ACCESSORIES

Two-Propeller Mobile

Do you need an expensive, tabletop mobile? No, you don’t, unless you’ve got stacks of money lying around. However, you might want a “poetic work of wood, piano wire, and concrete” by Fran├žois Azambourg, as it’s a quiet piece of kinetic sculpture that’s sure to calm your mind. If you’re even a tiny bit interested, I can recommend watching the L’ATELIER d’exercices’ video, as it shows how each mobile is made.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $450.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Crank Grinder and Bird Mill

If you want, we could pretend you didn’t read the title and you could guess what this wooden thingamajig might be. I’ll wait while you guess.
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Price: $75.00
Available from: Areaware

Less Mess Happy Mat

Parents and other adults who have tried to contain the mess of a child eating will know that it’s near impossible to come out of the encounter unscathed. Overturned plates and bowls are bound to happen, but if you turn your eyes to the slightly manaical grin of the Less Mess Happy Mat, you’ll know that there’s hope. This mat is silicone (CPSIA Certified, FDA approved and BPA, PVC, lead and Phthalate-free) and it self-seals to the table. There’s no moving it, and, unless your kid’s a genius and/or freakishly strong, they won’t be able to peel it off and throw it around. The integrated plate has three spots for food and the whole mat is dishwasher and microwave safe. Watch the video below for more.
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Price: $25.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Aerostat Table Lamp

Do you need a little extra light in your life? And I do mean that literally, as in an extra table lamp. If so, turn your eyes toward the Aerostat. As you may know, an Aerostat is a lighter than air craft that stays aloft with the use of buoyant gas. Similar in feel, the white blown glass diffuser of this lamp from Fabbian (designed by Guillaume Delvigne) rests upon a vertical steel frame, giving it an airy, light look. Choose between a Satin Nickel or Brass finish.

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Price: $394.20
Available from: YLighting

Wooden Rulers by HAY

Striped, random rulers are sure to cheer you up no matter what. Just look at those colors and lines! Whether you’re in the back-to-school mood or not, a few patterned rulers will surely come in handy, plus, a set of 3 will give your desk area a little flair (in a good way).
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Price: $40.00
Available from: A+R Store

Aqua Carafe with Cork Lid

You’re not lazy, you’re just extremely efficient. Keep water (or your favorite beverage of choice) close at hand with a carafe. And, if you’re going to get a carafe, you might as well make sure it’s a little appealing, right? Mouth blown glass in green or blue creates a cool silhouette with a cork top to keep contents protected.
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Price: $24.95
Available from: Burke Decor

Ito Bindery Memo Block

Well, here’s a paper pad that makes me wish I had more notes to take. Each Ito Bindery Memo Block contains 350 tear-off sheets, and, with three modular sizes to choose from, you can combine or stack them as you wish. A recycled paperboard base gives stability and weight.

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Price: $18.00 and up
Available from: Ode to Things

Highflyer Swing

You know what’s fun? An indoor swing. There’s something about this Highflyer Swing that looks more at home indoors than out, but, hey, if you want to put it in your front or back yard, go for it. And, if you’re seeing the lines of a vintage aeroplane/airplane, you’re spot on, as that was the inspiration. The title tipped you off, didn’t it?
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Price: AUD220.00
Available from: Anaesthetic

Master Kit #5575

If your toolbox is a mess, with missing hex bits and no Phillips Head to be found, you could probably use a complete tool overhaul. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you are either very lucky, very rich, or have your home falling apart. In any case, this Master Kit has pretty much everything you need should you need a basic tool set, all in a securely latching box.

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Price: $95.00
Available from: Chapman Manufacturing Company

Stendig Oversized Calendar

Ugh, really? A 2015 calendar already? I know, it’s a little frightening that we’re nearing the end of 2014, but at least we can get ahead of the game and order a Stendig to prepare ourselves. The oversized Stendig Calendar has been in production for 40+ years- Massimo Vignelli created the design in 1966- and remains a classic option for keeping your dates straight.

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Price: $35.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Brass Desk Set

How do you get yourself excited about work now that summer is over? You could think about your fall wardrobe, cooler weather, and the approaching winter holidays, or you could buy some new desk organizers. I vote for the latter, as it brings about less stress. The four-piece Brass Desk Set by Danish designer Trine Andersen (of Ferm Living) might get you to tidy up those odds and ends and make your desk look like it belongs to someone who needs a promotion.
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Price: $39.00 - 125.00
Available from: Poketo

Double Sided B&W Notebooks

Hey, we all need a little encouragement now and then, and what better way to remind yourself that you’re something special than a simple black and white notebook that says so? Pick one of these three Double Sided B&W Notebooks with the encouraging phrases on their covers and you’ll be set right anytime you’re feeling a bit down before a meeting or brainstorming session. These could also be a fun gift for a co-worker, friend, or family member, so maybe get a few- one for yourself and a couple to give away.
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Price: $6.00
Available from: Poketo

Pencil Tray Large

Ethnicraft’s Universo Positivo Collection is full of interesting items, and you’ll no doubt see several of them featured over the next few days. This large Pencil Tray has the same mix of solid oak and lacquered stainless steel as the B-Desk and offers organization for pens, pencils, and other small desk accessories. There’s a Pencil Holder as well, shown below, with the same color options of Salmon Red, Yellow, White, or Agate Grey.
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Price: $75.00
Available from: Lekker Home

Magno Tube Lamp

With some magnet trickery, you can change the angle of this copper-colored Magno Tube Lamp to suit your needs. Such flexibility is possible thanks to the separate parts of concrete base, tube, and cord. Let the light hang, pull the cord taut, whichever way you change it up it’ll be more versatile than any regular ol’ table lamp. Neat!
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Price: $390.00
Available from: Into Concrete

Beer Freeze

Let’s get this straight: this mug will keep your beer cold without diluting it. Huh? What?? No more warm beers? That’s right, this BPA-free plastic Beer Freeze mug has a built-in proprietary cooling gel that will keep your beverage ice cold. Keep it in the freezer until you’re ready, then pour your drink in. A rubber grip will keep your hand comfortable. There’s no info yet as to just how long this mug will keep its temperature, but chances are that it’s long enough to enjoy your favorite beverage (if you’re not a beer drinker, just think of smoothies or soft drinks).
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Price: $16.99
Available from: The Fowndry