By Thomas Straub for Swarovski.


Oh Christmas tree…

I´ve always liked alternative christmas trees. A few years ago I tried to convince my then boyfriend that a big sparkly pink tree would be a great idea, he didn´t agree… However he was able to settle for a more “masculine” tree in black and silver, going with the black and white minimalist interior of the apartment. And it ended up looking amazing! We found a plastic tree completely in black with little hints of silver and we put all black and silver decorations in it. Unfortunately I lost all my images in the great computer crash of 2010, otherwise I´d be happy to share it with you.

Someone who did get her pink tree is designer Betsey Johnson. It´s residing in The Plaza Hotel in New York and was inspired by one of their most famous, however fictional, celebrity guests, children´s book character Eloise. Betsey Johnson has also created an Eloise inspired suite for the hotel back in 2010.

At the unveiling of the tree the designer stated:
“I always knew there was a cosmic love between me and the Plaza, even though I didn’t grow up with Eloise, when I moved to New York, Eloise’s story and the Plaza were real aspirational fantasies for me. And I love that they’ve kept the architecture, history and beauty of The Plaza, instead of trying to make it too modern.”

“It’s filled with girly stuff — pink feathers, sparkles, foldout Eloise paper dolls. There’s three quarters of me that’s six years old and it comes out.”

Mittens for everyone

Winter is upon us on my side of the world, although Europe is experiencing some suprisingly hot weather for the season. Here in Spain it´s been constantly raining for over a week. And my mother just informed me that there are people in the north of Sweden still growing strawberries in their gardens. (!!!) But anyway, if you are currently residing in a colder climate here are some gloves and mitten tips for this winter season.

For those who feel like making sarcastic comments with the appropriate air quote becomes a problem in the winter when your fingers are usually all covered up. Your problems are solved with these air quote mittens by Kate Spade

Smittens, for those obnoxious couples out there 😉

Itap, the Iphone glove. If you are in need of touch screen friendly winter apparel.

When working the night shift, glow in the dark gloves.

Ok these don´t really have a second function, they´re just cute and keep you warm. Hedgehogg mittens by Morehouse Merino 

Kitten mittens, if you haven´t outgrown loosing your mittens everytime you leave the house. I´m seriously considering a pair of these…

These are my favorites; Do the green thing gathers up lost gloves from donations and lost and found boxes, washes and repairs then and then pair them up by size (not color) and sell them online, profits go to charity.

Anything less than over the top is boring

Industrial designer Rony Plesl designed these extravagant chandeliers for Czech lighting manufacturer Lasvit. They are called Uovo D’argentis (silver egg) and Uovo D’oro (gold egg), and I certainly wouldn´t mind having any one of them bringing some glamour and light into our humbly decorated living room.

Come in to my gingerbread house

The Gingerbread collection is a collection of furniture designed by Paola Navone for Lando. It´s inspired by Caribbean architecture, using gingerbread house structures for a fairytale like atmosphere. I love the rough wooden shapes combined with the colorful surrealistic fabrics.

Images borrowed from The Captivatist and Lando.

Luxury pleasures

Luxury pleasures has chosen to reinterpret the world of sex toys with some interesting results. Their product line is inspired by The book of Genesis, containing seven objects each for one day of the week.

On the first day God created light:

Dildo: hot wax candle made with white beeswax and silver base.

Beeswax symbolizes the virgin flesh of Christ and the Virgin Mary.

On the second day God created the heavens:

Haute couture silk blind fold from St Gallen.
The blue sky represents Virgin Mary, who is often depicted with a blue coat called maphorion. Green is also used to represent the Virgin with the Child Jesus. The red roses are a symbol of virginity. Blind fold inspired by the stole of the priest.

On the third day God created vegetation:

Hand made black ebony penis ring from Gabon.
The ring symbolizes the union between God and Man. It is made in black ebony like most Black Madonnas. These figures are associated with rites of fertility and sexuality.

On the fourth day God created the stars:

Hand-made Glass Dildo with 23 carats gold leaf.
Horn inspired by the crescent moon, symbol of regeneration. Moses is often depicted with horns symbols of strength and wisdom, which are also symbols for the Devil and destruction.

On the fifth day God created birds and fish:

Necklace for caressing and tickling; made in solid silver, pink gold and rooster feathers.
Inspired by St. Francis who talked to birds and animals, and who wore a scapular (devotional necklace made of small pieces of fabric that some priests wear on their chests and on their back on top of their clothing). The rooster feathers symbolizes the arrival and resurrection of Jesus. In medieval liturgy, priests used a broom made of feathers (flabellum) to sweep the air and symbolize the heavenly powers who supported Jesus during the night of his death.

On the sixth day God created man:

A whip hand made with human hair, silver ligatures and Carrara marble.
The marble refers to death like the altar in the church represents the Holy Sepulchre. It contains 39 braids, the maximum number of lashes in religious punishments in Jesus’ time.

The seventh day is the rest:

Hand made diary in black leather.
The diary starts with the first 7 days of Genesis written by St. Jerome, from the first printed edition of the Gutenberg Bible. It is followed by 365 pages to write a diary about your own sins and fantasies.