New Airbus cabin targets Asian corporate jet market

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A new cabin concept called Phoenix, featuring a colour-scheme and layout designed to appeal to Asian tastes, is being offered to Airbus Corporate Jet customers.

The main cabin features seating for six people around a large circular-table – the focus of family life in many Asian cultures – which facilitates work-related discussions and dining.

Airbus Corporate Jets are able to offer this feature because they have the widest and tallest cabin of any business jet, existing or planned.

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Honda Aircraft has successfully completed the first flight of its FAA-conforming HondaJet advanced light business jet.

The HondaJet took off from the Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, North Caroline on 20 December and flew for 51 minutes.

While Honda enters the flight test program with the HondaJet, its aircraft production facility on its Greensboro campus is also nearing its completion.

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Korean Air is to introduce a new two-story A380 aircraft that features only Business Class seats on the second floor in May.

The 407-seat aircraft, built in partnership with Airbus, will be composed of 12 First Class, 94 Business Class and 301 Economy Class seats.

Korean Air says this deck will have 94 lie-flat sleeper seats, with 74in pitch. This will give business passengers a sense of “exclusivity”

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Canadian aviation company Bombardier has launched the Global 7000 and Global 8000 two new large business jets.

The Global 7000 and 8000, which will cost about $65 million, will beat the high-speed range of the $58.5 million Gulfstream G650.

Both new jets will have a high-speed cruise of Mach 0.90; the 7000 will have a range of 7,300 nmi (13,520 km) at Mach 0.85, while the 8000’s range will top out at 7,900 nmi (14,631 km) at Mach 0.85.

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After years of waiting for China to lift heavy restrictions on airspace, wealthy travellers and aircraft manufacturers have reason to celebrate — the country’s skies are opening up to private flights.

The makers of helicopters and small business jets are predicting a major bump in sales — France’s Dassault Falcon just moved its Asia office from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, which it called the new “centre of gravity” for the market.

The private air travel industry “will be one of the fastest-growing sectors in the next 10 years”, Frank Lee, chairman of China Private Aviation Company, a consultancy offering aircraft acquisition and charter services, told AFP.


World’s most expensive painting on show in London

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Pablo Picasso’s “Nu au Plateau de Sculpteur”, the world’s most expensive painting, was to go on display Monday for the first time at London’s Tate Modern museum.

The 1932 painting set a world record when it was snapped up by a mystery bidder for 106.5 million dollars at New York’s Christie’s auction house last May.

It will be the first time the painting has been displayed anywhere since 1961 and prompted the famous London museum to create a new Pablo Picasso room to house the loaned work.

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A colossal self-portrait by “pope of pop” Andy Warhol has sold for $17.4 million at Christie’s in London, doubling pre-auction expectations.

The recently discovered 1967 piece, which measures 1.8 metres square, depicts Warhol with a hand to his mouth in what the auction house called “one of the most representative and iconic images of the artist”.

“It has been an incredibly exciting journey to work with a previously unknown work by Andy Warhol, particularly one with such historic importance,” Francis Outred, head of Post-War and Contemporary Art, Christie’s Europe said.

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A sumptuous painting of the Madonna and child by Renaissance master Titian sold for a record $16,882,500 Thursday in New York.

The Sotheby’s auction easily broke a 20-year-old record of $13.6 million for a Titian.

The painting, “A Sacra Conversazione: The Madonna and Child with Saints Luke and Catherine of Alexandria,” depicts the Virgin Mary and the two saints posed around a chubby infant Jesus as he stretches out his left hand.

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Mexican beer brand Corona has launched a new hotel in Madrid, called “Save the Beach hotel” and made entirely of rubbish.

It is constructed out of 12 tons of items found littered on Europe’s beaches and is designed to raise awareness of the plight of coastlines and seas around the world.

Designed by German artist HA Schult, it will be open to visitors in the Spanish city between January 19 and 23, coinciding with a tourism fair held there — a similar exhibit was installed in Rome for the World Environment Day week.

Top 6 most expensive streets in the world 2011

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Hong Kong’s Severn Road, a winding street of mansions and tony apartments, is still the priciest address on the planet.

For the second year running, Financial News has determined that properties on Severn Road cost more per square foot than those anywhere else.

Properties on Severn Road were valued at US$78,200 a square meter (about US$8,689 a square foot), up from US$70,000 in last year’s survey.

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On Uruguay’s Atlantic coast, a beach town is booming with celebrities and high-rolling foreigners willing to pay millions of dollars for a piece of this bohemian but ultra-chic getaway.

In the past decade, Jose Ignacio — 180 kilometers (110 miles) east of Montevideo — has become a refuge for members of the jet set in the region who want to escape noisy Punta del Este, the old line resort 40 kilometers (25 miles) away.

Colombian singer Shakira, television producer Marcelo Tinelli, Argentine magnate Amalia Fortabat and French actress Dominique Sanda own properties in the area.

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A European inspired masterpiece located in the Colleyville suburb, offered at $8.95M.

Of high class is an estate proudly poised in a sublime fashion at the head of a lush parcel, an estate embellished with true care.

Spectacularly representing a new era of the infamous French Chateau, graciously taking this to a new level in 21st century design and technology.

