Category Archives: TRAVEL
This modern and luxurious home is located in Mexico City and was designed by Miguel Angel Aragonés. Its got a huge open floor plan and a sprawling backyard with plenty of seating. It really is the perfect home for entertaining. The most impressive aspect of it all is the way the sun lights up the bare walls in bright oranges and purples at dusk and dawn. It was specifically designed to paint a color that looks artificial but is all natural—no LEDs here.
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Universal Orlando has announced an expansion of The Simpsons Ride to include iconic locations, foods, and beverages from Springfield including Moe’s Tavern, Krusty Burger, Android’s Dungeon, Lard Lad, Cletus’ Chicken Shack, and Duff Brewery – with real Duff Beer. Plus Universal Studios Florida is adding a twirling ride based on Treehouse of Horrors characters Konos and Kang.
Since its foundation as Droors Clothing by Ken Block and Damon Way, DC Shoes has been one of the pinnacle growth stories in action sports. The brand has grown immensely since its inception, in part due to its unwavering dedication to supporting the activities it loves the most. This chiefly involves skateboarding, and the brand has continually maintained a decorated roster of the most prolific professional skaters in addition to other action sport athletes. Behind the scenes, DC also maintains a committed team of professional designers to push the envelope, and from ‘Unilite’ to ‘Super Suede’ technology, their efforts have been successful. We got the opportunity to view DC’s headquarters in Huntington Beach, speaking with Ben Kelly, the skate category director, as well as Wes Kremer, Nyjah Huston, and Mike Mo Capaldi about their professional models. Enjoy the latest installment of Hypebeast Spaces above, and a gold star will be awarded to whoever correctly places the background song.
If you’re planning to make a trip out to the Cannes Film Festival next year, Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc is your spot. Flooded with celebrities, beautiful people, TV junkets, and incredible parties—it’s the best way to experience all things Cannes.
The Porsche 356 is one of the most memorable pre-911 cars from the marque, it’s the car that was tweaked for American tastes by North American importer Max Hoffman – a man who convinced Ferry Porsche that the 356 needed a name as Americans wouldn’t by a car with a number. The “Speedster” was the result, other changes to the 356 include a reworked body, interior and instrumentation to bring the base cost of the car down to a point where it could compete with the likes of Jaguar and Austin-Healey.
As a result of these cost cutting measures, price tag on the 356 Speedster went from $4,284 USD to just $2,995 USD, suddenly making it an accessible sports car for a much larger percentage of the population. This car is one of those early originals, the “Pre-A” designation is for 356s that were built before the “A” model revision came into place in late-1955. The “A” cars had larger 1600cc engines and a slew of other modifications but many true marque enthusiasts prefer the simpler, Max Hoffman originals.
This 1955 Pre-A is fitted with a period correct 70 bhp, 1500cc, SOHC, air-cooled flat four-cylinder engine with two Solex 40 carburettors. It also has the factory spec four-speed manual transaxle, four-wheel independent suspension, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes fitted. The engine isn’t the original, it’s a slightly upgraded sports variant that produces an additional 15hp at the rear wheels – this means that it won’t fetch quite the same price at auction as a number matching example, making it a solid opportunity for investment.
Lamborghini concludes their celebration of their 50th anniversary by throwing themselves a bit of a wild party, coming in the form of this Egoista Concept. In addition to chiseled carbon-fiber bodywork, the Egoista is a one-seater, which is the perfect demonstration of the translation of its name from Italian: selfish. From within, power comes from a 5.2-liter V10 producing just over 600 hp, easily propelling this lightweight and sharp vehicle down the track.
Nike Golf has officially unveiled Tiger Woods‘ latest signature golf shoe, the TW’14. The shoe is an evolution of last year’s model and keeps in with the Nike’s Free concept. Nike Golf will also provide NIKEiD users the chance to customize their very own TW’14 on June 7. The TW’14 will release on June 7 in its Black/Reflective Silver-Varsity Red colorway.
Leave Adderall to the undergrads—a new wave of pills are helping successful professionals sharpen their minds and get an edge. Whether you’re looking to stoke productivity, memory, or motivation, there’s a bespoke brain booster for you.
For years, Jonathan Reilly, a 41-year-old biomedical engineer based in Los Angeles, would start his workday in a fog. “I’d come into my office feeling like I had woken up at four to take someone to the airport,” he says. “It took me twice as long to accomplish anything important.” But now he walks into his regular 8 a.m. meetings with crystal-clear focus and enough energy to drive through an intense 12-hour day at the office. Plus, he’s always in a good mood.
Reilly isn’t high or wired on caffeine—he’s taking a pill called Nuvigil. “It’s made me feel awake for the first time,” he says. “I don’t mean ‘awake’ like going to Burning Man and taking acid, or being on speed, where you just think you’re smarter. I’m much more creative and much more productive. If I’m project- managing, it’s like seeing the matrix. It makes it easier to put the pieces together to come up with a complete picture.”
