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Car of the Year


Maserati Gran Tourismo

Striking isn’t it ? Now who would have thought Maserati could have
pulled an amazing thing like this from out of no where. I mean when was
the last time they had a car this good. Hmmm, lets try to remember. Nope
can’t, must have had something to do with the fact that it was before I was

OK so just what exactly makes this car so great. Well just look at it. It’s just
drop dead gorgeous from top to bottom, front to rear. This is the Gisele
Bündchen of cars. You want to touch it, sit on it and well.. just have fun
all day long in it. Heck and who could blame you.

What’s that you say ? It’s bound to be high maintenance. Well no actually.
It’s made with the same love and care that all new Ferrai’s are made with.
What.. you laugh. It’s still Italian and is bound to leave you at the side of
the road stranded just like Gisel would. I beg to differ and I’d even put a
good wager down that your Mercedes would let you down first. So who’s
for boring Teutonic German cars when you can have a sexy Italian that you
can live with everyday of the year. Sign me up for the Maserati… OK wait,
I still need to win the lotto first. Well I can dream can’t I ?


Is Apple the New Braun


For many of you interested in design, Apple is synonymous with cutting edge design. Interesting then is how many of Apple’s products follow the design idea’s from the great Dieter Rams for products of the 60’s and 70’s by Braun. See for yourself. The similarities are striking.

Related Link: Dieter Rams @ designboom

Shu Uemura


Sometimes a person’s death makes his/her accomplishment more impressive. This was the case for me with Shu Uemura who passed away on December 29, 2007. I used to think he was unusual for his generation of Japanese men and thus needed to leave the country to have more freedom.

This year is the 25th anniversary of Shu Uemura’s flagship store in Omotesando, Tokyo. The news of his death carried me back to 25 years ago when I was a young, cocky sculptor who just had graduated from Tokyo Geidai and was working on the first project to design the interior of Tadao Ando’s new building in Osaka. Around the same period I received an opportunity to design the interior of Shu Uemura’s new flagship store in the most trendy district of Tokyo – I simply declined the offer. I was not interested in what Shu Uemura was doing… or to be more precise, I just couldn’t stand the idea of a guy dealing with makeup at that time.

Now that I am selling fragrances (I sometimes don’t understand why I’m doing it), I can relate to Shu Uemura better. I have to admit that the guy was courageous, and what he has achieved is incomparable.


Prada Marfa, 2005


Photo © Lizette Kapre

… one of the few art projects we could remember in the past several years.

The Two Latest Mods

I must apologize for not reviewing the two new mods sooner. Life has been hectic in more ways than hundred. Perhaps, I have also been reluctant to write about the latest mods, because I can feel the end of the project is near. The Holy Grail can be almost visible (or smellable, heh) on the horizon. And this has been so much fun and so much excitement that…well, can you blame me for not wanting to let it go?

Anyway, the last two mods. I liked them a lot, but not as much as R6/T, one of the two previous mods, the one that I call Gardenia and Leather. When I reviewed R6/T, I asked Clement to make it a little softer, to get rid of some of the leather and to give me more, more, more gardenia. The two new mods show that the scent has indeed become softer. It is still, however, much too heavy on leather for my taste, and I don’t get enough gardenia.

So this time I would like to ask Clement to do just two things: less leather, MORE GARDENIA. heaps and heaps of gardenia, gallons and bushels of it. Basically, as much gardenia as can be possible.

After that, I think, we will be done. *sigh*