This is the sort of thing you’d see in a public setting perhaps, but I think it could work in a home environment just as well*. Whichever you prefer, this set is available in both broadsheet-format and magazine/tabloid size and has room for eight or four newspaper sticks.

-Available in oak and birch
-Treated with cold-pressed linseed-oil

*Guess it depends on your taste, but I like seeing some public purposed items appropriated.

Purchase Information:

Price: $110.00-210.00
Available from: Pack & Rack

Source: Svpply

Big Top Tablecloth

Normally soft, subdued colors draw my eye, and I would guess most of us play it pretty safe when it comes to color in our homes. Maybe it’s the perpetual grey weather of January that has me itching for crazy-in-your-face color… you know, the kind that makes your eyes water and brings delight and sometimes even a ‘for goodness sakes!’ response. Now, this tablecloth might not tick all those boxes, but it is ‘fun’, with its big top imagery, even if it is a little bit juvenile. It’s appealing with its bright red and white and tassels (tassels, for goodness sakes!). Just the thing for this time of year.

Handmade of cotton in India.

Purchase Information:

Price: $68.00
Available from: UncommonGoods

Face Object Frames

Face Object Frames are geometric, sculptural frames that beg to be handled and shared, rather than statically sitting on a mantle or hanging on a wall. Each frame provides space to combine your photograph with memorabilia, adding another dimension to the photograph’s story.


Purchase Information:

Price: $21.50
Availability: Buy Face Object Frames here

Source: The Awesomer

Bright Side Lights

New York-based Rich Brilliant Willing has teamed up with Artecnica to bring us these recyclable cast glass pendants. Hang one as a pendant lamp or group several together to make more of an impact… or if you should so choose, lay one on its side as a table lamp.


Purchase Information:

Price: $95.00
Available from: emmohome

Hive Honey Set

I’m a big fan of honey. A little bit in chai tea, on bread, with plain yogurt, etc… I go through a small jar so fast it’s silly. Now, I’m thinking this set from BioDidactic Designs might just outperform the plastic squeeze bottle that’s near its end, plus it’ll look a lot nicer on the counter or tabletop.


Purchase Information:

Price: $99.00
Available from: BioDidactic Designs

Cardboard Chess by Londji

You might remember a cardboard chess set featured here before (see NewWave Chessboard), but I’ll take a chance in saying this one is a bit more refined with the black and white color scheme. However, it’s worth pointing out that the other might be handier for travel purposes as you don’t need to assemble the pieces each time.

Purchase Information:

Price: €16.50
Available from:

Vertigo Bedding

I’m sort of loving the black and white stripes of the new-ish Vertigo Bedding. There’s something so simple about building on a base of black and white… with this duvet, you just need to add an extra pillow in a nice accent color, maybe a throw at the end of the bed for softness/texture, and ta-da, your bedroom is finished off. Also, the same stripes are available in a wallpaper (Vertigo Wallpaper), which I plan to post soon.


Purchase Information:

Price: $120.00-130.00
Available from: 2modern

Handlebar Sconce

Matt Pisane’s love of biking and design led to this rather sporty sconce. It’s easy to mount and plugs into the wall… also comes with bulbs and dimmer switch. Now available at The Future Perfect.

Purchase Information:

Price: $300.00
Available from: The Future Perfect


This is a fun sort of way to keep track of your travels. You scratch off the areas/countries you’ve been to, thereby revealing the colors and facts underneath. It would certainly put into perspective how much of the world you’ve seen, wouldn’t it?

Update: The ScratchMap is back-ordered, but it’s expected to ship end of February.

Purchase Information:

Price: $24.00
Available from: UncommonGoods

La Couronne Pendant Lamp

This La Couronne Pendant from Artecnica immediately reminds me of Bertjan Pot’s Revolving Chandelier (2009), which I fell in love with not only for its black/white and transparent silver shade, but also for its delightful movement (see clip at While the La Couronne certainly doesn’t rotate automatically, it does possess a similar feel, and at $125, it has a very friendly price tag.


Purchase Information:

Price: $125.00
Available from: Emmo Home

Heart Salt Shaker

One tiny hole on this heart shaped salt shaker reminds you to take a little less…
designed by Bormann & Serman.

Also available from odc-paris for €39.

Purchase Information:

Price: $59.00
Available from: Fitzsu Society

EZC playing cards

These playing cards have large 1-1/4″ numbers that can be easily read by visually impaired individuals. I’d be tempted to buy them just for their graphic appeal; a few in a frame would make a satisfying black/white/red wall art.

Purchase Information:

Price: $14.61
Available from: RehabMart

Source: HI + LOW

Daniel Emma Desk Accessories

It’s difficult to convey just how lovely these desk accessories are. First seen at 100% Design* last year and more recently spotted over at Theo, the collection has not lost any bit of its initial charm, though I am a bit dismayed I can’t quite splurge on the whole set in one go. Instead, I’ll have to settle for buying one piece at a time until my desktop is graced with the complete collection. Each piece has a satisfying heft, and though petite in scale, there’s a distinct beauty in the choice of materials for each simple shape.

*Not that it matters to your purchasing decision, but the Australian Designer duo Daniel and Emma seem like incredibly nice people and I’m looking forward to seeing what the future holds for them.


Purchase Information:

Price: $90.00 and up
Available from: Theo

Peacock Rug

If you’re looking for a bit of peacock pizzazz without dropping a few grand (I’m thinking of the Peacock Rug by Matthew Williamson), this rug by CB2 could fit the bill. Sure, you sacrifice the ultra-luxe look, but man, you sure would save a bundle.


Purchase Information:

Price: $349.00
Available from: CB2

Table Brush & Dustpan

Whether you have breadcrumbs on your table or eraser shavings on your desk, this brush and dustpan set will make short work of cleaning up. Made by the Iris Hantverk company (they employ visually impaired craftsmen in Sweden).

Small oiled beech wood dustpan and horsehair brush.

Purchase Information:

Price: $64.00
Available from: Fitzu Society