Presented in a cheerful and beautifully branded box, the chocolates ‘Petit Plaisir’ (‘a little treat’) are handmade candies covered with dark chocolate and prepared by Seventh Guest, a Russian pastry shop and confectioner. Designed by Loco Studio, each gift wrapping gets its own illustration corresponding to its gourmet filling. Continue reading
In House Industries: The Process Is the Inspiration ($50),
Cruz joins co-founders Rich Roat and Ken Barber in reflecting on a quarter century’s worth of work. But rather than publish page after page of type designs and logos, Cruz, Roat, and Barber amassed case studies for a handful of notable projects, from a logo for Hermès Japan to a set of designs based on hot-rodding. Through detailed accounts, the designers candidly explore not just their successes but their failures—what inspired them, what tripped them up, and how they arrived at a finished product.
In the case of the Eames font collection, House Industries heeded Demetrios’s advice. “He showed us how to go back and try to build something that wasn’t a regurgitation of something we’d seen before, but a tool that could point to something we love about Eames,” Cruz says. The result was a typeface that channels Eames-ian principles like elegance, sturdiness, and economy of space without parroting any Eames ephemera.
Understanding how to make vintage designs feel fresh has made House Industries popular with clients ranging from the Jimmy Kimmel Show to director JJ Abrams, a House Industries fanboy and author of the book’s introduction. But what Cruz and his colleagues took away from the Eames project is a fraction of what the designers have learned running House Industries these past 25 years. You’ll find a few choice examples of other lessons in the gallery above—and many more in the new monograph itself.
We’re a very niche-y little company,” admitted Blake Tovin, founder and creative director of Symbol Audio. At the company’s studio in Nyack, New York, its lineup of high-end hi-fi setups was on display: a tabletop loudspeaker, a stereo console, and the Modern Record Console, a grandiose $20,000, 300-pound all-in-one showpiece. The company sells custom entertainment cabinetry and record crates as well, and it’s all designed in Dieter Rams’s minimalist vision, fused with the look of classic audio equipment from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. “This is not some giant consumer product company where it’s just making the best quality product at the lowest price point,” Tovin said. “We’re actually doing it sort of backward, building to the highest standard we can and then just letting it go price-wise.” Continue reading
In true sleek design fashion, Buster & Punch are back with their famed single light pendants. This time, however, they’re made from heavy metal, and we for one couldn’t be happier. Hanging from the ceiling in style, they’re sure to take your kitchen, dining room, or home bar area to the next level with their industrial influenced aesthetic.
Each E27 light pendant weighs in at a modest 426g, and of course looks best when paired with some LED Buster Bulbs. The bulbs come in three different variants: either crystal, gold, or smoked hues depending on your preferred look. They pendants themselves are also available in either matte black, steel or smoked bronze. Whatever combination you choose is sure to be a winner, though it is worth noting that these bulbs are not compatible with dimmer switches. Of course, Buster & Punch dimmer switches are available for purchase as well to ensure compatibility. Not to worry, though, anything more than a 40-watt bulb isn’t suggested for these pendants. It’s all about soft lighting with these handsome mood setters. Available for $110.
Set over half a mile above sea level in the Swiss Alps, Huus Gstaad is a terrific mountain getaway. Formerly known as the Steigenberger Hotel, the 136-room property has been transformed by Norwegian designer and architect Erik Nissen Johansen, who carefully blended traditional materials with modern design. On site amenities include a “living room” with 500 books, a fireplace, and outstanding views, a contemporary bar, a spa, and multiple eateries. Outside, meanwhile, you have access to over 150 miles of skiing slopes and trails, and during warmer months, rafting, rappelling, and biking. Continue reading
The Unit P2 Skateboard Table has a top made from a 49″ bamboo longboard deck, and hardwood legs with floor-safe pivoting feet. It’s designed to fit in hallways or rooms where space is at a premium, and standard office or dining chairs fit under it easily – making it an ideal micro office.
Unit P2 is a skateboard company founded by Jeff Yarrington, the man behind The Fuel Haus and Bozi Boards. Jeff’s work has been shown worldwide, including both his iconic skateboard designs and his work with custom cars and motorcycles. $195
If you’re the kind of person that appreciates keeping track of the days in the year and the versatility of the word fuck (maybe you own this, this, and this), you’re going to want The Fucking Calendar. Created as a funny gift to kick off the new year, the calendar comes in black or white and pocket or poster sizes. A relatively traditional calendar with the days, dates and months for 2017 is decked out with plenty of fucks because each month includes a fucking title of the fucking holiday it’s most famous for. Fucking Valentine’s Day for February. Fucking Heat for June. Tourists for August. Halloween for October. You get the idea. This appropriately named calendar has all of the fucks you won’t give for the entire year, so it’s obviously completely inappropriate for a traditional office. $3
You spend a lot of energy working out at the gym, but what if all that effort gave you more than just a buff bod? The Italian architects Carlo Ratti Associati, have designed a floating gym that is powered by the exercise of the people working out inside it! The 20-meter-long Paris Navigating Gym would be equipped with Technogym‘s ARTIS exercise machines which can harness the energy of the users to float gently down the Seine river.
The transparent glass bubble design was inspired by the Bateaux Mouches ferry boats that have carried tourists across the river since the early 20th century. The gym will be a collaboration between Technogym, Terreform ONE and URBEM, and will be adapted to use ARTIS bikes and cross trainers that capture the energy of the individuals using the exercise machine to power the boat.
Carlo Ratti said, “The Paris Navigating Gym investigates the potential of harnessing human power. It’s fascinating to see how the energy generated by a workout at the gym can actually help to propel a boat. It provides one with a tangible experience of what lies behind the often abstract notion of ‘electric power’.” Continue reading
If you´ve ever wanted to ditch the commute and work from home but the site of the kitchen table day in day out doesn´t appeal, the Backyard Room might be the solution you´re after. The cost and inconvenience of commuting to work everyday is increasing, and advances in computer and networking technology are making the viability of working from home a realistic alternative to traveling to an office everyday. The Backyard Room, is a collection of architecturally designed, pre-fabricated rooms, studios or workspaces. Designed and built in 6 weeks and installed on site in under 5 days, the eco-friendly garden studio is available in several styles and sizes according to your needs, whether you need a home office, studio, retreat, or a man cave, these guys have the perfect solution for you. $15.000 Continue reading
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