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Heavy Guy Chandelier XL

Update: TouchOfModern has this big guy on sale for $188 for a limited time.

The smaller version of this chandelier has always stood out for its elegance and affordability, but man-oh-man, the extra large version is even better. It’s almost 5 feet across! This is a prime example of getting one heck of a bang for a few bucks.

Heavy Guy Chandelier XL: 59″ D x 30″ H (from ceiling to lowest section), reg. $240.00, sale: $188.00
Heavy Guy Chandelier: 35″ D x 18″ H, reg. $150, sale: $105.00

From our archives; originally posted May 28, 2010.

Purchase Information:

Price: $240.00
Available from: MVOS

Aalto stool 60, Rings

Another anniversary stool? Sure, let’s have it. Alvar Aalto’s three legged Stool 60 turns 80 this year, and we’ve already seen a few other versions that piqued our collective interest. Nao Tamura’s version is decorated with the growth rings of a tree, 80 rings to be exact, and the size of the rings are never the same. Unfortunately, it appears that no US retailer carries it. Sad for those of us here in the US, not so sad for those of you on the UK side of the world.

Purchase Information:

Price: €353.00
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

Loll’s Containers

So, with the nice weather here it might be time to add a few plants around your home. And, sure, your local plant nursery probably has plenty of decent pots and planters, but wouldn’t it be nice to have something a little better than decent? Perhaps something that hits the modern/minimal spot?

Take a look at Loll’s containers and tell me if they’re not better than these guys. Each planter is made from the recycled and recyclable poly material just like Loll’s furniture, and will withstand the test of time in whatever kind of weather. You’ll get slow drainage thanks to the joinery, or you can easily drill holes in the bottom if need be. A little assembly is required, as each piece is flat-packed for shipping.

Purchase Information:

Price: $119.00 and up
Available from: Loll Designs

Loop Tea Strainer

Another tea strainer. Aren’t you excited? I know how important it is to you, that perfect (elusive?) cup of tea, and Kinto has yet another option to consider. This stick-shaped tea strainer has a slidable side that allows you to scoop tea leaves directly without the use of a spoon. Slide the side back down to cover, and then place in your cup with hot water. The slidable part is easy to remove completely for cleaning.

Purchase Information:

Price: $17.00
Available from: Emmo Home

Tilt Stool

An earlier iteration of this stool by Justin Gologorsky had a foam covering and was more than twice the current price, so I’d say this updated version is worth a look or two. The Tilt Stool has a gentle curve to its base, allowing you to keep your core muscles engaged by rocking back and forth. Turn it on its side and it becomes a stable seat or side table. It’s made of plastic, so don’t limit yourself to indoors- think patio or poolside.

Purchase Information:

Price: $150.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Mass Book Stand

So, does the ubiquity of the Sapien Bookcase have you down? Are you sick of seeing it in some of the modern interiors magazines, and you want to spend at least $2,500 more on something a bit more out of reach, maybe by a successful designer? After all, those piles of cash aren’t going to spend themselves.

Purchase Information:

Price: $2,800.00
Available from: MATTER

Rinse Bowl & Strainer

A rinsing bowl that has a strainer is different from just a strainer, right? Right. This bowl has a strainer ‘side’ that folds out to catch your pasta/fruit/veggies, so you can rinse and then strain out the water all in one bowl. Sort of smart, isn’t it? Also available in red and green/avocado.

Purchase Information:

Price: $15.00
Available from: Umbra

Salt Dining Set

For a limited time (through 5/28/13) you can save a little on the Shaker-style Salt Dining Set (regularly priced at $991.00 – $1,031.00). How much is a little? Well, it’s on sale for $799.00, so you do the math and STOP EATING OFF CARDBOARD BOXES like a college student. Please. Four chairs, one table, in black or white.

