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Kaufmann Mercantile Gift Card

What?! You haven’t signed up yet to win a gift card ($100) from Kaufmann Mercantile? Time is running out, so get to it. Sign up for emails from both BLTD and Kaufmann Mercantile and you’ll be entered to win $100 towards many a great things from the Kaufmann Mercantile shop (or just one special thing). Today’s the last day, so sign up now and then keep your fingers crossed… after you pick out what you’d buy, of course.

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Triangle Mirrors

As is often the case, the question isn’t ‘why do I need a triangle mirror’, the question is ‘why don’t I need a triangle mirror’. After all, you like geometry and you’re decent to look at, right? Hang one (or several) on a wall, or place on any surface for a freestanding reflection. Designed and made by Marvin Freitas.

Purchase Information:

Price: $75.00 - 150.00
Available from: Marvin Freitas

Windsor Chair by Chris Specce

Looking for a modern take on the traditional Windsor chair? Don’t rule out this version designed by Chris Specce, as it takes the quintessential form and eliminates any overly ornate details for a clean and modern look. It’s sturdy, so it’ll stand up to the bumps and scrapes of a high traffic dining room, and the bolder color options further set it apart from its stuffier predecessor. Available in bleached, natural, blue, red, and black stains.

Purchase Information:

Price: $625.00
Available from: YLiving

J1 Studio’s C Lamp

$138? Is that right? J1 Studio’s C Lamp is made from lightweight polypropylene and utilizes a folding technique to avoid a metal frame, thus reducing the cost associated with manufacturing (one can guess). Wooden tripod legs complete the simple lamp, giving a minimal, natural look to any room that needs an extra light source. Designed by Jae Won Cho of J1 Studio, where you may also purchase the lamp directly.

Purchase Information:

Price: $138.00
Available from: A+R Store

Reclaimed Wood Plug-In Planter

A reclaimed planter box, so what? As the ‘Plug-In’ part of the title might have clued you in, this planter box houses a hydroponic, self-watering system. Designed by Nick Behr and Sarah Burrows, the reclaimed wood box hides the mechanism that allows for different watering settings based on plant type to ensure proper nutrient intake, allowing you to grow your plants without your kitchen looking like a science laboratory- not that there’s anything wrong with that, of course. Other finishes available directly from Modern Sprout, plus a solar powered option ($219.00).

Purchase Information:

Price: $159.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Oak Naomi Side Table

As is often the case, simple and well made items can carry a heftier price tag, so don’t be too surprised that the Oak Naomi Side Table isn’t cheap. This solid oak wood side table incorporates a storage spot for magazines and newspapers and has classically minimalist vibes coming out of its metaphorical nose. It’s a no-brainer if it fits your budget.

Purchase Information:

Price: $600.00
Available from: Lekker Home

Ori Salt & Pepper Grinder

More geometry, and this time it’s for your tabletop (and tastebuds?). The Ori Salt and Pepper Mills feature ceramic mechanisms that grind pepper, salt, and other spices, all housed within a a pentagonal column. The smaller top portion is for turning, and the larger bottom part for gripping. A matt finish gives an easy and comfortable grip.

Purchase Information:

Price: $35.00
Available from: Dwell Store

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    Enjoy the weekend!

    Lumio Book Lamp

    The Lumio looks like a hardcover book, but open it up and you’ve got a sculptural LED light. This compact form makes it easy to take with you, especially as its pleated interior is made of water-resistant Tyvek, so it can even venture outdoors for backyard barbecues or short camping trips. I received a Lumio recently to see it up close (and made a little video) and I was quite impressed with the overall quality- plus, there are so many lighting options you can really put it anywhere. Hang it, lay it on its side or back, or attach it to any metal surface. More info below, or take a look at Lumio’s gallery for more pics.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $160.00
    Available from: Lumio

    Cherner® Task Chair

    Did you know about the contentious history of the Cherner Chair? I didn’t, but I’m glad Cherner’s sons revived their father’s designs, and created the variation you see above. Task chairs often look terrible, no matter today’s advanced ergonomic technology, and the simplicity of such classic lines when applied to an office/desk area seating option is enormously appealing. Now that we’ve agreed its aesthetic appeal, someone just needs to test out how comfortable this chair is after a few hours’ work.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $1,499.00
    Available from: DWR


    Do you need a wooden paperweight in the shape of a gold bar? Maybe not, but that’ll change once you open your windows and papers go flying everywhere. The intention behind this design is to remind us all about the value of wood; it acts a clever option to hold a stack of paperwork at bay.


    Purchase Information:

    Price: $39.00
    Available from: Mookum

    B (Balance) lamp series: B35°, B35°L , B30°

    These concrete and wood lamps by JinSik Kim and YuHun Kim are pretty special; you can position them different ways and group them together in multiples for modular arrangements. There’s the B35° Lamp, the B35°L Lamp, and the B30° Lamo, all of which have polygon shaped bases. Take a look at the images below to see the possibilities of mixing a few together for a stronger statement.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $235.00 - 375.00
    Available from: L'ArcoBaleno

    Chopstick Rest (set of 3)

    Nothing spectacular here, just a set of three textured brass chopstick rests that look oh-so-perfect when nestled together in the small package. Could they be a good gift? Maybe. Or something to add to your utensil drawer? That’s more likely, especially if your chopsticks are feeling a little lonely. Designed by Masanori Oji in collaboration with one of Japans oldest metalware manufacturers, Futagami.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $32.93
    Available from: Analogue Life

    Shape Mirrors

    As promised, here are the Shape Mirrors by Bower Studios. Try your best to resist, and don’t be too hard on yourself if you are overpowered by the hypnotic, geometrical shapes that are the Cube, Cyinder, and Fold Mirrors.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $1,200.00 - 1,800.00
    Available from: Bower Studios

    Walnut Jewelry Box plus $100 GC to KM

    Fit for a lady or gentleman with a select collection of jewelry, this hand-hewn Walnut Jewelry Box has a removable tray with four compartments for rings, cuff links and smaller items. Suede lining in each compartment helps protect contents, and when the lid is snugly on top, the box measures a perfect 6″ square.

    And, good news, we’re teaming up with the retailer, Kaufmann Mercantile, for a cross promotion: sign up for emails from both BLTD and Kaufmann Mercantile and you’ll be entered to win a gift card for $100. That $100 could go towards many a great things from Kaufmann Mercantile, or help you save some dough on one very nice thing (like this jewelry box).


    Purchase Information:

    Price: $259.00
    Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile