Set atop a peak over a mile above sea level, the Starlight Room is a one-of-a-kind accommodation that offers unsurpassed views of the surrounding Dolomites and the night sky. The views are enabled by a bed that's surrounded by glass on four sides, including the ceiling, so you can look up to see a view unpolluted by nearby lighting. There's a small TV, a heating/cooling system, and speakers, and you get a four-course dinner, complete with wine, as well as a light breakfast included with the room. But it's really the views and the feeling of isolation — as well as the exciting journey in on snowmobile, snowshoes, or fat bikes — that's the attraction here.
Photos: Giacomo Pompanin / Rifugio Col Gallina
Many expected the Oculus Rift to give us our first taste of VR. Unfortunately, a high price and ridiculous minimal specs — PC-only, among them — left many of us on the outside. The PlayStation VR should help fill some of that void. Needing nothing more than a PS4 and Playstation Camera to power it, it's far more accessible, and doesn't slouch on the specs, either, with a 5.7" OLED 1080p display running at up to 120 fps, 3D audio from built-in headphones, and, of course, a highly capable controller that you're already intimately familiar with. Arriving in October.
Originally created to celebrate Niki Lauda's first world championship title with Ferrari, the Monza still stands as one of Tag's most celebrated watches. Yet it has rarely been reissued. Which makes the Tag Heuer Monza 40th Anniversary Watch all the more special. It retains the iconic coussin case of the original, but expands it from 39 to 42 mm, and swaps its steel construction for carbide-coated titanium. The dial is home to both a pulsometer and tachymeter scale, just like the original, and likewise has black and white lacquered hour and minute hands, as well as a historic logo, the original font, and vintage orange SuperLuminova on the indices. Finished with a full-grain black "super racing" leather strap, it's limited to just 2,000 pieces.
It might share its name with the mullet-piloted muscle cars of your youth, but the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is far from those bare-bones affairs. It's powered by a supercharged 6.2L V-8 producing 640 hp, paired to either a rev-matching six-speed manual or a sophisticated 10-speed automatic. Technological advancements are also apparent in the Magnetic Ride suspension, user-selectable Driver Modes, Launch Control, and modern connectivity features. The exterior exudes the car's aggressive nature, with 20-inch forged aluminum wheels, Brembo brakes, 11 heat exchangers for optimal cooling, a carbon fiber insert and heat extractor in the hood, and a wing-style rear spoiler.
Using a color scheme and details that harken back to models of the past, the TUDOR Heritage Black Bay Bronze Watch is a completely modern timepiece that wouldn't look out of place decades earlier. Its 43 mm case is crafted from an aluminium bronze alloy that develops its own patina over time, making each one unique. The company's first chocolate brown dial and bezel, as well as golden and beige accents, help to further highlight the watch's nautically-inspired case, and the snowflake hour hand, prominent winding crown, and domed crystal recall notable TUDOR models from the past. Powered by an in-house movement developed specifically for this model, it's accompanied by a fabric strap inspired by a classic French Navy bracelet, as well as an aged brown leather strap.
Most motorbikes don't have four wheels. Most aren't powered by Maserati engines, either. Both are defining features of the Lazareth LM847 Quad Motorcycle, essentially a sport bike built around a 4.7L V8 producing 470 hp. Despite its massive engine, it has all the properties you'd expect in a bike, such as handlebars, a low-slung saddle, the ability to lean — at least a little — in the turns, and distinctive headlamps.
Prohibition was supposed to dry out America, and while there weren't many distillers legally making liquor, that didn't stop many Americans from continuing to drink. Contraband Cocktails: How America Drank When It Wasn't Supposed To provides a detailed look at the drinks, methods, and people that kept Americans buzzed. From the rise of the speakeasy, which led to the modern cocktail bar — to how members of Congress were supplied with illegal booze, Contraband Cocktails is a fascinating look at a period of American history none of us hope repeats itself.
With concrete walls that emerge from the rock unevenly, this Iceland Cliffside Retreat is in some ways a reflection of the island nation's craggy glaciers. It's also a truly modern structure, spread across multiple floors with huge swaths of glass that provide the subterranean levels needed light and provide views of the water below. Sadly fictional for now, we'd happily take in our morning coffee on its oversized lower terrace.
Photos: Alex Hogrefe / Visualizing Architecture
John Elliott Mercer Tee ($105).
Levi's Made and Crafted Jeans ($180).
Public School NY Jordan 12's ($750).
