LUXOLOGY

  • MONBENTO

    MONBENTO

    East Meets West.

    It’s Bento. It’s French. It’s a match made in luxury heaven.

    Introducing the first French-made bento box, Monbento. Yet another find TheLUXURIAN discovered at the 2013 International Housewares Show. And indeed, one of our favorite finds to date.

    Inspired by Japanese tradition, these award-winning bento boxes are perfect for bringing lunch to the office. They consist of two airtight containers, an adjustable separator inside and a wide elastic strap to ensure foods stay in place during your commute.

    Microwave ready and dishwasher-safe, they come in nine striking colors guaranteed to impress your co-workers. You can even configure your own color combination on their site.

    Trust us, bringing your lunch to work has never been cooler.

    Monbento, starting at €28.00; en.monbento.com

  • CUSTOM DESIGN FROM JONATHAN ADLER

    CUSTOM DESIGN FROM JONATHAN ADLER

    Luxe Gets Personal.

    What if you could hire a world class designer to create exclusives just for you? The ultimate cutie patootie, Jonathan Adler, is doing exactly that. And at TheLUXURIAN, we approve.

    His site lets you design everything from rugs to pillows to totes and more, all with his signature design style as a guide, so there’s no way you’ll go horribly wrong. Trust us, this is definitely the antidote to boring.

    So create your own Jonathan Adler inspired collection, and the next time your friends admire your custom-designed throw rug, you can say, “thanks, I designed it myself!”

    Don’t worry, your secret’s safe with us.

    jonathanadler.com

  • WHITE ICE APPLIANCES FROM WHIRLPOOL

    WHITE ICE APPLIANCES FROM WHIRLPOOL

    Ice, Ice Baby.

    Folks, rejoice. You have yet more choices in the kitchen now that Whirlpool has a new finish dubbed "White Ice." Say goodbye to the stainless steel hegemony and say hello to a new look that seems happily familiar—"Hello, iPod, anyone?"

    Whirlpool knows folks are growing tired of the same look and their press release even says their finish is "signifying a shift in the culture of home appliances."

    Yes, some of us at TheLUXURIAN can still appreciate the futuristic steel look in our kitchens. But White Ice may be just the ticket for anyone losing sleep over the color of their appliances—you know who you are!

    Whirlpool.com

  • LOG SOME COUCH TIME

    LOG SOME COUCH TIME

    Ok, at TheLUXURIAN, we're pretty much obsessed with all things Holly Hunt, including lots of great selects from her wide array of insanely talented global designers. While these pieces are an investment, they're so darn good lookin' that you'll feel like you're in a design mag photo spread every time you enter your own LR.

    Specifically, they've got an absolute outstanding selection of sofas. Check it:

    Holly Hunt

  • CB2 CHEST OF DRAWERS

    CB2 CHEST OF DRAWERS

    Blue Is The New Black!

    The folks at Crate&Barrel & CB2 are always creating new design luxuries, and this is just another classic example. At TheLUXURIAN, we recently came across this amazing colorful piece from CB2. It's part contemporary nightstand meets office storage meets art installation. Best of all, it could pretty much be incorporated into any space--even the bathroom, should your color scheme permit.

    If you're looking to mix things up and add a jolt of sophisticated color to any room, this is how to do it.

    CB2 Shop Navy Chest, $399; cb2.com

  • WATER TOWER CHAIR

    WATER TOWER CHAIR

    An Old Soul, Recycled.

    Rarely does one get to sit and contemplate the meaning of life in a chair as gorgeous as it is environmentally-correct. Yet the Water Tower Chair (price: TBD) is a triumph of what artistry and recycling can achieve. Here’s what you need to know. The chair is carved from the reclaimed timbers of a New York City water tower once used by the FDNY. And, over a hundred pieces are shaped and put together by hand. It’s simply beautiful. That’s it.

