Miscellaneous Accessories

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: connox.com

Source: Svpply

Tool Set by Jonas Damon

This tool set by Jonas Damon includes an LED flashlight, level, screwdriver, and ruler. Each tool measures 6 inches and comes with a handy storage bag to keep them all together. Could be a good gift for someone’s housewarming.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $95.00
Available from: Areaware

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.

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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

Paper Pot

Hmm…here’s a different option for dispensing tissue paper.

Finally, a refreshing change for tissue paper cases, from Japan! With its cute shape, bright colors (except for black, which is matte finished), and useful functions, this revolutionary Paper Pot can surely add a new twist to your room decors. Designed to be used for both toilet paper and tissue paper.

W6.8″ x H6.7″, center tube: W6.2″xD1.2″

$38.00, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $38.00
Availability: Buy Paper Pot here

Pantone Photo Album

If you actually get around to printing out those photos you’ve taken, this might be a nice way to show them off.

The Pantone Photo Album by Pantone Universe features a Pantone Color Matching System (190303) Jet Black exterior and colorful transparent pages. Suitable for 4″ x 6″ photo size.

$33.00, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $33.00
Availability: Buy Pantone Photo Album here

Tubtrugs

I can think of about ten uses for this thing, and I’m sure you can think of many more. Is it wrong to say they make cleaning look like fun?

Tubtrugs® are the original 2-handled tubs that are the most useful tool for thousands of jobs around the home and garden. A Tubtrug® is great for carrying, mixing, pouring, scooping, plastering, storing, washing, gardening, pets – the list of uses for your Tubtrug® is literally endless… -Tubtrugs®

small 9.5″ tall 13″ diameter (3.5 gallon) $12.00

medium 12″ tall 15″ diameter (6.5 gallon) $15.00

large 13″ tall 18.5″ diameter (10 gallon) $18.00
Buy it here.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $12.00-$18.00
Availability: Buy Tubtrugs here

Everything Holder

A perfect companion piece to the Razor Holder, this wall tile will hold whatever you want right where you want it.

This wall tile is perfect for holding all things. Made of powder coated steel and fixed to the wall by 3m self-adhesive tape. 15 x 15cm. Available in red, black and white.

$32.00CAD, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $32.00
Availability: Buy Everything Holder here

The Grandest Entrance by Kiel Mead

Knock, and it shall open unto you, because it’s a door knocker.

Walnut and brass.

designer: Kiel Mead
dimensions: 12″h x 7″w

$300.00, Buy it here.

Update: This item is no longer available through original retailer. (3/4/10)

Purchase Information:

Price: $300.00
Availability: Buy The Grandest Entrance by Kiel Mead here