In lieu of Adderall and eight-balls, hard-charging professionals are turning to a new class of nootropics (a type of smart drug) to score an edge at work. It’s a category of substances that includes prescription analeptics like Nuvigil and Provigil, as well as less-potent supplements like New Mood and Alpha Brain (both are sold on Amazon.com for around $30 a jar) that are made of vitamins, amino acids, and antioxidants, which purportedly stimulate your brain receptors. Devotees say nootropics are a wholly different experience from energy drinks, as they give you a mental edge, increasing memory, intelligence, motivation, and concentration—without the jitters or crashes that can come with stimulants.
“These drugs are being used in industries where there’s less room for failure and immediate results are expected,” says Roy Cohen, a career coach in New York City and the author of The Wall Street Professional’s Survival Guide. “These people thrive on accomplishment—it’s in their DNA. It’s incredibly seductive to have this potential for guaranteed peak performance.”
Joe (not his real name), 26, a banking consultant in Chicago, started taking Alpha Brain while getting his M.B.A. and continued to use it as a study aid before his CPA exam. “I’d retain more information than I would if I hadn’t taken it,” he says. Alpha Brain’s still his go-to before presentations, which used to make him nervous. “It gives me confidence,” he says. “I feel like I’m working on my optimal levels while I’m on it.” (His brother, a lawyer, agrees. “My brain feels a little cleaner,” he says.)
That clarity is key, say users, who feel like they’re actually doing something good for their mind, as opposed to simply getting hopped-up so they can push through another all-nighter. And while most of these guys would rather not skip a dose, they say they can miss a day with no ill effects.
Many users have found that their physicians will prescribe Provigil or Nuvigil if they contrive complaints of frequent jet lag or excessive fatigue. But those with less-flexible doctors have better luck online—although it’s illegal, you can order a month’s supply of these drugs for about $90 (usually imported from India).
So have these guys actually found a magic pill? Emily Deans, a psychiatrist in private practice outside Boston, cautions that, in high enough doses, smart drugs may affect your temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure and advises seeking a prescription. Supplements, unlike prescription- or pharmaceutical-grade drugs, can be prepared with varying amounts of active ingredients—meaning two pills from one jar may be three times the strength of two of the same pills from a different jar. Deans says to be especially careful of the plant-derived supplements that contain Huperzine A (as Alpha Brain does). “This ingredient can make you more alert or sharpen thinking,” she says, “but if you take too much at once, you can make yourself psychotic.”
Even Deans admits, though, that some guys could benefit from brain drugs. “I don’t know if it’s ethical to recommend, but for students using it to study or surgeons trying to stay up all night long, a [prescription nootropic] might be useful,” she says. “If they were willing to not burn the candle at both ends for too long, it might help people do a better job.”
For four months, when he couldn’t get a prescription, Reilly missed Nuvigil’s effects. “I was getting up later in the day and getting less done,” he says. He recently started taking it again. “I enjoyed the person I was more when I was taking it, so I decided this is something that should be part of my life.”
Smart Drugs Available in the Vitamin Aisle
These common vitamin-store supplements are nootropics, too, according to nutritionist Rania Batayneh, author of The 1:1:1 Diet.
THE SUPPLEMENT: DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid found in fish and seaweed.
THE PAYOFF: Improves memory by strengthening communication between brain cells.
THE SUPPLEMENT: Passionflower, a flowering vine.
THE PAYOFF: Promotes relaxation by reducing blood pressure.
THE SUPPLEMENT: Turmeric, a spice used in mustards and curries.
THE PAYOFF: Reduces performance anxiety by curbing the stress hormone cortisol.
THE SUPPLEMENT: Theanine, an amino acid found in green tea.
THE PAYOFF: Helps with focus by upping dopamine levels.
5 Ways to Train Your Brain
Drug-averse? You can keep your mind agile with games instead. Science long held that the brain couldn’t grow new cells, but that’s been proved wrong. You can continue to create them and connect them until the day you die, upping memory, clarity, and perhaps intelligence. “But you have to force the brain to grow,” says Cheryl Deep of the Brain Neurobics program at Detroit’s Wayne State University. Try these simple mental exercises.
1. Use your computer mouse with your nondominant hand.
2. Turn the analog clock you use the most upside down.
3. Wear your watch on the opposite wrist (up the cognitive boost by turning it upside down, too).
4. Avoid the word the in a conversation.
5. Chew gum (FYI: The brain stimulation lasts only while you’re chewing).
The ‘Forest house’ is a project of studio Chris Tate Architecture, located in Auckland New Zealand. The residence that Tate himself uses on the weekend has very little site impact. It sits on 16 poles drilled into the ground, allowing trees to grow from under the house. The structure was also designed to point at the arch of a giant Puriri tree, which frames the rear entrance.