    So rest your weary feet. And re-charge your artistic soul.

    bellboynewyork.com

  • SIMPLE HUMAN SOAP DISPENSER

    SIMPLE HUMAN SOAP DISPENSER

    Contain Yourself.

    At TheLUXURIAN, we never pass up the opportunity for simple luxury in the form of organization. And the shower is no different. Who doesn't want a home shower-fit-for-a-boutique-hotel-experience? Now you can have just that with this fabulous soap dispenser from the geniuses at Simple Human. Consolidating all those bottles and potions just got a whole lot easier.

    These elegant babies work great and eliminate clutter in the process. They mount to the wall flawlessly, reloading the soap is oh so simple, and there's even a spot for your razor to attach. All this and they look mighty design-y to boot. So, you're welcome; your shower experience is about to be elevated to a whole new level.

    Wall Mount Soap Dispenser, $69.99; simplehuman.com

  • MERCHANDISE MART DESIGN CENTER: FURNITURE SAMPLE SALE

    MERCHANDISE MART DESIGN CENTER: FURNITURE SAMPLE SALE

    All Hail The Sale! (from Chicago Home+Garden)

    Showrooms that are trade-only are so frustrating—you just want to get in there and see what they have! So it’s great that next weekend, (TheLUXURIAN loves this!) a bunch of them are opening their doors to the public for the Chicago Merchandise Mart Design Center’s Furniture Sample Sale. Stop by the free event on September 7, 8, and 9 and you’ll find furniture, lighting, rugs, fabrics, and accessories at up to 75 percent off. And this isn’t just one or two designers—more than 50 showrooms are participating, including Century, Bradley Hughes, and Holly Hunt. Expect to see everything from a Portfolio Kenneth Ludwig silver lamp for $320 to a Hotel Maison side table for $680 and more.

    Happy hunting!

  • MIRRORED SIDE TABLE

    MIRRORED SIDE TABLE

    Hollywood Glamour. Check.

    Fasten your seat belts, it's going to be a bumpy night. Well, maybe not, but Bette Davis would definitely approve of these gorgeous mirrored night stands from Target.

    Whether incorporated into your bathroom decor, placed between a couple of living room accent chairs, or set to work their magic as side tables in your bedroom, these sturdy, stunning, sleek beauties will not disappoint. Even better? They're a steal on sale with free shipping to boot. (Don't even think about not buying two.)

    So relax; decor dilemma—solved. Now you can get back to memorizing your lines.

    Mirrored Side Table, sale price $74.99; target.com

  • VOTIVO RED CURRANT CANDLE

    VOTIVO RED CURRANT CANDLE

    Shine Your Light.

    There are candles. And then there are candles. And this is definitely the latter. At TheLUXURIAN, we're convinced we've found the perfect candle for all occasions. Whether you're looking to up the romance quotient on your dinner date at home, liven up your living room or make your Sunday just a bit brighter, this is your ultimate light.

    The two things we love most about this candle? Its fragrance and its packaging. With weighty, beautiful black cut glass, a showstopper top and a lingering but not overpowering red currant scent, this is perfect as a gift, for yourself or just because.

    Votivo Red Currant Dalian Collection, $40; votivo.com

  • WILLIAMS-SONOMA CASHMERE THROW

    WILLIAMS-SONOMA CASHMERE THROW

    Wrap Yourself in Luxury.

    On an overcast, chilly day we love the idea of simple pleasures like cozying up with a good book and a luxurious cashmere throw. And at TheLUXURIAN, we think this soft yet weighty blanket from Williams-Sonoma is sure to be your new bestie. The chocolate hue, subtle waterweave pattern and fringe all add visual interest; it looks good with you in it and on the sofa all by its lonesome, too.

    So grab your Sedaris or your O. Henry, a nice red and enjoy your luxurious night in.

    Williams-Sonoma Cashmere Throw, $250; williams-sonoma.com

  • BODONI INITIAL CAP A6 NOTE CARD

    BODONI INITIAL CAP A6 NOTE CARD

    A Sign of Character.

