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24 Nov 19:00

2014 Gift Guide: iPhone 6 Accessories

by Gregory Han

Well, hello there. This is the first time we’re EVER doing gift guides here on Design Milk. We hope you enjoy them! May the holidays be ever in your favor. Let the gift guides begin!

2014 Gift Guide: iPhone 6 Accessories

We can mark nearly two months off the calendar since the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launched in mid-September, and in that time a plethora of products have come to market faster than a fashion knockoff (with much more undoubtedly on its way). Sadly, most of these “new” accessories are a rehash of the same old products we’ve seen released for previous iterations of the iPhone – countless cheap, plastic cases or gadgets of questionable utility which ultimately end up in the “donate” pile. But hidden amongst the masses, a handful of the latest iPhone 6 compatible designs are genuinely useful, entertaining, constructed with a higher quality of materials, or simply offering a notable execution of design worthy of sitting sidekick to your Cupertino-made mobile:

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The Evernote Pfeiffer Collection \\\ $24.95 – 49.95
Evernote’s reputation as a digital workspace and organizing tool on computers, phones, and tablets is well established, if not passionately endorsed like a favorite workout or diet. Now they’ve applied the same organizational tool philosophy from the virtual desktop to IRL with a handsome collection made from walnut, with slots and stands for even the giant iPhone 6 Plus. Is it bad we want to use the slotted cup to hold a giant chocolate chip cookie?

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Definitive Technology W7 \\\ $399
The W7 almost looks like it could have been made from the same anodized aluminum slab as Apple’s iPhone, a compact cube of less-is-more, minimalist’s aesthetic (sporting just 4 buttons; everything else is controlled via an iOS app). What isn’t minimal by all means is the surprisingly full bodied sound which emanates from the 5.87” x 6.93” x 6.65” wireless speaker. In our time listening to the W7, the 6 lbs. speaker lived up to Definitive Sound’s claim to be able to reproduce immersive sounds radiating music off walls using the W7′s Tri-Polar configuration of 1″ tweeters and mid/bass radiators situated on three sides, an effect which had us peering over our shoulders fooled by the acoustic trickery, all the while surprised such a compact single speaker could reproduce such a dynamic presence.

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CLOT x The Coop Idea 10th Anniversary “Ice Cream Sandwich” Power Bank \\\ $65
Celebrating their 10th anniversary, the Hong Kong-based label CLOT collaborated with The Coop Idea and came up with one tasty looking ice cream sandwich shaped Gummy 9000 Power Bank. The frozen treat offers 9000mAh capacity capable of fully-charging an iPhone three times before it needs to refill back up itself and comes sporting two USB output ports for dual charging at once (note: only one port offers 2.4A fast-charging).

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Bowers & Wilkins T7 Bluetooth Speaker \\\ $350
You’ll want to tip your hat off to Bowers & Wilkins. They didn’t jump into the wireless Bluetooth category until they felt good and ready, specifically because they didn’t feel Bluetooth audio lived up to their standards. But now aptX Bluetooth encoded audio is here, B&W decided they could bring both style and audiophile-flavored substance with the T7, a serious looking honeycomb framed portable speaker designed to reproduce bass loud without any of the annoying vibration and distortion which hampers similar devices when pushed. Users can squeeze 18 hours of music from two 50mm drive units and a pair of bass radiators kept in place by the T7′s unique design “Micro Matrix” inner frame.

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TAKTIK 360 iPhone 6 Case by Lunatik \\\ $125
Lunatik looks like they set out to make the most rugged and protective iPhone 6 case for adventurers. It also appears their designers were somehow able to keep their protective case from getting hit with the usual ugly stick which usually mars other ultra-rugged adventuring cases; designed with chunky angle, the TAKTIK 360 is a robotic mech-style shell for the iPhone 6. Designed to completely keep out unwelcome water and dust, the TATIK 360 closes up with a patent pending compression closure system and single latch closure, and is covered with a Corning Gorilla Glass lens for an extra layer of screen protection. It’s admittedly a bulky case, but that’s the trade-off for extreme bump and drop protection.

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Olloclip 4-in-1 Photo Lens for iPhone 6 \\\ $79
Unlike a DSLR or mirrorless camera, you can’t take off and add additional lenses to your iPhone. But you can slip on the Olloclip 4-in-1 accessory, extending the iPhone’s already pretty good camera with optical quality Fisheye, Macro 10x, Macro 15x, and Wide Angle lenses (photos examples here). Best of all the compact clip-on design makes it extremely easy to attach the extra lenses when needed, then slip the accessory into a pocket or dropped into a bag for storage.

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Gramovox Bluetooth Gramophone \\\ $399
Bluetooth, may we introduce you to Boardwalk Empire? This yesterday design, 1920′s-style steel horn speaker is connected for 33ft wireless audio range for iPhone (and Android) devices, good for between 12-18 hours of battery powered playback. If you’re looking for a statement piece, there’s probably not many Bluetooth speakers which will elicit curious inquiries like this.

