The striking Beoplay H5 earphones are B&O’s first-ever wireless headphones

Posted in Music, Technology
By Sam Bathe on 6 Jul 2016

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Their first-ever wireless earphones, the Beoplay H5 is Bang & Olufsen’s latest collaboration with Danish designer Jakob Wagner. With users able to choose from preset sound profiles or adjust audio specifications through an accompanying app, the H5 is designed with comfort in mind, and comes with seven different eartips; three sponged, four silicone. Connecting to your phone via Bluetooth, the Beoplay H5′s cloth cable loops around the back of your neck and the earphones will run for roughly five hours on a two-hour charge. Plus when they’re not in use, you can click the earphones together and they automatically power down to conserve battery. Also in the box, the Beoplay H5 comes with a charging cube, cable clip and carrying pouch, and is available now for £199 from the B&O site: www.beoplay.com/products/beoplayh5

The London List Abroad: SoHo’s slick 11 Howard hotel pits Scandinavian minimalism against New York coolThe London List

By Sam Bathe on 30 Jun 2016

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At the corner of Howard and Lafayette, New York’s chic 11 Howard hotel breathes new life into the site of an old Holiday Inn. However, step inside and the building is unrecognisable. Decked out top to toe with swish minimalist furniture – bar the stylish bar which feels every bit like a seductive New York speakeasy – 11 Howard apart feel like a Scandi retreat against the bustle of the New York City streets. Show the rest of this post…

With rooms available from Queens to the hugely spacious Terrace Suite, the mid-century rooms are crisp and yet homely, with the soft furnishings taking an edge of the minimalist aesthetic. “There is something about the honesty of these materials that ultimately, even used, they might look better than new. It’s not all distressed and it’s not all polished — it’s a balance,” explains creative director Anda Andrei. Plus the hotel are promoting a mantra of socially-conscious hospitality, with a portion of every room rate goes towards the Global Poverty Project. Right at the heart of New York’s happening SoHo neighbourhood, 11 Howard is now booking with rooms available from $270.

11 Howard Hotel, 11 Howard Street, New York, NY 10013
www.11howard.com

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Photographer Kasper Nyman celebrates his love of shooting hoops with series ‘Cities of Basketball’

Posted in Art, Photography, Sport
By Sam Bathe on 23 Jun 2016

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Shooting basketball courts from around the world, Danish photographer Kasper Nyman juxtaposes the sacred hoop against backdrops from the project blocks to the beach. Finding a commonality instead in the game on-court, his series Cities of Basketball celebrates the sport going back to its routes, and classic pick-up games against friends and fellow locals players. Show the rest of this post…

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Check out the rest of the series on the Cities of Basketball site: www.citiesofbasketball.com

The London List Abroad: The Rivertown Lodge in Upstate New York re-invents roadside motels for the design-consciousThe London List

By Sam Bathe on 13 May 2016

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Two hours out of New York City, the Rivertown Lodge is a 27-room retreat in Hudson, Upstate New York. Stylish for a purpose, the former movie theatre was converted into a motel in 1958, and more recently into the Rivertown by local makers using only authentic materials. Decked out with stunning mid-century furniture, the minimal rooms boast everything you need to get away, and nothing more, with a communal kitchen and retro Papillionaire bicycles also available to guests. Show the rest of this post…

“There’s no stress, you don’t worry about anything — and if you do need anything, we take care of you. It’s a very simple thought, but it’s very rare,” explains co-founder Ray Pirkle. Sounds good to me. Rooms start at $199 for a double, $219 for a queen.

