Tom Dixon Alloy Candle
Think candles are just for women and séances? Think again. Tom Dixon, the master of interiors, furniture, lighting and just about anything else he turns his hand to, has launched his latest collection, and it’s made of seriously tough stuff.
Housed in a gravity-cast aluminium vessel made from a steel mould, the Alloy candle is a masculine way to lighten up even the dingiest of man-dens. Plus, the precious wax gives off a long-lasting, woody fragrance for a rugged olfactory experience.
Available at Tom Dixon, priced £125.
Bowers & Wilkins P7 Wireless
Let’s be honest, cables suck. When they’re not getting tangled or snagged on door handles, they’re being made obsolete (we’re looking at you, Apple.)
Good news, then, that British audio company Bowers & Wilkins has waved goodbye to wires on its highest-spec headphones. The new cable-free edition of the P7 model not only cuts the cord but also gains memory foam ear pads covered in ultra-soft sheep leather, advanced drivers for a tighter bass response and a 17-hour battery.
Available at Bowers & Wilkins, priced £319.
Glenfiddich Experimental Series: Project XX
On paper, Scotch expert Glenfiddich has created what is essentially a 47% abv dirty pint for its new experimental series. But since the Speyside distiller has produced what is now the world’s most awarded single malt for 130 years, we trust them.
Project XX (pronounced ‘twenty’) is a vatting of 20 different casks, each chosen by the brand’s global ambassadors, including port pipes, sherry butts and first-fill bourbon casks. The result is a potent mix of candy floss, cinnamon spice, almonds and rich port tannins, with the odd hint of liquorice.
Available at specialist whisky stores in the UK, priced £50.
Toast Playstation 4 Cover
Sure, a lot more work goes into the design of consoles these days than, say, the NES. But a plastic slab crammed into an entertainment unit can still bring a room back down to university down days.
Turn the ugly black box into a sophisticated piece of design with a real wood finish from tech accessories firm Toast. Cut from a single piece of veneer in a choice of four styles, the cover makes upgrading your tech as easy as playing Pong.
Available at Toastmade, priced £45.
Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 2
Bang & Olufsen’s latest speaker might look like a sexy Dalek, but the room-filling device won’t make your favourite artists sound like they’re shouting “exterminate” out of a tin cone.
One of two powerful audio products unveiled at the recent IFA tech trade show in Berlin, the BeoSound 2 is engineered to deliver immersive sound through a 360-degree aluminium body. In keeping with the minimalist design, the speaker doesn’t feature any obvious buttons but instead displays touch-sensitive controls on whichever side you approach it from.
Available to pre-order at Bang & Olufsen retailers, priced £1,350.
1000 Record Covers by Michael Ochs
For diehard music fans, an album sleeve is just as important as the music on the disc. Michael Ochs is a musical hoarder: an archivist, disc jockey, journalist and ex-record publicity executive, he owns more than a million photographs and well over 100,000 albums and singles.
This makes Ochs well placed to chronicle the coolest sleeves of all time, as he’s done in his book 1000 Record Covers. It’s probably the only time you’ll see Abbey Road sitting alongside Straight Outta Compton in a collection.
Available at Asos, priced £12.99.
Samsung Gear S3 Classic
Excuse the pun, but wearables just went up a Gear. Samsung, the South Korean tech giant, just unveiled the third generation in its smartwatch line and it’s finally doing what we’ve been crying out for: looking like a watch.
While others still make wearers look like they’re on house arrest, Samsung has paired improved functionality with a larger AMOLED gorilla glass screen, mobile payment support and extended battery life, with sleek design touches that make your watch look like, well, a watch.
Available from October 2016 at Samsung, priced £249.
“If you go home with somebody, and they don’t have books, don’t fuck ’em,” the American filmmaker John Waters once said. So what better way to show off what page-turners you’re packing than with an arm-rest that can store up to 5 metres of them?
The Bibliochaise by Italian design company Nobody&co is a reading chair/book shelf mashup. Built from veneered oak and fitted with leather cushions, it’s the lazy reader’s library that could just get you laid.
Available at Timorous Beasties, 46 Amwell Street, London, priced £5,100.