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Leica M-P ‘Correspondent’ Set Created by Lenny Kravitz for Kravitz Design

Wetzlar, Germany (PRWEB) February 25, 2015

In collaboration with Lenny Kravitz the musician, actor and designer Leica Camera AG, Wetzlar, presents a special camera edition set: the LEICA M-P CORRESPONDENT BY LENNY KRAVITZ FOR KRAVITZ DESIGN. The edition comprises a Leica M-P digital rangefinder camera and two fast classics from the range of Leica lenses the Leica Summicron-M 35 mm f/2 ASPH. and the Leica Summilux-M 50 mm f/1.4 ASPH. delivered as a set in a bespoke case. The special edition is strictly limited to 125 sets worldwide and will be available from March 2015.

Leicas collaboration with Lenny Kravitz was born out of the artists passion for photography. The first camera Kravitz ever used was his fathers Leicaflex which he received at age 21, as a gift from his father. The unique, distinctive design of the LEICA M-P CORRESPONDENT BY LENNY KRAVITZ FOR KRAVITZ DESIGN set was created in reminiscence of this beautifully aged Leica camera. For instance, the glossy black enamel of the camera and the two lenses have been intentionally aged in homage to a well-used camera system, showing a distinctive patina that would usually point to many years of constant use. To achieve this look, every camera and lens of the edition was aged entirely by hand to create absolutely unique individual products.

Another characteristic feature of the edition sets is the unusual trim of the Leica M-P cameras in the finest-quality yet very durable snakeskin naturally from controlled sources that are not subject to species conservation regulations. This material in premium glossy black is also used for the camera strap and wrist strap that are included in the sets. The LEICA M-P CORRESPONDENT BY LENNY KRAVITZ FOR KRAVITZ DESIGN set is stylishly complemented by a custom case handmade in Germany specially for this edition. The custom case picks up the product design theme and is covered with the same material as the camera.

A particularly interesting feature of the set is the special version of the Leica Summilux-M 50 mm f/1.4 ASPH. This lens has been constructed in the classic design of its ancestor from 1959 and reflects the typical features of its predecessor for instance, the scalloped focusing ring and a finely knurled aperture ring.

The camera and lenses of the LEICA M-P CORRESPONDENT BY LENNY KRAVITZ FOR KRAVITZ DESIGN set are otherwise identical to their series production equivalents in performance and technical specifications. The Leica M-P offers all the technical advantages of the Leica digital rangefinder system cameras and possesses the same enduring and robust qualities for which the Leica M-System is renowned. In the case of the two Leica lenses, their essential properties include superior optical performance and extreme versatility.

A book of Lennys photography entitled “Flash” will be published by teNeues and available for purchase from March 15, 2015. Kravitzs photography offers unusual insights into the nomadic life of a musician on the road. In addition to being distributed by the publishers, the book will also be offered for sale by Leica Camera in Leica Stores and Leica Boutiques.

Lenny Kravitz will be showcasing photographs from this book at the Leica Gallery in Los Angeles. The exhibition will be the first in a series of showcases of the artists photography from the book around the world during 2015. The show, Flash by Lenny Kravitz, at the Leica Gallery in Los Angeles will be open to visitors from March 6 to April 12, 2015.

About Kravitz Design

Kravitz Design (KDI) was founded by Renaissance man and legendary music icon Lenny Kravitz. Focusing on residential, commercial, product conception and design, the companys team encompasses a diverse group of creative professionals that have executed a variety of projects throughout the world. KDI touts a portfolio of noteworthy ventures, with a range that includes chandeliers for Swarovski Crystal Palace Collection, suites at the SLS Hotel Miami Beach and a two story penthouse recording studio at the Setai Hotel and Residences. Most recently KDI undertook the creative vision for the downtown Miami 47-story bay front condominium project Paramount Bay, as well as a collection of ceramic tiles for Lea Ceramiche, the re-interpretation of Philippe Starcks Mademoiselle chair for Kartell, the set for The Queen Latifah Show and an exclusive collection of lifestyle products for Fred Segal. http://www.kravitzdesign.com

