Case Khor

Hitachi Elevator HF-1

The average elevator is shockingly unpolished and unfriendly. The whole industry could do with a shakeup. The HF-1 is pretty, though I think the layout of the information panel could do with a bit more finesse.

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NikeLab Air Trainer 1 x Fragment

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Hiroshi Fujiwara updates Tinker Hatfield’s 1987 classic. Been waiting forever for this.

Founder Institute Singapore 2015

Is really kicking my ass …

Apple Watch Hacked to Display Custom Watch Faces

And this is why Apple doesn't (yet) allow custom watch faces.

Supreme Overfiend Pillow

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Toshio Maeda for Supreme FW 2015

Amazon boss says Jeremy Clarkson's Top Gear follow-on show 'expensive but worth it'

The Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos, has admitted it will be “very, very, very expensive” to launch a new motoring show with Jeremy Clarkson and his Top Gear co-stars after signing up the controversial trio in a multimillion-pound deal following their departure from the BBC.

Bezos, who is worth an estimated $50bn , told the newspaper he was very excited about Clarkson’s move, but did not confirm if he had met him or his fellow presenters or how much they were being paid.

Wonder whether Clarkson and co find their experience working for Bezos 'utterly soul crushing but worth it'.

All hail ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Robison Meyer for The Atlantic:

In its 11 strokes, the symbol encapsulates what it’s like to be an individual on the Internet. With raised arms and a half-turned smile, it exudes the melancholia, the malaise, the acceptance, and (finally) the embrace of knowing that something’s wrong on the Internet and you can’t do anything about it.

25 Inspirational Quotes on Building a Strong Startup

Little motivational list to help kick my ass into gear as we enter 2015.

Dave McClure, 500Startups Co-founder

A ‘startup’ is a company that is confused about – 1. What its product is. 2. Who its customers are. 3. How to make money.

Adeo Ressi, Founder and CEO of Founder Institute:

If you’re starting a company, you better love what you’re doing, because you’ll be doing it all day everyday.

Steve Jobs

You can’t just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they’ll want something new.

Garrett Camp, Founder of Expa, Uber and StumbleUpon

Stay self-funded as long as possible.

Destroy Today: Lessons learned on a 3‑month sabbatical

Jonnie:

After a week without work, however, I felt fully rested and ready to dive back in. The most surprising and unexpected realization to come out of this sabbatical is that I didn’t need three months—I didn’t even need one. I know now that a single week is all I need to reset after a long sprint. I could’ve returned to work early, but I refrained from doing so. I forced myself to take more time off, as if it were mandatory.

I also forced myself to say no to any client gig that came my way, no matter how tempting the opportunity—I simply said I was on sabbatical. Instead of worrying about missing out, I felt empowered. I had a confindence and restraint that I don’t think I’ve ever had since I started freelancing.

I’ve learnt to turn down client work, but I haven’t quite figured out how to turn down myself. I’m looking forward to a forced break where I don’t just stop all work, I stop thinking about work.

Jonnie’s returned from his sabbatical to focus on a new self-initiated project Cushion, and he’s keeping a public journal (common) and record of expenses for all to see (radical?).

Three-box House by Byoung Cho

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As with many of Cho’s works, the Three-box House is driven by three dichotomies: the public and the private, the urban and the natural, the open and the bound. Responding to the specific site’s characteristics, Cho composed the house as three concrete boxes, positioned in order to exploit changes in levels while providing separation from their busy surroundings.

The best perk of working out of the National Library (by far, although are quite a few) is being able to time out and pore over some brilliant architectural books. Today’s pick: Byoung Cho’s new monograph.

The Adobe Illustrator Story

When Adobe Illustrator first shipped in 1987, it was the first software application for a young company that had, until then, focused solely on Adobe PostScript. The new product not only altered Adobe’s course, it changed drawing and graphic design forever.

Lego Batman Tumbler from The Dark Knight Trilogy

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Take on the challenge of building The Tumbler, an amazingly cool LEGO® model of the iconic vehicle from the Batman™ The Dark Knight Trilogy. Construct this black armored vehicle highlighted with new color LEGO® elements and brand new LEGO front wheels. Check out the cool, detailed interior and adjustable top wings. Includes 2 new and exclusive minifigures: Batman™ and The Joker.

It's a pity that the doors don’t open and there’s no breakaway Batpod (like with this custom build) but seriously, 2kg worth of black bricks? Take my money. Don’t miss the video featuring the designer Adam gushing over their solution for the front suspension, the detailed interior, and the adjustable flaps.

Aesop Club Street

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Aesop never fails to impress me by just how well they sell in their brand of lifestyle: space, packaging, retail experience, copy … everything is pitch perfect. Got a bit carried away on this occasion, but I’m not ashamed to admit I'm a huge sucker for the whole olfactory experience of using Aesop products.

Tengu: God of Mischief - Subway Skating

The NYC subway snippet is so sick, beats are killer. From Tengu: God of Mischief by Colin Read. Original music made entirely of subway sounds by Jacob Ireland.

Applied for the Founder Institute

2 simple questions: * Write 2-4 paragraphs on why you want to be an entrepreneur. * Provide 2-4 paragraphs on a field that you are passionate about

Gave it a lot of thought and wrote it all down, submitted the application just in time to meet the Early Admissions Deadline. Regardless of whether my application is successful, it was an excellent soul-searching exercise. I emerged reinvigorated.