Posts by Bobby Solomon

Handmade picnic whisky set by Peter Ivy

As a part of Wallpaper* magazine’s annual handmade issue, glassblower Peter Ivy has created the ultimate whisky vessel: a “one-glass whisky set” which contains a stoppered bottle and a glass stacked on top of it, held together with a copper frame and adorned with a bamboo handle. I love these because their forms are so simple and timeless. Plus, how crazy would you look carrying a giant carafe of whisky to a one person picnic? You’d be a regular Ernest Hemingway.

On a side note, I believe the copper colored weight shaped object in the glass is actually an “ice cube” to cool the whisky. Anyone know if that’s true and who makes them?

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1/ Is it possible to improve ice cream? Scientists are working on a version that’s not only creamier, but will also never melt.

2/ McDonald’s will begin selling their breakfast menu items all day long starting on Oct 6. Time will tell if this turns around their slumping sales.

3/ A lighter and stronger version of carbon fiber is on the horizon. The secret ingredient? Carrot pulp and other root vegetables.

4/ Adam Rapoport, editor-in-chief of Bon Appétit magazine, is taking a break from rosé. There are other wines out there, right?

5/ Regardless of your thoughts on these fishy little friends, sardines certainly do come in some rather beautiful packaging.

6/ Salad is completely overrated and here’s an entire article explaining why.

Kith Treats is the ultimate cereal bar

When you think of ultra-rare collectible sneakers the next thing that pops into your head probably isn’t cereal. That is unless you happen to be Ronnie Fieg who in 2011 opened Kith in Manhattan, and recently opened one of the most well-designed footwear and apparel stores in Brooklyn. As a part of the opening also came Kith Treats, a cereal bar that offers 23 options of cereal to mix with any of our 25 assorted toppings and 5 different milks. Recently Grub Street spoke to Fieg about the concept and as it turns out, he simply loves cereal that much, and has for a very long time.

I’ve never met anyone who didn’t like cereal. It’s one of those things that you love growing up, and then when you get older you end up having it because you want to feel like a kid again. For me it’s never been about being like a kid again, though. I’ve just loved cereal my entire life. It’s weird.

If cereal isn’t your thing, perhaps Kith Treat’s can offer you an Ice Cream Cereal Swirl? It’s a swirled vanilla ice cream cereal confection that’s supposed to be game changing. I mean, could you say no to the image below?

Kith Treats

High life: 8 designer bottle openers

1/ Minimalist II by J. L. Lawson & Co.
Described as a “minimalist key shackle” this bottle opener is milled form solid brass and fitted with a blackened steel pin. This is the brutalist bottle opener you never knew you needed.

2/ Lustre Bottle Opener by Kelly Wearstler
Is it geographic? Is it melting? Perhaps it’s Kelly Wearstler’s fingerprint? Either way this abstract bottle opener is sure to grab the attention of your guests.

3/ Crest Bottle Opener by Fort Standard
I dig this cast bronze opener because of it’s masonic vibes and the fact you can personalize it with an 8 character maximum. A simple blend of art and function.

4/ Brass Squirrel Bottle Opener by Jonathan Adler
Jonathan Adler is simply the best. There are few people who can get way with being ridiculous and upscale at the same time (though Ms. Wearstler is high on that list as well). This little squirrelfriend is hand sculpted by Adler’s team in NY, then cast in brass and polished to a mirror finish.

5/ Sphere Bottle Opener by Areaware
Fort Standard gets another shoutout on the list for their collaboration with Areaware. Made of solid beech wood I’d say this is the most minimal of all the openers on this list, as well as the most affordable.

6/ Barbara Bottle Opener by Thomas Sandell and Skultuna
This is one of my favorites on the list for being so blatantly opulent in it’s design. There’s a visual and literal heft to it’s ergonomic shape. You feel like you’re going to lift a bar of gold to open your High Life.

