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Stratospheric Visuals from ODESZA

The electronic music duo launch their album into space and back with this new video premiere

by Hans Aschim in Tech on 21 October 2014

Music Videos, GoPro, ODESZA, Space, Stratosphere, Electronic Music, Premieres

Seattle-based electro outfit ODESZA has captivated critics and fans alike with their unique blend of chillwave synths and textured vocal sampling. Known for creating sonic landscapes with their layered sound, the duo partnered with German "near space" innovators Stratoxx to create stunning visuals for their new video. Premiering on CH, "Koto" sees 3D-printed renditions of the band's logo lifted into the stratosphere for a satellite's view of Earth. Onboard GoPros captured the launch, flight and eventual return to terra firma, while an airborne speaker blasted the band's 2014 release In Return for the duration of the flight.

"We always use a weather balloon, a parachute and at least two GoPro cameras," explains Stratoxx project coordinator Amira Hussein, "we also flew with a speaker and an iPod to play the whole album during that flight. Inside the carrier will always be one power pack and at least three GPS trackers to make sure we find the carrier after it spends two and a half hours in the stratosphere." The final shot of the video sees a peaceful landing among the treetops, but it wasn't necessarily part of the plan. "After using a slingshot we finally got it down and it was fine," says Hussein with a laugh. "At least the album was still playing so we had some good entertainment in the forest."

ODESZA is currently wrapping up the US leg of their tour. Check out their schedule for upcoming European and Australian shows.

Image courtesy of Stratoxx

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Subway Series Jewelry by Shahla Karimi

Wear the Harlem to South Ferry route on your wrist from the Brooklyn-based designer's debut collection

by Gabriella Garcia in Design on 21 October 2014

Brooklyn, 3D Printing, Independent Designers, Jewelry, MTA, NYC Subway, NYC Transit, Cuffs

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Sometimes inspiration comes from the most ordinary experiences. For Brooklyn-based jewelry designer Shahla Karimi, that inspiration came from her daily commute. Drawing from the MTA subway map, Karimi has created a collection of rings and cuffs that trace transit routes between some of the city's most famous destinations. For the aptly-named Subway Series, Karimi creates a simplicity in design which contradicts the chaotic frequency that buzzes beneath the streets of the five boroughs. "If you can look past the noise of the text, the lines are very organic and beautiful when isolated," Karimi explains.

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Shahla Karimi presented the Subway Series to CH during our third annual Pitch Night. The collection, which is part of Karimi's just launched online shop, consists of three cuffs and three rings which can be worn individually or stacked. The first Series features three unique routes—Inwood to World Trade Center, Yankee Stadium to Wall Street, and Harlem to South Ferry—available in sterling silver, 14k gold and, next month, gold vermeil. Karimi hopes, however, to expand the collection to cover more of the city. "There are so many routes I want to create," she says, "I have to finish [Manhattan] and then Brooklyn will be next—it's where I live and work." Karimi will also introduce a finer line that will feature diamonds to mark express stops.

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Karimi uses 3D software and printing to design the Subway Series, which she says is the only way she could have possibly captured the exact curves of each route. "I would have never been able to hand carve these to be an exact tracing of the current map," she says. Karimi also uses traditional lost-wax casting methods, creating what she calls an "intersection of old world techniques and new world technologies." Through this fusion, Karimi presents a seamless, polished collection that holds mystery in its abstract forms.

Karimi shows ultimate appreciation for the city that inspires her by keeping all of her manufacturing in NYC, noting that keeping production local is very important to her. Though she has been working in product and product strategy for nearly a decade, her store launch marks Karimi's debut as an independent designer. "Launching my own jewelry line has been a pipe dream since 2007," she says.

Subway Series silver rings ($160 for a set of three) and cuffs ($200 each) are available for pre-sale online, shipping 11 November 2014. The collection will also be available at the STORY holiday shop (144 10th Ave, NYC) this November.

Images courtesy of Shahla Karimi

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Test Drive: 2015 Bentley GT3-R

The fastest Bentley ever made gets inspiration from its track-driving cousin

by Evan Orensten in Design on 21 October 2014

Bentley, Test Ride, Automotive, Cars, GT3R, Test Drives, Carbon Fiber, England, Handmade, Pebble Beach, Racecars, UK

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"Racing changes the perception," says Brian Gush, Bentley’s Director of Motorsport. The Bentley GT3-R is the latest evolution of the brand's suave and still-alluring Continental GT—and the fastest Bentley ever made. It hauls ass in the most gentlemanly manner, politely even. Though it receives the expected luxury fittings, it takes most of its style cues—both styling and performance—from the automaker's successful GT3 race car.

Limited to only 300 worldwide (99 of them are in the USA), the car’s charm lies in its Jekyll and Hyde personality. Happy to hit the farmer’s market or the office without effort or wrangling, it’s truly an easy daily driver. And yet, it’s also a beast, able to effortlessly hit 60 mph in a mere 3.6 seconds with its turbocharged eight-cylinder engine and 572 hp under the hood. It stops as impressively with its massive carbon ceramic brakes.

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Like its race car relative, this model is only available in the same Glacier White paint and Cool Hunting green accents (coincidence, we ask?), sporting a large GT3-R logo on its hips that’s a bit naff, but it works. The interior is a far cry from its spartan track car cousin, wrapping you in leather and carbon fiber trim. The backseat is gone, part of the nipping and tucking that has removed around 220 lbs from the standard GT.

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What's most inspiring about the car is how well it brings sport to the GT but doesn't try to be something that it's not: a supercar. It's not the fastest car you can buy. It's not the best handling car. All of those require a very different starting point and driving experience. What it does do, that few others can, is so authentically blend its racing heritage with the luxury, performance and there-when-you-want-it power and packaging these attributes together in a car that works however you want to experience it.

We hit the road in the GT3-R with Gush for a quick tour around Pebble Beach and the winding roads around the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, drooling over the all-wheel drive car’s acceleration, sticky cornering and drivability—there’s no fighting to make this car perform. When in Drive mode it handles and sounds more like a GT. Putting the car in Sport mode, however, brings out the Hyde. The car's sound changes. Gears shift crisper and faster. Everything is tighter, and every corner is a new challenge waiting to be conquered.

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We asked Gush about the design brief for the car. "Well, I used the same [designer]. We've got the road car. We've got the racecar. I want a very clear link. I didn't have to give him much of a brief. I wanted the racecar to look like the road car, and the road car to look like the racecar," he says.

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“There’s so much handwork in the car, my production colleagues aren’t that happy with me,” Gush says laughingly. “The carbon fiber is all hand laid. The weave joints, it’s all bookmarked in a herringbone pattern and has a seam straight down the middle of the car. The seats are hand done.” He notes that because of all of this work, and the fact that the cars are made on the same production line as all other Bentleys, it made sense to build them at the same time. “Then the cars are taken to our small shop in the Motorsport department and they are finished off,” and sent to dealers around the world who snapped up the entire production run.

The Bentley Boy legend is alive and well.

The Bentley GT3-R will set you back around $337,000 in the USA. "You can have any color you want as long as its white," says Gush. Visit Bentley for details.

Lead image by Evan Orensten, additional images courtesy of Bentley

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