Pheed

When new social media platform Pheed launched three months ago, it took mere days for Forbes to confidently propose it as a Twitter rival and serious threat to the social media landscape. And indeed, with its celebrity endorsements from the get-go and inarguable new media pedigree (Pheed is self-funded and founded by CEO and new media entrepreneur, O.D. Kobo), it certainly seems like the precocious kid on a daunting block. But while Pheed has won the popularity contest user-wise (350,000 unique visitors in its first few days and big-name advocates such as Paris Hilton and Miley Cyrus touting its wares) and impressed with its tech credentials (the iPhone app made Apple’s top apps chart within a month), critical reception has been divisive. I’ve been speaking with the man behind this hyped machine, O.D. Kobo, to get the additive-free view of its motivations and aims.

As the ultimate mix of all your favourite flavours (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, YouTube), many people will wonder in the first instance, of course, if it is even necessary, and what, if anything, it can offer that is fresh to the table. Pooling these micro-mediums in the wake of Google+’s infamous tumbleweed disappointment and MySpace’s dubious resurrection may seem risky at best, but Kobo believes Pheed holds the user-based temptations to succeed where these others have faltered. The most obvious and unique difference is its in-built business model, whereby users (Pheeders) may charge for access to content. The platform would then take 50% of the fees made from either the monthly subscription or pay-per-view options, but what Kobo does stress is that this is entirely optional on the otherwise-free service and that first and foremost it is an alternative, all-inclusive, social media platform. What he also stresses is that the motivation is neither financial nor egotistical; it was never, he states, launched as a rival to Twitter, Facebook et al, as has been reported, and he seems genuinely happy for the business model to fall secondary to what is essentially an invention born of user-based frustration.

And it is this frustration that has led to the tweaking of the converged mediums for what he believes will be the ultimate user experience. Where Pheed may not necessarily be covering any groundbreaking territory just yet, the Pheedees appear to be striving to perfect platform functionality, adding social elements where otherwise lacking and providing optimal technical response with, for example, greater video conversion rates. There is also the option to copyright Pheeds, more open social integration (Pheedback) and extended character chatability (420 v Twitter’s 140.) And in light of the recent fallout from Instagram’s lambasted licensing announcement, greater user control will doubtless be hugely welcomed. In addition, Pheed is currently closed to new user sign-ups (both app and web sign-ups will be available again shortly) while it takes stock of feedback, adjusts, and rolls out extra tech goodies like the forthcoming Android app and image filters.

But can it be as delicious as it seems? Potentially, yes, and after all, what’s not to like about a free platform that offers your favourites, user-polished, with emphasis on creator-controlled and potentially-monetized content? For me, one thing: it’s hard to see the gold for the glitter. Kobo refutes any press insinuations that celebrity endorsements have been paid for, but rather that it was grassroots product-plugging and word-of-mouth that gained this startup notoriety. But with honest product belief and an open embrace from big-draw names, I can’t help but fear pandering to such a demographic and, therefore, an image, could be detrimental to Pheed; one’s aesthetic or cultural meat is another’s poison, and never is this truer than in the fickle world of media where connotations can be a seriously damaging force. What has clearly been instrumental in garnering Pheed all-important noise and swift growth may conversely prove to be its fatal detraction as, after all, a celebrity feeding frenzy isn’t going to be what brings everybody to the social media table. But with Instagram cooking up a recipe for disaster and Instagram-owning Facebook continuing to actively disrespect all concerned with its perilous ‘too big to fail’ attitude, and Pheed vigorously bucking this with its open and attentive approach, Pheeding time could be now.

https://www.pheed.com/

https://twitter.com/Pheed


Maarten Swivel Chair designed by Victor Carrasco

Maarten Swivel Chair

Maarten Swivel Chair

The Maarten Swivel Chair from Viccarbe is designed by Victor Carrasco, who has taken classic 70's influences to create this very versatile chair. It features gauged lacquered steel tube structure and a upholsterer seat. Maarten is available in a wide range of finishes that will make it at home in both public and private settings.


Free Standing Modern Bathtub with Book Storage

Free Standing Modern Bathtub with Book Storage 

Free Standing Modern Bathtub with Book Storage

This stunning modern free standing bath with with Internal Overflow from WS Bath Collection features room to store books and bathroom items. It is molded from Korakril an acylic resin mineral mix, that is hygenic, light proof and stain proof and gives a beautiful finish. Perfect for those whose take pleasure from a book in the bath.


Kissing Stags Bed Linen by Anorak

"Kissing Stags" is a rather funky graphic stag print with an edge that makes this duvet cover an eye catcher with plenty of character.

The Kissing Stags Bed Linen is available in both double and single sizes and a matching pillocase pair is also availble.


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Wingardh Architects, Sweden, are "committed to the artistic and poetic dimensions of architecture." This guest house and sauna, simply entitled The Mill House, is situated in Vastra Karup, rural southern Sweden, and adheres to this committment by its soul-enriching and sympathetic yet modernist design. Wingardh Architects are selling sanctuary, a rural idyll of a rustic retreat where clean, contemporaneity envelops traditional Swedish design.

Visit Wingardh Architects online at www.wingardhs.se

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Madera Wooden Bathtub

Just the other day I was watching Taxidermia and thinking how cool it would be to have a wooden bathtub. Then, by George, what should appear on the net? Why, wooden bathtubs, of course! If you, too, long for bathtime to give you wood, try a Madera wood bathtub by WS Bath Collections. These beautiful free-standing designs are available in several shapes - inlcuding round, square and oval - and are a elegantly rustic addition to any bathroom. Choose your tub in beech, mahogany, walnut or one of the other many choices and experience the beauty that hand-crafted solid wood sculpture can bring to your bathroom. Available Here


Bond Posters By David O'Daniel

David O'Daniel (Alien Corset) who is know for his gorgeous silkscreen posters for The Castro theatre has released the first four prints in the "Universal Exports series". Hand-printed with an iridescent red, a pearlescent gold and then a metallic gold the featured films are Thunderball Goldfinger Dr No and Live And Let Die. Each edition is limited to 350 and they sell out fast so if you want to collect the set I would purchase yours now from aliencorset.blogspot.com


Fonteyn Dressing Table by Steuart Padwick

The Fonteyn dressing table by Steuart Padwick is described as being, "Inspired by a dancer's poise" and presumably named after English ballerina Margot Fonteyn.

Fonteyn Dressing Table by Steuart Padwick

The piece is part of the English designer's partnership with made.com to bring the aesthetics of his own bespoke furniture to the masses. A mission which has proved so successful it's spawned nine pieces. Fontyn features matt finish walnut contrasted with high gloss red lacquer draw fronts and mid-century inspired lines. To find out more or purchase visit made.com.


Starting off on his 62nd birthday, Charles Bradley: Soul of America follows the extraordinary journey of singer Charles Bradley during the electrifying and transformative months leading up to the release of his debut album "No Time For Dreaming"

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The Globe From Vauni

Powered by the most advanced ethanol burner, the Globe from Vauni is a free-standing, chimney-free fireplace that can rotate 360 degrees on its 'foot', so you can experience the pleasure of your home fire wherever you choose to sit. Simple and safe to use, this concrete-lined pod of fire can be regulated with a built-in control. Absolutely no compromise on aesthetics; Vauni - global warming at its finest.

The Globe From Vauni

Globe is Vauni and viewable at selected showrooms.

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