About Leica Camera

Leica Camera AG is an internationally operating premium-segment manufacturer of cameras and sport optics products. The Leica legend is founded on a long tradition of optical excellence and precision engineering. And today, in combination with innovative technologies, Leica products continue to guarantee better pictures in all situations in the worlds of visualization and perception. Leica Camera AG has its headquarters in Wetzlar, in the state of Hesse, with a second production site in Vila Nova de Famalic

Placid Blue Is Hot Color Trend in 2014 for Interior Design and Fashion Says Beasley & Henley Interior Design

Winter Park, FL (PRWEB) November 16, 2013

The hottest trend color for 2014 will be Placid Blue, a soft and inviting pastel #15-3920, according to the Color Trend experts at Pantone. The interior designers at Beasley & Henley Interior Design (Winter Park and Naples) enthusiastically agree.

Blue has never gone out of style, but like many colors it ebbs and flows in popularity.

Blues in general are a perennial favorite, often referred to as a pocket-sized vacation of sea and sky. According to psychologists who explore the intricate interaction of color, behavior and mood, blues basic emotional valence is calmness and open-endedness, in contrast to the aggression associated with colors such as red. People associate blues with the positive characteristics of wisdom, loyalty and trust.

In home design, Blues will be seen in fabrics, lighting, wall colors, lacquered finishes and much more. In additional, they will make glamorous statements in focal piece chandeliers and rugs. Placid Blue fabrics can be matched easily with complementary colors such as yellow and white.

No matter how they are used in 2014, Blue with be the new Black and we are couldnt be happier.

Warhol, Nakashima, Chihuly, Peterson and More to Feature in Kaminski Auction’s 20th Century Decorative Arts and Modern Design Auction

Beverly, MA (PRWEB) May 20, 2013

On June 9th, 2013 Kaminski Auctions will present their 20th Century Decorative Arts Auction. The sale will encompass many noteworthy lithographs, paintings, etchings, furniture, and glass pieces from artists and makers such as Andy Warhol, Orrefors, Chihuly, and Nakashima.

A beautifully carved walnut coffee table from George Nakashima is poised to be the top lot of the upcoming auction. The remarkable table was made as part of Nakashimas Conoid Collection and features a solid walnut plank supported on an angular leg and board. The dynamic linear contrast between the natural and finished edges gives the table a highly sculptural level of visual interest. Two polaroid photographs and hand drawn plans for the table add to the unique value of this Nakashima piece. The exquisite coffee table is predicted to fetch between $ 12,000 and $ 15,000 at the Sunday auction.

Among the most prominent of the prints included in the sale are three screenprints by Andy Warhol. The iconic artists Saint Apollonia image will appear as Lot 1385, Saint Apollonia FS II 331,screenprinted on Essex Offset Kid Finish paper. Produced in 1984, the Saint Apollonia image is part of the artists multiple print reinterpretations of Renaissance masterpieces. Here, as in his other Renaissance-focused works, the artist applies his bold color scheme to flatten and embolden the image, transforming a devout saint into a bold queen fit for the secular world. This striking image will be offered at $ 10,000 to $ 15,000.

Two screenprints from Warhols Flower series will also appear in the auction. The graphic prints, both from 1974, represent the artists renewed focus on the striking linear compositions possible with floral still lives. These two colorful examples of Andy Warhols signature style are estimated at $ 2,000 to $ 4,000 each.

Prints from other important artists such as David Hockney, Peter Max, and Samuel Margolies will also appear in the sale. The Margolies print, Mans Canyons, captures a strikingly angular view of a New York street, and comes to Kaminski from a private collector. Mans Canyons is estimated at $ 3,000 to $ 5,000.

