ACCESSORIES

Rope Frames by Dollinger and Fleveau

Yes, these frames are a little more expensive that what you may be used to, but they’re made of cotton rope (probably by hand). Traditionally used as piping in furniture, the cotton rope is used in a traditional style to playfully mix historical periods. Frame whatever you choose- a picture, a mirror, or leave it empty as a piece of art on its own.
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Price: $244.00 and up
Available from: elemental

Correspondence Kit

Um, isn’t there some event in your near future where you might need to send a nice, thoughtful gift? Mother’s day? Someone’s birthday? Instead of sending something they may or may not like, give them something they’ll cherish- and they should, as you’ll need to spend a few hours embroidering the message. A piece of cotton ‘paper’ and embroidery thread from this Correspondence Kit by Lauren DiCioccio will be your mode of communication to express your heartfelt sentiments, or maybe just the weather. Either way, it will be a surprise and (let’s hope) a keepsake. Pre-stamped envelope and supplies included. And, if you’d like a more budget-friendly version, here’s a poetry paper kit for $16 that just has the basics (lined cotton fabric, thread, needle).
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Sail Rope Mat

If you’re going to add a little nautical flair to your surroundings, please, please, please make it one of these rope mats by Sophie Aschauer. Reclaimed sailing ropes are woven with four different knots- referred to as “Bonny”, “Drake”, “Morgan” and “Killigrew” (pirates from the 17th century, by the way)- into doormats or smaller sized area rugs. Remember that the rope is reclaimed, so they’ll show a little bit of wear, but that’s a small price to pay for such color and texture.

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Price: $249.00 and up
Available from: SerpentSea

Graph Cork Board

Like these graphic, silk screened cork boards? You could easily point-and-click purchase them and no one will think less of you because, hey, you’re busy, and it’s nice to have a little pattern on the wall. Or, you could go to your local craft or office supply store and buy some regular cork board tiles (like these on Amazon), mask each corner half off with painter’s tape and paper, and then spray or brush on black paint to create the same sort of look. Remove taper/paper and ta-da! You have your patterned cork board. It’ll take a little more time, but it’ll save you a little cash.
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Price: $30.00
Available from: Umbra

Scrabble Letter Pillows

Scrabble pillows. It was only a matter of time, really, before these hit the radar. And, if you want to shop around, it looks like Etsy has quite a few sellers offering their own versions in different sizes and such. These pillows (available from Spoon Sisters) are printed on organic cotton and measure 15.75″ square.
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Price: $25.00
Available from: Spoon Sisters

Scout Security System

Home security systems aren’t all that exciting- long term contracts usually dissuade renters and homeowners alike- but this one offers something new. You install it yourself. There’s no wires or technicians required, and you can take it with you if or when you move. There’s also no required monthly fees. Sounds pretty good, right?

There’s a base station, which works over WIFI and allows you to use the security system on your smartphone or computer, an arm/disarm panel to place on main doors, open/close sensors on any door or window you want monitored, and a motion sensor to cover other areas where open/close sensors might not work (glass breakage, for example). You pick and choose which ones you want, and how many. Read more about the software at Scout.
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Price: $120.00
Available from: Scout

Tatlin Color Magnets

This is getting filed under toys instead of desk accessories, as the fun potential is much higher than the somewhat boring/functional office usage. They’re simply a set of 288 cardboard magnets, to be placed on your magnetic board/wall or fridge, for making shapes, animals, landscapes or whatever else your imagination wants. Share them with the kids or keep them in your office space, up to you.
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Price: £29.00
Available from: SCP

RestartMilano Lamps

I hesitate to use the word ‘dainty’ to describe these lamps from RestartMilano, mostly because it brings to mind doilies and frail flowers. With their sleek swivel arms and warm brass finish, these lamps are just the opposite, yet the thin silhouette allows for a light (as in, not heavy) touch in any interior, allowing other elements to take center stage. Three versions available: Long Wall Lamp, Short Wall Lamp, and Table Lamp.

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Price: $550.00 and up
Available from: Merchant No. 4

T-frame T-shirt Display

Now, some might say that framing a favorite t-shirt is for a 20-something’s decor, but we’ll politely ignore them and carefully put ours behind this frame from Umbra. Never say donate! (Never say donate to the one (or two) worn out shirts that are worth keeping, that is, but donate the heck out of the clothes you don’t wear.)
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Price: $40.00
Available from: Umbra

Stick-lets

And just when you thought you were too old to enjoy the outdoors, Stick-lets comes along. Sure, they’re meant to help kids get back outside and build forts with sticks, but who says you can’t enjoy them too? Be sure to share with others (team building, anyone?), and stay away from trees and branches that don’t belong to you- that could cause some problems- but other than that, have fun. Made from 100% silicone, each Stick-let stretches to meet your construction needs, whether you use natural branches or wood dowels. On the count of three, what’s the first thing you’d build? (One..two…three) a TIPI! Other answers are acceptable, of course. Need it be mentioned that this could be an excellent gift?
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Price: $11.99 and up
Available from: Stick-lets

Math Dishtowel, Mug, Pencil Case

For your favorite mathematician (a.k.a. mathemagician), how about a dishtowel, pencil case, or mug? Or all three? Chalk white lines on a black backgroung evoke memories from past math classes, and no matter if you liked/loved/hated them, you (or someone you know) can still enjoy a little math imagery with appreciation.
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Price: $12.95 - 17.95
Available from: Fishs Eddy

Triangle Cork Dinner Mats

Table linens can look tired after a while- especially if you use them every day- and if you’re super picky and feel the need to iron your placemats and napkins after the wash, you will look tired from laundering them. These cork dinner mats just need a quick wipe to clean, so they’ll save you some time as well as jazzing up your dinner table with some stacked triangle action. Sold as a 2 piece set.
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Price: $29.95
Available from: ferm LIVING

Mineral Plate

Yep, it’s a plate with a strange sort of image- minerals, to be exact. Why would you need something such as this? You don’t, of course, but you might want a plate with weird mineral formation imagery just to appreciate/celebrate the strange and wondrous things found in nature, especially when the imagery has such nice color combinations. There’s little info available as to food safety, but I’d say any of these are more suited to catching keys and miscellany, just so you could see it each day instead of being tucked away in a cabinet.

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Price: £79.00
Available from: do shop

Trapeze LED Table Light

Whoa, this lamp is something else. The rounded counterweights are distinctly sculptural, and the 3-axis range of motion means you’ll get an even warm light (thanks to the LEDs) wherever you need it. Aluminum spherical joints allow for fluid-yet-precise movement. On a personal note, my workspace lamp recently bit the dust and I opted to upgrade to the Trapeze- the movement of the arm is pretty fantastic. Wherever you move the head, it stays, which is exactly what is needed from a task light. Two thumbs up.
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Price: $395.00
Available from: YLighting

Loop Bottle Opener

Want a bottle opener that will last forever? Take stock of this stainless steel version. It’s got a rough tumbled finish that will take its fair share of abuse no matter how many bottles you open on a daily basis. The simplified form and industrial finish means no nonsense- no silly frilliness here, thank you very much.
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Price: $35.00
Available from: Field

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