USB Battleship

Organize your cables with this USB Battleship Hub. Created by the design duo Giffin’ Termeer, the idea was that the “boat shape could be an ‘organizing image’ to visually manage the tangle”… it’s also weighted so that it won’t topple over.


Purchase Information:

Price: $23.00
Available from: Kikkerland

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Thru-Block coat rack

This modular coat rack could be perfect for an entryway where you might need a little customization in order to fit the space. Since it can get expensive for the larger patterns (like the 23 piece one below), you might want to start out with the 7 piece ‘freeform’ to see how it works first.

Shown above: Thru-Block coat rack with nine wooden blocks with 5 evenly spaced holes drilled through them. $600.00


Purchase Information:

Price: $600.00
Available from: wuda's Etsy shop

The Buddha Machine

You might have heard of the Buddha Machine, but do you own one? The Buddha Machine is a small plastic box that plays ambient loops, sort of like an AM radio except with specific tracks. Music that comes from the Buddha Machine is intended to provide calm and inspiration for our fast-paced lives, and can be experienced through the built-in speaker or through headphones. Also, there’s a Buddha Machine iPhone app if you’d prefer it on your phone or iPod. See the youtube video below if you’re curious to see it in action before buying.

To learn more, visit FM3.

Purchase Information:

Price: $26.99
Available from: Insound

Holy Crap Eraser

When you just can’t put pencil to paper correctly, this eraser will commiserate with you in just the right way. There’s also a Delete Eraser, but it is currently out of stock, and a Shit Eraser if you need a stronger expletive.


Purchase Information:

Price: $4.00
Available from: Paper Source

Toast Trivets

These cork trivets are made to look just like toast, which is a cute thing for the breakfast table (unless you have really bad eyesight). Right now it looks like the ‘side order’ of 2 pieces is out of stock, but the ‘half loaf’ of 6 pieces is available.

Approximately 4″ x 4″ x 3/8″

Purchase Information:

Price: $38.00
Available from: Twine

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

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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

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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