Materialism Category



Thou Shalt Covet. After all, conspicuous consumption keeps us creative professionals in business. So here we feature gear and goods and global destinations we crave — and can afford. Let others tout watches that cost as much as cars and cars that cost as much as houses — we prefer material excess within access.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 8
by Freddy Tran Nager, founder of Atomic Tango + Industrial Design Lover (usually)… I’m stricken with horror. Can barely move. May need years of therapy and bourbon shots. I just saw the single ugliest tech product ever made. One of Fujifilm’s competitors must have kidnapped their industrial designers and perpetrated this as a means to sabotage the brand. I close my eyes, but this mutant is seared upon my retinas. Apparently, the design inspiration was the larval spawn of a radioactive pig from the planet Masticated Gum. I don’t careRead More
Mobot Water Bottle & Roller
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Heavy Drinker (of Water)… The Mobot Water Bottle & Roller seems to pack a lot of desirable features: BPA-free Made of recycled stainless steel Built-in massage tool And— OMG EVERYONE, RUN! IT’S A GRENADE!!! Oh, sorry, false alarm. My eyes are getting old, and I should probably get my vision prescription updated. But is it just me, or does that water bottle look like something Rambo would chuck at an enemy tank? Seriously, we live in a time when everyone’s onRead More
betting to lose
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Not Much of a Gambler; photo by Michał Parzuchowski on Unsplash… I don’t care to gamble, not counting my dismal dabbling in the stock market. So naturally, I look at any betting offer with skepticism and a deep lack of enthusiasm — even when it comes from my favorite technolust pusher, Apple. Several years ago, Apple offered to extend the warranty on my MacBook Pro for three years for $349. Like most Apple creations, the pitch sounded irresistible, using terms likeRead More
Katharina Heuermann at the Chicago Bean
by Katharina Heuermann, Dream Seller + Founder of the travel agency Destination-K!… Hello Jetsetters! Summer is around the corner, and you know what that means for us travelers: full airplanes, jammed roads, packed hotels, and not much fun. The solution is obvious: counter-cyclical travel — that is, traveling out of season. Since you’re a creative professional, you’ve probably done it often. If not, you should! And here’s why… 1. You can save some serious money on vacations. Probably the most important reason to travel against the usual travel calendar isRead More
Creative Jetsetter Off The What Path
by Katharina Heuermann, Traveler + Dream Seller… Hello Jetsetters! I’m the founder of Destination-k!, a German travel agency. (Please forgive the German on my website — I’m working on the English version!) I’m also one of you: a creative professional who loves to travel and, yes, also has a budget. Now I don’t go for what’s cheapest, but what offers the greatest value. Since “value” is defined by each individual, my mission is to explore the world and find unique sites and special hotels and the coolest things to do,Read More
William Bounds Key Mill WB-1 Pepper Grinder
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Spice Lover… Some things are worth spending extra on, even if they’re just everyday objects that spend most of their existence in a cupboard. One of those things, I discovered the annoying way, is a good pepper grinder.Read More
Skagen Holst watch
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Amateur Horologist… I love watches, particularly inexpensive ones that make up in design what they might lack in craftsmanship or materials. I’ll crave a quartz-powered $200 Seiko any day over an automatic Rolex that costs more than my car. (I would argue that the quartz Seiko keeps better time and requires less maintenance, too.) So when I’m relaxing between projects, I browser-window shop for watches. One brand that always catches my eye is Denmark’s Skagen, a mass-market brand owned by FossilRead More
by Raegan Thurlow, Part-Time Fashionista Most of my generation will say that they remember where they were when Obama was elected president. I will remember where I was the first time I saw my CEO wearing jeans… We were at the airport preparing to take an 18+ hour flight to our office in Tel Aviv, Israel. He was wearing a white t-shirt and light denim jeans. I was speechless – until I wasn’t. “What are you wearing?! What’s going on?!” It was unnerving. I’d only ever seen him wearing theRead More
Cobalt Valkyrie Personal Aircraft
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder Of Atomic Tango + Guy You Really Don’t Want Flying An Airplane… As Americans went full feeding frenzy over Black Friday (run away! run away!), I found my own materialistic lust object. And it’s a bit too big to fit under a tree…Read More
Black Friday
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + No Relation To The Grinch; featured photo by Powhusku from Laramie, WY via Wikimedia Commons… With Black Friday lurking around the corner, you’ll likely see the term “doorbuster” describing a deal so irresistible that you’ll want to break down the door to get at it. Now, that term might have been cute… slightly… a little… or maybe not… years ago, but since people have actually been killed by Black Friday stampedes, “doorbuster” is horrifically distasteful today. Any retailer who uses itRead More