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In France, just a dozen kilometers from the Luxembourg border, you will find the municipality of Thionville, an area best known for their steel mills. Within Thionville, amidst the trees, streets and daily traffic you will find a 4,500-square-foot, $12 million library that is one of the most gorgeous buildings we’ve ever seen. Designed by Dominique Coulon and Associates, the public library is a collection of completely unique spaces like gardens, private rooms, a cafe, multi-purpose rooms and meeting areas that has been given a unified feel despite its disparate elements. You can skate from the roof into the main areas via a grass covered ramp. You can play cello in a small, stone-covered room before moving into a larger room with completely different acoustics. You can read in a fishbowl chair hung from the ceiling, a nook built into the wall or a small media room covered in pink carpet. This library is a place you’d actually go to hang out with your friends.

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While you can go all MacGyver and shuck oysters with a screwdriver or other household tool, we highly recommend you invest in a good oyster knife. Why? Well, for starters, it’s safer. The best oyster doesn’t taste so hot when you’ve got something sharp stuck in your palm. Secondly, it makes the process easier and a bit more refined. Laguiole is an iconic name in knife making and the French brand has you covered when it comes to shucking thanks to the Laguiole Oyster Knife. Made of 420 stainless steel and complete with a wood handle, the Oyster Knife measures 6 ¼” and makes easy work of even the toughest shell. You just need to supply the cocktail sauce.