With a living/recreation room on the lower floor, your private bedroom on the upper floor, a patio beyond the threshold, and an attached swimming pool just off the premises, the Mushroom Villa is a wonderfully idyllic holiday home that gives you a cozy space to unwind in. Located right in the midst of nature, the villa is made entirely from bamboo (one of architect Thilina Liyanage’s signature materials) with terracotta tiles on the roof to keep you cool during the days. Practically cut off from civilization, the villa’s roofs also come dotted with solar panels that help power your glamping experience!
The Mushroom Villa is a duplex stay with a living room, patio, bedroom, and a balcony attached to the bedroom. A mushroom-cap-shaped roof on top comes with 14 solar panels that power the villa. An attic exists right above the bedroom ceiling and the mushroom roof, although it isn’t entirely clear whether that space is usable or accessible. Alternatively, one could imagine that’s where the generator/battery and water tank are located.
Designed to comfortably house 2 people, although a child or pet can be included too, the Mushroom Villa stands on a wooden deck, with a swimming pool built into the front half of the platform. There’s ample lighting within and around the villa including on the pool floor too, so you can comfortably enjoy your serene life post-sunset too!
Christened the Oneiric, this twin-hulled catamaran sports Zaha Hadid Architects’ signature fluid design and comes with a solar-paneled roof that lets the yacht run entirely on renewable energy.
The Oneiric isn’t your usual yacht. Developed in partnership with Italian shipyard Rossinavi, the yacht sports a uniquely organic form on the inside and the out. Inspired by the shape of waves, Zaha Hadid Architects hopes that its design will blur the boundaries between the yacht and its surroundings, sort of like luxurious camouflage, if you will. It is set to be presented next week during Milan design week.
The Oneiric is a 42-meter-long yacht (or a catamaran to be precise) with a twin-hull design that gives it a broader footprint. Its organic, fluid design falls well within the identity of the design language Zaha Hadid Architects is known for. The main deck features a saloon containing a bar and integrated sofas that open onto a second deck with an inbuilt hot tub and two sets of steps that lead down into the sea.
The catamaran runs on a hybrid power system, relying on a combination of solar as well as fuel power with the ability to switch to 100% solar energy too. Described by Rossinavi as its “green-technology flagship”, the yacht would be covered in solar panels on three levels that would fully power it on day trips. “On a day trip, Oneiric can cruise up to 100% of the time in full-electric mode with zero emissions,” mentions Zaha Hadid Architects. “On transatlantic crossings, the yacht can cruise in full-electric mode up to 70% of the time, saving approximately 40 tonnes of CO2 compared to a conventional vessel.” The solar panels continually charge the yacht’s battery pack even when not in use, and can then in turn be used to provide power to a villa on land when the yacht’s moored.
The Oneiric’s multihulls are also more energy-efficient than a conventional monohull yacht, due to their weight distribution and the hulls’ length-to-width ratio which provides greater hydrodynamic efficiency.
The yacht’s interiors mirror the same design language as the exterior, with the liberal use of curved lines to balance out the rigidity of straight lines and flat surfaces, giving the overall yacht a soft appeal. “The sinuous lines and reflective surfaces of the yacht’s exterior are continued throughout the interior, blurring the boundaries between vessel and sea,” the architects said. The use of wood proves to be a rather clever choice on the architects’ part, as the wood grain further lends a ripple-like fluidity to the exterior deck as well as the interior.
“The serenity on board is visual as well as auditory,” said the team at Zaha Hadid Architects. “Oneiric’s full-electric mode is capable of silent operations. In addition, the yacht benefits from the effects of Rossinavi Zero Noise technology that isolates all noise on board from the original source.”
Oneiric can accommodate up to 8 guests at a time (with an additional 6 crew members), with 4 cabins for the guests, 3 for the crew, and one dedicated owner’s suite that comes wrapped in a curved glass window to give 180-degree views of the sea, and a skylight that allows light to filter from above. Multiple interior and outdoor lounging and dining areas, as well as media room with entertainment technologies, are integrated into the design together with a large owner’s suite and four guest cabins. The yacht’s interior spaces interconnect, a feature that makes the design unique. The owner’s suite provides access to the forward outdoor lounge area, which can be shaded by retractable structures.
