OPULUXELtd.com LIFESTYLE===}}{{=== DESIGN

___oOo___EVENT Planning___oOo___LUXURY eStore___oOo___TRAVEL Agency___oOo___

Archive for Sweden

Top 7 Luxury Flash Websites via [FlashMintBlog]

Flash Websites In The Luxury World

It is not a secret that Flash has invaded all possible aspects of our life enhancing any issue it touches upon. Whether you pursue personal or commercial goals are concerned about business or education – Flash is a solution that will always satisfy your requirements beyond doubt offering constantly improved technologies and techniques. It is considered to be prestigious for a company to own a high grade interactive website for representing the products and services in the most efficient way within live and dynamic web pages developed in compliance with contemporary web design trends. To make it obvious and let you estimate the importance and prestige of Flash web pages we want to offer you a compilation of luxury  Jewelry websites owned by the worldwide known jewel brands.

Rolex

flash websites

Rolex is a Sweden world famous name in luxury watches distinguished by unchallenged prestige and quality. Loading the web pages of its official website you won’t be surprised – the unmatched style and elegance are present even here. Pompous design, smooth navigation and incredible beauty of exclusive watches amaze and make an astounding impression.

Favero

luxury flash sites

This is a website of an Italian jewelry brand Favero which strikes by clean and beautiful design with prevalent white color. It possesses easy and friendly browsing which allows you to have a detailed look at every gem as if it is in your hands.

Van Cleef & Arpels

jewelry flash site

The flying butterflies which you can see while loading Van Cleef & Arpels website evoke a pleasant atmosphere of something beautiful to follow. And its true – every page you turn is filled with bewitching elegance of fabulous French jewels.

Graff Diamonds

jewels flash design

Graff Diamonds is an English jewelry brand which website possesses simple but very usable Flash design allowing you to browse its pages with simple clicks.

Piaget

jewelry website

Loading the Piaget interactive web pages you appear in the luxury world of flashing splendor. Its black background highlights the delicate style and makes any item look more vivid and magnificent.

Chopard

best flash websites

Sweden famous manufacturer of high-jewelry and watches, Chopard, welcomes you to enter its unmatched web pages to make sure Chopard stays second to none in every way. The irreproachable design and stunning visual presentation will astound you from the first click.

Damiani

Top 7 Luxury Flash Websites

A website of Italian jewelry brand Damiani stands out against a background of others by rich interactive design which amazes by professionalism and premium quality just like every gem created by Damiani.

We hope you made sure once again that Flash is not only a modern and popular technology but also a luxurious solution which can satisfy your any web design needs. If you have some thoughts to share we will be glad to hear your opinion!


Share
icon blurbs



OPULUXELtd.com                      LIFESTYLE===}}{{=== DESIGN

↑ Grab this Headline Animator

The List of the Top 10 Most Unusual Hotels Worldwide. via [Quality Junkyard]

Share

|

icon blurbs

Like this at Facebook Be the first in your friends to like it

OPULUXE Lounge GroovesPlayList

 

Top 10 Craziest Hotels in the World

1. Capsule Hotel, Netherlands: a hotel made out of a survival pod

Top 10 Craziest Hotels in the World

Your own survival pod! Escape pod hotel in a city centre dock location. Moored in The Hague, your room is a bright orange survival pod which once saw service on an oil rig platform. Originally built in 1972 they are 4.25 metres in diameter and unaltered apart from the addition of a lock on the outside and an ‘emergency’ chemical toilet inside. While not everyone’s luxury choice, each pod provides cosy protection from the elements for up to three occupants.

First created for accommodation as an art project in 2004, owner Denis Oudendijk has 8 different models ready for use and is currently working on additional locations in central Amsterdam and Nantes, France.

