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mc&co Irregular Round Mirror

You see an irregular round mirror, which is sort of interesting, and then, as you step to the side, a punch of day-glow color from the recessed frame hits you in the face. That, my friend, raises the bar from sort-of-interesting to high-five-awesome. There’s a few different options in colored glass as well as frames; take a look at mc&co for the full collection.

Purchase Information:

Price: $900.00+
Available from: mc&co

Round Walnut and Solid Brass Wall Hooks

Cooler weather is here, so it’s time to assess your entryway. Do you have enough hooks for hanging up all those scarves, hats and coats? Go the minimal route with these Round Walnut Wall Hooks or the Solid Brass Square Wall Hooks. Both sets are by the designer Farrah Sit and may be purchased through her website, Light and Ladder, or from Kaufmann Mercantile.

Purchase Information:

Price: $12.00 - 180.00
Available from: Light + Ladder

Grip Band Serving Tray

Whoooaa, steady, there! Maybe you need the Grip Tray- it will keep those beverages in place as they travel from kitchen to dining room, or, as the case may be, to the living room (you big couch potato, you). Silicone bands wrap around the outside to make sure things stay put no matter how wobbly or weak your arms may be. There’s a Parallel (above) and Round size (shown below) available in a black or white color scheme.

Purchase Information:

Price: $295.00 - 395.00
Available from: Finell


Do your keys jangle around like a janitor? If so, how are you going to sneak up on anybody to scare them? Fix that with the soft Orbitkey. It’s a loop that locks your keys into a stack, keeping them organized and in place. There’s also an optional bottle opener and USB key that fits snugly into the stack. Choose between several colors in an elastomer polymer (ideal for runners) or the leather version.

Purchase Information:

Price: $29.95 -39.95
Available from: Orbitkey

Objetis Mirror Magnets

These little things won’t be to everyone’s liking, but they could could be awfully handy for hanging jewelry and smaller accessories, especially if you’re short on space. Objetis are magnetic pegs perfect for hanging your keys, jewelry, or headphones right where you can see them. They come with a magnetic back-plate to ensure a firm hold. Each Objetis has a small rubber ring sitting proud of its magnet to keep it in place. Available as a set of 3.

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Price: $36.00 - 58.00
Available from: Objetis

Friday Links

– Love. More marmoreal!

– Like! The LightBox: A wireless, interface-free light switch.

Did Astronomers Find Evidence of an Alien Civilization? (Probably Not. But Still Cool.)

Piet Hein Eek wallpaper range for NLXL (the black brick looks superb)

Papestack: faux cardboard fireplace around your tv

– Pretty/strange: Dirt Pattern Material

Bogobrush: buy one give one

The unusual research methods inspiring Ikea’s new products

Jennifer Angus wallpapers Renwick Gallery with a pattern of 5,000 exotic bugs

Have a nice weekend.

Jennifer Angus wallpapers Renwick Gallery

The Weather Station

You need a smartphone to check the weather? Pfft. You wouldn’t if you had this Weather Station affixed outside within view of the kitchen sink. Best Made Co. has joined forces with a manufacturer in Germany to bring you a weather station that does things the old fashioned way. A thermometer and a hygrometer simultaneously read heat and humidity; when both needles cross in the hatched section of the gauge, you’ll know it’ll be a pleasant day. Those city folk can have their phones- you’ll rely on something that’ll never need a power cord, thank you very much.

Purchase Information:

Price: $172.00
Available from: Best Made Co.

Bare Ring Sconce

I doubt you’ll find a more exposed or minimal wall light than this Bare Ring Sconce from Brendan Ravenhill and Eric Trine. It suspends the bulb in a simple brass ring, with a glass socket to reveal the light’s electrical components. Honesty definitely is the best policy when it comes to this fixture. Available in a hard-wire version with powder coated steel wall plate or a a plug-in version with switch.

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Price: $270.00
Available from: Brendan Ravenhill

Plus Concrete Modular Storage Solution

Set your mind to modular mode, and you’ll see that the Plus collection is a solution to your storage woes. Three concrete cubes can be combined in different ways to make furniture; there’s a single storage cube that can also be used as a seat, a longer bench, and a larger square table. Build a bookcase, a console, or just have one as a side table and/or seat. I’m sure you’ll have fun moving and stacking them into various configurations… although they are a little heavy, so you’ll be building muscle mass every time you shuffle them around.

Purchase Information:

Price: $360.00+
Available from: Gessato

Manual Coffeemaker

Talk about slowing down to enjoy the brew, this Manual Coffeemaker will force you to do just that. The double-walled Borosilicate glass shell keeps in heat while sitting upon a bamboo base; just add a filter and your grounds, pour in hot water, and then wait patiently while your coffee drips slowly into your cup. It’s a pretty alternative to other more clunky and robust setups.

Purchase Information:

Price: $99.00
Available from: Unison

Want Shelf

Treat your books, art, or tchotchkes right with the Want Shelf by Andrew Coslow’s studio. The interior is kept at a natural wood grain (with protective clear coat) while the outside is finished in a white wash. The warm wood grain guides your eye towards the items on the shelf, while the end caps seemingly give them a protective embrace- no bookends necessary.

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Price: $350.00
Available from: ByAndrewCoslow

Guerrero Wedge

What the heck are these colorful wedge thingamajigs? As you might have guessed, they’re door stops, or, alternatively, paper weights, as GENMFGCO suggests. You could also throw one at someone when you need their attention, as they’re made from hard rubber, and won’t hurt them too terribly bad. I’m kidding, of course- don’t throw them at anyone (unless they really deserve it). The larger size will keep a door propped open while the smaller wedge is more suited to leveling wobbly tables.

Purchase Information:

Price: $25.00
Available from: GENMFGCO

Plateau Coffee and Side Table

Want a more polished look to your living area? Check out Blu Dot’s new Plateau occasional tables. A circle of Carrara marble sits atop a powder-coated steel base for a refined, clean-edged look that’s sure to compliment your other modern furnishings. The materials and circular design hit that sweet spot of affordable elegance- who doesn’t want that?

Purchase Information:

Price: $899.00
Available from: Blu Dot

Plodes Wave Outdoor Fire Pit

Fall and fire pits go hand in hand, don’t they? If you’re in the market for a new one, set your sights on the new Plodes Wave Outdoor Fire Pit. It’s one heck of a looker, with only two pieces of plate steel welded into a round form that easily encourages friends and family to gather ’round. Take note of the sine wave along its outer shell’s bottom edge, which forms a stable tripod base. Both versions (30″ or 40″ dia.) are finished with a rust patina.

Purchase Information:

Price: $1,755.00 - 2,310.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Studio Chair

This Studio Chair ships flat-packed and is easily assembled, but you won’t find it at your local IKEA. Designed by Jason Whiteley, the chair is simple and precise, and refers to a type of common, robust chair originating in Switzerland. And, unlike some of the results from that aforementioned big box store, this chair is structurally sound and will withstand all manner of use, contract included. Easily assembly also means quick disassembly should you wish to pack it away in storage when not in use.

Purchase Information:

Price: $470.00
Available from: A+R Store