Art

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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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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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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Stitched Star Chart

What’s the best gift: a plane ticket to the Caribbean or a hand-stitched Star Chart showing the overhead sky for any date, time, and location? As if you even need to think twice about that answer. Possible jet lag. Sunburn. Getting your wallet stolen, plus that crappy hotel that looked nice on their website. Yeah, that all sounds like a barrel of laughs and lots of warm memories. The Star Chart will last decades, and shows the recipient that you remembered their birthday, anniversary, their first child, etc. You’ll win big points, trust me.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $425.00
Available from: The Made Shop

Frame Drawing Pad

A quick framing job is just what your drawings need, because, let’s face it, you’re not a famous artist (yet). I’d suggest scattering a few of these around the house for friends and family to play Picasso and possibly leave you some excellent little cartoons that you’ll cherish for years… or throw away as soon as they leave the room, it’s up to you.
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Price: £9.25 - 12.95
Available from: Theo

Happy Halloween

There are those of us that prefer to only add one or two decorations to our home for Halloween, and then there are those that go all out. For the former, may I suggest a simple garland with scary black bats? It’s a dignified nod to the day without too much trouble.

Halloween Garland, Black Bats, $10.00
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Price: $10.00
Available from: LittlePeanutGallery's Etsy Shop

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.
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Price: $15.00
Available from: Schoolhouse Electric

LET IT GO Wall Banner

That’s right, LET IT GO. Maybe you need reminding, or maybe someone you know does, but either way, a cloth banner with the phrase will do everyone some good. Artist Ashley Brown Durand hand cuts each letter from 100% wool and hand stitches them to repurposed, soft cotton flour sacks. See Ashley’s Etsy Shop, SecretHolidayCo, for ‘IT’S OK’, ‘YES’, and ‘stay true’ banners.
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Price: $110.00
Available from: Schoolhouse Electric

Tangram City Sculpture Puzzle

This grey conglomeration might perplex you at first, but it’s actually a puzzle that doubles as
table décor. You’re most likely familiar with tangrams, those puzzles with seven flat pieces meant for rearranging in a certain shapes, and this tablescape takes that idea into 3D territory with each piece being a part of a miniature city landscape.

Each piece is made of solid concrete, so you’d be smart to place them well out of any small child’s reach, but that said, it would be an interesting piece to have out and test yourself occasionally on making certain shapes (exercise for the brain!).

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Price: $200.00
Available from: Molla Space

Asplund Kub

It’s just what you never knew you needed- a display box that costs half a grand. What am I smoking? Nothing, I promise, but they’re just so darn perfect as dust-free receptacles for all manner a strange objet d’art, it’s tempting to forget the price tag.

Designed by Eva Lilja Löwenhielm for Asplund, each glass box or “kub” has a wood base, and, happily, there are a few fun colors and sizes to choose from: square violet, square orange, wide white or the tall yellow are in stock over at Huset Shop, while the Asplund online shop has two different wood base options as well as an extra olive color choice.
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Price: $528.00
Available from: HUSET

White Faux Taxidermy

And you thought the taxidermy trend had passed. That’s not the case, and it’s all thanks to White Faux Taxidermy. As stated, the taxidermy is reassuringly faux, so you’ll not be torn between your morals and your appreciation for one of nature’s great creatures being mounted on your wall. Also, if hot pink and glitter are your favorite things, you’re in luck as some of the pieces have those options.
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Price: $104.99
Available from: White Faux Taxidermy

Floralia Kites

Yes, these kites are from the lovely duo known as Fredericks & Mae, and no, you may not fly them because they’re meant to hang on the wall for all to admire. The collection is in honor of the ancient Roman holiday Floralia and feature pressed flowers on rice paper fixed to a bamboo frame. Might just be the right sort of wall art to liven up a room in your home, though do be sure you keep it out of reach of little ones, as they might not understand that ‘ceremonial’ kites aren’t toys. Maybe get one of the other flying kites by Fredericks & Mae ($64) if you foresee any difficulty.
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View Floralia Kites here

Map 1: The Northern Sky

If you go nuts for astronomy maps, then hide your credit card, because this silkscreen print from stellavie will tempt you into adding to your print collection. Choose between the Northern or Southern sky, both printed on black paper stock with custom mixed silver-white inks.
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Purchase Information:

Price: €70.00
Available from: stellavie