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Green Luxury Yacht-75′ Mochi Craft

The Mochi Craft 75′ Long Range Cruiser is an intriguing combination of innovative  hybrid technology and cutting- edge technology enhanced with legendary Italian flair.  Resembling Nordic ‘workboats’ with their sea-kindly hulls,  their interiors are pure luxury with natural woods and a delightful, inviting decor.

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The biggest news in this long-range pleasure craft is ZEM: Zero Emission Mode. With this brain-child of Norberto Ferretti, Mochi Craft has been the first and only yacht in the world to receive the RINA certification of “Green Star Clean Energy Clean Propulsion,” in conjunction with research by AYT Advanced Yacht Technology and Studio Zuccon International Project,  and the Ferretti Group Design led by Andrea Frabetti.

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You Design it! Custom Tile by Edgewater

So, you want a custom mural….Well then, Edgewater of British Colombia is your place.  They create a variety of in-house artisan tiles made of  glass, stone, wood, metal and porcelain by using an industrial waterjet to create the shapes. Waterjet cutting is a significant manufacturing technology that offers important new options in the cutting of materials.

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Gorgeous, Green, Modern, and Functional Kitchens

We always appreciate designers who create beautiful and special products while taking note of preservation of our environment.  One firm who qualifies on both counts is La Cusina Alessi.  Here’s  a gorgeous line of kitchen designs renowned for its high technology and environmental friendliness.  Formal simplicity and pure and essential lines are the main features.  The great versatility of the new Artematica models makes it possible to create a personalized kitchen to satisfy any aesthetic taste while reflecting different life-styles and personalities.
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La Cucina Alessi offers a full range of kitchen furniture and product designs that are a collaborative effort between Alessi, Valcucine and Oras. The kitchens are designed by Alessandro Mendini for ALESSI, the furniture and hoods are produced by Valcucine, and the faucets are by Oras.
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Two of the amazing and modern range hoods produced by Valcucine:
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The curvalinear cabinets, countertops and islands are available in glass, steel or laminate with organic curves and elegant lines.
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High tech, modern designs combining wooden and glass elements are coated with water-based varnishes that drastically reduce the emissions of solvents and completely eliminate very cancer-inducing aromatic solvents.
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The motto La Cusina Alessi share on their website is “Man should not make marks in the sand that cannot be cancelled by the wind.”
Valcucine works for eco-sustainability by designing the best kitchen cabinets that are 100% recyclable, as dematerialised as possible, with zero emissions of formaldehyde, that guarantee a long technical and aesthetic life, and that use wood that does not come from the destruction of primary forests.

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Unique Christmas Gift Ideas: Bakelite Jewlery

More and more people are collecting vintage jewelry and small evening bags.  But not only collectors would appreciate these special pieces.   Here are some selections from a magnificent Bakelite Jewelry Collection specializing in the finest  bangles, brooches, celluloid jewelry and lucite purses.  If you are not exactly sure what  Bakelite is, see here.
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Carved Bakelite strawberry and celluloid leaf necklace.
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Vintage lucite evening purse with beautiful marbled striping in gunmetal gray and pearlized white.   Handles are silver–not gold– as they appear in the photo.

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Spectacular Art Deco vintage beaded drawstring purse. Iridescent beading and unlined with two catalin overdyed adornments.
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French steel beaded purse with early plastic handle
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Vintage Brass Filigree Purse with Butterscotch Lucite Lid.
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Carved and Painted Lucite Owl Pin

For much more of the collection visit the Bakelite Boutique.

Sustainable, Modern and Space-Saving Furniture

The guest house of our project on Hill Rd in Montecito has been the jobsite  headquarters during the process of building and we realize what a nice space this could be  for an office, even though  we originally intended for it to be a guest house. So…we came upon this great resource by Resource in New York that makes amazingly beautiful and extremely functional and modern solutions for exactly what we need.
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The Penelope is one of the more basic queen bed systems.  The line of Murphy beds and wall systems come in a wide array of fabrics choices and sofa styles as well as cabinet finishes from lacquer in white to pink to blue to true dark oak and white oak melamine.
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Another design is the Swing. The Swing consists of a Queen bed with shelving and a 9 foot sofa with adjustable chaise.
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There is additional storage under the sofa seat. Without removing any objects from the shelf, a simple pull on the built-in handle lowers the bed to the sleeping position and the shelf becomes the foot of the bed.
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The Atoll 202 Space Saving System consists of a queen-sized wall bed attached to 28 inches of shelving with a sofa and an 8-foot chaise on the front. It’s also available with a 6-foot chaise (Atoll 150).
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Additional storage under the sofa seat and the chaise tips up to create space on both sides of the bed. And, again, without disturbing  objects on the shelf, a simple pull on the built-in handle lowers the bed to the sleeping position and the shelf becomes the foot of the bed.
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See how easy and efficient this is!

They have a great line of office furniture too.  One of my favorites in this line is the Bird Collection by Luca Scacchetti.
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The Collection includes a series of executive desks, conference tables and cabinets inspired by long-beaked birds such as the Stork or Heron. The desks and tables’ cylindrical legs covered in saddle leather fan out at the bottom, reminiscent of these tall winged waders.
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They also have a great cabinet line  structured around complex shapes alternating between wood, leather and metal and are imported From Italy.
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Exterior  and Interior lighting by a variety of designers is also in the line.
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The Dress line includes floor lamps, table lamps and pendants that consists of a satin ribbon which  envelopes a black metal frame–available in white, red, black.
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The Gluc is unique, also designed by Arturo Álvarez, and comes with choices of ceiling light, table lamp or sconce with light color glass shade with stainless steel base.
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The Planum also designed by Arturo Álvarez has a silicone shade in white, black, orange or blue and can be mounted on the ceiling or the wall for an illuminated functional look of art.
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Wall look
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They also have a handmade line of rugs that are custom made using virtually no machinery.  They can be designed  from a pattern provided by the customer. The wool pile and cotton warp and weft are eco friendly, sustainable and renewable. Wool is sourced from sheep that graze freely on a 100% natural diet, and is biodegradable and reusable and meets the requirements set by the LEED building rating system.

Elegant and Whimsical Bath Fixtures

Gregg and I just got back from New York where we celebrated Gregg’s birthday. While we were there we could not help but check out the real estate on Fifth Avenue.  In one great apartment, we found a toilet fit for for a Queen…

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Afterwards, I just had to do some Googling to see what other elaborate and whimsical pieces of porcelain were out there..

Here are some interesting finds.

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This Bling Bling toilet is diamond encrusted and will only set you back $75,000.

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