Kitty Loves ‘The Etienne Set’ From Atelier Visconti

Atelier Chair

(Click on any image to enlarge)

I talk about texture a lot on the blog, but that’s because it’s so important. I mean, it’s one of the most essential elements of successful Second Life design, and it continues to amaze me when I come across shoddily manufactured items on sale, with textures that look like they’ve been dragged from a bargain basement bin. Why would you want to pay for an inferior product when a few Lindens more can get you something sensational?  

A lot of people seem to think that because this is a virtual world everything should be cheap and cheerful and if that’s the way you want to play then that’s fine, but for me I get a real buzz out of something when it has clearly been crafted and worked upon with great care and sympathy towards the finished product. It doesn’t matter what it is, if the quality is there it will speak volumes about the creator, and of course about the eventual owner.

Today I’m sharing with you a collection of furniture that really evokes these quality principles. Nothing could be simpler in Second Life than making a sofa, chair and table combination but this is where a designer worth their onions can make a huge impact. It’s not just about the shape, but also about the texture, functionality and the overall quality of the finished product.  Rather than a ‘bish, bash, bosh made it lets sell it’ approach, the conscientious content-creator will take their time and the results will naturally reflect this.

The Etienne Set from Atelier Visconti is a prime example of this ethos and features  beautiful workmanship at a very reasonable price. This is an original mesh set aimed at outdoor dining, featuring a gazebo with delicate gauze curtains, a sofa,armchair, side table, low table and lanterns. It’s a perfect blend of quality elements with the textures that Stephan Visconti has selected  for this piece turning it into a sensation.

The cushions are a gloriously comfortable spread of materials on a sturdy wicker base. The cloth textures look like a mixture of cotton, and I think some linen as well.  The placement of textures and shadows along with the combination of fabrics mean that this sofa and chair look really relaxing and cozy but with a contemporary edge.  I want to sit on this in real life, desperately. (We have a shop in my home-town that sells furniture like this but it’s well out of my price range and I’ve always wanted some. Now I’ve got some, sorta..YAY!)

Etienne Sofa And Chair

What is even better is that the sofa fabrics can be changed to suit your own tastes. That’s actually a bit of an understatement really, because there are 24 textures resulting in 432 colour combinations. YIKES!  (I didn’t do the maths!) This means you can chop and change your furniture look to suit mood and setting. All of the choices are equally excellent, and it’s fabulous fun selecting options from the HUD (great hud too, nice and easy to use!) to co-ordinate and contrast.

Etienne features quite a classical, muted colour-palette which I really like; the trend at present is for really loud hues but I like something that will look the part for a long time to come.  In particular I really rate the patterned cushions with their floral design because they aren’t overpowering and don’t take away from the look of the overall piece.

Incidentally there’s another thoughtful touch, and that is that the chair and sofa have separate texture HUDS ; this means that you can really contrast your furniture pieces and create a look that’s unique to you.

VA Lamp

But the quality isn’t just limited to the larger furniture pieces; it extends to the tables too. These are both stone topped tables  adorned with excellent marble textures. Both the side table and low table feature different furniture patterns yet both work wonderfully together and are enhanced by the lanterns; one lit and one static that can be placed in or around the setting to create a gentle ambience. Not only that, but they’re juxtaposed perfectly with their  elegant Verdigris  framework that also extends to the foot of the sofa and chairs; and to the stunning, elegant Gazebo.

The Etienne Set is a creation that has lots of ‘zoomability’; and you will take great photographs using these pieces  as your setting and  I recommend that  using these pieces you do just that. 

But it’s not just about appearance, it’s about function too, and the sofa and chair both have an extensive range of poses for males, females and couples.  When I say extensive, I’m under-playing it a little. There are 54 animations in the sofa (31 single, 23 friends/couples) and 33 in the chair (23 singles/10 couple) That’s an astonishing amount and yet again a further example of the quality of this piece.  The poses are all excellent too, with a few quirky choices thrown in.  For example there’s a nice lean onto the wicker arm, and a great pose called ‘curler’ which is me when I’ve got a hangover. (Try it; you’ll see exactly where I am coming from!)

atelier_001

It should be apparent by now dear reader that once you rez this furniture you’ll instantly see that a lot of thought, time and care has gone into its production and that’s something that I really value as a customer.  Be assured that Etienne is going to win admiring glances from your peers, and it’s going to be extremely popular to get comfy on too.  I don’t think it’s limited to being an outdoor piece either, exclude the gazebo and you have furniture that will work extremely well in a living room setting.

For now mine is erected on my patio, facing over the water. I can sit under my gazebo and gaze into the Second Life night sky as the stars begin to  twinkle and it feels really good.

