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A Taste of What That Other 71% Looks Like

World Ocean Floor Map

The fact that we’ll never be able to check in with Foursquare on any point on this map, or post “I’ve been there” on Facebook, doesn’t detract at all from this accurate illustration of the ocean floor in our book. In fact, that’s half the reason we love it. Sure, it lacks the technical wizardry...

Neat Seat

Chool by Slam

If Slam gets their way, “Chool” will one day enter our vocabulary next to the terms, bench, seat and stool. Essentially their concept centers on a stool-like base that can be transformed into a chair by pulling up a nifty slidable backrest. Realizing that there were plenty of ways to iterate on this form, the...

Funnel Cake Friendly

Uhuru Design Coney Island Cyclone Lounger

Uhuru Design has created this beautifully contoured Coney Island Cyclone Lounger as a tribute piece to one of the last remaining rides at New York’s iconic park. Using reclaimed Ipe wood from the now demolished original boardwalk, the years of weather, salt water and wear show up wonderfully on a piece of furniture that is...

Blackhawk (for your) Down

Blackhawk Chest

The antithesis to your flat-packed chest of drawers, the hand-made aircraft-inspired Blackhawk Chest ($1,495-$1,995) supplants an otherwise staid piece of furniture into an instant centerpiece. Bedecked in matte patchwork aluminum panels with rounded corners the 2 or 3 drawer chest features exposed steel screws, inset drawer pulls and black cotton canvas lined drawers. Can a...

Well-Tooled

Pipe Wrench Coffee Table by Niemuth Design

Putting a literal spin on industrial design, this Pipe Wrench Coffee Table ($2,250) 16″ tall table is made from six bolted and welded plumbers pipe wrenches. Combined with the 24″ x 36″ 3/8-inch glass top the table weighs a hefty 80 pounds, so there’s no need to worry about a misdirected leg stretch moving this...

Fine Design

Wall & Decò Wallpapers

The work of Wall & Decò has nothing in common with the stuff you see on a typical Home Depot weekend. Yes, they technically make wallpaper, but they aren’t in the business of creating drab monothematic patterns. Instead, the firm is focused on balancing elements of photographic realism and graphic design to create wall-sized works...

Let there be efficient light

Plumen 001 Lightbulb

As captivated as we are with Ferrowatt bulbs, they aren’t exactly renown for their output and efficient lighting capabilities. The Plumen 001 lightbulb ($32) sheds illumination on a solution by literally unwinding the efficient (yet not entirely design-friendly) coiled low-energy compact flourescent bulbs. The Plumen can be installed in any standard socket or lamp, but...

Deadly, but not silent

Ninja Professional Blender

The Ninja Professional Blender ($95) doesn’t get credit in our book for being the first product to bring Ninjutsu into the kitchen — that honor stays with our trusty Ninjabread men. Still, its unique six blade technology and 1000 watts of power are quite deadly to anything you feed it. That’s because, unlike typical blenders...

Motolluminati

Classified Moto Vintage Motorcycle Lamp

After an “a ha” moment in his shop, Builder John Ryland of custom motorcycle maker, Classified Moto decided to repurpose leftover vintage motorcycle parts to create moto-inspired lamps. The lamps are virtually guaranteed to satisfy any moto enthusiast and are executions in simplicity — using a brake rotor as the base with a spring and...

Privacy is for the birds

Nestrest

You may consider your hammock a warm weather fortress of solitude, but is it your only option? We think not. Designed by Daniel Pouzet and Fred Frety with a hive/nest-like structure, the Nestrest hanging lounger is made of DeDon fiber weaved to provide sturdiness, durability and privacy. There’s even a wide variety of colors, patterns,...

Show off your travel itch

Luckies Original Scratch Map

Mankind has been in the business of documenting adventures basically since writing was developed. Names like Darwin, Dickens, Jefferson, Melville, Roosevelt, de Tocqueville, Steinbeck, Swift, and Roosevelt, did it, and there are plenty more where that came from. With the hectic pace of life today, many of us don’t have the time — or the...

