Set along the rugged shore of northern Washington, the Hood Canal Boathouse transforms a lifeless shed into a charming waterfront retreat. The former windowless structure is now clothed in a concrete and steel facade. A set of sliding barn doors exposes the interior to the surrounding landscape, allowing for views of both the sunrise and sunset, while also creating an outdoor shelter. Contrasting the exterior's gray hue, marine plywood clad the internal walls and ceiling for added warmth. A retractable wooden ladder grants access to a lofted bedroom where six glazed panels frame in the horizon beyond.
Photos: Alex Hayden / Hoedemaker Pfeiffer Architecture
You can hear it everywhere. A cacophonous wailing. It's the death rattle of fossil-fueled supercars, lamenting their fall from the throne of speed. Forget for moment that a Tesla Model X just romped a Lamborghini on the drag strip — because here's an electric UTV that's nearly as fast. The Nikola Zero puts 550 hp and 490 ft-lbs of torque on the ground and sprints to 60 in 3.9 seconds, all while carrying you and three of your friends across your favorite off-road trail. While it isn't a street legal car, UTVs challenging the best the automotive world has to offer is a harbinger of things to come.
Following the disastrous rollout and eventual recall of the Note 7, one could forgive Samsung for abandoning the phablet market. Instead, they're doubling down with the Galaxy Note 8. Thanks to its Infinity Edge design, it's more comfortable to hold than past editions, even with its 6.3-inch, Quad HD+ Super AMOLED display. Also improved is the model's signature S Pen, with a finer tip and improved pressure sensitivity, and both 12 megapixel rear cameras have Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), so you're ensured sharp images whether you're shooting wide-angle or telephoto. Available in black, blue, gray, and gold on most major carriers.
FCA head Sergio Marchionne made it clear that he didn't think much of the Ferrari California, so it's little surprise we're seeing its successor sooner rather than later. The Ferrari Portofino is a turbo V8-powered, 592 hp rebuke to the California's apparent un-Ferrari-ness. It's lighter, more powerful — capable of sprinting from 0-62 in 3.5 seconds on its way to a top speed of 199 mph — and has several new tricks up its sleeve. Those include a third generation electronic rear differential, Electric Power Steering, full-LED headlights, and a two-box fastback configuration that's unheard of for a retractable hard top. It will make its official debut at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in September, in an all-new color for the company: Rosso Portofino.
Elegant, sturdy, and dead-simple, the Newton Espresso Coffee Maker is an enjoyable way to get your day started. Its straight forward design uses no electricity, requires little maintenance or cleaning, and has no pumps or guts to go bad. The system of seals, the piston design, and its leverage system can create more than enough pressure to produce espresso, with the ability to control it via the force applied to the lever, the amount of coffee you use, and even the grind. It takes up little room on the counter, is wall-mountable for even more versatility in placement, and with a build of lacquered wood, machined aluminum, and stainless steel, is made to last.
When tech meets architecture, you get Cover Backyard Studios. Using design optimization software, they'll custom build a secondary structure — whether it be a guesthouse or studio — without the hassle of architects, planning departments, and contractors. Each building is tailored to your specific needs, found through a digital survey, and an onsite evaluation of your exact property. With this information, a computer program then spits out designs that ensure you have the perfect layout, the perfect lighting, and the perfect view. From there, Cover will take care of the necessary permits, begin building in their factory, and install in just a few months time.
Memory foam is so last century. Take your sleep to the next level with the comfiest mattress science has to offer. Designed by an actual rocket scientist, Purple's Hyper-Elastic Polymer Smart Comfort Grid is engineered to relax under pressure and stay supportively firm everywhere else. Simply put, Purple is the yin and yang of sleep — the perfect balance of soft and firm. Add the cool factor from the natural airflow — so you don't sleep too hot or too cold — and you've got the perfect mattress for every body. Your mattress is a big decision, so sleep on it. Try Purple risk-free for 100 Nights.