This is one Dark Lord that fans of watches and racing will be glad to see make a modern comeback.
Luxury watches are often designed to exude an air of sophistication and class. In contrast, Sports watches, especially those inspired by race cars, have a distinct character of power and speed, much like the vehicles they’re patterned after. Somewhere in the middle lies a few exceptional timepieces that have made history thanks to their unconventional design and stunning looks. The 1974 Heuer Monaco “Dark Lord” is one such hot item, projecting an ominous and fierce visage back in the days when watches looked more luxurious and tame. To mark the end of the 2022 Monaco Grand Prix, TAG Heuer is reviving the Dark Lord, bringing the iconic look to the modern age with a few embellishments that easily sets it apart from the last time it set foot in this mortal realm.
The Monaco “Dark Lord” and its square body was already head-turners back in the days, becoming associated forever with motor racing. Its mostly black motif and devilishly handsome looks were also outliers during that era, cementing its position as one of the brand’s most iconic designs. Nearly half a century later, TAG Heuer saw it fit to bring the Monaco back into fashion, but rather than a simple revival, the luxury marque gives the Dark Lord a more modern appearance that, somewhat ironically, also gives it a less menacing face.
In a way, this 2022 Monaco is darker and blacker than before, encased in a sandblasted matte black DLC-coated Grade 2 Titanium body. Unlike its predecessor, however, the finishing extends to the crown, which still bears the TAG Heuer insignia, as well as to the two wedge-shaped buttons that flank it. A matte black alligator leather strap and matching black DLC titanium folding clasps complete the watch’s brooding facade.
Contrasting with this dark but dashing theme and providing a pinch of comforting color, TAG Heuer opted to use 5N rose gold plated handsets that stand out against the pitch-black main dial surface. The faceted indices share the same material and, unlike the 1974 Monaco, radiate outward rather than pointing inward. Together with the square chronograph and small-seconds subdial, this creates a more welcoming face, almost like an icon of the sun, which seems diametrically opposed to the watch’s “Dark Lord” moniker.
Flipping the watch over reveals even more of these contrasting design elements. The sapphire display window on the caseback reveals what makes the watch tick, TAG Heuer’s Calibre Heuer 02 Automatic chronograph movement. Highlighting this mechanism is the 5N rose gold signature wheel, which contrasts with the rest of the movement’s more mundane finish. Despite that window, the watch retains its 100-meter water resistance.
The TAG Heuer Monaco “Dark Lord” is a blast from the past, bringing back a moody yet striking design while adding a few elements of luxury more fitting a 2022 model. It doesn’t deviate significantly from the original in terms of broad strokes, but where it differs, TAG Heuer’s changes might invite a bit of discontent from long-time fans of the design. Thanks to the limitations of its period, the 1974 Monaco was available in very limited supply, but there doesn’t seem to be such restrictions with the new Dark Lord this time around. Presuming, of course, you have the funds to afford its unsurprisingly steep price.
The Oura Ring on its own is already a fantastic product. But what happens when the team behind it partners with a luxury fashion house like Gucci? Well, you get a luxurious smart ring that will be much-coveted.
This is the first collaboration between the fashion brand and the Finnish health technology company. Getting fit and healthy can be stylish now with all the fun and beautiful wearable pieces available on the market. Of course, trendy smartwatches can help, but intelligent rings like the Oura Ring are more convenient.
Of course, the Oura Ring’s features are limited, but you can never go wrong with a stylish product. The Gucci x Oura Ring celebrates self-discovery and individuality. Oura’s technology combined with Gucci’s flair for style results in an “exquisitely crafted” ring.
People won’t think you’re wearing a health tracker because the Gucci x Oura Ring looks just like a simple accessory. It works with an accompanying app which means you can enjoy the research-grade technology, insights, and personalized guidance Oura is known for. It offers the same comfort and biometric accuracy but now with the distinct Gucci style.
