ACCESSORIES

Switchmate

Now you can be really, truly lazy, because Switchmate automates your standard light switch, no screwdrivers required. Snap Switchman over your existing switch, pair it with your smartphone, and then turn your lights on and off without ever leaving the sofa. When you do eventually leave the house, you can turn on your lights before you arrive home, thus avoiding any dark entryways (and potential tripping hazards). It’s held on by magnets, so it’s just about the easiest installation you’ll ever have, and, if you’re a renter, you can simply snap off your Switchmates to take them with you when you move.
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Price: $39.00
Available from: Indiegogo

I Ricchi Poveri – Silver Bzzzz

What’s with Ingo Maurer and flying things? Who cares? Because pretty much all of it is amazing, and that includes this table lamp with a delicate handmade silver-coated aluminum dragonfly resting on a bulb. Prepare yourself for a price tag punch, though, as it’s not cheap (you should know this as ‘handmade’ was in front of ‘silver-coated’ and ‘aluminum dragonfly’) and you might just have to put it in your wish list folder until you get a spectacular raise. Oh, and if you really like the whole insects-on-a-light-bulb lighting option, do be sure to take a look at Ingo Maurer’s Johnny B. Butterfly Pendant Light as well as his JB Schmetterling Pendant Light.
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Price: $1,830.00
Available from: Luminaire

Duo Server

How to keep your cheese visually separated from your baguette and/or crackers? By reminding your family/guests that the cheese stays on the marble circle dammit(!). But you’re not obsessive compulsive, are you, so you wouldn’t say something like that and you surely wouldn’t mind a few crumbs encroaching upon your beloved cheese… right? Especially when the pairing of a solid walnut cutting board looks so nice against a white (or dark) marble circle. The parts can be separated and used individually (marble=trivet).
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Price: $180.00
Available from: Leibal

1100 Carded Wool Blanket by Roberta Licini

It’s still cold outside, so here’s a very fashionable 100% carded wool blanket to keep you warm. Fair warning, though, it’s not cheap, partly because it looks like it should be hanging on the wall as an abstract art piece instead of on your bed as a blanket. You could probably even get away with wearing it out in public as a sort of sweater coat/wrap (if you’re brave), especially as it’s from fashion knitwear designer Roberta Licini.
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Price: $809.26
Available from: L'ArcoBaleno

Ruuto Vases

Delicate colors and various diamond-shaped sizes mean endless rearranging- in a fun sort of way. This sort of combination sets the Ruuto Vases firmly in the ‘excellent gift’ category. It takes seven craftsmen twenty four hours to create just one vase, as the colors require expert care and it takes time to create precise, square edges from lava-like liquid glass. Makes sense, doesn’t it? Have a look at Iittalia’s video below (from Dezeen) with Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec describing their thoughts on the Ruuto collection.
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Price: $295.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Mathematics Scissors

Do you need a perfectly proportioned pair of scissors? No, you don’t, unless you care a lot about the golden ratio when it comes to your office tools and accessories. Or maybe you’re a mad genius or a very particular design aficionado, then I suppose you are also allowed to *need* this cutting tool. These semi-crazy-looking scissors are the design baby of iAN Yen & Design YxR, and have the useful function that you’d expect along with a comfortable holding position.
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Price: €150.00
Available from: DESIGN YxR

Chimney Humidifier

If the dry air is getting on your nerves, get yourself a humidifier. And, as we’re in the business of selecting well made items that have a pleasing appearance, you should probably take my advice* and buy the Chimney Humidifier designed by Takeshi Ishiguro. The slim profile and tall chimney blend in with a room’s furnishings easier than other large humidifiers, and, using a silent, ultra-sonic system, the mist is emitted at a height that humidifies the whole room instead of one particular area.
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Price: $200.00
Available from: Leibal

