TODD OLDHAM'S LA-Z-BOY
A few years back La-Z-Boy introduced the Oasis—an over-the-top La-Z man's dream chair, with a built-in ten-motor massager, phone, and minifridge. Really. Now the company's taking another tack with a surprisingly subtle line by fashion designer Todd Oldham. Lean back and enjoy. From $799; www.lazboy.com.
TED MUEHLING'S TORTOISESHELL BOWL FOR STEUBEN
Rare, delicate, beautiful, and mind-bogglingly expensive. This is why the gods of nonessential luxury invented the word "objet." But at $15,000, we will not be at all insulted if you send us the smaller, every-bit-as-lovely version in satin finish. $15,000 for 16-inch bowl; $7,500 for the 12-inch; 800-783-8236; www.steuben.com.
MEASURE OF MANHOOD
Part windsurfing, part kite flying, part airborne death wish, kiteboarding is a new extreme sport for people (John Kerry, for one) who want to take surfing to that next adrenaline level.
Want to accessorize your look with a little voodoo doll-looking robot? Fine with us. Just keep in mind that the official name for these Prada totems—bag charms or key chains in the shape of various kinda cute, kinda creepy robots and stick monsters—is Tricks. And this one might be on you. From $140; 888-977-1900; www.prada.com.
All-dessert menus are a sweet break from the Atkins grind. Have your cake and nothing else at the Dessert Bar at Daniel (212-288-0033) and ChikaLicious in New York (212-995-9511), and Sugar in Chicago (312-822-9999).
Knockoffs are for nobodies. Ground-floor retail is for mere mortals. For the true consumer elite, Louis Vuitton has introduced a members-only lounge atop its Omotesando flagship in Tokyo. Admittance to Celux costs about $2,000 and $250 annually. Perks include exclusive bags, shoes, and clothing from LV, Pucci, and Dior. Sign us up. www.celux.com.
MS. SACCO & MR. CHOW
Two celebrity magnets and cultivators of fabulousness, Amy Sacco and Michael Chow, are expanding their respective empires in 2005. The blonde and bankable Sacco of Bungalow 8, Lot 61, and Cabana unveils Bette in Manhattan. Miami will be the site of the newest Mr. Chow, following recent additions in Seoul and Mexico City.
MOBY'S ICED TEAS
Techno star Moby's foray into the beverage business might sound like a promotional scheme, but his Teany line of iced teas—which comes in flavors like hibiscus, ginseng, peach—has a wholesome vibe. His last album put us gently to sleep, but happily the teas are caffeinated. $2; www.teany.com.
LA MER SERUM
Dr. Max Huber's "miracle broth" continues to smooth the skin and lighten the wallet. With the new Lifting Serum and Intensifier ($285), your spirit, at least, will be lighter because you didn't spend $1,200 on the 161Ž2-ounce tub of the original formula. 800-871-7257.
THE DIOR RASTA
Galliano adds Rastafarian-inspired green, yellow, and red to Dior jacquard for a little Bob Marley bling. $370; www.dior.com.
ONE BEACON COURT
The glass-clad East Side Manhattan residential behemoth from Cesar Pelli, the architect behind Malaysia's Petrona Towers, features some of the most expensive space in the world: Condo apartments will sell for up to $2,900 per square foot. All of which buys you river views, Quintessentially concierges, and the pleasure of being Beyoncé's and Jack Welch's neighbor. Can we borrow a cup of sugar? At 151 E. 58th St., New York; www.onebeaconcourt.com.
HOME AWAY FROM HOME
The worldwide number of hotel rooms available from Carla Sozzani, the woman behind 10 Corso Como, Milan's ultrachic shopping destination, has just doubled to...six. Sozzani and designer Azzedine Alaïa have teamed up on another fashionable exclusive—three rooms for rent above Alaïa's Marais atelier. www.3rooms-10corsocomo.com.
INTERVIEW: THE FIRST DECADE
This counterculture bible's 15 minutes are going on 35 years now. To celebrate the milestone, Karl Lagerfeld put together a seven-book set of the first ten years: The limited-edition Andy Warhol's Interview: The Crystal Ball of Pop Culture, Best of the First Decade 1969-1979 comes with its own time machine; well, at least it's packaged in a little yellow wheeled cart. $975; 800-338-2665.
TREO 650 & RAZR V3
The world is divided between those who make their mobile gadgetry work for them and those who just want to look good while they're yakking. The former eagerly awaits the Bluetooth-enhanced, PDA-including Treo (price pending; www.palmone.com). Those who don't need an office in their pocket will snatch up the supremely thin and finely named Razr V3 from Motorola (price pending; www.hellomoto.com).
