ACCESSORIES

Alphabet City Coasters

Manhattan-based photographer Joanne Dugan compiled these urban typographic images originally as a teaching game for her two-year-old son. And, as they’re so striking, why not make them into a coaster set for all to enjoy? Many of the signs and landmarks are now demolished, so tip of the hat to Ms. Dugan for creating such a great archive of New York City’s visual history.
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Price: $30.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Paper Basket with Lid

No one wants to see your trash, trust me, so hide it away with these paper baskets that have a swinging lid. Perfect for a bathroom, right? And yes, you did read ‘paper’- these look like teak wood but they’re made from a plywood of sorts that is stained in 6 different tones and then laid out to resemble teak.
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Price: $85.00 - 150.00
Available from: Tortoise General Store

Hopewell Quilts

Minimal quilts! Feast your eyes upon the offerings of Hopewell, the design workshop of Eliza Kenan and Claire Oswalt. Of course I need one of these, because when does a chill not sweep through the house on any given evening? Or, perhaps there’s a bare spot on the wall or a lonely chair that needs a a few blocks of color artistically placed… yes, there’s at least one of those in every home, for sure.
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Price: $150.00 - 395.00
Available from: Hopewell

Hedley & Bennett Aprons

Oh, what to wear when you’re making a brilliant meal indoors, or grilling outside with your Italian Barbecue Tool Set? You can’t risk ruining your clothes, dressed as you are to perfection. Not to worry, don one of these denim aprons by Hedley & Bennett and then carry on with your culinary prowess.
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Price: $75.00 and up
Available from: Hedley & Bennett

What is it?

Come on, now, use your brain and play along. What is this strange item above? It has a handle, and lots of little prong-ish things on the underside. Any guesses?
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Price: $29.99
Available from: Amazon

Italian Barbecue Tool Set

Well, aren’t we fancy with our Italian Barbecue Tool Set? Because a BBQ set from anywhere else just won’t cut it, or that’s at least what you’ll tell your guests the next time you’re grilling. Be sure to tell them you’re kidding after that snotty remark, or else they’ll not invite you over to their house where they have ordinary barbecue tools from an ordinary store because that’s where ordinary people shop. Made in Maniago, Italy, known for its artisan blacksmiths.

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Price: $219.00
Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile

Dots & Spots Pillows

For goodness sake, don’t get so serious with your interior accessories that you turn your nose up at polka dots. It is summer, after all, and a little bit of friendly-bright color might just do you some good. Plus, these polka dot pillows are from the lovely duo Daniel Emma, of whom we are all fans. (Trust me on this.)
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Price: £49.00
Available from: Theo

Tiny Letterpress Cards

You never know when you might need a small card to say the word(s) you’d rather not say in person, or (even worse) in an email. Cards are an endearing traditional aspect of communication, and make an occasion out of a few simple words. Any of these three cards will no doubt leave the recipient in a much better mood than before they picked up the envelope.
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Price: $4.00
Available from: Set Editions

Cloud Doormat

Update: Remember this guy? It was no longer available from the original shop we linked to, but Sprout Home has it. (Hooray!)

Simple doormats do the job, but a doormat in the shape a cloud might just be a tiny bit better. It’s like watching kittens playing- really not necessary but somehow worthwhile. Anyone who’s ever visited YouTube knows as much. And, yes, that was a link to a kitten video. Made of natural coir.
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Price: $31.00
Available from: Sprout Home

My New Flame

An LED ‘candle’ that never burns down sounds pretty fantastic, even if the price point is way beyond what most of us would want to spend. A black or red circuit board has 128 tiny LEDs on each side that renders the image of a flickering candle flame. A warm color temperature makes the flame look quite realistic despite the obvious circuitry, thus creating a nice tension between traditional lighting and recent technology. What a nice night light this would be…
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Price: $490.00
Available from: Unica Home

NoMess Balsabox Collection

Where to squirrel away those precious odds and ends? In a box, naturally, and why not an extremely light balsa wood box? The imprinted orange ring guides you to line up the lid and box relative to the wood grain, allowing the natural beauty to be displayed as intended. Several sizes available.
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Multi Basket Picnic Basket

Is it time for a picnic? I think so, especially if you had this basket from Danish brand Menu. It’s a sort of hybrid between a basket and tray, with two air-tight containers with bamboo lids, two cooling pads, and a felt liner. Stick the cooling pads in the freezer before you head out to keep your food cool. It’s like a bento-box-basket, isn’t it? You could, of course, also use it off-duty around the house (as shown in last image) to corral all manner of odds and ends; there’s no need to keep it just for outdoor activities.
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Price: $150.00
Available from: A+R Store

Bare Ring Sconce

I doubt you’ll find a more exposed or minimal wall light than this Bare Ring Sconce from Brendan Ravenhill and Eric Trine. It suspends the Bare Light in a simple brass ring, with a glass socket to reveal the light’s electrical components. Honesty is definitely the best policy when it comes to this fixture. Available in a hard-wire version with powder coated steel wall plate or a a plug-in version with switch.
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Price: $250.00
Available from: Brendan Ravenhill

Lako Book Holder

If you maintain the belief that physical books shall always hold a place in your heart, and thus in your living room, you’ll need a proper place to keep your current stack of reading. And, should you have the room, why not go with a sculptural sort of holder, because, after all, “the pure structure of straight lines and angles allows for various possibilities of storing publications.” The handle at the apex allows for easy moving.

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Price: $69.00
Available from: Luminaire

Task-Ka Tea Towels

Is it time for a new set of tea towels? Maybe one or two with spots and scribbles or sketched shapes in a delightfully abstract print? If the answer is yes, add these tea towels from Holland-based textile house Tas-Ka to your basket. And, if you don’t mind paying extra for international shipping, be sure to browse Tas-Ka’s webshop for other wares.
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Price: $16.00
Available from: Leif