ACCESSORIES

Thuya Rainwater Tank

The world of above ground rainwater storage needs help. No matter how practical they are, most designs are eyesores and run the risk of upsetting your neighbors. However important that may or may not be, it’s worth noting that there’s definitely room for improvement. This tank is perhaps not the prettiest (nor the least expensive), but it is a heck of a lot better to look at than most, and it has a weird faux-topiary shape that might just camouflage itself in the right surroundings. Also not horribly offensive to the eyes are the Rainwater HOG ($325), Exaco ECO 67 Wooden Rain Barrel ($239), Algreen 50 gal. Castilla Rain Barrel ($129), and the Graf Sunda Rattan Wall Tank ($350).

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Price: $438.80
Available from: Lumens

Hi-Gloss Stepladder

Stepladders usually hide out in our broom closets and garages, but this guy is a different breed altogether. With a simple, clean-lined frame and super high-gloss wood, it begs to be noticed. An indent at the top of the frame and accompanying lacquered peg means it can be hung on whatever wall you deem appropriate, though considering the price tag I’d recommend the closet rather than the garage. (Also, if you’re seriously considering purchasing this stepladder, be sure to check out the Lucano Stepladder ($290) as well.)
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Price: $295.00
Available from: A+R Store

Housekeeping Brushes

You super finicky housekeepers, check out the huge selection of household cleaning brushes over at Nessentials. It’s pretty ridiculous, and will have you going cross eyed with all the specific tools to keep dirt and dust at bay.
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Price: $12.00 and up
Available from: Nessentials

Kosketin Carpet

Do you know what Kosketin means? You’ll probably guess it has something to do with a keyboard, and you’ll be right*. I thought it sounded more like a medicine brand name than anything, but what do I know? The Kosketin carpet is constructed of paper yarn and cotton.
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Price: $239.00
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

Beater Whisk

So smart. This whisk by Ding3000 can be folded together to save space in your kitchen drawer. A small ring serves as the opening and closing mechanism and can be used to hang the whisk as well. Looks like it would be easy to clean (it’s nylon), and, if that’s not enough for you, check out all the colors available: white, grey, light blue, nude, lavender, pink, mint and dark blue.
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Price: $18.00
Available from: gretelhome.com

Same Same But Different Glasses

These three glasses are shaped differently yet each hold the same amount of liquid. The familial likeness combined with the slight shape variation would add a little interest and movement to a table top, and, best of all, they’re stackable.
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Price: $49.00

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Available from: DWR

Cross Tray Birch

Call me crazy, but I like the birch version of this tray so much more than the white. Thankfully, the tray is much less than the Cross and Crux blankets, so there’s hope of adding it to one’s home decor sooner rather than later. There’s also a smaller size (31 cm) for 250kr, which works out to be around $37.

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Price: $~ 52.00
Available from: Pia Wallen

Salad Servers

Salad servers are one of those things that get overlooked, unless you did (or are doing) the whole gift registry thing for your wedding/celebration/housewarming/etc. Personally, I don’t think I’ve ever owned a specific pair of salad servers (the shame!) and running across these three options, I might just decide to remedy the situation. See below for details on each set.
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Price: $25.00 - 95.00
Availability: Buy Salad Servers here

Noble glass travel thermos

If you’re crazy about tea, as in crazy enough to want a specific travel thermos with an inbuilt stainless steel infuser, then you’ll go bonkers over this glass and bamboo version. It’s double-paned, of course, to keep your fingers protected and your tea hot or cold, depending on your preference. And, speaking as a crazy tea person, there is something nice about glass carafe rather than stainless steel- just don’t go knocking it about like it’s unbreakable.
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Geo Pillow

Designer Mika Barr has released her first collection in a series named Geo, a pattern derived from the world of Origami paper-folding. Pretty terrific, don’t you think? So terrific it might require begging/purchasing of luggage space from the next European traveler to the states. Or paying extra for international shipping, of course.
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Price: €65.00
Available from: Talents Design

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Postino Desk Accessories

Looking for a set of desk accessories? The Postino collection by Alexis Georgacopoulos are inspired by the folds of a paper envelope, if you haven’t already guessed. The open edges give the aluminum material “a conceptual lightness”, though I’m sure if you decide to throw them at anyone they’ll be appropriately heavy.
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Price: $26.00 and up
Available from: A+R Store

World Map by Joff Casciani

If you like maps, you might just appreciate this world map with its simple graphics showing every country in the world, numbered in alphabetical order. Available unframed (£55) or framed (£109) in an aluminum matte black finish.

Size: 50cm x 70cm
Design: Joff Casciani

Purchase Information:

Price: £55.00
Available from: Lane

Hidden Message Cups

Not many of us know how to read braille, and I’m not sure that owning these 4 cups with the lines “Be Kind,” “Breathe Deep,” “Love Yourself,” and “Make Time” will actually help us learn, but they do look nice, don’t they? The phrases are also printed on the bottom of each cup, so perhaps you can test yourself each time you use one.

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Price: $30.00 for s/4
Available from: Uncommon Goods

2012 Buy Local Towel

It’s 2012. You’re in the kitchen, cooking up a storm, hands a mess, when suddenly you wonder what day your friend/loved one’s birthday falls on… what to do?! Ah, if only you had this tea towel, you could dry your hands and check out the calendar, all while having a strong feeling that you should go to your local farmers market at the next possible opportunity.

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Price: $20.00
Available from: terrain

Helen Lamp

This little guy is something to take note of, as it’s made from 16 gauge mild steel that is “scored, folded, welded, sanded, and powder coated”… all that and you get a small 14″ high lamp that’ll no doubt last longer than you.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $350.00
Available from: gambrelworkshop.com

Source: NYTimes