ACCESSORIES

Solarlink Radio

Can you think of a few situations where you might need one of these? Every time I see a wind up radio I think of 28 Days Later, and then quickly replace the thought with how handy it would be for particularly stormy days or camping.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $80.00
Available from: Cooper-Hewitt Shop

Socker Greenhouse

Hey, IKEA, nice job. For $20, a lot of us could do much worse, and even though it’s not available online (possible glass breakage during shipment?), it’s completely worth checking out if your plants need some tender loving care. The roof vents allow air to circulate as needed, and with any luck, your thumbs will start to look a little greener.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $19.99
Available from: IKEA

Source: Architizer

What is it?

Now, for another game of ‘What is it?’ Do you know? Can you guess? Hint: it is not a torture device, nor a strange sort of holder for a beverage. It was designed by Carl Mertens, who has designed all manner of steel accessories, and measures approximately 5 x 3 inches. Do you know now? Answer below.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $32.00
Available from: Cooper-Hewitt Shop

T and Dry Tea Towels

Need a few extra tea towels? Check out the typographic options over at UK site Keep Calm Gallery. There are quite a few with popular sayings and such, but these two stood out along with two other favorites (not pictured): It’s Nice to be Nice and Shadow Hands.

‘T’ Towel, £9.00
Dry Tea Towel, £9.00

Purchase Information:

Price: £9.00
Available from: Keep Calm Gallery

Unplugged Coffee Maker

Can you live without your electric coffee maker? Yes, you can; say it out loud, ‘yes, I can.’ Now repeat that in your head until you believe it. If the Faro Mug Set didn’t convince you, maybe this Unplugged Coffee Maker from Koziol will. All you need is a filter, ground coffee, and hot water. And your cup, of course. Less technology can be a good thing.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $23.98
Available from: SFMOMA Store

The Flower Chain

It’s a flower chain: a 5 foot long chain of loops to hold small pots of plants and flowers. Could be a great fit for small spaces where a little greenery is needed, don’t you think? With a little elbow grease and a sewing machine, you might be able to whip up one of these yourself, but for those of you that don’t have either, luckily you can purchase however many you want. And, if you’d like a bigger version, sit tight; an 8 foot long version that holds bigger pots will be available next spring.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $20.00 and up
Available from: The Flower Chain

Scholten & Baijings Color Carpet Rugs

If Scholten & Baijings do amazing designs on blankets and cushions, why not apply their talents to rugs as well? While the collection for Hay Denmark includes six carpet designs, only four are shown here; visit Scholten & Baijings or the retailer A+R Store to see more.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $1600.00
Available from: A+R Store

Urbio Big Happy Family

Last year we featured this as a Kickstarter project, and now it’s available for sale directly through Urbio’s online shop (hurray!). The polypropylene pots are magnetically held to modular wall plates, allowing various rearranging to fit your needs. As you can see from the photos, use the vessels for plants, office supplies, or whatever else that needs organization.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $8.00 - 175.00
Available from: Urbio

“What Good…” Enamel Steel Sign

It’s a sentiment worth considering, whether you need a sign to remind you or not. Hang it near the front door, next to your computer, or maybe even bookmark it as a gift option for someone dear. Taken from Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography outlining his daily employment. See Benjamin Franklin’s daily scheme over at Daily Routines.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $28.00
Available from: Best Made Co.

Motion Carafe

Seeing as it’s hot outside and will stay that way for a while yet, it’s best to keep hydrated. And what better way to keep water on hand than with a carafe? This Motion carafe by by Ole Jensen for Normann Copenhagen brings a little dynamic motion into the equation, as it is always in a tilted position. While the movement might take a while to get used to, it will attract attention to its function, as Ole Jensen intended.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $79.00
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

‘From the desk of’ Card Set

Do you tend to like things elegant and slightly old fashioned? Then you might like this set of correspondence cards. Uncap your fountain pen and jot down your sentiments, then send each card in its dark brown envelope to the awaiting recipient.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $12.00
Available from: the Curiosity Shoppe

Bauhaus Spinning Top

I think you need this, and now. What better way to distract yourself from the droll everyday office life than with a fun, vivid, spinning top that demonstrates color theory? Plus, it’s a reproduction of an original Bauhaus design, so you can say ‘Bauhaus!’ whenever someone comments on it. And, if a spinning top isn’t your thing, consider it as a gift (6 years old and up).
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Purchase Information:

Price: $55.00
Available from: MoMA Store

DIY Table Lamp by Dino Sanchez

Check it. This do-it-yourself DS Kit 02 table lamp by Dino Sanchez can be assembled in less than 10 minutes with a phillips screw driver (if you’re super handy, I’m sure you can knock that time down to 5-7 minutes). All the components are included- even the lightbulb. There’s also a wall version, DS Kit 01 ($75), fyi.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $75.00
Available from: The VITRINE

Nail Brush Soap Dish

It’s a soap dish and nail brush all in one. Handy? Of course. Functional? Yes sir/ma’am. Made for the the mudroom, workshop, kitchen, you name it. Materials: natural stout pig bristle and specially ridged beachwood handle.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $18.00
Available from: Best Made

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Paper Lamp

Here’s a nice lamp with a very affordable price tag. Inspired by origami, this lamp is constructed without any screws or glue. Using less materials in a simple structure allows for a simple beauty that is also environmentally friendly.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $119.00
Available from: Milk Design Shop