Jane Petersons gouache painting, Two Toucans, is sure to garner much bidder interest. The Mid-Western artist held her first solo exhibition of her colorful and impressionistic paintings in Boston, and has since enjoyed much popularity in the area. Petersons framed painting is predicted to sell for between $ 8,000 to $ 12,000.

Kaminskis upcoming auction will also present a new sculpture from popular contemporary artist Angel Chen. Chens captivating paintings and sculptures have been exhibited in solo exhibitions around the world including Hong Kong, Paris, Los Angeles, Thailand, and Costa Rica. Bronze Stiletto (Prada) is a departure from her other, more ethereal works, and presents a bold take on the consumption of fashion so pervasive in the artists native Los Angeles area. The Bronze Stiletto, is offered at $ 4,000 to $ 6,000.

An important piece of ceramic sculpture from artist and craftsman Erik Gronberg will also be among the top lots of the sale. Gronbergs pieces are in the collections of many West Coast institutions, including the De Young Museum. The large footed bowl to be presented at Kaminski captures the artists eclectic style and carries decals of cowboys, Indians, and other figures backed by swatches of saturated color. Gronbergs ceramic piece is estimated at $ 6,000 to $ 9,000.

The Twentieth century sale will also present a number of decorative pieces from well known Modern designers, including Kosta Boda, as well as a broad selection of Murano glass pieces. Of particular interest is a Sven Palmquist for Orrefors monumental handmade modernist bowl of blown blue glass. The bowl, signed Orrefors and Sven Palmquist on the base, is predicted to sell for between $ 1,500 to $ 2,500.

A monumental Venini chandelier in orange and clear glass will surely be a presence in the showroom and is estimated to sell for between $ 10,000 and $ 20,000. Also attracting much attention is a Dale Chihuly Macchia blown glass studio bowl, signed and dated 1983. The beautiful bowl is estimated at $ 2,000 to $ 3,000.

Preview for the 20th Century Decorative Arts Auction will run on Thursday, June 6th, from 10:00am to 5:00pm; Friday, June 7th, from 10:00am to 8:00pm, Saturday, June 8th, from 10:00am to 8:00pm, and Sunday, June 9th, beginning at 8:00am before the sale.


Kaminski Auctions, located on the North Shore of Boston, has been serving the New England antiques market for over 25 years as a full service auction house and appraisal service for fine art, antiques and estates.

With two locations in Beverly, Massachusetts, including a new state of the art auction gallery located at 117 Elliott Street, and a historic 1850s barn and office facility at 564 Cabot Street, Kaminski Auctions hosts 25 auctions a year.

In todays highly competitive market of fine art and antiques, Kaminski Auctions provides its customers with bicoastal services and marketing with west coast offices in Beverly Hills and San Diego, California.

Kaminski Auctions offers specialty departments in Asian Art and Antiques, Silver, Glass and Lamps, Couture and Vintage Clothing, Photography and Modern Design . We have highly trained and knowledgable appraisers on staff that will help you determine the true value of your antiques, or entire collections. Free Appraisal days are offered every Tuesday from 10:00am-4:30pm at our 564 Cabot Street location in Beverly, Massachusetts & by appointment at our 5171 Santa Fe Street location in San Diego, California. We welcome emailed photos of your items! Contact Harry Morgan – hmorgan@kaminskiauctions.com

Years Apart, Modern and Traditional Design Converge with the Arrival of The Witherby

San Diego, Calif. (PRWEB) October 13, 2006

San Diego prepares to welcome a new generation of style and sophistication to the historic Gaslamp Quarter with the opening of The Witherby, a 7,400 square foot event loft space that combines timeless tradition and elegance with a fresh, modern perspective.