Oura believes that what one wears also impacts how a person feels. The Oura technology is already established, but it has become a more attractive wearable device with Gucci’s style. This is fashion and function together. Oura’s Chief Operations Officer Michael Chapp said, “Oura has always held a firm belief that wearables can be both innovative and stylish.” Indeed, the Gucci X Oura Ring is one valuable and fashionable accessory.
The luxury fashion version of the Oura Ring boasts Gucci’s iconic G monogram with a sleek, braided trim set in 18K gold. Oura’s versatile design gets an elegant twist from the Italian fashion house. The Gucci X Oura Ring can track and analyze data and provide insights when it comes to technical features. It offers activity tracking, heart rate monitoring, sleep analysis, and temperature checking, among others.
The Gucci x Oura Ring can be purchased from select Gucci stores worldwide and at Gucci.com. Expect to witness a flawless blend of function and fashion with the precise health metrics it can track and the exquisite design that is profoundly Gucci. This collaboration may seem unusual at first, but Gucci actually has origins in sports and leisure. Oura is known for its health platform and products, so the unlikely team-up is perfect. Access to personal health insights is a must these days if you want to be really fit and healthy so this Gucci X Oura Ring is definitely an ideal choice.
There’s nothing ordinary about the G02 villa by MASK Architects. It rests on its own manmade island, away from the mainland and connected by one single roadway. Sprawled across 9000 square meters, the villa is an all-encompassing luxury retreat. The architecture boasts of incredibly curvilinear forms, as you’d see from Zaha Hadid. It doesn’t look practical because it doesn’t need to. The G02’s sole purposes are to be an architectural ornament for its residents. The villa comes with its own heated swimming pool, convention spaces, and health and fitness centers that include everything from tennis courts to Turkish baths. The most impressive part? The G02 is made to be an eco-green, energy-efficient, sustainable, and ecologically sound artificial island paradise.
Looking unmistakably like a guitar from up above, the G02 villa has an iconic, instantly recognizable architecture that sets it apart. However, the villa’s strangely curvilinear structures aren’t just a coincidence. Every curve and surface is accounted for, as the design hopes to achieve ecological sustainability by generating an environment that uses nature to its advantage. “Instead of creating one big block building, we have chosen to create smaller separated buildings. This has its own function to be more energy-efficient and also to create private areas on the island,” the architects said.
Built in Egypt, the designers had to create a structure that could overcome the hot climate that’s a characteristic of the country. The architects relied on natural sources like wind and water, channeling them through the building’s forms, to create a more temperate, maritime micro-climate. The island and its buildings effectively channel wind to core parts of the landmass, with buffer zones that capture cool air and palm trees that act as windbreakers. Strategically placed water pockets also take dry air and hydrate it, making it fresher and more cooling for the residents when it passes over the water and into the property’s various buildings.
Speaking of the property’s various buildings, the G02 consists of a main building for the client and residents, with smaller outbuildings for private guest suites. Skylights will be built into all the buildings to ensure the use of as much natural light as possible during the day, reducing dependence on electricity and artificial lighting for the first half of any given day.
The gem of the G02 is its heated outdoor swimming pool which offers a stunning panoramic view of the ocean on one end, and a recreational area with lounging seats for people to relax on the other side of the pool.
Other facilities on the G02 include Turkish baths, saunas, hydro-massage showers, and massage rooms. A separate fitness area also contains a yoga studio and meditation glass sky deck, an indoor gym, and a tennis court. Additional activity zones include a game room, library, home theater, bar, rooftop terraces, cinema, outdoor spaces with private fires, event and party areas, and a winter tea garden with an indoor pool and seating decks.
The G02 is accessible through a single road that connects it to the mainland, although the island comes with its own docks that allow visitors access via sea in their boats and yachts. Sounds about right, given the strata of people this was built for. I’m surprised there’s no helipad on this!
The G02 is just a concept proposal for now. A schematic designed to act as a template for a future project or endeavor, just in case any billionaire decides to spend a significant chunk of their money in a bid to build this paradise. At least they’ll save on energy costs, am I right??
Dubbed the “Tribute to Great Civilisations” series, they cover four of the most significant civilizations in human history, with watch faces depicting Ancient Egypt, the Persian Empire, Hellenistic Greece, and the Roman Empire.
