Product of the day: Thonet – LUM

Clear design and individual lighting: the LUM floor lamp Thanks to the use of the newest LED technology the LUM luminaire guarantees a bright and brilliant colour rendition. Formally, the luminaire is reduced to a minimum; it is elegant and usable in many ways. The product offers plenty of sophisticated technology: high luminous efficacy, extremely low power consumption and a warm light for reading. It can be switched on and off via a touch sensor, it can be dimmed and it memorises the last setting (memory function). In addition, it has a sleep timer (the light automatically switches off after 4 hours) and a nightlight which wraps only the frame in gentle light. By turning the vertical light bracket, the direction of the light can be variably changed up to 340°.

A photographers view of Orion FTE-1’s test flight

(Original post in Spanish here: http://blog.flickr.net/es/2014/12/17/lanzamiento-orion-fte-1/)

On December 5th, we saw one of the most important days in the history of human space exploration. The first test launch of NASA’s Orion spacecraft opened a new era in transportation.

Flckr members had the opportunity to meet many interesting people working in social media from all around the US, UK, Canada, and Mexico. We were able to witness the magic that goes into powering the stunning space crafts, we learned a great deal about space and science, but what we loved the most was that we had the opportunity to admire the amazing work of the photographers shooting the launch.

We even got a nice surprise from Elmo, who made us laugh!

The first stage of Orion’s journey was a success, and we want to share with you the story we witnessed during our time at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Have a look at the first step for humankind’s Journey to Mars and visit Orion’s official page in Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/nasaorion/

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Tory Bruno United Launch Alliance, CEO
Orion EFT-1
Delta IV Heavy in the Launch Facility
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Orion at 6:46am
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The Vehicle Assmbly Building (Inside)
Elmo & Astro Ricky Arnold talking about #Orion at KSCVC 12/04/2014
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DELTA IV-Heavy | ORION EFT-1
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Orion first flight
The birds flew away from the take off ...
Astronauts celebrate Orion's successful splashdown
Orion Recovery

Patricia Urquiola bathes with gold

This Week in Booze-Based Designs: Liquor-Loaded Shoes, a Moustache Protector and a DIY Whiskey Flight Server

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The holiday season is when we start seeing some wacky promotional products, and this first one's a cake-taker. Johnnie Walker partnered up with shoemaking outfit Oliver Sweeney to produce these Leather Brogues. And yes, what you're seeing is real: The $489 kicks come with hollow compartments in the heel for the wearer to stash airplane-sized booze bottles.

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Moving up from the feet towards the top of the body, the manufacturer of the Whisker Dam figures their drink-topping gewgaw will solve a pressing problem for the mustachioed. This "handcrafted to perfection" piece of copper, "dressed with a timeless patina," is meant to protect your moustache from beer foam. H.I.A.H.

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And finally, YouTube tippler The Drunken Woodworker shows you how to make a candle holder. I mean, you tell your spouse and in-laws that it's a candle holder, but we all know the thing is for serving whiskey flights:

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This Week in Booze-Based Designs: Liquor-Loaded Shoes, a Moustache Protector and a DIY Whiskey Flight Server

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The holiday season is when we start seeing some wacky promotional products, and this first one's a cake-taker. Johnnie Walker partnered up with shoemaking outfit Oliver Sweeney to produce these Leather Brogues. And yes, what you're seeing is real: The $489 kicks come with hollow compartments in the heel for the wearer to stash airplane-sized booze bottles.

0boozedesigns2.jpg

Moving up from the feet towards the top of the body, the manufacturer of the Whisker Dam figures their drink-topping gewgaw will solve a pressing problem for the mustachioed. This "handcrafted to perfection" piece of copper, "dressed with a timeless patina," is meant to protect your moustache from beer foam. H.I.A.H.

