Facebook to move to Hudson Yards, New York

The US tech company Facebook (FB) is increasing its presence in New York. The company has agreed to rent three towers totalling 139.000 m2 in the three developing buildings in the west side area of Manhattan, Hudson Yards. According to the information, the employees are moving already next year to the new offices.

The Hudson Yards has got several real-estate certifications for its sustainable buildings, materials and public transport. The area has already Leed Platinum for Hudson Years 10 and the Eastern Yards has got Leed- Neighborhood Development Gold (Leed ND).

The area is expected to gain more than 20 million visitors annually.  The area is having over 14 acres of public plazas, gardens and over 100 different shops and high-end retailers. The shops include for example luxury brands like Dior, Tiffany and Watches of Switzerland.

Facebook shares closed down 0,02 % to 193,15 dollars in New York on Thursday.

 

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Fashion designer Marc Jacobs is selling his art collection at Sotheby’s -WSJ

Fashion designer Marc Jacobs is selling his own collection of comtemporary art and design works, including jewellery, at Sotheby’s in November, the Wall Street Journal writes.

Mr Jacobs is the head designer of his own fashion brand. During the years 1997 – 2014 he worked in Louis Vuitton’s as creative director.

According to him, “when you move to Frank Lloyd Wright house, there is not a lot of wall space to hang your painting”, he said regarding the sale of the collection.

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Luxury gift ideas for the Season

Spring season is always the start of the festivity season. Here we have selected some of the best luxury gift ideas for your loved ones for this Mother’s Day and beyond.

The Italian high-design jewellery from Utopia include diamonds, SouthSea Pearls and 18 carat gold in the earrings. The new designed, but still classic, heritage style luxury watch from the Swiss company Carl F.Bucherer, has long traditions. According to company they have limited the production to 888 pieces to celebrate the founding year of the Lucerne company in 1888. The strap is cognac brown calfskin.

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This pearl necklace is made from natural SouthSea Pearls and according to the company these jewelleries are natural products, with no artificial treatment (www.utopia.com).

 

 

 

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Macron says Notre Dame will be rebuild in five years 

The French President Emmanuel Macron said today that the Paris cathedral Notre Dame will be rebuild within five years. He was speaking to the nation about the situation on Tuesday evening. On Monday vast part of the church was destroyed by a fire.

During the day there have been several annoucements about donations to the reconstruction of the cathedral. The sum is now more than 700 million euros. The first big donations were published by the leading luxury brands.

– Yes, we will build the cathedral of Notre Dame even more beautiful than it was. But this must be done in five years. We can do that, he said.

The fire lasted about 12 hours and according to Bloomberg, some of the major treasures were removed to City Hall, like the Crown of Thorns and Louis IX tunic and some others to Louvre. According to the Culture Minister Franck Riester it seems that the rose windows were not damaged. The cathedral is a 850 years old Gothic style Unesco heritage site.

The Paris stock markets closed up today, the CAC 40 up 0,36 % to 5528 points. The German DAX index closed also up, 0,67% to 12101 points. And London FTSE closed up 0,46% to 4092 points.

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The story of Danish Obaku – timeless watches

 

 

The modern and chic design is the trademark of the Danish Obaku timespieces. Obaku, which takes its heritage from the Asian Zen philosophy, is combining total balance in body and mind. This harmony is part of the design with minimalism and simplicity. The Obaku watches integrate Nordic and Asian cultures.

– All Obaku watches are timeless and will stand the test of time. The designs strives to offer affordable luxury using both luxurious materials and unique designs with attention to the details, and representing the sheer beauty of a great design.  It values the truth and calmness, the company says.

The founder of the company,  Danish-born Mr Johannes Arvin, has been taking part in the BaselWorld for a long time, nearly from the beginning.

– I started importing watches to Denmark in 1976 and moved to Hong Kong in 1982, where I already have opened the company Creon Enterprises Ltd in 1980.  The company changed to Comtech Watches Co. Ltd. In 1994 and we have been designing, developing and manufacturing for a great number of watch brands ever since. After losing the production of Skagen watches in 2007, our biggest customer, we decided to start our own designer brand, Obaku, based on the best experiences from the past 30 years, he says to ComteamPUB+.

He met a Chinese woman Catherine Y.L Chan and soon they noticed that they share same passion for watches, traditions and design. The Nordic and Chinese design and culture integrated.

Mr Arvin has seen the ups and downs in the luxury watch industry, but he believes that the BaselWorld will continue.

-It is quite clear to me that BaselWorld will continue. This is an extreamly important event for the industry and its stakeholders. This is rare event with exceptional products and people, he reminds.

Now the Obaku has grown to international brand with representative offices in 70 countries and it is operating internationally. Comtech Watches Co. Ltd. and Obaku Ltd. are selling more than 2 million watches per year. The design of the watches is done in Denmark, but the production is mainly in Asia with its head office based in Hong Kong.

One of the designers is the Danish Christian Mikkelsen, gradutated from the Danish School of Architecture in Aarhus.

-When I design a watch, I think of it as much more than a time keeper. For me a great watch should be a joy to look at, to touch and to wear. It should bring an emotion that speaks to people and brings out an expression of their personality, he says.

One of the new BaselWorld watches is also Kvadrat, which is a square watch with steel, gold or rose.

– Obaku already has a square watch in its collection, but we could not resist creating an entirely new series to see what can be done with this exciting yet traditional shape, he says.

The Kvadrat is a modern and slim watch, thickness is only 4,9 mm, fitted with a sapphire crystal, and according to Obaku this watch may enter the history books as one of the slimmest sqaure watches ever in its price category. The retail price is 169 euros.

 

Hygge- part of Danish life

Hygge is also part of the Danish life and also part of Obaku. It is about your feelings and emotions to warm and focusing in the smallest details in life. Details counts and this is also part of Obaku´s philosophy. It is also about the candles, fire place, family and friends.

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Smallbone of Devizes – UK heritage with details

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The UK Smallbone of Devizes is a traditional heritage and design company. The essence of Smallbone is the skill of the craftsman by using traditional techniques and the high quality service with details.

The company is offering the finest materials like sustainable European oak, rosewood, mahogany, American walnut and maple. The provenance of all Smallbone’s timber is traceable and certified by the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council).

The aim of the company is not only to fullfill the design and good functionality needs & logistics in the Kitchen, but also to provide the beauty, harmony and tranquility for its users. The company is operating globally and it has showrooms for example in the UK, US, Russia and Dubai.

Smallbone´s brand logo is inspired by the White Horses of Wiltshire, England. The company was born in the mellow, seductive hills of Wiltshire, in southern England.

 

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