QUAMTA F/W 2011

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QUAMTA's going to offer some pieces this fall that will suit a select number of leather lovers. Their looks aren't for everybody, but the nifty pouches and zipped holders could help you stay more organized. Billfolds, wallets, and coin pouches are all represented in the QUAMTA collection. Exotic leathers are exactly what you'd expect from a South Africa-based label, and they don't disappoint:...

6 Accessories Hipsters Have Temporarily Co-opted, And Therefore Gutted

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The hipsterdom fashion universe is a pastiche of things defined more or less by the level of irony they can convey. This means - like a ravenous, all-consuming blob - the hipster wolf-pack adopts certain items and inadvertently redefines them until they've lost most of their original meaning. Here's a short list of things outlining exactly what we mean.

Kichizo by Porter Classic Card Holder, Keychain Set

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What caught my eye was the keychain from Kichizo pictured here, which features two dangling coins and a fat clip. The card holder from thick leather is nice, too. Impeccably fashioned, the card holders feature white topstitching and a simple golden zip and leather pull tab. These card holders are embossed with the "Kichizo" label and are available at Porter Classic along with the keychains. [via...

Antwerp Twins: The New Diamond Cut

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Diamond shoppers who are tiring of the traditional brilliant cut, but still want something round, may consider a new cut called Antwerp Twins. Named for the twin babies 3D Diamonds chief executive Eva Van Looverren birthed one day after this cut's conception, Antwerp Twins was just standardized by the HRD. The "twins" terminology comes from dome-shaped faceting on both on the crown and the...

Andy Warhol's Million Dollar Art Collection Stolen

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The Los Angeles Police have reported that a multi-million dollar collection of Andy Warhol art work has been stolen from the house of businessman Richard Weisman. Dubbed "The Athletes" collection, these missing works include 10 brightly colored silk screen paintings depicting famous athletes like Muhammad Ali and OJ Simpson, among others, and a portrait of Weisman himself. The collector -- who...

The Markham Console Bar or When Rustic Goes Badass

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The Markham Console Bar is living proof that sometimes it's much more appealing to forget the modern and get back to our "rustic" roots. Inspired by an antique workbench, this raw, natural looking bar comes with a wheat stain finish and is made from a pine veneer-- with saw marks, grooves and peg hole details. But more than just looks, the bar is also highly functional. There's a recessed...

iPhone Case by Jasper Wong for RebelScholar

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There's no shortage of iPhone cases in the market these days (which we normally cover over on GadgetCrave) but none can compare with what artist Jasper Wong has come up with. Designed for RebelScholar, Jasper's iPhone cases distinguish themselves from the crowd with vivid designs and linear interpretations and cartoon caricatures. Available in El Lucha Gold, Unicorn Pirate Silver, Toasty...

Week in Design: Best of DesignCrave for Monday, July 13

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Craving more eye-catching style than is available in this world? Stop by DesignCrave for all the latest in edgy, innovative architecture and design. Check out 10 futuristic architectural marvels that will fill you with envy. Not on the list, but equally futuristic and conceptual, the Grid House is raised on stilts and features a bridge over water mirror connecting separate living spaces. Also,...

Epic London Townhome Embodies Exclusive, Expensive England

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Built just blocks from the Thames in the swanky Knightsbridge district of London, this townhouse on Cheval Place combines traditional, opulent British architecture and furnishings with contemporary luxuries like a Zen-minimal catering kitchen, media room and a commercial car lift and turntable system, which whisks autos to a private underground garage. The 13,000 square-foot townhome has...

Sparing New Materials, Brooklyn Alley Bowls Strike With Adult Play-pin

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A bowling shrine unlikely to attract the staggering, distended bellies and Bud Light Lime-infused sweaty sheen sopped off hobby leaguers at the alleys that populate most of this country, New York’s newly renovated Brooklyn Bowl is also part restaurant, bar and venue and looks like a ball. Inhabiting the 23,000 square-foot former warehouse home of Hecla Iron Works, the alley was...

