Monthly Archives: November 2013

iPhone Dock Has Manifold Admirers

An untold number of iPod/iPhone docks are on the market, but none speaks to the audiophile who is also a petrolhead like The Formula One Speaker Dock. Enzo Ferrari once said the sound of an engine should be listened to like a symphony. Little did he know the manifolds of his cars could someday play Mozart’s finest.The Formula One Speaker Dock

This dock is constructed from the left or right exhaust manifold of a retired eight-cylinder F1 engine of your choosing, including a 1978 Cosworth DFV, 2006 Renault RS26, 2007 Ferrari 056 and others. Crafted in Modena, Italy, the cradle of Italian racecar innovation, the manifold’s four headpipes house two silk-dome, 70-watt tweeters and two PPM-cone, 70-watt mid-range speakers that provide clear highs and mids. The end of the manifold’s collector tube houses a doped-paper cone 140-watt active subwoofer driven by a high-density flux ferrite that provides booming bass.

It’s a beautiful repurposing that marries fine mechanical workmanship with the high-tuned nerves of a Formula One tailpipe. And it isn’t the first time we’ve repurposed the spirit of a classic automobile into a new object. The 1959 Corvette Billiards Table meticulously reproduces the classic convertible from real chrome bumper to real chrome bumper, complete with gleaming grille, curves, and working versions of the trademark four headlights.

Inventors and tinkerers alike have long repurposed auto parts into objects either fun or functional. Artist John Kearney is known for his whimsical animal sculptures crafted from car bumpers. Many cars have been given second lives as furniture in dining rooms, bedrooms, living rooms and offices. And at least one old car has been turned into a chicken coop!

But why stop with auto parts? The DIY community and social networks like Pinterest are rich with ideas for transforming ordinary objects into eye-catching furniture, guaranteed to be one of a kind.

Cordless Christmas Decorations Let Christmas Glow All Around Your Home

Have you ever wanted to decorate your front door with a lighted Christmas wreath, but had no practical place to plug it in? Or imagined the centerpiece on your table casting a warm glow, but without the flames and waxy mess of candles?

Our cordless Christmas decorationsCordless Christmas Decorations require no electric outlet, allowing you to place them anywhere indoors or out. This prelit trim is available in a variety of styles from wreaths and sconces to swags, garlands and hanging baskets. Each cordless decoration is festooned with energy-efficient, white LED lights that have a life of up to 20,000 hours (that’s more than 20 holiday seasons). Many of the pieces have a timer that can be set to stay on for six hours and automatically turn off for 18 hours. Batteries will power the lights for an entire holiday season.

Choose trim with lifelike Noble fir and pine boughs, poinsettias, holly berries, ornament balls and even petunias or geraniums. Boughs and blooms are made from weather-proof materials to provide festive color for years to come.

Hammacher Schlemmer’s Landmark Store Offers a Fresh Look at Innovation

Hammacher New York Store InvitationOn Wednesday, November 20th, 2013, Hammacher Schlemmer will unveil its newly renovated landmark store in downtown Manhattan. The reimagined space features updated lighting, modernized display cases, and a new floor made of solid stone and hardwoods, providing an exceptional environment in which visitors can examine in person the innovative, problem-solving products for which it has become known for over 165 years.

Hailed in more recent years by The New York Times as a “renowned purveyor of bizarre gadgetry and elegant gifts”, “a mind-boggling treasure house of esoteric items” by the San Francisco Chronicle and Examiner, and “the darling of potentates and all manner of celebrities” by Town & Country, Hammacher Schlemmer began as a hardware store in New York’s Bowery district in 1848—a full 13 years before the Civil War began.

It quickly gained a reputation for offering some of the best tools to be found in the city. If an industrious mid-19th century New York craftsman needed a mortise gauge, saw bummer, or plumb bob, he sought it from Hammacher Schlemmer either in-person or by phone—in 1876, the store was listed among the initial 271 original subscribers to the New York City Bell Telephone directory.

A natural result of its burgeoning business, the company published its first catalog in 1881. Now the industrious craftsman could send for a hard-to-find tool not commonly found elsewhere. In 1896, it became one of the first retail stores to install electric lights. In 1902, when there were only 600 “horseless” carriages in New York City, the company opened the first auto parts department. Perhaps the greatest compliment to its reputation was provided in 1916, when Czar Nicholas II sent for one of every item in the store for use as manufacturing masters in anticipation of the Bolshevik Revolution.

To accommodate a growing assortment of products, the original store moved locations within Manhattan, finally arriving at its present location at 147 E. 57th Street in 1926.

During the 1930s and 1940s, the name Hammacher Schlemmer became synonymous with innovation. It introduced the first pop-up toaster (1930), electric razor (1934), and steam iron (1948), followed in later decades by the first electric can opener (1956), microwave oven (1968), and telephone answering machine (1968).

Visitors to the store in those days browsed among velvet-lined display cases after a greeting from doormen donned in tailcoats, the early manifestations of a fine shopping experience and superior customer service legacy that can be encountered today. Such an experience has compelled heads of state, royalty, stars of stage and screen, and captains of industry to visit the store to investigate its innovations. In addition to visits by those bearing the well-known names Vanderbilt, Morgan, and Rockefeller, F.D. Roosevelt favored kitchen equipment while J.F. Kennedy purchased an electric bed. The Beatles purchased as gifts hundreds of The Nothing Box—a sealed box with colored bulbs that flashed in a random sequence. Alfred Hitchcock purchased steak knives for use in his film Torn Curtain.

More recent innovations include the first automatic coffee maker (1973), cordless telephone (1975), pocket television (1983), portable DVD player (1998), TV wristwatch (2003), and the slide-to-digital picture converter (2007).

