Cucina Food Warmer and Dish by Hans-Wilhelm Seitz

I was thinking maybe this food warmer is a chicer alternative to those tin pans and blue jelly candles, especially because this version by Seitz is porcelain and heated by tealights. I just wish it came in bigger sizes, but it’s dishwasher, microwave, and oven safe so I’ll cut my losses.

Rectangular dish: 8 x 13 x 2.5 inches
Warmer: 8.5 x 13.5 inches
A range of coordinating dishes and platters/lids available at Lekker Home.

Awarded with the Form 2001, the red dot award for good product design 2002, and nominated for the Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany.


Purchase Information:

Price: $128.00
Available from: Owen Lawrence

Aeropress Coffee and Espresso Maker

I forget how I found this thing, but the reviews, even the critical ones, say it makes a better-than-average cup of coffee with less acidity and no bitterness. And you don’t even need electricity to use it so take it camping if you like…Brokeback Mountain style, but with Juan Valdez and a happier ending.

Includes: Aeropress plunger, funnel, scoop, stirrer, and a year’s supply of micro-filters.

Purchase Information:

Price: $25.99
Availability: Buy Aeropress Coffee and Espresso Maker here

Departures Rug

If you’re continually hopping about from one destination to another, maybe this rug is for you. Even if you’re not a jetsetter, the cursive white writing on the black background makes for an interesting focal point.

100% New Zealand wool
Designer: HZL by Henzel


For another handwritten (and uber-lovely) rug option, see Manuscrit Rug by Joaquim Ruiz Millet.

Purchase Information:

Price: $990.00 and up
Available from: 2bmod

VKB TV dinner tray

TV dinner trays aren’t exactly known for their elegance, of course, but this tray might change that. Coated in a non-slip finish, it helps keep your plate and glass from sliding around, and it’s easy to stack and store. Available in white, black, and willow wood, it also has a distinct elevated appearance from your regular plastic tray variety, which might just help your TV-watching dinner experience be a bit more… well, civilized.

Designer: Ontwerpbureau 3.11
Manufacturer: Royal VKB

Purchase Information:

Price: 27.00
Available from: Funktionalley

Copeland Light

This is pretty affordable compared to some of the other task lights out there. Two sizes are available (Compact or Standard) and you can mount it on a regular base or table clamp (panel, slatwall, or grommet mount also available).

Black or Silver.
Manufacturer: Knoll
Designer: Stephan Copeland

Purchase Information:

Price: $110.00
Available from: YLiving

Ice Carafe

All you do is freeze a little water in this carafe (on its side), then once it sets, you fill the rest of the carafe up with water and watch the ice slowly release. It’s a smart idea for streamlining the cold drink process.

Designer: Officeoriginair (Ivan Kasner and Uli Budde)
Materials: Polycarbonate bottle; silicone top
Size: 11.2″ t x 3.3″ w x 3.3.” d

If you’re interested, there’s a video about it too…

Purchase Information:

Price: $32.00
Available from: A+R Store

Moooi Carpet Model 11

If you’re looking for a bit of black-and-white pattern (always a good choice) in a hallway or entryway, hopefully you’ve got enough money to drop some on this rug by Marcel Wanders.

Designed by Marcel Wanders for Moooi.
Made in the Netherlands.

If that price is too rich for your blood, might this black and white ‘contemporary’ rug suffice?

Purchase Information:

Price: $2,262.00
Available from: YLiving

Green Boy

Cute. While Green Boy does a great job of organizing that jangling mess of keys you have, to me, it seems like he’s being quite assertive and telling me to remember to keep work and home life separate. Funny how a piece of green plastic could have so much emotion.

Designer: Vadim Kibardi

Purchase Information:

Price: $10.00
Availability: Buy Green Boy here

Ooma Bowl

Yeah, how much do you want this? Because this is the sort of thing that once you have, you’ll wonder how you managed without it, unless you always-always-always sit at a table to eat, of course (in which case, this might change your life). The double chambers allow two types of food to be balanced ‘ergonomically’ while eating without a table. What part of that isn’t great? Less mess fumbling around with your food is always a good thing, no doubt about it.

