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    Enjoy your weekend.

    Ototo Musical Invention Kit

    Your excellent memory might recall us linking to the Ototo meets ECAL workshop, and, if your interest was piqued, you’ll be ecstatic to know the Ototo Musical Invention Kit is now available from the MoMA Store. Once it arrives on your doorstep, you’ll be able to make music from anything. Connect conductive objects to the keys and voilà! you’ll be an electronic sound maestro in no time- no coding or programming knowledge needed. Plants, forks, fruits, or whatever else you’ve got lying around becomes your orchestra. So fun I can hardly stand it.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $145.00
    Available from: MoMA Store

    Whiskey Wedge

    If you like a little whiskey now and then, maybe you’d be interested in this efficient method of keeping it chilled with less dilution than normal ice cubes. The Whiskey Wedge has a silicone mold that diagonally bisects the glass, letting you freeze the glass with one half ice. It’ll keep your whiskey cold, and you’ll have less clinkety-clanking of cubes as you finish your drink. The presentation is pretty interesting too, if you’re into impressing your guests.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $14.95
    Available from: Uncommon Goods

    Saikai Toki Brass Objects

    Let’s play a game. Which of these brass items is a trivet? A paper weight? What about a bottle opener? And the items below, which one is a candle stand? You might just want to add one of these Saikai Toki Objects to your desktop and/or favorite area of the home, as they’re small, useful and will add a semi-precious sheen to their surrounding space.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $75.00 - 115.00
    Available from: The Future Perfect


    So smart! This bicycle saddle seat transforms into a solid one meter bicycle lock. Huh? Yep, you read that right. The frame under the seat unfolds to provide you with a secure locking system- no extraneous lock or chain needed. The less we need to carry with us on our bikes the better, and integrating a lock into a seat is a brilliant idea, as we’ll never be without it.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $85.00
    Available from: Kickstarter

    Touch Tonic

    Why is this person painting their gloves with fingernail polish? Pfft, we know better than to assume that, and we’re probably thinking whatever they’re doing to their gloves has to do with cold weather and our devices, and we’d be right. It’s Touch Tonic, and you paint it on your favorite gloves so that you can connect with your device while keeping your fingers warm. It’s better to use it on darker fabrics, as it’s not completely clear, fyi, and each application lasts several weeks.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $20.00
    Available from: Photojojo

    The Prepster Emergency Survival Bag

    Too lazy to put together your own emergency survival kit? Don’t you worry, you can buy the Prepster Bag and be fit for any disaster, for 72 hours at least. There’s a hand crank radio and phone charger, a first-aid kit, ProBar® Meals, BOXED WATER IS BETTER® waters, tools, a tent, LED flashlight, and so much more. It’s assembled all for you, in a striped and monogrammed bag, no less. If you had this the next time a fire, earthquake, or hurricane rolled around, would you be more prepared? Definitely. Could you buy all this stuff yourself and possibly save some money? Probably, but will you ever get around to it? There’s also the Prepster Lite ($145.00) for a trimmed down version.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $345.00 - 395.00
    Available from: Preppi

    The Floyd Shelf

    Thankfully, the clever people behind The Floyd Leg didn’t stop with increasing the amount of tables on this earth: there’s now The Floyd Shelf. One set of a left and right shelf bracket can create one shelf- you just have to supply the flat surface. Maybe you’ve got some wood lying around, maybe some other mysterious material, but put your brain to work in thinking up ways you can utilize your existing ‘stuff’ to create a new shelf to put your other stuff like books and plants and such.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $85.00
    Available from: Floyd Studio

    Source: Dwell

    Ferm Living Circular Jute Rug

    I don’t know where you’re going to put one of these circular jute rugs by Ferm Living, but you’d better figure it out, because for $62, they’re a steal of a deal. And don’t ask why, because the patterns- triangles! dots! sticks!- should pretty much convince you, if not the size (it’ll fit anywhere) and the fact that’s it’s made from 100% jute. I’d say it could work well in your entryway, laundry room, or any other high traffic space (a kid’s room, perhaps?).

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $62.00
    Available from: Ferm Living


    If you’re always losing your keys, you might just need a NeoCover. It’s a standard light switch cover that has super-strong rare earth neodymium magnets inside, and that allows you to hang your keys, favorite pen, or even tools from it. Nickel-plated key rings come with it, and unless you have more than 27 keys, your collection will hang from the NeoCover with no problem. Installs on your existing light switch fixture- all you need is a screwdriver.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $19.95
    Available from: NeoCover

    Isaac Reina Dopp Kit

    What do you buy when you’re design conscious, travel often, and have loads of money? An Isaac Reina Dopp Kit, that’s what. The square box-like shape converts handily into 2-compartment tray with the convertible snaps at the bottom, making all your toiletries organized and easily accessible. And, if you’re scoffing at those numbers in the price tag, consider the fact that Isaac Reina has worked in the Parisian house of Hermes, and his bags and accessories are only available in “select directional boutiques”.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $462.00 - 578.00
    Available from: Luminaire


    A game that looks like a tabletop sculpture? Sure, why not? Logifaces is a set of 16 prisms, hand-poured from concrete. Each piece has different angles on its top, and your challenge is to place the prisms next to each other to form a continuous surface. Choose between marble white, basalt grey, or charcoal black; $60 gets you the early bird 16-piece set. Adding this to your gifts-to-give list is a no-brainer.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $60.00
    Available from: Indigogo

    Source: mocoloco

    Rolo Luggage

    Hmm, would packing and unpacking be easier with this Rolo rollup luggage? For shorter trips, it just might. There’s a hanging hook, so it will fit practically anywhere- closet, door, etc.- without taking up much room. Once it’s up you can easily see all the contents without rummaging around, or packing and unpacking just to get to one thing. And, seeing as you roll it up for transport, all your clothing is compressed to minimize the overall size. Take a look over at Rolo’s site to see more info and pics.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $49.99
    Available from: Rolo

    Elixir Mini Bar

    What’s better than having libations in the house during the holidays? Having it within arm’s reach, if at all possible. This Elixir Mini Bar will fit in next to the sofa just fine thanks to its small, compact footprint. Two sides fold down to open up a self-serve bar, ready for your wizardry in mixing up drinks for you and your guests.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $299.00
    Available from: CB2

    Norm Steel Wall Clock

    Before you turn your eyes away from this steel wall clock from Norm Architects for Menu, take a look at the bold blue color option. Even if you already have enough clocks in your home, it’s hard to resist a blue so bright. With simple hands and a traditional round face, it would fit in effortlessly into any room, even more so if you go with a quieter color. The four color options were chosen for their connection to the Scandinavian climate.


    Purchase Information:

    Price: $100.00
    Available from: Dwell Store