Bloc Matches

It’s funny how inspiration comes from the most unlikely places, but I was reading through the newest issue of Gourmet when I came across these awesome matches called Bloc. These blocks of matches are carved from a single block of pine, with the striking area at the bottom. The blocks come in 4 different ways though. There’s the Bloc 36, which has 36 matches, Bloc 100, which has 100 matches, The Bush, which is a longer match used for lighting a fireplace, and The Log, which is a piece of wood that when taken apart properly gives you 9 pieces of wood, making for excellent kindling. The Bloc series was created by designer Franck Fontana who also made that Invisible Bookshelf.

I think these are amazing on many different levels. First there’s no waste involved, everything is made from wood and can be burned ( I know, carbon, whatever). Second, they look amazing, I absolutely love the Bloc 36 and 100, I think they’d look good just sitting out on a table. They’re also pretty cheap as well, running about $20 – $40 for everything I talked about.

I had a hell of a time tracking these down, but I eventually found them for sale at (the magazine printed the url wrong).

5 Comments Bloc Matches

  1. maxjue May 22, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    i don’t know where you’re buying your matches but…
    $20-40 is NOT cheap.

  2. Jamie May 22, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    These are pretty cool, but if I ever happened to acquire one I would probably never use it. I’d just have it around to look at and collect dust for me.

  3. brandon May 23, 2008 at 3:11 PM

    I saw these at a store in LA not that long ago.. My memory’s sort of fuzzy now, but I’m fairly certain it was at the MOCA store downtown or at the gift shop inside the Disney concert hall….

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  5. Justin June 22, 2008 at 12:35 PM

    I ordered the 100 bloc and I haven’t received the conformation email they promised. Also, the company (lifeisgoods) still works on C.O.D? It’s charming and alarming at the same time.

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