With beautiful vineyards and natural scenery the Napa Valley is a breathtaking place to explore and visit and now it as another more man-made wonder to add to its already impressive beauty. The Valley Floor House ($TBA) is a brand new architectural marvel that features multiple gardens and courtyards. The Valley Floor House is actually a double residence that are connected by a glass foyer. The house includes both stone and cedar leadings that separate the areas of the house, and each room is fitted with its sliding glass doors that offer direct access to the outdoors and wondrous mountain views.
One of my favorite buildings of all time is the Fallingwater house built by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1934. Now you can have this little piece of American history in you're home or office with the Lego Architecture Fallingwater Set ($95). This set was co-developed with architect Adam Reed Tucker and captures all of the unique features of the original. The set measures 15" x 10." and contains 811 pieces.
The Micro 3D Printer ($299) surpassed its Kickstarter goal of $50,000 in 11 minutes and with 28 days to go is sitting at a cool million dollars pledged. So what makes this printer so compelling? Well the most obvious detail would have to be the price. With most 3D printers starting out around the $1,000 mark the Micro is incredibly affordable when compared to the field. It also features compatibility with either Mac, Windows, and Linux systems, can be fed ABS, PlA, or Nylon spools, has a 50-350 micron layer resolution, and a print base area of 109mm x 113mm. Check out their Kickstarter campaign for additional details and ordering information.
Sometimes you just need a little boost to your iPhone when trying to listening to music. Like when your hanging out on the deck with friends or on the beach. The Koostik Walnut Pivot Amplifier ($75) gives you just that bump in a very stylish case.The Pivot works with either your iPhone 4,4S, or 5 and the phones can be used in either landscape or portrait mode. Both positions provide you with enhanced audio through passive acoustic amplification. And not to worry if you're using a case. The Pivot can handle anything up to .5 inches thick. It is available in Hard Maple, Makore, Cherry, and Walnut and its contemporary styling and crisp geometric form will make it a great addition to any room.
One of the best teen movies that were churned out in the 80's, Risky Business ($5) follows the story of a kid from Chicago whose parents go away and leave him alone for a while to create carnage. Written and directed by Paul Brickman and starring a certain Tom Cruise in one of his earliest roles, this is a great movie for all ages as we see how all the best plans go very wrong very quickly. Also starring Rebecca De Mornay and Joe Pantoliano, this is a must seen movie whether you remember the 80's or not.
Anyone looking for that one comprehensive guide that will help them to both source and ultimately enjoy sustainable meat then Good Meat ($29) is it. Right across America we are seeing a massive surge in interest in organic food and locavore movements, and more and more of us are seeing terms such as free range and grass fed appear on menus. This has got people curious about where the meat they are eating actually comes from and this book answers all those questions. As well as all the tips and hints you will ever need for raising or buying sustainable meat there are also move 200 mouthwatering recipes, a carnivores utopia.