Make real pression coffee in the wild.

This tip comes from Helen M. who, we suppose, like to have coffee al fresco. And in that case we can not but agree, because there is hardly anything that can top the smell and taste of freshly made coffee in the wild. If anything, it might be freshly fried chanterelles on a clear autumn day right at the best chanterelle patch…. But to the issue at hand. Helen thinks this coffee maker is worth a mention, and we agree. The kit contains a cooker with a one liter vessel and a burner, a coffee press, a container of propane and a bag of coffee to make four cups. Right now it is SEK 999:- (approx. USD 142:-) on sale at Naturkompaniet. Expensive? Er, yes, but…brbr

How to make really cool drinks.

This is from Jonas S. of Creative Design, and we know he is just looking to peddle his own goods here, since his company is the one selling these things. But, since we know about it, we can take it into consideration. And now we have told you, so you know, too. After all, that we must say that this thing looks pretty cool. We have been experimenting with freezing vodka bottles ourselves, but it has always been a bit of a hassle. You can hardly ever find just the right size for the water vessel; it is always way too big and thus it always takes forever for the thing to freeze. Now the IceJacket promises to make all that a bit easier. Just put the bottle in, lock the container, fill up with water and put it in the freezer. It is USD 35:95 plus shipping.brbr

It’s contribution day!

We must first sincerely apologize to all the good people out there who’s been sending us tips and during the past couple of months. We have been pretty busy and has not really had the time to get into the mailbag and go through all your kind contributions, and post the best ones. But now we will. We have quite a lot of reader contributions stacked up for your enjoyment, and today is just the first! Keep’em coming, we love you!brbr

The best of February on Smart stuff.

It seems a lot of blogs are fond of making monthly roundups. Maybe it is a good idea. Maybe a lot of smart stuff gets forgotten about when it could be appreciated by more people if we were to make such a monthly roundup, too. Let’s try it. Here’s our five favorite posts from the past month (it’s kind of hard to pick five but here goes):brbr
• Extra long finger plastersbr
• The inkless penbr
• The California car dusterbr
• The Multimirrorbr
• Electric power shifter for bicyclesbrbr
If you have missed any of these, we suggest you click and have a look. We do not think you will be disappointed. /Ed.brbr

Push and pull oven hook.

Now, as all our regular readers surely know, we prefer a good Nomex oven mitt anytime for handling hot pots and pans. But at the same time we understand that everybody else does not. So for all those out there who prefer a more mechanical way of handling hot pans and such things, here is the push/pull oven hook. We do think it is pretty clever. And it is not very expensive, either; just USD 5.99 (about SEK 42:-) on Walter Drake. brbr

Electrical bicycle auto shifter.

We suppose Shimano has done pretty much everything in bicycle gears except an automatic, so it was probably due. The new (?) technology is launched under the Coasting brand (almost unreadable site), and as far as we can gather it may be available in four bikes from three manufacturers; Trek, Giant and Raleigh. If any of them will hit Europe and Sweden is shrouded in uncertainty, by we think at least Trek has an importer, so maybe… The bikes shown are no sports rigs, they are more like something you’d pedal to the store with. The power shifter is located inside the oversized chain cover, and, if we are not mistaken, it’s powered by a dynamo in the front wheel. The actual gears are located in the rear hub. You’ll find a longer text on the Bike Gallery web site.brbr

Chair with coat hanger – stolen idea?

This chair from Pottinger Cole (right) has been doing the rounds lately. And why not, since it’s both smart and fun. It would be perfect by the bed, since it provides both coat hanger and beside table all in one. But even though it is smart, the idea is not exactly new. We already have a similar chair (left) in our archives, that one designed by Jörg Gätjens. Considering the fact that we found Jörg Gätjens’ chair already in December 2005, one might suspect that PC liked the idea and simply ripped it off to make their own interpretation.brbr

Charging box with integrated speakers.

Previously we have mentioned the Swedish Contactboxen, the Multipot and the charging box that is meant to be placed under a cabinet. Now we have another installment in the charging box series. Student industrial designer Alexander Lundqvist Cruz has created the Speakerbox and introduced it at the Stockholm Furniture Fair recently. The Cruz box is different from the others since it has integrated speakers allowing you to listen to your tunes while the phone or iPod is charging. So far the Cruz box is a concept, but with the proper interest, it may be produced.brbr

California car duster.

This dusting brush post is the result of a tip from good friends Klas and Tracy B. The brush has cotton strands treated with a special paraffin wax that collects and lifts off dust from the surface. The brush does not need cleaning, and it is supposedly very popular among the people on the custom car show circuit. We have actually never seen one in this country, but we have found it for sale on a couple of Swedish sites. In the US you can get wooden handled version from California Car Duster themselves for USD 19:99, or from Amazon- where it is USD 15:75.brbr

The Latvian water carrier and folding seat.

During the Stockholm Furniture Fair there was a special section with works by students at different art- craft- and design schools and colleges. Among them we found the Art Academy of Latvia in Riga. And among the works displayed these two struck us a both clever and good looking. The first (above) is the Yoke water carrying strap by Janis Valdmanis. The simplicity is compelling. A piece of rubber with room for one, two or three bottles, and an ordinary nylon strap.brbr
The other (below) was the Chiks folding seat by Kaspars Jursons, made from a metal tube with a fabric seat. The seat is small, but OK, and the whole thing small and light enough to bring along to the kids football or little league game, we suppose.brbr