Gardening can be maddeningly difficult. It doesn't have to be. Planted in the soil, the Edyn Garden Sensor continuously monitors light, humidity, temperature, soil nutrition, and moisture, checking this data against plant databases, soil science, and weather trends to give you personalized guidance via the companion app. It also controls the Edyn Water Valve, which automatically gives your plants the right amount of water, ensuring you never over- or under-saturate the ground. In addition, the sensor can tell you what plants will grow best in your soil, giving you a head start towards a green thumb.
Marrying a snowmobile-style track with a cafe racer-like posture, the Snoped is perhaps the sleekest snow speeder around. Its monolithic black aluminum body with exposed screws, puffy black seat, and vertical headlight and taillight looks like something straight out of the first order, while the lightweight chassis, 90cc motor, and Chrysler Sno-runner track ensures it's more than a mere prop. Sadly no word on whether designer Joey Ruiter or builder Jeff Long plan to make more.
Photos: Dean Van Dis, Brian Kelly
You know how to drive, but if you really want to find out how to make the most of your time behind the wheel, we'd recommend consulting with former Top Gear Stig Ben Collins and his book, How to Drive: Real World Instruction and Advice from Hollywood's Top Driver. Collins — a twenty year driving pro — has raced in the Le Mans series and on NASCAR tracks. He's also done stunt driving in plenty of films, including the recent James Bond releases. The advice doled out might not get you any of those gigs, but it's sure to make you one of the best — and safest — drivers on the road.
Suspended over the Mediterranean, the House On The Cliff uses smart design to create a seaside retreat on the Spanish coast of Calpe, Alicante. Reinforced concrete slabs anchor the structure to the rockface, expanding the home over the ledge and allowing for a single-story floor plan. Minimal groundwork was done in order to respect the landscape, while creating the illusion the home was simply dropped on the rocky coast. A clean white palette was used throughout the interior in order to highlight the incredible 360-degree views of the surrounding sea. Since no waterfront retreat is complete without a pool, one was built on a naturally flat surface on the lower level property.
Photos: Fran Silvestre Arquitectos
If you want to stand out in a James Bond sort of way at the pool this summer, come equipped with The High Water Shirt from California Cowboy. Before being converted to textile prints, artists hand printed the shirt designs, which were vintage inspired. They come equipped with a hidden dry pocket for your phone and are made from comfortable 10 oz. cotton-modal loop terry lining. The High Water even comes with a bottle pocket and bottle opener — the perfect accessory for any poolside bash this summer. Made in California using high quality materials, it's ready to be your go-to summer shirt whether you're hitting the beach or just relaxing at a get-together outside with friends.
Presented by California Cowboy.
Timberland Newmarket Boot ($120).
Timberland Adkins Duffle Bag ($348).
Timberland Mumford Chambray Shirt ($60).
Timberland Sargents Lake Chino Pants ($88).
Timberland Tri-fold Wallet ($55).
Head Porter iPad Case ($78).
White Mountaineering Leaf Pattern Sock ($39).
Orlebar Brown Aviator Sunglasses ($300).
1977 Rolex YG Daydate ($5,450).
The Hill-Side Scarf ($50).
Oldest Living Things Print ($1,200).
Presented by Timberland.
Window air units might keep you cool, but their design is the stuff of nightmares: heavy, awkward boxes that block your view, are a pain to install, and sound like a robot with pertussis. The Noria Air Conditioner is a reimagining of the window unit from the ground up, with the aim of alleviating all those problems. Easy to install, it has a low profile design that's less than 6" tall and lets you reclaim the view from your window. Quiet, efficient fans direct air upwards, creating a convective cycle that spreads the coolness throughout the room, and a fresh air mode lets in outside air on cool nights. You can set the temperature via the simple dial on the front, or open the app to access smart features like a scheduling system. And thanks to a special frame that lets you close the window before sliding the main unit into place, you don't have to worry about it tumbling through the open window onto unsuspecting objects/animals/people below.
Vizio's 2015 M-series was a favorite pick of many a reviewer. We expect the same for the new Vizio M-Series TV. The 2016 model offers a number of features that are virtually unheard of at this price. For starters, there's the Android-powered, 6-inch tablet remote that uses Google Cast to send shows to the TV over the speedy dual-band 802.11ac wi-fi. Then there's the local-dimming backlight for greater contrast, Dolby Vision support for HDR content, 4K resolution, and a slim, tuner-free design with polished metal legs that recall classic mid-century design. Available in six sizes, ranging from 50 to 80 inches.
Mother's Day comes one day a year. Given everything they do for us, that doesn't seem like enough. Whether it's your own mom, your sister, your wife, or just a close friend, make this year's special with a print of one of their favorite photos from Woodsnap. This Irvine-based company prints your images on sustainably-sourced timber, using a proprietary technique that infuses the ink into the wood. Each Woodsnap print is heat and moisture resistant, 100% guaranteed, handcrafted in the U.S.A., and they even plant a tree for every print that is sold. The turnaround is quick, but don't wait until the last minute — as much as the ladies love photos, they hate late gifts even more.
