“Pretiosa” handbag design by Leonardo made real by luxury Italian fashion house
The fragmented drawings, shown reassembled at left, came from the Museo Ideale in the Tuscan town of Vinci, where Leonardo was born in 1452. The corporeal bag, dubbed “Pretiosa,” was executed by Carla Braccialini of the house of Gherardini in a limited edition crafted with artisan techniques of leather and metal embossing. "Leonardo designed several fashion accessories, but this bag is pretty unique. It blends beauty and functionality in a very harmonious way,” the Museo Ideale's director Alessandro Vezzosi told Discovery News. No kidding!
More samples of Da Vinci's creative genius can be found throughout The Da Vinci Notebooks, as well as in World of Inventors: Leonardo da Vinci.
As long as we're contemplating opulence, AntiqueTypewriters.com featured this Crandall New Model, a Victorian beauty decorated with hand-painted roses and accented with inlaid mother-of-pearl. No qwerty keyboard though!