ACCESSORIES

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

Arbor Birdhouse

I know next to nothing about birds, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting a birdhouse. And, hey, there’s no way I’m going to settle for just any birdhouse, because there are standards to uphold, aren’t there? This Arbor House is made from recycled high density polyethylene (HDPE)- that translates into 24 recycled milk jugs- and thermally modified maple, and that means no maintenance.
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Price: $94.00
Available from: Loll Designs

Fine Little Day Baby Blankets

Soon-to-be parents, relax, and don’t worry about finding the right sort of baby blanket, because Fine Little Day has it covered. Irregular dots (or little mountains) scattered about is just the thing for your little one’s room, and they’re refreshingly gender neutral, meaning that her or his not-quite-developed eyes won’t be drowned in an overwhelmingly pink or blue color scheme. And, if you’re not a parent yet, or don’t plan to be, just quietly spread the word that kids shouldn’t be subjected to this, ever.
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Price: $48.00
Available from: Huset

Demi Lamp

This little guy is on sale, so snap it up if you thought or said ‘Ooooo’ with appreciation when seeing its delightful inner tube illumination. Mouth-blown glass reflects and disperses the light from the array of LEDs to create a warm ambience, making it a perfect choice for a room that needs a little extra, shall we say, je ne sais quoi.

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Price: $295.20 - 343.20
Available from: YLiving

Click & Grow Light

Remember the Click & Grow Smartpot? It now has an accompanying Grow Light to further increase your chances of making your plants healthy and your thumb greener. It requires only 3 watts of energy and has a built-in timer pre-programmed to 16 hours of light and 8 hours of darkness. Do I need to point out that this light is more for winter months than summer? Bookmark it for when November hits.
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Price: $49.00
Available from: Click & Grow

Moon Pot Mat

Shoot for the moon (!) especially when you have hot pots or serving dishes. I’d be tempted to leave this out on the table all the time, because, well, it’s the moon. Designed by Elisabeth Dunker for Fine Little Day. Made from HDF-material and moisture-resistant.
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Price: $39.00
Available from: Huset

Food Huggers

Don’t worry, Food Huggers are not a group of people lecturing you about loving your food, they’re small silicone thingamajigs that help you save your fruits and vegetable from the trash or compost bin. The flexible inner edges of the Food Hugger seals in the juices so that your food won’t spoil or dehydrate as quickly as it would otherwise. How many times have your thrown away half an onion, tomato, cucumber, etc. because you didn’t use it in time? That will become a thing of the past with these little brilliant things. 4 different sizes fit all sorts of fruits and veggies, and they nest together in a drawer for storage.
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Price: $18.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Sand Containers

Do not, I repeat, do not underestimate the value of containers you look at and use everyday. Sure, a toothbrush or pen holder is meant for function, but there’s no reason why it can’t be a pleasure to look at as well. The Sand Containers are handmade from a mixture of natural stone powder with resin and a wood divider/lid to keep things put. I think they’ve won the top spot when it comes to bathroom accessories, as they’re simple and elegant, and those words are rarely used in that particular department.
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Price: $19.90 - 24.95
Available from: MilkDesign

Green Light

Is this the best grow light you’ve ever seen? Of course it is, and I won’t have you saying otherwise. The light is adjustable so you can move it closer to plants, and extra water is collected in the tray which also protects the surface underneath. Oh, and it doesn’t look like you’re growing suspicious substances too industrial/awful either, in fact, it looks downright friendly. Now, let’s just put our heads together and collectively wish it to compatible with US outlets (or perhaps email the manufacturer directly with a request), for then we could all be healthier for ever after with our bright, green, happy plants.

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Price: €159.00
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

Floralia Kites

Yes, these kites are from the lovely duo known as Fredericks & Mae, and no, you may not fly them because they’re meant to hang on the wall for all to admire. The collection is in honor of the ancient Roman holiday Floralia and feature pressed flowers on rice paper fixed to a bamboo frame. Might just be the right sort of wall art to liven up a room in your home, though do be sure you keep it out of reach of little ones, as they might not understand that ‘ceremonial’ kites aren’t toys. Maybe get one of the other flying kites by Fredericks & Mae ($64) if you foresee any difficulty.
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View Floralia Kites here