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Wise Words: Anne Rice

In art., life., on August 28, 2012 at 7:47 pm

I loved words. I love to sing them and speak them and even now, I must admit, I have fallen into the joy of writing them. –Anne Rice 


A Day Made of Glass by Corning

In on August 21, 2012 at 11:17 pm

The future is now.

If we think it we can create it.

Marc Jacobs Interview: The Louis Vuitton Woman

In on October 7, 2011 at 2:59 pm

2011 Nike Mag Auction for Michael J. Fox Foundation Raises Over $5.6 Million USD

In on September 21, 2011 at 10:50 am

The unveiling and subsequent auction of the Nike MAG was by and large the biggest sneaker event of the year, if not the decade. Working with The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Nike sold 1500 pairs of the sneaker over a 10 day period, raising a total of $5,695,190.53 USD. Much respect to all who participated.

If you recall, Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, will be matching this number, so in the end over $11,390,381.10 USD will go to charity as a result of this initiative.

Steve Stoute: The Tanning Effect

In on September 8, 2011 at 11:36 pm

I was surfing the internet this morning and saw this great article on Steve Stoute and his new book and show.

Via Huffington Post:

words by Brennan Williams

Steve Stoute, the former music executive, has long played matchmaker between the popular culture and corporate America. He launched Translation Consultation & Brand Imaging in 2004, and linked Justin Timberlake to McDonald’s for the fast food chain’s “I’m Loving It” campaign, helped seal LeBron James’ partnership with State Farm Insurance, Gwen Stefani’s pact with Hewlett-Packard, Lady Gaga’s deal with MAC Comestics, and Jay-Z’s exclusive line with Reebok.

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We’re Back!

In on September 8, 2011 at 1:31 pm

We had to take a break for a few months, but now we’re back.

Enjoy the future with us.

We’re Back!

In on September 8, 2011 at 1:30 pm

We had to take a break for a few months, but now we’re back.

Enjoy the future with us.

We’re Back!

In on September 8, 2011 at 1:24 pm

We had to take a break for a few months, but now we’re back.

Enjoy the future with us.

Love Of Sneakers.

In on May 13, 2011 at 2:18 pm

I’m a sneaker lover. I have appreciated the art of the sneaker since childhood. I stumbled upon the site of another such sneaker lover and wanted to share it with you. Check it out.

The Sneaker Champ

Belvedere Cérémonie At Cannes 2011

In art., commerce., life., on April 28, 2011 at 5:07 pm

With Cannes 2011 approaching, Belvedere Vodka , one of the favorite vodka brands, is going to be present at the ceremony for the fifth consecutive year. The bottle has been intricately designed by Italian designer Roc Sine Labe Doli and will be presented in an amazing ceremonial way for Cannes colored in platinum and with a beautiful bow tie and silver sequins. The price for this special bottle will be around $800 approx.

The brand Belvedere has also launched a special edition (RED) ™ of vodka to raise funds to fight against HIV/AIDS in Africa. And 50% of the profit from the sales will go to Global Fund™, the official partner who is taking this cause further.

The brand has earlier sponsored a Belvedere Intense Vodka birthday dinner for superstar Dwyane Wade that cost Belvedere around more than $100,000.


Hommage Atelier NYC

In life., on April 20, 2011 at 11:49 am

By: Ariston Anderson via

When it comes to the ultimate in relaxing and unwinding for men, there’s little to be found in today’s fast-moving world. Even most airport executive lounges nowadays have little to offer besides a roomy chair and free wifi. But where can a man truly relax before a major business deal, or destress from a red eye flight? HOMMAGE, the brand that has redefined what luxury is for the modern man, has come up with just the spot, their first global atelier by Julien Farel.

The exclusive club, opened its doors April 4 in New York City. And don’t worry, this club is not for metrosexuals. It’s for the discerning jetsetters and dealmakers of the world, who deserve to have their own man time in the only way suitable: in a classic penthouse hideaway surrounded by the absolute best service and offerings.

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Folding Credit Card Knife

In art., life., on April 19, 2011 at 11:16 am

This certainly isn’t the first folding credit card-sized knife we’ve seen—my friend and colleague Brian Barrett just came across an affordable $25 model recently—though this decidedly intimidatingcarbon fiber blade is the one I’d rather be carrying around in my pocket (Barrett stood by his cheap-o cutter; we’re deciding the matter with a knife fight under the Brooklyn Queens Expressway).

