ACCESSORIES

Limited Edition Key Targets

You get a double whammy of Bower Studios today. Throw your keys at the target and a magnet will catch them- a simple idea with a fun graphic image, in quite a few color options, I should add. Take note that these color options are limited edition, and Areaware will carry other variations later in May.

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Price: $175.00
Available from: Bower Studios

Bob and Sara Lamps by Dan Yeffet

Molded blown glass forms the base and shade of the Bob and Sara Lamps by designer Dan Yeffet. If you’ve not heard of Yeffet yet, just wait a little while, his name will pop up. The two intersecting columns on these two lamps have slight variants in shade- the darker shade at the base- which helps highlight the craftsmanship of blown glass formed into a traditional lamp shape.
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Price: $430.00
Available from: L'ArcoBaleno

Shape Boards

Gah! I didn’t think it possible to admire a cutting board so much. This collection of Shape Boards from Bower Studio (also available from Cooper-Hewitt Shop) has my head in a spin. The blank side is for cutting, the (non-toxic) painted side for a decorative twist of a 3D geometric shape. And, get ready for it, Bower Studio also has Shape Mirrors, but that’s for another post (tomorrow).
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Price: $75.00 - 100.00
Available from: Cooper-Hewitt Shop

Starry and Cloud Swirl Tea Towels

It’s been a little while since a tea towel has been featured, and for all we know you’re standing there with your hands wet from the sink and nowhere to turn. Not to fret, dry your hands on your shirt and then buy a tea towel or two for all sorts of kitchen mop-ups. Piano Nobile’s Starry and Cloud Swirl Tea Towels are just as good as some of the art on your walls (probably), and the designs are printed with non-toxic ink on a GOTS-certified linen tea towel with neon pink edging.
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Price: $30.00
Available from: Leif

Grab & Go Coasters

These look a little similar to Food Huggers, don’t they? (Note to self: try out Food Huggers as coasters.) They do to me, and I wonder if condensation gets caught by the coaster or if the coasters are such a tight fit that condensation simply runs off the side. In any case, a coaster that stays with your drink (and possibly catches condensation) is a good fix for all those cold, drippy beverages that you’ll have this summer.
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Price: $8.00
Available from: Umbra

Kid O Beach Tools

If I say ‘beach’ and you say ‘sandcastles!’ then you probably need to investigate these tools by Kid O. Yes, they’re for kids, but you can use them too. You and your little ones can shovel, sift, and rake using the Triplet Toy Shovel and Rake (pictured above/below), or dig and sift using the Scoppi Toy Shovel. There’s also the Ballo Toy Water Bucket with a spherical shape for easier transport from sea to sandcastle.
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Price: $10.00 - 30.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Nunabee Color Chip Boxes

Just how fun are these handmade boxes by Danish company nunabee? They would hold all manner of knickknacks, office supplies, accessories, etc., and cheer you up while doing so. If you’ve plenty of bills in that wallet of yours, you could also use it to present a special gift, in a gift-within-a-gift sort of way.
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Price: $68.00 - 96.00
Available from: LEIF

Obtineo Collection

If ordinary storage jars just won’t do, you’ll want to take a look at the Obtineo Collection by Yorkshire-based designer Tom Hutchinson. Handcrafted entirely in the UK, each storage jar is made from turned solid ash and oak, hand-blown glass, 100% wool felt, and a silicone seal to ensure a tight fit. Use them in the kitchen for storing foodstuffs or in the bathroom or office for organizing smaller items. Pledge £30 or more to back the project and receive one (or many) jar(s) of your very own.
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Price: £30.00 - 150.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Neon Alphabet

Just in case you’re in the market for not-inexpensive wall art, take a look at the Neon Alphabet letters from Bernadette Deddens and Tetsuo Mukai of London-based Study O Portable. Each 10″ letter is made from borosilicate glass tubes and patinated fine silver; these materials reflect “ambient light as a frozen spectrum of deep, rich color.” The price is per letter, so don’t go getting your heart set on buying enough letters for your favorite quote.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $690.00
Available from: L'ArcoBaleno

Rothko Serving Boards

These wooden boards are for serving rather than for cutting, which makes sense once you notice the nicely crafted recessed rectangles (hence the ‘Rothko’) and how well the different sizes would mix and match for an architecturally minimal presentation. Made from sustainable panga panga wood, the Rothko Serving Boards were designed by Swedish studio Claesson Koivisto Rune and produced by Botswana furniture maker Peter Mabeo working in collaboration with local artisans.
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Price: $160.00 - 310.00
Available from: L'ArcoBaleno

Cliq

If we all had an unlimited budget for closet storage, there’s little doubt we’d all want to try out Cliq, a hookless hanger. Holding up to two kilogram (4.4 lbs.), each Cliq can be used on any metallic surface and easily slides sideways- similar to a regular hanger. You’ll have to see the video below to get the whole idea, and then figure out if the sleek, minimal look is worth the cost.
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Price: €149.00 s/3
Available from: Cliq

Suburbia Wall Storage

If you’re in need of wall storage and haven’t yet fallen in love with the Uten.Silo ($395), then maybe you’ll like the Suburbia by Seletti. When viewed from its edge, a small neighborhood with fences, trees, and homes appears. That novel detail does well when hung vertically, as it provides plenty of nooks and crannies to store all sorts of things in the office, bathroom, or entryway.
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Price: $478.13
Available from: YLiving

x3 Watering Can

Yeah, it’s just a watering can, big deal. And, yes, a single metal tube is bent three times (hence the name) to create the handle and the pour spout. The handle allows it to be held from the top when full and at the side when watering. All those things plus a semi-decent price tag must mean that this year you’ll finally take decent care of your plants; with a watering can like this, who wouldn’t? Just don’t over water your plants accidentally while admiring the water can.
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Price: $60.00 - 120.00
Available from: Kontextür

Keyplate

This might not be to everyone’s taste considering its very utilitarian appearance, but it certainly will come in handy to anyone who tends to misplace their keys or other small, important things. The Keyplate replaces the existing strike plate and extends around the frame to offer up a small space for hanging whatever you need to take with you out the door. It’s a simple solution that would fit small entryways perfectly.
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Price: $25.00
Available from: 2nd Shift

Hafele’s “Fineline” Drawer Organizers

Have you ever walked into a kitchen showroom like Bulthaup or Poggenpohl? If you have, you’re familiar with their customized drawer organizational systems, and you may have even (metaphorically) drooled over the sleek lines of perfect boxes in which to place your utensils, spices, plates, and pans. Dropping $60k to $80k for kitchen cabinets is unfortunately much more than many of us can afford, and, sadly, we say goodbye to such lovely drawer interiors, thinking they are beyond our budgets.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $50.00 - 160.00
Available from: kitchensource.com