ACCESSORIES

Apparatus Lighting

Holy smokes. Apparatus is hitting exactly the right note with their modern-yet-timeworn lighting collection, and if you have a healthy budget, you’ll definitely want to consider one of their chandelier/pendants for one heck of a statement. Using a vintage sensibility, designer Gabriel Hendifar and partner Jeremy Anderson create fixtures using aged brass, hand-etched glass, leather, and porcelain to create these eclectic fixtures. A few pieces are below, but do check out their website for the full collection and variations on each design: Apparatus.
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Portfolio

So, this isn’t a scrapbook, it’s a Portfolio. A thick paper accordion is held between two pieces of solid oak with a large rubber band to hold it all together. Think of it as a cool way to showcase photos and/or drawings- perhaps from a vacation or special event (gift alert). When opened, the Portfolio stands on its own for display.

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Price: $100.00
Available from: Luminaire

Nambu Cast Iron Tea Pot

As if you needed encouragement to purchase this Nambu cast iron kettle, greenergrassdesign is offering 20% off Nambu’s pieces until Saturday (coupon code “Nambu”). Designed by Makoto Koizumi, this kettle is made using traditional craftsmanship in the Iwate Prefecture of Japan. That craftsmanship goes back to the middle of the 17th century, so rest assured that this kettle will last for generations, and look exceptionally good while providing your daily cup or pot of tea. Be sure to check out other Nambu pieces: the Cast Iron Pan with Wooden Lid ($90) looks equally appealing.
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Price: $350.00
Available from: greenergrassdesign

Perseo Suspension Lamps

If you happen across the frosted version of the Perseo Suspension Lamp, you might assume at first glance that it is made of paper. Not a surprise, as Japanese paper lanterns were the inspiration behind these mouth blown Murano glass pendants. Now, considering each lamp is mouth blown, they aren’t inexpensive, however, considering their faceted surface and fragility, it’s easy to make sense of the price tags.
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Price: $620.00 - 1,480.00
Available from: YLighting

Alessi CrissCross Tray

If you’re going to buy a tray or basket to catch all of your miscellaneous clutter, please make it this CrissCross Tray by Eero Aarnio. It’s made anodized aluminum and is available in both natural and black (get the black). The size is perfect for handling all manner of large and medium-sized things- magazines, books, and mail, just to name a few.
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Price: $265.00
Available from: Cooper-Hewitt Shop

Stack and Scare Block Set

Monster blocks! And done very well, I might add. This set of blocks with vibrant patterns of feet, hands, and heads will keep you and the little ones around you busy building all sorts of non-scary creatures. Should I be embarrassed that I want a set, and I don’t even have kids? Because I’m not. High five to whomever designed the illustrations. Bookmark it for your kid’s/niece’s/nephew’s next gift.
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Price: $48.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Stone Writer’s Block

If you’re forever misplacing your pencil and notepad, then maybe this Writer’s Block by Bower Studios will keep them close at hand. If you’re new to the Bower Studio (Danny Giannella and Tammer Hijazi) name, be sure to take a look at their work as they’ve got quite a few excellent products; we’ve featured their Shape Boards, Shape Mirrors, and Key Targets in the past few weeks.

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Price: $60.00
Available from: Cooper-Hewitt Shop

Geometric Fire Pit

Remember this guy? It’s your best choice for a fire pit, in my humble opinion. For example, there’s this other Geometric Fire Pit ($998), which has a very similar shape, but it doesn’t have an optional wood top for coffee table use ($160-$222) or a grill top ($175-289) to make food part of the party. Those two additions make sense of the slight price difference, don’t you think? Choose between the Small or Large Geometric Fire Pit.
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Price: $1,195.00 - 2,145.00
Available from: DWR

Twain, Berge, and Swift Catchalls

“If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything”- those wise words are by Mark Twain, and are written upon this glossy, ceramic catchall. A little encouragement never hurts, does it? There’s also the Bergé (“Embrace reality even if it burns you”) and the Swift Catchall (“He was a bold man that first eat an oyster”) for catching your odds and ends.
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Price: $45.00
Available from: Izola

Nathalie Du Pasquier Cushions

Normally, one would tend to stay away from overly bright colors and busy patterns in interior settings to avoid looking too crazy, but that’s all forgotten once one sees the printed cushions by Nathalie Du Pasquier. Yes, the patterns are bright and busy, and that’s exactly their appeal- they just make sense.
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Price: $72.50 - 90.00
Available from: AmbienteDirect

Stanley 3 Pendant

The nice thing about this Stanley 3 Pendant, other than the fact that it’s hand-spun in Birmingham and made of solid polished copper, is that it’s not immediately recognizable. Often certain pieces of certain designers will be used so much that you tend to get sick of it. So, no matter how wonderful a light fixture is upon its initial release, after seeing it twenty times in twenty different spaces, it looks less special and more like a stamp of ‘I-have-a-designer-light-fixture’- do you know what I mean? So, back to this pendant. It’s so pure and unadorned that the material itself steals the show, and that is incredibly refreshing. Available in three different diameters and also a hammered finish.
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Price: $595.00 - 835.00
Available from: HORNE

Hub Floor Mirror

If you walk out of the door in the morning with your shirt buttoned wrong, you need a floor-length mirror. Luckily, this rubber-rimmed mirror designed by Jordan Murphy and Matt Carr can be placed anywhere thanks to its wooden easel stand, which has a ladder-like back for hanging coats/clothes, accessories, or even towels, if it’s in or near a bathroom. Also, there’s a 36″ diameter wall mirror with the same rim: Hub Mirror, $200 (shown below).
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Price: $300.00
Available from: Umbra

Hay & Scholten & Baijings’ Paper Carpet

Paper carpets? Indeed. Made of woven paper thread with a non-slip rubber backing, these carpets designed by Scholten & Baijings feature various soft and strong color pairings that would brighten up any entryway or hallway. Oh, and they’re water and stain repellent, so you won’t have to worry about dirty shoes or rain boots.
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Price: $200.00
Available from: A+R Store

Triangle Mirrors

As is often the case, the question isn’t ‘why do I need a triangle mirror’, the question is ‘why don’t I need a triangle mirror’. After all, you like geometry and you’re decent to look at, right? Hang one (or several) on a wall, or place on any surface for a freestanding reflection. Designed and made by Marvin Freitas.
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Price: $75.00 - 150.00
Available from: Marvin Freitas

J1 Studio’s C Lamp

$138? Is that right? J1 Studio’s C Lamp is made from lightweight polypropylene and utilizes a folding technique to avoid a metal frame, thus reducing the cost associated with manufacturing (one can guess). Wooden tripod legs complete the simple lamp, giving a minimal, natural look to any room that needs an extra light source. Designed by Jae Won Cho of J1 Studio, where you may also purchase the lamp directly.
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Price: $138.00
Available from: A+R Store