Although perceived by many over the last 16 decades as the store to find intriguing gadgets, Hammacher Schlemmer has always viewed its offerings as functional problem solvers-——it has always believed that the unusual should be exceptional, and the exceptional should be the norm.


Glittering Silver Christmas Trees Make a Brilliant Comeback!

Seldom has Christmas shined as brightly as on The Classic Silver Tinsel Tree! This is the unique Christmas tree that recreates holiday nostalgia from the era of Nerhu jackets and beat poetry.Unique Christmas Tree

This unique Christmas tree style has its roots in the late 1950s and early 60s when home decor was trending toward a modern, space-age style. The look for the thoroughly unique tree of that era included a rotating, spotlighted wheel to reflect colorful light because the aluminum trees popular then would have created shock and fire hazards had lights been strung on the metallic branches.

In contrast, our Silver Tinsel Tree comes safely pre-lit with 200 bright lights that shine off every one of this tree’s 555 shiny tips. Our tree even includes 36 classic glass ornaments and a tree topper in a vintage design that completes this unique Christmas tree style.

Like many things from the Mad Men days, appreciation for the glimmering, shimmering tree has returned, with its popularity surging again.

One Less Wheel, Lots More Fun.

Our cars have become ever more luxurious and are loaded with gadgets…satellite radio, GPS, built-in Bluetooth, DVD players. Is it a vehicle or a rolling living room? Perhaps the reason for all these driver distractions in the name of comfort is to take our minds off the dull ride of common four-wheel cars.

Maybe what is needed are fewer gadgets (did we really say that?) and a lot more old-fashioned fun. After a 60-year hiatus, the Morgan Three Wheeler returns to rescue drivers from their mundane commutes. The Authentic Morgan Three Wheeler speedster has thrilled racing enthusiasts for decades with its engineered stability, and we are pleased to offer you this modern manifestation of motoring’s halcyon days.

This modern version made for U.S. roads (legally it’s classified as a motor tricycle) is built with a frame of welded airframe steel tubing, renewable wood and aircraft aluminum skin, all hand crafted by coach builders at the Morgan Motor Company in Malvern Link, England. It has an extremely high power-to-weight ratio giving it a top speed over 100 mph. The award-winning, tough S&S Wisconsin-made V twin air-cooled cycle motor provides power and torque for a ride that is described as seat of the pants, raucous, and pulsating.

The streamlined bullet styling gets the thumbs up from bystanders. It looks like and is a seriously fun racing machine. The skeptics gaze at the three wheels with wonder until they hop into the cockpit and viscerally rocket down the road, only to return with goggles dusty and a mile-wide, toothy grin.

All of the major auto magazines and BBC’S Top Gear gents in episode 18, season 6, remarked that this was one of the most fun, nostalgically thrilling driving vehicles in years. It’s described as low and throaty with a great sports car sound that today’s cars lack. Back in the racing days of Britain’s Sterling Moss, it was noted that Moss had used the Morgan 3 for hill climb races early in his career.

So turn the GPS off, set the cell phone to airplane mode, and give the satellite radio a rest. Put on a pair of goggles and a driving cap and zoom off like a fighter pilot, back to a time when motoring was a heart-pounding thrill.

Hammacher Schlemmer Releases its Holiday Gift Guide

New York, NY, November 5, 2013  – Hammacher Schlemmer, America’s most distinguished retail catalog company, has issued its Holiday Gift Guide for 2013 to offer gift ideas from a selection of the Best, the Only, and the Unexpected.

Ideal for finding a gift for someone who has everything or professes to want nothing, Hammacher Schlemmer’s 2013 Holiday Gift Guide is filled with an assortment of products that solve problems or are the only ones of their

printerkind. Selected by Hammacher Schlemmer’s gift consultants, the product assortment includes The Oilless Fryer, an appliance that cooks crisp, succulent fried food without any oil, The Wireless iPhone Photo Printer, a device that prints color photographs from an iPhone or Android-powered phone, and The 50′ Snowball Launcher, a toy blaster that makes and shoots softball-sized snowballs.

“The Holiday Gift Guide provides customers with a means for finding unconventional gifts—presents that are not easily found elsewhere,” said Hammacher Schlemmer’s General Manager Fred Berns.

For gadget lovers, the Holiday Gift Guide offers The iPhone Binoculars, field binoculars that display images at 8X magnification on the smartphone, and The Wireless Speaker Ear Warmers, a product that protects ears from the cold and delivers sound from a smartphone.

Practical problem-solving gifts include The World’s Smallest Automatic Umbrella that retracts to merely 8″-long for unobtrusive storage, The VHS To DVD Converter, and The One Year Smartphone Back Up Battery—a source of supplemental power that retains 97% of its power after one year of inactivity.

Whimsical gifts include The Mind Controlled UFO, a flying orb that is remotely controlled by one’s own brain waves, and The Full Bottle Wine glass, stemware that holds up to 750 ml and allows one to say, in all honesty, they’ve only had one glass.

As with all of Hammacher Schlemmer’s products, the items in the Holiday Gift Guide are backed by the Hammacher Schlemmer Lifetime Guarantee, allowing gift-givers and recipients to exchange or return gifts at any time, for any reason.

About Hammacher Schlemmer

Hammacher Schlemmer is America’s longest running catalog, offering the Best, the Only, and the Unexpected since 1848. The company provides unique products that solve problems or represent the only one of their kind, and backs its products with The Hammacher Schlemmer Lifetime Guarantee. Hammacher Schlemmer’s innovative offerings are available through its catalog and online at .