The creative duo have designed sunglasses and optical frames to make you smile
Earlier this year, casual Brazilian eyewear brand Chilli Beans collaborated with bounce music artist Big Freedia on a collection of sunglasses and optical frames. They've hit a home run again working with YACHT, a playful duo—Jona Bechtolt and Claire Evans—that makes dance music amongst other creative and thought-provoking endeavors (Evans also works as a science journalist, for example). The new "Make Your Face Smile" collection surprises with its subtle details, from architectural nose bridges to YACHT's signature "smiangle" (a smiling triangle). Not to mention the high-quality frames and cases, which seem far and away worth their affordable price point of around $55.
"The collection is all black and white, because we always like to begin with a set of constraints when we make albums or tackle design projects," Evans tells CH. "That, and being a creative duo, duality and contrast make sense to our brains—finding ways to make opposites complementary is what we're all about. Each pair of sunglasses in the collection represents a little bit of both of us." The unisex frames are sturdy, wearable and of course create some seriously good vibes—making them the perfect accessory.
With upwards of nine frame designs, the impressive collection offers everything from silly to simple. The "Eskimo" glasses for example, feature smiley-shaped cut-outs inspired by the slits in the first known sunglasses ever made (carved from ivory or wood to prevent snow blindness in the Arctic regions). Other styles pay homage to clear '90s telephones, Groucho Marx and even the Memphis Group. Peruse the rest of the collection, now available for between $65 and $75 at Chilli Beans online.
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Swarm control, autonomous flight and more from the brand's latest drone
by Greg Stefano in Tech on 01 October 2014
Drones have been a hot topic recently—and rightfully so. Outside of the dialogue surrounding the legality of buzzing around New York City or National Parks, the new generation of affordable and feature-packed quad-copters are enormously powerful tools for filmmakers. We recently used one on the Bonneville Speedway in Utah to grab some great aerial footage that, 10 years ago, would have been cost prohibitive. Today, Toronto-based DreamQii is announcing the release of their Plexidrone, a unique addition to the marketplace that addresses many of the issues found in other consumer models.
Despite their common toy-like appearances, all the drones we have used are sensitive and fragile devices. Traveling with them is difficult without a specific container—which tends to be a large flight case. This isn't an issue for most, but if the idea of checking a bag is less than appealing, the Plexidrone solution for keeping the product compact will surely impress. The arms of the drone snap on and off, making it extremely easy to pack into the company's custom hard backpack or just about any suitcase. This feature also shows DreamQii's insight into the drone user experience. Having simple, replaceable modular arms makes it easy to keep the drone functional in the event of a crash—if its arm is destroyed, users can pop in a new one.
The two most desirable features of the Plexidrone are its ability to swarm with other Plexidrones and to follow live waypoints. The PlexiHub is a bluetooth-enabled device that essentially acts as a drone router, letting the drones talk to each other, thus giving the user control over multiple drones simultaneously. This is a great tool for capturing multiple aerial angles at the same time. With the Plexidrone app, users can set waypoints for the drone to follow autonomously, but even more interesting is the ability of the drone to trail the user. Simply fire up your smartphone and start moving and the drone will follow you as your phone automatically sends it waypoints.
The remaining features balance what many would expect from a thoughtful prosumer tool with a few fun, offbeat additions. It can utilize multiple types of cameras, has an interchangeable stabilizing gimbal mount and offers the ability to program in your own custom audio for powering up or down and when achieving a GPS lock.
The Plexidrone will begin shipping in the spring of 2015 with pricing ranging from $479-$899, depending on the kit and how early the purchase is made.
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Join us in-person to present your big breakthrough idea for the chance to be included in our online gift guide and at the Chelsea concept shop
by CH Editors in Design on 01 October 2014
If you are a designer or maker able to spend an evening in NYC and have a product ready to sell, we at Cool Hunting want to see it. After two successful iterations, Rachel Shechtman of editorial concept shop STORY and the team at Cool Hunting are once again partnering for Pitch Night: an in-person open call for the chance to have your product included in our online gift guide and STORY's holiday concept store.
Two Pitch Night alumni will also be in attendance, and both reflect the value of the program. Last year we discovered Will Berman, whose raw denim collection was included in the Cool Hunting gift guide and later showcased on PSFK. The previous year, local jewelry designer Beth Macri wowed Shechtman so much, her customizable necklaces are often included in various editions of STORY. Their experiences and insight offer added value to a night of expert feedback and potential opportunities.
This year's Pitch Night will begin at 6pm on 9 October 2014 (at Story). Interested participants should RSVP in advance to secure a space. Each confirmed guest will have three minutes to tell their story, and should come prepared with product samples, line sheets and any additional relevant information. Upon arrival, time slots will be issued for pitching, and the interim allows for mingling among other creators and buyers, as well as trying the special Pitch Night cocktails, which will be crafted by NYC's Hella Bitter.
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