 And that after all isn’t that what life it is all about; real or virtual?

I cannot recommend Etienne enough, please go and see if for yourself by clicking HERE.

Set containing ALL pieces (Gazebo, Sofa, Armchair, Side Table, Low table and lanterns(on static, one lit) has a total land impact of 28 and will set you back a mere L$1700.  Which is a ruddy bargain for  original mesh of such quality. Pieces are also available individually too. 

I really hope the Lindens don’t miss this..

..AMAZING marketing opportunity.

Stephanie Meyer,  the author behind the Twilight saga, releases a new book on June 5th and it’s expected to be the bestseller of the year. No surprise there really.  The book follows the life of Bree, a Vampire who features in ‘Eclipse’, the third novel, and describes how she forms part of a Vampire army that rises up against Bella and Edward. The book will go on sale at 5.05 am on June 5 as a hardback and an e-book will be available the same day at 11am. There’s also going to be a dedicated website, http://www.breetanner.com, where for a limited period fans will be able to read the 192 page novella online.

But here’s the best bit; the book is called “The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner”

Now, can you see where I’m coming from here? If I was the Linden’s marketing department I’d be beating down the door of the Little, Brown publishing house to get involved here, because the amount of twi-hards who will be queuing around the block to get hold of a copy of this book will be immense, and if an in-world tie-in were to be promoted it would have the potential to bring a lot of fresh blood into Second Life…excuse the pun. The possibilities are endless; a Twilight inspired forest world perhaps? A virtual recreation of Bella and Edwards home? A way of reading the e-book in-world?

Just a thought….

Kitty Whinge: Blah, blah, blah..(and a thanks as well:)

How’s your Second Life doing on this cold yet sunny Autumn day?  Mine is responding a lot better today than it has been all week and for that I’m grateful because I was really starting to lose my temper with it. I *never* lose my temper in RL so you could say that I’ve been beyond wound-up by the current nonsense impacting the grid at the moment.   It would appear that I’m not the only one who has been experiencing issues either, check out the Linden blog for some of the comments that seriously dischuffed residents have posted.  I’ve never been kicked out of the world as often as I have recently..it’s ridiculous, and many of my friends have said how darn glitchy SL is at the moment for them too, so I’m not being paranoid! When peiople start dissing the grid en masse I  feel my eyes rolling  skywards and exclaim ‘What’s new?’, but that’s far from the point.  Stability should be absolutely paramount to the Lindens at the moment, what with the credit crunch affecting the metaverse now too.  Popular places are starting to disappear.  ‘The Three Lions’ has gone for good with a whimper rather than a bang, and it looks as though the reknowned Jazz establishment ‘Phat Cats’ is also heading toward the dreaded dumper.  People are finding it hard to meet their tier and for what? An infruriatingly buggy experience that is driving people away from Second Life in droves, no matter what the Lindens seem to think.  I know quite a few people who are taking a ‘Second Life break’ now, and I expect that number to rise because I feel we are just are not getting an adequate service for the amount of money that we are pumping in to the grid.  The Lindens need to realise that with people tightening their belts in the real world one of the first things to be impacted will be paying avatars.  We’ve seen land prices plummet and I expect we’ll see many of our favourite virtual stores close if the recession does hit.  Therefore the Lindens’ priority should be to make the grid as stable, and as attractive, to us as possible.  I don’t want any frills or fuss, just a stable experience so that we can retire into the safety of our virtual world without all the hassles of the real one resting upon our shoulders…Second Life is my main source of escapism and we certainly all need some of that at the moment. 

Right-rant over! In other news I’ve had a few pressies land upon me for which I am exceedingly grateful, so here’s a huge thanks going out to Lawra Fredrikson (Nekorifik) Peter Stindberg (Greene Concept) Carrie Tsatsu (Zoobys) and last, but not least, Emeriselle Theas (Orchid Dreams).  I’ll be sharing their bounty with you via the next few posts, so prepare to be impressed….and a final note, *IF* you’ve sent me stuff to review recently and it hasn’t appeared OR you haven’t received a recognition from me PLEASE contact me as my inventory appears to be doing some VERY strange things at the moment which makes me think I’ve lost items.  Put simply, if you send me something I try to always respond, so if you haven’t heard from me chances are I ain’t got the goodies.  My mum brought me up to be polite you see so if I haven’t responded then that’s not a good sign…

Finally, If you look at my Flickr picks you’ll see a few skin shots and I’ll be talking about those too in the very near future…Lots to do this week then, AND my holidays are over-back to the real world again tomorrow.  OH JOY.