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Dioscuri by Artemide

These are so often seen in modern interiors some would say they’re a staple for home furnishings. I think they give off such a nice glow.

“The minimalistic design features a handblown glass globe supported by a hidden base. Adjust the lighting level with the on/off/dim switch on the cord.”

Large: Diameter 17 in.
Medium: Diameter 14 in.
Mini: Diameter 5.5 in.
Small: Diameter 10 in.

Purchase Information:

Price: $133.88
Availability: Buy Dioscuri by Artemide here

Kotori Sake Serving Set

This set has such nice form; the handle of the pitcher lends a subtle modern feel. It would be an excellent housewarming/wedding gift…

“Like its namesake ‘kotori’ is Japanese for ‘small bird’ this sprightly porcelain sake pitcher stands watch over five small cups. The set, designed by Finland’s Tomi Pelkonen, rests on a thick oak serving tray. SFMOMA exclusive.”

Purchase Information:

Price: $195.00
Availability: Buy Kotori Sake Serving Set here

Print Magazine Rack

So, if you’re happy with the way your home looks, but aren’t happy with magazines and newspapers lying about, you could throw in this rack as a viable option to tidy up your periodicals. It’s a little bit more money out of the wallet than some of the others, but it sure looks good.

“Crafted from a single piece of opaque acrylic, Fabio Lombardo’s Print Magazine Rack (2002) has sinuous curves and a glossy finish. Able to hold up to 22 lbs of magazines, books or other items, the Print’s single form provides simple, sturdy storage.”

H 14″ W 12″ D 16″

Purchase Information:

Price: $200
Availability: Buy Print Magazine Rack here

Opus Incertum Shelving Unit by Sean Yoo

Though this has some weight restrictions, it’s quite a find. Completely recyclable and indoor/outdoor friendly, it’s got credentials that justify the price.

“recipient of the design distinction award by ID Magazine, the opus incertum is made from expanded polypropylene and measures 39.4″ x 13.8″ x 39.4″ and can be stacked. useful for a moderate amount of books or as a display shelf, a single unit has a capacity of 110 pounds. please note that this capacity stays the same when you stack the units- so the base can only support 110 pounds in total. can be used indoors or outdoors. ”

100% recyclable.

(This item’s link and price was updated 05/05/10.)

Purchase Information:

Price: $494.00
Availability: Buy Opus Incertum Shelving Unit by Sean Yoo here

Fox Messenger Bag

This would be super handy- a bag that adjusts to your needs depending on how much stuff you’re carrying around. Plus, a 15″ Laptop sleeve is included.

“Ingeniously designed, the entire bag can be folded apart and reclosed to fit whatever volume you need. Locked securely in place with super wide velcro, the water repellent Wool Felt bag can be carried a multitude of ways and its orientation can be changed with the flick of a wrist.”

Purchase Information:

Price: $260.00
Availability: Buy Fox Messenger Bag here

Dip Vase by Robert Bronwasser

Not only does this vase look cool empty, but it would look great with flowers too because the different sections allow you to create an interesting arrangement.

“Arrange your flowers into striking displays with the Dip Vase by Robert Bronwasser! What looks like several delicate, porcelain cylinders, arranged into a smooth, organic shape, is actually soft, unbreakable vinyl, formed with a dipmoulding technique. As a cohesive unit, water is held in the vase and distributed throughout the different parts.

Group multiple vases together to create an intricate field of flowers!”

Purchase Information:

Price: $75
Availability: Buy Dip Vase by Robert Bronwasser here

Paris Panels

Available in stainless or white, these ornate, steel wall hangers may be just what you need to fill a space on your walls or create a division in a larger space as a room divider.

White: $78 for a set of 6
Stainless $98 for a set of 6

Purchase Information:

Price: $78-$98
Availability: Buy Paris Panels here

Big White Pot and Red/White Vase by Hella Jongerius

These vessels are cast from restored moulds of medieval pots and are painted with automotive paint. Such an interesting melding of two different times.

“The rough casting seams, along with the potter’s traditional thumbprint, give the impression of antique vessels while the strong, solid forms are a clear indications of modern industry.”

