The North Face x Publish Brand “Earth’s Core” Collaboration

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                                SoCal clothier <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Publish Brand&#8217;s</a> streetwear cred was established by their hugely popular line of jogger pants and other complementary pieces that made it easy for those with an affinity for kicks to bring attention to their finest sneakers. They&#8217;ve gone onto bigger and brighter things, including a follow-up to last year&#8217;s unexpected collaboration with outdoor gear giant, <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">The North Face</a>. The partnership resulted in “<a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Midnight in Antarctica</a>,” a moody trio of deep navy hued footwear styles applied onto classic North Face silhouettes. This year&#8217;s collaborative footwear collection “Earth’s Core” is fire to last year&#8217;s ice.
Both the North Face’s Litewave Ampere II HC and the ThermoBall Traction Mule II models distinguish themselves with a vibrant treatment of bright orange across their soles, embellishing the lightweight materials of each shoe engineered for trekking activities where every ounce counts. The larger silhouette of the Litewave Ampere II HC features a
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2017 Gift Guide: For the Chef

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                                Is there any season more synonomous with good food shared with the best of friends and most beloved of family? Tis truly the season for all who love to cook (and eat). Here&#8217;s a selection of our favorite beautifully designed tools, accessories, and ingredients to serve those who aspire to drink, eat, and be merry throughout the year.
HAY FIELD Chopping Board \\ $58.50
Designer Shane Schneck’s three beech cutting board designs are like a Bridget Riley painting captured in wood, the Op-Art grooves ideal for capturing errant bread crumbs or the juice from a steak with indelible style. Groove is in the heart, or something like that. Tom Dixon Brew V60 Giftset \\ $120
Making a cup of pour-over coffee has never been quite as sexy as imagined by Tom Dixon. The mirror black, all-metal espresso sized cups and dripper cone imply drinking something dark, rich, and
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Bang & Olufsen Goes Green With the Harmonies Collection

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                                Think of Bang &amp; Olufsen&#8217;s new limited <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Harmonies Collection</a> as akin to a new colorway release for sneakers – a strategized fashionable re-release reflective of the interior and home design trends gravitating toward organic hues and natural materials.
The 5-piece collection is characterized by its mix of green anodised aluminum, Infantry green woven Kvadrat fabric, brass-tone detailing, and smoked oak wooden legs; applied onto the BeoSound 1, BeoSound 2, BeoPlay A9, BeoPlay M5, and BeoSound 35 the organic theme transforms B&O’s usually distinct cool Nordic minimalism into a more lush and warmer presence. Brass continues to maintain a popular presence within the home furnishings and accessories market, and matching it with an earthy and leafy hue results in a surprisingly effective pairing of organic expression not normally associated with Bang & Olufsen audio speaker systems. The aesthetic elements won’t “color” the sound, but may open further possibilities of speaker placement
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2017 Gift Guide: Tech

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                                There&#8217;s a good chance someone in your life has one or two tech gifts on their holiday wish list. The good news is there&#8217;s a dizzying array of items merging technology with smart design to choose from now, whether it&#8217;s for the home theater enthusiast, the brainiac whiz kid, the budding audiophile, or the aesthete first adopter. We&#8217;ve been check-marking tech designs all year for this end of the year gift guide – so, here&#8217;s our design-friendly picks to entertain, educate, nourish, and even decorate the home all with technology integral to the experience.
Gantri 3D Printed Table Lamp \\ starting at $148
A few months ago we spotlighted the emergence of this San Francisco-based company for their intriguing 3D printing and on-demand manufacturing platform. Their catalog of wildly futuristic dimmable LED accent, area, and task lamps has since grown into a tempting selection of shapes and purposes, perfect to
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Noon Smart Lighting System Brings Intelligence to Old Bulbs

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                                Chances are the light switches in your home are the same type your parents used before you: a flip, dimmer dial, perhaps a rocker switch. Smart home startup Noon Home proposes a version 2.0 update – the <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Noon Smart Lighting System</a> – one that connects and transforms a room&#8217;s existing lighting into a smart features-enabled experience without the need to invest in individual wi-fi connected bulbs..
The first thing you’ll notice is the swipeable OLED panel, the centerpiece and command center of Noon’s system, which they call the Room Director. The all-black Room Director operates as the central hub, with an interface offering access to the system’s iconographic and programmed scenes (also accessible via the compatible app), while also wirelessly controlling a number of white colored Extension Switches via Bluetooth LE, each which otherwise operate like a normal switch.