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If it were socially acceptable, most of us would wear sweatpants everywhere. But that level of comfort is reserved for lounging around the house — until now. If you aren't familiar already, get to know the line of Dress Pant Sweatpants from Betabrand. Available in slim-leg, regular fit, and 5-pocket, each pair features flexible 4-way stretch fabric. They provide a look that's fit for the boardroom with a level of comfort typically reserved for the bedroom.
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The electric transportation revolution is well under way. Monday Motorbikes is a California-based company whose first entry into the zero-emissions arena is the M1. The M1 moped features full front and rear suspension, regenerative disc brakes, and proprietary, quick-change battery packs with 40 miles of range. If the batteries are drained, the M1 also has a completely separate pedal drive. An intuitive digital dash and minimalist modern-meets-retro design make for a ride that is as stylish as it is environmentally friendly.
A contrast of wood and metal, the Fil Mass Series Dining Chair brings a sophisticated elegance to any setting. Its backrest and seat are made from solid Oguni cedar wood, while the thin frame is crafted from tubular copper-finished metal, lending the chair an airy quality. It's finished with a pair of Maharam 008 Sycamore fabric cushions.
Used to be if you wanted a new toy, you begged your parents to take you to the store. Now your kids can get a new toy without leaving the house with the Toybox 3D Printer. Combining specialized hardware with a kid-friendly app, it offers push button operation and surprising capabilities. It has a patent pending print bed that bends for easy removal of models, printed at a resolution of 200 microns, and pre-calibration makes setup a breeze. The app offers a library of over 500 ready-to-print designs, and also lets your children draw and then print out their own creations.
Brewing great coffee at home should be easy. So the folks at La Colombe Coffee Roasters have created a product that's the next best thing to visiting a cafe. The La Colombe Coffee Vault includes eight Coffee Vaults that are each good for a full pot of fresh java. Each one is pre-measured, pre-ground, and then preserved and pressurized for same-day freshness when you pop the top. The Corsica blend comes standard, rich in cocoa notes and ideal for a run through your filter coffee maker at home. Each vault has a shelf life of up to three months and tastes like it was roasted and ground the day you open one.
Surrounded by the vast landscapes of the Dartmoor National Park, West Yard Farm is the modernization of a 19th Century estate. The property consisted of an old granite farmhouse and several barns. In need of renovations, the main house was connected to a neighboring building with a glass extension — adding a contemporary element, while still maintaining the home's historic charm. This addition made room for a new kitchen and living area, allowing the original structure to offer four bedrooms, a sitting room, and dining room. Its glazed facade removes the boundaries between the interior and the outdoors, affording expansive views of the park's rugged moorlands.
Photos: van Elllen + Sheryn Architects
BMW launched the M5 sedan in 1984, and suddenly, speed and handling weren't just for cars with two doors anymore. BMW has taken the gloves off for the latest M5, pushing the sedan into the realm of supercar-like performance. Powered by a twin-turbo V8 making 592 bhp and 553 ft-lb of torque, the M5 makes naught-to-60 in 3.2 seconds. Active suspension, an eight-speed automatic or manual paddle shift transmission, and for the first time, all-wheel-drive get all of that power to the pavement. Add a typically luxurious interior and four doors, and the justification for cramped two-seat supercars gets harder to make.
Few things are as satisfying as well-made cocktails after a long day of work. The Oxo Press & Pour Cocktail Shaker makes the process of mixing and serving them as simple as possible. Thanks to its button-activated, self-straining lid, you don't need to worry about any separate tools — just put your ice and ingredients in the container, shake, and pour. Triple seals on the 360-degree lid ensure your drink doesn't go anywhere but your glass and double-walled construction keeps any remaining goodness cold until it's time for a refill.
Brooklyn-based bespoke knife and bike workshop Horse Brand Co. already produces some of the finest American-made knives available, so it's rather difficult to improve upon on an already top-of-class product. Enter the Horse Brand Co. x Uncrate Bison Horn knife — made from the highest quality high carbon steel and held together by a sustainably-sourced buffalo horn handle from Texas that's cut and finished by hand in to a one-of-a-kind 3D geometric grip. A tonal carbon fiber pin and lanyard hole hold things together. The knife lives in a vegetable-tanned black leather sheath that was custom designed for the blade by Commoner & Co., also a Brooklyn-based independent workshop dedicated to the bespoke leather craft. Each of the 20 limited edition blades is stamped by hand with "USA" on one side and "Uncrate" on the other to give the bench-made knife a custom maker's mark, a touch true knife enthusiasts will appreciate on this already heirloom-worthy piece.
