Category Archives: Technology

Even though we live by the lake, myself and wife were interested in the idea of building a pool for our 7-year old to swim in. Essentially this meant we could keep an eye on the little fella while entertaining. Unfortunately, because access is really restricted and our plot is fairly small we were limited to a bespoke concrete pool. Essentially to create what we wanted would involve hiring a massive crane and that would incur astronomical costs. In the end we decided the project wasn’t financially viable so we ditched the idea. Instead we decided to buy some really nice garden furniture including a recycled table made from Indonesian boats. However, in the first instance we did contact Austin Maynard Architects to find out if their phenomenal Zero Waste Table was practical for outdoor usage (which it isn’t). » Read more

Recently I completed my third book for my Publishing which is all about luxury goods products. The concept is very similar to my ‘Limited Edition Watches’ edition and features several unique products that have never appeared in print before. Even though most of the creations included are very exclusive, expensive and beyond the reach of most consumers (including myself) the focus was more about strong design. This is why I was particularly keen to promote the fantastic and innovative amplifiers by Kostas Metaxas. » Read more

Over the last 6 months I have been writing two books for a renowned Pennsylvania based publisher. One of the projects was a specialist edition about luxury design products and what really makes them special. Ultimately I have tried to focus on the immense creativity and enormous level of craftsmanship rather than just the monetary value. However, it is pertinent to mention that due to the exclusivity of these goods and high quality materials used in production they do come at a premium. One of the companies I have featured is Californian based DARWINmachine who specialize in handcrafted bespoke computers. » Read more

For many years now Apple products have been the envy of design conscious consumers. Even the fact that they are manufactured in China and the mark up is extraordinarily high hasn’t deterred buyers. Ultimately this is because all of their computers are beautifully conceived and have a modern minimalistic appearance. They are also fabricated from high quality materials like aluminum rather than plastic. » Read more

A few weeks ago on a lazy Sunday afternoon I visited a popular coastal Adelaide suburb called Brighton. Whilst I was there I noticed a wonderful looking lamp in a trendy gallery. What was particularly interesting about it was that it was constructed from old machine parts and actually has a pressure gauge attached to it. Personally I am a huge fan of upcycling so it didn’t take much convincing to buy the item. Certainly now it is displayed in our living room it certainly is a talking point because (at first glance) people can’t tell exactly what it is. » Read more

Recently I visited the Apple shop in the city centre in Adelaide, South Australia. Even though I have owned several of their products over the years I had always purchased them from authorised retailers. All of their stores are virtually carbon copies and are laid out in a particular way. In some respects, they look like fashionable cafes or even a modern art gallery. They also attract a lot of trendy hipsters because it is the coolest place to congregate on a Saturday afternoon. As well as selling official Apple merchandise like Mac’s, iPads and iPhones they also sell compatible devices from other manufacturers. A great example is the wonderful Aura from Harman Kardon. » Read more

As I have mentioned previously one of my great passions in life is films. In fact, whenever my wife and I get the chance we love to visit the cinema. However, with a young child sometimes the choice of movies can be restrictive. One of my favourite modern day films is the 2004 classic ‘Sideways’, which is essentially the story of two friends bonding through fine wine tasting journey of all things. Even though the protagonists have many unresolved personal issues the back drop of the Napa Valley is absolutely spectacular. Certainly it paints a beautiful picture of the Californian lifestyle and why people choose to reside there. It also explains why innovators like Apple, Facebook and Google have established their headquarters here. » Read more

One of the many fantastic aspects of residing in a country like Australia is the outdoor living. There are an abundance of outdoor park areas and gardens to visit. Certainly this is a massive bonus because we have a very energetic 6-year old boy. For myself and my wife having a house close to water was an absolute prerequisite. Water sports also plays a major part in many of the locals daily lives. We have a lot of friends that are keen swimmers, rowers and kite boarders. » Read more