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Published December 14, 2013
A special Christmas
There are many gifts to choose from this festive season. Most are mass produced, but some are made specially by the brand manufacturer for a select few. As to which the automobile fan would appreciate, there is little doubt. By Samuel Ee
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Audi-designed Luft armchair

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Audi Air

FLOAT on air in the Audi-designed Luft armchair, or at least imagine you are. "Luft" is German for "air" and this exquisite piece of furniture was designed by none other than the meister himself, Walter de Silva. The head of Volkswagen Group Design, together with the Audi Concept Design Studio, created the Luft, which has a curved aluminium element symbolising Audi's expertise in lightweight construction. Natural materials are used to give the same ergonomic support and comfort as an Audi sports seat. Italian premium furniture maker Poltrona Frau, which produced the armchair, unveiled it in Milan last month.

Price: 5,150 euros (S$8,890)

  • Call Premium Automobiles at 6566 1111 for more info

Bentley luxury

LIKE the interior of a Bentley so much you wish you could replicate a bit of it at home? Why not start with the Richmond armchair? The body is created with an embracing double shell and can be covered in either leather or a fine veneer of burr walnut from the same selection of veneers available for Bentley car customers. The wood is carefully matched to a padded structure covered in light cashmere. Part of the new Bentley Home Collection, the Richmond series of sofas, chaise longues and armchairs is inspired by the craftsmanship and materials that characterise the interiors of a Bentley car. No price available.

  • Call the Bentley concierge at 6378 2628 for more info

In the bag

THIS custom-made golf bag from Lexus was designed by distributor Borneo Motors specifically for its customers.

Based on their feedback, Lexus created special compartments such as an insulated cool pouch, water-resistant velour-lined zipped pocket for valuables, and two large side pockets for additional clothes. The nylon bag, which is Teflon-coated against rain and stains, also has external putter and umbrella tubes for easy reach and to minimise damage to the rest of the clubs.

In fact, it should be able to carry almost everything except itself.

Price: $150 for Lexus owners only

  • Call Borneo Motors at 6631 1388 for more info

4 wheels to 2

THERE are bikes and there are bikes. This one is a collaboration between BMW engineers and a German mountain bike specialist. The full-suspension BMW Mountainbike All Mountain is built using a production process found only in car manufacturing. Its hydro-formed, powder-coated aluminium frame gets a lock-out fork and four-pivot rear with anti-bobbing technology to ensure optimal power transmission using 30 gears. Sensitive steering and hydraulic disc brakes provide full control.

Weight: 13.4 kg. Colour: matt black with green accents on the fi'zi:k saddle, Crank Brothers wheel set and rocker. Price: $5,915

  • Call Performance Motors at 6319 0100 for more info

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