ACCESSORIES

Beer Goggles Glass

As a companion piece to the Good Grief Glasses, this pint glass shows the unfortunate decline of our standards as our alcohol intake increases. Funny, right? Keep it in mind for the next birthday gift for your favorite drinking buddy, but be sure to buy two as one alone is just depressing.
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Price: $14.00
Available from: set editions

Happy Halloween

There are those of us that prefer to only add one or two decorations to our home for Halloween, and then there are those that go all out. For the former, may I suggest a simple garland with scary black bats? It’s a dignified nod to the day without too much trouble.

Halloween Garland, Black Bats, $10.00
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Price: $10.00
Available from: LittlePeanutGallery's Etsy Shop

Lineage Pillows

Looking for a few accent pillows that don’t scream ‘HELLO, LOOK AT ME!’? Join the club. Linear patterns are always a safe bet, and stay in the neutral camp when done with simple color options like red, grey, and black. Say a quiet, dignified ‘hello’ to the Lineage Pillow collection from Cofield. The two patterns play with traditional American quilt block patterns to create a “graphic representation of an arrowhead and the whirling blades of a windmill.”
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Price: $140.00
Available from: Cofield

Night Light Galaxy

Sorry, I can’t help but share certain space imagery applied to ordinary household goods. You’ve seen the Night Light Moon, Earth, but this one has a portion of the Galaxy on its translucent disc, and it’s only $6! Calm down, there’s enough for everyone. For the bathroom, hallway, bedroom, etc. (I swear my home would look like a crazy Cosmologist’s if I didn’t have a little bit of restraint.)

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Price: $6.00
Available from: Kikkerland

Lunar Wall Calendar 2014

If you’re asking yourself ‘why do I need a lunar calendar’ you’re asking the wrong question. One word: werewolves. Just kidding. Tides, gardening, curiosity, whatever the reason, know exactly which phase the moon is in with this wall calendar by Katheren Belle over at Schoolhouse Electric. And, yes, it’s accurate; the dates and positions of the lunar phases are from the Circular published by the Nautical Almanac Office at the U.S. Naval Observatory. Also, if you’ve no room on the wall (or no money), here’s a website that shows all lunar phases, past and present: MoonConnection.
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Price: $15.00
Available from: Schoolhouse Electric

Chuck Wood Storage

What’s this round, iron object for? Wood storage, of course, as the photo above shows. It’s perfectly sized for kindling and other small logs for the many fires you’ll light this fall/winter season. The powdercoated iron loop floats just above the ground on angled legs. Also, five imaginary dollars goes to whoever can think of the best use for this offseason.
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Price: $99.95
Available from: CB2

Complete Carving Set

Vegans, ignore this post. Just skip on down to the next one. Now, omnivores, it’s not even Halloween and here we are talking about Thanksgiving. What gives? Well, it’s better to be prepared and get what you need when it’s in stock than wait until the last minute when it’s all gone. As a case in point, this Complete Carving Set by Joseph Joseph was in stock when I bookmarked it last week, and now it’s not.

However, you can purchase the non-slip, multi-function chopping board (a.k.a. Cut&Carve™ Plus, $18) and the 8” carving knife and a 7.5” carving fork which join neatly together with magnets and store safely inside a protective sheath (a.k.a. Duo™ Carve, $30) separately, or put your name on the waiting list for when the set is back in stock.
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Price: $45.00
Available from: Joseph Joseph

Fold Room Divider

I don’t know about you, but it’s extremely rare to come across a room divider that elicits any kind of pleasant surprise, much less a wish to fork over a few hundred euros. However, truth be told, this one is pleasantly surprising, and thank goodness I’ve no room for it, otherwise my credit card would have an additional €365 on its balance right now.

So, if you need to create a space within a space, just fold and unfold this lightweight room divider to create some privacy, whether it be for a temporary guest room, a home office or maybe even a semi-walk-in closet area. The soft, felt-like fabric absorbs sound and the angular shape is spot-on for any modern interior.
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Price: €365.00
Available from: Mookum

Jeeves Coat Rack

Cooler weather means jackets and coats, so if you’re not prepared with adequate storage near the front door, now’s the time to get it all sorted. This coat rack by Kay + Stemmer combines four essentials: large hooks for jackets/coats, small hooks for keys and such, an enclosed shelf for mail, and a mirror to make sure you’re presentable. Everything you need all in one spot. And, thankfully, it’s on sale right now over at DWR (reg. $275).
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Price: $206.25
Available from: DWR

Hydro container

How’s this for a way to display you prized plants? Created by Japan-based designer 10¹² TERRA, this minimalist container was designed so that a plant is suspended within, thus allowing its intricate root system to be displayed. The top portion has a grid that holds the plant while the bottom portion holds water; this two part system makes it easy to replace the water when needed and showcases the plant in its entirety.
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Price: $125.00
Available from: Leibal

Pieces of Time Wall Clock

No numbers needed, this clock simply tells the time with 12 pie-shaped ash wood inlays. The wood grain differs slightly with each section, giving a subtle nod to the standard clock image without sacrificing its minimal face. The Pieces of Time Wall Clock is produced by Discipline, and, if you’re in the UK/EU region, you may purchase the clocks directly from their website.
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Price: $190.00
Available from: Luminaire

Femme Fatale

I’m sure you’d have fun guessing what this is, but I’ll save you the trouble: it organizes scarves. Attach the leather holder to a coat hanger, pull your scarves through the star shaped incisions, and voilà! Storage for your precious scarves. And, don’t go thinking this is just for the ladies, I know some of you guys are stylish enough to sport a few scarves now and then (or at least when it’s cold).
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Price: €79.00
Available from: Mookum

Aurelie Felt Bowl

Why do you need a big, felt bowl? Well, for starters, it could sit by the front door and catch all that miscellany that you bring in everyday. Keys, mail, cats… or maybe not the latter if you’re not fond of feline creatures. The interlocking pieces of felt create a patterned texture that will add interest to the room and the generous size allows you to tidy up areas prone to chaos. The Aurelie bowl is designed by artist Aurelie Tu and assembled by women and youth in transition in Portland, Oregon.
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Price: $269.00
Available from: Room & Board

Brass Alphabet Bookmark

Midori just keeps making brass desktop tools that are hard to resist. And this one packs a double function: use as a bookmark and as a stencil. Even if your handwriting isn’t all that bad, a little block lettering now and then won’t hurt, right? It’ll most likely fit perfectly within your notebook.
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Price: $18.00
Available from: Baum-Kuchen

Geno the Giraffe Toy Kit

Excuse me while I geek out a little bit over this cardboard Kinetic Creature. You build it from a simple tab-and-slot kit, and, when you turn the wire handle, the Giraffe (or rhino) walks along thanks to a simple mechanical motion. While it’s recommended for ages 11+, I think most everyone will find it a little fascinating. And, if you like the idea, be sure to look into Theo Jansen’s more advanced Strandbeest. There’s even Miniature Beast kits available for purchase on the Strandbeest web shop ($75); they’re slightly more complicated than these cardboard toys, but the reward looks to be worth the effort.
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Price: $50.00
Available from: Rare Device