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Gunnar Optiks

I’ve always loved a cool pair of glasses. Gunnars feature special lenses with properties that include: contrast enhancers, wavelength filters, and more…great for techies, gamers, writers, or anyone else who’s in front of a screen all day. And Gunnars can also be customized with opthalmic prescriptions.

Available in several frame colors and five lens types.

More information:

View Gunnar Optiks here

Wave Commuter Mug

Raise your hand if you are still in search of the perfect mug. You know, one that will keep your tea/coffee/whatever at the temperature you want without having the messy spillage that inevitably occurs no matter how careful you are. Now, consider the elegance of this particular double walled porcelain mug, with its sliding lid and accompanying drip filter, and if it would solve your beverage issues enough to justify the cost.

Holds 10 fluid ounces (310 ml).
3.5″ dia. x 6.7″ high

Also, see the Lotus Tea Cup for similar sliding lid magic.

Purchase Information:

Price: €44.00
Availability: Buy Wave Commuter Mug here

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Decomposition Books

These aren’t your normal composition books, of course. They’re made with Biogas derived energy from 100% recycled (post consumer waste) paper. If that’s not enough to win you over, I don’t know what will.

Available in Topographical Map with Grid Pages, Woodgrain and Cherry Blossom.
College Ruled, 80 Sheets/160 Pages
7.5 x 9.75
Made in USA

Purchase Information:

Price: $4.95
Available from: Green Depot

Compass Mobile Stand for iPad

If you’re an iPad owner, take note of this handy folding stand. It can be used either as an upright easel (portrait or landscape) or at a keyboard-friendly angle for typing onscreen. Made from heavy gauge steel, you’ll not need to worry about breakage, and the fact that it folds up to a compact size makes it extremely travel friendly.

(Thanks Matt!)

Purchase Information:

Price: $39.99
Available from: Twelve South

Taga Bike Stroller

Okay, this is coming from a bicyclist and a non-runner, but I never really understood the jogging-while-pushing-your-kid-in-a-stroller thing. It just doesn’t look very fun. The Taga however, I can certainly get behind. In 20 seconds it converts between a baby stroller and carrier bike. Cargo bikes that can double for kid transport is nothing new, but the Taga is the only one that converts to a compact stroller. If that’s a bit hard to picture I would highly suggest watching the demonstration video, or the embed below. Yeah it’s very expensive, but think of how jealous Bugaboo-toting parents will be when you and your child fly by in one of these.

Specifications:
High-finish aluminum alloy 6061 frame
Shimano Nexus Inter-3 internal gear hub
16″ wheels
Tricycle dimensions: 73W x 165L x 102H (cm)/ 28.7W x 64.9L x 40.1H (inches)
Stroller dimensions (cm): 73W x 120L x 102H (cm)/ 28.7W x 47.2L x 40.1H (inches)
Weight: 20-29kg/ 44-64lbs, depends on configuration
Colors: Red, Green,Orange, Light-Blue

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Purchase Information:

Price: $1495.00
Availability: Buy Taga Bike Stroller here

Nava Watch Ora Lattea

Dots replace hands to keep the time, giving this watch a rotational (think solar system) feel. The biggest dot shows the hour while the smallest represents the minutes.

Stainless steel case, leather strap.
Designer: Denis Guidone

Small Ora Lattea Watch, $155.00
Large Ora Lattea Watch, 1.6″ dia., $180.00

Purchase Information:

Price: $155.00
Available from: Fitzsu

Grove Bamboo iPhone Cases

We featured wooden iPhone cases previously, but with the release of the new iPhone 4, why not show a few more? This particular line of products comes from Grove, a Portland, Oregon-based company specializing in bamboo iPhone cases. They are fully customizable by uploading your own artwork, or you can choose from the Artist Series, their curated selection of custom artwork from independant artists, or if you’re feeling plain, bare bamboo. Available for both iPhone 3g and iPhone 4.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $89.00
Availability: Buy Grove Bamboo iPhone Cases here

Pocket Mirror

When you need to check your ‘do and there’s no mirror around, this little pocket mirror could be just the thing to have in your wallet. Sort of brings to mind the whole comb-in-the-back-pocket sort of look, which could be a good or bad connotation depending on your preference. Mirror is made from plastic, which means it’s light and flexible.

Designer: Pavel Sidorenko

Also, you must check out the Moustaches for sale too, as they’d be very entertaining to have around.

Purchase Information:

Price: €4.00
Available from: Pavel Sidorenko Design

TM Inspiration Pad

If you’re in a creative rut and need some help thinking outside the box, this Inspiration Pad may be able to help. It throws away any standard line or grid system and in place of it are pages of zig zags, swirls, and non-sensical bends. Each page should inspire you to draw or write differently, or possibly give you a headache. Each notepad contains 32 pages and measures 165 x 210 mm.

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Purchase Information:

Price: €14.00
Availability: Buy TM Inspiration Pad here

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E Ink Digital Hour Watch

So, while this watch face is pretty fetching, what is especially notable is that it switches every half hour from white-on-black to black-on-white display. There’s also two modes, one for standard numerical digital and the other for a graphic hour clock. All in all, it might just be the perfect watch if you’re the sort that gets bored easily.

Ion plated stainless steel ergonomic curved case with ultra-thin profile.
materials: ion plated stainless steel, crystal, leather.
designer: phosphor

Purchase Information:

Price: $195.00
Available from: ATYS

Republic Bike

Republic Bike offers customized bicycles starting around the $399 mark. Not too bad of a price for us city dwellers that need an alternative transportation option. Plus, if you need something to sweeten the deal, there’s quite a few color options and components that you select to make your bike even more special. Take a look at the gallery for color inspiration.

Built to order.
Available in single speed or fixed gear.

Note: When I was in Stockholm, there were tons of people using old-ish city bikes for their daily transportation, which was very nice to see, but there was not one new, fancy/expensive bike that I see practically everyday in London. Our friends said that it’s because all the new bikes get stolen, so everyone opts for the nondescript. Interesting how cities differ, huh?

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Purchase Information:

Price: $399.00
Availability: Buy Republic Bike here

Hu2 Unplugged Laptop Sticker

I’m not usually one for decorating my gadgets, but there’s something appealing about this scrolly script sticker. It certainly would remind you in a pleasant way to unplug your laptop, and if you tire of the message, it’s completely removable.

Purchase Information:

Price: £19.00
Available from: Hu2

Key Ring Paperclip

This seems like a smart alternative to normal key rings, if only for the reason of making the addition/subtraction of a key that much easier. The paperclip shape is a bonus, of course.

Cast alloy.

Purchase Information:

Price: $7.00
Available from: Kikkerland

Boxal

It’s a cardboard picnic box. Might be just the thing for all your picnic outings this summer, as it has enough room to store your food plus the fully compostable utensils, plates, cups, containers and napkins that come with whichever Boxal you choose.

There’s also some suggestions of items and containers that go inside a Boxal, which is especially handy if you’re the type that appreciates a perfect fit; see their blog post Pack that in your Boxal & eat it.

Available designs: Urban Picnic, Today’s Date, and Office Escape (shown below)
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Purchase Information:

Price: $35.00
Available from: Boxal

Lacie Formoa and Coat Netbook Cases

Lacie continues its partnership with reknowned product designer Sam Hecht for a line of simple and stylish netbook cases. The Formoa and Coat both feature neoprene rubber protection, accessory pockets, and suede interior linings. Based on its size, it sounds like it’d be a good fit for an iPad or Kindle DX as well.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $24.99
Availability: Buy Lacie Formoa and Coat Netbook Cases here