[ Architectmade ] started in 2005 obtaining the rights to manufacture iconic designs from Danish Designers such as Hans Bolling, Finn Juhl, etc. Featured on the [ Cooper-Hewitt web site ] (Cooper Hewitt is under renovation and will reopen in 2014) is a selection from this handcrafted and well-designed collection.
duck and duckling
optimist and pessimist
Here’s a cutting board you can use as a wood sculpture in the kitchen. I could see several lined up together but couldn’t think of anything big enough to cut up. It was parked on a countertop at the Chicago Boffi showroom.
fiato sulcollo | mario trimarchi | alessi | 2013
[ Albright Knox Art Gallery ] is one of the premier contemporary art museums in the US. They feature a number of the collections I represent, including Alessi, InSync, Petra Meiren, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Projects Watches, and Stewart Stand. Scirocco Collection, which Mario Trimarchi debuted in 2009 with Alessi has continued to include a necklace, earrings, and now bracelet and ring.
alisei earrings | mario trimarchi | alessi | 2011
la stanza dello scirocco | mario trimarchi | alessi | 2009
venue: [ Albright-Knox Art Gallery ] 1285 Elmwood Avenue Buffalo New York 14222 | 716.882.8700 / firstname.lastname@example.org [ mario trimarchi ]
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[ Tibor QC reel ] As a young tool and die apprentice in his native Hungary, the old masters taught Ted “the most beautiful machines have the least moving parts.” This philosophy helps make the Tibor QuickChange™ Series superior to any other quick change reel and spool system on the market. The spool change involves only a single moving part – the stainless steel end cap. There’s nothing to remove: no loose parts, tricky threading or alignments. Changing a spool has never been easier. The Tibor QuickChange Series – simplicity and reliability in a classic new design. $775 usd
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[ Simms g4 pro wader ]
Chasing down big rainbows on New Zealand’s Ruakituri River calls for light tackle and waders that can take a beating. Built for the most demanding angler, this is the G4Z Wader without a zipper…and made in the USA!
5-layer and 3-layer GORE-TEX® fabric technology
Incorporates more 5-layer fabric than any other wader
Adjustable elastic 1.5″ suspender with YKK® non-locking buckles
Zipper hand warmer pockets with quick-drying micro fleece
Flip-out Tippet Tender pocket includes patented build-in retractor
Low profile belt loops accommodate 2″ wading belt
Includes forceps tab and accommodates Simms Super-Fly Patch and Retractor
4mm high-density neoprene stockingfoot with hourglass seam design for more cushion and increased durability
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[ Tom Morgan graphite rod ] Tom says, “Although most of our rods are sold via our catalog or our Internet web site, we have a considerable number of customers, including many from Japan who stop by our shop to cast our rods. Its extremely gratifying to let them cast our rods and to hear their praise for the rod actions. The comments that I hear the most are that the rods feel great, that they are amazingly smooth casting, and that they are sized correctly for the lines they are rated to cast. Our rods are very carefully designed to use a double taper or a long belly weight forward line of the size I recommend. Some of the newer lines are more heavily weighted towards the front portion to accommodate the newer and stiffer graphite rods. Those lines will tend to overload these rods so make sure you are using lines with traditional design. They will not cast, under normal circumstances, a line that is one size heavier.
One aspect of our rod design that makes them different from most other rods currently on the market is the snake guide size. If you compare our rods to others the guides seem small, and you might think, too small to let the line pass through easily. The common misconception is that the bigger the guides the better the line flows through them and the farther you can cast. I have wrapped and cast identical rods with small guides and large guides and found just the opposite to be true. Apparently, the larger guides allow the line to slap around the rod too much and actually reduce the shooting ability of the line. Another aspect often overlooked, particularly on rods like ours with delicate and supple tips, is that the larger guides weight the tip of the rods excessively and entirely destroy their subtle action. Trust me, our guides are of adequate size; the smaller, lighter guides are one of the things that make our rods feel so great.” $1,400 usd
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[ Korkers chrome boot ] Producer says, “Due to high demand, delivery of this product may be delayed.” Sets a new standard for technical fishing wading boots Constructed with sleek yet tough whitewater raft type material and seamless toe guards.
• OmniTrax® 3.0 Interchangeable Sole System adapts your traction to meet the performance needs of each river system
• Low profile Boa® speed lacing system for quick on/off and custom fit; significantly faster than previous system
• Waterproof materials (including sleek synthetic material similar to whitewater rafts) reduce water absorption, thereby reducing overall weight, and dry faster to help prevent the spread of invasive species
• The reduction of stitched seams improves durability and eliminates potential failure points
• Regrind rubber toe cap provides an added layer of durability without adding weight
• Integrated midsole drainage ports allow water to drain quickly keeping boots lighter
• 2 lbs 13 oz
$220 usd – Includes Kling-On & Studded Kling-On soles.
