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.
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.
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.
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
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!