    We may be the digital era but when it comes to manners, TheLUXURIAN is a firm believer in some old-school values. Luckily, there are kindred spirits out there such as Terrapin Stationers. Founded in 1913, this stalwart is one of the few engraved stationers still in the US and the Manhattan-based company has become a favorite of those in the know thanks to their devotion to quality and a modern yet unstuffy aesthetic.

    We’re especially enamored with the Bodoni Initial Cap A6 Note Card which is engraved in orange ink on an awesomely straightforward chip board. Classy and modern. Now who couldn’t use more of that?

    Terrapin Stationers Monogrammed Stationery, $18.00; terrapin stationers.com

  • JAYSON HOME FALL FLEA MARKET

    JAYSON HOME FALL FLEA MARKET

    Fall + A Great Flea Market.

    What's not to love? This weekend, Jayson Home Chicago is throwing a flea market shopping extravaganza at their store on Clybourn. Shop from their latest collection of vintage and antique furniture, lighting, artwork and "curiosities", and enjoy free parking and free local delivery all weekend. TheLUXURIAN gives this activity a "luxe thumbs up"—for both the home goodies you might find but also for simply the experience.

    So get out your fave suede and a great cup of joe to go. (It starts tomorrow. Hmmm. Might be time to cash in those sick days?)

    Jayson Home Fall Flea Market, jayson home.com

    1885 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago
    October 5, 6 & 7
    Fri 8-6
    Sat 10-5
    Sun 11-5
  • EVA SOLO TEA BAG

    EVA SOLO TEA BAG

    The Re-Invention of Tea.

    At TheLUXURIAN, we think it's time to lose the mesh ball contraption. The Eva Solo Tea Bag turns high tea into high art. Dishwasher safe, its stainless steel construction won’t interfere with the flavors of your tea. And its generous size allows whole-leaf teas to breathe freely—leaving you with pure, aromatic tea the way nature intended.

    Eva Solo Tea Bag, eva solo.com

  • TOUR ODEON MONACO

    TOUR ODEON MONACO

    A View to a Thrill.

    Sometimes it's nice to dream. With that in mind, say "bonjour" to your new home. Rising majestically above the azure waters of the Mediterranean and the captivating center of the Principality of Monaco, Tour Odeon takes luxurious living to dazzling new heights.

    Tour Odeon is the collective vision of developer Groupe Marzocco, architect Alexandre Giraldi and interior designer Alberto Pinto. With 49 stories and a double tower of 70 exceptionally appointed apartments, this is a new gold standard in residential living. While it's not due for completion until 2014, you can still get in on the ground floor of a little slice of heaven.

    We're not sure of the price, but nonetheless, we're sure this property will have you saying "c'est magnifique" out loud.

    So for the ultimate home in the ultimate setting where you'll finally have a proper baguette and write that screenplay in luxury—with a view—contact Fred.Schiff@knightfrank.com. (Tell him TheLUXURIAN sent you.)

    Tour Odeon; odeon.mc

  • PALOMA SMALL SIDEBOARD

    PALOMA SMALL SIDEBOARD

    Seldom Has Storage Looked So Stunning.

    Rough-hewn retro styling meets thoroughly modern with this rustic looker from Crate & Barrel. Each piece is made from naturally aged, reclaimed wood taken from the siding and floors of old buildings, then restored and handcrafted to exquisite raw perfection. Two doors with solid mahogany pulls conceal two generous drawers and one adjustable shelf. The sideboard top is mahogany veneer over engineered wood. And best of all, clever cord management cutouts allow for use as a media console.

    You may just have to upgrade the rest of your furniture.

    Paloma Small Sideboard, $1,899; crate and barrel.com

     

  • JONATHAN ADLER SMOKE BEL AIR GORGE VASE

    JONATHAN ADLER SMOKE BEL AIR GORGE VASE

    Clearly Chic.