Designed by Thomas Both
3.2″h x 9.3″w x 4.8″d

$25.00 at SFMOMA MuseumStore
$25.00 at UncommonGoods

Purchase Information:

Price: $25.00
Availability: Buy Ooma Bowl here

Joyce Candle Holders

Brooklyn designer Jean Pelle handcrafts these gorgeous candle holders from cross sectioned wood and then fills the cracks with a super bright white filling. They are one of four unique designs available, check out the rest at Jean Pelle’s website.

Designer: Jean Pelle.
Tall: 3.5″ ht x 2.75″ width x 2″ depth
Short: 2.75″ ht x 3.5″ width x 2″ depth

Purchase Information:

Price: $70.00
Availability: Buy Joyce Candle Holders here

Picnic Set by Carina Ahlburg

Has spring officially sprung? I’d say so, and it’s got me daydreaming of afternoons at the park. I’m not a huge person for picnics, but this set by Swedish designer Carina Ahlburg has me reconsidering. Check it: plates, cups, tableware, with one big bowl for storage and/or serving, for four people.

Designer: Carina Ahlburg
Tableware is in stainless steel.
Material: Melamine.
Height 4.3″ (11 cm), 9.4″ dia. (24 cm)

Purchase Information:

Price: $75.00
Available from:

Do-Lo-Rez Carpet

Do you remember the Do-lo-rez Modular Sofa? Well, here’s a carpet to match. Normally I’d say stay away from anything too ‘matchy-matchy’, but I think we all know in this case it’s entirely permissible (if not advisable?).

Designer: Ron Arad
Brand: Nani Marquina
Do-Lo-Rez 1: 1840 x 2760mm
Do-Lo-Rez 2: 2070 x 2530mm

Purchase Information:

Price: 2,347.00
Availability: Buy Do-Lo-Rez Carpet here

Natural Solutions Cleaning Kit

Just add elbow grease. If your place is a pigsty and you’re short on the basics, this kit would be a convenient thing to get. Of course, you could get some of the items yourself and maybe save a few bucks, but that’s up to you. It’s also worth noting that this could be an excellent housewarming gift.

Contents: Baking Soda, Hydrogen Peroxide, Distilled White Vinegar, Spray Bottle, Tarpon Natural Sponge, Microfiber Dusting Cloths, Cleaning Rags, Natural Cleaning Solutions Booklet

Purchase Information:

Price: $34.95
Available from: Green Depot


Kris posted the JUXTAPOSED: Religion from Mike and Maaike back in October of ’07, and I can honestly say I’ve never stopped wanting it. And now, as if to torture us further, they’ve created a second series focused on “seven of the world’s most seminal texts on power” which is offered in a numbered, limited edition of 50.

“2,451 pages 2,390 years 2,251 wars 432 revolutions 90 empires 7 books 1 shelf.”

Approximately 60lbs.
36″ W x 5″ H x 8″ D


Purchase Information:

Price: $3,000.00
Availability: Buy JUXTAPOSED: Power here

Foradacaixa Music Box

Hand cranked music boxes, they’re not just for monkeys in red hats to dance to anymore… uh, right? This music box brings to mind the vintage versions, except it’s small enough to keep handy. Have a listen to what it sounds like on youtube:‘Valser d’Amelie’.

The nice illustration/graphic design on the package is by Maria Helena of the 2.2 design studio.

About 1.6″ x 2″ x 0.8″
Material: Metal, Paper
Available Tunes: ‘Are you lonesome tonight’, ‘La vie en Rose’, ‘My Way’, ‘Valser d’Amelie‘ (listen to it on youtube)

Purchase Information:

Price: $24.00
Availability: Buy Foradacaixa Music Box here