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Slovenian designer Nika Zupanc produces an eclectic assortment of articles for her jocose furniture range, a recurring style being a reinterpretation of the retro theme. Alluding to this is Zupanc's playfully nostalgic sit-on children's car. Parents will be happy to have this 'toy' lining the hallway as it appeals to adults just as much as it does to children. It's devoid of the usual garish plastic normal in today's toys, with smooth sleek lines and a clean aesthetic. Suggestive of the Morgan three-wheeler cyclecar the toy car is available in a choice of bright high-gloss finishes with aluminium or brass casted parts and rubber tyres. quintessentiallygifts.com

 

Beast in show

British supercar-makers McLaren has unleashed its most alluring beast yet: a hard-top convertible variant of its MP4-12C sports coupe. The 2013 McLaren MP4-12C Spider (left) is a magnificent piece of work, with its moulded chassis boasting a nifty retractable top, an electronically controlled rear windscreen and a wind deflector that can be raised or lowered behind the seats, so you don't mess up your perfectly placed hair. Juiced up to satisfy the speed demon in you, its 616bhp, 3.8-litre V8 twin turbo engine will catapult you from 0-100km/h in just 3.1 seconds, with a top speed of 328km/h. www.mclaren.com

 

Safe and sound

Luxury motorcycle equipment brand Ateliers Ruby, the brainchild of Parisian designer Jérôme Coste, has released its seventh helmet collection, comprising 16 different styles. The retro-style headwear, made from the same carbon-fibre technology being used in the aerospace industry, also feature nappa lambskin interiors and are finished in deep lacquered colours with options of gold or chrome-plated trim. Some designs have even been inspired by Nasa and the notion of space travel. Atelier Ruby has collaborated with design aficionados Karl Lagerfeld, Martin Margiela and Eley Kishimoto, so when it comes to form, function and fashion there's no better choice. ateliersruby.com

 

Vantage points

British carmaker Aston Martin has released the 2013 limited-edition V12 Vantage Roadster. Under the hood is the famous V12 engine offering zero to 100km/h in 4.5 seconds, and a maximum road speed of 305km/h providing Aston admirers with both the ability and prestige expected from this elite brand. With regard to aesthetics, carbon fibre is used liberally around the body to ensure a muscular sporty look. From rain-sensing wipers to memory seats to trip computers coming as standard, there is as yet no ejector button (Live and Let Drive). The car is priced at £150,000 (HK$1.8 million).

 

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