The stars my destination
With Nasa's 30-year space shuttle reign ending last July, numerous private companies have attempted to fill the gap as the exclusive seer of the stars. The first to truly forge ahead, however, is Richard Branson and his spaceflight company, Virgin Galactic. The eccentric businessman opened the world's first commercial spaceport in the New Mexico desert last month. Dubbed Spaceport America, it will eventually hold five passenger-carrying SpaceShipTwos, each expected to send intergalactic tourists deep into the wonders of outer space. Tickets are priced at US$200,000 for the two-hour flight. But with more than 65,000 people initially applying for the first batch of 100 seats, and 400 tourists booked for the first round of flights launching sometime next year, expect a long wait for your journey into the heavens. virgingalactic.com
Aston Martin's latest offering, the Cygnet, is cute and compact without compromising on luxury. The car, launched in Hong Kong last month, slips easily into the city and is a highly intelligent solution to urban mobility. Using tried and tested technology, together with the carmaker's acclaimed levels of customisation, the Cygnet Concept has hand-crafted interiors with a blend of hand-stitched leather, Alcantara and aluminium. astonmartin.com
A champagne bar that doesn't pour bubbly by the glass, serve cocktails or even have a bar, 150 at the May Fair Hotel is the latest London trend that is seeing the city's well-heeled flocking in droves. Offering champagne only by the magnum (hence its name), the bar's centerpiece is a floor-to-ceiling glass fridge that chills its many vintage labels, while a limited canap?menu offers such classy staples as lobster and foie gras. themayfairhotel.com.uk/150
Industrial designer Dieter Rams brought the notion of 'good design' to everyday life by creating exquisitely streamlined versions of numerous household staples. An international exhibition of Rams' works, titled 'Less and More: The Design Ethos of Dieter Rams', recently opened at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. It features designs, sketches, prototypes and some of his most innovative pieces. Until February 20. sfmoma.org.