0boozedesigns3.jpg

And finally, YouTube tippler The Drunken Woodworker shows you how to make a candle holder. I mean, you tell your spouse and in-laws that it's a candle holder, but we all know the thing is for serving whiskey flights:

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In the Details: Building the Perfect Spork

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When Micah Baclig embarked on his senior degree project at the Rhode Island School of Design last year, he wanted to create an object that spoke to the ideals of our modern society. "We are a more globalized community with almost instant access to unprecedented amounts of information," Baclig says. "We are constantly striving to do more, learn more and experience more of this life around us." So he created...a spork.

Specifically, Baclig created a compact aluminum spork that he has dubbed Kuma, and which he is now funding on Kickstarter in an effort to do a production run for next year. (As of press time, he had raised more than 80 percent of his $18,000 goal.) But wait—why exactly does today's globalized, information-soaked society need a reusable aluminum spork?

Kuma is the result of Baclig's insatiable curiosity and fascination with eating utensils—their history, how they work and what cultures created them. "From forks to chopsticks to even our own hands, what we eat with says something about who we are and where we came from," Baclig says. "Growing up in Hawaii with multi-ethnic parents, I constantly experienced this dynamic between food, utensils and culture. I fondly remember the times at the dinner table when my father, a first-generation immigrant from the Philippines, would put down his utensils to eat a meal he particularly enjoyed with his hands."

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For his degree project, Baclig focused his interest on eating tools that were both multifunctional and portable, which immediately brings to mind the spork. "In trying to be both a fork and spoon the spork is neither, which for some reason fascinates me," he says. "I also appreciate the spork's subtext of trying to achieve an ideal functionality."

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In the Details: Building the Perfect Spork

MicahBaclig-KumaSpork-1.jpg

When Micah Baclig embarked on his senior degree project at the Rhode Island School of Design last year, he wanted to create an object that spoke to the ideals of our modern society. "We are a more globalized community with almost instant access to unprecedented amounts of information," Baclig says. "We are constantly striving to do more, learn more and experience more of this life around us." So he created...a spork.

Specifically, Baclig created a compact aluminum spork that he has dubbed Kuma, and which he is now funding on Kickstarter in an effort to do a production run for next year. (As of press time, he had raised more than 80 percent of his $18,000 goal.) But wait—why exactly does today's globalized, information-soaked society need a reusable aluminum spork?

Kuma is the result of Baclig's insatiable curiosity and fascination with eating utensils—their history, how they work and what cultures created them. "From forks to chopsticks to even our own hands, what we eat with says something about who we are and where we came from," Baclig says. "Growing up in Hawaii with multi-ethnic parents, I constantly experienced this dynamic between food, utensils and culture. I fondly remember the times at the dinner table when my father, a first-generation immigrant from the Philippines, would put down his utensils to eat a meal he particularly enjoyed with his hands."

MicahBaclig-KumaSpork-2.jpg

MicahBaclig-KumaSpork-3.jpg

For his degree project, Baclig focused his interest on eating tools that were both multifunctional and portable, which immediately brings to mind the spork. "In trying to be both a fork and spoon the spork is neither, which for some reason fascinates me," he says. "I also appreciate the spork's subtext of trying to achieve an ideal functionality."

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Hand-Eye Holiday Hits: Tosa Kitchen Knives

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These beautiful and affordable chefs' knives are hot off the presses in Tosa, Japan and ready to head straight into the hot mess of your kitchen. Great for both beginners and cooks with an eye for quality, their hand forged blades ideally blend toughness with incredibly sharp accuracy. High carbon steel (hagane) on the inside, forged to hammered iron (jigane) for tensile strength on the outside, with a simple handle that will gain patina with use. The Nakiri is a perfect prep knife for careful chopping, its double bevel and square shape comfortable for controlling large broad cuts and general vegetable business. The Funayuki is a deft single-bevelled all-purpose knife that shows particular strength in precise cuts, fillets, skinning and peeling. Combine their powers and the world gets more delicious. $40-$48 at Hand-Eye Supply!

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