ACCESSORIES

Alessi CrissCross Tray

If you’re going to buy a tray or basket to catch all of your miscellaneous clutter, please make it this CrissCross Tray by Eero Aarnio. It’s made anodized aluminum and is available in both natural and black (get the black). The size is perfect for handling all manner of large and medium-sized things- magazines, books, and mail, just to name a few.
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Price: $265.00
Available from: Cooper-Hewitt Shop

Stack and Scare Block Set

Monster blocks! And done very well, I might add. This set of blocks with vibrant patterns of feet, hands, and heads will keep you and the little ones around you busy building all sorts of non-scary creatures. Should I be embarrassed that I want a set, and I don’t even have kids? Because I’m not. High five to whomever designed the illustrations. Bookmark it for your kid’s/niece’s/nephew’s next gift.
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Price: $48.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Stone Writer’s Block

If you’re forever misplacing your pencil and notepad, then maybe this Writer’s Block by Bower Studios will keep them close at hand. If you’re new to the Bower Studio (Danny Giannella and Tammer Hijazi) name, be sure to take a look at their work as they’ve got quite a few excellent products; we’ve featured their Shape Boards, Shape Mirrors, and Key Targets in the past few weeks.

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Price: $60.00
Available from: Cooper-Hewitt Shop

Geometric Fire Pit

Remember this guy? It’s your best choice for a fire pit, in my humble opinion. For example, there’s this other Geometric Fire Pit ($998), which has a very similar shape, but it doesn’t have an optional wood top for coffee table use ($160-$222) or a grill top ($175-289) to make food part of the party. Those two additions make sense of the slight price difference, don’t you think? Choose between the Small or Large Geometric Fire Pit.
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Price: $1,195.00 - 2,145.00
Available from: DWR

Twain, Berge, and Swift Catchalls

“If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything”- those wise words are by Mark Twain, and are written upon this glossy, ceramic catchall. A little encouragement never hurts, does it? There’s also the Bergé (“Embrace reality even if it burns you”) and the Swift Catchall (“He was a bold man that first eat an oyster”) for catching your odds and ends.
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Price: $45.00
Available from: Izola

Nathalie Du Pasquier Cushions

Normally, one would tend to stay away from overly bright colors and busy patterns in interior settings to avoid looking too crazy, but that’s all forgotten once one sees the printed cushions by Nathalie Du Pasquier. Yes, the patterns are bright and busy, and that’s exactly their appeal- they just make sense.
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Price: $72.50 - 90.00
Available from: AmbienteDirect

Stanley 3 Pendant

The nice thing about this Stanley 3 Pendant, other than the fact that it’s hand-spun in Birmingham and made of solid polished copper, is that it’s not immediately recognizable. Often certain pieces of certain designers will be used so much that you tend to get sick of it. So, no matter how wonderful a light fixture is upon its initial release, after seeing it twenty times in twenty different spaces, it looks less special and more like a stamp of ‘I-have-a-designer-light-fixture’- do you know what I mean? So, back to this pendant. It’s so pure and unadorned that the material itself steals the show, and that is incredibly refreshing. Available in three different diameters and also a hammered finish.
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Price: $595.00 - 835.00
Available from: HORNE

Hub Floor Mirror

If you walk out of the door in the morning with your shirt buttoned wrong, you need a floor-length mirror. Luckily, this rubber-rimmed mirror designed by Jordan Murphy and Matt Carr can be placed anywhere thanks to its wooden easel stand, which has a ladder-like back for hanging coats/clothes, accessories, or even towels, if it’s in or near a bathroom. Also, there’s a 36″ diameter wall mirror with the same rim: Hub Mirror, $200 (shown below).
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Price: $300.00
Available from: Umbra

Hay & Scholten & Baijings’ Paper Carpet

Paper carpets? Indeed. Made of woven paper thread with a non-slip rubber backing, these carpets designed by Scholten & Baijings feature various soft and strong color pairings that would brighten up any entryway or hallway. Oh, and they’re water and stain repellent, so you won’t have to worry about dirty shoes or rain boots.
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Price: $200.00
Available from: A+R Store

Triangle Mirrors

As is often the case, the question isn’t ‘why do I need a triangle mirror’, the question is ‘why don’t I need a triangle mirror’. After all, you like geometry and you’re decent to look at, right? Hang one (or several) on a wall, or place on any surface for a freestanding reflection. Designed and made by Marvin Freitas.
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Price: $75.00 - 150.00
Available from: Marvin Freitas

J1 Studio’s C Lamp

$138? Is that right? J1 Studio’s C Lamp is made from lightweight polypropylene and utilizes a folding technique to avoid a metal frame, thus reducing the cost associated with manufacturing (one can guess). Wooden tripod legs complete the simple lamp, giving a minimal, natural look to any room that needs an extra light source. Designed by Jae Won Cho of J1 Studio, where you may also purchase the lamp directly.
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Price: $138.00
Available from: A+R Store

Reclaimed Wood Plug-In Planter

A reclaimed planter box, so what? As the ‘Plug-In’ part of the title might have clued you in, this planter box houses a hydroponic, self-watering system. Designed by Nick Behr and Sarah Burrows, the reclaimed wood box hides the mechanism that allows for different watering settings based on plant type to ensure proper nutrient intake, allowing you to grow your plants without your kitchen looking like a science laboratory- not that there’s anything wrong with that, of course. Other finishes available directly from Modern Sprout, plus a solar powered option ($219.00).
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Price: $159.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Ori Salt & Pepper Grinder

More geometry, and this time it’s for your tabletop (and tastebuds?). The Ori Salt and Pepper Mills feature ceramic mechanisms that grind pepper, salt, and other spices, all housed within a a pentagonal column. The smaller top portion is for turning, and the larger bottom part for gripping. A matt finish gives an easy and comfortable grip.
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Price: $35.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Lumio Book Lamp

The Lumio looks like a hardcover book, but open it up and you’ve got a sculptural LED light. This compact form makes it easy to take with you, especially as its pleated interior is made of water-resistant Tyvek, so it can even venture outdoors for backyard barbecues or short camping trips. I received a Lumio recently to see it up close (and made a little video) and I was quite impressed with the overall quality- plus, there are so many lighting options you can really put it anywhere. Hang it, lay it on its side or back, or attach it to any metal surface. More info below, or take a look at Lumio’s gallery for more pics.
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Price: $160.00
Available from: Lumio

Woodbar

Do you need a wooden paperweight in the shape of a gold bar? Maybe not, but that’ll change once you open your windows and papers go flying everywhere. The intention behind this design is to remind us all about the value of wood; it acts a clever option to hold a stack of paperwork at bay.

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Price: $39.00
Available from: Mookum