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FORKS: A Quest for Culture, Cuisine, and Connection

At the beginning of Allan Karl’s WorldRider adventure, his outwardly successful life is falling apart. He is divorced from his wife of seven years. He has abandoned his high-powered job at a media agency. He feels empty. The turn of events is the setup for a mid-life crisis, and maybe that is just what this book is about. But, Karl’s crazy idea is not some half-baked stunt; it’s a dream ...

Singita Boulders Luxury Travel Lodge

The Singita Boulders Lodge in the Sabi Sand was recently renovated and restyled by architect Sally Tsiliyiannis of GAPP Architects & Urban Designers and the designer studio Cécile & Boyd. Found along the rocky banks of the Sand in South Africa, the updated resort and nature preserve is now closer to the river than ever, heightening the safari experience for travelers. Lushly decorated with an earthy palette and rustic furnishings, ...

AKA Mobile Suite and California Vacation

AKA recently collaborated with LA-based designer Trina Turk and Airstream 2 Go to create the AKA Mobile Suite, a GMC Yukon Denali camper outfitted with glam amenities. The Mobile Suite is the latest addition to AKA’s Live It! series and, in the spirit of Turk-approved adventure, is available to rent for a five-day vacation. The California road trip package takes the camper on a whirlwind tour of surfing, ocean kayaking, ...

Swiss Home in the Mountains

This remote home was designed by Lacroix Chessex in the mountains of Trient, Switzerland. The angular house is composed of two volumes and accompanied by a shed. Clad in black, both structures contrast with the surrounding environment and the interior, which is lined with naturally finished wood. From inside, one can enjoy the sweeping views while resting on a window seat. Photography by Joel Tettamanti

Envelope Boat Shoes by Nendo for Tod’s

Aptly called “Envelope,” these boat shoes were created by Nendo for Tod’s Envelope, an Italian brand that specializes in bags and footwear. Referencing actual tie-to-close envelopes, the slip-on design is decorated with two circles of fabric and a string wrapped around them in a figure eight. The smart design has an upper made of leather or suede, a sole of rubber, and an interior lining of soft mesh. Available from ...

House on a Dune in the Bahamas

House on a Dune is a seemingly traditional beach house on Harbour Island in the Bahamas. Built by architect Chad Oppenheim, the vacation home is a timeshare between the architect and the clients and their respective families. The unusual agreement was reached after months of negotiation, guaranteeing that the multiple users maintain privacy during their separate getaways. One look at the view reveals why Oppenheim wanted in on the project. ...

Grain Surfboards Made by New England Surfers

Founded by surfers from York Beach, Maine, Grain Surfboards is a New England company that crafts surfboards out of a composite of Northern White Cedar and air. The air of course allows the boards to float, and the wood gives the designs a more natural aesthetic and greater durability than those made of synthetic materials. Sustainably harvested from local mills, the wood is a responsible, eco-friendly choice as well. Green ...

Harman Kardon Esquire and JBL Synchros S300a

GBlog received samples of the Harmon Kardon Esquire and JBL Synchros S300a. Full disclosure: these products are so awesome we would buy them. The Harman Kardon Esquire is a wireless audio system with Bluetooth and NFC connectivity. The speaker has dual drivers and a built-in bass port and can be used for music listening around the house or on-the-go. Additionally, the Esquire can connect with Bluetooth-enabled smartphones to make clear, ...

Clicktape Dispenser

Clicktape is a 3D-printed tape dispenser designed by Derk Reilink. The flexible ring links with a roll of tape just like a paper chain. Ergonomic and attractive, the lightweight dispenser comes in four different colors: blue, turquoise, green, and black. Support the design on Kickstarter by May 31st, 2014.

Bowlus Road Chief

Proclaimed to be the “world’s first luxury trailer,” the Bowlus Road Chief is a high-tech reincarnation of William Hawley Bowlus’ iconic 1930s design. The posh camper boasts a shower, king-sized bed, dining table for two, armchairs, and a kitchenette as well as hidden features such as an interior aluminum frame and fresh and gray water reserves. This spring and summer, the designers behind it all, the husband and wife team ...