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Symbol Audio’s Retro Modern, All-in-one Record Console

modern retro console symbol audio

modern retro console symbol audio
photo: Modern Record Console  

If the man in your life loves music, here is something that will please your design style and give him all the bells and whistles that he is craving for. New-York based Symbol Audio handcrafts modern audio HIFI consoles and vinyl LP storage cabinets in the tradition of fine furniture. If you like its 1950s look, start to save for his Christmas gift because I read on Core 77 that the Modern Record Console will run you about $15,000.

Symbol Audio produces three products, all designed by Blake Tovin and Matt Richmond. The Modern Record Console is an all-in-one American walnut unit that mixes the old technology with the new. You can play vinyl records or switch the selector from turntable to WiFi and stream from any digital source through the built-in wireless router and control music selections from your iPhone, iPod, iPad or computer.

lp storage cabinet by symbol audio

For LP collectors, the LP storage cabinet is available in 2 sizes storing either 320 or 640 LPs. The top can hold your turnable and audio components. Price ranges from $2,750 to $5,250.

FOOD + DRINK TABLEWARE

Three Festive Platters and a Tray for Summer Entertaining

platters for outdoor entertaining

There is nothing like great patterned platters to cheerful an outdoor table. Two of of three would make a cute Father’s Day gift that the kids could give to their dad.

platters for outdoor entertaining
Kärringen mot Strömmen Tray
$32 USD at Huset | French Bull Multiplaid Platter $18 USD | Striped Carnival Tray $9.99 USD at World Market

As a bonus, I suggest BÄRBAR, a cute birdie tray by IKEA. I received it at an event earlier this year and love it. BÄRBAR won’t break too much the bank of the kids.
barbar tray

BABY products FAMILY

Baby Shower Gift Ideas – Part 3: Stylish Dad

bugaboo black canvas bag

bugaboo black canvas bag

Baby showers aren’t just for moms anymore. More and more, Dads-to-be and their guy friends are being invited to join in the celebration of their baby. Of course, dads probably won’t get excited about blankets and bottles, so you’ll have to get creative with your gift. Here are a few ideas that can help them make the transition to fatherhood.

Books

Guys need just as much guidance as moms-to-be, so check out the parenting section of your local bookstore for titles to help him on the journey.

Bugaboo Canvas Bag

Can you blame dads for not wanting to tote typical diaper bags? In recent years, diaper bags have come a long way in the style department. A perfect example: the sleek design of this guy-friendly diaper bag from Bugaboo is practical enough to stash baby gear and stylish enough for a new dad’s day-to-day activities. It comes in black canvas, brown canvas and black leather.

Rockabye Baby Music

On the hundredth listen, even lullabies can be less-than-soothing. Rockabye Baby specializes in lullaby remixes of popular music from bands like The Rolling Stones, U2 and The Ramones. The music will delight both Dad and baby.

And make sure to have a look at our baby basics and decor gift ideas.

SOURCING:
+ For Canadians: Bugaboo Black Canvas Bag $164 CAD at Ella + Elliot
+ For Americans:  Bugaboo Black Canvas Bag $129.99 USD at Bugaboo
+ Rockabye Baby Music $16.98 USD

COOKING tools FOOD + DRINK

Archimede’s Scale by Acquacalda

archimede scale by Acquacalda

archimede scale by Acquacalda

Science has never been as easy to use in your kitchen. I will dispense you from the physics behind it is, but what you need to know is that you determine the weight of what is inside the bowl by immersing the bowl into water. I am not sure if I will like to do that every day but I think it looks pretty cool. Plus, I imagine that many guys out there who would love to have Archimede’s Scale in their kitchen.

This was presented at the 2010 Milan’s Design Week. I found no information on if, when or where you can buy the Archimede’s Scale. Therefore, I am still on the hunt for the perfect Father’s Day gift ideas.

+ Archimede’s Scale by Acquacalda
+ via Cool Hunting

DESIGN and style LIVING

Shwowp will put the Wow into Shopping

introducing shwowp.com

Shwowp is a project launched by two extremely talented persons: my husband Jérôme Paradis and Tara Hunt (@missrogue). As a consumer and a blogger, I am very excited by what they wish to accomplish with Shwowp. I cannot reveal you more at this point but I know that it will interest you. But I wish to invite you to sign up to be the first to learn how they will put the Wow into online shopping.

Little Bit More about Tara Hunt

the whuffie factor by tara hunt

In case you do not know, Tara Hunt published a wonderful book about the power social media earlier this year. Her book is titled The Whuffie Factor. I encourage you to read it. Tara tells us why and how to build social capital through our actions and the conversations we have in social networks. It is a marketing book that can be useful whether you are building a startup, you own a small business or you work for a large corporation. It would make a wonderful affordable Christmas gift.

