The (multee)project "Wabi-sabi" Concrete Coaster Set ($48) will take the decor of any room and kick it up a notch. The coasters are handmade in Massachusetts and are composed of recylced granite and marble. Every coaster is unique, marked with the (multee)project (x) icon and backed with a cork bottom. Each coaster measures 4" and come in a set of four.
Asylum ($30) is a visual dairy which documents the decay of state mental hospitals throughout the United States. For more than half history of our nation, mental hospitals were a disturbing feature of the landscape of America. Between the middle of the 19th century and the start of the 20th, more than 250 institutions were built across the U.S and by 1948 there were over half a million patients classed as insane housed within their walls. The blueprints for them were set by Thomas Story Kirkbride, the Pennsylvania hospital superintendent. These consisted of a central administration building to be symmetrically flanked by pavilions and encircled by lavish grounds offering pastoral vistas. This vision disappeared in the second half of the century through the introduction of a shift in policy and psychotropic drugs and now many of these huge, beautiful buildings, and those who lived in them, are abandoned and neglected.
Set your alarms for May 17th 8am. Nike will be releasing the Air Jordan 2 Retro 'Nightshade' ($150). The original shoe was released in 1986 and the new version has a lot of the same elements. The upper is made from embossed leather panels in a deep Nightshade colorway. The heel panel and midsole are decked out in a darker Ice Black, and Pure Platinum, while there are Volt accents throughout the shoe to add a little pop. Don't miss out on these bad boys when they drop.
Getting your tent off the ground is a great idea. It helps reduce the need for level terrain and limits insects getting into your tent and animals eating your food. Plus it's just plain cool. The Tree Tent by Luminair ($13,000) addresses these concerns albeit at a luxury price point. The Tree Tent has a diameter of 10 feet, which is big enough for two adults to cohabit comfortably. The frame is made from aluminum and bent green ash, the skin is a waterproof cotton canvas that is available in olive green, natural and red. You can get two benches which can transform into beds and a thermal liner. Additional options include under-floor water tank, pump, battery pack and charger. And you can add a bio-fuel stove to the mix. It takes about four to six weeks to build and if you want, Luminair will come out and set it up for an additional fee.
I like buying props that I've seen in movies. One of my favorites is the Inception Totem ($5) that Leo uses in the film Inception. In the movie the Leo uses the totem to tell if he is in the real world or still dreaming. I picked mine up about a year ago and I was surprised how long this thing actually spun. My longest spin time was close to 3 minutes. Pick one up and let me know how you do.
The Fujifilm XE-2 ($999) is the latest in the lineup of MILC's (mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras) coming out this fall. It features a 16 megapixel APS-C (23.6 x 15.6 mm) sensor that should deliver beautiful images, a 3" LCD screen, and an OLED viewfinder. The XE-2 will deliver Full HD 1080p video at 60 fps. The XE-2 is available for pre-order now with an expected ship date of November 20th.(more…)