In Italy's Calabria, an old bridge and its aqueducts are getting a modern makeover. The government held a competition to best reuse the structure, and the winning design is an "inverted skyscraper." From the road, you'll descend between the hills to retail and residences.
If you’re passionate about bespoke furniture, you can’t get any more personalized than Elliat Rich‘s Decennia Chair currently on show at Milan Design Week as part of ‘The Other Hemisphere’ exhibition. Rich developed a process for painting the chair that involves several layers of colored paint topped by a textural lime finish. The paint layers are designed to be slow wearing, so that over time the white surface is worn away, exposing the colored pattern beneath.
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There are items that can do multiple jobs and make our lives easier. The Swiss Army Knife is a prime example, as it has a variety of tools in one place that don’t necessarily correspond with one another, but come in handy. Sometimes a marketing team gets together and makes something that is multifunctional, but in a way that doesn’t make much sense.
One such product is the TowlHub, as it will give you 4 USB ports, a wine stopper, speakers, and a place to put your paper towels in the kitchen. It’s not that these things can’t be together in a single device, more that it doesn’t make sense. You don’t generally want any electronic gadgets around water, and seeing that we use paper towels during cooking, cleaning, and a myriad of other activities that often include H2O in the kitchen, this would not be the safest place for your gear.
If you do like the idea and think you can keep this far enough away from the sink, it would be nice to have an easy-access Bluetooth speaker that would never be moved around. The wine stopper hiding in the top of the towel holder would be nice, but it will look a bit weird once it is in use. If you’d like to have the hub without the speakers it will cost around $50, and with them in place it will be around $80.
We found lots of sales this week to get your home all set for spring. Last chance to save 20% off everything for your kitchen at IKEA, or check out major deals on organizational basics at the Container Store. If you're in New York, support non-profit Housing Works at their Design on a Dime benefit to see some gorgeous rooms and bid on majorly discounted designer goods (we'll see you there). All that and more after the jump.
Lifestyle blogger Megan of StyleGirlfriend was in desperate need of a funcitonal workspace (and ahem...more back support) in her small Brooklyn apartment, so she teamed up with the designers at HomePolish who used some clever tricks to give her a stylish, multi-purpose space.
Coachella 2014 Weekend 1 Day 1 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Coachella 2014 wrapped up its first weekend this past Sunday, and the second weekend is underway as we speak (set times). If you're not in California braving the desert, you can stream many of the sets starting today (4/18) at 9 PM EST.
Last week's stream was hosted on Coachella's YouTube channel, but this week's will be air on television on the AXS TV channel. Sets that will stream today include Haim, Neko Case, Broken Bells, Kate Nash and more.
Sets that stream on Saturday include Pixies, Queens of the Stone Age, Nas, Future Islands, MGMT, Fatboy Slim and more; and on Sunday, they'll air Beck, Arcade Fire, Muse (from Saturday), Fishbone, Daughter, Pet Shop Boys (from Saturday), and more. Each day's stream will also re-air the following day at 2 PM EST.
photos by Debi Del Grande;
Mac DeMarco / FIDLAR / together PANGEA / White Fang
On Sunday, Canadian singer-songwriter Mac DeMarco was preparing for his set in the green room when we caught up with him. "I used to think Burger was just garage, but it's more 'anything goes' nowadays," said DeMarco. His set on the main stage bounced between funky guitars that shimmered and dipped low during a spaced-out rendition of "Ode to Viceroy," where DeMarco celebrated his favorite brand of cigarettes through song...
..."I just want to get really high, smoke weed until I die," sang [FIDLAR singer Zac] Carper, who banged up his knees pretty badly early in the set. The letters for FIDLAR appeared above the stage in flaming letters that resembled the Vegas skyline on the Fourth of July, while the band scared the shit out of everyone by tossing small firecrackers into a puddle of water and beer that covered the stage - which at times, looked like it was ready to go up in flames. At points, the entire surrounding area smelled like gun powder, cheap beer, and weed. - [LA Weekly]In addition to Georgia soul singer Curtis Harding, the second day (3/23) of Burgerama III in Santa Ana, CA featured a lot of wild, widely diverse sets -- FIDLAR, Mac DeMarco, metal band Sleep, together PANGEA, White Fang and more all wound up the party-hardy throngs of crowd-surfers. Belated pics from Burgerama III day 2 are in this post.
