Link About It: This Week’s Picks

A one-off Maybach, architectural shoes, chambray city and more bests of the web this week


1. Goggle Umbrella

Online design store 25togo has this super-cute umbrella for sale that has a goggle-shaped peephole built in—perfect for those who want to rock the sweetest accessories while avoiding oncoming traffic.

2. Levi’s Chambray by Opening Ceremony

For their third collaboration with the veritable denim brand, Opening Ceremony played around with the enduring appeal of chambray for a perfectly-hued collection of straight-leg jeans, cropped jackets, babydoll dresses and other trademark “twists on a classic.”

3. What Happens When

A temporary concept restaurant in downtown NYC with a monthly rotating theme—the first is Nordic-inspired, befitting the current iced-over city—we’re hoping to check out dishes like oysters in beef mignonette and one called “Hunter’s Plate” at What Happens When soon.

4. FSC Fall/Winter Lookbook

If you haven’t already seen Tim Barber’s lookbook for Freeman’s, the cleverly prop-styled series depicts slightly-tweaked archetypes that make for some giggly scrolling.


5. Tent Life: Haiti

Photographer Wyatt Gallery’s “Tent Life” gives a unique look into the culture and lifestyle of tent cities formed in the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake. A book comes out in April and an exhibit is showing through 31 March 2011 at Umbrage in Brooklyn, NY.

6. Bruno Mini Velo 20″ Road

What at first glance looks like a folding bike, the Mini Velo 20″ Road bike by Swiss brand Bruno is actually a hybrid style 16-speed road bike kitted with a Shimano shifter. A great ride for cities, the compact model is not surprisingly popular in Japan.

7. Benoît Méléard

Dazed Digital interviews French shoe designer Benoît Méléard about his new architectural shoe collection, a tribute to the “First Lady of Shoe Design” Beth Levine.

8. GVCS in 2 Minutes

In this video by Adam Mitchell you get a quick tour of Open Source Ecology and the Global Village Construction Set—industrial tools necessary to create a civilization. All the machines are open-source and can be produced for a fraction of the cost of purchasing.


9. Shopping with Kiel Mead: Recliners

Our boy and founder of the American Design Club, Kiel Mead, goes looking for a chair worthy of Super Bowl watching.

10. Knotted Accessories

Constructed from handmade leather rope and custom rose-gold plated hardware, this goth-luxe jewelry line by NYC-based Bec Brittain put lust in even some of our male officemates’ hearts.

11. NETRA: Interactive Display for Estimating Refractive Errors and Focal Range

MIT Media Lab’s Camera Culture department has another awesome innovation on the books. NETRA is an interactive display that can be attached to a cell phone and be used to determine if an eye has refractive errors.

12. Maybach Exelero

A one-of-a-kind supercar, the Maybach Exelero is a throwback to the sportscars of the 1930s. It has a top speed of 218mph and only costs about $8 million dollars.