As Madonna put it, we’re living in a material world, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice a slice of nature when splashing your hard earned cash, right?
From a luxury lovers’ treehotel retreat to an adventure junkies’ water-filtering straw, shelves made from fallen South American tree branches and out-of-this-world artworks like the Bansky House and a Lamborghini Countach turned futuristic lo-res concept car, this week we’re encouraging you to dig deep and find your inner nature-loving creative.
#1 Porsche Design 911 GT3 Soundbar
Forget streamlined and minimalist, if you consider yourself a true revhead then the Porsche Design 911 GT3 Soundbar is your new best friend. It delivers great sound and doubles as a decorative talking point/first date ice breaker. The soundbar’s 200W speaker accepts audio via analog or digital, as well as Bluetooth with aptX. Dolby Digital decoding and DTS TruSurround are also included, but the best part of this bachelor pad must-have is its design, a combination of an original rear silencer and twin exhaust from a 911 GT3, with ports to help boost the bass.
You’ve messed up, so why not get out of the doghouse with a treehouse? Treehotel, located in the unspoiled nature of Sweden has fantastic views of the Lule River valley, miles of forest and a powerful river. Each treeroom, from the bird’s nest to the UFO and Mirrorcube, has been individually designed by leading Scandinavian architects to suspend you 4-6 metres above ground. Literally sweep your lady off her feet and be at one with nature.
Price: SKR3,500 – SKR4,200/STAY
#3 Lifestraw Steel
Unless you’re cool with drinking your own urine like Bear Grylls, or have the resilience of Leo in The Revenant, chances are, you’re gonna want some clean water while getting your adventure on. That’s where Lifestraw Steel comes in handy. Built like a fat straw, with a double steel case and special 2-stage filtration process, Lifestraw Steel ensures that wherever you are outdoors, you’ll be able to get to life’s most important substance: water. The straw removes bacteria, protozoa and reduces chemical matter and chlorine, plus it requires no batteries or power supply and for each sold, Lifestraw will provide a year of drinkable water for one person in a developing country. Nice one.
#4 United Nude Lo Res Concept Car
Sure, we’re all excited about the future of driverless and electric cars, but what about a car that looks like it’s travelled back in time from an unknown dystopic world? The United Nude Lo Res Concept Car is like something out of a gritty futuristic film. Its design is achieved by using a method that takes an object and lowers the 3D resolution several times, the more it’s lowered, the more abstract the concept car becomes. Apparently, the car’s designers began with the resolution of a Lamborghini Countach and ended up with this polygonal shape. A polycarbonate body doubles as the car’s only door, opened by an electric lift to reveal a stainless steel and matte black interior.
#5 Tree Branch Furniture
Quit messing around with Allen Keys and frustrating Ikea bits. Artist Sebastian Errazuriz has created a set of furniture and shelves from the fallen tree branches in the forests of South America. With the addition of paint, a couple of glass shelves and a bit of steel for support, these shelves are the perfect tasteful and unique statement piece for your man cave.
#6 Banksy House
As Bansky‘s infamous art is more often than not attached to a building’s facade, the cultured and art-appreciating public have had a hard time getting their paws on his pieces, until now. The three-bedroom Victorian Bansky House set on Fairview Road in the UK’s Cheltenham is is your chance to own and live inside a real Banksy artwork. Banksy’s ‘Spy Booth’ is located on the building’s gable wall and was the artist’s response to the reports on global surveillance made possible by Edward Snowden.