Wellness had gone from a catchy buzzword to a lifestyle tenet long before the covid-19 pandemic upended our lives but the current health crisis has driven home its importance not just in terms of physical health but also intellectual, emotional and social well-being. A holistic, personalized approach to living at its core, wellness can nevertheless have a global impact if you also consider its environmental and vocational dimensions. Living a fuller, happier life is of course easier said than done but a good start is surrounding ourselves with useful things that can help us with those activities, choices and habits that constitute “personal harmony”. If those things are also beautiful, then all the better.
In fact, research has shown that we feel happier looking at and using beautiful objects that work well. Of course, this is something that we have been forever obsessing about at Yatzer, but the connection between wellness and design came into renewed focus when we got our hands on Run Personal, Technogym’s treadmill designed by Antonio Citterio whose sculptural sophistication made our heart beat faster even before we made use of it. The lasting effect that it has on us, both in terms of motivation and mood, prompted us to shortlist those wellness products that we believe best contribute to a well-rounded lifestyle. From training equipment and apparel, to speakers and household appliances, these wellness must-haves not only look and feel good, they’re also meant to motivate, brighten your mood, and improve your quality of life; they certainly do the trick for us.
The RUN PERSONAL treadmill designed by Antonio Citterio for Technogym
Regular exercise is linked to good physical, mental and emotional health, therefore making it an integral part of any wellness lifestyle. As more people turn to working out at makeshift home-gyms due to covid-19, motivation is key — after all, there’s no point in purchasing expensive gym equipment if you end up dusting them more than often than using them. When it comes to motivation, aesthetics can be just as important as functionality; case in point, Technogym’s Run Personal, a high-end treadmill that combines professional-grade engineering with design excellence. Designed by acclaimed Italian architect and designer, Antonio Citterio, whose work is included in every major museum’s contemporary design collection, it boasts a sleek, minimalist silhouette and ergonomic configuration, complemented by cutting-edge technology.
High-tech features include a silent motor for every type of training, from easy-paced walking to intense marathon training, shock absorbers for maximum comfort, and built-in speakers. A 21.5” wide touch-screen display can both entertain and train you, the latter with the help of the Technogym Live interface that boasts a vast library of one-on-one sessions and guided routines. The meticulous attention to detail, from the soft grip handles and non-slip edges, to the sound quality and training assistance, speaks to Technogym’s reputation as a Wellness Company that embraces a hedonistic concept of fitness, which we wholeheartedly concur with.
The Powerbeats lightweight wireless earphones by Beats
When it comes to wireless earphones, our expectations are quite high: they have to be comfortable but also very secure, light weight as well as robust, and sweat resistant with a long battery life, not to mention effortlessly elegant — no easy task to satisfy but possible nonetheless as Powerbeats by Apple-owned Beats demonstrate. Featuring adjustable ear loops and a rounded neckband, they stay securely in place and out of your way during even the most strenuous exercise, which makes them the perfect companion for any outdoor activity, from jogging to cycling to skateboarding. With integral track, volume and call controls, voice-activated Siri assistance, and up to 15 hours of listening time, not to mention top notch sound quality, Powerbeats embrace cutting-edge technology with the same commitment and gusto that they approach comfort and design.
The Apple Watch Hermès Series 6 with handcrafted Hermès leather bands.
Extraordinary partnerships lead to extraordinary products. Elegantly embodying Hermès and Apple’s unyielding pursuit of excellence and obsessive passion for refinement, the Apple Watch Hermès strikes a sublime balance between technology and craftsmanship, and innovation and heritage. Marrying Apple’s design language of pure, pared-down forms and soft contours and Hermès’ expertise in meticulously saddle-stitched leather goods, the watch is an immaculately crafted piece of design but it’s also a path to a healthy lifestyle courtesy of its fitness, health and breathing apps. High-tech features like blood oxygen and heart sensors can help you achieve your exercise and sleep goals while monitoring your health. Available in two case sizes and multiple bands in terms of design, colour and leather, Apple Watch Hermès is just what you need if you want to achieve a healthier, more active and more balanced life without compromising on your sense of style.
The Detox Serum, Antioxidant+3 Complex by Grown Alchemist
Natural beauty products have become an integral part of any wellness lifestyle. Two people that saw this coming more than a decade ago are brothers Jeremy and Keston Muijs, founders of Australian clean beauty label Grown Alchemist. Using organic botanical ingredients from around the world in combination with innovative formulas developed in the company’s numerous research labs in Europe and Australia, the brand’s products epitomise the fusion of advanced natural alchemy and cosmetic science. Focused on looking healthy rather than perfect, as Jeremy recently explained to Yatzer, the brand is also a pioneer in breaking away from the cosmetics industry’s narrowly defined beauty standards. One of Grown Alchemist’s formulas we can’t live without is Detox Serum. An integral part of the brand’s three-step regime (cleanse, detox, activate), it deeply detoxifies the skin from free radicals and better positions it to absorb and utilize the active ingredients in your skincare routine.
The Technogym Bike which features Live and on-demand indoor cycling classes
The result of more than 37 years of biomechanical research and a constant dialogue with Olympic athletes as the Official Fitness Equipment Supplier to the Olympic and Paralympic Games since 2000, the Technogym Bike provides the ultimate indoor cycling experience. It’s also a beautiful piece of equipment that marries state-of-the-art training features with a modernist, form-follows-function aesthetic and sleek silhouette. Easy and practical to adjust and silent and smooth to ride, it functions as your own private indoor cycling studio, with a large touch screen display allowing you to participate in immersive live streaming or on-demand classes from two famous boutique cycling studios, namely Revolution in Milan and 1Rebel in London. With mesmerizing playlists, dynamic lighting and professional trainers who will push you to your limits, this is exactly we need during the homebound predicament we find ourselves in.
