Monday, April 30, 2012

SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL WORLD



Not far from Innsbruck, capital of Tyrol, is the small town of Wattens. It is here, where in 1895 Daniel Swarovski opened a glass cutting factory. 

100 years later, the now famous manufacturer of everything Crystal, built a museum for some of their creations. Built underground, you walk through different chambers of a Cirque de Soleil style  wonder world of Crystal. 
Artists from around the world collaborated with Swarovski to create this impressive theater. 
Towards the exit, a giant gift shop offers up pretty much anything you ever wanted from that company. 
From beads to jewellery, from gimmicky to Disney, it's all there. And it is busy. Very busy.
Marketing always was big part of their company philosophy.

If you are headed to Munich or Salzburg, or Florence, Wattens is only a couple of hours away and well worth the side trip. 


TOWN CENTER IN WATTENS, TYROL
 



THE FOUNDER, DANIEL SWAROVSKI

SCENIC LOCATION FOR A FACTORY


THE ENTRANCE TO CRYSTAL WORLDS

BUT OF COURSE

LIVE THE DREAM


HOOK THEM EARLY

AMAZING



JIM WHITING'S MECHANICAL THEATER

BIZARRE



CRYSTALS EVERYWHERE


ALEXANDER MCQUEEN'S SILENT NIGHT



INTERACTIVE

FASHION










BRIAN ENO



A PACKED GIFT BOUTIQUE



BEADS

FOR THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW JERSEY

THE PATHETIC MEN'S SECTION

A QUIET OASIS

SWAROVSKI PRICES FOR THE DRINKS (SANS CRYSTALS)


MUSIC MONDAY


One of my favorite, lesser known songs.

Friday, April 27, 2012

BORDEAUX BROCANTE



For those of you who do enjoy vintage and antique items. These images are for you.
200 vendors from used clothing, to fine furniture, this Brocante had it all. 

The pictures speak for themselves, have fun dreaming.


INDUSTRIAL LOOK  


BUY BUY BUY

SEEMS ENDLESS

PLACE DE QUINCONCES




NAPOLEON III

CABINET DE TOILET

STILL LIFE

OYSTER PLATES

A NEW MARKET TO CONQUER

CLASSIC FRENCH

FOR 500.00 IT'S YOURS

ART DECO

R. LALIQUE

CHANDELIERS IN ALL SIZES

 GARDEN ITEMS

PERFECT FOR FIREWOOD STORAGE

EVERYBODY HAS DOUBLE SINKS THESE DAYS, BUT WHO HAS THREE?

ARCHITECTURAL

LADDERS. VERY UP AND COMING

THAT;S AN ANCHOR

VINTAGE TEXTILES

REPURPOSE

MEUBLE DE METIER

SCHOOL BENCH