    Jonathan Adler clearly gets it with this Bel Air Gorge Vase—a simple yet artful lucite creation that will complement just about any room. At TheLUXURIAN, we're huge fans of all things lucite. But this home accessories gem exceeds our expectations with a beautiful, minimalist block shape and contrasting organic inset that comes in an array of colors including smoke, aqua, classic navy, vibrant yellow, white and orange.

    It’s a timeless design that will grace any table with more than a modicum of style.

    Clearly, your table will thank you!

    Johnathan Adler Bel Air Gorge Vase in Smoke, $195; jonathan adler.com

  • MU FLATWARE FROM TOYO ITO FOR ALESSI

    MU FLATWARE FROM TOYO ITO FOR ALESSI

    What Architects Design When They’re Not Designing Buildings.

    Mu, a new line of flatware introduced by Alessi, hails from the inventive mind of Toyo Ito whose team won a Golden Lion Award at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale.

    Mu (hexagon in Japanese) refers to the six-sided shape of the handle, which resembles chopsticks and creates a sharp contrast with the oval spoon bowls and knife blades. The pattern is embodied in a wide range of utensils, including serving pieces. A five-piece place setting is $87.50 and will be available next month.

    To us, calling it flatware seems a terrible injustice considering its inspired zen design is anything but flat.

    Mu Flatware from Toyo Ito for Alessi, $87.50; alessi.com

  • NEIMAN MARCUS WOVEN CASHMERE THROW

    NEIMAN MARCUS WOVEN CASHMERE THROW

    Wrap It Up.

    Looking for a great last minute Valentine's gift for the besties in your life? TheLUXURIAN wholeheartedly approves of cashmere at every turn, and these throws from Neiman Marcus don't disappoint. By Sophia Cashmere, these stunners come in a wide array of yummy design colors like clay, chalk, dark brown, navy and lavendar, are ample in size at 56" x 72" and are finished with a border of fine fringe.

    Now that's what we call love.

    Woven Cashmere Throw, on sale for $360; neiman marcus.com

  • CRATE & BARREL SHADOW BOX TOWER

    CRATE & BARREL SHADOW BOX TOWER

    A Case For Design.

    Make an architectural statement in your room with the extremely modern and elegantly handsome Shadow Box Tower from Crate & Barrel. Whether you use these as bookshelves to flank your fireplace or as room dividers, these towers will hold just about anything—and look great while doing it.

    Made from cold-rolled steel, we think the hand-applied patina adds depth and contemporary texture to any room. Even better, they’re made here in the USA.

    Trust us, your room will thank you for it.

    Crate & Barrel Shadow Box Tower, $999; crate and barrel.com

  • HOPE'S PERFECT GLASS CLEANER

    HOPE'S PERFECT GLASS CLEANER

    Channel Your Neat Streak.

    Often times, it's all about the little luxuries in life that mean the most. Which is why at TheLUXURIAN we're thrilled to have discovered Hope's Perfect Glass, a completely streak-free and amonia-free acclaimed household glass cleaner. Think all glass cleaners are created equal? We've found that's apparently not the case. This formulation really does the trick in producing a positively uniform shine without leaving any typical annoying residue.

    Available at a wide array of mass retailers and with a range of other cleaning products to choose from—stainless, countertop, furniture and carpets—we think this will be the best $4.99 you've ever spent.

    And that's clearly perfect.

    Hope's Perfect Glass, $4.99; hope company.com

  • DYSON HOT+COOL FAN HEATER

    DYSON HOT+COOL FAN HEATER

    A Room for All Seasons.

    Science meets fiction with the sleek, futuristic Dyson AM05 fan heater—a sexy little beast that heats and cools your room without blades or visible heating elements.

    It’s much more efficient than its predecessor with a new motor that spins 33 percent faster, moving even more air in a faster fashion. Which means rooms heat up or cool off quicker than ever.

    The AM05 comes with a remote slightly larger than a cigarette lighter that can set the heater’s thermostat, cooling fan strength, and turn the oscillation feature on and off.

