November 21, 2012

Me, I’ve done my list, checked it twice. Have I been naughty or nice? Over to you…


1. Sound Decision

With two speakers in each can, and lush colours worthy of a Stateside sedan, these Beats Solo HD headphones get the stamp of approval from none other than Dr Dre. Yo ho, ho!


2. Slim Pickings

The fourth volume in Slim Aarons’ tireless recording of the good life in Europe and North America in the 1950s and 60s, is a visual homage to timeless chic. Marcello Mastroianni, Ursula Andress, Tyrone Power all play bit parts in the Aarons own Divine Comedy. Lush.


3. Neo Geo

For the inner armchair tourist in each of us. Award-winning photography, never-before-seen vistas, all the magic of our planet Earth. Since 1888 this impeccable periodical has been “inspiring people who care about the planet”. And who doesn’t do that?


4. Beach Blanket Babylon

True beach style is not about bling, it’s about doing your thing, surrounded by family and friends. When I first spotted these amazingly chic cotton beach blankets, designed by Southern Beach babes Jen and Amber, it was one of life’s “must have” moments.


5. Don’t Shoot the Serif

Charles Wilson is one of Australia’s most promising industrial designers, and his new Serif stool is on its way to becoming an iconic piece of modern design. A single piece made from cast aluminium and finished with a durable powder coating, they’re as quirky as they are perfectly resolved.

Top 3 By Design


6. All Hail

How do I know I’m home in Sydney? Not the Opera House, nor the Harbour Bridge: it’s when, no matter whose bathroom I go into, on the basin is perched a pert pump pack of Aesop Reverence Aromatique Hand Wash. It’s not just for Christmas.


7. School of Like

Swiss philosopher Alain de Botton gets down to the nuts and bolts in his excellent series, a spin off from his London-based School of Life. Every ‘How To’ answered, in a nutshell.


8. Classic Nouveaux

He who says ‘classic’ says Louis Vuitton Bandoulière, shoulder-strap sports/travel bag. Customised monogram de rigeur. ‘Nuf said.


9. Getting Shirty

Okay, maybe more equipping oneself for a new year of success then a festive season of excess, innit? But whatever the reason, a supply of spanking new tailor-made shirts from P. Johnson suits the man for all seasons.


10. Ride On Time

Founded in 1936 by outdoors enthusiast Tuomas Vohlonen, Suunto timepieces do more than tell time; they orient the athlete in all of us, whether mountain high or ocean low. And they look kind of awesome, all the way.


11. Teeing off

The white t-shirt is an icon of the modern male wardrobe. Surprising then, that a good one (t-shirt, not modern male ;-)) is so hard to find. My vote goes to Jil Sander’s slim-fit crew neck versions, delivered in multiples in that snappy Mr Porter box.


12. High Flyers, Unite!


Okay, okay, so it’s the ultimate boy toy. But I can dream, right? Sigh…


A safe and Happy Festive Season to all!

Author: Nick tobias