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Present Modular Shelving by MOCO x Furni

What do we have here? It looks like a modular shelving system, but it’s certainly unlike any you’ll find at a regular retailer. With a pair of brass plated rails, three solid walnut shelf elements, each “module” of the Present Modular Shelving will provide multiple storage functions to fit your needs. Use the box element as a simple container for emptying your pockets or as a frame for your favorite items. The rail is perfect for hanging skateboards, or with the hooks (included), hang up your jackets and scarves.

And, if you need further convincing, know that the Present Modular Shelving is the first MOCO x Furni product, a collaboration between MOCO LOCO and Furni, the Montreal-based design and lifestyle brand/manufacturer. Convinced that you could find a place for it in your own home? Watch the video below to see more and back the project over at Kickstarter.

Purchase Information:

Price: CAD425.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Michael Mundy Gift Ideas 2013

Michael Mundy from has once again found the time to share his gift list this year. If you haven’t checked out his site lately, it’s worth a visit to see the latest people and spaces featured. Thanks Michael!

1. Luc Parfum bottle, $85.00: great for men and women.

2. Best Made Steel Bowls, $35.00: for what ever.

3. First Aid Kit, $74.99: These could be a life saver.

4. Fisher Space Pen, $20.00: The chicest pen ever.

5. Classic American Bandana, $5.00: Can never have enough and these colors are great.

Michael Mundy Gift Ideas 2013

6. Luxury Canape set of 6 Blue Ships, $90.00.

7. Gentleman Soap Dish, $20.00: This or any thing from Izola.

8. Silver Gripper, $6.95: You’d be surprised how often you’ll use them.

9. US Navy Wool Blanket, $190.00

ISHUJA’s Eco-Essential Pen and Pencil

Are you sick of holiday shopping yet? Yeah, me too, but this might help. If you still have one impossible person on your list, and absolutely no idea what to get them, consider ISHUJA’s Eco-Essential Pen and Pencil Set.

Formerly a Kickstarter project, the set is now available for sale, and consists of one pen and one pencil, both with bamboo & aluminum bodies and a high-sensitivity stylus nib on each cap for tablet use. The set is appropriately gift boxed with a set of 5 color rings for identification. Not sure how long shipping will take, so do be sure to double check if you intend it as a Christmas gift.

Purchase Information:

Price: $50.00 - 95.00
Available from: ISHUJA

Slate Mobile AirDesk

If your favorite working spot is anywhere other than a desk, you might just appreciate this mobile desk called Slate. It’s made from a block of pure, premium bamboo, which enables a lightweight, strong surface. A docking station and flush mouse pad gives your workspace increased function and, thanks to the air ventilation holes, your lap/laptop won’t be uncomfortably warm.

Purchase Information:

Price: $99.99
Available from:

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.

Purchase Information:

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!