With so many cool things coming out each week, it can be hard to wade through all the rock-awesomeness. With ‘Cool Tools’, we’ve done the hard work for you.

This week we saw everything from a genius new take on the rubber band to an incredibly awesome DIY paper mask and…Keanu Reeves saw a ghost ?!

Ready? Let’s go!

This week we look at:




“A seating and table furniture concept based on the aluminum housing of the PowerMac G5 computer from Apple.”

Cubic Rubber Band


“Leave it to the Japanese to reinvent the un-reinventable. Tokyo and Milan-based design firm Nendo have designed a cubic rubber band as part of a series of designy stationery items. “


Inbox by Gmail


“Built on everything we learned from Gmail, Inbox is a fresh start that goes beyond email to help you get back to what matters.”

Rooms by Facebook


“Rooms lets you create places for the things you’re passionate about. Pick a topic, customize the look and feel, be whoever you want to be and share with others. It’s perfect for the things you love and interests that make you unique.”


Wintercroft Masks


“I supply the templates and instructions that enable you to turn unwanted card into beautiful animal masks. The instructions are easy to follow so that the masks can be assembled by anyone, using local materials and removing the need for mass manufacturing or shipping.”

Self-Watering Concrete Planter


“Create an automatic irrigation system made out of a wine bottle and scrap wood.”


Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (Remastered) Trailer

YouTube video

“Stanley Kubrick’s philosophically ambitious, technically innovative and visually stunning cinematic milestone returns to UK cinemas this November as part of Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder.”

Keanu Reeves Saw a Ghost

YouTube video


And there you have it!

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