Most of the time you’re cooking for one or two, right? Save some gas, electricity—and time. With 9 menu functions & precise cooking elements, this little oven will keep you from burning your dinner, while using 30% less energy than the big oven. Plus it’s quick to preheat, meaning you’re eating dinner sooner.
No, it’s not a German Thrash Metal band, although the Hardcore Hammer definitely pounds out some heavy hits. This framing hammer is built to withstand the rigors of professional carpentry, while lasting forever. On a regular hammer, the waffle pattern of the hammer face wears down quickly reducing its ability to grip & sink nails. This design protects the waffle providing for years & years of perfectly pounded nails.
We won’t even pretend to know how this thing works. Beneath its matte grey, industrial finish, it’s a Swiss clock. Designed by French ID guy, Julien Ado, and Paris design house, Illi, the articulating square tiles of the clock beat like a heart, counting the seconds. Actual time is revealed by voice command.
Generally speaking, humanity can be divided into two categories: those who love bacon and everyone else. If you’re among the former, then your mouth is probably watering already. Yes, bacon chocolate peanut brittle is real. It’s a sweet & salty delicacy delivered in a handsome gift box.
America’s industrial heritage is a design focal point right now—from fashions to furnishings. This table looks like it was dragged out of some abandoned Detroit factory, but it wasn’t. Using chunky, 2-inch thick salvaged American white oak planks for the top and heavy metal frame legs, it’s brand new & built to last.
Texting while driving is illegal in most states, but watching movies on your iPad is perfectly acceptable. This retractable carbon fiber iPad mount makes it easy. It attaches to your car seat and is fully adjustable, so you can get the perfect angle & height for staring at your iPad, while you drive.
This hand-forged, German kitchen knife looks like it survived a nuclear blast or was dredged up from a shipwreck, but clearly the blade’s finish is perfectly precise. Hammered into shape from one molten chunk of steel, this knife has been stripped of all but the essentials. The maker’s mark is a grasshopper, a symbol of the Luneburg Black Forge.
Before hotdoggin’ 70s skiers made them a chic alpine accessory, wineskins or bota bags had been in use in Spain for a hundred years. It’s a simple, traditional goatskin bag made for carrying wine, or more specifically, sneaking wine into places where you’re not supposed to drink. This is the original Spanish botas, like the ones Ernest Hemingway drained in The Sun Also Rises.
For days out in the elements, layering is the key to comfort. Since it weighs nothing and packs down to the size of a grapefruit, you can jam this slim-fit 800-fill down shirt into your bag or knapsack for whatever weather the day may hold. It’s the perfect insulating layer for winter or a cozy shell on its own when the sun shines.
Growing grapes and making wine isn’t easy. It’s even tougher when you’re an actor living in Malibu, California. But Emilio Estevez is doing it and doing it well. He and his wife are nurturing a small estate where they produce organically grown, artisanal wines. Their Pinot Noir comes from Malibu, while their Viognier and Syrah come from vines at Tierra Alta Vineyards in Santa Ynez. Photography: New York Times