Cloud Key Holder

I believe this key holder was first mentioned over on Swissmiss, and now there’s a US retailer for stateside convenience. Magnets hold your key ring in place under a little white cloud; hopefully it will help you avoid the frantic search when trying to find your keys.

Keyholder with magnets in ABS and nylon.
Designer: Duncan Shotton.
Also available from his shop for £20:

Purchase Information:

Price: $30.00
Available from: Emmo Home

Miller Bamboo Board

If you’ve spent any time in the kitchen chopping up ingredients you know how handy this cutting board would be with its inset bowl. You can remove the bowl for safe transport to the pan, or, alternatively, use the bowl for dips and sauces when you’ve laid out a vegetable spread. Now on sale for $35 from Furni.

Purchase Information:

Price: $35.00
Available from: Furni

Trash Me Lamp

Remember this small lamp made from paper pulp (comprising of four egg cartons, water, and aluminum screws)? It’s now on sale from $145 to $99.95, or $89.95 if you’re a member of MoMA. Designed by Victor Vetterlein, the lamp is intended to reflect the transient nature of the material used. At the end of its life the lamp can be recycled.

Purchase Information:

Price: $99.95 sale
Available from: MoMA Store

Muuto Bulky Tea Set

There’s always time for tea, especially when you have a tea service like this one from Muuto. It’s a little whimsical in its large proportions, of course, so there’s no surprise that the designer (Jonas Wagell) was inspired by fairy tales. So, say goodbye to stuffy traditional sets and shout hello to friendly shapes and handles. Tea time should be enjoyable, after all.


Purchase Information:

Price: $42.00 - 100.00
Availability: Buy Muuto Bulky Tea Set here

2012 Astrology Wall Calendar

Hmm, you could get this Astrology calendar directly from prismaticprintshop for $14 or from for $16.75. Up to you, of course. Designed by Chelsey Dyer and printed on 110lb 100% post consumer recycled paper with soy-based inks.

Purchase Information:

Price: $14.00
Available from: prismaticprintshop

Cork Planter Bookend Set

Like anyone else, I’m completely charmed by a full and well-organized bookcase. However, having a second stash of go-to or display books has an equally important role in a well decorated home. Finding just-the-right bookends may be a daunting task, but I can’t see too many rooms where these won’t fit it perfectly. The Cork Planter Bookends are made to accommodate small houseplants such as succulents and miniature cacti. The high-density natural cork also serves as a place to pin up notes, making it a perfect desk companion.

Purchase Information:

Price: $48.00
Available from: Canoe

Vertical Calendar

How about a vertical calendar this year? While a linear approach might or might not help you adjust to time’s passing, it is handy that the weekdays are separated from the weekends as it allows for a quick visual to where dates fall. And, if you like, in addition to all major U.S. holidays, MAKE Collaboration can add your own important dates onto the calendar for a more personalized version ($39).


Purchase Information:

Price: $29.99 - 43.99
Available from: MAKE Collaboration

Punkt AC01 Alarm Clock

United Kingdom-based designer Jasper Morrison presents a modern spin on the traditional analog alarm clock that’s so striking in its simplicity and aesthetics that it’ll make you want to ditch your cell phone as your alarm clock. A clever manual switch activates the alarm and the status will be clearly displayed on the dial. A gentle squeeze of the clock illuminates the face. Glow-in-the-dark hands displays the time in any light setting. These very user-friendly features coupled with a solid aluminum casing and scratch-resistant glass lens makes for a properly designed and lust-worthy object.

Purchase Information:

Price: $125.00
Available from: Canoe online

Linear and Mizuu Light

Have you seen these lamps by Melissa Moore? They’re slightly scientific looking (tubes + lights) and perhaps that’s why they stand out. I particularly like the Stick Lamp and the Linear 2.0, shown above and below.


Purchase Information:

Price: $150.00 and up
Available from: Nikkuu Design

Booklets Wooden Notebook

With a laser cutter and some clever design, wood is made flexible as illustrated by these new Booklets by Snijlab. A hinge is carved into birch plywood to create these beautiful and reusable note-takers. Available in either horizonal or vertical (shown) format. Holds a standard A7 writing block. These notebooks might even be too nice to leave the house!

Purchase Information:

Price: €25.00
Availability: Buy Booklets Wooden Notebook here

Your big tea mug

How about a handmade tea mug with custom illustrations by Lieke of Liekeland? It’s special, for sure, as you pick what images you’d like on it and she’ll do the illustrations. Maybe it’ll even prompt a mass donation of extraneous mugs in the cabinet? It’s definitely a one-of-a-kind gift, for someone special or maybe just for yourself. Note: only a few can be made at a time, so you have be added to the wait list in hopes of being selected.

Purchase Information:

Price: €45.00
Available from: Liekeland & Dave Hakkens

All Purpose Greeting Cards

All purpose greeting cards are the way to go for last minute messages, especially when they have a funny way of offering so many options. Paper cards, though rare nowadays, give an importance to an occasion, much more so than an email, and with these cards you’d have an arsenal of appropriate greetings for any event.

Purchase Information:

Price: $4.50
Available from: Fifiduvie

First Aid Storage Box

If you’d rather assemble your own first aid kit than spend money on a premade kit (like the Best Made Co. one), consider this sturdy metal box with rivited clasps and hinges. Embossed lettering clearly labels the contents making it easy to find, which is, of course, important in an emergency.

Purchase Information:

Price: $29.00
Available from: design warehouse santa fe

Cut Out Number Calendar

It wouldn’t be the end of year without thinking about the next one coming up. Stationery experts Present & Correct present a 2012 minimalist desk calendar that simply lets the numbers do the talking. Measures 6×3.5′ and available in neutral or bright colors.

Purchase Information:

Price: £17.50
Available from: Present & Correct

Menorah by Josh Owen

How about a hefty menorah? This one by Josh Owens is made of solid cast iron and has an integrated tray to catch wax drippings (or a used match). Happy Hanukkah!

Also, if you’re looking for a menorah, take a look at the Jewish Museum Shops… they’ve got plenty of good ones.

Dimensions: 11 x 11 x 3.5 inches

Purchase Information:

Price: $150.00
Available from: Areaware