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.

Purchase Information:

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.


Purchase Information:

Price: £28.00
Available from: Theo

Hard Work Tea Towel

Here’s two more tea towels to add to your kitchen collection. ‘Hard Work’ and ‘T’ towel, both by Poulier & Poulier Design. If you like the bus blind look, there’s also a fair collection of tea towels based on Sydney’s classic tram destination roll (see below for two examples).


Purchase Information:

Price: $29.95
Available from: make Designed Objects

Modo Table Lamp

While this table lamp is a tiny bit high for my wallet, I do like the industrial feel. Designed by Jason Miller for Roll and Hill (you can also purchase the lamp here, fyi), the lamp was inspired by industrial parts found on Canal Street near Brooklyn. The Modo Chandeliers are also pretty impressive.


Purchase Information:

Price: $490.00
Available from: DWR

Mousepad Rug

Yep, it’s just what you think it is- a mousepad for your floor. Digitally dyed in pleasing patterns, these nylon and rubber rugs are easy to clean (machine washable!) and skid-resistant. Unfortunately, they’re available in only two sizes: 23″x36″ or 46″x66″.


Purchase Information:

Price: $98.00 - 280.00
Available from: The Future Perfect

5 Minute Shower

If you’re guilty of spending too much time in the shower, try to cut down on the dillydallying with a timer like this one. Each half rotation equals 5 minutes, and a suction cup keeps it attached right where you can see it. It’s an easy way to monitor your water usage.

Purchase Information:

Price: $5.50
Available from: Kikkerland

Crimean Pinecone

Check out this lamp by designer Pavel Eekra. There’s no internal frame, just the 56 plates and screws configured in the pinecone form. Natural birch veneer is slightly transparent, which gives off a nice warm glow while also allowing light to be directed downwards. The lamp does arrive flat packed, so be prepared for a little assembly. To purchase, email pavel(at)

Designer: Pavel Eekra

Purchase Information:

Price: $490.00
Available from: eekra

Modern Art Memory Game

Here’s a fun way to brush up on your modern art knowledge: the Modern Art Memory Game from AMMO BOOKS. It comes with a booklet identifying each artwork/artist/title, so don’t worry if your memory from Art History I in university isn’t up to par.

Purchase Information:

Price: $16.95
Available from: AMMO BOOKS

No Whining Art Print

No frowny faces allowed in the proximity of this print. It’s small, so you could fit it just about anywhere, and it would remind you to grow the heck up when you’re tempted to complain about something (anything).

Letterpress printed on heavy, recycled black paper.
Size: 8.00″ × 10.00″

Purchase Information:

Price: $10.00
Available from: Hammerpress

Icon Clock

Time for an update to this 2008 post… we featured it more than three years ago, and as usual, the link and price has changed. Compact and minimal, the Icon clock can hang on the wall or be propped up on a desktop or nightstand.

Available in Black, White, Green or Pink.
Materials: ABS resin
By & design for Takumi Project.
Approx. 3.5″ x 3.5″ x .75″d

Purchase Information:

Price: $38.00
Available from: Omoi Zakka Shop

Florafelt Vertical Planter

Still looking for a vertical garden solution? This system from Florafelt looks super easy to use and has a decent price tag. It’s made from 100% recycled PET plastic felt attached to a rigid plastic panel and you can mount the whole thing to a wall or hang from mounting tabs. The Full 4-Pocket Vertical Planter ($44) is shown above, but other larger sizes are available as well. Check out the Living Wall Kits if you’re interested in a watering system.


Purchase Information:

Price: $44.00
Available from: Plants On Walls

BRASS Index Clip

More Midori brass stuff for your office area… these clips can be attached to a page halfway as a sort of flag, or, attach them all the way as a label frame (see photo below). Made of solid brass and comes as a set of six.

Purchase Information:

Price: $20.00
Available from: baum-kuchen

Stickies Clock

If you (or some of your coworkers or family members) remember things more easily with a visual aid, this pad of clock stickies is perfect for keeping track of appointments and/or meetings. Also, check out the tiny Stickies Message Card; they’re pretty cute.

Dia. 1.6, 30sheets

Purchase Information:

Price: $3.50
Available from: MUJI

Gif Shop Animated Gif Maker

Here’s a fun photo application for you iPhoners. Gif Shop uses your phone’s camera to create animated gifs. I got the chance to play with it yesterday and it’s pretty fun! It’s very simple to use: snap a few photos, set the animation speed, and you’re done. You need to create an account to upload the gifs to the web, but from there you can also post to Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter. I goofed around and made a few examples, but here’s my best attempt at creating an amusing one for you all:

Purchase Information:

Price: $2.00
Available from: Gif Shop

The Piano Hanger

The Piano hanger takes the traditional coat hanger and smushes it flat against the wall. Inspired by traditonal piano hinges, each hook swings out when needed, and then folds back flat after usage. The Piano is available in a large (32” x 58”) and small size (15” x 58”), and in two finishes; Beech Lacquer and Oak Varnish. Designed by Patrick Seha for Feld.

More information:

View The Piano Hanger here

Source: Swiss Miss