Coming from high-end watchmaker Vacheron Constantin and Paris’ Louvre Museum, the Métiers d’Art watches pay tribute to some of the most iconic masterpieces from these civilizations, stored at the Louvre. For the designers and craftspeople at VC, the challenge was a little more than just building another set of watches. These timepieces had to capture the grandeur of an entire civilization. To that end, each watch is stunningly detailed, with tiny intricacies carved, painted, inlaid, and assembled by hand. They look and feel nothing short of priceless, and are a stunning example of why Vacheron Constantin has been a formidable name in the watchmaking world for over 260 years.
Each watch feels like a relic in the way it’s composed – a testament to Vacheron Constantin’s sheer craftsmanship. All four watches are powered by Vacheron’s self-winding Manufacture Calibre 2460 G4/2, a unique movement that lays the hours, minutes, day, and date out on four corners of the watch, leaving the central part free for the watch’s magnum opus, its painstakingly hand-made artpiece. The lack of a traditional movement also makes sense, ensuring that no moving or ticking hands distract from the sheer beauty of the watches. The four artpieces (from left to right) are the Sphinx of Egypt, the statue of Victory of Hellenistic Greece, the bust of Octavian Augustus from Julius Caesar’s Roman Empire, and the Lion relief sculpture from the palace of Darius in the Persian Empire.
The Sphinx of Egypt is easily the most famed and recognizable relic of the four. The Louvre famously is the home to one of the largest sphinxes outside Egypt, acquired in 1826 as part of the collection of the British consul Henry Salt. For the watch, the face actually houses a relief replica of the sphinx, meticulously carved from gold. The gold applique sits on a stunningly detailed enamel dial, fired 6 times in a kiln to look as deep and rich as it does. As a signature flair, the watch is topped off with a sapphire crystal cover that has metalized hieroglyphic inscriptions on it.
The Hellenistic Period represents the time between the fall of Alexander the Great and of Cleopatra. This period was characterized by a new wave of Greek colonization which established Greek cities and kingdoms in parts of Asia and Africa. The relic for this period is the tatue of Victory, a winged goddess resting on the prow of a warship, was discovered in 1863 on the island of Samothrace in the northern Aegean Sea. Excavated from a sanctuary dedicated to the Great Gods, it depicts an offering linked to a naval victory. This statue sits at the center of the dial, complete with all the minute details including the feathers on the wings and the folds and pleats in the statue’s fabric garb. The statue sits on top of a main dial that’s enamelled in brown, a colour that is very difficult to achieve and required a mixture of rare enamels as well as six firings in the kiln.
The bust of Octavian Augustus, the adopted son of Caesar, represents him crowned with an oak wreath, a distinction awarded him by a Senate decision in 27 BC, when he became the principate of Rome. For Vacheron Constantin, creating this particular artpiece was exceptionally challenging, especially around the rim, which houses an intricately assembled micro-mosaic. No less than seven different types of stones – 660 in all – were used to compose this micro-mosaic. The mosaic, however, merely guides the eye to the carved gold applique of the Buste d’Auguste, complete with a draped cape, accompanied by the breastplate and secured by a fibula, and even flourished with an oak crown around which Augustus’ locks of hair meander.
The final artpiece takes us to the Persian Empire of the Achaemenids (559-330 B.C.). With a territory stretching from present-day Pakistan to the shores of the Black Sea, and from the steppes of central Asia to Egypt and Libya, it united the oldest civilizations in the Middle East. The Frieze of Lions, a glazed brick decoration, was located in the first courtyard of the palace of Darius the Great in Susa. Practically an icon of the empire, the ‘Lion de Darius’ finds itself on this timepiece. The hand-carved lion sits on a stone marquetry background, representing the decoration of glazed bricks affixed to a wall. The writing elements engraved by metallisation on the sapphire crystal are one of the first written texts by Darius upon his arrival in power.
As meticulously hand-crafted as the front of the watches are, their insides are equally intricately assembled, as is made evident from the watches’ exhibition rear. The back of the watches are also accompanied by an oscillating weight that features a depiction – based on an 18th century lithograph – of the east facade of the Louvre and its magnificent colonnade.
