Adidas Samba

June 8, 2018


“Some sneakers transcend time, place and style. Yes, there’s the Chuck Taylor, Jack Purcell, the Stan Smith and Air Jordan, but one shoe that demands respect is the Adidas Samba.

It was company founder Adi Dassler (“Adidas” is a mashup of his first and last names) who crafted the first Samba, a high-tech performance shoe when it debuted in 1950. Its soft leather upper afforded comfort, the trio of stripes added lateral support, and the high-traction gum rubber outsole let players kick around on icy turf without snapping their necks.

But it was the Samba’s inadvertent attribute of style that would grant it immortality. With its low profile and white-on-black contrast, the Samba was cool enough to wear off the pitch. At first, only footballers knew this, but it didn’t take long for everyone else to find out.

They haven’t forgotten, either. The Samba is the oldest Adidas shoe in continuous production, and, 68 years after its debut, it “still sells like mad.

Adidas has played riffs on the original over the years, introducing the Samba JP (with a tapered toe), the Samba 85 (in tan), and the Samba Super (with a longer tongue and toe cap.) But the company is too smart to take any variation too far, even to please the latest crop of stateside celebs spotted in their Sambas, including Rihanna, Kristen Stewart, and Justin Timberlake.

“Fads come and go, but some designs just don’t need to play those games,” is how Heard puts it. “Some people boast about old school while others just genuinely are. The shoe is like your favorite friendly old uncle, held in esteem and respect. It should be.”

So check out the latest range here



October 3, 2017

When we think of design, when we think of beautiful places how often do we think of spaces to play – public spaces? Around the world we neglect our public spaces and many play areas feel tired and unloved. In Ethiopia there are so few public places which is why this is important. If you are to create spots why not invent places of mystery, places of fun, places which are more than practical, but art.

Artist Katrien Vanderlinden has painted colourful shapes inspired by toy bricks onto a basketball court in the Belgian city of Aalst.

Vanderlinden’s Ezelsplein mural is based on a children’s mathematical reasoning game named Logical Blocks, which comprises squares, rectangles, triangles and circles, in different shapes, sizes and colour.


Inspired by these shapes, she added triangles, circles and rectangles in between the traditional court markings – creating spaces for the local children to play other games.

Block colours in hues of blue, yellow and pink were chosen to fill in the shapes, as an “ode” to the bold and graphic Memphis art movement.

“I was inspired by an image of a box of building blocks. I loved the simple lines and shapes – squares, rectangles, circles, triangles of all sizes –  that all fitted in this box,” Vanderlinden told Dezeen.

“I like the fact that you can play the basketball game and that this design creates extra spaces for children to make up their own games.”

Vanderlinden‘s mural takes inspiration from similar inner-city basketball courts, also known as hype courts, which have been spruced up with colourful makeovers.

The ongoing trend has previously seen artist Kaws paint his signature motifs across two basketball courts in New York City and Willian Lachance create a giant mural across a series of basketball courts in a St Louis.

As with these earlier projects, Vanderlinden wanted to breathe new life into an inner city area quickly and cheaply. She proposed the idea to Aalst City Council who then assigned her with the city’s grey tarmac Ezelsplein court next to a home for refugee children as her blank canvas.

“It’s a very simple way to give a neighbourhood a facelift,” Vanderlinden told Dezeen. “These Hype Courts bring different domains together: sports, art, culture and youth.”

“When you walk down the street everything is grey: the streets, the facades of the houses, even the sky is grey,” she explained. “The fact that you can bring colour in the everyday life of people is just amazing.”

The Ezelsplein court paintwork was completed within two weeks, thanks to the help of 10 volunteers from the local community.

Pong is Being Rereleased

March 20, 2017

Pretty much everyone has a coffee table in their house and pretty much everyone loves Pong, so a group of Uruguayan engineers have taken advantage of that overlap. They’ve brought Pong into the physical world, removing it from its previous pixelated build and building a physical, playable version into a coffee table. Like the original Atari game, the Pong paddles are moved by two large wheels on either side of the table, while the ball’s movement is enabled by magnets under the surface, and an LED panel at the top of the board keeps score. When the game is over and it’s time for more traditional entertainment, two covers flip over the wheels and the LED panel turns into a clock. The table can also stream music using Bluetooth and power up to four USB chargers. It comes in four color schemes, though we’re partial to the classic, with the old Pong logo and grayscale lined design.
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September 26, 2016



The fluidly and aerodynamic nature of the lucite creates a movement to this piece of art, while the leather accents reinforce stability and ground the model as a centerpiece in any setting. This visual juxtaposition is the ultimate contemporary showpiece for your home. The Avettore Table is also available in solid wood with your choice of species and color accents.

Their specialty is customization. So please note that Eleven Ravens can further customize your table in any way you wish. Corporate / logo branding is also an option.

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D E S I G N : Three Bamboo and Carbon Fiber Bikes

October 18, 2015


The ‘Bamboo and Carbon Fiber’ bicycles by the Spanish company, bambu campos bikes, form a collection of models: fixed, single speed and urban, that are completely customizable. Choices such as different colors, geometry and sizes can all be chosen and then added to the hand-crafted two-wheeler. The frame which has a commemorative, unique serial number, utilizes the natural lightness and vibration-dampening characteristics of bamboo. The sustainable wood is joined together using carbon fiber – opposed to the common practice of using aluminum – in order to ensure the structure is even more lightweight and stiff.


