Monthly Archives: October 2012

A regal train ride

The carriage interiors of the RER C rail line in Paris have been decorated to replicate the halls and gardens of the Palace of Versailles.

Concave carriage ceilings recreate Versailles’ vaulted halls, stair landings are transformed into open garden views and vertical walls become the library shelves of Louis XVI. These opulent replications transform a simple train ride into a distinctive and delightful journey.

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VIP retail

Selfridges has developed a novel concept in its personal shopping suites; a series of themed character rooms, each inspired by famous style icons of the past.

Called ‘the Personal Shopping salon’, each of the seven themed and two VIP suites is dedicated to a different stylish woman, from 20s siren Tamara de Lempicka, to singer Grace Jones and fashion designer Jeanne-Marie Lanvin. The suites filter out from a central salon, or ‘drawing room’, inspired by 20s legend Syrie Maugham’s Chelsea home, complete with a bar and a library.

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Bread & Boxers

Nifty idea from the Bread & Boxers guys. In a cool hotel room in Stockholm: designer jocks, socks and stockings for travellers in need of a fresh change! (Thanks to Harl for sharing the intimacies of your holiday bedroom!)

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Live Twitter feed in print

The CW Television Network is promoting its Autumn/Fall line-up with a pioneering print insert in the latest edition of Entertainment Weekly. (Cheers Alex)

The insert contains a small LCD screen that features looping video and the six latest tweets from @CW_Network. It appears in 1,000 copies distributed across New York and Los Angeles, and is powered by a custom-built, smartphone-like Android device with an LED screen and 3G connectivity.

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David is listening

Siri, Apple’s voice-commanded digital assistant, might’ve got an upgrade. But developments in voice recognition tech mean that your next-next-gen smartphone will easily surpass Siri’s passive listening capabilities, becoming a chat-happy, always-on life mate.

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Coca-Cola Radio

Coca-Cola have turned Brazil’s Capricho Magazine into an amplifier to promote the country’s Coca-Cola FM online radio platform. (Cheers, Jamie)

The magazine ran an ad with instructions on how to create the loudspeaker device for the iPhone. Check out the video below to see it in action:

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Spirits distiller Pernod and music/fashion label Kitsuné are collaborating on a series of products that span both brands’ expertise. The French companies have collaborated to create a bottle design for Pernod Absinthe, and a collection of similarly branded apparel and accessories.

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Love long-distance

Sex toy brand LovePalz has used motion-sensing technology to help long-distance couples stay intimately connected. (Thanks to Zoe for enlightening us)

The Wi-Fi enabled device features two parts (‘Zeus’ and ‘Hera’), which can be used miles apart. The smart device senses your actions then transmits them, so they’re physically reflected on the other device – providing a real-time virtual sex experience.

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Fresh from the farm

We’re suckers for nice packaging, but in this case the product isn’t high-design or super functional, but purely about communication. AS Foods, makers of fruit and vegetable-based products, have created a temptingly packaged range of delicious juice jellies.

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Recently, we’ve seen Benetton take up the cause for unemployed youth. Now here’s another example of optimism striking back! Irina Block is an art director who’s looking for a job. In her downtime, she’s designed some ‘funemployed’ buttons and printed her CV on a t-shirt. (Cheers, Tim)

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