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Automotive

Aston Martin recycles old engines into new special edition supercars

Like its competitors in the premium car segment, Aston Martin is always looking for ways to make its customers feel more special in their high-end performance cars. Pursuit of that goal leads to regular special editions like the Vantage N430 and DB9 Carbon Black revealed at this year's Geneva Motor Show. Its latest special edition release goes beyond the usual custom equipment, aesthetics and trim, with each of the six individual Works 60th Anniversary models featuring metal recycled from the engine of a heritage Aston Martin. Read More

Good Thinking

The top 10 things you CAN'T have for Christmas 2014

Most of us would agree that money can't buy you happiness, but that doesn't stop us being fascinated by the extravagant, eccentric and sometimes downright absurd things that an oversupply of dollars can deliver to your doorstep. Every year we aim to satisfy this curiosity by selecting the wildest examples of luxury to have graced our pages throughout the year. Here's what you won't be getting for Christmas in 2014. Read More

Architecture

SOMA's ambitious Bobo project blends old with new

You might think that anyone hoping to erect a large building in a spot currently occupied by a house with protected status would be out of luck. However, developers Zardman and New York's SOMA Architects recently started work on a project that proves otherwise. Bobo is a mixed-use residential building that will dramatically overhang the facade of a protected 1920's-era home in Mar Mikhaël, Beirut. Read More

Automotive

SPOFEC tweaks the Rolls Royce Wraith

The Rolls-Royce Wraith may be the showpiece that demonstrates what the modern incarnation of the famous marque can do in th engineering as well as style departments, but that doesn't mean there isn't room for improvement. At least, that's what car customizer SPirit OF ECstasy (SPOFEC) seems to think as it offers its Wraith upgrade package for the luxury coupe.Read More

Automotive

Aston Martin DB10 to co-star in next Bond film

One thing about the James Bond film franchise is that, aside from Batman, he's the only hero where news of his latest adventure can be eclipsed by what car he's driving. So, it's no surprise that the announcement at Pinewood Studios that the next 007 epic, Spectre, which begins production on December 8, was overshadowed a bit when Aston Martin together and EON Productions unveiled the new Aston Martin DB10, which will "co-star" in the film. Read More

Tiny Houses

Tiny Heirloom offers a luxurious small living experience

The thriving tiny house movement is a double-edged sword for companies selling their vision of small living, as it's tougher than ever to stand out from the crowd. Oregon City-based small home firm Heirloom aims to get noticed with a luxurious off-grid tiny house on wheels that boasts an excellent finish and more amenities that you might expect, considering its size. In addition, an interesting automated house control system that's controlled via and iOS or Android smartphone will soon be available at extra cost too. Read More

Around The Home

Roland Iten's Calibre R822 "Predator" – the world's most expensive belt buckle

Roland Iten attacks the problem of holding trousers up with a vigor and ingenuity that has to be seen to be believed. His pieces are as much mechanical jewellery as they are clothing, made with intricate mechanisms, exotic materials and the finely detailed machining of a Swiss watch. Pretty much everything this guy makes will secure a trouser with tactical precision. If you see a man wearing a Roland Iten belt buckle, and his pants are down, that's no accident. You can be damn sure those pants are down for a reason, and you'd better plan your next move accordingly.Read More

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