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The Esquire’s design looks good next to an iPhone.

 


Harman / Kardon Esquire brings bluetooth conferencing to the portable sound doc world


Encased in classy aluminum and leather, Harman / Kardon’s Esquire portable speaker will be a boon for business travelers, as it doubles as a bluetooth conference system. The Esquire features noise-cancelling internal mics, dual drivers and a bass port for clear sound. It’s compatible with both bluetooth and NFC (near-field communications) technology, making it a great choice for clear conference calls while traveling.

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Three-quarter view of iBeetle


Months after shipping Siri out on the road in select Honda models, Apple is now further infiltrating the auto market with the iBeetle, the stylish, high-tech product of a partnership between Volkswagen and the Silicon Valley giant. Available in both coupe and convertible forms, this special-edition Beetle not only offers Apple-inspired design features and color schemes, but also advanced integration for the iPhone and other Macintosh products. Along with an in-dash iPhone dock that allows easy access to Apple’s Siri personal assistant and navigation system, Volkswagen and Apple have also teamed up for an app that allows your phone to communicate directly with your car. Offering Spotify and iTunes integration, a detailed vehicle monitoring system, and a variety of social media platforms that keep drivers connected while on the road, the iBeetle blurs the lines between computer and car. Check back for more information on this innovative vehicle as we near its release date early next year.

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Hennessy VS Cognac

by Alain Gayot


While some Cognac houses have hired rappers to promote their brand, Hennessy decided to up their street cred with a street artist. The 247-year-old house commissioned American street artist Futura to design their new VS Limited Edition bottle. Futura (born Leonard McGurr) is the leader of the “Abstract Graffiti” movement, known for its focus on lines rather than letters. His colorful design will adorn 200,000 bottles, which retail for $32 each.

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  • pinitbutton Le Meridien Partners with illycaffe for Co curated Art Collection Cup   Travel News
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First ever co-curated illy art collection cup

Coffee Culture is Commemorated at Le Méridien’s New Istanbul Hotel


Curated art is one of the latest hot hotel trends, and the Le Méridien hotel group takes the fad to a new level by partnering with illycaffè to debut the first ever co-curated illy art collection cup. This functional piece of art was designed by :mentalKLINIK, a highly acclaimed, contemporary Turkish artist duo (Yasemin Baydar and Birol Demir). Selected by illycaffè Art Director Carlo Bach and Le Méridien Cultural Curator Jérôme Sans, the artists are members of LM100, a multi-generational, interdisciplinary group of cultural innovators chosen from the fields of art, architecture, cuisine and design.

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  • pinitbutton The Ritz Carlton Honors Its History while Heading into the Future   Travel News
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Exterior of The Ritz-Carlton, Montréal

Even as it focuses on expanding its portfolio around the globe, the Ritz-Carlton hotel group continues to honor its heritage. Along with the recent opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Okinawa (to be followed by 2012 launches in Tianjin, Abu Dhabi and Vienna), the company has just completed a comprehensive, $200 million restoration of Ritz-Carlton, Montreal – the birthplace of the iconic Ritz-Carlton name. As with the Okinawa property (where traditional Shurijo motifs and holy water ponds are incorporated into contemporary architecture and landscape design), this 1912 landmark harmoniously blends past and present. A preserved façade and original details such as marble fireplaces complement renovated public spaces and redesigned guest rooms, including the 4,700-square-foot Royal Suite, the largest hotel suite in Montreal. In addition, new facilities include an indoor saltwater pool and Maison Boulud restaurant, where diners can enjoy terrace and greenhouse settings. With a guest list that has ranged from Sir Winston Churchill to the Rolling Stones, the Ritz-Carlton, Montreal is sure to attract high profile travelers and lovers of luxury for years to come.

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Hella Jongerius, Dutch top designer and Erik Varwijk, Managing Director KLM on the famous ‘polder sofa’ in the KLM-hangar, in front of a Boeing 747-400.

Leading Dutch Designer Joins Forces with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines


With a goal to create an entirely new look and feel for its World Business Class cabins, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, which merged with Air France in 2004, has hired leading Dutch designer Hella Jongerius. In addition to designing the fleet’s cabin interiors, Jongerius will shape the full-flat seats, combining comfort and beauty as she did with her signature “polder sofa.” Jongerius says, “The challenge is one of safeguarding individual comfort in amiable settings using innovations. In so doing, I can optimally combine traditional details and my industrial textile and color skills with high-tech functionality.” Continue reading “Hella Jongerius to Revamp KLM’s World Class Business Cabins – Travel News” »



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The bedroom of the Grand Deluxe Suite by Nancy Corzine: The "Blue Suite" at The Peninsula Beverly Hills

Pretty in Pink, Blue, White and Green Suites


by Alain Gayot


Princes are graduating to kings thanks to The Peninsula Beverly Hills‘ recently remodeled suites. The year-long renovation transformed 193 guest rooms of the hotel, including luxurious villas and four individually designed suites – The Peninsula Suite, The Royal Patio Suite, The Grand Deluxe Suite (all three designed by Forchielli Glynn) and The Grand Deluxe Suite by Nancy Corzine. Each features its own color palette and style – The Peninsula Suite, or The Green Suite, has an “East-meets-West” feel; The Royal Patio Suite is nicknamed The White Suite for its cream-toned backgrounds and drapery; The Grand Deluxe Suite is also called The Pink Suite; and The Grand Deluxe Suite by Nancy Corzine, or The Blue Suite, showcases an ice blue palette accented with Venetian silver, cream and white, as well as Corzine’s signature line of furniture, textiles and lighting designs. Reservations begin at $6,000 for The Grand Deluxe Suite (Pink Suite), $6,795 for The Grand Deluxe Suite (Blue Suite), $7,000 for the The Peninsula Suite (Green Suite), $8,000 for The Royal Patio Suite (White Suite) and $9,700 for The Peninsula Villa.

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