Illuminating Artifacts

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Using custom lighting mounts, Andy Shinkage turns old skate decks into wall flare.

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You’ll Be Happy When The Electricity Goes Out

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Until then though, be prepared to look like a rich asshole while manually grinding your coffee beans in this antique contraption.

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A Muggsy Full of Bogues

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When the only press is French.

Back in the Day When They Used to Market Cocaine

 
Like everyone else with a Netflix subscription, we’ve been bingeing on Narcos. And while watching crazy Pablo Escobar pile up and bury money in Colombia is great entertainment, we got pretty curious about where that money was ultimately coming from. In 1979, with one in ten adults using drugs on a regular basis, the American consumer was on fire, pumping an estimated $420 Million per week into Pablo’s pockets. With almost everyone using, needing to distinguish oneself from the next person blowing snow became a status move and the paraphernalia market boomed. Here, we look at some of the advertising from the coke era between 1976 and 1981. Times, they have changed.

Ruskin Says That All Letters Are Frightful Things

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NASA just released a downloadable .pdf of their now famous 1976 design manual.

Smoke & Flame

North America’s only premium, handcrafted firewood company.

No More Burning Down The House

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The “self-extinguishing” Moment candlestick, created by Lars Beller Fjetland for the Danish design company, Wrong for Hay.

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$650,000

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The price of The Volcano House, a two bedroom, two bathroom architectural masterpiece that sits atop a 150-foot cinder cone on 60 acres in the Mojave Desert in California.

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Fist Bump to Cross

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Walking in LA is bullshit. As really the only form of exercise I ever got in New York, I thought I would carry the trend on over to the West Coast when I moved out earlier this year. While I still hoof it from place to place in my neighborhood, this city makes you feel uncomfortable doing it. First, there’s the fact that there’s nowhere worth walking to. It just seems that all the best places to go, you need to be driving or be driven. No bodegas either. Secondly, you can’t jaywalk, which is dumb. Let me cross the road when I feel like I can safely enough do it. And finally, this thing where you have to push a button to get a walk signal? Fuck you. Let me jaywalk or automatically turn it on. The unnecessary stress of having to remember to hit that button really ruins a peaceful activity. Great weather though.

Alfredo Adán recently made the task of pushing the walk button a little more enjoyable by turning the act into a fist bump. Good work from him on that.

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Analog Reminders

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Tim Lahan made a very clever bookmark

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“These Cars Shouldn’t Exist, But They Do”

The 24 Hours Of LeMons

$1,125,000

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The price of the The Pilot House, a historically significant residence designed and built in 1948 by A. Quincy Jones, Whitney R. Smith and Edgardo Contini in Mt. Washington, Los Angeles. Created as an example of how well-designed homes could be built on steep hillside lots, the 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom home is the perfect opportunity to curate your personal brand on a new architected level. It’s even got a bridge and what looks to be an outdoor lizard cage. Leisure life at its finest.

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