Kubrick was a peerless master of film: The Shining, A Clockwork Orange, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Full Metal Jacket, and so on. Why then was his historical epic on Napoleon never made? Did his grandiose plans scare the studios? Regardless, after two years of exhaustive research the project was shelved. Now Taschen books is releasing a massive volume of Kubrick’s research for the film. It takes you inside Kubrick’s creative process and contains thousands of pre-production photographs.
One good idea is all it takes. And it looks like the dudes at Swivel Storage have a good one. Instead of traditional drawers, the Swivel drawers swing open from a single hinge on the side, so you never have to dig around in the back of a drawer again. Made of heavy-duty 14-gauge steel these toolboxes are burly, featuring a 1/4-inch thick steel bench top, easy lock/unlock casters & anti-skid drawer mats.
Normally we don’t think of an old-fashioned wind-up alarm clock as a wireless device, but it is. And that’s just one reason to like it: it’s one less household appliance sucking power off the grid. Handmade in Canada, this richly-grained walnut clock is much more attractive than the plastic radio-clock on your nightstand. The craftsmen at Off Cut Studios also make this model in cherry, maple & white oak.
When stoned, pizza tastes even more amazing. Cooking on a pizza stone makes your crust crispy locking in flavor. This model from Emily Henry is a Housewares Design Awards Finalist, meaning it’s really good. It bakes evenly and looks pro when you pull it from the oven. It even works on the gas grill for outdoor pizza parties.
Yes, Braun makes watches but no, they won’t give you a shave. The brand best known for its line of advanced cordless shavers has teamed up with designers from the luxury watch brand Ventura to create some smooth & handsome digital timepieces. This model features Ventura’s patented scroll wheel and digital display font for a refined yet progressive design. Release date yet to be announced.
As we get older do we really get wiser or do we just get better at managing paranoia? While you ponder the thought, check out this set of water leak alarms. They’re easy to use: no buttons, no programming, no wires & no batteries. Just place the little alarm in any potential flood zone: under sinks, behind the washer or water heater, in the basement. If just a small amount of water touches the leak detector, a loud alarm will alert you. Built-in battery lasts three years. Rest easy old fella.
We should take off our hats and sing an anthem to the guy who came up with beer-flavored chewing gum. Seriously. But that’s not all, Ballpark gumballs also come in the mouthwatering flavors of peanuts and—steady now—hot dogs. Yes … hot dog flavored gum. We’re guessing it’s a “secret recipe.” Each tin contains 22 gumballs, get in the game.
Here’s a vacation van for the Apocalypse. Really, this beast of a camper looks like it’s made for exploring the moon. It’s got a mile-long list of features blending the best of Winnebago comfort with HumVee gnarlitude. Espresso maker, check. All-wheel locking differentials, check. It’s a full-on camper with a kitchen, bathroom, shower, etc. Powered by a 500-horse diesel motor, this 6-wheeled monster will drive you in unparalleled comfort to the very ends of the earth. Literally.
Do you really know how an internal combustion engine works? Can you fix your own computer? 99% of us answer no to questions like these. In author Matthew Crawford’s estimation, convenience technology of the modern world is alienating us from basic hands-on skills. Blending philosophy, cultural commentary and his own personal insights as a craftsman, Crawford explores the dynamic of a world moving farther away from understanding or engaging in the automation of everyday life.
Second only perhaps to the persuasive powers of the trusty sledgehammer, locking pliers are a tool we can all agree on as “indispensible.” Crusty, rusty nuts and hard to reach hexheads are no match for a pair of vise-grips. And now C.H. Hanson Tools have updated the design, eliminating the adjustment knob on the handle. Now they automatically lock on to whatever you grip. Easier is better.