Behind the scenes: Design Museum history comes full circle as founder Sir Terence Conran, whose Blueprint Café sat atop the 1989 original at Shad Thames for more than two decades, adds the new museum’s café, members’ room, bar and restaurant to the Prescott Conran collection (which counts Lutyens and Shoreditch’s Boundary Hotel among its number). Chef Graham Blower, fresh from Mark Hix’s Pharmacy2, is at the pass by day, handing over each evening to a roster of guest chefs, beginning with venerable old-timer Rowley Leigh.
The concept: Look to the exhibitions for statement-making futuristic design; Parabola is neither obviously directional nor achingly fashionable; it just quietly gets on with the work of being a restaurant, as is the Conran way, in a slimline space realised by London-based practice, Universal Design Studio (Ace Hotel Shoreditch etc) in blue stained ash and polished pewter. Spare and subtle, it offers, by way of colour and texture, swirling indigo and cream ceramics by 1882 Ltd, and clever cordless table lamps in navy spun aluminium (a collaboration between Flos and UDS founders Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby).
“Even last week she was sending backstage pictures she’d found from set on her phone, checking we’d got everything we needed,” confirms the British editor, who is one of the 36 year-old’s friends and a frequent collaborator. “She kept everyone laughing all day on set and Simon Robins, who’d never worked with her before, kept texting me saying he couldn’t believe how gorgeous she is.”
“Kim is always the dream to work with, she’s so meticulous and enthusiastic.”
Unlike most advent calendars, there are 31 doors on LOVE’s, with appearances from Alexa Chung, Chrissy Teigen, Gigi Hadid, Paris Hilton, Sofia Richie and more still to be revealed in the run up to the new year. The calendar has had over 30 million views in its first 11 days, and the brand will no doubt expect an even greater surge in traffic to its website with the reveal of Kardashian-West, aiming to top last year’s reach of 1.2 billion hits.
Kim, who has more than 88 million followers on Instagram, is yet to comment publicly or post on her social media pages since the incident in October.
Miranda: We were at a party. Adrian was talking to someone I know that I usually wouldn’t make an effort to talk to but I thought he was cute so I went over to talk to them. When I heard his Australian accent, I was disappointed…Australian boys in NYC have a reputation for partying a lot. But we kept talking and when I was leaving, I went over to say bye. He said “oh you’re going?” and I responded “Yeah, are you going to miss me?” He kind of just stared at me and then gave me some line, something along the lines of “I don’t usually do this but can I have your number?”
Where was your first kiss?
M: On our first date! We went to a sake bar and I was sitting on his lap.
A: It happened at the bar.
M: Yep, right at the bar.
What’s the best present you’ve ever given each other?
M: Aw, Adrian is better at that than me!
A: She planned me a surprise party. I thought we were just going out with friends for drinks and Chinese food. And I’m texting friends to come join, and they’re responding that they’re busy. So we walk into this restaurant in Chinatown, and I step in and see my good friend, and I take another step and I see another friend, and then I step more inside and I realize it’s 25 of friends. It was really good. She did really good.
M: For our 1 year anniversary he presented me with this beautiful white box, and I open it up and inside is this beautiful, blue velvet cushion that looks like it’s from Cartier, and there was this gorgeous mid-century pendant. It was so perfect.
A: I mean, she makes it easy because she has a blog of all her favorite things.
On Thu, Dec 1, 2016 at 5:23 PM, Amelia Diamond wrote:
Should I buy this and call it my Susan Miller blouse?
On Fri, Dec 2, 2016 at 11:38 AM, Leandra Medine wrote:
Why would you buy anything full-price when the world is on sale? Also, do you have a side hustle? That shirt is $1,200. If you’re going to buy anything FP, let it be these.
I just bought this sweater (it’s 40% off), you should get it too.
I am also newly interested in this ridiculous sunglass brand called Freda Banana. So much fun for your face, no?
You must be racking your brain about what to get for me for the holidays. I’ll take Miu Miu.
