By Michael van Vliet | March 7, 2014
Like a modern-day Swiss Family Robinson, this rustic treehouse was built by a couple in Vail, Colorado as their backcountry escape.
Designed by architect Missy Brown, the elevated wood cabin provides an excellent vantage point from which to enjoy the surrounding landscape. The structure is anchored by a 90 foot spruce tree on the couple’s property and is supported with several dead pines, which were killed off by a recent bark beetle infestation.
The spiral stair case leads right to the front door, where guests are welcomed with an open living space. There’s a sleeping quarters, writing desk, kitchen, and most importantly, a rooftop patio. And to offset the cold winters of the Rockies, the floor has been built with electrically heated baseboards to keep the space feeling warm and cozy.
See more of Missy Brown’s work here: missybrowndesign.com
By Michael van Vliet | March 6, 2014
The Under Cover Camper by Nikolai Sorensen Design is a return to a more durable tent for car campers.
Made from the highest quality materials, the Under Cover Camper features a marine ply frame and a weatherproof canvas fly. Despite it’s rugged durability, the Under Cover Camper offers flexibility to adapt. During the hottest hours of the day, the front wall can be unzipped and rolled up, transforming it into the ultimate sun shelter.
For more information about the the Under Cover Camper, check out the website: nikolaisorensen.co.nz
By Michael van Vliet | March 5, 2014
The Bike All bike shelf by Board by Design allows you hang up any bike.
Unlike other bike shelves that only work if you have a bike with a straight top tube, the Bike All shelf uses the seat so you can hang any type of bike. Streamline your prep time by storing riding essentials in one place. Featuring two under-shelf hooks for helmets or jackets, the catch-all top shelf provides space for bike lock, bike pump, spare inner tubes, etc.
Available in Ash or Walnut, the Bike All comes with all the necessary mounting hardware. Dimensions: Top Shelf: 20″W X 16.5″D
For more information visit Board by Design’s website: boardbydesign.net
By Michael van Vliet | March 4, 2014
Photo by Megan McDuffie
*BE WARNED: The LA Marathon is closing down many streets Sunday morning, including Sunset Blvd and Hollywood Blvd. Make sure to find an alternate route to the start: http://www.lamarathon.com/community/street-closures/*
The arrival of Spring has roused an urge within us to depart from our familiar surroundings and head North, to make for new and unknown lands, and return to a place we’ve never been before. The migratory spirit of Spring has touched us, and who are we to deny this seasonal calling ?
Join us Sunday (3/9/14) as we forge northwards over Little Tujunga and into Canyon Country on our way to the Big Oaks Lodge.
CLICK HERE FOR ROUTE MAP
Meet at AETHERhq at 8:00am for coffee + donuts, kickstands at 8:30am
Address: 6100 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Any questions email me at michael (at) aetherapparel.com
By Michael van Vliet | March 2, 2014
The Escape Mobile Cabin RV isn’t you’re typical trailer park doublewide.
While technically classified as a Park Model RV, which allows for it to be delivered on wheels to you fully assembled, the Escape Mobile Cabin RV is more of a sleek one-bedroom cabin. It features a built-in bed, bathroom with walk-in title shower, and full kitchen with optional stainless appliances, a main living room with vaulted ceilings, window wall, fireplace, and optional screened in porch.
Ideal for a backcountry escape cottage, guest cabin, or even a small home. Whatever you want to us it for, it’s surprisingly affordable with models starting at $79,000.
For more information about the Escape Mobile Cabin, check out their website here: canoebayescape.com
By Michael van Vliet | February 28, 2014
With a futuristic look, the Lotus C-01 motorcycle is the latest from renowned automotive designer Daniel Simon.
Daniel Simon has done work for Lamborghini and Bugatti in the past, and was the designer behind the Lightcycle in the 2010 remake of Tron as well as the Bubbleship in the 2013 film Oblivion. This blend of real world practicality and imaginative sci-fi vision can be readily seen in the Lotus C-o1.
For the power planet, KTM RC8′s 200hp V-Twin engine was selected and was combined with a 6 gear transmission and a traditional chain drive. Inverted carbon forks have been fitted in the front while twin adjustable shock absorbers handle the load in the back. Twin-disc front brakes and a single-disc rear brake give the bike it’s stopping power. However, the main aesthetic appeal of the bike is its carbon fiber body work and extremely long wheel base.
Lotus does not yet have a price listed, although they have stated that they will be limiting production to only 100 bikes globally.
F0r more information about the Lotus C-01, visit Lotus Motorcycle.
By Michael van Vliet | February 27, 2014
The Tipi modular shelving system is a versatile storage solution with a unique aesthetic.
Whether it be a desk, book shelf, or wardrobe, the Tipi shelve can be adapted for nearly any purpose. The cone shaped design means that the shelves are set by gravity, without needing to be attached. The lowest birch plywood shelf has a drawer that can fit a laptop when functioning as a desk, while upper plywood shelves can added or removed to suit your needs.
For more information about the Tipi Shelving system, check out joynout.com
By Michael van Vliet | February 26, 2014
The Spare Tire BBQ Grate ensures you always have a grill on hand while car camping.
Built from high-quality, laser cut stainless steel, with matching steel legs, the Spare Tire BBQ Grate can function as both grill and griddle over any campfire. However, the true selling point of this product is its storage capability. The grate easily slips over your spare tire so not to take up any more space than is needed. Whether on the back of your jeep or on the spare underneath your trunk, the Spare Tire BBQ Grate is one less thing to worry about packing.
For more information about the Space Tire BBQ Grate, check it out on frontrunneroutfitter.com
By Michael van Vliet | February 25, 2014
The Crovel Extreme II is a jack-of-all-trades multitool that can get you out of more than few sticky situations.
Based primarily around a crowbar and shovel combination, the Crovel also includes an integrated a hammer, chisel, saw, and bottle opener. It’s handle is wrapped with 15 feet of 550 paracord, which is always good to have on hand, and contains a hollowed waterproof stash for conveniently storing other small survival items. Finally, the Crovel folds for easy storage and transport while traveling.
For more information about the Crovel Extreme II, please check it out on Think Gear.
By Michael van Vliet | February 24, 2014
Tucked away from the world on a remote island off the coast of Newfoundland, the Fogo Island Inn is a Nordic style hotel and spa.
Designed by Saunder Architecture of Norway, the Fogo Island Inn is positioned on stilts along the picturesque coastline. Dozen of narrow columns support the protruding ends of the building, which helps to minimize the impact on the surrounding rocks, lichens, and plants. One side of the building contains a series of public facilities, including an art gallery, library, cinema, gym, and various meeting areas. A deck on the roof of the building offers saunas and outdoor hot tubs with views of the North Atlantic.
For more information about Fogo Insland Inn, visit their website at: