ACCESSORIES

Nusskubus Modern Nutcracker

Remember this? Also called the Cubist Nutcracker by some, this nutcracker by Adam and Harborth does the job in a straightforward way. Place a nut in an appropriately sized indention in the larger cube, take the other smooth cube and place it on top of the nut and then give it a good whack. Voilá, the nut is cracked.
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Price: $39.99
Available from: Nova68

Perpetual Wall Calendar by Massimo Vignelli

7 days left, and if you’re still running around trying to find the perfect thing, do consider this calendar by Massimo Vignelli. It would be perfect for anyone who leans towards simple/spare graphic design. The large, bold numbers are easy to read across a room and will keep track of the date year after year.

Designed in 1980.
Made of heavyweight paperboard.
Made in Italy.

H 13″ W 13″

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Price: $80.00
Available from: Fitzsu

Woodmobiel Starter Kit

Is it crazy to think that the little ones in your life might enjoy this Woodmobiel Starter Kit? Wooden parts and real tools will put their creativity to use, and maybe you’ll even have some fun helping out. With the starter kit, you can build about 9 different life-sized wooden toys (instructions included) with the 25 pieces and fasteners, or if you want to go big, there’s also the standard kit ($265) with 43 pieces (plus fasteners) that will build about 20 toys.
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Price: $146.85
Available from: creativebrains

Folded Light Art

Lower budgets have the Phrena Lights by Tord Boontje. Mid to higher priced budgets might consider the Folded Light Art of designer Jiangmei Wu. Each light is made from 100 percent recycled cotton paper and is made by using original origami folding techniques that Wu developed. And yes, each shade can be unfolded into flat pieces of paper, though it would be silly to try unless you’re an origami expert.
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Price: $1000.00
Available from: Folded Light Art

Self Watering Planter by Joey Roth

Holiday travel is booked, you’re wrapping up at work, and all is set for you to head off to family/friends for the upcoming break. It’s only at the last minute where you have a minor freak-out wondering who is going to water your plants, and then rush around making a messy shoestring wick for the 2 to 3 plants that won’t survive without steady irrigation. Nothing against shoestring wicks, as they can be successful if done correctly, but this self watering planter by Joey Roth seems like a better (looking) solution. The planter’s earthenware central chamber allows water to slowly seep into the soil as the plant absorbs only what it needs. The planter is inspired by the Olla, an ancient irrigation tool used in arid climates.
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Price: $45.00
Available from: Joey Roth

Word. Notebooks

Know someone who is slightly finicky about their lists? As in, things should be organized just so, and preferably with symbols to keep track of what’s done/undone? If so, turn their eyes towards this notebook that features a unique bullet point system to keep lists tidy. It aims to satisfy the most fastidious list maker with a ready made circle beside each line for denoting progress.
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Price: $10.00
Available from: Word Notebook

Whiskey Decanter

What to get the person who needs nothing? Well, if they like whiskey, and you’ve $200 to spend, you should get them something beautiful and mostly unnecessary, like this whisky decanter by Laurence Brabant. Its bubble chamber enables one to measure the perfect jigger of liquor and then dispense the liquor through the glass tube into one’s glass. It should also be mentioned that this could double as a vase when needed (and when the whiskey is gone).

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Price: $206.00
Available from: The Future Perfect

Ceramic Subwoofer by Joey Roth

Joey Roth completes his Ceramic Speaker sound system with the addition of this subwoofer. Made in stainless steel, porcelain and Baltic birch plywood, the Ceramic Subwoofer extends your system’s frequency response down to 40 Hz, adding a balanced yet not overwhelming bass response to your speakers.
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Price: $695.00
Available from: Joey Roth

Source: Materialicious

Tree Tops

Did you know that tops are one of the oldest recognizable toys found on archaeological sites? These set of 5 Tree Tops by Karl Zahn are both toy and holiday accent, so leave them out on a coffee or dining table for any and all to take for a spin. Made from Schima Wood, a genus of evergreen trees. Also available in a natural finish.
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Price: $15.00
Available from: Arango Design

Woodcut Notecards

Not all of us can afford the Tree Prints by Bryan Nash Gill, but thankfully most of us can shell out $16 for a collection of notecards based on Gill’s book Woodcut. Need it be mentioned that either the notecards or the book could be a nice gift for someone on your list?

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Price: $15.95
Available from: Princeton Architectural Press

Source: T Magazine

10.4.2 Utensil Crate

Yes, the 10.3.2 Knife Shelf was just featured a few days ago, but this is a utensil crate, and is even more appealing as it would house all manner of kitchen utensils plus knives with its built-in rack to one side. It’s handmade to order, so unfortunately it’s too late for this to be a holiday gift, but keep it in mind as a future upgrade for your current utensil jar.
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Price: $180.00
Available from: On Our Table

Wooden Beginner’s Guitar

Have you always itched to play the guitar? Or perhaps you know of a younger human who would like to learn? Either way, Loog Guitar is where you’d be wise to start. They have three versions of a small Beginner’s Guitar (Classic, Rectangle, and Triangle) all of which have three nylon strings so as to not overwhelm first learners. Assembly is required, but it only takes 15 minutes and will help you or a younger one understand and connect with the instrument, perhaps lessening the likelihood of it being tossed aside once the newness has worn off. You may also purchase the pieces of the kit separately, or add on some accessories like a Pickguard set, a cardboard Guitar-stand, or a Mini Headstock Tuner.
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Price: $149.00
Available from: Loog Guitar

Pepper Salt Stones

Modern tabletop accessories can often fall into the angular camp. There’s nothing wrong with that, of course, it’s just that sometimes it’s nice to have more rounded, organic shapes to offset all the sharp corners we deal with on a daily basis. These stone-shaped salt and pepper holders look like real stones found at the waterside and one could assume their smooth surface would be nice to hold/use.

Designers: Chris Koens, Ramón Middelkoop of Invotis Orange

73 x 24 mm

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Price: $23.00
Available from: Molecule Design

Corkbox by Skram Furniture

This Corkbox by Skram Furniture will no doubt find many uses throughout its lifetime. Toolbox, toy caddy, it’s a box-basket hybrid that corrals whatever needs corralling. A walnut H-shaped handle and box base elevate its appearance so that it’s just at home on the dining table as it is outside as a garden tote.
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Price: $170.00 - 362.00
Available from: 2modern

10.3.2 Box Knife Shelf

A knife rack that’s also a shelf sounds handy for anyone not too clumsy- otherwise there might be some issues. On Our Table has several other sizes of non-shelf knife racks, as well as a walnut bread box ($190 CAD) and a wide-yet-shallow box knife block ($180 CAD) that are worth checking out as well.
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Price: $125.00
Available from: OnOurTable

Source: NYTimes