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Posted by hipstomp / Rain Noe  |  30 Jan 2015  |  Comments (0)


Berlin-based The Fundamental Group works within the realm of what they call "the architecture of fascination," and their Atlas Table bears this out. Made from alternating, angled blocks of oak and smoked oak, just thinking about what the glue-up must have involved gives me a headache.




Posted by hipstomp / Rain Noe  |  30 Jan 2015  |  Comments (0)


This being America, we're not content to only produce the run-of-the-mill stadium luxury suites that we looked at here. While more than one NFL CEO undoubtedly has a swank, over-the-top personal luxury suite in their arena, given the current anti-rich climate they probably keep them under wraps; but somehow photos have leaked of Clark Hunt's skybox at Arrowhead Stadium.




Maybe "skybox" isn't the right word. Hunt owns the Kansas City Chiefs, and he can view their games from within the three-story, six-bedroom luxury suite you see here:


Posted by hipstomp / Rain Noe  |  30 Jan 2015  |  Comments (2)


Despite an unintentionally hilarious product video, the Coolbox—billed as "The world's most advanced toolbox"—has successfully, swiftly tripled its funding target on Indiegogo. Before we get into this one, take a look:

First off, I like a lot of the ideas in the design, assuming you'd have the toolbox within arm's reach of your project: The whiteboard would be handy for jotting down measurements; the magnetic lid would help stowing fasteners you temporarily remove and then pop back in; the floodlight, on-board power and clock are all undeniably useful. For transport I'd like to see slightly bigger wheels that could easily roll over an extension cord, but small wheels are better than no wheels. And the handles on either side would make it easier to pull out of the trunk.


Posted by hipstomp / Rain Noe  |  30 Jan 2015  |  Comments (0)


Problem: What do you do if you're an arms dealer that likes to entertain at home? When a would-be buyer of a re-fitted Abrams tank comes by with a bottle of rotgut, it's rude of you not to offer him a drink—but your ho-hum Venetian marble bar doesn't really make a statement, and that one that you've got made out of human skulls in the basement is too hard to balance bottles on.

Help is here from UK-based Fallen Furniture, which turns aircraft parts into art furniture. Their impressive, 600-pound, eight-foot-plus Cluster Bomb Drinks Cabinet "conceals an armory of custom-made cocktail utensils," features round glass shelves that rotate on a gold-plated spindle and lets the customer know that you are not a man to be trifled with.


It's not unexploded ordnance, by the way; Fallen Furniture creates these out of unarmed practice units used by the Royal Air Force in the '70s. But your guests don't need to know that. In fact, if you want to test their mettle, push the cabinet over in a fit of rage when negotiations get heated, and watch them scatter before the thing hits the ground. Their expressions will be priceless.


Posted by hipstomp / Rain Noe  |  29 Jan 2015  |  Comments (2)


For butterfingered woodworkers, dropping a project on the shop floor can be bad. But just imagine if your materials of choice were crystal and glass.


Since 2004, California-based artist Jack Storms has been producing these rare "optic sculptures." Created by precision-machining lead crystal and dichroic glass, a single piece can take up to 18 weeks to produce.


While Storms has advanced the art by inventing a lathe that allows him to turn glass like wood, he first learned the "cold-glass" process of joining lead crystal and dichroic glass from a glass artist in New Hampshire. "Working side by side with the artisan for over a year, Jack learned every component and facet of this incredibly challenging and rare art form and eventually was a strong enough sculptor to branch out on his own in 2004 and open StormWorks Studio," reads the bio on his website.