CITY BOY PICNIC GRILL

The portable picnic grill City Boy created by him is a great product for any urban dweller who does not have the space to store a large grill. It is also perfect for hitting the beach, tailgate parties, going camping, or hanging out on the porch or the balcony in the summer months, or when going fishing on the ice or track skating in the winter. He himself also uses the grill to make stovetop espresso. He keeps one stored in the back of his car. That way he is always ready for a spontaneous barbeque party. The grill could also be taken along on the back of a bike.   The compact size of City Boy Picnic makes it ideal for light travel. It measures 7 inches wide, 7 inches long and 8.5 inches tall. The 1960s inspired design is simple and clean. The structural solution is practical and different from any other portable grill on the market. City Boy is made of powder-coated steel and has a stainless grill rack and a heat resistant stainless steel and oak handle. It is operated with canned fuel. The flame can be adjusted with a dial. When it is time for cleaning the grill, the interior can be wiped clean and the grate tossed in the dishwasher or wiped down in the sink.
Before the SAUMA exhibition, the grill has been on display in the US in a group exhibition at the Future Perfect gallery in Brooklyn, New York where IMU and Friends presented recent projects by young Finnish designers during the summer of 2006. The smart design of the product has been acclaimed for its excellent usabilty qualities and its reasonable production costs. City Boy was awarded in the design category of the Finnish Plootu Fennica sheet metal competition in 2006.

TAKE OUT

Take Out is a piece of storage furniture, which resembles a traditional chest of drawers with the exception that the drawers have been replaced by portable briefcases. This makes it possible for each briefcase to be taken to the next room or even on a longer trip. Take Out is ideal for the storage of, for example, toys or tools – things that are used in more than one place. The piece of furniture consists of an outer shell made of MDF board, aluminum shelves, steel legs and plastic briefcases by Plasticase. The basic idea can be modified into various shapes and sizes. For the Sauma exhibition, He has made a series of three different sized sets of drawers. Although the prototypes are intended for mass production, they could also be turned into a series of unique pieces of furniture with briefcases made of different materials.

The idea was born in 2003 out of personal need for a storage solution for tools. Initially, he thought of making the briefcases himself, but he quickly decided to look for existing alternatives. After a long search for a metal briefcase, he settled for Plasticase, totally satisfied with the looks and the feel of the product as well as its price. These plastic briefcases, designed by Michel Dallaire and manufactured in Canada, remind him of the briefcases of Playmobil toy characters. The Plasticase briefcases can be ordered in about ten different colors with custom-made foam padding and labels.

BETTER VIEW BLIND

Better View is a series of perforated black out roller blinds designed by her. Light seeps in through the small cut out holes creating an image of a city by night. The cut-outs represent the light in the windows of apartment buildings and office complexes in the city. With the Better View blind any  dreary view can be turned into an attractive cityscape. The series currently includes views from Helsinki and Tokyo. New additions portraying Stockholm and Paris are in progress. The images represent a selection of cities that she has traveled to in the last few years and the photographs are by her. The chosen views are of contrasting cityscapes: skyscrapers in Tokyo, 60s modernism in Helsinki and 19th century architecture in Paris.

Each roller blind is custom made by hand. The material used is vinyl-coated polyester. The width of the blind can vary between one and two meters (3 ́3” and 6’6”). The Better View blind has previouly been on display at the Future Perfect Gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn during the New York Design Week 2006.

Best Way to Travel in Hamilton

If you are looking at apartments for rent Hamilton area, you would also want to know how you will get around. Well, there cannot be a single mode of transport for everything considering Hamilton is quite big and it may depend on which part of the city you will be living.

So generally 3 means of transport would be recommended and these are:

Drive

Take a Bus/Train

Walk

Drive

Driving seems like the most convenient way to get around in Hamilton especially if you are thinking of getting from work to home and you are living in the common residential areas that tend to be slightly out of the central business district.

The traffic in Hamilton is not so bad, it flows reasonably even during rush hour although there have been times when people get really caught up in traffic during rush hour especially when the weather is bad in winter or if there is an accident. If you can afford the fuel coast then driving to and from work or dropping the kids to school will be a very comfortable option

 

Taking a bus or train

The bus and train service in Hamilton complement each other. There seems to be a good bus service to and from Hamilton for the cities in Southern Ontario as well as Western New York. There are a number of people who live in Hamilton and work in Toronto and they use the bus to commute between work and home.

You may find that the buses will not connect to certain streets but then the trains will. The Hamilton Street Railway provides good connection service for east-west routes so if you find apartments for rent Hamilton along that route you will be well covered by the railway service. It is a good idea to study the train and bus routes to see how well you can use them and to plan your travel beforehand.

 

Walk

Hamilton is said to be the 8th most walkable city in Canada. For simple errands around your home, you will find it easy to walk since there are safe walkways and the terrain is fairly walkable. Walking to and from work may depend on the distance from your apartment to the place of work. If you are in a hurry it may be best to use something with 4 wheels.

The bottom line is wherever you find an apartment for rent in Hamilton, there is a way to get around easily and fairly cheaply. Also if you would like to travel far say to another province or country, there is an airport in Hamilton even though most of the time it seems to handle cargo, but it can also be used by passengers.