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Sixagon Table

Misewell has been featured before, but this table needs its own space in the spotlight. Whether you use it as a stool or side table, the steel construction means you’ll not be worried about water rings, dings, or any other damage. Available in black, ivory, or red tomato powder coat.


Purchase Information:

Price: $350.00
Available from: Misewell

Lunar Wall Calendar 2014

If you’re asking yourself ‘why do I need a lunar calendar’ you’re asking the wrong question. One word: werewolves. Just kidding. Tides, gardening, curiosity, whatever the reason, know exactly which phase the moon is in with this wall calendar by Katheren Belle over at Schoolhouse Electric. And, yes, it’s accurate; the dates and positions of the lunar phases are from the Circular published by the Nautical Almanac Office at the U.S. Naval Observatory. Also, if you’ve no room on the wall (or no money), here’s a website that shows all lunar phases, past and present: MoonConnection.

Purchase Information:

Price: $15.00
Available from: Schoolhouse Electric

Chuck Wood Storage

What’s this round, iron object for? Wood storage, of course, as the photo above shows. It’s perfectly sized for kindling and other small logs for the many fires you’ll light this fall/winter season. The powdercoated iron loop floats just above the ground on angled legs. Also, five imaginary dollars goes to whoever can think of the best use for this offseason.

Purchase Information:

Price: $99.95
Available from: CB2

Turn Tables

Lucky you, these tables (and all other Blu Dot furniture) are 20% off their regular price until November 10th. Maybe you just need one table beside your favorite chair to set your drink upon, or maybe you need a few to scatter around for laptops, lamps and books. As each table is made from solid Acacia wood, they’re hefty and will react to changes in temperature.

Purchase Information:

Price: $199.20 - 519.20
Available from: Blu Dot

Frame Bag

Anytime the name of Konstantin Grcic is mentioned, I sit up and take notice. So, yeah, it’s not a surprise that your eyes are landing on this Frame Bag he designed for Maharam. Intended as an exercise for unrestricted expression, Maharam asked a few designers to create a bag suited to their personal needs. Mr. Grcic answered with this carryall that displays its architecture on its exterior; the PVC webbing creates a strong frame while the inner nylon skin is lightweight and soft to the touch.

Purchase Information:

Price: $295.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Complete Carving Set

Vegans, ignore this post. Just skip on down to the next one. Now, omnivores, it’s not even Halloween and here we are talking about Thanksgiving. What gives? Well, it’s better to be prepared and get what you need when it’s in stock than wait until the last minute when it’s all gone. As a case in point, this Complete Carving Set by Joseph Joseph was in stock when I bookmarked it last week, and now it’s not.

However, you can purchase the non-slip, multi-function chopping board (a.k.a. Cut&Carve™ Plus, $18) and the 8” carving knife and a 7.5” carving fork which join neatly together with magnets and store safely inside a protective sheath (a.k.a. Duo™ Carve, $30) separately, or put your name on the waiting list for when the set is back in stock.

Purchase Information:

Price: $45.00
Available from: Joseph Joseph

Friday Links

  • An Afternoon with: Moon and Hey
  • Parker Ito – The Agony and the Ecstasy (2012) (via not shaking the grass)
  • Nice connect between two houses: Ansell house by Janusz Design
  • Step inside Louise Bourgeois’ home
  • Is Gender-Flipping The Most Important Meme Ever?
  • Now we can all sleep easy… Zombies vs. Wildlife
  • Space Garbage
  • Minimal home: Anne Sophie Goneau Design (via Plastolux)
    Enjoy your weekend!

    Fold Room Divider

    I don’t know about you, but it’s extremely rare to come across a room divider that elicits any kind of pleasant surprise, much less a wish to fork over a few hundred euros. However, truth be told, this one is pleasantly surprising, and thank goodness I’ve no room for it, otherwise my credit card would have an additional €365 on its balance right now.

    So, if you need to create a space within a space, just fold and unfold this lightweight room divider to create some privacy, whether it be for a temporary guest room, a home office or maybe even a semi-walk-in closet area. The soft, felt-like fabric absorbs sound and the angular shape is spot-on for any modern interior.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: €365.00
    Available from: Mookum

    Jeeves Coat Rack

    Cooler weather means jackets and coats, so if you’re not prepared with adequate storage near the front door, now’s the time to get it all sorted. This coat rack by Kay + Stemmer combines four essentials: large hooks for jackets/coats, small hooks for keys and such, an enclosed shelf for mail, and a mirror to make sure you’re presentable. Everything you need all in one spot. And, thankfully, it’s on sale right now over at DWR (reg. $275).

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $206.25
    Available from: DWR

    Hydro container

    How’s this for a way to display you prized plants? Created by Japan-based designer 10¹² TERRA, this minimalist container was designed so that a plant is suspended within, thus allowing its intricate root system to be displayed. The top portion has a grid that holds the plant while the bottom portion holds water; this two part system makes it easy to replace the water when needed and showcases the plant in its entirety.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $125.00
    Available from: Leibal

    Pieces of Time Wall Clock

    No numbers needed, this clock simply tells the time with 12 pie-shaped ash wood inlays. The wood grain differs slightly with each section, giving a subtle nod to the standard clock image without sacrificing its minimal face. The Pieces of Time Wall Clock is produced by Discipline, and, if you’re in the UK/EU region, you may purchase the clocks directly from their website.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $190.00
    Available from: Luminaire

    Femme Fatale

    I’m sure you’d have fun guessing what this is, but I’ll save you the trouble: it organizes scarves. Attach the leather holder to a coat hanger, pull your scarves through the star shaped incisions, and voilà! Storage for your precious scarves. And, don’t go thinking this is just for the ladies, I know some of you guys are stylish enough to sport a few scarves now and then (or at least when it’s cold).

    Purchase Information:

    Price: €79.00
    Available from: Mookum

    Aurelie Felt Bowl

    Why do you need a big, felt bowl? Well, for starters, it could sit by the front door and catch all that miscellany that you bring in everyday. Keys, mail, cats… or maybe not the latter if you’re not fond of feline creatures. The interlocking pieces of felt create a patterned texture that will add interest to the room and the generous size allows you to tidy up areas prone to chaos. The Aurelie bowl is designed by artist Aurelie Tu and assembled by women and youth in transition in Portland, Oregon.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $269.00
    Available from: Room & Board

    Colors & NOSIGNER’s Cartesia Desk

    Talk about crazy storage, check out the way these drawers move in order to open. One goes sideways, two go forward, there’s even a sneaky one in the back for electric cables- or other things that need hiding- that you wouldn’t know is there at first glance. Created by Japanese house Colors, this desk isn’t an impulse buy, that’s for sure, but considering the master craftsmanship and materials, it’ll last longer than you will, given the proper care.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $6,000.00
    Available from: A+R Store

    Brass Alphabet Bookmark

    Midori just keeps making brass desktop tools that are hard to resist. And this one packs a double function: use as a bookmark and as a stencil. Even if your handwriting isn’t all that bad, a little block lettering now and then won’t hurt, right? It’ll most likely fit perfectly within your notebook.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $18.00
    Available from: Baum-Kuchen