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We bring you the last installment for 2008 of our look at luxury property, design and concepts from Australia and around the world. Your support throughout the year has made the MTLH blog the most viewed of its kind in Australia and contributed to Marquette Turner Luxury Homes being named as The World’s Most Outstanding Luxury Agency Under 2 Years Old. Not bad in just a year, and 2009 promises to be even bigger and better. Thank you!
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One of the Laureates of the 2008 Rolex Awards, which rewards pioneering and enterprising individuals, is Elsa Zaldivar from Paraguay, a poor, landlocked country in the heart of South America, who has found a new use for an old vegetable.
Elsa has been a long-time advocate and helper to the poor whilst being environmentally conscious. She has uncovered a method to mix loofah – a cucumber-like vegetable that is dried to yield a scratchy sponge frequently used as an abrasive skin scrubber – with other vegetable matter such as husks from corn and Caranday palm trees. Mixing them with recycled plastic, strong, lightweight panels can be created. These panels can then be used to create furniture and construct houses, insulating them from temperature and noise.
As the design of the panels has been refined, improvements have meant lowering costs. The panels initially cost about US$6 per square metre to produce, however, the cost has already dropped to less than half that figure, making it competitive with existing construction materials, such as wood.
About 300,000 Paraguayan families do not have adequate housing.
Encrusted with 220 carats of diamonds, the Gold & Diamond Chandelier has been created by London-based jewelry designer Solange Azagury-Partridge. It is made from delicate links suspended in arcs to form a pear shape that ends in a sharp point, reminiscent of the central medallions of ancient Persian rugs. The Chandelier is 18 caret white gold that has been blackened to create a smoky effect.
Gruppo Treesse gives you a chance to order a custom bathtub. The default designs are simple and provide an excellent canvas that allows you to customize at your whim.
The Epoca, Epoca Egg, Nina, and New Classic Young designs allow touches such as Swarovski crystals, decorative designs, capitonne upholstery, all of which will seriously add an original and person touch.
Designer Philip Plein clearly has the Midas Touch. He has created a living room set using several forms of gold – such as gold-plating, solid gold, or simply a manufactured shade. Plein’s set comprises of a royal nest with a sofa, a coffee table, an arm chair, a side table, lampshades, and cushions.
Whether it spells class and taste I’m not quite sure, but it’s certainly dazzling.
Japanese company Toyo has created D-Land, a kitchen-dining area that is sleek and sophisticated. Raised above the floor, the units have a stainless-glassy finish, with clean cut lines, and dazzling Swarovski crystals encrusted handles. The Marquette Turner Luxury Homes team has not encountered a kitchen quite like it – yet!
TThe Hover Chair could be something straight out of Star Wars.
In fact, Keith Dixon, the creator of this lounger states that his inspiration came from the anti-gravity Land Speeder vehicles in the Star Wars films. Using powerful magnets to float in the air floating is indeed possible, but maybe the $9620 price tag may bring some back to Earth.
This futuristic bar, designed by architect Zaha Hadid, is not just any piece of furniture and definitely goes where no bar has gone before. Finished with a metallic surface, it’s sweeping lines certainly wouldn’t look out of place on the Starship Enterprise. Or, if that’s not such a possibility right now, you could no doubt find a place for it within your home.
If you are looking to refurnish your house and don’t mind the price tag, you may want to hold off on making any purchases. Good news. Calvin Klein has announced the launching of two designer furniture lines. The two lines are called ‘Calvin Klein’ and ‘The Curator Collection by Calvin Klein Home.’
Calvin Klein spells class, so expect to see some tasteful furniture. The look is clean, subtle and modern. Nothing complicated, simply class! The full collection will be showcased in late October.
Putting your property on the market poses two very personal concerns:
- invasion of privacy: that your personal life will be on show;
- theft: your personal effects are prey to any “prospective” buyers
De-clutter your property before placing it on the market for sale: this is my first tip of advice for those vendors concerned with their privacy being publicised to the world.
