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San Francisco CorkMap Board

If San Francisco is your favorite city, then snap up this CorkMap. The many streets and neighborhoods within the city limit are laser scored into the cork, all to scale at 2.5″=1 mile. Use it as a message board or as a planning tool for your next visit; either way, you’ll have plenty of room for notes, as the board measures 20″ x 18″.
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Price: $140.00
Available from: SFMOMA

Letter Message Board

You’ve told everyone in your team/family a hundred times the date of the important meeting/deadline/recital/game, yet somehow they all forget. Maybe they need an old-school message board in their faces every day to remind them? It’s worth a shot, especially as you can add funny quotes and nice messages when the mood strikes (you know, for morale).
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Price: $50.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Monica Peterson Prints

Floral art isn’t boring when it’s big, bold, and gold. Monica Peterson’s prints feature large shapes with small, patterned lines to create an interesting and affordable piece of art. All Lino Prints are produced on a large printing press; visit her website to see more of the collection. The Indigo Anemone Print and King Protea Print are pictured above.
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Price: $129.00
Available from: Nannie Inez

Swissted Posters

Hey, do you need some remixed rock posters on your walls? Because there’s a bunch from Swissted, and they’ve all got a hefty dose of Swiss Modernism applied to the original vintage designs. Pick a few of your favorites and you’ll have a gallery wall of fun prints in no time.
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Price: $50.00 - 150.00
Available from: Swissted

Bend’s Modular Art Piece

Here’s another fun art option that leans a little more towards sculpture. Made with Bend’s signature metal wire, the pieces are modular to allow for customization. Sold in sets of 2, in either curved or straight pieces, you’re able to arrange the pieces however you wish, in whatever size you’d like. Make the most impact by choosing several straight and curved sets in your favorite color, then have fun figuring out the best look for your wall.
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Price: $70.00
Available from: Bend Goods

Catherine McDonald California Coast Tapestry

Okay, so maybe this is leaning a little too far into dorm room decor for some of us, but can you see the potential? It’s a really large print of the California coast on fabric. Maybe you hang it on the wall, or maybe you throw it over the back of an unsightly sofa until you get around to recovering it. You could even stretch it over a frame for a slicker art look. Know what I mean? Possibilities…
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Price: $59.00
Available from: Spring

Platinum Scratch World Map

The Scratch Map has been around for a while (2011 was our first glimpse), but did you know there’s a Platinum version that might be a little easier to fit into your home’s color scheme? You know how it works- you simply scratch off the top layer to reveal the colorful map below. It’s a fun way to keep track of the different places you’ve been to around the world, or to plan out the places you’d like to go.
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Price: $37.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Design Letters Message Board

Who doesn’t love a message board? Sure, it’s for important updates, but it’s also prime territory for a funny joke or a heartfelt message. I’ve always been attracted to the utility of the black letter boards found in churches and civic centers, but this perforated board from Design Letters does the same job in a prettier outfit. Pin lists and reminders to its surface and use the letters and numbers to spell out favorite phrases.
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Price: $26.35- 108.00
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

Clouds

There’s nothing wrong with having your head in the clouds every now and then, or so says Most Modest and Aces of Space. Their collaboration to create a “port hole to the sky” resulted in ‘Clouds’- a captured fragment from Jacob van Ruisdael’s “A Panoramic View of Amsterdam looking towards the IJ”, which was originally painted around 1665-70. Having a portion of a 17th century Dutch landscape hung in your home is pretty fun when it’s done in this particular way, isn’t it? And, of course, it costs a lot less than buying the original.
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Price: $300.00+
Available from: Most Modest

Clouds Poster by Debbie Carlos

Correct me if I’m wrong, but it’s hard to find an interesting piece of art under $50. This Clouds Poster by Debbie Carlos is pretty much just what it looks like: an image of clouds printed on a plotter, which is a large format printer primarily used to produce architectural and engineering prints. The rougher image is made of a series of dots, just like images from newspapers or magazines. The photograph is visible when viewed from at least a few feet away.
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Price: $42.50
Available from: Forage Modern Workshop

Picture Ledge

One might argue that ‘clever’ may not be the best description of Raumgestalt’s Picture Ledge, as it is, in fact, two pieces of wood held together by an elastic band. The more craftier among us may be able to replicate the design with just a little elbow grease (to cut the wood) and determination (to search for the right sort of rubber band). However, if you refuse to pick up a hand saw and really, really need a place to display some extra pictures, notes or photos, maybe you’ll decide to buy a few of the ledges and call it a day*.
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Price: $20.00 - 26.00
Available from: Luminaire

Vinyl Record Frames

If you’ve got a vinyl collection, you must show off some of your favorites- it’s a law, I think. If you’re still searching for the right thing, consider these Vinyl Record Frames. They make it easy to slip a record in and out so you can play or display your LPs whenever you want. They’re easy to install too- drywall screws are included but you can use indoor mounting tape or nails if you’re feeling extra lazy.
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Price: $10.00
Available from: records on Walls

Raised Fist Poster

The clenched fist is a “a universal sign of solidarity and support.” Should you feel beaten down by the news of the past few days, remember, you are not alone. This particular print may just be enough to keep you going… organizing, uniting, and working to make sure your voice is heard.
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Price: $48.00
Available from: A+R Store

OMY Giant Coloring Page

C’mon, it looks fun, right? A giant coloring page to fill, with markers or crayons or both. You could certainly wile a few minutes (or hours) away, and we’ve not even talked about how much kids would like it. Pin it in the hallway at home or at the office with a box of art supplies nearby so people will occasionally stop to help out (and smell the scented markers). Plus, everything seems to move a little slower from February to March, so no one will notice if you end up filling in a section or two all by yourself.
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Price: $30.00
Available from: Perfectly Smitten

Mozartkugel Music Box

What do you get the person who has everything? A Mozartkugel Music Box, of course. Turn the key and Mozart’s ‘Voi Che Sapete’ from ‘Marriage of Figaro’ begins playing from inside the large, solid wooden ball. Magic? We wish. This wind-up music box is cleverly designed by Adam + Harborth of Siebensachen and is available in Light Beech, Dark Smoked Oak, special edition #01 Snowball, or special edition #03 Golden Oak.

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Price: $120.00 - 170.00
Available from: Ode to Things