7/ Bulla Bottle Opener by Valerio Sommella for Alessi
Of all the openers on the list this is truly a piece of art that happens to perform the incredibly mundane task of opening a bottle. This is perfect description: “Bulla is the result of reflection into the adoption of natural shapes that do not immediately reveal their origins but which, even without explicitly announcing it, may have a purpose.”

8/ Bottle Key by Makr
And then sometimes you don’t want to fuck around, you just want something to open your damn beer. The Bottle Key by Makr is that option, the thing I carry around in my pocket every day.

Saffron, better than the spice

With my crazy work schedule I don’t tend to find new music, but thankfully I have Kyle to introduce me to the best that’s out there. Recently he turned me on to Saffron, a New York based musician who has a couple of great EPs out, both of which you can listen to on Soundcloud. I’m pretty horrible at describing music so here’s how his label 1080p describes his sound.

Saffron’s hybridized genre builds include trip-hop, moody downtempo, sturdy walking-paced house and crunchy IDM with low key cinematics drifting throughout. A multitude of textures protrude from a general coating of slick motion and moods that hover above meticulous bass grooves and piano lines, blending an undisguised sense of proficiency and surface-obsessed sensibilities with sincere and overtly “soulful” tones.

In layperson terms it means he blends quite a lot of genres into one experimental, electronic sound. I find his music amazing to work to, it keeps my mind active and creative. Of all the tracks on this EP my personal favorite is “Rampwalk” which I’ve been playing on repeat a lot.

Lavender fields of Provence from above

Lavender. It’s an incredible scent and color that’s unfortunately been abused by corporations, perverted into abysmal scents that linger in an Airwick “air freshener” or mangled into a dryer sheet. Lavender is an incredibly vivid plant that, when seen en masse, is actually quite stunning. Back in July, Stories In Motion filmed the lavender fields of Provence with stunning results.

What you see here is a *single* day of shooting with the DJI Phantom 3 by Joshua Karthik! This is the very first day we flew this amazing little quadcopter which in its 3rd iteration has revolutionised the way aerial cinematography is done – it is quick to set up, painless to operate and delivers mind blowing results.


Interview with product designers Scholten & Baijings

Photo by Benjamin McMahon
Photo by Benjamin McMahon

Mr Porter has an interview with design duo Scholten & Baijings, famous for their brilliantly colored furniture and home goods. A quick Google image search is illuminating on their breadth of work. I love that they’re so process driven, working and working to find the right solution, until a product feels just right. Further, I think it’s great that they keep their explorations on display (above), understanding the importance of learning from one’s mistakes.

Quite how exacting this process can be is demonstrated by the set of ceiling-height shelves that separates the workshop from the main lobby. This is full to bursting with embryonic versions of recognisable products, such as the speckled, polygonal cardboard cups and saucers that would later become “Paper Porcelain” (issued by Danish brand HAY in 2009) and cast metal forms of pears, baby steps towards the “Fruit Party” centrepiece of 2008 (which now resides in the collection of Holland’s Zuiderzee Museum). These prototypes and experiments are not only clearly visible from within the studio, but also from without, thanks to the building’s glass façade. “If you’re on display in a transparent building, your work should also be transparent,” says Mr Scholten.

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1/ Shoutout to GQ for naming me one of the people to follow on Instagram if you want summer to last forever. Clearly Manhattans are an important part of the equation.

2/ Perhaps you like Manhattans a bit too much? Snow Peak has you covered with their Rocks Glass, which isn’t made of glass at all. Instead it’s made of food-grade silicone, making it unbreakable and able to hold hot liquids up to 390ºF.

3/ The Theo coffee maker might be the most design-y slow brew coffee maker ever created. See next point for why.

4/ Want people to think you’re cool and sexy? Wear black (obviously).

5/ Looking to upgrade your tea drinking game? Check out SF based Tea People who’s goal is to make tea drinking more approachable and “to get everyday people drinking quality tea.”

6/ If I ever visit Kiev, Dogs&Tails will be one of my first stops. Really lovely interior design full of texture and detail, and hopefully, dogs.