SOURCING:
+ More details on Shwowp
+ The Whuffie Factor by Tara Hunt $16.50 USD

ENTERTAINING PAPER goods

Silhouette Stationery and Cufflinks by Le Papier Studio

silhouette stationery by le papier studio

Designer and mom Vana Chupp launched Le Papier Studio in 2008. Her art is influenced by the family life. She captured the innocence of childhood with a unique line of personalized silhouette stationery and artwork.

silhouette party favor stickers by le papier studio

Her personalized silhouette party favor stickers are cute. With a choice of over 40 silhouette models, 10 colors and 14 fonts, the stickers can fit your kid party themes. For a little extra, she can custom made a silhouette based on a photo.

Not just Paper Goods

stainless steel silhouette cufflinks by le papier studio

She recently added two personalized jewelry items to her collection.  Get these stainless steel cufflinks for the proud dad or the newlyweds. Vana personalizes the insert of the cufflinks. She also makes silhouette glass pendant necklaces.

SOURCING:
+ Silhouette Party Favor Stickers starts at $14 for 12
+ Stainless Steel Silhouette Cufflinks $48 USD

FOOD + DRINK TABLEWARE

Stylish Bento Boxes for Him and Her

elegant masculine bento boxes

There is something about bento boxes that made them desirable. We often see the same ones. So I dig to see if I could find something different. Bento & Co carries products that are normally unavailable in the North American market. In fact, I was in awe with so many products that I will do two posts.

Bento Boxes for Him

Men do not wish to bring at work the cheerful bento boxes that we typically see here. As more people are getting concern with eating healthy food, I feel there is a market for bringing lunch at work. If you do not wish to cook your own lunch, why not plan with a local caterer a week of lunch meals? Bring your Bento boxes and ask them to set up your meal by day. One the morning, you just need to grab a bag.

Bento & Co proposes stylish masculine boxes. Select from the professional-grade stainless steel Zen boxes or the classic black boxes. The elegant fake-wood boxes go inside the microwave and are dishwasher safe.

Cool Way to Carry your Bento Boxes

chic ways to carry your bento boxes for her

Bento & Co also sells kits with one or two bento boxes, a chopsticks carrier and an assorted bag. A belt is used to secure the boxes and chopsticks carrier. It is really elegant.

Another way is the furoshiki wrapping technique. Here they have done the basic wrap.  The 100% cotton tea pot furoshiki looks great.

About Bento & Co

Founded by a Frenchman and his wife who lives in Kyoto, Japan, Bento & Co ships in many European countries, in Canada and in the United States. The only thing is that their site is only in French as far as I know. But there are lots of pictures for you to understand each product. They support Paypal.

SOURCING:
+ Dragon Black box 18.80 EUR, set 31.80 EUR
+ Zen 02 41.80 EUR
+ Bento Ajira fake wood 19.80 EUR
+ Furoshiki Tea Pot wrapping fabric 5.50 EUR
+ Kimono Pink Long box 17.80 EUR, set 29.80 EUR

ENTERTAINING OUTDOOR entertaining

Father’s Day Gift Ideas for Outdoor Entertaining

galvenized metal entertaining pieces at pottery barn :: right style for father\'s day

Doing a BBQ is a typical Father’s Day celebrations. Since your dad probably already owned all the barbecue gadgets already, turn your attention to the bar.

Pottery Barn introduced a collection of Galvanized Metal Serving Pieces that feel masculine and cute at the same time. A clear sealant was applied for a lasting good look and to deliver a rich patina. Sadly, the large Party Bucket with Bottle Opener and the 6-Bottle Drink Caddy are not longer available.

Bar Carts

santina teak console table at pottery barn

I like the Craft style of the Teak console table. I used a console table as a bar/cooking station. Its versatility makes it indispensable.

capri bar cart at pottery barn

For smaller space, opt for a synthetic rattan bar cart. It is made of Viro, a premium synthetic designed to withstand extreme weather conditions without wear. As you can see , you can pack a lot of cans, bottles and glasses on the Capri bar cart.

SOURCING:
+ Galvanized Metal Serving Pieces $24 – $69 USD
+ Galvanized Metal Tray $49 USD
+ Acrylic Drink Dispenser $49 – $69 USD
+ Santina Teak Console Table regular $699 on sale at $559 USD
+ Capri Bar Cart $799 USD

TABLEWARE

Chic Modern Decanters by Italesse

Two more gift ideas for wine lovers.

italesse decanters :: alavin :: vinocchio

A magenta ice cooler feels like bringing the Pantone colors at your table. Designed in 2007 by Archikò, Alavin aerates and cools wines and beverages in a kit. You place ice cubes or crushed ices inside the colored base. If you drink red wines, use only the carafe.

