La Marzocco changed the espresso industry in 1970 with its dual boiler, allowing espresso and milk to brew at the same time. Now its caffeinated engineers upgraded the plug: Its handmade-in-Florence GS/3—found in cafés—can power up with just 110 volts, making it home-ready. ($6,700, lamarzoccousa.com)
Today's camera companies need to seduce in ways smartphones can't. Hasselblad's angle: knockout luxury. The Swedish company's latest is the Stellar: Sony RX100 electronics outfitted with an aluminum body and an ergonomic handgrip made from materials as elegant as walnut or padauk wood. ($2,000, hasselblad.com)
Have off-the-grid espresso with just boiling water, ground beans, and (some) elbow grease: Engine-grade metal levers do the real heavy lifting. It's more work, but ROK founder Patrick Hunt argues it's also more satisfying: "You're more involved than just pressing the button." ($200, rokkitchentools.com)
Sure, nostalgics can dig dusty analog cameras out of storage. But half the fun of the Konstruktor DIY camera happens before shooting even begins. The camera-and-puzzle duo comes disassembled with plastic parts that need snapping together before the 35-mm film can roll. ($35, lomography.com)
A version of this article appeared in the December 2013 / January 2014 issue of Fast Company magazine.