ACCESSORIES

Last Newspaper Rug

Nice. Old newspapers are cotton-wrapped to form this textured rug from Blu Dot. I haven’t seen these in person, but it looks like the closer you are to the rug the more you see the newspaper… a nice detail in a room, I think. The price is pretty affordable for the size too. Available in three sizes (4′x6′, 6′x9′, and 9′x9′) and three colors (grey, purple and slate).

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Price: $149.00 - 499.00
Available from: 2modern

Moss Terrarium Bottle

It really can’t get much simpler than this: all the upkeep needed for this moss to stay green is a few sprays of a water bottle. For anyone less than handy when it comes to plants, this just might be your ticket to having a nice little ecosystem, as everything you need is included (bottle, moss, soil, chopstick tools, recycled glass drainage materials) and assembly is pretty easy (see assembly pdf). Might also be a nice gift for a friend/coworker, perhaps?

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Price: $38.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

W102 LIGHT

If you ignore the price tag, this little light is simply perfect. Designed by architect David Chipperfield, its simplicity allows no visible joints, and the size (13.25″l x 4.5″d x 18″h) makes it ideal for a small reading or task light. The brass brings out the latent magpie in me, and makes it convenient to forget that it’s well suited for someone with a generous budget. Available October 1, 2011.

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Price: $550.00
Available from: Merchant no. 4

Cardboard Radio

Love this. It’s a cardboard radio by designer Christopher McNicholl and SUCK UK. At the end of its life, the cardboard can be recycled (just keep it away from water until then). For more details, visit SUCK UK. (I’ll keep my eyes out for a US retailer, fyi.)
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Price: £25.00
Availability: Buy Cardboard Radio here

Pie Kitchen Timer

I don’t know about you, but I certainly prefer a manual kitchen timer to a digital one. There’s something nice about the visual aspect of time that makes sense to me, and that’s why this timer stands out. The top half twists to the required amount of minutes/seconds with a classic bell alarm when time is up. Plus, there’s no batteries needed.
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Price: $14.00
Available from: A+R Store

Brita Sweden Gunnel Rug

If you’re a sucker for patterns, you might like this rug with its zig-zaggy-ness. However, the standout quality for me it that it’s woven plastic. I have a somewhat similar rug in my kitchen and it’s been perfect, as I’ve had no worries when it comes to spillage or stains… you simply rinse it out. Sure, it’s plastic, and that sounds a bit unfriendly and cold, but I’ve been surprised at how I notice the pattern (and the interest it brings) and padding for my feet more than the material. It’s a low maintenance choice for high traffic areas, or even outdoors, if you wish. Gunnel Runner Rug shown above, Anna rug below.

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Price: $starts at $96.00
Available from: nestliving

Measuring Tape Tape

Oh, how useful this would be (which is why the Museum of Useful Things stocks it, I suppose). This yellow paper tape is printed with a markings every 1/8 of an inch, and is perforated at the end of each foot. When it comes to measuring boxes, furniture, and whatever else, I’d vote for this tape to be my tool of choice. It would stay put and allow accurate measurements.

Made in the USA.

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Price: $10.50
Available from: Museum of Useful Things

SIWA Paper Boxes

Ooo, SIWA (pronounced shiwa) paper box collection is on sale over at DWR. Designed by Naoto Fukasawa for Onao (family-run company that operates Japan’s oldest paper machine), these boxes are water resistant and can hold up to 22 pounds. With three sizes to choose from, they’d be great containers for collecting/storing miscellany around the house.
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Price: $22.50 and up
Available from: DWR

Normann Copenhagen’s Whisk

No, it’s not one of those head massager thingamajigs, it’s a whisk. Design duo LucidiPevere upgraded the materials to durable bamboo and plastic, and the result is most certainly lovelier (if a whisk can be lovely) than the metal version in most of our kitchens. Other colors below.

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Price: $24.00
Available from: A+R Store

365 Calendar

Ah, who doesn’t love perpetual calendars? I’ve long had a habit of posting decent ones, and I’m not about to stop now, especially since this one is super affordable. The only trouble with calendars like this one is you have to remember to update it each day (if you rely on it exclusively, that is).

Wood composite
6″Wx3″Dx3″H

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Price: $19.95
Available from: CB2

John Beck Paper & Steel

Whoa, these two Peter Lights from John Beck Paper & Steel are priced at $124 over on Fab.com today, down from a regular price of $185. Each light is handcrafted by the Illinois craftspeople of John Beck Paper & Steel. Also be sure to check out the larger Brown or Black Light Three for $488 (reg. $750).

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Price: $124.00
Available from: Fab

Curve Cushion

If you’re in need of a cushion that doesn’t clash with your existing color scheme, black and white is always a good bet… and, as a close second (or third, rather) grey is an excellent choice as well. These two cushions from CUSTHOM have a simple circle design that add just the right amount of interest. And, if you like these pillows, you’ll like the Curve Mugs (£18.50).

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Price: £65.00
Available from: Theo

Tidy Ruler

Nice, here’s a ruler that has a special groove for a pencil and a sharpener built in at its end. Now you (or your offspring) will always know right where the desk essentials are located. Measures in inches and centimeters.

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Price: $11.99
Availability: Buy Tidy Ruler here

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Grimm’s Wooden Puzzles

These wooden (non-toxic, lead-free, water based stained) puzzles are nothing short of lovely. Whether for your own amusement during a work break or as a simple gift for someone else (adult or child), each puzzle has an infinite variety of possible patterns. We all need a creative moment now and then, don’t we?

Made by Grimm’s, Germany.
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Price: $28.00 - 40.00
Available from: PLASTICA

Herb pot

This faceted Terracotta pot by Nick Fraser needs to make its way stateside. Normal cylindrical pots are decidedly boring compared to it; plus, a few special herbs on your windowsill might deserve a fancier frock. Comes with a drainage tray.

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Price: £28.00
Available from: Theo