2. Everland, Paris: a hotel which parks in unusual places with amazing views

Top 10 Craziest Hotels in the World

Everland is a hotel with only one room including a bathroom, a king-size bed and a lounge. What makes it so different is that – because it is also an art installation – this hotel travels! The Everland has been ‘parked’ in the most unsual places, like the roof-deck of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Leipzig, Germany, or the roof of Palais de Tokyo (with a spectacular view on the Eiffel Tower) in Paris.

Considering how unique a night in this hotel is, the price is not so : you can get the only room and the unique view for 333 Euros during the week, 444 Euros during the weekends.

3. Hôtel de Glace, Canada – an ice hotel opened only during winter

Top 10 Craziest Hotels in the World

Made entirely of ice and snow, this unique one-story structure has been rebuilt each year since 2000. The 9th season of the Ice Hotel lasted from January 4th through March 29th 2009. The Ice Hotel has become an unparalleled and world-famous winter experience. It takes 5 weeks, 500 tons of ice, and 15,000 tons of snow to craft the Ice Hotel with its ceilings as high as 18 feet, walls covered with original artwork and furniture carved from ice blocks.

4. Waterworld Hotel, China – an amazing aquatic themed hotel

Top 10 Craziest Hotels in the World

Atkin’s Architecture Group won first prize for an international design competition with this stunning entry. Set in a spectacular water filled quarry in Songjiang, China, the 400 bed resort hotel is uniquely constructed within the natural elements of the quarry. Underwater public areas and guest rooms add to the uniqueness, but the resort also boasts cafes, restaurants and sporting facilities.

5. Sala Silvergruva, Sweden: a single room hotel inside a silver mine

Top 10 Craziest Hotels in the World

Picture this… A single suite, 155m underground in historic Sala Silvermine, one of the world’s best preserved mine settings. (During its heyday, production amounted to more than 3 tons of silver a year and a total of more than 400 tons of silver and about 40,000 tons of lead were extracted – completely by hand!) If you wake up in the middle of the night and have to use the bathroom, make sure you turn right or else you’ll end up exploring dark winding galleries, vast caverns and magic lakes.

6. Das Park Hotel, Austria: a hotel where rooms are made of concrete pipes

Top 10 Craziest Hotels in the World

A hotel with rooms made of giant concrete sewage pipes might sound a little odd, but this artistic creation can be recreated to provide cheap lodging anywhere. These 9,5 tonne concrete sections are a standard item in near all concrete factories and the oden floors, a really comfortable double bed, minibar and room service through to 1am. For night owls, the reception is open 24hrs. With the amazing view below there is little else needed, except if you’re staying in bed past 10am, when pajamas would be a wise thing to wear, as although you can look out – tourists can look in

7. The De Vrouwe van Stavoren Hotel, Netherlands: a hotel made from recycled wine barrels

Top 10 Craziest Hotels in the World

The De Vrouwe van Stavoren Hotel in the Netherlands salvaged four wine casks from Switzerland and converted them into rooms. Formerly filled with 14,500 liters of Beaujolais wine from the French chateau, each now holds a modest two-person room with standard amenities and even an attached bathroom and a sitting room.

The one thing that might bother you, if you’re not a wine enthusiast, is the smell of wine that the barrels still maintain. All in all the Barrel Hotel, in Stavoren, northern Netherlands, makes for a very pleasurable experience. General rates for a cask room are from 74-119 Euros a night with discounts of up to 75% off depending on season. If you go in the wintertime, a wine cask room can be as low as 18 Euros a night, cheaper than most hostels.

8. Giraffe Manor, Kenya: a hotel where you dine with a friendly giraffe

Top 10 Craziest Hotels in the World

This small and exclusive hotel — surrounded by 140 acres of indigenous forest just outside Nairobi — is famous for its resident herd of giraffe. It’s the only place in the world where you can enjoy the experience of feeding and photographing the giraffe over the breakfast table, at the front door or while you dine, and the giraffes poke their heads through the window.

As well as the giraffe, the property is also home to many species of birds, large families of warthogs and the elusive Bush Buck.

