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Tune in and turn on. Whether it’s a soothing song or a rollicking rock ballad, music is a treat for the ears and the soul. It transports us. So shouldn’t its packaging be just as inspired? Even natural? Try wood equipment, which enhances the warmth of the sounds we love. It looks fantastic. And sounds superlative. So go with the grain, and elevate your audio with this vintage-inspired collection.
San Francisco is the doting mother of many things, including the American rock poster. Hand-drawn or psychedelically painted concert promotions for the Fillmore and nearby venues in the 1960s were as much art as advertisement. Bright colors and groovy doodles dominated the market since…the Summer of Love . In the 1980s, though, bands ditched the format in favor of DIY flyers. But today’s rockers have been re-embracing the poster, and their pop-art efforts are as playful as ever. Celebrate their colorful comeback with these modern concert posters.
Imagine floating weightless in space. The whole planet before your eyes. Blue skies and swirling clouds. An experience only a handful of people have ever shared. It was the early 1960s, and the space race was in full swing. The U.S. needed to show the world it was worth its salt. So the newly created NASA cooked up Project Mercury. A program with one goal: send a human being into orbit around the Earth. The whole world was watching. In some respects, we still are—staring into the night sky, either with wonder, or waiting for Virgin Galactic to pick up steam. So picture yourself shooting the moon with these collectibles.
This is your captain speaking. Settle into your seat, fasten your seat belt and prepare to soar above the clouds—at speeds up to 1,350 miles per hour. That’s right, those lucky travelers who flew the now-retired Concorde sailed across blue skies at nearly twice the speed of sound. Truly a technological marvel, the Great White could carry them from the Big Apple to Big Ben in three and half hours. Travel today doesn’t approach the pace—or the unparalleled luxury—of the Concorde. But its super-premium, supersonic legacy lives in in this stellar collection of keepsakes.
Sand whips lightly at your dusty boots. Twisting, spiky Joshua trees stand in stillness. Everything is quiet, almost asleep in the high desert just before sunrise. But you’re awake. Wrapped tightly in a multicolored sweater, coffee in hand, awaiting the magic. And as that first beam of sun peeks over the horizon line, painting the sky in oranges and reds, you slip on sunglasses to greet the day. This high desert collection will take you from glorious sunrise to dreamy sunset, and through all the wilderness hours in between.
You have to hand it to the Parisians. From the gilded style of Louis XIV to the streamlined edge of Phillipe Starck, they’ve nearly cornered the market on decorating with panache. Through the centuries, Parisian style has always taken a shoot-the-moon approach to interiors. Bringing bold colors, patterns and textures together to create a look that’s at once elegant and whimsical. Embrace that magical “je ne sais quoi” with this collection inspired by grand Parisian style.
Our great-grandparents hand-dyed their tea towels and built their own end tables. They were hands-on. Of course, they had infinitely fewer emails to answer. But even as we enjoy our own fast-paced lives, we should take the time to appreciate their patient labor. Stainless steel can look lovely, but so does the rustic and handmade. And in a world of plastics and fluorescents, lamplight and earth tones go a long way. So borrow liberally from both Mother Nature and modernity. These contemporary takes on homespun goods and furnishings will help.
An English fog, deep and chill, drifts over the manor. The sound of bird calls and eagerly barking hounds rings through the white billows. The goal: to nab the wily fox. Men mount up—the horn blows—and they’re off! Jumping over creeks and winding their way through woods. All the while, of course, dressed in sporting finery: custom leather boots, double-breasted waistcoats and the best tweeds status can buy. Tally-ho! We’ve spotted this collection of fox hunting–inspired wares.
The Levant: the sun-bathed lands to the east of the Mediterranean. Rocky desert plains. Calm turquoise blue waters. Its name comes from the French word for “rising”—to Europeans, it was where the sun came from each day. And with it came the light of culture. Once the cradle of all Western civilization, the region between Turkey and Egypt glows with the history of countless nations. And a wealth of archaeological treasures. Let yourself drift along the golden Mediterranean coast with this selection of Levantine artifacts.
