Archive for December, 2011

Tangerine Tango: the Pantone colour of 2012

Goodbye Honeysuckle, hello Tangerine Tango, or as we prefer to call it 17-1463, announced today as Pantone’s colour of the year for 2012

According to Pantone, “Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy” and they’ve helpfully provided a photo to underline their point:


It is a colour, Pantone go on to say, that is “a bit exotic, but in a very friendly, non-threatening way”.

“Sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive, Tangerine Tango is an orange with a lot of depth to it,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Colour Institute. “Reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline  rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.”

Tangerine colour is demonstrated well on the Mykita ‘Tim’.

Pantone’s previous choices have been:

PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise (2010)
PANTONE 14-0848 Mimosa (2009)
PANTONE 18-3943 Blue Iris (2008)
PANTONE 19-1557 Chili Pepper (2007)
PANTONE 13-1106 Sand Dollar (2006)
PANTONE 15-5217 Blue Turquoise (2005)
PANTONE 17-1456 Tigerlily (2004)
PANTONE 14-4811 Aqua Sky (2003)
PANTONE 19-1664 True Red (2002)
PANTONE 17-2031 Fuchsia Rose (2001)
PANTONE 15-4020 Cerulean (2000)

Chanel Pre-Autumn 2012 Accessories

Chanel is exclusive to Henry Smith & Hamylton in Peterborough.



Until December 13th at the National Art Museum of China

1 Wusi Dajie, East District
Beijing, China


Henry Smith & Hamylton’s Peterborough Practice won Best Independent Chanel Retailer of the year.

Chanel is exclusive to Henry Smith & Hamylton Opticians in Peterborough.


Mykita x Moncler Sunglasses Announced

Moncler has announced a partnership with Berlin based eyewear brand Mykita. Known for its highly technical and innovative approach. Mykita will only produced two models in collaboration with Moncler, each going on sale for only 6 months.

“Dubbed Lino and Achille, the two models feature a swept-back frame edge. Achille, with its straight top line and broad frame is the more avant-garde model. Lino’s sweeping top line and slim frame is a modern version of glacier snow glasses.

The looks are available in black, red and blue — the latter two the colors of the first Moncler down coats in the early Sixties. The frames are fitted with mineral glass lenses from traditional Italian manufacturer Barberini.

All lenses reveal the Mykita & Moncler logo when breathed on, and feature an antifog finish on the inside of the lenses and an antiscratch outer coating. The glasses come with a padded sleeping bag style carry pouch in addition to a black case and box.”


Mykita is exclusive to Henry Smith & Hamylton Opticians in Leicester.

Christian Dior 2011/12 glasses: the Godron statement

Christian Dior‘s fall/winter 2011/12 optical collection features the Godron decoration – the parellel lines at the edge of the frame and towards the hinge. This detail, inspired by fluting on Louis XVI’s chair, is also used on many vintage Dior frames and sunglasses.

MinuSkull Speakers by Kuntzel + Deygas

Paris design duo Kuntzel + Deygas presents their latest creation – the MinuSkull speakers. Once again they fuse great design with superior engineering and present an overall great product.

“MinuSkull is a design object made for a high-quality sound experience at home or in the office. Its extraordinary Hi-Fi system creates a perfect sound without any distortion, even when the volume is very low. MinuSkull can be connected to any source of sound (Ipod, mp3, computer, …).

Technical components inside the skull. Two broadband Fostex Fe-83 speakers with a membrane made out banana leaf pulp (the eyes). A mini subwoofer for a large and natural restitution. We have chosen a tailor-made speaker (made in France), which lies underneath the skull. A tailor-made Mosfet amplifier that allows a transparent and dynamic quality of listening without using an additional amplifier.

MinuSkull is expandable : this speaker can be used alone or as a duet in order to improve the stereo effect. Using 5 MinuSkulls creates the basis of a Home Cinema Sound System (a subwoofer should be added in this case).”

Handcrafted in France, the MinuSkull speakers come in three different design options – walnut wood and black or white piano lacquer.

Berg’s Little Printer


Design studio Berg has announced a new product, the Little Printer, which will be available for purchase in 2012. According to Berg’s blog, the Little Printer “lives in your front room and scours the web on your behalf, assembling the content you care about into designed deliveries a couple of times a day”.

The film below shows the Little Printer in action:


Users configure the Little Printer from their mobile phones, and the product launches in partnership with Google, the Guardian, Nike, Arup and foursquare. The Little Printer will receive personalised information from these sites, and presumably other sources as it gets up and running. It is the first product that uses the ‘Berg Cloud’ technology, a new way of connecting and controlling wireless products in the home. The Little Printer wirelessly connects to a small box plugged into a broadband router, which is controlled by a mobile phone rather than a PC.

“We love physical stuff,” say Berg on their blog. “Connecting products to the web lets them become smarter and friendlier – they can sit on a shelf and do a job well, for the whole family or office – without all the attendant complexities of computers, like updates or having to tell them what to do.”

We’ve yet to see the Little Printer in action: judging from the film we do wonder whether a small paper print out will be able to contain the huge amount of news, opinions and ideas that come at us digitally every day. And people will undoubtedly flag up the question of paper wastage. But, having said that, paper still holds a huge place in our lives; as Berg puts it: “Paper is like a screen that never turns off. You can stick it to the fridge or tuck it in your wallet. You can scribble on it, or tear it and give it to a friend.”

More info on the Little Printer is at the Berg website,, where you can also join the mailing list to be the first to be informed on news about the product launch.