COOL THING WE WANT #434 | A Gorgeous, Instructional Bible For Lovers Of Barbecue

A brilliant piece of deliciously useful marketing by JWT Brazil:

Barbecue is a Brazilian passion, and Tramontina is the leader brand of kitchen supplies in Brazil. It has the most complete line of barbecue accessories. But the brand needed to prove just how seriously they took barbecuing in order to gain the respect and loyalty of their most important clients: barbecue restaurant owners. We developed a limited edition book: “The Bible of BBQ”. This book shows Tramontina’s vision of how to make a perfect barbecue. Literally. Each page of the book was made to be used in a real barbecue. For instance: a page that you can actually use to sharpen your knife; a page (made entirely of salt) to salt your meat, a page printed on coal and a inflammable page to start the fire.

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COOL THING WE WANT #433 | Beautiful Porcelain Plates Decorated With Calamities

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(via) Pittsburgh-based artist Don Moyer has designed a collection of traditional-looking blue/white porcelain dinner plates that depict all manner of terrible things (everything from flying monkeys and sea monsters to UFO invasions and dinosaurs). He calls the line “Calamityware” and has turned to Kickstarter (see the video above) to finance production.

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COOL THING WE WANT #432 | A Beautiful ‘Bibliochaise’ To Keep 300 Books In Comfort

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The “Bibliochaise” is made with materials adapted from high performance yacht technologies by Alisée Matta and Giovanni Gennari of Milan design studio Nobody & Co. It comes in several colours, has space for over 300 books, and sports a set of hidden wheels so it can easily be moved even when heavily laden with the write stuff. A couch version next, if you please.

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COOL THING WE WANT #431 | This Mighty Clever Gardening System For City Dwellers

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(via) Vancouverites are, for the most part, largely bereft of backyards, so yearning for a little garden of one’s own is rife. This window contraption – dubbed Volet Végétal – by French designers Nicolas Barreau and Jules Charbonnet employs a pulley system that lowers plants out and away from the window so as to provide them with direct sunlight.

When vertical, the unit sits directly within a window frame and provides plenty of space for three large planters. When it’s time for some sunshine, the plant-owner pulls the cord system, the bottoms of the planters rotate slightly, and the device lowers into a horizontal position outside of the window. Additionally, the product can be a freestanding, tiered plant holder inside the apartment but the concept is the most space-saving when mounted in the window. The designers say, “Our desire was to make a clever solution to the lack of space for a small garden.

Despite not being NIMBY-proof (“The damn thing violates my view corridor and thus lowers my property value, mwaaaah”), it’s pretty brilliant. Watch the video below to see how it’s made…

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COOL THING WE WANT #430 | This Lovely Three-Storey Treehouse In Rural Wisconsin

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(via) This three-storey treehouse at Camp Wandawega in Wisconsin was built around a tree as a tribute to the camp owners’ father, who had built a swing on the tree before he died (and the tree had fallen ill with Dutch Elm disease).

The tree comes through the house’s deck near the ground level, and it breaks through the upper floor in three spots. At two of those points, the arms of the tree are sawed even with the floor, while the third pierces it and extends out the window. Reclaimed wood was used for much of the construction and the interior features nearly all vintage and repurposed items. Stumps of the trees were fashioned as side tables, and a hanging antler chandelier was made from old shed found at the camp.

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COOL THING WE WANT #429 | This Bird Flipbook Machine By Artist Juan Fontanive

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(via) Beyond being transfixingly pretty, this machine flipbook by artist Juan Fontanive also makes a mesmerizing racket, of a sort similar to that of the old flip machines that would list arrival times at airports before life went digital. And if you dig butterflies more than hummingbirds, you’re in luck

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COOL THING WE WANT #428 | “Open Door To Solitude” In The Colorado High Country

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(via) This. “Every couple of months, 68-year-old Ed Zevely rides into the Colorado high country to camp for weeks at a time—and he does it completely alone. Through thunderstorms, open meadows and treacherous passes, he finds his own patch of serenity. Far from the modern world, it’s a place where the only goal is to move and breathe, and where you can truly understand the difference between loneliness and solitude.”