Located in the historic I.O.O.F. building on the corner of Sixth and Market and above the popular Side Bar, The Witherby is the latest offering from EnDev, LLC an entertainment and real estate development company comprised of partners James Brennan, Demien Farrell and Mitch Compton, three key players in San Diegos burgeoning nightlife scene. After tremendous success with leading nightlife and restaurant destinations Side Bar and Stingaree, as well as future restaurant/lounge projects in Pacific Beach and Hillcrest in the works, New York natives Brennan and Farrell are thrilled to open their first event-only space, catering to the discerning host whose options were limited to ballrooms and banquet hallsuntil now.

Ive always wanted to open a space like The Witherby a throwback to the days of pomp and circumstance when luxury was the standard in entertainingno matter what the occasion, says Brennan. I remember visiting The Plaza in New York for my senior prom and love the idea of combining that kind of architectural elegance with something urban and new.

The venue is named after Oliver S. Witherby, San Diegos first lawyer and State District Judge and known fondly as the Father of San Diego Jurisprudence. The 1882 Classic Revival style I.O.O.F building was built as a joint effort between the Masonics and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F.), a secret fraternal benefit society in which Judge Witherby served honorably until his death in 1896. The ornate features of the original structure are still in tact and include vaulted 18-foot ceilings, arched floor to ceiling windows, original exposed brick and exquisite crown molding.

Brennan and Farrell have hired interior designer Davis Krummins, who also designed the modern inspired interiors of Stingaree and SideBar, to revive the loft space from its current bare walls to the swanky decadence of years past. Krummins will preserve the original design and craftsmanship while adding unexpected modern design twists around every corner.

The difference is in the details.

Designed to accommodate everything from high-end corporate events and seminars, to Bah mitzvahs and wedding celebrations, The Witherbys decor will remain neutral to allow hosts the opportunity to customize each event in their own style and taste. Designer Krummins will create the stylish backdrop by using a color palette of muted espresso, cream, dark browns, platinum and gold tones mixed with textured platinum wallpaper and rich leather-like, black maple paneling.

Krummins has also commissioned seventy year-old Los Angeles Italian designer, Barry Tanner who specializes in custom Italian marble mirrors made popular in the 40s and 50s, to create several pieces to pair with the unique, slick wallpaper and radiant cut crystal chandeliers.

Guests will enter The Witherby via the Market street entrance and will immediately be welcomed by a beautifully restored hardwood stair case with vibrant artwork adorning the walls. At the top of the stairs will be a glass enclosed coat check. The primary event space will include a main bar and several rooms that configure into a variety of seating plans including banquet, reception, classroom, station and theatre-style and can comfortably accommodate up to 600 guests.

The Witherby also provides hosts with an array of design and event planning options developed to ease the stresses of planning and procuring. The experienced event staff will aid hosts in transforming the unique space into their perfect affair. Customizable elements include the menu, d

Condiment Junkie design a world first for Selfridges White Christmas new seasonal scheme

London, England (PRWEB United kingdom) 2 December 2011

Selfridges is creating historical past as portion of its White Christmas marketing campaign by launching a innovative window display for its 2011 Christmas season that sees the operate of its Oxford Road windows engage in re-engineered carols with no the need for loudspeakers or seem-preserving booths. Each and every window is properly turned into an enchanting and oversized tunes box. The global innovation, which is getting Selfridges a massive action even more into the potential of window shows, is the brainchild of London-based mostly innovative outfit Condiment Junkie.

Selfridges Xmas Window Show

From a Selfridges quick, making use of the purity of white and the everlasting attractiveness of Christmas carols as inventive recommendations to in shape the objective of reinventing the custom of magic of the music box, Condiment Junkie, a sonic branding and experiential seem style business, have produced a totally bespoke, common-breaking technique.


There are two important technological breakthroughs used to Selfridges Xmas window screen for the first time in a retail project of this type. First, the new system plays tunes via, not from, the windows making use of the glass pane by itself as a loudspeaker. Additionally, the program is devised in this kind of a way that although each window performs a diverse tune, customers are ready to hear to the track with out interference from the audio getting played by means of the following window. Furthermore, and as befits a audio box, each and every window is equipped with a state-of-the-art touch-monitor wind-up system to control the monitor.