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Aether Cone \\\ $399
The Aether Cone was already a frontrunner in the portable wireless audio speakers category, especially if one appreciates the idea home audio components should look as beautiful as they sound instead of intrusively gadgety. Their team seems committed to improving and updating the Cone, recently upgrading the voice, app, and gesture operated Cone to work sans Rdio subscription (previously mandatory) and an improved web-based set-up which makes connecting the Cone to a home wi-fi network a snap. There’s also a new white and silver color combo, joining the existing handsomely suited black and copper model, making it a match for two out of the three iPhone color options.

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Madera Hardwood + Elastamer iPhone 6 Case \\\ $65
With a contrast 3:1 ratio of injection moulded black elastomer to wood, Madera’s iPhone cases share more semblance with a luxurious gentleman’s attache case or billfold than with the typical plastic slip-on iPhone case. And because the wood is only used as a small portion of the case, the grip is remarkably more secure when compared to an all-wood case. You’ll have to sign-up for notification about pre-orders, for these cases were just announced as an upgrade from the previous iPhone 5/5s edition.

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The Dimple iPhone 6 Bumper by SQUAIR \\\ $600
Ignore the insane price for a moment ($600!), it shouldn’t detract from an appreciation of the subtle and unique aluminum alloy (specifically, aircraft quality A7075 Extra Super Duralumin) material design which went into this intricate protective bumper. The bumper weighs a mere 17.5g, as lightweight as plastic, yet adds a layer of durability along the most damage-susceptible corners of the iPhone: the corners. A special no-tools required Itoigawa Latch – made from 4 angled parts – permits easy assembly and disassembly, while the bumper’s tidal-inspired pattern lends improved grip to the iPhone 6′s notoriously slippy feel.

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Seek Thermal Camera \\\ $199
This Lightning add-on device for the iPhone (with an Android option available) might be the closest you’ll ever get to experiencing the world through the thermal-optical vision of a Predator. The $199 Seek Thermal Cam attaches to the bottom of the iPhone to transform the iPhone’s standard optical capabilities into a temperature sensitive imaging system using a 32,136 thermal pixels, 12-micron sensor. There are countless pragmatic opportunities to use the Seek camera, like finding where cold air is coming into a room or spotting a hiding animal in your backyard, but it’s more likely you’ll find stranger and more amusing opportunities to test a thermal camera, like to share via Instagram or your Facebook feed, no doubt.

24 Nov 20:38

A Comfy Home with Design Classics

by Erika Vierto

A stunning style with a warm and cozy feel.

The post A Comfy Home with Design Classics appeared first on NordicDesign.

23 Nov 02:39

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11 Nov 18:30

All Lies: Infographic Of 52 Misconceptions Debunked

mythconceptions-640.jpg Note: Larger version HERE in case you like big things. This is the infographic created by David McCandless refuting 52 common misconceptions. I found it all rather questionable. Like, who is this David McCandless and what does he know? What is his AGENDA? Also, what does the Monster Energy is the devil's work lady think about all this? Because if I trust anybody to get to the bottom of something, it's her. She's the kind of lady who can find clues where there aren't any. I wouldn't be surprised to find out True Detective was actually named after her. Thanks to jessie, who agrees infographics are just the devil's way of spreading lies across the internet.
11 Nov 11:30

Cuánto sabes y cómo no ser ignorante acerca del mundo

by Francisco Lira

¿Cuánto sabes sobre el mundo? Hans Rosling, con sus famosos gráficos de la población mundial, la salud y datos de ingresos, demuestra que tienes una alta probabilidad estadística de estar muy equivocado acerca de lo que crees que sabes. Juega junto con la audiencia y aprende cuatro formas que te ayudarán rápidamente a ser menos ignorante.

11 Nov 11:58

Mira la reacción de estos niños cuando se enteran que sus padres se han comido sus golosinas

by Ignacio Rojas

El show de Jimmy Kimmel hace esto todos los años, le pide a padres que les digan en broma a sus hijos que se han comido todos sus dulces de Halloween para grabar sus reacciones… Las de este año son espectaculares.


10 Nov 08:03


by Maca

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Hoy me gustaría compartir con vosotros un ejemplo de reforma tan sencillo como genial. Se trata de un proyecto del arquitecto Sergi Pons y me parece genial para inspirarnos a la hora de “plantar cara” a esas “casas pasilleras” de techos altísimos que suelen abundar en los barrios más antiguos de nuestras ciudades.