The futebol hooligans are gone and Lisbon is again the most quietly alluring of European capitals. Just ask John Malkovich, who owns bars and clubs here (Lux), and divine hotelier Grace Leo-Andrieu (Paris's Montalembert, the Royal Riviera in France's St.-Jean-Cap-Ferrat), who's set to unveil her 55-room Bairro Alto overlooking the Tage. 888-452-8380; www.glahotels.com.
TECH IN TOW
BMW & IPOD
In a marriage of things we like, Apple and BMW collaborated on a way to bring the white music player on the road. The only problem: The pretty iPod goes unseen in the glove compartment. $149 for adapter plus installation fee; www.ipodyourbmw.com.
SHOES FOR HIM
Ferragamo introduces a line of custom-made shoes for men called Tramezza, with 70 choices of leather and exotic animal skin. Translation: bella figura for your feet. $850-$3,000; 800-628-8916.
BALENCIAGA'S BABY BLUES
Some It bags come and go; others (say, the Balenciaga satchel, which Kate Moss seems to carry everywhere) never die. To ensure its record as longest-running purse trend, Balenciaga introduces its now-classic tote in a brand-new hue. $795; 212-206-1272.
MINI COOPER CONVERTIBLE
The retro-stylish compact goes topless in 2005. So parkable, so lovable—so where's ours? From $21,000; www.mini.com.
BODUM GRANOS COFFEEMAKER
Best known for its low-tech French press coffeemakers, Bodum enters the semiautomatic espresso-machine market with a programmable space age-looking chrome number. Its cup warmer and bottle attachment let you finally start making your lattes with Fiji water. $499; www.bodum.com.
A first-time British novelist with an 800-page book about magic and even bigger expectations. Clarke's Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell has been universally touted as Harry Potter for adults—another way of saying "money in the bank." If this former cookbook editor can turn a fantastical tale of gentlemen sorcerers and the Napoleonic wars into publishing gold, it will be a neat trick indeed. $28.
TOMAS MAIER STORE
Great swimwear and cashmere—as well as a café and a well-edited collection of music and books—await at the first boutique from the brain behind Bottega Veneta's beauty. At 1800 West Ave., Miami Beach; 888-373-0707; www.tomasmaier.com.
Volkswagen bugs out and swerves into the super-high-end lane with the luxury leather-swaddled 420 hp Phaeton. Will the world buy a Bentley-quality car from the Beetle people? Stay tuned. From $64,000; www.vw.com.
PHILIP TREACY CHAIR
This portrait armchair was commissioned for Habitat's V.I.P. line (which also includes a flower-shaped table light designed by model Helena Christensen, a yoga mat by Deepak Chopra, and a silver shoe horn by Manolo Blahnik). Britain's chic mad hatter says it's based on one of his futuristic disc-shaped chapeaux. $2,200; www.habitat.net.
ESPN televises the World Series of Poker, Bravo's Celebrity Poker Showdown has become the Hollywood Squares of Texas hold 'em, and books like Positively Fifth Street by poet turned playa James McManus feed the public's desire for all things poker. Smart money bets the media attention will fade, but in some beery corners of the country, men will continue to bluff, eat potato chips for dinner, and separate their friends from their money. Dunhill calfskin poker set, $2,700; 212-753-9292.
THE BEAT GOES ON
Paris's Hotel Costes is on No. 7 of its CD compilations of hotel music. That's more albums than a lot of bands ever put out. Is it also a sign that it's time to move on from this boutique-hotel mainstay that, like plush hotel pillows and downy comforters, was once a perk and is now just humdrum? $27.
Good help is hard to find, so we're happy to get suggestions about what to read, watch, and listen to from Headbutler.com. Somewhere between a blog and a series of friendly letters from an urbane uncle, the site offers daily culture cues from writer, editor, and all-around smart guy Jesse Kornbluth. Think Dailycandy.com for people who read books.
Iranian-born Marjane Satrapi's illustrated coming-of-age tale Persepolis 2 continues the graphic-novel trend. Picture books for smart grown-ups? Isn't that what magazines are for? $18.
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN
From the Better Late than Never department, the Smithsonian's $219 million museum on the Mall has opened in Washington, D.C., to honor America's indigenous population and showcase cultural artifacts like this circa 1880 beaded bridle ornament from Montana. 202-633-1000; www.nmai.si.edu.
Still upping your energy level and cognitive powers by inhaling pure O at oxygen bars? So late '90s. The geniuses at OGO figured out a way to up the element's quotient in H2O and breathe new life into the expensive-bottled-water industry. $3; www.ogolife.com.
EDEN ROCK HOTEL
St. Barth's goes time-share? Not exactly. But one of the new amenities to look for when the stylish Eden Rock reopens on St. Jean Bay (it'll be tripling the number of rooms by taking over the neighboring Filao Beach Club) is a chance to own a piece of the rock with the retreat's Fractional Ownership Club. Rates, $900-$3,500; 877-563-7105; www.edenrockhotel.com.