    The AM05 comes in four colors. Blue and white are available online and a metallic nickel color is in stores. At TheLUXURIAN, we’re waiting for the black nickel finish that becomes available April 1.

    Staying cool (or warm) has never been sexier.

    Dyson AM05 Fan Heater, $400; dyson.com

  • BAR LUXE

    BAR LUXE

    Raise the Bar.

    Fresh from the 2013 International Housewares Show in Chicago, TheLUXURIAN spotted a line of barware that impressed us to no end. In fact, we’ve never seen non-glassware look—and feel—this good.

    Brought to you by BarLuxe, this sleek yet affordable barware collection is made from tough, impact-resistant polyester and has a heft and weight that’ll surprise you. Even better, they’re BPA-free, dishwasher durable and so tough, a truck could drive over them without breaking (seriously.)

    But for us, the best part is how they look—polished, elegant and sophisticated. We particularly like the Staxx collection with a tapered design and seamless stacking for a small storage footprint. And, since you can engrave them, they make great gifts for just about anyone!

    Friends, the bar is now open.

    BarLuxe Staxx 10oz Rocks, $5.95 each or available by the case; BarLuxe.com

  • STRESS LESS AUTOMATIC LEVER CORKSCREW

    STRESS LESS AUTOMATIC LEVER CORKSCREW

    A Toast to Simplicity.

    As anyone who’s ever opened a bottle of wine knows, sometimes it’s a tricky business, especially when you’re using an old-school corkscrew.

    Enter the Stress Less Automatic Lever Corkscrew from the folks at Trudeau. Certified by the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers, this handy, beautifully crafted device makes opening wine bottles a breeze.

    Designed for both left and right-handed use, you’ll use less leverage and effort than with a traditional corkscrew. And there’s even a magnetic foil cutter attached that sits in the base for easy storage.

    So let nothing stand in the way of you and merry-making.

    Cheers!

    Stress Less Automatic Lever Corkscrew, $89.99; shop trudeau.com

  • THE SQUARE STAINLESS-STEEL WATER BOTTLE

    THE SQUARE STAINLESS-STEEL WATER BOTTLE

    H2 OH.

    Water. We know, not fancy or anything. But, and here’s the twist, we love our water bottles. There’s just something about a well-made bottle that makes our design-loving, hydrated hearts go pitter-patter.

    Enter the Square stainless-steel water bottle from Clean Bottle. It unscrews from both ends for easy cleaning and drying and its stainless-steel construction won't affect the taste of your water.

    But at TheLUXURIAN, we also love that it comes in an array of sophisticated, fresh colors—orange, green, blue, charcoal and white—and the modern square shape keeps the bottle from rolling away if it tips over. Bonus points for designing it to fit most cup holders.

    So stay hydrated while looking cool. How refreshing!

    Square Stainless-Steel Water Bottle from Clean Bottle, $44.95; rei.com

  • VENETIAN COLLECTION 5-TIER BLOUSE TREE

    VENETIAN COLLECTION 5-TIER BLOUSE TREE

    Clutter: 0. You: 1.

    Sometimes it’s the little things that feel the most luxurious. Like the simple satisfaction of seeing a well-organized closet. We think this five-tier blouse tree hanger from the Venetian Collection does quite the trick of organizing and gently keeping your shirts in place. The hanger is coated with non-slip rubber padding so your garments don’t fall off. And because we don’t all have closets like the Kardashians, you can hang multiple blouses on the five-tiered hanger to maximize closet space.

    Gentlemen, don’t feel left out. You can use this same hanger tree for your shirts and they also make luxe trouser hooks and tie racks as well.

    Stay neat. Stay smart. Stay sharp.

    Venetian Collection 5-Tier Blouse Tree, $7.99 each; bed bath and beyond.com

  • 1950S MILO BAR CART FROM RESTORATION HARDWARE

    1950S MILO BAR CART FROM RESTORATION HARDWARE

    We Heart the Cart.