Como veréis, la clave de este apartamento ha sido la de vaciar todo el espacio dejando a la vista la base histórica de la vivienda; el muro de piedra (que en muchas otras casas podría ser de ladrillo), las viguetas de madera y sus correspondientes bovedillas. La continuidad de la vivienda sólo se ve interrumpida (y sólo en parte) por el cubo blanco en el que apoya la cocina, que contiene el baño y que, a su vez, dota de intimidad a la zona del dormitorio. La clave está en el cambio de materialidad y color de este cubo (blanco liso contrastando con la calidez y las texturas de la piedra y la madera) y, sobre todo, en que no llega hasta el techo. De esta forma, se sigue leyendo un espacio único pero, a la vez, cada función de la vivienda queda perfectamente definida. También me gusta muchísimo cómo se ha integrado la galería; tan típica también en este tipo de casas. Se ha mantenido su singularidad con el cambio de suelo (en esta zona se mantiene de baldosa hidráulica) pero, a la vez, ilumina y completa perfectamente la zona de dormitorio creando un juego de espacios muy interesante. Sin duda, un ejemplo muy inspirador si en algún momento os planteáis reformar una vivienda de tipología similar. ¡A ver qué os parece a vosotros!

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07 Nov 16:00

Amazon Announces Their New Echo Device. Will it Take?


These are interesting days for product design, as companies are experimentally combining different technologies in an effort to create new classes of objects. Yesterday Amazon unexpectedly announced their Echo product design, a cylindrical domestic object that revealed the company is better at keeping things under wraps than Apple.

So what is Echo? The best way I can describe it is Siri in a can, or an iPad for your ears. Apple's tablet enabled us to view the internet without being tethered to a computer, and Echo aims to aurally provide us with information from the internet, with queries made via voice. Have a look at how Amazon imagines the device would fit into our lives:

Like Apple's iDevices before it, Echo consists of already-existing technologies that the designers are hoping will create a desireable functionality by being combined. But I'm not convinced it will succeed. In today's crowded product landscape, new objects succeed by fulfilling an unmet need, and/or possessing such a strong design-based sex appeal that consumers cannot resist buying it.

I'm not sure the Echo has either. The appeal of hands-free is that it lets you achieve something you'd ordinarily do with your hands, when your hands are already occupied; like the example in the video where the housemum is prepping food and asks for a measurement ratio rather than physically looking it up. That example is certainly valid, but it's a question of how often that need truly occurs.

07 Nov 19:02

Use SolidWorks Simulation as a Tool for Preparing for Zombie Attacks

by Simon Martin

We can’t believe that we missed this one pre-Halloween…but it’s just too dang good to not put out either way. Originally conceived of by Stephen Endersby, a Product Manager over at SolidWorks, this zombie-themed SolidWorks Simulation activity effectively helps you learn the basics of simulation in SolidWorks while testing zombie attack survival strategies.

In this case, Stephen has chosen how to effectively simulate what is needed in order to keep a door from being knocked down during a hostile attack.

“Have you ever wondered what you would do to save yourself from the zombie apocalypse? I know I have,” Stephen says.

“Do you get in a car and drive to the country, stay in your house or jump on a sail boat to wander the seas like the Flying Dutchman?? Actually I can rule the last one out as I can’t sail, so it’s either drive or stay. But what happens if the undead hoard are stumbling over the horizon on the day my car doesn’t start? I need a back-up plan; I need to be safe in my house, I need to know how much wood I need to board up my doors and windows…so let’s fire up SOLIDWORKS.”

Going into the project, Stephen has an accurate theory that no matter the type of zombie–slow like Romero’s Living Dead or fast like World War Z–the biggest problem that a homeowner faces are the doors being broken down. With this in mind, Stephen jumps directly into creating an average and vulnerable front door with a glass window:


He then adds some wood to the window on the exterior side as well as some cross boards on the interior:



“Now I don’t have nails inside of SOLIDWORKS Simulation so I will have to use bolts and set a failure load equivalent of the nail pull out force. Lastly I will need to apply the load on this door due to the mass of zombies pushing against the door. Now theoretically there should be a limit to this load because at some point the mass of zombies would crush the zombies at the front rather than increase the load. After quick scan of the internet I found information on crowd safety barriers and, assuming a healthy safety factor, I now have my zombie crush pressure. As all we are interested is the door we are going to ignore the wall, and assume the door frame is perfectly attached to the house walls. After adding contact between all the components we are ready to run the test.”


“But unfortunately we have some red, which likely equals undead.”

After establishing that he will need more planks of wood to avoid stress near the door handle, Stephen used the patterning tool to add and evenly distribute the wood panels across the entire door:


What will happen next?

Will Stephen effectively be able to simulate crowd control and establish the BOM that he needs? More importantly…are nachos and dip more of a priority over a cricket bat on his list of survival items? Be sure to check out his analysis in-full over at SolidWorks.

Read Use SolidWorks Simulation as a Tool for Preparing for Zombie Attacks at SolidSmack.

