ACCESSORIES

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

Maharam Memory Game

Who doesn’t remember playing a memory game in their younger years? Such fun can be had again with Maharam’s set of nicely patterned cards. It’s a little harder to find nowadays, but YLiving and highbrowfurniture currently have it in stock. It’s worth pointing out that all age groups can play this together, making it a good family activity during the holidays. Each card features one of 36 fabric patterns designed by different Maharam artists.
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Price: $36.00
Available from: YLiving

Night Light Moon, Earth

Night lights aren’t just for little ones afraid of the dark, they can also be exceptionally handy for avoiding toe injury when making late night trips to and from the bathroom or fridge. Night lights are generally geared toward those in the age bracket of 2 years to tween, with many unfortunate cartoon-themed designs available, so these two Moon and Earth options from Kikkerland are nice to see as they’re gender neutral and could go anywhere- yes, a kid’s room, but also a hallway, bathroom, etc..
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Price: $5.00
Available from: Kikkerland

NeuYear Calendar 2013

We posted this last year, but that won’t stop us from reminding you again about this “no gap” calendar. The NeuYear Calendar shows the year with seamless transitions from one month to the next, which appears to be quite efficient for looking at the whole year all at once- no flipping back and forth like you would with a regular calendar. A horizontal format is on one side, a vertical format on the other. Also, NeuYear is offering 30% off, expiring 1/31/13. Use ‘BLTD’ as a discount code.
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Price: $30.00
Available from: NeuYear.net

Louise Bourgeois Placemats

Chances are that you can’t afford to buy the art of Louise Bourgeois, but if you’re a fan you sure can afford to pay $60 for a set of 4 place mats featuring designs from her fabric drawings. The intricate, geometric patterns are worthy of the wall, but we’ll take it where we can get it. There are coasters too (shown below) if you can believe it.
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Price: $60.00
Available from: Artware Editions

Grain Hook

When an ordinary hook just won’t do for your winter wear, Grain has a router cut wall hook for your consideration. Made from a block of beech, each hook has a CNC routered out ring that allows for both hook and hanging space, which effectively doubles each hook’s storage potential.

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Price: $70.00
Available from: Grain

Tea Egg

Shall we switch to loose leaf tea? This Tea Egg certainly tempts us to, as its two-part design allows for easy cleaning. Some swear that loose tea makes for a better flavor and some say it’s better for the environment as it cuts down on packaging; both points merit consideration, for sure. The color options of the Tea Egg also sweeten the deal (though it looks like A+R only has rose and blue, and Normann Copenhagen’s site seems to be having some issues).

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Price: $23.00
Available from: A+R Store

Stitch the Stars 2013 Calendar

Oh, how to combine your love of stitching and constellations? Well, besides making a version of this Stitched Star Chart, you could add the Stitch the Stars 2013 Calendar by Heather Lins to your wishlist. Each month is shown on a glow-in-the-dark card with glow-in-the-dark embroidery floss so you can stitch to connect the dots of the constellation. The constellation corresponds to the month, fyi.
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Price: $24.00
Available from: Heather Lins

Hekseskudd Landing Tray

Are you still in need of a central charging station? Perhaps one with a larger tray area for your wallet, glasses, or keys? This option from Vancouver-based Hekseskudd does the job right with walnut wood and a non-skid gel pad. Need a tray with more than one phone dock? There’s the Common Ground Tray and Landing Tray with Drop Spot to fit your needs.
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Price: $139.00
Available from: Hekseskudd

Axel Design Beta Inkless Pens

An inkless pen? Just how is that possible? Well, it involves a mixture of lead and metal alloy (lead = be careful, don’t let kids use it, etc.) that creates a grey line like a pencil, except it doesn’t smudge and can’t be erased. Oh, and it never needs refills. Sounds intriguing, doesn’t it?
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Price: $28.00
Available from: AHAlife

Elemental Blocks

What better gift than the gift of science? If you’ve any young children on your holiday list, think about these Elemental Blocks from Uncle Goose. And, if the elements aren’t the right sort of subject, there’s quite a few other block sets that could benefit a young mind: Braille Math or ABC Blocks and several Foreign Language options.

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Price: $34.00
Available from: Uncle Goose

Stella Arianna Stovetop Espresso Maker

Like your espressos but hate your machine? Or, like your espressos but can’t be bothered to buy a machine? Take a look at this stovetop espresso maker and see if it doesn’t tempt you with the idea of a DIY espresso-driven bliss each and every morning. There are four sizes available (2-cup, 4-cup, 6-cup and 10-cup, all measured in tiny espresso cups, mind you, not standard baking measures) and a special filter in the funnel can be flipped to make half the amount if you should so choose.

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Price: $129.00
Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile

United States Flashcards

I picture these simple United States Flashcards being used before touch-screens and other hi-tech devices. Why not bring back some old-school schooling? Might make a nice gift to your favorite niece/nephew/child (if they appreciate flash-card variety games) or, hey, be selfish and use them decoratively. The Alphabet Flashcards are equally appealing (shown below).
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Price: $42.00 - 68.00
Available from: Michele Varian