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Of Imaginariums and innovation
Historian and critic Lewis Mumford once wrote of the works ... More
The politics of meals
Lately I’ve been noticing the simultaneous acceptance and backlash around... More
The rise of historical faction
Most of us remember the writers from our youth who... More
Nine beautiful luxury sex toys
Nine beautiful luxury sex toys
Made by artists & goldsmiths using the finest materials, these sex toys belong in a gallery
As sex toy designer Adele Brydges told Libertine about her ceramic collection (second image), "I wanted to design pieces that were beautiful in their own right." Here's our selection of intimate objects taking form and function in equal measure.
Crowned Jewels' titanium products (first image), designed and made in Britain, are put through rigorous quality testing. "Titanium is very hard metal to work in and it has taken all our combined jewellery and engineering skills to achieve the products we make today," says goldsmith and jewellery designer Victoria Jane, Crowned Jewels' Creative Director.
Coco De Mer's glass toys (third image) are handblown in England; Swedish brand LELO - famous for selling one of the most expensive vibrators in the world: a 24-karat gold plated vibrator that costs £9,000 - make sleek, sophisticated electronic products (fourth image).
Image 1: Crowned Jewels
Image 2: Adele Brydges
Image 3: Coco De Mer
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The power of glamour
Glamour is powerful because it's an illusion - one that tells the truth about who we are and who we want to be.
When we hear the word ‘glamour’, we envision beautiful movie stars in designer gowns or sleek sports cars and the dashing men who drive them. For a moment, we project ourselves into the world they represent, a place in which we, too, are beautiful, admired, graceful, accomplished, powerful, wealthy, or at ease. Glamour lifts us out of everyday experience and makes our desires seem attainable. It creates a distinctive sensation of projection and longing.
What we find glamorous, like what we find funny, varies with personality and culture. But all glamour promises transformation and escape. In the image of a rising jet or a speeding convertible, a runway model or a martial arts hero, we experience the same dream: that we might soar beyond present constraints to become better, more accomplished, admired, respected and desired versions of ourselves. Glamour lets us project ourselves into new identities, imagining the ideal in the half-known.
As a result, glamour can be as powerful as it is pleasurable. By focusing previously inchoate yearnings, it motivates not ... More
Analysing our accessories
The handbag is one of our most debated, most gendered cultural artefacts. It can be a powerful status symbol, and is a universally recognised indicator of femininity. When Lego first introduced its girl-oriented line last year, it also introduced a Lego handbag accessory. So what is it about handbags?
In many ancient cultures, the shape of the handbag represented the woman's womb and fertility. For example, the goddesses of fertility Ubertas (Roman mythology) and Rosmerta (Gaulish Celtic mythology) are depicted holding both a cornucopia and a purse, connecting the woman's womb-purse with the harvest. In pagan wedding rituals, coins were put ... More