If you have a spare twenty-five thousand dollars or so just gathering dust, you might like to invest in one of these outrageously eye-stopping chandeliers by Dutch artist Hans van Bentem, whose recent work includes skulls, planes and jagged pointy things. Madonna even bought one, a revolver-shaped crystal chandelier. Who knows what she uses it for?
Ladurée boutiques look more like old-school bourgeoisie perfume shops than tea salons. Over-the-top chandeliers complement the windows and glass display cases that are lined with rows of pastel pastries and stacks of colorful gift boxes and ribbons. But the Ladureé experience does not end with window-shopping. Their sweets — and their macaroons in particular — [...]