Finally the weekend. You meet with the boys for some quality fishing time and few well deserved ice cold beer. S#%t, nobody thought about bringing a bottle opener. But not you. You are the man. You and your inseparable industrial bottle opener ($48). Each opener is manually machined from cold formed steel, hand stamped with the production number, and coated with wax to prevent rusting. Thanks for saving the day.
You can but it on Etsy.
Photography apps have always been pretty hot in the App Store; just look at Instagram, Hipstamatic or Camera+. This week’s app represents one of the latest trends in phone photography: photographic grids. With Grid Lens ($0.99), you will be able to compose your photographic grids on the fly, either automatically or manually. The app also allows users to add Instagram-like filters and share their work on several social networks (Twitter, Facebook, Flicker and Instagram).
You can buy it on iTunes.
I used to use a Moleskine, but not anymore. After trying out more notebooks than I’d care to admit, I declared the Moleskine the best, and consequently decided that nothing else would compare. Then I came across the Midori Traveler’s Notebook ($50). I wasn’t even looking for a replacement. But there it was, just laying there, with it’s beautiful, hand-cut leather cover.
Designed by Japanese stationery design company, Midori, the traveler’s notebook is elegant yet functional. It’s designed to hold up to 5 notebook inserts, which are all held in with separate metal rods. If you’re anything like me, you’ll quickly realize that those metal rods can be used for holding other things, such as train tickets, subway maps, pictures of your
hot Italian professor dog.
Once a refill is needed, you simply remove the used insert and replace it with a new one. The refills come in all different styles ranging from lined to grid to thick sketch pages. Some of these refills aren’t even notebooks at all, but high qualify looseleaf kraft paper.
My name is Stefani. And I no longer use a Moleskine.
You can buy it at Miscellaneous store
This week’s print is CMYK ($307), by the Italian street artist Blu. While it’s almost impossible to find his original artwork for sale (most of his prints are replicas of his wall pieces), you can still grab one of his limited edition prints—like this one. This particular print is printed in large format on recycled chalk-white paper. I really love the emphasis on the only small colored element of the artwork. It’s definitely something I’d love to see on my wall in the future.
You can buy it from Pictures on Walls.
Mix playing cards with gorgeous illustrations on 32 sheets of tear- and water-resistant synthetic paper and this is the beautiful results: Ein Kartenblatt ’Anders’ (€ 25).
Designed by Monja Gentschow (in collaboration with Ignant ), these cards have a fresh outlook, with a special Jack, Queen, King and Ace in the form of drawings and illustrations with pencil, pen, tape and watercolor.
You can buy it at the Ignant Shop
I don’t know about you, but I love doodling and sketching. I literally doodle on every available piece of paper on my desk: envelopes, business cards, magazines and so on. If you are like me, you’ll definitely love Place for Trace ($76), a simple yet ingenious wood trace holder made originally for architects, but that can, of course, hold regular white paper for us ordinary people. Made of Walnut, Beech or White Oak, it can also hold up to 15 pens and pencils.
You can buy it at Merchant no. 4.
Those who know me in real life may have notice I have a slight fascination with skull designs (especially on t-shirts–not the Ed Hardy type). That’s why I couldn’t resist posting this beautiful chair designed by Pool and introduced in 2011 at the Salone del Mobile in Milan, Italy.
Souviens toi que tu vas mourir, chair ($TBA) (translated :”Remember that you will die”) is described by the designers as “an emblematic monobloc chair reinterpreted as an expression of vanity. This memento mori represented by a skull acts as a leitmotiv for those who seek the comfort of a chair and the ceremonial act of being seated.” Pretty serious stuff.
You can find more about it at Pool’s website.
Men’s (and women’s) desire to flight goes back thousands of years (remember Icarus?). While you may have not the time to get a real pilot license, you can finally scratch your flying hitch with the Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 ($300). Sure, it’s not the same thing, but thanks to the incorporated HD camera you’ll be able to see through the AR.Drove “eye” while piloting the device from your iPhone.
You can learn more at Parrot.com
This week instead of a bike I’d like to share with you a bike tool. Actually, a bunch of tools all compressed into one, the MAKO Bike Tool ($40) by PocketToolX. Made of Aerospace Titanium, this multi-tool is really light, only 19 grams, and durable.
The MAKO Bike Tool has everything you may need for your bike (beside tubes and tiers of course), as well as an bottle opener, a good reason for keeping it always with you, even when not riding.
You can buy it on Amazon.