Sleek looks, silent wheels engineered in Japan, zero zippers, and a built-in battery bank — this isn't just another suitcase. Arlo Skye has innovated upon what's already great about modern luggage (sleek, durable) and added additional functions, while eliminating some weak spots. No wonder it has won multiple international design awards. An anodized aluminum-alloy shell that helps reduce scratches is the type of material you'd expect to find on bags twice the price. The TSA-approved battery pack that fast-charges a phone or tablet up to five times is removable and rechargeable, and it fits flush in a slot between the luggage handles for easy access. The clasp closures — the kind of thing you're used to seeing on professional gear cases — eliminate the chance of a damaged zipper or busted seam. At a size that fits all standard international cabin carry-on bins, this suitcase is a travel companion you won't want to fly without.
Height: 22" / Width: 14" / Depth: 9" / Capacity: 38L
Winner of a 2016 Red Dot Design Concept award, the Bladeless Drone from Mexico's Edgar Herrera takes on the two biggest problems with traditional drones: blades and the noise they create. By using a series of air ducts and vents, it achieves flight without the dangers posed by exposed blades. The main central propeller supports take-off and landing, while the two forward propellers and rear propeller control direction by rotating 20 degrees front-to-back and clockwise or counter-clockwise, respectively, changing their orientation based on the amount on headwind received. No development plans have yet been announced, but based on the advantages it offers, we wouldn't be surprised to see a real-life example built shortly.
The vicious 427 big-block Cobras get all the attention, with their sledgehammer acceleration, white-knuckle oversteer, flared fenders, and racing stripes. But a true driving purist accepts nothing less than the 289 small-block Cobra: The lighter motor up front makes the most of the British AC chassis, and all but the most masochistic won't miss breaking the tires loose and potentially destroying millions of dollars at the slightest nudge of the accelerator. This nearly flawless 1964 289 Cobra is a drivers car through and through. A fully documented history with over 27,000 miles means this a relatively affordable Cobra — that you can actually drive.
Director Wes Anderson is known for his distinctive visual style, which often features repetitive color patterns and symmetrical framing. Accidental Wes Anderson is a subreddit that celebrates this style by finding examples out in the real world. From beach huts in England to bunkers in Saigon, these photos are worth browsing for both film and architecture buffs alike.
There's more than one way to make a burger. That's why there's the Cuisinart 3-in-1 Burger Press. This handy kitchen gadget can crank out stuffed patties, regular burgers, and sliders at an alarming rate. It's also dishwasher safe with a non-stick surface, meaning it's as easy to clean as it is to use.
You won't find them at your local rim shop. In fact, you can only get them on one model. That doesn't make these Porsche Braided Carbon Wheels any less impressive. They pair a center piece made from 200 individual pieces of carbon fiber fabric with a rim base crafted on the world's largest carbon fiber braiding machine (it's nearly 30 feet in diameter). The completed wheel is treated with resin, pre-hardened at extreme pressures and temperatures, and protected with clear lacquer, resulting in a wheel that's 20% lighter and stronger than the next best rim. Fittingly, they're only available on the Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series.
The original Maybach 6 gave us a glimpse at what Mercedes' ultra-luxury brand's flagship coupe could be. The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet does the same for a drop-top. It's powered by an electric drive system producing 750 hp with a range of over 200 miles. Similarly advanced is the interior, with a display strip that runs from the rear across the doors and all the way across the dash. Most striking, however, is the art deco-inspired exterior design, with its oversized hood and grill, yacht-like boat tail rear, 24-inch alloy wheels, and 20-foot length. Like its hard-topped sibling, it's unlikely to see production anytime soon.