9. Hotel Im Wasserturm, Germany: a hotel inside a water tower

Top 10 Craziest Hotels in the World

Rising high above Cologne, this international luxury hotel was once the largest water tower in 19th century Europe. In 1990, French designer Andrée Putman transformed it into an elegant 78-room hotel.

Classified as a heritage site, the timeless modern design still manages to preserve the water-tower architecture and a sense of refuge and protection.

10. Jumbo Hostel (Stockholm): World’s First Aircraft Inn

Top 10 Craziest Hotels in the World

Stockholm is the house of this wacky hotel, the first aircraft inn. An abandoned Boeing 747 jumbo jet has been saved from being trashed metal to become a 25-room hotel sited in Stockholm-Arlanda airport. Each room is bare 65 square ft big and furnished with bunk beds, overhead luggage storage and flat-screen TVs. There is a reception area and a cafe with toilets and showers at the rear of the aircraft, which means that you will have to share! The upper deck is a conference room and the best of all, the cockpit, is where the wedding suite is housed. Not a very comfy hotel I would think, but staying there just to get a feel of it might be cool.

A Homage to Absolut Vodka’s NOTORIOUSLY Provocative Ad Campaigns

Share|

icon blurbs

Like this at Facebook Be the first in your friends to like it

OPULUXE Lounge GroovesPlayList

Absolut Vodka´s advertising campaign is the world´s longest ever uninterrupted one. To this date, it comprises over 1,450 original ads, with more added each month. This gallery offers just a fragment of the total and although it will never be complete it will, I hope, give you an idea of the variety and scope of imagination of the staff of the TBWA advertising agency over the past 25 odd years.

mark_will_you1.jpg dictionary.jpg

iaaw_digital_camera.jpg iaaw_wait_for_dvd.jpg


photos via [Absolutads.com and StrangeMaps]

https://opuluxeltd.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/brooklynvodka.jpg?w=231


Share
icon blurbs



OPULUXELtd.com                      LIFESTYLE===}}{{=== DESIGN

↑ Grab this Headline Animator

6 Beautiful Tree House Restaurants via [Green Picks]

Share|

icon blurbs

Like this at Facebook Be the first in your friends to like it

OPULUXE Lounge GroovesPlayList

 

Eating in a tree: Six wild, tree house restaurants

By Trystan L. Bass

Yellow Treehouse
Restaurant
, New Zealand

Yellow Treehouse
(Photo: Lucy
Gauntlett)

In secluded woodland outside this country’s biggest city of Auckland
hangs a birdhouse-like venue designed by Peter Eising of Pacific Environments
Architects
. The Yellow Treehouse is situated over 32 feet up in a
tree on private land. It seats 18 diners and can be rented for private
events and parties — imagine a wedding reception up in a tree!

Yellow Treehouse
(Photo: Lucy
Gauntlett)

Yellow Treehouse
(Photo: Lucy
Gauntlett)

Yellow Treehouse
(Photo: Lucy
Gauntlett)

Tree House Restaurant, Bar, and
Café
, Costa Rica

Costa Rica Tree House
(Photo:
Polo Alberto)

Nestled high in the cloud forest of Monteverde, this large restaurant
offers fine dining, live music, gourmet coffee, and even free wi-fi to
customers. All within the tangled branches of a giant Higuerón tree.
Take a look at the live webcam
to see what the weather’s like today.

Costa Rica Tree House
(Photo:
Polo Alberto)

Alnwick
Garden Treehouse Restaurant
, United Kingdom

Alnwick Treehouse
(Photo:
Patrick Fulton)

This historical Newcastle garden features a rambling
wooden structure
with a “tree house” restaurant known for fine
local and organic food. While it’s not that high up in the air, the
setting features a roaring fire screened with fallen branches, and
tables are lit by candles. The restaurant and bar are filled with
handcrafted furniture. Altogether, it’s a delightful environment.