Redefining "factory floor" furniture

AT-95 Peg Leg Cart

With roots firmly planted in Ohio, AT-95 (established in ’95, get it?) creates and designs furniture with an unapologetically industrial look and feel. Helmed by Dennis and Denise Blankemeyer, AT-95 prides themselves on not just American craftsmanship, but no-nonsense Middle American production. One of our favorite picks? The Peg Leg Cart ($799). Not an entirely...

Win(sn)o(w)

Ski Wine Rack

An excellent glass of wine after a long day of skiing is often just what the doctor ordered, particularly when your quads start to remind you how long you’ve been off the slopes. This Ski Rack Wine ($700) could be symbolic of that partnership, or just clever decoration for a chalet. In either case it’s...

Argh, thar' she... ooh, booze!

Wine Bar Treasure Trunk

What happens when you combine a wine rack and a treasure chest? You get the Wine Bar Treasure Trunk ($499). Each unique piece is handcrafted from sustainable, plantation-grown sheesham wood and includes hand-forged iron hardware. Inside you’ll find three separate compartments and removable dividers capable of holding up to 12 bottles of wine. The small...

By way of High Holborne

Circa 1880 London Map

Bring home the streets of mystery Sir Arthur Conan Doyle envisioned for Sherlock Holmes and Watson with this massive 68″ by 60″ reproduction of the “New Map of London”, circa 1880. Originally etched by historic cartographer G.W. Bacon & Co, the wall-ensconcing map is acrylic glazed and framed in black wood. Guaranteed to satisfy even...

So small, so Wright

Lego Architecture: Falling Water

Like smoking a pipe in your Batman Underoos, the Lego Architecture Series allows you maintain an air of sophistication while expressing your playful side. Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic Falling Water house continues that same spirit. The actual home still rests over a waterfall in rural Pennsylvania. Originally designed and built for The Kaufmann family in...

Hang (out for) Ten

PM Custom Love Seat

Designed by Paul McClelland, the principle designer for one-man shop PM Custom based in Miami, Florida, the PM Custom Love Seat ($2,500) offers a board sports inspired design. The straight-out-of-Laird-Hamilton’s-home design features a cold-molded plywood seat and back which are mounted to rubber bushings that move around as you do. The metal frame is made...

Swimsuit calendar? Pass.

Bike Exif 2011 Motorcycle Calendar

Calendars aren’t our preferred stocking stuffer, but if there’s one that graces your office wall this year, make it the Bike Exif 2011 Motorcycle Calendar ($14), a 28 page, year-long compendium with thirteen stunning photos of 13 equally motorcycles — motorcycles like Deus, Wrenchmonkees, Ritmo Sereno and others we’ve covered here on GP. Created by...

Gentlemen, Start Your Engines

Authentic Vintage Auto Posters

Tired of your old lady decorating the house with the same tired, vintage art-nouveau “French” posters we all recognize from Pottery Barn catalogs? Fight back with one-of-a-kind vintage auto and motorcycle prints from Vintage Auto Posters. Classic Porsche, Mercedes Benz and Ferrari prints can add some masculinity to your home while oozing the subtle class...

Still made of bricks

Lego Architecture: White House

We wonder if President George Washington knew how iconic and important the design of the White House would be when he chose James Hoban’s design on July 16, 1792. Fast forward more than 200 years and the Sandstone building is an icon of the the U.S. not just to its citizens but far beyond the...

Jetsons meets Eames

Dexel Crafted Boomerang Chair

In another passion-turned-company, Kurt Dexel decided to take his self-taught woodworking craftsmanship and engineering knowledge to create a line of mid-century, Danish-inspired furniture: Dexel Crafted. Melding highly angular lines with Dexel’s creations vary from coffee table to seating, but nothing better embodies his work (to us) than the Boomerang Chair (~$4,000). Inspired by a triangular...

Rack Em' Up

Thru-Block Wooden Coat Rack System

The Thru-Block wooden coat rack system ($600-$1200) is a modular solution for making the most out of your walls. Created by Portland designer William Ullman, each piece is made from reclaimed American Black Walnut and is completely modular. The foundational block measures 1 3/4″ x 1 3/4″ x 18″L and feature five evenly spaced holes...

