On October 6, 2015 The Burton Corporation was awarded a patent (# US 9,147,711 B1) for a “snowboard binding and boot,” according to the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The patent was filed on November 14, 2014.
The newly patented system, which looks similar to the Burton SI bindings of yesteryear with the addition of an elaborate heel latching mechanism, was apparently “invented” by Raymond Robert Kavarsky, Jr., Christopher M. Doyle, and Scott T. Keller.
Click the image to look at it more closely or to check out the pages and pages of official references, schematics, descriptions, click this link.
We especially enjoyed the references list which includes patents held by a host of familiar names including: Fournier, Karol, Morrow, Sanders, Raines, Meiselman, Alden, Warburton, Pelchat, and even Spademan.
Michael Jager (pictured right) the creative design mind behind Burton Snowboards, and the legendary design firm JDK is now turning his considerable marketing muscle toward the business of legal weed in the State of Vermont.
He and five other CEO’s have have created the Vermont Cannabis Collaborative, according to story on Seven Days VT. What is this collaboration intending to do?
A dream team of six seasoned CEOs — almost all of them old enough to join AARP — is trying to figure out how their alternative business philosophy could be applied to commercial cannabis. Vermont lawmakers appear poised to legalize recreational use as soon as next year, in which case there will be plenty of money to be made. The RAND Corporation estimated earlier this year that Vermonters bought between $125 million and $225 million in marijuana on the black market in 2014.
That’s right. They’re hoping to cash in on Vermont’s newest legalized vice. But, you know, do it the “Vermont way.” Which reminds us: pot smokers always have made us laugh.
[Link: Seven Days VT]
In 2005 the architecture firm (N-1) designed what just may be the ultimate snow shred house on the edge of Whistler, BC’s Khyber Ridge, according to story in HUH Magazine.
Consisting of five floors, the majority of the residence has a huge glass facade and a large terrace, making the most of the stunning views, while the guesthouse on the lower level has been embedded deeper in the rock to allow for as much privacy as possible. On the mountain side of the building, which receives very little light, windows have still been added to remind the inhabitants of their close relationship with this harsh environment. Upstairs, a green roof has been added to enable to structure to better blend into the landscape.
So, exactly which “professional snowboarder” had this house built ten years ago? Appears it’s Marc Morisset! (thanks, commenters!) For more photos, click the link.
[Link: Huh Magazine]
While we’re all waiting for something (anything, really) new from the disruptive by designers at Oakley, they’d like to distract us all from the present for a few minutes with a little ramble through their storied past. You know, when they designed amazingly cutting edge objects of sport that changed the world.
The new book, cleverly called The Oakley Book, will only cost you $195 (which is probably cheaper than anything else they sell these days).
The 220 page premium coffee table hard cover book is housed in a black rubber slipcase with metal ellipse Oakley logo and features 200 inspiring images throughout the brand’s history including early advertisements, world-renown athlete ambassadors and product design sketches – some of which have never before been revealed to the public. It’s a story of disruption by design, futurism mixed with heritage and vision without limit. This is the world according to Oakley.
So, if you’re a collector of all things Oakley, then please, by all means, ante up. For the official word from Oakley, follow the jump. [click to continue…]
Scion has created a new touring vehicle (party van) for Riley Hawk. It’s got a load of retro flavor including a working 8-Track stereo and full shag carpet and looks to be a one-of-a-kind xB for certain, according to a story on Carbuzz.com. Kind of makes us want to blast a little Nebula just to get in the mood.
In this week’s March Logo Madness you finally get the chance to vote for Boardistan and our down arrow B logo made famous on coffee mugs around the world. Help us get out of our round one match up against AWSM. Click the link and vote for us, as well as the rest of your favorite lifestyle brands.
[Link: March Logo Madness]
We don’t know the guy. Never met him, but we’ve always been huge fans of Mark Paul Deren’s art. And we’re always wondering how and why he was able to do all that’s he’s done over the past decade. Now, thanks to an interview with The Hundreds, we have a little look into who Madsteez is and what moves him to create his amazing, comic, insightful, loud, stunning pieces.
If you call getting a D in Art 101 at Cal State Long Beach going to art school then I was definitely classically trained. Before that, I took high school art class but it was only to get an easy A. It actually wasn’t until I started making art for absolutely no purpose at all. From there everything just naturally happened. I got to choose what I wanted to paint and how I wanted to do it. The more I’ve personally grow as an artist, the more I’ve tried to strip my process and simplify my pieces.
Click the link for the rest of the interview.
[Link: The Hundreds]
We’ve all shot terrible, jittery video. In fact, most of us do it all the time. Finding a solid, inexpensive rig to smooth things out, however is nearly impossible. Now, a crew from Berlin, Germany is working to create the LUUV system specifically for use with GoPros, iPhones, and other small cameras and best yet, make it affordable and modern.
LUUV is a camera stabilizer for all action cams and smart phones that enables you to shoot shake-free footage while you are in motion. Thanks for a full three-axis-stabilization, LUUV separates the motion of your hand from the camera. You hand is moving, but the camera is not. The outcome: flowing, steady footage instead of shaky videos.
Co-founders Felix Kochbeck and Tim Kirchner are launching their product on IndieGoGo and hope to raise $50,000 in the next 53 days. If you’d like to help them out, click the link and be one of the first to get the LUUV when they begin production.
This week the March Logo Madness moves out of surf (last week’s winner was Thalia Surf Shop) and into skate with the face-offs shown above. Click the link, vote, and let your voice be heard above the logo raving masses. For the official word from Valhalla Design & Conquer, follow the jump. [click to continue…]
Modernica is our favorite LA based furniture fabricators (in fact we sleep with them every night) and the fact that they’ve just done a collab deal with HUF is pretty cool. And even though the chair is green, Keith was nice enough to keep the pot leaf off the logo. . .