1. Sound Quality
The first exhibition at NYC showroom and shop Grey Area, "Sound Quality" is nearly over but their clever take on the classic merch table continues online, tempting music fans with things like artist-curated CDs, Kent Henricksen's skull necklaces, Andrea Mary Marshall's one-off "Marlboro Mary" boxes and more.
2. Banana Trucker Hats
Artist Brock Davis, in an effort to appease his kids, deftly re-shaped the end of a banana peel into a miniature trucker hat. Finally giving bananas a look they deserve, these tropical hats bear a striking resemblance to Supreme's recently released "Panama" hat, a 5-panel corduroy cap.
3. Penis Pants
From a distance these Lycra leggings appear like any other patterned pants, but a closer look at Bas Kosters Studio's "Is that a cock on your leg?" leggings reveals a motif that is sure to turn some heads.
Re-thinking the Arabic numeral set, a trio of professors at the University of Calgary developed FatFonts, which represents numerals with a pixel count corresponding to their value. Slender 1s and beefy 9s bookend the font, which has been applied in a variety of examples to represent quantitative data in a visually appealing way.
5. United Bamboo Cat Calendar Open Call
If your cat is as hip as you, it's time to get it ready for a close-up. United Bamboo is casting the 2013 lineup of felines for its irresistible annual cat calendar. The photo shoot is scheduled for 9 June 2012 in NYC. Meow!
6. Bon Appétit Trois
South African blogger Miss Moss asks "who wouldn't want to look like a cream puff?", and her display of food-fashion mashups in conjunction with Bon Apetit make you understand why. Miss Moss provides uncannily accurate and aesthetically delightful parallels between outfits and snacks, from a glass bowl of ceviche set against a polka-dotted sundress to the aforementioned pastry likened to a ladylike set of elbow gloves.
7. The Skatorialist
In a clever riff on Scott Schuman's The Sartorialist, London skate photographer Sam Ashley has created The Skatorialist. Ashley's street style snaps highlight the dapper side of skateboarding, showing how casual ensembles can be just as striking as a three-piece suit.
8. Dogs In Cars
There is something very moving about a dog left in a car, looking tragic and melancholy with the window rolled down just a crack. Photographer Martin Usborne spent two years putting together a collection of forty images of dogs gazing out of car windows, and is now seeking funding through Kickstarter to turn the collection into a beautifully dark fine-art book.
9. John Peel Archive
Eight years after the death of beloved BBC radio DJ John Peel, the BBC and England's Arts Council have started to make his legendary record collection available to the public. Ranging from the obscure to ABBA, the sheer size and breadth of the collection is both intimidating and inspiring for any music lover.
10. Opening Ceremony Magazine
Trendy boutique retailer Opening Ceremony is jumping into the publishing game with an annual magazine set to launch August 2012. A well-honed curatorial eye and an appreciation for beautiful things is likely to dominate the fashion and culture-focused 30,000 print run.
11. World's Largest Chocolate Sculpture
The remarkable recreation of an ancient Mayan temple is more spectacular than you thought—constructed by Qzina Specialty Foods, the six-foot model is made of chocolate, making it the world's largest in that medium. The 18,239 pounds of chocolate pay homage to the Mayans' role in the origins of the sweet and will be on display 4 June through 21 December 2012, the end of the Mayan calendar year.
12. Parrot DIA
While we're justifiably taken by a see-through digital photo frame, the real head-turning feature of the Parrot DIA is the ability to flick photos from an iOS device onto the display via a proximity sensor. The hefty price tag may match that of a fully-functional iPad, but the nifty device marks a precursor to the future of digital displays.