A clever, two-piece system for storing your bike inside
by Graham Hiemstra in Design on 29 August 2014
In recent months, we've seen a few clever solutions to bicycle storage—from the sculptural copper Stasis to CLUG's 3D printed clip, though neither are readily accessible at the moment. Cycloc's Endo is, however. The two part system hooks the front wheel and supports the rear as both lie flat against the wall in an appealing vertical position. And, when not in use, the device lays flat against the wall, drawing minimal attention from your room's more considered decor—that is, unless you purchase one of the seven colors other than white or black. Made of a durable polypropylene, Endo works with conventional locks and is capable of supporting bikes up to 15 kilograms in weight, and up to 20 kilograms with the assistance of the floor as a third contact point.
Since 2006, London design studio Cycloc has offered numerous clever, colorful designs to solve various interior storage solutions, among other things. Visit their site for a closer look at the Eurobike award-winning Endo vertical storage unit, where it sells for £40.
Images courtesy of Cycloc
Take in the City of Lights from the historic hotel's recently renovated rooftop bar and restaurant
by David Graver in Travel on 29 August 2014
Finding quality food and drink in Paris is easy. Pleasing the palate has long been one of the city's great artistic allures, and a wander in any direction will lead to mouth-watering fare. And yet, there's no experience quite like L'Oiseau Blanc, the rooftop restaurant of the newly opened Peninsula Hotel. Originally built in 1908, the structure has a deep history across both art and politics—and it's an altogether architectural wonder, reflecting the grandeur of Paris both then and now. Its doors, however, were shuttered, but new management stepped in and roughly a billion dollars were put into renovations over the last four years. As the first Peninsula Hotel in Europe, with that comes a reputation for future-forward luxury—and L'Oiseau Blanc is clearly its crown.
As for the mis-en-scène, L'Oiseau Blanc boasts a 360° view of the City of Lights. The Peninsula's placement near both the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe provides an intimate sensation despite the overwhelming vista. The restaurant and bar—which has a retractable roof—is adjacent to a large outside dining terrace, where tables are neatly arranged with personal space in mind. The aviation-themed interior, aside from acting as a reminder that guests are atop the Parisian world, honors famed pilots Charles Nungesser and François Coli who attempted to cross the Atlantic in 1927 from Le Bourget.
Chef Sidney Redel oversees the menu at L'Oiseau Blanc. His approach brings traditional French cuisine into to the modern day with delicate flourishes. Redel's signature dish—turbot braised with bay leaves, leeks, turnip, pork and lentils—is the clearest representation of the restaurant's sophisticated food offerings. The bar's signature cocktail, The Heartbeat, is a well-balanced yet extravagant concoction composed of champagne, chambord, lemon juice, and basil. The remainder of the drinks menu also marries classic cocktails with modern flair and—as expected—L'Oiseau Blanc features an extensive, enticing wine list.
From its location on Avenue Kléber in the 16th arrondissement, L'Oiseau Blanc offers breathtaking views within a quaint space to eat and drink. While on the more expensive side (cocktails start at €15), the rooftop atmosphere is a uniquely luxuriant and reliable experience for a romantic night overlooking Paris or as simply a grand way to take in the view.
Images courtesy of The Peninsula Paris
The independent publisher and printer opens up shop with a bevy of books, photographs, risographs and more
by Cajsa Carlson in Design on 29 August 2014
Next to the Regent’s Canal in the pretty but comparatively sleepy De Beauvoir area in London, sandwiched in between Haggerston, Shoreditch and Islington, risograph print studio and publishing house Ditto Press has just opened its doors to the public. The studio, which was founded by Ben Freeman and Lynsey Atkin, is now run by Freeman and has greatly evolved since its beginnings in 2009. Today, Ditto Press manages all kinds of print production projects and consists of a shop, gallery, design studio and print studio.
In the light, spacious gallery and store, visitors can peruse a wide selection of Ditto’s prints, as well as books published by the studio and others. Among them is “Pigs’ Disco,” Stuart Griffiths’ documentary photography book and memoir about joining the Belfast Parachute Regiment in the early '90s and becoming involved with the rave scene. Freeman says it’s the book Ditto is most proud to have published. “The print, photography, editing, writing and design all work together and it's a really coherent and substantial book. We worked on it with Stuart for years to get it just right,” he explains.
Originally released in 1986 and mainly designed for high-volume photocopying and printing, the risograph method became increasingly popular when Ditto Press began using it as a springboard for its publishing ventures when the company started. “When we started Ditto, if you Googled risograph print, you could only find one or two images of examples of the print process. Now there are millions. It became a very fashionable, fetishized process. Our aim has always been to make it another print option, like screen-printing, offset, etc, and we think it has become that.” He points to “the fact that it's a bit glitchy and has a very human character, unlike digital print processes” as one of the advantages of risograph printing.
The popularity of Ditto’s work is evident—the studio will release at least five new Ditto books in the next 12 months. Among them is one about Slayer fans by Sanna Charles called “God Listens To Slayer,” and a book about printed material from skinhead culture that is “looking at the scene from every angle.” Freeman adds, “Publishing is at the core of what we do, whether it's helping people to realize their projects or initiating projects of our own." Expect to see a lot more interesting work, both in publishing and printing, coming from them very soon.
Images courtesy of Cajsa Lykke Carlson for Cool Hunting