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Stahl Firepit: Modern Firepit for the Modern Home

With a simple design that only gets better over time, the Stahl Firepit makes a great addition to your carefully manicured yard or patio. It’s crafted from hand-selected quarter-inch A36 hot rolled steel that’s purposely left raw, allowing it to naturally lighten as you use it and develop a unique autumn-hued patina. It measures 32″ by 30″ and stands about a foot tall, and has an ingenious slotted five-piece build that lets you easily take it apart and reassemble as needed. Continue reading Stahl Firepit: Modern Firepit for the Modern Home

Black Barn Conversion: The Ancient Party Barn

Built from a derelict farm in the hills outside Folkestone in Kent, the Black Barn Conversion melds what could be salvaged from the existing structure with an interesting mix of found materials. The centerpiece of the main area is a tapered brick chimney that supports both a portion of the mezzanine that houses the bed and bathrooms and a cantilevered waxed steel staircase. Huge insulated shutters recall the original barn doors while protecting an equally grand rotating window, and the original green oak framing — or the portion of it that could be repaired — is largely cosmetic, with a steel exoskeleton providing support for decades to come.

THE ANCIENT PARTY BARN IS SHORTLISTED FOR THE STEPHEN LAWRENCE PRIZE

“We are thrilled that the Ancient Party Barn has been shortlisted for the prestigious Stephen Lawrence Award.”

The RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize is funded by the Marco Goldschmied Foundation, and was set up in memory of the teenager who was setting out on the road to becoming an architect when he was murdered in 1993.

The prize, which rewards the best examples of projects that have a construction budget of less than £1 million, is intended to encourage fresh talent working with smaller budgets.

Photos: Keith Collie and Will Scott / Liddicoat & Goldhill

Wood Studio House

Simple and form and materials, the Wood Studio House is designed to be eco-friendly in every aspect, from the direction it faces to the placement of the windows. It’s set on a hill above a town north of Barcelona, and built on top of an older structure to minimize its environmental impact. The wood that both frames the house and is used to clad the exterior and interior walls is sourced from the Catalan Pyrenees, there are solar panels on the roof for electricity, a small beehouse for honey, and water tanks that collect from the roofs and exterior pavement, in turn using it for irrigating the lawn and organic kitchen garden. The interior is similarly simple, with stark white floors and cabinetry contrasting with the natural walls, ceiling, and black fireplace with integrated wood storage.

Read more about it here at the Dom Arquitectura website.

Building a Wooden Bike from Scratch – Fettlers

Woodworker, Michael Thompson has taken it upon himself to create a functioning bike from nothing but wood. In this awesome look into the science of creating a fully operational bike, Thompson describes the ideation and process of crafting a bike made almost entirely of wood. Watch him at work in his woodworking studio and see what he has dubbed the “Splinter bike” in action.

BMX Bike Reinvented by Bogarde

BMX bike has reached its peak in 1991. Tuff, easy to handle with a unique look this bike is symbol of freedom for a whole generation. Iconic, it is highly represented in the 80’s culture and still strong in our memories.

Bogarde reinvents the original BMX spirit based on a retro-futuristic approach. Sleek and streamlined styling combined with crafted and original details create a strong and unique urban riding experience.

Three years have been necessary for Paris based label Bogarde to develop an 80’s inspired BMX. The idea was to create a highly evocative object only manufactured with premium materials in order to rediscover the original BMX spirit.

Bogarde presents a first collection, a 24″ bike that comes in three different colours and will be available in May 2015 through select concept-stores.

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BioLite KettleCharge

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Serious power. Clean water. On any stove.

Inspired by the outdoors while also keeping you prepared at home, the KettleCharge provides off-grid power and potable water in a matter of minutes. Unlike solar panels, the KettleCharge is ready night or day, and at 10 watts, it will charge USB devices as fast as a wall outlet, even tablets.

An evolution of BioLite’s core thermoelectric technology, the KettleCharge uses the water you boil to produce electricity. It works on a wide range of stoves and serves as a perfect personal-scale generator for your everyday devices. Just fill, heat, charge.

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KALAMAZOO OUTDOOR GOURMET

Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet is the leader in hybrid grilling technology. Their product line allows you to cook with any combination of gas, charcoal, or wood with grilling drawers that slide in above the burners. Taking customization a bit further, Kalamazoo also offers personalized grilling surfaces, allowing you to combine patterns for meat, fish, vegetables, hibachi and even add your initials or a short motto to the pattern so everyone knows who is responsible for that burger they’re enjoying. You can even add a sleek and modern piece of barbeque artwork to your patio with the contemporary series, or go for the full package and deck your space out with outdoor refrigeration or pizza oven.

SCOTCH | GLENMORANGIE 25 YEAR OLD

The rarest and oldest member of the Glenmorangie family, this is a single malt of notable class and intensity. Full bodied and sumptuous, the Glenmorangie 25 Years Old is the real embodiment of the distillery?s continued dedication to perfection. Matured in a range of casks including American white oak, Oloroso sherry casks and French Burgundy casks before being blended back together in exact quantities, the scotch is complex, bursting with deep flavours, and a perfect testimony to Glenmorangie?s knowledge and experience.

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SPA AT RANCHO BERNARDO INN

As a spa guest you will embark on a journey to complete relaxation. Experience your treatments in the outdoor garden oasis, temperature-controlled outdoor treatment cabanas, relaxing water features and sunning lounges. The Spa at Rancho Bernardo, located on the outskirts of the sunny city of San Diego has been voted the number one resort spa by Condé Nast Traveler.

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My #First international football tournament


They’d never left Africa. Never played on grass. So these young footballers from Ghana had a lot to prove when they travelled to England to play their biggest event yet. See how Vodaphone made it happen.

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