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Ding Enameled Cast Iron Casserole with Stand

I know next to nothing about cooking, but I sure know a handsome casserole dish when I see one. Made from cast iron (which is very efficient at retaining heat), the dish has a flat base that sits easily on an oven rack or stovetop with a separate stand (and non-slip silicone pads) to raise the dish for tabletop serving. Those of you familiar with the the ancient Chinese tradition of “Ding” will notice that this piece shares some similarities in shape; think of it as a modern update to some of the world’s oldest cookware.
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Price: $240.00
Available from: Gessato

Stelton RigTig Easy Kitchenware

Spatulas, sticks, tongs, and spoons- do you have everything you need for your Thanksgiving feast? The ‘Easy’ collection for Rig-Tig by Stelton hits the right spot for minimalist kitchenware. You’d best figure in rush shipping for any online orders, though, as you you’re cutting it awfully close for cut-off dates (we don’t want you to have to serve your sweet potatoes with your hands, now, do we?).
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Price: $6.00 -16.00
Available from: Huset Shop

Pinson Carafe

This carafe by designer Céline Frébault (in collaboration with the Sentou gallery) incorporates a rather odd beaker-like handle, which fills when the carafe is full. As far as carafes go, it’s definitely got a high end (semi-mad-scientist?) look… any guesses as to the price? Is it $50, $100, $200?
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Price: $100.00
Available from: Luminaire

365 Typography Calendar 2016

The end of the year is fast approaching, and the most important thing is to find a new calendar. Just kidding, I know it’s not, especially amongst all the other things in your head this time of year. But, look, here’s the 365 Typography Calendar by Studio Hinrichs for 2016, all ready for you, so no need to find next year’s calendar after all. It features a nice mix of typefaces, with each month showcasing a description of the type, the biography of the designer, and, of course, all major holidays.
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Price: $32.00 - 49.00
Available from: Studio Hinrichs on Amazon

Nepal Projects: Modern/Traditional Houses

Boxes! Boxes shaped like houses, to be more precise, which will encourage you to group them together like a small neighborhood. Put your cherished items inside, or splurge to make one or two of them gift boxes- a gift inside a gift, if you will. Each box is covered in pure cotton and lined with recycled paper in a complementary shade. Sold as a set of 4, in either Traditional or Modern roof lines.
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Price: $80.00 s/4
Available from: A+R Store

Snowe Drink Essentials Set

Bargain glassware has one thing going for it: bargain pricing. But it’s not such a bargain if the glassware breaks after a couple of uses, right? Here’s a drinkware set that’s durable, elegant, and rather affordable. A set of four glasses are paired with a tall carafe; all are made in Italy of lead-free crystallized glass that is both ultra-clear and break resistant. Quality and beauty combined? Yes, please. This might be an excellent gift, by the way- you may want to bookmark it for a nice housewarming or holiday gift option.
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Price: $75.00
Available from: Snowe

Wooly Wood Throw

How about a Wooly Wood Throw to keep you warm this winter? Soft and reversible, this 100% lambswool throw is woven in Scotland and designed by Donna Wilson. Drape it nicely over a sofa or chair back or keep it at the end of the bed, and it’ll be ready to warm up your appendages at a moment’s notice.
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Price: £200.00
Available from: Donna Wilson

Soma Black Pitcher

Soma has just released a limited edition Pitcher in black, and doesn’t it look nice? Just like the carafe, the lid features a pour-through lid that automatically opens when you add water. The all-natural filters are biodegradable, and you can choose to have them delivered every 2 months for $12.99 each, with free shipping. Oh, and if you want to feel better about yourself, know that every purchase includes a $15 donation to global water projects.
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Price: $49.00
Available from: Soma

Hay Punched Organizers

A little perforated pattern won’t harm your kitchen or desktop, for it adds a little punch of organization with its tidy grids- maybe subconsciously it will encourage you to get your ducks in a row, so to speak. Perhaps your kitchen utensils will sit nicely in the larger holder, or maybe your pens will be at home in the low tray, either way, it always helps to have a couple of containers around to confine necessary clutter.
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Price: $34.00
Available from: Hand Eye Supply

Noguchi’s Light Sculptures

This is just a reminder, if you’ve forgotten, that Isamu Noguchi’s table light sculptures are very affordable. Case in point, the Table Lamp Model 1AG you see above, comes in at $145. My other favorite, the Floor Lamp Model UF3-Q, isn’t so incredibly affordable ($525), but it’s still worth considering as a collector’s item that provides a wonderful, diffused light.
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Price: $75.00+
Available from: The Noguchi Museum

Poketo Design Planners

We can avoid thinking about 2016 all we want, but that won’t do anything to postpone its arrival. Might as well prepare yourself by thinking about a new planner for the new year, right? Poketo has a fresh collection of open-dated planners, with weekly and monthly pages ready to start whenever you’d like. I chose the large Mon Cahier Planner myself, but this latest group would fit into a bag much easier for on-the-go planning. Plus, the fun covers are a definite bonus.
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Price: $32.00
Available from: Poketo

Dux Brass Pencil Sharpener

Do you use pencils? Do you have a plastic pencil sharpener? Pfft. Toss it in the recycling bin, because this one is much better. Made of solid brass, the Dux sharpener is built to last. The weight of it alone would keep it from getting lost/shuffled around with your other desk tools, but there’s no guarantee that it wouldn’t walk away with a coworker with sticky fingers, so watch out.
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Price: $19.00
Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile

Nambu Cast Iron Tea Pot

Designed by Makoto Koizumi, the Nambu Cast Iron Tea Pot 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. And, should you need an extra skillet or pan, have a look at the other Nambu pieces.
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Price: $350.00
Available from: Gessato

Tafla Mirrors

Remember the Plopp Stool? Well, that kind of manufacturing process (called FiDU, by the way: ‘Freielnnen Druck Umformung’ = ‘free inner pressure deformation’) isn’t going to just be confined to seating, thank goodness, as that would be a crying shame. Just look at the Tafla Mirrors. Are they not stupendous? Are they not stunning? They’re certainly not cheap (understandably), but man-oh-man, are they spectacular.
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Price: $767.00 - 5,850.00
Available from: A+R Store

Concrete Brain Bookends

Braaiiins!! Feel free to pretend you’re a zombie, and walk around disjointedly with your arms extended and your head cocked to the side whilst saying that, as it’s entirely appropriate. Just don’t bite into this particular brain, as the two hemispheres are made of concrete. Designer Bertrand Jayr brings these smart bookends to our bookshelves- they’re excellent pieces of heavy ‘gray matter’ to hold your books in place.
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Price: $69.00
Available from: Gessato