Although our laptops, mp3 players and cell phones have been created with super sleek design at the forefront for the past few years, gadgets like GPS devices have been quite standard looking — black, square, and matte. TomTom has taken the first leap towards making design a key factor in their GPS production, with the introduction of the White Pearl.
Although the technical features of the White Pearl aren’t much different from TomTom’s original GPS’s (they’re awesome to begin with!), the appearance itself is enough to make me want one. With a pearlescent casing and a swirl print that subtly carries on to the corners of the screen, this GPS leads all others in the right design direction.
Currently available in the UK. Check back at Tech Style and the TomTom website for North American release dates.
With cute and colourful tech-cessories available for pretty much every gadget, it’s only expected that we’d find a way to jazz up your earbud headphones. Just clip these on to instantly update your mp3 earbuds, and you’re ready to keep on rockin’ in the tech world!
I’m a total museum junkie. Sure, the shopping in Copenhagen was tremendous — unparalleled, even — but nothing compares to the splendour of the historic sites, like Rosenborg Palace and the Danish Crown Jewels.
That’s why one of the highlights of my time in Almhult, Sweden, (the “capital city of IKEA” that I mentioned in part one) was a little-known gem known as the IKEA Through The Ages Museum.Â
Complete with curator, the too-cute collection traces the rise of the Swedish style giant from its inception in 1943 through to the present day, in decade-by-decade vignettes of original IKEA furnishings. In short — heaven.
Here’s a peek…
The gorgeously grained Lovet sidetable from 1956 was a first for IKEA — a flat-packed piece of furniture (in a box tied up with string — so sweet!) that could be assembled easily at home. I think IKEA should reintroduce this one… Absolutely stunning.
A flip through the IKEA Catalogue in 1954 would have shown living room furnishings like the Royal sofa and armchair, the Mary dining chairs and Jerez Wilton carpet. I love the ducks on the wall — such an authentic 50s touch!Â
Retro-fabulous wallpaper and austere shapes define this vignette of IKEA pieces from the late 1950s, including the Farstrup sofa and armchairs and Tema bookshelf.
The early 1960s saw IKEA’s offerings increasingly influenced by the Danish modern design movement (a look that’s more popular than ever in 2009). The Estrad sofa group is 60s-spare at its finest.
And the related dining area…
Things start getting really colourful in the late sixties, with some of the IKEA releases from that period still available in one form or another to this day… I’ll share those tomorrow!
There`s something about Fridays that makes me want to shop. But of course, I`m so busy at work there`s no time for shopping (but for a few stolen moments on my lunch break, of course!) And then there`s the issue of funds. But sometimes, a dose of window-shopping can be just as much fun and just as satisfying — you get the high of browsing but the satisfaction of the fact that your money`s still safe in your bank account! Here`s what I peeked at during today`s window-shopping session, online at tiffany.ca:
1 Black shoulder coffee pot
2 Tiffany Sierra votive
3 Audobon cheese serving set
4 Tiffany blue box, porcelain
A brilliant azure sky, soft pink rhododendrons (they grow like weeds throughout Copenhagen!), and the vivid cyan of a tarnished bronze statue conspire to form a lasting impression in the King’s Gardens at the heart of Copenhagen.
I don’t think anything could prepare me for the experience of dining at a waterside cafe in Nyhavn. A harbour canal in Copenhagen (the name “Nyhavn” literally translates into “New Harbour”) that’s dotted with moored old sailing ships, it’s possibly the most atmospheric place in the Danish capital. It’s along this canal that world-famous fairytale writer, Hans Christian Anderson, lived for a time; but now it’s packed with posh eateries and antique shops.
Most of the houses along the canal are more than 300 years old, and have been restored in breathtaking colours (some of which actually reminded me of the new Hacienda Style palette from Pittsburgh Paints that I mentioned last week). A feast for the eyes!Â
One of the sweetest surprises of dining on the canal? Once the evening chill sets in, restaurant staff provided us with blankets so that we could remain outdoors. Naturally, they were IKEA.
What a thoughtful idea for your next al fresco soiree!Â
Here I am modeling the latest in Nyhavn evening wraps with the fab Olivia Stren. (Thanks to Canadian Living’s Karen Kirk for providing the shot!)
It`s been a while since I blogged about one of my favourite things — pretty paper. Today`s selection is from Pistachio. They`ve got a small but beautiful collection of paper products (cards, wrapping paper and invitations) and gorgeous gifts and apothecary items. Best of all, the products are made with an effort to preserve the planet.
Their mission: “The story of Pistachio began with a simple idea — being generous, environmentally sensitive and engaged with life is good for us and good for the planet.
Pistachio is about creating, using, and reusing things intelligently, about wasting less, and about putting good things into and onto our bodies.
We embrace the idea that being environmentally caring doesn`t mean denying, abandoning or refusing the things we love, but rather designing, developing and using products in more informed, eco-friendly ways.”
Don’t let your computer network be just another brick in the wall (sorry). This ultra rock n’ roll Spectrus hub was designed by Art Lebedev and gives your geekery the cool factor by combining a Pink Floyd-esque design with a vibrant colour scheme. While this is only in the design phase right now, stay tuned for a release date and price info. Oh, Spectrus, wish you were here (I can’t help myself!).
Hellooooo from sunny Copenhagen! And when I say sunny, I mean INTENSE gorgeousness – it’s reached 27-degrees in a deliciously uncharacteristic turn of the weather here in the Danish capital.
On the ferry from Sweden to Denmark! Breezy but bright!
I’m soaking up Scandi-style on a whirwind expedition led by the folks at IKEA Canada, who had a very exciting release in store for us at the Swedish town of Almhult.
Almhult was the birthplace of Ingvar Kamprad (now 83 years old!), who founded the Swedish style powerhouse back in 1958. The town is also the site of the very first IKEA store, and remains the hub of many of IKEA’s worldwide operations.
The Almhult IKEA location – the first IKEA store in the world!
We actually got to stay in an IKEA-run hotel just opposite the Almhult IKEA, called IKEA Vardshuset. It was really sweet – decorated entirely in IKEA furnishings and accessories! (The closest I’ll ever come to realizing my secret fantasy of spending the night in an IKEA showroom!)
The exterior of Vardhuset Hotel & Restaurant. Simple and spare, but so sweet!
Unfortunately, I’m sworn to secrecy for a little while yet – the product has yet to reach Canadian shores! What I can share is the ultrasecret little bunker where they took us to reveal a fantastic new collection… Piqued your interest yet? lol
The mysterious “bunker”…
I’ll be back with more over the next few days! Be well!
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