This tapered, tubular water bottle from Ban.do is made of glass enveloped in a silicone sleeve which helps to insulate its contents. With extra padding on the base to protect it from accidental breaks, the bottle is designed to fit most standard cup holders and is topped off by a whimsical ball-shaped plastic stopper. The Cool It glass water bottle comes in translucent pink or hot red and is bpa, lead, and phthalate-free.

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After several years of contemplation and rumination, Bermudian photographer Amanda Temple has brought her long-held dream to life with the publication of her book Tapestry of Tales. With the common thread throughout being love - whether of home, family, hobbies or memories - Temple travelled the length and breadth of Bermuda photographing a wide cross-section of Bermudian society including fishermen, artists, teachers, housewives, and politicians at home. Her portraits were taken using natural light which Temple felt helped to reveal the essence of each subject and she included a selection of curated portraits with each story to weave a more interesting and complete tapestry.

Initially conceived as an exhibition, once the project got underway Temple realised that a book would be a better way to pair her imagery with each subject's tale as well as to provide a permanent record of her work and the stories. An exhibition of selected prints from Tapestry of Tales opens today at the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art and runs until May 17. The book is available for preorder here.

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Mimicking the natural plumage of birds in nature is this collection of decorative wooden figures by Moisés Hernández Design Studio.


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These Converse Chuck '70 High Tops were designed in collaboration with Grotesk. Featuring simple graphic characters in blue on white and white on blue, the shoes can be completely customised from the stripe to the sole to the laces.

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The clever design of the Blooper table lamp by Mette Schelde includes a built in diffuser which casts a soft glow when used. The hidden LED bulb is reflected into a hollow disc which also acts as a switch and a regulator. Rotating the disc can either turn the light off or gradually dim it. The disc is attached with magnets which encourages mixing and the creation of different colour combinations.

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...under these amazing fronds that were unveiled in the garden of the Mediateca di San Teresa at the recently concluded concluded 2017 Milan Design Week. Shown at the Wallpaper* Handmade exhibit and presented by The Invisible Collection, Le Refuge by Marc Ange consists of a slatted wooden base under metal stems and perforated leaves and creates a modern tropical oasis. The contemplative, palm-shaded daybed installation creates a lush fantasy setting but in fact came about as a projection of a childhood memory of the designer: its leaves forming shelter from the sun and an escape from reality, just like the imaginary jungle that grows in the room of a child with a vivid imagination.

Le Refuge is available in three colours: pink, black or gold.

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All we want to wear now the weather is warming up, are shoes that let our toes breathe. Slides are the easiest option by far and we're loving the variety available (no joke - we own at least two of these) from brands like Zara, Rihanna x Puma, Raf Simons x adidas and Gucci.

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As much as we like a modern take on traditional Caribbean architecture, we also love it when traditional elements are incorporated and updated for the way we live now. Belle Mont Farm is a relatively new property on the island of St Kitts that was established to appeal to a new type of traveller: one interested in the best, most authentic experience, is concerned with sustainability and the environment and has a desire to experience a Caribbean vacation that offers more than just a relaxing island escape.

Belle Mont Farm is, as its name would suggest, an organic and sustainable farm where guests can stay and enjoy authentic West Indian food made with locally grown ingredients. The 400-acre farm prides itself on the expansive, edible landscape that surrounds the resort and the fresh, organic produce it offers. There are several restaurants on the property and 90% of the restaurants' provisions are sourced from the estate as well as nearby farms in St. Kitts and Nevis. Meals can be enjoyed al fresco at The Kitchen restaurant which is located high on the slopes of Mount Liamuiga and where a 30 foot long table provides a communal dining experience. Guests are encouraged to dine early to catch the spectacular sunsets from this vantage point. At the water's edge sits Arthur's, the newest addition to the Belle Mont Farm culinary roster. Arthur’s offers an oceanfront dining experience on the black sand beach of Dieppe Bay, a 10 minute drive from the resort. With a location just down the beach from a fishing spot popular with locals, Arthur’s menu reflects the freshest catch of the day, paired with complementary produce from the farm. The Mill Bar is housed within a refurbished sugar mill. Here mixologists create classic or original, exotic cocktails inspired by the fruit and herbs found around the resort.