An earlier creation by Archikò is Vinocchio. You can feel the same influence executed in a more masculine vibe. Features include a slanted non-drip spout and a decanter that sits nicely in the hand or on the deep bottom acrylic base.

I did not find retailers in North America. So if you know one retailer which carries the Italesse decanters, feel free to contact me.

SOURCING:
+ Alavin Magenta – at Kent Design, a Swedish store
+ Alavin by Italesse – 108 ?
+ Vinocchio by Italesse – 109 ?
+ Vinocchio Orange – £57.89 at TheDrinkShop.com

ENTERTAINING OUTDOOR entertaining

Cool Picnic Gear for Father’s Day

cool picnicware for father\'s day :: john lewis :: picnic funFather’s Day is the third Sunday from now (June 15th, 2008). I will give you a head start with these tasteful and practical gift ideas for your dad.

Picnic Drinkware

The red and aqua outdoor tumblers, hi-ball glasses, wine glasses and jugs by John Lewis remind me of the hip nautical palette I showed you two weeks ago. I enjoy these gender-neutral festive hues for summer.

Picnic Blankets / Rugs

For lunches on the grass or free summer concerts in the park, a picnic rug comes handy.

I have never seen picnic blankets as fashionable as the John Lewis Ascot Picnic Rug. Very British style!

But dads may prefer the more masculine brown or navy John Lewis Picnic Rug in a Bag. The look is also more casual.

Food Cooking and Carrying

If your dad likes going to the games, here is something to impress his pals. He will be thrilled to receive a Tailgater Grill and Cooler. You can join an optional trolley.

For a vintage look, go for the red tin picnic basket. Discover inside a removable willow tray filled with a painted flask, 2 ceramic plates, 2 mugs, cutlery for 2 including 2 embroidered napkins. It is a no-brainer picnic kit for dad. And mom too! We know that with their busy schedule, parents appreciate things that simplify their life. A picnic basket for 2 will give your parents a chance for a romantic get together.

SOURCING:
+ John Lewis Aqua Acrylic Picnicware – price: 1.50 – £10
+ John Lewis Red Acrylic Jug – price: £10
+ Blyton Vintage Picnic Basket for 2 at Picnic Fun – price: $160 USD
+ Vulcan Tailgater Grill and Cooler – price: $145 USD
+ John Lewis Ascot Picnic Rug – price: £50
+ John Lewis Picnic Rug in a Bag – price: £35

BABY showers ENTERTAINING

Men-only Baby shower + Father’s Day Gift Idea: Dad Diaper Bags

Dude Shoulder Diaper Bag

The newest trends towards men-only baby shower party and the even more popular parent baby shower party has contributed to the popularity of the dad diaper bag in the wish list.

Modern dads take care of their babies. But& men do not want to be seen with a female design diaper bag. So why not give a truly masculine diaper bag to the father to be.

I came across these dad diaper bags that are on sale. Available in camouflage or black color, this stylish shoulder diaper bag comes with a super comfy strap that goes across the chest with a padded back for extra comfort.

A padded changing pad, two handy clips for keys and a cell phone holder adds practicality to this bag. The Dude Shoulder Diaper Bag is currently on sale at wrapables.com for $39.95, a $20 savings.

A Brand from Two Dads

If you are looking for something even better, then check out the DadGear product lines. DadGear is born out of the mind of two dads to be who realized that the diaper bag market felt short of father expectations.

DadGear worked hard to ensure that their products don’t look like diaper bags because this is not what men want. Their collection looks like normal backpacks, messenger bags and sport bags on the inside. The difference is in the inside. The bag interior is cleverly made for carrying around all the baby gear with lots of easy access features.

DadGear messenger diaper bags

I found a video on dadlabs.com that let’s you experience the fantastic features of DadGear messenger bags. Take a look; you will see what is so great about these man diaper bags. The Billboard messenger bag series is eco-friendly too. Recycled highway billboards become the bag material so each one is unique.

Women looking for the DadGear clever design diaper bags can find a female line at DaisyGear.com; so we do not have to be jealous. The line is more of hard core styles than on the pretty side. When you are wearing cool jeans or going to meet your snowboard buddies, these are the kind of diaper bags, a mother should bring.

Going back to the Father’s Day gift ideas, the most innovative products are certainly the DadGear Diaper Vest and the Cargo Jacket. Take all of the functionality of their diaper bags and incorporate them into a stylish fleece piece of clothing and these are what you get. The Vest and Cargo Jacket are perfect for the short trip and for older babies.

I am just starting the gifts section on my blog. I will give you more gifts ideas for the celebrated person, the hostess and the party favors. So come back to see what I dig up.

Link: Dude Shoulder Diaper Bag at wrapables.com
Link: Store listing for the DadGear collection – click on International for Canadian listing
Link: Video on the Billboard messenger diaper bag on dadlabs.com
Link: Web site of DaisyGear – the female side of DadGear