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About Troy: Troy has worked as a designer, product developer, and fashion merchandiser. He has a knack for finding cool must-haves and has traveled around the world helping companies develop new ideas and products. Troy is a fashion guru in New York City and grew up in a neighborhood designed by Shreve, Lamb and Harmon. (View Profile)

 
 

Loop Light by Voon Wong and Benson Saw

Something about this light looks like sex incarnate. Maybe it’s the sleek stainless steel finish or maybe it’s because it reminds me of that Hussein Chalayan hat – the one that sucks the girl’s dress up into it. See the video at Style.com and skip to 4:24. I’m no male chauvinist, but some people might consider that better living through design.

Also available in nickel-painted steel.
19.7 x 6.7 inches

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Price: $1,017.90
Availability: Buy Loop Light by Voon Wong and Benson Saw here

1000 Interior Details for the Home and Where to Find Them

I love a good picture book, especially when it tells you where to buy something! 1000 Interior Details by Geraldine Rudge and her brother Ian Rudge (of 100% Design), features head-turning contemporary products from all over the world, arranged in seven chapters for anyone interested in home design, from DIY-ers to professional architects. Each chapter focuses on a specific aspect of interior design and is prefaced by an in-depth interview with an expert in that field: James Soane looks at windows and doors, Gregorio Spini discusses domestic lighting, and Jack Mama talks about technology in the home, just to name a few.

[via Salon Store]
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Price: $24.95
Availability: Buy 1000 Interior Details for the Home and Where to Find Them here

NoPoPo Mini Flashlight

Pretty standard-looking right? Well, this NoPoPo flashlight has a unique feature that makes it a must have for emergency, camping, and survival kits – it’s powered by a special NoPoPo battery that runs on water or any liquid: beer, sake, cola, and urine…takes recycling to a whole new level. Just use the included syringe to fill the battery. And better yet, the NoPoPo (No Pollution Power) battery doesn’t contain mercury, lead, or any of the other nasties that are in traditional batteries, just good old-fashioned carbon (like what’s in you and me) and magnesium (like vitamins) that react with liquid to provide about 2 volts of power. One NoPoPo battery can hold its charge up to 10 years and can be re-filled up to 5 times. Oh, and the flashlight converts to a lantern with a simple slide.

3.8 x 1.1 inches

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Price: $54.00
Availability: Buy NoPoPo Mini Flashlight here

Oyster Glove by Carl Mertens

There’s a certain fabulousness about chainmail, especially considering the success of Christophe Decarnin’s Spring 2010 collection for Balmain. Now we can bring a little bit of that glamour home and put it to good use in the kitchen. Carl Merten’s Oyster Glove is perfect for protecting your hands while de-boning, filleting, slicing, and shucking. Is it also good for a night out on the town? You’re on your own with that one.

One size fits all.
Also available at Cooking.com for $139.95.

Purchase Information:

Price: 199.00
Availability: Buy Oyster Glove by Carl Mertens here

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Cucina Food Warmer and Dish by Hans-Wilhelm Seitz

I was thinking maybe this food warmer is a chicer alternative to those tin pans and blue jelly candles, especially because this version by Seitz is porcelain and heated by tealights. I just wish it came in bigger sizes, but it’s dishwasher, microwave, and oven safe so I’ll cut my losses.

Rectangular dish: 8 x 13 x 2.5 inches
Warmer: 8.5 x 13.5 inches
A range of coordinating dishes and platters/lids available at Lekker Home.

Awarded with the Form 2001, the red dot award for good product design 2002, and nominated for the Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany.

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Price: $128.00
Available from: Owen Lawrence

Aeropress Coffee and Espresso Maker

I forget how I found this thing, but the reviews, even the critical ones, say it makes a better-than-average cup of coffee with less acidity and no bitterness. And you don’t even need electricity to use it so take it camping if you like…Brokeback Mountain style, but with Juan Valdez and a happier ending.

