Brammo Electric Motorcycles

New electric motorcycle engineering rivals gas bikes

With a mission of making an electric bike as affordable and fun as gas-powered motorcycles, electric vehicle experts Brammo, Inc. recently partnered with Italy’s S.M.R.E. Engineering to produce four new models with a revolutionary six-speed drivetrain. The new rides, announced today, are a result of Brammo’s design and S.M.R.E.’s Integrated Electric Transmission technology, an innovation licensed exclusively to Brammo. A mechatronic propulsion unit, IET mimics …

Thomas Phifer and Partners

Modernism grounded by the natural world in this architect's first monograph

The beautifully simple design of architects Thomas Phifer and Partners’ first monograph (even lacking page numbers) almost rivals the buildings themselves. Rather than rely on text and sketches, high-res photographs and renderings show in vivid detail what makes the firm’s stunningly minimalist ideas and emphasis on eco-friendly construction so renowned. Central to their design process is the use of technology to connect inhabitants to the …

Micaceous Cookware

Heat-conducting earthenware handcrafted according to traditional techniques

Doing his part to reintroduce pottery for daily use, Brian Grossnickle creates beautiful eco-friendly cookware out of micaceous clay, a material with properties making it remarkably well-suited for cooking. The New Mexico native, drawing on over 15 years of pottery experience, produces a wide variety of food-friendly pieces including cook pots, teapots, cups, bowls, and even platters. The clay used in all the pieces has …