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COOL THING WE WANT #427 | A Superdesk That Would Seat Each Of Our Contributors

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(via) New York City creative agency The Barbarian Group commissioned Clive Wilkinson Architects to create a 1,100 ft long “superdesk” so that every one of the company’s 125 employees could share the same desk. Of course ours would need to be smaller, but constructed so that there was room for it to grow.

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COOL THING WE WANT #426 | Newfangled Door That Folds Open And Closed By Touch

February 11, 2014 

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Just when you thought the world’s design minds had thought up every idea for the humble household portal, along comes Austrian artist Klemens Torggler and his Evolution Door, which folds open and closed like an origami dream.

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COOL THING WE WANT #425 | A Tiny Cabin In The Wilderness That Skirts Permit Rules

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(via) This little cabin designed by Finnish escapist Robin Falck was a solution of sorts to getting around government regulations that require a building permit for residential structures over 100 square feet (the same red tape exists here). His two story cabin has a kitchen, bathroom, living room, bedroom, and a ton of natural light, not to mention a kickass outdoor deck. “Nido”, as the cabin is called (meaning “Bird’s Nest” in Italian), took just two weeks to build, and sits in the peace and quiet of a rural archipelago.

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COOL THING WE WANT #424 | Two Nights In This Inspired Treehouse Outside Seattle

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(via) This Parthenon-inspired treehouse called the Temple of the Blue Moon was built outside Seattle in 2005 by Pete Nelson and his wife Judy. They’ve since built five others on their property – each of them unique to their respective trees – and opened them up to the public as a bed and breakfast called Treehouse Point.

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COOL THING WE WANT #423 | An $11,000 Japanese-Inspired Cabin In The Rainforest

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On Oregonian boat-builder named Brian Schulz took a year and a half and a mere $11,000 to build this gorgeous, Japanese-inspired home in the woods near Cape Falcon. From My Modern Met:

It all began one day when Schulz found a brass sink at a local recycle center and immediately started fantasizing about building a home around the object. He wound up fulfilling his dream on an affordable budget by carefully salvaging materials for construction and items to adorn the house. He also did a fair bit of traveling and meeting people who offered anything from handmade paper lanterns to allowing him to actually haul trees from their property. Schulz says, “With deep enough pockets a person might be able to duplicate such a structure by writing a large check to a talented builder, but that would risk missing the point entirely… Whether or not one believes that turning a log from beside the house into the house itself imbues it with some mystical qualities, it is undeniable that the pursuit of local materials connects more deeply to your landscapes, your neighbors, and yourself. The simple act of searching adds richness to our lives. To reiterate: You meet people, you discover new places, you have adventures, you learn things, AND, you come home with beams, windows, doors, and shingles.”

We’ll take ours on Savary Island, thank you very much.

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COOL THING WE WANT #422 | A Speaker That We Can Get Comfortably Numb Inside

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(via) Only two of these spherical sit-in speakers, dubbed AudioOrbs, are up for sale via Indiegogo for $15,000 each. The 18 speaker beauties are made by the same audiophiles who created the 4ft wide Wall of Sound iPhone dock. “Fitted with Tempur pillows that adjust after the shape of your body ensures that not only the design gives the Orb a floating expression, you will feel like you are floating when inside the Orb. Inside the Orb the outside world fades away, ideal for relaxation.” We haven’t heard it, but it sounds fantastic. That was a play on words. Good day to you.

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COOL THING WE WANT #421 | A Convertible “Workbed” That Flips From Sleeper To Desk

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(via) Space is something of a luxury in Vancouver, which is to say that most of us don’t have much of it. Mira Schröder, the designer of this convertible “workbed” with side drawers, might be naturally sympathetic to our situation. Either that or she’s a Randian pro-family capitalist fifth columnist workaholic who wants everyone who lives alone to be tethered to their tasks. Either way, we like the look of it and the ease with which it flips.

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