Norse Projects Thor Jacket ($275).
Hard Graft Flat Pack ($325).
Hector Saxe Roulette Set ($3,690).
Head Porter Spirit Zip Key Case ($73).
Filling a massive industrial space, this Milan Apartment uses intelligent small touches to make it feel more like a home and less like a former factory. Among those are cabinets in the kitchen clad in treated, unlaquered wood, outer columns painted a stark white, the better to contrast with the black metal island, vents, and ceiling, and classic, plushly upholstered furniture that brings a soft touch to the bare concrete floors.
Photos: Marco Silotto + Enrico Dal Zotto / Silvio Stefani
After spending the night in the Great Outdoors, it's going to take a cup of coffee, or six, to get you back on the trails. Built from rust-free 18/8 stainless steel, the Stanley Adventure Percolator keeps the nostalgia of old-school outdoor coffee alive. An updated removable silicone grip allows you to brew right over an open flame, while the ergonomic handle makes for an easier pour. The large capacity holds half a dozen cups to help keep the whole campfire caffeinated for whatever adventures lie ahead.
A quad-core processor. Android. 1200x800 resolution. Wi-fi and Bluetooth. It sounds like the stat sheet for a mid-level tablet — but mid-level tablets don't have wall-sized screens. The Jmgo Smart Home Theater Projector is a do-it-all theater solution with a circular aluminum body that matches the cylindrical remote control. Thanks to its built-in smarts, it can stream video straight from a variety of sources, has HDMI and USB ports for connecting other devices, built-in speakers, and DLP technology that keeps the picture looking crisp at any size.
Boats and trailers are essential parts of the camping experience for many. Unfortunately, you typically need two vehicles to get them both to the campsite. Not with the Classic American Dream Trailer. This small teardrop combo sits on a 4" x 8" frame, and offers both a full bed and a row boat that flips over to attach to the roof. There's a galley in the back for cooking and storage, a secondary roof to keep things dry when you're on the boat, and heavy-duty latches to keep everything secure when you're on the road.
Photos: Daniel Evans / The American Dream
Be prepared for your next outdoor adventure with the Nomad Survival Multi-Tool. An essential addition to your everyday carry, this multi-tool packs just about everything into a small, lightweight, stainless steel package. It's a bottle opener, wrench, compass, flashlight, and blade — giving you what you need when you need it. It also features a scraper that pops out and becomes a mini tool in itself, with a 1/4" bit adapter, nut adapters, and can also serve as a flat head screwdriver. You can even use the scraper on the built in ferrocerium rod to start a fire, making the Nomad an easy choice for your next trek into the great beyond.
Many homes are made of concrete, steel, glass, and wood. GG House is defined by them. The distinct butterfly shape of the concrete roof breaks the house up into two zones, one private, and one social. On the private side are two bedrooms, an office, and a master suite, while the social side is home to the open living, dining, and kitchen areas. Polished steel walls wrap around both sections, with an entryway in the middle that's connected to the rest of the home by stained cedar panels that also form the elongated decks. Retractable glass walls allow for selective separation from the outdoors while providing views of the volcano Colima, and the polished concrete floors serve as an inverse reflection of the raw roof above.
Photos: Marcos García / Elias Rizo Arquitectos
Usually, once you've assembled your latest masterpiece, it just collects dust on your shelf or becomes a plastic paper weight. But click in a few Brixo Blocks and get that Lego Back to the Future Time Machine hitting 88 MPH. Powered by a low voltage battery, these building blocks act as electric conductors to create simple circuits that add light, motion, and sound to any structure, without any annoying wires. A chrome coating makes them completely safe for the little ones, in case you decide to share.
When some breweries open their doors, they can barely see past the first week. In the case of Taft's Ale House in Cincinnati's Over The Rhine, they were planning for their first anniversary before they opened shop. Taft's Ale House Old Wooden Tooth Beer is a Russian Imperial Stout that has been aging in bourbon barrels for the past year. It was then bottled in these beautiful 500ml bottles that come with a custom branded wooden box with a neck flag and label that are custom printed with 9 colors including a metallic copper ink on a cherry veneer label. If the beer itself is anywhere near as appealing as the packaging, you might need to make plans to be in attendance in Cincinnati for the release — which is slated for Opening Day.
