ACCESSORIES

Tahir Mahmood’s Mortar & Pestle collection

Ah-ha! Now you know what to get your favorite cook: a mortar & pestle that’s a work of art unto itself. Made of Dalbergia Sissoo wood, each mortar & pestle by Tahir Mahmood is hand shaped using the lathe turning technique. Once formed, each piece is coated with vibrant colors created with a sap-based resin. The collection was inspired by the Punjabi agricultural calendar, and I’d reckon that you’ll have a hard time picking your favorite amongst the eleven designs.
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Price: $110.00 - 160.00
Available from: Caviar 20

Goldee Light Controller

Want a home of the future? Well, you’ve updated your thermostat, maybe even your smoke alarm, so why not your lights? Goldee is a smart light switch that allows you to control your lights with a wave of your hand, or just set it up to take care of them for you automatically. Goldee can begin your day by turning on your lights softly and turning them off when you leave. Set a sleep timer, and your lights will gradually fade to dark. And, yes, you can also control your lights with a smartphone.

Available for preorder now, with plans to ship next summer. Keep in mind that you’ll need to update your bulbs to Smart LED bulbs, and you’ll need one Goldee Controller per room (not per switch), so it can get pretty expensive if you plan to automate several rooms.
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Price: $249.00
Available from: GOLDEE

agenda 2014 – For a Better Year

If you need a kick in the pants to make next year better, maybe this agenda by Julie Joliat will be a good fit. Each week gives you a tip or challenge to complete, giving you a little reminder to change things up. Take a day off to do nothing… Bake some walnut bread… Watch a documentary, etc. There’s plenty of room for notes and there’s also useful information that’s bound to come in handy: world maps, conversion tables, monthly planners and the like.
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Price: €21
Available from: julie joliat

Heath Teapot

If you want to score major points with someone who likes tea, you can’t do much better than gifting this teapot by Heath Ceramics. Originally designed in the 1940s to work with their dinnerware, the teapot has a copper handle wrapped in leather and is microwave, dishwasher and oven safe. Consider adding a couple of Large Modern Cups to complete the set.
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Price: $196.00
Available from: Heath Ceramics

Dux Brass Pencil Sharpener

Do you use pencils? Do you have a plastic pencil sharpener? Pfft. Toss it in the recycling bin, because this one is much better. Made of solid brass, the Dux sharpener is built to last. The weight of it alone would keep it from getting lost/shuffled around with your other desk tools, but there’s no guarantee that it wouldn’t walk away with a coworker, so watch out.
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Price: $19.00
Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile

Mezzo Radio

Who’s this little guy? Designed by Ionna Vautrin for Lexon, this Mezzo Radio is a modern take on vintage radios. Measuring in at 5.5″ long, 3″ wide and 1.5″ deep, it’s a friendly size to tote around, so you’ll have your radio or playlist to keep you company whether you’re working in your kitchen or hanging out at a campsite. A silicone rubber case ensures durability and there’s an output for MP3 players, of course.
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Price: $75.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Happy Thanksgiving!

Here’s hoping to a happy Thanksgiving for everyone… fingers crossed that it’ll be a safe day full of friends, family and/or stuffing ourselves silly. Posts will return as usual on Monday.

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Genius: oven mitts attached to your apron. Oven Mitt Apron, $28.00, available from UncommonGoods.

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Price: $22.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Kanto Magazine Holder/Firewood Rack

This bent plywood holder is just begging to store kindling, logs, stacks of magazines, or whatever else your brain may think of. The handle makes short work of toting around contents, though do avoid swinging any small children or live animals about as that will only end in tears. The Kanto Magazine Holder/Firewood Rack is available in natural lacquered birch veneer or your choice of three lacquer options.
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Price: $200.00
Available from: hivemodern.com

Picto Wall Clock

Inspired by the Picto Watch, this wall clock tells the time in minimalist style. Featuring the same rotating face as the watch, hours are marked with a simple dot and minutes by a traditional moving hand. There’s no glass to catch reflections, leaving your view perfectly clear from any angle.
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Price: $74.00
Available from: RoyalDesign.com

Teak Cheeseboard

Here the holidays are, barreling down the road at us whether we like it or not. And I know what you’re thinking, where will you put your fancy cheeses? Actually, that’s probably at the bottom of your list, and understandably so, but don’t forget that presentation is almost as important as the food. A rectangular inlay of stainless steel on this Teak Cheeseboard provides a clean surface for your artisanal cheeses with a fair bit of room left for breads, crackers, and grapes.
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Price: $125.00
Available from: Arango

Limited Edition Soma Water Filter

What will you give this holiday season? A bunch of presents, some of which will be successful and wonderful and others of which might just be ho-hum. Newsflash: you’re not perfect. You don’t have a whole workshop full of elves to craft the perfect gift. But how about giving clean drinking water to a village? That’s a stellar idea. For every limited edition Soma Water Filter purchased, $12.50 will be donated to charity: water’s life-changing projects. So, you’ll give clean water to a friend or family member and also to a whole village. Top that, Santa Claus.
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Price: $49.00 and up
Available from: Charity Water : Soma

Sanctuary4 Charging Station

There’s absolutely no reason for fishing around for your charging cord like an idiot. Come on, give in to 2013 and get a charging station. Bluelounge recently released Sanctuary4, a new station that has loads more power (a 4-amp charger) which allows four devices to quickly charge all at once. There’s four USB ports, so simply unplug and replace the cables when you have a new device.
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Price: $99.95
Available from: Bluelounge

Forest, Wood Wall Mount Coat Hangers

You can’t see the forest for the… coats and scarves hanging tidily from the four ash tree pegs. Because that’s where coats, scarves, hats, etc. will be hung once you install this set in your entryway, right? Right. Made by designer team Tomas Kral and Stéphane Halmaï-Voisard.
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Price: $89.00
Available from: Gessato

Concrete Small Format Tape Dispenser

Sure, you’ve seen concrete desk accessories by Magnus Pettersen before, but have you seen the red and blue tape dispensers? Your life is simply not complete until you consider just how good red tape in a red concrete tape dispenser looks. I’m kidding, of course, but it does look pretty sharp, as does the blue. This version is a little smaller than the original version, fyi.
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Price: $20.00
Availability: Buy Concrete Small Format Tape Dispenser here

Form Tea Set

Tea, anyone? Look like a grown up with this very proper, polished brass tea set by Tom Dixon. Rounded shapes made from spun brass are polished and then dipped in a warm gold wash to give each piece a subtle matte surface. The six-piece set includes a Tea Caddy, Jug, Milk Jug, Sugar Dish & Spoon and Tray (links & prices below).
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Price: $85.00 - 210.00
Available from: YLiving