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Maxwell, I must point this out. Verbier is in the Switzerland Alps (the webpage the link takes you to even says as much), not in Austria. Please fact check before publishing.

Apartment Therapy New York | Luxury Escapes: Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Retreats
8/21/08 12:54 AM

The 'no urination' sign is actually 'no urination standing up'. I've seen it only in mixed-gender loos (in German speaking countries, can't say what the others do) and I totally understand it -- all that backsplashing liquid is nasty.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Door Plates by Blomus
7/17/08 02:15 PM

Um, that's the Concept 40 kitchen from Leicht, a German manufacturer. I don't think they've been bought by the Koreans...

Here's even an English page at for you (though the video is in German):

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | 2008 VIP Asia Award: CONCEPT40 Kitchen
6/19/08 01:47 PM

While I also have doubts whether discarded stirrers were used for this, I must say that the chandelier is rather attractive!

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Recycled Coffee Stirrer Chandelier Causes a Stir!
5/29/08 12:59 PM

Another satisfied Miele user here. We have two cats and the Miele Cat & Dog Plus model (S5560) and we're very happy with it. I had been curious about Dysons, but after reading some of the comments here, I'm glad that we didn't go that route.

Apartment Therapy New York | Best Products: Miele Vacuums
5/28/08 02:22 AM

I organized a Merry Maids gift certificate for a pregnant friend, and she liked them so much that she signed a continuing contract on her own after her gift hours were used up. This was around 2000, in the DC area. They seemed like a decent outfit.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Merry Maids Cleaning Services
5/6/08 12:33 PM

Hey, I immediately thought of an article about a family in Geneva in the IKEA Family Live magazine -- do you people get copies in the US?. Unfortunately, the English version (UK based) and the German version in Switzerland have a time offset, so I couldn't find an English translation for you, but if you want to see the photos (perhaps you even read German?), this is the site:

It starts on page 16, is a bit unwieldy, but that's the best I can do. Hope it's of interest!

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Outdoor Living: The Extra Room
5/6/08 12:28 PM

Like some of the other people here, I too encountered scores of these at craft fairs in the US in the 1990s. Perhaps AT ought to visit craft fairs once in a while?

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Look! Transforming Apple Trivet and Basket
5/5/08 01:24 PM

Reminds me of the 1958 Artichoke lamp by Henningsen.

Apartment Therapy New York | Pandelier: Frying Pan Chandelier
4/19/08 08:54 AM

Rather late to come into this conversation, but I wanted to echo the last comment. I spent 16 years in the US and only recently moved to Europe. And it was even more recently that I had the chance to check out Bulthaup products 'in the flesh' and I can honestly say that if you're thinking 'IKEA' from the cabinets, you simply have NO IDEA how these products are made. I can't explain it to someone who has experience only with the standard US cabinets without writing a thesis: the quality of the materials used (real stainless steel and aluminum and wood *inside* the cabinets and drawers), the fit and finish, the stability of the cabinets; these are kitchens that your children can inherit and use without having to renovate. Sorry for sounding like a Bulthaup salesperson, I was just very impressed by the examples I saw last weekend. To end, let me just add that the $20k would probably go a little further over here than it seems to have done in NYC. The prices I saw in Germany included Gaggenau appliances.

Apartment Therapy New York | Lunchtime Survey: Is This Bulthaup Kitchen Worth $20,000
3/2/08 05:04 AM

I have a few All-Clad pieces and enjoy using them. My only gripe is that the lid handles get way too hot to handle.

As for the made in USA part, only the bonded pieces are made in the US. The lids, for example, are made overseas as are the tools and accessories. And just out of curiosity, I wonder how many people here know that since 2004 All-Clad has been owned by the Groupe SEB, a large French consortium.

Apartment Therapy - Good Question: Why Are All-Clad Pots and Pans So Expensive?
12/2/07 04:52 AM