ACCESSORIES

Normann Copenhagen Silicone Nutcracker

Get ready to crack some nuts with the Normann Copenhagen Silicone Nutcracker. Silicone ensures a soft, comfortable grip so that almost anyone can use it, young or old. The silicone bounces back into its original shape after the nut has been cracked and that means more nuts cracked with less faffing about.
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Price: $53.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Normann Copenhagen Tea Strainer

This tea strainer has a flexible silicone body that fits any cup, mug or teapot. The hat-like funnel top retains heat and flavor while your tea is brewing; simply remove the strainer with a built-in handle (no burnt fingers) and fold the silicone top down/up like the brim of a hat to prevent spills or errant drops. Smart!
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Price: $26.50
Available from: Vertigo Home

Opus Garten

Repotting plants can be messy, and that’s exactly why this Opus Garten PottingTray and tools are something to consider. The PottingTray is made from durable, flexible silicone and protects tables and countertops as well as keeping dirt from going everywhere. Clean up is easy, just stick it in a dishwasher or run it under the tap.

The tools, a.k.a. the Handworktoy™, are indoor garden tools that include a soil scoop, large tweezer, and a versatile garden knife. And, if you need another planter, check out the sub-irrigation WallPlanter with a ball and cord system that makes it easy to place and remove. Back the project over at Kickstarter and your future repotting project cleanups will be a breeze.
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Price: $65.00 - 250.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Rotating Frame Set

It’s nice to have a few personal photos in frames scattered around, unless you’re a severe minimalist, in which case those same pictures of family and friends would give you a serious bout of itchiness. Maybe do yourself a favor and clean up that clutter of photo frames by replacing several frames with just this one Rotating Frame Set. It holds ten photos or artworks, and each frame rotates on a wood dowel for vertical or horizontal presentation. On sale now from MoMA Store for $39.95 (contrast that with the sold out $85 tag over at Dwell Store).
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Price: $39.95
Available from: MoMA Store

Crumpled Sky Map

Just where is Perseus? What about Ursa Minor? Stop asking and start finding out by carrying this Crumpled Sky Map around on your various outdoor endeavors. Whether you use it in your backyard or on a backpacking trip, it won’t wear out, as it’s printed on the paper-like (and waterproof) material Tyvek®. It’s a good size- 35″ x 35″- and printed with glow-in-the-dark ink so you can see all the constellations properly.
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Price: $33.00
Available from: A+R Store

All Dock

You’ll be happy to see this charging station, trust me. Yes, it is streamlined and altogether unoffensive to the eyes, which is a definite plus, but a handsome face only goes so far, right? Well, the All Dock has 2400mA per USB exit, and in terms all of us can understand, that means it is SUPER fast. Your phone can be recharged nearly 80% in less than 1 hour, and it’s compatible with nearly all devices. Charge, dock, and store any and all your devices in one spot. There’s several sizes and finishes available, and keep in mind that there’s a mere 15 days to go for funding if you want to get on board now and receive one at a discounted price.
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Price: $39.00 - 149.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Hex Mirror

Maybe you need a little hexagonal mirror for your bathroom? Or what about an empty hallway that could use a wink of light bouncing around? Perhaps a lonely wall needs an equilateral kind of friend to keep it company? You’re sure to find the right spot for such a perfectly sized mirror, and if you don’t, just send it over to me and I’ll give it a home. Designed (and sold) by DANIEL EMMA.
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Price: AUS110.00
Available from: DANIEL EMMA

Printsagram Greeting Cards

Combine your Instagram photos with the traditional method of keeping in touch: greeting cards. You might think handwritten cards belong in a museum, but you’d be wrong. Why not show off your mad skills when it comes to taking photos with your phone? Friends and family are sure to be impressed, and possibly treasure your card as a keepsake, maybe even frame it (!).
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Price: $25.00
Available from: Printsagram

Swing Arm Wall Sconce

If you need/want an inexpensive, simple wall sconce, get a load of this matte black steel light designed by Lime Studio (and available from CB2). Not bad, eh? A swivel arm gets light right where you want, making it perfect for a bedside reading companion. And, if you have some time, take a look at Lime Studio’s other products- they show a lot of promise, especially if other items will lean towards an affordable price point like this lamp.
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Price: $79.95
Available from: CB2

ThePresent

You have clocks all around you, so why do you need another one? Well, what if you could see a visual representation of the year? ThePresent is an annual analog clock; the hand completes one revolution every 365 days. Seeing the slow progression of a year might help put your hurried daily chores and duties into perspective. Dare I say you might even slow down and spend some time in reflection?
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Price: $240.00
Available from: ghostly.com

Menu Kettle Thermo Jug

With the weather being so damn cold, there’s never too many mentions of anything that will keep you warm. And, goodness, a lukewarm cup of coffee or tea is just not acceptable when your fingers or toes are freezing, especially when an appropriate receptacle can keep liquids piping hot for hours. This Menu Kettle Thermo Jug by Norm Architects keeps contents hot for very long period of time: “a beverage at a temperature of 203°F will, after 6 hours in a full jug in a 75°F room, still be 172°F hot.” Impressive, yes? (Especially in a very long/boring meeting, when all that’s keeping you awake is caffiene.)
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Price: $69.95
Available from: AbodeModern

Pivo

Quick, what is the item above? I bet you have some good guesses: a fancy torture device, a cocktail muddler, a writing implement… but all of those are not the case. It’s a bottle opener, a “rotationally symmetrical bottle opener cut from solid brass” to be exact. Nice, right? Designed by Luke Smith-Wightman and available at FAO Shop in the UK.
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Price: £28.50
Available from: FAO Shop

Slide Hook AS-1

The Slide Hook houses spring-loaded hardware to keep your towels or apparel in place. Slide items into the opening to hold, and, to release, just give a simple tug. This ensures minimal effort on your part- let’s not call it laziness, we’ll call it ‘being efficient’- yes?
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Price: $20.00
Available from: Wintercheck Factory

PinWorld Map

Planning any big trips for 2014? Map your journey with these bright red pins on this flexible (and 100% recyclable felt) PinWorld map. Designed by Italians Emanuele Pizzolorusso and Alessandro Maffioletti, the map is available in two sizes: standard and mini. Each includes 15 pins.

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Price: $44.00
Available from: A+R Store

Pheonix Feather Pen

Feeling a a bit dull and boring these days? Don’t worry, it’s just January, and I’ve got just the thing for you: a Phoenix Feather Pen. I double dare you to take it to all your meetings and pretend it’s the most normal pen in the world, and even use it out and about to take simple notes at restaurants and bars. Prints inspired by from Memphis to Warhol, all with a useful ballpoint stem.
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Price: $30.00
Available from: Cooper-Hewitt Shop