On Thu, Dec 8, 2016 at 11:07 AM, Amelia Diamond wrote:
Yeah, I have a side hustle. It’s called denial. I think I love the name Freda Banana even more than those sunglasses! Also !!! to that zebra cardigan.
I am like one more sneeze away from buying a pair of cowboy boots so I love those white ones you sent. These Dorateymur mules scratch the itch in a different way for me.
Still, I probably need a real pair. I definitely need this insane Kate Spade bag that is actually a magician’s hat with a rabbit poking out, because you only live once.
I’ll keep this Gucci bow in it so that when people ask to see what’s inside, I have something good to show.
I actually DON’T know what to get you. It’s stressing me out. These Rochas slides are are on sale and in your size …. I’m gonna keep looking.
Also, this is very, very random but I am (sorry) getting into aromatherapy and love this Tata Harper energy oil.
On Thu, Dec 8, 2016 at 3:08 PM, Leandra Medine wrote:
Can you get me a live-in acupuncturist? Apparently I really need one.
Again with the excessively expensive, extremely superfluous details! What will you do with a $700 Gucci bow?
How do you plan to wear “Cabriolet” mules? (Seriously, though?) Can I persuade you instead to get these? Or these?
Please don’t get me satin slides, there is a pair coming out for drop 2 of the MR shoe collection and they are the best, most convenient shoes on earth. Take my word for it. I begged them to let me make mine white satin but to no avail.
Onto more important things:
This shiny mesh cami by Rosie is on sale.
Also, what are your thoughts on a denim skirt?
A fitted tweed dress?
Blue velvet Céline brogues?
Rhinestone ballet slippers? These are truly baby shoes made for adults.
On Thu, Dec 8, 2016 at 3:24 PM, Amelia Diamond wrote:
I can 100% get you a live-in acupuncturist. This one is super cute, thoughts??
Re “excessively expensive, extremely superfluous details”: LET ME LIVE.
I need to think about how I’d wear those mules, but I’ve been into boot-cut pants/jeans that are short enough you could wear a flat sandal without pooling………..and I feel like the pant hem would hit in the right spot. I know, I know, I should have some outfits in my head first.
Holy, that shiny Rosie. What a find. And to answer your other questions in order:
No, gives me some weird complex that I can’t pinpoint yet
IDK because wow, they really are baby shoes made for adults.
I want to get The Patata bag from Color Temperature x Fivestory and fill it with candy then carry it around.
I also want these glitter Marc Jacobs platforms because I think I keep thinking I own something like them but don’t.
Remember when Elaine Welteroth was in our office and her lips looked awesome? I copied her.
Remember when we interviewed this young designer “kid”? Now look at him.
This, by the way, is the best-smelling candle in the world. Like firewood.
I’m all over the place. WHAT ARE YOU IN THE MOOD TO BUY YOURSELF?
On Thu, Dec 8, 2016 at 3:41 PM, Leandra Medine wrote:
Oh! Speaking of weird-ass-length pants, I just ordered these. They’re the strangest length, but I think I love them? They will look neat with mules, but probably flat ones because I have active calf muscles.
I have that Patata bag in yellow! You want to borrow it? Every time I attempt to use it I feel like I am with a pet, even though I’m not. I’d rather wear these pants if that’s the vibe I’m going for.
I don’t love those sandals, how about these instead? I find that velvet looks much better with tights or socks, you know?
If I’m trying to emulate Harling, I’ll get this.
If I want to look like you, it’s probably about this.
When I was pregnant and REALLY nauseous, I sat by a burning fire when I was in Georgia for that wedding and now every time I smell firewood it reminds me of vomiting my brains out while over there so I’m going to pass on the candle. You’re on a self-indulgence, not in the outward gaze but rather what-can-I-do-for-me? kick aren’t you? Le Labo candles have been my favorite way to treat myself. They’re extravagant and smell so good.
I don’t really want to buy myself anything to be honest. Partially because I bought these jeans like yesterday and also because I have this weird hole in my heart that isn’t going to get full with new shoes or bags or whatever.