It's easy to see why Anderson Craft Ales is one of the best new breweries in Ontario. And it's easy to taste why it's so popular as well. All of the breweries beers are made using only four ingredients: Canadian-grown barley, North American hops, crisp, clean water, and yeast. And that same focus on simplicity and minimalism translates to the packaging as well, with bright white cans and crisp typography used for beer names and descriptions. Styles range from Session IPA's to an Amber Ale, a Pumpkin Ale, a Cream Ale and much more.
If you love to drive, you might also love to measure the performance of your vehicle. And with the Horizon Automotive Camera from Waylens, you can finally track everything with crystal-clear precision. The Horizon gives drivers the ability to overlay vehicle performance data into video thanks to a full aluminum body and 7-element lens assembly combined with a circular OLED display. Once you capture your video, choose from a wide array of data to embed, and share it easily using the mobile or desktop app. So whether you're on a race track, driving off-road, or just getting adventurous during your daily commute, the high-precision Horizon Camera is ready to capture it all.
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Located in Purcell's Cove in Nova Scotia, the Float House is inspired by the surrounding landscape. Its name is derived from disconnected pieces of bedrock found throughout the area. Clad in wood planks washed in gray stain, the staggered volumes are meant to resemble the neighboring stones. Backed by large boulders, the residence consists of the main living area flanked by two wings, each housing private sleeping quarters. Mimicking its rocky plot, the interior carries a cool palette created by concrete floors and white walls, while walnut accents add an element of warmth. Large glazed panels open the inside to the outdoors, allowing for views of the surrounding lakes and ocean below.
Photos: Doublespace Photography / Omar Gandhi
The result of extensive research, the Enea Walking Stick aims to make this medical aid simultaneously more functional and more fashionable. On one end is a three-axis handle that makes it more comfortable to hold and allows the stick to stand on its own or rest securely against a wall. On the other, near the bottom, is a small branch-like extension that's precisely placed to allow the stick to balance on a desk or counter. To keep weight down, the stick is 100% 3D printed using a bone-like porous structure developed in collaboration with Mhox Design and engineering firm Arup.
Made from super-strong and corrosion-resistant Grade 5 titanium and lighter than a few spare granola bars, these backcountry utensils from Feastform are just what you need for trailside meal prep. The spatula and tongs are highly packable, with an origami-inspired nesting design that allows the tongs to disassemble when space is limited, while a small spatula gives you another, even smaller option. Finished with durable Technora paracord-wrapped handles and cotton drawstring carrying bags.
Surrounded by mature oak and sycamore trees, the Sherman Residence uses glazed panels to display the untouched landscape. The home takes on a u-shaped layout, creating a central courtyard with a swimming pool. Constructed of board-formed concrete, the rigid facade is softened by an oversized low-slung wooden beam roof. This contrasting pallet is continued on the interior with exposed concrete walls, warm wood trim, and tongue and groove ceilings. On the inner portion of the home, glazed partitions offer extensive views of the surrounding orange and avocado trees.
Photos: Grant Mudford / Peter Tolkin Architecture
It's not bourbon or rye whiskey, but Balcones Baby Blue Corn Whisky is right in the sweet spot for fans of those spirits. Each bottle is distilled twice and aged in five-gallon oak barrels using Hopi blue corn by hand at the Balcones distillery in Waco, Texas. The first Texas whisky on the market since Prohibition, Baby Blue is a unique Texas spirit that still manages to pay tribute to the corn whisky expressions that have paved its path.
If you cook and haven't heard of or already own a sous vide, you're not paying attention. The revolutionary cooking method gives you the ability to cook things at an exact temperature for flavors and textures usually reserved for fine-dining experiences. And now, the SousVide Supreme team is ready to raise the bar again with the SousVide Supreme Touch+. To cook, it's still as simple as seasoning, sealing, and starting the sous vide process, but there is a slew of new features available. The SousVide Supreme Touch+ boasts a water-resistant touchscreen, cool touch double wall insulation, Wi-Fi, Alexa compatibility, and the ability to access tons of programmable recipes using the app. It arrives ready to use and provides consistent, perfectly cooked food every time.
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