Bike culture in Germany
A convertible BMW whips around a sharp turn on the Autobahn. Tires screech, your heart skips a beat, and you think: “There’s got to be a better way to pick up a carton of milk.” In fact, almost 20 percent of German commuters prefer the pedal of a bike to the metal of a four-cylinder engine. And like their finely tuned cars, the Germans have a cycling culture dedicated to good engineering and great design—and the occasional wire basket, for beer and sausages, of course. So get ready for the open road with this collection of top-notch gear. Just stay off the Autobahn.
Streets that pulse with the beat of creative passion. Artists and thinkers from all over Europe flock to Berlin to swim (up or downstream) in the swift currents of the local art world. Witness this energy in the white walls of galleries, or in Berliners’ apartments—which are often just as vibrant places to gather. Even in limited spaces, they know how to express a sense of real freedom. It’s about asymmetrical design. Confrontations between light and darkness. Even if you can’t go join the scene, you can bring some of Berlin to you, with this collection of sleek housewares.
A Berlin flat, circa 1925. Jazz music crackling. Paintbrushes drying by the radiator. The inhabitant: an artist at the center of the avant-garde. Which avant-garde? Take your pick. Though France and Italy get more credit for giving rise to art movements, there were plenty of them to go around in Germany. From the Expressionists to the Dadaists to Bauhaus, the country has spawned its fair share of artistic innovation. Sample the skills of the German modernists with this contemporary collection.
“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy,” mused Benjamin Franklin. If so, then the biergarten may be the happiest place on Earth. Raise a stein to one of the greatest traditions in the history of drink. Biergartens began in the 19th century as makeshift tables near riverbank beer cellars. They’ve now spread as far as Japan and the U.S. Often nestled in wooded settings, they are places to gather, share a liter and a nibble, and tell stories. So wherever you are, the beer gear in this collection can bring a bit of “der Biergarten” to your own backyard.
The Bauhaus deserves a place on your bookshelf. Although the German design school only existed from 1919 to 1933, its impact on the world we live in today can't be overstated. From the 'design for everyman' philosophy of major retailers like Ikea and H&M to streamlined simplicity of an Apple computer, Bauhaus design principles are all around us. Go back to the source of these revolutionary ideas by seeking out one of the rare original Bauhausbücher available on eBay today.
Shhh! Something’s rustling in the trees. A bird? A bear? Or just your neighbor’s dog? You may not be a modern-day Lewis and Clark, but you can still take an expedition—be it in the backcountry or in your own backyard. When sunset comes, pitch your tent in a soft spot. The smell of roasting hot dogs rises from a crackling fire. Close your eyes, and take in the sweet smell of fresh, outdoor air. Whether surrounded by woods or by fences, set up camp with this collection of outdoor gear.
Clippity-clop, clippity-clop. The original answer to the need for speed. It has a rhythm all its own. From the trot out of the stable to the full-out gallop in the show ring, once you’ve tasted the thrill of the ride, it’s hard to go back from horseback to hatchback. Face it: the rich smells of leather, earth and fresh air, beat engine exhaust and A/C. So gear up for the saddle with boots, reins and helmets crafted for action. And when the gallop slows to a canter, get glamorous with thoroughbred leather goods that can ride from stable to dinner table in style.
At the front of the pack, you pump furiously to get over the next hill. Legs afire, hearing the huffing of the hundred other cyclists at your back. Then you top the crest and sail down, wind whipping past you, wheels spinning deliriously. The Tour de France is the toughest bike race on earth: a thrilling 21-day ride over 2,200 miles of rugged terrain. It’s not an event for le personne sans courage. But even if your biking style is more like “Tour de Neighborhood,” we have the gear for you. Racers and roamers alike can break away with our collection of bikes and accessories.
The flashiest signs always grab your attention. The bright neon of the diner around the corner. The lit-up catchphrase on a billboard. They draw us in. And each one is a sign of its times. So dive into a different era. To the days when kids drank Cherry Coke in roadside lunch counters and grooved to jukeboxes. Or when well-dressed crowds entered theaters and hotels under gleaming marquees. Light your home in the glow of the past, with this collection of vintage signs.
Feel that soft breeze? It’s the wind of change. The snow is melting, and a new season of technology has sprung. Sun-lovers everywhere are strapping on portable tech for a digital stroll in the park. You can enjoy the budding trees through Google Glass, or record those birdsongs with a digital video camera. And when springtime inspiration strikes, you’ve got a 3D printer at home to recreate any flight of fancy. We’ve got the cutting-edge tech to capture your changing world.
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.
We're so excited. Not to mention Happy. Today sees the release of G I R L, Pharrell Williams’ my new album. Featuring tracks with Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus, Daft Punk and Alicia Keys, the record is the Grammy-winning producer's first since 2006's In My Mind. We'd like to congratulate Pharrell on the new album, and celebrate his collection inspired by G I R L
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.