Presented by Woodsnap.
The iPad of laptops is back with better specs and a change of clothes. The Apple 12-inch MacBook was already a lust-worthy object, weighing just two pounds and measuring only 13.1mm at its thickest point yet still offering up to 11 hours of battery life, a 12-inch Retina display, and a completely silent, fanless design. It just wasn't that great for actual work. The new model improves the situation, adding sixth-generation, dual-core Intel Core M processors with Turbo Boost speeds of up to 3.1 GHz, faster graphics, and speedier storage. It still has only one USB-C port, but that's less of a hassle than it was when it first launched, and for the fashion-conscious, it's now available in rose gold, alongside the prior silver, space gray, and gold finishes.
Dubbed the "Silver Arrow of the Seas", the Mercedes-Benz Granturismo Arrow Yacht translates the three-pointed star's car design language to the water. Measuring roughly 46 feet from stern to bow, the boat has classic automotive proportions and a hybrid design that combines the feeling of an open boat with the benefits of a hull cabin vessel. The interior, which can accommodate up to 10 people, is lined in eucalyptus wood, and has an upscale bathroom, separate dressing room, and a host of luxe standard features like a wine "cellar", ice-making machine, high-end audio system and air conditioning. Of course, it's no slouch performance-wise, either, with two diesel engines providing a total output of 960 hp, giving it a cruising speed of 30 knots and a top speed over 40, depending on the load. Just 10 boats will be made, with a limit of one per country.
Enjoying a relaxing smoke is difficult when your chair's not comfortable. The El Purista Smokers Armchair ensures you get as much enjoyment as possible out of each session. Created by Rodrigo Gonzalez and Alexander Sauer, the chair's design recalls the iconic Eames lounger, but with a more square form and hidden slide-out storage in the arms that doubles as a place to set an ashtray and your drink of choice. The inner layer of the chair is made from beech while the top is a walnut veneer, both using trees from sustainable German forests. It's finished with eco-friendly aniline leather, barrel-dyed to preserve natural features like thorns, cracks, and bites, and is made by hand in Germany.
It's finally time to comfortably drink beer outside again. And with this change comes a shift in preference for many. Deschutes Hope Slice IPA not only pairs well with the outdoors, but brings a light, sessionable vibe to the table as well. Brewed with Meyer Lemons, it's a crisp, light IPA with a subtle citrus flavor that only weighs in at 4.5% ABV — ensuring your next outdoor drinking session lasts long enough to soak up the sunny afternoon.
Most days call for denim, and some call for denim in a business casual setting. For those occasions Mott & Bow's Twill Denim fits the bill. Each pair is smooth, soft, comfortable and available at an affordable price. They feature 20% stretch Mercer denim for comfort, while giving you all the things you love about premium denim like an ideal fit and a look that transcends your surroundings — whether it's a fancy restaurant or a weekend grill-out. Always comfortable, always stylish, and always the best option for premium denim.
Presented by Mott & Bow.
Whether it's an emergency/survival situation or you just forgot to pack enough water into the forest, the Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter will ensure you have fresh, clean drinking water. Its PointOne filter uses hollow fiber membranes comprised of U-shaped microtubes to block anything larger than 0.1 microns, letting water through while removing greater than 99.9999% of all bacteria and greater than 99.999% of all protozoa. Despite all this, it weighs on three ounces, rolls up into the collapsible pouch, has a push-pull cap for drinking straight from the filter, and can attach to most threaded water bottles.
With an eye on keeping the original Morris Lapidus design largely intact, the newly reborn Nautilus Hotel blends European and mid-century elements to create an ideal beach getaway. Each of its 250 rooms has creature comforts like Nespresso machines and standalone showers, and offers views of South Beach and/or the Atlantic. The property extends from Collins all the way to the beach, creating plenty of room for the saltwater pool and adjacent bar, the signature Driftwood Room restaurant, lobby bar, and relaxing backyard.
A classic rain jacket should be a staple of any springtime wardrobe. The Taylor Stitch Beach Jacket fits the role nicely. It's crafted from 6 oz. dry-finish waxed canvas sourced from British Millerain , the world's top waxed cotton manufacturer. Its cut is comfortable without being baggy, protective yet still lightweight, and is enhanced by details like antique brass YKK zippers, top and side entry pockets, adjustable cuffs, and a drawstring hood. Available in navy or olive and handmade in California.
Presented by Taylor Stitch.
