Skate Crate – Taking Skateboarding Back to the 1950s

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Skate Crate

Taking Skateboarding Back to the 1950s

Aug 29th 2014 by Christopher

Kitsch Roll down the sidewalk like you own the town with the retro inspired Skate Crate. Modern design meets the roots of skateboarding. Skate Crate takes skateboarding’s original concept of a 2×4 with metal wheels and a fruit crate and fuses it with modern designs and components, creating a smooth ride and stylish mode of transportation. The initial product line includes both easy-to-build and decorate DIY kits as well as fully-assembled, finished products featuring art by respected skateboard artists Ben Horton and Ron Cameron. Utilizing high quality Baltic Birch and American Maple for both the crate and modern skateboard deck, Skate Crate replaces the bone shaking metal wheels of old with smooth riding urethane cruiser wheels. The ( continue reading... )

The Cocktail Nation

The Cocktail Nation: RIP Lauren Bacall

Episode 324    Aug 24th 2014

Sad news last week of the passing of Lauren Bacall, so on this edition of the Cocktail Nation we will take a look at her life and times. News on what they call the “Steve McQueen effect”, news on a classic Cadillac dealership in trouble in Los Angeles, and I will take a look at what is happening on the neo lounge music scene from across the globe.

Readable Lounge Revivalists use a lot of different words for “old” — “vintage,” “retro,” “classic,” and “nostalgic.” And because of our Cold War era preferences, you also see “atomic age” and “mid-century” used as well. One word you don’t see used a lot, at least by men, is “antique.” It’s just not macho. The very word “antique” brings to mind the unmanly concept of fragile porcelain items that sit on top of lace doilies collecting dust. Squaresville. “Antique” also suggests the ultimate unmanly scenario: A weekend “antiquing” — a wife-coerced lodging at some Queen-Anne-style bed-n-breakfast in some small town where one ( continue reading... )


Architecture Elvis Presley fans rejoice! The ultimate Elvis pad is now up for sale in sunny Palm Springs, California – complete with Rock ‘n’ Roll memorabilia. In 1962, Look Magazine featured the estate calling it the “House of Tomorrow” due to its forward-thinking decor. Oh, and Lisa Marie was most likely conceived here. In 1966 this historic mid-century house was leased to Elvis Presley and Priscilla ( read more... )

Architecture Forget your worries for a while and travel back in time to a place where iconic Mid-Century design and architecture can still be enjoyed and gloriously relived. Located in the famous desert utopia of Palm Springs in California, the Orbit In and the Horizon Hotel boast a chic vintage presence combined with ultra-mod amenities worthy of the most à la mode contemporary hotel. Enjoy drinks by the ( read more... )

Television In the spring of 1969 my family moved from the pastoral setting outside of Centreville, Virginia, a small town in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains to Fairfax, a burgeoning suburb outside of Washington, D.C. A sixth grader at the time, transitioning from a country school to a more sophisticated environment was not easy for me and I found myself feeling like an outsider ( read more... )

Travel Check into and discover two stylishly chic boutique hotels located in the enchanting French capital of Paris. Whether you prefer clean lines and designer chairs, or refined details and fabrics with a touch of 18th century charm, Le Général and Caron De Beaumarchais offer their visitors a unique diversity that will have any design lover clapping their hands in delight. For those of you who ( read more... )