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Looking for inspiration this holiday season? Check out this gift guide with an edge. These concrete-inspired items are perfect for your home or office and will stand the test of time to celebrate for years to come. Concrete is an environmentally friendly material. The fabrication of concrete uses fewer fossil fuels during the whole production process than traditional ceramics, making it an ideal addition for those interested in sustainable living.
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Mensch Made Concrete Vase with Gold-plated Leaves
The design of this Concrete Vase plays with the contradiction between culture and nature. A bold geometrical shape is combined with a texture of organic ornaments, delicate foliage imprints, some of them gold-plated. Natural grey concrete contrast with genuine gold. A very special object that can be appreciated by itself and of course be used as a vase for flowers or twigs.
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Block Concrete Disc Pendant
This concrete pendant necklace is inspired by iconic British Brutalist architecture.
The hand-cast concrete necklace celebrates the dynamic monoliths of the controversial movement. Statement concrete jewelry embraces the character of concrete, a lively material. Its surface reflects its history, presenting imperfections and changing with you and your environment.
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Concrete Cubic Pendant Light
This eye-catching Concrete Cubic Pendant Light by German label GANTlights combines light gray concrete with silver, gold or copper, resulting in a timeless and elegant designer lamp.
Part of the B series collection, this handmade lamp is ideal for illuminating a long dining table, a sideboard, a desk or a bar and is suitably hung individually or in a group. The high-quality gilding of the insides emits a pleasant warm light. Due to its minimalist design and the contrasting materials, the designer lamp can be combined with any style.
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Ava & I Pretty Little Things Concrete Trinket Pot
This trinket pot is from the Ava & I collection, combining influential on-trend elements for a collection that embodies empowerment with modern style and a dash of sass. A real quality design, the pot is made of concrete with gold detail and a sweet Pretty little things motif. A stunning addition to any dressing table or a useful piece generally for the home, the heavy nature and lid of this pot will not be knocked over easily.
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Plantui Smart Garden 6. Photo courtesy Plantui.
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Horizon 2.0 light by Humanscale. Photo courtesy Humanscale.
Available in 2-foot- and 3-foot-tall options, these sleek, linear LED module lights are elegantly held in place by a simplistic yet high-quality steel base.
The wooden component is offered in sustainably sourced maple or walnut, reclaimed heart pine, ebonized oak, or reclaimed water tower redwood. The metal base is available in powder coated white, slate grey or matte black, hand-blackened steel, polished nickel or brass, or brushed nickel or brass.
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A champion of well-being in the workplace, Humanscale’s two new task lights, Nova and Horizon 2.0 utilize advanced LED technology for improved comfort, optimal light output and cost-saving energy efficiency. Now ready to order, Nova and Horizon offer a smarter, healthier choice for offices and the environment.
“As the lines between office and home blur, products need to offer functionality paired with simple, clean aesthetics. Nova and Horizon 2.0 are highly versatile LED task lights that combine industry-leading technology with a contemporary yet timeless design,” says Mesve Vardar, director of industrial design at Humanscale.
Energy Star 2.0 certified, the inventive, ergonomic design protects the eyes against strain, faithfully renders colors and produces a single shadow on a work surface, so the hard worker in your life need no longer complain about a headache after a long day at work.
Humanscale’s new Horizon 2.0 also checks all the boxes for the eco-conscious individual who loves iconic design and technology. Improving upon the prestigious Red-Dot award-winning Horizon task light from Michael McCoy and Peter Stasis (featured in the MoMA permanent collection), Horizon 2.0 implements the latest LED technology to produce its signature, ultra-thin plane of light with greater efficiency.
Energy Star 2.0 certified, Horizon 2.0 uses only healthy, sustainable materials and is available in five vibrant colors: Bronze Gold, Silver, Jet Black, Arctic White, Twilight Blue and Morning Pink.
