Israeli designer David Benatan creates various lamps under the brand name Kozo Lamp. His collection contains all kinds of lamps: wall, table and even floor lamps. The key feature of the project is the usage of iron plumbing pipes and fittings in the manufacturing of lamps. All products are handmade, which makes the £200-£350 price tag impressive. Check them out here
The internal happenings of Nike‘s Beaverton locale are often kept to a slight whisper, which has probably contributed to the brand’s success. Remote from the bustle of R&D and beside the marketing department sits Mark Parker – CEO of Nike. I originally posted images of his office a few years again but Obscura Magazine has released a peek inside the ‘newly-redesigned’ office of “The World’s Most Creative CEO” (according to Fast Company) in their latest issue, providing a new perspective on the successful businessman. An infamous bust of Lincoln, signed Air Jordans, and an array of vintage war-era paintings create a unique aesthetic all their own, with the office seeming more like a ‘home away from home’ than a workspace in the traditional sense. Enjoy a look, then head over to SILLY THING to pick up a copy of Obscura Magazine Issue 14.
Back in June, Ace Hotel Group announced the launch of their first European location in London’s Shoreditch. As it nears its opening date this September, the hotel releases a couple of images of the immaculately designed interior which also shows off their conscious efforts to cater to local culture.
The design approach for the hotel focuses on partnerships with makers that use traditional UK craftsmanship. The lobby is home to a flower shop by Hattie Fox, a cafe put on by Square Mile Coffee Roasters and a full restaurant and bar run by David Waddington and Pablo Flack of Bistrotheque. If you’re still not intrigued, beds come with quilts designed by French label A.P.C. and staff uniforms were crafted in partnership with designers like John Smedley, Assembil, and Gloverall. Ace Hotel continues to provide design and experiences totally unexpected in the hospitality world. I suggest a stay if you find yourself in London. Make a reservation here.
You best believe there was a bit of boozin’ going on backstage at some of the world’s biggest rock shows. In honor of that partying spirit, Crystal Head Vodka has teamed up with the Rolling Stones to release this 50th Anniversary Gift Set. Included is a bottle of Crystal Head Vodka (feel free to mix it with orange to get your Keith Richards on), a handcrafted display case, a 2-disc live compilation CD that will take you through the five decades of Stones awesomeness, and a crystal decanter top engraved with the tongue and lip logo. So put on the CD, break out and few glasses, and get some groupies on the horn to start your own party.
By far the most famous American Mid-Century designers, Charles and Ray Eames legacy can still be found in tastefully furnished appartments all over the world. A standout piece is without doubt the Shell Chair. Originally introduced in 1948 by Herman Miller it initially featured a molded fiber glass shell, which was later, however, replaced by a more-eco friendly yet less classy looking plastic. Now 65 years after its initial inception the Shell Chair is made available in a refined wooden veneer version, of course with your choice of three classic bases: wire (“Eiffel Tower”) in chrome or black, 4-leg in chrome or black, or wood dowel in one of three finishes.
Remember the scene in Willy Wonka (the original, of course), when disembodied hands grab the visitors’ coats? Well, Harry Allen remembers. From his ongoing “Reality Series,” where real objects are re-cast in a resin composite material, these hands—cast from Allen’s own—have a multitude of functions. BESTOW comes with a candleholder as well as a glass vase. OM has fingers gently grasping a stick of incense. GRAB gives the option of hanging objects or cloths from all 5 digits. OFFER offers a small flat shelf for display. C’MERE provides an inviting finger to hang stuff fromThe latest in the series are the hands cast to hold an iPad or iPhone. These hands are waterproof and washable. LOVE!
f you’re looking for a well-made notebook that you won’t want to toss out after you fill it up like something from your local office supply store, Brooklyn’s Maxx & Unicorn has you covered. They teamed up with Marilyn Glinka of Emgie Libris to create a handbound journal that’s crafted from a single piece of leather and comes in the standard black or brown, but is also available with a dark camo design if you’re looking for a bit of added style. Each is initialed and dated in the back and lined with a cloth interior. Basically, it’s a pocket notebook that urges you to take a penmanship class so you can keep it nice and pretty.
When the playing cards come out its either a wax coated all singing all dancing pack I acquired from a casino in Vegas or my mate brings out the dog eared set showcasing 70’s Nanna’s & Grandad’s having sexy time (you know who you are)…..Not any more!!! These Hip Hop Playing Cards are all awesome. Each card in the deck features a hip hop icon drawn by Sayori Wada ready for you to bust out on your next straight or royal flush. Just avoid the temptation to break out some lyrics when you lay one of them down.
Ideas from Massimo Osti is the first monograph dedicated to Massimo Osti, Bolognese fashion designer, famous for bringing the world Stone Island, C.P. Company, Boneville and Left Hand to name a few. The 415-page large format monograph book displays more than 1000 images and photography covering Massimo Osti’s more important garments and accessories – including notes and sketches on dyeing, fabrics samples and more. Sir Paul Smith and Franca Sozzani, editor-in-chief at Vogue Italia are just two of the famous names interviewed for the book. Official launches September 5 at the Parsons School of Fashion Fall Conversation Series.
Published by Damiani in limited edition printing of 150 as well as normal edition. Available from Amazon.
The Mercedes-Benz G-Class has offered 4-wheel drive functionality along with a boxy, workmanlike aesthetic since the late 1970s, and a new video from the German luxury automaker traces the history of a true automotive icon. The G-Class began as a military vehicle initially requested by the Shah of Iran, and is now a “cult item” with a dedicated fan club and loyal customer base who want to see it remain that way. The video features some of the G’s historic exploits, as well as interviews with designer Volker Leutz and head of Mercedes-Benz Classic Michael Bock, who discuss updating the G-Class while staying true to its roots. Check it out below.