ACCESSORIES

Golden Section Finder

You’re familiar with the golden ratio, yes? Parsons & Charlesworth has made this “pocket sized gazing device” to help you find “the proportional perfection in your surroundings.” You’ll be a mathematical sleuth, whipping out your finder to ascertain which things around you follow the ratio, and maybe you’ll find that proportionally pleasing things have the ratio demonstrated in one way or the other.
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Price: $10.00
Available from: Areaware

Hand-Screened Celestial Star Chart

Not a lot of art has been popping up on the must-feature list, but there’s just something about a Star Chart that always grabs the eye. By the way, if there’s anything particular you’d like to see more of here on BLTD, please let us know- email us or send us a tweet.
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Price: $85.00 - 225.00
Available from: TRNK

Pedestals

Oh, what to do with a ho-hum vase, plant, or weird thingamajig? Put it on a pedestal! That phrase might sound like a pop song’s title (and maybe it is) but placing an item on one of these wood pedestals elevates it into special viewing territory, which makes it slightly less tchotchke-esque and a little more ‘oo-what’s that?’ They’re sold as a set of two, so starting thinking which two of your favorite things deserve a little more visual attention.
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Price: $50.00
Available from: Areaware

Alphabeta Pendants

Brilliant! You can customize the color and shape of these pendants. And if you don’t think you’d be interested, just give it a go and see if you don’t find a perfect color pairing that would fit somewhere in your home. There’s 8 different shapes, each with their own color besides the basic black and white. It gets pricier as you add to the grouping, but you can always just choose one pendant (or two) and stop there (good luck).
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Price: $324.00 +
Available from: Hem

Toto Storage Boxes

Boxes, caddies, compartments, all these things help us organize the accoutrements necessary for our daily lives. The Toto Storage Boxes are pretty simple- they’re composed of birch wood and metal handles/shelves. Choose the right size to fit your needs. Perhaps the larger is fit for the office or studio? Maybe the smaller sizes are appropriate to organize bathroom accessories, makeup or jewelry?
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Price: $30.00
Available from: Umbra

The Butler

Say hello to the Butler, a curved brass lamp with a hand turned oak tray. Clamp it on to a tabletop or shelf for an ideal spot to keep necessities- perhaps your keys, wallet or phone? It always helps to have just one area for important things; set it down in the same place every time and it’ll be there when you go to get it (if you don’t live with anyone else).
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Price: $495.43
Available from: Studio 19

Colorplay Hourglasses

You would use one of these hourglasses for a) timing your meditation, b) making sure you do the right amount of pushups/sit-ups, c) making sure you don’t spend too much time on social media, or d) tackling email. None of those sound very fun, do they? Let’s add e) taking a break from work for a (timed) spontaneous dance party.
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Price: $$6.00 +
Available from: MoMA Store

MUJI Organizing Caddy

Is MUJI a savior? When it comes to organizing, yes. Deliver yourself from chaos by adding one or two of these caddies underneath your kitchen or bathroom sink. Add another one for your office area, because you know there’s always a few little things that need a home. The compartment dividers are removable, so adjust as necessary to fit your tools, toiletries, or drawing supplies.
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Price: $16.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Rayleigh Table Lamp

This lamp is crazy pretty. Turn it on, and you see a spectrum of neon hues refracted by several prisms. Turn it off, and you have a sculptural piece that quietly shimmers as light moves around it. Made from optical grade dichroic glass and a 3W LED bulb (bonus: energy savings).
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Price: $1,600.00
Available from: ABC Home

Hasami Porcelain Collection

Yes, you have seen this set of dinnerware by Takuhiro Shinomoto and Hasami before. Considering the beauty and function, it’s only right for another place in the spotlight, and this time the link is directly to the designer’s shop (as is only fitting).
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Price: $10.00+
Available from: Tortoise General Store

Silicone Highball, Rocks, Wine Glass

Can you believe these are silicone glasses? Unbreakable and easy to clean, they’re perfect for outdoor use around the pool or patio. There’s the Highball size (mixed drinks and cocktails), the Rocks (shaped for whiskey or other on-the-rocks liquor), and the Wine Tumbler. Choose the size(s) most suitable for you and rest easy knowing that no matter how tipsy you or your guests get, your best glassware won’t be shattered.
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Price: $26.95
Available from: Snow Peak

Hand-Eye Supply Pocket Nail and Tool Belt

If you’re even the tiniest bit handy with tools, you should get yourself a tool belt. Why? You know when you’re standing on a ladder, messing with a ceiling light, and you need a different screw head for your drill? Or when you’re hanging new drapes, and you realize you didn’t measure correctly? It sure would be better to reach down and find the appropriate tool right on your tool belt instead of climbing down off the ladder, wouldn’t it?
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Price: $35.00
Available from: Hand-Eye Supply

Grip LED Torch Flashlight

Why not employ the same grips of the BMX bicycle to a flashlight? You don’t want to drop it on your toes, after all, especially not in a dark, potentially scary room when there’s no electricity. It’s a practical, tactile solution to sweaty palms.
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Price: $30.00
Available from: Cooper Hewitt Shop

Butterfleye: Smart and Versatile Monitoring Camera

Finally, there’s a security camera that’s wireless! And it only records when sound or movement is detected! Yes and yes! The Butterfleye is currently an Indiegogo project, and it looks like one worth backing. Don’t you want to know when your kid/pet wakes up and starts crying/barking or tearing up the crib/room? Don’t you want to know if some reprobate breaks into your house and tries to steal your stuff? The Butterfleye will record as soon as something sounds or moves, and it’ll save energy when nothing does.
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Price: $199.00
Available from: Indiegogo

Border Three Tiered Containers

Stash your stuff in these Three Teired Containers by Hatashikkiten. Yes, they are available in three nice color ways (the Navy, Ivory, Black is the winner in my book), but it’s the handmade nature and various storage use that grabs attention. The containers have a food safe urethane coating, so they’re entirely appropriate for keeping snacks sorted. Of course, they’d also be right at home in a bathroom storing cotton balls and q-tips or in a bedroom for jewelry and odds and ends.
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Price: $98.00
Available from: Nalata Nalata