    Anyone who knows TheLUXURIAN knows we're obsessed with bar carts! After all, a well-conceived bar is the luxe essential every home must have.

    Enter Restoration Hardware to deliver a stylish number in polished nickel that feels substantial and is priced right—new from their Big Style Small Spaces Collection. Designed in homage to mid-century master Milo Baughman, this reproduction gets its style and strength from a bold X-shaped frame that's handcrafted of gleaming plated steel. Tempered-glass shelves lighten the silhouette yet generously accommodate the essentials of modern mixology.

    This little beauty definitely raises the bar!

    1950s Milo Bar Cart, special $805; restoration hardware.com

  • LA SEÓRA LUXURY HAMMOCK

    LA SEÓRA LUXURY HAMMOCK

    The Mercedes of Hammocks.

    Summers are for lazing around but where is it written we can’t do so in style? La Seóra has you covered with a beautiful hybrid born from a hammock and a deck lounger.

    Made from premium quality marine plywood and assembled with stainless steel fixings, the hammock was engineered to prevent and relieve back strain—a common failing in conventional fabric hammocks.

    The result? An ergonomic and entirely luxurious hammock experience.

    We also like how Seora's stainless steel stand can be quickly disassembled into three pieces for easy storage.

    Lastly, what hammock would be complete without accessories such as a side pocket to keep hold of your suntan lotion, sunglasses and iPad?

    Admittedly it’s a little pricey as hammocks go. But we say indulge yourself. You’ve earned it.

    La Seóra Luxury Hammock, $3337; seora.co

  • HENRI BENDEL POMEGRANATE SIGNATURE REED

    HENRI BENDEL POMEGRANATE SIGNATURE REED

    Heaven Scent.

    Who doesn’t like to liven up their room with the elegant, tarte scent of pomegranate? This Henry Bendel room freshener is sure to brighten any room, any time of year. While the reed concept has been around for a while, TheLUXURIAN loves this particular pom infusion—both refreshing and luxurious with tropical notes of pineapple and guave, balanced by the warmth of amber and musk.

    Slender reeds absorb the fragrance oils to diffuse a continuous, signature scent that’s harmonious, distinctive and soothing.

    With the holidays around the corner, this makes for the perfect gift to have on hand for the gals, the host, the hostess...or yourself.

    Henri Bendel Pomegranate Signature Reed, $35; henri bendel.com

  • LINUS BIKE

    LINUS BIKE

    LINUS Love.

    At TheLUXURIAN, we're huge fans of a stylish retro city bike, so it's no wonder that we all want a bike from LINUS. Tres chic!

    Inspired by French bicycle design of the 50s and 60s, the geniuses at LINUS have created a bicycle that preserves the simple elegance and pure form of that golden era, but has all the benefits of modern comfort and reliability.

    LINUS is the utilitarian city bike with a personality and style that makes you feel like you’re in an old French movie…you’re floating a little from the wine you drank at lunch…maybe instead of going back to the office you’ll take a nap under a tree, go for a swim in the sea or drop by your lover’s house…

    And ladies, oui, a basket can be attached. Perfect when you want to stowe your lovelies.

    LINUS Bikes, $399-$899; linusbike.com

     

  • CYNTHIA ROWLEY HUDSON MINI SATCHEL

    CYNTHIA ROWLEY HUDSON MINI SATCHEL

    Hold Everything. (Or at least the Necessities)

    Looking for a new, casual bag that's high on style but easy on the plastic? Then check out this new stunning satchel from Cynthia Rowley. This suede and leather navy cutie with velvet stripe detail and gold hardware is just the thing for a fun night out on the town. With an adjustable, removable, velvet strap in striking accent colors and lined interior, when you sport this satchel, you'll prove good things really do come in small packages.

    Carry on, ladies!

    Cynthia Rowley Hudson Mini Satchel, $95; cynthiarowley.com