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Right now, it’s only a conceptual design, but what a sight the XYZ house is. Potentially situated in the Swiss Alps, it’s equal parts radical domicile and giant art structure. It utilizes the top of a mountain as the supporting foundation, and its Corten steel-clad structure is made up of three perpendicular pieces: an entry bridge, a tower with an elevator and staircase, and a horizontal living area… hence the XYZ nomenclature. The spartan structure is meant to be a place of contemplation as one views the horizon through huge glazed glass openings in the living area. This huge 4,00 square-foot project is a brilliant exercise in minimalism and beauty that deserves a real build.

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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.