ACCESSORIES

Iittala Tools Pots and Pans

What do you do when you’re serious about beautiful product design and have some money to burn in the kitchen? You snap up the Tools collection by Iittala, that’s what. Each piece features oversized handles and is made of stainless steel and aluminium. Prices of each piece below.

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Price: $136.00 - 405.00
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

100% Grade A Cheese Board

How about a nice slice of Swiss to show off your cheese spread? A composite of acrylic resin and powdered bauxite means the material is similar to marble, so think about chilling it ahead of time to keep your cheeses fresh on the table. If you look closely, you’ll see that one hole goes all the way through for easy hanging. And there’s no worries about bacteria or odors as the board is non-porous.
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Price: $40.00
Available from: PLANT

Pill Terrarium

Need a mid-sized terrarium? This modern pill-shaped terrarium by Chive will blend easily with modern interiors. It’s a pretty decent size as well: 14″ high by 9″ diameter. If you’re fond of small pod-like vases and such, be sure to check out Chive’s other offerings.
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Price: $145.00
Available from: Chive

Soji Containers

Whether you use these containers in the kitchen for storing tea leaves or elsewhere to corral odds and ends, you’ll enjoy their beautiful Castor Aralia wood grain. Using one or two to organize those items you use often might bring a little bit more pleasure than storing those same items in a flimsy plastic alternative.
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Price: $46.00 -78.00
Available from: MONOSQUARE

Lightbook

Shine some light on your books with this small portable lamp. It slides under books (or rests on top) to provide a diffused light right where you need it. I’d say it’s a tad too small for a proper task light, as you may note when checking the dimensions. Instead, consider it specifically for those dark bookshelves instead.

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Price: $175.00
Available from: MoMA Store

ArchiBlox

Do you know a budding architect? Do you still enjoy playing around with building blocks? Either way, bookmark these building blocks of the achitectural classics. Each piece is magnetized to the base, allowing you to place blocks in whatever way you see fit. Pop Deluxe has both the ArchiBlox Chateau de Chambord and Neuschwanstein models (each $16.99), while Amazon has all three (specifically the Notre Dame model for $16.93).

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Price: $16.99
Available from: Pop Deluxe

Paper-made Letter Opener

This looks more like a well crafted shiv than a letter opener, but rest assured its intent is for paperwork rather than protecting yourself in prison. But never mind all that, let’s get to the more impressive feature: the blade of this letter opener is made from a “fusion of 100% post-consumer recycled paper and a water-based resin made from cashew nut shells.” Paper + water + cashew shells = blade. Nice. The blade pivots between the two-pieced handle of poplar wood.
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Price: $45.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Geometric Birthday Card

Just think, some people pick up cards at the supermarket. Pfft. Not you, of course. You have more of discerning nature and require a card that shows your stylish restraint and superb taste, maybe a card along the lines of these geometric beauties. Choose the Oval or Cube shape in black or metallic gold; the recipient will find a debossed black or gold “Happy Birthday” inside.
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Price: $6.00
Available from: Poketo

Monthly Sticky Note

For us visual planners, a small overview of the month is pretty necessary, and these sticky notes seem like they would accompany our weekly planner or notebook quite well. Each pad has 15 sheets showing an empty grid; quickly jot down the current month’s dates and you’ll have your calendar wherever you want it. (The price is almost negligible, so maybe you can add some other fun sticky notes to your order; perhaps full moon, small maple leaf, or tetris?)

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Price: $1.95
Available from: mochithings

Leti Table Lamp

Here’s another price increase: back in 2010, the Leti Lamp was $369 for the small 12.5″h size, and now it’s $500. That’s a score for the ‘don’t procrastinate’ camp. For those of you in the ‘save until you can afford’ camp, you’ll be saving a little longer for this all in one eco-sustainable desk lamp and bookend.

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Price: $500.00 - 760.00
Available from: Hive Modern

Solarlink Radio

Can you think of a few situations where you might need one of these? Every time I see a wind up radio I think of 28 Days Later, and then quickly replace the thought with how handy it would be for particularly stormy days or camping.
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Price: $80.00
Available from: Cooper-Hewitt Shop

Socker Greenhouse

Hey, IKEA, nice job. For $20, a lot of us could do much worse, and even though it’s not available online (possible glass breakage during shipment?), it’s completely worth checking out if your plants need some tender loving care. The roof vents allow air to circulate as needed, and with any luck, your thumbs will start to look a little greener.

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Price: $19.99
Available from: IKEA

Source: Architizer

What is it?

Now, for another game of ‘What is it?’ Do you know? Can you guess? Hint: it is not a torture device, nor a strange sort of holder for a beverage. It was designed by Carl Mertens, who has designed all manner of steel accessories, and measures approximately 5 x 3 inches. Do you know now? Answer below.
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Price: $32.00
Available from: Cooper-Hewitt Shop

T and Dry Tea Towels

Need a few extra tea towels? Check out the typographic options over at UK site Keep Calm Gallery. There are quite a few with popular sayings and such, but these two stood out along with two other favorites (not pictured): It’s Nice to be Nice and Shadow Hands.

‘T’ Towel, £9.00
Dry Tea Towel, £9.00

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Price: £9.00
Available from: Keep Calm Gallery

Unplugged Coffee Maker

Can you live without your electric coffee maker? Yes, you can; say it out loud, ‘yes, I can.’ Now repeat that in your head until you believe it. If the Faro Mug Set didn’t convince you, maybe this Unplugged Coffee Maker from Koziol will. All you need is a filter, ground coffee, and hot water. And your cup, of course. Less technology can be a good thing.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $23.98
Available from: SFMOMA Store