While food is obviously an important component of any stay at Belle Mont Farm, great care has also been taken with the buildings. Visitors can stay in three types of properties: a guesthouse, a farmhouse or a villa all of which have been designed by the award-winning architect Bill Bensley to be in harmony with the natural landscape and to offer spectacular views of the tropical forest of Mount Liamuiga and the organic farmland that covers the slopes to the sea. The guesthouses consist of one bedroom structures with open verandas and decks that skirt the exterior. Each guesthouse comes with a daybed and private pool that overlooks the tropical forests and the Caribbean Sea. They feature high ceilings, private bathroom verandas fed by a rainwater showers and freestanding bathtubs. The farmhouses are slightly larger and can host up to four couples or eight guests. Each group staying at a farmhouse has its own private accommodation which can be accessed via a short-stroll across a private footbridge or through the trees from the central living pavilion. Each farmhouse is outfitted with a 100-foot long infinity-edge pool and a professional kitchen, ideal for gastronomes and bon viveurs alike. The largest properties, the villas, have been designed for families or groups of friends seeking an authentic Caribbean vacation. The buildings are constructed from local stonework and have shingle rooftops, shuttered windows and carved balustrades, all of which capture the feel of a traditional Caribbean residence. The villas also have high vaulted ceilings, open and airy verandas and private, infinity-edge pools that make them ideal for entertaining.

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The Rodan table by Pinch, a collaboration between husband and wife team Russell Pinch and Oona Bannon, is inspired by the restraint and detailing of the iconic Shaker box. Consistent with Pinch's signature style, the Rodan celebrates simplicity while delivering on the detail. The table consists of a turned, solid wood base upon which sits a top with raised edge that has been  secured using the classic Shaker swallowtail lapper detail. The Rodan comes in white oiled Oak, natural Walnut and black stained Ash.

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This collaboration between French fashion designer JC de Castelbajac Paris and Portugese children's wear brand Wolf + Rita features the primary colours and basic prints that are characteristic of JC de Castelbajac on the simple silhouettes of Wolf + Rita. The capsule collection includes dresses, rompers, tops, trousers and swimwear in sizes from three months to ten years. It is divided into three categories: "Dans la Forêt", a dreamlike world featuring children and animals in colourful camouflage, "Camo Animoux" where birds and animals are depicted in simple black sketches on a white background, and a group of mono-coloured pieces in primary colours on which disembodied arms have been placed.

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The Laguna dinner table was created by Moisés Hernández Design Studio in conjunction with Cesare Bizzotto for the Briccole competition of the Italian company Riva 1920. The table reuses wood from the bricole or masts of Venice and features three angled legs upon which the rough hewn wooden surface rests.

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The flower-like Blom table lamp by Norwegian designer Andreas Engesvik is compact standing at a mere 24cm tall with a diameter of 15cm. With its petal-shaped shade, its name is a contraction of the word blomst, which is Norwegian for flower. Those petals aren't just pretty but are also functional; the intensity of the light can be adjusted depending on personal preference by rotating the petals as they act on the diffuser. The lamp's aluminium base ensures its stability. A compact fluorescent bulb guarantees good lighting with low energy consumption and the polycarbonate petals do not conduct heat easily. The lamp, which won a Reddot Award 2014, is designed to be portable and to blend into many different settings. The Blom lamp is available in red, grey, green, yellow, white and black.

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Dot is the first smartwatch designed for the visually impaired that eschews audio prompts for a tactile touchscreen. It receives smartphone information including texts, notifications and directions by way of Bluetooth which is then translated into mobile braille using four cells of six balls each that are displayed on its round face. The wearer sends replies or takes simple actions using two side buttons. Dot features a sleek, minimal face which is covered by a protective bezel. It has a seven-day battery life and comes with a magnetic charging base. The watch also has open-source software to encourage developers to improve and refine its performance.

The South Korean start-up will begin shipping product this month.

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The design of the Maissi Bench by Helsinki-based designers Salla Luhtasela and Wesley Walters for their studio Kaksikko was inspired by old stair handrails and industrial machinery parts. The curved elements are made by laminating thin strips of oak over moulds and routing them into cylinders. The bench seats two people comfortably and its narrow profile makes it suitable for use in living rooms or entranceways.

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Pottery Barn have been entering into a number of high-end collaborations with designers recently and this has had the effect of keeping their lines fresh and interesting. On February 17 they released the Margherita Missoni for Pottery Barn Kids collection online and in stores. It includes brightly coloured bedding, decor items, gifts and accessories for kids and babies and features unique elements like embroidery, pompons and fringing. The daisy, Missoni's namesake flower, is a repeated motif showing up as a pouf, dolls, quilt and pillow. The pieces are designed to be mixed to create a truly personalised space. The bright and fun collection reflects Missoni's love of colour and pattern-mixing as well as her rich Italian heritage. 

