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Ok, so they are salt and pepper grinders/mills – not shakers – but they’re still perfect.  At least I hope they are – I’ve just bought them.  How’s this for a description:

”In the design process, we often perceive a Vipp product as a tool, which will be used to produce or achieve something – a tool that should preferably have a long lifetime. The Vipp salt and pepper mill is designed based on this line of thinking. As a result of strong materials, a ceramic grinder and particular focus on the sound experience, it is a tool that highlights the experience of quality every single time it is used.” – Morten Bo Jensen, Chief Designer at Vipp.

I’m really looking forward to the sound experience!  And now I know why they cost so much.

Of course buying them as proven to be a challenge.  They are made by Danish company Vipp (a company founded in 1939 with a single pedal bin).  I found them listed on Amazon – but they won’t ship them to NZ.  Then I found them on Design Public who suggested Bongo US (freight forwarder).  It costs to register with Bongo and then there is a verification process that takes a few days.  Then of course there is the cost – $100 to deliver to NZ

Over the years I have been tempted to start collecting salt and pepper shakers, but now I just go and look at the pictures from the collection at the Museum of Salt & Pepper Shakers.

Love this rooftop wind farm in Oklahoma.  Thought you might enjoy a link to Inhabitat to find out more (and get a better idea of what is going on up on that roof), rather than to Venger Wind (who built the turbines).  There are plenty of haters out there knocking this story and the numbers.  But I’m definitely a ‘glass-half-full’ kinda guy.  I absolutely agree that some information about ROI etc would provide greater context (and economics matter), and I didn’t try to verify their output numbers, but I totally support providing energy at point of use, and it being integrated into the design rather than an afterthought.

Ok, so we’re not going to rip our roof off and do this, but I love that we could.

I didn’t even know the ‘small wind industry’ existed.  No, I don’t need to snigger and reference bodily functions.  I do need to say that NZ should be a leader in this industry!

I think the JITO (Joinery Industry Training Organisation) is incompetent – based on my experiences with them.  I give them zero out of ten!  Unfortunately they provide the National qualifications in Kitchen and Bathroom Design (introductory, intermediate and advanced levels) for the National Kitchen and Bathroom Association. 

I’ve trying to do the introductory kitchen and bathroom design courses, and I think in every interaction I’ve had with them I have had to follow up.  I was gutted yesterday to get an email from JITO saying the one week course that was due to occur in four weeks time needs to be moved because the bathroom tutor isn’t available????  Unfortunately I can’t reschedule my leave…….

And I think I’ve found it – though in white of course, not black as pictured.  I love the summery feel they give a room, and the implied assumption that it gets hot enough to need to use them (hard to believe right at the moment).

It’s a Haiku fan (apologies for the music they play on their home page).  In their words:

“Haiku’s airfoils and central motor housing blend together into a single, seamless organic form. Internally, its award-winning motor and controls deliver silent operation and an 80% improvement in energy efficiency over other small ceiling fans.  The smooth, non-ventilated design gives dust nowhere to hide inside the motor and the entire fan can be wiped down for a comprehensive clean. All of this engineering comes beautifully wrapped in a sleek, contemporary package. No bells, no whistles. Just the world’s most perfect ceiling fan.”

Of course when we talk about perfect, we are aren’t referring to the price – this much beauty doesn’t come free – the one I want is USD$825.

Ceiling fans have utilized alternating current (AC) motors since the earliest models in the late 1890s.  These fans use a direct current (DC) motor.   The core of the motor is a permanent toroid magnet, which is apparently more efficient than the electromagnet used in most motors (I’ll just need to check with our electrician to see if we can install these in NZ??)