By Michael van Vliet | November 25, 2013
Never mind splitting and chopping your wood, the Spruce Stove lets you put the whole tree in the fire.
Conceived of as a concept, and admittedly not a particularly practical one, the Spruce Stove was created by Dutch designers Roel de Boer and Michiel Martens. The Stove works by placing a full sized log on adjustable support stands and pushing it into the cylindrical stove. Kindling must be used to get the fire started, but after that the user only need push the log in occasionally to keep the fire going.
A steel diaphragm allows the stove to close around the log and prevents flames from lapping out. Exterior steel fin on the outside increases the stove’s surface area while fireproof concrete bricks on the interior help absorb and radiate heat.
While utterly impractical for in-home use, the Spruce Stove has an commanding visual presence. It looks like a cross between a Lumberjack industrial art-project and a Bond villain’s instrument of torture. Either way, it’s an impressive way to roast a tree.
Martens and de Boer have decided to do an extremely limited-edition production run of the stove, just 10 units total, with a estimated price tag of $6,050 for each stove.
To learn more about the Spruce Stove, check out their website: i81597.wix.com/sprucestove
By Michael van Vliet | November 8, 2013
The Bike Dock by .flxble is a minimalist bike shelf that can fold up when not in use.
The Bike Dock is a way to store your bike in a stylish, space efficient manner. Using a wood-bending technique combined with traditional belt binding method, the Bike Dock and be folded up when it’s not in use. It’s designed to carry bicycles up to 20 KG with a horizontal or slightly sloping top tube with min. 35cm length.
To find out more about the Bike Dock, you can visit their website: flxble.com
By Michael van Vliet | November 6, 2013
National Park Maps by Muir Way blends tonal design with detailed cartography.
Inspired by the entry maps handed out at ranger stations, these beautiful prints are vibrant interpretations of National Park maps. They’re available to be printed on paper or canvas, in four different sizes, and in a color palette of your choosing. Currently they have 20 different parks to choose from. The San Diego based company is committed to using recycled materials and pledges to donate 5% of their profits to the Sierra Club, founded by John Muir in 1892.
For more information about Muir Way’s maps, check out their website: muir-way.com
By Michael van Vliet | November 1, 2013
M3 Collection is a minimalist design created by Austria-based designer Thomas Feichtner for Neue Wiener Werkstätte.
Following a geometric pattern, the interior pieces have a open, self-supporting structure. The collection consists of a chair, coffee table, and end table – all of which are available in either natural oak or black-stained oak. The chair offers a high seated position with a comfortable leather saddle seat.
For more information about the M3 Collection visit Thomas’s website at: thomasfeichtner.com
By Michael van Vliet | October 21, 2013
The Brazier Mikado is a stylish stand-alone fireplace created by Dutch designer Joost van Veldhuizen.
Cold weather will soon be upon us, and what better way to warm up than by a toasty fire. The Brazier Mikado outdoor fireplace has been fashioned from bent steel, giving it a rigid cradle-like shape with jutting legs underneath to give it support. Its lightweight and compact size allows it to be easily moved and stored.
The obvious draw back to this design is the falling ash, which is why the Brazier Mikado is best used in a traditional fire pit. The pit captures the ash, while the Brazier Mikado elevates the flames and warmth to be enjoyed by all.
For more information visit: vanjoost.com
By Michael van Vliet | October 3, 2013
The light and airy Atmos desk by Olero Design is the workplace equivalent of an anti-cubicle.
The modular geodesic structure offers individuals a sense of privacy, control, and comfort while working in busy spaces like an office, studio, classroom, or libraries. The design is inspired by Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic structures and Do Ho Suh’s fabric cladding sculptures featuring equilateral triangle frames sewn and assembled together with translucent garments. The result is an enclosed workspace that feels remarkably open.
Online purchase is not yet available, but Olero Design is taking down information for interested customers. Find out more at olerodesign.com
By Michael van Vliet | September 25, 2013
With an elegant design and innovative construction, the Soma Water Filter is the sexiest water filtration system you will ever own.
SOMA is unique in that it is constructed from an 100% compostable materials. Charred coconut-shell carbon, vegan silk filter, and a plant-based casing work together to purify your water without relying on petroleum plastic. This not only prevent those nasty bits of black charcoal from floating around in your water, but makes the entire filter biodegradable. After being filtered, water passes into a stylish blown-glass carafe below. Unlike the clunky plastic designs, the SOMA is elegant enough to be displayed in the center of the table.
Also, you’ll never have to worry about forgetting to change the filter either, because SOMA will mail you one every two months for $12.99. Just drop the old filter in a green compost bin and pop in the new one, and enjoy another 60 days of pure clean water. And to top it all off, for every filter sold, SOMA donates to improve clean drinking water through www.charitywater.org.
So check out SOMA Water Filter ($49.00) at www.drinksoma.com
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By Michael van Vliet | September 10, 2013
A suspended space to relax, the Cacoon Hanging Chair lets you get above it all.
A cross between a hammock, swinging chair, and a tree house, the Cacoon Hanging Chair is a great place to chill out both indoor and out. Inspired by the nests of weaver birds in Mexico, designers used modern fabric and construction techniques to offer a version for human. They come in single and double sizes as well as a variety of colors, and can be hung from just about anywhere.
For more information about Cacoon Hanging Chair visit their website hang-in-out.com
By Michael van Vliet | September 9, 2013
The Dutch-designed folding Flux chair offers stylish seating in a compact package.
Constructed out of a single piece of recycled polypropylene, the Flux takes cues from Japanese origami and can transform from designer furniture into a self-contained “envelope” in just a matter of seconds. While folding furniture is nothing new, Flux stands out for its use of curved foldlines, which gives the chair a fluid form, and integrated fasteners into its single sheet design.
Available in an array of colors for $180, Flux is availble for purchase online at fluxchairs.com
flux chair from flux on Vimeo.
By Michael van Vliet | September 4, 2013
With the Dutchtub® by Weltevree you can enjoy outdoor hot tubbing no matter where you are.
The biggest drawback with hot tubs is they usually have to stay in one place. This is not a problem for most people, but for the extreme hot tubers out there, this can be a real drag. Enter the Dutchtub.
This portable hot tub weighs 165 lbs with a dimension of 66″ x 66″x 33″ and warms water by means of a connected outer pipe that coils around a fire basket. With its relative lightweight and renewable heat source, the Dutchtub can be brought to just about any location. Just add water and enjoy.
The Dutchtub retails for $5625. More information at weltevree.nl