The trends are ever-changing and each new season brings a host of new ones — new things for us to wear, to watch, read, listen to, decorate our houses with, drink, and even eat. While we don’t have all the answers in the world, we’re pretty certain about this: this is some top-notch “stuff.” Here’s what the experts at SHARP are indulging in this season — what we’re drinking, reading, buying, and investing in — a few of our favourite things.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Quadriptyque
In the words of Spinal Tap’s Nigel Tufnel, “These go to 11” — complications, that is. From basic calendar functions to a minute repeater that can chime the time at set intervals, this watch can do just about anything you want. The inside and back of its case track the moon’s movement on no less than three different dials that you’ll probably need an astronomy degree to make sense of. But no matter — we like an investment watch that can keep our attention for a while. (Price upon request)
Fritz Hansen Series 7 Chair
With better days on the horizon, bright colours are back to paint the world with a fresh coat of optimism. Danish furniture brand Fritz Hansen is building upon this celebratory mood by introducing vibrant new iterations of a 1955 classic designed by Arne Jacobsen. With 16 hues to choose from for the shell and upholstery and nine for the base, you have the option to match or create high-contrast combinations. (From $745)
Cloud Bowl by Tom Dixon
By day, it’s an elegant fruit bowl. But when the time comes for evening festivities, this sculptural silver statement piece — hammered into a unique seed-pod shape by Indian artisans — really comes into its own as a perfect ice bucket. Time to start chilling that bottle of champagne you’ve been saving — the Roaring Twenties have arrived. ($485)
Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney
Before dinner party conversations became all about podcasts and prestige TV, they used to be about big fall fiction. The latest novel from literary sensation Sally Rooney — a story about the highs and lows of success and love that plays out through email — promises to resuscitate at least a few dormant book clubs. The jury’s still out on whether it will manage to jump-start any style trends, à la Connell’s chain necklace.
Braun BC21B Digital Clock
Much has been said about how the iPod and subsequent smartphones took their design cues from a portable radio that Dieter Rams designed for Braun back in 1958. That raises the question: how might Rams design a bedside phone charger? Thanks to this clock combining the classic Braun design language with a wireless charging pad, we finally have our answer. ($175)
Tan Grained-Leather Garment Bag by Brunello Cucinelli
What better way to mark your return to the sky than by investing in a statement garment bag? Suddenly, the official accessory of business trips and destination weddings feels like the height of cool, communicating that, after a bit of a dry spell, you once again have exotic places to be, stylish things to wear there, and an admirable commitment to avoiding wrinkles along the way. ($5,715, at MatchesFashion)
No matter if you live in the city or somewhere that winter barely exists, with Concept2’s SkiErg, you can experience the lung and muscle-busting workout that is Nordic skiing. Using the same flywheel resistance system as a rowing machine, users pull down on cords that emulate ski poles, building strength and endurance in the process. The “double-pole” technique hits every- thing — arms, shoulders, core, legs — by creating a downward crunch motion. It’s gonna hurt. ($770 USD)
On Any Sunday
The film that made a million motorcyclists has officially turned 50. When Bruce Brown’s On Any Sunday hit screens back in 1971, audiences were enraptured by the sight of Steve McQueen and his buddies spending their free time tearing across the California desert on dirt bikes. It somehow looked both thrilling and casual, and it helped transform the image of motorcycling as something for outlaws into something for parents and kids to do on weekends. The doc was ostensibly about “motorcycle sport and the men who ride,” but in truth it was — like Brown’s surfing doc The Endless Summer — about people living life well, finding a thing they love to do, and then doing it. It was a powerful advertisement for motorcycling in 1971, and now, blessed with a nostalgic glow, the film’s pull is even stronger. A remastered and digitally enhanced 50th Anniversary Edition of On Any Sunday by Bruce Brown Films is out now in limited release.