Today’s designers need more than just inches to layout their sketches. The Lindlund Creative Ruler was made for them. Cut from high-grade aluminum, it offers the traditional measurements of inches and centimeters, plus both picas and pixels. The latter has a simulated ppi of 150, as well as indications for the sizes of iPhone and iPad screens. A rubber coating on the back keeps it securely in place, and the four measurements make it easy to create 90-degree angles. Available with a black or silver anodized finish. $25
Pedestrians in lower Manhattan had a new piece of branded art to ponder on Tuesday morning, as McCann New York and client State Street Global Advisors conspired in the middle of the night to drop a statue in Bowling Green Park of a girl facing off against the famous Wall Street Charging Bull.
The stunt, timed to International Women’s Day on Wednesday, is meant to symbolize the power of women in leadership. More specifically, it’s part of a campaign by SSGA to emphasize that companies with women in top positions perform better financially.
The sculpture, titled “The Fearless Girl,” was made by Kristen Visbal and photographed by Federica Valabrega. The guerrilla aspect of the placement is in keeping with the Charging Bull itself, which was installed without permission by artist Arturo Di Modica in 1989. It was meant to be a symbol of the strength and power of the American people following the stock-market crash of 1987. Residents fell in love with it, and the city allowed it to remain.
McCann did get a permit for the girl statue. It will be up for at least a week, says the agency, which is negotiating with the city for it to become part of the art program so she can stay longer. Continue reading
Tanner Goods is quickly becoming the be-all-end-all men’s lifestyle shop. It seems they sell (and make) just about everything, and all of it is stunning. Now they’ve created a modular shelving system, built with three things in mind: adaptability, intuition and longevity. The company claims (and hopes) you’ll be able to use it forever, no matter how many cities you relocate to or how drastically your decor style evolves. $800
Located in Kyushu Nagasaki Sasebo city, Huis Ten Bosch is a “Dutch-themed park” in Japan that’s developing an all new attraction unlike anything we’ve ever seen, because this floating hotel room takes you to a deserted island. Less than 4 miles outside of the park, Huis Ten Bosch owns an uninhabited island with close to 40,000 square meters of, well, nothing, which they’re going to develop in the future. How do you get across the water to the future home of what we can only hope is a real life version of Jurassic Park? You hop in a floating capsule that divides all the amenities of a hotel room across two floors. As you fall asleep in the glass capped upper floor bedroom, the floating capsule will transport you slowly to the island overnight. The rooms should be able to accommodate up to four guests with a price ranging upwards from $260. Service could start as early as the end of this year.
Tesla has refused to do traditional advertising for its electric vehicles, instead relying on PR and its reputation for innovation. Some fans love the cars so much that they’ve gone ahead and made advertisements for the company, inspiring a letter from “green” fan Bria asking Elon Musk to run a contest looking for the best one. A few days ago the CEO promised he’d do it, and just like that, Project Loveday is on, seeking out 90-second YouTube submissions that relate to “Tesla, SolarCity, our products, or our mission to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.” Continue reading
Great artists usually create the most iconic album covers. And in Art Record Covers, the relationship between artists and the album covers they’ve contributed is explored. The book features 500 album covers and records by visual artists from the 1950s through today. Among those are classics like Mapplethorpe’s portrait of Patti Smith for Horses, Takashi Murakami’s work for Kanye West’s Graduation, and a look at The Velvet Underground & Nico, arguably the most iconic album cover of all-time with artwork by Andy Warhol. Readers are also treated to interviews with creatives like Kim Gordon and Shepard Fairey along with insightful analysis and details about each album cover. $70
When New York’s legendary Waldorf Astoria closed its doors earlier this week, it left two things behind: a legend and questions.
First, the legend. In the nearly nine decades since the soaring, Art Deco hotel opened its doors on Park Avenue in 1931, nearly every luminary of the 20th century (and many of the 21st) stayed, danced, ate, performed or lived within its storied limestone walls—Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr., Cole Porter, Frank Sinatra and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor (to name just a few).
Officially debuting at the Geneva Motor show later this month, Jaguar Land Rover has finally pulled the cover off (or, the full cover) the SUV that’s going to be slotted between the Range Rover Sport and Evoque, the 2018 Range Rover Velar. With a panoramic glass roof, twin 10″ high-definition touchscreens, Range Rover styling and a host of luxury upgrades, the Range Rover Velar is an iconic classic in the world of mid-size SUVs even though it hasn’t rolled off the line yet. The Velar comes with an eight speed ZF automatic transmission with AWD mated to a 2.0L 247hp turbocharged four-cylinder, 180hp turbodiesel or 3.0L 380hp supercharged V6 engine. Continue reading
The designer, Mauro Giamboi, calls it a less formal form of yachting. Whatever your take, a trip aboard the Ego Superyacht Catamaran would certainly be enjoyable. This concept vessel measures 36m long, with three decks and a beam of 12.8m. The two master passenger cabins offer loft-style layouts meant to attract a more contemporary clientele, while two more guest cabins lie in the portside hull. The starboard hull houses up to six crew, and the full-beam salon has plenty of space for social activities. Continue reading
The Wheel Turntable is a record player that is simple, clean, and easy to use. The minimal record player has no buttons, just a centre stick that controls all the functions (on and off, headphone volume, and skip tracks). To keep things clean, everything is built into the platter, the belt drive, the linear tonearm, the amplifiers, and all technology is safely hidden from dust and accidents. This also allows it to operate horizontally on vertically mounted on a wall, and gives you an unobstructed view of your precious record. $600 on Kickstarter