ACCESSORIES

Scrabble Letter Mugs

AMAZING. 19, double word score, 38 points. Delight your favorite wordsmith or board games player with these Scrabble-inspired mugs. Game on!
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Price: $11.95
Available from: Spoon Sisters

PHX-1 Artist Tool

Here at BLTD we love sharing products with you that are readily available to buy. Occasionally though, we’ll come across a product in development that is just too exciting not to post. The PHX-1 is an artist/designer tool that combines the Hi-Tec-C and Signo DX pens, a hobby knife and a designer ruler with 7 measurements into a stainless steel body and a sustainable bamboo case. Hooray for more dorky design tools! I’m also quite excited to see a hobby knife with a proper safety cap to it. The plastic caps that fall off are a real pet peeve of mine.
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Price: $40.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Source: The Awesomer

Fleche Rug

If you choose any of the Fleche rugs for your home, you are allowed to be socially boring*. The rugs are Samare Studio’s update to the Pays d’en Haut Legacy collection, and utilize traditional felting techniques to create the imagery of flames and bolts of lightning (as evoked by the Quebec native ‘fléchée’ motif). Four different palettes are available.

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Price: $3,990.00
Available from: MATTER

Formal Collar Apron

These aprons are one of those things that are both wonderful and extremely silly looking, at least at first. They’re designed in the style of a formal/business suit, perfect for those of us “who consider cooking a serious business as much as an affair of art.” From Aiste Nesterovaite,

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Price: €65.00
Available from: Wannekes

Tie Breakers

What a marvelous way to solve a sticky situation. Pick the appropriate wooden coin* and flip to see who has to do whatever needs doing. From Set Editions, who carries some of the best cards/postcards.

Set of three wooden coins that come in a metal tin.
Designer: Set Editions

*Much better than an actual coin, because they have the phrases tailored to the situation. And they’re wooden, of course.

Purchase Information:

Price: $12.00
Available from: Set Editions

The Seven Year Pen

Say goodbye to throwing away pens. This pen has a jumbo ink cartridge inside, ensuring that you can write about 1.7 meters a day for seven years. Pretty decent timeline, no? And it’s good to know that you’re not contributing to the whopping 100 million pens discarded every day. Now you just need to not lose it.

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Price: $7.50
Available from: Seltzer Goods

Rotor Pendant from Shades of Light

Say hello to our new sponsor, Shades of Light. Out of their vast array of unique lighting, rugs, furniture, etc., this pendant stands out for its materials: it’s made from repurposed automotive rotors. Industrial simplicity is always nice to see, especially when reclaimed parts are involved.

75 watts (medium base socket).
(22″Hx10″W) (each piece is one of a kind so measurements are approximate)
5″ canopy

Purchase Information:

Price: $395.00
Available from: Shades of Light

Paus Breadboard

Time for an update: this breadboard has long been a favorite, not because I spend much time in the kitchen, but because it’s just so simple and lovely. There’s a lift-out perforated top so you can catch all the crumbs and dispose of them easily. Gift note: while this might not be a jump-out-of-your-seat kind of present, it certainly is a thoughtful and well crafted item.
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Nava Today Calendar

If you’ve been a loyal reader you’re no stranger to perpetual calendars; I’ve documented every decent one that I’ve come across. Here’s another one to add to the list, by none other than Enzo Mari for Nava. Change the plastic cards according to the day/date/month, year after year.

Size: 14.5″ W x 4.25″ H x 3″ D
Designer: Enzo Mari
Manufacturer: Nava

Purchase Information:

Price: $85.00
Available from: Fitzsu

Sprinkle Wall Hook

Here’s something new for the wall: Sprinkle Wall Hook from Naft Design. When not in use, they’d almost look more like wall art rather than hooks, especially as some interesting shadows would occur in the right light. The hook is sturdy too, as it’s made from bronze.

Designer: Jin Kuramoto

Purchase Information:

Price: $85.00
Available from: Emmo Home

Grafika Notebook Set

How about a pattern notebook set to brighten up this Thursday morning? Unfortunately for us in the States, this retail shop is over in the UK, but it sure has a great selection of stuff. This set of A6 notebooks, for starters, is designed by Brighton-based eco designers, Nineteenseventythree and can be purchased individually should you prefer (£ 3.75 each). The patterns are also available in gift wrap, if you can believe it. And, because I got sucked into the cute, you should too: check out the shark sleeping bag, frog and duck feet by Ruth Hawkins, all of which would make truly excellent baby gifts.

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Price: £20.00
Available from: Howkapow

Magic 8 Ball Pen

Seeing as you cannot (and should not) carry around a real Magic 8 Ball in your pocket, briefcase, or purse, this pen will get you out of those moments of indecision with just a click. Need I stress that this pen is $7, and your hopes should not be too high as to the quality or longevity? If you’re in holiday shopping mode, make note: stocking stuffer.

The pen’s sayings:
Not For A Million Dollars; Dude, No Way; Hell Yeah! If You’re Lucky; It’s Unclear, Ask Again; Without A Doubt.

Purchase Information:

Price: $7.00
Available from: Spoon Sisters

Swoop Storage Bag

With the thirtysomethings now having kids en masse, the complaint of toys taking over an entire home is more often heard than not. How in the world to curb this crazy emesis of plastic mess? Perhaps this storage bag/play mat could help. You simply ‘swoop’ up everything into the bag by pulling the nylon cords and store it away. Also, if you’re thinking you need a larger version, it should be noted that the Knapsack by Fatboy could work. Just be careful to remove the kids before tying it up.
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Price: $45.00
Available from: Spoon Sisters

Casa Tissue Box Cover

I like this guy’s design mantra: ‘eliminate ugly’. Tissue boxes rarely have decent decoration (if ever), and the quickest way to fix the problem is to cover the whole thing up with something like this cute silhouette. I’d recommend the white, of course, but it does come in a couple of other colors. Of course, there’s always the Kazan or Toro Tissue Ring as a super minimalist option.
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Price: $5.00
Available from: umbra store

Poketo Color Dipped Mug

How’s this for a beautiful and classy mug? It may not replace your “Best Mom/Dad Ever mug”, but if you’re in the market for a new coffee-sipper this could do the trick. It has a similar charm to the Pantone mugs, but a closer inspection will reveal handmade qualities such as the glaze being hand dipped. Made in Japan and microwave and dishwasher safe.
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Price: $28.00
Available from: Poketo