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SCALE ARCHITECT PEN

Designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban for Acme, the Scale Architect Pen serves two purposes for the house planner. It works with standard Brand X roller refills and performs admirably as a retractable writing tool. Its rotating triangular body allows it to function as an architect’s scale, with several different scales represented, and also helps it to feel great in your hand. Crafted from aluminum with laser-etched markings and presented in a magnetic case. $90

Posted in Gadgets on February 25th 2016 comments
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Deephouse

Inspired by the urban waterside dwellings of the islands of Veneto in Italy, Paddington-based Tobias Partners Architects were tasked with the challenge to encapsulate the Venetian vibe in this concrete-clad modern beach house overlooking Bondi Beach in Australia.
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Posted in Design on February 24th 2016 comments
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Roll your own 24-karat gold joints

There’s never a party without someone who can amaze you with their rolling skills. But then again, if you’re looking to take it to the next level you can go from the usual rolling paper to this 24-karat gold one. These papers from Shine come with a certificate of authenticity to ensure that the product you hold between your fingers will give you the experience you’ve paid for when it lands between your lips. The pack arrives with 24-karat gold rolling papers (it’s a wonder that they light up) in a pack of 12 sheets. The papers are hemp-based and would make public smoking even more prestigious than it already is.

A single pack will cost you $55, which amounts to over $4 per paper.

Posted in Style on February 24th 2016 comments
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eero

Asking a single router to cover your entire home is like asking a light bulb in your living room to light your whole house. It won’t happen. That’s why it’s time for eero, the world’s first home WiFi system. A set of three eeros will cover the typical home, working in unison to deliver hyper-fast, super-stable WiFi to every inch of your house. No dead zones. No buffering. Previously, you’d have to run ethernet wires all over your home to get exceptional coverage, but eeros connect wirelessly using the company’s mesh networking technology to blanket your home in fast, reliable WiFi. No drilling holes. No running cables. No engineering degree required. Plug one into your modem and the others into standard outlets and they will automatically connect. That’s all it takes. Not only will you be able to manage your WiFi network with an app, but it will get better over time with new features and improved performance. Finally, WiFi that works. $499 for a 3-pack

Posted in Gadgets on February 24th 2016 comments
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MIGHTY SPOTIFY PLAYER

Like an iPod shuffle for streaming, the Mighty Spotify Player lets you enjoy your playlists without the need for a larger device. The 1.5-inch square device clips easily onto clothing or accessories, and has both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for syncing your music from Spotify and then streaming it to your headphones, no wires required. It’s drop- and water-resistant, holds up to 48 hours of music on a 2GB flash drive, has five hours of playback per charge, and uses an Android base to run the official Spotify app in the background, only instead of a screen, you use the physical buttons for control. $80 on Kickstarter.

Posted in Gadgets on February 24th 2016 comments
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Surfing

This platinum tome is the most comprehensive visual history of surfing to date, marking a major cultural event as much as a publication. Following three and a half years of meticulous research, it brings together more than 900 images to chart the evolution of surfing as a sport, a lifestyle, and a philosophy.

The book is arranged into five chronological chapters, tracing surfing culture from the first recorded European contact in 1778 by Captain James Cook to the global and multi-platform phenomenon of today. Utilizing institutions, collections, and photographic archives from around the world, and with accompanying essays by the world’s top surf journalists, it celebrates the sport on and off the water, as a community of 20 million practitioners and countless more devotees, and as a leading influence on Fashion, film, art, and music.

An unrivaled tribute to the breadth, complexity, and richness of surfing, this book is a must-have for any serious player on the surfing scene and anybody who aspires to the surfing lifestyle. As one surfing scribe has declared, “There has never been a book like this, and there will never be another one again.” € 150

Posted in Art on February 23rd 2016 comments
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The Alpine is back (almost)

Storied French auto brand Alpine is one step closer to reborn with the reveal of this new Vision Concept sports car. The Alpine Vision combines sensual design with outstanding agility, true to the great Alpine A110 Berlinette loved and admired by enthusiasts around the world. Alpine Vision is powered by a new 4 cylinder turbocharged engine, built by experts at Renault Sport, and its low weight will allow the car to achieve 0 to 100 km/h in less than 4.5 seconds – the target for the future production model. Continue reading

Posted in Ride on February 23rd 2016 comments
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VSS Unity

Back in 2014, when we heard about the fatal crash of a Virgin shuttle we were rather skeptical and hopeless about commercial space tourism starting anytime soon. But when you’ve got a man of the likes of Sir Richard Branson at the helm, you know that he will deliver a promise. And so, with much fanfare we saw the launch of the Virgin VSS Unity spaceship. The Spaceship Company released the SpaceShipTwo that is specially constructed to avoid the fatality that the first rendition suffered, leading to the unfortunate death of the pilot. The Virgin VSS Unity Spaceship is right from the future and was unveiled at the Mojave Air and Space Port. With the wise and knowing words of Stephen Hawking, the spaceship has been named VSS Unity and it was christened by Sir Branson’s granddaughter. To make it even more auspicious, actor Harrison Ford was also present and share the cockpit with Virgin Galactic chief pilot Dave Mackay.

Posted in Ride on February 23rd 2016 comments
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BIKE WASHING MACHINE

Wash your clothes with your own pedal power with the conceptual Bike Washing Machine. Aimed at reducing our carbon footprint through wasted energy, the bike washing machine combines athleticism with ingenuity to keep your clothes clean with a cardio workout.

The concept came from students at Dalian Nationalities University in China, who’ve shared their findings on the design site Tuvie. Just load your dirty laundry into the machine’s drum, add the appropriate amount of water and detergent, and pedal away. As you do so, the drum rotates, tumbling the clothes all while a small display screen tracks the experience. Now while the idea of breaking a sweat while doing laundry may seem overly arduous and unnecessary to some, those in remote, areas with little access to electricity could easily benefit from such a self-sufficient device. Now, all they need is a separate bike that’s powered to dry the clothes.

Posted in Design on February 23rd 2016 comments
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Pharmacy 2 restaurant by Damien Hirst

Damien Hirst’s second restaurant – Pharmacy 2- is giving us serious déjà vu. Maybe it’s because it’s heavily inspired by the Brit’s first Notting Hill restaurant: Pharmacy. The restaurant is inspired by Hirst’s own 1992 artwork titled Pharmacy. The restaurants walls are covered with silver wall charts of pills and pharmaceutical products and everywhere you look there are images of candy colored pills. Pills are also a part of the upholstery: with tablet inspired designs embroidered onto leather banquettes and embedded into the marble floor and bar stools topped with pill-shaped seats. The clinical feel of the restaurant is evident in the bright lighting as well as details like the neon prescriptions sign that hangs over the bar and the sculptures that replicate molecular structures.
The restaurant is a collaboration between Hirst and chef Mark Hix and will open on February 23. Some of Hirst’s artwork will be exhibited at the restaurant as well. Continue reading