Camping has never been so good. The Sol Duc Cabin ($TBA) located about 66 miles West of Seattle on the Olympic Peninsula is a 350 square foot masterpiece. It was originally built for a client of Olson Kundig Architects, who loves fly-fishing for steelhead. The cabin is clad in steel and features a rugged patina and safe haven from flooding from the nearby river.The owner wanted something that was low-maintenance and virtually indestructible. The large exterior steel panels slide on rails made for barn doors, for security when the cabin is not occupied and for protection against inclimate weather. It has two levels, and rooms including diningroom, kitchen, and sleeping loft. This is prefab at its best.
Marshall has thrown its hat into the Bluetooth speaker ring with the Marshall Stanmore Wireless Speaker ($400). The Stanmore is an active speaker system that produces great sound even at the highest levels. It features two 3/4" tweeters and a 5 1/4" woofer that give a frequency response of 45-22,000HZ. For a speakers of its size that is pretty nice coverage. For connectivity it has Bluetooth V4, one 3.5mm, one RCA, and one optical input. And it goes without saying it has the classic Marshal crate styling with gold colored detailing and the vintage front fret and logo. Check out the white version after the break.(more…)
Hard Graft has done it again with the release of the 2Unfold Laptop Bag ($800). The 2Unfold is one of the most versatile on the market. It can be used as a small messenger bag, compact clutch, urban briefcase, full length folio, secure clutch, or slim rucksack. The cost may put some off, but this is a bag you'll be able to hand down. It's made from semi-vegetable Tuscan leather, that has a matt finish and is scratch resistant. Over time it will become darker and develop a warmer tone. Features include a large outside zip pocket that can fit an iPad, two big outside magnetic flap pockets for chargers, etc. small inside zip pocket for your phone, and a smooth nylon zip closure for the main compartment.
If you're looking for MirroRless Interchangeable Lens Camera (MILC) then you owe it to yourself to check out the Sony Alpha 6000 ($648). This is one of Sony's most solidly built cameras yet. It features a high quality metal body, OLED electronic viewfinder, 3-inch, 921k-dot tilting LCD, APS-C 24.7-megapixel CMOS sensor, WiFi, and 1080/60p video. You also get an incredibly fast auto-focus and an 11 frames-per-second consecutive shooting mode. The price include the body only but for an extra $150 bucks you can get it paired with a 16-50mm power zoom lens.
Slide: The Lexus Hoverboard ($TBA) isn't quite passing the smell test, but it is one heck of a marketing ploy. And if it actually turns out to be real, which I seriously doubt, sign me up for a pre-order. If you go on the Lexus website you'll see them marketing their soon to be released hoverboard called Slide. Slide, if it's real, uses magnetic levitation to achieve frictionless movement. Liquid nitrogen cooled superconductors and permanent magnets are also utilized to create the impossible. Along with the amazing tech you also get premium Lexus styling - including Lexus spindle grille signature shape, materials used in their cars, and natural bamboo. Stay tuned.
An Apartment Design By Kataryzyna Kuo Stolarska And Kuoos Architects ($TBA) may be the most beautiful apartment I've every seen. The mixture of black and white is almost perfect and makes this a home you feel comfortable in despite its modern minimalist lines. The splash of yellow in the chairs in the kitchen would have never come to mind, but it works flawlessly. KUOOs Architects out of Poland are quickly making a name for themselves for their bold designs, as well as the interior designing Kataryzyna Kuo Stolarska. Her designs are simply amazing. I wonder if she'll consider making a trip out to Philly, I've got an office that needs a redo.