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ACCESSORIES

Knot Cushion

I bet this cushion would kick ass in a pillow fight, though you might prefer to take a nap instead as it looks so delightfully soft. Icelandic designer Ragnheiður Ösps Sigurðardóttir was making legs for stuffed teddy bears when inspiration hit: why not tie the flexible tubes into a knot? And this comfortable, soft, sculptural cushion is the result. Pretty fun, don’t you think?
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Price: $105.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Porter Paper Towel Holder

If you saw this sitting on a kitchen counter, would you immediately know what it was? Probably not, especially if it wasn’t wearing the item it was designed to hold. Yep, it’s a paper towel holder, quite possibly the only one that doesn’t offend a design snob. The top of the rod bends to lock in the paper towel roll; the bent top also functions as a handle.
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Price: $45.00
Available from: Cooper Hewitt Shop

Transience Mirrors

The tonal colors on the handmade Transience Mirrors involve a little chemistry. Sulfur is used to create layers of color; the longer the chemical is left to oxidize, the deeper the color. With repeating geometric shapes reinforcing each mirror’s perimeter, you’ll have a strong visual statement fit for any room. The hard part will be choosing your favorite- in addition to the Large Mirror Circle you see above, there’s the smaller Mirror Circle, the Large Mirror Rectangle, the Large Mirror Triangle, the Large Cubic Mirror, and the Mirror Linear.
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Price: $2,850.00
Available from: MATTER

Svante Watering Can

Who wants a funny looking watering can? We do, we do! Because then we will never forget to water the plants, and it can double as a vase when not in use. Broberg & Ridderstråle’s watering can is made of brass with two odd-shaped spouts- one flared spout for filling and one skinny spout for pouring. The care of design and choice of materials makes this watering can one to hold on to, and maybe even pass down to your offspring (or your other favorite young friends).
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Price: €85.00
Available from: Makers & Brothers

Richman Dustpan

Cleaning up is a quick job with this Richman Dustpan. How so? Well, the wooden brush nests inside the pan’s handle, which means sweeping up your minor/major messes is a grab-and-go affair. If you’re a multitasker, note that you can carry the dust/rubbish in the dustpan with the brush handily stored underneath, all in one hand. Hang the set together via the loop on the dustpan’s handle.
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Price: $29.00
Available from: good thing

Wire Hooks

You have absolutely no excuse to have scarves, coats and clothes on the floor, because these Wire Hooks are top notch and inexpensive. Pick a few bright colors in different shapes for a fun mix, or go the minimal route by repeating one shape in one color.
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Price: $15.00
Available from: NewMadeLA

Ripple Glasses and Carafe

If you’re drinking your favorite cold beverage out of a chipped mug, snap up this set of Ripple Glasses pronto. Mouth blown into the mold, each glass features a lovely rippled surface. Look closer and you’ll see that each glass has a varied height to its collar; that adds interest, of course, but it also means you’ll be able to tell which glass is yours when your friends and family are around. Go ahead and get the matching carafe too- you might as well, as the whole grouping is quite affordable.
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Price: $42.00 - 48.00
Available from: Clever Spaces

Serving Trays by Urbancase

No serving trays? Good, because now you have an excuse to buy one or two of Darin Montgomery’s Serving Trays. Made from FSC certified solid domestic maple, each tray is hand finished with food safe oil/wax. Subtle curved edges provide a functional handle while also adding to the beauty of the simple design. Your tea (or snack) time just became more special.
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Price: CAD75.00 - 215.00
Available from: The Modern Shop

Kaymet Rubber Grip Lap Tray

Breakfast in bed seems like a great idea, if you’re coordinated enough not to spill coffee/crumbs/whatnot all over the sheets and covers. It would certainly help to have a lap tray with rubber grips, and perhaps a rubber backing, to help keep plates and cups in place, wouldn’t it? The Kaymet Lap Tray has both, so you can dine and/or work (with your laptop) in comfort. It was designed in 1965 and is still made at the Kaymet south London factory.
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Price: $295.00
Available from: The Line

Perforated Calendar

It’s the middle of February already. How did that happen? This reductionalist calendar designed by Snæfríd & Hildigunnur offers you the chance to tear off each day as it occurs, so you’ll not be caught unawares when 2018 rolls around. Maybe make it a daily ritual, so you gradually absorb the passing of time.
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Price: $25.00
Available from: Cooper Hewitt Shop

Banshu Hamono Folding Knife

You need a knife often enough to have a nice one. After all, all those boxes from your online shopping escapades don’t open themselves, do they? Plus, this one is small enough you could tuck it into your pocket or bag, just in case you find yourself walking alone at night and the shadows are just a bit too dark for your liking. A little light glinting off of a hand-made, high carbon “Ao-hagane” blue steel blade might just be enough to knock some sense into anyone dumb enough to mess with you*.
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Price: $65.00
Available from: Leibal

Portable Toolbox Walnut

Architects and designers, this isn’t for all your tools, just the ones you use the most, preferably at your desktop. Designed by Hallgeir Homstvedt for Mjolk, this walnut toolbox’s handle was inspired by oversized knobs on Shaker furniture. Easily move the box from desk to drawing board or meeting room with all your essentials on hand, ready to dazzle others with your skills.
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Price: CAD285.00
Available from: Mjölk

Potence Pivotante Wall Lamp

You’re familiar with the Potence Lamp, right? Nemo has re-launched the original design by Charlotte Perriand in collaboration with Prouvé’s Tropique house. The long-armed, L-shaped light rotates 180 degrees on the wall, which lets light reach all around a room, making the most of its single halogen bulb. Of course, this version is a little more pared-down and straightforward than the angled Potence. Don’t tell anyone, but I think I prefer it.
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Price: $632.00
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

Onsen Bath Towels

Do you have slightly musty bath towels? Uh-oh, that means bacteria is growing. Yuck. Don’t worry though, Onsen towels are to the rescue. They have a waffle weave design that is “effortlessly absorbent” and very quick to dry. Made of 100% premium cotton, they are soft and strong, yet surprisingly lightweight. Tempted to refresh your towel collection? Me too.
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Price: $40.00+
Available from: Kickstarter

Paper Vase

Fun! No need for fancy vases here, thank you very much, because there’s this water-resistant Paper vase that slips right over any small glass or plastic vessel. Its die-cut pattern and assertive color add a modern touch, so you’ll have an instant impressive display of wildflowers, a single stem, or a precious bouquet, quick as can be.
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Price: $27.00
Available from: MoMA