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Link About It: This Week's Picks

Flat-pack platforms, Playboy's archive for iPads, a sneaker encyclopedia and more in this week's look at the web

by CH Contributor in Design on 22 May 2011

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1. Inception Chair

Designer Vivian Chiu created this fascinating chair within a chair within a chair. The conceptual seating is so enchanting I almost can't remember whose dream I'm in.

2. Female Foosball

Showing up in NYC for ICFF, the first-ever female foosball player finally puts the ladies in power on the table.

3. Build Your Own Platform

Fashion-forward shoe designer United Nude teamed up with Spanish performance artist Alicia Framis for a carbon-fiber flat-pack shoe you build yourself, based on the belief "that humans will one day live in outer-space."

4. Lockitron

Between all the devices and accessories the modern human has to lug around, carrying (and not loosing) keys can be a pain. Enter Lockitron, a new mobile app that lets users lock and unlock doors from their phones.

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5. Social Memories

For all our digital prowess, there's still nothing like a photo album for a leisurely stroll down memory lane. Enter Social Memories, Deutsche Post DHL's infographic-heavy book based on data and photos gleaned from your Facebook page.

6. Venice in Venice

Curated by Tim Nye and Jacqueline Miro, Venice in Venice bring Italy's most famous films to California, such as Federico Fellini’s Il Casanova and more.

7. Hermes and Vans

The blank canvases that are Vans sneakers have inspired many a masterpiece but none quite blend high and low fashion as ingeniously as this unofficial collaboration that customizes a pair with Hermes scarves.

8. Slew of Brooklyn Vendors Confirmed for Rockaway Boardwalk

In a win for urban revivification and low-key restaurant development, several of Brooklyn's finest restaurants—among them Roberta's, Caracas and Blue Bottle—are banding together to open up shop this summer nearby the popular Rockaway Taco.

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9. This is My Dream

Full of insights like "I'm just interested in how to cut the clothing," the trailer for the forthcoming documentary on world-renowned designer Yohji Yamamoto promises a must-see film when it comes out this fall.

10. Richard Chai for Acura

Fashion designer Richard Chai created an elegant set of limited-edition driving gloves for Acura, inspired by the new film Thor made using the automaker's leather and based on the curves of the vehicle's interior.

11. Sneakerpedia

On the heels of an upswing, Foot Locker is launching Sneakerpedia on 17 May 2011. The encyclopedic sight will offer info on when the shoe hit the market, materials, style and pretty much anything else a sneaker freaker would want.

12. Playboy for iPad

The final element has fallen into place to make reading on the iPad a classy experience for any debonair gent with the release of Playboy for iPad. Hef and company have finally gone totally digital, offering ever issue since the magazines inception (1953) for mobile viewing.

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