It takes a keen eye and an open mind to see artistic beauty in a rusting motorcycle carcass, but that’s exactly what John Ryland of Classified Moto did when he created the Moto Lamp. This video follows the construction of one of their lamps from start to finish, using recycled parts from a 1976 Kawasaki KZ400. Classified Moto’s main business is the restoration of vintage Japanese motorcycles, but their elegant lamp design was a surprise hit and now they are shipping them all over the world. Rescue some parts from the scrap heap and add a little moto flair to your space with a Classified Moto Lamp.
Aether is proud to offer the VX Rucksack, now available in our Gear section. The VX is the latest in Mission Workshop‘s Advanced Project Series and combines a functional design with a sleek urban aesthetic. Designed, developed, and tested in the rainy city of San Francisco, the VX features a unique Arkiv® closure system, heavy-duty VX Cordura ripstop, and a PTFE waterproof membrane. The pack has 6 waterproof pockets, including a top-loading main pocket that can accommodate almost any size laptop or tablet. Made in the United States with a life-time warranty, these packs are built to last. After testing one on a few short rides from the office we can honestly say we’ve come across few packs that are as rugged and smartly designed as the VX. For more pictures and a full description check out our Gear section.
So earlier this year, when we were kicking around places to do a pop-up shop, somebody threw out the idea of using an Airstream. As we’ve mentioned before, we are long time fans of Airstream trailers so the idea struck a particular chord with us. Essentially a pop-up on wheels, the store could tour the country and set up shop virtually anywhere. We would be able to bring our product directly to our customers, whether that be at the base of a mountain in Aspen or in downtown Manhattan. Especially after doing the math of leasing and building-out a physical location for a temporary pop-up, the idea of a reusable mobile store started to make a lot of sense. Excitement for the project quickly grew and before long we were scouring the internet for Airstream listings.
This definitely wasn’t going to be the first Airstream to be re-purposed for commercial use. In fact, we’ve seen countless other companies put their own personal touches on an Airstream before. However, whenever we saw them they always struck us as being a little, well, half-baked. Maybe they replaced the bed with a couch or put in new flooring, but they were never able to really make the space there own. Our vision of the Airstream was a bit more, drastic. We wanted to gut the interior completely and redesign it from the floor up. This was going to be the ultimate guy’s workshop, an adventure lab on wheels, a mobile man cave. To bring this concept to light we teamed up with Paris-based designer Thierry Gaugain who brought the project to a whole new level.
Thierry has spent the last 15 years working side-by-side with Phillippe Starck and by the time we met him had already designed a multitude of interior spaces, appliances, motorcycles, and yachts. When we initially explained the concept to him, he got it right off the bat. He pitched us some ideas and sent over some concept art that truly blew us away. Some of his ideas would eventually have to conform to the confines of reality, but his out of the box thinking inspired us. We had definitely found our designer, now it was time to lock down an Airstream.
We had set our sights on the Airstream PanAmerica. In addition to being one of the largest Airstreams in the fleet, the 34′ toy hauler had a rear hatch that would make for a perfect entrance into the store. Originally we had considered buying an empty shell from Airstream directly, but it turned out it was more cost effective to pick one up used and gut it ourselves. We finally found what we were looking for at a RV lot in Denton, Texas. After meeting with the proprietor, who was everything you’d expect of a Texas RV salesman, we had ourselves a trailer. The next day we hauled it back to Los Angeles where the bulk of the construction was to be done.
Building out a one-of-a-kind Parisian designed Airstream trailer, should be a piece of cake, right?
Having recently graduated from the Royal College of Art, designers Max Frommelt and Arno Mathies are making waves at this year’s London Design Festival with their collapsible boat concept: Foldboat. On display is a second generation model called the “The Boat Two: Dock Edition“, which is designed to comfortably seat two. Made from a 5mm thick sheet of P.E. plastic, the boat can be put together in under 2 minutes and uses only 3 components. Max and Arno produced 5 prototypes of “The Dock Edition” for the festival and are now looking for a manufacturer to put them into full production.
Threads of History is a series that aims to give a historical context to the many technical fabrics we use here at Aether Apparel.
“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few” These are the famous words spoken by Winston Churchill describing the heroic pilots of the Royal Air Force, who, despite being out-gunned and out-numbered, boldly took to the skies in the summer of 1940 to defend England against an impending Nazi invasion. Known as the Battle of Britain, it was the first major military conflict to be fought entirely by air forces. Londoners needed only look up to see the tides of war churning in the skies above them. As the German war-machine barred down on them, the fate of England rested in the hands of a few brave men.
Few brands have been able to capture the spirit of travel and adventure quite like Land Rover. Just looking at the profile of a Land Rover Defender, as the above print ad demonstrates, evokes a feeling of rugged functionality and versatility. These are the vehicles that conquered the deserts of North Africa, scaled the mountains of the Himalayas, and blazed their way through the Amazon jungle. Conveying that sense boundless exploration through a print ad can be a bit of a challenge but Land Rover has done a remarkable job over the years. Here is a collection of some of our favorite Defender ads.
Cycling at night just got a lot more interesting. Revolights is a new synchronized LED light system that attaches directly to the wheel hub of your bike. It brings the light closer to the ground, increases your visibility from the side, and makes your bike look incredibly awesome. Inventor Kent Frankovich initially designed the light system as a one-off modification for his own bike, but after seeing all the safety benefits he wanted to offer the product to the public. The Revolight has gone through four stages of development and will be going into full production soon. If you want to get in on the ground floor, check out the project’s Kickstarter here. Street legal models will be available with white lights for the front wheel and red for the back. The only issue now will be getting that Daft Punk song out of your head while you ride.
“Where the glacier meets the sky, the land ceases to be earthly, and the earth becomes one with the heavens.” - Halldor Laxness
In the remote arctic tundra of Finland, the Hotel Kakslauttanen looks to bring visitors a little closer to the heavens with their glass igloo village. Each of their 20 igloos are built with specially designed thermal glass to give you a crystal clear view of the northern skies even on a frigid -30C night. From the warmth of your ultra comfortable bed you can look up and see an unobstructed view of the stars or even catch a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis. The one downside is that you will be waking up at dawn.
The resort offers all the classic Nordic amenities: your own personal saunas, communal hot tubs, and for the brave (or mentally ill) there are ice swimming holes for that quick afternoon pick-me-up. Winter activities include cross country skiing, snow-shoeing, and husky safaris. That’s right, husky safaris! And as the good folk at Gizmodo noted, Finland is the home of Nokia, so there is bound to be excellent cell-service. Although we recommend you try unplugging for a bit.
I can’t quite remember the quote exactly, but somewhere I heard that the fear of heights is not being afraid you will accidentally fall, but that you will intentionally jump. The higher and higher up you go the more the void seems to be calling to you. A subtle pull urging you to step off the edge and into the abyss. It’s a frightening phenomenon that no doubt has some deep psychological implications, but it’s an undeniable draw for many people and what this video, Experience Zero Gravity, seems to capture so beautifully. It’s the second chapter in Infinity List’s cinematic sports experiences and features mind-blowing cliff jumps from Norway, Switzerland and France. Produced by Betty Wants In.