Friday, February 7, 2014

Parmigiani Reminisces The Cat And Mouse Automaton Clock


An interesting automaton clock by Parmigiani is out on roll, and it displays animated figures of a cat and a mouse! All those who have been and still are great fans of the Tom & Jerry cartoon characters, you might find this piece pretty appealing. Aptly christened – The Cat and Mouse, the mechanism is an ode to the awe-inspiring talent of renowned sculptor – Edouard-Marcel Sandoz.


The clock is not just a figure that stands still to fascinate, instead it showcases fascinating mechanized movements wherein, the black obsidian body of the cat moves in a circular one-hour timed circuit, forever in an attempt to catch the running rodent! And every time the feline comes closer to catching the white gold diamond mouse, the latter leaps away, constantly escaping. Now ain’t that an interesting piece of handicraft you would like to own? Its like one of those cuckoo-bird time-tellers, in an even better avatar!


Now are some facts: the Cat and Mouse clock works on a PF670 automaton module and flaunts 17 jewels. It is a manual time-setting clock that needs to be winded using a key. Apart from that, an 8-day power reserve and dustproof exteriors are its additional features.


Cat’s body is made from black obsidian, while 1.72 ct rubies are studded on the nose and 1.10 ct emeralds are set with 18 ct gold for the eyes. The car completes a rotation on its axis in one hour.


While the tiny mouse is shaped out of white gold and set with 250 Top Wesselton VVS diamonds with total weight 4.02 ct. It is also studded with a 0.10 ct ruby on the snout and 0.02 ct sapphires on the eyes. Weighing just 23 g, it leaps ahead of the cat irregular intervals.




The Elephant Chair Will Majestically Invade Your Living Room


Stunning Animal Chair collection by Spanish designer Maximo Riera was replenished with new item – Elephant Chair. Elephant is one of the most popular animal in India, so designer decided to decorate this chair accordingly to Indian motives.


The carvings and patterns found on traditional furniture are reproduced according to the original hand-made pieces. The distinctive asymmetrical surface is translated into morph metric data using advanced software.


The overall structure is carved from compressed foam with an internal steel frame. The final object is enveloped in fine leather, allowing all the detail to be refined. Elephant Chair weighs 160 kg or 353 lbs. It’s the throne, simultaneously furniture and gorgeous sculpture.





The Whale Chair Lets You Bond With The Sea


Following the Octopus Chair from their Animal Chair Collection is a new starrer that embraces the beauty of the ocean in a big way- The Whale Chair. The wonderful piece pays tribute to the world’s largest animal, the Blue Whale, which also happens to be a symbol of amity between the Animal Kingdom and human beings.



The Whale Chair, with its huge size and dimension, is designed to be a centrepiece. The Whale Fin structured asymmetrically, has the top section leaning backwards conceding a dynamic perspective to the rhythm of the composition. The chair is a beautifully crafted piece that reflects the artist’s bond with the sea. Ideal for open large areas, it can ordered from Maximo Riera.



Maximo Riera’s Toad Sofa Is The First Two-Seater Chair Of The Collection


Maximo Riera Menendez’s 15 piece Animal Collection, has changed our perception of furniture completely, the pieces already unveiled include the octopus chair, the rhino chair, the elephant chair and the whale chair. Each of Riera’s pieces uses the animal to tell a story and the latest piece the Toad Sofa is no different. The Toad Sofa is the first two-seater piece in the collection to be unveiled; this oversized piece will make a statement in any living room with its oversized toad shape.


The artist has been influenced by the back part of this amphibian along with the irregular bumps on its leathery skin. The front of this chair has been styled in a minimalist baroque fashion to offer a smooth and simplistic contrast to the excess of the back. The toad sofa like all the others pieces in this collection, tells a story, in this case Riera uses the Toad to represent the misnamed ugliness of unconventional figures.



