Underwater scooters? Sounds a bit like James Bond-meets-Finding Nemo. But despite its name, this Scuba Doo is no cartoon. The brainchild of Aussie scuba-diving specialists ScubaDoo International, the funky ScubaDoo will revolutionise scuba diving as it slips coolly beneath the waves from a launching pad, allowing the rider to cruise the reef at a speed of 2.5 knots without tanks, weights or mask, and with head and shoulders dry and safe in a clear, fitted dome. The secret to the ScubaDoo’s easy mobility is an external compressor, attached to the scooter by a cable which floats above the scooter on the ocean surface. At A$22,700 (US$17,000 approx) it’ not a cheap thrill, but expect diving centres and hire operators to charge approx. $130 for a 15-minute scoot through the depths. – Lisa Evans
September 12, 2023
Government Office, Abu Dhabi, UAE
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September 9, 2023
Il Ristoro di Cristiano Filippini, Castelfranco di Sopra, Tuscany, Italy
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September 4, 2023
Obumex Showroom – Paris, France
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September 1, 2023
Zaura Jewellery Boutique, Ahmedabad, India
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August 9, 2023
PNY Burger restaurant, Nantes, France
Opening their 14th PNY Burger restaurant in Nantes, France, is part of the continuous learning process, that the owners, long term friends Graffi Rathamohan and Rudy...
July 17, 2023
The Dolli Hotel – Athens, Greece (Review)
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May 26, 2023
Renovation of A. Quincy Jones’s Smalley House, Holmby Hills – Los Angeles, USA
In 2006, when philanthropist and gallerist Shulamit Nazarian bought the famous Smalley House designed by A. Quincy Jones in 1973 on Holmby Hills in Los...
May 22, 2023
Loft Renovation, Marais, Paris, France
When we first saw the recent loft renovation project by the Parisian design firm Agence Véronique Cotrel we knew we needed to find out more. The...
May 11, 2023
NM Restaurant, Oviedo, Asturia, Spain
Barcelona-based Hazard Studio founder Alfredo Rodriquez has created a tiny puff ball of a restaurant, NM in the revitalized El Vasco Station shopping centre located in...
April 12, 2023
Socca Bistro, Mayfair, London, UK
Lyon, France-born, two-Michelin-star chef Claude Bosi has opened a new culinary enterprise, Socca, located on Mayfair’s South Audley Street in a Grade II-listed building. Socca describes its...
April 10, 2023
G.Bar Brave Beauty Salon, Kyiv, Ukraine
Starting a business at any time is risky and challenging. Starting one in particularly uncertain times is doubly so. But starting one when your country...
April 9, 2023
Officine Universelle Buly Boutique, Kobe, Japan
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