07 Nov 20:15

Thailand-Based ‘Studiohole’ Knows a Thing or Two About Designing with Concrete

by Simon Martin

It’s hard not to appreciate concrete from a manufacturing standpoint regardless of your taste for or against the cool minimalist aesthetic. Between its widespread availability and ability to be formed into literally any cavity, concrete is an excellent medium for the cheap up-front cost of manufacturing with it alone.

Among other designers who have been dabbling with the concrete aesthetic is Bangkok, Thailand-based design studio Studiohole. Headed by industrial designers Kritsanawat Chonchana and Kitikarn Ngamboonsin, the two-person firm have created an impressive lineup of concrete-based products that incorporate electronic components…such as their latest, the Hole CD Player:




The team has also developed a wireless Bluetooth speaker–the JUN Speaker–that shares the same aesthetic to complete your mini-ecosystem…



The team have also designed a small line of other concrete objects that, while void of electronics, are still impressive material studies in their own right:

Concrete Skin



Keed Pen



Teresa Paper Weight



Be sure to check out the rest of their portfolio over at

Read Thailand-Based ‘Studiohole’ Knows a Thing or Two About Designing with Concrete at SolidSmack.

06 Nov 20:33

Humor funny cute evil dog sign

by obstacol

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06 Nov 22:29

Behind the Scenes at Ferrari’s Maranello, Italy Factory

by Simon Martin

Consisting of over 15,000 square meters of world-class automobile manufacturing equipment, the Ferrari factory in Maranello, Italy is one of the most iconic and visited automobile manufacturing facilities in the world.

Having been the location for the famous Ferrari factory since the early 1940s, Enzo Ferrari chose the Northern Italy spot due to complications having to do with bombings during World War II.

Ferrari history buffs will also be quick to note that this same factory also manufactured machine tools while Enzo was sorting out use of the Ferrari name with Alfa Romeo after having left working for the company that first hired him in 1920.

More recently, photographer Luca Locatelli had the opportunity to go behind the scenes and document the factory in its current operational state…which includes churning out over 7,000 highly-engineered units each year.

According to Ferrari:

“This (the factory) is an ongoing project and encompasses everything from the layout of the buildings to the pathways for both people and components alike, the functionality of the various activities carried out, and, most importantly of all, the well-being of the people that do the actual work.”











Be sure to check out the rest of Locatelli’s photos from his factory visit as well as his other incredible photo galleries.

Read Behind the Scenes at Ferrari’s Maranello, Italy Factory at SolidSmack.

06 Nov 22:45

Homes to Inspire | Swedish Beauties

by Michelle Halford
I have two homes for you today, both of which have beautiful interiors designed by the super-talented Swedish stylist and photographer Daniella Witte. You may remember this post, where I urged you to follow her tremendously inspiring blog. If you're just catching up, she has now moved to this new blog address so be sure to switch across to receive a regular dose of Scandi style inspiration. 

I've said it before, but in terms of styling the Swedes really know what they are doing when it comes to property development and real estate. Daniella was recruited to work with a new Swedish apartments called Bonum, and as you will see she has worked her magic, transforming the simple spaces into homes that are warm, inviting and ever so stylish. Showcasing her signature Scandi style aesthetic, the monochrome palettes are paired with plenty of greenery and beautiful textural layers. I love the mix of lighting that Daniella has chosen in this first home

Images via Daniella Witte

Light and airy, this next home has a lovely sense of calm enhanced by soft, neutral tones.

Images via Daniella Witte

06 Nov 22:30

Spidey, Wake Up!: Wearable Superhero Sleeping Bags

superhero-sleeping-bags-1.jpg Because who hasn't dreamed of being able to sleep anywhere, anytime, and look like a superhero doing it, Selk'bag has released this line of $140 wearable superhero sleeping bags. I'm gonna get the Spider Man one because I feel like that's the least ridiculous looking, despite the guy in the picture's best effort to make it seem otherwise. Man, I am going to be sleeping ALL THE TIME. Maybe I'm asleep right now. Am I having an erotic dream? I sure hope so! "No, you're dreaming about writing Geekologie -- hardly erotic." :( I don't even remember what boners feel like anymore. "Here." I meant my own. Keep going for shots of each of them individually.superhero-sleeping-bags-2.jpg superhero-sleeping-bags-3.jpg superhero-sleeping-bags-4.jpg superhero-sleeping-bags-5.jpg Thanks to Mrs. Serna, who agrees they should have made some female ones too.
25 Sep 17:00

A Contemporary Addition to an Existing Dutch House

by Caroline Williamson

A Contemporary Addition to an Existing Dutch House

A small house built in the last century on an old village road in the Dutch town of Duiven was recently passed down to the third generation of the family who owns it. Once the new generation took ownership, they decided to renovate the original house and build a contemporary volume on the back. Working with Studio Prototype, the family’s wishes were answered with a new addition that works with the existing home in a project called House W.