White Fang, meanwhile, bring their tour with fellow Burger band Denney & the Jets to Brooklyn's Glasslands on Saturday (4/19) with Hector's Pets on the bill as well. Tickets to that show are still available.
photos by Debi Del Grande; words by Bill Pearis
Curtis Harding @ Burgerama III, 3/23/2013
Atlanta's Curtis Harding played one of my favorite sets I saw during SXSW where his "magnetism, pipes and chops were evident from note one." The guy's the real deal. Harding will release his debut album, Soul Power, on May 6 via Burger Records. You can check out the video for horn-fueled first single "Keep on Shining" below.
Right after SXSW, Curtis headed to Santa Ana, CA for Burgerama III where he played day 2 (3/23). A belated set of pictures from his set there are in this post. The rest of the day 2 pics are here, and day 1 pics are here.
More of those pics, plus the video, album art and tracklist, below...
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Each week we bring you the most popular and interesting posts of the past five days. Here is the current selection to give you topics to explore and share over the weekend.
Glass Toaster Lets Owners Get To Golden Brown Every Time
Bugatti’s glass toaster uses semi-conductors instead of grills so customers can view their toast and ensure it gets the right color.
J. Crew’s Hand Written Ad Is Customer Service Perfection
Customer Jenni Avins wrote a letter to J. Crew Creative Director Jenna Lyons, requesting a swim-suit style be put back in production. J. Crew not only granted her wish but put out a full page ad as a thank you note.
Why Wearable Tech Needs To Focus On The Ear, Not The Wrist
Because sound drives the bulk of our technology use, earbuds are gaining more and more ubiquity and social acceptance.
High-Tech Stress Ball Keeps Procrastination At Bay
Bossy stress ball relies on gamification to make a game out of working time and help people establish a goal-oriented mindset.
National Geographic Predicts What The Average Person Will Look Like in 35 Years
Photographer Martin Schoeller envisions interracial dating will lead to a non homogenized country.
If you're dealing with a common small-apartment problem — a bedroom scarcely large enough for a bed, much less anything else — look no further than this list of clever space-saving solutions. These are some of the best ideas we're seen for tucking away all the stuff that tends to accumulate in a bedroom, and ensuring that your sleeping space will be calm and restful.
by Andrew Sacher
While any English punk band worth two shits could get a label deal in the heyday of punk, a lot of American groups were on their own. Had La Peste done a proper LP circa '77/'78 with the backing of a decent label, surely it would have been on a par with the all-time punk classics of the era. They were that good - a scorching powerhouse of a band with the songs to back it all up. As it is, their patched-together debut album belongs in the record collection of anyone who professes to enjoy punk rock. [Faster and Louder]Boston punks La Peste's only official release during their brief career was the 1978 single "Better Off Dead" b/w "Black." If you're unfamiliar, fans of '70s punk will find this right up their alley, but it also sounds like it could've come from any of today's garage punk bands as well. "Better Off Dead" is as good an example of '70s American punk as any, but the b-side, "Black," is sleazy psychedelia that sounds informed by the sludgier moments of The Stooges before them, but also predicts much of the underground rock of the decade that followed.
The songs have been out there over the years, but Wharf Cat Records (home to a similarly-minded newer band, The Ukiah Drag) is giving the 7" a reissue on Record Store Day, aka this Saturday, 4/19 (pre-order). Both tracks have been remastered (and sound noticeably nicer than the versions floating around on YouTube), and the release comes with an insert with a writeup by Mission of Burma's Roger Miller. The remastered b-side premieres in this post, and you can stream it, along with the a-side, below...