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[ Patagonia SST wading jacket ] An icon among fishing shells that keeps you dry in wet conditions, our durable and recyclable 100% nylon SST Jacket, with a waterproof/breathable H2No® barrier and a Deluge® DWR (durable water repellent) finish, features a host of angler-friendly details. Spend much time in Smithers, Forks or Rio Gallegos and you’ll know: Wherever good fishing and bad weather come together, our venerable SST reigns supreme. Today’s version features our latest advances in shell design and technology, along with a host of new, angler-friendly details. Made from 3-layer recyclable nylon ripstop waterproof/breathable fabric, the SST is durable, extremely light, and better yet, fully recyclable. There’s also an integrated hood with single-pull adjustment and waterproof, corrosion-resistant ririAQUAzip® main and handwarmer pocket zippers. The now-classic large, gusseted chest pockets are waterproof and set high for deep wading. A belt loop on the back allows a wading belt to be worn over the jacket over waders, this combined with the waterproof front zipper results in a near waterproof garment to the neck for greater safety in the event of a spill. Streamlined cuffs lie flat, resist line snagging and seal out water. More details: large back pocket and hidden rod holder. Medium length (2 inches longer than the Deep Wading Jacket).
centenary trolley suitcase.
If your favorite part of THE DARJEELING LIMITED was the custom made Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton luggage, then you may just want to return all your Christmas presents and cash in on the Centenary trolley suitcase. Shown above in Hermes orange with brown straps (and also available in red, shown below), the Centenary, like all the luggage from Globe-Trotter, is made entirely by hand with their trademarked Vulcan Fibre, “an incredibly durable material made of compressed layers of paper,” the same since its invention
Even the suitcases themselves are made in England on original Victorian machinery. Who knew a million layers of paper was more durable than leather? If you think that $1,580 is a lot to pay for a suitcase, well you’re right, but consider that other luggage series from Globe-Trotters are so pricey the number is too big to list online – you have to send an official inquiry.
it’s no secret: i get excited about bikes.
From techie to old fashioned, my head turns at almost everything on two wheels that rolls by. But I’m really excited about this bike, the UrbanMover Electric Bike. For those who use their bikes for more than just errands or trips to the beach, there’s nothing like a little electrical boost to speed you along your commute to work, sweat free, because really, is there anything grosser than starting off the day with a body dripping wet and bound to reek?
What’s great about the UrbanMover is that it gives you the option to use to pedal power or switch to electric when you need an extra push on a hill or against heavy winds. The battery fully charges in just five hours and the bike folds up. If I’m using a lot of italics here it’s just so the awesomeness of this bike isn’t lost on anyone. Folding bikes have been looked down in the past, but that’s because they used to be lame excuses for bikes whose primary function was their ability to become small. In the city, having an obviously expensive bike that you don’t have to leave locked up outside and can take with you indoors, on an elevator, into any office building, is priceless. The UrbanMover, however, does have a price, but it’s lower now, $1,099 (normally $1,699), plus a $400 battery pack. Available at Real Goods.
for some people watches are a status symbol – the bigger and blingier the better.
For others they merely tell the time. We’re not concerned with either group, only with those who consider a watch like any other design element in their life, as something that’s functional but also interesting, designed to make life both easier and better. For those people there is & Design, a Japanese studio with four bold watches, the Pentagon, the Hexagon, the Icon and the LED. Let all those who can’t read time without a little help (like actual numbers on a watch face) be warned. These timepieces are stripped away of all extraneous information and rely on simple geometric shapes and basic yet striking color combinations. The first one to grab my eye was the Icon, which, with “a nod to the era of 8-bit computer graphics” has a face like an old Mac icon. The Hexagon and Pentagon take similar design cues, and the LED rounds out the bunch with a pop of color. ($75, at the MoMA store)
designer: & design
handcrafted with wooden legs and a ceramic chalk surface, this ain’t your average rec room ping-pong table.
Made for PUMA by aruliden, a firm that approaches branding through product design, the “Chalk Table” aims to enhance the playful side of the highly competitive sports industry and to bring about a different kind of athlete. Here, they explain what they mean.
“When did sports become so serious? When did being an athlete require you to sacrifice your life? Shouldn’t playing a sport actually involve playing? Let’s bring back the social aspects of sports. Capturing joyful, active moments of life for a different kind of athlete: The After Hours Athlete.”
The chalk surface adds a fun element, allowing players to map out ideal moves or leave threatening notes to their competitors, and the under table storage is one of those amazingly simple, why-didn’t-I-think-of-that-first design solutions. The equipment is stowed away in protective cases with simple, magnetic closures to prevent weathering and runaway ping-pong balls. Game on! ($4,750)