ACCESSORIES

Great Lakes Quilt

Haptic Labs have a new design out that’s perfect for any fan of the Upper Midwest. The Great Lakes are mapped out on a navy blue background and covers everything from Duluth, MN to Rochester, NY. Certain cities are stitched in red and the lakes are hand-appliqued. Limited quantities available, so you’d best move fast if this quilt is calling your name.
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Price: $219.00
Available from: Haptic Lab

WeMo Switch

It’s about time. The WeMo Switch allows you to turn electronics on or off from anywhere. A lamp, a heater, a toaster, whatever, as long as it’s plugged into the WeMo Switch, you can use the WeMo app to control it. You’ll need your iPhone and your home Wi-Fi/mobile internet to make this magic happen, but what magic it would be to put your entire house on a schedule and save time (and maybe even some money). Have the lights on when you come home, or use the motion sensor (+$50) to have a light go on when you pass by. So many options…
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Price: $49.99
Available from: Belkin

Axis Light

Truly interesting floor lamps are very rarely inexpensive, so prepare yourself for a comma (and an unfortunately placed ’9′) in this price tag. The Axis Light is made from a solid piece of aluminum tube with two support rods that slide freely, allowing the angle to be adjusted. The lightsource rotates 180° around the main tube.

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Price: $1,900.00
Available from: YLighting

MONUmini Architectural Models

Have you seen these MONUmini Architectural Models by Another Studio? Whether you’re fond of London’s landmarks or not, the tiny models are pretty detailed, and any one of them could make a great gift for someone who has a soft spot for England’s capital. Each kit has a sheet of etched stainless steel pieces (you fold and lock together), step-by-step assembly instructions and a short building history, all of which is held in an envelope that can be mailed as a souvenir or gift. Battersea Station and Tower Bridge are available from A+R ($28 each); those two plus the Post Office Tower (aka the BT Tower) and Barbican Tower are available straight from Another Studio (£ 15.00 each).

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Price: $28.00
Available from: A+R Store

Perrette Containers

Also by Y’A PAS LE FEU AU LAC are these containers inspired by old buckets and wooden milk cans from the farms of Upper Jura in France. Handles with a lacquered tip mean they’re easy to move around as needed, making them perfect for a variety of storage needs.

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Price: $110.00 each
Available from: YLiving

Trivet Stick

Y’A PAS LE FEU AU LAC has several pieces in their recent collection worthy of consideration, one of which is this Trivet Stick. A magnetic joint allows it to be used as a triangular trivet for hot pots and pans and then be straightened out to be stored easily with other cooking utensils like spoons and spatulas.
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Price: $30.00
Available from: YLiving

Cork Map

If you’re running a global enterprise, what better way to show off than with a cork map in your office? I’m halfway kidding, of course, as a cork map might be better suited to a kid’s room than a swanky need-to-impress-clients sort of office. In any case, it’s a cork map, and you could pin all sorts of stuff to it until your heart’s content. Mark where you’ve been, chart your future travel destinations, plan your bucket list, etc.

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Price: $45.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Filo Tape Dispenser

Talk about minimalist office supplies, could this tape dispenser be reduced any further? Made of mirror polished stainless steel, it measures 2.25″ wide and 3.25″ in depth. That could be the smallest dispenser ever, or at least the smallest (and least likely to offend anyone’s eyes) available in today’s marketplace. It certainly won’t win points for ease of use, but for those of you that want a dispenser to fit in a small desk drawer or perhaps even your briefcase or bag, it could be the right option.
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Price: $30.00
Available from: YLiving

Small Bird Card Set by Fanny Shorter

While you could use these cards for correspondence, you might also consider framing a few for a special spot somewhere in your home. Each illustration is a small bird drawn to scale 1:1 by artist Fanny Shorter and the set includes some of the tiniest birds in the world. Which one is the smallest? Apparently the Bee Hummingbird at 5.5 cm long- that’s 2.1653543 inches. Tiny!
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Price: $37.00
Available from: Lin Morris

Tangram

Did you (or do you) ever play around with tangrams? Take a look at this version from Iacoli & McAllister. Simple and severe (in a good way), the seven flat shapes are rendered in laser cut birch ply with black and white no-VOC paint. It’s the sort of thing that you could leave lying out on a coffee or side table as a graphic sort of art piece, ready for a spare moment when you are able to sharpen your mental skills. Need it be mentioned that this could be an excellent gift?
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Price: $58.00
Available from: Future Perfect

Plus One Salt Cellar

This Plus One Salt Cellar by Muuto is a good match to the Plus Spice Mill just as intended. Stone and wood are lasting materials that fit into a variety of kitchen styles so it’s no surprise that the adjective ‘timeless’ is bandied about; it’s a no-brainer (if you need a salt cellar).
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Price: $35.00
Available from: Scandinavian Grace

Savone

Rethink your tablescape with the Savone plates by Metaphys. Inspired by the natural formations made by bubbles, these plates have divisions that allow you to present food with accompanying seasons or sauces, thus minimizing the number of dishes. (Also, if you’re not one to fuss with seasons, sauces, and other such accompaniments, you could perhaps use these as a sort of portion control guide for meals or snacks, as they are more modest in size.)

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Price: $30.00 and up
Available from: Leibal

Hakutan

If you have $300 and a not-so-nice smelling room, you either buy a boatload of ugly artificial air fresheners or you buy the Hakutan. As you may know, the Hakutan is a section of White Charcoal with an extremely high carbon content; this high grade of charcoal cleanses the air naturally and remains active indefinitely. It regulates humidity (think bathroom) and absorbs odors (kitchen smells), all while looking like a small natural sculpture. And, if you should ever tire of it, you can dispose of the Hakutan by crushing it and mixing with potting soil, as it makes an excellent fertilizer.

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Price: $300.00
Available from: ModMobili

Cage Lamps

The Cage lighting collection designed by Arik Levy for Forestier combines the industrial aspect of protective cage light fixtures with traditional paper lanterns (a more obvious iteration is found in the In & Out Lamp small and large). This opposites-attract formula results in a successful pairing that is surprisingly elegant, and as a result this collection has moved to the top of the wish-this-was-available-statside list.
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Price: €217,50
Available from: Wannekes

Vote Cards

See those tiny red letters and what they spell out? Early voting begins in several states this week, and now’s the time to motivate yourself and others to participate in this year’s elections. Maybe you could hand them out around the office, or post one in a conspicuous place on the bulletin board at your local dry cleaners or favorite lunch place. Sometimes it only takes the tiniest push to get someone to the polls (and other times it takes a bull horn).

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Price: $16.00
Available from: Cooper Hewitt Shop