Being a smart system, Noon is obviously accessible via smartphones

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Alldock Multi-Device Charging Dock by Dittrich Design

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                                Designed as a catch-all organizer and charging station for a multitude of mobile devices, the <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Alldock</a> answers the task of eliminating cable clutter in decor-friendly fashion while keeping its collection charged with a quick charging USB hub hidden within.
With its wooden slat design, the Alldock may be imagined as a pint-sized George Nelson wood slat bench. Its 4-5 rail slots designed to accommodate an array of mobile devices, the Alldock safely and neatly displays phones and tablets upright at a slight angle (size accommodations listed here) – ranging from the smallest iPhone, to the latest Android devices, all the way up to the largest iPad Pro. Look into each slot and an array of charging port openings stay hidden within each slot – 3 per row – with the option to add additional slide-in, one hand docking ports for Lightning, micro USB, or USB-C connections. Inside the cavity
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10 Essential Add-ons For Lucky New Apple iPhone X Owners

                                Were you one of the fortunate few to successfully pre-order the new <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Apple iPhone X</a>? If you&#8217;re amongst the first to upgrade to Apple&#8217;s most anticipated iPhone in a long while, hats off to you – the 10th anniversary device is proving to be a difficult and popular device to hunt down (the lines have been <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">unsurprisingly insane</a>). Pent up demand and an initial limited production availability means you&#8217;re probably in the same boat as us: still waiting, but already planning ahead for accessories to complement the Animoji-enhanced, Face IDed protected, and OLED screen featured device. We&#8217;ve gathered 10 of the latest accessories designed to work with the iPhone X – from charging, to protection, to extending the myriad of features of what may turn out to be Apple&#8217;s most popular device ever, all to tide you over between now and your delivery date.
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                                1. <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Moment Lens for iPhone <div class="post-limited-image"><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/></div><!--more--></a> 2.<a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Grovemade Wirelss Charging Pad</a> 3. <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Mujjo Wallet Case for iPhone X</a> 4. <a href=";fs=fh%3D458b%252B4959"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Belkin ScreenForce InvisiGlass Ultra Screen Protector for iPhone X</a> 5. <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Prynt Pocket</a> 6. <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">FujiFilm Instax Share SP-3</a> 7. <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Sennheiser AMBEO 3D Audio Smart Headset</a> 8. <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Native Union Smart 4 Charger</a> 9. <a href="tps://"  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">Apple Watch Series 3</a> 10. <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">This Is Ground Stash Phone Wallet</a>

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Rag & Bone Star Wars: The Last Jedi Capsule Collection

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                                It&#8217;s a collaboration at one time we might have only imagined happening in a galaxy far, far away – but here it is – the <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Rag &amp; Bone Star Wars: The Last Jedi Capsule Collection</a>. Founder and creative director Marcus Wainwright turned a life-long affinity for <em>Star Wars</em> lore into a surprisingly stylish capsule collection planned to coincide with the franchise’s 40th anniversary and release of <em>The Last Jedi</em> premiere on December 15th.

Expect both the men’s RB1 Force high-top sneakers and women’s Ellis Force boots to be highly coveted pieces from the collection.

Wainwright notes he’s “always been a massive ‘Star Wars’ fan personally, and I’m fairly close to the guys as Lucasfilm and Disney for various reasons”, which explains how this unexpected and delightfully strong in the Force fashion tie-in came to be, an aesthetic described as “modern Jedi”. From Marcus Wainwright:
Our approach was really to re-imagine
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The CEILI.AIR Air Purifier Hangs Above the Rest

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                                In most households, open counter space in the kitchen can be as valuable as San Francisco real estate. That problem is the impetus for Korean designer <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-id="18012587" data-wpel-link="external">Changho Lee&#8217;s</a> novel environmental appliance concept design – the <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">CEILI.AIR</a> – a combination air purification system and overhead light source in one.
Finished with a soft palette of decor-friendly shades, Lee’s CEILI.AIR design looks like something straight out of the catalog of B&O Play wireless speakers; the soft curvilinear exterior is fashioned to work in harmony with the rest of a room as a functional and discrete element within the kitchen. But unlike a wireless audio speaker emanating music, the soft fabric covered front and perforated edges of the CEILI.AI is intended to pull ambient air in for filtration and dehumidification. Since the unit is designed to be hung from the ceiling, Lee imagined the unit’s controls would be best accessed
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Arlo Skye x Sight Unseen Luggage Is a Jettsetter’s Dream

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                                One thing becomes evident after traveling internationally extensively: <a href=""  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">luggage</a> matters. While the <a href=""  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">carry-on life</a> is the way to go domestically, sometimes extended periods abroad require checking in bags. There are numerous options that fit the bill, but perhaps none so aesthetically pleasing than the newly announced <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Arlo Skye x Sight Unseen limited edition set</a>, two hard shell pieces that will make spotting them easy amongst the crowds and airport luggage carousel.
Throughout the years we’ve endured rips, cracks, and week’s long disappearance of our bags while traveling to far off places, requiring checking in our bags. We generally travel with a soft case bag as our carry-on (always easier to squeeze into tight overhead bins), while depending upon hard shell options like the Arlo Skye when a protective check-in becomes a necessity.

