Berlin-based furniture designer, Rainer Spehl, works with wood, blending natural textures & tones into rich architectural interiors. With his wooden laptop cases (made to fit all three sizes of MacBook Pro), he’s got an original masterpiece. Featuring a magnetic closure with recessed hinges and a full leather lining, these cases will keep your apple from getting bruised.
A pocket-sized, 500GB USB 3.0 portable hard-drive is in itself, a pretty rad little storehouse. Add to that power, the smooth & functionally sculpted form by famed industrial designer, Philippe Starck, and you’ve got yourself a damn fine device. Its all-aluminum case makes it even cooler. Literally. Even at ten-times the speed of regular USB, it won’t heat up.
Want a solid tool ready to handle business when you are? No, this is not a Viagra ad. We’re merely recommending options that may work for your special needs. This ratchet tool has a comfy grip and runs both metric & SAE sockets for getting those nuts really tight. Okay, that’s enough.
It looks like a regular old Schwinn, but no … not quite. Winner of the 2010 Eurobike Gold Award in Design, the Vestige is the first bike to feature a biodegradable frame made from natural flax fibers. Similar to carbon fiber frames, the flax material is rigid yet dampens road vibration. The semi-translucent frame tubes feature an internal lighting system showing off the bike’s innovative materials. Bright, right?
At last year’s company Christmas party, you kinda thought you were the King Of Vodka. But sorry, no. This is the real story. The biography of Russian vodka entrepreneur, Pyotr Smirnov, as told by journalist & researcher, Linda Himelstein. Rising up against adversity and oppression in the 1800s, Smirnov went from pauper to prince creating one of the greatest alcohol empires of all time.
If all that mattered was telling the time, nobody would wear a watch. We’d all just look at our phones. It’s because men can’t really wear jewelry (except Elton John, Li’l Wayne, etc.) that makes the timepiece a status symbol. Wearing a watch the caliber of a Harry Winston chronograph denotes not just good taste, an appreciation of refinement and fashion sense, it also says you’ve got scads of disposable income. Get it in the red gold finish, Weezy would.
You shoot all your photos with your iPhone. So why buy that new digital camera you know you’ll never use? Instead, step up your phone-tography game. The Glif is a good place to start. This simple little doinklet has a universal tripod mount & also acts as a kickstand for your iPhone when you’re just kicking it.
Arguably the most original & influential underground pop group of the 90s, Stereolab created a unique style mixing looped motoriks, 60s-style French pop and infectious grooves. They’ve put out dozens of releases, all of which are eaten up by their cult-like following of fans. The forthcoming release Not Music is an hour-long collection of tripped-out extras from recording sessions done in 2008. It’s weird and magical … like always.
Flat is where it’s at. Brooklyn NYC is home to the Wintercheck factory, purveyors of the practical. The William wallet is one such design. Made of two stamped aluminum panels, the self-compressing wallet carries cards & cash in a flat, organized way. Simple and solid.
You have to be a full-on Tim Burton movie fanatic to even understand how awesome this collector’s box set is. Danny Elfman has created the soundtracks for all Burton’s greats – like Edward Scissorhands and The Nightmare Before Christmas. This limited edition set brings together the music of 16 films, including hours of unreleased extras, a 250-page book with an intro from Johnny Depp, artwork, etc. … it’s a treasure chest of Burtonalia, dig in.