Maybe the only spice you ever noticed was the Spice Girls. They were pretty hot in the 90s after all. Since then, your taste has hopefully matured, but if your knowledge of spice hasn’t, we found a cheat for you. Montreal’s Purpose Design offers gourmet spice kits for any menu. Their huge array of gourmet BBQ rubs, artisanal salts and seafood spices are delivered to your door packaged in cool, little glass-top containers.
In the second-to-last episode of the TV show MacGyver, the clever secret agent makes a contraption like this for his Motorola pager. German engineers from TES have now improved upon the design to charge your cell phone (or other USB-powered device) with a pot of boiling water. Science 101: the heat of the boiling water is transferred directly into electrical energy.
Drift Eyewear out of Chicago has got wood. Their unique sunglass designs are made with your choice of walnut, maple or bamboo bows. By using this natural, renewable resource and donating to 1% For The Planet, wearing a pair of Drift shades won’t just look good, it’ll feel good, too. So, wood you?
The life of a shower curtain is dull. Hang out until eventually you start growing mold. Boring. This shower curtain from Brooklyn New York’s Wintercheck Factory is a little more lively. It will hold your shampoo, bodywash, razor, loofah, whatever you use in the shower. It has pockets. Made of Oxford Nylon and available in 5 colors.
Chicago-based designer Greta de Parry calls her creations Design Mullet Objects: pieces like her concrete & steel coleman stools are “a bit of business and a bit of party.” Handmade of steel stock and concrete, de Parry makes these stools in any size you want. Just ask her, but speak up, her hearing is a little jacked from the metal grinders and saws.
“Russians yawn at death.” Who better then, to run a risky international shipping ring of illegal weapons and contraband? Balls-of-steel reporter Matt Potter got on the flight deck with a crew of Russian ex-soldiers who use de-commissioned military planes to deliver everything from missiles to humanitarian aid to the hottest, war-torn corners of the globe. You won’t believe it, but it’s true.
There’s a reason nobody watches porn on their phone. Handheld devices are awesome, except when you need to use your hands. There’s also cooking, driving and other times when hands-free is helpful. This stand, made of aluminum & carbon fiber, holds it for you. The spider-like design attaches to virtually anything to hold your phone, tablet, camera and other digital media device right where you want it.
If you want to grill like a real man, take your skirt off and sling this tactical apron around your neck. Made of military-spec cordura in a variety of field-proven camo patterns, this apron is made for serious battle. It’s PALS/MOLLE equipped with webbing allowing you strap-on accessories. It also holds 3 twelve-ounce hand grenades up front for easy access.
You’re getting pretty long in the tooth if you remember playing Space Invaders. If you’re completely clueless, it was a groundbreaking video game created back in 1978. For those in the know, you’ve now reached middle-age, that magical stage of life when you can afford a Romain Jerome timepiece, yet still have a sense of humor. You have arrived.
Taking cues from TransFormers and the ancient Japanese craft of Origami, the design duo behind Vienna’s HardGraft brand have created a pretty tricky bag. Depending on how you fold or unfold it, the 3Fold converts into a laptop case, overnight duffle, camera bag, attaché and so on. It’s handmade in Italy from vegetable tanned leather with wool felt detailing and all metal hardware.