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Animal Box: 100 Postcards by 10 Artists

I love, love, love this Animal Box full of postcards. Ten different artists have contributed their illustrations of all sorts of animals. Simply flip through the box to find the one that best suits your correspondence and prove to your family and friends that snail mail can be fun. Thanks to the colorful array of characters, there’s a good chance your postcard will be pinned up as art or kept as a keepsake.
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Price: $19.95
Available from: Princeton Architectural Press

Daphine Floor Lamp Classic Reading Lamp

What is that floor lamp that keeps showing up in Vincent Van Duysen’s interiors? Why, I was wondering the same thing, as the name wouldn’t quite make itself known amongst the other many products committed to memory. It’s the Daphine Floor Lamp Classic Reading Lamp by Tommaso Cimini, and, yes, I kind of want one too. In production since 1975, the Daphine Terra Classic has a small shade and delicate joints offset by a chunkier base. Its light spreads overly wide, and is adjustable in two steps. While I’d opt for the black (as Van Duysen does), there’s also a white and nickel-plated option.
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Price: $404.63 - 497.12
Available from: Ambiente Direct

Japanese Porcelain Lidded Bowls

Each piece of this collection is a hybrid of fine porcelain and durable stoneware. The proprietary blend of local clay from Hasami, Nagasaki gives the pieces a soft and smooth touch, yet you’ll find that they’re strong and robust enough for daily use. The collection nests for neat storage and the ash wood lids double as a serving tray, plate, or trivet.
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Price: $54.00 - 125.00
Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile

Moon Phase Dishes

How about a little lunar imagery on your dishes? This stoneware set has black painted moon phases, and, as each dish is around 3.5″ in diameter, they would be a good fit in the kitchen for smaller portions (snacks) or in a dressing area for coins, jewelry, and other small pocket contents.
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Price: $100.00
Available from: Magpie & Rye

Urban Garden Standard Planter

The Urban Garden Standard Planter from Glowpear might just change the way you garden. It’s appropriate for indoor or outdoor use, and, best of all, it has self-watering system that allows plants to take as much hydration as they need. Simply top up the water reservoir (or water as usual through the soil) and make sure there’s appropriate sunlight and you’ll have a robust little garden to give you vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers.
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Price: $199.00
Available from: Glowpear

SkyBell Video Doorbell

It’s about freaking time. Often when we search for a home tech product, nothing pops up that looks good (or gets good reviews). That’s been my experience when searching for home security, more specifically, video cameras at the entryway. I know some of my neighbors have spent thousands of dollars on a whole home security package just so they can see a person at their front door. If they were patient, they could have saved a lot of money by trying out this $200 doorbell.
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Price: $199.00
Available from: Skybell

Blackline Collection from Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading Co.

If I were one to celebrate Valentine’s Day, I would give one of these cutting boards from the Blackline Collection to my love. Why? Because they’re black, like my heart. Just kidding. The pieces of Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading Co.’s Blackline Collection aren’t painted or stained, instead, a natural reactive process is used to obtain a distinctive dark finish. This finish is durable and food-safe, as the source of the dye “comes from within the wood itself.” Pretty impressive, and altogether lovely.
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Price: $60.00 - 350.00
Available from: Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading Co.

Easy Mirror

Stainless steel mirrors are a smart purchase- you’d have to try hard to break them, of course, and they could also possibly double as a weapon. Those two things aside, this Easy Mirror designed by Jamie Wolfond is also really convenient for the glamorous sort of vagabond. Simply press the leg outward to make it stand vertical, then press it back flat when it’s time to pack it away.
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Price: $40.00
Available from: SFMOMA Museum Store

Pitcher with Cup from Lagos del Mundo

Maybe you think this pitcher and cup from Lagos del Mundo doesn’t belong on your ‘must have’ list, but that will all change when you’re sitting outside on a hot summer’s day without an aesthetically pleasing receptacle for a cool, refreshing drink. The ceramic pitcher with cup is handmade from natural clay and glazes; the same materials have been used for over 3,000 years, so you’ll not need to worry about this set ever going out of style.
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Price: $70.00
Available from: Merchant No. 4

Repurposed Beer Cloth Apron

If you want to look cool while cooking, throw one of these aprons on. Then, when someone says, ‘Hey, that’s a cool apron’ you can say, ‘Oh, this thing? Yeah, it’s a repurposed beer cloth with old climbing rope for the neck strap and waist tie. Kind of cool, huh?’ And then you’ll flip your omelette (or gourmet pancakes or some other incredibly delicious breakfast food) and look like you’ve got your life completely figured out, you smug bastard.
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Price: $118.00
Available from: Dwell

The Level from FluidStance

No, it’s not a hoverboard, but it certainly will help you move around more. The Level by FluidStance is a platform that increases your range of movement while standing. It’s similar to a skateboard in size, yet it has a central rounded base that keeps your muscles engaged- they’ll need to work a little harder to keep you steady.
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Price: $289.00
Available from: FluidStance

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Ceramic Self-Watering Planter

Thank goodness, there’s a self-watering planter that hides the fact that you suck at taking care of your plants. It’s ceramic, so that in itself helps make it look nicer, and has two parts to reduce your watering chores. The upper matte cylinder holds the plant and the lower glossy water reservoir will let the plants roots drink as much as they like. Finally, you’ll have a happy plant in a happy, nice-looking planter. It’s a win/win sort of situation.
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Price: $110.00
Available from: Spartan Shop

Tomnuk Walnut Trivet Tray Set

Why should you care about a walnut trivet tray set? Maybe you shouldn’t, as there are much more important things going on in your life, but your dining table just emailed to let me know that it cares an awful lot about not being burnt from hot pots and pans, and why don’t you stop being a slob and protect your nice furniture? That’s what your table said, basically, word for word. You can stack, nest and store these Walnut Trivets from Tomnuk Design, you can even use them as small trays for snacks and other small sundries.
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Price: CAD52.00 - 150.00
Available from: Tomnuk Design

Wood Block Desk Organizer

All those little papers- mail, tickets, postcards- can now have a proper home without hiding them away. 5 slots allow for papers and letters to be displayed within easy reach of your working surface along with a receptacle for pens and other small accessories.
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Price: $57.00
Available from: Luminaire

Fire Tools by Arik Levy

If you have a fireplace (lucky you), you’d best have a decent set of fire tools to keep the flames under control. This set by Arik Levy includes tongs, shovel, brush, and a bucket with the word ‘fire’ on its side just in case anyone gets confused. The tools are constructed of sturdy lightweight aluminum with rubber handles for a strong grip.
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Price: $250.00
Available from: DWR