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The two volumes are slightly skewed helping to add another element of spatial play on the exterior.

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The facade is clad in diagonal strips of western red cedar timber laid out in opposite directions. You’ll also notice the diagonal patterns on the window screens that help with privacy.

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From the street, the new volume looks to be a closed off block, but around the back, you’ll see that it’s open to the outdoor space.

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A large window made up of two sliding doors opens up to the L-shaped veranda out back.

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A double height ceiling connects the two floors, making the spaces feel bright and spacious.

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A skylight helps bring in maximum daylight.

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They brought the idea of the diagonal wood into the interior surrounding the built-in TV.

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The connection between the two volumes is pretty seamless.

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A Contemporary Addition to an Existing Dutch House in main architecture Category

A Contemporary Addition to an Existing Dutch House in main architecture Category

A Contemporary Addition to an Existing Dutch House in main architecture Category

Photos by Jeroen Musch.

26 Sep 18:30

Simpsons Springfield Locales Imagined Moodily At Night

simpsons-at-night-1.jpg This is a series of illustrations by artist Tim Doyle imagining various Springfield locations from The Simpsons at night with an "evocative, moody" feel. I am digging them. I am also digging up earthworms to go fishing with a buddy this weekend. Will he kill me and try to sink my body to the bottom of the lake? Honestly, sometimes I feel like I deserve it. Real talk. Keep going for five more. simpsons-at-night-2.jpg simpsons-at-night-3.jpg simpsons-at-night-4.jpg simpsons-at-night-5.jpg simpsons-at-night-6.jpg Thanks to Sheggers, who agrees nighttime is the right time. For what, I don't know.
26 Sep 20:44

Radinn's Electric Powered Wakeboard Lets You Go Surfing Without the Waves


With the goal of "revolutionizing the watersport industry," Swedish company Radinn has released their first product: an electric powered wakeboard. The carbon fiber craft carries onboard lithium batteries and is controlled via a wireless handheld remote, allowing the rider to cruise at up to 30 miles per hour.

The coolest thing about having a self-propelled board is that it frees the rider from the beach. With an EPW one could navigate rivers, lakes, public fountains in Stockholm...


The 64-pound board's batteries can provide 30 minutes of runtime. Currently in its final testing stages, it's expected to go on sale next year. And no, it won't be cheap, but if you've got twenty grand to throw around, you could do a lot worse.

22 Sep 15:00

The Panasonic Lumix CM1 Blurs Line Between Camera and Smartphone

by Gregory Han

The Panasonic Lumix CM1 Blurs Line Between Camera and Smartphone

The question you’re left pondering upon first being presented with the LUMIX CM1′s design and specs list – with its giant 1″ 20-megapixel sensor and Leica lens – is whether Panasonic has created a devilishly thin digital camera with smartphone capabilities, or whether they’ve crammed a capable Android smartphone with astounding digital photography features? Whichever the case, the Panasonic Lumix CM1 unveiled at Photokina 2014 acknowledges and solidifies the convergence between categories.

Inside the retro-styled body a 1″ MOS sensor similar to those used inside Olympus and Leica’s Four Thirds System cameras is partnered with a manual focus ring 28mm f/2.8 Leica lens. This means the CM1 is capable of capturing 4K video and RAW video files. Despite the Lumix CM1′s camera body shape – complete with a textured synthetic leather back further selling its retro cred –  the unit’s 21mm thickness means a viewfinder was an impossibility (for comparison, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is 8.1mm in thickness).

Instead, a 4.7-inch 1080p screen allows for framing and image review, while Android 4.4 KitKat handles all smartphone features, relying upon the 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor and 2GB of RAM for what should offer sufficiently snappy performance. The CM1 ships with only 16GB of onboard storage (and disappointingly only a modest 2,600mAh battery), but a microSD card slot means storage can be expanded with additional 128GB and switched out whenever needed.

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The cursive “L” at the bottom corner denotes the f/2.8 Leica DC Elmarit lens attached to the CM1′s “slim for a camera” / “chubby for a smartphone” body. One is left imagining a design which would allow the pancake style lens to be switched out.

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With all good news comes some bad news: Panasonic plans to only release the Lumix CM1 initially in France and Germany in December for an estimated 900 euros (about $1,164), test markets before the possibility this very tempting design arrives stateside some time in 2015.

