Saturday, May 15, 2010

You can't have these

From a blog called Stuff You Can't Have, here are some "apothecary jars" made of dried citrus rind festooned with doo-dads. I can't have them, but I admire the idea and the execution. Plus it's food related, so I'm there.

Other food-ish posts from Catherine McEver (the owner of the blog) have included a series of things you can do with Wonderbread, including embroidering it. (My sisters and I got no more creative than rolling it into small gray--a color contributed by our hands--balls, with which we then pelted one another.)

Friday, May 14, 2010

Penguins at the bar

Who doesn't love a penguin? Funny little guys waddling around in their tuxedos. It's so tempting to see them as humanesque, making it a real disconnect when their facial expressions never change. Wouldn't you like to see a penguin smile? (Oooh, wait, that might be creepy.)

But I digress.

Penguins have a great shape, and the designer of the above cocktail shaker clearly thought so too ($17 at Amazon).

After you shake it all up, pour that concoction into one of these glasses sporting an image of a gentoo penguin ($18 from Cafe Press). Had to look up the gentoo. It's a little unclear where their name comes from, though it's been suggested that it derives from a word meaning nice or gentle. I like that. Let's stick with it.

To keep this theme going, how about a Penguin seltzer maker? It's about $200, but if you drink a lot of seltzer, you'll end up getting your investment back in fairly short order. And the reusable glass bottles that come with the seltzer maker are really cool looking. (On a side note, this guy could also be one of the Skeksis from The Dark Crystal.)

Last but not least is penguin ice cubes. This particular mold makes a big block of ice with two little penguin bodies riding on top—like an ice floe floating in your drink. The penguin mold comes with a companion mold with 2 polar bears on it. Last I checked the link, you could get them at houzz for $17.
(Or for a mold that makes multiple penguin cubes, read my post about them here.)

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


It's true. There really is a website for everything.

A website called Jim's Pancakes declares its purpose to be "just trying to make some cool pancakes for my daughter." And that's what it is, pictures of pancakes Jim has made for his daughter.

But they are indeed cool.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

High-concept bowls

One thing I find frustrating in the world of blogs are the design blogs that show you the cool one-offs that artists and industrial designers come up with that will never see the light of day...or I mean the light of "you can buy it somewhere" day. I usually avoid mentioning those interesting but unattainable things.


...had to show these anyway. They come from a design duo from Vienna named Katharina Mischer and Thomas Traxler who make what they call "reversed volumes" by filling a bowl with a pigmented ceramic mixture and then pressing a fruit or vegetable into it. When the ceramic hardens, the fruit/vegetable is removed, leaving a "reversed volume."