ACCESSORIES

Book Binder

Hmm, here’s something different in the world of bookends. Instead of two separate stand-alone ends, this book binder has an elastic band to hold the books together. The flexibility of the band allows you to remove or add books as you like without them tumbling over and also makes it possible for the stack to be freestanding wherever you wish.
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Price: $48.97 - 76.97
Available from: MENU

Noguchi Akari Lights

Paper lights are everywhere in today’s marketplace (for example, IKEA’s VÄTE Table lamp), yet there’s still something entirely special about the original designs of Isamu Noguchi. Icons of mid century design, each Akari lamp is handmade from washi paper and bamboo ribbing by the original manufacturer in Gifu, Japan. In the words of Noguchi, “the harshness of electricity is thus transformed, as if by magic, into the light of our origins – sunlight – so that it’s warmth can carry on filling our rooms after dark.”
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ButcherBlock

These end grain ButcherBlocks are very durable; the design allows you to cut in between the fibers of the wood instead of across them like most cutting boards. This makes for easy maintenance and a very long lifetime, which are two important features for any cutting board over the $100 mark.
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Price: $150.00
Available from: HollerDesign

Pablo Clamp Lamp

Task lights tend towards the metal/utilitarian look, and that’s why this wooden Clamp Lamp stands out. Whether you choose walnut or white oak, the wood gives a certain charm and warmth, and the seemingly simple design of 3 components gives a wide variety of positions for focused light.
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Price: $350.00
Available from: 2modern

Tivoli’s Model One BT

Sure, Tivoli radios are an excellent choice for listening to your favorite stations, but now there’s a new version with Bluetooth® wireless. That means you can listen to all the songs on your iPhone or iPod (or any other device that allows Bluetooth pairing) wirelessly. There’s still the analog AM/FM tuner, so you can switch back and forth from regular radio to your music library on your device as quick your listening preferences require. Also, did you know Tivoli has a radio app?
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Price: $259.99
Available from: Tivoli Audio

FYRKAT Grill

With all your planned or unplanned activities this summer, you might want to have this little guy handy. Its compact size makes it perfect for grilling on terraces or tailgating (or camping, or on the beach). Big enough to grill whole fish yet small enough to easily carry around, it’s the ideal tool for cooking up your summer meals.
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Price: $60.00
Available from: Bodum

SR Garden ID tags

Without the title of this post to guide you, chances are you might not realize what exactly you’re seeing in the above photo. However, the dirt background and white grease pencil would certainly clue you in after a little while, and if you’re familiar with all of Scout Regalia’s offerings, you’d have it pegged even sooner. The SR Garden ID tags are made of powder coated aluminum and are reusable, of course, by wiping the ID tags with rubbing alcohol or a damp cloth.
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Price: $15.00
Available from: Scout Regalia

MUCHroom Wall Hook Set

If you continually find yourself piling clothes and bags on the floors or furniture, it’s time to add some wall hooks to your entryway and closet. As you might have guessed from their name, the MUCHroom wall hooks were inspired by mushrooms growing from a forest floor. Sold as a set of 3, the hooks are pre-screwed and come with 3 self-drilling wall anchors, just in case you need them. Also, check out the MUCHroom mini hook for smaller things like keys and such.
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Price: $22.00
Available from: Workerman

Monocle Wall Sconce

Looking for an elegant, small wall sconce? Look no more, for Rich Brilliant Willing has one that would work anywhere (probably) with any style. A strong yet warm beam of LED powered light rotates around to your chosen direction, giving you a perfectly clean, simple look next to your favorite reading spot.
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Price: $425.00
Available from: Rich Brilliant Willing

Telegram Thank You Cards

There’s a vague sense of responsibility I feel every time I come across decent Thank You cards, almost like I’m a schoolmarm rapping knuckles of anyone not writing their letters correctly. After all, handwriting has slowly become old-fashioned, as we all have turned towards typing out emails instead of picking up a pen. Perhaps that’s precisely why Thank You cards are very special to give and receive nowadays; each is a rare physical act of appreciation with the heartfelt scrawlings of someone that took the time to actually put pen to paper to express their thanks.
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Price: $16.00
Available from: Oblation Papers & Press

Ready Made Curtain

At last! We can stop our search for the perfect window coverings, for Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have come to the rescue with the Ready Made Curtain kit, and it’s finally available to purchase. A curtain and its complete hanging system are included, and with a few assembly steps, you’ll have one heck of a modern curtain that you can brag about. Oh, but wait, there’s the issue of the price; you’d assume that a kit that requires a little elbow grease from someone such as yourself might be budget-friendly, maybe around the $200 or even $300 mark, as I did when I called the retailer. Prepare yourself, and expect to pay around $470 per kit/window… or keep searching, as I will.
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Price: $470.00
Available from: Ligne Roset

Handwoven Picnic Basket

What kind of person would you be without a picnic basket? Probably the kind that spends too much time indoors staring at a computer screen. This basket looks like the typical picnic basket but it’s much better in terms of quality. It’s woven from strips of Appalachian white ash- “the wood of choice for almost all baseball bats, boats and furniture due to its relative hardness and strength”- and the handles and twin split lid are secured with solid brass nails and hardware that won’t ever rust. There’s also a waxed canvas lined interior.

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Price: $69.00
Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile

Walnut SSB-1

Do you remember the SSB-1 Bookcase from BOOK/SHOP? Now it’s available in Natural Walnut Ply, and if that’s not enough to tempt you, I’ll just wish you good luck in finding a better home for your reading list. Each SSB-1 is cut, sanded, and fitted by a craftsman to an exact fit in Berkeley, California.
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Price: $139.00
Available from: BOOK/SHOP

Happy Fourth of July!

Wouldn’t your Independence Day grilling be very festive with this Star Spangled Spatula? Yes, you’ve seen it before, but buying it from Few & Far Company will leave a few more dollars in your pocket than the $65 price tag from Areaware. (And yes, it’s the very same one by Jacob Riley-Wasserman; it’s hand fabricated by Lamson and Goodnow, the oldest manufacturer of cutlery in the United States.)

So, now it’s time to say happy fourth of July weekend to you and yours! Have fun, stay safe- don’t blow any fingers off playing with fireworks, etc.- and see you back here on Monday.

(Hat tip and a high five to Patrick for the price difference spot.)

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Price: $49.00
Available from: Few & Far Company

Alphabet City Coasters

Manhattan-based photographer Joanne Dugan compiled these urban typographic images originally as a teaching game for her two-year-old son. And, as they’re so striking, why not make them into a coaster set for all to enjoy? Many of the signs and landmarks are now demolished, so tip of the hat to Ms. Dugan for creating such a great archive of New York City’s visual history.
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Price: $30.00
Available from: MoMA Store