If Ikea built a bike it would probably look something like the Sandwichbike ($TBA). The Sandwichbike is the brainchild of Dutch design agency, Bleijh. It's made of wood and arrives at your doorstep in a single box. With less than 50 pieces the bike is easy to put together and once completed provides a smooth and sturdy ride. Currently, only pre-orders are being taken, with an expected delivery of late 2013.
When hundreds of fans of facial hair strutted their fuzz at the World Beard and Moustache Championships held in Anchorage, Alaska, renowned photographer Matthew Rainwaters was on hand to capture the action, The result is, Beard ($10), a collection of portraits that feature the most stylish, the bushiest and the downright strangest beers adorning the faces of men from around the world. The photos are taken in such a raw, stark manner these awesome beards speak for themselves although is a few words alongside them from several of the leading competitors including Steven Ra$pa and his unique creation Prepostero.
I've loved the idea of prefab homes for a number of years and some of my favorites are created by LivingHomes out of California. The company was started by Steve Glenn who wanted to create prefabricated homes that "feature modern form and functionality and an unprecedented level of healthy/sustainability materials and energy systems". He uses world renowned Architects like Ray Kappe and Kieran Timberlake, to make his vision a reality.The Ray Kappe LivingHomes RK1 ($600K) home was the first home created by Architect Ray Kappe and is Steve Glenn's primary residence. The RK1 uses approximately 11 modules that weigh about half a ton each. It was assembled in just eight hours in 2006 and represents Steves vision of creating homes that offer great form and functionality, are healthy to live in, and are extremely respectful of the environment and the communities in which they are built. You can get the RK1 with 4-5 bedrooms, 2.5-3.5 baths, and 2,560-3,100 square feet. There is also over 1,435 square feet of decking plus a multitude of upgrades available.
This is the debut cookbook from Gabriel Rucker, named as a James Beard rising star. Le Pigeon: Cooking At The Dirty Bird ($30) features a serious but at the same time playful collection of more than 125 recipes from Rucker's phenomenally successful restaurant in Portland. Dining at Le Pigeon is a culinary experience like no other as it celebrates both end of the cooking spectrum. Buffalo hot wings are taken to a whole new level thanks to sweetbread, simple potato salads become dirty with the inclusion of chicken livers and on the drinks menu you will find $3 Coors rubbing shoulders with premier cru Burgundies. This is the book that charts the rise of Gabriel Rucker to the very top of the food scene in Portland, and what a journey it is.
Check out the best movie you probably haven't heard of. Safety not guaranteed ($19.99) is a movie about three employee's of a magazine who try to find the story behind a classified ad. Supposedly the movie derived from an actual classified ad placed by a gentleman who was looking for a partner to join him in time travel. The movie stars Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, and Jake M. Johnson. If you're looking to kill an afternoon with a feel good independent film you can't go wrong with Safety Not Guaranteed.
The Native Union Monocle Speaker ($50) is one of the most flexible portable speakers around. The Monocle connects to your music device via a 3.5mm jack and can be held to your ear and used as a headphone or flipped around to be used as a mini boom box. If you need additional volume you can daisy-chain up to 10 of the speakers together. Additional features include a full duplex enabled microphone, a retro-inspired nylon chord, metal speaker grills and a volume control wheel on the speaker.