Bushbuck
Ridge Treehouse Restaurant
, South Africa

Bushbuck Treehouse
(Photo:
Bushbuck Ridge Game Farm)

Take a walk on the wild side with safari-style meals at this tree
house in Port Elizabeth. Built around two giant yellowwood trees, the
restaurant has spectacular views of the Colleen Glen valley, and it
seats 90 guests for private dining, weddings, and special Sunday
luncheons. Specialties of the house include venison and Kudu, an African
antelope.

Tree House Italian Grill,
United States

Italian Treehouse
(Photo: Tree
House Italian Grill)

For over 700 years, a gracious live oak has stood in what is now
Austin, Texas. Since the 1950s, a restaurant has been built around the
tree, and in 1998, the current old-world patio style restaurant was
created to honor the huge tree. It’s not technically a restaurant in a
tree, but the tree is certainly an important part of the restaurant.

Tree
House Tea
, China

China Treehouse
(Photo:
People’s Daily Online)

Newspapers report that Mengyin County in east China’s mountainous
Shandong Province are trying to attract visitors by opening tree house
restaurants. Perched in a small tree, this 2006 prototype is big enough
for just a few people to enjoy tea and snacks. Hard to tell if the idea
caught on…


Share
icon blurbs



OPULUXELtd.com                      LIFESTYLE===}}{{=== DESIGN

↑ Grab this Headline Animator

The World’s Coolest Kiddie Playgrounds via [Mental_Floss]

Share

icon blurbs

Like this at Facebook Be the first in your friends to like it
OPULUXE Lounge GroovesPlayList

10 Unusual Playgrounds From Around the World by David K. Israel

Playgrounds have come a long way since the days of hot, steel slides and open-backed infant swings. Take a look at some of the many unusually cool designs popping up around the world.

1. Nishi-Rokugo – Tokyo, Japan

strange_place_03

In Japanese, Nishi-Rokugo means Tire Park. The Kawasaki plants are located not far away, so it’s possible they donated the 3,000 tires that make up the dinosaurs, monsters, bridges, slides, swings, and all the loose ones there for kids to stack and hop on. But this sand-bottom park is hardly just for kids. Parents can haul tires up specially designed tire steps and tube down wide concrete slides. I can imagine it’s the type of place you can spend hours at before you, er, tire, of it.
strange_place_01

2. The Fruit and Scent Playground –Liljeholmen, Sweden

A banana slide, strawberry spinners, a pair of cherry swings, an orange see-saw and a watermelon jungle gym are all part of this unusual, small park in the south of Stockholm. It’s a great theme because it also teaches kids the importance of fruit over junk food. Reports coming out of the country indicate that the outdoors-loving Swede is on the way out. According to a study by Karolinska university hospital, obesity among seven year olds in Stockholm has increased from 8.5% to 21% over the last fifteen years. What could be better than exercising in fruit as an antidote?

df-pears-440
df-watermelondf-banana-slide

3. Clemyjontri Park – Fairfax County, Virginia

playground1

Not just the name is unusual at Clemyjontri Park in Fairfax County, Virginia. This place is one of the few playgrounds in the world where children with disabilities can play side-by-side those without. The entire park is equipped with ramps for wheelchairs and the ground surfaces are specially designed with a non-slip material. The park is named for Adele Lebowitz’s (a major donor) four children: Carolyn (CL), Emily (EMY), John (Jon), and Petrina (Tri). Mrs. Lebowitz and her husband were also sponsors of a local children’s television show, The Pick Temple Show, in the 1950s. The star of that show, a clown named Bozo, was played by Willard Scott. Bozo, as you might know, would later morph into Ronald McDonald.

4. Pruessen Park – Berlin, Germany

GERMANY-ELDERLY-PLAYGROUND

This next playground is not for kids at all. In fact, anyone under 16 is not allowed inside Berlin’s Pruessen Park, nicknamed the “Playground for Grown-Ups.” The equipment is specifically designed for people over five feet tall and caters to Germany’s fastest growing age demographic: seniors. The idea, obviously, is to encourage them to get out and exercise more.
GERMANY-ELDERLY-PLAYGROUND

5. Zabeel Technology Park – Dubai

Picture 3

Perhaps the first playground in the world with a technology theme, Dubai’s Zabeel Technology Park has two zones featuring futuristic technology and alternative energy exhibits, a series of high tech interactive displays, and a maze modeled on the solar system.

