ACCESSORIES

Hakutan

If you have $300 and a not-so-nice smelling room, you either buy a boatload of ugly artificial air fresheners or you buy the Hakutan. As you may know, the Hakutan is a section of White Charcoal with an extremely high carbon content; this high grade of charcoal cleanses the air naturally and remains active indefinitely. It regulates humidity (think bathroom) and absorbs odors (kitchen smells), all while looking like a small natural sculpture. And, if you should ever tire of it, you can dispose of the Hakutan by crushing it and mixing with potting soil, as it makes an excellent fertilizer.

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Price: $300.00
Available from: ModMobili

Cage Lamps

The Cage lighting collection designed by Arik Levy for Forestier combines the industrial aspect of protective cage light fixtures with traditional paper lanterns (a more obvious iteration is found in the In & Out Lamp small and large). This opposites-attract formula results in a successful pairing that is surprisingly elegant, and as a result this collection has moved to the top of the wish-this-was-available-statside list.
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Price: €217,50
Available from: Wannekes

Vote Cards

See those tiny red letters and what they spell out? Early voting begins in several states this week, and now’s the time to motivate yourself and others to participate in this year’s elections. Maybe you could hand them out around the office, or post one in a conspicuous place on the bulletin board at your local dry cleaners or favorite lunch place. Sometimes it only takes the tiniest push to get someone to the polls (and other times it takes a bull horn).

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Price: $16.00
Available from: Cooper Hewitt Shop

365 Typography Calendar 2013

This calendar has been around a while (it used to be called the Pentagram Calendar) but that doesn’t diminish the excitement of typography aficionados who are patiently waiting for the 2013 version to hit their desk. Each month features one typeface (chosen by a prominent designer Stefan Sagmeister, Ivan Chermayeff, Tom Geismar, Massimo Vignelli, Michael Vanderbyl, Louise Fili and others, all members of the Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI)) and includes a description and biography of its designer. The major holidays are noted, and, as hardcore typography fans will be glad to hear, so are the birthdays of the typeface designers.

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Price: $28.00 - 48.00
Available from: DWR

Lunatik Polymer Touch Pen

Ah-ha, a pen and stylus, all in one. Click the top and an analog rollerball pen cartridge protracts, enabling you to write on paper surfaces as usual. Click again and the pen cartridge retracts, leaving you with a silicone tip that works with your tablet device. Dual tip, dual function. Video below.
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Price: $19.95
Available from: Cooper Hewitt Shop

Blokkey

Here’s another minimal approach in organizing your important everyday accessories. The Blokkey has four earth magnets embedded underneath its surface to hold keys and an elastic bungee cord for phones, mail, and sunglasses. Two key fobs are included just in case you have bulkier keys. And, don’t worry if you’re not too fond of the bright color contrast around the edges as there’s a plain Walnut option as well.

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Price: $74.00
Available from: YLiving

Hank Lamp

A wall lamp with a coat hook? Sure, why not? After all, an extra hook for hanging a hat by the front door could come in handy, or maybe it’d be useful in a dressing area, where all manner of accessories and outfits need adequate lighting for your fashion decisions. (If you’ve ever heard the ‘did you get dressed in the dark’ jab, that last bit was directed at you.)
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Price: $299.00
Available from: Scandinavian Grace

Avva S+P Shakers

This salt & pepper set has embedded neodymium magnets to help keep the two pieces paired together as one. That’s a small detail that makes a big difference if you’re always losing one or the other in the cabinet or on the table. It would also simplify passing the salt and pepper around the table when your family or guests prefer to season their own meal (chefs: cue audible gasp).
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Price: $35.00
Available from: Teroforma

Myria Expandable Trivet

Trivets are one of those things you don’t think much about until you’re wondering how to protect your table with a hot dish in hand. The Myria trivet is made of rectangular stainless steel loops, which gives it a decidedly modern feel, yet the stand out feature is that it’s expandable and foldable. Designed by Anne Boenisch for Carl Mertens.

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Price: $115.00
Available from: shopHORNE.com

Braun Digital Wall Clock

If you prefer to stick to digital in the time-telling category, then you’ll want to check out this simple square wall clock by Braun. It’s a global radio-controlled digital clock and displays 12/24 hour time, calendar date, day of the week, indoor temperature and humidity. Everything you need really, without any unnecessary decorative features. Available in black or white.
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Price: $135.00
Available from: Design Public

Rubber X-Bands

Time for an update. We posted these years ago, and they’ve not disappeared from our wishlists, though they have slightly changed in terms of pricing and available retailers. These Rubber X-Bands would come in handy for all sorts of office related papers and miscellany, or, better yet, for keeping a small gift box sealed as shown. Each box has an assortment of four sizes and colors, 16 rubberbands in total.
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Price: $5.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Merkled Coat Hook

You’ve got to appreciate the fact that the Merkled folks aren’t wasting one scrap of the offcuts from their Coat Rack (remember Merkled Lighting?). These hooks are similar to the coat rack in that one slight bend creates strength. Line up two or three in a row near your entranceway (or closet) or take advantage of the Set of 7 ($95) and go big by scattering them all over a wall.
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Price: $15.00
Available from: Merkled

Welcome* Doormat

Politics: it’s not the safest topic to discuss amongst friends and family, but if you want to subtly state your preference during this campaign season (and then have visitors wipe their feet on your preference) one of these doormats is for you. Choose between WELCOME* Unless you’re a Republican and WELCOME* Unless you’re a Democrat. However, if you choose to purchase either, do be aware that you run the risk of sparking conversations that you’d rather not have with your guests, or close friends and family, for that matter.
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Price: $19.99
Available from: Perpetual Kid

Geometry Cups

A little black and white geometry always catches the eye, and these cups from Ferm Living are no exception. However, upon first glance, a person might think ‘haven’t I seen these before?’ and that person might search their memory (and the internet) only to find an image of Masahiro Mori’s Mini Cups. Quite similar, indeed, yet there’s a sizable difference in dimensions. Ferm Living’s Geometry Cups are larger and more suited for water, tea, or coffee, while Mori’s Mini Cups are smaller and more fit for sake and spirits.
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Price: $21.00
Available from: Ferm Living

Fierzo Desk Organizer

Do you have papers scattered all over your desk? Maybe you could use an organizer that held paper vertically, something like this Fierzo Desk Organizer. Two stainless steel frames are held together by clips, allowing paper sheets to be held and presented without taking up too much precious workspace. The base doubles as a pen tray, perfect for smaller office supplies. Available in two sizes.
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Price: $58.00
Available from: YLiving