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Terracotta Birdhouse and Wall Mounted Birdhouse

Here’s a nice habitat for your neighborhood birds. As you know, their habitats are disappearing, and it’s nice if you can provide a place for them to nest.

Made from all-natural clay, the Terracotta Bird House (2003) is an attractive, but not ostentatious, home for garden birds. Designers Gavin Christman and Kate Knapp created the Bird House as a response to the disappearing habitats of small North American birds. Its understated spherical design and small entry hole make it impervious to the advances of squirrels and other predators, and it’s sized to offer a safe nesting spot for blue tits, coal tits and marsh tits. The Bird House comes in recyclable packaging and includes a steel wire for hanging and a plastic protector to prevent tree damage.

Free shipping until June 21st!

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Noted* Eggling

At $9.95 per egg, you could possibly fill up a windowsill with seedlings. Three in a row would look pretty darn cute…

“Inside of each of these little ceramic egglings is enough soil and seed to grow a new plant for your garden. Just crack the top of the egg, water it, and watch it grow.”

Manufacturer: Noted, Japan
Color: White
Size: 2.25″h.

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Price: $9.95
Availability: Buy Noted* Eggling here

Buenos Aires Guide

MadeInEarnest has their new Buenos Aires City guide out. As expected, there’s lots of links and recommendations for places to stay and eat, which are super helpful to have if you’re planning a visit.

Thanks MadeInEarnest!

New Antiques by Marcel Wanders for Cappellini

I’m enjoying the New Antiques collection by Marcel Wanders. This chair in particular strikes my fancy. It’s a Klismos style chair (an ancient Greek form) merged with the turned wood technique, where wood is thrown on the lathe for the “knobby” appearance.

“A stunning takeoff on period furniture, the new antique wood-turned chairs and tables are available in matte black or white lacquer. the chair seats are upholstered with polyurethane foam and covered with a choice of smooth G908 or stamped leather of the same color choice as the frame. the seat is also available made of woven polyester belts with the cappellini logo.”

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Price: $1,300
Availability: Buy New Antiques by Marcel Wanders for Cappellini here

Mix and Match Plates

There’s a little sale over at UO where you can get 4 plates for $18. Mix and Match and spice up your dinner!

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Price: $18
Availability: Buy Mix and Match Plates here

Hugo Day Bed

Obviously this is really close to the Daybed designed by Mies Van Der Rohe, however it’s not a copy because the head pillow is slightly different, which is why it gets away with just being called “inspired” by Mies. I’m mostly posting it because I was really impressed by the low price tag.

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Price: $965.00
Availability: Buy Hugo Day Bed here

Floating Credenzas

I was taking a look at the inspirational remodel in the Chicago apartment of Andreas over at apartment therapy, and practically flipped over the use of the Ikea cabinets as floating credenzas. The best thing about this DIY job is that it can be accomplished fairly inexpensively. If I were to guess I’d say that he used 30″x18″ fan top cabinet and the Strecket handles.

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Price: $30.00
Availability: Buy Floating Credenzas here

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Kids@Work by Ora Ito

This is a great molded plywood desk for children which includes a cool notch for threading drawing paper across the desktop.

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Price: £199.00
Availability: Buy Kids@Work by Ora Ito here

Hocker Stool by Max Bill, 1954

I’ve been really inspired by the simplicity of the modernized Shaker aesthetic lately.

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Price: $275
Availability: Buy Hocker Stool by Max Bill, 1954 here

CW Bench

Why are big chunks of wood so appealing? I love the integrated black legs on this particular bench- they seem to frame the grain nicely and give an elegant yet natural appearance.

“Not every table has four legs. Aesthetically smart, this simple and
minimal design enables for its various applications throughout the home
or work environment. Cleanly constructed of a solid piece of Cherry,
its geometric and graceful design accentuates the natural beauty of the
grains and knots of the pine. The handsome wood top of the piece allows
for use as a reversible table or bench. Fusing sophistication with
functionality, the African wenge wood legs provide an exceptionally
strong support and stability. This item is made to order with a lead
time of 6-8 weeks.”

Cherry OR Butternut and African wenge wood.

H: 14”, W: 11”, L: 48”

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Price: $1,299.00
Availability: Buy CW Bench here

Wallpaper* Design Awards of 2008: Best City, Los Angeles

Much to my surprise, while perusing my new Wallpaper* magazine, I discovered that Wallpaper* awarded Los Angeles with “Best City”. It’s not that I don’t love Los Angeles, it’s just when I moved hear exactly one year ago, I got a lot of flack from a lot of people. It has a bad reputation, but I’m finding it’s really a great place to be.

“It’s long been easy to knock LA, but a slow bounce-back began with the new millennium. House prices have gone through the roof and tourism is at record post-9/11 levels. The city of Eames, Neutra and ‘Googie’ has always had few equals in its appreciation of challenging design, and it shows in the star status given to the people creating the look of today’s LA, from Kelly Wearstler to Thom Mayne and, of course, Frank Gehry. “

M5 table

Inspired by a bridge that spans England’s M5 motorway, Frank’s table is elegant and strong, and unlike most bridges, easy to manufacture and construct. Made from just three sections, the table top and two plug-in leg units assemble in mere seconds.

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Price: $1675
Availability: Buy M5 table here

Dreamgate Headboard/Wall Art

This light, modernist wall application reinterprets the headboard, a traditionally heavy furniture piece. The surface of reinforced cork is screenprinted by hand, graphically inspired by star formations and vintage tufted leather furniture. As a headboard or art object, the long proportion encourages creative placement in any environment. Dreamgate is reusable and can be trimmed easily to fit beds ranging from children’s to king size. Self-adhesive, non-marring backing makes installation simple.

Materials: Reclaimed cork from the bottle-stopper industry and water based ink

Dimensions: 2’h x 10’w x 1/8″d, Weight: 4lbs

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Price: $160.00
Availability: Buy Dreamgate Headboard/Wall Art here

Living Wall Planters

These are sort of bizarre–The raw white cedar is probably better suited in an industrial/loft environment than a regular residential application, but it would have a great impact in a large space.

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Price: $169.00
Availability: Buy Living Wall Planters here

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Book Stand

“A lovely piece designed for reading comfort! Can also be used to hold sheet music or as a standing display case for your favorite book, photograph or work of art.”

Made in Germany in workshops staffed by the physically and mentally handicapped.

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Price: $89.00
Availability: Buy Book Stand here