ACCESSORIES

United States Chalkboard Map

Oh, the various situations where this map would be useful. One: to test your guest’s knowledge of states (Where is Arkansas!) and then get depressed at how little they know. Two: to mark the states you should never ever visit due to their political atmosphere. Three: to plan your escape should your family encounter imminent danger, though that would be foolish considering interstate highways aren’t drawn in. Four: to practice memorization of interstate highways so you know how to escape should your family encounter imminent danger. Etc. I’m sure you’ll think of many more.
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Price: $168.00
Available from: Terrain

Magisso Bamboo Cutting Board

This cutting board has a Z shape to provide two useful functions. The front ridge rests against the edge of the counter to keep the board from sliding forward. The back keeps your knife in place while cutting and may also be used to funnel your chopped veggies into a bowl or pan. And, if that’s not enough for you, that same Z shape allows the board to stand upright as well; that little detail should not to be underestimated if your kitchen lacks storage space. If you still refuse to get excited about a cutting board, there’s a video below for visual stimulation.
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Price: $49.95
Available from: Finnish Gifts

Fin Table Light

Goodness. Who knew the inner workings of a lamp could look as good as this? Nice job yet again, Mr. Dixon. An ode to engineering, the Fin Light exposes the components usually hidden from view. What you’d think was merely a design feature is its heat sink (which if you have no idea what that is, here’s a link to images of lamp heat sinks). That and the giant acrylic lens and 6 LEDs result in a design that is self-contained yet visually exposed.

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Price: £329.17
Available from: Nest

Tea for One

Apologies if you’re not fond of tea, because I sure am (as you will know if you’re a regular reader). Bodum brings us the Tea for One, a glass and tea strainer combined. The plastic filter sits inside the double walled glass, allowing your leaves to brew without escaping into the cup. Simply lift out the filter once the desired strength is reached and place it upon the lid/saucer.
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Price: $18.00
Available from: SFMOMA Store

Teacup

If you like loose leaf tea, here’s the cup for you. This teacup has tilted base with an inbuilt and removable strainer; brewing your tea simply involves tilting the cup away from the leaves when it has reached the correct strength. Available in Pure Black or Snow White.

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Price: $35.00
Available from: Leibal

Stuff To Do and Great Ideas Notebooks

If you still rely on paper and pen/pencil to keep your thoughts in order, check out these little notebooks. Perfectly sized for a pocket or small bag, they’ll keep your lists neat and tidy. Notebooks include STUFF TO DO, GREAT IDEAS, NOTE TO SELF, and STOCK UP, each $6.00.

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Price: $6.00
Available from: Knock Knock

Flat Life Lamp and Clock

Another version of this Flat Life Lamp was available a couple of years ago (see 2010 post), but this Anglepoise-like image is a tad more sophisticated. Be sure to check out the Flat Life Clock (shown below) as well (how much do you wish it had an actual alarm function?).
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Price: $150.00
Available from: Areaware

mc&co Irregular Round Mirror

You see an irregular round mirror, which is sort of interesting, and then, as you step to the side, a punch of day-glow color from the recessed frame hits you in the face. That, my friend, raises the bar from sort-of-interesting to high-five-awesome. There’s a few different options in colored glass as well as frames; take a look at mc&co for the full collection.
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Price: $900.00 - 1200.00
Available from: mc&co

Discolo Fire Pit

As summer begins to change into fall, a fire pit for warming chilly hands and feet could be in the cards. AK47 has quite a few snazzy options, but they are all towards the higher end of the price spectrum (be prepared to spend around $1500+). One that especially stands out is the Discolo Fire Pit, which has a diameter of almost 4 feet. The base (sold separately) isn’t necessary, but be sure to set up a safe surround of gravel, stone, or sand before making a fire. Better to be safe than sorry, right? There’s also a grill accessory and bag (each $766) sold separately.

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Price: $1,444.00
Available from: 2Modern

Roll Up Picnic Blanket

Have you noticed that summer is almost over? If you don’t already own a picnic blanket, consider this one from fruitsuper design. It’s made from a double-sided, water-repellent fabric and has a shoulder strap with snaps to make rolling it up and carrying it around a breeze. There’s also the added bonus of wind-resistant corners (a small but nice detail). Might be a great choice for a backyard get together, park picnic, play dates, beach outing, etc.

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Price: $98.00
Available from: fruitsuper design

Iittala Tools Pots and Pans

What do you do when you’re serious about beautiful product design and have some money to burn in the kitchen? You snap up the Tools collection by Iittala, that’s what. Each piece features oversized handles and is made of stainless steel and aluminium. Prices of each piece below.

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Price: $136.00 - 405.00
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

100% Grade A Cheese Board

How about a nice slice of Swiss to show off your cheese spread? A composite of acrylic resin and powdered bauxite means the material is similar to marble, so think about chilling it ahead of time to keep your cheeses fresh on the table. If you look closely, you’ll see that one hole goes all the way through for easy hanging. And there’s no worries about bacteria or odors as the board is non-porous.
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Price: $40.00
Available from: PLANT

Pill Terrarium

Need a mid-sized terrarium? This modern pill-shaped terrarium by Chive will blend easily with modern interiors. It’s a pretty decent size as well: 14″ high by 9″ diameter. If you’re fond of small pod-like vases and such, be sure to check out Chive’s other offerings.
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Price: $145.00
Available from: Chive

Soji Containers

Whether you use these containers in the kitchen for storing tea leaves or elsewhere to corral odds and ends, you’ll enjoy their beautiful Castor Aralia wood grain. Using one or two to organize those items you use often might bring a little bit more pleasure than storing those same items in a flimsy plastic alternative.
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Price: $46.00 -78.00
Available from: MONOSQUARE

Lightbook

Shine some light on your books with this small portable lamp. It slides under books (or rests on top) to provide a diffused light right where you need it. I’d say it’s a tad too small for a proper task light, as you may note when checking the dimensions. Instead, consider it specifically for those dark bookshelves instead.

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Price: $175.00
Available from: MoMA Store