A common element of most bicycles is that familiar diamond frame that gives them structure and support. A new bike design by Romanian Industrial designer Ionut Predescu has thrown that conventional configuration out the window in favor of some nifty wire work. Rather than rely on a solid frame, Predescu utilizes two carbon-fiber tubes that work in concert with tension on the Kevlar wiring. It turns this cycle creation into an remarkably light vehicle. But how does it ride? It’s only a prototype, so we’ll have to wait for that answer. Cyclers, you can stop your drooling … for now.
Via Yanko Design
Here is a little Thursday bubbly electro-pop for everyone. The Norwegian band RÃ¶yksopp (think Justice, except a bit more Scandinavia) has put out their new single “Happy Up Here.” Aside from being a tune we’ve been jamming to all day, the video makes our dreams of a city-size version of Space Invaders come true. The song is the first track released from their forthcoming album Junior. The single hits shops on the March 9 (album out March 23), but you can get it from iTunes now, just in time for Spring.
Nudity! Yay! Old men! Boo. Germans! What? Here’s a provocative little site where you can click on 24 Naked People from all walks of life (and we mean all walks — in case you were wondering what that middle-aged accountant looks like under his shirt and tie, wonder no more.) Also keep in mind that this site is very NSFW. Unless you work in a nudist colony. And if you do, we have a question … what do you do with your wallet?
Yelpers are a notoriously fickle bunch, and pretty verbose when it comes to the recently opened San Francisco men and women's apparel boutique SHOTWELL. Carrying "vintage Lacoste sweaters, plaid shirts … and reconstructed dresses", as well as lines from Cheap Monday and Alex & Chloe, one reviewer described it as having a "SF-meets-L.A.-meets-NY-hipster-meets-high-fashion yuppy threads."
Founders Michael Weaver and Holly Kricher were previously selling vintage clothing out of their house in the Mission District before grabbing this space on Geary St. If you need an excuse to shop, Bosnian artist Jasko Begovic's colorful, haunting artwork will be on display at an in-store party tonight.
The image of hybrid cars as boxy, efficient little travel pods is getting a makeover. At the Geneva Motor Show, Italdesign unveiled the Namir prototype, a 370-horsepower space rocket that can travel over 1,200 miles on a single charge. Namir is the world’s fastest hybrid to date, with a top speed of 187 mph, and releases lower emissions than any sports car on the U.S. market. We’re not sure if this particular whip is going to be available stateside, but it’s nice to see this trend forming.