Cling to the Italian Alps in This Prefabricated Shelter

Architects Roberto Dini and Stefano Girodo have designed a spectacular bivouac shelter that now clings at an altitude of 3,290 meters in the Italian Alps. Produced in collaboration with LEAPfactory, the structure comes complete with storage for mountaineering equipment, a table for eight and an area for food preparation. Further, there’s a separate sleeping area that can also accommodate eight. It was dropped into place by helicopter and …

Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co

Each pound of beans sold gives one pooch a second chance

One morning in Santa Monica, CA coffee-lover Jordan Karcher happened upon a dog adoption event. With no initial preparation or planning, he walked home that same day with a malnourished dalmatian Molly. Inspired by the positive impact Molly has had on his life since their fortuitous meeting, Karcher set out to help other pooches in need through his love for coffee with Grounds & Hounds. …

Hyperlite Mountain Gear Shelters

Minimalist yet high-tech wilderness leantos that cut weight via modular design

The backpacker’s quest for lighter and stronger gear is seemingly endless—and for good reason. When you’re a three-day walk into the wilderness, every ounce counts and equipment failure isn’t an option. Maine-based Hyperlite Mountain Gear first caught our attention with their ultralight and strong packs made from the veritable wonder material cuben fiber (more about that later). Now, the simplicity-focused maker of outdoor gear brings …