I think I genuinely need to get up and go out there and do some good for other people. It sounds selfless, but really I’m being selfish because I feel like a shell of a person and want to feel whole again. That’s my impetus.
So…did I just put a damper on this whole conversation? Probably. Here’s a digression!
Happy holidays mother effer.
On Thu, Dec 8, 2016 at 5:13 PM, Amelia Diamond wrote:
I put that app you suggested, Deed, in the newsletter! You know how it takes Charlotte getting diarrhea to make Carrie finally belly laugh again in the movie? “When something is finally funny”? That moment’s gonna come for you, too. I just hope it doesn’t involve me…
I’m ignoring your other ra-ra shit about not liking my picks because I will win you over and you will SEE!!!
I love that Ashish dress and the Acne one needs to get on my body ASAP.
You know what we should get for the office? An old Polaroid camera to take random photos when “guests” come by.
That piece that went up today on expensive skincare is making me want to restart my whole regimen and go on a Sunday Riley spree.
Yoox has so many party shoes on sale, by the way. There’s a whole category for it.
Look at those N.21 bagels!
AND THE BABY BLUE VERSIONS OF MY DREAMS (I have them in maroon thanks to a sample sale but SO WHAT).
P.S… OH MY GOD I LOVE YOU SO MUCH FOR THAT BABY HAMSTER I CANNOT EVEN BREATHE. Do you remember when, on Old Man Repeller, we went through a phase where we kept easter egging this?
On Thu, Dec 8, 2016 at 3:41 PM, Leandra Medine wrote:
Hahahaha. Yes! 2012 was MR’s glory year but 2017 will be MR’s No. 21 bagel year.
Re: beauty products, I am telling you that the only ones you really need to use are those Drunk Elephant serums and the whipped cream. I genuinely feel like they are changing my skin.
Also, I keep a bottle of Solution 10 at my desk right next to my Mason Pearson brush and apply it midday — Dr. Wechsler told me that I can do that because it’s a cream for sensitive skin and won’t clog your pores and therefore your skin doesn’t have to be freshly washed when you use it. Couple the cream with the midday brushing and you have yourself a tiny delight that feels soooooooo luxurious.
Also, Tan Luxe sent me these drops and I’ve been using them. It’s my guilty, secret pleasure but is probably obliterating my skin.
That party shoe shop rules, btw. I maintain that I don’t need any party shoes, partially because, hello, MR has you COVERED.
But also because per my last In My Cart about footwear, these will be mine one day. And also, matching all my selfish purchase amounts with charitable donations is really expensive, but a great way to stop and think like 15 times about what I’m buying and whether I really need it.
These seem more versatile than your satin Rochas pick.
Wear them with this. And glitter in your hair.
On Thu, Dec 8, 2016 at 6:32 PM, Amelia Diamond wrote:
You get me. Those velvet Rochas are what’s up. I think I love your bow ones more. Sorry for copying you but speaking of, what should I eat for dinner?
I had no idea you could put Solution 10 on without washing. I WANT IT. I want those pores. I want Dr. Wechsler to be my friend.
And yea I need those MR shoes. It’s probably illegal that I don’t own a pair?
Am I going to get sick of this very red but on sale sweater?
Found another Harling dress. This one’s like Harling meets Alexa Chung.
NOW THIS IS A PARTY. It’s on sale but still too expensive. (Look! I’m coming back down to reality.)
I want these corduroy Vanessa Bruno pants but now I’ll get post-holiday sick of them, just like that sweater.
For cool but warm legs.
Berets are on sale. What does that say about berets. :/ (I really don’t know)
Getting this, saving for spring.
…Or I might scrap it all and just get a ton of lingerie for myself.
It’s my version of “fuck it, I’m getting cheese fries.”
On Thu, Dec 8, 2016 at 7:05 PM, Leandra Medine wrote:
I’m going to have sushi flags.
I love that red Vivetta dress. It says “happy holidays” but also, “I don’t celebrate the holidays, I celebrate LYFE” all at once.
With these shoes to live in the Alexa Chung lane.