23 Sep 01:12

Salami Notes $19

by imgirl8

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23 Sep 03:04

akai-megami's soup

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21 Sep 18:37

No habrá persona que no lleve en su bolsillo un “fono” (1907)

by alpoma

a2000Tengo una tarde de domingo bastante retrofuturista. Cuando publiqué hace unos días el artículo sobre las granjas de arañas, recuerdo haber encontrado entre viejos papeles un ejercicio de predicción acerca del futuro lejano, ya presente, que transcribo parcialmente a continuación. Sorprende ver cómo se acierta de lleno en algunos asuntos, más que nada teniendo en cuenta que la radio, por ejemplo, acababa de nacer y apenas si existían aparatos en el planeta. Viajemos al futuro-pasado 2007 desde el lejano 19071:

Para el año 2007 tendrá Nueva York veintidós millones de habitantes2. Sus nombres llenarían tomos y tomos de una guía o directorio de señas, así es que se renunciará a estos. El problema se solucionará de un modo sencillísimo. Por aquel entonces la moneda corriente será el centavo de aluminio3, y bastará echar un décimo de centavo en la ranura de uno de los muchos aparatos telefónicos que habrá y pedir las señas que se deseen para que a los tres minutos se obtenga una tira de papel con la dirección pedida impresa. Lo maravilloso será que esta operación se efectuará desde la central por medio de las ondas hertzianas. (…) Se calcula que por aquella época existirán veintiún modos diferentes de locomoción, siendo el más agradable entre todos ellos el de los buques aéreos movidos por la electricidad, y el más rápido el de los tubos neumáticos4.

(…) Por medio centavo se podrá adquirir el último número de cualquier periódico diario, que hará ediciones de hora en hora, tanto de día como de noche, y que se publicará en forma de libro con cubierta de tela y canto dorado. El arte del anuncio habrá progresado de tal suerte que los mejores libros serán sencillamente colecciones de anuncios. Lo más curioso será que después de leído el periódico bastará exponerlo a determinada temperatura para que desaparezca la parte impresa, convirtiéndose en un libro de notas de papel blanco.

A no ser por los relojes, apenas se diferenciará el día de la noche, gracias a una porción de lámaparas eléctricas gigantescas que, suspendidas sobre la ciudad, harán las veces del sol y evitarán el uso de los millones de lámparas incandescentes que hoy gastamos. (…) Toda casa y todo hotel tendrá su cámara frigorífica donde podrá almacenarse de una vez alimento para varios años. (…) Existirán cocinas públicas desde las que se servirá a los abonados la comida por medio de tubos neumáticos.

Por medio de aparatitos portátiles todo el mundo podrá establecer comunicación a cualquier distancia, y no habrá persona que no lleve en el bolsillo su correspondiente “fono” para cuyo funcionamiento se aprovecharán hasta las vibraciones más sutiles del éter. Por encima pasarán las veloces máquinas voladoras, rápida y silenciosamente (…) existirán buques que harán los viajes con perfecta seguridad a razón de unos 1.000 kilómetros por hora. Con semejante velocidad y calculando en 6.000 kilómetros, en números redondos, la distancia que media entre Francia y Nueva York, será posible desayunar en este último punto a las siete de la mañana y cenar en Francia a las seis de la tarde.

1 Véase Alrededor del mundo, 6 de febrero de 1907.
2 Actualmente el área metropolitana de Nueva York cuenta con poco más de 22 millones habitantes (dato de 2012).
3 El aluminio era poco utilizado en la época, pero empezaba a mostrar su potencial industrial futuro.
4 Al más puro estilo Futurama.

No habrá persona que no lleve en su bolsillo un “fono” (1907) apareció originalmente en Tecnología Obsoleta, 21 septiembre 2014.

23 Sep 05:06

Urban Couture | Pop Up Shop

by Michelle Halford
Earlier this year when I featured Urban Couture they had just opened the doors to their stunning showroom in central Sydney. Through interviewing co-owner Katriarna Rodgers I not only learnt of her love of European and Scandinavian design but also discovered an inspiring and ambitious woman who is  certainly not afraid to take on big projects, like the huge warehouse conversion that is now the impressive Urban Couture showroom and office space. Their latest venture is the opening of a Pop Up Store in Sydney's Moore Park Supa Centa, where they will be until the end of summer. Katriarna says the response has been fantastic so far, with many of their Instagram and social media followers stopping by to say hi. Unsurprisingly, locals are very excited to have them in the area! 

Inside the store there is a beautiful range of furniture, artworks and homewares from favourite brands including Muuto, Ylva Skarp, Aura Home, and By Lassen to name just a few. All set against a striking dark blue backdrop, as expected the fitout looks amazing!