Over the weekend of May 3rd – 5th, thousands of skaters, rock fans and spectators flocked to the small town of Varazze on the Ligurian coast for a taste of the Californian lifestyle, as the Vans Off The Wall Spring Classic celebrated its 5th year anniversary.
Already infamous for some of the best miniramp skating that Europe has to offer, great music and good times, not to mention the stunning beachside setting, this years Off The Wall Spring Classic promised to be epic.
With the cities of Milan, Genoa and Nice all nearby, skaters, press and visitors flew in from all over the Europe to be greeted by the Fiat Freestyle Team cars, who brought them right to the beach in time for a warm up on the ramp before the accolade of ‘Best Miniramp Trick’ was dealt out. With some great riding going down already, it was a hotly contested event. One of the first arrivals, Denmark’s Dannie Carlsen took to the ramp quickly, and it paid off as his half cab blunt 360 kickflip out saw him walk away with a 250EUR cheque. As newly crowned Dutch Champ, Daan Vanderlinden’s frontside nosegrind down the spine feature was another winner, as was Chris Gregson’s frontside flip disaster backside revert and a frontside noseblunt backside revert from Mason Merlino saw all four win cash prizes.
1st Place – Dannie Carlson
2nd Place – Aurelian Giraud
3rd Place Ivan Federico
4th Place – Mason Merlino
5th Place – Chris Gregson
6th Place Vanderlinden
7th Place – Trevor Johnson
8th Place Ross McGouran
9th Place – Danny Leon
10th Place Josh Young
11th Place – Ewen Bower
12th Place – Juan Antonio Centenro
Photographer: Brandon Shigeta/Hypebeast
“Revenge of the Burger Culture Clash” the seminal streetwear brand teamed up with Los Angeles gastro-pub Plan Check to produce a mouth-watering combo dubbed the SS PCB — Smoky Spicy Plan Check Burger. Here, Wagyu beef patties are layered with two thick strips of smoked bacon and smothered with melted habañero cheese. Garnished with onions and thin pickles,the burger is accompanied with fries, a house-made cruller donut and a pint of beer. The appetizing burger will be available throughout May, so pass on through if you’re in the area, you might even get yourself a limited edition T-shirt.
Plan Check Bar
1800 Sawtelle Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Hong Kong is Home.
From Javin Lau -
“I remember when I first arrived in Hong Kong almost a decade ago, I felt like I had walked into an actual movie set. It was a place that I had only seen on TV as a kid, with its strange red taxi’s, odd stop lights and driving on the other side of the road.
My intent with this project was to illustrate the grandeur of Hong Kong that most people would never get to see. When I had recently watched the movie Oblivion, it had somehow starkly reminded me of Hong Kong, with the feeling of being so insignificantly small — almost irrelevant to my surroundings. Hong Kong is an unbelievably dense city, where much of the world can be accessed at your fingertips. But in a city where you can access the material world in a matter of seconds, it also has the ability to isolate you from the 8 million people around you as well.
With this piece, I hope that you are able to engage in this contradiction.”
Track: M83 – Waking Up
Inspiration: Oblivion Movie
A short featuring John John Florence and friends titled “Begin Again” on the North Shore of Oahu and Maui.
Directed by Blake Vincent Kueny & John John Florence
Surfing by John John Florence, Nathan Florence, Ivan Florence, Kiron Jabour, Koa Rothman, and Eli Olson.
Filmed by Damien Robertson, Daren Crawford, and John John Florence
Phantom Footage by Chris Bryan
Edited by Blake Vincent Kueny
Colored by Marshall Plante
Special Thanks to RED Digital Cinema
“I’ve Got A Crush On You” by New York Philharmonic & Zubin Mehta
“Feel It” by Wake Up Lucid
While the surfing community nursed their hangovers the day after this year’s Quicky Pro, Matt Lackey revelled in some of the best Kirra in years. Straight out of the overflowing pages of Riptide #193, you can plant this Marc Ashdown Photography wallpaper on your desktop.
Located inside the W Hotel in Montreal, the Wunderbar Lounge is a space created by BPC, a hospitality development and management company.
The design is inspired by the four seasons and boasts vivid colors and beautiful lighting effects.
Photos by Stephane Groleau.
Selfie in style! We’re proud to announce that Brooklyn’s own indie powerhouse Fool’s Gold Records has teamed up with us for a limited-edition collection of iPhone 5 cases. Based off our best selling Solo Wallet (a custom molded iPhone 5 shell with integrated card slots and camera hole), this slim, protective case comes wrapped in genuine leather embossed with a unique all-over print design based on the bespoke wallpaper from Fool’s Gold’s Williamsburg storefront.