Purchase Information:

Price: $535.00
Availability: Buy Big White Pot and Red/White Vase by Hella Jongerius here

Love Is Blind Vase by Jessica Lertvilai

This is such an incredibly lovely vase. It’s so subtle, and would make such a good gift- housewarming, wedding, birthday, or anything else. I love it.

“Love letters transcribed into braille relief blanket the surface, creating a delicate texture of light and shadow which visually evoke their intimate meanings. The vase’s narrow oval shape is ideal for floral arrangements, and unfilled it makes a romantically statuesque statement.”

12″ x 6″ x 2″

Purchase Information:

Price: $87.00
Availability: Buy Love Is Blind Vase by Jessica Lertvilai here

Versailles Pillow

For those of you still down with the whole baroque thing (nothing wrong with that, just to be clear), this pillow is quite nice. Feather-down insert included.

Soft napped brown/creme cotton velvet.

23″x11″

Purchase Information:

Price: $34.95
Availability: Buy Versailles Pillow here

See-saw Sofa

This is a pretty cool sofa/bed. With one easy move, the See-saw converts from a streamlined sofa into a generous bed.

• Benchmade solid hardwood frame
• Sinuous wire springing; foam cushioning
• Stainless steel legs with folding mechanism
• Back folds down to create a 50″ bed

Purchase Information:

Price: $899.00
Availability: Buy See-saw Sofa here

Think Tank Limited Edition

The regular Tank U standard vase is pretty cute, and this limited edition (of 100) ups the ante by carrying the image of a world map upon its surface.

“So now we are very happy to present a wonderful limited edition called ‘Think Tank’ that has first been presented last fall in Paris at Maison et Objet. Similar to the ‘standard’ Tank U these are made in Limoges, the birthplace of french porcelain, and are more of a political statement than the other versions.”

Think Tank Limited Edition, $115.00

Standard Tank U, $58.00
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Purchase Information:

Price: $58-$115
Availability: Buy Think Tank Limited Edition here

‘Bare’ Leather Utility Bag

Take a look at the collection from Ecsotype. Custom options are available on all designs, and as a warning, be prepared for getting stuck there clicking on all the different color combinations.

“Its overall shape is a rectangle in 3-dimensions, made of three individually configurable components…Along with an adjustable shoulder strap that threads into the bag, generous well-placed pockets complete Bare, making it the perfect companion to just about any occasion.”

Purchase Information:

Price: $172
Availability: Buy ‘Bare’ Leather Utility Bag here

Mirror Ball Pendants and Floor Lamps by Tom Dixon

Hung in a group or gathered on the floor, the Mirror Ball Lamps are quite striking with their reflective surfaces. They would add a nice polished touch to a living area, dining room, or bedroom- or, I suppose whatever room you want to put them in.

Designer: Tom Dixon
Plastic polycarbonate with mirror-coated interior; UV coated; mirror-finish ceiling plate; clear cord.

Mini Pendant- (H 9.8″ Diameter 9.8″), $400

Medium Pendant- (H 15.5″ Diameter 15.5″), $680

Large Pendant -(H 19.5″ Diameter 19.5″), $840

Medium Floor – (H 15.5″ Diameter 15.5″), $640

Large Floor – (H 19.5″ Diameter 19.5″), $800

Purchase Information:

Price: $400-$800
Availability: Buy Mirror Ball Pendants and Floor Lamps by Tom Dixon here

Chandelier- ‘Heavy Guy’, ‘To Go’

This is such a reasonable price for a very decent chandelier. It is actually quite elegant and would be perfect for those of you who qualify as apartment nomads, or anyone else who appreciates an easy affordable solution to lighting…

The chandelier ‘to go’ – comes in a pack with everything you need for this innovative fixture where the piece is actually held up by the light bulbs. It is wired directly to existing ceiling outlet wires and can be used 110V or 220V.

20″H x32″across

Purchase Information:

Price: $145.00
Availability: Buy Chandelier- ‘Heavy Guy’, ‘To Go’ here