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First Taste: Scion Pre-Phylloxera Port

In art., commerce., on April 19, 2011 at 10:54 am
As the room of tasters, a veritable varsity squad of New York wine writers, took their respective places, the publicist for Portuguese port house,Taylor Fladgate, announced that this was a first: not a single invitation offered to the morning’s event had been declined. It wasn’t out of courtesy. The 17th-century port purveyor was here at Manhattan’s Eleven Madison Park to taste through its line-up of vintage and tawny ports, culminating in a rare treat, an 1855 pre-Phylloxera port called Scion.

Wise Words: Muhammad Ali

In life., on April 18, 2011 at 10:43 am

Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them a desire, a dream, a vision.
Muhammad Ali

Harley Davidson Bell & Ross Bespoke Superbike

In commerce., on April 18, 2011 at 10:36 am

Bell & Ross watches and the UK’s leading Harley-Davidson customizer have teamed up on a bespoke superbike inspired by Bell & Ross’ beautiful timepieces. The Nascafe Racer modified by Shaw Harley-Davidson applies Bell & Ross’ principles of impeccable performance, precision and engineering. The way that the master watchmakers develop and assemble their timepieces was reflected by the Shaw Harley-Davidson master technicians when building the bike, which is based on the “long, low and naked” Harley-Davidson FXSTB Softail Nightrain.


Audemars Piguet Millenary Tour Auto Watch 2011

In on March 27, 2011 at 2:28 pm

Audemars Piguet drastically changed the look and feel of its Millenary watch collection for 2011, but one that hearkens to the now classic Millenary Chronograph is this limited edition AP Millenary Tour Auto 2011. Audemars Piguet has been a Tour Auto sponsor for a while now, and this model is specifically made for the 2011 event. The Tour Auto is a car race (well, more like a driving tour) where participants enter with classic sports cars. The even takes place all one side roads in France. 

Audemars Piguet took the base Millenary Chronograph and modeled it a bit after classic European sports cars. This includes the exposed stripe of perlage polished metal on the dial, quilt-stitched leather strap, and of course the sporty red against the cream and silver tones of the dial. The 47mm wide case is 42mm high and in steel. Inside the watch is an in-house made AP caliber 2385 automatic. The fun dial is a bit of an optical illusion as the hands and such are actually centered – though they appear to be aligned to the right a bit. Audemars Pigeut will produce 150 of these limited edition Millenary Tour Auto 2011 watches. Looks good to me.

Ariel Adams publishes the wrist watch reviews site


The New $3m Hublot Big Bang Watch

In on March 27, 2011 at 2:22 pm

It actually costs only 2 million euros – but that is close enough to 3 Million dollars to call it that right? This year Hublot makes another big bang with this baguette diamond covered 18k white gold Big Bang tourbillon watch. This follows up the Million Dollar Bing Bang from a few years ago that used black diamonds. The $3 Million Big Bang has something like 142 carats of diamonds all over the case, dial, and bracelet. Most of them are large baguette-cut stones and they look marvelous.

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Life.Art.Commerce. Manufacture Royale’s $1.2 Million Tourbillon Watch

In on January 30, 2011 at 4:55 pm

For the watch aficionado who can afford to spend a cool million dollars on a timepiece, Manufacture Royale’s Opera $1.2 million tourbillon watch, is a very meticulous piece of horological art. The musical watch features a unique shape. The watch case is 50mm wide and is crafted in 18k rose or gray gold on a Mississippi alligator skin strap. It has three sapphire crystals and 60 pieces in its construction. The Opera Time-Piece contains a brand new movement that is manually wound, has a tourbillon and a minute repeater, the minute repeater plays the hours in A, and the minute in C sharp. The watch is built of 319 parts, and has a power reserve in excess of 100 hours. Only 12 of these watches will be made, and each will be individually numbered and will come encased in a veneered wooden box that is said to be a reproduction of the Bastille Opera House in Paris

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Life.Art.Commerce. Keith Richards Releases Book: Life

In on January 30, 2011 at 4:34 pm

A true and towering original, he has always walked his own path, spoken his own mind, and done his own thing.

Reluctant outlaw, rock ‘n’ roll’s unparalleled hellraiser, and one of the greatest guitar gods of all time, Keith Richards has forged a life that most of us can only imagine–and often envy. And amazingly he’s lived to tell about it. Now, at last, in his own words, the ultimate rock Icon gives us the definitive rock autobiography.

