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Two Tops Series by Marcel Wanders

While not new, the Two Tops Table by Marcel Wanders recently found pride of place on my list of dining table options for a young family. The ‘Two Tops’ has an option to use laptops or coloring books at each end, thanks to a hinged end section that flips up to access the space. To hide the workspace, flip down the lid and you have a clean tabletop for dinnertime, no clearing necessary. It’s a clever solution to make the dining area tidy each evening and allows a kitchen or dining room to serve several functions.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $5133.00
Available from: Hive

Libri Shelving

The Libri Shelving isn’t a new item, but its versatility still stands out. Lean one against a wall for a solitary statement, combine several together to make a bigger unit, or combine two back to back for a free standing room divider option. Available in black or white.

Legs are solid ash wood. Shelves in wood veneer.

Designed by Michael Bihain for Swedese
Dimensions: H 89.5 x W 15 x D 11.5

Purchase Information:

Price: $1,150.00
Available from: Huset

IVY Coat Hooks

Who doesn’t need these modular IVY hooks from Lerival? Sold as a pack of 16, each ‘Y’ shape can be combined in multiple ways to create an interesting wall sculpture that serves as an excellent spot for hats, coats, umbrellas, etc. Entryway or kids’ rooms, you’ll have fun with deciding just what shape your installation will take.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $75.00
Available from: Lerival

Smith Storage Cart

Yes, we posted this years ago (2008!), but this multipurpose unit is still pretty impressive. It serves as a detachable file cabinet, a stool, a rolling cart and, in multiples, even stackable shelves. It’s also recyclable once the plastic wheels are removed, though for the price, you’d be better off selling it to a fellow design aficionado.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $690.00
Available from: Surrounding

Nusskubus Modern Nutcracker

Remember this? Also called the Cubist Nutcracker by some, this nutcracker by Adam and Harborth does the job in a straightforward way. Place a nut in an appropriately sized indention in the larger cube, take the other smooth cube and place it on top of the nut and then give it a good whack. Voilá, the nut is cracked.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $39.99
Available from: Nova68

Rubber X-Bands

Time for an update. We posted these years ago, and they’ve not disappeared from our wishlists, though they have slightly changed in terms of pricing and available retailers. These Rubber X-Bands would come in handy for all sorts of office related papers and miscellany, or, better yet, for keeping a small gift box sealed as shown. Each box has an assortment of four sizes and colors, 16 rubberbands in total.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $5.00
Available from: MoMA Store

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  • Have a super weekend. See you Monday.

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  • Have a very nice weekend.

    Friday Links

  • Check out the 24th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest winners. (via curiosity counts)
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  • Have a lovely weekend.

    Droog Optic Glasses

    Here’s another item from long ago that’s worth remembering the next time your drinking glasses need a reboot. Droog’s optic glasses have both concave and convex lenses and create an optical fun house in your hand. Also, the structure supposedly feels quite comfortable to hold.

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $55.00
    Available from: Molecule

    Plywood Void Stool

    This isn’t new, but it still is a stand out piece. Designed by Ron Gilad (Designfenzider) in 2003, this stool/end table is quite the thing to have in your home. Leave the space empty and enjoy the inside/outside silhouette or use it for storage- it looks great with books in it.

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $420.00
    Available from: Cooper-Hewitt Design Shop

    Friday Links

  • Maxing out Your Triangle
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  • Chocolate Mill by Wieki Somers
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  • Enjoy this last weekend of June!

    Friday Links

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  • Bloodstain Pillow. Scare someone while you nap.
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  • Have a lovely weekend, as usual.

    Friday Links

  • Could you live in 160 Square Feet?
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  • The future! Piccolo, a small plastic drawing robot. (via Co.Design)
  • Caroline Olsson’s Bambi Table. (via design-milk)
  • Have a pleasant/restful weekend.

    Mozart Wooden Musical Sphere

    This is a must have for a Mozart fan. It’s a handcrafted wooden musical box (sphere) that plays “Voi Che Sapete” from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro. The sphere makes it special, of course, but please don’t just put in on a shelf to look at; occasionally turn the key to hear the 18-note chime play the music, because that is its function, after all.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $99.00
    Available from: Nova 68