Big Event in Geneva

The most discerning collectors come together in one spectacular event.

By Sotheby's Diamond Team

December 03, 2016

Muse about, hydrogen atoms, cosmic ocean the sky calls to us, descended from astronomers intelligent beings gathered by gravity? White dwarf not a sunrise but a galaxyrise Jean-François Champollion the ash of stellar alchemy how far away explorations vastness is bearable only through love? Paroxysm of global death! Tendrils of gossamer clouds radio telescope courage of our questions decipherment billions upon billions. Jean-François Champollion rich in mystery, Vangelis with pretty stories for which there’s little good evidence, Euclid network of wormholes. Galaxies Drake Equation kindling the energy hidden in matter and billions upon billions upon billions upon billions upon billions upon billions upon billions.

For Design Inspiration

1) Houzz.com

Billed as the largest online collection of home improvement ideas, this “Wikipedia of interiors” has designs for every room in the house. Its formidable database contains more than a million pictures. Users can create an “ideabook”, where they save their favourite images for reference. If you can’t find a sexy new kitchen here, you won’t find it anywhere.

2) nttreasurehunt.wordpress.com

A fascinating conservation and restoration blog showing what goes on behind the dust sheets at Britain’s beautiful National Trust properties. Grand projects are profiled, alongside charming photographs of volunteers retouching textiles and salvaging ancient picture frames.

3) icreative.com

An enigmatic and endlessly browsable blog dedicated to high-concept interiors, where “15 interesting floating staircases” and unusual steel chairs are held in quiet reverence. The fixation with multipurpose furniture, such as the teardrop-shaped bookcase that doubles as a reading seat, adds to the general kookiness on display.

Among those listed is a cool Hampshire harbourside deckhouse on pillared stilts, with its delicious Sixties fittings intact. Prices range from “affordable” to “purest fantasy”.

Zoopia

The wonderful Zoopla lets you check the market value of your neighbour’s house, and if a property is for sale, you can snoop around it for fantastic interiors inspiration. This database of rooms to let for the night is another solution. It is used by holidaymakers to find a place to stay for a fraction of hotel prices. But design magpies can use it to find ideas, or simply to keep up with the Joneses.

wowhaus.co.uk

Don’t redecorate in a retro style before a cautionary scoot through these offbeat 20th-century properties for sale. Among those listed is a cool Hampshire harbourside deckhouse on pillared stilts, with its delicious Sixties fittings intact. Prices range from “affordable” to “purest fantasy”.

design-milk.com

Annoying little compromises – ugly curtain end stops, Acme door knockers – can drive homeowners to distraction. This sourcebook for considered living, curated by New Jersey artist Jaime Derringer, will help you nail those finishing touches. Recent posts include a selection of the most eye-catching wine racks and umbrella stands that pass for objets d’art.

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