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From this week until the end of February, Selfridges will be introducing a Quiet Shop as part of its No Noise retail initiative. No Noise celebrates the power of quiet in a society of information overload and finds calm amongst the crowds. Some of the world's most recognisable brands have worked with the initiative and have removed their logos to create a collection of de-branded products. Selfridges has also removed the logos from its yellow bags. See if you can recognise any of the products below without their logos, some are easier than others!
Selfridges will also be bringing their Silence Room back as part of the initiative to allow shoppers to "retire from the whirl of bargains and the build up of energy". The room was first introduced by Harry Gordon Selfridge in 1909. The room has been redesigned by architect Alex Cochrane and has an insulated inner-sanctum that shields the noise from human traffic in-store.
Ben Lavender, UK office
If you are looking for a gift or something pretty to display in your home, you could always head over to your local mall. However, many times I think things outside the norm are much more cool than what lies within the white-picket fence confines of most American stores.
Instead of hopping in your car and driving to the store, find a comfy chair and head to www.incrediblethings.com. The site is fantastic in that it contains wacky, weird and insanely cool items… For inspiration and/or for purchase! It really has something for everyone. The site proclaims, “If it’s incredible and it’s on the Web, we’ll cover it.” And they do!
For the Artistic
Need artistic inspiration? Check out the balloon art (also known as “Airigami”), by New York artist Larry Mos and based on famous masterpieces.
For the Beautiful
Tired of ho-hum mascara? Paperself Lashes by London designer Chunwai Liao resemble doilies for your lashes. And although winter is coming to an end, and thus chapped lips, Unicorn Farts Lip Balm by Etsy – which tastes like spearmint and pink cotton candy – offers magical protection for your mouth.
For the Morbid-Minded
Incrediblethings.com features grotesque gartered leg-prosthetics from Special FX Artist Meaghan O’Keefe. Ladies, slap these on for your next night out on the town! And most people know you can purchase books on how to survive should zombies walk the earth, however, I personally learn by doing… Enter Chris Zombies, which serve as great target practice and are made from biodegradable flesh that “bleeds” on impact. The tomboy in me thinks this is seriously awesome!
For the Eaters
Working for a company where food samples are constantly floating about, it can be hard to curb your cravings. Vaportrim allows you to smell and taste a variety of flavors, like Caramel Frappe, Pina Colada, Cinnamon Bun and Blueberry Muffin – tricking your brain into thinking its full without the calories! On the other hand, if you don’t care about the extra poundage and want the real thing, L.A.’s Sprinkles cupcake shop offers a Cupcake ATM, distributing fresh cupcakes 24/7.
For the Athletic
After stuffing your face with cupcakes, you might want to exercise…Or not. Just strap on a pair of electric roller skates from Peter Treadway and let a machine do all of the work.
For the Thrill-Seekers
Franky Zapata has invented the “Flyboard,” (above) which allows the user to leap out of water 30-feet into the air and lean forward to power dive… Flipper might even be jealous of this one!
For the Tree-Huggers
And finally worth mentioning, is the Swap-O-Matic. This vending machine is free AND environmentally-conscious. Simply donate an unwanted item for credits and get someone else’s garbage, errr…donated item, in return.
The photos below speak for themselves… More info on these products can be found at - you guessed it - incrediblethings.com.
Courtney Cavanaugh, US office