Whisky-Advent-Calendars

This year, do your holiday right and cash in that cookie — leave a shot of whisky out for Santa Claus with your 2014 Advent Whisky Calendar. Drinks by the Dram has made the advent-calendar game into a man’s sport. Now, when you open up each of the 24 days that count down until Christmas, you will also be opening up a small sample bottle of some high-quality hooch. Start the countdown now with your preorder of  $240, and your holidays will be filled with scotch, bourbon, Irish whisky and more. Your package of sweet potion should head toward the mail slots just after Halloween day. Want to trade out your Old Fashioned for a Tom Collins?  Get the Ginvent calendar. Want the windows to open up to daily doubles of Long Islands? Get some professional help.

Spoiler alert to sample list after the Jump…

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Chics in Design is a Hong Kong-based design house that has come with a specific, limited-color-palette knitting pattern for a distinctive look to their household furnishings. Priding themselves on being a “crazy, dreamy but happy bunch of people,” why wouldn’t they construct a human skull that you can open up and sit on? Now you can read the morning paper in a way that will really split skulls, so to speak. This comfy beanbag of a cranium is handmade to order from polyester thread, an inflatable exercise ball and metal frame, measuring 85 x 75 x 98 cm. Scalp it for $420.

Rearview of the Chics in Design Skull Chair after the Jump…

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Surely by no coincidence, the recent remastered re-release of nine of Led Zeppelin’s albums comes in time with this scarf collaboration with UK designer Paul Smith. The highly limited-edition scarves each measure 1.5 x 1.5m, the first three being the covers for the Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II and Led Zeppelin III albums. The first was created using an intricate photographic weaving technique where red detail was later added in with a fine fil coupe yarn. Led Zeppelin II was created differently, considering the range of colors, so four different yarns were interwoven carefully to accurately recreate the colorful design. Led Zeppelin III, on the other hand, was made from combining the contrasts of boucle and merino wool. Images haven’t yet been released for the other scarves, but word has it that both Led Zeppelin IV and Houses of the Holy were created using a jacquard-weaving technique. 50 of each design will be available at Paul Smith in London, only, as of October 23rd. So you’ll have to knit a stairway to England if you expect to get one.


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If you’ve ever been looking for the fine taste of whisky that can only be mastered over the span of a decade, but all you have is a day and a bottle of Jack, fret not. Now you can stir in the smoky hints of aged oak barrel — steeped with a cellar’s years of history and flavor — right into your cup with what the magical Time & Oak Whisky twig stirrer. Think of this as a time machine for your tumbler glass. A shotglass microwave.

Because the Time & Oak guys figured out that those two very things — time and oak — are the only real components which make one whisky better than another. Unlike wine, liquor itself doesn’t age any differently in flavor, but rather it is the wood itself that does the trick. Put your barrel on fast forward when you grab a decent whisky and dunk it with a stick that is as oaky, vanilla, maple, smokey, peaty, or whatever woodsiness you prefer best. Give it a day instead of a year, and then enjoy the instant-ish aging process at play in your cup. So if you don’t have nine years to spare, kick in on their Kickstarter. Funding goes until October 31st. Shipping should be about December.

A closer look at the Time & Oak Whisky Sticks after the Jump…

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Deus ex Machina, the bike and bike-stuff makers who brought us the likes of the Pegasus and the Gicleur know that you need a good pair of gloves for gripping onto your bike. The entire line of gloves are handcrafted in Japan and made from 100% Napa cowhide leather. Choose from three styles, the black straightforward Gripping Glove (below), the Darby Wipe Glove with elastic wrist band and suede details (available in black or tan), or the Mesh Glove (above) which allows for slightly more breathability. Prices range from $145 to $155.

The Deus Wipe Glove options shown after the Jump…

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10 Oct
The adventurer's eyewear collaboration

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Poler Stuff, the Portland-based gear gurus who know how to trick out a camping trip, have united forces with the Californian eyewear experts over at Raen Optics. The result is a sunglass collection that applies sleek, sensible fashion sense in a way that will translate to the outdoor adventurer. Three styles comprise the line, the Garwood with a custom laminate, as well as the Remmy and Myer, each shown below, respectively, with smoke Poler-ized lenses from Optics by Carl Zeiss. Prices for the Poler x Raen Sunglasses start at $170.

Get a closer look at the Garwood, Remmy and Moore styles after the Jump…

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Everyone knows that a beer tastes better off the tap. Everyone also knows that most beers that come in green bottles taste like a nice, light, frothy pour of total ass. At least Heineken, not really our favorite. But now, thanks to Marc Newson (Sub creator and designer friend to Apple products), you can toss the away the green bottle and slightly improve the taste of ass. Pour as you go in the amount of your preference — no more fallen soldiers of flat beer. Pressurised modules called Torps hold up to two liters of beer, and any amount less than that. The Sub beer machine’s two full beer limit makes its capacity four short of a six pack, so perhaps this machine might be more aptly named as the Subpar if you’re looking for more than a couple Heinies. But have no fear, the Sub will give your two beers a tap-fresh taste for up to fifteen days. Although frankly, if it takes you fifteen days to drink two beers, you probably aren’t the best person to be investing in beer machines. Much props to Krups for making a Mac Pro Keurig for all your two iBeer needs. Should release in the UK next year some time at around the $400 mark. In the mean time, if you can’t hack it in a can, go tip your bartender.


10 Oct
"They say you can't remember what happens. But, I do."

SEXSOMNIA-Treats

Treats! magazine — a publication geared toward imagery that is as artistic as it is provocative — has put out a short film about the titular sex condition, directed by Paul Minor and starring Rebecca Dayan as the titular Sexsomniac. A dreamy, lusty, evocative window into sexually charged sleep deprivation…

 

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