Art

Two-Propeller Mobile

Do you need an expensive, tabletop mobile? No, you don’t, unless you’ve got stacks of money lying around. However, you might want a “poetic work of wood, piano wire, and concrete” by François Azambourg, as it’s a quiet piece of kinetic sculpture that’s sure to calm your mind. If you’re even a tiny bit interested, I can recommend watching the L’ATELIER d’exercices’ video, as it shows how each mobile is made.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $450.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Geo Stands

Sure, you could use these solid brass stands as paperweights or placeholders, but why not have them out all the time as photo holders? It might encourage you to switch out photos more often, as there’s no fumbling about with picture frames. Buy them as a set ($60), or individually ($22 each).
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Price: $22.00 – 60.00
Available from: Yield Design Co.

Copper Photo Bar Picture Hanger

What ever will you do with all the photographs from your Impossible Instant Lab? You’ll put them on this Copper Photo Bar Picture Hanger, that’s what. Yield Design Co. made this picture hanger so that it’s easy to switch out photos and prints; 6 magnets keep items secure when on display. There’s also vertical option available to preorder directly from Yield Design Co.: Photo Ladder, $54 (shown below).
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Price: $28.00
Available from: Dwell

Portfolio

So, this isn’t a scrapbook, it’s a Portfolio. A thick paper accordion is held between two pieces of solid oak with a large rubber band to hold it all together. Think of it as a cool way to showcase photos and/or drawings- perhaps from a vacation or special event (gift alert). When opened, the Portfolio stands on its own for display.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $100.00
Available from: Luminaire

Neon Alphabet

Just in case you’re in the market for not-inexpensive wall art, take a look at the Neon Alphabet letters from Bernadette Deddens and Tetsuo Mukai of London-based Study O Portable. Each 10″ letter is made from borosilicate glass tubes and patinated fine silver; these materials reflect “ambient light as a frozen spectrum of deep, rich color.” The price is per letter, so don’t go getting your heart set on buying enough letters for your favorite quote.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $690.00
Available from: L'ArcoBaleno

Vasa Mihich Blades Sculpture

Not every home can stomach super modern sculptures, mostly because they’re not exactly kid-friendly, but also because modern art can be prohibitively expensive for a more modest budget. However, these sleek, colorful acrylic sculptures by Vasa Mihich aren’t going to make you choke when you hear the price- or maybe they will if you have a very, very modest budget- but for those of us that wouldn’t mind investing in such splendor for under the $1G mark, it looks like a safe bet. There are also smaller, less expensive pieces on Vasa Mihich’s site. Hmm, what was that? Why, yes, my birthday is coming up, how kind of you to remember.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $750.00
Available from: Caviar20

Color Wheel and Diskiness

Color! Add the Tät Tat Color Wheel to your window and watch the colors change as you rotate the paper discs around to create a multitude of prismatic colors. Choose between Color Wheel (shown above) or Diskiness (below); both have suction cups on the back to keep the wheels in place.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $24.00 - 26.00
Available from: Molecule Design

Spektral Mobile

As we anxiously await spring, let’s preemptively add color to the dreariest room in the house with a colorful Spektral Mobile. Yes, it is very colorful and would be quite the brave decision for those of us prone to choosing grays, blacks, and browns when it comes to furnishings and accessories, but it would be nice to see a little rainbow color moving around in the breeze, wouldn’t it?
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Price: $32.00
Available from: Molecule Design

Shiner

You’ve so many Instagram photos, but they’re all stuck on your phone or hidden in ‘the cloud’. Plus, you have a couple of empty walls just begging for a piece or art or two. What to do? Get a few of your Instagram photos printed from Shiner, formerly known as GlossyGram. Your Instagram photos are mounted on smooth, solid pine with a resin finish (or the new uncoated option for $6), all in a petite 3.5″x 3.5″ size.
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Price: $6.00
Available from: Shiner

Stiicks

Professional framing sometimes costs just as much as the artwork, and that’s no fun when you’re on a tight budget. Meet Stiicks™, a very simple solution to hanging your favorite prints, posters, and photographs. Thanks to super-strong magnets, 4 thin strips of wood hold your artwork without any damage, making them perfect for a temporary placeholder or a more permanent display.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $25.00 and up
Available from: Well Made

Customizable Neon Signs

What to do when your name falls from the top spot on your friends’ ‘effing-coolest-person-I-know’ list? Here’s what: don’t fret. Take off whatever ‘on trend’ accessory you’re wearing, and put down that bottle of bourbon. You don’t need to order the Digital Edition of Tracey Emin’s I Listen To The Ocean And All I Hear Is You to placate your loneliness, though you can if you want. Or, simply order a custom neon sign with an appropriately meta phrase and then sit back and reflect on the journey thus far. Those finicky friends will come knocking once the glow of the light filters through the windows as they walk past, and they’ll know that you know what’s up.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $68.00 per letter
Available from: Michele Varian

Rotating Frame Set

It’s nice to have a few personal photos in frames scattered around, unless you’re a severe minimalist, in which case those same pictures of family and friends would give you a serious bout of itchiness. Maybe do yourself a favor and clean up that clutter of photo frames by replacing several frames with just this one Rotating Frame Set. It holds ten photos or artworks, and each frame rotates on a wood dowel for vertical or horizontal presentation. On sale now from MoMA Store for $39.95 (contrast that with the sold out $85 tag over at Dwell Store).
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Purchase Information:

Price: $39.95
Available from: MoMA Store

PinWorld Map

Planning any big trips for 2014? Map your journey with these bright red pins on this flexible (and 100% recyclable felt) PinWorld map. Designed by Italians Emanuele Pizzolorusso and Alessandro Maffioletti, the map is available in two sizes: standard and mini. Each includes 15 pins.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $44.00
Available from: A+R Store

Jix Straw Sculpture Connector

Straws! Did you know that with Jix, a modular connector by Patrick Martinez, you can build all sorts of sculptures in a matter of minutes? Not many of us will go to the extent of the environment shown in the picture above, but a table-top sized sphere or a rhombohedron, sure. That imagination needs to be exercised, after all, and maybe even your friends, family, or coworkers will get involved building larger shapes.
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Price: $24.00
Available from: MODULE R

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays to you and yours! Here’s hoping you’ll have an excellent holiday break, full of good food and fun. We’ll be back with regular posts whenever we feel like it. Enjoy yourself!

Shown above, for next year’s festivities: Infinite Tree, approximate ship date 3/15/2014.
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