F A S H I O N : PUMA + ICNY “Ice Cream” Pack

August 22, 2015

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Wow wow wow wow. So lost for words we have to say Wow one more time. Outdoor lifestyle brand ICNY has partnered again with the comeback kings, PUMA, to release two iterations of the IGNITE running franchise. Two ice cream-inspired colorways – “Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough” and “Mint Chocolate Chip” – straight outta Compton the fridge in full-color 3M reflective uppers constructed out of breathable mesh, earmarks of the Brooklyn-based brand. The upper is postured atop an IGNITE foam outsole dressed in chocolate chip and cookie speckles. Good enough to eat and sweet on yer feet.

The IGNITE “Ice Cream” drops (today) August 22 exclusively through and globally across PUMA stores and select retailers on September 5

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F A S H I O N : Russell Athletic Premium 2015

July 25, 2015


Russell Athletic collaborate with streetwear aficionados Trainerspotter to celebrate summer 2015 with a meticulously researched, and beautifully crafted, limited edition collection.


Russell Athletic Premium is a unique and sought-after collection that will stand the test of time. The partnership combines Russell Athletic’s classic aesthetic with Trainerspotter’s savvy for detail and contemporary style.


The range appropriates logos and slogans from the far-flung, sometimes obscure, sports clubs that the US sportswear giant has provided for over its century in business. These introduce a quirkiness to streetwear that never strays into kitsch, producing eye-catching and seemingly unique pieces that are nonetheless firmly rooted in sports heritage.


Elsewhere, the varsity aesthetic is stripped back to simply display ‘COLLEGE’. Many pieces also employ the modernist ‘RA Eagle’ logo from the 1980s, evoking Reagan-era optimism and ambition.


Colours lead rather than follow, with alluring creams, confident blues and a strutting scarlet prevalent in the palette. The expertly-chosen fabrics are textured and appear tactile without resorting to distressed or marl clichés.

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The collection sticks to Russell Premiums conceptual vision, taking some of the brand’s finest historical moments and re-inventing them for the current generation. The line evokes the golden era of sportswear before mass production; when pieces were hard-wearing enough to actually exercise in and colours didn’t suffer from regular laundering. In its style, though, the 2015 collection nods towards the late 80s and early 90s – the on-trend era for retro sportswear. The cut though is flattering and contemporary.


At retail the Russell Athletic Premium collection is delivered exclusively into selected size? boutiques. Don’t miss out.

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T E C H N O L O G Y : CLUG it in

July 1, 2015

They call it the worlds smallest bike rack, a neatly designed, unimposingly tiny way to store your bike (and show it off too – unless you have a dirt bike). Proof that small can be mighty big.

CLUG has been designed to be a great fit with just about every bike tire out there. With three versions of the Clug – one to fit standard road bike tires between 23 and 32mm (1 – 1.25″), one to fit hybrid tires between 33 and 42mm (1.3 – 1.75″) and one to fit big fat mountain bike tires 1.8 – 2.5″ (43 – 62mm).

What are wyou waiting for? Get Cluged HERE


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D E S I G N : POPP, Public Ping Pong Worldwide

February 19, 2015


Ping Pong has been making a steady comeback in the last decade be it at trendy members clubs or outside parks and Australia-based POPP, Public Ping Pong Worldwide, is making it even easier to play. The company makes free-to-use, permanent ping pong tables for parks and open spaces around Australia. The tables, like The Ephemeralist, is an outdoor table for the minimalist.

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The weather-proof table, with its subtle architectural details and bright yellow top, is the perfect minimalist option for any table tennis enthusiast.

The company partners with various designers to create different table designs that are then commissioned by and then permanently installed in different locations.

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T R A V E L : Connected pedal protects bicycles from theft

January 19, 2015


CES 2015: a bicycle pedal that can notify the owner if their vehicle has been moved was launched at the Consumer Electronics Show this week.

French startup Connected Cycle revealed “the first ever connected pedal” prototypes, with built-in global positioning systems (GPS) that could prevent bikes being stolen, at the Las Vegas event recently.

When linked up to a smart device via the internet, the equipment sends the owner a notification when it detects a change in location.

“This new high-tech equipment instantly notifies the bike owner if the bike is moved, and allows it to be located at any time,” said Connected Cycle co-founder Jean-Marie Debbasch. “It is also able to locate where the bike was last parked.”

The pedal automatically records the rider’s speed, route, incline and calories burnt on every trip – without the need for carrying a phone or tablet on the journey. These statistics are stored on a digital cloud system and are accessed using the Connected Cycle app.

The pedals will be sold in pairs, with one featuring the technology and the other designed to match aesthetically.

Aluminium cases protect the internal electronics, while the foot pads come in colours including black, red, blue, green and orange.

Installing the pedals onto an existing bike requires no mechanical skill and can be completed in less than two minutes, according to the designers. The pedals can only be removed using a special coded key possessed by the bike’s owner.

Connected Cycle is currently seeking investors and considering crowdfunding to bring the pedals into production later this year.