If you're lucky enough to live in Sydney or are visiting, be sure to stop by.  The store is located at the Moore Park Supa Centa, 2 Todman Ave, Kensington. For other enquiries including e-decorating pop over here, and if you live outside of Sydney don't forget you can shop online

Images courtesy of Urban Couture

23 Sep 08:20

Espacios de Arte | Septiembre-Octubre

by Sergio Harillo
'Retrato Robot' de Jürgen Mayer en Lugadero. Hasta el 31 de octubre

Disfruta de las exposiciones y actividades de las galerías y espacios artísticos de la ciudad:

A pie de calle. Espacio para la colaboración e intercambio cultural. (enlace)

AJG Gallery. Exposición 'Extraña' de Franciso Reina. Hasta el 31 de octubre. (enlace)

Casa Tomada. Escuela de formación cultural. Librería especializada (enlace)

Cobertura Photo - Galería Sánchez de Lamadrid. Centro dedicado a la difusión de la fotografía y su relación con otras disciplinas. Exposición 'Time Capsule' de Isabel Sierra y Gómez de León. Del 26 de septiembre al 24 de octubre. (enlace a la web de Cobertura Photo) (enlace a la web de Galería Sánchez Lamadrid)

Delimbo Art Space. Exposición 'Nameless Coterie' de Hell'O Monsters. Del 25 de septiembre al 15 de enero. (enlace)

Diwap Imagen. Diseño, imagen, web, arte, publicidad (enlace)

Espacio California. Exposición colectiva 'Primer aniversario de Espacio California'. A partir del 21 de septiembre. (enlace)

Espacio GB (Anexo Facultad Bellas Artes). Exposición 'Sobrecarga' de Ángel Moreno. Del 26 de septiembre al 10 de octubre (enlace)

Estudio de diseño ArteFactum. (enlace)

Fotoclan Escuela de Fotografía. Escuela de fotografía, cursos y talleres (enlace)

Galería Alarcón Criado. Exposición de Alejandra Laviada. Octubre-noviembre. (enlace)

Galería Birimbao. Exposición 'Ondas de color' de Ming Yi Chou. Del 26 de septiembre al 25 de octubre (enlace)

Galería Cavecanem. Exposición 'Sol Negro' de Alejandro Botubol. Del 23 de septiembre al 24 de octubre(enlace)

Galería El Fotómata. Cursos y talleres de fotografía. (enlace)

Galería Félix Gómez. (enlace)

Galería Haurie. Exposición de Alberto Romero Gil. Del 25 de septiembre al 25 de octubre (enlace)

Galería La Caja China. Exposición 'Paisaje vertical' de Javier Buzón. Del 25 de septiembre al 30 de octubre (enlace)

Galería Rafael Ortiz. Exposición colectiva 'Miradas subjetivas'. Del 25 de septiembre al 31 de octubre. (enlace)

Galería Weber-Lutgen. Exposición 'Doble o mitad: deconstrucciones y revisitaciones genéricas' de Macarena Nieves Cáceres e Iván Suárez Tovar. A partir del 26 de eptiembre (enlace)

La Casa Ensamblá. Despacio Cultural. Asociación sociocultural que realiza todo tipo de actividades culturales en su sede. (enlace)

La Galería Roja. Exposición 'II Certamen de Arte Emergente'. A partir del 12 de septiembre (enlace)

La Importadora. Shop & Gallery ubicada en el SohoBenita. (enlace)

La Seta Coqueta. Moda creativa, complementos de diseño y arte. (enlace)

La Silla Eléctrica. Espacio Coworking de artistas visuales (enlace)

LAB Sevilla. Exposición 'Agorafobia' de Pablo Peña. A partir del 26 de septiembre (enlace)

Lugadero. Exposición 'Retrato Robot' de Jürgen Mayer. Del 19 de septiembre al 31 de octubre (enlace)

Moscow Art&Spirits. Exposición 'Paisajes mentales' de Pedro Alejandro Agudelo Montoya. Hasta el 28 de septiembre (enlace)

Rompemoldes. Espacio de Creación Artesanal. Reinterpretación contemporánea del clásico corralón de artesanos donde podrás encontrar todo tipo de artesanía y actividades culturales. (enlace)

Thinking Company Gallery. Exposición 'Flora intestinal, Fauna vegetal' de Emilio Cerezo y Mish Laput. Del 20 de septiembre al 30 de octubre (enlace)

Un Gato en bicicleta. Librería especializada, centro cultural, galería... Exposición colectiva (enlace)

Wabi Sabi. Shop&Gallery Moda, mobiliario, arte... La belleza de lo imperfecto. Exposición de Patricio Hidalgo con motivo de la Bienal de Flamenco. A partir del 26 de septiembre exposición colectiva 'Emergentes 2014' (enlace)

21 Sep 12:02

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21 Sep 10:59

Hipnotizante video de la piscina cubierta más profunda del mundo

by Hugo Moreno

Nemo 33 era la piscina cubierta más profunda del mundo, (acaba de ser destronada la piscina Y-40). Aún así, la profundidad de 34 metros de Nemo es alucinante, y es a menudo utilizada para la práctica del buceo. Nadar ahí es una experiencia que pocos pueden olvidar.

