Only 36 Years Away…

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Japanese construction giant Obayashi announced earlier this week that they will have an elevator to space constructed by 2050. Reaching almost 60,000 miles off the earth’s surface, transport time for humans and cargo up the space elevator will be roughly 7 days, which is really nothing at all in light years. According to the company, it is because of the development of carbon nanotechnology that “fantasy can now become a reality.” Bring down the mothership.

Here’s a Camera That Will Be Difficult to Buy

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Strictly limited to 600 units worldwide, the Audi-designed special 60th anniversary Leica M Edition 60 camera focuses solely the primary functions needed for digital photography – “shutter speed, aperture, focusing and ISO sensitivity.”

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Outside The Garden of Deadly Plants

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Tucked away on the grounds of north England’s Alnwick Castle, the Poison Garden is a space conceived by the Duchess of Northumberland that focuses on 100 species of killer plants. It also features one of the coolest gates we’ve ever seen.

Skateboard Devolution

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The Skate Crate aims to be “the anti-scooter.”

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The Ring Fortress of Bluetooth…

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Or Forkbeard, depending on which historian you ask. Regardless, a ring fortress dating back to the late tenth century and attributed to the Vikings was recently discovered on the Danish island of Zealand, some 30 miles off the coast of Denmark. Measuring 475 feet in diameter, and featuring “a 35-foot wide circular rampart surrounded by a palisade of wooden spikes,” it is the fifth ring fortress to be unearthed, all unique to Denmark.

Image: Jørgen Falck

Celebrating One’s Own Undoing

Computer Stamps

“If It’s Big and Ugly, It’s Not Big Enough”

James Victore on a “Type Safari” through Brooklyn

Bob Hurley: Surfer, Shaper, Founder of Hurley

Seems like a really good dude

For The Kitchen That Has to Be Equipped With Everything

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The Glass Pot by Massimo Castagna

Keep Fresh, Stay Rad

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Friends of Type are prolific. For this new box set produced by Princeton Architectural Press, the cross-continental design collective have compiled 100 of their favorite designs produced over the years and turned them into postcards. Featuring slogans, sayings, and salutations, the set is as much a study in letterform as it is a place form letters on.

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Pininfarina Concept Cars

Real fine Italian design

Kate Moss’s Champagne Titty

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In a tradition allegedly dating back to Marie Antoinette, a body part that we’ve seen thousands of times now has its own Champagne coupe modeled after it. That’s right, Kate Moss’s left breast has been the inspiration for the shape of this cup—moulded while the supermodel was pregnant for extra volume—by Lucien Freud’s daughter, British sculptor Jane McAdam Freud. Commissioned by Richard Caring’s Mayfair restaurant 34 to celebrate Moss’s 25 years of service in the fashion industry, the glass will be available for use beginning in October at 34 and its three sister restaurants across London. It’s without a doubt the closest you’ll ever get to partying with the fashion icon, and the only way to classily cop a feel.

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Tattool

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Adding some flare to a traditional tattooing device, the Handpoker is a 3D printed stainless steel implement of ink by the Brooklyn design studio Death at Sea.

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The Cigarette Century

James Bosnack’s invention of the cigarette-rolling machine in 1880 helped propel the early 20th century economy forward, making the mass-production of cigarettes a “Potent Symbol of Velocity for the New Modern Age.” 

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Hot Tub Party To Go

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The Original Nomad Collapsible Tub sets up in 20 minutes and reaches a water temperature of 100º in about an hour. Just enough time to get a little groovy and ready for relaxing in the wild.

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For Taking Notes The Old-Fashioned Way

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The Writer’s Block is a classy desk accessory that holds a pen and a notebook. Designed by the folks behind Word. and machined in Philadelphia, it’s a good-looking way to show off your dedication to the dying art of handwriting.

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Keep It Simple, Stupid

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Using a set of Picasso’s lithographs as reference, Apple designers are taught to strive for simplicity.

Rugged and Rubberized

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The Polaroid Cute Cube is a tiny little camera built to handle all of the elements. Priced at $100 and equipped with a 124° wide angle lens capable of capturing HD video and still images, the mountable, waterproof Cube is an extremely affordable option to the Go-Pro.

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Sony PS-F9

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Known as the “Flamingo” in Japan, the Sony PS-F9 was a battery operated direct drive turntable that featured linear tracking. Including two headphone outlets, the PS-F9 went on sale in 1982 and was the closest Sony ever got to making a “Walkman” for records.

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