You are always attracted to the weirdest-shaped sweaters. Don’t you think that red one is going to pair unusually with jeans because of the ribbing?
Meanwhile, would you spend $715 on rose gold hoops? I think it’s worth it…
And how about this for a happy holidays Mrs. President jacket?
This note isn’t really for you, it’s for my friends on the Internet who have expressed interest in my Robert Clergerie x Sonia Rykiel sandals: THEY’RE ON $$$$ALE!
Finally, I leave you with this: you say G-strings (lingerie), I say nude boy pants.
Happy, merry, bye!
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No conflict in recorded history transformed the globe as thoroughly as World War II. Cities were obliterated; national borders were altered; revolutionary and, in some cases, fearsome military, medical, communication and transportation technology were invented; and tens of millions were killed — the majority of them civilians. Simply put, the world of August 1945, when the war ended, bore little resemblance to that of September 1939, when Nazi Germany invaded Poland.
During those six long, uncertain years, LIFE covered the war with more tenacity and focus than any other magazine on earth. Twenty-one LIFE photographers logged 13,000 days outside the U.S.; half of that time was spent in combat zones. In tribute to those journalists, and to the men, women and even children who sacrificed so much in the Allied war effort, LIFE.com combed the magazine’s unparalleled archives for some of the greatest pictures made during WWII — often searing, occasionally lighthearted, always memorable images from the streets of Blitz-ravaged London to the sands and jungles of Saipan, Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima.
Seven decades have passed since the war ended, but the power of these pictures (several of which were never published in LIFE) has barely faded: confronting them today, we’re still dumbstruck by the destruction; we still flinch at the scale of the suffering; and we marvel at the courage of the men and women whose unity of purpose kept the flame of hope alive in the darkest hours.
The Dakota Access Pipeline is a project proposed in 2014 that would cary 450,000 barrels of crude oil every day from North Dakota’s oil field 1,134 miles underground to Illinois, so it can be converted into usable fuel. The project, FYI, is estimated to cost a whopping $3.8 billion. In theory, it would make the entire oil-to-fuel process safer, because it wouldn’t be carried by trains. Obviously, if a train derails while carrying oil…it explodes.
Tennis has been called the game of inches, of kings, of poets, of love, of errors, of endurance, of a lifetime. But those are mostly metaphors. Really, tennis is the game of spin.
Watch Novak Djokovic send arcing yellow streaks from beyond his baseline to the bleeding edge of his opponent’s backcourt. Watch Rafael Nadal’s ground strokes cross a foot or more above the net, then drop like tactical bombs to the competition’s ad corner. Watch Serena’s opponents go crosseyed staring down her barrel-rolling 126 mph first serves. Go to any court in any city and you will find players at every level squatting, twisting, grunting—trying to find that spin.
It’s fairly easy to figure out what spin does: It wins tennis matches. How it works—or rather, how it’s created—on the other hand, is about as complicated a physics question you can set about solving without invoking subatomic particles. The variables include squishy balls, stiff racquets, taut strings, thrusting knees, twisting hips, swinging shoulders, and rotating elbows. But all those mechanics are made possible by a pair of equipment innovations.
In order to generate spin, you have to brush your racquet up across the ball, rather than strike it dead on. The motion looks kind of like you are giving the ball a weird high five. Starting low, with the racquet at your waist, you bring it up and forward, twisting with your hips and elbow so the racquet’s head finishes high above your opposite shoulder.
And that’s not all. “For a good topspin, you have to tilt the racquet at a good angle, too,” says Crawford Lindsey, head tester at the Tennis Warehouse University, a tennis testing website (with some seriously awesome studies). “You don’t present much face to the ball, because everything is slanted.”
The best angle for your racquet’s forward face is around 50 degrees, or less, relative to the surface of the ground. This puts spin on the ball, but also makes it a lot easier to ding the ball with the rim. “Bigger racquets give you more surface area, and therefore safety, so you can swing faster and at a greater angle,” says Lindsey.