Purchase Information:

Price: $799.00
Available from: DWR

Abeego Food Storage

You recycle everything, you minimize car travel, you try very hard to buy local foods, so why the hell are you still using plastic bags for food storage? Maybe you could take one tiny extra step and get some reusable food storage already (duh).

The Abeego material is a hemp and cotton fabric infused with a blend of beeswax, tree resin and jojoba oil that keeps food fresh. What? Huh? How? Keep your pants on, and listen. When at room temperature, the cloth is slightly adhesive and malleable, and when it’s cool, it stiffens and holds the form you create. The natural coating is fluid and air resistant, and you just hand-wash in cold water to clean. There are a couple of drawbacks, though: no dishwasher or microwave use, and you might be accused of being a hippie. (Kidding about the last bit, of course.)

Purchase Information:

Price: $11.00 - 15.00
Available from: ABEEGO

OYOY Silicone Placemats

Messy eaters, rejoice, for OYOY has some nicely patterned silicone placemats to protect your tabletop from yourself (and/or kids) and guests who tend to spill and splatter. And, with four different options, you might just be tempted to get several patterns and mix them all up, for the patterns are made of varying sizes of lovely graphic triangle print: light grey with white triangles, rose silicone with black/grey triangles, grey/black silicone with a cool grey star print, or oceanblue with a graphic cool grey star print.

Purchase Information:

Price: $28.00
Available from: Huset Shop

Friday Links

  • Student Engineers’ Skin Patch Warns When It’s Time to Get Out of the Sun (via ifuckinglovescience)
  • Inside Rick Owens’s Paris Home
  • 31 Songs To Listen To While You Read That Nice Story About How Loneliness Will In Fact Kill You
  • Galaxy Collisions: Simulation vs Observations (via CWL)
  • Schadenfreezers
  • News Machine (via @renatom)
  • Intricate paper cuts by Bovey Lee (via staceythinx)
  • Waiting for this lamp to be available for sale.
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  • “According to another survey, taken last year, about 65 percent of us can’t name a single Supreme Court justice.” America the Clueless by Frank Bruni
  • It’s friday! Go have a great weekend.

    Elder Chair, Design by Conran

    So, if you peruse the decor magazines, you might have seen the ads for the Design by Conran collection at JC Penny. Have you had a chance to take a look? Yea/nay? Of what I think are the winners, first up is the Elder Chair, and despite its shape reminding me a little of Chairy or some other kid’s show chair, I like the classic proportions and generous size. It looks like the quintessential curl-up-and-read-a-book chair. And, hey, you’ve got to respect the lovely cobalt blue hue, even if it’s a bit too bold for your living area.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $1,225.00
    Available from: jcp

    Ondu Pinhole cameras

    Gah! Pinhole cameras handmade from wood! On Kickstarter! Cue the various photography buffs plonking down $50 or more for their very own. I did, and I’m congratulating myself right this very second. Elvis Halilović of ONDU has designed these small, simple to use, and affordable pinhole cameras. There are 6 different sizes to fit your favorite film size (from the Leica 135 format to the 4˝ x 5˝ film holder camera) and you can currently back his project on Kickstarter. See video below. (Also, bookmark this for future gift idea for a friend/family member who likes photography.)

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $60.00
    Available from: Kickstarter

    Rouge Coffee Table

    It’s just what you need, isn’t it, a pink*, perforated metal table? With all the recent talk of the Met’s PUNK: Chaos to Couture, there’s nothing wrong with straying a little from your regular furnishings and updating a coffee table, especially if that table packs a punch. And what packs a punch like a (let’s say it together) pink, perforated metal table?

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $349.00
    Available from: CB2

    Glint Lamp

    A portable light with magnetic points? Do go on. Depending on where you place the lamp, the light will change, and as there are various surfaces on the metal bookstand/shelf, you’ll have fun messing around with different vantage points. Right now this lamp is available for sale by emailing Galula Studio directly: store(at)

    Purchase Information:

    Price: €123,00
    Available from: Galula Studio