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Miscellaneous Accessories

Einspine’s Drying Line

There’s no shortage of indoor drying lines available online, but the selection isn’t anything to get too excited about. This system by designer Russ Hornstein could possibly be recreated with a few smart choices in hardware, but if you’d rather not bother, it’s not too terribly expensive (especially since you’ll be saving energy by air drying). The cord supports four times as much clothing as a conventional clothes line, and by creating a few loops you’re able to hang laundry sideways… so, you’re getting quite a bit more laundry drying in a rather small amount of space.

Purchase Information:

Price: $25.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Noppo Shoe Horn by Ideaco

This is one of those products that seem insignificant at first glance, then the actual benefits of of daily use start to make sense. It’s a shoe horn, which yes, is unexciting and boring, even though it does extend the life of your shoes (which saves you money). However, it’s a long shoe horn, which means it’s easier to use. It also has a magnetic wall stand that gives it a home when not in use (it would be smart to install it near your shoes, of course). These little details would possibly make an improvement in your dressing ritual each day.


Purchase Information:

Price: $42.00
Available from: Emmo Home

Happy Birthday Box

Question: What birthday present do you get someone when you only have $10? You get them a Happy Birthday Box, of course. Might be perfect for an impromptu celebration (for a forgotten coworker’s bday perhaps?) or for sending to a friend long distance. There’s just room enough for a tiny heartfelt note on the side.

Purchase Information:

Price: $9.00
Available from: Fitzsu Society

Love/Hate Door Sign

If you’ve ever needed to express your mood without saying a word, this door sign is for you. Whether you’re down in the dumps or high on life, a little warning to your friends and family might be appreciated. Amanda Keely made these signs as a play on the ‘do not disturb’ signs found in hotels.

Purchase Information:

Price: $50.00
Available from: The Vitrine

Financial Padding

Instead of foam peanuts, pad your next package with these crumpled up paper banknote look-alikes. They’re reusable, recyclable, and biodegradable… and they’ll no doubt add an extra ‘oomph’ of surprise. Designed by the., whom you might know for their Anti-Theft Lunch Bags or Speak-er, just to name a few products.

Bills are printed on 30% recycled paper.

Purchase Information:

Price: $15.00
Available from: the.

Firewood Holder

How’s this for a minimal firewood holder? It’s made from one strip of steel and features pine runners along the bottom to protect the floor.

30 x 8 x 13 inches

Purchase Information:

Price: $360.00
Available from: Iron Design Company

Prato Umbrella Stand

I’ve seen my fair share of umbrella stands and I think this one gets an award. After all, on a grey and rainy day, seeing a faux patch of grass holding up a few umbrellas might just cheer someone up a tiny bit. It can hold up to twenty (!) umbrellas.

Made of synthetic resin and steel.

Purchase Information:

Price: $35.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Raumgestalt Woodtower

Nice. This simple dark steel woodtower will frame your wood in style. No excuses now for a messy woodpile…

Designed by Franz Maurer.

Purchase Information:

Price: €125.00
Available from:

Source: Svpply

The Whole Story

Okay, if you’re looking for a special sort of present, this might be just the thing to snap up. This photo album by Debra Folz stands on its own corner due to a reinforced front and back cover, which gives it a magic sort of ‘objet d’art’ feel. And better still, a removable binding allows the pages to expand outward, allowing a wider glimpse of the whole story.


Purchase Information:

Price: $180.00
Available from: Debra Folz

Digit Magnets

Imagine all the words you can create with these digital-style letters. Oh, the fun to be had…

22 magnets per set.
Hlynur Vagn Atlason, 2009
Size: .75h x .25w x .25″d

Purchase Information:

Price: $16.00
Availability: Buy Digit Magnets here

Foradacaixa Music Box

Hand cranked music boxes, they’re not just for monkeys in red hats to dance to anymore… uh, right? This music box brings to mind the vintage versions, except it’s small enough to keep handy. Have a listen to what it sounds like on youtube:‘Valser d’Amelie’.

The nice illustration/graphic design on the package is by Maria Helena of the 2.2 design studio.

About 1.6″ x 2″ x 0.8″
Material: Metal, Paper
Available Tunes: ‘Are you lonesome tonight’, ‘La vie en Rose’, ‘My Way’, ‘Valser d’Amelie‘ (listen to it on youtube)

Purchase Information:

Price: $24.00
Availability: Buy Foradacaixa Music Box here

Personality Socks

These are such a cute idea for protecting floors. Too bad they’re only available to European countries right now, but soon enough there’ll be some US stores that pick them up. (Will update post when that happens.)

An amusing play with associations. We all know these sterotype socks and associate certain human personalities with them. The “Personality Socks” show impressivly how strong these associations can be, as they easily turn your chair into a snob, lady, small town boy or a good girl… An amusing protection for your floor, but also criticizing our prejudging on the basis of banal things like socks.

Available in sets of four equal socks.
They fit legs with a perimiter of 11-13,5 cm.

Purchase Information:

Price: €15.00
Availability: Buy Personality Socks here

Megan Herbert Wrapping Papers

Looking for something different this year to wrap your special gifts in? Well, look no further than Megan Herbert’s wrapping paper designs. My favorites are the two shown above (Snowflakes and Circulation), but the Skeletal and Respiration ones are equally intriguing and appropriate year round.

Each design represents elements we all as human beings share – the blood coursing through our veins (‘Circulation’), the bones helping us to stand strong (‘Skeletal’), the food that nourishes us (‘Digestion’), the air filling our lungs (‘Respiration’), and the traditions that shape our history (‘Snowflakes’). This limited edition collection is designed and printed in Iceland on reclaimed deadstock.

Two size options: Standard – 50 x 70 cm and Large – 70 x 100 cm
€12.00 – €15.00 for 3 to 4 sheets

Purchase Information:

Price: €12.00
Availability: Buy Megan Herbert Wrapping Papers here

Science Surplus

Have I waxed poetic about American Science & Surplus yet? No? Well, they have a vast arrray of all sorts of science miscellany, some of which is quite delightful, and if you’re going for a mad scientist/collector look, there’s a ton of beakers and curiosities to set your heart aflutter*.

Miniature anatomy models, $19.95
Glass Beakers, $3.25 and up
Plastic Skull, $24.95

A few other items not shown but that I must link to: radiometer (I bought this, I like having it on my study windowsill), and Heart Quintet (the mother of all gifts, if only someone would buy me this.)

*Just to be clear, I was not paid to say that. I really mean it.

Purchase Information:

Price: $3.25 and up
Availability: Buy Science Surplus here

Orchard Ladder

Oh, why do things torture me so? This is an example of an item that in no way I have to have or even slightly need, but I want sort of badly. I actually saw these in New York at the store and had to suppress the urge to caress them. It’s that balance of beauty and craftsmanship, together making an item where, sure, it could be useful, but I certainly wouldn’t want to cover it with towels or clothes*. I would simply admire. And, yes, it’s an awful lot of money for a ladder that you wouldn’t actually use as a ladder, but that’s really not the point (or maybe it’s exactly the point).

19th-century orchard ladders are the inspiration for this series of decorative accents. Turned, hard maple components fit snugly together. Orchard ladders can accommodate throws, towels, clothes, or simply stand alone. Available in three sizes.

Designer: Paul Loebach
Materials: Hard maple
Dimensions: L 18″ x W 1.5″ x H 78″

$1,200.00, Buy it here.

*at least not at first

Purchase Information:

Price: $1,200.00
Availability: Buy Orchard Ladder here