01. The Car Launch series / pt.3: Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupé

“I just spent 2 days in Tuscany for the launch of the new E-Class Coupé from Mercedes-Benz. There was a slight feeling of déja-vu, not from the car itself, but from the magnificent hilltop converted farmhouse in which we stayed. Coincidentally I had already been there a few years ago for the press launch of the Aston Martin V8 Vantage.” (arkitip)

02. Velodrome Tradition Lives On in Queens

“It has been more than a half-century since New Yorkers last flocked in great numbers to see cyclists tear around banked velodrome tracks at the center of Manhattan. Easy to forget, then, that Madison Square Garden, in its earlier incarnation off 26th Street and Madison Avenue, played host to major races watched by tens of thousands of spectators (some undoubtedly attracted, in the days before Nascar…” (nytimes)

03. Oslo Opera House wins Mies van der Rohe Award

“Norwegian architecture firmSnøhetta has won the Mies van der Rohe architecture award for the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet in Oslo…” (archdaily)

04. Surgical masks by Yoriko Yoshida (above)

“Let’s face it, we’re all gonna get the Swine Flu and die. Stave off infection and look cool at the same time by wearing a Yoriko Yoshida’s surgical mask.” (cpluv)

05. Ikea selling $20 solar-powered desk lamps

“In case you hadn’t heard, Ikea is on the solar bandwagon. After pumping $75 million into various environmentally-sustainable initiatives, we’re starting to see products trickle out. Aside from solar-powered garden lights — which have actually been availalbe from numerous companies for a while — you can also pick up a $20 solar desk lamp.” (crunchgear)

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