Take a step back in time with the Hansen Family x Tivoli Audio Remix Sideboard ($TBA). Like the huge console record players of old, the Remix is designed around a particular sound system — in this case, Tivoli's Platinum Seriers RadioCombo ($800). Thanks to the custom construction, the Hi-Fi's three components blend effortlessly into their surroundings, and to make the integration even more complete, the Remix features a hinged back panel that tilts open to allow for access to cabling while hiding the mess the rest of the time. [via]
If most people tried to write these stories, they'd probably be overly depressing. Fortunately, Marc Maron isn't most people. Attempting Normal ($15) is this blisteringly funny comic's tale of loss, broken hearts, cats, drugs, work, and much, much more. Following Maron from the loss of his job and marriage through to his current incarnation as the host of the wildly popular WTF with Marc Maron podcast, it offers a little wisdom, a little insight, and a lot of laughs.
It's always nice to keep your tools nearby when you're working on a project, and the Gentleman's Apron (원73,000; roughly $70) is designed to do exactly that. Crafted from waxed canvas and leather, it features four pockets of varying size for holding tools, pencils, notebooks, and the like, two loops for holding a hammer, and an adjustable strap for a secure fit. As for being gentlemanly while you're wearing it, well, that's up to you.
Anyone who's listened to Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke's solo album The Eraser knows that playing it live must be a challenge — a challenge met by Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, longtime Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, Joey Waronker on drums, and Mauro Refosco as a secondary percussionist. Amok by Atoms For Peace ($10) is the first effort from the band, taking Yorke's complex electronic compositions and turning them into recordings using real instruments. There's still plenty of electronic noise to go around, of course, and Yorke's voice is as unmistakable as ever — so if you were waiting on an Eraser followup, this is likely as close as you're going to get. It drops on February 28, but you can stream it for free right now.
And here you thought just watching the killing of Bin Laden was exciting. Zero Dark Thirty ($30) takes you through the entire ordeal, from the inception of the idea to the execution in a room in Pakistan. While we could watch Jessica Chastain torture our own mothers for hours on end, the payoff of the real-time mission at the end was nothing short of amazing. The fact that it's directed by Titanically big director James Cameron's ex-wife probably doesn't matter. But the fact that she won Best Director for The Hurt Locker probably does.
Many great architects have huge lists of building they've designed for other clients — but it's the houses they create for themselves that really illustrate who they are. The Architect's Home ($26) is a 480-page exploration of this phenomena, with each home listed in an A-Z manner by architect, and including large, full-bleed photography, and text relating to the architect and the home, many times from the designer him/herself. Perfect coffee table fodder for the artsy/designer crowd.
Just think of them as an Ikea product for your feet. Like our favorite affordable Swedish furniture, Lasso Flat-Packed Slippers (£27; roughly $40) arrive in a slim box ready to be assembled. Made from a single piece of grey wool felt, they feature a hearty leather sole, and your choice of laces, which you use to build the shoe by sewing them through precut holes. We haven't seen the printed instructions yet, but we're guessing they're not quite as frustrating as the wordless booklets that come from the big blue store.
It's not just another Bond movie — it's one of the best ever. And as it turns out, Skyfall ($25) was one of the best action movies of the year, as well. Once again starring Daniel Craig as the British agent, it finds Bond and M facing a complete exposure of MI6. Forced underground, 007 and a single field agent follow the trail of clues to find Silva, played brilliantly by Javier Bardem. Directed by Sam Mendes, it's set the bar awfully high for the inevitable Bond 24.
If you've been thinking "all Vans really need are a perforated upper", than we have some good news for you.Vans OTW Perf Sneakers ($80-$90) are a collection of four classic silhouettes featuring the aforementioned perforated Nubuck uppers, mint-colored hangtags, and mint-colored alternative laces. Both black and gray colorways of the Alcon, Lasdun, Prelow and Stovepipe will be available starting next month.
This Tortoiseshelled watch sports three chronograph eyes, gold hardware, and a tachymeter bezel. Super unique, the Nixon 42-20 Chronograph Watch ($500) is just what the wrist doctor ordered for an excellent fall upgrade.
With a seat back inspired by a suspension bridge, the Herman Miller Sayl Chair ($400) is architecture and engineering as much as it is seating and decor. Designed by Yves Béhar, the chair features a frameless back that uses a proprietary injection-molded material that provides sacral, lumbar and spine support, adapting to your shape and movements instantly. It's got Herman Miller's standard minimalist design, and even has fewer parts and less material than normal for a smaller carbon footprint. In addition to the work chairs, there's also a matching family of side chairs.
A testament to minimalism, the Horizontal Shoe Rack ($110-165) suspends your shoes above the floor, creating the illusion that they're floating in mid-air, while making for easy sweeping or vacuuming below them. Mounted simply on the wall, the stainless steel rack is easy to install and available in a large and small size. And you can always add a second one later as your shoe collection grows.
One of the worst things about adding ice to a whisky is its ability to water-down the flavor. So chill your next drink down with Whiskey Stones ($20). Milled in Vermont by some of the oldest soapstone workshops in the US, these stones chill quickly in the freezer, and won't impart any flavor to your favorite blend.
Add some funk to your decor and stimulate your child's — inner or otherwise — imagination with Frames Wallpaper ($40). This unique wall covering features a wide variety of pre-printed black and white frames, which you can fill with artwork, family photos, or simply paint directly inside, turning each wall into a standalone work of art.
Earth Day is coming up this weekend, and we thought it'd be fitting to mention it in a piece about some cool eco-friendly furniture. Designed by Anthony Marschak, this elegant Bamboo Spring Chair ($785) comes close to justifying its price with an amazingly simple design, 100% bamboo construction, and cool finishes. If you like what you see here, you might also want to check out the Becca Stool ($600), the smaller, open cousin of the Spring Chair.
It's not easy to find modern furniture that can match a surf-inspired interior, but this table does the trick. The Eames Elliptical Table ($600), also known as the "surfboard table," is an 89-inch long, elongated surface reminiscent of the ocean-riding boards, while its metal legs match up with the most modern of furniture. As an added bonus, it's also Greenguard Certified, so it's better for the environment — something any surfer would appreciate.
Keep your King Cobra cool to the last drop with a 40 oz Cozy ($9). Constructed of neoprene with a possible gang-related design, the super size cozy has a handle for making your favorite malt treat even easier to handle. There ain't nothing like a gangsta party.