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True’s Undercounter Beverage Dispenser is ideal for person who appreciates a perfect beer pour. Handcrafted to specifically dispense the perfect draft pour, the company’s advanced airflow technology ensures a consistently frosty, and refreshing flow. The unobtrusive 15-inch stainless-steel dispenser comes with either a single or dual tap and for indoors or out — a true gift that won’t go out of favor or flavor! Also, because of the brand’s TrueFlex® shelving system, the versatile cooler is completely convertible into a wine cabinet.
For the budding sommelier, while a wine cellar might be ideal, True’s Dual Zone Wine Cabinet and storage system is pretty fantastic for wine enthusiasts. Designed to preserve your bottles, independent climate zones allow for separate temperature ranges (from 40°F to 65°F), while glide-out, vibration-dampening racks hold up to 45 bottles and protect that special vintage. TruLumina LED lighting — with 14 different color options — allows for the ambiance to fit your mood.
Left & Bottom Right: True Residential’s Undercounter Beverage Dispenser. Top Right: True’s Dual Zone Wine Cabinet. Photos courtesy True Residential.
A stocking stuffer that actually enhances wellness, Hansgrohe‘s newest design, aptly called PowderRain, recently hit the market as the perfect tool to enhance the shower experience while also fitting into any style. Characterized by a “powder-like” micro-fine mist, the eco-efficient spray is designed to completely envelop the body, with thousands of microscopic water droplets cloaking you in a protective oasis of relaxation.
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For the most discriminating buyer, Salone del Mobile.Milano is ready for the holidays with the launch of their 6th partnership between SaloneSatellite and the Rinascente Department Store. For 2018, 12 select products, created by 9 international designers, will be on sale through the holiday season at the famed department store.
The selected products place huge importance on the quest for new solutions, both tangible and intangible, always intelligent and sometimes poetic, inspired by traditional craftsmanship and ancient materials that can inform a better future. A plethora of chairs, tables, lamps, trays and vases, fitness equipment and everyday and decorative objects will be on display, all deriving from simple intuition and actions and marrying technology, craftsmanship and emotion.
As the Bay Area’s leading high horology salon specializing in small, independent watchmakers and designers, Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry is the place to shop for luxury timepieces that will captivate this holiday season. These highly desired timepieces may serve as fascinating gifts for entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, or technology professionals.
For the Entrepreneur and Venture Capitalist
Above: MB&F Legacy Machine No.1
Right: Greubel Forsey Double Balancier
Conveying elite access and bold personal style, MB&F is known as one of the most innovative brands in the watchmaking world. The designs are highly playful, innovative, and uncompromising in quality. The MB&F Legacy Machine No.1 watch in 18k rose gold is the perfect gift for any luxury tastemaker who blurs the line between work and play.
Greubel Forsey has built its reputation as a maker of ultra-luxury timepieces engineered with complex chronometric solutions that offer improved performance. Complex and compelling, Greubel Forsey is the timepiece for those who with the vision to appreciate the very best of the best in complex horological craftsmanship and rare artistry.
For the Tech Developer, Engineer, and Consultant
If he’s the type who prefers hoodies and casual wear to suits, he will appreciate the clean, distinctive look of the Ressence Type 5 titanium diver’s watch with domed, oil-filled case. In a first for a mechanical watch, the brand’s innovative use of oil makes for a vibrant, domed dial with complete legibility whatever the angle of view.
De Bethune’s poetic DB25 Starry Varius speaks to collectors who appreciate rarity, quality, and a distinct, modern style. The slender case in lightweight grade 5 titanium completes this artful, well-engineered timepiece which is equal parts classic aesthetic and science fiction, destined to appeal to the tech-industry innovator or programmer.
Above: Ressence Type 5
Left: DB25 Starry Varius
Above: Richard Mille RM037 ladies’ Automatic Big Date
Right: Hermes H
For the Female Executive
Women want accessories and timepieces that communicate their success and precision. Richard Mille’s tech-driven designs and performance aesthetic make this the brand of choice for a female executive looking to make a powerful statement on her wrist.
