Obama's Personal Touches to the Oval Office - Photo Essays
President Obama's bookshelf in the Oval Office features both natural and technical objects. Two pieces of pottery by contemporary Native American sculptors stand on one shelf, while patent models occupy the top and bottom shelves. On the top shelf lies Henry Williams' 1877 patent model for his feathering paddle-wheel for steamboats; the bottom shelf holds John A. Peer's 1874 patent model for a gear-cutting machine.
No. 42 Courier Bag for laptop and iPad® Maybe I’ve watched Casablanca too many times, but this bag looks as if it should be used to transport secret documents to be exchanged in the middle of a bridge on a foggy night. The lock and chain leave no doubt that the contents are special. $778.50
Made of authentic salvaged military tents (side panels) and vintage webbing (straps). Features an inside partition for increased protection for a laptop, made of wool blankets from the 1940's and 1950's. The inside is lined with West German cammo from the 1980's. Exterior D rings from the 1940's and an European (adjustable) vintage military strap (some date as far back as the 1930's). Each bag is unique as they are made entirely from salvaged materials. $152
Tortoni Laptop/iPad Bag. This bag was named after the most famous cafe in Buenos Aires. You can't help but imagine the old days when you step into this lavish almost church-like space. In the back they dance Tango and up front you can listen to old Argentines discussing the latest football game. When Martin designed this piece, he thought of the good old days when men used to wear hats and polished shoes and women wanted to look like Evita whilst sipping their coffee in the Tortoni. $270
Bleu de Chauffe & French Trotters backpack. Inspired by traditionnal 60s backpacks, the Bivouac backpack is made in a mix of cotton canvas and vegetable tanned leather. This very useful rucksack features a large inside pocket, perfect to fit a magazine or an iPad as well as aan outer zipped pocket on the front. The straps are ajustable and padded with felt to protect the shoulders Each Bivouac rucksack is dated and signed by the artisan.
The Par Avion leather iPad sleeve was designed by Melbourne based Shuky. The iPad sleeve was inspired by the Manila office envelope – a zip free, padded leather sleeve to protect your iPad in style! $109
This super cute vintage style Red School Case was the type carried to school by thousands of children growing up in the early to mid 1900's, even up until the early 1970's! These were originally made by a number of companies in Australia, perhaps most famously under the name "Globite" in Sydney by Ford Sherington & Co and "Travel-lite". Our collection of red, blue and brown school cases are handmade using some of the same old machinery from the Globite factory in Sydney. $47.95
Leather Field Satchel by Filson. Constructed from whole pieces of our vegetable tanned Bridle Leather that's cut from the strongest part of the hide, this is a briefcase built to last a lifetime. Assembled with heavy bonded nylon thread, these are handmade in small batches in our Seattle factory. Reminiscent of turn of the century briefcases, it takes about ten years to break in. Filson Made in the USA since 1897. $798
Raleigh Spitfire Cases by Timothy Oulton Classic luggage meets WWII fighter jet to create the vangaurd of all cases. Also used on our trunks, the distressed aluminum finish imitates the interlocking panel details of the F14. Available in 4 sizes, the cases are lined with a fighter jet blueprint suedette and are overall spectacular to see carried.
Vintage Black Wax Cotton Satchel Grand Hotels Miniséri is a bags and accessories brand which has drawn its inspiration by revamping French style bags for a daily use which bore the “tuck” metallic clasps from the 1950’s to 1970’s. French school-children’s satchels, teacher’s bags, postman’s shoulder bags, stamper’s bags, binoculars or camera cases, retro small suitcases, totes, handbags, bowling bags.. These are among many timeless and simple designs which have inspired Miniséri. €99
Old School Lap Desk by Creative Manufacturing. This natural wood lap writing desk offers a simple and convenient solution to work while you travel or at home. Beautifully designed, the desk features richly stained cherry finish that gives it an elegant look. It features a grooved pencil ledge for keeping pens and pencil handy. With hinged lids, the top opens to provide space below for storing stationeries and other desk accessories. $54.49
Personal Library Kit. For a bibliophile, there’s no greater pleasure than sharing beloved books, but no crueler pain than losing them for good—until the Personal Library Kit! Revive old-fashioned library circulation techniques for fun and book retention with our classic bestseller! $15
Designed by the automotive engineer George Carwardine, the ANGLEPOISE lamp is based on the ability of a new type of spring invented by Carwardine in 1932 to remain in position after being moved in every conceivable direction. Efficient and energy-saving, the Anglepoise has remained in production ever since. Reissued to celebrate its 75th Anniversary. The Original 1227 is made with Aluminium arms and a heavily weighted base for extra stability. £148.80
Louis Vuitton key rings inspired by the hotel and cruise ship luggage stickers collected by Gaston-Louis Vuitton. In the colors Rusty, Burgundy and Monogram, each have silk-screen leather tags with LV logo and store addresses. $200
Nothing quite says “You’ve made it” like buying ~$9,000 worth of cutting edge camera equipment, encapsulated in the finest luggage around. Globe-Trotter suitcase including X-Pro1, along with its three phenomenal lenses, a flash, filter and lens hoods. Only 12 sets will be available exclusively through Harrods, so act quickly. £5695
The Stabilist Aluminium case is inspired by the bespoke rifle case Globe-Trotter produced for the latest James Bond film, SKYFALL, starring Daniel Craig. Limited to just 100 editions globally. The Stabilist Aluminium case is inspired by the bespoke rifle case Globe-Trotter produced for the latest James Bond film, SKYFALL, starring Daniel Craig. Limited to just 100 editions globally, this case is one of the most exclusive products in Globe-Trotter’s history. £5,000
1920s vintage Louis Vuitton large steamer bag in tan leather The steamer bag was originally designed in 1901, with steam boat travel in mind. It has become a staple of the luggage range that has defined Louis Vuitton as a brand. Custom-made luggage and vanity cases became popular following the increase in travel amongst the affluent classes during the post-war 1920s. £2,700