Not all of us have wood-paneled libraries. We can’t all relax after work in a well-worn leather armchair in front of a crackling fire. But we can still treat ourselves to a fine cognac. Warm. Smooth. Luxuriously rich. Meant to be sipped and enjoyed very slowly. It is what relaxation should always feel like. And its rich brown color—not a stodgy sepia nor a trendy tan—has come to stand for the same subtle and discerning enjoyment and taste. Today, savor this collection of cognac-hued home goods and accessories.
Pour yourself some good Burgundy. Swirl and swish it around in the glass—it’s the kind of impenetrable red you just can’t turn away from. In wine, richness of color is a sign of quality. And the same often goes for clothes. Don deep oxblood clothing like you would enjoy an aged and invaluable vintage. And thankfully, though wine is gone once you drain the bottle, you can always give clothes another go. Try on this collection of oxblood apparel, and let the richness roll over you.
Gloomy clouds and thick layers of fog have ruled for months. Now finally the skies are slowly brightening into spring. But don’t get rid of those winter grays for good—charcoal-hued threads are always in season. Smoky sweaters and jackets to keep warm at the spring’s first barbecues. Steel-shaded shoes for long walks on bright, brisk days. Find all the shades of gray in this dusky-hued collection for men.
Outside, the sky might still be gray and gloomy. But your thoughts are turning to lighter, softer hues. To ivory-shaded seashells, sand, driftwood and canvas. Pale colors that will get you ready for warmer times. And goods that will take you from winter city to summer sea. Dive into a collection of ivory-inspired accessories and housewares that hint at the gentler days to come.
Once, the color of the night sky was worth its weight in gold. Literally. Painters had blue hues, but they were unreliable. They darkened, lightened or became tinged with green. Only ultra-expensive ultramarine kept its integrity. Its dependability drove up its price. Then—out of the blue—everything changed. A Prussian dyer accidentally created a pigment that wouldn’t fade or discolor. A true blue. Artists, chemists and blue-lovers have been rejoicing ever since. And with this collection, you can too.
In Denmark, it rains every other day. Which is hard. But when form follows function, life is easy—even when you’re stuck indoors. From the comfortable curve of a bent plywood chair, suitable for sitting in for hours on end, to nesting tables you can stack or slide out for larger dinner parties. This collection of contemporary Danish furnishings typifies the timeless appeal of clean lines, bright colors and simple, practical design.
Fjords. Snow. Twenty-hour nights. Scandinavians may well have been the first to coin the phrase, “Let’s just stay in tonight.” But the frigid north is a hotbed of fashion. Warm up to the sleek, tailored and integrated shapes of Nordic style with this collection of sophisticated Swedish and Danish designs.
Picture Scandinavia. Low hills. Endless rows of fir trees. In the winter, with vast stretches of snow-coated earth, the ground itself is a source of white light. Now imagine those Nordic lands while sitting in your home on the other side of the world. No snow is required for extra illumination. All you need is an electrical push. With this collection, let Northern Europe’s design expertise shed some light on your everyday life.
Copenhagen is officially the first Bike City in the world, with nearly 250 miles of lanes. And the environmentally minded and health-conscious Scandinavians love to bike wherever they need to go. Part of the appeal is the Nordic terrain: long, flat coastlines and gently rolling hills. So follow their considerable lead. Whether you live in the Dakotas or in Denmark, pack your saddlebag to hit the highway or snaking country trail this spring.
That soft smile. The simple, effortless gestures. There’s something instantly recognizable about the Northern European man on the street. It’s less a look than a practice. Like he carefully considered what he put on this morning, and then forgot all about it. Couple that with a kind bearing, a sense of decency, decorum and consummate nonchalance. That’s what this collection is all about—borrowing a little humanity from our northern allies and elevating it over fashion flash.