Design

The Hottest New Design Collective: Kibisi

The world doesn't need another supergroup—unless the trio in question is making Puma bikes instead of pop ballads. After achieving great solo success—Bjarke Ingels with architecture, Jens Martin Skibsted with designer bicycles, and Lars Holme Larsen with the most polished headphones around—the three thirtysomething Danes behind Kibisi joined forces in December to reinvent two-wheelers, lamps, chairs, and slick cell phones. "In terms of aesthetic, we agree on one thing," says Skibsted. "No bullshit, no added fluff." Thankfully, that also means no matching outfits. (kibisi.com) —Monica Khemsurov
Food + Drinks

One Hot Thermometer

What: Raytek's single-dot laser-sighting infrared thermometer Looks Like: A gun from a Keanu Reeves movie Use It For: Taking the temperature of chocolate when you're tempering, oil when you're deep-frying, and grill grates when you're searing a big, fat porterhouse (Minitemp MT6, $99; raytek.com) —JJ Goode
Music

The World's Biggest iPod Dock

Wall of Sound Isn't it time you graduated from those tinny-sounding half-pint iPod speakers? While not quite as floor-to-ceiling as its name suggests, this jumbo Swedish-made riff on the basic Bose model is still—at approximately 3 by 4 by 1 feet—the world's biggest dock. With 125 watts of tube-amplified power and a frequency response of 40 Hz to 20,000 kHz, this pumped-up system could well be the size standard for years to come—and by then we'll be streaming music directly into our brains. Brothers, $4,495, thewosexperience.com —Tom Samiljan see more
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Art

The Missing Links: The Best of the Web for February 26, 2010

Chicagoist invites you to try Nora, the new champagne of beers. This French anti-smoking ad, found on Buzzfeed, will put a bad taste in your mouth. Bring the outside in, with the latest design scheme from Apartment Therapy. And our favorite president opens up a can of whup-ass on the undead in the bloody trailer to the book Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Thrillist trades you cash for those weird, unused gift cards from Aunt Sylvia. If watching snow fall from a fluorescent cubicle is wearing you down, let Jaunted plan your cruise around the world. Mocoloco buries a power see more
Grooming

50 Things You Need to Know to Look Polished from Head to Toe: Moisturizer

Because impeccable grooming requires more than just a medicine cabinet full of products, every week Details.com will offer a new, easy-to-implement lesson that will keep you looking good. 36. The Three-Step Skin-Care Regimen Part 3: Moisturizer Keeping your complexion looking fresh doesn't have to be complicated. Here's the easy way. It's a myth that you have to put on moisturizer every day or else watch as your face becomes as weathered as Mickey Rourke's. It is a good idea to apply a light lotion a few times a week—Clinique's M Lotion absorbs at warp speed—but "you have to listen to see more
Music

Fashion Rocks: Fashion Week's 10 Best Soundtracks

When the music is good the clothes look even better. Here, some of the most memorable soundtracks from New York Fashion Week. Tommy Hilfiger Hilfiger's collection was entitled "Preppy with a Pop" and he delivered sing-along, feel-good pop classics for his runway show, which not only wrapped up fashion week, but closed down the Bryant Park tents for good. (Next season, fashion week moves uptown to Lincoln Center.) 1. Stereogum & Teams, "Without A Love Story" (Taylor Swift vs U2) 2. Kim Carnes, "Betty Davis Eyes" 3. Neil Diamond, "Sweet Caroline" Marc by Marc Jacobs Frederic Sanchez's upbeat string of see more
Style News

The Missing Links: The Best of the Web for February 19, 2010

Valet has everything you need to know about Gant's new collection designed by Michael Bastian. Best spring break ever: Asylum flies you to the moon. Haters are, indeed, going to hate, thanks to this new website—don't say Urban Daddy didn't warn you. Photographer Adam Voorhes elevates the art of blowing stuff up. Great band names have finally run out, reports Gothamist. Stop sneezing in the shower and follow Apartment Therapy's guide to an allergen-free home. Nothing says, "I care" like an endangered species condom. Chicagoist restores macho to the Mai Tai, so you can drink up and keep your see more
Movies + TV

The One Where Monty Python Visits Minnesota Churches

Some divine comedy up in Minnesota, where at least one faction of Lutheran churches is breaking away from at least one other faction over at least one argument. A group known as the North American Lutheran Church, or NALC, is splitting—originally at the behest of Lutheran CORE, which used to stand for Coalition for Renewal before it went all HSBC and decided to just rock the acronym—from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, or ELCA. But CORE will not fall under the jurisdiction of the NALC—even though CORE is what impelled the NALC to splinter off in the first place--in see more
Design

The Modern Chandelier

Robert Andrew Highsmith and Stefanie Brechbuehler, the couple behind the Brooklyn design studio Workstead, have a secret nickname for their prized fixture: the mandelier. And while you should never call it that, they make a good point: The blackened-steel piece, fashioned from old sockets and joints produced by industrial lighting companies, is part roughed-up Prouvé lamp, part vintage mic stand, and it looks plenty appropriate in a bachelor pad (though you should never use that phrase, either). Workstead, $1,375 and up, workstead.com —Monica Khemsurov
Politics

A Banner Day in Platte County: Celebrating Hate in a Wyoming High School

Our guest blogger, humorist Neil Janowitz, takes on the best news you may have missed. A school board in Wheatland, Wyoming, made its message loud and clear during a recent meeting: Schools are a place for hate. Or so disciples of modus tollens would insist, now that the administrators administrating Platte Country School District have reaffirmed their decision to prevent the area's temples of education from hoisting banners that read NO PLACE FOR HATE. The Anti-Defamation League-sponsored posters had already been 86ed by the board once back in January, but hate-hating parents, students, teachers, and members of the community's "we see more
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