Hanging off a hill near Riberac in the Dordogne region of France is a house designed and built in 1972, with the looks of a Bond villain’s summer retreat – Mas Marguerita.
This glass and steel house was the work of an unnamed Italian architect for his own use, offering two bedrooms, an open-plan kitchen / dining room / living room, bathroom and a south-facing balcony overlooking the landscaped garden and rolling countryside, plus the house’s own swimming pool.
This striking building is due for listing in France and is up for sale at around £230,000. You can also rent the place for a reasonable rate, but all weeks for this summer are now booked up.
Find out more at the Modern House website
Designer sunglasses are the sort of accessory that your head says is silly, but your heart can’t quite resist. The ultimate aspirational piece of fashion are vintage inspired pairs, especially those from Christian Dior Vintage.
This stunning tortoiseshell pair are from the label’s vintage inspired range and conjure images of 60s and 70s girls with long hair and couture style. The chunky round frames encase a pale brown ombre lens for added allure.
Perhaps not surprisingly these come with a rather breathtaking price tag too at £130 from My-Wardrobe online.
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Jasmine Guinness has recently fast become a great name in affordable retro fashion with her designs for online shop Oli. Her 50s inspired swimsuits were the turning point, and now she’s continuing her influences from the decade with some great preppy fashion.
This floral summer dress captures the innocence and femininity of the whole style, whether worn with summer heels or some casual pumps. The combination of stripes and florals works to give a further retro edge to the simplistic 50s shape.
The dress is available from Oli online or from their catalogue for £50.
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A year ago, we featured a concept TV from Brionvega – the Brionvega Alpha – loving the style, but slightly aggrieved that the TV was just a concept. Well, guess what? You can now order the TV directly from the company.
Described as ‘the new generation of Brionvega’, it has a design based on the modernist classics of Le Corbusier and Breuer, featuring a 19-inch LCD screen sat within a chrome screen, a built-in DVD player (with audio playback option) and a chunky die-cast aluminium remote control every bit as stylish as the TV.
But there are downsides. Firstly, the TV has dated since its first showing – it isn’t HD-ready, but there is an option to get a digital tuner built in for extra cash. Take your pick from silver, black or the orange, with prices starting at 1,950 Euros, which is around £1,540.
Find out more at the Brionvega website
30 years ago, BMW launched the Lamborghini-designed M1 and in 2008, it is celebrating that design with the BMW M1 Concept.
It’s a modern update of this 70s classic and a million miles away from the company’s traditionally dull vehicles, adding a more aerodynamic shape and (sadly) losing the pop-up headlights – but otherwise staying faithful to the original.
The downside is that this is a concept – so might not make it into production. And even if it does, the price will probably put off us mere mortals. Another image over the turn.
We do like our vintage pumps – including these recently-launched Fred Perry Vintage Tennis Pique pumps.
This one mixes the classic/vintage green canvas with white leather, with a contrast stripe on the rear and plastic sole with coloured stripe detailing.
You can pick up a pair from Oki-Ni, priced at £45.
Find out more at the Oki-Ni website