Misc

Misc

Marc Newson x Hodinkee Hourglass

Overthought, overdesigned, and extravagant to a fault, you’ll still definitely not want to drop a Marc Newson x Hodinkee Hourglass, especially once you’ve had a peek at the price tag. The hefty, oversized borosilicate glass shape is formed using a complex choreography of torches and turning machines — and all completely by eye, no less — before being filled not with sand but with roughly 1.25 million nanoball spheres made of copper-coated stainless steel, with an added anti-corrosion layer to prevent them turning green over time. Flip it over and the nano balls run through the narrow neck to measure the passing of exactly ten minutes. The run is limited to a total of 100 numbered units that will ship in small numbers one the coming months thanks to the particularly demanding production process.

Find it at Hodinkee – $12,000

GET IT: $12,000

Body

Single Edge Safety Razor 2.0

The most minimal shave experience just got better with the Single Edge Safety Razor 2.0. The second iteration of the popular razor boasts a sleek injection molded stainless steel body that sports but a single blade, shaving at the surface of your skin without pulling hairs up before cutting like multiple blade cartridge do and thus minimizing irritation and ingrown hair. Three shave settings governed by three interchangeable heads let you customize the shave from mild (for sensitive skin or cutting short beards) to aggressive (for wiry hair or longer beards). Blade loading is super simple too thanks to compatibility with thrifty side-loading injector blades that you can buy straight from Single Edge or even Amazon, and the razor comes in stainless or black, the latter created using an ultra-durable Physical Vapor Deposition coating nuanced in either matte or jet black.

Find it at Kickstarter – $60+

GET IT: $60+

Pets

Killspencer Dog Collection

Killspencer’s black-on-black leather luxuries are finally coming to a pet near you. The Killspencer Dog Collection features expertly constructed leashes, collars, and harnesses, all handmade in their Los Angeles Workshop of thick bullhide leather or 1200lb mil-spec black nylon webbing. The leash comes in your choice of the two materials as does the adjustable collar (shown, left), which also features a military grade Cobra buckle, while the harness comes in a mix of both leather and nylon with the option of a hand-painted monogram up to 8 letters. Not sure your pooch will take much notice, but it’s the thought that counts.

Learn more at Killspencer – $65 to $220

GET IT: $65+

Books

The Periodic Table of Cocktails

The periodic table of elements organizes chemical elements by several properties. Emma Stokes’ The Periodic Table of Cocktails aims to do the same for cocktails. While organizing drinks isn’t as simple as counting protons and studying electron configurations the book’s table lays them out by one base alcohol per row and groups them close to other cocktails with similar flavor profiles. Meaning if you know you like one particular drink you’re likely to appreciate others in the table around it. If you prefer wine to cocktails try its companion volume instead, The Periodic Table of Wine.

Grab a copy at Amazon – $9 [via]

GET IT: $9

DIY

Mayku FormBox

It’s compact and not particularly high tech, but the Mayku FormBox can help you make stuff that your 3D printer couldn’t dream of — though they’d work particularly well together, and you’ll soon see why. This desktop vacuum former plugs to your existing vacuum cleaner using a universal adapter and makes molds of things in seconds: just load in a thermo-plastic sheet (ABS, polystyrene, polycarbonate, or other plastic that softens with heat), put an object that you’d like to mold on the metal forming bed, and then pull the sheet stack over the object. Your vacuum seals it around the object and makes a shape that can be used directly, for instance for a small lampshade or transparent terrarium cover, or as a mold with which to make chocolate, concrete doodads like candle holders and soap dishes, and much more. And if you don’t know what to make, their online platform and library also serves as inspiration for new projects and as detailed instructions.

Hit up Mayku for details – $500

GET IT: $500

Misc

Lego NASA Apollo Saturn V

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

GET IT: $120

Misc

Le Labo Santal 26 Home Diffuser

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

GET IT: $590

Misc

Mastercard Fingerprint Reading Credit Card

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.

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Books

A Job To Love

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.

Grab a copy at Amazon in either Kindle ($7) or hardcover ($17) versions. [via]

GET IT: $7+

Misc

Barrington Watch Winders

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+

GET IT: $180+

Books

Egg Shop: The Cookbook

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

GET IT: $21

Food & Drink

Candiewood Farm Whiskey-Treated Wood Chips

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

GET IT: $18

Misc

Boie USA Toothbrush

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

GET IT: $12