If Only These Were Diamonds!: Swarovski Flagship Store in Tokyo

There’s something I love about walking into a retail store. Online shopping rules but when the sights are as visually appealing as these – it makes me want to plop down the Am Ex and make my husband cry. Swaokvski, Tokyo opened in March 2008 to rave reviews. This retail haven was designed by Tokujin Yoshioka. Both exterior and interior are lined with rows of LED lit acrylic shards, it has a stainless steel and crystal staircase and it has more than three tons of precious material. All the other Swarovski boutiques will be refurbished according to the new architectural concept of this flagship store from 2008.

December 3, 2016

Artist Completes Gigantic Pen & Ink Drawing After 3.5 Years

From great pain often comes great artwork. Such is the case with Manabu Ikeda‘s monumental Rebirth, a 13′ x 10′ masterpiece that the artist toiled over for 3.5 years, working 10 hours a day. It’s Ikeda’s largest work to date and is the Japanese artist’s response to the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami that set off the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

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December 2, 2016

Sexy French Farmers Pose for Shirtless 2017 Calendar

Last year, the holiday season was set ablaze by France’s Pompiers Sans Frontières (Firefighters Without Borders) and their sizzling, stripped-down calendar. Shot for a good cause by renowned Paris-based fashion photographer Fred Goudon, the risqué calendar proved to be a popular Christmas gift—both in France and abroad. In keeping with tradition, Goudon has photographed a new crop of au naturel pin-up models for his 2017 edition: French farmers.

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