Baskets Containers

Animal Boxes

A couple of years ago I saw a few of these Animal boxes by Karl Zahn lined up along a windowsill in someone’s home, and it struck me how it would be a thoughtful tradition to give one each year as a gift for a friend or loved one. Each box represents a “power” animal, a sort of totem for one’s ambitions. Plus, there’s just enough room inside for something small and special should you decide to take the gift a step further.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $49.00
Available from: Areaware

Lacquer Lid Boxes

If there’s a handful of small, necessary stuff lying about, you might want to get a couple of these Lacquer Lid Boxes. They’ve got a clean look with an affordable price tag, and they’d go a long way to tidying up whatever surface that is currently covered in that stuff you need at hand. Ash veneer plus a peach or blue lacquered top would fit in wherever you need them: office, entryway, bathroom, or bedroom.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $24.95 - 34.95
Available from: CB2

Laundry Basket by Lorenzo Petrantoni for Seletti

Few people would say doing laundry is fun, so if there’s any opportunity to make it more visually appealing, then we might as well take advantage of it. This particular Laundry Basket by Lorenzo Petrantoni for Seletti might help you not hate laundry day as much, thanks to its nicely balanced old-world graphic on a natural cotton basket/bag shell. A drawstring top with cord closure and rope handles finish off the functionality.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $89.00
Available from: GSelect

Reclaimed Tropical Walnut Tool Box

Is this the nicest toolbox you’ve ever seen? I’d wager a guess that is is, and that you wouldn’t want to hide this box away on dusty shelf in the garage. Made with Nogal wood (a.k.a. Tropical Walnut), each toolbox is made by skilled Nicaraguan craftsmen and features comb joints and an interior tray for smaller items. The tray and lid slot easily through the handle for a clean, streamlined look. (And, it’s finally back in stock!)
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Purchase Information:

Price: $219.00
Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile

Petal Cup and Tray

While you’re sweeping up whatever debris that hides around your desk, you might as well assess whether you need some serious organizers like this Petal Cup and Tray from Dino Sanchez. They’re made of powder coated steel, so they’ll last a very long time, and are available in three colors: avocado green, powder blue, and cream. So, now, go on and get to it: organize, corral, and conquer that disorganized stack of stuff!
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Purchase Information:

Price: $85.00 - 110.00
Available from: Dino Sanchez

Beautiful Insight Storage Boxes (Gallery, Hobbyist, or Storekeeper)

Do you remember the Beautiful Insights Storage Boxes we posted last year? If you liked them, but didn’t like the international shipping fee, now you’re in luck as MoMA Store is carrying three sizes (hooray!). You now have a reason to organize, if only to make the Gallery, Hobbyist, or Storekeeper Box functional.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $48.00
Available from: MoMA Store

OK Dish

Stay sane with a daily reminder that everything is, in fact, going to be okay. Take a deep breath, put on your jewelry/pick up your keys/etc., and head out for the day. Similarly, at the end of your how-the-heck-did-end-up-with-a-12-hour-a-day work schedule, take off your jewelry/put down your keys, and relax. This small dish might just be the one spot where things won’t get lost.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $25.00
Available from: Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.

Alessi CrissCross Tray

If you’re going to buy a tray or basket to catch all of your miscellaneous clutter, please make it this CrissCross Tray by Eero Aarnio. It’s made anodized aluminum and is available in both natural and black (get the black). The size is perfect for handling all manner of large and medium-sized things- magazines, books, and mail, just to name a few.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $265.00
Available from: Cooper-Hewitt Shop

Twain, Berge, and Swift Catchalls

“If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything”- those wise words are by Mark Twain, and are written upon this glossy, ceramic catchall. A little encouragement never hurts, does it? There’s also the Bergé (“Embrace reality even if it burns you”) and the Swift Catchall (“He was a bold man that first eat an oyster”) for catching your odds and ends.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $45.00
Available from: Izola

Nunabee Color Chip Boxes

Just how fun are these handmade boxes by Danish company nunabee? They would hold all manner of knickknacks, office supplies, accessories, etc., and cheer you up while doing so. If you’ve plenty of bills in that wallet of yours, you could also use it to present a special gift, in a gift-within-a-gift sort of way.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $68.00 - 96.00
Available from: LEIF

Omnioutil Basket [Bucket]

Yes, it’s a bucket, which doesn’t sound very exciting, but it’s also a basket and a stool, and that versatile array of functions means it’s pretty suitable for any home. As a stool with the lid in place, they support up to 331 pounds (150 kg). Fill the Omnioutil Basket with garden stuff, toys, water/ice, recycling…or, my favorite, use the hole in the handle to thread a hose- perfect for outside clean up or washing the car.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $45.00
Available from: A+R Store

Chanto Container

Why, yes, this compact container is just the thing to house your smaller items. Takumi Shimamura’s Chanto Containers are easily stacked, which makes them a good choice for office or kitchen (yes, you may store food in them) but it’s the sliding fluorescent lid that gives each curved cube its striking appearance.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $98.00
Available from: Luminaire

Magazine Vase

My goal is eventually to have no paper magazines arrive in my mailbox, but until the powers that be agree to deliver all periodicals via that magic device called the iPad, I’m stuck with a stack to file away (or recycle) every few months. That’s where this portable holder comes in to save the day- the handle makes it easy to carry from room to room and it keeps your ‘to-read’ pile all in one place.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $45.00
Available from: Leibal

Bend Basket

A-tisket a-tasket, I want this neon basket. Magazines, towels, toys, you name it, and this basket will hold it. The team of Bend Goods hand bends and arranges the iron wires of each basket to ensure structural strength. A powder coated finish will last through all manner of rough and tumble use, making it perfect for any room in the house.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $250.00
Available from: Bend

Kanto Magazine Holder/Firewood Rack

This bent plywood holder is just begging to store kindling, logs, stacks of magazines, or whatever else your brain may think of. The handle makes short work of toting around contents, though do avoid swinging any small children or live animals about as that will only end in tears. The Kanto Magazine Holder/Firewood Rack is available in natural lacquered birch veneer or your choice of three lacquer options.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $200.00
Available from: hivemodern.com

 
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