Art_2314, Wed Jan 16, 2008, 11:54:11 AM, 16C, 5238x2580,  (352+1497), 100%, bent 6 stops,  1/10 s, R70.7, G51.6, B75.7
Art_2314, Wed Jan 16, 2008, 11:54:11 AM, 16C, 5238x2580, (352+1497), 100%, bent 6 stops, 1/10 s, R70.7, G51.6, B75.7

Wish List: Mercury lamp brightens even natural light

The Mercury lamp is a perfect example of Ross Lovegrove's "fat free" design philosophy. Taking his cue from nature, Lovegrove has created a portfolio that is brimming with streamlined, sculptural designs.

Mercury's organic shapes and smooth, tactile surfaces are also typical of the celebrity designer. This is a product that cries out to be touched, and is a welcome reminder that contemporary, cutting-edge design can also be warm and inviting. The fixture consists of floating pebble-like forms suspended under a simple aluminium disk. The pebbles are made from an injection-moulded thermoplastic material with a metallic finish and die-cast aluminium reflector. In layman's terms, light bounces off and between the elements, creating a dynamic, dramatic effect. The pebbles also reflect movement and natural light during the day, ensuring that the lamp doesn't fade into insignificance once the lights are off.

The Mercury lamp was designed by Lovegrove for the Italian lighting house Artemide. It is available in suspension and ceiling versions, and in satin aluminium and polished chrome. It's a statement piece that's guaranteed to transform any room.

Mercury lamp, Dh11,510-Dh12,131; available from Purity, Al Moosa Business Centre, Dubai, 04 334 9943,

The Mandalorian season 3 episode 1

Director: Rick Famuyiwa

Stars: Pedro Pascal and Katee Sackhoff

Rating: 4/5 


July 5, 1994: Jeff Bezos founds Cadabra Inc, which would later be renamed to, because his lawyer misheard the name as 'cadaver'. In its earliest days, the bookstore operated out of a rented garage in Bellevue, Washington

July 16, 1995: Amazon formally opens as an online bookseller. Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought becomes the first item sold on Amazon

1997: Amazon goes public at $18 a share, which has grown about 1,000 per cent at present. Its highest closing price was $197.85 on June 27, 2024

1998: Amazon acquires IMDb, its first major acquisition. It also starts selling CDs and DVDs

2000: Amazon Marketplace opens, allowing people to sell items on the website

2002: Amazon forms what would become Amazon Web Services, opening the platform to all developers. The cloud unit would follow in 2006

2003: Amazon turns in an annual profit of $75 million, the first time it ended a year in the black

2005: Amazon Prime is introduced, its first-ever subscription service that offered US customers free two-day shipping for $79 a year

2006: Amazon Unbox is unveiled, the company's video service that would later morph into Amazon Instant Video and, ultimately, Amazon Video

2007: Amazon's first hardware product, the Kindle e-reader, is introduced; the Fire TV and Fire Phone would come in 2014. Grocery service Amazon Fresh is also started

2009: Amazon introduces Amazon Basics, its in-house label for a variety of products

2010: The foundations for Amazon Studios were laid. Its first original streaming content debuted in 2013

2011: The Amazon Appstore for Google's Android is launched. It is still unavailable on Apple's iOS

2014: The Amazon Echo is launched, a speaker that acts as a personal digital assistant powered by Alexa

2017: Amazon acquires Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, its biggest acquisition

2018: Amazon's market cap briefly crosses the $1 trillion mark, making it, at the time, only the third company to achieve that milestone


Director: Nikhil Nagesh Bhat

Starring: Lakshya, Tanya Maniktala, Ashish Vidyarthi, Harsh Chhaya, Raghav Juyal

Rating: 4.5/5


The flights

Emirates flies from Dubai to Phnom Penh via Yangon from Dh2,700 return including taxes. Cambodia Bayon Airlines and Cambodia Angkor Air offer return flights from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap from Dh250 return including taxes. The flight takes about 45 minutes.

The hotels

Rooms at the Raffles Le Royal in Phnom Penh cost from $225 (Dh826) per night including taxes. Rooms at the Grand Hotel d'Angkor cost from $261 (Dh960) per night including taxes.

The tours

A cyclo architecture tour of Phnom Penh costs from $20 (Dh75) per person for about three hours, with Khmer Architecture Tours. Tailor-made tours of all of Cambodia, or sites like Angkor alone, can be arranged by About Asia Travel. Emirates Holidays also offers packages.

The specs

Engine: 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8
Power: 620hp from 5,750-7,500rpm
Torque: 760Nm from 3,000-5,750rpm
Transmission: Eight-speed dual-clutch auto
On sale: Now
Price: From Dh1.05 million ($286,000)