Whiskey barrels often lead double lives, first as sherry casks, then as holding tanks during the spirit's aging process. After a few batches, they're spent. Rather than let that toasted oak go to waste, Scottish flooring company McKay flattens old barrels for use underfoot. $22 per square foot; mckayflooring.co.uk
Most workplaces could use something sculptural, even uplifting. We suggest art—of the kinetic variety. Calder pioneered the genre in 1931, and by the fifties mobiles had become hip as home decor. Now they're in vogue again, as seen in Rogan Gregory's reclaimed-pine-and-bronze design. When it catches a whoosh of recirculated air, there's not a more inspiring distraction. From $2,000; rogannyc.com —Amy Prince
The new thriller Buried opens in a coffin, where an American contractor played by Ryan Reynolds has been entombed by Iraqi terrorists with little more than a cell phone and a dying flashlight. For 97 minutes, this lone scene grips the audience, forcing viewers to hyperventilate along with a desperate man. It's gimmicky, but who knew a shallow grave could make you feel so alive? —D.W.
ALBUMS Deerhunter, Halcyon Digest [4AD] Interpol, Interpol [Matador] N*E*R*D, Nothing [Star Trek/Interscope] (Coming Soon) SONGS No Age, "Life Prowler" [Sub Pop] Fabolous, "Light's Out (I Don't See Nobody)" [Def Jam] Mark Ronson & The Business Intl. feat. D'Angelo, "Glass Mountain Trust" [Columbia] (Shown Above)
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