What I really should be saying about this, just to tick off fellow Craver Mike Yamamoto, is that I wish this underwater restaurant were off the coast of Antarctica, so that I could go and see some penguins swim by. Alas, I don't know how well that could be accommodated with all the, you know, heating that'd have to be installed. But I digress. The Hilton Maldives Resort & Spa has recently opened the Ithaa Undersea restaurant, which is indeed underwater. A blogger at Table of Malcontents seemed rather disgusted at the prospect of dining in an establishment … Read more
As the inevitable New Year's resolutions are almost upon us, exercise equipment makers are coming out in full force. But if there's a common thread among them--despite dubious claims of effectiveness--it's their penchant for odd designs.
The latest evidence of this trend is the "My5 Power Plate." (Is it just us, or does a weight-loss machine that includes the word "plate" in its name seem ill-advised?) But it's not just the look of this thing that bothers us; it's how it supposedly works. So far as we can tell, the basic … Read more
Yachting can be such a trying leisure activity. All that champagne to chill and whatnot. The last thing you need to worry about is something so proletarian as steering. The "Minn Kota RipTide Wireless CoPilot" from Cabela doesn't drive the boat by itself, but it may be the next best thing. Uber-Review says the small remote, which can be worn on the wrist or a belt, has five simple buttons that can control speeds and turns. Perhaps most important of all, the remote--yes, it's waterproof--can also float in case the party gets the best of you.… Read more
If CD players like this had been designed earlier, the pending extinction of the disc might have been put off for years.
The "Square CD" player from Yanko Design is as much a work of art as it is a piece of technology, similar to the "Cuboglass" TV. (Both are designed in Italy, of course.) In each case, the appliance is meant to be displayed as part of the decor even when turned off.
Unlike most products created with this concept in mind, however, the Square CD looks even better turned on. That's because the … Read more
Once you've reached your golden years, that's no reason to put all your toys away--you just may have to find other ways to show them off. So while the gold-plated Hummer may have to stay in the garage a little more often than it used to, you can still get your bling on at age-appropriate venues. Such as the golf course.
The H2 Hummer golf cart comes with a chrome grille, alloy wheels, custom stereo and cooler boxes to keep your Metamucil chilled. If you choke on the $38,000 price tag, Lussorian says there's a much … Read more
Competition is usually a healthy thing in the marketplace, except when it comes to design. Companies have gotten so desperate to distinguish themselves that they too often resort to "special" or "limited editions," whether it be an 18k gold camera or a diamond-covered Mercedes. The result is often a monument to bad taste.
LG, thankfully, is an exception--and we're especially relieved because its new offering involves one of our favorite phones, the stainless-steel "Shine." The limited edition is essentially the same phone, save for a Korean poem engraved on the back in designer … Read more
Crave always appreciates an attempt to do something different, especially when it involves design--whether it succeeds or not. We're not quite sure which of those two categories this phone falls into, but it certainly is taking a novel approach.
Toshiba has apparently decided to take a bit of dramatic license in designing a new handset destined for the Japanese market, with countours that evoke image of stage curtains--hence the name of the line, "Drape." The phone continues its opera-house theme inside the clamshell, where you'll find an analog clock with a Cartier-style face bearing traditional Roman … Read more
If Nefertiti had a cell phone, it would have been the Vertu "Signature Cobra." Not just because of its legendary asp, either. The Cobra, part of uber-luxury Vertu family, is by definition fit for a queen.
Slashphone says the Cobra's cobra is adorned with "one pear-cut diamond, one round white diamond, two emerald eyes and 439 rubies," which helps explain (if not justify) the $310,000 price tag. But you'd better hurry if you want to snatch up one of these before the rush begins: Only eight of them will be sold.
Information about LG's next major phones seems to be coming from everywhere except the company itself.
A few days ago we posted an item on information purportedly coming from Germany that included a photo of a new touch screen "LG KE850" but little else. Then, we got word that the company's Prada-label phone was nearing completion. Now, Ministry of Tech reports that a blog called Dial-a-Phone has posted photos of the Prada LG handset coming out in the spring, based on the KE850.
When Crave first mentioned the Dolce & Gabbana Razr, its prices were around $300 or $400, which we thought was plenty considering that it was just a plain old Motorola phone underneath a skin of faux gold. Now, we find out, it was only the beginning.
For the true D&G experience, Neiman Marcus is offering the "Luxury Package" for holiday shopping, which includes a metallic gold leather case, a gold Blutooth headset, a pair of earbuds with gold accents and, of course, a gold-and-silver-tone box. All for only $900.
But for the thriftier among us, the … Read more