In recent years there have been a slew of beautiful, ‘artisan’ tools brought to market, from shovels to axes and now Norquay brings some truly gorgeous canoe paddles to us. The hand-painted cherry wood paddles would look as good on your wall as they would slipping into a cool river’s waters. Via Uncrate:
Photographer Gregory Boratyn has a surreal and fantastic portal to Antelope Canyon, in Arizona, through his color-manipulated images. The slot canyon is among the most photographed in the world, yet Boratyn brings the images new life with his dramatic warm and cool hues.
A unique charity and beautiful art project, Drift Relief finds driftwood left behind from Hurricane Sandy, and paints the wood in lovely patterns and colors. The unique pieces are sold, and the proceeds go to benefit those who “lost it all” in the storm.
I’ve always loved painted driftwood, and even grew up with driftwood ‘snakes’ scattered throughout my home. But these pieces tell a story, and their cause is worth your dollars.
Via Drift Relief: Each piece of driftwood or broken boardwalk was collected in the aftermath of Sandy and is hand painted and labeled with the name of the beach where it was found.
The appeal of tree houses is fairly obvious: seclusion, sustainability, coziness, communion with nature. Of course, often times those are qualities that are felt rather than understood–there’s a reason that, for many youngsters, the first real architectural impulse is to want a nest among the trees. But tree houses can retain their magic for adults, too. And as a gorgeous new book from Taschen shows, when that childhood dream is realized with grown-up resources, the results can be truly stunning. Tree Houses: Fairy Tale Castles in the Air is a 350-page tome that collects 50 diverse tree houses from around the globe. In some cases, the structures are houses in the truest sense; one section is dedicated to the Kombai tribe of Indonesia, who build homes at dizzying heights of over a hundred feet in trees in the foothills of the Jayawijaya Mountains. Others are built for specific activities, like the Meditation Tree House, a simple structure, erected outside Rome, which offers a tranquil space for the owner to reflect.
But many of the projects included take vastly more experimental forms. And if you’re already uprooting convention and building a house in a tree, why not? The Free Spirit Spheres, located in British Columbia, are a series of hanging spherical cabins, connected by a series of rope ladders that borrow from sailboat riggings (adventurous travelers can rent the tree balls on a nightly basis). The Lake Nest Tree House, in New York, is representative of another tree-house microtrend, essentially a bird’s nest built at human scale. The Honey Sphere tree house, built in Beverly Hills, does away with walls and ceilings altogether–it was built by Robby Krieger, guitarist for The Doors, as a place to observe nature, and it’s little more than a platform encircled by an elegant geodesic sphere.
I took a great little hike this past weekend with my friend Trevor. Walls of icicles met us on our path, and with temperatures around 36° F, whole sections of frozen daggers began falling down along the narrowest portion of the trail. You didn’t want to look down or up, but just hope you escaped the icicle alley unscathed. It was exciting.
After the horrible shooting tragedies of this week, I figured it’s time to reflect. Here are some simple, beautiful images of our natural world to clear your head from the sadness in the news. Via 500px:
Sand castle artist Calvin Seibert manages to construct nearly impossible shapes from one of the world’s most delicate mediums. While Colossal has seen its fair share of art made with sand I’ve never seen anything so perfectly angular and geometric. See much more of his work over on Flickr. (via fasels suppe)
I’ve posted about Field Candy tents before, but they’re cool enough for a re-post. Plus they have a lot of new designs out. So if you’re in the mood for an outdoor trip splurge, feast your eyes on these.
These limited-edition, designer tents hail from the UK, and they’re pretty amazing. Their classic A-frame shape harkens back to the old days of camping, but their high-definition ‘flysheet’ designs are anything but traditional. They fly in the face of high-tech, but design-timid gear that fills the market.
Here is a look at the inner tent, which has a variety of features, including locked pockets, windows and high-quality build materials.
As jaw-dropping as the designs are, the prices are equally stunning. All limited-edition, the tent prices range from around $400 to well over a thousand. But wow would you make a statement. You would indeed be the talk of the campground or music festival. I personally would love to be nestled deep in the woods in a giant wedge of cheese.