Each of the watches are limited to only 5 pieces, given the fact that they’re all entirely crafted by hand. The prices of the watches aren’t yet known, although such sheer artistry definitely won’t come cheap. If you’ve got immense ancestral wealth or the crypto market has rendered you a millionaire, the watches are exclusively available through Vacheron Constantin boutiques.
Inspired by everyone’s first or second favorite bounty hunter in the Star Wars universe (depending on whether you prefer the Mandalorian or are a weirdo and favor Greedo), Kross Studio has created this $120,000 Boba Fett-themed watch. Boba’s Slave One starship is featured in the center of the tourbillon and slowly rotates, while the hour hand features a tiny replica of his Z-6 jetpack, and the minute hand is the jetpack’s rocket-firing missile.
The watch is a limited edition of only ten pieces, each of which took 220 parts and 90 hours to construct. For reference, that’s $545.45 per watch part or $1,333.33 per hour of construction. So it’s ridiculously expensive no matter how you look at it. But it does come with three interchangeable watch bands and a collector’s case made from the same mold as the model used in The Empire Strikes Back, which totally makes up for it.
Sure, there are a lot of different ways to spend $120,000. But is there any better way than on a luxury Boba Fett watch? I suppose that depends on who you ask. But if you ask me, there isn’t. Of course, I also spent last month’s rent on a LEGO Transformer, so I might not exactly be the voice of reason.
True blue watch enthusiasts know who Max Büsser is, and he’s getting the Grail Watch 1. This isn’t a new watch from his brand, but the Grail Watch 1 is the first watch collaboration between Ressence and Alain Silberstein together with Grail Watch and Busser will receive piece number one.
Max Büsser, the founder of MB&F, was presented the idea of the Grail Watch by notable watch enthusiasts and writer Wei Koh. Büsser expressed his interest in the first Grail Watch. Since then, the Grail Watch 1 has made rounds among the watchmakers and watch aficionados as the latest timepiece to acquire.
Designers: Benoît Mintiens and Alain Silberstein
The Grail Watch 1 is a project by Ressence × Alain Silberstein. Ressence Watches is a brand headed by Benoît Mintiens. Ressence is known for its pragmatic displays, minimalistic mechanical designs, and high prices. Meanwhile, Alain Silberstein is the first man to deliver art, architecture, and playfulness to modern watchmaking.
The two working together resulted in the Grail Watch 1. It is the first from a new company that aims to create and make dream watches real. The brand comes up with limited edition watches that are not opportunistic but rather imaginative and ambitious.
Grail Watch 1 shows us what Ressence and Alain Silberstein have to offer. The Grail Watch brand celebrates independent watchmaking, and founder Wei Koh believes the limited series will offer the watch owners meaning, positivity, and inspiration. Alain Silberstein and Benoît Mintiens were the first watchmakers Koh approached.
The Grail Watch 1 will remind you to seize the day and every moment in your life. Officially called the GRAIL WATCH 1: RESSENCE × ALAIN SILBERSTEIN “CARPE DIEM”, this timepiece is based on Ressence’s Type 1 design. The design is then layered with Alain Silberstein’s iconography.
The limited edition watch combines the designs by Mintiens and Silberstein. Mintiens’ Ressence is usually minimalistic, but the Grail Watch 1 is bold. Silberstein then included some of his favorite paintings as part of the design—the Vanitas, Still Life with Tulip, Skull, and Hour Glass—by French artist Philippe de Champaigne. It offers a poetic meaning as the tulip, skull, and hourglass remind us time is passing.
The Grail Watch 1 comes with a price tag that reads $24,300. It will be ready by the end of May 2022. Only 36 pieces will be available as a tribute to Judaism’s Lamed Vav Tzadikim concept. Silberstein’s idea was to honor the 36 righteous individuals in every generation according to his religion.
We’ve seen a few interesting takes on the computer mouse, most of them trying to put a more ergonomic spin on a device that has changed little in the past decades. There are some that do defy commonly held standards in order to create an artful masterpiece that probably wouldn’t pass usability tests. And then there are those that end up making our jaws drop in how they turn a utilitarian piece of technology into an elaborate luxury item. It might not be made out of gold, but this metal mouse puts those expensive mice to shame by the sheer amount of details and the fact that it was all crafted by hand at someone’s personal workshop.
