ACCESSORIES

Spectra Vases

Just how lovely are these glass nesting vases? So lovely that they’re being reshuffled to an updated post for today, as the link and price have changed.

Pastels can sometimes look a bit boring, but these shades are quite beautiful. And, did you know that these colors are the same formulas as the original glass first made at Holmegaard back in 1839? Antique colors for a modern design… nice.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $190.00
Available from: Horne

Tua Table Lamp

The Tua Table Lamp looks interesting, sure, but it also helps that Marco Zito, the designer, explains his thinking behind the design (see below), and thereby performs an excellent sales pitch. Simple and elegant, the price point hovers just around the $300 mark, depending on which retailer you choose.

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Price: $324.00
Available from: YLighting

Electric Paint Pen

That’s right, it’s an electric paint pen. It’s completely safe, as the electrically conductive paint is formatted to be non-toxic, solvent-free, and water-soluble, and only becomes conductive when dry. And what would you use this pen for? If you’re especially handy, you could repair devices, draw circuits on all sorts of materials, solder stuff… you fill in the rest. The paint dries after five minutes and can be removed with soap and water. Oh, and there’s an Electric Paint House Kit ($35) if you’d like some paper houses to turn into “an illuminated voltage village.” It would be an excellent tool for you (and your kids/nieces/nephews) to learn more about electronics, if you’re interested.
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Price: $10.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Spring Watering Can

If you need a new watering can, how about a brightly colored polyethylene one with a rather organic (or cartoonish-in a good way) shape? Designed by Robert Bronwasser for Goods, the Spring Watering Can has an ergonomic shape with a slender spout and large opening for filling with a faucet or hose. Choose between blue, green, gray, yellow, or white.

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Price: $24.00
Available from: Gessato

Hay Ash Wood Wall Hook

As you might have guessed, this Ash Wood Wall Hook is made from a steamed strip of solid ash wood. The two upward ends provide a resting place for all manner of accessories while the curved bow allows for a gentle hold of sweaters and coats without the bothersome indentation you’d get from other small hooks. It’s a smart choice for an entryway or bedroom, or wherever else you need a tiny bit of extra clothes storage.
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Price: $105.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Clara von Zweigbergk Mirrors

Geometric mirrors that have a friendly price tag? Yes, please. Clara von Zweigbergk has designed a few perspex mirrors for Domestic, and the result is your face reflected on an affordable, decorative frame. Each mirror is around 18″ wide/diameter, and with the $100 price tag, I dare say you’ll be able to find one or two a spot in your home.
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Price: $100.00
Available from: GreenerGrassDesign

Bacsac Composter Bag

Composting isn’t the sexiest subject, but you might find yourself excited about this bag from French company Bacsac. At-home composting is easier now with the Composter Bag (available with 5.2 gallon or 10.5 gallon capacity) made from Bacsac’s signature geotextile fabric. Add all your vegetable and fruit peelings, dead leaves and flowers to the bag, zip it up and leave it alone. Use the handles on either side to flip the bag for mixing every couple of weeks, and once composting is complete, you’ll have fertilizer for your plants. Easier (and better looking) than a composting bin, isn’t it?
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Purchase Information:

Price: $75.00 - 95.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Apple Magnetic Wood Mail Organizer

Get that random paperwork organized with this Magnetic Mail Organizer from OTTOwoodwork. Put it above a desk, in a hallway, or in the kitchen to catch all sorts of mail, notes, invites, and drawings. Thanks to some hidden magnets, it will also keep your keys in sight and allow you to post extra papers front and center.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $150.00
Available from: OTTOwoodwork's Etsy Shop

Apparatus Lighting

Holy smokes. Apparatus is hitting exactly the right note with their modern-yet-timeworn lighting collection, and if you have a healthy budget, you’ll definitely want to consider one of their chandelier/pendants for one heck of a statement. Using a vintage sensibility, designer Gabriel Hendifar and partner Jeremy Anderson create fixtures using aged brass, hand-etched glass, leather, and porcelain to create these eclectic fixtures. A few pieces are below, but do check out their website for the full collection and variations on each design: Apparatus.
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View Apparatus Lighting here

Portfolio

So, this isn’t a scrapbook, it’s a Portfolio. A thick paper accordion is held between two pieces of solid oak with a large rubber band to hold it all together. Think of it as a cool way to showcase photos and/or drawings- perhaps from a vacation or special event (gift alert). When opened, the Portfolio stands on its own for display.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $100.00
Available from: Luminaire

Nambu Cast Iron Tea Pot

As if you needed encouragement to purchase this Nambu cast iron kettle, greenergrassdesign is offering 20% off Nambu’s pieces until Saturday (coupon code “Nambu”). Designed by Makoto Koizumi, this kettle is made using traditional craftsmanship in the Iwate Prefecture of Japan. That craftsmanship goes back to the middle of the 17th century, so rest assured that this kettle will last for generations, and look exceptionally good while providing your daily cup or pot of tea. Be sure to check out other Nambu pieces: the Cast Iron Pan with Wooden Lid ($90) looks equally appealing.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $350.00
Available from: greenergrassdesign

Perseo Suspension Lamps

If you happen across the frosted version of the Perseo Suspension Lamp, you might assume at first glance that it is made of paper. Not a surprise, as Japanese paper lanterns were the inspiration behind these mouth blown Murano glass pendants. Now, considering each lamp is mouth blown, they aren’t inexpensive, however, considering their faceted surface and fragility, it’s easy to make sense of the price tags.
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Price: $620.00 - 1,480.00
Available from: YLighting

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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Price: $265.00
Available from: Cooper-Hewitt Shop

Stack and Scare Block Set

Monster blocks! And done very well, I might add. This set of blocks with vibrant patterns of feet, hands, and heads will keep you and the little ones around you busy building all sorts of non-scary creatures. Should I be embarrassed that I want a set, and I don’t even have kids? Because I’m not. High five to whomever designed the illustrations. Bookmark it for your kid’s/niece’s/nephew’s next gift.
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Price: $48.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Stone Writer’s Block

If you’re forever misplacing your pencil and notepad, then maybe this Writer’s Block by Bower Studios will keep them close at hand. If you’re new to the Bower Studio (Danny Giannella and Tammer Hijazi) name, be sure to take a look at their work as they’ve got quite a few excellent products; we’ve featured their Shape Boards, Shape Mirrors, and Key Targets in the past few weeks.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $60.00
Available from: Cooper-Hewitt Shop