By Michael van Vliet | July 4, 2014
Located in northern Germany, the Treehouse Djuren by Baumraum is a tranquil hideout in the trees.
The egg-shaped structure is vertically supported by four steel posts and horizontally braced by two large oak trees that grow in the middle. From the ground the structure is accessed by a ship ladders that connect a pair of multi-tiered platforms. It may not be a true treehouse per se, but it does a decent job of integrating the nearby tree into the design.
The interior space is finished in a bright glossy white paint to contrast with the lush greenery outdoors. Two reclined benches covered in grey woolen felt offer visitors a feeling of casual comfort, where they can enjoy the surroundings. A number of large windows offer a variety of outward views to help bring the forest inside.
For more information about the Treehouse Djuren by Baumraum, check out their website: baumraum.de
By Michael van Vliet | July 3, 2014
Sleek, modern, and stylish, the Chapter Knife by The James Brand is a new take on the classic pocket knife.
Available with both a serrated combo blade or a straight blade, the Chapter Knife’s high strength stainless steel blade holds an edge while remaining reliably low-maintenance. The titanium frame-lock construction is as simple as it gets, with minimal moving parts reducing the potential for failure. Made in America and built to last, this is a knife you will have for a lifetime.
For more information about the Chapter Knife, or any of James’ other hardware, check out their website: thejamesbrand.com
By Michael van Vliet | July 2, 2014
Handcrafted from reclaimed oak in downtown Los Angeles, the Shuffleboard table by District Millworks is nothing less than a piece of art.
Each table is constructed from wood that’s been collected from demolished barns all over the country. This wood is full of character, with nicks, knots, and time-worn patina that would have otherwise been lost to the scrap yard forever. Once the wood is brought back to their Los Angeles warehouse, District Millwork’s team of skilled carpenters begin to mill, plane, glue and finish it. Not only does reclaimed wood offer a unique aesthetic while staying environmentally friendly, but it’s also less prone to warp after being set in place.
Once the woodwork is done, a talent group of welders and metal workers take over to construct the table deck and A-frame legs out of high strength steel with an aged bronze finish. The gutters have a sleek hand-stitched leather base to protect the included. 8 pucks. The finished product is beautifully constructed bar-room classic, which, with proper care, will last for many generations to come.
For more information about the Shuffleboard by District Millworks or any other of their creations, check out their website: districtmfg.com
By Michael van Vliet | July 1, 2014
With its innovative hard shell design, the Solid Gray is unlike any other backpack you’ve seen before.
Offering greater protection than a typical soft shell, the exterior of the Solid Gray is constructed from a durable polypropylene copolymer while the interior is cushioned with a EPDM foam lining. This makes the backpack ideal of caring delicate electronics, like a laptop or tablet. On the inside, it features a variety of small compartments as well as a multi clip for keeping papers in order. It closes using two smart locks while a back panel forms a slight curve for a comfortable fit.
For more information about Solid Gray hard shell backpack, check out their website: solid-gray.com
By Michael van Vliet | June 30, 2014
The Grippine by Sovrappensiero Design Studio can turn any bicycle pedal into a non-slick, friction pad.
Made from a silicone shell with deep ridges, the Grippine can be easily installed on any bike pedal. No need for screws or bolts, just slip the flexible cover around your existing pedal. The material and texture ensures a firm grip between the the sole of your shoe and the pedal. Perfect for slick bottomed dress shoes or on wet, rainy days.
For more information about the Grippine by Sovrappensiero Design Studio, check out their crowd funding campaign here: eppela.com
By Michael van Vliet | June 27, 2014
Nothing has had a greater formative influence on our company than the countless interactions we’e had with our customers over the years. Until now, these highly constructive conversations have been limited to those individuals who reach out to us first, either by writing, calling, or stopping by one of our stores or events.
Now, we’re opening up the conversation to anyone who wants to join. To do this, we’re asking you take a few moments to fill out a brief survey about AETHER. In return, we’d like to give you a little something for the effort.
Everyone who completes the survey will receive a 15% off promo code that can be used online for your next purchase. Unlike promotions we’ve run in the past, this discount will apply to all AETHER produced products without exception. Promo code will expire July 8th at Midnight.
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By Michael van Vliet | June 26, 2014
Norwegian CycloCable is the world’s first bicycle lift designed for urban areas.
The first functional prototype was built in 1993 in Trondheim Norway. During its 15 years of operation, it has pushed more than 200,000 cyclists up the 130 meter long Brubakken hill. In no time at all, the bike lift became one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city.
In 2013, the prototype lift was upgraded to meet new safety regulation. The new industrialized version was named CycloCable and will start to be introduced into international markets by French cableway company SKIRAIL.
The CycloCable is technically very similar to a ski lift, however most of its mechanics are placed underground. The layout is concealed so that pedestrians and other vehicles may cross over it safely. Riders place their right foot on the start station, where a footplate softly launches and pushes the rider uphill.
For more information about the CycloCable, check out their website: trampe.no
By Michael van Vliet | June 25, 2014
The N Wallet by Elephant Wallets offers a sleek alternative to the typical tri-fold.
The minimalist wallet revolution has been going on for quite some time now, but it’s always nice to see new additions to the ever-expanding field. The N Wallet’s embraces the new sandwiched approach that keeps your cash and cards compressed between two plates. Available with your choice of wood, anodized aluminum, or carbon fiber, the N Wallet also offers various colored rubber bands, making the wallet very customizable.
For more information about the N Wallet by Elephant Wallets, check out their website: elephantwallet.com
By Michael van Vliet | June 24, 2014
While it may not be as durable as steel or plastic, the Ceramic Flask by Misc Goods Co is a gorgeous piece of craftsmanship that adds a touch of refinement to your covert drinking needs.
Made from quarter inch thick ceramic, this flask won’t leach any foreign tastes into your drink, keeping your liquor-of-choice tasting pure. It’s clean, minimalistic design is accented with two leather straps, a brass stud, and a button that work together to keep the cork stopper securely in place. Handcrafted with care right here in America, this flask is a sophisticated upgrade for the more refined drinker.
For more information about the Ceramic Flask as well as other products by Misc Goods Co, check out their website at: misc-goods-co.com
By Michael van Vliet | June 23, 2014
Beautifully crafted with intricate detail-work, the Workerman Kut knife is a simple, elegant cutting tool.
The knife features a carbon steel Svörd blade that has been hand-forged in New Zealand and treated with a forced patina. Not only does this process protect the blade against wear and rust, but it also gives it a distinctly unique look. The handle is hand-shaped from Ambrosia Maple that has been assembled similar to a butcher block, with multiple “strips” glued together. This version also features an Acrylic turquoise spine.
For more information about the Workerman Kut Knives, visit their website. workerman.storenvy.com