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Have you ever been dared to eat four saltine crackers in one minute? It’s one of those games kids play at camp when the councilor has run out of ideas. While it sounds easy, it’s deceptively difficult and few come out as winners.
You wouldn’t want to play that game with the Golden Saltine Cracker necklace by Emily Elizabeth Jewelry. The 14 karat gold plated charm does look remarkably like the crispy cracker from your camp days, and it’s not pricey, selling for $30 on the designer’s website, but it’s still not edible.
It does come with this selling point: zero crumbs!
The world has gone mad-hatter-wild for Alice in Wonderland.
The highly anticipated film hit theatres on March 4, 2010, and the excitement is palpable. Fashion designers are dedicating collections, department stores their windows and the Four Seasons Hotel is even hosting mad hatter tea parties.
That’s right, the luxury hotel in its Toronto, Chicago and Los Angeles locations are hosting Carroll and Burton inspired teatime. Menu items include Nutella and caramelized banana, raspberry jam and cream cheese pinwheels, cheddar and apple butter and desserts such as dark chocolate mousse with crunch toffee, almond cake, mini vanilla cup cakes and Alice’s special sugar cookies. Not bad!
The tea parties in Chicago take this one step further down the rabbit hole with Wonderland inspired activities, such as giant chess (the pieces are two feet tall), tea cup decorating and Red Queen’s croquet. And yes, the mallets will be traditional pink flamingos.
On the other side of the world, Alice madness is equally present. Zoom in on Parisian department store Printemps, which has dedicated its display window to commissioned pieces by Chloé, Alexander McQueen and Nicholas Kirkwood.
Kirkwood’s Alice heels are a chaotic representation of nonsensical absurdities that are on the other side of the looking glass. ”This time, I figured, why not just pile as much as I can on top?” Nicholas said. He did this, and he did this well.
Maison Martin Margiela designed a spectacular creation, which emulates the idea of falling headfirst. How better to achieve this than by creating an upside down dress? Indeed, the skirt is a bustier and a chiffon veil begins at the waist and goes over the head. One of the sleeves mimics a crinoline made of whale-boned velvet, embroidered with pearls, crystals, and recycled jewels.
None of these items are for sale.
Home espresso machines and convenience are two words that are rarely used in the same sentence, until now.
The fine folks at Mypressi have released a handheld espresso machine called ‘The Twist.’
This little gadgets uses the power of a whipped cream charger to compress hot water and give you a perfect shot of bold flavoured espresso.It’s fairly easy to use as well, just drop in the coffee, pack it down, add in the hot water, twist on the top (with the charger in it), hit a button and voila.
The people behind the Twist boast it makes a better shot than a $600 home machine, a hefty claim, we’ll have to wait and see.
Have you ever had that feeling of awe when a magnificent meal is place in front of you on a table? Well, Philip Design has teamed up with Spanish restaurant, Arzak, and have created *drum roll please* a series of tableware that glows when food is placed on it.
These amazing dishes are titled Multi-sensorial Gastronomy, whatever it’s called, it’s pretty damn cool. The dining ware includes a bowl, plate and serving plate that emit fragrances, vibrations and light in response to food being on their surfaces then fades.
The people at Philip Design want to evoke the senses and enhance your eating experience.
Anything to make a dinning experience more pleasurable is top notch in our books.
-Melissa S. Robinson
What’s stainless steal and lime green all over?
Why, it’s the newly envisioned uber-eco friendly Ekokook kitchen by Faltazi Design. Though it’s in the pre-manufacturing stages, its appearance is enough to make the environmentalist chef’s heart flutter with glee.
This kitchen set is complete with hanging fans and energy efficient appliances. These hanging compartments offer owners of the Ekokook kitchen a venue for container gardening; supplying a perfect opportunity to grow fresh herbs right in the kitchen. The French design team even thought of fresh vegetable storage, water conservation and recycling. It also helps sort waste in three categories: solid, liquid and organic.
Though this kitchen stands for the antithesis of the traditional rustic kitchen, it’s a well researched, future oriented, dream kitchen. With its sleek lines, bold colours and functionality, the Ekokook offers something bold for the forward thinking chef and eco-design buff.