Perhaps it’s the late nights at the lab, or just the fact that the ubiquitous glassware is so well suited for double duty brewing up a cup of joe, but chemistry and coffee have always seemed to go hand in hand. The Café Balāo is a coffee machine that even Mendeleev (or Gale Boetticher) could have loved: a siphon-like coffeemaker that borrows its design cues not from Nespresso, but from the equipment of a science-age chemistry lab.
Waaaaaant! A Reclaimed Firehose Bag. Hand-cleaned and assembled with a silk lining, they’ve gone from saving the lives of Britons to cradling your cosmetics.
A team of leather workers use scrubs and brushes to clean soot and grime off this reclaimed firehose material, which is then sewed into uber-durable washbags lined in old parachute silk. Go ahead, read that again. Clever, right?
Designers Elvis & Kresse collect their discarded firehose from “fire brigades around the U.K.” and have reclaimed something like 165 tons of material since they started up in 2007. Fifty percent of their proceeds are donated to a charity for families of firefighters, making the heavy price seem excusable. $100 at AHAlife.
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