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Ecocapsule

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Ecocapsule

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If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you go? Whatever your answer, Nice Architects’ new ‘Ecocapsule’ could make that a reality.

The spaceship-like container is in fact a mini apartment – a radically downsized alternative to conventional housing – set up with all the luxuries you would expect from a mobile home. (Albeit a far prettier version than its contemporaries.)

Six years in development, the Ecocapsule generates its own clean energy and can be situated anywhere; from tundra to city, woodland to seashore. It started as a small housing unit for artists back in 2008 and has evolved into the self-sufficient pod we see now, fully equipped with the necessary systems for long-term independence.
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Hyundai Card Card Factory, Seoul

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If you ever wondered what a credit card production facility looks like, a visit to the Hyundai Card Card Factory is just what the doctor ordered. Located in the company’s headquarters in Yeouido, the heart of Seoul’s financial district, this brand new project by Hyundai has just opened its doors to the public, offering unprecedented, behind-the-scenes access to its manufacturing spaces.
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Ferrari 488 Spider

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There are a few feelings more liberating than retracting the car’s roof while cruising on a road. In Ferrari’s new 488 Spider, which was just announced today, that feeling is likely due for a stallion-stamped embellishment. Here we find the Italian luxury sports car manufacturer releasing a powerful – about 661 horsepower, to be specific – new update to the Spider family.
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Midcentury Home in Bel Air

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Midcentury Home in Bel Air

Midcentury Home in Bel Air

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It wasn’t quite “The Brady Bunch,” but Robin Maguire and Marc Schaberg’s house hunt did involve two single parents, six children, a blended family and a midcentury home in Southern California. And the renovation phase had a sense of urgency, because Ms. Maguire, who worked in real estate development before becoming a novelist and painter, had given up her house to live with Mr. Schaberg, a film financier, in his cramped post-divorce apartment.
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INSIDE CALVIN KLEIN’S ALL-WHITE MIAMI BEACH HOUSE

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INSIDE CALVIN KLEIN’S ALL-WHITE MIAMI BEACH HOUSE

INSIDE CALVIN KLEIN’S ALL-WHITE MIAMI BEACH HOUSE

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Calvin Klein’s house is amazing. It’s one of the few houses that would rival Redman’s house if it were to ever go on Cribs. Klein has always been relatively publicity shy, in comparison to, say, Ralph Lauren. This house has only ever been photographed by “Vanity Fair,” who got Bruce Weber in, and the “New York Times,” who apparently got some paparazzi in, much to Klein’s disgust.
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Advanced Yachts

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Advanced Yachts

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Combining elegance and performance is a demanding challenge for the boat designer. To meet it successfully a sure hand and a team equal to the task are indispensable. This is what has happened with the A44, an all Italian gem of thirteen meters built by the Advanced Yachts yard that offers a wonderful blend of style and performance.
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Dior Homme: Paris Office and Atelier

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Dior Homme: Paris Office and Atelier

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Italian studio Antonio Virga Architecte has renovated and extended a Parisian building to create offices and haute-couture workshops for French fashion house Dior Homme.
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Virgule, Cape Town

VIRGULE, a new lifestyle space in Claremont, challenges preconceptions of fashion and retail while inviting you to come along on the exciting journey. The space, owned by Marinda Lakhnati, is like nothing seen before in South Africa.

Avant garde shoes dangle from the ceiling, bespoke handbags of the highest quality leather beg to be fondled and sunglasses with a sense of humour call out for attention.

Virgule is French for comma, explains Marinda, “The comma marks a pause in a sentence and opens the door to all possible developments. In essence, it gives life and rythm. The comma is usually associated with a breath in time and our stage is designed to allow our customers to pause and experience something unique.”

With many years experience in fashion, marketing and retail, opening a high-end store has always been Marinda’s dream. Living in Europe with her French husband and son is what ignited Marinda’s passion for stylish lifestyle products of the highest craftsmanship and creative design. For two years she assisted a Swiss designer in her leather atelier in Geneva where she was initiated to the complex art of designing and creating hand bags.
“I’ve always wanted to create a space for discerning women. When we came back, I realised that my home country was the ideal place to give birth to this.”

The space is light and bright, open and airy, giving the bags and shoes, both classic and trendy, space to breathe. For the design of the space, Marinda teamed up with Johannesburg artist and jewellery designer Alheit Ströh, whose unique pieces are also stocked.

Steel beams run the length of the ceiling, which allow ropes and bars to be suspended. The entire look of the store can be changed in a moment by inserting a pin or adding another and allowing it to be transformed like a gallery or museum. Copper, the hot metal of the moment, provides the perfect surface to rest a pair of quirky heels.

“The space has to be edgy, international, original. Every element was thought through. We want a space that changes. It is not pretentious. Steel is honest,” Marinda says.

With this in mind, the copper was intentionally left unsealed so over time it will oxidise and change colour. VISI magazine refers to Virgule to a “swanky European store” and says of the space, “Now, imagine gorgeous French pumps and platform sneakers dangling from copper hooks and a range of sexy French sunglasses perched on laser-cut shelves. Imagine a bespoke metal table with two whimsical cups and saucers arranged on top. Imagine the surprise when it’s all changed tomorrow.”

Marinda carefully selects the brands carried in the store from the well-known to the up-and-coming. It is important to her that the products are made in the European style centres of Italy and France.
Footwear brands stocked include Polini, Costume National, MM6 by Maison Martin Margiela, Fausto Santini, Vicmatie, Puro, Stephen Venezia, and sneakers by Candice Cooper and YAB.
She describes them as tongue in cheek, avant garde with a little twist.
It is her intention for every person who walks into the space to enjoy the experience.

“We like them to take their time. For me, time and space are luxury. I want people to walk in and take the breaths they are supposed to take to relax; to sit back and get inspired and surprised. It is not just about a transaction, it is more about exchange and connection.”

Shoes are served to customers in an elaborate ritual like an order from the most decadent tea trolley.
The store also houses Marinda’s “coups de coeur” ( as she calls them ), these are original objects that she sources during her trips and that she believes are relevant to the “Virgule women.”

“I believe women should dress from the feet up. Your day starts with the shoes you are wearing today, based on what you are doing today. And then comes the rest. It is my life philosophy. You always start from the bottom, it is a bottom up approach.”

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As they say in French “entrez dans la dance!”, get on the dancing floor! It is time to really experience something different, make this stage yours.

Virgule
16 Cavendish St
Claremont 7708
South Africa
+27 21 671 1423

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