Plate Typo Collection

With all the soirees you have planned for the upcoming holidays, you might want to get a few of these Typo plates. Could be fun to match the plate to your guest’s initial, perhaps? While the full set of 26 plates is pretty cost prohibitive (£569.00), a few here and there scattered about the table would do enough to keep things colorful.

Also, apparently this is an exclusive for this UK retailer, so apologies if you’re elsewhere…

Purchase Information:

Price: £24.50
Available from: Made in Design

Gessner Pencil

Luxury pens and fancy mechanical pencils? Pffft. Kick it old school style with this pencil designed by Conrad Gessner over 400 years ago. Did you get that, 400 years ago? It’s hand-made from turned cherry wood and will set you back a mere £21.

Purchase Information:

Price: £21.00
Available from: Theo

Fragment Lights

I’ve got my sights set on these lights from Anzfer Farms, which is just too darn bad since I’m in the UK (voltage difference, blergh). But, hey, if you’re in the good ol’ US of A, you should take a look. They’re made from reclaimed wood, some (or all) of which are gathered on the San Francisco shoreline, and have just the right amount of rustic to go with your modern (and eclectic?) surroundings. The set of four shown above sell for $400 on Anzfer’s etsy shop, but individual ones are available for around $100-$120.


Purchase Information:

Price: $$100~ per light and up.
Available from: Anzfer's etsy shop

Source: bookofjoe

Max Bill Wall Clocks

Less is sometimes more. These classic clocks by Swiss industrial designer Max Bill were designed in 1957 and are, quite frankly, timeless. Perfectly proportioned and firmly in the ‘minimal’ category, these clocks tell the time with a quartz clock battery-operated (single AA battery) movement.

Purchase Information:

Price: $380.00
Available from: nova68

Waterproof Notebook

Get ideas in the shower? Or in the rain? or while doing dishes? Behold the Waterproof Notebook, which is comprised of 80 sheets of waterproof paper and a graphite pencil. (I hadn’t really been aware of such a thing as waterproof paper, but apparently you can tear out the sheets like an ordinary notebook.)

Purchase Information:

Price: £8.95
Available from: Mocha

Twinstopper Doorstop

This clever little doorstop has asymmetrical ends in order to fit varying gaps between doors and floors. Its depth is also shallow enough that you won’t stub your toe or trip over it. Smart.

Sold in a set of 2.

Purchase Information:

Price: £12.00
Available from: Retail Facility

Nativity by Valerie Atkisson

What’s this, you say? Well, it’s a nativity by Valerie Atkisson. Two flat pieces of steel connect in the middle to create the silhouette of the traditional story. Are you more excited about the fact that it is available in gold or that it stores flat? (Me: stores flat!)


Purchase Information:

Price: $130.00-280.00
Available from: Valerie Atkisson

Calendar 2011 by SILNT

Here’s another minimal calendar for your consideration by Felix Ng of Singapore design studio SILNT. It features a horizontal format (for marking project schedules) and a typeset in Akzidenz Grotesk.

Printed on 150 gsm Curious Particles Snow Paper in an edition of 250.


Purchase Information:

Price: $25.00
Available from: SILNT

Source: Minimalissimo

Facet Lamps

For his series of Facet Lamps, designer Brendan Ravenhill drew inspiration from industrial light fixtures. Cleverly though, he forgoes manufacturing processes such as spun metal or ceramics that are traditionally used to create these lamps, and utilized an array of cut and bent sheet metal, creating a geometric pattern that is uniquely modern, yet still evokes the spirit of the original industrial shades. I don’t know if the light shining through at the bends was intentional or a byproduct of manufacture, but either way I love it.


Purchase Information:

Price: $280.00
Available from: Brendan Ravenhill

Watt Table and Floor Lamp

I’m steadily making my way through featuring the various new lamps from Blu Dot’s collection, and I have to say I’m mightily impressed with the offerings. This Watt Table and Floor lamp are weirdly futuristic, but in an entirely good way. The steel panels angled together look like some child’s drawing of an alien ship, or a gross exaggeration of a pixellated spider with only 5 legs. Or a simple steel lamp entitled ‘Watt’. Nonsense aside, they’re cool looking and would give an edgy sort of atmosphere to a room.

Floor lamp, (inches) 44.75h x 21w, $299.00
Table lamp, (inches) 22h x 12.75w, $199.00

Purchase Information:

Price: $199.00
Available from: 2modern

De La Espada Pillows

Check out these new pillows from De La Espada. Sure, they’re quiet in terms of color and pattern, but sometimes you need that in a room, especially if you have other pieces that tend to overwhelm. Personally, I’m pretty taken with the Chicken Wire Cushion ($180.00) because of the pattern and slightly undercover country vibe. Small Jax Cushion ($145.00) shown on left.


Purchase Information:

Price: $145.00
Available from: Velocity Art and Design

Chalk Chess

Fans of chess can now draw up their own chess board wherever they want, thanks to this Chalk Chess set by SUCK UK. Each piece is regulation sized, though obviously once you draw enough boards, your pieces will change slightly as you use them (but that won’t matter, will it?).

Also available through SUCK UK’s shop for £10.00 and Useful Thingsfor $19.95

Purchase Information:

Price: $15.00
Available from: UMA

Turkey Target Tea Towel

The season’s festivities are upon us and with Thanksgiving just around the corner you might want to check out these tea towels. 100% natural eco cotton and 95% guaranteed to be the best host/hostess give ever. The reindeer one (below) is my favorite.


Purchase Information:

Price: £7.00
Available from: Bless

2011 Stendig Calendar

Now that we’re well into November, it’s time to get next year’s calendar sorted. I’ve already ordered my desktop planner (moleskine, what else) and I thought that perhaps you might need a little reminder as well. So, whether you work from a wall calendar or a desktop version, or both, get to it quick so you can start keeping note of important dates in 2011.

Shown above, the classic Stendig Calendar designed by Massimo Vignelli, 1966.

Available from these retailers: $30.00 plus shipping (mail or fax order) $34.95 (not including shipping) $29.95 (not including shipping) $35.95 $38.00 (includes shipping) $38.75 (includes shipping)

Purchase Information:

Price: $35.00
Availability: Buy 2011 Stendig Calendar here

The Whole Story

Okay, if you’re looking for a special sort of present, this might be just the thing to snap up. This photo album by Debra Folz stands on its own corner due to a reinforced front and back cover, which gives it a magic sort of ‘objet d’art’ feel. And better still, a removable binding allows the pages to expand outward, allowing a wider glimpse of the whole story.


Purchase Information:

Price: $180.00
Available from: Debra Folz