In Life, in his own raw, fierce voice, the man himself tells about life lived fast and hard in the creative hurricane–from his early days as a young boy growing up in a council estate, listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records, to taking the guitar to its absolute limit and joining forces with Mick Jagger to form The Rolling Stones.

With unflinching honesty, he reveals all the highs and lows of rock ‘n’ roll, from the meteoric rise to fame and the notorious drug busts to the women, drinking, and heroin addiction that made him infamous. The living legend chronicles how he created the revolutionary, high-octane riffs that defined “Gimme Shelter” and “Honky Tonk Woman,” his affair with the equally infamous Anita Pallenberg (the mother of three of his children), and the tragic death of Brian Jones. From falling in love with Patti Hansen to his tumultuous relationship with Mick, we follow Keef on the ultimate road trip we have all longed to know more about–of an unfettered, fearless, on-the-edge life lived to the fullest.



Life.Art.Commerce. Steinway Introduces The Imagine Series Limited Edition Piano

In on January 30, 2011 at 4:30 pm

To commemorate the 70th birthday of John Lennon, Steinway & Sons has introduced the Imagine Series Limited Edition piano. The Imagine Series Limited Edition is modeled after the white Steinway grand piano that John Lennon gave Yoko Ono on her birthday in 1971, which is still at their famous Manhattan residence, the Dakota.

The music desk of each piano incorporates one of four different John Lennon original drawings–Come Together, the title of the opening track on the Beatles’ historic album, “Abbey Road,” reflects John Lennon’s desire to bring people together; Grand Piano is a drawing that captures the songwriting process; Freda People exemplifies John Lennon’s passion for using music for the benefit of mankind; and Self Portrait is perhaps John Lennon’s most famous drawing — as just a few marks on the page and it’s unmistakably John. The piano also has the lyrics “you may say I’m a dreamer” on the the bass side of the rim and the opening bars to “Imagine” printed directly on the gold plate of the piano. A medallion on the inner rim shows John Lennon’s Japanese chop mark/signature (which he often used to sign his artwork) as well as the series name and number and there is a replica of John Lennon’s signature on the treble side of the wallboard.

The Imagine Series was custom built at the Steinway & Sons New York and Hamburg factories and is available through Steinway’s factory-owned retail showrooms and network of exclusive Steinway dealers. A portion of the proceeds from every Imagine piano sold by Steinway & Sons will be donated to The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus.


Life.Art.Commerce. MORPHotel Floating Hotel Concept

In on January 30, 2011 at 4:27 pm



Conceptualized by Gianluca Santosuosso, the MORPHotel is a unique project that intends to develop a new luxury hotel concept where the user can live inside a floating system that keeps moving around the world. The MORPHotel is able to adapt its shape to the weather conditions and the site morphology, thanks to the linear structure developed around the vertebral spine. The MORPHotels concept has been thought of around the four main strategies listed below.

• Space in between: The main idea is to exploit the sea not only as a medium to move people from one point to another, but also to discover unknown places.

• Plug-in City-Arbour: During its continuous movement, this artificial organism will stop for short or long periods in different cities, thereby becoming a temporary extension of them.

• Adaptive shape.

• Floating movement.

The MORPHotel, unlike a cruise ship, moves quite slowly and instead of moving from point A to B, it goes on an endless voyage. The yellow geometries represent the main part of the hotel, the public spaces and the services. The dark blue is a module of the spine that allows the hotel to change shape. The light blue triangle shows the static rooms. The gray triangles represent the most luxurious rooms that are free to move around the floating hotel in a predefined range.




Life.Art.Commerce. Gucci Partners with The Recording Academy

In on January 30, 2011 at 4:21 pm

Designed by Frida Giannini this unique special edition watch and jewelry collection celebrates the partnership between Gucci and The Recording  Academy®, hosts of the world famous GRAMMY® Awards.The cutting edge look of the pieces draws its inspiration from the passion that music evokes. Fashion-conscious music fans can also enjoy direct access to GRAMMY news and updates thanks to a new section on


Life.Art.Commerce. How to Open A Bottle of Champagne

In on January 30, 2011 at 4:18 pm

Champagne is supposed to open with a bang, right? Not necessarily, in fact a huge celebratory “pop!” is actually a sign that it was opened by an amateur. Experts contend that a bottle of champagne opened with skill will make only a very small popping sound, or perhaps none at all.

