If your looking for an original piece of furniture, look no further than the Smoke Chair by Maarten Baas ($4700). Maarten Baas is a Dutch designer who has been creating the Smoke collection since 2002. The Smoke Chair is actually burned and then preserved and strengthened with a clear epoxy coating. The entire collection includes an armchair, dining chair and chandelier. Each piece made is unique and will differ due to the process. The upholstery is black leather. Check out this [video_lightbox_vimeo5 video_id=36472962 width=640 height=480 anchor=video] on the creation process.
Most of us won't ever need a light while climbing Mount Everest, but if you did you would want to have the S.T. Dupont Defi Extreme Lighter ($140) on hand. This lighter was made to perform in the most extreme weather conditions. Made from high precision metal, the Defi Extreme can withstand extreme winds, temperatures down to 14 degrees, and work at heights of more than 3500m. The beautiful ergonomics and feel also makes it a great daily lighter for any situations.
If you have a friend who is a real corporate guy, we've got a great gift guide for you. Our gifts for the professional guide has a bevy of gifts for the up and coming. Whether you're looking for a tablet portfolio, fashion accessories, or gifts for the professional traveler we've got something for you.
Directed by Brian de Palma and starring Al Pacino, Sean Penn, Penelope Ann Miller, and John Leguizamo, Carlito's Way ($10) is a gritty crime drama that'll have you rooting for Al all the way to his inevitable end. It follows the story of Carlito (Al Pacino), a former Puerto Rican gangster, freshly released from jail, who pledges to remain far from violence and drugs in spite of the pressure that surrounds him. His goal is to find a life that's better outside of New York City, but his brother, his sleazy lawyer (Sean Penn) and the mob aren't going to let him go so easily. Carlito's way is a superbly made gangster movie and if you ever wondered where the line "I'm Reloaded" came from in Jay-Z's intro to his song "Brooklyn's Finest" now you know.
One of my favorite spring jackets ever was a tan corduroy. Unionmade and United Arrows have gotten together to create another classic. The Unionmade + United Arrows Corduroy Jacket ($235) is made from pleated fine-wale corduroy and features twin buttoned flap chest pockets, twin lower hand pockets, and buttoned pleated front and cuffs. Make sure you check your measurements as these coats run small.
If you make music, then you'll want to consider adding the Korg Minilogue ($500) to your arsenal. The Minilogue is the first polyphonic analog synthesizer with presets at its price point. Polyphonic instruments can play multiple notes at the same time, usually making them much more expensive. The Minilogue features a 16-step poly note and motion sequencer, voice allocation mode with eight modes, delay effect, 200 editable preset locations with 100 preloaded, and an OLED screen with an oscilloscope. With such a great set of features, you also need a beautiful hardware. With this kit your get metal shaft chassis-mounted posts, rubber-coated knobs, a curved aluminum panel, and a Pyinkado wood rear panel.