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The Mesh Canvas: Frank Stella

It’s unlikely that you know a lot of people that love Frank Stella’s art and needlepoint, but in case you know just one, this set would be an excellent (and extravagant) gift. The set is a limited-edition needlepoint cushion, brought about by The Mesh Canvas, a collaboration between Frank Stella, Art in America and Artspace, and “allows the viewer to become involved in the creative process.”
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Price: $450.00 - 500.00
Available from: Whitney Museum Shop

Beau Pendant Light

David Trubridge is well known for his puzzle-like, open-weave light fixtures. With the new Beau Pendant, the same overlapping segment idea is used to direct light downwards, hiding the light source. The light is flat-packed, keeping with the company’s longstanding eco-conscious aim, and is available in a natural, caramel, or black stain.
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Price: $560.00 - 900.00
Available from: A+R Store

Happy Birthday Crank Music Box

Here’s the perfect little (and inexpensive) birthday gift: the Happy Birthday Crank Music Box. If you’re more into composing your own original tune, you may like the Make Your Own Music Box Kit– it comes with an instruction booklet. There’s also lots of other melodies (You’ve Got A Friend, If I Only Had A Brain, Wedding March, etc.) should the occasion be something other than a birthday.
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Price: $9.00
Available from: Kikkerland

Skultuna Basso Coaster

No more wine or champagne drips on your precious tabletop, because this Skultuna Basso Coaster will set the bottle dead center each and every time, thanks to its raised center surface. Did you know that indentation at the bottom of bottles is known as a punt or kick-up? Good luck trying to fit that into a conversation without appearing like a complete nerd.
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Price: $110.00
Available from: Ode to Things

Aqua Sink Drainer Basket

Sometimes a dish drainer is unavoidable. Instead of settling for the normal/terrible options at the local big box store, please do consider this rather simple plastic option. Use it in the sink for soaking (saves water) and then set it up on the counter to drain (the drain may be repositioned in order to fit your particular layout).
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Price: $30.00
Available from: Plastica

Weekly Desk Pad

Do you like mapping out certain weeks, jotting down what notes you need to write to whomever deserves it? Keep track of your agenda with this fill-in ‘Social Preparedness Kit’ calendar from Egg Press. It’s laid out on a minimal white page, with plenty of room to get your social p’s and q’s organized.
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Price: $36.00
Available from: Plastica

Monochrome Belgian Dart Set

Darts, anyone? Set, aim, and fire with these finely balanced darts. Done in a monochrome color scheme, the set will easily work in a games room (or whatever other room of the house you deem appropriate). Birchwood barrels and shafts with polished steel tips make up the darts, while the basswood board has “hydraulically-inserted” brass guidelines delineating the scoring rings. All these fine materials will hopefully last a lifetime (just be sure to throw the darts towards the dartboard, not at any short tempered, maniacal guests).
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Price: $128.00
Available from: Best Made

Eau Carafe

Similar to black + blum’s ‘Eau Good’ Filter Water Bottle, this Eau Carafe is the ideal candidate for storing water in your fridge. A binchotan active charcoal filter purifies the water while the overall shape is pleasing to hold and pour from; it’s even nice enough to keep it out during dinner. You can’t say that for many water purifiers.
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Price: $39.95
Available from: black + blum

Mail Slot Bowl by Dan Sjogren

No matter how neat and clutter free we attempt to be, there’s still a fair amount of mail, keys, and miscellany that follow us through our front doors. To conquer this choas, consider the Mail Slot Bowl by Dan Sjogren. It will keep your most recent paper correspondence lined up neatly in a row. Will it force you to take stock of which documents go to the recycle bin and which go to the filing drawer? Eh, maybe. It also has a reasonably sized bowl to park your keys, which might mean you’ll never lose them again. We can hope.
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Price: $65.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Felt Bedside Caddy

In theory, it’s probably best to reduce the amount of bedside clutter or get a bigger nightstand than add in an extra little pocket caddy. However, if you absolutely have to have all your stuff (and you can’t find the right nightstand) then maybe it’s okay to get this little guy. Temporarily. Technically, it fits sofas as well, but, please, please, please try to avoid that usage by any means necessary- unless you can hide it behind a cushion or next to a wall. Why? Because this. Avoid that association, or else you’ll cause significant aesthetic discomfort*.
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Price: $20.00
Available from: Kikkerland

Giant Coloring Roll by Jeff Koons

Love or hate Jeff Koons, you’ve got to agree a $30 giant coloring roll is a good idea for almost anyone. Pin it on the wall or roll it out on the floor for hours of meditative coloring- at home or in the office. There’s a roll by Keith Haring, too, if that’s a better fit for your aesthetic sensibilities*. Should you wish to use a paintbrush instead of markers and pencils, be sure to consider the Large Paint Tin Set with Haring imagery ($22) as an accompaniment. Fun!
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Price: $30.00
Available from: Artware Editions

Awair Air Quality Monitor

It’s a little sad when an air quality monitor is considered a useful tool to have in the home. However, for those of us that live urban areas or have annoying allergies, we can’t ignore the fact that air quality directly affects our health. So, meet the Awair Air Quality Monitor. It reads five data points in the air: temperature, humidity, CO2, VOCs, and dust. After analyzing aggregate levels, the air quality is determined and an Awair Score (0 to 100 color-coded scale) is assigned. Tell it what concerns you the most (allergies, sleep, etc.) and it will give you recommendations (via the app) on certain changes you might make based on daily air quality levels in specific rooms.
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Price: $199.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Shades Double Glass Container

It’s not often that a storage container gets ooo’s and ahh’s, but this one deserves at least one of the former for its smart two-tier system. Hand blown glass containers nest together to create separate storage zones with a cork lid to keep contents safe. Store a few visually engaging objects in the top container for a floating effect, or go full-on functional and fill both with necessary home accessories. The gold and black or grey and orange color options certainly make a statement, or, of course, choose the clear glass for a quieter look.
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Price: $675.00
Available from: Luminaire

Hay’s Tower Blocks Paper Notes

If you’re going to keep track of your to-do’s (and to-don’ts?) on paper, you might as well make that paper pretty to look at. HAY Denmark has all sorts of lovely offerings in the way of home furnishings and accessories, and we’ll just be thankful that they took the time to apply some great graphics to stacks of note paper. (Now priced at half of their original price, it’s easier to get a few instead of just one on its own.)
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Price: $14.00 - 25.00
Available from: A+R Store

Animal Mask Notecards

Animal Mask Notecards! Fun, fun, and fun. Each and every recipient of your heartfelt scribblings will get twice the amount of enjoyment from whatever sentiments you share, because they’ll have a mask as well. Maybe they’ll even attempt to make the appropriate noise for the animal, because if you’re going to wear the mask, you’ve got to pretend to be the animal, right? I think those are the rules.
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Price: $16.95
Available from: Fredericks & Mae