Lightweight, incredibly strong and built to run through mud and jump over barricades
by Hans Aschim in Design on 01 September 2014
Bike Culture, Cycling, Cyclocross, Gear, Giro, Rapha, Shoes
While there's still some summer left in the northern hemisphere, cyclists are already gearing up for the fall cyclocross season. The sport mixes elements of road racing with mountain biking and, just to make things interesting, throws in a load of hurdle-like obstacles for riders to dismount and leap over, bike in tow. When riding (and running) through terrain varying from grass and gravel to sand and full-blown mud pits, shoes are an integral part of the cyclocross kit. Hot on the heels of their Richard Sachs cyclocross collaboration, Rapha recently teamed up with Giro as well, though this time for a cyclocross-specific shoe. Built on the mountain bike EC90 platform, the Cross Shoe features a carbon outsole for maximum power output. For traction off the bike, aggressive cleats extend from the outsole, providing hold in the worst mud the track can throw at you. And of course, the shoes feature the refined styling we've come to expect from Rapha, with subtle hints of blue and pink in the synthetic leather upper.
Weighing just 375 grams (about the weight of a can of soda), the Cross Shoes are built and designed for performance, and compliment Rapha's full line of 2014 cyclocross gear for the fall. And let's not miss our favorite consequential detail: as a nod to the sport's Belgian roots, the shoebox is designed to hold two beers and servings of frites—staples for aprés-race or just watching the action.
The Cross Shoe from Rapha is available 1 November for $350.
Images courtesy of Rapha
A slender cordless cleaner with more suction than ever before
by Evan Orensten in Design on 01 September 2014
Our old Dyson handhelds have been put to good use in CH HQ for the last several years. When Dyson Design Engineer Rob Green stopped by recently to show us the next generation we were eager to put it to the test. On the outside the cordless Digital Slim handheld vacuum looks nearly identical to the model it replaces—a refresh equally colorful, bulbous and modern. It now comes with a bright pink handle, allowing you to use it like a broom, making it an ideal size for lighter duty tasks when a full-size upright is overkill. Inside, however, the Digital Slim is all new, featuring Dyson's sixth generation motor capable of 110,000 RPM and offering as much suction as its upright siblings. It also includes a handy new feature, the "Max" button, allowing you to turbo charge the vacuum for tasks that demand it.
The new 350 Watt direct-drive motor features two Tier Radial cyclones and a re-engineered nickel manganese cobalt battery—all of which sends more power directly to the motorized head. It's the most powerful handheld, cordless vacuum on the market, and it's been put to good use in our new office, which is still under construction around us. We've been able to put the Digital Slim to the test and found it to be just as effective at picking up the finest dust as it was with sucking up larger bits. It's many attachments suit just about any job. We've found the small brush ideal for getting construction dust off our furniture, and the soft brush perfect for gently sucking up the dust from our computers, keyboards, phones and desks.
Rob shared Dyson's plans on bringing a greater focus to cordless goods, something they are bringing to their whole vacuum line. With the Digital Slim that translates to 24 continuous minutes of cleaning per charge, impressive considering the amount of power the machine unleashes.
You can purchase the Dyson Digital Slim vacuum Dyson Digital Slim for $450.
Images by Cool Hunting
A colorful collaboration unites Australia's premier coffee culture
by CH Contributor in Food + Drink on 01 September 2014
by Chérmelle Edwards
Consuming takeaway coffee is a daily ritual for many. Though the experience of sipping such high quality coffee out of a paper cup leaves much to be desired. With this in mind, a group of Australian design (and coffee) enthusiasts created UPPERCUP, a simple, elegant and reusable alternative that both improves on, and references conventional disposable cup designs in silhouette and lid design. While sharing a cup of joe with one of their first stockists Coffee Supreme—a famed roaster in New Zealand and Australia—the UPPERCUP team conceived the idea of a collaboration cup celebrating Coffee Supreme's signature red color.
As part of a series of collaborations with artists, the limited releases are intended to “build community around design, sustainability and global coffee culture,” says James McKay of UPPERCUP. The BPA-free cup uses a clean energy process called ultrasonic welding and comes packaged in 100% post-consumer waste material with vegetable based inks. By using high-density plastic all issues of bacteria absorption are erased, minimizing the eventual issue of a non-pleasurable coffee smell and taste.
Fans of the brand and its eco-features can enjoy the red cups now and expect future releases including hand-illustrated cups and designs inspired by street art, sneaker culture and coffee culture. The cups can be found exclusively at Coffee Supreme's Gertrude Steins and The Abbotsford Club, while other colors can be found from UPPERCUP online for $25 AUD.
Images courtesy of UpperCup