GM+AD

2009-02-16

[Picture of Hazelwood School Dumbreck]It has to be said that Glasgow has produced (yet again) an astonishingly good firm of architects in the form of GM+AD (Gordon Murray and Alan Dunlop).

GM+AD do not have a specific GM+AD-ness, they are not selling a specific style a la macintosh, or an architectural school or movement.  What actually happens is this: Read the rest of this entry »

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Polanti

2008-12-21

[Picture of the Polanti Ice Zone Model]On this site you will find a lot of very, very expensive wristwatches.  These are hand-made works of art and can only be owned by the very rich who commission them. Although inexpensive Polanti has been included here, not merely for their design and artistry, but because they have an unusual business model that have made them iconic. Read the rest of this entry »


Cool Dentistry

2008-01-28

[Picture of Gumease mouthpiece]Many people are scared of a visit to the dentist, some are scared of the drill, others of the needle, but everyone is scared of the pain.

BioMedDevice Limited have developed a flexible dental mouthpiece (called gumEase) that is stored in a freezer, and which after only a couple of minutes, numbs the mouth for up to 20 minutes at a time.

The manufacturer has produced a rather graphic video depicting a hypodermic-free tooth extraction on YouTube.com: Read the rest of this entry »


Hautlence

2008-01-03

[Picture of Hautlence HSL01]The HAUTLENCE brand was created in 2004, with the first wristwatches ready for September 2005, and the first collection by 2007.

Approximate Cost: 20 278.00 GBP

[Picture of Hautlence HSL01]

[Picture of Hautlence closeup]The company has set up a watch-maker’s college in Read the rest of this entry »


FP Journe

2007-09-22

[Picture of the FP Journe Resonance]I have attempted to draw attention to the wonders of hand crafted wristwatches, the most exclusive, valuable and prestigious being those made by the likes of Roger Dubuis, Patek Philippe, Parmigiani, Girard-Perregaux, Chopard, Blancpain, Audemars Piguet, Breguet, Vacheron Constantin, and IWC, all of which draw on a long tradition of precision engineering, ingenuity and intricacy.

In 1999, Richard Mille seemed to herald a new chapter to this horological history, using new techniques and materials to threaten the established “big boys”.

  • But these “big boys” were already under threat — from FP Journe!

François-Paul Journe is the man behind the “Chronometre à Resonance” and the “Tourbillon a Remontoir d’Egalité” (launched in 2000), and is one of the most talented and exciting watch maker of his generation. A true maverick.

[Picture of the FP Journe Resonance]His Geneva factory is Read the rest of this entry »


Latest Folding Furniture

2007-06-12

Furniture use permutations are fascinating and not restricted to caravans, boats and camping equipment! Sometimes you need flexibility from everyday furniture, like a table for four that can expand on occasion to sit six or eight, with the extra chairs able to fold away or stack when not required. In extreme cases, everyday furniture may have to be folded or dismantled in some way to allow a room to provide multi-functionality, such as a fold-away bed, or cupboard kitchen. Here’s are some videos of new designs: Read the rest of this entry »


Foster

2007-05-15

[Picture of Norman Foster]I am going to argue here that Sir Norman Foster is the number one architect in the world today, with an unprecedented track record of instantly recognisable buildings that enrich and excite and basically go against the grain of the present architectural and planning trends.

It all started when, in the mid-1980s, Norman Foster became famous. Read the rest of this entry »