Did you notice the cool HAY travel pillow included in this photograph. We sure did.

Arlo Skye’s
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HEXAGON by Mark Braun for Mühle Offers Edgy Design

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                                In contrast to the tacky-plastic handle designs of typical replaceable shaving razor systems, the sophisticated geometry of designer Mark Braun&#8217;s <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Hexagon shaving line for Mühle</a> stands out as a modern, ergonomic, and sharp design matching its intended function.
Braun is the same designer behind one of our favorite timepiece designs, the NOMOS Glashütte, one that earned him numerous accolades, including the GOOD Design Award, IF Award, Red Dot Award, German Design Award, and Green Product Award. Here, he applies the same eye for contemporary form and function with a 6-sided matte finish razor handle contrasting the shine of the chrome-plated componentry engineered to attach to a safety razor. Braun earned yet another award this year for the HEXAGON, awarded a Red Dot Award 2017 prize.

A matching shaving brush and stand completes the kit, the entirety requiring nearly two years of development for the Berlin-based product designer.

Mitte Smart Water System Is Purely Automatic

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                                German company <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Mitte</a> believes the home water purification experience needs an update. Their home distillation system is designed to remove impurities from tap water while adding back essential minerals into every glass or bottle using customized mineral cartridges formulated with specific taste profiles and mineral content.
The Mitte uses an age old technique – distillation – the same process a spirits distillery utilizes to craft your favorite bottle of liqueur, whiskey, gin, tequila, or vodka. Water is boiled, with condensed steam gathered into a clean container for drinking or use. Impurities are left behind, producing extremely clean water. It’s nothing new or whizbang in itself, but it is proven very effective as a water purification process.

The app-controlled system allows users to adjust water dispensed at a wide range of temperatures, between 5 to 92 degrees Celsius, 41 to 197 Fahrenheit, a welcome feature for those who require ideal water

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Designers On Holiday Is Collaborative Camping For Creatives

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                                Over the past 4 years London-based design studio <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-content="" data-type="external" data-wpel-link="external">Featuring-Featuring</a> has invited creatives to a 15 acre campsite to turn an oxymoron* – <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Designers On Holiday</a> – into an communal experience revolving around collaboration.
DOH founders Tom Gottelier and Bobby Peterson’s aspirations for their annual event purports to bring a global group to “collaborate and experiment with different ways of designing and building elements of living.” Think glamping, but with next level activities involving craft, cooking, and DIY architecture. One look at their Instagram and it’s obvious though the tent and microcabin accommodations set up on a permanent 15 acre plot on the Swedish island of Gotland may be tight and cozy, the amenities made available to campers definitely keep the experience safely on the other side of roughing it. This year’s DOH introduced new standard issue cabins designed for solo or couples in attendance, micro shelters constructed with plywood and treated 70x70mm timber, with
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Tala Voronoi LED Bulbs Are Mathematically Beautiful

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                                The light bulbs of London-based <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Tala</a> are designed to glow bare, organically shaped blown glass lighting fixtures inspired by an unexpected source: the naturally occurring patterns that form overhead in tree canopies, alongside a lone filament snaking around a central column, a mathematical nod to the Fibonacci sequence.

Tala’s design and business practices are guided by the principle of “Conservation Through Beauty”.

Exposed light bulb fixtures offer an interesting decorative dichotomy: they’re somewhat old fashioned when considered in the context of the history of lighting. But increasingly we’re seeing bare bulbs outfitted with LED technology, paired with modern finishes and forms, illuminating contemporary spaces in pendant, floor, or table lighting forms. Tala’s biomimicry in light bulb form reveal a reverence for the natural world and formations, appropriately paired with a bright yet efficient LED filament that should last over 20,000 hours while still putting out between 80-120 lumens (two sizes are available
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Room One Surface Goes Against the Grain in Wireless Audio

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                                The term &#8220;engineered wood&#8221; takes on a whole new meaning with London-based audio technology outfit <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Room One&#8217;s</a> Surface wall audio speaker, the brainchild of designers Tom Jarvis and Oliver Staiano.
The subtle concave shape of the Surface evokes memories of skateboard decks – here, a little more round and portly, perhaps a less athletic, audiophile plywood relative  –  each wooden disk hiding transducer componetry, capable of converting the entire surface of stained layers of beech veneer into one large sculptural wireless speaker with the swipe and a tap of any music streaming app. Being Bluetooth-enabled, streaming audio from nearly any wireless music source plays nice with the Surface. And even while off, each of the CNC milled speaker panel designs quietly work as a minimalist decorative piece, ready to surprise unexpected guests the next time they’re turned on. Each Surface is hand assembled in a London workshop and available in
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Poketo Aurora Wall and Daily Planners Color the Days Ahead

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                                We can&#8217;t remember the last time we&#8217;ve ever felt the slightest urge to grace our walls with a printed wall calendar. Yet, here we are, slaves to Google Calendar, and totally entranced by the colorful allure of this <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Poketo Aurora Wall Planner</a> monthly calendar.
With dimensions of 30.1″ x 20.6″, these poster size sheets divided by month practically beg to be framed, except for the fact they’re best used with a pen and a penchant for planning.