El fondo es oscuro y hay varias cuevas para que para que los buzos puedan explorar. El siguiente video es una grabación del nado dentro de la piscina que es fascinante.

21 Sep 11:00

Las 24 ciudades más hermosas del mundo

by Francisco Lira

Hacer el retrato de una ciudad es el trabajo de una vida y ninguna foto es suficiente, porque estos espacios están en constante cambio. Todo lo que hay en la ciudad es parte de su historia: su cuerpo físico de ladrillo, piedra, acero, vidrio, madera, como su sangre vital de hombres y mujeres que viven y respiran. Las calles, los paisajes, la tragedia, la comedia, la pobreza, la riqueza. El mundo tiene rincones construidos de estética magistral que los hemos colocado en el Top 24 de las ciudades más bellas y aquí te presentamos la lista.

1. Istanbul, Turquia.




2. Roma, Italia.




3. Londres, Inglaterra.




4. Beijing, China.




5. Praga, República Checa.




6. Marrakech, Marruecos.




7. Paris, Francia.




8. Hanoi, Vietnam.




9. Siem Reap, Camboya.




10. Shanghai, China.




11. Berlin, Alemania.




12. Nueva York, USA.




13. Florencia, Italia.




14. Barcelona, España.


15. San Petersburgo, Rusia.




16. Dubai, Emiratos Árabes.




17. Chicago, USA.




18. Ciudad del Cabo, Sud África.




19. Bangkok, Tailandia.




20. Budapest, Hungría.




21. Sidney, Australia.




22. Lisboa, Portugal.




23. Chiang Mai, Tailandia.




24. San Francisco, USA.




21 Sep 15:05

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20 Sep 20:07

The Meta Picture

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20 Sep 19:11

Funny Kids Drawings, School Work and Test Answers

by Heidz

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18 Sep 06:58

Summer Tipple: Cocktail Recipes to get you started

by Bielle Ross

What better way to usher in Summer with a few refreshing cocktail recipes to wow your guests with.  Some with a kick, some virgin…

How to make an energizing cold brewed tea

Photos and Styling by The Artful Desperado


– A clean glass bottle or container (I prefer glass as it won’t leach any nasty stuff)

– 1 kaffir lime leaf

– Organic yerba mate – about 3 tablespoons per cup of water

– A few slices of fresh ginger

– Water


– Combine all ingredients, stick’em in the bottle.

– Let it sit overnight.

– Wake up, do some stretches, thank the sun for this amazing day, go to the kitchen, strain the brewed tea.

– Bottle up and enjoy!


Grapefruit Mojitos


•  1/2 lime, quartered

•  half moon, thin slice of grapefruit

•  8-10 mint leaves

•  1 tablespoon sugar

•  60ml white rum

•  30ml freshly squeezed grapefruit juice

•  1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lime juice

•  60ml soda water

•  ice cubes


1. Combine the lime quarters, grapefruit slice, mint leaves, and sugar in a cocktail glass.  Muddle.

2. Add the rum, grapefruit and lime juice, and stir together until sugar has dissolved.  Finish with club soda and one or two large ice cubes.

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Earl Grey Infused Gin Cocktail

Earl Grey Infused Gin Cocktail

Paul and Andrea J. Bartholomew from


Serves: 1

3 tbs  simple syrup (see Notes for recipe)
45ml lemon juice
80ml Earl Grey infused gin (see Notes for recipe)
3 ice cubes (see Notes for recipe)
soda water (sodium free)
dried rose tea buds (optional, for garnish – we used Damask Rose Tea Buds from Harrods in London, of course)


In a collins glass, combine simple syrup, lemon juice and the infused gin. Stir.
Add 3 ice cubes and top off the glass with club soda. Stir again.
If additional charmingness is desired for presentation, add an optional garnish of dried rose tea buds.


• INFUSED GIN: add 2 tbs loose leaf Earl Grey tea to 230ml Gin and it let set for 2 hours covered at room temperature. Filter into another container for use later.

• SIMPLE SYRUP: mix 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and stir until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool. Pour into a glass jar and cover. Makes about 1½ cups and will keep in the refrigerator for a few months.

• ICE CUBES: chip pieces off an iceberg from your transatlantic ocean liner voyage and form into cube-like shapes, approximately 2 to 4cm. Keep below 0°C until ready to prepare this cocktail.


 Gin cocktail with a sprig of rosemary


  1. A slice of lime
  2. A sprig of rosemary
  3. One shot of Gin
  4. Tonic

Muddle lime at the bottom of the glass

Place the rosemary on the glass and fill with ice

Pour gin and then top up with tonic

Stir with rosemary sprig and serve

 Now how’s is that for a good way to start Summer…
Do you have any great cocktail recipes? Share them with us! And send us pics of your summer concoction. 

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