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Bubble Calendar 2014

Pop. Pop. Pop. And that’s just just how you’ll start each and every day of 2014, one pop at a time, if you like that sort of thing. U.S. holidays and all days of the week are marked, with the weekend days in bold for quick reference.

Purchase Information:

Price: $20.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods


Know a blogger, a bon vivant, or a bad ass? What about a fashion editor, a freeloader, or a philanderer? Maybe one of those people needs a keychain with their stand-out attribute written for all to see, or maybe you need a bunch to label your keys and/or yourself. Give some as gifts, give one to yourself, go crazy. See the whole collection at Various Projects.

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Price: $15.00
Available from: Various Projects

Friday Links

  • the briefskate board
  • Stain Ceramics by Bethan Laura Wood. (via MY AMP GOES TO 11)
  • Minimalist Posters Depict The Architecture Of 13 Classic Films
  • Now You Can Take Selfies Inside Old Nintendo Games
  • Chemical Reactions
  • Amateur Photographer Shoots Largest Ever True Color Photo of the Night Sky: Photopic Sky Survey
  • Pretty cute. Video of a KODA (kid of deaf adults) enthusiastically singing holiday songs using sign language and animated facial expressions.
  • Cookie-Baking Chemistry. Important stuff.
  • The most saved and shared content across Pocket, from all categories
  • That’s it for today. Enjoy your weekend, and get all your holiday shopping done so you can sit back and gloat to those last minute procrastinators.

    Of a Kind Gift Ideas

    Claire Mazur and Erica Cerulo are the co-founders of Of a Kind, a website that sells the pieces and tells the stories of emerging designers. They feature all sorts of products, and it’s worth signing up for their newsletter to be kept up to date on what’s new. Claire and Erica’s wish list is below- thank you two for sharing your favorites this year!

    Craft Design Technology

    What do you get the pickiest of design aficionados? Any item from Craft Design Technology, that’s what. How could you not fall head over heels for a collection of high quality work tools designed to be “beautiful, functional and enduring”? I want all of it (specifically, the scissors have been on my wish list ever since ’08). Available in the US from VETTED or peruse CDT’s shoplist for more options. More of the collection below.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $4.50 - 96.00
    Available from: VETTED

    Spin Candelabra

    Hey Santa, if you’re going to blow your budget on my Christmas present, please make it this Spin Candelabra by Tom Dixon. It’s one heck of a centerpiece, and pretty much takes the place of a low light or chandelier above a larger table. The candelabra’s arms spin 360 degrees to give a variety of configurations, and, as it’s made from cast iron, it will last forever.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $675.00
    Available from: YLighting

    Arnold Circus Stool

    I know you’re probably in holiday shopping mode, but calm down for a little bit to appreciate this Arnold Circus Stool. I’m not sure how it slipped under the radar, as it’s been around for a while. Not to worry though, there’s still time to congratulate ourselves for finding it now, and then figure out just where we’re going to put it before it arrives. Because at $120, this stool comes in a variety of colors and has varied uses: an extra seat, a side table in the living area or bedroom, or turn it upside down for a storage basket.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $120.00
    Available from: More & Co.

    Artek Apron, Mitt, Trivet, Tray

    Why are aprons a good gift idea? Beats me, as I’m not fond of the kitchen, but I can guess they protect clothing and also are a little fun in the apparel arena, as no pattern is too big or crazy within the confines of your own home. Now, these patterns by Alvar and Elissa Aalto are not too big or crazy, and you could easily appropriate it for items of clothing worn outside the home (there’s an Artek Tote, after all), but for now you have the option of adding an Apron, Oven Mitt, Trivet or Tray to your kitchen for a little bit of pattern play on very useful items.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $24.00 - 55.00
    Available from: Plastica

    Pencil Display Organizer

    If you’ve ever had a bundle of pens, pencils, and/or markers beside you while drawing or sketching, you know how it takes a little bit of time to find the right implement each time you change your selection. That’s just where this Pencil Display Organizer by Elise Gabriel comes into the picture. Horizontally, it displays all your tools at once; vertically, it holds up to 100 implements and can be wall-mounted to save space on your desktop. Lay it down when you’re working, hang it up when you’re done.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $98.00
    Available from: Dwell Store

    Eye-Fi Memory Card

    Here’s a little magic you can share this holiday season. You know how your pics and video are stuck on your camera until you upload them via a cable? That’s no longer the case when you have an Eye-Fi Memory Card; it instantly transfers your shots from your camera to your mobile device or computer. Eye-Fi cards create their own WiFi connections wherever you are, and initiates transfers whenever new content is detected by your device. There are a couple of options available: the Mobi, which allows your camera to connect to your smartphone or tablet, and the Pro X2, which additionally connects to computers. Learn more at Eye-Fi.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $49.99 - 99.00
    Available from: Eye-Fi

    Source: Netted

    Jonas Damon Gift Ideas 2013

    Ready for another wish list? This one is from Jonas Damon, maker of the Alarm Dock and Radio Dock, both of which we’ve featured here on BLTD. Jonas Damon is a Creative Director at Frog, a global product strategy and design firm, and a frequent contributor to New York City based Areaware. Thank you, Jonas, for sharing your list this year!

    Wood Speaker

    Nothing fancy, just a wood speaker. Made of beech wood, this little speaker has a built in amplifier and rechargeable battery to keep things simple. It’s compatible with the majority of your devices and connects with a red, braided cloth covered cable. Consider it as an alternative to the other plastic, colorful options available in the marketplace.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $50.00
    Available from: Kikkerland

    Minimalist Wallet + Card Case

    Yet another simple wallet? Sure, tell us more. The slim leather Minimalist™ Wallet features a front pocket that provides access to up to 2 frequently used cards, while the top pocket keeps an additional 2 to 4 cards handy. On the reverse side, Capsule’s CashStrap™ feature can securely hold up to 30 bills folded in half. Pockets are lined and each wallet is made of premium full-grain leather. I’d say it’s a good option to keep your silhouette slim, agreed?

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $70.00 - 85.00
    Available from: A+R Store

    Pillow Stack Vase Series, Eva Zeisel

    If you know someone that’s a fan of Eva Zeisel, and they don’t have this stacking Pillow Vase set, then you have a potential slam dunk gift on your hands. Conceived as a series, the three vases stand on their own as functioning vases, yet also stack to form a larger piece. Each piece is slip cast porcelain with KleinReid’s signature satin matte glaze and are available separately as well.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $340.00
    Available from: Klein Reid

    Herman Miller® Sale

    Just a reminder that this Thursday, December 12th, is the last day of the Herman Miller® Sale. Save 15% and receive free shipping on (most) products produced by Herman Miller. If you’ve money to burn, you might treat yourself to an Eames® Walnut Stool, a Nelson™ Platform Bench, or a colorful Eames® Wire Base Low Table, just to name a few. There’s more, of course, and will give you another chance to procrastinate on your holiday shopping: Herman Miller® Sale.

    More information:

    View Herman Miller® Sale here