AE-Dubai-ZabeelPark1

6. Takino Hillside Park – Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido, Japan

The Children’s Playground in the Takino Hillside Park in Japan borrows ideas and images from nature. Varied lighting and sound conditions create a unique sensory experience for kids, unlike anything else on this list. Check out the cool net play tool in the rainbow nest dome. You can see how a lot of the park is built into, and under the hill.
1

4

7. St. Kilda Adventure Playground – Adelaide, Australia

1104-adventure

St Kilda Adventure Playground is one of Australia’s best known parks and covers 4 hectares along the beautiful South Australian seafront. The park was opened in 1982 and recent upgrades include a wooden castle, a small maze, and a submarine, nicknamed “The Yellow Submarine.” But the park’s biggest attraction is the beached pirate shipwreck, which is especially popular with dolphins and other sea wildlife.

8. Teardrop Park – New York City, NY

park.184.1.650

Located between residential buildings in Battery Park City, Teardrop Park is unlike anything else in NYC. Built for a whopping $17 million, the park features prominent rock outcroppings, geologic formations, a secret path, a bluestone ice wall, a humongous, almost dangerous looking slide, sandboxes, water play areas, a reading space with rock seats, and places to rock hop. Best of all, because it’s not so easy to find, Teardrop Park is a real insiders secret. (Shhhhh.)
teardrop_park_slide

9. Yerba Gardens – San Francisco, California

sanfran

It may sound like an unsafe setting, but the rooftop at Yerba Gardens in San Francisco is home to one of the most elaborate playgrounds ever constructed. Aside from the ice-skating rink, bowling center and the 130,000 square feet of open space to play in, the playground includes a beautiful 103-year-old hand carved carousel. The Zeum carousel was constructed in 1906 but could not be installed in San Francisco as originally planned because of earthquake issues. It was eventually housed at Luna Park in Seattle, where it was the only piece of equipment to survive a horrific 1911 fire. The city of San Francisco bought the carousel from a collector in 1998 and restored it to its original condition. It now serves at the centerpiece in Yerba Gardens
sanfran1

10. Playground – Boadilla del Monte, Spain

boadilla_4

Spanish architects Eduardo Navadijos and Csaba Tarsoly designed this stunning modern playground with the intention of giving children inspiration to pursue their dreams in an airy and cool environment. I’ve never been to Madrid, a mere 30 minutes drive from Boadilla del Monte, but when I do finally get there, this playground is my first stop.
boadilla_3



OPULUXELtd.com                      LIFESTYLE===}}{{=== DESIGN

↑ Grab this Headline Animator

boadilla_2

Break out the NEW Bubbly: Camitz Sparkling Vodka via [Wine&Spirits Daily] 

Share|
icon blurbs

OPULUXE Lounge GroovesPlayList

Camitz Sparkling Vodka


I’ve tried the O2 sparkling vodka but I’m intrigued by the new Camitz vodka because it’s topped with a champagne stopper (the O2 has a screwcap and was only mildy fizzy). The Camitz Vodka comes from Sweden and is made from water from the underground springs of Töllsjo and grains from the fields of Västergötland near the distillery. The vodka is distilled five times before carbonation.I haven’t tried it yet but The Strong Buzz reports that it delivers a satisfying pop when opened and has a nice fizz with a bit of acidity and needs to be chilled before serving. It sells for $45 and will soon be appearing in key markets in New York, Florida, Nevada and California.

[via Wine & Spirits Daily]


Share
icon blurbs



OPULUXELtd.com                      LIFESTYLE===}}{{=== DESIGN

↑ Grab this Headline Animator