At some point in the past, plastic and metal took the place of wood in speaker design. Not because these materials produced better sound, but because it was cheaper. Now, a promising resurgence in custom-made home audio has brought back the warmth of wood in a major way. These MT. Man speakers are carved from solid cherry and feature copper-clad woofers. Proudly made in Philadelphia.
You might wonder why people are perfectly willing to pay so much for a Herman Miller chair … but then, you sit in one. If the bulk of your waking life is spent at a desk, staring into your computer, Herman Miller’s got your back. Literally. The SAYL has all the ergonomic features and progressive design you’d expect, but this model is lighter, less costly, and its construction is 93% recyclable.
Yes, Braun makes watches but no, they won’t give you a shave. The brand best known for its line of advanced cordless shavers has teamed up with designers from the luxury watch brand Ventura to create some smooth & handsome digital timepieces. This model features Ventura’s patented scroll wheel and digital display font for a refined yet progressive design. Release date yet to be announced.
Serious bang for the buck. The D5100 offers Nikon’s proven image quality in a do-it-all DSLR that combines hobby camera prices and professional quality results. The stats: 16.2 MP file size, swiveling LCD monitor back, full HD video capabilities with full-time autofocus, plus new Effects & HDR settings for high-impact images. It also comes with a AF-S 18-55mm VR lens included; all for less than a thousand smackers. Believe it.
Are you sick of the snide condescension from your Mac-using co-workers? Well, feel free to flip them the proverbial bird. The new Vaio is cool; not that coolness counts for much to the proud PC user, but this machine is also powerful. Boast about your Windows 7 OS, your Intel i7 processor and the 7.5-hour battery life. Or better yet, stay silent. You don’t want all the Macsters converting.
What to do with used wine corks? Renowned designer, Reza Feiz at Los Angeles-based Phase Design came up with a couple cool ideas. His Life After Corkage ottoman and stool recycle used wine corks into designer furnishings. Each piece keeps 2500 corks out of the landfill and gives them a new life in your home.
Here’s one for all the grown-up former frat boys: a custom-made, high-quality beer pong table fit for serious aficionados of the world’s most important drinking game. It features a smooth, seamless Poplar wood surface with cast iron legs. End zone highlights include underlit red plexi-glass triangles for perfect cup placement. Stack up the 12-packs and host a tournament, bro. (source)
In the 1960s, the Hamilton Thin-O-Matic was an iconic timepiece. In a nod to their history and the current popularity of retro-styled wristwatches, Hamilton is bringing the relatively affordable Thin-O-Matic back in a vintage modern package. Available in two sizes, 38 and 42mm, the stepped, angled watchcase is very thin, while its face projects boldly. Both sizes include a date aperture on the face and are available with a variety of strap options.
The clones are shaking in their sub-par aluminum cases. Apple continues to dominate with the faster, skinnier and slightly sexier 2011 version of the iPad. This one is 33% thinner than it’s predecessor – even more svelte than the iPhone. Front & rear facing cameras, a new dual-core A5 processor and HDMI video output at 1080p HD – Apple’s upgraded everything but the price. Available in black or white.
She may recoil in horror if she sees you mowing the lawn in your space-age laser hair helmet, but deep down, she’ll understand. Balding dudes are desperate. Before you go full cue ball, this scientifically-tested laser therapy helmet could be the key to rejuvenating your dome. Eventually you’ll try everything to stop the loss, but maybe start here before you go to the spray-on route.