True coffee nerds are always looking for their next great sip. Angel's Cup makes it easy to find new coffees, and remember the details of ones you've tried before. This free app lets you record tasting notes on everything from the beans that arrive via the companion subscription service to your local shop's seasonal roast. For beginners, there's a flavor wheel that helps you visualize your thoughts, while old pros can use a more advanced chart. For the subscription coffees, you can compare your own notes with the roastmaster's, and all of your notes are automatically saved in the cloud so they're accessible from anywhere.
It's funny: some people hate wearing a screen on their bodies, but obviously have no problems sticking one in their pockets. The Bucardo Apple Pocket Watch is ideal for this crowd, blending the convenience and design of Cupertino's timepiece with the old-school practice of keeping your watch attached to a chain and tucked in your pants instead of strapped to your wrist. Plus, you already have a pocket for it in your jeans, even if you don't realize it. Available in a handful of different designs and metals.
Designed using basic geometric shapes, the Mirador House by Gubbins Arquitectos strikes a powerful juxtaposition with the rocky cliffs on which it sits. Elevated for a view of both the land and sea, the home sits on the southern coastline of Chile's fifth region, and consists of a main floor supported by a smaller base, with cantilevered areas on either side, a spiral staircase to connect them, and a lengthy access ramp that only serves to accentuate the views.
Photos: Marcos Mendizábal
Bringing to mind antler lights, tree boughs, and other rustic lighting and decorations, the Branch Chandelier is a clean alternative for minimalist decors. With as many as 28 lighting elements, the Margus Triibmann design uses LED technology, and is made from aluminum with a powder coat finish and a galvanized steel support. In addition, the individual elements are posable, making this a more versatile solution than your standard chandelier.
Most of us love great art, but know that it's incredibly tough to begin a collection. A Poor Collector's Guide to Buying Great Art is a book that breaks down some of those barriers, with information about where and how to get started. Become an expert art buyer by learning skills like how to appraise prices, when to show up at auctions and how to bid, and developing the perfect eye for a great piece. A step by step guide from Norwegian adventurer Erling Kagge, who provides everything you need to know about building a great collection without great wealth.
The Equus was a curiosity when it was announced. The Hyundai Vision G Coupe Concept shows that the car maker's luxury ambitions stretch far beyond a single sedan. On the outside, it's notable for the long hood, sweeping lines, prominent grille, and muscular stance, while underneath all the metal sits an award-winning 5.0-liter Tau V8 engine good for 420 hp and a simple, elegant interior.
We'd love it if this was an island had a whiskey spring, or just floated in a whiskey sea. Then again, if that were the case, we'd probably already own it. Instead, Whiskey Island is named for its bootlegging past. The 3.1 acre property sits in the St. Lawrence River just minutes from the Canadian border, and is home to an eight bedroom 19th-century lodge, a swimming deck, and multiple docks that were once used to smuggle whiskey into New York during the prohibition era.
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Skills or Skulls Mini Skateboard ($175).
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1975 Omega Flightmaster Watch ($2,200).
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Oliver Peoples Sunglasses ($365).
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Most architecture books are well-photographed lists of places. Cape Cod Modern certainly contains its share of images, both new and old. But more importantly, it tells a story — the story of how a group of Bauhaus-trained designers and their friends transformed the area house-by-house while helping foster ideas that would inform modern architecture for decades to come. The rare book to be great for both diving into and leaving on the coffee table.
Designed by architect Richard Smith to serve as his own home, the Lord Street Warehouse is a smart repurposing of an industrial space. The home retains its original brick facade, including the repair shop sign, while the interior mixes modern touches like concrete floors and contemporary furniture with exposed structural beams and white-painted brick walls. A pair of sliding doors allow for access to the private patio, which is joined on the side of the house by an open-air garage.
Photos: Aimee Crouch
Once you've filled your glass growler with latest double IPA you've been wanting to try, it's only a matter of time before it's warm, has been exposed to UV light to change the flavor, and is sweating all over your car seat. The Beer Growler from Mira makes those problems a thing of the past with its vacuum insulated, food grade stainless steel, 64oz growler. Beer will stay cold for up to 24 hours, and the taste and carbonation are protected since it's double walled and boasts an air-tight, screw-on seal lock.
Some devices can't drive larger headphones. Some have crappy DACs. The Aqua Headphone Amplifier is designed to solve both these problems. It connects via Lightning or MicroUSB and uses a 24-bit/192kHz DAC from AKM to provide excellent audio quality, as well as a 60mW amplifier to make sure your cans are getting plenty of power. There's also an onboard USB audio controller, a status LED, and a play & pause button, all housed in an angular machined aluminum case weighing just 16 grams.
A love of spicy food means you're always down to try new tongue-burners. Fuego Box makes it easy. Available as a quarterly or monthly subscription, this service brings boxes of high-quality hot stuff right to your door. Your first shipment will include two full-sized sauces, a few samples, and a mini tasting notebook, and every one after that will arrive with three full-sized bottles of hot sauce. No long-term commitment necessary.
Only produced from 1955 till 1963, the Mercedes-Benz 190SL is an iconic roadster with nothing short of a cult following. This 1960 Mercedes-Benz 190SL was originally owned by one of the founders, and president, of a 190 SL group and was completely restored in 1987. After the restoration, it hit the show circuit, piling up plenty of "Best In Show" awards during its run. In the mid 2000's the car got a new interior, soft top, and paint job, putting it right back in the upper echelon of 190SL's that are still around. A trophy for any collector, the time and money invested in this timeless automobile provide a rare opportunity to own a remarkable vehicle.
