To quote Madonna (something I’m not particularly fond of), “We are living in a material world.” To help you figure out which of the millions of material goods swirling around us is worth spending your hard-earned cash on, we have put together The Want List, consisting of the items we really love this week.
CONCEPTS X CLARKS WALLABEE
Concepts killed it again. Instead of simply focusing on sneakers, the Boston boutique has lent its creativity to more unique silhouettes like the Birkenstock clog—and now, with the Clarks Wallabee. These Wallabees feature a premium burgandy suede upper that is accented with faux python on the toe box and around the ankle. It’s a luxe interpretation of a classic shoe that never goes out of style.
BMW MOTORRAD VISION NEXT 100 CONCEPT
Price unavailable, bmw-motorrad.com
BMW designers envisioned what motorcycles would look like 100 years in the future and, based on the results, the future looks pretty sweet. The Vision Next 100 concept bike balances itself, which would be a benefit for new and experienced riders alike. The self-balancing technology along with other safety concepts would make the need to wear a helmet obsolete. The engine produces zero emissions and riders will be equipped with a pair of glasses that provide data instead of the traditional dashboard.
MAG-LEV LEVITATING TURNTABLE
Watching a vinyl record spin can be as mesmerizing as watching a log burn on the fire. But the experience becomes even more enthralling when the record is floating. Magnets on the Mag-Lev turntable, which recently launched on Kickstarter, allow the platter to levitate above the base. The appeal of the design is more than just cosmetic. Since there is less friction when an object rotates through air, the turntable’s drive system is able to move seamlessly, creating improved sound quality.
LEGO YELLOW SUBMARINE
You probably won’t be able to get the song “Yellow Submarine” out of your head the entire time you’re building this 550-piece Lego set inspired by the Beatles’ 1968 animated film. That’s not a bad thing. When it’s completed, the submarine stands nine inches tall and five inches long. It comes with minifigures of the Fab Four—John, Paul, George, and Ringo—plus one for that weird character Jeremy, who can all fit inside the cockpit or be displayed on the included stand.
AREAWARE STANDING PEN
$80 (for six), areaware.com
It is never easy to find a pen when you need one, but these pens from Areaware are hard to miss. The tapered design means they can stand on end and the cool color palette means you won’t mind having a bunch of stalagmites projecting up from your desk. There are six pens in a bundle with a variety of geometric base shapes (triangle, pentagon, circle). The challenge will be keeping envious co-workers from stealing them.