The real question is whether to dole each sheet every month, or to display the entire spectrum as a group. There isn’t really a wrong way to display these.

But let’s say you’re adamant to keep the walls free from clutter. That’s okay because there’s the Poketo Daily Weekly Monthly Planner. The spiral bound planner isn’t just a pretty face on the outside; the interior of this 170 page planner is
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Block Shop Unveils Collection of Architecturally Inspired Woodblock Prints

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                                I count myself amongst an already enthusiastic group of fans of the graphical and fashionable handmade textiles of sister-operated Los Angeles based <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Block Shop</a>. The brainchild of sisters Hopie and Lily Stockman, Block Shop&#8217;s catalog of scarves, pillows, linens, and rugs hit a sweet spot, landing somewhere between the hippie-dipped SoCal desert artistry currently popular with the design cognoscenti and an architectural graphical precision identifiable across their oeuvre. Now they&#8217;ve transferred this penchant for architectural motifs <a href="" data-wpel-link="internal">imprinted onto fabric</a> over onto a new medium – a <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">collection of woodblock prints</a> intended to beautify our walls.
Unveiled and exhibited this week inside the walls of Rachel Comey Los Angeles, each of the six woodblock designs reflect the duo’s affinity for Art Deco detailing found across two continents, specifically those decorating the movie palaces of India and Downtown Los Angeles (the “two far-flung homes” of the Stockman sisters).

The Apas Monolith Water Cooler Simplifies the Design of Hydration

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                                It&#8217;s not always easy to remember to drink the 13 cups (men) or 9 cups (women) of liquids per day as recommended by the Institute of Medicine (note: <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">the recommendation</a> doesn&#8217;t limit itself to water, but also food and beverages <em>containing</em> liquids, so enjoy that extra cup of coffee or tea). More than any caffeinated beverage, juice, or soda, water continues to be the best bet for healthy hydration and the minds behind the <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Apas Monolith Water Cooler</a> want to make our daily intake easier than ever.
The first thing you’ll notice about the Apas Monolith Water Cooler in comparison to the average water cooler – one that might be sitting in your kitchen or office break room right now – is the absence of any visible water bottle. The Monolith is designed to accommodate 3 to 5 gallon bottles, but moves storage to the bottom section. The streamlined design
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Skagen’s Signatur Hybrid Smartwatch Dials In Connectivity

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                                Named after the Jutland peninsula&#8217;s northernmost town, it wouldn&#8217;t be all surprising to mistake the contemporary American watch brand Skagen for one originating from Denmark, the name symbolic rather than historical. Nevertheless, Skagen has done well for decades representing the ideals of modern Danish design for the American market, minimalist timepieces with distinct features that belie their affordable prices. The <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Skagen Signatur Hybrid Smartwatch</a> represent a continuation of the brand&#8217;s trademark sleek and modern design language, a collection of four timepieces merging the horological heritage of mechanical movement with unobtrusive connectivity features to keep wearer informed without distraction.
Skagen’s hybrid approach to the smartwatch manifests in a discreet notification system, one relying upon subtle cues rather than overt display notifications that may intrude on concentration, delivering the wearer updates using a secondary dial with four color-coded dial sections to silently communicate whether a call, text, or app notification needs attention
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10 Technologies Reshaping the Bedroom to Version 2.0

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                                Ideally the bedroom is a dedicated domain for sleep – a calm, quiet, and peaceful oasis in our otherwise busy, loud, and stressful lives. But as goes with most everything in our WiFi connected lives, the bedroom typically inhabits a multi-purpose duty beyond sleep and intimacy. It&#8217;s where we read, work, watch television, browse online, and anything else imaginable beyond the unconscious spell of slumber. Finding the balance between a restful, healthy atmosphere with our perpetually plugged-in lifestyles takes planning, so we&#8217;ve gathered several technologies designed to optimize comfort, convenience, and health.
1. The Frame by Samsung
If you’re going to insist on keeping a television in the room, why not make it one as handsomely minimal and unobtrusive as this 4K UHD display. The real excuse for permitting this TV in the bedroom is The Frame takes advantage of all those pixels by turning into a digital art display,
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