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Mono Lamp

Created by designer Simon Forgacs, the Mono Lamp was born from his fascination with the famous TV test cards, appearing as colorful geometric shapes with vivid colors on his TV screen as a child. He was mesmerized by these light patterns, therefore, he wanted to capture their essence in a symbolic object, which led to the creation of the Mono Lamp series. Inspired by a now over 50 years old TV test card, the lamp is available in either color or greyscale versions, both come with an ash wood and aluminum base, a 30 cm-diameter illuminated plastic globe and an easily replaceable standard light bulb. The final effect gives off an ambient lighting, with warmer or cooler tones, depending on the surface color. $90 at Indiegogo

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BURTON X SOUTH PARK COLLECTION

South Park has been on the air since 1997. That means that next year is the show’s 20th anniversary. Yet somehow they have managed to stay fresh, funny, and entertaining for all these years. To celebrate that little perpetually snow-covered Colorado town that’s now nearly two decades old, Burton has released a line of snowboarding apparel and gear inspired by the show and its characters.

While the stand-out items for the collection are certainly the spot-on replicas of the hats (three hats and one hood, if we’re mincing words) worn by Stan, Kyle, Kenny, and Cartman, there are also some other deeper cuts. For instance, they’ve included several Parkitect Snowboards, one of which featuring Towlie artwork, and a pocketed long-sleeve raglan with Mr. Hankey sitting in the pocket. They’ve even made character socks and fingerless leather mitts adorned with character patches, amongst other things. This killer cartoon-inspired gear runs the gamut of pricing between $25 and $500. Continue reading

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No Sleep: NYC Nightlife Flyers 1988-1999

Told through a collection of club flyers from the personal archives of NYC DJs, promotors, club kids, nightlife impresarios and the artists themselves, No Sleep: NYC Nightlife Flyers 1988-1999 is a visual history of the golden era of New York City club life. Put together by world renowned DJ Stretch Armstrong (aka Adrian Bartos) and hip-hop historian Evan Auerbach (of UpNorthTrips), No Sleep is equal parts nostalgia, modern throwback and archival grade hip hop history. If you have any interest in the hip hop of the 90s, you’re going to want this in your collection. $35 Continue reading

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PLUM WINE APPLIANCE

There’s something special about a great glass of wine with dinner, or to help wind down after a long day. Of course, most of those occasions don’t call for emptying the entire bottle, and then storage and preservation become an issue. Plum Wine Appliance solves that issue, and might be able to serve a fresh glass better than you can as well. One of the most sophisticated home appliances on the market, Plum works with any standard wine bottle. Just load bottles in and Plum uses integrated cameras to identify the wine and chill each bottle to the exact varietal temperature. It also uses a motorized double cored needle to pressurize each bottle with argon gas, keeping your wine preserved for up to 90 days. With Plum, the days of pouring out oxidized wine or drinking at less than ideal temperatures are over, and the problems are solved in the form of a great looking addition to any kitchen or home bar. $1.499
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XO 6.2 fully submersible backpack

Anyone looking to carry their valuables whilst exploring, sailing or adventuring near water, may be interested in a new waterproof backpack called the XO 6.2 which has been designed by Helixot.

Unlike traditional backpacks the Helixot XO 6.2 backpack can be fully submersed in water yet still keep your personal items safe and dry. Watch the demonstration video below to learn more about its construction and the materials used to help keep your valuable possessions safe from water damage. The Helixot XO 6.2 backpack Is now available to bank via Kickstarter with pledges starting from just €85 for earlybird backers with shipping expected to take place during May 2017.

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Alexa-Enabled, Non-Amazon Table lamp

Meet the C by GE LED Lamp, from GE Lighting. The upcoming circular table lamp is the first lighting product with Amazon’s Alexa Voice Service (AVS) embedded into it. There’s no Alexa-enabled device or smartphone required; to operate it, you just ask it questions as you would with the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot and Tap smart speakers. Alexa, what’s the weather like today? Alexa, set my morning alarm to 8 a.m. Alexa, play music on Spotify. It can answer every request.
The lamps will be designed (in part) by Richard Clarkson, known for his cloud-shaped ceiling light that thunders and flashes with lightning. They will be available for pre-order in early 2017 at www.CbyGE.com. Expect to see them in the second quarter of 2017.

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Thanks to Google, You Can Now Take a VR Tour of New York’s Holiday Window Displays

Can’t make it to New York to walk along Fifth Avenue to experience the iconic holiday window displays? Google is helping wannabe visitors check them out in virtual reality.
The company has partnered with more than a dozen major retailers to create Window Wonderland, a VR experience that lets anyone explore the lights and sounds of the season using Google Cardboard or Google’s own headset, Google View. The tour—which debuts today—lets viewers zoom in on displays and even listen to audio guides from stores’ creative directors as they talk about the process of creating the magic seen by more than 5 million visitors every year. Watch it here.    Continue reading

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Google Wi-Fi System

It doesn’t make any sense. Of all the wild innovations Silicon Valley has churned out in recent years, internet routers — easily one of the most important devices in any home or office — have remained stuck in the stone age. Finally, routers are getting better. Among the new breed of smart internet routers is Google Wi-Fi, a multi-device wireless internet system that aims to make home wi-fi completely hassle-free. Installing the system is about as easy as placing scented candles throughout your home; paired with a companion app, you can do things like fine-tune connection or activate a “pause” feature, to keep your kids from surfing the web past bedtime. $299

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jet engine ceiling fan

A ceiling fan is probably the most ignored home accessory of all. But with this disregarded piece of furniture looking like it came straight out of an aircraft, it would be improbable for it not catch your gaze. In an attempt to revamp fans like none other, Phighter Images, a specialized aviation flying furniture provider has recently rolled out jet engine fans that are a perfect fit for your ceiling.

While aircraft enthusiasts must have broken out into a dance sequence at the mere mention of these jet fans, those looking for quirky re-dos for their home are also in for a good deal. Styled after the turbine fans that are used to suck air into jet engines, these ceiling fans present are a fully functional air- conditioning mimic of the latter. However, these will function at a much lesser speed (and noise) than its muse, and thankfully so! Termed as the Jet Engine Fan Blades Ceiling Fan, it primarily comes in two variants – one based on the Pratt & Whitney engine and the other, based on the GE 9X engine. $3.000

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Burger King Selling A Doughnut Burger For Hanukkah

If you love doughnuts, burgers, and burgers made with doughnuts, you might want to think about spending Hanukkah in Israel, where Burger King will be offering doughnut burgers for the holiday.

According to YNetNews, the burger is called the “SufganiKing,” which is a play on sufganiyah, the Hebrew name for the jelly-filled doughnut traditionally eaten during Hanukkah. It’ll be a normal Whopper burger but with doughnuts for buns, and a jelly filling instead of ketchup. The SufganiKing will be available Dec. 25 through Jan. 1.

For those unfamiliar, doughnuts are popular during Hanukkah because it’s a time when Jews traditionally eat oily and fried foods. This, to honor the single jug of oil that was only supposed to last one day but burned for eight nights after the Jewish Macabbees defeated their Greek occupiers.

“This matching of two popular Israeli food items was inevitable for us,” said Israeli Burger King CEO Steve ben Shimol. “We’re proud to be able to end 2016 on a creative, festive note.”