We've seen add-ons for locks to try and make them smarter, but it's about time the locks themselves gained some intelligence. Kevo ($TBA) is the first we've seen. This smart deadbolt uses Bluetooth 4.0, your iPhone, and a companion app to let you open your door using nothing but your finger. A ring around the lock lights up blue when it senses your presense, and turns to green once you've unlocked your door. The set also includes a wireless keyfob that offers the same functionality, and should you need to resort to old-school ways, it'll still open with a standard key, as well. Coming this summer.
If you looked at the title and thought "Chillsner? Sounds kinda like pilsner." then you're on the right track. The Chillsner ($30) is a new beer-chilling gadget that promises to keep your drink cold from the first beer to the last. To use it, you simply throw it in the freezer, and once it's good and cold, crack open your beer and put it down inside. Thanks to openings in the top, you can drink straight through it, or use it to chill your beer as you pour it into your favorite mug. Either way, it sure beats watering down your suds with ice.
Worried that your mats can stand up to the daily abuse you put out? You need not worry if you've got some of these SerpentSea Rope Mats ($250-$1500). Handwoven from reclaimed sailing ropes, they come in four different styles — Bonny, Drake, Morgan, and Killigrew — named after four of the most infamous pirates of the 17th century. All four also happen to be traditional knots that have been tied by sailors for centuries for both practical purposes and decor, and all four rugs are designed to be used indoors or out — just like the rope from which they're made.
Can your grinder really make that big of a difference in the quality of your coffee or espresso? Ask an owner of the HG One Grinder ($900), and they'll likely tell you "Yes." Designed to rival the quality of a commercial grinder in a hand-powered, household-friendly format, it features conical burr grinders that transform whole beans into an elegantly balanced blend of large and fine granules. And thanks to precise engineering, it should outlast your coffee maker for sure, and possibly even you.
There's an old adage that says you should never drink alone. With the Sasquatch Cocktail Shaker ($50), that shouldn't be a problem. This massive 110 oz. shaker is made from food-grade stainless steel, stands over 15" tall, and features a built-in strainer. Considering that 110 oz. is enough to make oversized drinks for over ten people, you'd better not be caught drinking alone with this thing — or people will think you're the one with the problem.
It's not quite like having an automated coffee shop in your kitchen, but it's getting close. The Jura Giga 5 Coffee Center ($5,500) is a Swiss-made, self-contained unit that can make up to two drinks at a time. Features include a color display with 19 individually programmable specialty drinks, dual ceramic grinders, dual heating systems, and dual pumps. It can make espressos, cappuccinos, or lattes, so pretty much most of Starbucks' menu, minus the syrup.
It's always classier to show up with a bottle of wine draped in some vino-specific carrier than to brown bag it like the homeless guy down the street. The Built Origami Wine Tote ($25) lets you do exactly that, without needing to carry some bulky thing home. Thanks to its unique design, it collapses down flat after use and is secured by the handle, making it easy to shove into a bag for the ride home. Available in black or the obvious dep red "Bordeaux".
Add a touch of class to your lighting setup with these Patrick Hartog Ceramic Cable Lights ($TBA). Inspired by mooring bollards, these simple white ceramic lights are made using slip casting techniques, then subsequently given life by the cabling, which is customizable to your preferences. A metal ring on the top adds a finishing touch and ensures the light stays balanced, so all you need to worry about is where to hang them.
When one of your favorite chairs has been on the market for nearly 60 years, it's a big deal when it gets a refresh. And the Eames Black Ash Lounge Chair & Ottoman ($TBA) is exactly that. Sporting black ash shells, deep black leather, and black aluminum pieces, it provides an interesting monotone take on the classic commonly associated with its blend of leather and wood veneer. The bad news? It's being released by Vitra, which doesn't hold the Eames license for North America — so plan on doing some travelling if you'd like to add one to your collection. [via]
It's sad to say, but your favorite jeans will eventually wear out — no matter how well-made they are. So it's best that we find a use for them. And Nudie Jeans Recycled Rugs ($600) will certainly work. These Scandinavian-style rugs are made from recycled and donated jeans that are cur into serrated strips, sewn together, rolled onto spools, and then hand-woven together in Turkey on a traditional manual shuttle loom. Measuring roughly 6' x 4.5', they're not quite large enough to become the centerpiece of a room, but can add a great splash of color to an entryway, kitchen, or oversized closet. Available exclusively at Nudie Jeans House, Los Angeles and Nudie Jeans Concept Stores globally.
Take a step back in time with the Hansen Family x Tivoli Audio Remix Sideboard ($TBA). Like the huge console record players of old, the Remix is designed around a particular sound system — in this case, Tivoli's Platinum Seriers RadioCombo ($800). Thanks to the custom construction, the Hi-Fi's three components blend effortlessly into their surroundings, and to make the integration even more complete, the Remix features a hinged back panel that tilts open to allow for access to cabling while hiding the mess the rest of the time. [via]
Just in case you've been wishing for an espresso machine that's shaped like a car engine, we bring you the Espresso Veloce V12 Machine ($TBA). Limited to just 500 pieces, this insane machine is handcrafted from common automotive materials like aluminum, magnesium, and titanium, and features a filter that resembles a coffee filter, dispensers that resemble tailpipes, and other little touches that tie the Veloce to its racing inspiration. Perfect for the garage, racing-themed man cave, or just a standard kitchen that happens to use a Ferrari as a dinner table.