Recognized with the prestigious iF product design award 2014, the revolutionary SpreadTHAT is the answer to an annoying household problem – hardened butter from the refrigerator. The lightweight knife is the first self-warming butter knife to work without electricity, it features a cutting-edge design and is made from highly efficient thermal conductive titanium to transmit heat from your hand to the blade of the knife, making spreading hard butter a breeze.
You know why people still listen to the radio? Some of them enjoy a steady diet of de-virginized Disney stars, but most just want to listen to music without the hassle of actively DJing. And that's the basic idea behind the Aether Cone wireless speaker. Twist the bezel around the speaker's front edge and the Cone starts playing...well, something. No need to sync up your phone, launch an app, or agonize over which of your 214 playlists to fire up. Cone just plays. And learns.
Tucked inside the Cone is an eight-hour battery, Wi-Fi, and a brain. Turn on the Cone, and it’ll play a podcast, an Internet radio station, maybe music from your streaming service of choice (Aether hasn't specified yet, but think Spotify, Rdio, etc.). Don't like what you hear? Twist the bezel a little, and the Cone skips to something new but similar (say, from Kanye to Chance the Rapper); spin the bezel like a roulette wheel and it'll play something radically different (goodbye Kanye, hello This American Life). The Cone remembers what you listen to, and what you skip. It supposedly learns when and even whereyou listen—that you like news podcasts in the morning in the kitchen and Stevie Wonder on Sunday afternoons in the living room. In other words, the Cone is essentially something you’ve probably never heard: a radio that actually plays what you like.
Pre-order the Aether Cone (due out later this summer) for $399 at aether.com.
Artist and activist Keith Haring finally gets a monograph worthy of his iconic works:
“Closely based on Haring’s own concept for the monograph he wanted to publish before his untimely death, this volume represents more than a decade of research and contains a wealth of unpublished photographic and written material including drawings, studio photographs, and journal entries. From chalk drawings deep in the New York City subways to murals in Pisa and Berlin; collaborations with William Burroughs and the famous body painting of Grace Jones, this book follows the incredible trajectory of Keith Haring’s artistic career: how a young man from a small town in rural Pennsylvania came to revolutionize the art world–and the course of art history–within little more than a decade. An incredibly prolific artist, Keith Haring created countless bold, provocative, endearing, and unforgettable images that continue to inspire artists–and delight children–worldwide. Tracing the arc from his early subway “tags” to his poignant work on social issues as diverse as AIDS, illiteracy and apartheid, this visually stunning book is the definitive work on Keith Haring.”
$45 (May), Amazon
You'll find the sneakers you've always wanted, and also the pair you didn't know you need. | Courtesy of Bodega
Bodega’s claim to fame is the deceptive exterior made to look like a corner store, but if you open up the Snapple vending machine, you get to the real goods. Limited-edition sneakers from Nike, Vans, and Ewing line the library-like walls, with coordinating baseball caps and T-shirts to boot. Wale shot his video for “Chillin’” here, so it’s got street cred for days. There are also plenty of cult brands in stock, ranging from Nanamica, Engineered Garments, Mark McNairy, and Barbour Beacon Heritage.
Sneakerheads, rejoice. | Couresty of Wish
The Little Five Points neighborhood is Atlanta’s bohemian corridor, with the requisite record stores and vintage shops. There’s also a pub with an entrance inside the gaping mouth of a giant skull, and across the street from the skull is Wish, where you’ll find two things worth noting: a main floor loaded with Comme Des Garçons, and a basement stocked with nothing but sneakers. Some real rarities can be found here, including kicks such as Nike Lunar Force 1s in digi camo, Jordans in unusual colorways, and Opening Ceremony x Adidas Rod Lavers.
Who knew parking structures could look this cool? | Photograph by Michael Staviridis
It’s not really the clothes at this men’s boutique that you’re scaling a half-dozen flights of stairs for. This box-shaped cubby in the corner of a sky-high parking structure is secretly the coolest work of art in South Beach. Everything from the angular cement beams to the ceiling, shrouded in a jigsaw of mirrors, is designed to give you an unparalleled and trippy view of the skyline. Whether you stay for the oversized Euro tees is up to you.
Dash Smart Earphones are indeed smarter than your standard pack-ins, and almost all aftermarket cans, as well. Thanks to a host of sensors, they can track your pace, steps, cadence, distance, heart rate, oxygen saturation, and energy spent, relaying the information back to your devices via Bluetooth. They use the same connection to act as wireless headphones, and thanks to a built-in ear bone microphone, can serve as a headset, as well. Forget your phone at home? Not to worry, as they also feature 4GB of storage and a built-in music player, so you’re never without your tunes.
LG’s Ultra HD Curved OLED TV should prove to be one of the richest and brightest screens out there with a curved, high resolution 3840 x 2160 pixel display that uses the company’s own WRGB OLED technology. The set also features built-in 3D, H.264 and HEVC H.265 decoding at 30p or 60p, and the Tru-ULTRA HD Engine Pro which can upscale media to near-4K quality.