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A cluster of 300 artificial islands off Dubai‘s coast in the shape of a global map is stable, its developer Nakheel insists, despite a court claim alleging that “The World” was neglected and eroding away.

“There is no issue with the stability of The World islands that are approximately 70 percent sold and handed over,” a Nakheel spokesman said.

“The island purchasers (have) the responsibility to proceed with their developments in due course,” he added.

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New York‘s storied Chelsea Hotel, the classic haunt of artists and hell-raising performers, is for sale and, perhaps, so is its soul.

The 12-floor building with the neon sign “Hotel Chelsea” is a landmark in Manhattan thanks to its long list of famous residents.

Playwright Arthur Miller and singers Janis Joplin and Patti Smith were among those living there. Poet Dylan Thomas died there, as did Nancy, the girlfriend of Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious.

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RuLeaks, a Russian WikiLeaks type site has posted photos of a lavish mansion alleged to be Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s estate on the Black Sea.

The existence of the “Putin palace” on the Black Sea was discussed by the Washington Post’s David Ignatius in an article last year.

According to Russian whistleblower Sergey Kolesnikov, the still under-construction digs cost more than $1 billion, include an amphitheater and three helipads

Swarovski Elements Wallpaper Collection

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Swarovski Elements have launched their first range of wallpapers, designed in collaboration with British designer Karen Beauchamp.

The collection features Swarovski crystals on a backdrop of foil, layers of printed ink, velvety flock – or an opulent combination of all three, as seen in Feather Palace.

There are nine crystal-embedded wallpapers in the range, with two plain wallpapers to match them.

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As part of Maison, the new furniture line recently unveiled in Paris, Hermes will re-release certain iconic pieces that Jean-Michel Frank designed in 1924.

Among them is the Confortable armchair, a straw-marquetry screen, a shagreen-covered vanity and the designer’s X-base dining table.

Previously, the company’s furniture was limited to Pippa, a small collection by the architect Rena Dumas, who designed Hermès stores and who was married to Jean-Louis Dumas, the chairman of Hermès from 1978 to 2006.

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Versace Home has launched this chic Bubble Sofa. Quirky, comfy and very colorful the sofa can be upholstered in choice of fabric or leather.

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French furniture giant Roche Bobois celebrates the 50-years anniversary in collaboration with couturier Jean Paul Gaultier.

Together they worked out the new collection of furniture which got the name Jean Paul Gaultier Pour Roche Bobois Paris.

“I don’t see myself as a furniture designer,” the couturier said when he unveiled the tie-up earlier this year.

New York hotel offers dog teepees

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New York’s luxury Essex House hotel is to launch amenities for dogs, its owner Jumeirah confirmed July 28.

It plans to launch a five-star “canine turndown service” for its four-legged guests in partnership with Amy Kizer, who founded dog accessory line Wagwear.

Among the products will be a Wagwear dog bed or Tee Pee Hound Lounge, a dog-sized tent with a fleece-lined bed to keep pampered pooches comfortable during their stay.

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With pet ownership on the rise in an increasingly affluent China, savvy entrepreneurs are opening animal spas offering dogs a full makeover — even transformation into a panda.

Sun Ruowen opened her pet salon in central Beijing in May. Already, dozens of customers wanting to pamper their pets — mainly dogs — have bought pre-paid service cards which can cost more than 1,000 dollars.

“People are spending more money these days, and more and more people have dogs, so I decided to open a top-end pet store which offers luxury services such as spa and massage”.

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Pets are soon to get their own hotel alongside their owners’ at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

A new hotel catering to dogs and cats is scheduled to go into operation at the massive theme park on August 27, taking care of cats and dogs while their owners stay in one of the resort’s 33 more traditional hotels.

The new Best Friends Pet Care Resort describes itself as a “luxury pet resort,” offering everything from walkies to grooming for pampered pets.

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This classic Airstream-inspired camper van is made of fiberglass and aluminum stainless steel to let your pooch travel in style. By straightlinedesigns.

Mona Lisa made of 100000 carats of jewelry

Mona Lisa made of 100000 carats of jewelry

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Shanghai Tang Spring Summer 2011 Campaign

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Shanghai Tang‘s new campaign for Spring Summer 2011 combines the unlikely elements of passionate love and traditional Chinese restraint.

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Zara has finally given us a look at what’s to come in their spring / summer collections through their new campaign. The model for this lookbook is Stella Tennant.


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Tom Ford’s new Spring Summer 2011 eyewear campaign featuring Abbey Lee Kershaw and Arthur Sales.


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Featuring model Anne Vyalitsyna in a breathtaking backdrop of Capri, the Louis Vuitton’s Spring/Summer 2011 Cruise Collection is based on four themes – 60s styles colorama, modern nostalgia, Lolita on the road and 50s Hollywood glamour.


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New teaser (after the jump) for the forthcoming Emporio Armani Underwear campaign featuring Megan Fox.


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Having become a signature of the Dolce&Gabbana brand over the years, the Animalier print sets the tone for the new S/S 2011 sunglass and optical collections.

The sunglasses collection includes three models ranging from a more masculine, aviator style to Sixties-inspired and rounded silhouettes, all expressed through a color palette of poppy red, slate blue, purple orchid, yellow ochre and sapphire.

The ad campaign features Naomi Campbell shot against a balmy Mediterranean backdrop by photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.