Got a good book list ready for the rest of the summer? If not, this one’s more likely to last you through to the fall, and maybe a couple more years after that. You’ll want to leave Pop Chart Lab’s 100 Essential Novels Scratch-Off Chart in a glass-less frame, though, for full access to its scratchable gold foil partially covering the covers of the hundred classics included in the print. The books span 1605 to today and each hides a narrative-specific design element to be revealed when scratched. So get to it, those books aren’t going to read themselves.
Grab one at Pop Chart Lab – $35
Hanging a piece on a wall is fine and good, but what if you don’t have room for one near your desk or in your cubicle? Beer Cap Maps Desktop Map doesn’t hang but instead stands on a 3/4-inch acrylic and wood base, balancing and holding the map by Texas. It’s still got room for 48 of your favorite beers displayed by way of their caps. Or pull it out and hang it if you want. Though it’s currently only available as a full USA map.
Hit up Beer Cap Maps to learn more – $29
You can lose yourself in a good painting. Though it’s more likely you’ll get totally lost doing one of Stellavie’s Maze Prints. Inspired by maze enthusiasts and their work over the past century or so, these prints feature a hand-drawn maze that’s aesthetically pleasing from far and that’s also a real challenge should you or a guest give it a go; it can be solved two ways, and is easier going in than getting out. It comes in one of two sizes — regular or colossal — and is printed with one of several custom-mixed inks on your choice of paper stock in seven colors, each hand-signed and limited to a run of 250 units.
Learn more at Stellavie – roughly $78+
If you’ve been eyeing a Kinkajou Glass Bottle Cutter for awhile but haven’t gotten around to it yet, now’s as good a time as ever — especially if you didn’t know what to do with your cut bottles (we’re using one as a pen holder). The Kinkajou Bottle Cutting & Candle Making Kit, predictably, includes both a glass bottle cutting kit along with a pound of soy wax balls, five wooden wicks, and five metal wick clips. When you’re done decapitating a bottle that’s between 1.7 and 4 inches in diameter using the tool and some water (alternating in temperature between hot and cold), finish it to a smooth edge with the included sandpaper plus finishing tool and then pour in some wax over the wick to make yourself a candle.
Find it at our shop – $60
We don’t know how they got their hands on it, but Theropoda will sell you a 45% complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton… that we guess we’ll classify under “decor”. Nicknamed Roosevelt, this specimen was discovered near Fort Peck Lake in Montana, a hydroelectric dam constructed under FDR’s governance about 75 years ago. All of its 65 million (or so) year old bones are cleaned and stabilized for mounting on its custom steel armature display, and the skull itself is 44.44% complete, with most absent parts replaced by high quality replicas. It might not fit through the door, though, an understatement considering it’s 12 feet tall and 38 feet long.
Learn more at Theropoda Expeditions – $2,390,000
When NASA says they want to cultivate plants in zero gravity this isn’t what they mean, but the Lyfe Levitating Planter is still plenty interesting and unique. Its twelve-sided geodesic planter is molded out of silicon, making it extremely durable, leak-proof, and non-absorbent, with a hidden inner reservoir that mitigates against over-watering and that sits above a custom shaped magnet. The planter itself floats above a block of quartersawn sustainably sourced oak with an electromagnet within that pushes up against the magnet in the planter, enabling levitation and a slow rotation, the latter which has the benefit of exposing all sides of the plant’s leaves to incoming sunlight for an overall more nurturing environment. Each kit also includes an air plant which grows without the need for absorbing nutrients from soil, instead deriving them from the air around.
If you’ve ever grabbed a screwdriver and taken the repair of something electronic into your own hands, you’ve likely known the pleasure of laying all parts out in an ultra-organized fashion to facilitate finding the littlest bits and pieces — and ensure putting the thing back together is feasible. Framed Tech is like that, only ten fold more organized and with all parts affixed to a PVC board. The series includes deconstructions of PS3 controllers, several generations of iPhone, a few Atari game cartridges, and even an Atari 2600 itself, each within a lightbox frame perfect for hanging on the wall of your man cave.
Learn more at Framed Tech – $450+
It doesn’t take much more than a few drawn lines to instantly recognize iconic automobiles, and the Nomo Auto Icon Series proves it. The rather large series covers most well-known automobile brands, spanning Honda, Toyota and VW to supercar makers like Lamborghini, Ferrari, as well as many in between. Each 18- by 24-inch print features a multitude of minimal designs of the front of cars by the maker spanning their history. The Mustang also has a print all to itself, as do the tail lights of some of BMW’s most notable vehicles.
Check out the full ineup at Nomo Design – $30