Luxe Life from the May/June 2015 issue of Luxury Listings NYC
1- ROCK A LOBSTER
Handmade in NYC by local designer Eugenia Kim, Gabriella is a wide-brim fedora made of toyo, a natural fiber that’s perfect for those sweltering summer days. But this straw topper isn’t just practical — there’s a healthy dose of whimsy, too, thanks to its unique embellishments: an embroidered, bejeweled lobster and a silver chain. $375; www.eugeniakim.com.
2- CELESTIAL CHIC
Part of ABC Carpet & Home’s exclusive Cosmos collection — a collaboration with Italian lighting design studio Catellani & Smith — the Moon Lamp is “inspired by the ethereal color spectrum of the cosmos.” The base is made of brass and the glimmery, unique glow is courtesy of iridescent glass discs and LED bulbs. The five arms are adjustable. $4,000; www.abchome.com.
3- SUNSHINE STATE
Bring the sun wherever you go this season with this adorable vinyl tote (with leather handles) from NYC-based designer Mara Hoffman. Up the cute factor even more with a coordinated swimsuit or dress. $168; www.marahoffman.com.
4- HAPPY DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN
Add a dash of retro fun to your kitchen with this 1950s-inspired stand mixer from Smeg. Made of die-cast aluminum, the 10-speed mixer comes with a 4.8-liter stainless-steel mixing bowl and five accessories, including a dough hook and a flat beater. Choose from five cheery colors: red, cream, silver, pastel blue and black. Available at West Elm. $449.95; www.smeg.com.
5- BACK TO THE FUTURE
Zippy, flashy and eco-friendly, BMW’s 2015 i8 is ideal for green-leaning urban drivers, and just may be the sexiest hybrid car on the market. Take note of its “classical sports car proportions,” impressive fuel economy and an interior design that’s “worthy of an Ian Schrager hotel,” according to Car and Driver. Perhaps the magazine sums up the i8’s multifaceted appeal best: “If Los Angeles were a car, it’d be this.” From $137,450; www.bmwnyc.com.
6- PLACES, PLEASE!
Whether you’re dining al fresco on your roof deck or enjoying takeout in your dining room, these “fun and refreshing” Bouclé Placemats will add a subtle dash of color and texture to your table. Designed by Sandy Chilewich, the placemats “represent the luxury of fine knitwear” and are made of TerraStrand, an eco-friendly, vegetable-based material that’s easily hand-washable with soap and water. Available in three colorways at Design Within Reach. $64 for four; www.dwr.com.
7- AHOY, MATEYS!
Originally used on ships, these nautical-themed lights are versatile, utilitarian and, above all, chic. Suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, the Bulkhead Light with Cage works everywhere from bathrooms to bunk beds. The fixtures are refurbished antiques and the castings boast that just-right vintage patina. Unlacquered polish brass is the standard finish; custom finishes are also available. From $295; www.shiplights.com.
8- PRESIDENTIAL AMBITION
The Apple Watch may be getting buzz these days — but say you’re not a gadgety kind of guy. You want something classic, refined, reliable. Enter Rolex’s newly updated Oyster Perpetual Day-Date. The subtle modernization of Rolex’s “most prestigious” model, the new Day-Date features an upgraded dial, a new 3255 caliber chronometer and a revamp of its iconic “Presidential” bracelet. Available this summer at the Rolex Boutique Wempe. From $34,850; www.rolex.com.
9- A KINDER GRINDER
Perhaps best known for their cars — or maybe bicycles — Peugeot also has a long history in the mill business. Classic, easy-to-use Peugeot Paris U Select Salt and Pepper Mills offer “masterfully engineered grinding mechanisms” and allow the user to choose from one of six grind settings. The mills are made in a variety of sizes and colors; the grinder shown here has a glossy “piano lacquer” finish. Available at Williams-Sonoma. From $44; www.williams-sonoma.com.
10- SAFE SPACE
Prestige Safe — a family-owned company since 1894 — claims to make the “world’s strongest and most beautiful safes.” One look at the Madison 2017 safe and you’ll want one in your home, too. This sleek safe is perfect for keeping jewelry and documents secure from thieves or fires — all while keeping a smile on your face. (And if you need something larger to stash your oversized baubles, no worries: The company makes a variety
of safes and does custom orders, too.) From $2,000; www.prestigesafe.com