Includes: Aeropress plunger, funnel, scoop, stirrer, and a year’s supply of micro-filters.
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Price: $25.99
Availability: Buy Aeropress Coffee and Espresso Maker here

Clean Table and Benches

So don’t quote me on the name of the table…Exquisit refers to it as “gm50750″, but a rose by any other name right? Or in this case, an impossibly clean-looking table whose main design features are contrast black edges and a minimalist cushion that runs the length of the bench. It’s also available in solid black and two different lengths. Oh, and this can also be used indoors and outdoors.

Table, white or black, 808.00
Bench, white or black, 448.00
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Price: 1,888.00
Available from: Exquisit24

Self-Cooling Carafe by Royal VKB

Batteries? Don’t need ‘em. Power outlet? No ma’am. Arian Brekveld’s carafe uses the natural self-cooling properties of terra cotta to keep its contents cool. And its silicone base protects tables from scratches.

Designer: Arian Brekveld
Terra cotta and silicone
11 x 3.2 inches � holds one liter

Purchase Information:

Price: �19.95
Availability: Buy Self-Cooling Carafe by Royal VKB here

O-Nest Chair by Tord Boontje

A little something to add a pop of color to a monochromatic scheme. I think the embossed floral pattern on the plastic surface adds a light sense of humor that Mon Oncle would approve of.

Designer: Tord Boontje
Polyethylene, for indoor and outdoor use
30.25 x 26 x 27.25 inches

Purchase Information:

Price: $699.00
Availability: Buy O-Nest Chair by Tord Boontje here

Squeeze Bottle by Royal VKB

Thanks to Arian Brekveld for what’s probably the sexiest squeeze bottle I’ve ever seen. I hear it’s dishwasher safe, it’s made of polypropylene plastic with caps in several colors, and for a few extra bucks it’s also available in stainless steel.

Designer: Arian Brekveld
8.2 x 2.3 inches
Design-Plus Award 2006

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Price: 7.95
Availability: Buy Squeeze Bottle by Royal VKB here

Elflugan Electric Candelabra

First introduced in 1997, the Elflugan is an oldie but a goodie. The built-in dimmer switch means the 19 bulbs, with a total output of 60 watts, are ready to glow for any occasion.

by Lundgren & Strandberg
Available in red, white, and anthracite grey
12.6 x 3.1 x 14.1 inches
19.7 x 4.9 x 22.8 inches, $459.86, available here

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Price: $217.55
Available from: ScandinavianDesignCenter

Mix Tape USB Hub

Triple your USB port-age with this casette-shaped USB hub from Urban Outfitter’s, a den of cool for city slickers and country bumpkins alike.

Available in black and white
4 foot USB cable
Mac and PC compatible
4 x 0.5 x 2.5 inches

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Price: $15.00
Available from: Urban Outfitter's

Balance Salt & Pepper Set

Inspired by mind-relaxing balancing stones, each vessel of the Balance Set features a unique color and finish so each seems like a unique find from the most perfect Jack Handey beach walk. The top vessel is a glossy white for salt, the middle vessel is a matte grey for pepper, and the bottom vessel is a matte white for dipping.

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Price: $26.00
Availability: Buy Balance Salt & Pepper Set here

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Mixed Equities Blind Note Card Set

So maybe the Met Chandelier is just a little too pricey. Or maybe you, unlike me and Lady Gaga, are not willing to wear it as a hat. You can still partake in the beauty of the Met with these embossed note cards inspired by the architectural details of the Metropolitan Opera House.

8 cards, 2 of each design
8 envelopes

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Price: $28.00
Availability: Buy Mixed Equities Blind Note Card Set here

Wild Rock Dog Bowl by Brandon Warren

I like dogs, designer or otherwise. They’re not allowed to sleep on the bed, but I’ll still lavish them with all the other fineries befitting of man’s best friend, like a Gaia & Gino titanium-coated dog bowl.

Designer: Brandon Warren
Small: 3 x 11 x 12 inches
Large: 4 x 13 x 14 inches
Porcelain (Silver version is titanium coated).

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Price: $40.00
Availability: Buy Wild Rock Dog Bowl by Brandon Warren here