If long winters in the alps made the Swiss masters in watchmaking, the same can be applied to their skills in penmaking. This year, Caran d’Ache, the only manufacturer of its kind in Switzerland, celebrates 100 years in business by – what else? – spotlighting its roots. The limited-edition Oberalp pen is named after the eponymous pass in the Swiss Alps known for its scenery. The pen’s hexagonal body is coated with polished palladium, on which is engraved edelweiss and Alpine life motifs. With the recent rebirth of the stylus, the reassuring sound of an 18-karat gold nib scratching on paper may just be the antidote to communication on sterile interfaces. Only 2,044 pieces are available.
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There are times when all you want is some comfort. The curvaceous Seymour Seating System by Milan-born designer Rodolfo Dordoni for Minotti is made for days like that. Soft, sinuous lines and plump goose-down cushions are open invitations to sprawl out and sink into a relaxed state, with plenty of room for a cosy tete-a-tete if you fancy.
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The sumptuous elegance of Bentley design has found a growing audience as the brand rolled out a new range of accessories and home decor two months ago at the Frankfurt International Motor Show. The business collection presents Continental briefcases with cross-stitched handles and symmetrical zipped pockets, with the brand’s trademark wings in the centre. Travel essentials like luggage sets and travel bags are also part of the collection, ensuring that you’ll have a piece of Bentley wherever you go.