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It's funny to stumble upon a little bit of Bermuda overseas, for example, several properties in the Turks and Caicos Islands strongly resemble traditional Bermudian architecture. In Charleston, South Carolina, a city that has always reminded us of Bermuda (and with good reason: it was founded by settlers from the island) there is a prime example of such a property. Situated on one of Charleston's few remaining cobblestone streets sits the Pink House, a tiny 1,017 square foot single-family home that was built in 1688 by John Breton. It contains one bedroom and two bathrooms laid out over three floors. Said to be one of the oldest stone houses in the city, it was constructed of Bermuda stone which had a natural pink cast hence its name. According to historical reports, Bermuda stone was brought to the city in ships as ballast as well as being imported as a building material. Bermuda stone can also be found in the street's cobblestones.

The Pink House is architecturally one of Charleston's most unique buildings due to the fact that it originally had only one room on each of its three floors. The interior looks very much like many historic homes in Bermuda and its low ceilings and narrow staircase are not typical of Charleston. The first and second floors each have one square room with an oversized fireplace. The third floor is a garret of the same size. Here, the walls slant in following the lines of the gambrel roof, which is one of the few gambrel roofs in the city. The roof of the house is covered in the original terracotta tile, the curved shape of which was said to be formed over the workmen's thighs. Today, the entire upper floor is taken up by the bedroom while the main bathroom is located in the garret.

The house's fireplaces were used for heating and also for cooking. They are unusual as most Charleston homes had separate kitchen buildings in the rear, but there is no evidence of an outdoor kitchen at the Pink House. A small wing on the southeast corner was added in the 1930s and now houses the teal print room and office space. A tiny powder room to the right rear - the first real plumbing for the building - was added in the 1950s. The house features Lowcountry black swamp cypress panelled walls and has wonderful views out of the upstairs windows of St. Philip's Church. Outside, an intimate, high-walled courtyard is filled with a fountain and flowers.

The Pink House was one of the few buildings in Charleston to survive the devastation of Hurricane Hugo in 1989 virtually unscathed. Over the years it has been used variously as a tavern, bordello, publishing business, law office and art gallery.

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BU Water is a premium designed reusable water bottle that has been stripped down and paired back as much as possible to minimise its effect on the environment. The bottle is made from BPS Free Tritan, a shatter-resistant, lightweight alternative to glass that is dishwasher safe. It has a bamboo lid and filter, the latter having been made into activated charcoal using a traditional Japanese method. Bad odours and chemicals such as Chlorine are adsorbed by the filter and it simultaneously releases minerals such as potassium and magnesium into the water thereby improving its taste and texture.

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These lighters from Tsubota Pearl come in an array of vibrant colours: pink and dark green, light green and purple, orange and turquoise and yellow and turquoise. Made in Japan with a cotton wick, they are as good looking as they are functional.

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Simple, timeless and beautiful pieces are all hallmarks of the Khartoum collection from Jameel Mohammed who founded KHIRY as an undergraduate student while studying Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania. The young designer was inspired by the African Diaspora and here as well as with his other collections, Mohammed makes a point of drawing his inspiration from outside the Western world by channelling the beauty, art, heritage and culture of these places into modern, luxurious vermeil jewellery. The Khartoum collection is part of his Spring 2017 line and includes bangles, rings and earrings.  

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Created from the desire to reduce the waste generated by the production of wooden products, Zero Per Stool is part of the Zero Per Project from South Korean design studio Hattern. The stool consists of white oak legs and a seat fabricated from offcuts set in translucent resin. The result is a unique piece of up-cycled furniture that is both practical and beautiful. 

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For the last few seasons, Gucci has been pushing forced whimsy to mixed reviews. But one area the style actually works quite well is with their children's line. Here, the clothes were adorned with tigers, bees, three-headed hydra and embroidered cocker spaniel dog appliqués. The boy's line focused on circus themes and dragons. And if you're wondering who'd spend more than $1,000 on a child's dress, click here.

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The upcoming America’s Cup has inspired US brewery Narragansett Beer, who sponsored the event for three decades starting in the 1960s, to create a "Bermuda Style" Pilsner in honour of the occasion. Dubbed the official beer of America’s Cup, the brew is made with 2-row pale and carapils malts for a clean and slightly sweet profile and has a touch of German Hallertau hops giving it a slightly spicy and flowery compliment and making it perfect for hot summer days on the water. The can captures the fabled pink of the island's sand and the blue of its waters. The Pilsner will be available for the duration of the America’s Cup.

Image | Narragansett Beer

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