This Month: intimacy and empathyFor interested women
The politics of meals
Lately I’ve been noticing the simultaneous acceptance and backlash around... More
The elusive art of decision making
It was only recently that we stopped basing entire economic ... More
Bridging the divide: the impact of technology in developing markets
Clarke’s third law of prediction is well known to most... More
When social responsibility is part of your personal brand, everyone wins
Seven reasons why empathy makes you better in business
The 2003 documentary The Corporation infamously compared the profile of the contemporary profitable business corporation to that of a clinically diagnosed psychopath. Twenty years on, the ... More
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
Rose print small ceramic butt ... More
Designing scents for health
Smell is one of those words that’s a bit hard to take seriously. There’s something about it that risks the puerile, the silly. But taking it seriously, and urging others to do so, is what I’ve been doing with ode, a new product which uses scent to support people living with dementia. The behavioural changes associated with the condition often bring about a loss of hunger, a forgetfulness around food, or a lack of interest in meals. Ode emits food aromas from orange juice to Christmas cake into living rooms three times a day to reconnect people with eating and promote ... More