Traditional handmade slippers are relics of the past. For centuries they were the everyday shoes of people throughout Turkey, India and Morocco. But these old-world shoes eventually bowed to the vogue and sheer abundance of mass-produced sneakers. However, a particular Turkish slipper is making a comeback in a new silhouette and under a new name: Sabah. These slip-on shoes are still handmade in Turkey by Turkish cobblers, who use the same materials and construction method as their ancestors of old. “You won’t find another pair of shoes like these outside of Turkey”, promises Mickey Ashmore, founder of Sabah (also known as The Sabah Dealer). “Nobody does it like this.”
As one of the world’s foremost practitioners of letterpress typographic design and printmaking, Alan Kitching was the perfect man to take a font collection and turn it into an awe-inspiring compendium of typography porn. Kitching, in collaboration with Angus Hyland, carefully created each page of the book to focus on both all the alphabets presented as individual letters A-Z, along with the alphabets as a whole. The 272-page hardcover is a work of art in its own right that’s perfect for reference, research or ogling. $18.60
“The Mullet,” designed by March Studio, is an extension to a home in Melbourne, Australia, that accommodates the request from the owners, to have a contemporary family home with a challenging design, so they could show-off the capabilities of their construction company. Continue reading
Simply Gum is the newest candy and what´s really great about it is that it´s made of 100% natural ingredients, unlike regular gum which is packed of artificial flavoring, chemical preservatives and synthetics. Made from six core organic ingredients: natural chicle, dried cane juice, rice flour, vegetable glycerin, sunflower lecithin and all natural flavor, Simple Gum is available in several flavors: peppermint, ginger, cinnamon and others. Simple Gum is hand crafted “with love from NYC”, and claims to be the only 100% natural gum on the market, it is also biodegradable and will not hurt the environment. $3.00
Good enough for the coffee shop, but built for your house. The La Marzocco GS3 Espresso Machine uses the same thermal stability system in the commercial Strada model, which includes a preheater, a digital PID controller, a dual-boiler system, and a digital display, to ensure a consistently great shot. The standard edition is handsome on its own, but if you want something more unique, you can customize the body, side panels, and several other parts to matches your style. $6.900
Kartell has revealed a set of previously-unseen homeware designs by Ettore Sottsass at Milan’s Salone del Mobile furniture expo. Six vases, two stools and a lamp have been executed in vibrant colors with bulbous, sculptural forms and brought to the light of day eight years after the designer passed away. Finally brought into the light of day thanks to new advances in technology, the playful designs make for a fitting tribute to the Italian design maestro.
Back in August, a mobile-only marketplace called Spring launched its app with $7.5 million in venture capital funding and about 150 brands like Opening Ceremony, Warby Parker and Public School on board. That list has since grown to include over 700 designers, and as of Thursday, Spring has tacked on another $25 million in financing to fuel its growth.
The startup’s investors for this round include BoxGroup — the venture capital firm at which Spring founder David Tisch is also a managing partner, so go figure — Yuri Milner, Groupe Arnault, Google Ventures, Thrive Capital, Ashton Kutcher’s Sound Ventures and Silas Chou, the businessman who helped make Tommy Hilfiger and Michael Kors what they are today. Continue reading
Santa Monica-based studio Dennis Gibbens Architects has refurbished this 5500 square foot house, originally designed in 1962, that offers spectacular views of Beverly Hills and Los Angeles. Curved and circular elements are repeated motifs that can be found throughout the original design.
The current owners bought the property with the intention of turning it into an open, airy and contemporary home for living and entertainment and to showcase their evolving collections of modern and contemporary photography. The remodeled design is timeless and elegant with elements of swank to be sure, but with a very forward-looking sensibility. Continue reading
Most people know Newman spent his life in Hollywood. When the celebrated actor died in 2008, at the age of 83, he had appeared in a whopping 62 films and been nominated for nine Oscars. What they may not know is that in the middle of all that, he somehow found time to land a class win in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race and clinch four Sports Car Club of America championships.
Carolla, a car lover himself, is releasing a documentary this month on Newman’s life behind the wheel. Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman shares a name with Matt Stone and Preston Lerner’s excellent book. That book, in turn, was named for the 1969 Newman movie about the Indy 500.
One of the best ways to live a healthier life is to know more about the air you’re taking in every second. The Air Quality Monitor from TZOA uses internal sensors to measure air quality, temperature, humidity, atmospheric pressure, ambient light, and UV exposure all at once. It’s a wearable device that connects to your smartphone and gives you information to help you make the best decision about the safest areas to spend your time. Via Kickstarter