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The Alarming Clock

Here’s a different sort of alarm clock whose sound depends entirely on what you put in front of it. Huh? The signal sounds like a woodpecker drumming against a tree, but if you put a vase of water, or some other vessel or surface, against the ‘beak’ or nose, then you’ll create a different sound. Unfortunately, it’s available only to residents in the UK or Europe, but you can put your name on the waiting list if you live elsewhere. Watch the video below to hear/see an example.

Purchase Information:

Price: £300
Available from: Alarming Industries

BL7 Wall Sconce

Brass Bauhaus attack! And from Bestlite again, no less. Listen, there’s the bad brass tchotchkes you can find at your local thrift store, and then there’s the good brass, which you will pay through the nose for and not regret it. This wall sconce is firmly in the latter category. So elegant and refined, your visitors will wonder if you’ve just inherited a big pile of cash (say you found it at a thrift store and they’ll not come back asking for a loan).


Purchase Information:

Price: $469.00
Available from: HORNE

Miac Whirlwind Jute Rug

A round, whirlwind of a rug is just what your [insert a room in your home] needs. Santa Fe’s Museum of Indian Arts & Culture (MIAC) partnered up with West Elm to revive a few patterns inspired by designs from an early 20th century Native basket, and there’s a couple of interesting options in the area rug arena. At six feet in diameter, this spinning triangle pattern will do a good job of putting a little pizzazz into an otherwise boring, ho-hum room.

Purchase Information:

Price: $169.00
Available from: West Elm

Asplund Kub

It’s just what you never knew you needed- a display box that costs half a grand. What am I smoking? Nothing, I promise, but they’re just so darn perfect as dust-free receptacles for all manner a strange objet d’art, it’s tempting to forget the price tag.

Designed by Eva Lilja L√∂wenhielm for Asplund, each glass box or “kub” has a wood base, and, happily, there are a few fun colors and sizes to choose from: square violet, square orange, wide white or the tall yellow are in stock over at Huset Shop, while the Asplund online shop has two different wood base options as well as an extra olive color choice.

Purchase Information:

Price: $528.00
Available from: HUSET

Baron Fig Notebook Sketchbook

Are you very particular about your notebooks? Join the club. And then check out the Baron Fig notebook, because, chances are you’ll be pleased with the design. No branding (hooray!), it opens flat (hooray!), the dimensions are friendly for carrying around or keeping on your desk, and there’s one bookmark for keeping your page marked. Take a look at their Kickstarter page for more details.

Purchase Information:

Price: $20.00 or more
Available from: Kickstarter

Rich Brilliant Willing LED Table Lamp

Today’s the last day of DWR’s Living Room Sale, which might not mean much to you until you are reminded that this includes some lighting, like the Rich Brilliant Willing LED Table Lamp you see above. You can save 15% off it or any other item in the sale (do be sure to look at the Floor Lamp), so take a browse before the savings end.

Purchase Information:

Price: $211.65 (sale)
Available from: DWR

Happy Labor Day!

Enjoy your Labor Day! We’ll return with the normal post schedule tomorrow.

Shown above: Dinuba 15L Water Container, $159.00. Lightweight and easy to clean, this is the way to store filtered water.

-Stainless Steel Water Container
-Manufactured in Italy
-Made from the hightest quality 18/10 stainless steel
-Available in 5, 10, 15, and 25 liter sizes.

Purchase Information:

Price: $159.00
Available from: Dinuba

Piper Home Security

Well, surprise, surprise, it seems like the home security market is coming up with a few more options for renters and homeowners. Piper is a complete home security system with high definition panoramic video, motion detector, two-way audio, piercing siren, and 3 customizable security modes, all housed in a relatively compact device.

Easy to setup and use, you can control Piper with its mobile app (all user access is authenticated), and, for extra peace of mind, know that all security and automation rules are active without reliance on your internet being active- that means your settings will work (like the siren going off when motion is detected) whether the internet is connected or not. More below.

Purchase Information:

Price: $209.00 and up
Available from: indiegogo

Apollo Floor Lamp

Release your inner screen god/goddess with the Apollo Floor Lamp. 6 low-watt globes give off a dramatic, old Hollywood glow, and an exposed indigo denim-cotton cord provides an industrial vibe to keep things practical. Each lamp is custom made, with a variety of wood species, cord colors, and powder-coating options available upon request.

Purchase Information:

Price: $890.00
Available from: Allied Maker

Casamista Portable Humidifier

If you travel often to dry climates, you might be familiar with some of the portable humidifiers out there in the marketplace, but have you ever seen a house shaped humidifier that works with any water bottle or glass? No? Well, set your eyes upon this little house with its purifying filter. It’s around 3 inches square- making it a pretty compact choice for your travel needs.

Purchase Information:

Price: $25.00
Available from: Umbra


El Gringo – Wall Mounted Surfboard Rack

Make Co., of the Make Bike Rack fame (which we’ve posted before), now brings us this Wall Mounted Surfboard Rack called El Gringo.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but there aren’t so many surfboard racks that look at home in your living/dining/hallway area as there are that look like a store display system. And you certainly don’t want your home to feel like you’re selling surfboards, do you? Choose between steel or stainless steel; both versions have cork pads to protect your board. There’s also a small hook for hanging your towel and/or leash. Oh, and just one last thing- if you’re making time for surfing at this tail-end time of summer, you must be doing something right. Long distance high-five from me.


Purchase Information:

Price: $125.00
Available from: Make Co.

Driftwood Wall Hooks

Whoa, lucky for us, some customers of a certain store didn’t purchase all of the colored driftwood hooks by Keil Mead at full price. Regularly $25, now you can add a few to your home for $9.99 each. Perhaps hang a few along the entrance hall, or in the closet or bathroom? They won’t last long at this price, so best act quickly if you’re interested. Available in Green, Orange, Pink, or Red.

Purchase Information:

Price: $9.99 (sale)
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Arne Jacobsen Tea Towel Set

If you love the work of Arne Jacobsen, you might as well get his typography Tea Towel Set alongside your Jacobsen cups and perhaps the Jacobsen Milk & Sugar Set. Not to worry, I’m sure there are more items to come along- let’s just hope the powers that be don’t go crazy and plaster his 1937 typography over every possible thing (like they did with Pantone).


Purchase Information:

Price: $26.00
Available from: MoMA Store

The Pattern Box: 100 Postcards

If you like patterns and postcards, you’d best snap up this box set now. Curated by New York City’s Textile Arts Center, this collection has one hundred designs from ten international designers. I’d be tempted just to keep it as a pattern resource for inspiration purposes, but then it’d be a shame not to share such interesting postcards with friends and family (and postal workers, of course).

Purchase Information:

Price: $19.95
Available from: Princeton Architectural Press

65 hours left: Canary Security Device

The Canary device just became the most successful Indiegogo campaign in history, surpassing it’s original goal of $100,000 almost 17 times to $1.67 million dollars. There are still 65 hours left on the campaign, so if you want to get it at a discount, now’s your chance!

Because the campaign has done so well, the designers have been able to provide additional features, such as an ethernet port and adaptive video quality in the app.

In case you missed it the first time, check it out!

The Canary contains an HD video camera with multiple sensors that track just about everything- motion, temperature, air quality, vibration, sound, and activity.

Maybe there’s a sudden temperature change (could be a fire) or maybe there’s enough sound and movement that indicates a possible burglary… when anything is out of the ordinary, the Canary will send an alert to your iPhone or android device, giving you options to instantly respond and keep your home safe.

Purchase Information:

Price: $199.00
Available from: indiegogo