Rivertown Lodge, 731 Warren St, Hudson, NY 12534
www.rivertownlodge.com

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Nike release the limited edition Mercurial Superfly Heritage iD to celebrate one of their most iconic ever football boots

Posted in Design, Sport
By Sam Bathe on 12 May 2016

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Inspired by the iconic 1998 Mercurial R9, Nike have released four limited edition colourways for their Mercurial Superfly football boot. Available through the NIKEiD customisation service, the Heritage iD designs turn back the clock for four retro-futuristic looks. One of the last Superfly releases before Nike release a new Mercurial for Euro 2016, the Heritage iD boots feature all of the standard Superfly features and can be built with a soft-ground, firm-ground or artificial grass soleplate, available for a limited time only through the Nike Football online store: www.nikefootball.com

The London List Abroad: Ace Hotel open their doors in New Orleans with character match to their new Louisiana homeThe London List

By Sam Bathe on 7 Apr 2016

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Branding away from their iconic minimalist style, Ace Hotel have embraced texture and character with their new New Orleans hotel. Sitting on the corner of Carondelet and Lafayette streets in the city’s Warehouse District, Ace welcome guests to their sleek and sophisticated rooms, dressed with a deep palette and Ace staple acoustic guitars and turntables. Also boasting a Stumptown cafe, Southern-inspired Italian restaurant Josephine Estelle, full music venue and two bars all in the building, New Orleans joins Pittsburgh in opening its doors, as the hotel company’s impressive expansion continues in 2016. Show the rest of this post…

Ace Hotel New Orleans, 600 Carondelet Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
www.acehotel.com/neworleans

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Vifa release their second portable bluetooth speaker, the minimal and gorgeous Oslo design

Posted in Design, Music, Technology
By Sam Bathe on 4 Apr 2016

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Taking the power of their debut Copenhagen line, and squeezing it into a shell half the size, Oslo is Danish manufacturer Vifa’s stunning new speaker system. Weighing just 2.4kg, the Oslo packs 2 x 50mm aluminium cone and neodymium magnet drive units, and dual 65 mm woofers mounted back-to-back. The gorgeous design is a work of art, with just the embroidered volume buttons on the front hinting its a portable speaker, connecting to your phone or laptop via Bluetooth, aux or NFC. The Oslo is available in six colourways for €499 from the Vifa online store: www.vifa.dk/shop

Brooklyn designer Dana Haim teams up with a fifth generation Mexican weaver for her debut rug collection

Posted in Art, Design
By Sam Bathe on 29 Mar 2016

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Designing wallpaper, jewelry, ceramics and pop-poms since graduating textile programs at the Rhode Island School of Design and Central Saint Martins, cross-disciplinary designer Dana Haim has turned her attention back to textiles. Teaming up with a fifth generation weaver in Oaxaca, Mexico, Haim’s debut collection of beautiful, naturally dyed rugs, boast geometric patterns that draw inspiration from classic kilim design. Available in four different designs with two colourways in each style, the rugs are available to buy from Haim’s personal website: www.danahaim.com

The London List Abroad: Boutique hotel Le Pigalle aptly captures the exhuberance of its surrounding neighbourhoodThe London List

By Sam Bathe on 15 Feb 2016

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In Paris’ trendy Pigalle district, Le Pigalle is a new 40-room neighourhood hotel that “celebrates the area’s tawdry values, brazen spirit and musical energy.” Boasting a cafe, restaurant, vinyl library and bar that hosts regular parties, the hotel has the vibe of an upmarket and little more homely Ace Hotel. Show the rest of this post…

Mixing rough and ready mid-century design with more contemporary touches, the rooms are styled to look and feel like an authentic Parisian apartment, sourcing artwork and furniture from the local neighbourhood.

Le Pigalle, 9 rue Frochot, 75009 Paris, France
www.lepigalle.paris/en

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Photographer Karl Hab takes air travel as an excuse to shoot the skies with series ‘Window Seat Please’

Posted in Art, Photography, Travel
By Sam Bathe on 22 Jan 2016

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While most passengers are cramming on in-flight movies at 10,000 ft, Karl Hab has his camera in hand to capture what’s down below. Putting his favourites from the last 10 years together for short-run zine, Window Seat Please, Hab shoots the cryptic skies with an sense of wonder, and the expectation of what awaits when you land. Show the rest of this post…

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Check out more of Karl’s work on his site: www.flickr.com/karl_hab

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