Ask: Waris Ahluwalia- man-about-town/the designer of house of waris

above: waris ahluwalia in red suit (and lou doillon in looong legs)
my favorite _____ is:
-book: the holy blood and the holy grail
-album: every leonard cohen album
-city: rome
-place: anywhere tropical
-film: badlands – terrence malick
-smell: jasmine
-artist: rene ricard
-hotel: the connaught in mayfair, london / the imperial in janpath, new delhi
-hobby: yachting
-indulgence: self pity
-moment in history: woodstock. wish i was there. what a pity
-prized possession: my time.
-drink: water
-way to go: i shall live forever

help! I’ve cut myself: the apple of pharmaceuticals

“help remedies” which is offered on virgin america, and local NYC rickeys, amongst other places, is the apple computers of all pharmaceuticals. the packaging containing a variety of remedies such as headache medicine, sleep issues, etc seems bio-degradable enough. it is made of molded paper pulp and a bio plastic made primarily of corn. unfortunately it still uses the same old blister packs inside (non bio-degradable). it gets a A for design and B for total earth friendlyness. bringing its GPA to a B+ … well its still better than the D- of Beyers and the rest. support them if you can find em. by dd

The OPPO BDP-83 blue ray player

‘the seventh seal’ by ingmar bergman just one of the many new releases on the criterion collection blu-ray series

if you are looking to get a blu-ray player, or simply need to replace an old CD player to rediscover your discs and chuck that ipod, be sure to consider this. its no beauty, but for the value it’s a real steel.


the oppo BDP-83’s ordinary and unassuming front plate 

the unit came highly recommended by a trusted friend and I am considering it to finally put to use my 1080 flat screen with a few criterion collection blu-rays. the oppo BDP-83’s $499 price tag is deceiving because it is a direct to consumer price, there is no retail distribution chain with oppo, so most of your dollars are going to the product and the people who designed it, not to distributors and retailer margins. the oppo is designed by the brainiac engineers in silicon valley and built in the people’s republic of china. if a player of this standard was built in UK or USA and the pricing had to account for distribution and dealer margins, it would have to sell for $1,500 or more. 

outputs include: digi-audio: coaxial, optical, HDMI, composite and component, also note that the power supply is detachable and up-gradable (UK vs US or Europe) 

the oppo BDP-83 rivals the PS3 in speed, and uses the same VRS™ by Anchor Bay (DVDO) de-interlacing and scaling technology that offers outstanding up-conversion of standard DVDs. the oppo also plays Super Audio CD (SACD), CDs, DVD, Bluray disc, DVD-Audio, MP3 and supports both stereo and multi-channel high resolution audio programs. you can select whether to output the DSD (direct stream digital) signal in its native format or convert it into PCM. the unit allows output resolutions, including 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, and up to 1080p 50 or 60Hz. the BDP-83 also supports NTSC and PAL systems for both disc playback and video output. by uh

1980 blue lagoon: Brooke Shields

so beautiful. and those eyebrows, to die for… i must have been 2 when I first saw ‘the blue lagoon’ and I can’t recall what was more emotional… how much i hated the curly, happy go lucky Mr. beige, or how much of a crush I had on brooke shields, but in either case it was a great love story in my head. I eventually met brooke at a cafe in soho over breakfast, many many years later. it was nothing like what i thought, but that’s life. and now look, my child hood crush is selling medical treatment that promotes eye lash growth for women with “incompetent lashes”. why my love? by uh

Brooke shields does calvin klein

calvin was always a genius, as lame as it may seem this was far above other brands at the time. not to mention that, i do believe, they were the first to make the connection between jeans and ‘genes’ wooow! by dd

Porteur bike by Ateliers d’Embellie

ateliers d’embellie’s portuer bicycle has been released, bringing to us a truly unique masterpiece. the bike’s entirely handmade with vintage NOS parts and high quality leather and mixes leather craft, street fashion and luxury. the color scheme is a classic vintage grey, highlighted with brown leather, chrome and copper touches. i particularly love the flask clip under the seat. by kl

SAV – birch sap sparkeling wine

aparently swedes started making sparkling wine from birch sap in 1785. it wasn’t until recently, whilst indexing a unique archive containing 300 years worth of reports, essays and articles, that environmental engineer peter mosten stumbled across this ancient recipe. curiosity got the better of him, and after a decade of experimentation Morsten finally achieved his labour of love, Sav™ sparkling elixir. Sav™’s content of natural sugars, calcium, phosphor, magnesium, manganese, zinc and iron mean that drinking, in theory, could be a relatively healthy experience.

Sav™ should be served well chilled.
when the inland ice drew back from jämtland 9,000 years ago, the birch was the first tree to reach for the skies again. when humans came to the region, the birch was the first tree they noticed. the white, innocent colour of its bark (though streaked with black, a bit like life itself), led to the birch being dedicated to the goddess frigga (or venus to those who came from more southern parts), and thus symbolised purity and femininity. children’s cradles were made of birch in order to mark a new beginning. the trees were tapped of sap, which was drunk to greet the spring.

i’m very curious, and although Sav is not available in the US, it can be ordered here. by kl

Pablo Picasso – Light Graffiti

i’ve never been the biggest fan of picasso as for his famous works, but the man was experimental and prolific which is the most inspiring thing a person can be. even in our super-productive today, more doesn’t necessarily mean more to admire. by kl