Go Go Gadget Desk

Geek Desk Adjustable Height Desk

Naming your product Geek Desk ($800) is a good way to dissuade impulse buying from the image-conscious. If you can get past that though, this utilitarian desk is pretty nifty. Its surface area measures 78.75 inches wide by 31.5 inches deep, providing plenty of room for even the messiest of workaholics. Thanks to an integrated...

Cool as Ice. Hot as Fire.

Lava Cube of Fire

From the same country that brought us Magnus Ver Magnusson comes the next best thing in fire-producing-coffee-table-accessories. The Lava Cube of Fire ($379) is constructed of raw Icelandic lava, sits on an included wood stand, and burns non-toxic bio ethanol alcohol. The result is a bright, crackling fire which is guaranteed to one-up that sorry...

Know Your Woods

Naef Toys Wood Collection

Naef’s definition of toy may need some adjustment, but this Wood Collection ($140) is still a great way to expand your appreciation for a material that man has worked with for centuries. The set contains 21 different wood samples, ranging from pale linden wood to dark shaded walnut. On one side of each sample the...

Gentlemen, Light Your Fires

Enclume Hearth LR14

Golden are the leaves and crisp is the wind across your face: fire season is upon us. The craftsmen at Enclume Hearth have just the fireplace tool to help you embrace the changing weather. The Enclume Hearth LR14 ($320) is a front loading wood holder and fireplace tool set. Crafted with traditional equipment, the hammered...

First Class

1930’s French Postal Desk

Consider this. If you’re one of the lucky men who aren’t “assigned” a desk by some faceless human resources minion (work from home) then heaven forbid you relegate yourself to IKEA furniture. This antique French postal desk from Restoration Hardware isn’t a desk for the faint wallet. The design is simple yet effective. A broad...

Get Your Fry On Anywhere

Timber Ridge Backyard Host Deep Fryer

The time for outdoor cooking may be slipping away, but with Thanksgiving right around the corner there’s certainly one compelling reason, if you don’t already have thousands, for keeping a deep fryer waiting in the wings.

Walletica

Axis Typographic Maps

The combination of cartography and typography is pretty much everything GP could ask for in a print. Clearly we’re not alone in this sentiment, judging by Axis Map’s decision to create the Typographic Maps ($15-$195) series. These prints accurately depict the streets, highways, parks, neighborhoods, coastlines, and physical features of Chicago or Boston using nothing...

10 Movie Posters Inspired by Men's Style

Dress the Part Movie Posters by Moxy Creative House

What can we say? We’re suckers for cool posters that go above and beyond the typical dorm room fair. This latest batch we’ve discovered by Moxy Creative highlights 10 films via their iconic or hilarious style. Available as 11.75″ x 15.5″ prints, buying one will cost your $30 plus $7 shipping — which is pretty...

Game At Long Range

Sportscraft Step Back 3 Basketball Game

Think you’ve got what it takes to channel Larry Bird but never had the opportunity to show it off? Well the Sportscraft Step Back 3 ($150) might be your ticket. It works like any other basketball shooting game you might have played in your Chucky Cheese glory days with one welcomed twist in the form...

Michael Bay-Free Transforming

Metamorphic Chair/Stool/Table by Reeves Design

It goes without saying that we appreciate well-designed furniture from an aesthetics standpoint, but having a cool, practical feature definitely sweetens the pot. Case in point, the Metamorphic Chair/Stool/Table ($395) by Reeves Design is a handsome chair made from sustainable American Black Walnut that matches perfectly with a Combine Collective keyboard tray. Thanks to some...

By Land, Air or Sea

Military Chalkboard World Map

Whether you are developing the course for your next circumnavigation, a motorcycle tour through Africa or invasion, may we recommend the Military Chalkboard World Map ($799) as your platform from which to plot (if vintage maps aren’t your thing). The map pulls down like a window shade and can be the focus of your office...

