Switzerland to this day has been one of my favorite travel destinations. This video titled Bern Hyperlapsed captures Switzerland’s capitol Bern using hyper-lapse photography. It was composed of 3500 individual photos shot during 2013 and 2014.
Its not exactly a Beer Friday. As I scan the horizon for a glimmer of spring I have been searching a cocktail that will infuse me with the resolve to make it through another 2 months of winter. Gamsei in Munich, Germany has created their own brand of cocktails. Focused on foraged ingredients, herbs, and a timeless presentation. They have taken this unique approach far further than the glass. To design their bar, which looks far more like the lab of a farmer turned scientist, they commissioned Buero Wagner. The resulting space is both stark and comfortable through a combination of a limited materials palette, warm natural woods, and a utilitarian layout. Another unique quality of Gamsei’s space is how they have located the bar tenders in the center of the space and instead of tucking them in behind a bar drinks are prepared on a center island. This helps to add a familiarity and comfort that is rarely present at most mixology driven bars.
The illustrations of Hannah Warren caught my eye quite a while ago, but I only recently came across this map she did. It highlights the Nordic region of Northern Europe and has a beautiful texture and style, which is perfectly demonstrative of the geographical area it portrays. Craggy rocks, birch and pine trees, and a cold palette of grays are a few of the recognizable regional elements that are used to make up the landmasses in this map. This map was commissioned by Phaidon for a book on a restaurant in Denmark by the name of NOMA.
I wish I had come across this sooner as I am in love with the stance that Patagonia is taking with this video. Part of a new marketing initiative called Worn Wear. The campaign revolves around the beauty that develops through out the shared experiences a person or family has with a garment as they go through their lives. The resulting stories are both awe inspiring, humanizing and tear jerking. The anti Black Friday message that floats on the surface is not overly preachy and finds a delicate and positive way to communicate itself. I commend Patagonia for making this video. I also applaud them for continuing to make quality clothing and technical gear built to stand the test of time even when the fashion industry and world seek the opposite.
Buy things that last! As Patagonia has shown us, the reward is far greater than the value of the savings.
I have spoken before about how I envision Google Glass as an empowering force to to see or explore places people otherwise may not get a chance to visit. That said we can’t forget about the continued work Google is doing to expand the scope of both actual roads and specific locations accessible through their maps feature Street View. A recent addition is Street View Venice a very rich hands on exploratory look at the famous Venice, Italy. From the canals, to tiny bridges and famous squares Google SV capture this historical city in a way that will most likely never be replicated or out done.
A bridge doesn’t just have to be the structure that connects two disparate shores. marte.marte Architects have executed that sentiment so beautifully with their design for Schanerloch Bridge. Named for the river it spans, the bridge is in Austria and when not being crossed by cars and pedestrians it doubles as a unique and stark sculpture. The concrete form and its placement actually seems to compliment the clear crisp surface of the water and blends nicely with the rocks and stone cliffs that ascend around it.
At this point it seems like every company makes a tote bag either for sale or just as a promo piece. Despite that I am still really loving the foray Pilot & Captain have made into the realm of carry goods. I am yet to see anything by The Heads of State that isn’t beautifully designed. Not dissimilar from their shirts and prints previously released the Carry Ons feature designs reminiscent of vintage luggage tags and the golden age of air travel.
This clip from Never Not the new movie released by Nike Snowboarding is called The Sounds of Snowboarding. But for most of us what is depicted here is a side of snowboarding or snow sports in general that we will never know or experience first hand. It’s definitely an interesting way to look at and listen to this highly specialized sport and a unique insight into their world.
I have been a huge fan of the Paper iPad App since it was launched, but now I think I just became an even big fan. They have teamed up with another paper and drawing related favorite of mine. Together Moleskine and Fifty Three will allow you to layout, edit and print custom books directly from your drawings in the Paper App. I have to say that is completely ingenious as is this very cute little promo video they have put together. Checkout a sample book here.
For those of us who enjoy great coffee and the outdoors Poler and Stumptown Coffee Roasters have collaborated on a little coffee survival kit that you will really enjoy. The collaboration consists of a custom Poler pack with 2 branded enamelware mugs, Porlex JP-30 Burr Grinder, AeroPress Kit, and a 12 ounce bag of Holler Mountain Coffee. Any camping trip or beachside vacation would be drastically improved by purchasing and packing one of these kits. It also wouldn’t be too shabby a gift. I know there are quite a few birthdays in the not so distant future, wink wink.
Now that we all have smart phones in our pockets the usefulness of a compass has been severely diminished. Designed by Simon & Me this compass is a beautiful object. You can pop over to Heldth and pick one up.
Long time friend and inspiring Berkshire chef Jeremy Stanton was recently featured in this Food Curated video piece talking about his catering business, his new venture The Meat Market, and his thoughts on creating a better food system. In addition to being a major proponent of the local and slow food movements Jeremy also through approach supports an open and more transparent outlook on food. His catering business of ten years does everything roasted over open flames right in front of the eaters. This has been adapted and evolved in his new butcher shop restaurant into a very open space where the entire operation can be viewed from the perspective of the patron.
Having lived in New York City for 8 years now combined with the fact that I have had an iPhone in my pocket for the past 6 the concept of maps doesn’t entice me that much. However, Janette Sadik-Khan the Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner brought in a power team to work on the project made up of Pentagram, CityID, Billings Jackson Design, RBA Group, and T-Kartor. Together they created WalkNYC a street map and way-finding system focused on assisting the city’s pedestrians.
During the 20th century air travel accelerated to the forefront of travel both in comfort and technology. That acceleration slowed towards the close of the century and then seemed to come to grinding halt after 9/11. British Airways and Designworks are shining a little light on the gloomy tech starved air travel industry. Together they have created the first electronic bag tag. The tag will allow you to track your bag at all times during your journey. Despite the promise of this smart little gadget, due to the disarray of the global airline industry it is highly unlikely that it will ever be put into use industry wide.
For me summer brings with it a ton outdoor activities, which bring with them their fair share of dirt and sweat. The Nemo Helio Pressure Shower is an awesome little package. The portable welded fabric water tank heats up in the sunlight and has a foot pump for pressurizing the water stream. A quick warm shower after a hike or a climb would be really awesome. I am definitely going to pick one of these up.
My obsessive nature lends itself to organization and this set of travel packs has some really great potential uses in my mind. The bags are a collaboration between Beams and Kelty and they are available in their online shop.
Hotel Boca Chica has been a fixture in Acapulco, Mexico since the 1950s and 60s has been revived by a rebranding and updated signage system by Sociedad Anónima. The updates instill a more modern look while maintaining the historic and rich past of the hotel.
Public Record made this awesome video for Doc 2 Doc that explains what it is their organization does. If you are currently trying to validate the potential for positive impact of your startup idea, you should take some notes from D2D.
After hearing about the new series Beat Making Lab from PBS a few words are filling my head. Empowerment, activism, creativity, strength, community, music, and of course beats. The lab itself was initial started by DJ and producer Stephen Levitin(Apple Juice Kid) in collaboration with professor and hip hop artist Pierce Freelon. The premise of the program is Levitin and Freelon travel around the world and set up music studios and teach beat making. Over the course of their stay in a locale they both teach and collaborate with their students to create unique and amazing tracks.
The video below is episode 1 where they travel to the Democratic Republic of Congo and partnered with local organization Yole!Africa to engage its students in cultivating new music making skills.