The Osma brewer, a radically new way to brew tea and coffee
If you’re a coffee aficionado, you know that there’s nothing like a meticulously prepared glass of cold brew, a smooth, round and lush drink that owes its rich flavour and aroma to a 12-hour making process. As much as we wished we had the time (or the patience) to prepare it at home, we had come to terms with drinking the occasional glass at select specialist coffee shops, but that all changed when we discovered the Osma brewer. Combining design with functionality, this sleek, portable coffee maker can make cold brew in under two minutes, thanks to its innovative brewing technology, a combination of pressure, immersion and circulation. And that’s not all, the brewer uses biodegradable pods that are kinder to the environment, which can be supplied empty so you can fill them with your preferred coffee or tea. In fact, the brand is planning to launch a collection of tea pods in the coming months, so even if coffee is not your cup of tea, you can still enjoy Osma’s high-tech brewer.
Using ankle and wrist weights in your workout adds resistance so you burn more fat and strengthen your muscles, which is all good and well but in practice such products are ugly and uncomfortable – not quite the motivation one needs to exercise at home. Enter husband and wife Max Kislevit and Natalie Holloway, the duo behind fitness accessories brand Bala, whose fashionable, ergonomic bracelets have upended the established fitness tropes. Marrying fitness and fashion, Bala Bangles are easy to put on and adjust, but also fun and elegant to wear, which means you’ll have no qualms using them for training and recreational activities alike, from home workouts, to jogging and boxing, to yoga and dance classes. Available in a variety of candy-shop colours like blush pink, matcha green, cherry and banana, more muted hues like sand and charcoal, and even a Pride edition, you can choose your favourite colours or those that go best with your training outfits – it's all about feeling good about yourself after all.
Undoubtedly the most stylish sparkling water maker in the market, AARKE carbonators are also the most highly engineered with their state-of-the-art precision nozzle and pressure release systems. Now in its third iteration, the Swedish design company’s flagship product not only dazzles with its minimalist, modernist silhouette and sturdy, stainless steel body, it also encourages a sustainable lifestyle by eliminating the need for store-bought single-use plastic bottles, most of which end up in the ocean or landfills. With a variety of metallic and matt finishes to choose from, AARKE’s Carbonator III can match any kitchen, but, more importantly, its value rests in elevating an everyday routine like making a refreshing spritzer, into a satisfying, effervescent experience.
The Wellness Rack, an elegant and functional weight kit by Technogym
When it comes to weight training, we were instantly drawn to the elegantly playful design of Technogym’s Wellness Rack which functions both as a practical weight kit and beautiful piece of design. Here’s a piece of equipment that you don’t need to hide out of view but instead can proudly display in your living room or bedroom. Rendered in pastel colour gradients, the loadable discs are trimmed with silicone to protect against damaging surfaces while the handlebars sport an innovative fastening system that makes assembling and disassembling dumbbells so much easier. In combination with the minimalist transparent storage rack, if it doesn’t make you work out regularly at home, nothing will.
The adidas x IVY PARK collection
Staying in shape depends above all else on staying motivated which in our experience is correlated to feeling good about your body. This is the driving force behind the partnership between Adidas and Beyoncé’s athleisure brand IVY PARK, whose vivacious second collection hit adidas.com and select stores last month. Aptly named “Drip 2”, the collection comprises apparel, footwear and accessories in vibrant and diverse colours like coral red, lime green, mint and neon yellow. From sexy bodysuits, mesh tight, and long-sleeve corsets that celebrate the female body, to gender-neutral pieces like tracksuits, hoodies and structured blazers, there’s something for every body type. Effortlessly fashionable, fiercely stylish and wholeheartedly functional, the collection encapsulates Bey’s personal style and Adidas boundary-pushing ethos, and prompts the wearer to tap into their inner beauty, strength and resilience.
Studies have shown that listening to music can reduce anxiety, improve sleep quality, enhance memory and energize the mood. Listening to music on the award-wining Transparent Speakers will also make your home look nicer. Combining design sophistication, engineering excellence and superb craftsmanship (the consumer electronics trifecta), the speakers are a pleasure to both look at and listen to. Their glass-encased, minimalist silhouette, modular design and crystal-clear depth of sound make for a unique product as well as exemplify the Stockholm-based audio brand’s passion for music and design. Modernist design and long-lasting quality apart, what makes Transparent Speakers truly timeless is their modularity which makes them forever upgradeable. As technology is evolving, new components and systems can be added – think new voice control protocols or updated wireless technology, to name but a few.
The Fitness Band by Nolii
For good or bad, smartphones have become an integral part of our daily lives, an extension of our arm so to speak, which can be quite challenging when you’re exercising when a phone bouncing in your pocket is the last thing you need. Of course, there’re a lot of arm bands out there but they’re mostly tricky to master and unappealing to wear. Fortunately, London-based Nolii has come up with a simple, practical solution that also looks pretty good on your arm. Part of the brand’s patented Couple Case System, the Couple Fitness Band allows you to attach or detach your phone in two easy-breezy steps, just click and lock – no need to remove its case or insert it into a protective pocket. The band’s clean, minimalist design belies smart features like key and card pockets and an adjustable strap while its intuitive functionality speaks of Nolii’s human-first approach to design.