Your energy bills are high enough without letting it flow down the drain. The Nebia Shower prevents this from happening with stunning efficiency. Developed with the same software used to study jet engines, its array of atomizing nozzles is up to 13 times more efficient than a regular shower, heating you up and rinsing you off while minimizing your water and energy usage. It mounts to your wall via an anodized aluminum bracket, has an arm that adjusts vertically with up to 27 inches of movement and a head that rotates up to 45 degrees, and includes a wand that docks on the wall, ensuring that it can adapt to your needs.
Plastic water bottles are a huge contributor to pollution — we throw away over 20 billion of them every year. The Eau Good Water Bottle is out to change that. It's made from a BPA-free plastic called Tritan so it's more durable than glass, and uses a filter made from Binchotan active charcoal to treat your tap water. This filter is made in the Kishu region of Japan, and absorbs chemicals in the water while adding minerals, balancing the pH, and in general making it taste better. All without contributing to the Great Pacific garbage patch, which sounds like an idea out of Infinite Jest but is sadly a very real thing.
Minimize your pocket bulge by trading your current pocket blade for the Baladeo Papagayo Skinny Knife. Crafted from 420 stainless steel, it has a 3 1/8" titanium-coated blade, with an open handle design for reduced weight and a Zebrano wood front handle for a touch of flair. Finished with a bright orange paracord lanyard.
Unlike a pair of jeans or even a new car, there are no try-ons or test drives when it comes to tattoos. And for every amazing piece of art on someone's skin, there are five regrettable pieces being hidden from the light of day. Inkbox Two-Week Tattoo gives you a chance to wear some ink, without the commitment and price that goes along with a trip to the parlor. It doesn't look childish or too fake, and takes only 10 minutes to apply without the pain of a tattoo gun. It's fruit-based and lasts two weeks, giving you a chance to "demo" a design you're thinking of having done permanently, or provides you with a little edge for your first trip to the county jail.
Before you probably cared about craft beer, Three Floyds Brewing in Munster, Indiana broke the mold with Alpha Kong. The Belgian style sextuple was first released 10 years ago, and this beast of a beer was not only gigantic and delicious, but it was almost as hard to get your hands on as King Kong himself. Back from the dead in 22oz bottles, the new release is your opportunity to get a taste of a craft beer pioneer.
Take in the seemingly desolate landscape. Then look closer. Designed to blend in with its surroundings, Amangiri is a hidden architectural gem of the Southwest. Situated on 600 acres of protected valley near the Utah/Arizona border, it offers fantastic views towards Escalante National Monument. 34 suites in total are available, built around a central swimming pool, with each type offering a different experience — desert views, mesa views, private pools, and/or private sky terraces for stargazing, to name a few. Also available on the grounds are an art gallery, a library, a restaurant, and a full service spa, all with simple, elegant forms that contrast perfectly with the rugged surroundings.
Photos: Aman Resorts
For a select group of people, building a Lego model is far more than just following the colorful Ikea-like instructions. The Art of Lego Scale Modeling celebrates the original creations of builders who have interpreted real world vehicles — everything from ships and planes to firetrucks and Formula 1 cars — into intricately detailed models. High-quality original photography shows the artistry and skill that went in to building each one.
No artificial lighting can compete with the actual sun. That's why the Lucy Sunlight Bender doesn't create light. Instead, it uses an adaptive mirror and a series of intelligent sensors to track the sun throughout the day, keeping it focused on the same spot — just like a lamp. And since it's always in the sun, it can run solely off solar power, setting you free from the constraints of your home's existing wiring.
Backpacks aren't just for the back to school crowd. The Everlane Modern Backpack lets you carry your laptop, notebooks, and any other gear you need on your back without looking like you've got a matching lunchbox in there. The Zip model offers a slip pocket on either side, a zip pocket up front, and a spacious main compartment. It's joined in the lineup by the compact Mini Zip, as well as a Snap top model, all available in various tasteful hues.
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iPads and physical activity aren't known for being complimentary. Until now. The Hackaball is a programmable toy that's packed with sensors to let it know when it's being thrown, kicked, bounced, or otherwise moved around. The ball connects to an iPad app that lets you (or your kids) create games using the various sensors to keep track of things, and it has lights, speakers, and a vibration motor to give you feedback while you're playing.
Inspired by the first kayaks, which stretched animal skins over wood, this Kayak from O Six Hundred in Australia brings a 4,000 year old design to our modern culture. Made up of 30 pieces of hoop pine plywood, it's light but incredibly strong, with pieces that snap together quickly and easily. Once the wood skeleton is built, just lace it up with the included translucent carbon fabric for your next glide down a lazy river on a summer afternoon.
Originally an eighteenth century cattle barn for the neighboring farm, the Park Corner Barn is now a highly livable modern home. Stripped to the guts following a failed residential conversion by the previous owner, the space now features wide-open living areas, a dedicated library and music listening room to house the owner's impressive collections, a massive limestone fireplace, and a moveable black steel staircase that gives access to the upstairs accommodations. All without losing the details of a building that's been there for centuries.
Photos: McLaren Excell
Our American forefathers learned how to make Root Tea from Native Americans, a drink that was at the time considered a tonic. Root from Art In The Age in Philadelphia is inspired by that same Root Tea, using 13 organic ingredients and pure cane sugar. And while it's most easily associated with root beer, this isn't a sticky sweet liquor, and can be enjoyed as a shot, over ice, or you can unlock its full potential as a cocktail mixer. A classic American recipe resurrected and ready for your home bar.