The WSJ gives us a thorough explanation of exactly how to open a champagne bottle like a pro:

  1. Chill thoroughly Properly chilled champagne will fizz and/or froth over less
  2. Towel dry the bottle if there’s condensation to ensure a good grip and prevent slippage
  3. Cut the foil using a knife, only tearing with fingers after you’ve scored the foil.
  4. Tilt and aim Tilt the bottle to 45 degrees and aim it away from yourself, others, and anything breakable (like windows)
  5. Hold the cork down with one hand while twisting open the wire cage with the other
  6. Twist the bottle with one hand while continuing to hold the cork down with the other
  7. Listen for the sound of air escaping to signal that the bottle is open. There may also be a small cloud of gas.

The pop can be fun when among friends in a party atmosphere but if opened gently and quietly the champagne will have more bubbles and taste better. As the old saying goes “The ear’s gain is the palate’s loss.”

Once you’ve successfully opened the champagne the next step is pouring it. For the best results make sure the bubbly has been chilled to the proper temperature, 46º F – 57º F depending on age, and then further preserve the bubbles by using a ‘beer-like’ technique and pouring the liquid down the side of a tilted champagne flute.


Life.Art.Commerce. Stuart Hughes Technological Art

In art., commerce., on January 30, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Here are some technology pieces from Mr. Stuat Hughes. A man who likes to put diamonds and gold on any and everything.

Life.Art.Commerce. Johnny Rotten’s Luxury Coffee Table Book

In on January 30, 2011 at 4:09 pm

Johnny Lydon better known as Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols is the latest rock star to create a luxury coffee table book (see also Jimmy Page). Just 750 copies of the 250-plus-page coffee table book, Mr Rotten’s Scrapbook, are to be published. The book has a 12-inch vinyl picture disc built into the back of the book that has live recordings from his band Public Image Ltd (PiL) taken from shows last year, as well as spoken word tracks. The book also includes personal photos, much of which have never been published. The book has X-rays of his skull on the cover and costs £379 when pre-ordered but will retail for £449 when it officially goes on sale December 1. 100 of the 750 books will contain a special golden ticket that gives the bearer the opportunity to have a one on one chat with the man himself, a 10 minute webcam chat, face to face, to ask anything you like! The first 50 orders have guaranteed 1-50 numbering and the first 100 orders are guaranteed delivery before Christmas.

Life.Art.Commerce. Back to Basics

In on January 30, 2011 at 4:07 pm

I found this interesting.

Called John’s Phone, this concept is as bare bones as they come. Take too quick a glance and you might confuse it with a beeper.

The “address book” is a pad of paper and a pen. There is no text messaging. There is no calendar. No Angry Birds will be exacting their airborne revenge on its LCD display. Apple, Android and Windows 7 fanboys will not bicker over its specs in cleverly named smartphone forums.

Just simple, no-nonsense phone calls at a level of complexity just above the venerable two cans and a string.

Conveniently, John’s made a compartment in the back to store the address book pad:


Life.Art.Commerce. The Gold Monopoly Game Set

In on January 30, 2011 at 4:01 pm

The Gold Monopoly Game set created by Sidney Mobell and  David Cowen. I’m sure everyone at some point in their childhood can remember playing Monopoly, but I’m sure you’ve never imagined playing on one like this.

Life.Art.Commerce. A message from Tunecore

In on January 30, 2011 at 3:57 pm

Some words from a digital music and video distribution service. Free the art.

Art. The Ghetto Breeds Artists: An Excerpt from Wretched, Pitiful, Poor, Blind and Naked

In art., commerce., life., on January 30, 2011 at 3:44 pm

I have come to truly believe that those who have little tend to bring true thought provoking artistry to the masses. Pain usually brings forth creativity and who suffers more than those from the ghettos of the world.

Here I share with you an excerpt from Wretched, Pitiful, Poor, Blind and Naked. A book penned by Gene Elliott Thornton, Jr.

Art. Gold Leaf Moet Christmas Bottle

In art., on January 30, 2011 at 3:40 pm

A great christmas dinner bring along.




In on January 29, 2011 at 8:34 pm

A few years back I began to notice the correlation between life art and commerce. They fuel each other sort of like the beginning and ending of a circle. Once a perfect circle is started it is hard to find anything but the symmetry in the object. This is how I have come to view life art and commerce.

I have been into art for as long as I can remember. It started with music and kind of branched out from there. I admire those who have been able to create something from nothing. Musicians painters sculptures designers of all kinds photographers videographers writers. They all contribute to the conversation that began long ago and I hope never ends.

So I am giving you a view of this world and not just my view I have somehow convinced some of my friends to contribute to this conversation. The world of the creator or rather their creations for us to discuss.