Dutch Docklands Builds And Christie’s Sells New Floating Island Residences.

Pursuitist knows Dutch Docklands, as it is the global leader in floating developments worldwide. This new project of eco-friendly, ultra high-end residences will be in the Maldives, and will be called Amillarah, the Maldivian name for private island.

Amillarah Residence in Maldives

Amillarah Residence in Maldives

The Amillarah Private Islands developments is led by renowned architect Koen Olthuis and the expertise of Dutch Docklands, whose technology is inspired by the centuries-old craftsmanship of Dutch on-water residences, making them completely stable and safe from rising sea levels.

“The opportunity to  develop a private island on a body of water is a testament to Dutch Dockland’s skills in this arena,” said Dan Conn, CEO of Christie’s International Real Estate, recently.  “Buyers are able to customize the size, shape and style of their residence, within the broadest range of locations, beginning with this first opportunity in the Maldives.”

Amillarah Residence from Above

Amillarah Residence from Above

Adding to the significance of the Amillarah project is the involvement of famed oceanographer Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society.  Dutch Docklands and Christie’s International Real Estate have worked with Ocean Futures Society to make the homes free from environmental impact, as well as to create new underwater habitats for sea life.

Aerial rendering of Amillarah Residence, Maldives

Aerial rendering of Amillarah Residence, Maldives

In Paris: A Fashionable Face In An Ancient Abbey

The Penthemont Cistercian Abbey at 37 Rue de Bellechasse is a set of 18th and 19th century buildings at the corner of Rue de Grenelle and Rue de Bellechasse in the 7th arrondissement in Paris. The abbey was a Cistercian convent founded near Beauvais in 1217 and moved to its current site in Paris in 1672 at the behest of Louis XIV.  In the late 18th century the abbey was one of the most prestigious educational institutions and also provided rooms for ladies of good standing who were in search of rest and sanctuary. In August 2014 the Ministry of Defense, facing budget cuts due to austerity policies, sold the buildings to a real estate investment trust.

Cistercian Abbey, Future Home of Yves Saint Laurent

Cistercian Abbey, Future Home of Yves Saint Laurent

Last week, it was announced that the Yves Saint Laurent showrooms and head office will occupy this space, as it evokes the historic yet contemporary Left Bank spirit of the high end fashion brand, and of the deceased Monsieur Laurent himself. The showrooms and offices will occupy these buildings by 2018.

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The First Four Seasons Branded Jet –  An Update Of Success

Four Seasons Jet

Four Seasons Jet

The Four Seasons Jet, a custom-designed Boeing 757, is the hospitality industry’s first fully branded private jet recently started its 24 day maiden trip from Los Angeles, on to Hawaii, Bora Bora, Sydney, Bali, Chiang Mai, Mumbai before taking off for Istanbul and finally London. The Four Seasons Around-The-World itineraries have been operating since 2012. But until now, the company conducted these journeys by private jets. This is the first one by the Four Seasons Branded Jet

The hotel company offers these journeys three to four times a year and has three journeys planned for this year and the next as well, and costs $120,000.

Four Seasons Jet Interior: Beige Leather

Four Seasons Jet Interior: Beige Leather

Four Seasons Jet’s Mumbai stopover comes ahead of the launch of the upcoming Four Seasons Branded Private Residences in Mumbai that will also target non-resident Indians as buyers. Beginning in Los Angeles and concluding with a celebratory dinner in London, one of the Highlights is a private-jet stop at the Taj Mahal. Each journey includes air travel and ground transportation, planned excursions, all meals throughout the trip and accommodations exclusively at Four Seasons.

Sotheby’s NY To Auction 50-Year, Single Owner Cellar

One of America’s greatest Burgundy collections is to be offered at auction next month in the highest-value single owner sale staged by Sotheby’s New York in almost a decade.  The sale includes 120 lots from Wall Street financier and philanthropist Don Stott who spent 50 years putting the collection together, starting with his first visit to France in the early 1960s.

 Wine From the Stott Collection

The Don Stott Cellar: 50 Years of Collecting, will be staged on 8-9 May in New York, and includes an array of mature Burgundies spanning more than 50 years, with the top lot a case of Bonnes Mares Domaine Georges Roumier 1971, estimated to fetch $32,500-$42,500 USD

The auction house has dubbed it ‘the greatest Burgundy collection ever offered by Sotheby’s New York’, with the sale estimated to fetch a total of up to $6.2M USD.

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Further highlights include 120 lots from Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, 96 lots from Domaine Armand Rousseau, 128 lots from Domaine Georges Roumier and a range of top German wines.

DRC wines span the years 1929-1991, including Richebourg, Grands Echezeaux, Romanee-St-Vivant, La Tache and Romanee-Conti.

Awesome Cool: Suntory CNC Milled Ice Cube Sculptures

 Suntory Dangerous Shark IceCube

The new campaign, entitled 3D on the Rocks, uses a CNC (computer numerical control) milling machine to carve and whittle ice cubes into the sculptures seen below. To prevent the cubes from melting, the CNC router was kept chilled to a temperature of -7 degrees Celsius –about 19 Fahrenheit, and each cube took between 1-6 hours to complete

Suntory Guitar Ice Cube

Suntory Guitar Ice Cube

Japanese Temple Ice Cube

Japanese Temple Ice Cube

The objects range from a shark to kinkaku-ji, a Japanese temple, each sculpted from a single block of ice and carved into based on a three-dimensional cube. Cool, cool!