Although the Mini Rocketman rolled out in full regalia at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show, don’t expect the bite-sized, BMW backed three-door hatchback to roll out of your parking spot anytime in the immediate future. Still merely a concept design, the Mini Rocketman captures the iconic look of the ever-loveable Mini, blends it with ultra-modern automotive technology such as a carbon fiber space-frame chassis and packs it in an 11 feet 3-inch frame. Coming in about a foot shorter than the current Mini Cooper you see wheeling about today, the Mini Rocketman is taking aim at ruling the sub-compact class. Complete with a glass roof etched with a Union Jack flag that glows thanks to integrated fiber optics, the Mini Rocketman is the looking to be the next big thing in a small package from Mini.
If you have been praying religiously for the day when you could receive coffee intravenously, unfortunately, you are still going to have to wait. During the interim however, you can thank the caffeine gods at Nespresso, because desktop coffee has arrived. The Nespresso PIXIE is not only the newest coffee machine by Nespresso, but also the smallest. Ergonomically designed, lightweight, yet sturdy and stylish with 6 available colors and two finishes, one of which that’s wonderfully christened, Electric Aluminum. However, the Swiss made PIXIE is not content with being only a good-looking single cup espresso maker. The Nespresso PIXIE is fast too, churning out perfectly tempered beverages in less than 30 seconds. Small enough to sit on your desktop, or the nightstand for that matter, the compact Nespresso PIXIE provides you with the robust coffee you crave, while not occupying too much space.
Before you venture off trail for that perfect place a few thousand feet up and secluded from modern civilization, you will want to take the ultra-lightweight Marmot Plasma 15 sleeping bag with you. Jam-packed with Certified 900+ Fill-Power Goose Down, EN tested (EN13537), with a 15F rating (hence the name), the Marmot Plasma 15 sleeping bag should keep you warm and comfy when the nasty wind and cold comes.
For the uninitiated, this may seem inappropriate timing, but where there is water there is potential to ride. That means it is always time and a place where you can pull out your board. Dakine makes a surfboard bag to protect your goods until you get there. The Dakine Daylight Deluxe Thruster Surfboard Bag has a 600D polyester top, heat reflective tarpaulin bottom and quarter inch padding for board cushion. The board bag has a heavy-duty zipper that won’t rust or rot away from all the salt and a convenient shoulder strap to carry your board just in case you might need to lug a bit further than the parking lot to the sand.
For work or for play, whatever your reason is for traveling, you need luggage strong enough to endure whatever random act of violence the airport deems fit to send it through. Also if you travel light and prefer to carry on, you are going to want something that is not a chore to get through security. That is where the Samsonite Pro-DLX Carry On Spinner comes in.
Here are some cool decorative lights we spotted, the stackable units are made from acrylic molds and one cord powers up to 18 lights. Meeting multiple purposes, the lights decorate and illuminate a room and can also serve as shelving. The Modular Lights from BubbleMiami come in sets of four and are available in Orange, Pink, White and Grey. Check them out here.
Modern Bamboo has quite a few spiffy products that we like, one of which is the Game Table. The stylized combination of two of our preferred materials, glass and wood, make for a great design. As with just about every other product offered by Modern Bamboo, the Game Table is an excellent example of the wonderful possibilities when you fuse design, technology and natural materials. The Modern Bamboo Game Table is available in Ebony, Cherry and Natural tones. For more pictures, dimensions and other products visit ModernBamboo
Now I must confess, I am not an Ikea shopper for some reason I simply held a distaste for many of their products despite how good they looked or apparently functioned. But darn it, I must say they do have a few nice items at great prices. One of those happens to be the Billy bookcase.
We picked up a several in the black-brown color with matching doors. The short size we selected gives a open air feel and a fresh look replacing our previous bookcases. Definitely a great purchase. Easy construction and they look great. Other colors are available but this matched our set up. $29.99 – $59.99 doors and modifications are additional.
Everyone should have one of these. Guys, girls and those of you who are somehow caught in-between. Perfect to sit wherever you decide so you can have easy, yet stylish access to those “must haves” when the mood is come upon you.
A doormat that will surely get a giggle out of all of your first time visitors. Heck, on a bad day, Mat might even make you smile. The Hi. I’m Mat doormat is made with 100% Olefin indoor/outdoor carpet and is printed with color-fast inks. $18