By Michael van Vliet | April 17, 2013
Designed for the sole purpose of rubbing everyone else’s face in it, this Monaco penthouse is the ultimate display of cash-infused hubris.
Nestled atop a 49-story building, the 33,000 square foot multi-leveled apartment features a water slide from the second level balcony that takes you straight into the infinity pool overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
As of right now the Tour Odeon penthouse is still under construction but it is slated to hit the market in 2014. If everything goes off as planed, it will be the most expensive penthouse ever listed with an asking price of $250 million.
So if you start saving $25,000 dollars a year, it will only take you 10,000 years to be able to afford it.
[ via HiConsumption]
By Michael van Vliet | March 25, 2013
It’s not entirely made of wood, but it’s close enough. For Yojiro Oshima’s final project at Musashino Art University he decided to design this sculpted wooden bicycle. His goal was to incorporate the benefits of a beam frame and standard frame. To do this, the short cantilevered seat beam was specially designed with the intent of reducing overall impact.
Not only is the frame beautifully crafted, but Yojiro added flowing wooden handlebars with swept back armrests. He also created a uniquely designed baton wheels with an arc between the spokes and rim to soften the ride.
While it will probably see limited road time, the bike is nonetheless a beautiful combination of art and function.
[ via Core77]
By Michael van Vliet | March 21, 2013
21 Swings is a giant interactive instrument that uses swings to trigger different musical notes. Located in center of Montreal, Canada for Quartier des Spectacles, the swings are open to the public. When the swings are used individually they produce single notes, but when they are used together melodies begin to emerge. Some combinations of notes can only be achieved with cooperation of all the swings.
Developed by Montreal collective Daily Tous les Jours, the project shows the positive effects that can come from people working together. It also highlights that no matter how old you are, swings bring out the kid in everyone.
[ via Design Boom]
By Michael van Vliet | March 12, 2013
Collapsible electric scooters might be a light, efficient, and fun way to get around the city, but they’re weighted down by a heavy dork factor. Nobody wants to be seen riding on something like this. However Hungarian nonprofit Antro has made a step in the right direction with the Moveo. With its compact design and futuristic aesthetic, the Moveo is low-profile and eye-catching at the same time.
The 55 pound electric scooter folds in two and can be wheeled around like a rolling suitcase. So instead of looking for a parking spot on a street, users can simply fold it up and wheel it up to their apartment.
For more information about the Moveo visit Antro’s website: solo-duo.hu
[ via Inhabitat]
By Michael van Vliet | March 4, 2013
With its angular design, the Iceberg wood bike hanger is an eye-catching solution to urban bike storage. Designed by Woodstick Ltd, each custom hanger is constructed by expert wood craftsmen.
This limited edition hanger is made from oak wood stub cross cut, birch, and oak plates. It comes with an easy to use mount system that can be installed by 3 standard screws on plasterboards, wood and concrete walls, and all other typical walls.
It’s certainly a unique design, but with a price tag of $644 it may cost more the most are willing to spend on a bicycle.
[ via Etsy]
By Michael van Vliet | February 26, 2013
The Eclipse X20 Folding Bike by Tern Bicycles brings the folding bike concept closer to perfection than ever before.
Their N-Fold technology uses a uniquely designed frame and handlepost geometry that allows the front wheel to spin 180 degrees before the central fold. This allows for a cleaner, more compact end package that is so easy to unfold it can be done in under ten seconds. A patented OCL Joint system makes for stronger, stiffer connections between moving parts, resulting in a lightweight frame that feels rock solid underneath you. Double truss, smooth tig welding, and physis handbar bars adds to the already extensive attention to detail displayed on the Eclipse.
With the Eclipse, Tern takes the folding bike concept out of the promising-yet-imperfect prototype phase and brings it closer to perfection.
Take a look for yourself at ternbicycles.com
[via Tern Bicycle]
By Michael van Vliet | February 22, 2013
Turn your Jeep’s seat into a high-capacity rucksack with Smittybilt Gear. Their G.E.A.R. Seat Covers functions can a multi-compartmental modular storage unit as well as a protective seat cover. Storing all of you possessions in plain sight (inside your soft top jeep) might be asking for trouble in the city, but out in the backcountry it could by quite handy.
To find out more about Smittybilt’s G.E.A.R. Seat Covers, visit their website smittybilt.com
[via Core 77]
By Michael van Vliet | February 20, 2013
The Port-a-Bach container home was created by Atelierworkshop Architects to allow you to take your home wherever you like.
The up-cycled shipping container offers portability, easy site access, and a robust frame. Folding outwards, the container opens up completely to make for a bright and airy living space. Atelier has also developed a prototype that uses the existing container connections to attach solar panels and a wind turbine to generate power.
The Port-a-Bach in not quite in production yet. Atelierworkshop is still looking for a partner to start mass producing the transportable homes.
Could look very nice next to our AETHERsf store.
[ via Ignant]
By Michael van Vliet | January 11, 2013
We are suckers for clever ad campaigns, especially those that inspire you to get out and have an adventure, and this new campaign by Ogilvy & Mather for Expedia.com does just that.
They’ve used the multiple airport’s IATA codes to form travel related words and phrases. The campaign was created by Jon Morgan and Mike Watson who reviewed over 9000 three-letter codes from airports all over the world. Some of the ads include here are: WSH EWE WRE ERE [Brookhaven, Ewer Indonesia, Whangarei, Erave] and SUN SEA SND SEX [Sun Valley, Seattle, Seno, Sembach].
[ Via Design Boom]
By Michael van Vliet | January 8, 2013
Cardboard may turn out to be the most underrated building material of the modern era. In addition to a fully functioning bike made out of cardboard, there’s now a cardboard bike helmet…that’s 3 times stronger and 15 percent lighter than a traditional helmet.
Designed by Anirudha Surabhi, the Kranium Helmet uses the unique structural qualities of cardboard to absorb the energy of a collision. Surabhi was inspired by woodpeckers’ ability to sustain repeated heavy impacts, thanks to the bird’s unique corrugated cartilage. This led Surabhi to create his own honeycombed cardboard, which he has dubbed “Dual Density Honey Comb Board” or D2.
While many cyclists would be rightfully reluctant to strap cardboard to their heads, the Kranium Helmet has some pretty impressive safety figures to quell critics. Not only has the Kranium Helmet been approved by safety laboratories such as Technischer Überwachungs-Verein in Germany and Head Protection Evaluations in the UK, but Indian Formula One team, Force India, is incorporating the technology into their specially designed helmets.
So if it’s good enough for Formula One drivers, it’s probably going to be fine for your bicycle.
The helmet has been in development for two years and is set to be released late December 2012. Check in on Anirao.com for updates.
[ Via Gizmag]