Big Green Egg: For Serious Charcoal Grilling

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Big Green Egg Grill - If you're strictly a burgers and dogs kind of griller, move along. Everyone else, meet the Big Green Egg. It's eponymous shape makes it ideal for grilling foul, as the 18-inch model supports up to a 20-pound turkey. For smaller stuff, there's a tactical advantage: The ceramic shell allows the Big Green Egg to reach temperatures of 600 degrees, but it can...

Award-winning, Spacious $2.8 Million Manhattan Triplex

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With its 11-foot ceilings, trio of balconies and west Manhattan address, the penthouse triplex at 105 W. 89th Street is a spacious, functional oasis at the cluttered city center. Architects at Marble Fairbanks combined two townhouses for the $2.8 million condo, which was built for the founder of a large health-care company. The owner tasked the architects to create a home that could also serve...

$35 Million Hamptons Retreat Built By Architectural Icon

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With more than three acres of prime, oceanfront real estate, this 5,000 square-foot Hamptons home was built by architectural icon Philip Johnson and was built in 1946 amid the dunes of Sagaponack. The eight-bed/seven-bath home was built atop wooden piers and has a glass-enclosed living room with expansive ocean views. The $35 million home has 363 feet of covetable Hamptons shoreline, accessed...

$38 Million Tennessee Titan Has 135 Acres, Its Own Lake

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Flanked by Tennessee’s Harpeth River and a 135-acre equestrian estate, the Franklin home at 1301 Moran is a charming and massive empire for the most epic southern spenders. The $38 Million home has six bedrooms and eight bathrooms spread throughout 18,600 square feet. Built in 1997, the waterfront home sits aside a stocked 10-acre lake and has a boat house so scenic, it could be mistaken for a...

Once Sammy Hagar's, Malibu Beach Digs A $10.9 Million Ticket

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A rustic getaway with a staircase that descends onto the Pacific sand, this California beach house has uninterrupted ocean views and a historic quirkiness reminiscent of older Malibu. Once owned by Sammy Hagar, the “Red Rocker” of Van Halen and overrated (and overpriced) tequila fame, the six-bedroom, 5,000 square-foot home is surrounded by trees and Nantucket-style gardens. The $10.9...

'Apes' Estate: Estella Warren's $1.95 Million Home For Sale

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Model-turned-“Planet of the Apes” remake actress Estella Warren recently put her Beverly Hills home on the market for a price so reasonable, celebrity real estate blogs have started questioning her urgency. Built in 1959, the “Regency style,” single-story home is small by Hollywood standards — only 2,250 square-feet — and at $1.95 million, doesn’t come with many of the glitzy...

Frank Lloyd Wright's Ennis House, Seen in Blade Runner, On Sale Now

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Frank Lloyd Wright Ennis House for Sale - Fixer upper types looking for a potentially huge payoff should consider Frank Lloyd Wright's Ennis House, which still looks great from the outside considering its dilapidated condition. Wright used pre-cast concrete blocks to build the home in Los Feliz, Calif., giving it the feel of a Mayan temple. The Ennis House took earthquake...

Week In Design: Best of DesignCrave for Monday, June 22nd

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DesignCrave takes a  closer look at the history of Iran's captivating Azadi Tower and its significance in the recent political protests. They also supplement last week's mini-Chicago with paper models of New York City's iconic buildings and structures.  Take a ride aboard the most geometrical bike that you've ever seen before lying down in a unique house set amidst the trees. You'll...

George Lucas Building Hearst Castle Look Alike in Marin, CA

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George Lucas Hearst Castle Clone - All the ideas for George Lucas's production ranches originate from the legendary filmmaker, but his latest seems to borrow more than a little from another mogul's palace. Critics are saying the proposed Grady Ranch in Marin County is a copy of Casa Grande, the main building in William Randolph Hearst's San Simeon castle (pictured). Lucas's...

Week in Design: Best of DesignCrave for Monday, June 15th

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While the definition of true art varies from person to person, there's no debating the intricate beauty of the most infamous art thefts of all time. Check out DesignCrave for 10 high-profile art thefts that will leave you both shocked and impressed. Additionally, find some stunning architecture from a shipping container home to the new Brooklyn home of the New Jersey Nets. Don't miss a...