Modern Perfumes with a Bottle Inspired by Constantin Brancusi

As a perfume enthusiast, I love when as much thought is put into the design of the bottle as the alchemy of the perfume itself. After all, perfumes are meant to be displayed and seen, especially so that you don’t forget to use them like I do. I don’t think that would be a problem with Xinú, a bespoke perfumery line from Mexico whose bottle design was a collaboration between Esrawe Studio, Cadena & Asociados, and Nouvel Studio.

An elegant and minimalist object on any vanity, the bottle for the line was inspired by sculptures of Romanian artist Constantin Brâncuși, geometry in nature, and is formed with two domes placed on top of each other. The top lid is handcrafted with certified woods, a reflection of the essence of the perfume line, which is based on the aromatic and botanical scents of the Americas.

The blown glass container was developed in collaboration with Nouvel Studio and doubles as an incense holder or vase when the bottle eventually empties. Using two bottles, the design can also be used as a decorative object when mixed and stacked.

What it is real is not the external form, but the essence of things.
– Constantin Brâncuși


Fitbit acquires the Vector smartwatch startup, as the wearable giant continues its roll-up

Well this is a relatively fast exit. In March last year a brand new smartwatch brand appeared, hoping to offer something different. Combining the incredible engineering talent in Central Europe’s Romania with the business smarts of London and former executives from Citizen watches, the Vector startup carved out a very credible slot in the “affordable luxury” smartwatch sector.

Only a year later, Vector has been acquired for an undisclosed price by global wearable giant Fitbit. Founder and CTO Andrei Pitis confirmed to TechCrunch that the company was acquired for its software platform and design team. This does not, however, signal a move into the luxury smartwatch sector by Fitbit.

What is does confirm is that Fitbit is continuing its roll-up of talent associated with watches, wearables and fitness devices. In November, Fitbit acquired a pioneer in the smartwatch space, Pebble, with all its engineering talent being sucked into Fitbit. The same fate now awaits Vector, which raised only a small amount of cash, but turned heads with its clever hardware and software integration and design smarts.

In a statement online the company says “we will start building other new and amazing products, features and experiences, incorporating our unique technology and knowhow with Fitbit’s experience and global community.”

Vector — a smartwatch with an e-ink LCD screen — broke the mold with a 30-day battery life and a smartphone control app that worked across iOS, Android and Windows phones. It also created its own smartwatch operating system, and released an API to developers, allowing them to create their own apps and faces for the watch. The watches themselves looked fantastic and the LCD screen even mimicked a real watch screen from a short distance. With a fully stainless steel case, hardened mineral glass and 50m water resistance, this was a very nice piece of kit. It also came in Rose Gold, Champagne Gold, Stainless Steel and Black Plated, with leather, stainless steel or sport straps.

Launched by Pitis, and based out of Romania, Vector was in stealth for two years prior to launch last year, powered by only a $2 million seed round from the Gecad fund. Pitis was formerly an angel investor in Clevertaxi and I-Rewind, and co-founder with Bogdan Iordache of Tech Angels and Innovation Labs in Bucharest.

Pitis had assembled a crack team from the watch world, which included Joe Santana (the former CEO of iconic watch brand Timex) and Steve Jarvis as design director, the former creative lead on projects with Timex and the Nike FuelBand. COO Ron Spencer was the former COO of Bulova, Fossil.

Vector has said there will be no new products bearing the Vector name, but that existing products will continue to work, as will the associated software, although it will no longer be developed. It’s released an extensive FAQ about what will happen next for customers.

Their customer support team will continue to respond to customers via a Help Page and and warranties will be honored.

The first V8 four-seater Ferrari GTC4Lusso T makes debut in China

Unmatched sportiness, versatility and daily usability

November 18th, 2016, Guangzhou — Representing a groundbreaking new Ferrari GT concept, Ferrari celebrated the China Premiere of the new GTC4Lusso T at Auto Guangzhou today.

The first ever four-seat creation from the team in Maranello to be powered by the acclaimed V8 power unit, the new GTC4Lusso T offers an even wider variety of driving enthusiasts the opportunity to experience the unbridled thrill of the Prancing Horse. Ferrari performance, elegance, versatility are now compatible with the daily driving needs of four. With the finest in automotive workmanship, the legendary marque has proved Ferrari remains the preeminent super car manufacturer in the world and its most steadfast commitment to the China market. The latest Ferrari to capture the vibrant Italian spirit, while still offering the best-in-class performance that has become the hallmark of the famous brand, now is available in China at the price of RMB 3,588,000.

To further demonstrate a commitment to the driving enthusiasts of China, Ferrari also brings to Guangzhou masterpieces such as the California T Tailor-made, the 488 Spider and the 488 GTB, which have already taken its place at the peak of super car demand.

The stellar lineup of supreme performance cars marks a truly special occasion for Ferrari, with the announcement of a wide range of special initiatives to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the foundation of Ferrari. A world tour spanning more than 60 different countries will underscore the global reach of the Prancing Horse, culminating in a grand closing event in Maranello. At the same time, 70 liveries created by the Tailor-made atelier and inspired by iconic models from Ferrari history will be used to create a maximum of 350 unique cars: with each to be used just once on each of the five models in the current range. Combined with a series of celebrations across China, the coming year is certain to write another unique chapter in the history of Ferrari in this country.

While continuing to achieve sales success in China, Ferrari has also led the super luxury automotive industry in the field of corporate responsibility. Further highlighting this commitment in China, Ferrari has developed the “Love of Red” programme – a series of initiatives covering the full breadth of philanthropic efforts of the Prancing Horse in the fields of environmental care, education, driving safety and social welfare. As Mr. Matteo Torre, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Ferrari Greater China exclaimed, “Ever since the establishment of Ferrari nearly seven decades ago, creating dream core of our brand.

Our success in 2016 has now laid the foundation for an even more s with the most thrilling super cars and driving experiences has always remained at the fruitful year of 2017 as we celebrate our 70th anniversary across China. The unveiling of the new GTC4Lusso T today in Guangzhou stands as yet another example of how this country and its driving enthusiasts remain at the centre of our objectives and the future of Ferrari worldwide.”
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