ACCESSORIES

Dent Pencils

Why would you pay $28 for three pencils? Good question. Maybe because each pencil “explores our primal desire for soothing haptic response and fulfills our need for tactile gratification.” Does that sound about right? Snap each pencil out of its frame to use. Note: could be a good gift for someone that likes to sketch.
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Price: $28.00
Available from: The Future Perfect

National Flag Play Cards

Do you have a decent knowledge of the various flags of the world? Maybe you’ve been caught unawares a time or two (or ten), but that can all be fixed with this set of playing cards. 52 different flags are shown on the cards, so you can play your card game and learn at the same time. That’s not all the flags, mind you, but it’s a start; the CIA has a Flags of the World Factbook if you care to see more.

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Price: $12.00
Available from: neo-utility

MUCU 2012 Wall Calendar

Not to get too far ahead of ourselves, but it is September, which is fast approaching the need-to-get-a-new-calendar time. This calendar by MUCU is simple and elegant with enough space to write in notes for important dates. MUCU focuses on quality materials; each item is hand-finished by a skilled craftsman.
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Price: $40.00
Available from: Vetted

Lempi Glasses

Sometimes those cheap plastic cups just won’t cut it at the dinner table. Upgrade to the Lempi (means ‘favourite’ in Finnish) Glassware from Iittala. Use them for everyday water or for that special occasion wine; they’ll fit every occasion. And, the major bonus, the Lempi is stackable to save space in your kitchen. If you’d rather a bit of color, check out the lilac, light blue, and grey.

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Price: $62.50
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

Citrange Citrus Juicer

Update: The Citrange Juicer is now on sale for $9, half off its regular price of $18.

Smart! This double sided hand juicer has a built in funnel that filters out seeds and gets the juice straight into the glass. The larger rounded side is perfect for big oranges or grapefruits while the smaller (pointy) side works for lemons or limes. Looks like a great tool for the kitchen or bar.

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Price: $9.00
Available from: A+R Store

Pingpong and Pacman Crochet Placemats

Ah, what the heck, if you’re going to allow trinkets in your home, you might as well allow some crochet placemats. Of course, these reference the Atari and arcade games of yore, with Pacman, Pingpong, Space Invaders, and Breakout patterns, which makes them even better (or nerdier, depending on your point of view) than traditional crochet placemats. That said, just typing ‘crochet’ two times in one paragraph is making me itchy.
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Price: $37.50
Available from: Seletti

Micro Coat Hooks

Do these make you want to say ‘no comment’? Similar to a journalist’s microphone, these flocked foam coat hooks will softly hold your clothes without any weird dimples or disfiguration (small pegs and hooks are the worst offenders of this). Sold as a set of five, there are 3 small and 2 big pieces.

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Price: $110.00
Available from: Greener Grass Design

MMM Magnifying Glass

Update: Remember when this was $80? Now it’s half off at MoMA Store.

Let’s say you don’t need a magnifying glass to aid poor vision. Instead you’ll use it to inspect small insects, fine fabrics, and secret messages written in tiny print. Also, not that you need fashion advice, but this is a much better choice than wearing a monocle.
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Price: $39.95
Available from: MoMA Store

Bookmarker

If you still carry around actual (as in paper paged) books, take a look at these metal text bookmarks by Artori Design. Choose between TO BE CONTINUED, COMING SOON, GREAT BOOK!, PAUSED, and YOU ARE HERE. I’m sure we could all think of some other great options should they wish to add to the collection.
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Price: $12.99
Available from: Animi Causa

EcoQue’s Portable Grill

Happy Labor Day! What are you doing on the computer?! Get outside and enjoy these last moments of summer. Posts will return as usual tomorrow.

Shown above: EcoQue’s Portable Grill

EcoQue’s Portable Grill is an energy efficient, collapsible grill. It consumes 75% less fuel than other similar-sized grill thanks to its specific placement of charcoal briquettes. When you’re done, it folds up to just about an inch thick. See more info at A+R Store.

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Price: $125.00
Available from: A+R Store

Cuissential SlickBoil

‘Cuissential Slickboil’ sounds more like a skin ailment than a tea kettle, but let’s forget that for the moment. It’s a collapsible, silicone tea kettle. Presumably this would be handy in a camping situation, but I’m more impressed with the fact that it looks good enough to keep around a small kitchen. Of course, wherever you use it, be careful that the flame doesn’t exceed the stainless steel base, or you’ll have a slightly melted mess.
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Price: $34.99
Available from: Amazon

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2013 365 Fonts Page-a-Day Calendar

It’s that time again; calendars for 2013 are popping up. This one features 365 different fonts so you can have typographic inspiration at your fingertips each and every day. It appears that a little info and more examples are on the back of each page, so you can increase your knowledge as well.
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Price: $25.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Bicycle by Ugo Gattoni

Bicycle is a intricate and detailed drawing from artist Ugo Gattoni. The 8×13″ book is unassuming at first, but unfolding its ten panels reveals a London bicycle race featuring elite athletes, cycle couriers, commuters, bankers, delivery boys, mums with kids, youths on stolen mountain bikes, fashionistas, hipsters, a giant pig, and much, much more. Bicycle is both a book and frameable print. To really appreciate the dedication and talents of Ugo, be sure to check out this making-of video.
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Price: $24.95
Available from: Nobrow

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Veil Trash Can

Perhaps you don’t mind looking at messy plastic bags, but then maybe you’re a slob. If so, wise up to elegant trash cans like this one. It has an interior and exterior shell which allows for the plastic bag to be completely covered, permitting a clean silhouette. You’ll have to high five yourself each time you put in a fresh bag because it’s so simple and clever.
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Price: $40.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Table-top Paper holder with Cutter

If you’ve ever used large paper rolls, either for your own art/design use or because you are around kids, you know that they can be a little annoying to use. This tabletop wooden paper cutter holds the roll in place and allows for a neat, straight tear, making everyone’s life just a little easier. There’s also the IKEA MÅLA Tabletop paper holder option for $6.99, and, of course, more robust (and slightly more expensive) steel options available through school supply outlets or Amazon. Or, if you’re handy, you could make a DIY version like this one by Ana White.
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Price: $18.00
Available from: imaginechildhood.com