young men exchanged with each other their written quotations, song lyrics, more pictures and marks. 

By the way, it is possible that if you take a look at the bookshelves of your grandparents, you will run into the same interesting little things