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BIKE FURNITURE
www.bikefurniture.com
Here’s a piece of modern furniture with a twist – literally. Designer Andy Gregg recycles steel and aluminum bicycle rims, handlebars, and frames into a variety of furniture pieces. He has spent the last 16 years combining his two interests (Gregg is a professional bike mechanic with a degree in fine art) by turning junkyard bikes into everything from tables and chairs to barstools and loveseats. A complete portfolio of his work is available online. Prices vary, as each piece is made from materials available at the time.

GOTHAM VODKA
www.c3brands.com
Another premium vodka? With so many on the market, new labels are trying innovative ways to get attention. Gotham Vodka’s processing rivals its competitors – they distill the vodka five times, then filter it three more – but it’s their amazing packaging that makes them stand out. Gotham’s been making ceramics longer than it’s been making spirits, and this porcelain collectible bottle alone makes this Vodka worth the $34 price tag.

HOUND IN THE ROUND TOTE
www.cryptonfabric.com
William Wegman, the prolific photographer of Weimaraner dogs, has teamed up with Crypton Super Fabrics, the prolific producers of the world’s only water-, stain- and bacteria-proof textile, to create this limited edition series of summer tote bags. Each bag is 16.5 inches wide, 17.5 inches tall, has a Wegman-drawn half-pooch profile on each side, and is lined with black leather trim. The pattern is also offered on a series of oversized throw pillows. Four colors available. $125.

FRETLIGHT GUITAR
www.optekmusic.com
Add “guitar teacher” to the list of soon-to-be-obsolete professions. The new Fretlight FG-400 electric guitar (invented by Rusty Shaffer of San Jose) teaches the novice musician how to play via a series of red lights built into the fretboard. Simply hook the guitar into a computer using a USB cord, and play back everything from basic scales to Van Halen solos, guided by software that activates a series of fretboard lights. Voila! – the next Ace Andres is born. $500




NEIMAN MARCUS CHROME BOXSTER
www.neimanmarcus.com
Kids today are spoiled! Why, when we were kids, all we had were Mattel Big Wheels… and we decorated them with stickers. We didn’t have any fancy schmancy, mirror-polished Boxster inspired by the 1952-1957 Ferrari F2 Grand Prix racers. No, we had The Green Machine. It had plastic pedals and two sticks to steer, not solid rubber 13-inch tires with chrome spinners! These whippersnappers with their $750 Neiman Marcus wish list items don’t even know what a Krazy Kar is!



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