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ACCESSORIES

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer

We can all agree that $400 is a lot of money to spend on a hair dryer. Not everyone is going to plonk down four big ones just for shinier, smoother hair that dries in half the time. Actually, if you have short hair, there’s really no reason to read any further. However, if you’ve got longer hair, well, here’s a personal review.
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Price: $399.00
Available from: Sephora

Table Mortar by Mark Braun

Would you like an extra special table mortar to grind your spices? This one by Mark Braun is
inspired by archetypical millstones. The circular design shows off the marble (five different color options, fyi) while the satisfying heft of the material will crush those herbs and spices to the perfect consistency at the dinner table. No need to hide it away, as it looks perfectly fine sitting out on the table or countertop.
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Price: $119.00
Available from: Hem

Rule of Thirds Finder

Similar to the Golden Section Finder, this little pocket sized gazing device helps you break images into the Rule of Thirds (first written down by John Thomas Smith in 1797, fyi). This ratio is found all over the place- in photography, art, advertisements, etc.- and once you start looking for it, there’s no doubt you’ll find it. It might also encourage you to “create compelling compositions” of your own in photographs or other artworks by placing your subjects just off center.
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Price: $12.00
Available from: Areaware

Split Step Stool

If you’re going to have a step stool, you might as well make it this one. Why? Well, it’s made of molded steel- that’s what gives the split-legged design its sleekness and strength- and it’s very minimalist. So minimalist, in fact, you could even leave it out all the time as a resting spot for books or a special plant. You’d not say the same for any other step stool you find at the local hardware store, would you?
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Price: $210.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Muuto’s Grain Pendant

At first glance, you’ll most likely wish Muuto’s Grain Pendant was a bit bigger than ~8″ in diameter. However, once you see a few lined up over a kitchen island or a large grouping over a table, you’ll be glad that it’s not too large, as the size is perfect for multiples. Get up close and personal, and you’ll see the shade is made from a mix of bamboo fibers and polypropylene, which gives it a subtle texture and warmth. Now on sale.
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Price: $126.65
Available from: Lumens

Mazama Wares Glasses

These hand blown soda-lime glasses are worth a second look. Maybe it’s the jade green tint that catches our eye for its hint at the past, or maybe it’s the angled silhouette with a heavier base that suggests a comfortable hold. Maybe it’s all those subtle cues combined that say they’re special. There’s plenty of other colors as well (nightshade, smoke, clear aqua, haze, and honey) and three different sizes to suit your beverage of choice (cocktail, wine, and pint).
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Price: $34.00 - 38.00
Available from: Mazama

Tangram Erasers

Uh, Tangram Erasers? Of course we need a set. Do you know the history of the Tangram? Do you have fond memories of making shapes with one when you were younger? Maybe you could see if your brain still has the skills to hammer out a few puzzles with these erasers, knowing they could always do some erasing if you fail to have fun with the puzzle part.
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Price: $2.50
Available from: Kikkerland

Ada Sconce

The Ada Sconce is a versatile little light, for its shade is made of two adjustable reflectors on friction hinges. This means you can move the shades around in many different ways to direct the light exactly where you wish. Fans of Charlotte Perriand might recognize a little of her CP-1 Sconce in this design, as this light was inspired by that exact design. And, another nice tidbit: the Ada sconce is named for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which dictates that sconces in hallways must not protrude from the wall more than 4”.
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Price: $450.00
Available from: Brendan Ravenhill

Cymbal Pendant

Well, what do we have here? It’s a very simple pendant that uses the light bulb as support for the shades. Aluminum disks diffract the light and trick your eye with reflections of its environment. Does it remind you a little of the Grain Pendant by Brendan Ravenhill? It’s the same sort of idea, and a little more affordable at that.
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Price: $355.00
Available from: MATTER

Deuce Pitcher/Watering Can

Another weird watering can? Of course! And, even better, this one could also be a carafe, if you should so desire, as one spout is for plants and the other for pouring drinks. Use the long spout as a handle when filling your glass, or, alternatively, grasp the 1 1/4 liter body to water plants. This double function will let you donate any other watering cans and carafes that are cluttering up your cabinets while also delighting in your ability to find such well-designed containers. Go ahead, pat yourself on the back.
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Price: $60.00
Available from: modernintentions

Classic Glass Cup

Surely you’ve been served a cup of tea or coffee (or dessert) in one of Silodesign’s Glass Cups? Well, you can replicate the finery that’s associated with that heat resistant, double-walled glass vessel, right at home. There’s various sizes for all sorts of drinks and desserts, and, in addition to the Classic Glass Cup, there’s also the Original Glass Cup with no handle.
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Price: $$24.00 - $40.00
Available from: Luminaire

Rosa Rocker

Okay, child development specialists, is it better for a kid to have a rocking horse that looks like a horse, or a minimalist version with just a handle for a head? (Technically, it’s a rocker, not a rocking horse, but my traditional sensibilities keep looking for a horse’s head or tail.) Will their imagination grow in leaps and bounds with the lack of exterior input? In any case, it’s nice to see such a considered, spare interpretation of a toy.
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Price: $270.00
Available from: Horne

Marmoreal White or Black Board

So, maybe you can’t quite afford to have Max Lamb’s Marmoreal Bathroom or even a Marmoreal Side Table. You’re not alone. However, if you’re really, truly in love with the engineered stone, maybe you can afford to serve your cheese on a Marmoreal Board. My favorite is the black (it looks like outer space!) but the white is equally appealing as it showcases the colors just as well.
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Price: €250.00
Available from: Makers & Brothers

Snake Blocks

You’ll have fun twisting and turning these colorful Snake Blocks to make all sorts of interesting shapes and patterns. 24 wooden triangles are held together with an elastic band, and you have your pick of a large or small version. It’ll keep your hands busy when you’re brainstorming (or waiting for an idea to hit, as is often the case).
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Price: $16.00 - 48.00
Available from: Areaware

Playtype Attitude Mugs

Are you an activist, a feminist, or an optimist? Or maybe you’re an egoist, a narcissist, or a materialist? Get the mug to match the quality you most identify with, and then prepare yourself for a high five (or a few raised eyebrows) when you next get your midmorning cup of coffee. Could be a good gift for a friend/family member too.
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Price: €19.00
Available from: Playtype