Like it or not, we still receive traditional mail from time to time. Make the experience of dealing with it as enjoyable as possible with this Burnt Letter Opener. Made using traditional Japanese wood charring techniques, the exterior of the opener takes on a dark finish, with the grain more visible, and the wood becoming stronger in the process. The blade side is then sanded down to reveal the wood's natural color and provide contrast with the black body. Sealed with ecological oil for protection and a clean finish and made in Montreal.
With swooping lines and a punchy 1.6 L flat-four engine, the 1961 Porsche 356 B 1600 S Roadster by D'Ieteren is an enjoyable vintage warm weather drive. This particular example was built in May 1961, and saw plenty of use from its original San Franciscan owner before being shipped up the coast to Portland. It's since undergone a five-year restoration to bring it to the excellent state it's in today, complete with the original matching-numbers engine and color combo of slate grey with red leather interior. It'll be auctioned off in its homeland of Germany next month.
Core Survival Magnesium Fire Starter ($15).
Leatherman RAPTOR Emergency Medical Tool ($75).
American Universal Handcuff Keys ($2).
Derma-Safe Folding Utility Razor (10-Pack) ($14).
JACKT Survival Key Chain ($26).
Schrade SCPENBK Tactical Pen ($26).
Bulleit Barrel Strength Bourbon is exactly what it sounds like — Bulleit Bourbon bottled straight from the barrel. The same high-rye mash bill you've come to love in standard Bulleit is intact, but the uncut and unfiltered version clocks in between 118-125 proof. Available in 375 and 750 mL bottles, it's your first chance to taste the truest form of Bulleit Bourbon that's ever been bottled.
Frye Ethan Triple Monk Boot ($418).
Frye Logan Backpack ($448).
Frye Logan Passport Wallet ($98).
Imogene + Willie Strickland Jeans ($315).
1970's Kretz Full Face Helmet ($195).
Whiskey Grade Type 02 Jacket ($185).
Biltwell Moto Handlebars ($90).
Salt Optics Lawson Sunglasses ($415).
Wrenchmonkees Vintage Grips ($23).
Visvim Knit Beanie ($205).
Presented by Frye.
Set in between two city parks near the intersection of two waterfalls, Fallsview House takes full advantage of its unique location. The front of the house uses huge floor-to-ceiling windows to take in the views and let light roll through from both sides, while the rear looks out onto the adjacent forest for added privacy. A clean design featuring concrete floors, tastefully subdued wood finishes, and playful light fixtures allows the owners' impressive art collection to take center stage alongside the natural vistas.
Photos: Sandy Rush / Setless Architecture
Based largely on the V8 Vantage GTE race car, the Aston Martin Vantage GT8 is a track-ready, street-legal rocket. It's powered by a modified version of the company's 4.7L V8, channeling its 440 hp through your choice of a six-speed manual or seven-speed Sportshift transmission. Of course, power is only half the equation, with the weight kept down by plentiful carbon fiber in the front splitter, front and rear bumpers, fenders, side sills, rear diffuser, sports seats, and, optionally, both the roof and the rear wing. It still has air conditioning and a modern infotainment system, but even those can't stop it from being the lightest, most powerful V8 Vantage ever.
Mixing classic design with street wear, Stampd x Futura Surfboards are functional works of art that look as good on display as they do in the waves. Each of the four boards features freestyle airbrushing by street artist Futura, and the same minimal monotone look of the company's past boards. Available with a swallowtail fish, diamond-tail, or round-square body, each board has a black underbelly and is being sold at Stampd's La Brea outpost.
Equal parts cabin and Cosmopolitan, Chalet Zermatt Peak is one of the area's finest accommodations. Available by the week, this stunning five-level abode offers all the privacy you'd expect with a level of service normally reserved for resorts. The living and dining areas occupy one whole floor, as huge windows afford outstanding views of the town below and the Matterhorn in the distance. Five bedrooms are spread throughout, each with an en suite, and the bonus of a private jacuzzi in the master and a glass roof on the top floor. There's also a hot tub, walk-in wine cellar, outdoor dining area, fitness room, and ski room, and the on-site housekeeping service, personal chef, and masseuse will ensure your stay is as opulent as the home you're staying in.
Tattoos are a profound form of personal expression. They're also very permanent. Ink Hunter is a new app that lets you try out different pieces without the need for imagination or multiple removal procedures. It has a large gallery of premade sketches to try out (you can also load your own artwork in) and uses a square smile drawn on your skin to place the tattoo, so you know exactly how it's going on your body before you head to your local shop to get inked for real.
Combining iconic Chuck Taylor All Stars with indigo has been done before, but probably not as well as these Converse x Tunue De Nimes Indigo Chuck Taylor All Stars. Amsterdam denim makers Tenue de Nîmes took 100 pairs of low-top Chucks and submerged them one-by-one into indigo dye. Each shoe was then pulled from the dye once they had a certain look. Made to celebrate Amsterdam Denim Days, no two pairs look alike and were dyed using only natural ingredients.