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Tengu

This little desk mate, which lip syncs to music, is the next big thing in Japan and possibly your desk.

You can see it in action here.

“cute little USB creatures (think Tamagochi all over again) that you
plug into one of the many USB hubs you have sitting around, and when
Tengu picks up music, it starts to sing (or sync) along… Tengu has 7
different facial (hmpf) expressions that it uses to lip sync, that are
displayed in red LEDs over his white face”

[posted by kris ]

Purchase Information:

Price: $34.99
Availability: Buy Tengu here

Surrealien Wallpaper

This custom wallpaper is created based on the location of objects on the wall in your home. It is warped and manipulated based on doors, outlets, light fixtures and even hanging art.

More information:

View Surrealien Wallpaper here

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Antelope Washbasin SW003

This Corian wall mounting wash basin is quite stunning and would really make a bath space shine for a relatively low price for such an amazing piece.

Purchase Information:

Price: $646
Availability: Buy Antelope Washbasin SW003 here

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antibodi chaise by patricia urquiola for moroso of italy

Another piece in the Antibodi collection by Patricia Urquiola.

Purchase Information:

Price: $3,923.00
Availability: Buy antibodi chaise by patricia urquiola for moroso of italy here

Cross Cup by Maxim Velcovsky

These cross cups are a cute twist on the modern coffee mug. They would also work in well in the bath beside the sink as a rinsing cup.

Purchase Information:

Price: $33.00
Availability: Buy Cross Cup by Maxim Velcovsky here

Heat Wave Radiator by Droog

You might blow your entire furnishing budget on this, but it might just be worth it.

“All that effort trying to hide the traditional, bulky radiator is finally eliminated with Joris Laarman’s Heat Wave Radiator. Designed with both form and function in mind, the baroque-like twists and turns of this piece are full of hidden details just waiting to be discovered with a close inspection! The design is not however just a pretty face; the form itself has more surface area than the usual radiator, hence more radiated heat.”

Purchase Information:

Price: $11,119.00
Availability: Buy Heat Wave Radiator by Droog here

Clapper by André Klauser

Mmmm…Is there anything better than sun dried laundry? “When not in use it folds up and fits into the smallest of corners. Max. Load: 58 underpants.”

Blueprint Magazine

Sure, you’d expect any Martha Stewart magazine to be, well, a little too soccer-mom-ish to be considered a “Design” magazine (I hope I’m not offending anyone with this statement, I just mean in comparison to others in the genre). Yet I actually enjoy reading this one*- it’s got a good mix of do-it-yourself projects and inspiring photos of homes, plus the font they use makes me want to take up calligraphy.

(*We also are quite fond of them because they listed us in one of their first magazines as a top website for home furnishings, so that means they have excellent taste.)

More information:

View Blueprint Magazine here

Neo Two-Seater Sofa

Save 15% on some great upholstery items from DWR through January 29…($400 savings on this particular one.)

“The frame is made by hand and draws on techniques Bendtsen learned from
his father, who also designed and built furniture. The foam seat
cushions he uses are sourced from Italy because he hasn’t found any
others that offer his ideal mix of firm support and comfort. And the
removable cushion covers, while not a flashy feature, are all about
maximizing Neo’s functionality as an easy-to-live-with and
easy-to-clean seating collection.”

H 31″ W 77″ D 35″ Seat H 16″ Arm H 25″

Purchase Information:

Price: $2,700
Availability: Buy Neo Two-Seater Sofa here

S-XL Cake Mold

Have a little slice of genius with your cake. This silicone 11.8″ Cake Mold ‘pre-shapes’ any cake into 15 separate pieces, in a variation of ‘sizes’. From Small, to Extra Large. Also, I love how it really looks like an extruded 3D pie chart.

Purchase Information:

Price: $33.00
Availability: Buy S-XL Cake Mold here

LA LITERAL wall beds by Lievore, Altherr, and Molina

These are great beds for a small space. The steel beds attach to the wall and fold up when not needed and can be used as a shelf. Come in either double or single version.

Double: 79.5″ x 13″/15″ x 70″/78″h
Single: 79.5″ x 13″/15″ x 37.4″/41.3″h

DIY hand sanitizer

When you’re traveling, anti-bacterial hand washes are great to have because more often than not, you’re eating on the run. My good friend D. over at Less is More Balanced has come up with a recipe to make your own hand sanitizer which not only smells amazing and really works, but also is a genius way to keep all those little bottles out of the landfills.

Make a solution of 60% of alcohol and 40% distilled water and then add a dash of your favorite essential oil. Peppermint smells amazing, but I’m sure any oil would work just as well. Since it is liquid, you will want to put it in an atomizer or spray bottle (I like the one’s sold by Muji) because that will make application easier.

Purchase Information:

Price: $12.00
Availability: Buy DIY hand sanitizer here

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Offsetting your flight’s Carbon use

Traveling has an environmental impact, and you can offset that impact by purchasing carbon credits. For example, you can offset a flight from LAX to Hawaii is as little as twenty dollars.

Greening the Home

If it’s not in your budget for a major remodel, such as solar panels and green roofs, there are smaller things you can do in your home to reduce climate change.

1. Get the compact florescent bulbs. If every American replaced one bulb in the home with a CFL, we would save for than $600 million in annual energy costs and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of more than 800,000 cars. [source] You can get a CFL at any hardware store, and if for some reason you live in an area where they’re not available, you can get them online.

2. Stop buying bottled water. Do you know where bottled water companies get their water? In most cases it’s just tap water that goes through filtering process to remove all the chemicals and impurities. While it does make it taste better, you can achieve the same, great tasting result with an undersink Reverse Osmosis filter. You can get a really great one for around $200. I have been purchasing filters and supplies from this company for over a decade and they are probably the nicest and most informed people in the business.

3. Buy a water saving showerhead. 
For less than $20 you can replace your showerhead with a more efficient one which will save over 10,000 of water annually. [link to retailer]

4. Switch to more eco-friendly cleaning products. Using typical household cleaners come with a host of problems, such as contamination of water supply, how to dispose of the bottles when you’re done, etc. You can use products that are less harmful, such as 7th generation, or you can make your own products with household staples like vinegar and baking soda.

5. Stop the junk mail.  Over 8 million trees are consumed annually in the production catalogs. You can sign up for Catalog Choice, which is a free online service which allows you to log on and request that you stop receiving specific  catalogs. For example, if you always get the Sharper Image catalog but look forward to your DWR catalog, all you have to do is log on and provide your identifying code on the label and they’ll contact the Sharper Image for you, with no interruption to your other catalog deliveries. 

antibodi collection by patricia urquiola

Patricia Urquiola is one of todays most prolific designers of beautiful, thought-provoking design. The collective body of her work is both cohesive yet disparate enough to not be predictable.

The Antibody is available with flat seats or, in what really makes this line stand out, with raised flaps or “flowers” of material.

Purchase Information:

Price: $2,644.00
Availability: Buy antibodi collection by patricia urquiola here