ACCESSORIES

Camera Lens Mug

Camera-geek joy, indeed. This mug looks just like a 24-105mm lens. Buy several and call it a day, because this would be just about the best gift (ever) for anyone who likes photography. A lens-cap lid and rubber-grip focus and zoom rings completes the picture.

Plastic mug with stainless steel lining.
Holds 16oz of liquid
3.3″ diameter, 4″ tall
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Purchase Information:

Price: $24.00
Available from: Photojojo

Source: Craft

Slide Clips

Take a look at this alternative to the binder clip. It simply slides on nice and tight with no extraneous arms.

Made of stainless steel.
Made in Japan.

Large, holds up to 60 pages, qty. 20 – $14
XLarge, holds up to 90 pages, qty. 10 – $12

Purchase Information:

Price: $12.00
Available from: Plastica

Naef Colorem Cubes

I know I posted the Optical Mixer by Naef Toys last week, but I can’t help but feature these varnished blackboard paint cubes as well. 5 water-soluable chalk crayons enable kids (or yourself) to decorate the cubes with imaginative artwork, with only a quick wipe of a wet sponge to make them ready for another memory game or masterpiece.

12 piece set: $59.99
25 piece set: $99.44

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Purchase Information:

Price: $59.99
Available from: Naef Toys

Atlas Tapestry

It’s easy to be a sucker for a map graphics, and we’ve certainly featured a few items —Land Carpet, Haptic Lab Quilts, Magnetic Future Map, Places on Earth — on the blog before that would go well in any well traveled or geography nerd’s household. I’d like to add this new Atlas Tapestry from Urban Outfitters to this list, not because it’s particularly unique, but because it’s both incredibly affordable and versatile. Hang it on the wall, use it as a bedsheet, or use it for pretty much any fabric-related project you can think of.  Material is 100 percent cotton and is available in orange or blue.

Dimensions: 90″w, 108″l (Fits a Full/Queen)
Material: Cotton

Purchase Information:

Price: $36.00
Availability: Buy Atlas Tapestry here

Mypressi Twist Handheld Espresso Maker

Mypressi, Mypressi, Mypressi! Not only do I love the concept of a handheld espresso maker, but as you can tell, I love the name too. Just put in your coffee, add hot water, and press. And it now ships with a free Mypressi Milk Frother!

-produces single or double shots from either fresh ground coffee or ESE pods
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Purchase Information:

Price: $169.00
Availability: Buy Mypressi Twist Handheld Espresso Maker here

Source: PicoCool

Black White Rug

I knew I had seen this rug somewhere before, or that at least it was very similar to Suki Cheema’s Black Marble Pillow (for which I’m still searching for an online retailer), and lo and behold, it actually is a Suki Cheema rug. I don’t quite get why some retailers choose not to list the name of the designer/manufacturer of the products they sell… it’s certainly their prerogative but it’s unfortunate for those of us interested in an item’s story.

100% hand printed rug
5×8

Purchase Information:

Price: $385.00
Available from: Haus Interior

Chronotronix V400 Nixie Clock

If you’re looking for a clock that’s equally vintage, modern, and pure geekery, look no further than the Chronotronix V400 Nixie Clock. Nixie tubes are electronic tubes that contain bent cathodes that glow, kind of like neon. They were used for displaying all kinds of information in electronic equipment but have long been replaced by the modern LCD display, but that didn’t stop the folks at NixieClock from creating this incredible desktop clock. Six nixie tubes are planted in a cherry wood frame and finished wita h black anodized aluminum surface, chosen specifically to reflect the glowing numbers. These are made in very limited quantities, so act quick if you want one.

Update: This looks to be no longer available from the original retailer, however, a quick search turns up some other options- nixie clock.

8.8″l x 1.6″h x 3.5″d
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Purchase Information:

No longer available.

Anthony Burrill Posters

Check out Anthony Burrill’s posters. Sure, the colors and graphic fonts are nice, but so are some of the messages. More posters shown below.

I Like It (51×76 cm), £33.50
Work Hard (black), £48.50

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Purchase Information:

Price: £34.50
Availability: Buy Anthony Burrill Posters here

Custom Bus Scrolls

Well, if you’ve had little luck finding a vintage bus sign with that specific city/stop, you might consider a custom one from TransitDesign. Sure, part of the charm of a bus scroll is the fact that it was at one time actually used, but seeing as they can get a little pricey and hard to find, maybe it’s worth bending the rules a little bit.

Pictured:
Resort Towns of NW Michigan, Canvas 20.5 x 60, $195.00
Create Your Own Bus Roll, Canvas 20.5 x 60, $295.00
Not Pictured:
New York City Vintage, Canvas 20.5 x 60, $195.00

Purchase Information:

Price: $195.00 and up
Available from: TransitDesign's Etsy Shop

Optical Mixer by Naef Toys

The Optical Mixer (Optischer Farbmischer) can demonstrate aspects of color theory when spinning the top with one of the seven interchangeable discs. So, you can buy it for color teaching purposes or buy it just for fun (which is what I’m tempted to do).

Seven interchangeable cardboard discs included with info describing the phenomenon.
Designed by Ludwig Hirschfeld-Mack.

Purchase Information:

Price: $49.00
Available from: fawn&forest

Edge Light

Man-oh-man, here’s one killer task light. Amanda Levete showcases the new technology of OLED lighting in a twisting, flat ribbon of steel, with only the cord to offset the powder coated (or polished) surface. What’s so special about OLED lighting, you might wonder. Apparently it’s a super-thin, lightweight panel that casts an even glow without glare, flickering or excessive heat. Impressive, yes, but for now let’s just admire the beauty of this self-supporting form from afar, at least until the technology becomes a bit more affordable.

Available in powder coated or polished stainless steel with a red, yellow or blue cord.
H 11.2″ x L 19.7″ x D 14.6″
Cable L 78.8″
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Purchase Information:

Price: $2,500.00
Available from: MATTER

Decomposition Books

These aren’t your normal composition books, of course. They’re made with Biogas derived energy from 100% recycled (post consumer waste) paper. If that’s not enough to win you over, I don’t know what will.

Available in Topographical Map with Grid Pages, Woodgrain and Cherry Blossom.
College Ruled, 80 Sheets/160 Pages
7.5 x 9.75
Made in USA

Purchase Information:

Price: $4.95
Available from: Green Depot

A Tempo Dish Drainer

This and the High & Dry Dishrack can compete for the ‘coolest dishdrainer/rack’ title, though this one might lose since it’s a little higher price wise. It looks like the US Alessi shop is out of stock, but you can sign up to be notified when it’s back in.

Designed by Pauline Deltour.
18/10 stainless steel with cutlery drainer, £58.00
Tray in thermoplastic resin, £15.00

Purchase Information:

Price: £58.00
Available from: made in design

Subway Roll Signs

Might you care for some subway art? Bold and graphic, these prints are based on old signs found in a Brooklyn antiques store. Price varies according to size and each sign has a limited edition of 125.

16″ by 20″ starts at $249.

UltraChrome© print with hand-painted acrylic gloss
Drymounted onto 2″ deep birch wood panel

Purchase Information:

Price: $249.00
Available from: notagallery

Cheat Sheet Placemat

If you need some reminding about where the dessert spoon goes, here’s the perfect placemat for your table. Or, perhaps just get a few purely because you’ll enjoy the graphics. No one nowadays really cares all that much about correct placement of cutlery, do they?

60×65 cm (25” x 23”)
Cotton, machine washable.

Purchase Information:

Price: €14.95
Availability: Buy Cheat Sheet Placemat here