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Listening / Viewing: Monogrenade – Le Fantôme

Directed by Kristof Brandl.

Tableau Houseplant Watering Tray

Tableau Houseplant System

Tableau Houseplant System

Tableau is an automated watering device that mimics the wet-dry cycle of ground water that plants draw from in nature. Designed by Dutch firm Pikaplant, and successfully reaching a funding goal on Kickstarter, Tableau will be going into full production later this year. With steel, ceramic, and glass as primary materials, the Tableau unit is of the highest build and finishing quality, without looking over-designed.

Whether you travel, have a tendency to forget about your houseplants, or just appreciate a very beautiful tabletop object, Tableau both takes care of the plants, and through its nature-emulating system, takes care of the guesswork when it comes to watering.

The system’s technology does not require electricity; your only obligation is to refill the glass reservoir, which can hold enough water to take care of three plants for about a month. By drawing water from this reservoir and appropriately distributing it to the plants, the process is sophisticated by design, but entirely natural to root systems.

More at: Pikaplant

Cubes by Lernert & Sander for de Volkskrant

Cubes by Lernert & Sander X de Volkskrant

Cubes by Lernert & Sander X de Volkskrant

Cubes by Lernert & Sander X de Volkskrant

Amsterdam-based design studio Lernert & Sander were commissioned by Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant to create this mesmerizing image for an edition dedicated to food.

98 unprocessed foods were cut into precise 2.5cm cubes, then arranged to create a geometric grid that interestingly reframes whole foods as modern, analogous shapes, but each with wildly unique characteristics.

More at: Lernert & Sander

Listening / Viewing: Hundred Waters – Out Alee

Directed by Michael Langan.

COS x MR PORTER SS15 Collection






MR PORTER isn’t a stranger to collaborations (Levi’s, Acne Studios, to name a couple), but their latest Spring/Summer 2015 collection with COS might be their most interesting. COS’ fairly-priced Scandinavian cool meets function designs are a smart fit for MR PORTER, and this pairing certainly introduces some nicely architectural garments to the MR PORTER catalogue.

The 23-piece collection, described as having the “modern traveller” in mind, consists of wardrobe staples from lightweight knits to structured outwear, prices ranging from around $50 to $300.

Available at MR PORTER and select COS stores.

Listening / Viewing: Wild Beasts – Palace

Directed by Alex Turvey.

Dipseas by Sunski

Dipsea by Sunski Sunglasses

If you’re in the market for new sunglasses this summer, you probably know that the task of finding the perfect pair can be daunting. Obviously, it is a good idea to invest in sunglasses that are well made and agreeably styled; the all-too-common philosophy of “cheap sunglasses are as good as any” is a poor approach to something that you use daily, that actually serve a function to protect your eyes. This is where Sunski comes in; their latest model, Dipsea (shown above in Black Gold), is named after the hiking trail in Northern California, and manages to fit all of the criteria of an excellent pair, without breaking the bank.

Combining shiny polarized lenses with a lightweight, matte-finish frame, Dipseas looks more like a vintage shop find than a trendy accessory you’ll see on every third person; and with a build quality that rivals models two or three times the price, they’re a real bargain. It’s not everyday that you find a pair of sunglasses that look as good with a suit as they do a wetsuit, Dipseas pass that test.

$55, available at Sunski

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