L’Air de Panache. A throwback scent developed to honor the style of a notable former concierge of the Grand Budapest Hotel in Zubrowka. As the Nose website describes Monsieur Gustave H’s signature aroma:
He would never leave his hotel room without a spray of the elegant ‘Air de Panache’; an Eau de Cologne with an intense and tonic opening sublimated by aldehydes notes, which his most faithful customers love, and completed with a hint of mystery symbolized by a green apple.
The green apple is a nod to Boy with Apple - a priceless painting bequeathed to Gustav by a Madame D. in 1932.
The scent is currently unavailable for purchase, but can be sampled at the Nose boutique in Paris for a limited time.
More about other notable events in antebellum Zubrowka here.
Rituals Coffee shop at the Hewanorra International Airport in St. Lucia:
In their defense, Starbucks uses a slightly different font.
A faceless entity on Tumblr is curating a digital museum featuring art from the backgrounds of video game levels. Images from assorted titles across the full span of video gaming history are presented together in seemingly random groups.
A younger version of myself posted some in-game screenshots from Call of Duty: Black Ops and wondered whose job it was to create the art on the digital walls. And here we are in the present. And still I am haunted by the mystery.
Follow the Video Game Art Archive to see more.
Fake product boxes meant to house real gifts. The Prank Pack packaging takes design cues from the equally absurd “As seen on TV!” products.
Browsing through the fake foods for home staging on Props America’s site, I found myself drawn to the spilled items.
I especially enjoy false condensation as an optional upgrade.
Selections from VGJunk’s start screen mockups for fictional licensed NES games. Dig the pack of Morleys.
See the full set here.
Wouldn’t it be awesome if you could manifest all of your “wouldn’t it be awesome if” thoughts into reality? This appears to be the superpower of entrepreneur, DeLorean owner, and volcano dining enthusiast Pete Hottelet, whose most recent product development endeavor has brought us George Takei’s signature fragrance, Eau My.
Like the tweet that launched a fifteen-foot-high statue of Robocop, an offhanded joke from STTNG cast member Wil Wheaton on Twitter led to a string of internet mock-up ads and pleas for defictionalization, culminating in the manufacture of, excuse me, a damn fine bottle of unisex cologne.
The Simulacra’s basement full of scientists have fully analyzed and deconstructed the scent’s complex notes. Conclusion: yeah, it smells really nice.
Although this is Takei’s first cologne, it’s not the first time his face has graced a cologne bottle…
Check out some of Hottelet’s other defictionalized products at Omni Consumer Products Corporation.
The product managers at Sony must not have seen Zenith creeping up in their rear view. Otherwise they’d have thought twice about releasing the Playstation 4 so close to the announcement of Zenith’s Gamespace Pro.
According to the (Onion) article, “Zenith is finally poised to make some big waves in the video game world.”
But does it come in wood grain?
Soyle: Edible Earth. A product from the Today Show’s Fact or Fiction segment. I’m impressed by the verisimilitude, which includes several different packaging designs and a fully fledged website [now dead, sorry].
Rather than the organic dirt it claims to be, Soyle is apparently ground-up Oreos. Watch the segment HERE.
I probably shouldn’t have been so surprised to learn that geophagy’s a real thing.
A series of imaginary book covers from Julian Montague. The running theme explores a space where entomology meets architecture.
In Montague’s words, the niche of the various fictional authors is “the way in which animals (vertebrate and invertebrate) play a part in physically and conceptually transforming interior spaces into exterior ones.”
He’s also created a series of album art for records exploring the same niche. I like to imagine a tangential universe in which Audio Atlas of an Infestation: Sounds of Formosan Termite Activity in Unoccupied Wooden Buildings is currently dominating the charts.
Julian curates the prolific Montague Project stream on Flickr – a collection of vintage modernist book covers from which he clearly draws inspiration. Highly recommended.