But it’s not just about technique—it’s also about the tech. The modern, spin-dominated game of tennis owes everything to an inventor named Howard Head. In the late 1940s, Head was an airplane mechanic, and he was learning to ski. He liked the sport, but didn’t like lugging the heavy wooden planks up the hill between each run. His frustration became the first aluminum skis, which he patented and used to form the Head Ski Company.
What’s that got to do with tennis? A few decades later, Head sold his company, retired, and took up tennis. Like, he went all in: built a court at his house, hired a coach, bought a newfangled ball machine. But again, he found a sport that wasn’t quite designed right. First of all, his ball machine was wack. So he bought the company the made it—Prince—and invented a better version.
Then he went after the personal gear. Like with skiing, tennis was dominated by wood. But that medium restricted the racquets’ head area to about 60 square inches—the frame would break if it got any bigger. “There just wasn’t enough margin of error with a racquet that size,” says Rod Cross, a retired physicist in Australia who studies tennis physics. So Head brought his aluminum expertise to bear on the problem, and invented the sturdier aluminum Prince Classic. His patent covered tennis racquets with heads up to 125 square inches.
Howard Head’s big headed racquets let players attack the ball with more angle on their swings. (He later introduced graphite frames, which are even lighter and stronger.) But frame size is only part of the racquet design equation.
Zoom in to the racquet as a ball encounters the strings, and pause. The racquet face has two types of string. The main strings run from tip to handle, and the cross strings from side to side. For most of tennis history, these were rendered from the intestines of a cow. But today, the best strings for inducing spin are polyester. These have what’s called a low coefficient of friction, which means they slip against themselves. This is huge for generating spin, because it creates a so-called snap back effect.
Push play. The ball, upon meeting the racquet’s upward motion, temporarily bends the mains down. As the ball leaves the racquet, the pressure eases and the mains snap back up into position, imparting their upward energy into the ball. “That stored energy gets snapped up and turned into spin,” says Lindsey.
There are other ways to lower that coefficient of friction. Wilson is just now releasing racquets with fewer cross strings than mains (they call this patented technology Spin Effect). If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll be quick to pick up that fewer cross strings means less friction on the mains.
Wilson sent me one of their racquets to play test. Straight away, I was pretty skeptical, but definitely noticed a difference. So did my hitting partner. And so did the sensor that I attached to the bottom of the handle. Compared to my usual racquet (ironically, a Head graphite XT), the Sony Smart Tennis Sensor showed that my spin on both fore and backhands had nearly doubled. (The sensor’s spin scale is pretty arbitrary, so I don’t have actual RPMs.)
The big head and slick strings are just the basics, technology-wise, that contribute to spin. And spin is just one aspect of tennis that is a physicist’s dream sport. Lindsey and Cross are science buddies, and meet every year to do new experiments—testing things like hybrid strings, racquet vibration, and the way different strings behave under stress. “We’ve tested about 2,000 different strings,” says Cross. “We know the physical properties of them all.”
Which is all super fascinating, but it’s probably better off if you just forget all of it. After all, the best way to ruin your game is by thinking about your game. Just thank your lucky stars for Howard Head, aim for the baseline, and remember to breathe, ace.
Les 8 montres portées par les plus grands footballeurs
Les footballeurs aiment se faire plaisir. Avec les voitures de luxe et les villas, les montres sont des objets incontournables dans la panoplie de ces sportifs. Découvrez dans cet articles 8 montres portées par les plus grandes stars du ballon rond.
Rolex, Patek Philippe, Hublot, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Richard Mille ou encore Audemars Piguet… Les marques d’horlogerie de luxe savent séduire les footballeurs avec des modèles « bling-bling » ou plus sobres. Découvrez ci-dessous 8 montres portées par nos joueurs préférés.
Oliver Giroud – Hublot Big Bang « Porto Cervo »
Prix : 35.000€
C’est sur une Hublot Big Bang « Porto Cervo » que le footballeur Giroud a porté son dévolu. Celle-ci est sertie de multiples diamants et montre le côté extravagant du joueur. Une finition exceptionnelle pour le joueur d’Arsenal qui affectionne particulièrement ce modèle.