The city of La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, is the time capital of the world. Nestled in the Jura mountains, the area is known as "Watch Valley" and boasts some of the most highly-regarded — and highly expensive — watchmakers on the planet. Companies like Rolex, Patek Phiippe, and Tissot are headquartered here along with a complementary number of professionals dedicated to the intricacies of watchmaking. From the International Museum of Horology to a small shop specializing in restoration, La Chaux-de-Fonds keeps time like no other place on Earth.
Building a guitar was once the province of skilled luthiers, selecting wood for their tonal properties and shaping each piece by hand to create an instrument. Then came Leo Fender, who brought guitar making into the modern age by taking a page from the automotive industry and simplifying the process — and cementing the guitar as the most popular instrument in the world. Fender's production techniques also brought guitar building to the masses and unleashed a massive amount of creativity to the form. This guitar by Burls Art is made of 1200 colored pencils set in epoxy resin and one of the most creative guitars we've ever seen.
Two years in the making, master metalsmith Seth Gould has completed a masterpiece. This intricate lockbox requires two keys and a series of turns, presses, and hidden compartments to open. Each piece — from springs to screws — was forged, filed, lathed, and otherwise handmade by Gould. "Forged and Filed" captures the process of creating the lockbox, all set to music with percussion provided by the sounds of Gould's workshop.
From car parts to airplanes to bridges, 3D printing is the manufacturing process of the future. For those of us with the vintage car bug that don't have the funds to buy our dreams, 3D printing offers a great way to have a scaled-down version of any car you could imagine. Konstantin Bogdanov created this scale model of a 1961 Dodge D100 pickup completely from scratch — using scale drawings found on the internet, modeling the truck in 3D, and then printing and painting the parts for an amazing, life-like model.
The Big Apple isn't the first place you'd think to look for someone hammering away at molten steel, forging knives the old-fashioned way. Frank Sausto was a contestant on the History Channel's Forged in Fire, going up against other smiths on national television. The New Yorker sat down with Sausto to see how he created his take on the classic kukri, a blade that originated in the region around Nepal on the Indian subcontinent.
Banksy has released his official holiday card. Rather than mailing them, the street artist sent his season's greetings on the side of a South Wales garage. The double-sided mural uses a small child catching what looks like snowflakes to draw attention to Port Talbot's ongoing dust problem.
Crafted from pebble-grain Italian leather, Courant's CATCH:3 Charging Station will keep your most important device juiced up while keeping the rest of your EDC kit organized. Its 3-coil, Qi-compatible platform supports fast charging of both iPhone and Android devices, powered by an included nylon USB-C cable that connects discreetly in the back. A recessed, bowl-like area sits alongside, holding your watch, wallet, keys, and any other essentials you'd like to keep handy. A weighted matte aluminum alloy base keeps it from sliding around, and an additional USB-A output lets you charge a second device if desired.
Width: 11.0" / Depth: 8.0" / Height: 0.625"
3-Coil single-device charging / USB-C input / 5W, 7.5W, 10W fast wireless charging output / Additional USB A output
Certifications: Qi, CE, FCC, ROHS
Included in the box: 1.2-meter nylon USB-C charging cable, power adapter (USA)
Countries of Usage: Universal with USB Cable, USA-only with outlet plug
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Shanghai is known for is modern towers but if you look below its skyline, there's a wealth of Art Deco treasures. Defined by its geometric forms and gold accents, the architectural style rose to fame in the 1930s and was the epitome of glamor and luxury. Take a tour of two of the city's most notorious Art Deco buildings, the Grand Theatre and the Paramount.
So it isn't technically a paper airplane, being made from polystyrene, but the design is from a scaled-up paper airplane drawing. Measuring just over 10 feet from nose to tail, this massive glider traveled over 320 feet on its longest flight. Watch how The Q designed and built this behemoth and then launched it on its maiden voyage.
For 700 years, the Japanese musical theater Noh has been performed, unchanged, since its inception. Michishige Udaka is the last Noh performer in the world who also carves his own masks worn in the performance; each mask can be handed down over generations. Udaka talks about his lifelong study of Noh and the spiritual connection he feels to the high art.
Tiny and complex, watches have an almost mythical quality to them and the people that make them. As technology has improved, mechanical watch movements have become even more complex, far beyond what was possible even a few short decades ago. WIRED magazine sat down with professional watchmaker Ryan Jewell in his New York City shop to watch him disassemble two watches from Carpenter — one with a Japanese movement and one with a Swiss movement.
Bringing order out of the chaos around us is one of the defining characteristics of being human. Nothing represents this quite like the watch — ticking away the moments that make up a day, segmenting them into quantifiable chunks that we can order our days around. For one man, this is his life's work, bringing order to the chaos of broken watches.
Charles and Ray Eames have designed a number of iconic pieces of furniture and one of them is their Molded Fiberglass Chair. First produced in 1950, the chair was designed for Herman Miller and is still being produced today. While methods may have changed a bit, this short film The Fiberglass Chairs: Something of How They Get the Way They Are takes a look back at how the legendary seat was made.
For those confined to a wheelchair, swimming in the ocean might be a far-fetched dream. British artist Sue Austin is defying that presumption with her specially-designed underwater wheelchair that allows her to swim as well as those without a disability. Austin first unveiled the chair as a part of the 2012 London Olympic ceremonies with the goal of inspiring others to follow their dreams.
