If pressed, my philosophy when it comes to interior design is one of minimalism with industrial and rustic accents. So I love it when a company makes pieces that fit into all of those categories. Urban Wood Goods is a Chicago based company that uses reclaimed wood from old buildings and barns to create masterpieces. Their Urban Wood Goods Stool ($135) is a modern industrial stool that is built with salvaged Douglas Fir floor boards that are sanded smooth for comfort. The base is made from steel and the feet are adjustable, so you never have to worry about wobble. Check out their site for more great finds.
Looks like Epson has beat Google to the punch with the release of its own take on Smart Glasses. The Epson Moverio BT-200 ($699) features a dual screen (unlike google's single screen) for 3-D display and augmented reality applications, a prescription lens insert, motion sensors to capture head movement, a front facing camera, and large bright displays. The control unit has a textured touchpad with additional motion sensors, and a mciro SD card slot for extended storage. Epson says the BT-200 will work with most Android apps and is primarily geared towards developers.
Gasoline Caps ($29) was created out of a love for baseball caps, gasoline culture, and all things Americana. They feature a unique line of vintage license plate caps from many of the states in America. You will find a selection of caps made in styles like mesh trucker, camo, and premium wool. There are over 80 caps in the collection and you'll be sure to find one you absolutely love.
In The Big, Bad Book of Beasts ($15) we have the wildest collection in the world of both animal lore and knowledge. Never mind "Lions and tigers and bears oh my!" we also have dragons, monsters and dinosaurs, my oh my! For centuries now the most popular books, after the Bible, in the western world, were 'bestiaries', those fancy and colorful encyclopedias which provided us with with the knowledge and mythology surrounding animals. In this new book the award winning writer Michael Largo updates all those which have gone before to create a stunning volume for the 21st century. Exceptional.
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.
If you're dreaming of the ocean and looking forward to getting on the beach or hanging by the pool, you can get a head start by checking out the New Balance M577NBS 'Seaside Pack' (Navy, Green & Orange) ($169). The 577's were some of the most iconic models in the 80s and have made a comeback in a cool new colorway. These kicks are made in England and feature a coastal inspired, navy, green, and orange colorway. They're available for pre-order now with shipping expected in March.