Whether one believes man has stepped foot on the moon or not — and, for the record, we sincerely hope you do — the Lego NASA Apollo Saturn V is bound to astonish even lukewarm brick-building fans. The one meter high rocket model comes together with a total of 1,969 bricks and splits apart into its three stages just like the real thing did back in the late 1960’s en route to the moon. The tip of the rocket also hides a lunar lander and the kit includes three stands to display the rocket, either split or not, horizontally, an extra command modular with flotation collar deployed, as well as three astronaut microfigures to recreate the Apollo missions yourself.
Learn more at Lego – $120
Made of wood reclaimed from New York’s water tanks and fitted with a functional Edison bulb, Le Labo’s Santal 26 Home Diffuser is as much a feast for the eyes as it is for the nose. The diffuser features a nebulizer in a glass vase to vaporize Le Labo’s Santal 26 fragrance oil into a fine mist that takes to the air and spreads around your home without the need for adding solvents nor diluting the oil. A knob embedded in the block of wood simultaneously adjusts intensity of both the light and the scent, giving you cleverly designed visual feedback of the chosen setting before the scent has a chance to permeate.
Learn more at Le Labo Fragrances – $590
As you’re punching away yet another PIN number as you buy a coffee or pay for lunch, know that the future is brighter — and we’re not talking about Apple Pay. The Mastercard Fingerprint Reading Credit Card is no bigger or thicker than a traditional credit card but is certainly both safer and faster than existing chip cards to confirm your identity, with a fingerprint reader integrated right on the card. This does add a layer of complexity to registration since a financial institution needs to validate your prints, encrypt, and store them on the card itself. But afterwards paying for stuff is as simple as dipping the card into a terminal and placing your thumb on the embedded sensor, with no need to hide your PIN nor worry about skimming. For now trials are limited to South Africa, with additional trials in Europe and Asia Pacific in the coming months, though a full rollout is possible as early as late this year.
Learn more at Mastercard.
Enjoying, or at least appreciating, your work in one way or another is often important for living a fulfilled life, especially considering the sheer number of hours dedicated to it on a weekly basis. Still, many are left unsatisfied, and without a tempting alternative to pursue. The School Of Life’s A Job To Love wants to help you figure it out. While a relatively short read at 189 pages, the book aims to teach you to understand yourself well enough to head in a particular direction (or accept that your current job is actually not so bad). It examines the reasons for our obsession with finding the perfect job, the obstacles that get in our way — including those created in our minds — and comes packed with guidance to identify the bits and pieces of working that you love. All with a dollop of realism in accepting that a single job may never quite be enough.
The job of a watch winder is pretty simple: spin a watch many times over to keep it wound. But any automatic watch amateur knows this job is crucial, lest they wear the watch just about every day. Barrington Watch Winders get this done reliably and with a design aesthetic that won’t be outclassed by the contained watch itself. Each winder features a whisper quiet motor that won’t drive you crazy while winding, directional control to turn clockwise, counterclockwise, or alternate between both, as well as the option to set turns per day to between 650 and 1950. They of course come in simple single winder versions for a single watch, though owners of several mechanical watches can spring for a two, four, six, or twelve watch winders that’ll keep your whole collections ticking away even during prolonged leaves of absence from your wrist.
Learn more at Barrington Watch Winders – $180+
The Egg Shop is New York’s answer to an all hours brunch and cocktails hangout. Egg Shop: The Cookbook is Chef, Egg Shop partner, and author Nick Korbee’s recipe opus to that establishment. Eggs are more than just super protein packed in a to-go shell: they’re the perfect compliment to New York’s wealth of local produce and artisanal meats, grains and cheeses. With the Egg Shop cookbook, you can experience the same culinary delights at home and avoid midtown traffic. Over 100 recipes cover egg-cooking techniques as well as instructions on incorporating eggs into health-conscious to decadent dishes using fresh ingredients. Nick shows the reader there’s more to eggs than poached, scrambled, or fried. Included are flavorful recipes like Eggs Caviar, Classic Eggs Benedict, Pop’s Double Stuffed, and even Egg Salad. Even the most savvy chef will come away knowing more about natures shelled marvel.
Find it at Amazon – $21
Rubs and marinades play an important role in the ultimate taste of your meats when grilling and smoking. As does the wood burned. Candiewood Farm’s Whiskey-Treated Wood Chips set themselves apart from generic woods both by the way they’re prepared and flavored. They’re hand-cut of maple and hickory trees in small batches, then treated and soaked in a custom concoction of whiskey and spices that also contains either honey and chilli jam in the case of maple or cinnamon for the hickory chips. Both are equally likely to grab the attention of your neighbours’ noses and pair well with various meats and vegetables.
Learn more at Candiewood Farm & Co. – $18
It’s indisputably cool looking. But more than that, the Boie USA Toothbrush is clever in a myriad of ways. For instance, it’s head is interchangeable so you won’t throw away the handle every couple of months. The bristles are also made of a softer, rubber-like material that’s less abrasive on your enamel and gums, and are embedded with silver for boosted antimicrobial properties. The heads last longer, too, so you’ll further reduce waste while reducing waste. Available in three colors for twelve bucks a pop and with replacement heads pegged at $5 each.
Find it at Boie USA – $12