After finishing up Halo 4‘s single player campaign in your very classily articulated study, you might feel the need to make that study even classier. For the price of $840, you can add this intricately detailed stained glass Master Chief helmet desk lamp to your fancy wooden desk.Of course, if you don’t have a fancy wooden desk in your study — or a study in the first place — the lamp will fancy up any ol’ surface, Microsoft’s notwithstanding. The helmet-shade is full-sized, matching the size Master Chief’s head would be if he were real. The shade measures in at 9 inches tall by 9 inches wide, and runs 14 inches deep. The admittedly gorgeous glass was created with the Tiffany Glass Technique — copper foil and solder.Along with that hefty $840 price tag, you’re also to pay a $35 shipping fee — bumping the total price up to $875 — and the item only ships to the United States. The design comes from Etsy user 3rdEdgeStainedGlass, who unfortunately doesn’t seem to have any other items currently available, but we live in hope.At the time of writing, there is only one lamp available, so if you want the awe of Master Chief (or at least, his head) to grace the presence of whatever room you decide to fancy up, you should act fast. Make sure to check out the associated deviantART page, as it also contains some other very pretty stained glass works.
Dinamo Hotel Baku, AzerbaijanSmall Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) has added four stylish new properties to its portfolio, including its first ever hotels in Azerbaijan and Málaga.Twinpalms MontAzure, Kamala Beach, Thailand46 rooms from AUD$613 per nightOpens July 2019Set on the golden sands of Kamala Beach, on Phuket’s sought-after west coast, Twinpalms MontAzure offers beautifully appointed suites, penthouses and private pool suites ranging in size from a very comfortable 70sqm up to an expansive 300sqm. Combining modern luxury with strong eco-credentials, the hotel launches with a strict “no single use plastic” policy, replacing plastic items with bamboo, ceramic and recycled paper instead.Dinamo Hotel Baku, Baku, Azerbaijan28 rooms from AUD$343 per night including breakfastOpened 11 May 2018Conceived as the home of the Dinamo sport society, the elegant city building with geometrical architecture was built in 1930s in Baku, and was only transformed into a hotel almost a century later. Inspired by the history of the building, exquisite materials, custom-made furniture and decorative arts sourced from the world of sport, have all played a part in creating the stylish and relaxing atmosphere that can be experienced today. There are friezes and statues punctuating the chic décor of the spa and restaurant, while upstairs, the bedrooms make their own statement with pops of colour. Alex Lake Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland44 rooms from AUD$428 per night including breakfastOpens July 2019On the Western Shore of Lake Zürich, between Zürich and Zug, is Alex Lake Zürich – a contemporary boutique hotel with a private marina and boat-loads of style. Perched on the water’s edge and set across five floors with a very special architectural design of stone and glass, the property is opening its doors this month. Alex has 44 rooms and suites all with glorious lake views, terraces and kitchens, becoming the first boutique Zurich hotel to offer a more enticing extended stay concept for guests. At the heart of the hotel is a dynamic and vibrant all-day dining restaurant and bar, The Boathouse, which serves Swiss-sourced produce and regional wines. Palacio Solecio, Malaga, Spain68 rooms from AUD$252 per night including breakfastOpens December 2019Set in Málaga’s Old Town, Palacio Solecio, a former palace from the 18th century has been restored by Antonio Obrador’s Architecture Studio, to rise into a modern style hotel with an Andalusian essence. Classic in architectural style, guests are greeted by glimpses of the hotel’s past from the moment they enter the lobby. The original stone staircase leads guests up to the first floor, where the relaxing décor of the rooms, suites and function spaces fuses historical character with contemporary comfort. The restaurant is a place where tradition and avant-garde cuisine coexist thanks to Michelin star chef Jose Carlos Garcia who transforms traditional dishes from the South of Spain with his innovative touch. hotelsSmall Luxury Hotels of the World