The basic design of the mouse hasn’t changed that much ever since the day it was first revealed to the public in 1968. You have a mostly rectangular piece of plastic with buttons on its head for clicking and some mechanism to actually map hand movements to the digital cursor on the screen. That mouse was never designed for comfort or efficiency, so designers and engineers have tried to refine that design over the years without completely throwing the mouse concept out the window.
There are also some that have instead tried to glorify the electronic rodent with a different form or representation. We’ve seen transparent or leather-encased mice, mice that look like whales, and mice that can be flat-packed when not in use. This handcrafted mouse definitely takes the cake, though, because every part is made from scratch from metal, except for the electronics, of course.
There’s almost something mesmerizing about seeing metal getting whittled down to size and shape, presuming you have your speakers muted. It’s even more mind-blowing when you learn that each piece of the mouse, other than the electronics where cut and shaped from raw pieces of metal. Not a single part, including the slots for the screws as well as the mouse wheel, was bought from stores. But that was only the tip of the iceberg.
Each visible side of the mouse except the bottom is filled with ornamental patterns. And all these patterns were drawn and then engraved by hand. Yes, each of the flowing curves and shapes was painstakingly chiseled manually, with no assistance from a computer or a robot. The time-lapsed video makes it look too easy, but the intricate details clearly took hours and days of work.
This beautifully engraved mouse does also work, though it’s hard to imagine it will be a comfortable experience in the long run. Of course, the project wasn’t made for ergonomics in the first place, so that’s not a fair point against it. It’s a handsome piece of art, without a doubt, and the fact that it actually works is just the icing on top.
Aptly titled The Market, this tabletop kinetic sculpture automatically adjusts itself to the tunes of the stock market. Depending on whether the stock market is rising or falling, the scale tips in favor of the bull or the bear respectively. Who needs smart displays and IoT-connected ticker tapes when you’ve got something as elegant as this?!
Designed by the folks at August & Wonder, The Market has a distinctly vintage appeal, with a brass + wood construction that feels just charmingly old-world – like an antique nautical compass or pocket watch. However, on the inside, the kinetic sculpture has a tiny computer that taps into the internet, tracking any market or currency you tell it to. Connecting to the net via Wi-Fi, it can track eleven global stock market indices and five major cryptocurrencies, tilting in real-time to precisely indicate day-over-day market changes with an accuracy of up to 1/10%. Changes in the market are reflected by the tipping of a balance, almost like a seesaw. On one end of this seesaw is the Bull, which indicates the market is moving up, on the other is the bear, which is an indicator of a downward moving market. (Fun Fact: The bull indicates upwardness because it uses its horns to toss its prey or enemy upwards. The bear, on the other hand, strikes at things downwards with its paw, hence the downward association.)
Right underneath this ever-shifting seesaw is an arc-shaped graph, designed to resemble a marine sextant of sorts. The graph, with a magnifying lens in front of it, shows how many points the market has risen or fallen by. It adds a metric to the otherwise artistic little sculpture, giving you actual information instead of a broad sentiment.
That antique appeal isn’t just for show, though. The Market, with its staggering $1,100 price tag is actually made with a fair bit of craftsmanship. The hardwood base is made from beautifully finished New Guinea Rosewood. Its cast metal parts are made from zinc, with platings of copper and brass. August & Wonder’s custom-designed motor is quiet, responding in real-time to market fluctuations. Precise percentage change can be read on the laser-etched sextant scale via the illuminated eyepiece’s 3x glass magnifying lens.
The bull and bear come with a lacquered metal design, looking almost like the kind you’d see on Wall Street. Their constant tussle with one another is reflective of the never-ending ups and downs of the stock market.
Underneath its antique veneer, The Market is actually an app-controlled IoT device. It runs on a battery that charges via USB-C and comes with a smartphone app that lets you program The Market to track anything you want it to. It can track 11 different global indexes, and 5 popular cryptocurrencies.