To some it means removing everything from bench tops, cupboards and shelves and to others it means keeping the home clean, neat and tidy. But how do you protect your privacy and hide your personals?
Your home generally depicts your personal life, showing your taste in furnishings, colours, art, antiques and family photographs. Is opening your home to the public an invasion of your privacy? Absolutely!
The experience of Marquette Turner Luxury Homes shows that people buy the home that “ticks most of the boxes”. When selling your home, you should take the distractions away so the buyer can concentrate solely on looking at your home.
Furthermore, we are not great advocates of open for inspections in a troubled market and it is important to appreciate that household contents insurance does not cover the loss of personal effects during a viewing of a property. Remove the opportunity for theft and protect yourself as if you were a celebrity like Nicole Kidman, Tom Cruise and Hugh Jackman.
Selling your home can be stressful enough without the concern that someone is taking an interest in your personal life and possessions.
Marquette Turner Luxury Homes we will not allow anyone to view your home without showing their photo identification. If someone objects they are not respecting your home and are not serious about buying the property. Only a Luxury agency can truly protect your privacy.
There is a wide difference between a Home Theatre and the Home Theatre System.
For $US300,000 First Impressions Themed Theatres Inc. will produce for you a custom-designed home theatre: the floor vibrates, there are concealed bass absorbers, crystal blue LED lighting, motorized, red velvet armchairs including granite drink holders and condiment trays.
Great for a rainy day inside, great company and never-ending movies!
The Hi-Can has a high-fidelity sound system, supporting all media types, together with a video projector which can act as a television or computer screen. Whilst you may be ecstatic or horrified at the idea of never having to leave your bed to work, rest or play, you can take a breath: so far this is just a concept awaiting the production go-ahead.
A fireplace that can be taken anywhere, the ideal comforter, and suitable for pretty much every occasion and location, however, perhaps as a carry-on item for aircraft passengers is not the most practical or legal option, but you get the concept I’m sure.
Available from Radius Design this year’s hottest accessory (pun-intended) is available for the coolest people for €998,00.
With a sleek, clean design matched with uncompromising, and unapologetic cutting-edge appliances from Miele this latest prestige from the sports car designers also features the very best quality materials.
The drawers and cupboards use electronic mechanisms that make opening them simply by the touch of the finger. Models vary to suit every clients needs, and I have no doubt that despite the marketing to men, this offering will appeal to an equal number of women.
Integrated appliances include convection, microwave and steam ovens, glass-top stove, and an automatic coffee and espresso machine. How much for such customized work? The starting price is a cool $US75,000.
Di Vapor has created this luxurious necessity with a 17″ touch-sensitive control panel that allows you to control both the spa and the TV. The nine bubble jets, seven hydro-jets, six back massage jets, underwater lights, and video input are amongst the many features of the Cosmo that can be yours for $US4500.
A bed is not simply a practical piece of furniture. For those that like to sleep comfortably and wake up with a glow, the luxurious Hot Bed, hand-crafted with stained glass and stainless steel, is available for $US10,500. A good night’s sleep may seem somewhat costly at first glance, but it’s a small price to pay given both is functionality and quality of build.
For the lovers of luxury bathrooms this collection of sleek, leather skinned bathtubs have options of black metal, toffee metal and chocolate gold for the outer shell, with a choice of gloss or matt finishings.
The first image shows the Stone One collection with an approximate cost of $US16,146.
The second bathtub collection is the Neo Baroqu, with an approximate cost of $US13,196.
The ‘Cabernet Couch’ has been made by combining a vintage corduroy futon mattress resting upon 33 empty Cabernet jugs that emit a neon glow.
This is yet another addition to Californian winemaker Carlo Rossi Vineyard’s “Jug Simple” collection which also includes other furniture and object d’art such as a Chardonnay Chandelier (also with 33 jugs), a Burgundy Bookshelf (with 28 jugs), and the Paisano Plasma TV Stand.