Using thousand-year-old techniques, Hidaka Washi Ltd. is crafting paper as thin as human skin. The Japanese company makes their delicate product out of woven mulberry fibers rather than wood pulp, resulting in translucent sheets. The material is then sent to museums and libraries across the globe to restore and repair precious artifacts.
Made from hand-selected A36 hot rolled steel that is left untreated to allow it to age naturally and beautifully from season to season, Stahl's new X firepit will be a center of warmth and attention for generations. Each minimalist firepit is made in Portland, Oregon and includes four 3/16 inch steel pieces that can be assembled in minutes with no complicated parts or screws.
Height: 13.5" / Width: 32.5" / Length: 32.5" / Weight: 90 lbs.
SimpliSafe teamed up with global design firm IDEO to create a home security experience more beautiful, powerful and intuitive than ever before. Rebuilt from the ground up with new safeguards to create a latticework of protection the new Simplisafe is half the size with double the range. It's also fifty percent louder, five times faster, and the system's wireless Keypad is soft, smooth and wakes with a touch. It's incredibly easy to set up in just a few minutes with no drilling, wiring or tools required and is offered at the same revolutionary price that made SimpliSafe the fastest growing home security company in the nation.
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Originally designed for Girl Skateboards, the Nike Diamond Dunk became a sensation before it released in 2005 — thanks to some unintended marketing that was a harbinger of today's use of social media. Founder of Diamond Supply Co. Nick Tershay talks about how he ended up with the shoe and the 20th anniversary edition Diamond and Nike are about to drop.
No art gallery? No problem. A group of young artists in Santa Fe couldn't get their foot in the door of the art world — so they made their own. And to get the building to house their dream, they enlisted the help of author George R.R. Martin who bought the building. The Truth is stranger than fiction. The story of the Meow Wolf collective comes to theaters November 29, 2018.
No one does movie monsters like Guillermo del Toro. From the Amphibian Man in The Shape of Water to The Faun in Pan's Labyrinth, his creatures are some of film's most iconic characters. Video essayist Kaptain Kristian dissects the director's work to reveal how the master makes his impressive creations.
Henning M. Lederer is back at it again. The visual artist has added a third part to his animated book cover series by setting another 66 vintage book graphics in motion.
London-based skatewear label Palace is opening a new store in Tokyo and created a very disturbing advertisement to celebrate the occasion. A man in a Shining-esque hallway, an oni, and Jonah Hill's head with a classic Japanese final shot mark Palace's arrival in the land of the rising sun.
His 10 principles are a part of basic design training worldwide. His work for Braun and Vitsœ is both highly-functional and museum-worthy. Rams is a documentary about Dieter and his work, helmed by Gary Hustwit — the director of Helvetica, and thus well-versed in geeky design detail — and soundtracked by none other than Brian Eno. Coming December 2018.
It's been a little over a week since Banksy transformed his Girl With Balloon painting into the now titled Love is in the Bin piece after shredding the artwork during a live auction. Now, the anonymous street artist has revealed in a behind-the-scenes video that the end result isn't exactly what he had envisioned for his masterpiece.
One of the great things about the internet is the ability to learn nearly anything. From YouTube to online college courses to a multitude of sites dedicated to specific disciplines, there is almost nothing a dedicated person couldn't learn to do. But something that can't be taught via computer is the connection between teacher and student. Kosaku Matsumura has spent a lifetime forging knives by hand in the traditional Japanese style. For the first time and nearly at the end of his career, Matsumura took on an apprentice — passing his rapidly disappearing skills to a new generation.
Swiss watchmaker Bovet makes some of the finest timepieces on the planet. Their handmade masterpieces do much more than tell time, with models that can chart the position of the stars or the sun and the moon. Business Insider looks at the Récital 22 Grand Récital, one of Bovet's most expensive models, with a price in the $500,000 range.
At an auction in London, Banksy's painting "Girl With Balloon" sold for $1.4 million — a record for the anonymous street artist. But that's not the big headline. Mere seconds after the gavel went down, the piece self-destructed. Little did everyone know, Banksy himself had installed a paper shredder inside the frame turning the sale itself into his version of performance art.
Jackson Pollock is a divisive figure in the world of fine art. Some people love him. Others think he just threw paint on canvas — and they wouldn't be totally wrong. But Pollock's rise to fame might have as much to do with a tie salesman-turned-art critic by the name of Clement Greenberg who championed Pollock and other American Modern artists into the stratosphere of the art world.
The Night Watch, Dutch master Rembrandt's masterpiece painting, isn't a night watch at all. Years of age and low lighting gave the painting a darker setting, and the mistaken name stuck. Militia Company of District II Under the Command of Frans Banninck Cocq is the actual name of the painting and all of Rembrandt's formidable skill is on display. Rembrandt's mastery of perspective, light, and depth of field is there, along with subtle hints that suggest the painter was poking fun at his subject. Nerdwriter goes deep into the techniques that make this the best work of one of the masters of the form.
Hot Wheels restoration specialist BaremetalHW doesn't just bring Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars back to their original glory — he also makes his own custom creations. Using a stock Matchbox Dune Chaser, BaremetalHW turns it into a Mad Max dune buggy, complete with a rusty paint job and dented sheet metal. But this Dune Chaser is more than just scuffing up the metal and painting. It also has custom-designed, 3D-printed parts, pieces from another Matchbox, and loads of detail for such a small machine.
The peaks that Reuben Wu photographs aren't anything new but the way he captures them is. Using a drone, the artist travels across the globe to shine a light on the world's tallest mountains. His latest project takes him to Peru where he illuminates the 16,000-foot high ice wall of the Pastoruri Glacier.