Clients are encouraged to engage in about with the window as a tunes box to their hearts content. The tunes, all engineered by Condiment Junkie, are a mix of properly-acknowledged Xmas carols and special creations developed to replicate Selfridges crystal very clear Xmas scheme part eerie, part frosty and portion magical.


Russ Jones and Scott King explain further the tips guiding the new system.


We 1st appeared at how sound and language have crossovers phrases like shimmering, vibrant, crystal are all utilized as sonic as properly as visual descriptions.

We looked into what objects create these vibrant, crystal sounds a chandelier in the wind, whispers, the sharp percussive ring of bells. When then of course studied the mechanics and sounds of songs containers.


Their audio is comforting, warm and calming. It is also crystal very clear, clean and crisp.

Audio boxes are related with memories and fantasies frequently developed in to jewellery bins or carousels with photos of liked kinds. They are typically accompanied by a twirling ballerina, or magical snow globes.

This concept of the cyclic carousel also interested us employed as a metaphor for daily life, special yearly situations like Xmas to mark an additional turn of the wheel.


Xmas carols are also often dependent on cyclic melodies the word carol will come from the aged French word Carole or Carola, a sort of round dance from the 12th and 13th hundreds of years.

We began deconstructing and re-imagining Christmas carols. Employing the medieval chord styles on which standard carols and wassailing tracks are based, we produced parts that are concurrently acquainted and that ring true with the conventional appears of Xmas, but also feel new and contemporary.

Each and every musical piece is created out of three or four cyclic musical themes that repeat and overlap to kind a full piece, again re-enforcing the carousel like, cyclic theme.


We are delivering the audio by turning the glass itself into speakers. When the audio is played by means of the glass it offers us a beautifully very clear and frosty tone.


To make the knowledge far more interactive, we needed passers-by to be able to wind-up the songs bins from the street. We developed a bespoke by means of-the-window triggering system similar to that used in touch-display screen products like smartphones. We developed the entire interactive system in-property making use of a mixture of outdated-faculty electronics and laptop or computer programming.

On a choice of the windows, passers-by will be ready to wind-up the songs containers and set them off to play when spherical the carousel. On the major window they will be capable to management each of the cyclic musical factors independently, providing individuals the chance to develop different versions of the piece every single time, relying on the get in which theyre triggered.

Christmas at Selfridges


The start of Condiment Junkies revolutionary window exhibit is part of an interesting Christmas time of year at Selfridges. As properly as checking out their flagship keep on Oxford Street, shoppers can visit Selfridges Online and their new online Christmas shop which includes luxurious present concepts like presents for him and gifts for her.


Among the innovative Christmas options, there is Selfridges range of traditional Xmas hampers. Packed complete of delicious connoisseur treats including Xmas puddings, preserves and drinks, their meals and champagne hampers sure to be centre of your supper table arrive Xmas Day.


About Condiment Junkie

Condiment Junkie specialise in experiential sound design and style and interactive sound. They have created consumer-interface sound for bestselling apps, developed sonic ids and audio for automotive, retail and FMCG manufacturers, and opened new avenues for the use of experiential audio to impact environments, enhance interactive installations, and boost buyer-manufacturer engagement.

The London-dependent outfit was started by Russ Jones and Scott King in 2009, following they learned a mutual interest in the prospective of sound although working with each other on numerous media tasks. They share a need to investigate the purposes of audio in branding and experiential advertising and marketing.

http://www.condimentjunkie.co.united kingdom


Santa Fes Newest Hotel, Hotel Chimay

Santa Fe, NM (PRWEB) December 19, 2011

The Hispano art kinds that have been developed in New Mexico given that the area was colonized by Spain in 1598 are totally celebrated in the traditional arts, crafts and style that have been employed in the exquisitely in depth inside of the newly renovated Resort Plaza Genuine, also freshly renamed the Lodge Chimay