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Ystudio Collection

If you’ve got a weakness for nice pens, pencils and pen cases, then you’re in trouble. Ystudio’s offerings are made of brass and copper and wenge wood, and the various pieces are all beckoning to belong to your collection. Take a look at their Mechanical Pencil and the Rollerball Pen*- each have a satisfying heft in their cool, streamlined brass cases. Either (or both) would be excellent gifts, as the brass has a nice, understated elegance to its matte sheen. Consider adding a Pen Case or the Pen Container to keep your writing implements close at hand.
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Price: €62.00 - 105.00
Available from: Kohezi

Haptic Lab Kites

Please tell me you plan to fly a kite before the end of summer. After all, with Haptic Lab’s colorful array of Diamond and Delta Kites, you know you’re tempted. The patterns are pretty wonderful and they’re quite affordable. And, besides, what in the world is more important than taking some time off to go outside during these last few days of summer and throw a kite into the air, watch the wind catch it, and then hold on to it as it takes flight into the bright blue sky?
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Price: $42.00
Available from: Haptic Lab

Bodum® Pebo Vacuum Coffee Maker

Are you up for a bit of chemistry when making your morning brew? If so, this Pebo Vacuum Coffee Maker from Bodum could be an interesting experiment. How does it work? Steam escapes from the bottom bowl into the top, mixing with the oils of your coffee. Once you remove it from heat, and the newly brewed coffee filters back down into the bottom bowl for serving. That’s a simplified version, of course, but you get the idea. It’ll take a little longer (5 to 11 minutes) than a regular coffee maker but the brewing time and temperature are calibrated precisely for a perfect cup each time.
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Price: $80.00
Available from: Sur La Table

Control Table Lamp

Need a little bit more light? Consider Muuto’s Control Table Lamp. Its E27 bulb sits on a rectangular metal tray with one control knob. It’s slender enough that it will fit on windowsills and narrow shelves, so you could place it almost anywhere for more illumination in dark and lonely spots around your home.
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Price: $104.00
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

Ruban Mirrors by Inga Sempé

Feeling lonely? I know just what you need: a few Ruban mirrors to keep you company. Inga Sempé brings us this collection of small mirrors, all framed by a colorful ribbon. The smallest is sized at just over 3″ square while the larger measures in at around 17″ wide. I bet you’ll have fun hanging these up and arranging them just so… they’ll let light bounce around a bit more and liven up your living quarters.
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Price: $12.20 - 49.65
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

Workhorse Perpetual Calendar

Another calendar already and it’s not even the end of August? I know, I know, but this one is a perpetual calendar. Anyone who’s visited this site often enough will know that I’m fanatic about perpetual calendars, specifically well-designed ones, so I can’t not post it. This one from Workhorse Printmakers is letterpress printed, foil stamped and die cut for a functional circular design. Workhorse also has a green calendar on their site, if that suits you better.
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Price: $24.95
Available from: MoMA Store

Clock Clock 24

Whoa, here’s a clock that’ll knock anyone’s socks off. You’ll need to watch the video to get the full effect, but here’s a quick explanation: the twenty-four small round clocks create one big digital display. All the smaller clock hands are choreographed to show either 12- or 24-hour time, with three different modes of movement. As I said before, watch the video and you’ll appreciate how this clock is almost more of an art piece than a time telling device… hence the price.
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Price: $4,999.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Niko Hex Extension Cord

An extension outlet that you’d want to leave exposed? Really? Meet Niko, a hex-shaped power outlet made of solid white ash and a knitted mesh cord. It’s designed to be left out amongst your furniture, with its warm wood housing and tactile cord doing their best to make friends with their surroundings. Hang it on the wall with the included hook or prop it on one of its six sides to get power right where you need it.
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Price: $95.00
Available from: Most Modest

Hay Cacti

Ceramic cacti: they’re perfect for you, even if you tend to kill every plant you’ve ever touched. Sculptor Lina Cofán has crafted these life-size cacti to give you very low maintenance plants. Sure, they’re a bit shiny, but they won’t need a drop of water. And, as long as you don’t drop them, they’ll last forever. Kinda fun, right?
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Price: $89.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Bold Wall Clock

How in the world would you ever be late if you had these oversized hands to tell the time? The big, rounded proportions pack a graphic punch across the room, so even if you are almost blind, you’ll know the time. Choose the petrol for its pink and turquoise hands, or go with the white for a more strict color scheme.
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Price: $75.00
Available from: A+R Store

Travel Teapot Set and Bag

You may not need this Travel Teapot Set, but wouldn’t it be nice to have? The grey tubular porcelain vessel is a lesson in simplicity- its two included cups fasten securely to either end to make transport more efficient. Wrap them all up in the included linen bag and be on your way, knowing you’ll have an easy-to-serve hot drink in a lovely little cup whenever you take your next break. There’s also a smaller Travel tea can set and bag if you prefer to carry a single serving.
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Price: $132.00
Available from: WallpaperSTORE

Map of the Constellations

Are you going to stay up late to watch the Perseid Meteor Shower tonight? You should try, as there’s going to be quite the show- between 160 and 200 meteors every hour until Friday morning. That’s a “meteor hurricane.” For other times, you could gaze upon Best Made’s Map of the Constellations to contemplate the stars above, as it charts the stars of both northern and southern hemispheres and includes helpful diagrams of earth’s axis, phases of the moon, solstices, equinoxes, and eclipses.
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Price: $38.00
Available from: Best Made

Paper Display

This Paper Display by Jamie Wolfond & Sam Anderson (and available from good thing) simply acts as a curved base to provide papers to stand. Think of it for displaying your current project paperwork or for showcasing photos and notes. (Update:Now made of powder coated aluminum, the price is more affordable at $22 instead of $39 when it was made of stoneware.)
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Price: $22.00
Available from: Good Thing

Japanese Porcelain Stacking Tools

My goodness, this stacking set packs quite the punch in tools. A mortar with pestle, a ginger/garlic/zest grater, a citrus juicer, and a storage canister (that also acts as a ladle holder) all stack together for a unified system. So, don’t go running back to the kitchen to get whatever tool you need, bring the whole thing to the table for an impressive display of dinner prep right in front of your guests and/or family. They’ll be awed by your efficiency and skills (let’s hope for the best case scenario).
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Price: $129.00
Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile

Sweep-It Set

You don’t have to tell me how hard it is to keep dust and dirt at bay; I had a dog that liked to step in mud at every opportunity, plus a cat that shed all over the place all the effing time. I have Ole Jensen’s Dustpan and Brush, but this Sweep-It Set by Klaus Rath for Stelton looks like it would be more functional for everyday messes. The lotus wood brush nests neatly with the dustpan, and it can be easily stored under the sink or hung from a hook.
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Price: $25.00
Available from: Amazon