Great Balls of Ice

Whiskey on the rocks. For some drinkers, that’s their preference. For purists, whiskey should be had straight-up. But we imagine both groups could come together and share a drink cooled by a large, impressive-looking ice ball.

Indeed, well-to-do Japanese (preferring communalism over conflict) have been drinking whiskey with large ice balls for nearly as long as they’ve been drinking whiskey. Initially the ice balls were carved using an ice pick or, more dangerously, an ultra-sharp sushi knife. In recent years, though, the Japanese have been using a special ice ball molding machine. And now, thanks to the cool Japan Trends Shop, you can make ice balls by machine too.

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To Each Their Own Refrigerator Module

Nearly all refrigerators are designed for single-family households. Ask someone who has lived in a group house or shared living situation and you’ll get a story of woe about a time that someone was looking forward to enjoying a lunch of leftovers only to go to the fridge and find their meal usurped by a roommate. (Curiously, the speaker is always the victim in these stories, never the perpetrator).

To the rescue comes the Electrolux Flatshare Fridge—the refrigerator designed for shared living situations.

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Espresso Maker To Go
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What do a diamond and a shot of espresso have in common?

That’s no meant to be a bad joke. It’s a serious question. And the answer is: Both can only be made under pressure.

In the case of the shot of espresso the pressure is required to push hot water through densely packed ground coffee beans. Typically this requirement for pressurizing water has meant that effective espresso makers were relatively loud and large electric devices.

The Handpresso Wild, however, is not a typical espresso maker.

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Cool Websites For Home Remodeling & Redecoration

Home remodeling and decoration has been part of owning a house for as long as there have been houses to own. (Even back in the caveman days we can imagine Mrs. Caveman working to remodel the fire pit area while Mr. Caveman sought to improve his spear storage area.) In today’s real estate market fixing up a current home is an especially desirable option when compared to the difficulties of selling your house and buying a new one.

Here are our favorite websites for finding a contractor, finding home remodeling inspiration and finding new home furnishings:

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World’s Best Electric Kettle

If you haven’t used a Breville Variable Temperature Kettle you could be forgiven for thinking that all electric kettles were the same. If you have used a Breville then you already know the three qualities that make it the best on the electric kettle on the market:

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High Design For The Lowly Waste Bin
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Trash can. Rubbish bin. Waste paper basket. Whatever moniker you use it would take quite an ingenious design for that thing you discard used tissues and old toothpaste tubes into to win a prestigious gold medal at the International Design Excellence Awards. Yet that’s exactly what Eva Solo managed with either Eva Solo Bin.

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The Best Single-Cup Coffee Maker

The Keurig single cup coffee maker is one of those rare items—like a TiVO or a BlackBerry—that can engender a near cult-like fanaticism among its users. People tend not to simply own a Keurig but be possessed by them. One blogging housewife even exclaimed “I wanna marry my Keurig coffee maker!”

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Colorful, Stackable, Kitchenware
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Mixing bowls, colanders, measuring cups—such things can clutter a counter tops. The London-based design firm Morph brings some order to the kitchen with their Nest 8. The “8” refers to the number of items nested together: a sieve, a colander, two mixing bowls and four measuring cups. All of those items stack neatly together inside the large mixing bowl. Practical sorts will appreciate how little storage space the Nest 8 occupies. But Spot Cool Stuff? We’re more taken with the Nest 8’s high contrast colors and cool form factor. Check out more photos after the jump.


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