22 is a design studio from Taiwan, they create bold and unique products from concrete and steel. They employ concrete for its strength and versatility but also for its unique beauty and personality. Every stage of design and production is done by hand at their studio, the concrete begins as a liquid mixture of different elements, but once it sets, it becomes as solid as stone. Their beautiful Concrete Writing Tools include a mechanical pencil, a rollerball pen, and a sketch pencil, all contoured and shaped with unique topographical layers.
The simple geometric shapes of the writing tools emphasize concrete’s strength. They are designed with concrete’s nature in mind, anticipating light chipping and evolving color as design elements that beautifully show the effects of time.
The designs are aimed at users who need a serious writing utensil and who also appreciate the aesthetics of good design. The weight gives them a serious heft that ensures accuracy, while the color and shape adapt to your hand the more you use them. While maintaining its strength and form over years of use, the tool becomes darker and its rigid edges smoother as they respond and adapt to your hand. $70
Most new cars come with sensors to let you know when you’re about to back over something. Unfortunately for owners of older rides, adding that capability to a car that didn’t come equipped with it has been an expensive undertaking. Until now. The FenSens Wireless Parking Sensor is both affordable and easy to install. It packs its sensors into a standard license plate holder, installing in as little as five minutes and connecting to your phone wirelessly. Once it’s set up you’ll get a visual readout of how far any objects are from your bumper, as well as audible alerts that increase in frequency the closer you get to an object, all without running a single cable. $100
There’s much more to surfing than palm trees and beach boy clichés. People surf not only in Hawaii, but also in Norway, South Korea, and India. Surf Odyssey is a book about the world of surfing today and those that live in it. This community is made up of the surfers themselves as well as surf photographers and board builders who are also spreading its distinctive spirit into other creative fields. Comparable to the new outdoor movement, today’s surfing is about an attitude toward life, a lust for adventure, and a love of nature that one can only find far away from established spots. Surf Odyssey presents this scene’s places, people, stories, and brands. Its stunning photography is sure to inspire many further surfing exploits.” $37
This charming loft, full of life and located on one of the famous Amsterdam canals, has recently been refurbished by architecture firm Witteveen Architecten.
The result is the product of the creative relationship between the new modern elements and the original typical characteristics of the interior. The home is characterized by the spaciousness of its rooms, the feeling of freedom and movement and the tactility of the materials used. Continue reading →
If you want to see the Victoria’s Secret Angels, you’ll have to follow them on Instagram, because the lingerie brand is discontinuing its iconic catalog.
The L Brands-owned retailer has been producing up to 300 million copies of its catalogs per year, at a cost of $125 million to $150 million annually. However, when the brand experimented with dialing back on its physical catalog, it found that sales didn’t take a hit.
As a test during the fourth quarter of 2015, the company reduced the number of catalogs it released by 40 percent without seeing a negative impact on its sales. In fact, Stuart Burgdoerfer, L Brands’ finance chief, noted during the company’s earnings call that “demand in the direct channel was up, if I remember right, about 15 percent.”
Managing a daily regimen of prescription medications, vitamins and supplements can be a pain. Brooklyn-based startup Hero Health is trying to make the process a whole lot easier with a new smart appliance that organizes, schedules, dispenses and tracks pills for you and your family. Just drop your pills into an empty cartridge and slide it in—Hero holds more than a month’s worth of 10 different medications—then follow the prompts on the LCD screen to identify and schedule them. When it’s time for a dose, just push a button and Hero will automatically drop the correct pills into the dispensing cup below. The connected Hero app sends reminders, lets you know when you (or someone else, like a child or elderly relative) have missed a dose and alerts you when you’re running low. The whole system is password-protected, so you don’t have to worry about anyone tampering with your medications or taking the wrong one. $ 599
If you’re looking to buy or lease a new ride, and you’re strapped for cash, you may want to check out Toyota. The manufacturer has just joined with Uber for a partnership that allows customers to lease a vehicle from Toyota and then pay for it using their earnings as an Uber driver.
The two will also be exploring additional collaborative possibilities — ranging from car apps to establishing a special fleet program — as they have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will see them starting with trials to come up with other such projects and campaigns.
As it stands, Toyota vehicles are already the most popular on the Uber platform.
Don’t just remove the pollutants from your air — destroy them completely with the Molekule Air Purifier. The world’s first purifier to operate on a molecular level, it uses technology called Photo Electrochemical Oxidation to clean the air. Air enters the machined aluminum cylinder at the bottom, passing through a pre-filter to catch larger particles before hitting a nanoparticle-coated filter that when activated by light generates a chemical reaction that breaks pollutants down into their harmless components. As a result, it can destroy airborne chemicals, bacteria, mold, viruses, and allergens 1000 times smaller than traditional HEPA filters, leaving you with nothing but clear, healthy air. $500
Some of us old enough to remember the 1980s know that Tesla used to be a hair-metal band. Others who paid attention in history class know that Telsa was, in the 1880s, the Serbian-American engineer who invented the polyphase AC generator—the motor that later allowed George Westinghouse to bring electricity into American homes. Continue reading →
The Ameo Powerbreather is a new device developed to enhance your breathing and swimming abilities. It´s in fact a snorkel that´s been taken to the next level of thought, boosting your performance whilst swimming, be it in a pool or in the sea. It features two separate breathing tubes that allow massive air intake, and an exhale valve at the front of the mouthpiece that minimizes the carbon dioxide of the air you breathe, reducing breathing efficiency through two different channels. It also has an adjusting head strap that gets it right and firmly in place no matter the moves you make. You can also mount different breathing tubes, longer or shorter ones, whether you´re swimming out in the ocean or the pool. Powerbreather will increase your sense of freedom underwater like nothing you´ve ever experienced before. $140