Considered by many to be the forerunner of modern super sports models, the 1971 Lamborghini Miura SV was unveiled at the Geneva motor show in 71' as a one-off. But with the Miura line celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, this piece of automotive legend has been fully restored over the past 12 months. Every panel has been meticulously returned to its original lines and angles and every component has been restored or replaced. Presented in metallic green with tan leather, it's a fitting tribute to an iconic Lambo.
The quest to go paperless is often halted once you're actually forced to scan stuff. If you have a scanner, it's bulky, heavy, and tied to a stationary computer. Doxie Go Rechargeable Scanner takes the pain out of going paperless with their small, battery-powered paper scanner — and no computer is required. Scan docs, receipts, and photos and it goes straight to Doxie's built-in memory. Then sync to your computer or tablet when you're ready to organize. The multi-page, searchable PDFs are then saved to your device, Dropbox, or even Slack. Portable and small enough to store in your backpack or desk drawer, Doxie gets you one step closer to a paperless — and wireless — existence.
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Named after its form and materials, the WW Chair is a modern update to the classic Windsor. The legs and seat stay true to the original design, while the powder-coated metal wire backing brings the chair into the 21st century. Available in a variety of finishes, ranging from traditional walut to stained grey, this seat is the ideal way to surround any urban farmhouse table.
For their first build, Hyde Designs from Cape Town have quickly gained the attention of those with a keen eye for a great looking bike. The Hyde Octavia BMW X Challenge Motorcycle was built in six months and used the BMW X Challenge for its 650 Rotax engine, open swingarm, and main structural frame. The finished product is quite a departure from the BMW though, with an angular custom-welded steel tank and a fiberglass tail. Dubbed "Octavia", it's a dark, modern Café Racer that's sure to turn heads.
Whether you're cooking around a campfire or on your stovetop, nothing beats a cast iron skillet. Aimed at improving on the classic, the Field Skillet is machined and polished for a smooth cooking surface, while reducing the weight to that of a Macbook Pro. They've eliminated the unnecessary pour spouts and added an ergonomic handle, making it easier to transport around the kitchen or wield as a weapon. Just like Granny's, the skillet comes fully seasoned, ready to fry up anything, right out of the box.
Smart devices are everywhere, and now they're becoming a vital part of the sports world as well. Zepp, a sports-tracking company teamed up with wood bat maker Old Hickory and created the Old Hickory x Zepp Smart Bat. It's not the first attempt to gather swing data, but it is the first one that features a tracker that is built-in, making it a true smart bat. The sensor is located in the knob of the bat and provides feedback during games and practices, all without having to remove it for data or to charge. Available for purchase in June, just in time for a run at the pennant.
Until electricity flows freely through the air to our gadgets, plugging in a cable — or at least plopping our gear on a charging surface — is a fact of life. Make the process look as good as possible with Native Union Charging Docks. These sleek desktop solutions are as minimal as possible, and come in editions specific to the device you're charging, whether it be over Lightning, Micro USB, or, in the case of the Apple Watch, a magnetic circle. Available in a variety of device-matching color schemes.
Set off the Puget Sound fjord and surrounded by forest, the Hood Canal Cabin takes advantage of its picturesque location with a vertical design. Built atop an existing 20 square foot foundation, it's clad in black cedar, with a contrasting light pine plywood and white panel interior that's home to a kitchen, wood-burning stove, bedroom, and sunlit shower. The entry is marked by a thin canopy that shields the entry from the elements, and is joined on the exterior by a large deck that sits on the same corner as the living/dining area's glazing.
Photos: Andrew Pogue / MW Works
When you're searching for a new gin, sometimes the best packaging ends up coming home with you. Graton Distilling Company's Benham's Dry Gin not only boasts a great looking design from Stranger & Stranger, but is also a delicious gin worthy of your next spring cocktail. Crafted using 12 botanicals, Benham's is made using a classic juniper base along with locally grown citrus to balance out a classic yet modern approach.
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Most concepts give us a glimpse of the future. The 1960 Jeep FC 150 Concept gives us an upgrade on the past. As the name suggests, it's based on an FC 150 from 1960, which itself was based on the CJ-5. This new concept keeps the original steel body with full-length cargo box, while replacing the original chassis with one from a 2005 Jeep Wrangler, modified to accept new Dana axles and 17-inch white steel wheels. The interior has been tastefully upgraded as well, with vinyl seat covers, a new headliner, CB radio, a compass, and all-weather floor mats. Powered by a 4.0L PowerTech inline six paired with a 3-speed automatic, it's ready for everything from the trails to the ranch.