This two-seater sofa is limited to a mere 20 pieces and has a production time of about 10 weeks. Priced at about £55,000 (about $88,500), the Toad Sofa much like the toad stands out in an urban environment.

Maximo Riera Octopus Chair Is An Eight-Legged Throne For A Two-Legged Creature


Paul the octopus seems to be in our minds a long after he left for his heavenly abode. Not related to him, but the Octopus Chair brought back some fond old memories. The Animal Chair collection constitutes a diverse range of species, from mammals to reptiles, and even including insects.


Each creation retains the animal’s natural vitality whilst being totally biological accurate in their appearance. This collection is homage to these animals and the whole animal kingdom which inhabits our planet, as an attempt to reflect and capture the beauty of nature in each living thing. The Octopus Chair is the first piece of the Animal Chair collection, and it establishes a base and point of departure for the pieces to come.



The chair can to life following a design cycle evolving sketches, 3D renders and CNC’d blocks that have been handcrafted. Limited to just 20 pieces, it is priced at £35,000 ($55,000).



The Beetle Chair By Maximo Riera


An insect at home would usually be a no-no, but when designed by Maximo Riera, it becomes a work of art. The Beetle Chair is the latest masterpiece in the Animal Chair Collection, welcoming the insect species, the most diverse groups of animals on the planet.


Maximo Riera’s Animal Chair collection constitutes a diverse range of species, from mammals to reptiles, and now even including insects. Each creation is homage to these animals and retains the animal’s natural vitality whilst being totally biological accurate in their appearance.
In the Beetle Chair, its seat section is located within the outer shell covering the wings that form the skeleton and protects the animal.


The beetle offers a more functional esthetic, allows the composition of the skeleton and the extrinsic figures to be seen without any interruptions.
The European rhinoceros beetle is one of the largest and most singular insects of its kind.


Its most representative feature, the distinctive cranial curved horn, it is used to fight other males during mating season and as a tool for digging, whose proportions have been increased with the intention of making its potential and condition more obvious.

Skull Armchair Executes A Brilliant Design For Gothic Themed Interiors


Some people take things like gothic skull and pirate art to be creepy, while for some these objects can be romantic and mysterious. Therefore gothic interior decoration is very much adored by many people these days.


Because of this, skull furniture is much in demand by people who want to decorate their interiors in a gothic based theme. Keeping gothic requisition in mind, various designers have created different styles of skull furniture. Harold Sangouard is one of those designers who has taken a cue from edgy dimensions of human skull to design a beautiful armchair named ‘Skull.’ Skull Armchair is a perfect example of skull furniture that exudes both mystery and elegance into your lair.


The entire structure of the comfortable armchair is made out of resin and based on a steel frame. The back of the chair reveals the front face of the skull whereas the rear part makes way for a comfy armchair. The seat is padded using Bultex foam pad and covered in black velvet.


The resin structure is completed with black glossy finish giving it a majestic appeal. The Skull Armchair measures 121 cm in length, 102 cm in width and 102 cm in height and weighs 48 kg.


The chair is also available in golden finish. This intriguing object depicts a blend of furniture and art providing an audacious decorating option.

Fabulous Beetle Armchair by ZAC Glamour Design


The design collaboration between Andrea Colombo and Linda Assandri led to the development of the Glamour Beetle Armchair. The duo from ZAC Glamour Design launched a unique approach to furniture, combining Baroque elements and Car Art.



In the case of the armchair presented in the photos, the designers used real Volkswagen Beetle MY1968 wings and an upholstered chair with Swarovski crystals and LED lights.


The unconventional furniture piece also comes with solid finishes in in silver leaf or gold leaf (available in real gold 24 kt. / or real silver), produced by a highly qualified Italian craftsmen team. With a flashy, easily noticeable look, the Glamour Beetle fits well in a modern bachelor’s crib or a public space with a unique personality.




Therefore, even if you’re not a fan of the VW Beetle, you definitely have to admit that this armchair is quite extraordinary, if not for its looks but for its incredible lavishness.



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