Hub Ladder by Matt Carr

Yes, this ladder would be great for hanging towels or clothes in the bedroom or bathroom, but it has an extra trick up its sleeve. The solid ash wood portion expands out from the matte-painted steel side so you can adjust it to fit your needs. So, on a day you need a little storage, slide it inwards, and on a day you need a lot, expand it outwards.
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Price: $100.00
Available from: Umbra

MAGNETIC Static Notes, Boards and printable Sheets

Here’s a different sort of way to make sure your notes stay put: static electricity. MAGNETIC Static Notes, Boards and printable Sheets function with a stable static charge, which allows you to stick them to any dry surface without any residue. Did you catch the ‘any dry surface’ part of that last sentence? Wood, plastic, metal, leather, glass, paper- these notes will stick to them all. Take a look at Magnetic’s Kickstarter page for more info.
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Price: $9.00+
Available from: Kickstarter

Eva Solo Kitchen Scale

X marks the spot… where you can weigh your food. This digital scale by Eva Solo has an easy-to-read display on one of its legs, and it automatically switches off after 30 seconds. It’s lightweight and has an 8.6″ width, so it’ll be easy to stick it in a drawer when not in use. Available in orange or black, from Finnish Design Shop.
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Price: €49.95
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

SmorgasBoard

How’s this board for organizing your what-haves and thing-a-ma-jigs? It’s a wooden magnetic bulletin board called SmorgasBoard, and it has different wooden magnetic attachments: pegs, a hook, a box, and a shelf. Each piece may be placed anywhere on the board, so configure it just the way you like. There’s not too much, so things won’t get cluttered, but there’s enough to give those essentials (like your phone, keys, etc.) a home. Each piece may be placed anywhere on the board, or on your fridge or metal surface.
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Price: $75.00
Available from: iLoveHandles

Beam Smart Projector

Screw the Beam Smart Projector into a light socket and then use your smartphone to watch movies, play games, or share content. That’s right, it’s a projector built into a compact casing that fits into a light socket. Maybe you’ll put it above the kitchen island to watch a food prep video directly on the counter, or above the dining table to play games, or maybe you’ll prefer to place it on a table (with included power cable) for projecting onto the wall or ceiling for movies and videos. You can also program Beam to run certain ‘if this then that’ rules, which opens up a lot of fun options for you and your family. Check it out over at Kickstarter.
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Price: $369.00
Available from: Kickstarter

General Series by Good Thing NY

Don’t assign any piece of the General Series by Good Thing NY to just one function, as they’re meant to fulfill myriad needs around the home or office. A hard timber handle makes it easy to carry each bucket, bowl, or tray from one place to another, and the spun aluminum base/container should withstand a fair amount of wear and tear. Use them in the kitchen for serving food stuffs, in the office for corralling supplies, or in a living area or bedroom to catch various bits and bobs that need a home.
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Price: $44.00 - 54.00
Available from: Good Thing NY

Soap Stones

I know, I know, your hands are clean enough, but wouldn’t it be nice to keep them clean with soaps that look like gemstones? I think so, but maybe you’d prefer to keep them as your ‘fancy’ soaps for guests, as they’re sort of special. All are handcrafted, all natural, vegetable-based soaps, and they’re made and hand cut in PELLE’s Brooklyn studio.
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Price: $12.00+
Available from: Pelle

Little Bishop Ceiling Hook

Here’s a worthy pursuit: design a better option for placing light fixtures. Yes, you could call an electrician and spend hundreds of dollars. You could also buy a cheap brass hook and knot your cord’s fixture to keep it in place. Neither are ideal, but both are entirely feasible. Now you can add one more possibility to the mix. The Little Bishop Ceiling Hook aims to provide a hook specifically for cable hung pendant lights. This hook is shaped and cast by hand, with an elegant solution to wrap the cord around itself for a seamless installation. It might not fit every lighting situation, but for more temporary solutions on pendant light placement, it’s seems like a smart choice.
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Price: $15.00
Available from: Kickstarter