Octavia Ashtray

Edmonton, Canada-based husband-and-wife team Concrete Cat makes everything from bathroom countertops to reception desks to ashtrays—all using a concrete base. The octagonal ashtrays in particular show off fun experiments in colors and patterns, as Concrete Cat teases out bright pastels, brilliantly bold hues, organic-inspired faux marbling and more—the total opposite of what comes to mind when you think of concrete.


Thompson Hotels' transatlantic addition ideally conflates business with pleasure for discerning travelers

On the corner of a quiet street in a neighborhood surrounded by foliage-filled 19th-century squares, stylish lingerie shops and swanky cigar bars sits Belgraves, Thompson Hotels’ latest project and one of London’s newest designer digs. Aptly named, the hotel is located in Belgravia—an affluent area home to many of the capital’s diplomats and notable public figures, such as the “Iron Lady” Margaret Thatcher. While the …