A subtle statement can be the most powerful. For those who prefer discretion over boldness, the classic style of a long-established luxury house embodied by the Hermes H watch, is the perfect gift. This gold-toned steel watch features the emblematic Hermes “H” shaped case, an elegant white dial, and barenia toned, stitched leather strap.
Whether dad loves jetting off to new travel destinations or enjoying a relaxing night at home, these gifts won’t disappoint.
For the dad who loves his beer poured just right, there is True’s Undercounter Beverage Dispenser. Handcrafted to specifically dispense the perfect draft pour, the company’s advanced airflow technology ensures a consistently frosty and refreshing flow. The unobtrusive 15-inch stainless-steel dispenser comes with either a single or dual tap and for indoors and out — this is one gift that won’t go out of favor!
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This is the ultimate business accessory for dad, making hard work look easy. The sophisticated Computer Brief in smooth, American leather combines style and function for travel and daily use.
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A sapphire membership from BlueSky Jets, which now offers commission-free private flights, is the perfect gift for dads who travel. The new membership model is truly unique, offering the most convenient and transparent way to book some of the best private jets on earth.
“No one can compete with Sapphire because it delivers where all other models fail, we have changed the industry,” says David Levy, co-founder of BlueSky Jets.
Ideal for the dad who enjoys entertaining, True’s 24″ Beverage Center will keep drinks icy cold, and features technology that enables rapid cooldown and maintenance of beverages. Features include a balanced refrigeration system with 5.6 cubic feet of space, TruLumina LED interior lighting in 14 different colors, two adjustable/removable encapsulated glass shelves, and two wine shelves that hold 13 bottles.
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Weighing only 10 pounds, ESCAPE by ROLLOGO was designed for smart packing. Equipped with the world’s first patented power-generating spinner wheels, it also generates power as it rolls to power personal devices on the go. The top compartment will allow dad convenient access to travel documents, sunglasses or personal devices, while the side zipper unveils a detachable laptop compartment.
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Featuring a unidirectional turning bezel, stopwatch capabilities and scratch resistant sapphire crystal, this stunning watch — the 48mm Runwell Sport Chrono — is perfect for the stylish dad.
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Dad can enjoy rich sound as this limited edition runwell turntable brings his favorite records to live. Complete with a low-friction tone arm, a pre-mounted and aligned Moving Magnet cartridge, and Shinola-designed phono preamplifier, just plug it into any input on your preamplifier, integrated amplifier, or powered speakers.
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From flying a WWII plane to cage diving with sharks, this trip will test your father’s imagination and adventurous spirit.
The trip will begin in Las Vegas at the world famous luxury Wynn hotel and casino.
Then, it will jet you up to San Francisco to cage dive with one of the world’s most feared predators, Great White Sharks. An instructor will lead the way as your father gets up close and personal with the sea creatures.
Also in San Francisco, your dad can enjoy a day tour in tech mecca, Silicon Valley, including the opportunity to test out unreleased products from Android and see the full Apple product line-up.
Then, head off to Nappa for a private luxury wine tour and tasting at the most famous vineyards in America.
“This exceptional fortnight allows one to dispel the myth that mums get the best gifts. Amongst the amazing experiences, you will give dad the gift of flight, firstly allowing him to pilot a T6 Texan WWII plane in Florida, then watch him channel his inner Bond with a Jet Pack flight at the famed Kitty Hawke in Carolina,” says Marcel Knobil, founder of VeryFirstTo, Superbrands and Cool BrandLeaders.
This luxurious Father’s Day trip is organized by the luxury travel company, Hurlingham Travel.
Other highlights of the 16-day voyage include driving a supercar on Germany’s speed-limitless Autobahn, perfecting his BBQ skills at the Grill Academy in London, Whisky Tasting in Edinburgh and a luxurious massage at Asofya Hammam.
The trip, which totals $80,490 per couple, may be taken at anytime during the year. Depending on the month, alternate arrangements may be made.
To view the full itinerary or to find out more, click here.
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