Baseball Card for Adults

Lionword Illustrations

As a kid, dropping $2.99 on a pack of baseball cards came as naturally as ordering sprinkles on your ice cream. The pictures on the front were awesome, and the stats on the back were, well, stats. As we’ve grown up (term used loosely) the stats we used to ignore are now the same numbers...

Tony Hawk Meets Martha Stewart

Street Furniture

Attitude, irreverence and pushing the boundaries are almost synonymous with skate culture. So doesn’t creating furniture whose express purpose is to be skated on seem a bit like playing Pin the Tail on the Donkey sans blindfold? Created by Jurjen Semeijn for Dutch Design week, the Street Furniture exhibit was first showcased at Area Fifty...

X Marks Your Wall

Best Made Company Wood Block Print Vintage Maps

If you’ve even read one men’s publication (online, blog, or traditional) then you’ve probably come across the axes by Best Made Company. Justifiably so, they’re gorgeous. Best Made Company isn’t just a one trick pony, though. These one-of-a-kind woodblock print Vintage Maps ($50) harness the same explorer/woodsy feel, and don’t require any backbreaking swinging on...

Old Wood With A New Purpose

Haskel Sears Reclaimed Hardwood Furniture

We all love Ikea for what it is, but no self-respecting man passes a fiberboard desk down to his kids. At some point we have to grow up and invest in furniture that will leave a legacy, so it only makes sense to build with wood that already has one. Matt Sears believes man has...

Work on the Gold Cost, Literally

J. Rusten California Desk

American patriotism is great, don’t get me wrong, but to those from the golden state, California pride is first and foremost. The California Desk ($4,900) from J. Rusten Furniture Studio is far more sophisticated than hoisting a grizzly bear flag at the office. Not only is it made from a beautiful “curly-grain” Claro Walnut wood,...

... In the Rough

Diamond Lights

Despite the NYTimes declaring the fad “questionable”, our obsession with vintage filament bulbs is hardly dimming. The magic and nostalgia incited by the soft-glow of a naked, low-wattage bulb never ceases to make me want to spin up an LP and sip on Bourbon. If you’re looking for an alternative though, then take a look...

It's Like Some Kind of Hot Tube Time Machine

Chronotronix V400 Nixie Tube Clock

Dropping $415 on a clock may not be the most prudent use of your hard-earned cash, but then again the Chronotronix V400 Nixie Tube Clock isn’t on the same playing field as the bed side device you bash each and every morning. Featuring six Nixie tubes embedded within a cherry wood base that’s topped off...

Unique Breeze

Duplo-Dinamico Rotating Ceiling Fan

Sometimes you need a fan in a tight spot. Sometimes your room doesn’t warrant a Big Ass Fan. Sometimes you just want something to look at and either laugh or fondly admire. The Duplo-Dinamico ($1,000+) and its smaller, single brother Bianca ($451) fit that bill. Not only do they make for vertically aspirated conversations, but...

Pop Goes Your Office

IKEA Vika Viene Table Top

There’s a reason people submit to the torture test that is building IKEA particle board furniture — and it has nothing to do with Swedish meatballs. Instead it’s the schnazzy and clever design factor the company consistently provides for a rock bottom price. The Vika Viene Table Top ($99) is just another example of this...

Spin Class

Woolen Mills Belt & Pulley Fans

Sure, Woolen Mills Company’s Belt & Pulley fans move air, but to us they’re a little more about mechanical boyhood fantasies. Not so much mass production as massively creative, proprietor Jay Mill’s timeless designs are only complemented by a sensitive fabrication process: antique designs are created in a small pattern making shop, an Amish foundry...

Inspired by the Sea to Help You See

Royal Marine Tripod Table Lamp

Sailors bound to an office instead of their boat can still showcase their nautical leanings to colleagues with this Royal Marine Tripod Table Lamp ($395). More than just a clever design for supporting a light bulb, instead Restoration Hardware has meticulously reproduced the construction of a British surveyor’s tripod complete with machine-turned gear mechanism and...